History Articles

Hogmanay Customs: New Zealand and Scotland
Kristin Downey: Leaving Johnsonville School
Loralee Hyde: Hogmanay in Wellington 2006-2018
Rod and Kristin Downey: Honorary Life Memberships
The Second Canberra Book of Scottish Country Dances
Peter Elmes: His contribution to dancing
Recruitment and retention of new dancers 2018
Advertising on Facebook 2018
50 Golden Years 2016
Early history

Hogmanay Customs: New Zealand and Scotland

Aileen Logie was leader of the band for our 2019 Hogmanay dance, and she found it interesting comparing New Zealand customs with how Hogmanay is celebrated in modern day Scotland. Read what Aileen has to say

Kristin Downey: Leaving Johnsonville School

Our Tartan and Final night on 25 November 2019, really was our FINAL night at Johnsonville School hall. It was a great night’s dancing, and it was fantastic to have so many dancers from across Wellington joining us on the night to mark the occasion. See Kristin’s memories of Scottish Country Dancing at Johnsonville since 1991

Loralee Hyde: Hogmanay in Wellington 2006-2018

There’s great revelling throughout Scotland on Hogmanay. Here in New Zealand, we’re often fortunate we can celebrate at a local Hogmanay with Scottish Country Dancing. See Loralee’s story and photos of Hogmanay in and around Wellington from 2006-2018

Rod and Kristin Downey: Honorary Life Memberships

To great acclaim at Johnsonville’s Tartan and Final Night on 25 November 2019, Club Tutor Rod Downey and President Kristin Downey were awarded Honorary Life Memberships of Johnsonville Scottish Country Dance Club. See their full commendations and photos

The Second Canberra Book of Scottish Country Dances

Canberra Club ran a competition in 2018 inviting people to submit dances they had devised. Rod Downey, our tutor, made the short list of eight with his dance Summer on the Neckar. See more about the book and download a copy

Peter Elmes: His contribution to dancing

In November 2018, we recognised the massive contribution Peter Elmes made to Scottish Country Dancing through his music, as he retired from playing his beloved button accordion.

Click here for more about our farewells to Peter and see photos of the the joy and delight he brought to many, many nights of dancing

As part of the 2018 Dance Scottish initiative, RSCDS New Zealand Branch offered clubs a $150 donation to assist in attracting new dancers. Johnsonville Club used this donation towards the costs of advertising a series of four beginners’ classes in February 2018. Find out more about not just how we attract beginners, but also how we retain them, and what we need to do ongoing in this post or download a PDF of the article

For some years now, Johnsonville Club has successfully promoted the Club’s February Beginners’ classes through a wide variety of media channels. This year, one innovation we trialled was a Facebook ad costing $50. Find out more about factors we considered when advertising on Facebook, the process and the results Johnsonville Club achieved in this post or by downloading the article in PDF format

50 Golden Years 2016

Johnsonville Club’s special celebration of being part of the worldwide network of RSCDS dancers for 50 golden years on 20 August 2016 was a wonderful success. Spirits were high as we danced many of Johnsonville’s old favourite dances to the rousing music of Peter Elmes’ band of Aileen Logie, Don McKay and Lynne Scott, with Hilary Ferral joining in. See more about this wonderful celebration

Early history

Past Johnsonville Club secretary, Pat Reesby, pieced together some of the club’s early history in 2016. Find out more here

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