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It’s with great sadness that I write these few words about Archie – long time member and past Chairman who died on 17 June.
Archie was born in Ayrshire in 1930. At school, he excelled in the sciences and after gaining a doctorate in nuclear physics from Glasgow University, he headed south for work in Chelmsford, Luton and Reading. Archie was passionate about Scottish culture, and dancing in particular, so it wasn’t surprising that he joined a Scottish dancing group where he met his wife Rosemary.
After he and Rosemary married, the family settled in Hyde Heath near Amersham where Archie worked at the Atomic Energy Authority and, later, in medical research at Amersham International.
In retirement, he was able to enjoy walking, cruising and gardening. But he was also generous with his time supporting local organisations as a school governor, President of Amersham Scottish Association and a representative of the Hyde Heath HS2 Forum.
For many years, Archie was a stalwart of the Lucy Clark Club (in three different locations), maintaining a keen interest in the club’s affairs and supporting from the side-lines. Latterly, despite having mobility difficulties, Archie continued to dance, his clear mind seeming to race ahead of his body to guide him into place. He always knew where he should be, which gave everyone confidence.
We will all miss “dear Archie” – always welcoming, courteous, quietly tough, thoughtful, generous – and the most charming dance partner.
Dancing suspended until further notice.
In line with Government recommendation we have suspended all club activities including our Thursday night weekly dancing. We hope to return to dancing on Thursday 9 September 2021 if it is safe and sensible to do so.
Stay healthy everyone. Our very best wishes to you all.
Major events planned for 2021/22:
(subject to Government guidelines)
Christmas Dance - Saturday 11 December 2021
with Ian Robertson and his Band
Spring Dance - Saturday 9 April 2022
with Ian Muir of Prestwick and Bob Parsons
Lucy Clark video of Neidpath Castle
Here's a lovely memory of Lucy Clark dancers performing the three couple Strathspey, 'Neidpath Castle' in the Oldham Hall, Great Missenden in 2016. Its had over 10k views on YouTube as of April 2021!
Two other Lucy Clark videos recorded at the same time are also available to view on YouTube:
Miss Lucy Clark (a 32 bar reel for three couples in a four-couple longwise set) written for our founder 'Lucy' by Valerie Farr.
Lochnagar (a 32 bar reel for three couples in a four-couple longwise set)