With the Christmas, New Year and Chinese New Year celebrations behind us, we look forward to 2017 full of anticipation and expectation.
On 13th February, the Club held its Annual Staff Party at the Conrad Hotel. I would like to thank all Members whose voluntary contributions to the Staff 'Lai See' Fund this year was indeed recognition that our Staff are held in such high regard.
We welcome back our Cricketers recently returned from a very successful Tour of South Africa, both on and off the field. A huge thank you to fabled Tour Manager, Bob Bettridge, for once again putting together another splendid expedition.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Susan Mifsud who has recently stood down as Chairperson of the Social and Entertainments Committee. A fantastic contribution to the Club! We wish the 'interim' Chairperson, Ms. Valeria Azario all the very best in her new role.
Moving onwards, I am pleased to report that our Rugby Social Members have taken up the full allocation of tickets for the forthcoming Rugby 7s' weekend. The HKCC Box at Lord's, England v. South Africa, 6th and 7th July - only very few bookings available. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Please be reminded of our scheduled Wine events including: Saturday 4th March Burgundy Wine Dinner at DotCod and Wednesday 15th Bordeaux Wine Dinner at the Club.
On Friday 17th March, we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with our Irish Food and Drink promotion, Sláinte!
On Sunday 7th May, we will be holding our major Annual Event, the HKCC Garden Party. Booking is available for Members on or before 31st March. For guest bookings, these will be on a first-come first-served basis starting 1st April.
Master Plan Update
I am pleased to report that at the end of January, Buildings Department has issued the necessary permits for the next stage of the programme, including Piling Tests and excavation works. These works are currently underway. Whilst I apologise once again for the noise and disruption, it is reassuring to see progress on the site.
The Pool Complex annual maintenance is ongoing and is expected to be completed some time in late March. Remedial works as a consequence of the MasterPlan construction works as well as obligatory Government works necessitate the longer than usual closure of the Pool Complex during this maintenance period.
I will take this opportunity to once again remind parents to be vigilant of their children when at the Club. Unfortunately, there was recent a case of gratuitous vandalism on our Ground facilities which may have caused serious injury to the culprit as well as causing considerable cost to the Club.