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Bridge Society

The Bridge Society meets in the Club at 6.30pm on Mondays. Join us for a few rubbers, timed so that we finish at around 9.30pm – early enough for those who have to travel a distance to get home. New Members have joined our group, some only irregularly but, with notice, we fit them in easily. The Bridge Society invites you: deal yourself in for this, the most intellectually stimulating of all card games. Our standard is good but not intimidating. While, as benefits Members of the Caledonian Club, one of our strong suits is sociability. Interested?

Please contact Philip Craig

Golfing Society

Our programme is exciting and varied, playing at some of the finest golf courses here in the South and Scotland. We begin the season with a Social Evening at the Club where you can enjoy a putting competition and quiz. We host a number of events including Spring and Autumn meetings, a knock-out competition, a Summer Tour, matches against London and Scottish Clubs. Our Annual Dinner has prestigious speakers from the world of golf. Whilst the atmosphere obviously reflects enjoyment of golf it is the camaraderie within the membership that makes it special. We look forward to welcoming you to the Golfing Society.

The Society Secretary is David Smith

The Alba Lunch Society

The Alba Lunch Society meet three times a year to enjoy a relaxed day with a talk, demonstration or tour to one of London’s numerous museums, galleries or other places of interest. Recent events have included the visits to Wellington Barracks, No 1 London, the London Silver Vaults and the talk on Victorian Jewellery by Robert Ogden from the Burlington Arcade. Lunch is taken at the Club and transport arranged so members just have to turn up and enjoy themselves. We are always happy to welcome new members.

The Chairwoman is Mrs Glen McNeill.

Musical Society

The Music Society was formed in 1999 to promote cultural activities in the Club. The Members purchased a 7’4″ Bosendorfer piano (current list price £81,366.00) and this has enabled us to attract pianists of a high calibre. The Music Society holds six concerts a year, usually on the third or fourth Tuesday in February, March, April, September, October and November. The format is a champagne reception at 6.45pm followed by a one hour recital and then a buffet dinner finishing about 10.00pm. We try to promote the careers of young artists and specifically we offer a concert to the winner of the Scottish International Piano Competition. The Music Society has given over 100 concerts which have been socially and financially successful. The standard is high and is getting higher.

The Chairman is Albert Cowie.

Number 9 Society

The Society was set up to bring to the Club influential speakers from a wide and diverse group of disciplines, such as academia, the Arts, commerce, diplomacy, the media, the military and politics. A prominent speaker is invited to address the Society on a theme of his/her choice on the first Tuesday of each month except January and August. Past speakers have included politicians amongst them being a number of the current cabinet, sporting personalities, captains of industry and ambassadors. Members can meet the speakers at an informal pre-lunch reception, followed by lunch, presentation and a Q&A session. Adhering to the Chaltham House Rule, our events provide a unique insight into topics of the day and are renowned for their informative but relaxed atmosphere.

The Chairman is Anthony Westnedge OBE.

Racing Society

The Caledonian Club Racing Society, formed in 1996, has owned 17 horses across 16 consecutive Syndicates. The Society has had cosiderable success recording 27 wins since its inception with a strike rate of Wins to Run of 12%. The objective is to provide a low cost entry into racehorse ownership, where members can enjoy the benefits of this and also participate in the friendship of the many organised social events. Throughout the season we arrange race days, stable and stud visits and dinner with prominent guest speakers. The Society’s horses are trained by Group 1 winning trainer Hughie Morrison who is based at Summerdown Stables, East Ilsley, Newbury.

The Chairman is Graham Doyle.

Shooting & Fishing Society

The Society has a strong calendar of good quality game shooting, focusing mainly on pairs of days, predominantly in Scotland and East Anglia. There is always the potential availability of other days depending on appetite and demand. In the off-season and to keep the eye in we have our own Club competition, open to all members and guests of the Caledonian Club, not just members of the Society, as well as fielding teams in several clay pigeon competitions against other Clubs. Although shooting dominates the current programme we do hold a day’s fishing on Denford water and are very keen to hear from those whose passion is fishing and who would like to develop this side of the Societies activities.

Chairman: Alastair Irvine (Clays) Alan Wallace (Game Shooting)

Book Club

If you enjoy literature and a good argument you should consider joining. There is no fee,it is free to Members. You can attend in person or you can send in your views on the books by email and they will be considered during our ‘live’ sessions. A summary of our discussions is circulated following each session. Meetings take place once a month in the evenings and last about an hour from 6.15 to 7.15pm. A word of warning, however, we do have round table discussions therefore the number attending each session is capped at about 15, otherwise participants cannot ‘have a say&amp’. So sign up quickly to be guaranteed a place!

Organiser is Mrs Hilary Reid Evans.

Arts Group

The Arts Group, formed in 2011, brings together Club Members with an interest in all aspects of the arts – painting, sculpture, architecture, antiques, literature and performing arts; particularly but not exclusively with a Scottish theme. Events include private viewings art galleries, museums and exhibitions and talks by prominent people in their field, usually accompanied by an engaging dinner in the Club. Close relations with the Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) has resulted in the loan of works of art to the Club. Many artists and galleries take part in the Club’s Revolving Art Exhibitions. Good relations with other private members’ clubs expand our horizons. Become a member of the society to interact with others with a mutual interest in the arts, enjoying an educational experience in a friendly social setting.

Younger Members’ Society

This Society was formed in 2009 and, at the time, was comprised of just over 20 members. Today it represents over 15 percent of the Club membership and has a busy calendar of events to reflect this surge in numbers. These events include dinners, wine tastings, whisky tastings, monthly get-together and annual trips to reciprocal Clubs overseas. A funding principle of the YMS was that it was to be inclusive and it is left to the discretion of members whether they join. There is an optional YMS subscription fee of £25 with the benefit of discounted tickets to events. The Caledonian Club also has an arrangement with numerous other private members’ clubs in London through the Inter-Club Group where very popular social events occur throughout the 17 member clubs, with a least one event being held each month. Please find more information at www.inter-club.co.uk.

The Committee Chairman is J Angus D Burrell.