December is almost upon us and the year, seems to have passed very quickly. Matric and university exams are underway and many members will be awaiting their children`s or grand- children`s results with anticipation.

At this time of the year, the Club hosts a celebratory luncheon for our Gold Card members, those members who joined at least 50 years ago. For most that would have been very shortly after leaving school and whereas many attendees at this year`s luncheon have been members well beyond 50 years, Mrs Marshall Smith who was unfortunately unable to be present,  has been a Kelvin Grove member for 80 years.

This celebratory aspect of “Respecting the past” will hopefully continue for many years to come and in  the South African context, while change may be the only certainty, we can all be proud of belonging to a Club that notwithstanding tradition and history, “embraces the future” and offers value and quality with an unrivalled mix of sporting facilities and food and beverage options in our superb surroundings.

2017 has to all intents and purposes been a good year for Kelvin Grove and although our financial year still has a few months to run and turnover in some of our food and beverage outlets is below budget anticipations, the indicators suggest the financial year will end very positively. 

The gymnasium and Pool Bar additions have been completed below budget, some finishing touches are still to be implemented but both facilities are being well utilized with an unaudited measure of the gymnasium use suggesting an increase of at least 15%. 

Another rugby season has ended and we keenly await the host decision for 2023 Rugby World Cup in the knowledge that the South African bid assumes all games will be played at Cape Town Stadium. The future impact of that, well illustrated by the record turnover achieved at the Club when the All Blacks played at Newlands in October.

The All Blacks Test match was however very pleasantly overshadowed when Western Province beat the Sharks in Durban to win the Currie Cup. A game that uniquely involved the sons of two Kelvin Members, both former provincial rugby players themselves, playing on opposite sides.

Two victorious rugby captains are also regular visitors to our gymnasium. Congratulations to Western Province Captain Chris van Zyl and Graham Knoop captain of False Bay, winners of the national club championships! 

Our sporting facilities are generally very well used placing pressure on our change room facilities in particular water usage and, with upwards of 100 showers a day during weekdays, the collective savings impact of a short, sharp, shower is considerable. As we are all acutely aware, the water position in the Western Cape remains extremely critical best illustrated by the fact that  our a dam levels in the  corresponding period last year were at  59.4% against the current figure of 37.8%.  

We are undoubtedly facing a massive challenge this summer and whereas our year on year water consumption has reduced, conservation remains a priority. We are where possible avoiding use of the municipal supply, our natural  supply of water is being carefully managed and although the City have not limited the use of borehole water, the Level 5 request regarding irrigation will have an impact on our grounds.

Water saving actions are not necessarily universally popular, and although the removal of towels may be considered an inconvenience, that facility involved washing 750 towels a week and albeit off site, a lot of water.

The Club calendar for the remainder of the year includes a Gourmet Dinner, the Annual Lucky Draw, the year- end Club Luncheon, Santa`s Picnic for some of our future members, afternoon tea and the very popular New Year’s Eve function.  The Terrace, Sushi, the Coffee Shop, the Waterside and the Barn will be operating as usual offering quality and excellent value

Newlands Cricket Ground host an exciting schedule of international matches and we hope to replicate the arrangement enabling Kelvin Grove to use of one of the Cricket Suites. 

Thank you for your support during the year.  We look forward to a prosperous 2018 for our Country and our Club and some early winter rain but in the interim, a hope that our members, our staff and their families have  a safe, secure and healthy year end. 

Jon Eagar

Club Chairman