Clan Donald Canterbury Branch Meeting November 2019

Clan Donald Canterbury held their quarterly meeting on Sunday 3 November.

A good turnout of members met at 12.00 pm for a BYO lunch prior to the 1.00 pm meeting. Members welcomed Colin MacDonald, Clan Donald foundation member and former President, who has been unable to attend meetings or functions as regularly as he used to.

Ann Smith, President reported on the successful Clan trip to Twizel over the weekend of 19-22 September and the Brook Gardens visit on 20 October.

Updates were also provided by Christine Martin, President of Clan Donald New Zealand and Clan Donald Lands Trustee, Alan MacDonald, High Commissioner, Ann Smith, President of Scottish Heritage Council and Gordon McIvor, President of the Scottish Society of New Zealand.

Updates and discussion took place regarding the Hororata Highland Games (9 November), the Clan Christmas gathering (14 December) and the programme for the Clan Donald Forum to be held in Western Australia next October was reviewed.


Doreen and Colin MacDonald


Ian Bright (left) and Elwyn Martin show members the new banner produced for the Clan Tent


Members at the meeting (left to right) Cath Lyall, Brent Tomlinson, Bob Lyall, Beryl Duncan, Colin MacDonald, Doreen MacDonald and Pauline McIvor.

Clan Donald Auckland Luncheon and Movie “Her Majesty Mrs Brown”

On Saturday the 12th of October at Ryders Cinema in Avondale 30 members of Clan Donald Auckland enjoyed a great luncheon of roast meats and vegetables cooked in a coal range accompanied by wine, beer and of course a few drams of whisky.

The film “Her Majesty Mrs Brown” was excellent with two well known actors, Judi Dench as Queen Victoria and Billy Connolly as John Brown, a former servant of Prince Albert.


Clan Donald Auckland members enjoying the luncheon.


Doug and Janet Williamson.


Faye and Trevor Pollard.


Marni MacDonald and Andrew Wilkie.


Ray and Jim.


Ivy and Beth.


Sophia and Fiona with Marni MacDonald.


The Donald grandchildren.

12th Solo Piping Festival

The Auckland Centre of the Piping and Dancing Association held the 12th Solo Piping Festival on Saturday the 31st of August in the Uxbridge Art Centre in Howick Auckland.

There were 22 pipers competing in 13 events from the practice chanter and several grades of march, strathspey and reel, hornpipe and jig and piobaireachd.

The adjudicator was Iain Blakeley and the Stewards were Andrew Wilkie and Anton Hodson from Clan Donald, and Murdock McDonald, also from Clan Donald, was called upon to present a number of the medals and prizes on behalf of Clan Donald and in his own right.

There was some fabulous piping and pupils of Anton Hodson and Iain Foxell fared very well amongst the prizes.

The grants provided by Clan Donald and others, made a huge contribution to the competition, and the ongoing promotion of Piping.

The Winner and Runner Up of the D Grade Piobaireachd. From the left Iain Blakeley, Adjudicator, Ruaridh Martinoga, Runner Up, Rupert Nielsen, Winner and Murdock McDonald.


Murdock McDonald presenting the Winner’s Medal to Rupert Nielsen. The Stewards Andrew Wilkie and Anton Hodson in the background.

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.