On Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th June 2016, Ascot races were brought to Bryn Meadows with over 200 people attending across the two days.
All guests glammed up for the occasion and were greeted to a Pimms Reception, before entering the Barn Suite decorated for the day. Guests enjoyed a 2 course lunch including the summer favourite strawberries and cream before gearing up for the first race of the day.
Stakes were made on each race with the administration led by Pontllanfraith Rotary. Unlike the totes and the bookies, you did have to play to win. All of the races were shown on the big screens dotted around the room; with many people cheering (often very enthusiastically!) their horse over the finishing line.
After the excitement all were served afternoon tea and were able to enjoy the sunshine on the patio terrace, watching the golfers tee off the tenth. There were even some prizes for the best dressed and the best hat too.
There has been some fantastic feedback too:
“We had a fantastic day from start to finish. It was incredibly well organised; the meal was lovely, the staff attentive & the setting was beautiful.” Sharon R
“We all enjoyed yesterday so much, the food service by the staff were all fantastic. We went to a similar event last year elsewhere, and it was awful! We were so thrilled we came to you this year.” Lisa L
“It was my first visit to Bryn Meadows. The views across the golf course were stunning and definitely added to the atmosphere of the day. We watched 6 races on the TV screens placing a few bets which was fun, and made for an enjoyable day. The meal and afternoon tea was lovely. The staff were very friendly & helpful too.” Teresa W
The Pontllanfraith Rotary were also pleased with the day, with them saying:
“A note of appreciation to Bryn Meadows for your support in organising two very successful racing days last week. Without exception there have been numerous positive comments. Our guests were knocked out when they came into the room and this was followed by excellent service.
The support of the staff, both before the event and on the day, was exemplary, and the Rotary Club would like you to pass on their thanks to all that were involved.
This was a major fundraising event for us and we raised well over £1500 on the two days.”