The 128th Annual Prize Presentation and Dinner, will be held at Brickhampton Golf Resort at 6pm on November 16th, 2019. The Club Speaker is Adrian Pearce and the Guest Speaker is Lady Carolyn Elwes.
The meal will be a three course Dinner and will include coffee. Vegetarian (V) and Gluten Free (GFA) alternatives are available.
Roasted Red pepper & tomato soup
Duck terrine, ginger & plum chutney(GFA)
Goats cheese bon bons, toast beetroot salad
Roast rib of beef, Yorkshire pudding, braised red cabbage , beef jus (GFA)
Salmon en croute, hollandaise sauce (GFA)
Moroccan vegetables and chickpea stew, spiced dumplings (V)
All served with roasted potatoes & winter vegetables
Lemon Posset with crushed amaretto biscuits,
Apple & Blackberry Pie with vanilla custard, ice cream or cream,
Tea or Coffee with mints
Please consider your selection before booking, which is due before before 1st November 2019
The cost has been set at the same price as last year at £20 for Seniors and £10 for juniors. If you wish to attend the club function then please use this form to advise numbers and menu selection as soon as possible. Alternatively advise the Dinner Secretary directly, either by mail or email.
Payments should be paid directly into the Gloucester City Cycling Club bank account, details of which are below.
We shall not be issuing numbered tickets. There is a maximum limit of 100 attendeese. Those who request it will be sent an individual letter and booking form.
Please note that we shall be seating in tables of ten. If you wish to sit with your friends, please discuss it them and forward their names to the Dinner Secretary
The cut-off date is 1st November 2019
Guest Speaker Lady Carolyn Elwes
The Colesbourne estate lies in the beautiful setting of the Churn valley, halfway between Cirencester and Cheltenham, in the heart of the Cotswolds. John Elwes, son of the celebrated miser, purchased the estate of 1600 acres in 1789 and over the next few years more land was added to make a total of 6000 acres. The original house, situated near the church, comprised a very elegant Queen Anne front built onto an ancient manor house in 1703 by the Sheppard family, clothiers of Minchinhampton. Their other estate was Gatcombe, now the home of the Princess Royal. In 1850 J.H. Elwes decided that the old house was too small for a family of twelve children, demolished it, and built a grand Victorian mansion on a new site nearby. This house was requisitioned in the last war and then lay, half empty and devoid of furniture until inherited by the present Henry Elwes in 1956. With no prospect of re-furnishing the huge house Henry pulled it down in 1958 and built a smaller one on the same site, incorporating one room from the old mansion. The estate now comprises 2500 acres including four farms, 900 acres of forestry and most of the village property.
The lake was created in 1922 in a deep wooded valley near the house to provide hydro-electric power for the big mansion. The wonderful blue colour is believed to be caused by the colloidal clay in the water.
Sir Henry Elwes farmed most of the estate during the 1970s and 1980s and served for 32 years on the District and County Councils. In addition he takes a particular interest in forestry on the estate and in the Arboretum planted by great-grandfather, Henry John Elwes, and, with his wife Carolyn, in developing the snowdrop collection, open to visitors for the first time in 1997. He became The Queen’s representative, the Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, in 1992, retiring from the position in October 2010. In June 2009 he was appointed KCVO in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Lady Elwes (Carolyn) was encouraged to take an interest in snowdrops by her cousin Mary Biddulph of Rodmarton Manor, who introduced her to Herbert Ransom, gardener to the Mathias family of The Giant Snowdrop Company fame. He, with Richard Nutt, helped to identify the surviving snowdrops from Henry John Elwes’ original collection. The collection developed rapidly under her care and she discovered several fine varieties at Colesbourne. These include the very early G. plicatus ‘Colossus’, G. ‘George Elwes’, the first yellow cultivar of Galanthus elwesii, appropriately named ‘Carolyn Elwes’, and of course G. ‘Lord Lieutenant’.
The Raffle will be held after the Prize Presentation. It is a bit fun and generates some funds for the club, but the success of this event depends very much on the generosity of our sponsor, local businesses and members. Should you wish to donate an appropriate prize, it would be much appreciated. Ticket sales help offset the evening’s expenses.