2018 – HVS Presentation

Hayling Island Businessmen’s Club have presented a cheque to The Hayling Volunteer Service who are based at the Health Centre to fund a new medical couch. The chair would be such an enormous help in the treatment of leg ulcers, wounds which is backbreaking work all day every day, but with the aid of proper equipment it will make life so much easier for nursing staff. The volunteer service have raised some of the funding from raffles, book sales and coffee mornings with HIBC making up the shortfall

The Volunteer Service and Practice staff were delighted with our donation and invited Malcolm Newnes our Club secretary and Club member Andy Lenaghan to their regular Tuesday open meeting to present the cheque

2016 – October News

HIBC News for Oct. 2016 – By Bruce MowattHIBC publicity

The club is sorry to disappoint our ladies, and friends, who look forward to a great night out at our annual Ladies night dinner and dance, held at the Langstone Hotel. With regret we had to cancel this time, but will keep you updated when our next event is held.                         

Members were also delighted to agree a donation of £200 to pay for items of food for Christmas hampers for home alone seniors, at their Christmas day lunch. The lunch was successfully held for home alone Islanders last Christmas, and believe that over 30 Islanders will enjoy the same festivities again this year

Last chance to buy tickets for the sixth annual running of the HIBC Pig Race Night. The piggies are trotting their way to Hayling, and will be on the starting blocks in the Community centre on Saturday 12th of November, with a capacity crowd anticipated. The event is planned as a family night out with children welcome at the reduced price of £5. Adult tickets are priced at £8 which also includes the race card. Both ticket prices include a supper. Pig sponsorships are currently still available by contacting the Club Secretary Malcolm Newnes at secretary@hibc.org.uk. Tickets for this event are available from club members, and the following outlets: – Cards for Occasions / Morris Dibben / Geoff Foot Estate Agents all based in Mengham, and Hayling Community Centre in West town.

We are always looking for ways to raise funds to support the mini bus, and other local deserving causes, so I am pleased to give you advance information of the opportunity to attend a fund raising musical evening to be held at the HIADS Station Theatre. It will be an evening with international singing star Janelle Ogley, and husband who is a former royal pianist Neil Ogley. The evening will be a tribute to the greatest song composers, and singers of all time, quite simply an evening of superb quality not to be missed. This is the first time that Neil and Janelle are in concert at the Station theatre. Neil is one of our club members and is pleased to help our club with fund raising activities. Neil and Janelle also have a supporting band of ex Royal Marine musicians which will really make the evening sparkle. Neil stated that they will be performing classic songs from composers like George Gershwin, Julie Styne, Stephen Schwartz, Freddy Mercury, Grieg, Chopin, and also pay tribute to singers such as Barbara Streisand, Celine Deon, Queen, Harry Connick Jnr, and many more. This is going to be a spectacular evening of beautiful music, which has been booked for the 8th to 11th of February 2017. Will advise additional information closer to the event.

Please remember all net proceeds from our fund raising activities go towards the running of the Island community mini-  bus, and other worthwhile local causes.

We are pleased to sponsor the Hayling Youngsters with a donation for their SEUSSICAL show.

Mengham junior school is aiming to purchase sound and lighting equipment, we are pleased to support their efforts with a donation towards the cost.

Most tickets have now been distributed for the senior citizens Pre Christmas Party to be held again courtesy of Sinah Warren hotel on Wednesday 16th November. The club arranges the party every year in conjunction with Sinah Warren and up to 300 senior citizens attend

Club members are proud that for over 50 years the club survives with a vibrant membership working tirelessly for the benefit of Hayling residents. In addition to supporting local senior citizens, and youth groups, the main aim of the club is the purchase, and running of the Island community mini-bus providing a transport lifeline for many hundreds of Islanders every year. The bus is provided free of charge (the club covering all the cost), to our users.

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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.

2015 – Hayling College Awards

Hayling College Awards – Hayling Island Businessmen’s Club – Report by John Cushion

In addition to running the Community Bus, Hayling Island Businessmen’s Club also helps many other organisations on the Island. In recent years an increasing amount of support has been given to youth groups and it was our pleasure to sponsor two awards at the Hayling College at the final assembly of the year on 17th July. In addition to the splendid trophies all winners receive a monetary award.

The award for Sportsperson of The Year in memory former Club Chairman Geoff Foot was presented to Ben Todd who the College simply describe as “a fantastic sailor” The trophy was presented by Geoff’s son Marcus Foot.

The award for Achiever of the Year in memory of a former Club Chairman Wally Egan was awarded jointly to Scarlett Vadgama and Anna Eglin for showing extremely promising enterprising skills when preparing for a Business and languages challenge.  Scarlett and Anna created their own corporate identity and developed a marketing strategy to promote their business in the target language. They both displayed mature and thoughtful interpersonal and communication skills and carried out research which showed a calm and methodical approach to problem solving. Both Scarlett and Anna thoroughly deserved to be recognised for their extremely mature and professional towards the challenge. The Trophy was awarded by HIBC Chairman John Cushion.

2013 – July Update

A complete Sell Out!!

Report from Hayling Island Businessmen’s Club – John Cushion

With all tickets sold well in advance of the event the annual HIBC Barbeque was a complete success. The weather was magnificent, the food excellent, the Take all That tribute band outstanding and by the look on the faces of 500 party goers everyone had wonderful evening. Club members, friends and relatives toiled untiringly for most of last week and from very early morning on Saturday to turn Northney Farm into the Island’s top party venue. Work finished just in time for the arrival of the first guests, and soon the beef was being carved, the burgers and sausages sizzling and the beer and wine flowing. The various side stalls were kept busy all evening and dancing to Take all That and DJ Malcolm Drew carried on far into the night. And the reward for all the hard work and support? Proceeds of several thousand pounds towards the running of the HIBC Community Bus and other worthwhile causes on the Island in the coming year. A truly remarkable effort!

Whilst it is not possible to acknowledge everyone individually in this report the Club committee would like to thank everyone for their support, ticket sales, raffle prizes, supply of equipment and an enormous amount of help before and on the night. Special thanks to Stan and Mary Pike and son Tim for use of the barn and farm facilities.

2013 – This year’s BBQ is a sell-out

If you have not already secured your tickets for this years BBQ, then sadly you have missed the boat. All tickets are now sold meaning it will be a busy night, but no doubt a good one too.

The evening is headlined by the Take That tribute band “Take All That”. With the usual great food, games and stalls, the evening is always a successful one, and it looks like the weather will be kind to us this year.

2012 – Street Collection

HAYLING Island Businessmen’s Club made nearly £350 in its annual street collection.

The club raises money which goes towards the community minibus which can be used by charities or voluntary groups on the island for free.

Generous members of the public donated £343 to the collection in Mengham on December 20th.

Fundraising chairman Marcus Foot thanked shoppers for their generosity.

2012 – Olympic Helpers

Sainsbury’s in Mengham had the honour of hosting a visit by the Paralympic torch last month.

Dozens of people took the chance to hold the torch and take pictures during the two-and-a-half hour visit on August 21st.

Deputy Store Manager Sara London said “It was a fantastic event, with a great turn-out. When the torch arrived, there were already about 30 people queuing up to take part. Lots of local people and holiday makers joined in. The staff helped, to greet people and had their photo taken with the torch as well”

The Mayor of Havant, Councillor Gerald Shimbart and his wife Elaine also paid a visit. Councillor Shimbart said “ Among the people were many young children and it was lovely to see the enthusiasm with which they held the torch while being photographed”

Also waiting to greet everyone outside the store were Islanders Melvyn & Angie de la Riviere who both volunteered to assist with both the 2012 Olympics and as Paralympic gamemakers.

They were expecting to work for the whole 12 days of the Paralympics in the athletics stadium, helping visitors and athletes, and enjoying a glimpse of the events.

Melvyn said “When we heard that the torch was coming to Mengham, we asked if we could come along. It has been great fun and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves”

Melvyn is also an active member of the Hayling Island Businessmens Club, he and Angie are both well known for the Knickers stall they run at the annual summer BBQ at Northney Farm.

2012 – RIP Enid Egan

Sadly Enid Egan, wife of Wally Egan who himself died in 2007 and was an active and respected past member of the Businessmens Club, passed away recently. Sincere condolences to her family & loved ones.

The funeral will be held on Monday 13th August at Portchester Crematorium at 14.30.