The Manager's Notes

General Manager's Notes

Following on from the storm Mangkhut, I am pleased to report that the Clubhouse is now fully functioning and most of the interior damage resolved. We continue to work with our Structural Engineers and Contractors to resolve the stanchion and lighting issues which will take some time. Once I have an expected date of completion, I will let you know.

Sports

As the festive season approaches, there are several Sports related events and dinners to look forward to. If it’s a heated exchange of diverging views, then the Annual Squash ‘Out of Africa’ Ball takes place on 3rd November - if it’s gossip, backbiting, and scheming, then the Annual Tennis ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Ball on 4th November - if it’s a day of exasperation and frustration you require, the annual Golf Club Championship is on 23rd November at Kau Sai Chau followed by Dinner and Presentation in the Club.

Tours

Thank you to all who came to the Club to support the visit of the Lord’s Taverners, a wonderful day’s cricket and post-match festivities. Thank you to HKCC ‘Captain for the Day’, Isaac Poole, for leading the Club to victory against a star-studded Team.

Also, thank you to all those who participated in welcoming the Woodpeckers Cricket Club, Singapore, to the Club. Once again, an excellent game of cricket and a wonderful post-match supper in the Boundary Bar. The Woodpeckers have extended an invitation to the HKCC to play in Singapore 2019 which is being ‘actively’ perused.

We have two visits from the Singapore Cricket Club next month. On Friday and Saturday 2nd and 3rd November we will play against the SCC Cricket Teams and on 24th November, SCC Tennis Section will play at HKCC.

Racing

Join our Melbourne Cup Day Lunch on 6th November and enjoy the set lunch, free flowing beverages and Live Telecast of this world famous horse race! ‘Dress to Impress’ – put on your fancy dress and fascinators, and you may win a prize!

Willow Room

Congratulations to the Willow Room in celebrating its 20th Anniversary in style. Over 70 Members and guests enjoyed an evening of fine food, wine and traditional Chinese music magnificently reproduced on a Pipa, Dizi, Sheng and Yangquin!

Xmas at The Gap

Please be advised, Christmas is now just 7 weeks away! The Club has once again prepared a variety of celebratory events, outdoor by the Pool or on the Ground, indoor in Function Suites or dining outlets. For details on all Xmas offerings including catering, DotCod dining vouchers, Sports Shop vouchers, Hampers, Wine Gift Sets, please note the online 2018 Christmas and New Year Programme is now available. Simply click onto our website under Events and you will find our e-Brochure and all related online forms. Printed copies are also available for collection by Members at Reception and Dining Outlets for review.

The popular Christmas Wine & Food Fair on 15th November kicks off the festive celebration, followed by an Interactive Murder Mystery, ‘The Christmas Card Murders’ Dinner Theatre on 21st November. There will be a Festive Fizz Tasting on 30th November and the first ever Wine Event in the new Long Room will be a ‘Chateau Ponet Canet Vertical Wine Dinner’ on 6th December.

“The Greatest New Year’s Eve” will be the Greatest Show in Town! Three ticket categories are available for consideration – ‘Grand Stand’ offers an allinclusive package for age 18 and over while ‘Circus Stand’ offers the same for all ages; ‘Side Show’ is the Midnight-Countdown for age 18 and over only.

This year, we invite all Members to take part in the Magical RingMaster Hat Design Competition. Each entry costs $50 includes a base hat. Entries will be on display in the Club during November. Winning designs will be entitled to TWO tickets to the 2019 Garden Party. Please be reminded to submit your design on or before 15th November. For more information, contact our Club Reception.

In addition, the Xmas Club Quiz Night will be held on 28th November. For Quiz lovers, please enrol with us early!

Food & Beverage

The next monthly ‘themed’ dinner in Spinners on 9th November will be an exciting 4 course Oyster based menu. Other monthly highlights in Boundary Bar includes Wine Tasting on 9th November and ‘How to Enjoy Port’ on 22nd November.

Holding Tables and Seats with Personal items

Members are requested to refrain from ‘securing’ places at outlets, in particular the Sportsman’s Bar, by placing bags and personal items on the tables and seats and then proceeding to other activities, preventing potential users from finding a seat/table at which to dine.

“Fielder”

It has been almost a year since the badly injured Mongrel (Tong Gau) Kam Kam aka ‘Fielder’ was discovered in the lower ground carpark on a cold and wet day. With the assistance of several Club staff and volunteers, she was eventually reunited with her owner after 3 years astray.

Even though the vet predicted little chance of recovery, Kam Kam showed excellent fighting spirit to live. After numerous visits to the vet, major operations, and intensive care, I am happy to report that Kam Kam has now fully recovered and living happily and healthily back with her owner and her pals (3 dogs and 6 cats!).

TMS Commentary Special

Following on from the compelling, edifying and mesmeric commentary of BBC TMS Commentator, Dan Norcross, during the visit of the Lord’s Taverners, we were similarly entertained recently by an observation from a native New Yorker who perhaps did not necessarily grasp the nuances of cricket commentary when, explaining an LBW in the Chater Tavern to his friends, noted… “It was during the third pitch when the ball hit the equipment and he was given the leg over”… not quite cricket, sir!

 

Kieran Hale
General Manager
kieranhale@hkcc.org