Ian MacLean

The SOBHD are saddened to hear of the loss of Ian MacLean, a member of the SOBHD Judges’ panel, who passed away suddenly on Friday 24th June 2016.

His funeral will take place on Thursday 7th July at 11am at Thomas Cuthell Funeral Directors, Bo’ness road, Grangemouth, FK3 8AF

Our thoughts are with Ian’s family at this time.

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Helen Ford, Retirement Presentation

Helen Ford retirement

Presentations were made at the May Board meeting to Helen Ford on her retirement as Director of Administration.

Helen is pictured with SOBHD Chairman Christine Lacey MBE and Vice President Linda Rankin.

We wish Helen a long and happy retirement.

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Congratulations, Celia Orr

Celia Orr MBE, Independent Member

Many congratulations to SOBHD Independent Member Celia Orr, who has been awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to Highland Dancing and charity.

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SOBHD Conference and UK Champion of Champions Presentation & Dinner

Tickets are now available for the SOBHD UK Champion of Champions Dinner which will be held at the Marriott Dalmahoy on Saturday 19th November.

Professionals (Teachers and Judges) can also now register for the SOBHD Conference which will be held at the same venue on Sunday 20th November.

Please see the attached document for information and registration details.

2016 AGM and Conference

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2016 “Spasskaya Tower” International Military Tattoo

Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 “Spasskaya Tower” International Military Tattoo being held in Moscow, Russia.


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Anne Forsyth

The SOBHD are saddened to hear of the loss of Anne Forsyth who passed away on Tuesday 12th April 2016.

Anne’s funeral will be held on Tuesday 26th April at 10:30am at The Co-operative Funeralcare, 2 Forth Street, Stirling FK8 1UE and then on to Lecropt Kirk, Dunblane Road, Bridge of Allan FK9 4NB for 11.15am.

Our thoughts are with Anne’s family at this time.

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Director of Administration

It gives me great pleasure to advise that our new Director of Administration will be Miss Elizabeth Gollan from Edinburgh.

Elizabeth has many years of experience on the workings and operations of this Board and its committees. She also brings her diverse skill set acquired over the years of working in the finance sector to her new role.

Please join me in welcoming Elizabeth to her new position.

Shendl, Linda and I very much look forward to working with you going forward.

Elizabeth takes on her new role on Thursday 3rd March and will work alongside Helen initially until such times as Helen can phase out from the role and enjoy her well deserved retirement.


Congratulations Elizabeth.


Christine A Lacey, MBE

SOBHD Chairman

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SOBHD Constitution & Rules

SOBHD Constitution and Rules January 2016

An updated version of the SOBHD Constitution & Rules is now available to buy from the online shop at a cost of £8.

Make sure you are up to date with this latest 2016 edition of the Rules and Recommendations as laid down by the Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing.


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Congratulations to Helen Ford

Helen Ford, pictured at the 2015 SOBHD AGM with Linda Rankin, Shendl Russell and Christine Lacey MBE, after becoming an Honorary Member of the SOBHD.

Congratulations to Helen Ford, who has become an Honorary Member of the Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing.

Helen is pictured at the 2015 SOBHD AGM with Vice President Linda Rankin, President Shendl Russell and Chairman Christine Lacey MBE.


Shendl provided the following words in support of Helen’s nomination:

An Honorary Member is a person who is appointed for life in recognition of his/her services to the Board. On that basis here are some highlights of Helen’s career in dance.

Helen served as overseas administrator for the BATD for many years, following on from her mentor Miss Sadie Simpson;
She served as President of the BATD and was their delegate to the Board for many years;
Helen was most accommodating and gracious in supporting the SOBHD through its transition period;
Helen’s PR skills are second to none;
All Board members recognise Helen for her diplomacy, professionalism, international relationships, work ethic, personal skills and commitment to the world of dance.

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Mrs Idell Hill

The SOBHD is saddened to hear that Mrs Dell Hill of Edmonton, Alberta passed away on November 25th, 2015.  The following is a tribute from Miss Nancy Hays.

“Another wonderful, creative soul has left our world.  Mrs Dell Hill of Edmonton, Alberta passed away on November 25th, 2015 at the age of 96.  She was such an inspiration to every one of her students and all who crossed her path.  Her enthusiasm knew no bounds and her love for dance was evident in every student she taught.  If Mrs Hill had been teaching over the last 10 or 20 years, one could not readily measure the extent of her accomplishments.  Mrs Hill didn’t count trophies nor winners nor championships.  She counted dedication, practice, excellence and progress.  When any of those measures produced competitive success, that would simply be a by-product of her true goal – to engender the love for highland dance in her students that she herself had nurtured all of her life.

Mrs Hill was, for me, the best highland dancing teacher in the world.  I loved her to bits and I value and appreciate everything she did for me. She played a huge part in my life for which I will be forever grateful.  I shall miss her very much indeed.  Rest in Peace, Mrs Peace Idell Hill”.

Nancy Hays

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