Congress 2019

95th Annual Congress of the Federation of Caledonian Societies to be held at the Bains Lodge, Bainsvlei, Bloemfontein from the 27 -29 September 2019.  September, the start of spring is a lovely time to be in our area, not cold and definitely not the heat of summer which we have had the past few years, it’s almost like Durban without the sea. The Bloemfontein Caledonian Society is looking forward to host this event and trusts it will be enjoyable.

There are changes to the familiar format of the past in accommodation and overall weekend.  We have split the accommodation from the functions to be able to suit your individual needs and pocket, thus we are hoping to attract more people attending the weekend.  The accommodation and functions will still be handled by the Society and not the Lodge itself.

There are three different forms of accommodation. 1. Firstly, Basic room with Shower, Air Con, TV, kettle etc.  2. The next is the same but slightly bigger and upmarket.  3. Then there are also Log Cabins which can accommodate from 1 – 4 people sharing.  Visit their web page to view the accommodation,  Unfortunately, the game has been moved to their other lodge which is not as busy and is only run as a bed and breakfast no function facilities.

To get the best prices for the weekend we have had to work on bed/breakfast and all functions for the minimum of 40 people.  With your help we can achieve this goal.

Accommodation – Bed & Breakfast

Basic Room Single per night –            R600               For 2 nights R1200

Basic Room Sharing per night  –         R820               For 2 nights R1640 (2 people)

Hotel Room Single per night  –           R850               For 2 nights R1700

Hotel Room Sharing per night  –         R1080             For 2 nights R2160 (2 people)

Log Cabins Plus Breakfast

Per Night 1 person                              R1150             For 2 nights R2300

Per Night 2 people                              R1240             For 2 nights R2480 (620 pp per day)

Per Night 3 people                              R1330             For 2 nights R2660 (444 pp per day)

Per Night 4 people                              R1420             For 2 nights R2840 (355 pp per day)

If unsure of any of the above or functions please contact and I will assist where possible.

Saturday lunch has not been included but there are two eating outlets on the premises, The Bushbuck Pub and Bains Pub.

About a km from the Lodge are a number of places to eat, Copper Clover, The Staffordshire Pub, Longhorn Restaurant plus two nurseries serving delightful meals.  That’s just in the immediately vicinity.

See Booking Form below

95th Annual Congress

Monthly payments can be made, May June July August with balance 15th September.

Also please advise if you intend be with us at Congress as soon as possible for organizing on our part.

Completed application forms to be email to myself at

We will end off the weekend with a ‘Kirkin’ after breakfast on the Sunday at the Lodge. 

 Lynette Johnson (Convener)

082 438 9688

Or use my What’s App which we all seem to be on these days.  I intend starting a What’s App group to keep updated.  Advise if you would like to be included.