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The Edinburgh and District Shetland Association was established in 1928 to cater for the social needs of an extensive Shetland connected community in and around Edinburgh and Leith. 

While the size of this community has varied over the years and the style of social events has changed, the aims of the Association remain the same.

Today the Association is a lively forward looking community running regular ceilidh dances during Winter months in the Thomas Morton Hall at Leith Town Hall and other events during the year, with a specifically Shetland flavour.

Members, their friends and visitors are very welcome to join us at all events.

Annual Subscriptions are now due - see Membership

Update:   The 2017-18 EDSA programme is now published. Last year's events were well attended and we look forward to continued support in the new season, especially since it is our 90th anniversary (which will be marked by a dinner-dance at the Balmoral in March - a chance to get your glad-rags on!).

A copy of the latest members newsletter (January 2018) is available here (as a PDF) or on our "Dis-An-Dat" page (as a Word doc). The booking form for the EDSA 90th Anniversary Dinner Dance (March 17, 2018) referred to there is available here as a PDF file (or as a Word doc on the Dis-An-Dat page).

A copy of the previous members newsletter (September 2017) with forms for returning membership subscriptions and for noting interest for the 90th Anniversary Dinner Dance next March is available here (as a PDF) or on our "Dis-An-Dat" page (as a Word doc).

Facebook: We have started a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/edinburghshetlanders/
You should be able to access it even if you have not joined Facebook, and Facebook members should be able to post and comment as visitors. An archive of images will be built up.

Archive: we have added an archive page for copies of old photos and documents.

Early information: EDSA will mark its 90th anniversary in 2018 by a dinner-dance on Saturday 17th March 2018 in the Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh. This will be an excellent night and will be subsidized by EDSA to keep prices down. The music will be provided by Da Fustra. We hope that we will get a good turnout from current and past members of EDSA, the Shetland community around Edinburgh (or anywhere) and any folk with Shetland connections who want to attend. Put it in your diary now - it should be an outstanding night out. Further details will be presented here on the 90th Anniversary page as they develop.

Last event - Christmas (Charity) Ceilidh Dance - Leith Town Hall (i.e. Thomas Morton Hall), Saturday 2nd December. Always a good night, great band, and a supper.
The first two dances of the season always hold a raffle from which the proceeds go to that year's nominated charity. Donations of raffle prizes are greatly appreciated (bring them along on the night).

Next Event - Up-Helly-Aa dance, Saturday January 27 (see Programme)

For any event there is usually a limit to the numbers the venue can accommodate (usually the Thomas Morton Hall in Leith Town Hall at the bottom of Ferry Road), so tickets will be printed to match that number. To reserve tickets (which can be picked up and paid for at the door on the night) contact Hugh Halcrow by phone or email (see contacts). Any spare tickets will be available at the door, but it is best to reserve them to avoid disappointment.

You can note interest in the March 2018 90th anniversary dinner dance by contacting Margaret Tait by email at mgttait@msn.com We envisage that you will be able to make up table groups (8 to 10 to a table) so you can start to plan your group and reserve a table. Details will be published as and when confirmed. We hope to start publicising the Dinner Dance soon, but we expect that there will be plenty of room to fit in all who want to come - - but maybe it would be a good idea to note interest with Margaret sooner rather than later.

Check Events News for reports of recent and previous events and  "Dis an' Dat" for other news and information snippets. Contact Robin Barclay (email) with any news, information or comment to place on this website. Photos and stories are always welcome from any members.

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