The Manager's Notes

General Manager's Notes

Master Plan

It is with great pleasure and some relief that I can report the MasterPlan project is now complete. The Cricket Ground Spectator Seating area, 1/F Boundary Bar, Willow Room Extension as well as the 2/F Long Room were officially opened by our Patron, Mr. Mike Gatting, our President, Mr. Chris Pratt, Former Chairman, Mr. Gavin Erasmus, Chairman, Mr. James Callow, Mr. John Webb and Ms. Jo Purcell and Members on 23rd April 2018. Many of you have already had the chance to visit or view both and the feedback has been encouraging. Of course, projects like this require many hands to deliver, so thank you to all our designers, our consultants, our contractors, General Committee, Staff and you, the Members, who have remained supportive, positive and above all, patient throughout.

A special thank you to our Former Chairman, Gavin Erasmus, Redevelopment Sub-Committee led by Mr. John Webb and the Food and Beverage Committee led by Ms. Jo Purcell. Your selflessness, attention to detail and sheer obstinacy saw this project through. We would like to extend our thanks to: Mr. Jonathan Cummings, Mrs. Penny Hubbard-Brown, Mr. Ian Laidlaw, Mr. Bobby Ng, Mr. Kwong Yu Li, Mr. Sui See Yuen and Mr. Raymond Choi who gave professional advices during different stage of the project. Now that the MasterPlan is complete, I trust all your patience has been rewarded and our Members and Staff have a Clubhouse and facilities of which to be proud.

Sports

As the spring rains return, we approach the end of our main winter sports season. Various teams are once again challenging for silverware across all our core sports. To all those competing, very best of luck and we look forward to receiving your ‘spoils’ for display in the new Sports Boundary Bar.

We welcome our summer sports season with the Lawn Bowls Summer League. Good wishes for your new season.

The Club will again be hosting the Junior Road to Wimbledon Tournament Workshop followed by the opening of our Grass Court Tennis season on the Lawn.

In response to last year’s successful re-launch, croquet will once again feature this summer with two courts being provided on the Lawn for the summer season. An introduction course will be run on Saturday 23rd June.

In June, the Club will be introducing a new ‘Family Sports Carnival’ for parents and children to compete. Details will be released shortly.

Lord’s Box

For Cricket fans in the UK this summer, we still have seats available in the HKCC Box for the Lord’s Test between India and England on Thursday and Friday, 9th and 10th August. Please contact myself kieranhale@hkcc.org or Tel: 3511-8666

Events

On the 19th May, to celebrate the Royal Wedding, the Chater Tavern will be hosting a ‘Royal Feast’ served in conjunction with LIVE coverage of the Wedding and build up. Those attending the Cricket Annual Awards dinner on the same evening are reminded to bring a handkerchief, should they catch a glimpse of the wedding.

Please be reminded that it is Mother’s Day on Sunday 13th May. Both the Club and DotCod will be holding special events to celebrate.

For details on all forthcoming events, including Spinners’ 10-year celebration; the return of the summer Poolside Barbecue with new inflatables; Club Quiz Night; Race Cup ‘Cricket Club Valley Stakes’, please find details in The Pinkun or again, contact our events department at events@hkcc.org.

DotCod

For details on events in DotCod during May, including Ocean Feast Wine Dinner, Crab Shack Nights and ‘Evita’, an all-inclusive package with dinner at DotCod, show tickets at HKAPA and shuttle bus between restaurant and HKAPA, please contact hkccevents@hkcc.org.

Swimming Pool

As summer approaches, please be reminded of the Swimming Pool Complex Guest policy:

During weekdays, Members may invite Guests (we request Members restrict the number to no more than four Guests) into the Swimming Pool Complex to enjoy the F&B facilities and children’s playground without any charge;

Should a Member’s Guest wish to swim in either the children’s or adult pool before 7 p.m. during weekdays, the HK$50 ‘Guest Fee’ will be applied.

Should a Guest draw a towel, whether swimming or not, the HK$50 ‘Guest Fee’ will also be applied.

For those Members wishing to entertain larger groups of Guests at the Swimming Pool Complex, you are requested to make prior arrangements with the Club. Please contact our Marketing and Events Department at 3511 8688 or by email at: events@hkcc.org for details.

Please also be reminded that when bringing in a Guest(s), Members must accompany their Guest(s) at all times and are responsible for their conduct.

On Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays, entry to the Swimming Pool Complex is restricted to Members (and their spouses, sons and daughters under 26 years of age or Nominated Guests of Single Members) and to Visiting Reciprocal Members. No other Guest may enter the Swimming Pool Complex before 7.00pm on these days except for the purpose of attending a Club or an approved Private Function.

Please note that these decisions are made with the wider membership in mind. I therefore respectfully request you act within the spirit of the rules and in the interests of all our Members.

Annual General Meeting

Please be reminded our Club Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held at the Club on Monday 28th May 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in the 2/F Function Suites at the Clubhouse. Your attendance at the AGM is always appreciated.

PRL Issue

As you have been made aware, the Home Affairs Bureau had released a paper to the Legislative Council on its review of Private Recreational Leases (PRLs). Our Club operates under a PRL which is due for renewal in 2023.

The Government has announced the launch of a six-month consultation to solicit views from the public and stakeholders on the recommendations of the review of the PRL policy.

The review report proposes modifications on the current PRL arrangements and lease conditions to better meet the objectives of supporting sports development and optimising land use as well as respond to the community’s concerns on PRL sites in recent years.

The General Committee has now established a Working Group to study the proposals in detail and make a submission to the Government at the end of the Public Consultation exercise on 19th September 2018.

The Club encourages you to make your views known. You can write directly to the Club using the dedicated email address hkcc-prl@hkcc.org.

Alternatively, you can write directly to the Government at prl_consultation@hab.gov.hk.

In addition, the Working Group will be holding a Members contact session at the Club at 7.00pm on 17th May 2018 during which you are encouraged to present your thoughts and suggestions on this issue.

 

Kieran Hale
General Manager
kieranhale@hkcc.org