80th Anniv

CLOG Birthday celebrations

2017 marks CLOG’s 80th birthday, and to celebrate this milestone, we organised 2 special events – a tea party in London, and a weekend at a hotel in Eastbourne.

These events, open to current and ex-members, were organized for our 75th birthday celebrations and are a great opportunity for members to meet each other.

It is no mean feat for an organization like CLOG to have survived and flourished for 80 years, given the enormous social changes that have taken place over that period.  At both events photos, factsheets, newsletters are exhibited to reflect how CLOG has evolved.

Tea party – Sat 20th May, 3-5.30pm
Tara Hotel
Scarsdale Place,
Kensington W8 5SY

The first big event was held in May when 73 current and former Clog members gathered in the plush surroundings of the Copthorne Tara Hotel in Kensington for an afternoon tea with all the trimmings!

The huge room was decorated with balloons and banners with a table on one side of photos and albums showing Clog from the early days, and a rolling slide show of more recent walks, events and trips away – we all enjoyed spotting ourselves! Many ex-members of Clog from past decades came and it was great to catch up with old faces and meet new ones. The most ‘vintage’ ex-member had joined Clog in the 1940’s and the most recent member there had joined only 2 months ago!

The tea arrived on art deco cake stands and we tucked into fruit smoothies, sandwiches, mini-cakes and piles of scones, jam and cream. Bob and Sudip gave short speeches towards the end and we all continued to chat and catch up until the late afternoon when many of us retired to the hotel bar to continue the craik - and a good time was had by all! Thanks to Melissa and Anne, who were the main organisers for the event, and everyone who helped on the day.

The next 80th event will be our big party weekend in Eastbourne in September – 80 people have booked so far and there are still some places left if you haven’t booked yet. New members, current members and former members are all welcome!


Eastbourne weekend
Sat/Sun 16-17 September
Best Western Lansdowne Hotel
King Edward’s Parade
Eastbourne BN21 4EE

The Lansdowne is a friendly and comfortable 3-star hotel on the seafront. A variety of single, double, twin and family rooms will be available.

Festivities begin on Saturday evening, with pre-dinner drinks at 6.00pm before a 3-course dinner (vegetarian and vegan options will be catered for). Smart dress will be requested. There will be a live band, playing music for all ages and tastes until midnight, but there is also plenty of space in the hotel bars and lounges for members who would prefer to chat.

Sunday starts with a comprehensive breakfast (including full English if desired).  This will be followed by a choice of walks, ranging from rambles in the beautiful South Downs, (eg Beachy Head) to a local stroll around Eastbourne – or no walk at all if preferred!  The event will finish with an option for afternoon tea at the hotel.

All these activities will cost only £75 per person (£85 with afternoon tea).