Amarican University students pay their annual visit to Clifton

Wednesday 29th May 2024

We are delighted to, once again, host the visit of a group of media students from Oklahoma University. Joe Foote, a friend of our club for many years, will bring group of about 20 students on what has become an annual visit .......and long may this continue.

Last year we introduced them to english bowls and  it was a joy to meet with the students both on the rink and later over the buffet where many lively conversations between two vastly different generations became the highlight of the evening. Several of our visitors under the guideance of SBIBC coaches quickly picked up basic skills of the game and won their matches whils Joe, responding to President Michaels warm welcome, spoke of the friendliness we always shared.

The evening was so successful that we are repeating it this year, albeit with a different set of students, and will also introduce our American visitors to our 'national dish', Fish and Chips followed by one of their famous dishes, Apple Pie.

This promises to be another memorable evening in this long-standing series of visits and certainly not one to be missed!

Venue: South Bristol Indoor Bowling Club
Time: 7.00pm
Contact: Tony Richards

Members away days in Dorset

Tuesday 10th September 2024

Here’s the date for your diary that many of you have been waiting for.

Tuesday 10th September, 2024.

Those of you who enjoyed last years trip to Saltash, Devon, even though the weather was foul, have made it plain that they want another trip this year, so here are the details.

Our hotel will be situated in the picturesque village of Corfe Castle, so named because it is situated in the shadow of the castle.

Like last year, the general theme will have a strong National Trust (NT) flavour, indeed the castle is owned by NT and it’s entrance is a mere 5 minute walk from the hotel through the centre of the village.

En route to Corfe we will make a stop at Kingston Lacy, ‘an Italian palace in the heart of Dorset’ considered by many to be one of the finest NT sites in the country.

After breakfast on Wednesday you will be free to discover the delights of Dorset by either doing your own thing or joining me on a rail and boat tour of the area. A heritage steam train from the station just a 3 minute walk from the hotel will provide a picturesque 20 minutes journey to Swanage.

Swanage is a popular seaside resort with all the usual seaside resort attractions. It boasts a delightful beach with a bustling harbour at one end. From here one may take a 2 hours round trip cruise to Poole and the Jurasic coast or a choice of other trips.

For those who prefer to make their own arrangements the choice of attractions is considerable with gardens, cliff top walks, museums and even more NT venues within easy motoring distances.

On Thursday we will return home via Stourhead NT, with its beautiful lake and gardens, surrounding a 300 years old ‘grand family home’, a site only 40 miles or so from home.

So, what’s the deal?

We have provisionally booked 12 rooms in the delightful Mortons Manor Hotel for 3 nights commencing Tuesday September 10th. For more information a visit to their website is strongly recommended.

It is assumed that the majority of our party will only stay for 2 nights but if you wish to stay longer please advise me.

The cost of the stay will be £295 per couple per night which include a 2 course ‘a la carte’ meal with a £10 supplement for a third course (starter or sweet).

Subject to availability we may well have access to a private dining room for dinner (s).

The hotel are holding these rooms for us until May 6th when I must book our requirements with a deposit of £50 per room.

Many hotels in this area are already booked up so please let me know your intentions asap.

We very much look forward to having you join us for another very enjoyable Rotary Club social get-together.



Venue: Corfe Castle - Morton Manor Hotel