About the Group
We are a friendly informal group with a membership of around 80, many of whom also belong to other Scottish Country Dance groups and clubs in the Kent area. The group was originally formed in 1975 to help raise funds for Maidstone Mencap. That continues to be our aim and all profits 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 7.30 and 10.00pm at the Grove Green Community Centre. The dancing programme starts at 8.00pm. Between 7.30 & 8.00pm some of the less well known dances or figures are walked through in detail by the MC. Dances during the programme are also walked through but the first half hour is an opportunity to warm up and brush up on some of the dances in advance.
We have a group of MCs who alternate with Dick Barford who has many years of experience and is a well known figure in the Kent Scottish Country Dancing Community. Dick mentors and encourages the other MCs. The weekly programme is often chosen to include 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 3 dances each year in February, June and September and a Christmas party for members and invited guests.
One of the other main events of the year is the Maidstone Mencap Fayre in Mote Park, when we hand over a donation towards their funds.