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Geoff and Jan Robinson - Branch Award

posted Jun 5, 2019, 4:13 PM by Richmond branch RSCDS   [ updated Jun 5, 2019, 4:19 PM ]

Geoff and Jan Robinson receive Branch Award, April 2019

Richmond Branch owes much of its continued success over the past 25 years to Geoff and Jan Robinson. During that time both have served on the Branch committee. They have an extensive knowledge of dancing and dances and are always happy to assist and take part in Branch activities.

Jan was Chairman from 2006-2009 and Geoff has ably chaired the committee for the last 10 years. Jan became Secretary in 2013 and so the organisation of events has largely revolved around them in recent years. As Branch Chairman and Secretary respectively Geoff and Jan Robinson have given much time and effort to ensuring the smooth running of the Richmond Branch. Regular attenders at the Branch class, they encourage dancers of all abilities and welcome new members enthusiastically.

Both have been willing to adopt and embrace new ideas such as having the branch take part in the local Georgian Summer Festival, moving into new technology, supporting a beginner’s session at the start of each weekly class and ensuring that the dance “ The Lass of Richmond Hill” was accurately displayed on YouTube and danced by Richmond dancers. 
Every July for many years they have organised an outdoor summer dance in their delightful garden in the centre of beautiful Swaledale. This event is always popular and attracts visiting dancers and spectators from a wide area. 

In addition to their commitment locally both are wonderful ambassadors for the Branch, travelling frequently to dances elsewhere in the region to encourage other dancers to support Richmond Branch events. 

It is therefore appropriate that their endeavours on behalf of Richmond Branch are suitably recognised in this joint Branch Award.  

Fiona Turnbull, Hon President

This Branch Award was presented to Geoff and Jan by the branch committee at the Richmond RSCDS Branch Spring Dance, 27th April 2019.  

The Red Poppy

posted Jun 5, 2019, 3:45 PM by Richmond branch RSCDS   [ updated Jun 5, 2019, 4:17 PM ]

The Red Poppy, November 2018

The recent issue of RSCDS members’ magazine, Scottish Country Dancer, Issue 27, carries an interesting item under Letters to the Editor, entitled ‘The Red Poppy Project’. South Western Scottish Dancers have created their own tribute to the 2018 commemorations marking the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day by reviving and dancing ‘The Red Poppy’, a dance first performed before the Queen in The Royal Albert Hall in November 1986 and broadcast by the BBC.

The dance is a Medley of Strathspey and Reel devised by the late Stanley Wilkie of Edinburgh and originally danced to commemorate the 70th anniversary of The Battle of the Somme. The article linked to two excellent videos by members of SWS:- Team Tamar and Team Taw – performing the dance.

This unique SCD contribution to the Armistice Day commemorations is very inspirational and, as one of the teaching team for Richmond Branch, and with the availability of the detailed instructions and the video on YouTube, I felt that the class members would enjoy sharing the dancing experience for this unique occasion. 

Our regular weekly classes are held in The Booth Hall, Catterick Village and we found that other users of the Hall also had plans of their own to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice. The Hall, in which hang two Rolls of Honour, had been wonderfully decorated with hand crafted poppies and, in that setting our dancers were able to feel that we had made our own appropriate contribution to a significant. event. 

Thank you to South Western Scottish for inspiring us. The Red Poppy is a very interesting dance for 12 dancers with a challenging, but not too overwhelming, set of figures. The dance will stay with us and we look forward to the release of the recorded music in 2019. 

Joy Bradshaw

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