singapore st andrew’s society e-news: august 2015

chieftain’s message

Firstly, I want to say thank you for voting me as Chieftain. I have been competing with carriage driving horses over the summer and will be refreshed and ready to work hard to make sure we members of the society have a fun filled and enjoyable time throughout the next year. If you have been home to Scotland over the summer, you might know the weather has been true to form and it’s been soggy/wet/sun/frost/snow all on the same day! If you have been in Singapore, you will have seen the air displays and perhaps taken part in the SG50 celebrations! Very exciting to be part of this special anniversary!
We have our own anniversary to commemorate this year as it has been 180 years since we first celebrated St Andrew in Singapore. We will be celebrating at the ball in November along with Guest of Honour British High Commissioner H.E. Scott Wightman CMG, and our Guest Speaker will be Director of the Ghurka Trust Colonel William Shuttlewood.

Tickets are now on sale. It is always more enjoyable if you come along with a few friends and get a table together, but if you are new to Singapore it’s a great event to get to know some new people. As said in the Singapore Chronicle in 1835... "we look forward to the occasion where much hilarity will prevail, provocative to mutual love and kindly feeling”. It’s good to know that that sentiment is still strong 180 years later!
Before the ball we have several events. Our Welcome Back Weekend starts with a BBQ on Friday 4th September and finishes with the Chieftain’s Chase on Sunday 6th September to burn all those BBQ calories! In October, we can look forward to the return of Whisky Kiss; this upbeat ceilidh band tell me we are their favourite overseas destination and after a sell-out ceilidh last year, it looks to be as successful this year with tickets selling fast.  

As always, golf, bridge, football and dancing carry on throughout the year, so if you are interested in any of these, please get in touch.

Look forward to seeing you at an event soon.
Yours Aye
Chiefie x

2014/2015 charitable contributions

As a not-for-profit organisation, we donate profits from our events. Before Carole Ann passed the chieftain baton to Maggie, she and the committee agreed on donating $13,000 to various charities/organisations:  

$8,000 to the Ghurka Welfare Trust (partly in recognition of their performances at the ball each year).

$500 to the Boys’ Brigade in Singapore. The organisation was formed in 1883 in Scotland. Today, the youth organisation has over half a million members worldwide.

$1,500 to StarPALS,a paediatric palliative care service dedicated to improving the quality of life for children with life-threatening or life-limiting conditions in Singapore. 

$3,000 to Macmillan Nurses Scotland because so many of us have been touched by cancer or know someone who has, and these nurses play a vital role.

other events, plus golf, dancing and bridge dates
20th September: golf outing to Southlinks, Batam (
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18th October: golf outing to Palm Springs, Batam (contact Duncan at
15th November: golf outing to Inda Puri, Batam (contact Duncan at


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