The Scots' Society of St Andrew, Bedford

Promoting Scottish culture, customs and traditions in and around Bedford

Event Report

EMASS Summer Outing

Great Houghton Village Hall - Saturday 6th June 2015


Kevin Watters reporting

Thirteen members of The Scots’ Society of St Andrew, Bedford headed off to Northampton on the afternoon of Saturday 6th June 2015 and had a thoroughly good time over the next few hours.

The event was the EMASS Summer Outing hosted by The Northampton Town and County Scottish Association at Great Houghton Village Hall and our Society members were joined by those from Derby, Leicester, Rushden, Corby, Huntingdon and of course the hosts.

Bedford games team chucking wellies at the stumpsThe event started off in the glorious sunshine with the traditional games, where the various societies competed in activities such as the Balloon Race, Welly Wangling and Bash the Haggis. It was a pleasant surprise to discover that our Society retained the trophy by winning the games for the second year in succession. Well done to our Society’s games team: Sheila & Ron Law, Ann & Ian Kirk, John Thompson and Les Barr, with a guest appearance by Nancy Barr who was otherwise taking the role of the resident paparazzi.

Following the games, it was a move indoors to start the quiz, with each society represented by four members who were given 30 minutes to answer multiple questions based on Scotland’s history and culture. Derby were the worthy victors for that competition and, as a member of the Bedford, your author was neither surprised nor disappointed at not winning that one as we could only be confident about our answers to a handful of questions.

Good Shot SheilaAfter the quiz, winners were announced for the shortbread competition, which was won by Mrs Catherine McDonald from Northampton and the Photographic competition, into which Mr David King from The Huntingdon and District Caledonian Society had submitted the best “Wildlife” photograph.

With all competitions completed, a wonderful selection of dishes in the buffet supper was served up and with everyone suitably replete, it was time for Peter Scatterty to get the ceilidh underway for an evening of music and dance.

The evening’s dancing to the music of Peter Scatterty was interspersed with entertainment from each society performing a party-piece or turn of their choosing. Nancy Barr had prepared an entertaining musical offering, which was presented as a tribute to our late President George Reed, whose past musical ditties were the inspiration for this audience participation song to the tune of “A Pizza Hut, a Pizza Hut, Kentucky Fried Chicken and a Pizza Hut”, etcetera. There were actions, there were instruments, there were rounds and there was audience participation. As the first turn of the night, I think we can confidently state that Bedford set the bar quite high and it was unfortunate that our efforts were not put to a vote as we could have come away with yet another prize from the event.



It was a great event and a good turnout from our Society, including two children among our number, who had a ball of a time, especially with the dancing. On arrival at the venue, Becky (10) commented, “I’m seeing an awful lot of grey hair,” which didn’t bode well for their enjoyment. By the time we got into the car to go home and on being asked if she had enjoyed herself, she answered, “It was epic! I want to come next year.” For me, that was the formal seal of approval of the day.

Well done to the team at Northampton, who hosted such a great event.

Shortbread Competition

The shortbread competition attracted a number of entries, although none from our own Society.

The winning entries have been supplied by EMASS for you to try out by clicking the button below.

Shortbread Recipes

Photo Gallery

For the full gallery of images from the event, click on the link below.