How do we do it? Choosing such a lovely day in a week of very indifferent weather was definitely a bonus. Another bonus was to have such a knowledgeable guide as Katie who led us across pastures green to an arboretum with magnificent trees, many of which were probably already mature when Kings Weston House was completed in 1719. Others, including a new Lime Tree Avenue, were relatively insignificant in size but contributed their own brands of beauty to the magnificent landscapes which surround the Grade 1 listed building.
Based at Yate Fire Station, fireman and rescue worker, Paul Incledon, gave us a high impact presentation on the work of SARAID. Using many dramatic photographs to support his talk he captured his audience in describing the work of the highly skilled volunteers who are prepared to fly to any part of the world to help in the search and rescue of victims suffering the effects of earthquakes, tsunami, floods or whatever else causes a large-scale disaster.
On a day when our scheduled speaker had to postpone his presentation one of our own members, Richard Higgs, stepped to up the plate and gave a talk on one of his chosen subjects, later-life Care.
There was a touch of class about our visit to the Curzon Cinema. The 14 Clifton Rotarians and their partners were treated like royalty and given a tour of the fascinating building by Susannah, Hilary and Petra who introduced us to their world of film projectors, double “courting seats” and cinema organs.
On a fine sunny early May day four of us arrived at Henbury Golf Club to enjoy a sociable lunch followed by 18 holes of golf.
Our game was a friendly fourball matchplay competition on a course in fine condition and and we were generous in awarding 'gimmies', Mulligans and penalty free drop-outs.
Dennis and Richard took the honours but all agreed it had been a most enjoyable game and we looked forward to the next round to be played at Tall Pines GC in June, date to be advised.
During the 'apres golf' later in the club house the only disappointment voiced was that so few golfers turned out and we remind members that this is a roll-up, you do not have to commit to play unless you want a buggy reserving, and you are welcome to bring a friend along too!