HAYLING ISLAND BUSINESSMEN’S CLUB Report John Cushion
At the last meeting before the August recess, members were pleased to welcome as a guest speaker the chief executive of the Station Theatre, Laurie Noble. Very knowledgeable on the subject, Laurie gave a very interesting and informative overview of the founding of HIADS from the days leading up to purchase of the old and tired goods shed, through the fundraising campaign and finally up to the fitting out of the theatre to what it is today. Laurie and his team are proud of the fact that the theatre neither requires nor requests external funding and is entirely self-sufficient. The Businessmen’s Club supports the theatre throughout the year and in August arranged and paid for 80 senior citizens from local organizations to attend the latest HIADS hilarious production Dick Barton Special Agent.
There are currently tickets available for the next and future HIADS productions and details can be obtained from our Community Services Chairman who you can contact by e-mail at email@example.com. Please note that tickets are only available to senior citizen and similar organisations and not on an individual basis.
With the dust finally settling on the Annual Barbeque, Club treasurer John Greenland was delighted to report an overall increase to Club funds of over £5000, a truly remarkable effort. Due to lack of space in last month’s edition it was not possible to acknowledge and thank everyone who gave so generously of their time and donations. Please rest assured that your support is greatly appreciated and that every last penny raised goes back into the Community Bus project and other worthwhile causes on the Island.
The date for the Pig Race night to be held at the Community Hall has been set for Saturday 14th November. This has proved to be a very popular evening and an even bigger and better event is planned for this year. Tickets at £8 including race card and supper, children under 12 at £5 will shortly be available from Club members and usual outlets. The Club is looking for local businesses or individuals to Sponsor a Pig, all proceeds going to local good causes. Please contact our club secretary by e mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Earlier in July former Club Chairman Dave Stanway successfully completed the round the Island kayak event. Members generously donated to the cause and Dave raised a total of over £400 for charity.
Members were pleased to agree a donation to the theatre company, Les Enfants Terrible part of The Springs outreach programme. The company gave a performance of Dr Longitude’s Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie on Hayling Park on 7th August for the benefit of children on the Island.
Several organisations are urgently seeking volunteer drivers for the Community Bus. For insurance purposes drivers normally have to be under 71 but it may be possible to have older drivers approved in certain circumstances. If you have a clean driving licence and can spare a few hours a week please contact Club Community Bus manager Trevor Slydell at email@example.com for more details. There is no need to take a driving test but instruction for safe use of the vehicle can be given if required.