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His Majesty King Charles lll is the new Patron of The Royal Society of St George (RSSG), Worldwide.

The King has formally accepted the Patronage of the RSSG on the first anniversary of his coronation.

This means that every reigning monarch since Queen Victoria has been Patron of the RSSG in Worldwide.

The Royal Soceity St George - AGM

     99th  Annual General Meeting (AGM) – The HK Country Club

The Annual General Meeting of the Royal Society of St. George, Hong Kong Branch was held on Monday, 18th September 2023 at 12:45pm  at The Hong Kong Country Club, 188 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Deep Water Bay, Hong Kong, for the following purposes: 

 1. To consider and approve the Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on 5 September 2022. Approval

   2. To consider and approve the Treasurer’s Report and Statement of Accounts for the year ended 30th June 2023. Approval

  3. To elect the Committee for the year 2023/2024 and to elect the President, the Vice-President, the Honorary Treasurer and the Honorary Secretary for the year 2023/2024. 

 Committee of 2022/23 is as follows:

President

James Wardell

Vice-President

Warwick Charles Pearmund

Honorary Treasurer

Ivor Morris

Honorary Secretary

Nicholas Mayhew

Committee Members

John Chynchen MBE

Stephen Clark

Praveen Daswani

Rebecca Howe

Jackson Ip

Malcolm Kemp

David A. Parkin

Mark Peaker

Steve Vickers

Robert Wallace OBE

    5.  To re-appoint CW Fan as Auditors for the year 2023/2024 and to authorize the committee to fix their remuneration. Agreed

     6. To receive the President’s Report for the year 2022/2023 as follows

      7. Any other business.     

 

Message from the President 

1.       Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2022 – The HK Country Club

The last AGM was held on 5th September 2022. 

2.       Trafalgar Night – 21 October 2022 

Our flagship event attracted 87 people this year to the HKCC Cricket Club. The Speakers were Ms. Sarah Robinson, Deputy Consul General of British Consulate, who gave the immortal memory and Mr. Marc Lamy, Deputy Consul General of French Consulate, giving the reply on behalf of the French. I acted as MC. The HKCC put on an excellent dinner and wine, followed by a rousing sing-song to some great favourites including Jerusalem, Land of Hope and Glory and the National Anthem. Thanks also to Gary Tong who tinkled the ivories admirably and Alan Tsang who led the singing to aid the participants to hold a tune. A lot of work goes into holding this event and I would like to thank all that helped from the committee.

3.     Remembrance Day at the Cenotaph – 13 November 2022 

The Remembrance Sunday memorial service and wreath laying took place at the Cenotaph on Sunday, 13 November 2022.

4.       Wreath Laying at Stanley Military Cemetery – 20 March 2023

Several societies were invited to the wreath laying. Chris Woodward from the British Consulate General was also in attendance. Everyone attending was invited to the afternoon tea at Shek O Country Club as my guest.

5.     St. George’s Day Commemoration at the Cenotaph – 23 April 2023

Members of the Society gathered at the Cenotaph and I laid a wreath to commemorate the fallen. The bugler did an excellent job as usual with the Last Post and then 5 of us proceeded with Chris Woodward from the British Consulate General, for an excellent breakfast at the HK Club.

6.    St. George’s Cup Race Night – 3 May 2023, HK Jockey Club Happy Valley (HK Club Box)

Our annual race night resumed and was well attended with 22 guests.  As usual it was an excellent evening with good food and wine in the Hong Kong Club box.

7.     The Coronation of King Charles III – 6 May 2023

There were over 60 guests joined the celebration of the Coronation of King Charles III at the Ballroom of Club Lusitano. Afternoon tea was served including the coronation chicken. There was a big screen for the guests to watch the live Coronation. Everyone raised a glass to toast the King and Queen. 

8.      Treasurer’s Accounts for the year ended 30th June 2023

I would like to thank Ivor Morris, our Honorary Treasurer. (A copy of the management accounts are enclosed.)

9.     Charitable Donation 

During the year, a donation of HK$100,000 was made to Shakespeare4All Company Limited (“S4A”) for their project in 2022/23. S4A is a registered charity and one of Hong Kong’s leading performing arts education organisations. Its mission is to offer experiential learning to children to the outreach communities of Hong Kong through the method of drama performance, education, the works of William Shakespeare and original drama productions to empower the youth in outreach communities and cross-border children who aspire to building a brighter future for themselves by breaking the poverty cycle through confidence building and life learning skills that drama education is renowned for.

A donation of HK$5,000 was also made to British Consulate-General Consular Benevolent Fund.

10.     Conclusion

As the President, I would like to thank the Committee for their support during this year. 

 

 

Jim Wardell

President

 


 

1.                 95th  Annual General Meeting (AGM) – The HK Club

 

The 95th AGM was held on 13th September 2017.  This marked the end of my 1st year as President.

 

 

2.                 Trafalgar Night – 20th October 2017 HKCC Cricket Ground

 

Our flagship event attracted 108 people this year to the HKCC Cricket Ground. Our Guests of Honour was Mr. Patrick Turner of the British Consulate. The Speakers were Mr. Richard Sutton, who gave the immortal memory and Mr. Mark Peaker                    who dressed as a French Admiral giving the reply on behalf of the French. I acted as MC. The HKCC put on an excellent dinner and wine, followed by a rousing sing-song to some great English (and British) favourites including Jerusalem, Land of Hope and the National Anthem. Thanks also to John Tait who tinkled the ivories admirably to aid the participants to hold a tune. A lot of work goes into holding this event and I would like to thank all that helped from the committee and especially Mark Bromhead, who chair the organizing committee.

 

3.                 Remembrance Day at the Cenotaph –  11 November 2017

 

The Remembrance Sunday memorial service and wreath laying took place at the Cenotaph on Saturday 11 November 2017. The Reverend John Chynchen and representatives of other religious denominations led the prayers to remember the fallen in the two world wars and beyond. Nick Mayhew laid a wreath on behalf of the Society.

 

4.                 Inter-Society Football Competition – February 2018

 

It was great turnout for this annual event, including the Scots, Welsh, French, English, Irish and the British Consulate. This was played all afternoon and was followed by a large BBQ. A tightly fought competition saw the Welsh triumph, unfortunately from winning the tournament last year we ended up collecting the wooden spoon. We had over 100 for the social afterwards which was a huge amount of fun.  I would like to thank Mark Bromhead for organising this event.

 

5.                 England Team Sevens Lunch –4th April 2018 - The Hong Kong Country Club

 

I received a number of notes of thanks for organising this excellent lunch, a lively lunch with approximately 101 in attendance including Patrick Turner on behalf of the British Consulate. It was wonderful having a member of the team dining on each table, which is what makes this lunch so special. Food and wine were excellent and the team promised to attend the lunch again next year which is great news.

 

 

 

 

 

6.                 St. George’s Day Commemoration at the Cenotaph – 23rd April 2018 (St. George’s Day)

 

Members of the Society gathered at the Cenotaph and I laid a wreath to commemorate the fallen. The bugler did an excellent job as usual with the Last Post and then 17 of us proceeded with Andrew Heyn, the Consul General from the British Consul General, for an excellent breakfast at the HK Club.

 

 

7.                   Wreath Laying at Stanley Military Cemetery + tea at Shek-O Golf & Country Club – 30 April 2018

 

I received a number of notes of thanks for organising this important event for the Society and also invited were members of the St. Andrew’s, St. Patrick’s and St. David’s Societies. Patrick Turner was also in attendance from the British Consulate. A pleasant afternoon was had by all who attended afternoon tea at Shek O.

 

 

8.                 May Day Carnival – 1st  May 2018, Kowloon Cricket Club

 

This was as always a very popular event, with the usual mix of Morris dancers, Maypole dancers, a real Maypole, May Queen competition, and a host of games for the many kids who turned up. There was as usual a large variety of English food of the highest quality and English craft beers and other popular drinks. We were honoured to have the Director for General Trade & Investment from the British Consulate, Hong Kong & Macao, Paul McComb, with his wife Chris, to open proceedings and to judge the May Queen competition. Many thanks to the KCC for hosting the event. I would like to thank Mark Bromhead for organising this event on behalf of RSSG.

 

 

9.                   St. George’s Cup Race Night – 16th May 2018, HK Jockey Club Happy Valley (HK Club Box)

 

Our annual race night was well attended with 36 attending this ever popular event. Many thanks to Nick Mayhew, Malcolm Kemp for organising and hosting tables. As usual it was an excellent evening with good food and wine.

 

 

10.              Accounts for the year ended 30th June 2018

 

I would like to thank Ivor Morris, our Honorary Treasurer.  (A copy of the draft management accounts will be sent to all members via email prior to the AGM on the 17th September 2018.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11.              Charitable Donation

 

During the year, a donation was made to Shakespeare4All Company Limited (“S4A”) for their i2i Theatre Project 2017-2018. S4A is a registered charity and one of Hong Kong’s leading performing arts education organisations. Its mission is to offer experiential learning to children to the outreach communities of Hong Kong through the method of drama performance, education, the works of William Shakespeare and original drama productions to empower the youth in outreach communities and cross-border children who aspire to building a brighter future for themselves by breaking the poverty cycle through confidence building and life learning skills that drama education is renowned for.

 

 

12.              Conclusion

 

The RSSG has gone from strength to strength this year with a comprehensive programme of events. We have also seen membership increase from 717 to 722. As the President, I would like to thank the Committee for their support during this year, the Society would not be able to function and run the events it does without their time and commitment.  I look forward to another successful year.

 

 

 

Yours,

 

 

 

Jim Wardell

President

17th September 2018

UPCOMING EVENTS

St. George’s Challenge Cup

This Night Race Meeting at which the St. George's Cup will be held at the Happy Valley Racecourse on Wednesday 22 May 2024
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