The Manager's Notes

General Manager's Notes

A happy, healthy and prosperous New Year to you all and Kung Hei Fat Choi for the Year of the Dog!

I trust you all had a wonderfully generous and indulgent festive period and have settled well into your fragile abstinence acknowledged as your New Year’s resolution.

Thank you for your overwhelming support during the festive celebrations at the Club - all events were fully booked including our Christmas Carols by Candlelight led by the Hong Kong Welsh Male Voice Choir. Thank you to Clara, Jo and Debbie for the magnificent Xmas decorations including “thousands” of Nutcrackers strategically placed throughout the whole Club.

For the result of “Guess the Number of Nutcrackers” Competition – see page 45.


The Swimming Pool will be closed for Annual Renovation from Monday 15th January for approximately 5 weeks. On re-opening, access to the Pool Complex will be via the new and safer corridor from the Sportsman’s Bar.

During the renovation, we will also be replacing the tiles on the driveway outside the Pool Complex which will cause some disruption.

Please note that with the imminent opening of the new and renewed facilities, there are updated dress codes, opening hours and age restrictions which will be communicated to you in due course.

Chinese New Year Holiday will be from 16th – 19th February, please look out for our operating hours during the Chinese New Year Holidays.

The Annual Staff Party will be held on Tuesday 27th February, the Club & DotCod will be closed from 3.00pm early to accommodate this annual event.

Thank you to all those Members who have so generously contributed to the Staff Lai See Fund. For those wishing to change their contribution or opt-out completely, please inform us through the link or contact the Club directly.

I am pleased to announce that the “disabled” lift has been fully licensed and approved and will be available to the Membership as soon as the Occupation Permit has been received.


The Club’s Burns Supper will be held on Saturday 20th January in the Function Suites. The evening will include the definitive Speeches, Scottish Piper, a live Ceilidh Band and, no doubt, some Fine Single Malts. There are a few places left, should you wish to attend this wonderful traditional evening.

For those rebuffing a ‘dry January’, our first Wine Workshop for 2018, ‘Understanding the Art of Bordeaux Blend’ is scheduled on Thursday 18th January. Also, our first Bin End Sales in 2018 will be on Sunday 28th January from 11.30am to 3.30pm in Spinners with the first Wine Dinner of 2018 on 28th February.

Join our Chinese New Year Celebration Poolside Lunch Buffet on Saturday 24 February to welcome the Year of the Dog with a Lion Dance, God of Fortune, Cultural Booths and D-I-Y counters. The Lion Dance Show starts at 2.30pm in front of the Club’s main entrance.

For those who live dangerously and in need of an aidemèmoire, please remember St. Valentine’s Day is very close to Chinese New Year. Dot Cod Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar will offer St. Valentine’s Dinner on 14th February with live entertainment. Please make your booking early with

Looking further ahead, on Tuesday 6th March between 7.00pm and 9.30pm, the Club is to host an Education Seminar by Aegis Advisors Limited focusing on ‘Admissions to Top U.S. and U.K. Universities’.


I would like to announce the departure ofMr. John Webb from the General Committee on his return to his native Australia. John has served on the GC for almost 3 years. His expertise in Structural Engineering has provided much advice and cost savings to the Club. However, his advice on picking a winner at Happy Valley has cost those that listen plenty!

John, our sincere thanks for all you have contributed to the Club and we wish both Sue and yourself much health and happiness back in Australia.

I am happy to announce the appointment of Penny Hubbard-Brown to the General Committee to fill the vacancy after John’s departure. Her experience as a Chartered Structural Engineer and Project Manager will serve the Club well.


To facilitate timely communications, we encourage all Members and spouses to provide your updated email address and mobile phone number to the Club via email on


Kieran Hale
General Manager