End of an Era

And A New Beginning


As many of you may know the Colchester Highland Games & Gathering Society had it's last meeting late 2019

Due to some of the major roles in the society and board positions remaining unfilled we had no option but

to dissolve the society.

 

Sad as this was for many of us who had worked hard over the last 4 years to bring this event to the Colchester area, many of the events that made up the whole will continue:-

Colchester Highland Dance, Several Nova Scotia Pipe Bands, Nova Scotia Heavyweights, Canada Games Wrestling (originally Sprawlers), Greene Irish Dance, Gallus Gael Living History, Truro Cadets and the

Nova Scotia Highlanders to name a few will all continue in their own right. 

We would like to thank all of them for their support over the last few years and a HUGE thank you to all the volunteers who helped bring them together and make the games happen.

 

Not to be disheartened though, out of the ashes will spring a new venture...

 

We are pleased to announce that coming spring 2020

Truro will be the home of a brand new

COLCHESTER CELTIC ARTS COMMUNITY.

 

Plans are currently underway for the following classes:-

 

Scottish Highland Dance

Ceilidh Dance

Irish Dance

Celtic History & Culture Variety Sessions

Celtic Folklore 

Lalland Scots Language

Gaelic language

Bagpipes for beginners

Folk Music (guitar) for beginners

Living History - Costume, History, Culture

 

All classes will take place at the 

St Johns Anglican Church Hall

corner of Church and Prince Street, Truro

on Mondays and Wednesdays

 

NOTE: Due to the Corona Virus Pandemic our classes will now start later than planned.

Our first and foremost concern is that we keep the members of our community safe and free from this devastating virus.

For more information, details of our brand new website and curriculum stay tuned



Final Fairwell

Hurricane Highland Games Extravaganza

Due to Hurricane Dorian the highland games was cancelled in 2019.

 

 

WE DIDN'T LET THE STORM BLOW US AWAY!

 

On Friday, September 6th we hosted a special free event which took place at the Civic Square Truro from

6pm until 10pm

 

Events included 

Tossing the Caber 

Highland Dance Performance 

Kids Races - Sack Race/Egg & Spoon Race 

A record breaking chainsaw juggle by

Ian Stewart of Truro 

Tug O War Competition 

'Wife' Carrying Competition 

Gallus Gael Historical Re-enactment 

Craft Vendors 

& a special performance by 

Clann An Drumma

 

Hope you didn't miss it!

 



Ceilidh Dance Party 2020

 

On January 18th at 7pm in the

Holiday Inn, Prince St, Truro

With   

Music by 

New Scotland Ceilidh Band

We had a great Ceilidh dance 

 There were lots of door prizes including Colchester NS tartan limited edition scarves and highland games t-shirts

The winner of our grand prize -a custom made Colchester NS kilt worth over $1000 was won by Kyle Olsen

 

 

James & Linda Finnie presenting Kyle Olsen with the certificate for his custom made kilt.
James & Linda Finnie presenting Kyle Olsen with the certificate for his custom made kilt.



Other News


Cinderella - A British Style Pantomime

Our 2nd annual British Style Pantomime

 

CINDERELLA

 

Marigold Theatre, Truro 

December 6th, 7th & 8th 2019.

 

Polish your glass slippers and dust off your coach and join us for this glittering musical comedy for the whole family.

 

It's the fairy godmother of all pantomimes

Watch out it's about to get ugly!

 

Truro Pantomime Theatre supports local charities with this venture

 

Tickets available at

www.marigoldcentre.ca or The Marigold Theatre Box Office, Prince St. Truro

   

If you only go to one stage production this year, make it this one! 

Delighting audiences in the Uk for generations with it's slapstick style humour, great music to sing along to  - where you never know what's going to happen next!

Christmas just isn't Christmas in the UK without a Pantomime - make this your Christmas tradition.



The COLCHESTER HIGHLAND GAMES & GATHERING was not only a

SPORTING EVENT (Heavyweights Maritime Championship, Wrestling, Tug O War & Athletics)

but also brought you

DANCE (Irish, Scottish Highland, Mik'maq & Ceilidh)

MUSIC (Pipe Bands, Live Music Stage with Internationally acclaimed artists & local Acts)

HISTORICAL RE-ENACTORS (18th century sword & muskets & modern warfare)

ARCHERY, FOOD TRUCKS, CRAFT FAIR, WORKSHOPS & Much, Much more...

 Over the last three years our local community has worked hard and put on some amazing fundraising events in order to bring you the best

Highland Games & Gathering in the Maritimes. 

We hope you didn't miss any of the action. 

 



 

Chieftan O the Games

 

2019 marked the 75th anniversary of 

The Battle of Normandy

in which Canada suffered a great loss of life.

 

We therefore felt it only fitting that we give this honour to 

 

Lt Col Colin Todd

of 

The Nova Scotia Highlanders

 

 

 

 

 

Chief Bob Gloade (2017/18 Chieftan-left) receiving a Plaque from Lt Col Colin Todd (right)  at the 2018 games to commemorate the contribution of the Mi'kmaq in the Canadian Armed Forces.

 

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2019 Sponsors








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We were sad to hear of the passing of Allison MacLeod when was one of our amazing volunteers with the Highland Dancers. She will be greatly missed

Our thoughts are with Allison's family.