Friends Of Ye Olde Towne Hall


When the Ailsa Craig Town Hall was no longer needed for the Clerks Offices and Council Chamber it became a community centre where smaller groups could meet on a weekly or monthly basis. This is a listing of regular activities taking place during 2017/18


Fitness — 6:45 to 7:45 pm. Call Julie Jongeneel — 519-294-6786


► CraigActive for active Retirees meet the second and fourth Tuesday of the month from September to May.  Now reaching it’s tenth anniversary, this fun group meets at 11:30 am for social time.  Soup and sandwiches are served at noon.  On the second Tuesday of the month we show a movie, and on the fourth Tuesday we usually have a guest speaker.Programs have included travel talks, local authors, astronomy, ecology and nature talks, healthy living.

Contact Ye Olde Towne Hall – 519-293-1060


Fitness —  Call Julie Jongeneel — 519-294-6786


AuSable Singers — 1:00 to 3:00 pm Spring and Fall

The AuSable singers, a committee under the auspices of the Friends of Ye Olde Towne Hall, started in 2010 with thanks to a New Horizons for Seniors Grant.  The choir is now under reconstruction.  Please watch our site for updates.


Scottish Country Dancing — 7:30 to 9:30 pm Call Bob Watson — 519-232-9695

Scottish dancing is enjoyed by people of all ages and from many cultures. There is no need to have Scottish ancestry.

There is an expression that “The music tells you what to do.” We usually dance to music from bands comprising accordions, keyboard, drums, and sometimes fiddles. Other times pianos or bagpipes get us moving. Jigs and reels are fast lively dances while elegant strathspeys and Scottish waltzes are slower.

In an evening’s dance, you dance with many partners. The protocol is to choose a new partner for every dance — and it’s proper for ladies to ask men. So, you don’t need to bring your own partner. We usually dance in lines with sets of 4 couples, although some dances have a different formation. When the music starts, you bow or curtsey to your partner then go through a series of patterns which vary for each dance. In all but the most formal balls, someone briefs the dances to explain what to do before the music starts. Often, the dance is walked through during the briefing to further help you learn the dance.