About the Group
A warm welcome to the Cobtree Scottish Country Dancing Group.
If you are looking for Scottish Country Dancing in Maidstone you have come to the right place.
If you came across our website by chance, you may just have stumbled upon the new hobby that you were looking for. Scottish Country Dancing offers a great social life, combined with both physical and mental exercise as well as being great fun and very affordable. Our fees are explained on the Members' Information page.
We are a friendly informal group with a membership of around 40, many of whom also belong to other Scottish Country Dance groups and clubs in the Kent area.
The group was originally formed in 1973 to provide an enjoyable activity for our members and help raise funds for Maidstone Mencap. We continue to aim to enjoy ourselves and our spare funds go to this well deserving charity.
Funds are particularly for the benefit of the children’s playschool in Cobtree Hall, Mote Park, Maidstone.
A more detailed history of the group can be found on the History page.
We meet every Wednesday night between 7.45 and 10.00pm at the Grove Green Community Centre. We usually pause for drinks and social chat around 8.45. The dancing programme is mainly well known dances with some less well known and sometimes challenging dances. All the dances will be recapped or walked through by the MC.
We have a group of MCs who alternate with Dick Barford who has many years of experience and as well as serving as our chairman for 18 years, is a well known figure in the Kent Scottish Country Dancing Community. Dick mentors and encourages the other MCs. The weekly programme often includes dances that are on programmes for forthcoming dances in the Kent area.
The group has been a member of KASS (Kent Association of Scottish Societies) since 1980.
We normally arrange dances each year in February and June and a Christmas party for members and invited guests.
For many years we supported the Maidstone Mencap Fayre in Mote Park, when we handed over a donation towards their funds.
Details of how to contact us are here.