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100 Club Annual Dinner

10 May 2018

On Friday 4th May The Club hosted it’s annual 100 club dinner. The prestigious black tie affair saw Members gather in the Drawing Room from 7pm where a selection of refreshments from the bar were served as conversation and laughter filled the main room. Sixty Six, 100 club Members, were in attendance, bringing together an eclectic mix of old friends, new comers amongst regular faces.

At 7.30pm the diners were called to take their seats. In his welcome address Mr Jerry Barnes, the Chairman, made a special commendation to Mr Tim Mussared, The Club Archivist, by presenting him with 2 gifts for his overwhelming contribution to the Bicentenary Exhibition. Tim had flown back from Australia early to work on the exhibition, which features the inception of The Clifton Club and details the intricate historical timeline that has spanned 200 years. The exhibition was viewed by HRH The Earl of Wessex during his visit to The Club on Tuesday 6th March and was also enjoyed by Members at The Members Bicentenary Party.  After our suppliers and neighbours were given the exclusive opportunity to view our exhibition at our Friends & Affiliates Bicentenary Reception, it finally took residence in The Greenway Room to be enjoyed by all visitors for 8 weeks. Jerry Presented Tim with a framed contemporary arial shot of The Club building along with a personalised commemorative pewter mug.

The 100 club Members in attendance enjoyed a bespoke seasonal menu created by Head Chef Philip Clench, featuring delicious Wye Valley asparagus, tender Ashdale beef, finishing with an exquisite salted caramel tart alongside stem ginger ice cream. Over coffee service, the anticipation gathered as Jerry took to the microphone once more to make the big draw with a jackpot £750, Sue Bromhead; 2017’s lucky winner was invited to pick a number from the bag. She drew Number 31: Dr Malcom Campbell. Malcom made his way to the front to be congratulated by The Chairman and Mrs Bromhead before, as traditional practice dictates, generously offering to buy the first round in the bar!

Fran Tolson, our photographer for the evening from Evoke Pictures captured beautiful shots that can be viewed in the gallery by clicking here. Jonathan has seven numbers available should Members wish to join the 100 Club, securing a seat at next years’ event on Friday 3rd May 2019 you can contact him here.


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The Great Brandon Bake Off

16 June 2018

On Saturday 16th June The Club hosted The Great Brandon Bake Off in The Drawing Room, whereby our very own 'Mary Berry', Liz Annesley and 'Paul Hollywood', Head Chef Philip Clench, provided expert adjudication upon an array of exquisite baked goods supplied by Members and The Club Staff. There was a wonderful turnout for morning coffee and cake tasting, accompanied by a pottery stand by the talented Banwell College. Members were able to donate unwanted goods to Brandon Trust and the event ultimately increased The Clifton Club's contribution to the Brandon Trust to over £4,000.00.

On Saturday 16th June The Club hosted The Great Brandon Bake Off in The Drawing Room, whereby our very own 'Mary Berry', Liz Annesley and 'Paul Hollywood', Head Chef Philip Clench, provided expert adjudication upon an array of exquisite baked goods supplied by Members and The Club Staff. There was a wonderful turnout for morning coffee and cake tasting, accompanied by a pottery stand by the talented Banwell College. Members were able to donate unwanted goods to Brandon Trust and the event ultimately increased The Clifton Club's contribution to the Brandon Trust to over £4,000.00.

There was a wonderful display of incredibly appetising cakes entered into the competition by Members. Congratulations to Pam Townsend, winner of the Cupcakes and Miniatures category, Sarah Davidson, winner of the Rainbow Showstopper category and Jonathan Groves, winner of the Traybakes category. Sarah Davidson also won the "Star Baker" prize for an impressive Rubix Cube Cake and has kindly donated her Afternoon Tea for 2 at The Ivy Clifton Brasserie to the Club's Silent Auction in aid of Brandon Trust.


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The Burgess Cup

01 June 2018

On a lovely day at Burnham and Berrow Golf Club, on the Somerset coast, 11 Members and their guests took part in the annual Burgess Cup competition. As expected, they were met with a friendly greeting and enjoyed excellent hospitality at this magnificent golf club.

On a lovely day at Burnham and Berrow Golf Club, on the Somerset coast, 11 Members and their guests took part in the annual Burgess Cup competition. As expected, they were met with a friendly greeting and enjoyed excellent hospitality at this magnificent golf club.

The competition was closely fought, ending with Martin Griffiths, on 34 points, winning from Tom Williams, on 33 points and Stephen Edwards and Digby Player on 32 points. Congratulations to Martin Griffiths who wins for the second time in the last 3 years.

Tom Williams won the longest drive competition and Stephen Edwards, who took third place on countback, won the closest the pin competition.

Thank you to all participants, on what was an enjoyable day for Club Members and their Guests.


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Mr Mike Beesley

10 May 2018

Following his successful election at The Club AGM on Monday 30th April, Mr Mike Beesley is the most recent addition to the board of directors.

Following his successful election at The Club AGM on Monday 30th April, Mr Mike Beesley is the most recent addition to the board of directors. Mike has been a member of The Club for over 10 years, joining back in 2005. He stood for Election in 2008 and became a Director for a further 4 years. He took on the role of Events Chairman soon after his election and was responsible for the introduction of many of the successful events that take place in The Club calendar today. He was educated in Staffordshire and Devon before re-locating to Bristol to study at UWE in 1977.  He lives locally and is married to Anne, who is also a Member of The Club, they have two children, Benjamin and Katherine.

Mike is currently Chief Executive of Resource Solutions Group Plc (RSG) a national /international recruitment group which he was actively involved in its formation in 1981. He is a Non- Executive Chairman of The Bristol Flyers – a top flight Basketball team which is part of the Bristol Sport family which includes; Bristol Rugby and Bristol City Football Club.  Mike is Chairman of The South West Development Committee for The Prince’s Trust and has a key focus on getting more young people into work and business leaders working together.  He also sits on the board of The Clifton College commercial arm (CCSL). Mike is a keen golfer who regularly participates in The Burgess Cup and was crowned champion in 2017.  In 2014 he co-founded a second tournament The BEGgars Cup and won the tournament in its inaugural year. 

Standing down from the board, after an extended service of 5 years, is Mr Simon Fuller, Chairman of the Events Committee. Simon has played a huge role in recent years overseeing and leading the activities and functions for Members, ensuring that the broad scope of our offering caters for the wide interests of our Members. He has been a great supporter and promoter of all the various dinners, trips, tastings, lunches and lectures and although is longer required to work quite so hard, we are sure we will see him popping the champagne at the next event!

Taking Simon’s place as Chairman of the Events Committee is Club Director, Mrs Lindy Tasker – Lindy has a rich background in organizing charity events for Young Bristol a skill set we are sure she will put to good work over the coming months. We wish her all the success in her new post and we look forward to many of the upcoming dates in the Club diary.


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Goodbye Sonia

10 May 2018

Friday 4th May 2018 saw our beloved longstanding Membership Secretary Sonia Hughes send her last weekly newsletter. After 14 years of service Sonia has taken semi-retirement and will be relaxing this summer gardening, amongst her other pursuits. She has very much enjoyed her time at The Club forming long standing friendships with her colleagues and Members, whilst witnessing the Club’s evolution into the vibrant social hub we know today.

Taking her place at the helm will be Mr Jonathan Groves our new Membership and Marketing Manager; Jonathan has enjoyed a varied career in marketing, business and office management with his most recent post looking after the Private Members of Chelsea Football Club. I do hope you will join us in welcoming him to team and encourage you to make yourself known to him the next time you are in The Club.


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A Royal Visit - HRH, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex visits The Clifton Club.

06 March 2018

Staff and Members of The Club were delighted to host a visit from HRH, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex. The Prince was joining the celebration of the Club's Bicentenary and meeting representatives from their nominated anniversary charity, Brandon Trust. 

2018 marks the 200th year of The Club which started as a humble institution for gentlemen to enjoy cards, reading and games and has developed into the millenia as a popular meeting place for both gentlemen and ladies with a wide social conscience. On arrival at The Club, escorted by Lord Lieutenant Peaches Golding, The Earl was introduced to The High Sheriff of Bristol Mr Anthony Brown and The Lord Mayor of Bristol Mrs Lesley Alexander, both public figures with a keen interest in community and charitable organisations in Bristol. Also greeting The Earl were Miss Amy Edwards, The Club’s General Manager and Mr Jerry Barnes, Club Chairman who escorted His Royal Highness to meet Members of the club and through in to a Bicentenary exhibition. 
 
The exhibition included original artifacts from the Bristol City Records Office that date from as early as 1815, and photos of The Club through the ages, this provided a fascinating insight into the original architecture. The exhibition was collated by Mr Tim Mussared, The Club Archivist. 
 
Jerry Barnes, The Club Chairman said: “This year, 2018, is very significant for The Clifton Club as we celebrate our 200th anniversary. Personally I struggle to appreciate The Club’s longevity! To put it into context, the Battle of Waterloo was in 1815, just three years earlier than The Club’s establishment, which is quite a remarkable fact!” 
 
Whilst in the Snooker Room, The Earl also met Mrs Bonnie Dean, Chair of trustees from Brandon Trust, who will be working with The Club this year to raise awareness of the work they undertake to help support adults and children with learning disabilities and autism. The community projects run by the charity offer people a chance to learn new skills, be creative, productive and importantly, to have the opportunity to undertake paid work or volunteering. The Earl of Wessex is passionate about organisations and causes which provide opportunities for disadvantaged people, and was impressed with Brandon’s mission to increase people’s ability to ‘Live Free’ by helping to support them to achieve their own ambitions. The snooker room at The Clifton Club is full of original features with two full size tables, and The Earl couldn’t resist playing a few shots with Alexander Warman, a young person who has benefited from the Summer Camps organised by Izzy Clarke of Brandon Trust. The fundraising efforts of The Club and it’s Members will be looking to provide two Summer Camps within 2019. 
 
Amy Edwards, General Manager said: “To have The Earl visit us and recognise the work The Clifton Club undertakes is a huge honour, one that we won’t forget!” 
 
A luncheon designed for the Earl’s visit by Executive Chef Philip Clench was served in The Dining Room. His Royal Highness then unveiled a stained glass window to commemorate the 200th year of The Club. The window was commissioned by local artist Lindsay Telling of Waterfront Glass and depicts The Clubs’ crest and bicentenary dates. The Earl signed the visitors book and thanked the Members and guests for their hospitality. Before leaving he took a moment to speak with and thank the staff for their service. 
 
Club Chairman, Jerry Barnes said: “It is a great honour to have welcomed His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex to The Clifton Club to officially launch our 200th anniversary celebrations. He took a real interest in our history and charitable work and you could only be inspired by that.” 
 
Tuesday 6th March 2018 


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Newsletter issue 21: Turning 200

02 February 2018

Now available to view is Issue 21 of The Club Newsletter, with a stirring introduction from Chairman Jerry Barnes as he talks through the plans for our bicentenary year.

Also featured is information on the celebratory calender of events, the exciting opening of the new Auriol Room, details of the Clifton Club documentary commisioned for this special year, and a wonderful interview with Simon Brooks our longest standing Club Member.

You can also find information on The Brandon Trust, our elected charity for the bicentenary year along with details on how you can get involved with our bicentenary fundraising.


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Turning 200

01 January 2018

The Clifton Club is an exclusive private Members Club nestled in the heart of Clifton Village, Bristol. One of the few remaining of its kind in the South West it boasts a varied array of facilities along with a traditional Drawing Room and Bar, Dining Room and Snooker Room with 2 tables. With a membership of over 500 The Clifton Club has grown from strength to strength developing its social offering and renovating its 18th Century decor along the way. The modern day Club not only offers luxurious Regency surroundings but a vibrant community attracting like minded individuals of all ages.

Founded in 1818 by the gentry of Clifton as a space to read and play cards and billiards, The Club was originally housed in The Clifton Library and remained there until 1850. The opportunity soon arose to purchase The Clifton Grand Hotel
and Assembly Rooms, and The Clifton Club relocated to its new home on The Mall. The Club remains in this building to this day and following a refurbishment in 2008 has tastefully restored the Regency architecture and kept its original
features. The modern day Club hosts a diverse program of events and activities to cater for the wide ranging interests of its Members and constantly looks to attract and grow through developing its offering. The Club is internationally recognised, having
established a network of over 80 reciprocal clubs. In recent years The Club has seen a growth, and now record high population, of lady Members and young professionals from all walks of life.The changes taking place are shaking off the stigma of a dated Victorian Gentleman’s Club and replacing it with an exclusive, modern and vibrant social atmosphere.The building itself boasts a variety of sumptuously decorated Regency rooms,most popular The Dining Room; a traditional fine dining setting with grand
marbled columns and original glass domed ceiling serves a daily changing à la carte menu and plays host to not only Member luncheons but an array of formal dinners and society celebrations. The newly refurbished Auriol Room, set to open during 2018 will showcase modern facilities in beautifully restored surroundings to create a flexible workspace and study area for Members to enjoy for both business and personal use.
Throughout 2018 The Club is celebrating its 200th year, proud to be one of the longest standing institutions in the City of Bristol we are not only celebrating our rich historical past but looking ahead to the future. The Club has carved its mark on Bristol through adopting an ethos to preserve and improve its traditions and hand it down from generation to generation. The current Membership are committed to continuing this practice, ensuring The Club and its facilities will survive for centuries to come.


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The Clifton Club Newsletter Issue 20 Winter 2017

25 November 2017

Our Winter newsletter is available to view, featuring details on The Auriol Room - our new members work and study area, our new Reciprocal Clubs, and our calender of events for the Christmas and the New Year. 

Click here to view the Newsletter.


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Macmillan Coffee Morning

19 October 2017

The Club hosted this years Macmillan Coffee Morning on Saturday 14th October 2017. 

The event was organised by Hugh & Victoria Newhouse and was a huge success, raising a fantastic £1140.66. Members enjoyed tea, coffee and baked cakes from Members who volunteered.

A raffle was organised with donations from local businesses within the village. We would like to thank; The Ivy, Cote, Fishers, The Alma Tavern, Saffron, The Mall Deli, Motiq, About Face, Boots (Clifton Down), Oddbins, Chandos Deli, Jigsaw, Bar Chocoat, Clifton Cellars, Saffron and The Somerset House. 


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“We’re All Mad Here”

19 October 2017

The 2017 Annual Founders Dinner took place on Saturday 7th October, this years theme was 'Alice in Wonderland'. 

The Club had undergone a huge transformation, with flamingos and playing cards around every corner. Members made their way through the keyhole to be greeted with cocktails served in tea cups and entertainment from The Mad Hatter and The Queen of Hearts from local perfomers Circus Fantastic. Members and guests enjoyed a 5 course magical meal prepared and created by Head Chef Philip Clench & Sous Chef Yordan Yordanov. Dishes included 'Eat Me, Drink Me'; a mustard & cauliflower macaroon with a shot of jagermeister, 'Mock Turtle Soup' ; a Chicken and Beef Consomme and 'The White Rabbit' ; Confit Rabbit Leg, Rolled Rabbit Loin, Bunched Carrots. To Finish a trio of desserts were served on vintage tea stands and included homemade Jammy Dodgers, Lemon Tarts and Chocolate Opera . During the meal entertainment was provided by Alice herself who hula hooped around the dining room, The Mad Hatter & The Queen of Hearts who both performed very memorable shows. 

Over 60 Members and their Guests dressed to impress with a broad range of Mad Hatters, Playing Cards, Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum, Alice and The Queen of Hearts. A huge thank you to everyone who embraced the theme to provide a truly memorable event. To see a full gallery of the photographs from the evening please Click Here 

Next Years Dinner will be celebrating something rather special and will be held on Saturday 6th October - Theme to be announced. 


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Tournament Winners

27 September 2017

Sport and Games are a respected long standing tradition of Club life. During 2017 to date we have sorted the novices from the semi-professionals and are delighted to announce our three winners so far;

Backgammon Tournament - Winner, Mr Roderick Davidson and

Runner up, Mr JL Hagger

The Burgess Golf Tournament - Winner, Mike Beesley and

Runner up, Mr Martin Griffiths

The BEGgars Golf Tournament - Winner, Martin Griffiths and 

Runner up, Stephen Edwards 

The Snooker Competition - Winner, Mr Allan Rosengren and

Runner up, Mr Duncan White