B.C. Pipers’ Newsletters of 1983

The Historical Newsletters page has been updated with the release of archival B.C. Pipers’ Newsletters from 1983. Besides the regular news of competitions and results, BCPA Life Member Bill Elder has compiled the following interesting news of that year: Judging Seminar, discussion surrounding standardized judging sheets. The 51st Annual Gathering to be held at Vancouver…

B.C. Pipers’ Newsletters of 1982

Happy New Year and Happy Hogmanay to all our members! The BCPA Communications team had a well deserved break for the holiday period and looks forward to bringing you more news and articles of importance and interest. The Historical Newsletters page has been updated with the release of archival B.C. Pipers’ Newsletters from 1982. Besides…

The Passing of Jessie Roane (nee Nicholson)

Jessie Roane, multi-talented piper, dancer, and singer and daughter of Order of Canada Member and BCPA Life Member the late Pipe Major Malcolm Nicholson, C.M., passed away on December 19, 2020. Her daughter Elouise Roane has kindly provided the following obituary which also appears here. Elouise has memories of her Mom using her piping and…

2021 February BCPA Online Mini-Gathering Registration Now Open

With the on-going world-wide global COVID-19 pandemic still in effect, the BCPA is continuing with the Mini-Gatherings in an online format. As previously announced, players will enter the Mini-Gathering through the BCPA Registration Site, then record and upload their performances to YouTube during the defined period, then complete a form with music details and YouTube…

Haggis fundraiser opportunity from Sherlock’s The British Store

With COVID-19 still hanging in there, it is looking like the 2021 Robbie Burn’s Dinners will take on a very different feel and will likely only be of the virtual type. Sherlock’s The British Store, a major supplier of haggis to many Burns Dinners in Metro Vancouver over the years, is offering to help pipe…

B.C. Pipers’ Newsletters of 1981

The Historical Newsletters page has been updated with the release of archival B.C. Pipers’ Newsletters from 1981. Besides the regular news of competitions and results, BCPA Life Member Bill Elder has compiled the following interesting news of that year: Jean Bokenfohr appointed as Newsletter Editor Jimmy McIntosh and Murray Henderson to adjudicate the 49th Annual…

B.C. Pipers’ Newsletters of 1980

The Historical Newsletters page has been updated with the release of archival B.C. Pipers’ Newsletters from 1980, of which only 3 issues were published. Besides the regular news of competitions and results, BCPA Life Member Bill Elder has compiled the following interesting news of that year: A Tune by Jimmy McColl, “William Robertson McKenzie” P.M.…

B.C. Pipers’ Newsletters of 1979

The Historical Newsletters page has been updated with the release of archival B.C. Pipers’ Newsletters from 1979. Besides the regular news of competitions and results, BCPA Life Member Bill Elder has compiled the following interesting news of that year: Note on avoiding taking sealskin sporrans into the U.S. as they may be confiscated by U.S.…

Remembering Constable Gordon Sinclair – BCPA President, Vancouver Police Pipe Band, EOW December 7, 1955

Last week marked the significant anniversary of a tragic event in the history of the BC Pipers’ Association, the Vancouver Police Pipe Band, the Vancouver Police Department, and the City of Vancouver. On December 7, 1955, 40 year old Constable Gordon Sinclair was killed in the line of duty investigating a potential burglary in the…

Format for the 2021 February BCPA Online Mini-Gathering

Following careful examination of various formats for and feedback on online competitions and consultations with BCPA adjudicators and other parties, the BCPA Board of Directors has determined the following format for the February 20, 2021 BCPA Online Mini-Gathering: Will operate in the same format as the November 7, 2020 BCPA Online Mini-Gathering (i.e. submission of…

The Passing of Archie Walker

Archibald (Archie) Carse Walker passed away on November 29th, 2020. With other health issues, Archie did succumb to COVID-19. Archie was born on June 24th, 1933, in Kirkconnel Scotland. Growing up there and then living in Edinburgh with his wife Annette and 1st born son Bryan. They made the big move and immigrated to Vancouver.…

B.C. Pipers’ Newsletters of 1978

The Historical Newsletters page has been updated with the release of archival B.C. Pipers’ Newsletters from 1978. Besides the regular news of competitions and results, BCPA Life Member Bill Elder has compiled the following interesting news of that year: BCPA Life Member Pipe Major Malcolm Nicholson C.M. invested as a Member of the Order of…