2016 – Glee Club

Hayling College Glee Club

Hayling Island Businessmens Club are proud to support Hayling College’s very own Glee Club, with their Musical Review, an medley of songs from top theatre shows.


Tickets either from the theatre Box Office – open 10.00 to 12 noon or call 023
9246 6363 or on-line at www.hiads.org.uk

The Glee Club was founded in 2012 and from small beginnings has really become a vibrant and exciting vocal and dramatic performance ensemble. The group is based at the Hayling College and is made up of College students aged from 11-16. The Glee Club regularly perform for and in the local community and are particularly busy around Christmas time.

We were delighted to be able to perform our original song “Poppies” not only for South Today but also for Prince Charles when he visited the Island last year for the COPP memorial on the seafront. We were unfortunately not able to go on our planned visit to the Menin Gate in Belgium because of various challenges out of our control but the Royal performance more than made up for that.

The Club now has a thriving 36 student membership which includes crew and technical support. This is just the right amount to tackle our latest adventure. The Glee Club will be raising money for local charities with their first theatre production show. With the support of, and raising money for, the Hayling Island Businessmen’s Club, the Glee Club will be performing the review show “West End Spectacular” at the Station Theatre Hayling Island on 28 May 2016. The show has been specially written for the club in the form of a musical revue, featuring four of the most popular West End shows of recent years. With sections from “Joseph”, “Oliver”, “Grease” and “Les Miserables” the show will be a fabulous event for all the family to enjoy. We are playing a matinee performance on the Saturday afternoon with concessions for children, and also an evening performance on the same day. Tickets are available from the station theatre box office and also online from their webpage.

The Hayling College Glee Club are available for all types of events and even this specific show can be used for local club cabaret events and fund raisers.  For further information about the Hayling College Glee Club please mail Neil Ogley at neil.ogley@hayling.hants.sch.com and look forward to meeting you all at the Station Theatre.

2016 – March Report

Hayling Island Businessmen’s Club report March Report by Bruce Mowatt

Over 60 members, wife’s, partners, and guests enjoyed a fun night of Skittles at the Legion Club on 14th March. There was some keen rivalry with the lead changing hands frequently throughout the evening but the eventual winners were Sara Lloyd for the ladies and John Greenland for the men. Both received a bottle of wine. Wooden spoonist was John Finch whose booby prize was a packet of skittles sweeties and the offer of a new pair of specs! Thanks to social secretary Tony Rees for arranging a super night out. A big thank you also to all the skittlers with whose generosity over £274 was raised for Club funds.

The HIBC is pleased to sponsor the Hayling College Glee club. The club consists of college students aged between 11-16, who will be performing a review show called ‘’West End Spectacular’’ at the Station Theatre on May 28th 2016. The show specially written for the Glee club, feature songs from four of the most popular west end shows of recent years. The aim of the Glee Club is to raise money to support HIBC & local charities. Tickets available from the Theatre box office

HIBC was very pleased to accept a donation of £125 towards the club funds from the Seacourt tennis club, the money being raised during their recent quiz night.

The Club’s most important fund raising event of the year is the ever popular Annual Barbeque to be held at Northney Farm on Saturday 9th July 2015. Entertainment this year being provided by one of the UKs Premier ABBA tribute acts. Full details including ticket outlets will be appearing in forthcoming editions of the Islander.

Plans are now well under way for this year’s Hayling for St George celebration. Following last year’s brilliant day in the sun, the event will again be held later in the summer when the weather is much kinder. There will be a brand of entertainment to suit most tastes and the event, which is completely free will be held on Eastoke Plaza on Sunday 7th August. The club will be supporting the event with a donation.

Use of the Community Bus continues to be in high demand particularly on week days but there is normally some availability at weekends and local organizations are welcome to e-mail minibus@hibc.org.uk for more details. Please remember that use of the bus is offered completely free of any charges and even includes fuel. However, donations are always appreciated.

The name of the Club can be a little misleading as it is not necessary to be a businessman to join! Anyone who has time and the interest to be part of a club with the ethos of helping the less fortunate can apply for membership. In addition to aiding this worthwhile cause through the planning and arranging of events, there are several social gatherings throughout the year. The combination of these activities enables members to build close relationships and find friends for life.

2016 – Article from ‘The News’

Article courtesy of Jeff Travis @ ‘The News’ – printed February 26th 2016

It started in the 1960s as a way for local businessmen to give something back to the community.

And, 52 years on, Hayling Island Businessmen’s Club is still going strong. It’s motto is ‘Working for Hayling’ and it’s certainly done that over the years.

Dozens upon dozens of smaller charities and organisations, anything from Scout groups to children’s choirs, have been helped over the years. The pride and joy of the club is its community minibus, which has transported hundreds of children and elderly people across the area.

I join the businessmen as they gather round the table at Seacourt Tennis Club on Hayling for their fortnightly meeting and luncheon. It’s a fairly formal affair, with the chairman Brian Smith wearing a glittering red chain around his neck. The chain has the names of every single chairman of the club going to back Bob Green in 1964. Wearing the chain is not something Brian takes lightly.

‘It’s a great honour,’ says Brian, who is the officer manager at Belcher Frost in Emsworth and lives on Hayling. ‘The club has been responsible for many good things over time. ‘If you were to scan back to previous chairmen, you would see that the position is held by particularly fine gentlemen and I’m hoping I will carry on that tradition. ‘It comes with great responsibility because you feel you have to maintain that very high standard.’

The members are all suited and booted and wearing the same tie, but it’s not all ceremonial – there are plenty of laughs and jokes during the meeting. There’s a trophy for ‘Mug of the meeting’ for whoever upsets the chairman the most. Andy Lenaghan, a former driver of the minibus, says he loves ‘the camaraderie’. Andy says Hayling is ‘a unique community’ and the island’s pride had contributed to the success of the club and fostered its longevity.

John Cottle, 78, from Hayling, joined in 1975 and was made a life member five years ago. ‘It was really meant for the Hayling shopkeepers, bank managers, solicitors – all island people,’ says John, who had a plumbing and heating business for 40 years. ‘That’s how it used to be. ‘As times have gone on and family businesses have folded, the membership has been extended to people outside the island. ‘I remember when I was being interviewed for membership here, what were my reasons for joining? ‘I remember answering that I was born and bred on Hayling Island and I had got an awful lot out of Hayling Island. ‘I felt it was time to put something back. ‘I think I have achieved that and I’m very proud of that.’

The club is gearing up for its big fundraiser of the year, the barbecue at Northney Farm, held on Saturday, July 9. There are 500 tickets to sell.

John says: ‘We put a lot of work into that in the days prior to the event. ‘We start to put the whole thing together and clear up the farmyard and build everything. ‘Then we spend the Sunday clearing up. We all have to put a lot of our time in.’

After talking to the men for an hour or so, it’s clear this is a club with masses of pride that is all about old-fashioned goodwill and philanthropy. ‘Fundraising activities are our mainstay,’ adds Brian. ‘It motivates us to keep going. ‘We see a local positive result rather than large charity concerns that perhaps get a higher profile.’ And I’m pleased to confirm that no pigs are harmed during one of the charity’s other annual fundraisers – the pig racing night at the community centre. All the pigs are plastic.

Club reports over the years

Club report, February 1964

It was reported that the club had taken 26 very elderly folk to the pantomime in Portsmouth. On arriving home at Hayling Island a count revealed that we had brought back 28. The two ‘extra’ old ladies had no idea they were on the wrong coach and neither did our ‘own’ 26. The ‘extras’ were duly returned to Portsmouth, put aboard their correct coach (which was still waiting for them) and were apparently none the worse for their adventure and unexpected chat with strangers.

Club report, 
April 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 folk’s bus, others agreed to use their own cars for hospital visiting. It was agreed 10 elderly people in need of a holiday should be sponsored on a one-week trip to Swanage.

Club report, 1967

The club went from strength to strength during its first three years. An average of £700 a year was raised by members and spent on the welfare of the needy in Hayling. A new chairman was elected by the members each year and the outgoing one presented with an engraved tankard. The first three chairmen were Bob Green, Alec Brennan and Will Venton in that order. Throughout this period the club arranged regular coach outings to beauty spots and continued to support the annual holiday of 20 needy people to the Isle of Wight.

Club report, 
February 1987

The Doug Broughton Cup for the member who did most for Hayling Island Businessmen’s Club in 1986 was awarded to Pat Keane. The cup was awarded at the club’s 23rd annual meeting held at the Buccaneer’s Tavern. There were several nominations for the Wooden Spoon Award for the ‘biggest stirrer’ of 1986 and a ballot resulted in Ray Silvester as the winner. He received the award with good grace and said he hoped to retain it for another year!

Club highlights

  • The club organises the senior citizens’ Christmas party at Sinah Warren on Hayling.
  • The club buys and distributes theatre tickets for senior citizens in conjunction with Hayling Island Dramatic Society.
  • It sponsors the Geoff Foot Sportsperson of the year award at Hayling College.
  • The club runs the island’s community bus, which costs £700 a month.
  • It sponsors the Wally Egan achiever of the year award at Hayling College
  • It supports local schools and youth organisations with donations.
  • Numerous charitable grants are given to worthwhile causes and organisations on the island.

For more information visit hibc.org.uk.

To enquire about booking the minibus contact Trevor Slydell at minibus@hibc.org.uk.

For information about tickets to the Northney Barbecue e-mail us at tickets@hibc.org.uk.