The Manager's Notes

General Manager's Notes

Welcome back to all who had the opportunity to escape one of the wettest and hottest summers in recent history in Hong Kong. A disproportionate number of Thunderstorm warnings, days lost due to heavy rain and soaring temperatures (37 degrees recorded on site) did its best to once again disrupt the Masterplan project. However, I am pleased to report that the project is still on line for completion in December this year. Once again, I thank you for your patience and look forward to delivering new Club facilities that you are all going to be proud of and enjoy.

In July, the HKCC Box at Lord’s was once again well attended for the first Test against South Africa. An opportunity for our past Chairman to present Mr. Mike Walsh with his certificate of Life Membership alongside the other 3 Life Members, namely Rodney Miles, Terry Smith and Tony Melloy.

I trust all those who attended the Test enjoyed both the hospitality and the cricket in particular, watching Joe Root’s unbeaten 184 on the first day of his debut as England’s Test captain.

Back in Hong Kong, trials and selection across all our core sports are now underway and we very much look forward to the new season and new silverware for the new Boundary Bar.

Cricket begins at the Gap on Saturday 9th September with the Saturday Championship match between Gap Ramblers and SCC Lancers. Saturday Gappers also starts on 9th September and Wednesday Gappers on the 13th. Good luck to all our Sporting teams!

We are pleased to be travelling to the Shanghai Cricket Club on 1st of September to contest the 151st Anniversary Interport Bokhara Bell Cricket fixture.

We welcome our new coaching staff across our core sports and trust their services will be well received by our Members.

As per the Chairman’s message, in October, the Marylebone Cricket Club will be visiting us as part of their tour of China, led by our patron, Mike Gatting. 4 games will be played at the Gap against opposition from CHK Select, Craigengower CC and HKCC.

Plans are well underway for our New Year Celebration at the Club. There will be a marked departure from our traditional event as we plan to involve all ages and preferences across a number of the Club’s outlets. We hope you make the Club your venue of choice for this New Year Celebration.

Vale - Mark Edwards

Many of you will know of the recent passing of Mark Edwards - a highly popular member of the Club who played Rugby and Cricket for us until he and his family returned to England a few years ago.

His funeral was held on Wednesday 16th August, Blundellsands, Liverpool. In honour of Mark, there was a gathering at the Chater Tavern to coincide with his funeral. Over 100 Members and guests attended, the eulogies presented by Mr. Sean Robson and Mr. Shaun Tibbatts, followed by a ringing of the Club Bell.

Thank you to all the Cricketers, Rugby players, HKCC Members, Kennedy School friends, Scenic Villa friends, work colleagues and all Mark’s friends for attending and paying your respects to Mark, Anna and their three girls.

Forthcoming Events

Our ever-popular Annual Swimming Gala is scheduled to be held this coming Saturday 9th September. Please contact our Sports and Recreation Department for last minute entries at recreation@hkcc.org.

This summer, we have been running a series of outdoor movies which has proved very popular. I am happy to announce that the next movie, The Full Monty, will be screened on Saturday 16th September.

On Wednesday 20th September, Mr. Ron Rutland will be at the Club to share his unique and inspiring story – Fat Kid On A Bike. Rugby fan, Ron Rutland, spent more than two years cycling across Africa and Europe, a total of 43,000km, so he could watch his beloved South Africa in the World Cup – only to then see them lose in the sport’s biggest upset! Ron is currently caddying for Club Member, Adam Rolston, as he attempts to play the longest hole in golf by hitting a golf ball across Mongolia! No doubt there will be a few anecdotes from this adventure. Please book early so as to enjoy an evening of wine, food and a truly inspirational story.

On Thursday 28th September, we will be hosting our first Wine Dinner after the summer break, Maison M. Chapoutier – A special 5-course menu with a total of 6 wines will be prepared for your tasting and enjoyment.

The Mid-Autumn Festival will be on Wednesday 4th October. The Club will organize the ever-popular Lion Dance, complemented by a festive buffet. Encourage your children to come in their Chinese Costume, bring their home-made Lanterns - they may even win a prize!

Please note, the 2017/2018 Racing season starts on 3rd September. The Club maintains a Private Race Box in both Happy Valley and Shatin race courses with full catering and standard drink packages.

AGM held on Monday 5th June 2017 The Minutes can be downloaded from the Club website as from Friday 1st September.

Singapore Cricket Club-Reciprocal Usage

Please note that in a letter received from the Singapore Cricket Club (SCC), they are changing their policy on Reciprocal Rights for reciprocal members.

SCC is making changes to tighten its existing By-Laws and procedures whereby only Active Members who are residing in Singapore are allowed to use the reciprocal facilities of other Clubs.

Following on from this, Absent Members of all Clubs with reciprocal rights to the SCC, including HKCC Life Absent Members, will not be accorded the rights to use the reciprocal facilities of the SCC.

Only Active Club Members who are not residing in Singapore are allowed to enjoy the SCC facilities for periods not exceeding an aggregate of one calendar month in a year.

And finally, since taking up the role as General Manager, I have been keen to improve communication channels with our Members; face-to-face as I walk around the Club, informal meetings in my office, if you can find it, and in writing. I do encourage you to contact me directly to discuss any concerns you may have or to share any ideas for improving our Club.

 

Kieran Hale
General Manager
kieranhale@hkcc.org