Johnsonville 50 Golden Years Celebration 20 August 2016

Celebration cake baked by club member Shelley Hancock
A wonderful Club Dinner to catch up with new friends and make new before the dance celebration managed by Elizabeth Ngan and her team
RSCDS Wellington Branch President Philippa Pointon, Johnsonville Club President Kristin Downey, Johnsonville Club Tutor Rod Downey, Frances Williamson and RSCDS New Zealand Branch President David Williamson
Johnsonville Life Members Aline and John Homes, former members Margaret Bailey and Lynne Hudson and more recent member Liz Hands with newest member Tao Meng
Grand March Marshal Ian Simmonds
An enthusiastic crowd of around 150 people lined up for the Grand March, inspired by the music of five pipers and a drummer from the City of Wellington Pipe Band
RSCDS New Zealand Branch President David Williamson and wife Frances led the march, followed by Wellington Region President Philippa Pointon and Vice-President Melva Waite, Johnsonville President and Tutor Kristin and Rod Downey and Johnsonville Life Members Aline and John Homes,
Johnsonville President Kristin Downey and Tutor Rod Downey were followed by Johnsonville Life Members Aline and John Homes and then Past Tutor Barbara Kent and Past President Catherine MacAulay who travelled from Whangarei to join the celebration
The Karori Recreation Centre was a fine sight with the Club bunting decorating the walls along with displays of the Club's history
Johnsonville Club Tutor Rod Downey welcomes guests to the Celebration - the video display of archival photos created by club member and Past President Loralee Hyde (with technical assistance from John Patterson) behind Rod shows him MC'ing the Johnsonville 2000 Annual Dance!
Fabulous toe-tapping music from Lynne Scott, Don McKay, Hilary Ferral, Peter Elmes and Aileen Logie.
The White Cockade
The White Cockade
Glen Mor
Glen Mor
The College Hornpipe
Two sets of young dancers connected our past and present when they danced Short and Very Sweet – a dance written by current Tutor Rod Downey for well-loved Life Member Isla Norris.
Our 50th birthday cake taking centre stage with a trio of Presidents cutting the cake - RSCDS Wellington Branch President Philippa Pointon, RSCDS New Zealand Branch President David Williamson and Johnsonville Club President Kristin Downey
To recognise the contributions made by our tutors, the Club presented the 14 past and present tutors attending - from 1968 tutor Garry King to current tutor Rod Downey - with flowering golden polyanthus plants. Here current secretary John Munro presents a golden polyanthus to former tutor Barbara Kent.
There was a great attendance from former and current members from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s
Sugar Candie
The Luckenbooth Brooch
20 past and present office bearers attended - the earliest office bearer who could be with us was Sally Tunley, Club Secretary in 1971 and the most recent was this year’s Club Secretary John Munro
The Saint Nicholas Boat
Kristin & Rod Downey at the top of the hall dancing The Johnsonville Diamond, a strathspey devised by Rod with the progression La Spirale. See instructions at
Our 50 Golden Years Celebration ended with relaxing Sunday morning brunch at Zealandia Ecosanctuary.
A wonderful way to wind down after all the celebrating!
Thank you to all who helped make the Johnsonville 50 Golden Years Celebration such a success – to Kristin Downey for all the hard work she did organising the member’s dinner and the wonderful dance, to Rod Downey for his programme and MC’ing, our photographers and videographers Loralee Hyde, John Patterson and Pat Reesby, Elizabeth Ngan and her team for managing the dinner and supper, our band of Peter Elmes, Lynne Scott, Aileen Logie, Don McKay and Hilary Ferral, to all the dancers from around New Zealand who joined us and to members of our club and friends for setting up the hall and cleaning up. See all the photos at
Created By
Loralee Hyde

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