The Cheshire Branch of the RSCDS was formed in 1984 by Isobel and Jim Fyfe, both qualified RSCDS teachers, who were teacher and musician at Nantwich & District Scottish Society and Northwich & District Scots’ Society.
The inaugural meeting was attended by 39 people, and a Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and three committee members were elected. The Branch had four fully certificated teachers and two with preliminary certificates. Before then there had been several Scottish Societies in Cheshire offering Scottish Country Dancing, many of them affiliated to the RSCDS, but there had been no Branch of the RSCDS in the area.
Membership declined during a period when the founding teachers were incapacitated but an excellent replacement teacher, Kathy Morgan, joined the Branch and led it until July 2003, when she retired as the main teacher.
Since 1984 several Branch members have trained and qualified as teachers, some taking the preliminary exams, others going on to do their final exams. The Branch currently has several fully qualified RSCDS teachers, including Diane Rooney, Paula Wright and David Horsman.
Weekly classes were held at the Three Links Hall, Crewe, for twenty two years but in November 2006 we had to find a new location for our weekly classes and they are now held at The Community Centre, High Street, Tarporley.
Membership currently stands at around 60. We are always pleased to welcome new members, whatever their level of experience. We devote the first hour of our class to helping new dancers learn basic steps and formations, and building their confidence and proficiency.
In addition to our weekly classes, the Branch holds Day Schools and dances with live music. The high spot of our calendar is our New Year Dance but we also have informal “Nice & Easy” dances throughout the year.
Teams have also taken part in Festivals at Southport, Leeds and York and several members attend the RSCDS Summer and Winter Schools at St. Andrews and Pitlochry