January 2023

Bagpipes for Burns Night at Chawley Grove Care Home


Residents and staff celebrated Burns Night with a Burns Supper followed by the amazing sounds of the bagpipe and singing Auld Lang Syne.

Steven, who has played on TV many times, also made it a truly memorable occasion at Chawley Grove when he addressed the haggis.

Megan Wilson, Chawley Grove Wellbeing and Lifestyle Coach said: “It would not be Burns night without the bagpipes, so we managed to call some in, and everyone loved it.

“They are an amazing instrument and to watch Steve play was truly memorable. The sounds are good for the soul and all the residents were delighted.”

Steven has been playing the bagpipes from aged 10-years-old. And at aged 16 he joined Her Majesty’s Scots Guards. He was posted to the 2nd Battalion Pipes & Drums in 1982, and while serving with the reconnaissance Platoon he was wounded at the Battle for Tumbledown Mountain, the last battle of the Falkland Island conflict.

He later returned to duty, attending the Army School of Piping, Edinburgh Castle where he achieved the Army Pipe Majors Certificate (bandmaster) in 1984.

Leaving the Army in 1988, Steve took over the Banbury Pipe band and under his direction the band achieved man awards including 1st place at the English Pipe Band Champions in 1994, and in 1997 the band was placed 8th in the Grade IV World Championships.  

Steve has appeared regularly appearing on TV and radio, backing Rod Stewart, Vanessa May, playing at Sylvester Stalone’s wedding and appearing in The James Bond movie, The World is not enough. 

He is Piper to the Duke of Marlborough.