National Rally 2018

Bowden Hall Hotel, Bondend Lane,
Upton St Leonards, Gloucester. GL4 8ED
7th to 9th September 2018

 

This year, the West of England Centre will host the Rally and welcomes all Club members
to the Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall Hotel at Upton St. Leonards, Gloucestershire,
on the western edge of the Cotswolds. Bowden Hall is a Grade 2-listed Regency manor house
built in 1770 and sympathetically restored during a major refurbishment in 1991.

It still maintains most of its original woodwork in the reception area,
along with stained glass windows designed by William Morris in the reception area
and in the Lakeside Function Suite. One of the previous owners of Bowden Hall
was Major Dearman Birchall, a cotton merchant and a Major in the Gloucester Hussars.
The Dearman Restaurant is now named after him. Before 1968, Bowden Hall was used as a
remand school for girls. Rumour has it that they were very ‘naughty’ girls and that many
a postman was in fear of his life when delivering mail!
Since 1968, Bowden Hall has been a hotel.

There is a wonderful vista over the valley from the hotel lounge.
Many of the trees in the grounds of Bowden Hall are over 200 years old.

The Club will have exclusive use of the Lakeside Function Suite,
with areas for Rally HQ, informal meetings, coffee, merchandise and spares.
The National Rally Dinner on the Saturday evening (please see menu)
will be held in the balcony area, which has disabled access.
Parking exclusively for the Club has been arranged, along with a
‘photoshoot’ in front of Reception and/or infront of the hotel.

As last year, to encourage early registration,
everyone who returns their Rally Entry Form and Entry Fee BEFORE
MAY 31st will be entered into a special ‘Early Bird’ Draw for £25 of Spares either from
Riley Motor Club Spares Ltd or from Blue Diamond Riley Services Ltd.

As in previous years, please make bookings for Rally hotel accommodation
separately from your Rally Entry.
To book accommodation at Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall, please phone the booking agency,
Sundial Group, on 0345 0341505 or 0845 0341505 and mention ‘Riley Motor Club’ –
please do not attempt to book with Bowden Hall direct. Disabled rooms and dog-friendly rooms
are also available; there is a small extra charge for the dog-friendly rooms.

Friday 7th September
Check in and meet up, followed by the Club AGM,
and informal dining in either the restaurant or the bar

Saturday 8th September
Visits/Places of interest (please see suggestions below)
National Rally Dinner (please see details below)

Sunday 9th September
Visits/Places of interest (please see suggestions below)
Concours d’Élegance and Awards, presented by the Club’s President, Victor Riley
RILEY MOTOR CLUB SPARES – will be on-hand all day Saturday, and on Sunday until the morning excursion
MERCHANDISE –  will be on display and for sale throughout the weekend
RAFFLES –  Raffle tickets will be on sale, with prizes to suit everyone!

An important reminder – the Club’s AGM will take place in the Lakeside Function Suite
at 18.00 on the Friday evening. Please do attend if you can and have your say in the
running of the Club. Coffee and biscuits will be available.

Venues/Places of Interest
There are many places of interest, spectacular scenery and views
in the Cotswolds and surrounding areas,
as well historic sites and heritage centres.

Listed below are some suggested venues.
To help us plan an enjoyable weekend for you, please indicate your likely interest in these
by ranking them on your Entry Form
(most attractive first; least attractive last).
There may be a charge for some venues and some may be subject to weather conditions.
1. Bugatti Trust
2. Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway 
3. Berkeley Castle  & Slimbridge Wetland Centre
4. Bourton-on-the-Water, including Motor Museum and Model Village
5. Aerospace Bristol (Concorde)  – and optionally, Cribbs Causeway Shopping Mall 
6. Prinknash Abbey
7. Painswick Rococo Gardens
8. Gloucester Quay & museums 

National Rally Dinner
This year, the Rally Dinner price is set at £29.95 per person, the same as last year,
which we think is very good value.  To make your booking, please select your choices
from the menu below, enter the letter codes on your Entry Form, and send in your Form
(to the Club Treasurer, Nick Walton) along with your Rally Entry fee and Rally Dinner payment.
If you have special dietary requirements, the hotel will be glad to accommodate these;
please indicate them with your menu choices.

Starters
A – Slow roast tomato soup, basil pesto, cream (v)
B – Crispy breaded brie and walnut salad, cranberry relish (v)
C – Pimms-marinated melon, raspberry sorbet (v)

Mains
D – Roast chicken supreme, red onion and thyme stuffing, roast chicken gravy
E – Seared salmon, crispy leeks, champagne sauce
F – Asparagus and creamed leek tartlet, herb sauce (v)
G – Gloucester Old Spot duo of pork
H – Beetroot & blue cheese risotto, candied walnuts, thyme (v)

Desserts
I – Rhubarb and custard Eton mess
J – Baked vanilla New York cheesecake, apple and blackberry compote
K – Selection of cheeses, biscuits, celery and chutney
L – Apple, pear and walnut crumble

Coffee, tea and mints
v = Vegetarian

Download the entry form below :-
National Rally Entry Form

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