Surbiton & District Caledonian Society

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Surbiton & District Caledonian Society - founded in 1947/48

The Society began life in around 1947/1948 as the Chessington & District Caledonian Society - formed by Scots for the benefit of Scots living in the area - but has changed its name a few times until it became the name known today.  
 
The inaugural meeting took place on 12 February 1948 at 177 Moor Lane, Chessington to agree to the formation of the Society and there were several subsequent meetings held at almost fortnightly intervals to determine the rules etc.
The Annual Subscription was set at 5/- per annum. It would seem that the first dance was arranged as early as 11 March with “Jock and his Blue Kittens” providing the music!  However, it did not seem too long into the history of the Society that the name changed to its current title of the Surbiton and District Caledonian Society.
Dancing formed the main thrust of the Society’s activity but it was made up of both ballroom and Scottish country dancing with mixed dance evenings being arranged. Eventually, the Scottish country dancing came to predominate and has been the mainstay of the Society ever since.

It has been difficult to determine the various venues that the Society has used for its regular dance evenings as the minutes are rather shy of revealing such fascinating detail. However, as the 18th AGM in 1966 mentions St Mark’s church hall in Church Hill Road as the venue, one can only assume that by then the Society had settled into what became its more or less permanent home for the next half century!

We celebrated the 50th anniversary in the 1997/1998 season with dancing to a band in Claygate Village and our 60th with a ball at Tolworth Girls School in October 2008, dancing to the music of David Hall's Band.  This was a great success with 120 dancers attending.
In 2009 the Society was informed that the old Church Hall was to be demolished and so steps were taken to obtain a new venue for the start of our 2010/11 season.  We were fortunate to ‘discover’ St Matthew’s School in Langley Road and this newly enlarged and bright hall seemed to encourage a good few newcomers to join us.
In September, 2012, we returned to St Marks Church - to a brand new hall with a sprung floor - Nirvana for Scottish country dancers!