Electronic Chanters

Posted 11 years, 12 months ago by Bob Wallace    0 comments

Please note electronic chanters have arrived

see here





Weddings news

Posted 12 years ago by Bob Wallace    0 comments

Hey is there a good time of the year  to get married in New Zealand .The sun emerges at home(Scotland) so it seems Spring and Summer are favourites over there.

No surprises there.Anyway the article below was interesting for those intending......x

but first let me tell you about the new book on weddings co-published by one of me girls in here.

Kerril Cooper.celebrant, and very busy lady has written with Denise Irvine.

`The Big Day` which  covers every aspect of arranging a wedding – from the simplest ceremony through to a lavish affair featuring a cast of many hundreds.

Key to this book is information about what a couple must do to comply with the law in New Zealand and the range of options for choosing a celebrant, the venue, and all the various details that add up to making a wedding day special. No other book addresses all the practical information associated with getting married as comprehensively as this book.

Throughout the book the authors provide useful tried and tested examples that have ‘worked’ for weddings they have taken in the past, from vows to suggested readings, as well as examples of ideas that have not been so successful, helping the reader steer a safe course and make the day perfect.

Format: PB
ISBN - 10:  
ISBN - 13:   978-1-86966-236-3
RRP: $29.99

and to our article from Scotland

Contemporary Scottish weddings are a blend of ancient tradition and modern splendour. Beginning in the thirteenth century, it became customary for the priest to announce each wedding in church for three successive Sundays. These announcements came to be known as the banns of marriage, and this practice continued for more than six hundred years, although in the twentieth century it was reduced to a single announcement. To this day it is still necessary for all couples to give notice of their intent to marry.

Originally the wedding service was held twice - first in Scots just outside the church doors, and second in Latin inside the church. Even then, the most important part of the ceremony was the exchanging of rings, the circular shape representing never-ending love, and today many couples choose Scottish and Celtic themed rings to celebrate their relationship and their heritage.

So to all you happy couples out there: sit back, relax and check out some of our great ideas on our webiste and all the little extras you never even thought you needed!



NZ Pipe Band Championships -Christchurch - 2009

Posted 12 years, 1 month ago by Bob Wallace    2 comments

For those who could not make it to Christchurch, here are the results of last Saturdays contests.



Also dont forget our growing list of music and instruments.see here






Ceili`s & stuff

Posted 12 years, 1 month ago by Bob Wallace    0 comments

March 7th coming up



Lochiel Scottish Dance Group

(Always looking for new members)

St John`s Church Hall

Wellington Street, Hamilton

7 to 10pm-$5.00 entry

phone Sharyn on  847 9934 for more info.

March 7th

At the Cook Bar & restaurant,

Cook Street ,Hamilton

`Caitlins Big Day out is here`

A fundraiser for True Colours, who helped Caitlin through the final stages of her illness, and who continue to support her family after Caitlin lost her fight with cancer

Entertainment all day-9 Bands 13 hours from 11am


then it`ll be

St Patricks Day soon

March 17th

Our own Siamsa

playing at Methodist Chirch Hall

Bader Street,Hamilton

7pm start-Gold Coin Donation




News from Home

Posted 12 years, 1 month ago by Bob Wallace    0 comments

Scottish Snippets
What a hard call job judging Pipe band Competitions is me thinks
International Piping Judges Suspended
The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (RSPBA) has notified its
"international" judges that they have not been assigned to any RSPBA events
in 2009. That includes several who judged at RSPBA competitions in 2008.
Apparently the RSPBA decided  that international judges needed to comply
with a requirement to submit sample scoresheets from their work with their
home associations for review by the RSPBA. Failure to supply the sheets.
resulted in notification from RSPBA that they have not been assigned to any
2009 RSPBA competitions, including the World Pipe Band Championships where
approximately one-third of bands are from non-RSPBA organisations. Most of
the international judges affected were added to the RSPBA's panel in 2005,
but only after going through an extensive application process, that
included a seminar, examination and trial-judging, even though most had
extensive judging experience with their home associations. It appears that
some international organisations do not currently automatically make
duplicates of score sheets, so copying would have had to be arranged in
advance. It is noteworthy that the RSPBA does not provide any funding to
international judges for air travel; they are offered the same honourarium
that UK-based RSPBA adjudicators receive, which last year was £66 pounds
for the World Championships." If needed" a sum of £60 is provided for

Cost Cutting May Silence Strathclyde Police Pipe Band
The Strathclyde Police Pipe Band traces its history back to 1883 and its
existence was endorsed by an act of Parliament. But there are reports that
its future is in jeopardy because of a cost-cutting drive. Restrictions are
being placed on police players which could result in the inability of the
band to compete at the highest level. Instead of being able to participate
at the big  five events in the pipe band calendar, including the Scottish,
British, and European championships, the band will only be able to play at
two. It's like telling Rangers or Celtic they can only play in two
competitions. During its history, the band has won 21 competitions and is
one of the most prolific winners of the World Pipe Band Championships.

New Quaichs

Posted 12 years, 1 month ago by Bob Wallace    0 comments


A whole new consignment of quaichs have arrived, including some extra large ones.

Quaichs for marriage celebration, new births, stag or even bagpipers all on a Scottish cup of welcome.

many different ones but they all have one thing in common

2 lugs.(too scared to spill a drop)

our web is continually being updated

have a look





February Goings On

Posted 12 years, 2 months ago by Bob Wallace    0 comments

Ok so we are not half way through the month and its `goin like a rocket.

If you missed the lads, Sandy and Ronan frae Scotland playing at St Andrews church hall last Friday you missed one of the best nights i have had in me 8 years in Nz.The beat was awesome, a biggish crowd and the dancing `just my style`



but dont fret

here`s another

The very last Ceilidh at the

Pukeroa Station Woolshed.

yep the final fling cos the farm is sold




7.30 pm




Be quick.These are limited

Dont forget Paeroa Tattoo this weekend too

and if you want a nice valentines pressie try us

see online or call see us




February Goings On

Posted 12 years, 2 months ago by Bob Wallace    0 comments

PRESS RELEASE: Dynamic duo of Scottish Folk touring North Island



“If you want to hear what an accordion can do in the right hands, put it in the right and left hands of Sandy Brechin - but be prepared for some surprises!”  (The Living Tradition magazine.)  Pair this seasoned performer and often ‘wild and hairy’ Scot with the inspired and energised fiddle playing of fellow Scotsman Ronan Martin and you get a powerful folk duo


Ceilidh dance and concert with two exceptional Scots musicians Sandy
Brechin and Rowan Martin.

 Where: St Andrews Church Hall, Te Aroha Street.

When: Friday 6th February, 7.30

Cost $15 Adults, $8 students, under 13 free, family concessions.

 All welcome.

Then calling all dancers


Scottish Country Dance Club

Invites you to

Come and try Scottish Country Dancing


Beginners Course

Four sessions

When: Tuesdays 3, 10, 17 and 24 February

7.15 pm—8.45 pm

Where: St Johns Church Hall, Wellington Street,

Hamilton East.

          Cost for the course: Adults $10.00

        Children (5-18)  $5.00


When: Saturday 7 March


Where: St Johns Church Hall (address as above)

          Adults $5:00 and a plate

Children $1 (must be accompanied by an adult)




If you can’t get to the beginners course or ceilidh but you want to know what Scottish Country Dancing is, come along to one of our club nights.

Tuesdays 7.15  - 9.30, March  - November.

Venue: St Johns Church Hall, Wellington St, Hamilton East.



For more information contact

Sharyn  847 9934 or Jill 853-9553

And then to

Paeroa Tattoo on the Feb 14th

See the poster please



tattoo poster 2009.doc


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