The Society was formed in 1947 by expatriate Scots in the Northwich area. Originally, only Scots or direct descendents of Scots were admitted, but that rule was relaxed over the years to allow anyone with an interest in Scottish Country Dancing to participate.
The functions in the early years covered such diverse celebrations such as St Andrew's Day, Burns' Night, Hallowe'en, whist drives, ceilidhs and the like. Nowadays, the main events are Burns' Night (of course), the Highland Ball, the Summer dance, the President's Night and the Christmas Party to which members of other Societies in the area are invited. These events are held in a variety of locations - the Memorial Hall, Northwich, the Village Hall, Antrobus and Lach Denis Village Hall and are usually well attended.
However, the main focus of the Society is the weekly class which is held at the Parish Rooms, Acton Bridge on Tuesday evenings from 8.00 pm till 10.00 pm with a (very welcome) break for a cup of tea and a biscuit around 9.00. At £2 a night, it is exceptionally good value for money: where else can you have a night out, with a bite to eat and a dance for such an amount?
All dancers from beginners to the more experienced are welcome with classes for beginners half an hour before the main dancing being held when the need arises. However, invariably, dances are walked through beforehand as a reminder to everybody.
Northwich and District Scots Society