2018 – December Report

HIBC report for December 2018 – Bruce Mowatt (Publicity Officer)

The club members met the shoppers at the new Lidl stores on Hayling while collecting outside the store for club funds. We had on display the community bus and our club banners. This event proved successful, with many shoppers giving willingly, and recognising the good work for the Island community carried out by the club. The total collected was £254.90.

Our next collection for club funds is in Mengham on Friday 21st December again look out for the Community bus and listen for festive music. If you see us and can contribute to the collection, we will be very appreciative, and you can be sure that every penny donated goes towards worthwhile causes on the Island.

The club would like to thank you all for the generous support it receives from local businesses and stores around the Island for the past year, which enables us to arrange events such as the annual BBQ and Pig racing, and donate to worthwhile causes

The club’s final luncheon of 2018 is on the 20th December, and we anticipate that all members will be in attendance, to welcome our guest local MP Alan Mac. We will be treated to a secret Santa, who will enable members to exchange gifts (they have purchased to a minimum of £5) with other club members, not knowing which of the wrapped gifts they will receive in return. Our fortnightly Luncheon meetings although working to the meeting agenda, are relaxed, and allow for friendly banter between members.

The 80 tickets provided by the club free for the senior citizens on the Island to attend the pantomime performance of Goldilocks and the 3 Bears at the HIDS theatre on Monday 14th January have been distributed.

I am pleased to report that the club has donated to many worthy causes this year and the latest are: – the ‘Happy Feet and Toddler group’- the group under Lindsey Wilson conducts a weekly session on Thursday mornings at Hayling Island Community Centre for toddlers/babies of local parents/carers to meet and have fun in a controlled environment, also towards a Christmas party for deprived children, also the Hayling First Responders towards their essential services.

Club member Dave Stanway was delighted to announce that he has serviced 2 laptops with a further 2 to repair for use by the ‘Job Club’ who meet at the HICCA.

The name of the club can be a little misleading and it is not necessary to be a Businessman to join! Any gentleman who has the 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, for members, partners and guests, the combination of these events enables members to build close relationships and find friends for life.

Contact the Recruiting officer at – recruitment@hibc.org.uk for more details