The Manager's Notes

General Manager's Notes

As our wine preferences move seamlessly from the robust winter Cabernets to the summer delicacies of Pinot Grigio and Rosé, our attention on the Ground moves from Cricket to Lawn Bowls Summer League; to the casual observer, a relaxing and social pastime amongst friends; to the more observant, a ruthless, merciless, and uncompromising cut-throat rivalry in the pursuit of even more glory and silverware. Bowlers, have a wonderful and successful summer season.

A huge thank you to all who attended the Garden Party and those who made it such a success. Two rain showers in the morning threatened to spoil things. However, with the arrival of 1,160 Members and guests, the clouds dispersed making way for sunshine, amazing food and drink and entertainment for all the kids. Well done to all left standing!

This month, we say farewell to our Head Groundsman Joel, as he prepares to leave HKCC after 13 years of service. Joel has played a crucial role in developing our ground, producing some of the best wickets ever played on in Hong Kong. He has also contributed countless hours in rescuing and developing school and community grounds throughout Hong Kong. Joel is establishing his own Turf business and will be welcomed back to the Club to provide consultancy services. The best of luck to you Joel.

We also bid farewell to Sports and Community Development Manager, Mark Wright. Mark has been with the Club in various roles for 10 years and has proved invaluable with his passion for grass-roots coaching, community development and his overwhelming respect for the game of cricket. Mark has taken up the senior position of Director of Cricket for ‘Cricket Hong Kong’ and we all wish you (and Claire) the very best at CHK and your forthcoming marriage.

Coming events

As many of you are aware, the Willow Room space on the 1st floor has now been reopened with limited occupancy for 30 people. This will be used as overspill from the 2nd Floor Willow Room, as well as when functions are being held on the 2nd floor. If you are making a Willow Room booking, please confirm whether your booking is in the 2nd floor function space or 1st floor Willow Room.

Please note the latest in the series of Wine Dinners takes place on 15th June, this time, a 5-course Chinese Dinner with Wine Pairing from Tacsa d’Almerita.

Do not forget Father’s Day on 18th June 2017! Celebrate with Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label at a special price during that weekend between 16th and 18th June. Alternatively, a few hours of peace and quiet for Dad will be most welcomed!

Inter Sports Sections will have their “Sports Fun Day” Competition on Sunday 4th June from 3pm. All Members are welcome to watch as well as join the post-event Barbecue on the Ground. Enrolment forms are available via recreation@hkcc.org.

Alternatively, join the “Sports Day for All Members” on the following Sunday, the 11th. This is a social sports event on the Ground, introducing the Club’s seven core sports, including Cricket, Lawn Bowls, Hockey, Netball, Tennis, Squash and Golf. Two sessions for aged 9 to 14 and 15 years and above. Please register your interest with recreation@hkcc.org.

Further summer activities are being organised on the Ground, including Movie Night, Introduction to Croquet, Barefoot Lawn Bowls and the ever popular Lawn Tennis.

Please be reminded that Club Quiz Night will be held on Friday 16th June. However, should you keep forgetting this, then perhaps this is not the event for you!

In celebration of 20th Anniversary of HKSAR Establishment on 1st July, the Club will hold a special Lunch Buffet by the Pool with water games and splash-ins.

DotCod

Please note, DotCod will hold its Gala Dinner on Saturday 24th June. Chef Justin and his team have produced an amazing bespoke menu with matching wines. Please contact DotCod directly or via HKCC Mkgt & Events Dept at hkccevents@hkcc.org for booking.

Master Plan update

I am pleased to announce that after receipt of requisite approval from Building Department, the Pile caps reinforcements have now been concreted and the site back-filled. In anticipation of the imminent superstructure consent, steel has been delivered to site and the works above ground are due to begin.

Detailed interior designs have now been completed and have gone out to tender.

As site works commence, it is further expected that the temporary boundary road will be removed in August/September allowing for re-turfing of the damaged area in anticipation of the approaching cricket season.

Reminders

reminder to all who use drivers, Uber Cars or book taxis to come to the Club. Please make sure you are at the entrance prior to the arrival of your car. These vehicles are causing huge congestion around the entrance to the Club as drivers circle, waiting for their respective clients.

In addition, with the arrival of summer, Members are reminded of HKCC Club By-Law 9(e)…..

Swim-wear is not permitted in any part of the Club premises apart from the Swimming Pool complex

 

Kieran Hale
General Manager
kieranhale@hkcc.org

HKCC Annual General Meeting,
Monday 5th June, 6:30 p.m., Clubhouse