Membership 2018/2019

What you get

Members can attend the private house parties, which are often preceded by dinner parties in other members' homes. Great friendships have grown from these occasions. Dancing starts soon after 9.30pm, following the dinner parties. For anyone not attending a dinner party but who would like to meet others before proceeding to the dance, we suggest a local pub for you to get together. Guests may be included at the discretion of the host/hostess but this depends on space, which is sometimes limited.

We have several paid events each season which are open to non-members by invitation: an End of Year Dance, including dinner and recorded music; an Annual Ball in the spring, including dinner and a live band from Scotland; a Summer Dance, bring your own picnic, with a local live band; and potentially a restored Autumn Dance, including dinner and recorded music.

Many MRC members also dance with the North Herefordshire Reels. We are welcome to join their Spring Dance and their practices. Their programme for 2018/2019 is here.

We regularly welcome members of other clubs to our Annual Ball. MRC members also attend the Thistle Ball in Cheltenham and other events in the area.

Dress is smart casual for practice evenings, Black Tie for formal evenings and White Tie, Highland Evening Dress or Uniform for the Ball.

Members can login to the password-protected area of the website, where you can see how to pay subscriptions, book for events, see the online members' directory, check your own details (if you have any amendments, please send them to the Membership Secretary) and see Club documents. The password is included in the printed version of the Members' Directory, which is distributed only to members.

New members

New members are normally proposed at the AGM but may be proposed to the Committee at any time of the year. Members pay an annual subscription (£20 per person in 2018/2019), for which they get all the benefits above.

If you have no previous experience of Scottish dancing, you are encouraged to attend practices as early in the season as you can. Here the dances are called, experienced members help novices through their first steps and we enjoy a glass of wine and sandwiches in the interval. If you are already an experienced Scottish dancer, you may enjoy this opportunity to meet up with friends old and new.