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It is an honour and a pleasure to be Chieftain of the Singapore St. Andrew's Society!
I would like to thank Mary and the Committee of 2019 / 2020. I know they worked hard to ensure a successful year.
We have almost an entirely new Committee this year and I am grateful for their commitment and enthusiasm in what is proving to be a challenging year for us all. Chances are you haven't met them yet but you can learn a bit more about the team from our website.
The Society isn't immune from the current environment and our usual events that we all look forward to can't go ahead - at least not in the usual manner. We need to adapt and find new ways to bring the Scottish community together and we are continuing to explore options.
The Committee's first activity was to bring a personalized online evening of comedy with one of Scotland's best comedians Janey Godley. In true Janey style it was a fun night with lots of laughs!
The event was preceded by 'Clash of the Celts' Quiz  - an awesome night and well attended by our members and members from St. Patrick's & St. David's Societies. We're very excited to announce 'Clash of the Celts 2' later this month.  This time around, through a blind tasting, we will be competing to crown which country has the best malt whisky! I think we all know the answer to this already but It's great value at $40 with 5 whiskies delivered straight to your home!

We are also working hard to bring together a Scottish Film Festival...a challenging process in itself but we hope to be able to update you on this in the near future.

Singapore as we know, is doing well in our fight against the virus but there are many vulnerable people in our community. This coming year we will support a number of community groups and charitable organisations. Last weekend we supported Happy People Helping People by donating and delivering essential groceries and supermarket vouchers to 50 HDB residents.  We encourage you to join us in supporting these great community initiatives.  

One of my favourite events of the year is the Burns Supper. Phase 3 is unlikely to allow us to hold this event but we will monitor the progress of the MOH pre-event testing and keep our fingers crossed that we'll be able to party together in a way that Burns would approve of!
However, as an option we would like to consider having a modified version of Burns - in your own home with haggis, good music and of course Whisky and good friends..... we'll send out some surveys soon to better understand interest in this event. 

Finally, I'd like to announce to our members that our Annual General Meeting will be held on November 26. The meeting will be online and you will receive an invite with our agenda and details on how to join. Straight after the meeting will be 'Clash of the Celts 2' whisky tasting.

On behalf of the Society and the Committee we thank you for your continued support and we look forward to meeting with you...hopefully sometime soon!

It’s a lang road that’s no goat a turnin.’
Ian

TRIBUTE

Marion White - Chieftain 2005-2006


Earlier this year we lost a very special member of the Society  - Marion White.

Marion was originally from Kirkmichael in Ayrshire. She graduated with honours in French and German from Glasgow University and after living in Colombia, Indonesia and Hong Kong, Marion moved to Singapore in 1998 where she taught languages at UWC.
 
Marion joined SSAS in 1998 and soon after joined the Committee eventually taking on the role of Honorary Secretary before serving as Chieftain in 2005 -2006.
As a past Chieftain Marion was very active in not only Committee meetings but in welcoming new members and supporting our events. A keen golfer, Marion was also active in our golf group and together with husband David, they hosted the bridge group for many years.  
 
Where many of us remember Marion most, is from Scottish country dancing. She was a proud member of the demonstration team at numerous Balls and was part of the Ladies Gold Medal Winning Team at Jakarta in 2001. When Joan Blake left Singapore in 2017, Marion became our dancing convener. Her kindness, enthusiasm and patience never waned regardless of how many left feet you turned up to dancing with. 

Outside of the Society Marion loved tennis, bridge, singing and spending time with her family.
 
Marion was more than a member of the St. Andrew's Society; she embodied our values, provided mentorship to countless Chieftains, support to Committees and was one of the kindest people you could meet.

An extraordinary ambassador for Scotland and we will continue to remember her fondly....
 
The Highland Welcome
When Death's dark stream I ferry o'er,
A time that surely shall come;
In Heaven itself I'll ask no more
Than just a Highland welcome.
                                                     Robert Burns
Each year we support The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal and participate in Remembrance Sunday. This year Remembrance Sunday falls on November 8. However, due to C-19 restrictions the British High Commission will conduct a Remembrance Event virtually and a pre-recorded
ceremony will be broadcast via Social media from 10:45 on Sunday 8 Nov 20 and also 10:45
on Wednesday 11 Nov 20.
For those wishing to support the Legion and this year's Poppy Appeal please click on the link below. The Legion have also launched a fantastic Poppy Shop.
Poppy Appeal


Scottish Beer & Haggis!


Last month I was honoured to be invited by Little Creatures Brewery to make a Scottish 80/- ale with Head Brewer Greg Brown.
Originally planned for our arrival drinks at the Ball, there was just too much excitement about our very own special beer to let this opportunity pass! A hard day's work and 500 litres later, our beer is quietly maturing and will be ready for sale at the end of the month. Venue Manager, Alexander Gow (a fellow Scotsman) has kindly agreed to put some haggis on the menu for the week the beer is launched and will offer SSAS Members a discount! We'll send out more details soon.

Here's the best part......we're holding a competition for our Members to name the beer. Not only will the named beer feature in the Little Creatures marketing...our winner will join us in 'cracking' the very first keg and enjoy some free beers!! 
Nominations must be received by November 15th!

 
Name the Beer!

A wee taste of home....

There's been a fair amount of home baking & cooking going on and we think we've found a pretty good recipe for Scottish Baps! A really easy recipe to follow (it's even old school measurements & weights):
  • 6 fluid ounces tepid milk
  • 6 fluid ounces water
  • 2 teaspoons dried yeast
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 pound strong white flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons milk to glaze
  •  Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Combine the milk and water in a liquid measuring jug. Sprinkle the yeast and the sugar into 3.5 ounces of the milk and water mixture in a separate bowl. Leave for 5 minutes, stir to dissolve. Stir in half the remaining milk/water mixture.
  • Mix the flour and salt together in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre and pour in the yeasted milk and water. Mix in the flour. Stir in the reserved milk and water as needed to form a sticky dough.
    Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes.
  • Put the dough in a clean bowl and cover with a tea towel. Leave to rise until doubled, about an hour.
    Knock back and let rest for 10 minutes. Divide into 8 pieces, and shape each piece into a flat oval, (or a round ball if you prefer) about 1/2 inch thick. Place on a floured baking tray. Brush with milk and sift over a fairly heavy dusting of flour.
  • Leave to rise, uncovered, until doubled in size, about 30 to 35 minutes.
  • Again sift more flour over each bap. Use your thumb to make an impression in the centre of the baps, about 1/2 inch deep.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 12 to 15 minutes until risen and pale golden. Cover with a tea towel and leave on wire rack to cool.
Source: KeyIngredient.com 

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