Stuart Easton to Play at Wellington Pipers Club: Next Thursday, 14 July 7.30 pm

July 7, 2011

The Manawatu Scottish Pipe Band has some of the best soloist in the country and seven of them are coming to Wellington to perform for us next Thursday. In addition to Stuart Easton, we’ll be hearing from the following pipers:

  • Finlay Macgee (Wellington)
  • Ross Horsburgh (Wellington)
  • Douglas McGregor (Wanganui)
  • Chris Croton (Palmerston North)
  • William Rowe (Hunterville)
  • Revel McIntyre (Wanganui)

For those that don’t know, the Wellington Pipers’ Club will be held at the City of Wellington band hall in Hansen Street Newtown commencing at 7.30. The night will finish at 9.30pm , so it’s an all ages event!


Levin Emerging Players Competition This Saturday: Draw

June 24, 2011

The draw is available. Click here to view.


Wellington Pipers Club: Next Meeting this Thursday

April 10, 2011

Message from the Wellington Pipers Club.

A reminder of our next club night to be held as usual on the 2nd Thursday of each month at the City of Wellington Pipe Band Hall Hansen St, Newtown, Wellington.

Next Club Night –  Thursday 14th April 2011 -”Prelude to Hastings.” We had some great piping at the last club night in March with tunes from Andrew Edwards, Gary Watt, Donella May,  Bruce Omundsen and Nigel Foster. Nigel played the ground of “His Father’s Lament for Donald MacKenzie” as a tribute to Alastair Munro and the victims of the Christchurch earthquake.

Our next club night will be focussed around those who are planning to compete at the Hawkes Bay Highland Games at Easter weekend. If you are looking for an opportunity to have a tune in front of a sympathetic but critical audience and put yourself in the right frame of mind for competing at Hastings, you are invited to contact John Hanning and advise him of which event you would like to present to the audience at the club night.

Hope to see you there. Ross Hanning, Secretary, Wellington Pipers Club.


1st Wellington Pipers Club Night for 2011 this Thursday

February 7, 2011

The Next club night under our new format night will be held at the City of Wellington Pipe Band Hall, Hansen St Newtown on Thursday February 10 at 7.30pm.
Featured players will include:

  • Grant Shearer
  • Brian Waugh
  • George Mason

Entry fee is $5 for non club members and no charge to financial club members.

The New Club Night Format

Regular monthly week night meetings (excluding December and January). Structured programme from 7.30pm – 9.3-pm to include up to 6 players interspersed with periods of fellowship and announcements. The players will, it is hoped, include pipers of all levels, learners, veterans and competing soloists playing short selections with a concluding longer item. 2nd Thursday of each month at the City of Wellington Band hall.
Subscriptions
A reminder that the club activities and its support for piping in Wellington depends on club member subscriptions. If you have not paid your subscription please do so to the Treasurer Finn Macgee $15. Your subscription can be posted to the Secretary Wellington Pipers Club P O Box 29-086, Wellington. We have enjoyed great support from the City of Wellington Pipe band over many years who, not surprisingly, require a contribution to the ongoing maintenance of their hall. This is what your door money goes to paying on a club night. The balance of your subscriptions goes to funding our annual competitions, the Brown cup, Everest Piobaireachd and our emerging player’s events at Levin. The club is now a registered charity and any donations to the club qualify for a tax rebate and will be greatly appreciated.

E Mail Address
If you have an e-mail address, and would like to receive the club newsletter electronically can you please advise Ross Hanning at rjhanning @xtra.co.nz


Wellington Pipers’ Club Revival Announced

October 11, 2010

Ross Hanning, the President of the Wellingotn Pipers’ Club, today announced that the Club would be trialling a new format, copied from the  Eagle Pipers Club in Edinburgh. He advised that the next club night will be held on Thursday 11 November at 7.00pm. The features of the new format would be:

  • Regular monthly week night meetings (excluding December and January)
  • Structured programme from 7.30pm – 9.3-pm to include up to 6 players interspersed with periods of fellowship and announcements.  The players will, it is hoped, include pipers of all levels, learners, veterans and competing soloists playing short selections with a concluding longer item.
  • The proposed first new style meeting will be Thursday 11th  November 2010 at the City of Wellington Pipe Band Hall in Hanson street, Wellington   Meetings will recommence on   10 February 2011 and on the second Thursday of each month thereafter.

Entry fee is $5 for non club member and no charge to club members.
The Clubs annual City of Wellington Cup competition will be held on Thursday 11th November. This trophy, donated to the club by PM Allan Guild, is a slow march and march competition and is open to any non A grade player who is a member of a band.  The judge for the event will be John Hanning of Wellington.  This event will commence at 7.00pm to be followed by the Pipers’ Club programme as above. There is no entry fee for this event.

If you are intending to enter the event can you please contact Ross Hanning by clikcinh here.


Easton Makes it three in a Row

June 14, 2010

Stuart Easton of Palmerston North, for the third year in a row, was the winner of the all the top prizes at the Wellington Pipers Club annual competitions.

Everest Memorial Piobaireachd

  1. Stuart Easton – In Praise of Morag
  2. Marion Horsburgh – Lament for Patrick Og MaCrimmon
  3. Brendon Eade – Lament for Donald Dughal Mackay
  4. Sandy Dalziel – MacLeod of Rassay’s Salute

Brown Cup

(slow air, march strathspey & reel and Jig & Hornpipe)

  1. Stuart Easton
  2. Brendon Eade
  3. Gary Watt
  4. William Rowe

In addition Stuart won the N & A McPhee Memorial tray for the march strathspey and reel judged as part of the Brown Cup.

The judges for both events were Ross & Alistair Hanning.


The Brown Cup: Sat June 12: Police College

April 27, 2010

The Wellington Pipers Club will be holding its annual Everest Memorial Piobaireachd and Brown Cup Competitions on Saturday June 12 2010, at the Royal New Zealand Police College, Papakowhai, Porirua.

The Judging panel for both events will be senior club members Alistair Hanning of Auckland and Ross Hanning of Wellington.

The Prize money for both events is as follows: 1st $150, 2nd $100, 3rd $75 & 4th $ 50. The fourth prize will be awarded only if there are at least 8 competitors.

The Everest Memorial and Brown Cup competition has an entry fee of $8 and is open to all financial club members. Anyone interested in competing who is not already a financial member of the Club can join the club for $15. The Everest Memorial Piobaireachd competition commemorates Past President Bob Everest.  Competitors will be required to submit three tunes of their own choice one of which will be selected by the judges to play.  This competition will commence at 9.30am. (Times may change depending on entries)

The Brown Cup competition The Brown Cup was donated by former Club Patron WG Brown and requires competitors to play a march, strathspey and reel, jig and hornpipe and a slow air of their own choice with a maximum of two tuning breaks.  The Strathspey and Reel will be judged as a separate event within the Brown Cup and the winner will receive the Neil and Alan McPhee Memorial Tray and a bottle of Glenfiddich Single malt. This competition will commence at 1.30pm. (Times may change depending on entries).


Entries to the Competition Organiser, Wellington Pipers Club Inc, P O Box 29-086, Wellington. Please include your name, email address, mobile number and entry fees ($8 for each event plus club member ship of $15 if necessary).


Wellington Pipers Club October 09 Newsletter

October 2, 2009
Wellington PIpers Club

Wellington PIpers Club

City of Wellington Cup and Recital by PM Iain Robertson, Sunday October 18th at 4.00pm Paraparaumu Pipe Band Hall Weka Road Raumati.

The club is once again delighted to hosted by the Paraparaumu Pipe Band and will be holding its annual City of Wellington Cup competition on Sunday October 18th 2009 at the Bands hall at Weka Rd Paraparaumu commencing at 4.00pm.

The City of Wellington Cup was donated by PM Alan Guild who stipulated that the competition is open to any member of a Pipe Band in the Wellington Centre who is not an A Grade or Open player. The competition requires each competitor to play a slow march and march in the one performance. There is no entry fee for the competition but those wishing to compete must contact the secretary Ross Hanning at rjhanning@xtra.co.nz to enter.

Following the City of Wellington Cup competition a light dinner will be served and we are delighted to announce that Iain Robertson, PM of the New Zealand Police Pipe band and one of the country’s leading soloists will then give a recital. Iain will also judge the City of Wellington Cup.
Entry Fees for the event will be $15 for adults and $10 for school children inclusive of your dinner and the recital. For catering purposes I would appreciate it if people could let me know by e mail if they are going to attend the event.

Brown Cup and Everest Piobaireachd Competition and Club AGM: Saturday June 13th 2009
These events attracted a top entry of the country’s leading players and a great day was had at the Royal New Zealand Police College. The winner of both events was Stuart Easton of Palmerston North. Our thanks to judges John Hanning, Fin Macgee and Craig Fraser.
At the Clubs AGM held at the Brown Cup, the following were elected:

  • Patron Wally Gordon
  • President Craig Fraser
  • Vice President Iain Robertson
  • Secretary Ross Hanning
  • Treasurer Fin Macgee
  • Committee David Welsh,Cheryl Austin,Marion Horsbrough

On Saturday June 27th 2009 the Clubs Levin Competition for Junior Players was held as usual with the able assistance of Rob McNabb and his team from Levin. Many thanks to Ross Wilson for assisting with the judging and Craig Fraser and Marion Horsburgh for assisting with the stewarding.

Saturday 26 September 2009 at Scots College- For a number of reasons we did not manage to hold this event. We are now looking at the piping calendar for a suitable date to hold this event and further details will follow once this is finalised.

Overseas Piping Success
The club is delighted to record the recent success in Scotland of club member Marion Horsburgh in winning the Gold Medal at Braemar and her third placing in one of world’s premier solo piping events; the Gold Medal at Oban. Well done Marion!
Bob Irvine
It is with deepest regret that we record the recent passing of Bob Irvine. Bob was a dedicated supporter of all things piping and his presence at our events will be greatly missed. The Club extends its deepest sympathies to Bob’s family.
Subscriptions
A reminder that the club activities and its support for piping in Wellington depends on club member subscriptions. If you have not paid your subscription please do so to the Treasurer Finn Macgee $20. Your subscription can be posted to the Secretary Wellington Pipers Club P O Box 29-086, Wellington. The club is now a registered charity and any donations to the club qualify for a tax rebate and will be greatly appreciated.
E Mail Address
If you have an e mail address, and would like to receive the club newsletter electronically can you please advise Ross Hanning at rjhanning @xtra.co.nz


Easton Wins Everest Piobaireachd

June 15, 2009

As part of the Brown Cup competition, which he also won, Stuart Easton won the Bob Everest Memorial Piobaireachd playing the Gathering of Clan Chattan in Wellington on Saturday. Linsay May was second playing Lament for the Viscount of Dundee, Iain Roberson was third playing Lament for Donalds Tutor and Marion Horsburgh was fourth playing the Earl of Seaforths Salute.

Click here to see PBNews for the detailed results.


13 June 09: Brown Cup & Wgtn Piper’s Club AGM

June 3, 2009
Wellington Pipers Club Logo

Wellington Piper's Club Logo

The AGM of the Wellington Piper’s Club is to be held immediately following the conclusion of the Brown Cup at the Royal New Zealand Police College (approximately 4.00pm) on Saturday June 13th 2009.

Timing for the Brown Cup is yet to be finalised as this will be determined by final entries, however, it is likely to commence at 9.30am.  The events will be held at the theatre attached to the swimming pool complex.  Would all competitors and spectators please report to reception upon arrival at the Police College and sign in and receive a visitors badge and directions to the Theatre.

The Police College has its cafeteria open for refreshments throughout the day and the bar will be open following the conclusion of the event.

Click here to download the entry form.


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