HAYLING ISLAND BUSINESSMEN’S CLUB – February Report
The Club has enjoyed an excellent start to the new year with news of much needed funds at a time when the Community Mini Bus is in urgent need of refurbishment.
During the meeting held at Seacourt on Thursday 19th January, it was reported that a donation had been received from Ian Smith and Caroline MacDowell who had raised funds with a collection from Islanders viewing their magnificent light display in South Road over the Christmas period. Ian and Caroline, who are hoping to make this an annual event, chose to donate the money to HIBC in the knowledge that the funds would be used for the benefit of local residents.
The good news continued when newly elected Chairman, Ed Spencer announced the magnificent donation of £1000 from Sinah Warren Leisure Hotel being the proceeds from the resident’s Christmas Day collection. Sinah’s managing director Martin Plummer duly was accordingly welcomed to the Luncheon Meeting on Thursday 16th February to meet the members and present the cheque.
At a Previous Meeting, members elected Dave Stanway as their Highest Achiever of the Year for 2011 and was presented with the Doug Broughton Cup by Chairman Ed Spencer for his outstanding services to the Club. Dave, an IT support technician, was born in Stoke on Trent but has lived on the Island for the past twelve years and joined the Club in 2008.
Very popular with members, Dave involves himself in most Club activities throughout the year as well as administering the Club web site and assisting with other publicity matters. A well deserved award for the second year running.
During the month, the Club was pleased to award an amount of £150 to Louise Brindle of Hayling College who, as a Girl Guide, will be representing the UK at an international jamboree in the USA.
The Club also agreed support for Buddies Social Club for adults with learning difficulties. Use of the Community Bus will be offered and subject to availability, tickets to HIADS productions and the Christmas Party at Sinah Warren
January draw winning numbers : 6 – £50 29 – £50
February draw winning numbers : 88 – £50 101 – £50 2 – £200
Dates were agreed and set for the following Club events:
Chairman’s Cocktail Party at Langstone Hotel – Wednesday 14th March
Annual Barbeque at Northney Farm – Saturday 14th July
Family Fun Day at Northney Farm – Saturday 8th September
Ladies Night at Hayling Golf Club – Saturday 29th September
Other fund raising events are being planned and details will be published in future reports
SNIPPET FROM THE PAST – 48 YEARS AGO
Hayling Island Businessmen’s Club Report April 23rd 1964
The first Luncheon Meeting of the Club was held at the West Town Hotel with an attendance of 21. Many members came forward with ideas, Cecil Walker offered to provide a television set for mentally handicapped children at Orchid Close. Phil Clarke offered free tickets on his Merry go Round for these same children on one or two days a week. Seven members offered themselves as drivers for the old folks bus, others agreed to use their own cars for hospital visiting. It was agreed that 10 elderly people in need of a holiday should be sponsored on a one week trip to Swanage. Among those attending the meeting were founder members Bob Green, Alec Brenan, Eddie Gay, John Harries, Phil Venton as well as the aforementioned Cecil Walker and Phil Clarke