The SOBHD are saddened to hear of the loss of Caroline McNicoll, a former member of the SOBHD Judges’ panel, who passed away on Friday 12th August 2016.
Caroline’s funeral will take place on 26th August at 10am at Foster and McGarvey Funeral Home, 10011 – 114 Street, Edmonton, AB, T5K 1R5.
Our thoughts are with Caroline’s family at this time.
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.
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.
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.
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
Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 “Spasskaya Tower” International Military Tattoo being held in Moscow, Russia.
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.
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.
Christine A Lacey, MBE
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.
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.