THE MID-SUSSEX CALEDONIAN SOCIETY
The Society has a programme of activities of various types throughout the year ranging from the formal Burns’ Night Celebration to an informal Walk and Scottish Tea which all family members and friends are welcome to attend.
Burns’ Night Celebration
This is the flagship event of the year and comprises a formal dinner complete with the traditional ceremony of piping in the haggis.
In addition to the traditional speeches, there is the opportunity for some Scottish Country Dancing after the meal.  As dancing is not the primary function of the Society, the dances are relatively easy and an opportunity is provided to practice in the weeks prior to the dinner.
The event is currently being held at the Cottesmore Golf and Country Club.
St. Andrew’s Night Celebration
While the dinner is less formal than the Burns’ Night, this provides a second opportunity for Scottish dress.  As with the Burns’ Night, there is the opportunity for dancing after the meal, and again an opportunity to practice is available beforehand.
At Home and Members Evenings
These are informal gatherings of members in the Old School Hall in Cuckfield, which provide an opportunity for members to get together over a light finger buffet.  On some evenings we will have a guest speaker, while on other occasions their may be a quiz or dancing.
Golf Day and Barbecue
For those who enjoy a game of golf, there is the opportunity to get together each summer, with the non-golfers joining later for a barbecue.
Family Walk and Scottish Tea
In the Spring we have an opportunity for all family members to get together for a country walk of around 4 miles followed by a Scottish Tea.  Recent walks have included Ardingly, Westmeston, Horsted Keynes, Upper Beeding, Chelwood Gate and Partridge Green.
Other Visits
In addition to our regular meetings we occasionally arrange visits to places of interest.  These have included such diverse visits as Nutbourne Vineyard, Leonardslee Gardens, Badger Watching at Wakehurst, the Camelia Botnar Centre, and a cruise on the SS Waverley.
AGM
Finally, in June each year there is  the Annual General Meeting to review the year and elect the committee for the subsequent year.