The Manager's Notes

General Manager's Notes

Welcome back from your summer travels and adventures. I trust you all had a wonderful summer break and for those who endured the extraordinary heatwave in Europe, no doubt the cooler climes of Hong Kong are a welcome relief!

Private Recreational Leases (PRLs) and Task Force on land supply –

SUPPORT YOUR CLUB

You have all been made aware that there are currently two government consultation initiatives in progress. The Home Affairs Bureau (HAB) is conducting a public consultation on PRLs policy, the outcome of which will impact our Club and all Members. A separate task force is seeking feedback on a range of options on how to increase land supply in Hong Kong. One proposal being considered is developing the land occupied by private recreation clubs. The respective deadlines of 19th September and 26th September are almost upon us!

Please take the time to participate in the consultation process. The links to submit your views can be found on our website. Any enquires or support, please feel free to contact myself, General Manager, Kieran Hale at 3511 8666 or our Assistant General Manager, Clara Li at 3511 8688.

Club Sports

Our Men’s and Women’s Cricket Teams have recently returned from a very successful summer tour of the UK and France where they had the privilege to play at iconic grounds including Windsor Castle, Arundel Castle, Wimbledon CC, Chateaux Giscours and Lord’s. Thank you to those who organised this magnificent tour, in particular, our nonpareil Tour Manager, Bob Bettridge.

With the new season upon us, we welcome Ryan Buckley as our new Senior Cricket Coach, taking over from the recently departed Craig Wright. I am sure you will join me in wishing Ryan all the best in his new role. With trials and selections well underway, we look forward to welcoming some new talent across all our Teams and with the recently completed viewing options at the Boundary Bar and Chater Terrace, we look forward to an excellent season ahead.

We welcome back our young Gappers for a new Saturday and Wednesday season of fun-filled cricket. Places are still available for those who wish to sign up to Hong Kong’s biggest and best junior cricket programme.

Two upcoming cricket events of note: On Friday, 14th September 2018, the Men’s East Asia Cup Cricket T20 matches - 0930 Korea v. Japan, 1330 HK Dragons v. China - will be played at The Gap.

On 12th October, The Lord’s Taverners Celebrity XI including David Gower, Rob Andrew, George Chuter and Nick Hancock will play against an HKCC Select XI.

To all our Core Sports, I wish you the very best for your new season. I am sure your summer of abstinence, discipline and self-denial will reap rewards.

Members and visitors are welcome to both events.

Food & Beverage

A variety of food and beverage activities will be held in the coming months including a series of notable dining events starting on 14th September in Spinners, Italian Workshop on 19th September in Function Suites. Single Malt Whisky and Ribs will be held in Boundary Bar on 27th September and a ‘Sausage Sizzle’ by the Pool on 30th September. A National Day Celebration Buffet Lunch will be held on 1st October.

Willow Room

For those of you who remember its Opening, you may be a little surprised, as well as delighted, that The Willow Room will celebrate its 20th Anniversary on Wednesday 10th October. To mark this, the Willow Room will host a Gourmet Celebration with the finest of Chinese cuisine paired with Premium Wines and live Chinese musical entertainment. This will be a very popular event, so please book your tables early.

Club Events

HKCC Annual Swimming Gala will be held on Saturday 15th September for children aged 3 to 14 including a parent-child event. After the Gala, Members and guests are welcome to join the express buffet and the ‘splash-in inflatables’. Family Poolside Barbecue with inflatables will also be held on 8th September and 5th October.

The traditional Lantern Festival is on Monday 24th September. To celebrate this wonderfully colourful event, the Club will organize a Grand Poolside Family Barbecue with buffet, lion dance and other entertainment.

For those families who wish to take a contemporary yet professional family picture, come and book a half an hour session for our Family Photo Day on 30th September. Advance registration is required.

Racing

HKCC has once again taken a Private Box at both Happy Valley and Shatin for 2018/19 racing season starting 2nd September. An all-inclusive catering and drink package is on offer. Enrol for Season Badges to enjoy advance booking privileges.

2018 AGM

Please be advised that the 2018 AGM minutes are now available for download at Members’ log-in area of Club website.

By-Laws Reminder

As it is now the start of the busy season at the Club, a gentle reminder of the following By-Laws.

  • Shoes are required within the Club premises, excluding swimming pool complex and children’s playroom.
  • The use of all photographic or video devices of any kind is strictly prohibited in all changing rooms.
  • Smoking (including e-cigarette and vapourizer) is not permitted in any internal areas of the Club, including external covered areas and car park. Smokers are reminded that when smoking in an approved area, to exercise extra consideration in the presence of children or any others who may be affected as well as during sporting or social events. Use of ashtrays provided to avoid littering and damage to floors and surfaces is also expected.

Furthermore, please be considerate; put your baby in a swim nappy before using the Pools. This can be purchased in the Club Sports Shop.

 

Kieran Hale
General Manager
kieranhale@hkcc.org