Membership rates applies to existing members of the Hong Kong Society and NOT the Hong Kong Association which is a different membership. Please get in touch with the office if you have any queries on communications@hkas.org.uk or by telephone 020 7963 9447


UPCOMING EVENTS:

Sunday 19th September: Hong Kong Polo Event – SOLD OUT

Tuesday 12th October: Lecture and Dinner with Simon Murray, CBE – SOLD OUT

Tuesday 19th October: Second Lecture and Dinner with Simon Murray, CBE

Thursday 18th November: Hong Kong Society’s 50th plus 1 Anniversary Celebration Dinner – SOLD OUT


SAVE THE DATE:

DATE TBC starting at 2.30pm – Private Viewing of the Sir Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art at the British Museum curated by Colin Sheaf, Chairman of Bonhams Asia and renowned Chinese Art specialist. £25 for HK Society Members, £35 for non-members, complimentary coffee/ tea break to socialise and chat to Colin (we are waiting for confirmation on numbers permitted at any one time to release tickets.)


Lecture and Dinner with Simon Murray CBE

Tuesday 12th October 2021

We are delighted to announce that Hong Kong British businessman, former French Legionnaire and adventurer, SIMON MURRAY CBE has very kindly agreed to talk to members of the Society about his soon-to-be released book ‘Nobody Will Shoot You If You Make Them Laugh: One Man’s Journey Through The Mountains And Valleys of Lifedue to be published on the 13th September in which Simon tells his extraordinary life.

Venue: Cavalry & Guards Club, 127 Piccadilly, London W1J 7PX

Time: 6.15pm Cash Bar; 7.00pm Lecture; 8.00pm Dinner

Cost:  £70 per person members / £85 per person non-members price includes 2 course dinner with wine

Simon’s contribution in the realm of business in HK is as legendary as his exploits in the Legionnaires and the South Pole. He is still very much active in HK’s business world serving on numerous well-known company boards.

From an orphanage in Leicester through the rigours and brutality of the English public school system in the 1950s, to a five-year spell in French Foreign Legion, his early life was recounted in his million-selling book Legionnaire. Since 1965 he has been one of the most successful businessmen operating out of Hong Kong. Starting as a sales manager for Jardine Matheson in Thailand, he worked his way up to running Hutchison Whampoa. He has also been actively involved with the Hong Kong Electricity Company, Deutsche Bank Asia Pacific, Glencore and Huawei among others. In-between he founded Orange and other mobile telephone operators across Asia and Africa.

He has been off the path many times: climbed in the Atlas Mountains; trekked up to Everest and Annapurna; climbed Kilimanjaro and abseiled down the Shard in London. He is the oldest man to walk unsupported to the South Pole. He has run the Marathon des Sables, 250 kilometres across the Moroccan desert when he was 60 years old, and follows his motto ‘Do not follow where the path may lead, but go instead where there is no path and leave a trail’ somewhat earnestly.

He was awarded the CBE from the Queen and been decorated with the Order of Merit and the Legion d’Honneur in France. He claims his greatest success is his marriage of 54 years to Jennifer and the raising of three children and his six grandchildren.

Nobody Will Shoot You If You Make Them Laugh’ will be available for purchase at the lecture and Simon will be happy to sign these for you on the night. We will be in touch with all attendees prior to the lecture to take advance orders for the book. For those unable to attend the lecture, this book will also be available for purchase from all good bookshops or online.

THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED. PLEASE CONTACT COMMUNICATIONS@HKAS.ORG.UK IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE PLACED ON A WAITING LIST


SECOND Lecture and Dinner with Simon Murray CBE

Tuesday 19th October 2021

Due to the overwhelming response to Simon Murray’s lecture on Tuesday 12th October, we are delighted to announce that Simon has very kindly agreed to do a second talk for the HK Society on Tuesday 19th October about his soon-to-be released book ‘Nobody Will Shoot You If You Make Them Laugh: One Man’s Journey Through The Mountains And Valleys of Lifedue to be published on the 13th September in which Simon tells his extraordinary life.

Venue: Cavalry & Guards Club, 127 Piccadilly, London W1J 7PX

Time: 6.15pm Cash Bar; 7.00pm Lecture; 8.00pm Dinner

Cost:  £70 per person members / £85 per person non-members price includes 2 course dinner with wine

Please contact communications@hkas.org.uk to book your place(s)


Hong Kong Society’s 50th plus 1 Anniversary Celebration Dinner

Thursday 18th November 2021

Venue: George V Hall, The Bloomsbury, 16-22 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3NN

Time: 6.30pm: Cash Bar; 7.00pm: Drinks reception; 7.30pm: Dinner

Cost: £95 per person (members) price includes pre-dinner drink and 3 course dinner with wine

Dress: Lounge suits/ Chinoiserie

Please join us to celebrate the 50th (+1) Anniversary of the Hong Kong Society which will be held in the recently refurbished and stunning George V Hall at the Bloomsbury Hotel, London.

Guest speaker: Mr Simon Murray, former Legionnaire, adventurer extraordinaire, long-term HK resident and leading business leader.

The Lord Wilson of Tillyorn (Governor of Hong Kong from 1987-1992) has kindly accepted our invitation to propose a toast on the special occasion.

Towards the end of the evening, we will be treated to a performance by the multi-talented Hong Kong born mezzo-soprano Sophie Gopsill, who has over 30 years of professional singing and acting experience.

THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED. PLEASE CONTACT COMMUNICATIONS@HKAS.ORG.UK IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE PLACED ON A WAITING LIST


EVENTS TO BE RE-ARRANGED:

A Lunchtime Talk by Lady Keswick

Lecture on the founding of the HK Sevens


The Colour of the Sky After Rain

A Lunchtime Talk by Lady Keswick – Wednesday 29th April 2020 – POSTPONED

Venue: Central London location

Time: 12.45 for 1.00pm

Cost: £45 members / £55 non-members price includes 2 course lunch with wine

We are delighted that the Honourable Lady Keswick has agreed to do a Lunchtime Talk for the Hong Kong Society when she will talk about her new book The Colour of the Sky After Rain.

Lady Keswick first travelled to China in 1982 and immediately fell in love with its history, culture and landscape.

Over the next thirty years, she travelled extensively in China, visiting its temples and landmarks, the sites of its most famous battles, and the birthplaces of its best-known poets and philosophers. She also witnessed China’s transformation, as hundreds of millions were lifted out of poverty and the country emerged as an economic superpower in waiting.

Her observations of life in China are perceptive and full of insight. Her narrative is rich in microhistories of people encountered and places visited. By presenting a colourfully woven tapestry of contrasting experiences and localities, she allows the reader to glimpse the sheer diversity of China and its vast population.

A multi-textured and revealing survey of the world’s most populous country, as seen through one woman’s eyes, The Colour of the Sky After Rain offers a compelling portrait of China in an age of radical change, and charts the key staging posts in its recent, remarkable history.

Lady Keswick is Chancellor of the University of Buckingham. In September 2013, she was appointed a Non-Executive Director of Daily Mail and General Trust plc. Between 1989 and 1995 she worked as a policy adviser at the Department of Health, the Department of Education and Science, the Home Office and HM Treasury. Between 1995 and 2004 she was the Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Studies, which is the think-tank that was founded by Margaret Thatcher and Keith Joseph.  She held this post until 2004, thereafter remaining as Deputy Chairman until April 2017.


“Creating the Hong Kong Sevens” – Talk by John D’Eathe – Thursday 21st May 2020 – POSTPONED

Venue: Central London location

Time: 6.30pm Cash bar, 7.00pm Lecture, 8.00pm Supper

Costs: Lecture only: £10 (members) / £15 (non-members)
Lecture and 2 course Supper: £45 (members) / £55 (non-members)

We are delighted that author and former Hong Kong resident John D’Eathe has agreed to do the first Hong Kong Society Lecture on Rugby, intended to be a general rugby get together but specifically relating to the founding of the world-famous Hong Kong Sevens.  

Now considered as the premier tournament in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, the Hong Kong Sevens is credited with having started the transformation of the game from an elitist sport into the brilliant fast-paced all inclusive game of today.

It didn’t just happen. Rugby Sevens of course had its roots in Scotland but developed its inclusive nature in Asia during the controversial life of South African Tokkie Smith. In the process he was caught up in the turbulent forefront of the game’s move from white domination and also into the clutches of big money. His controversial life brought him personal tragedy but it also gave the world ‘sunshine rugby’.

John D’Eathe is a product of the golden years of amateur rugby. He reached Hong Kong in 1958 and met Tokkie the following year, joined him to play regularly for the Hong Kong Football Club, a few games for Hong Kong, and even earning a Blarney Stone Sevens mug, until concussion sidelined him as Rugby Union honorary secretary.

He moved to Vancouver but continued his friendships in the rugby world. These subsequently proved invaluable in researching the book and revealing the great impact his friend Tokkie had upon world rugby, which he considers is not adequately recognized.

A cash bar will be available from 6:30 PM and for a while after the lecture. A two course supper with John D’Eathe and society members will be organized in a private room after the lecture finishes no later than 9:30 PM. Please let us know if you would like to join us.

The book, “Tokkie Smith and the Colour of Rugby. Creating the Hong Kong Sevens” is available on Amazon Kindle.


Event Bookings and Cancellation Policy
To make sure your bookings are definite, your payment must reach us 1 week before the event unless special arrangement is made.

A full refund will only be issued if a notice of cancellation is received at least 72 hours prior to the event (excluding weekends and bank holidays).

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