Important RSCDS updates
March 23, 2020
The April issue of Scottish Country Dancer is due to be distributed on 1st April and will give members something to enjoy even though dances and classes have been cancelled. Members for whom we have an e-mail address will receive a digital copy. Members without e-mail will be sent a copy through the post as usual, but the postal service in some countries has been severely disrupted and we cannot give an assurance as to when it will arrive. If you haven't provided the office with a current e-mail address, then please update your details on the RSCDS database now or let the office know as soon as possible to be sure of receiving your digital copy.
We apologise that most members won't receive a paper copy of the magazine this time, but we are all facing extraordinary and uncertain circumstances. Digital distribution means we can avoid disruption of delivery for over 80% of members. If you experience any issues accessing your digital copy then please contact the office (email@example.com) for support.
With deep regret the RSCDS has cancelled this year’s Summer School. This will be disappointing news for many dancers and musicians, but in face of the global health crisis and the uncertainty as to when normal social interaction can resume, the Board decided to act now in the interest of our members’ welfare and to give clarity to those who had planned to attend. Over the next few days the RSCDS team will be in touch with everyone who had booked a place at Summer School regarding the repayment of fees. Scholarships and places on examination courses can be rolled over to next year.
This follows the cancellation of the Spring Flings in St Petersburg and Toronto. The organisers of those events have begun contacting everyone who had booked to explain repayment arrangements. The associated Spring Fringe events, which are also cancelled, were being run by the local organising committees, and they will be in touch with the people who booked to attend. We would like to thank the local organisers for all their hard work.
The coming months are going to be difficult for everyone. The RSCDS intends to publish a regular eNewsletter aimed at giving members some entertainment and helping them to stay in touch with the dancing community. There will also be posts on our website and social media. We are looking at what we can do to stay connected with members who do not have a computer. Branches, too, are encouraged to maintain their social networks during the crisis.
Branches will receive a separate communication covering business related matters, which will attempt to answer questions about governance, administration and finance. It may be a couple of weeks before the first of those mailings is issued.
We all hope to be back dancing together in the not too distant future. Stay safe.
RSCDS Chair Andrew Kellett has released a message to dancers and musicians, in the light of the Coronavirus situation.
It is important that we all take precautions to stay safe and follow national government and public health advice.
The priority of the RSCDS is the health and welfare of all dancers and musicians.
Please note that with effect from Monday 16th March 2020, all RSCDS staff will be working remotely. This is in response to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in the UK.
We would like to reassure members and Branches that RSCDS staff will still be available to contact via email. General enquiries should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also be aware that shop orders have been suspended until further notice - although this does not apply to digital orders which are available as usual from Amazon, iTunes, Google Play and Spotify.