The Oaks Club, a Club within WPCC, was founded in 1974 with 146 members, appropriately being the address of the original Club in Campground Road, Newlands, a number that today stands just on 400. Since the Club’s inauguration there have only been four Chairmen and the Committee has never met formally.
The mission of The Oaks has always been to support the various sporting sections of the WPCC in a meaningful way with ongoing projects of a non capex nature.
The Oaks have over the years invited celebrity speakers from all sporting codes, as well as the media and are very proud of the fact that we have never paid a speaker. More recently the trend has been to award them with Honorary Membership, a gesture that has been very well received. The speakers are encouraged to share their experiences, serious and humorous, whilst question time from the floor is always entertaining and thought provoking. An alternative, depending on the speakers preference, is to have Q & A sessions with them which also proves to be very popular.
The Oaks meetings are held generally on a Monday night in the Main Club area upstairs and / or the Bowls Clubhouse. We strive to have 8-10 meetings a year, where attendances are invariably plentiful. Our record turnout of 363, when we were privileged to have Tony Greig addressing us shortly after the Kerry Packer series in Australia has been threatened once or twice, but still looks pretty settled. Our year closes with the traditional ‘Members Only’ Breweries Bash held in the Letterstedt Pub at their home in Newlands. Our thanks must go to the S.A.B for hosting us at this very special function initiated in the early 80’s during the legendary Doug Hopwood days.
Our members pay a small annual subscription and a nominal attendance fee at meetings, whilst guests, who are always very welcome, pay a slightly higher charge.
WPCC members, both male and female, and especially our younger members are encouraged to join The Oaks.
Recent speakers have been Protea Cricketer J.P.Duminy, Rugby journalist Dan Retief, Springbok Rugby Coach Allister Coetzee, ICC World No1 umpire Marais Erasmus, Author and Historian Prof Dean Allen and many more.