The Chairman's Message

From The Chairman

Dear Members,

Moving from Nutcrackers to Hounds…

The Nutcrackers have now returned to barracks and on behalf of the General Committee, I wish you all a Happy and Healthy 2018 and Kung Hei Fat Choi for the Year of the Dog!

2018 promises to be an exciting year ahead.

I have been reliably informed that the inspection process for the extension has almost finished and, once complete, the fit-out will start. We anticipate the Willow Room extension being the first outlet to open, followed by the Long Room and then the Boundary Bar. All will have amazing views and the Executive Chef and his team are working very hard to make sure that the food offering matches.

I know that Members have ‘building site fatigue’ and are looking forward to enjoying the Club without noise and disruption of piling and concreting works. I am pleased to say that there is no intention to embark on any further new-build projects in the foreseeable future, although, as a Club, we must continue to meet the needs and expectations of the membership. Some of our existing provisions will need upgrading and improvement and we are looking at the space planning of our facilities on level 2 of the Annexe building to see how we can best use this facility in the future.

We have just formed a working group to undertake a communication review to understand how the Club can better communicate with Members. Mr David Hewitt is leading this initiative and I would like to thank him and those Members who have volunteered to help for their time and efforts in undertaking this project. It is very important that Members lead and participate in these types of initiatives and I am looking forward to seeing the findings and implementing improvements.

With various Tours planned for 2018, we will be renewing old and established friendships as well as forging new and exciting opportunities for our Members. In January, our cricketers will be touring Sydney and, in the summer, they will be in the UK playing against the MCC at Lord’s.

Our Golfers will tour the Emerald Isle this summer and there will be various other sporting section ‘short tours’.

As we commence the second half of the sporting season, all our sections are in the hunt for silverware. I wish you well in the challenge ahead.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Member volunteers, Sponsors and members of staff for supporting the Club in 2017 and we look forward to that continued support in 2018.


James Callow