Netherlee Scottish Country Dance Club  1950 - 2018.

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Joyce McArthur was married in 1934 and moved to Netherlee in the south of Glasgow in 1935. It was in 1950 that she organised a dance class in Room 2 at the Couper Institute with 38 ladies and one couple attending. Some of the original dancers are still members today. Youngsters Marilyn Gibson (now Marilyn McClure) and Jenny McArthur (Mrs McArthur’s daughter) made the tea. Due to ever increasing numbers the club moved to Netherlee Scouts Hall in 1953 when it became a couples club - then to Netherlee Pavilion in 1975. The McLellan Galleries hosted the 21st Anniversary of the Club in 1971 when Miss Milligan (one of the two founder members of the RSCDS) attended as the Guest of Honour.

1975 - 25th Anniversary held in McLellan Galleries.

1980 - 30th Anniversary - Carmichael Hall, Giffnock.

1985 - 35th Anniversary - Carmichael Hall.

1990 - 40th Anniversary - Carmichael Hall (George Stirrat’s Band).  

Anthea Cameron assisted Mrs McArthur with the dance instruction from 1988 to 1994

Janette McSporran was the Netherlee Scottish Country Dance Club’s pianist from 1976 until she took over the responsibilities of Club Instructor from 2000 to 2006. A formal presentation to Janette took place on Thursday 16th February 2006 in the Netherlee Pavilion, Netherlee, Glasgow.

Iain Campbell has provided original and lively music to suit the club night dance programmes since 1983. Iain became an Honorary member in 1995 acknowledging his contribution to the club.

Mrs McArthur moved to Strachur in 1968 but still ran the class travelling every week to Netherlee throughout the Winter months until her death in 1996. She received her much-deserved Scroll from the RSCDS in 1992 for her contribution to Scottish Country Dancing. A memorial dance was held in her honour on February 1997 in Clarkston Hall.

Margaret Williamson took on the role of Club Instructor in 2006.

Margaret has had a lifetime interest in Scottish Country Dancing beginning at primary school, in the Girl Guide Movement and throughout her teaching career to the present time. It was during her teacher training at Jordanhill College of Education that she obtained her RSCDS teacher training certificate in 1952.

She has lived in East Kilbride for over 40 years and has taught country dancing to many children over that period. Margaret assists Margaret Martin with her class in the Red Deer Centre and runs a class of her own in Claremont Church, all in East Kilbride.

The club website was set up in November 2003 with the approval of the 2003/2004 committee. The Red Deer, Mickel, Martice & Pitlochry websites were gradually made accessible from the main site as they were set up. For many years the Netherlee website attracted approximately 3,000 page visits per month. The website domain name and website address remain meantime but run as a personal SCD Journal by Danceboy.

The club celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2000 and to mark the occasion organised a magnificent Dinner Dance in the Macdonald Hotel , Eastwood.

The 50th Anniversary Committee

An Historical Note from Club Minutes:-

In 1968 a Mrs Rollands proposed a new- fangled tape machine could be used if the pianist of the day was not available. The proposal did not meet with any enthusiasm from the members.

Latterly Iain Campbell and Elizabeth Mitchell took turns calling the club night dancing with Iain as usual providing the music. The club continued until membership became a critical issue there being no younger dancers becoming members. The club formally disbanded during 2018.