We have three documents that examine the history of The Amersham and District Scottish Association starting back at the foundation of the Association in 1946.

Extract: 50 Years of ADSA

The Scots have a natural ability when outside their native land, to create their own enclave within the communities in which they reside. The evidence of this is to be found in every corner of the world and proud they are, as are their host nation, to be able to recreate the Scottish culture and traditions in another environment.

A look around the immediate environs of Amersham can explain why so many Scots felt at home in this corner of England, which mirrored in miniature the hills, pastures and streams of their native land.

The strong Scottish following in Amersham was not the reason for the establishment of the Amersham & District Scottish Association, but it was certainly a catalyst in its creation. In the following pages it is hoped the ethos of the Association is presented in a manner which can be a permanent record for the benefit of future generations of members.

The Beginning

In the latter days of 1945, with the war now ended and thoughts turning to the future, two of the Air Raid Wardens, who had manned one of the Posts in Amersham, had an idea.
George Todd and Russell Neil, both Scots, commented on the number of their fellow countrymen living in and around Amersham. From this emerged the proposal to reunite the many Scottish Air Raid Wardens, their wives and any other Scots known to them and living in the area and to gather for a Burns Supper on the 25th of January 1946 in the Station Hotel, Amersham.

Arising out of a conversation between G.A. Todd and R. Neil it was decided to arrange a Burns Night function in Amersham on 25th January 1946. The subject was mentioned to and received the enthusiastic support of A. Campbell who agreed to take the Chair. It was agreed that the function should be held at the Station Hotel, Amersham and that it should take the form of a Dinner the maximum number, as the accommodation was limited, to be 30. Evening Dress where possible to be worn.

The following persons were present, Mr Campbell in the Chair

Mr & Mrs A. Campbell Miss Lucy Clarke Mr & Mrs Borland Mrs R. Campbell Mr & Mrs Bonnet
 Mr Faircloth  Mr & Mrs Sutton  Mr C. Flint  Mr & Mrs Soanes  Mr & Mrs R. Neil
 Mr & Mrs McKinnon  Mr & Mrs Henderson  Mr & Mrs McCaughtrie  Mr H. Keith  Mr & Mrs G.A. Todd

The Haggis, after soup and fish had been served, was played in to music by Miss Clarke and Burns “Address to the Haggis” was given by Mr G.A. Todd. This was followed by a sweet and coffee and then the Toast of “The King” Was given.

Mr Russell Neil proposed the “Immortal Memory”. The toast of the Lassies was given by Mr H. Keith and the reply by Mrs J. Bonnet.
The Chairman then made a short statement and said that it was proposed to form a local Scottish Society and to hold social functions particularly on the occasion of Scottish festivities. The idea W. received with enthusiasm. Mr Campbell agreed to act as Chairman for the first year and Mr Todd, Secretary.
A selection of Scottish music was then given by Miss L. Clarke on the Piano Accordion.

Read the Recollections of fifty years of The Amersham & Scottish Association.


 

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Two further publications are available with historical information in them:


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