Sausage Sizzle – Bunnings at Mt Roskill Auckland

A third sausage sizzle was held at the Bunnings Warehouse in Mt Roskill on Saturday the 21st of December.

And this was the most successful sausage sizzle so far. As there was a large crowd doing their last-minute pre-Christmas shopping, and of course needing refreshments, everything was sold out by 3pm.

The Bunnings policy of supporting charitable organisations with their fund raising is very helpful indeed.

There were eight Clan Donald Auckland members manning the stall plus the Clan Piper Ian Foxell and three members of the Signals Pipe Band.

 


Barrie and Annette Paterson, Geoff Parry, Murdock McDonald, Lynnette McDonald and Trevor Pollard.

 


Waiting for customers are Geoff Parry, Annette Paterson. Lynnette McDonald and Murdock McDonald getting the sausages ready.

 


Ian Foxell entertaining the customers with a few tunes.

 


The three Signals Pipe Band members ready to play a few tunes.

 


Tom McDonald, Barrie Paterson and Laurie Mathews ready to welcome customers.

 


Trevor Pollard busy cooking the sausages.

Christmas Message 2019

Auckland Pre-Christmas Lunch 2019

Sunday the 8th of December started off nice and fine. There were a few showers later on but that did not stop the many members from enjoying the day.

There were around 30 members and their families in the Highlander Bar of the Northcote Tavern and this year we had some members from Clan Campbell with us to enjoy the lunch. This is the 7th year that we have been at the Northcote Tavern and the Highlander Bar, which  has a  fantastic Scottish atmosphere, with its tartan carpet and many decorations of the various clans.

The Signals Pipe Band were also in attendance and performed several times in the Garden Bar. The band did get caught in a couple of showers but that did not affect their performance.

Everyone enjoyed a lovely lunch and also had the opportunity to chat with their friends over a few drinks.

Once again it was a really great day.

 


The Signals Pipe Band performing in the Garden Bar.

 


Ian Foxell and Andrew Wilkie play in the Garden Bar.

 


Clan Donald members Carol,  Jean and Eileen.

 


Mary McIsac, Lois McDonald and Ann Marshall.

 


From the left. Noel Armstrong, Malcolm Campbell, Geoff Parry, Jeanette MacDonald and Hugh McGuire.

 


Pamela and Albert Kinnell.

Clan Donald Canterbury – The Kirkin of the Tartan 2019

On Sunday 24 November, thirteen members of Clan Donald Canterbury attended the annual Kirkin of the Tartan organised by the Canterbury Scottish Heritage Council. The Kirkin was held in conjunction with The Village Presbyterian Church weekly Sunday service held in the St Andrews College Centennial Chapel.

 


St Andrews College Centennial Chapel is situated in a corner of the school grounds.

 

The chapel is a relatively new building on the picturesque site of the old brick chapel which was demolished as a result of the devastating 2011 Canterbury earthquake. The building incorporates many salvaged items from the old chapel.

 


Red bricks and Oamaru stone dressings salvaged from the old chapel have been used extensively on the north wall.

 

The new building makes great use of large glass windows on one side to provide light and capture the beautiful view across the stream and tree lined driveway to the school cricket ground beyond with the Port Hills in the background.

 

 


The view looking south towards the Port Hills.

 

 


The south wall of continuous glazing provides light and views.

 

 


The reuse of the old chapel pews, arranged as a collection of seating groups, is another link to the past.

 

 


Margaret Donald holding the Canterbury Scottish Heritage Council Banner alongside Ann Smith.

The 44th Auckland Highland Games

The Auckland Games were held on Saturday the 23rd of November, for the third time, at the Ellerslie Events Centre, Ellerslie Racecourse. It was a brilliant sunny day with just enough breeze to make things comfortable.

The organization of the Games seemed to be slightly disjointed this year with the Highland Dancing and the heavyweight field events being held in the centre of the racetrack, which was some distance away from the main area.  To see these events people had to go through a tunnel under the racetrack proper.

The Pipe Band Competition was held behind the grandstand where they could also not be seen or heard from the main area.

The Clan Tents were jammed up against the “rail” of the racecourse where there wasn’t a lot of room. There were only 9 clans in attendance. In past years there were usually around 18 clans in attendance at the Games.

The Clans March, Scottish Country Dancing, reenactment of Medieval Battles and solo piping were held on the lawn between the Clan tents and the grandstand.

With so much happening away from the main area there was no real Highland Games atmosphere.

The Auckland Highland Games committee also made a huge mistake allowing a Maori group to take over the opening of the Games. The Highland Games are a typical Scottish cultural event and have nothing to do with Maoris or Maori culture.

Although entry to the Auckland Highland Games is free the attendance of the public was down over previous years. However the Clan Donald Pavilion was busy most of the day, with members, friends and prospective new members calling in for a chat and refreshments. Two new members were signed up and others took away an application form to be emailed in.

 


The Clan Donald Colour Party. From the left; Jim Murdoch, Jim Donald, President Barrie Paterson, North Island Commissioner Tom McDonald and Geoff Parry.

 

 


Scottish Country Dancing with Clan Donald member Jim Donald in the centre.

 

 


The reenactment of the Medieval Battle of Largs.

 

 


Anne Marshall with Clan Donald Committee member Jim Murdoch.

 

 


Jim Donald with new member Douglas Oldfield.

 

 


Three Clan Donald pipers. Murdock McDonald, Ian Hill and Ian Foxell.

 

Clan Donald Auckland Ceilidh

On Sunday the 10th of November, from 1pm to 4pm, 45 Clan Donald Auckland members attended the Ceilidh at the Point Chevalier R.S.A.

It was a great and very successful afternoon, and at one stage, with the Balmoral Highland Dancers, the Ceilidh Band, pipers and some parents there was well over 70 people enjoying themselves.

The Ceilidh Band, consisting of fiddles, accordions, keyboards, strings and drums played fantastic music for the dancing and singing. We were very lucky to have two extremely talented callers for the country- dances. These were Heather Laird and Jennifer Dean and the dances were the well known Cassien Circle, St Bernards Waltz, the Dashing White Sergeant as well as many more, and with such excellent dance calling they were enjoyed by both the experienced dancers and the novice dancers alike.

 

Clan members and friends, enjoying the Country Dancing.

 

The Balmoral Dancers entertained us with two sets of Highland Dancing. The Balmoral Dancers have been regular performers at many of the Clan Donald Auckland events, and it is always a joy to see them give such a high standard of Highland Dancing.

 

The Balmoral Dancers performing the Highland Fling.

 

Jennifer Dean’s sons Cameron and Lachlan gave us some excellent piping and drumming.

 

From the left: Lachlan Dean and Cameron Dean, drummer and piper, entertaining with some wonderful playing.

 

Malcolm Campbell, and although a Campbell is still a great friend of Clan Donald Auckland, entertained us with singing some wonderful Scottish love songs and traditional ballads. He then led a sing along which included the unofficial Scottish Anthem “The Flower of Scotland” and the favourite song “Scotland the Brave.”

 

Malcolm Campbell singing some wonderful Scottish love songs and traditional ballads.

 

The afternoon finished off with afternoon tea, a medley by the Ceilidh Band and Barbara Hawthorn’s rendition of the Robbie Burn’s poem “A Man’s A Man For A’ That.”

 

The Ceilidh Band playing a medley at the end of the afternoon.

 

Everyone then joined in with Auld Lang Syne to bring the afternoon to a close.

Hororata Highland Games

The 9th annual Hororata Highland Games were held on Saturday 9th November 2019. Although overcast and windy it was a very warm day.

 

The pipe band leads the parade of the clans.

 

More than 500 competitors took part in the various events ranging from Highland Dancing to the “Kilted Mile” where competitors race over a mile overcoming several challenges and obstacles on the way.

 

Contestants in the heavy events in front of the Hororata Pie Stall.

 

Chieftain this year was Peri Drysdale MBE, Founder and CEO of the fashion companies Snowy Peak and Untouched World which produces ecologically sustainable clothing.

Clan Donald Canterbury continue to draw on their learnings from the workshop on stall presentation at the 2018 Clan Donald Anzac Forum. This year we developed a large new Clan banner for the front of our Clan tent. It was far the most visible Clan tent at the Games.

 

Pictured from left to right. Elwyn and Christine Martin, Ann Smith, Maggie Donald, Tom and Lynnette McDonald, Alan MacDonald, Gordon McIvor, Roz McKechnie and Brent Tomlinson.

 

The ancient game of Kubb set up in front of the Clan tents attracted a lot of interest.

 

The objective of the game of Kubbs is to knock over the wooden blocks (kubbs) by throwing wooden batons at them.

 

Elwyn Martin, South Island Commissioner and Ann Smith, Canterbury President being interviewed for television in front of our Clan tent.

 

The North Island Commissioner Tom McDonald and his wife Lynnette from Auckland, along with our Clan Donald NZ Newsletter editor, Roz McKechnie from Otago, joined the Clan Donald Canterbury members attending the Clan Donald tent and assisted throughout the day. We had a steady stream of visitors and were successful in signing up 9 new members.

 

New members, Cath and Matt Cook with High Commissioner, Alan MacDonald.

 

Ann Smith (Canterbury President) and Maggie Donald (Canterbury Secretary).

 

Tartan Day Lunch – Clan Donald Canterbury

On Sunday 7th July sixteen members of Clan Donald Canterbury joined eight other Clans for the annual Tartan Day lunch organised by the Canterbury Scottish Heritage Council. The lunch was held at the Lincoln University students’ cafeteria. This proved to be an excellent venue as there was plenty of parking close by, the room was complimentary, and the buffet meant we could all eat at the same time. Gordon McIvor from Clan Donald did the address to the Haggis.

Ann Smith (President Clan Donald Canterbury) pipes in the haggis party: Alasdair Lamont, Dave Gibb and Gordon McIvor.

Craft Afternoon – Clan Donald Canterbury

Clan Donald Canterbury like to offer a range of events and activities during the year to create a bit of variety and entertainment.

To liven up a dull winter afternoon on Saturday the 15th June, the Clan held a craft afternoon. Bob and Cath Lyall kindly hosted the event in their lovely home. Cupcakes were baked and decorated with Beryl Duncan performing the judging. Members were able to try their hand at spinning with Sheila Cuthbertson or hand craft with Helen Ring. Finally, members who participated in the craft beer blind tasting had to identify the 3 beers correctly – an APA, Pale Ale and a Pilsner. Our beer knowledge, or lack of in many cases, was further tested by means of a quiz.

Overall it was a lot of fun and most members gained a greater respect for the skills of the crafts people. A wonderful afternoon tea was provided to finish the afternoon.

 


Valerie Bright and Margaret Donald prepare the cupcakes.

 


The cupcake decorating competition gets underway. Pictured Pauline McIvor, Cath Lyall and Gordon McIvor.

 


Gordon McIvor watches Ian Bright demonstrate how it is done.

 


Helen Ring shows Irvine Kincaid the finer points of her hand craft.

 


From the left are Andrea Thomson, Margaret Donald and Irvine Kincaid.

 


Sheila Cuthbertson made spinning look so easy.

 


Valerie Bright, watched by Sheila Cuthbertson, finds spinning is not easy.

 


Pictured left to right for the craft beer tasting, Sheila Cuthbertson, Irvine Kinraid, Gordon McIvor, Pauline McIvor, Ann Smith, Ian Bright, Peter Smith and Val Donald.

 


Bob Lyall and Peter Smith enjoy a quiet game of cribbage.

 


Pictured left to right, Margaret Donald, Andrea Thompson, Helen Ring, Alison Kinraid and Ann Smith.

Branch Meeting – Canterbury

Clan Donald Canterbury held their quarterly meeting on Sunday 12th May 2019. Meetings are always in February, May, August and November each year and are held in the Forfar Courts Community Hall, 95 Forfar Street, St Albans.

We met at 12.00 pm for a BYO lunch prior to the 1.00 pm meeting. After the meeting we celebrated Mothers Day with a glass of bubbles and afternoon tea. It had been our intention to make it a new members afternoon but unfortunately many members were unable to attend due to prior commitments. So we will look for another opportunity to introduce the members we signed up at the Hororata Highland Games to get them involved in some of the events we have scheduled through the rest of the year.


Margaret Donald, Secretary/Treasurer and, on the right, Ann Smith, President

 


Peter Smith (on the left) and Brent Tomlinson

 


Sheila Cuthbertson pouring the bubbles to celebrate Mothers Day

 


Pictured left to right: Christine Martin, Cath Lyall, Ann Smith and Doreen MacDonald