2016 World Champions

Many congratulations to our 2016 World Champions: Erin Blair, California – World Juvenile Champion, Emma Schiff, California – World Junior Champion, and Marielle Lesperance, Ontario – World Adult Champion

Photograph courtesy of Ronnie Cairns.

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Caroline McNicoll

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.

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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

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

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

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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