The Singapore St Andrew’s Society e-news: January/February 2015

chieftain’s message

Hello and happy new year!

I can’t believe quite how quickly 2015 has come around.

For us, it will be a time of change as Alicia leaves home to start her studies in Early Childhood Education. Luckily, Keira is still at home as we are not ready to be ‘empty nesters’ yet. Lucky too that there is so much going on with the St Andrew’s Society to distract me!

Our next big event is the Burns Supper on Saturday 24th January at the Tanglin Club. Get your bookings in quick as this event is always a sell out. After that there is a ladies night at Hotel Jen on 6th February, Valentine lunch at the Tippling Club on 11th February, Thursday nights at Scottish Country Dancing plus golf, bridge and pub nights. Look out too for our fabulous new website launching soon.

Looking forward to seeing you at one of our events. 

Yours Aye
Carole Ann
SSAS Chieftain 2014/2015 

sing-a-long to auld lang syne

Last September, the Society played host to Whisky Kiss and their unique twist on a traditional ceilidh.

They have asked us to help with their project with where they are aiming to create the word’s biggest rendition of people singing Auld Lang Syne.

The band has recorded a special version here, so gather some friends together and record a video singing along with the backing music.

Send the video in by Sunday, 18 January and help make auld lang syne history!

All uploading information can be found here

On Sunday, 25 January, go to the facebook page to see if your video has made the final edit. 

think you know about robert burns?

We’ll be celebrating all things Burns at the end of this month, but did you know these eight things about the Scottish Bard, his writings and how posthumously well travelled he is...

1. After Queen Victoria and Christopher Columbus, Robert Burns has more statues dedicated to him around the world than any other non-religious figure.

2. JD Saligner’s 1951 novel ‘Catcher in the Rye’ based its title from a poem by Robert Burns ‘Comin’ Thro’ the Rye’.

3. The Soviet Union was the first country in the world to honour Burns with a commemorative stamp, marking the 160th anniversary of his death in 1956.

4. A translation of ‘My Hearts in the Highlands’ was adopted as the marching song of the Chinese resistance fighters in the Second World War.

5. American music legend Bob Dylan selected Burns’ 1794 song ‘A Red, Red Rose’ when asked for the source of his greatest creative inspiration.

6. A statue of Burns in Camperdown, Australia, is thought to the oldest existing statue of the poet anywhere in the world. The sculpture, carved by John Greenshields in 1826, was shipped to Australia in the 1850s.

7. Burns’ song of equality and universal brotherhood ‘Is there for Honest Poverty’ (also known as ‘A Man’s A Man for a’ That’) was chosen as the anthem to open the new Scottish Parliament in 1999.

8. ‘Auld Lang Syne’ is recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as being one of the top three most popular songs in the English language. The other two are ‘Happy Birthday’ and ‘For he’s a jolly good fellow’.


other upcoming events

14th January: new members night at the Polo Club, from 7.00pm (contact Carolyn at

6th February: ladies night at Hotel Jen, Orchard Gateway from 6.00pm (contact Maggie at

17th January: golf outing to Tering Bay, Batam (contact Duncan at

7th February: golf outing to be confirmed (contact Duncan at

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