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Bridge Society

The Bridge Society meets in the Club at 6.30pm on Mondays, however this can be flexible depending on the availability of players. 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 befits Members of the Caledonian Club, one of our strong suits is sociability.

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 and with several social events in the Club during the year. Whilst the enjoyment of golf is at the core of the Society it is the camaraderie that makes it special. Charlie Stewart, a Past-Captain of the Society, captured that camaraderie in verse:
St Andrews, Prestwick ,Gailes and Troon,
the memories could fill the room.
Of courses played and friends we’ve made
In a’ the years this game we’ve played.
Tonight we’ve shared with many friends
and just before this evening ends,
lets raise a glass to us a’
who share the love of the wee white ba’.
We look forward to welcoming you to the Golfing Society.

The Society Secretary is Paul Boyle.

The Alba Lunch Society

The Alba Lunch Society is a group open to all members of the Caledonian Club, and their guests, and we meet three times a year, in the Spring, Summer and late Autumn. The core of our meetings is lunch in the Club and at each lunch we have an interesting topic on which we focus, and these are wide-ranging and varied. We might have a visit and tour to a place of interest, a behind the scenes tour, a visiting speaker or even a chance to develop a new skill. Recently we have visited Kenwood House, had a lecture on the Dior exhibition held at the V&A, and been behind the scenes at a major London auction house, and we are developing many interesting ideas for our future events. If we meet outside the Club, transport is arranged, ensuring the day is relaxed and enjoyable. We are always happy to welcome new members to the society.

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 new Bosendorfer piano for a little under £30,000 (current list price £104,900) 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 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 120 concerts which have been socially and financially successful. The standard is high and getting higher by each concert.

The Chairman is Albert Cowie.

Number 9 Society

The Society was set up to bring to The Caledonian Club influential speakers from a wide and diverse group of disciplines, such as academia, the Arts, commerce, diplomacy, 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 August. Past speakers have included politicians, members 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 Chatham 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 Stuart Thom.

Racing Society

The Caledonian Racing Society formed in 1996, has owned 18 horses across 18 consecutive Syndicates. The Society has had considerable success recording 28 wins since its inception with a strike rate of Wins to Runs of 12%. The objective is to provide a low cost entry into racehorse ownership, where the 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 dinners with prominent guest speakers. The Society’s horses are trained by the three times champion jockey and now successful trainer Richard Hughes at Weathercock House Stables, Upper Lambourn.

The Chairman is Graham Doyle.

Shooting & Fishing Society

The Society has a strong calendar of good quality game shooting, focusing mainly on single and pairs of days. These mainly take place in the Home Counties although there is occasionally the opportunity to go further afield. 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 are very keen to hear from those whose passion is fishing and who would like to develop this side of the Society’s 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’. 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 the performing arts; particularly but not exclusively with a Scottish theme. Events include private viewings at 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. 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.

The Chairman is David White.

Younger Members’ Society

The Younger Members’ Society (YMS) was formed in 2009, comprising 20 members. Now, ten years on, it comprises over 200 members, all attracted to the Society by its array of fun events and gatherings throughout the year. The events calendar kicks off with a Younger Members’ Burns Supper in January, followed by various dinners, dances, wine, gin and whisky tastings as well as monthly drinks, and ending the year with a fantastic Young Members’ Christmas Lunch, which is always highly attended. The YMS works with other Younger Members’ Societies at Clubs in London, the UK and overseas to continue to broaden and expand the sociability and fun of the Society. Benefits of joining the Society includes discounted tickets to events.

The Chairman is Henry Sutton.