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The Scots' Society of St Andrew, Bedford


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Bedford Embankment in April


The Society exists to promote interest in Scottish culture, customs and traditions, and the commemoration and exchange of Scottish memories and sentiments with fellow Scots at home and abroad.

We have a varied programme of activities throughout the year, which are listed in the Programme of Events. Our Society is a member of the East Midlands Association of Scottish Societies (EMASS) and, with other member Societies, we join in the activities of that Association.

The Society has a happy association with the thriving Bedford Pipe Band which meets for practice weekly, in the centre of town. Pipe Major Donald Reid is our "Honorary Piper" and members of the band regularly perform at our events throughout the year. If you are interested in joining, or becoming a friend of the Band, please contact the Band Secretary (See Links Page).

The Society is supported by the Bedfordshire Scottish Dance Group which is affiliated to the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society and "Demonstration Dancers" perform annually at President's Evening and other significant events under the direction of our "Honorary Dancing Teacher", George Hogg. (See Links Page).

A relatively little known part of Bedford's recent history is the friendly invasion of the town, early in the First World War, by thousands of Scottish Territorial soldiers of the Highland Division. Native Bedfordian and piper, Richard Galley is researching this fascinating story and has prepared an illustrated, on-line article for those who would like to know more. Richard is keen to gather whatever information he can on the subject and will be very pleased to hear from anyone who has anything to share (See Links Page)