2020 – March Report

Hayling Island Businessmen’s Club: Gentlemen Your Island Needs You!!

As many of you know we are a small Club historically made up of local Businessmen since 1964. In more recent years we have expanded on that and most of our members are now men who wish to give a few hours per month to help the Community in which they live. Our aim is to raise funds by way of a few events every year, which to date we have been very successful at.

We not only purchase a Mini Bus for local good causes to use as and when it is available, we are able to make small donations to help others out as well. Examples are the Christmas Dinner held every year for those who are alone, the Holiday lunch Club and the concert for senior residents which we hold at Sinah Warren.

Can you spare some time to mix socially with others by enjoying a light lunch at Seacourt Tennis Club once every two weeks? We meet to discuss various fund raising activity and how to spend the money raised. It is mostly a pleasure with the hardest task being our annual BBQ at Northney Farm, but do believe me when I say, we all enjoy it.

Can you spare those few hours a month to help us out and share the camaraderie that exists, plus carry on with our success to ensure our ambitions are achieved?

We have a member who is responsible for recruiting and he is waiting to invite you to lunch, on us to find out more about the club. Please contact Ray Jones who many of you will know on 02392 467374 to arrange.

A future date for our senior citizens to put in their diaries is the 11th November for our concert at Sinah Warren. Please help by ensuring you get the tickets you need, but returning unused ones for others to use.

Thank you for reading this report, please feel free to browse either our Facebook page or our website. http://www.hibc.org.uk/ https://www.facebook.com/hibc.org.uk/?ref=bookmarks

Both links have a great deal more information for you regarding our history and our aims.

2020 – February Report

On the 14th January on a wild and stormy night HIBC held its AGM at Seacourt Tennis Club. Considering storm Brendan was brewing up the attendance was very good, which highlights the comradery that exists within the club. Despite the seriousness and importance of filling the various positions, it is a fun evening.

Steve James awarded the Cup to recognise his hard work during 2019

Dave Turvey was awarded the wooden spoon.

Our outgoing Chairman Marcus Foot highlighted the extreme pleasure and pride he had in being at the helm for the past year. Marcus was especially proud, as he is the only second generation Chairman in the clubs history. His Father Geoff was Chairman in 1989 and one of our most active members prior to his death some years ago. Geoff was actually in the Chair the year I joined the Club. Interestingly, our longest serving living member is John Cottle, who joined the club in 1975, which is an amazing 45 years. Again, I think this highlights the enjoyment members obtain from the club, so if you want to know more please do not hesitate to contact us. As I have said before, don’t let the title put you off, it is of historical importance to the history of the club and how it came into being in 1964. This is a tremendous 56 years this year. Please visit and like our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/hibc.org.uk/

Outgoing Chairman Marcus Foot welcomes Bruce Mowatt to the Chair.

Our new Chairman was duly elected after each member had submitted their reports. Unanimously, Bruce Mowatt was elected, as he has been an outstanding member since he joined five years ago. Bruce is now retired but during his career he was a General Manager of an engineering company in south Wales, supplying safety critical components to the car industry. Bruce prior to moving back to the Island had a previous connection, having gone to school here as a child. Bruce’s aim is to continue the good work we have achieved in the past few years plus, continue the growth in Membership.

On the day to day business, the club agreed to donate £240 to Hayling Holiday Lunches a very worthwhile cause.

Please note that the BBQ this year is the same venue and will be on Saturday July 11th. We have by demand booked Monarchy Queen again. Please put in your Diaries to ensure you don’t forget or double book the night.

To close on a sad note unfortunately, a lovely member of the club Pat Riley recently passed away. You may recall Pat from the newsagents at Eastoke Corner. Pat was quiet and an unassuming member of the club and carried out his role with enthusiasm. He will be missed

2020 – January Report


Happy New Year to everyone, we trust you had a great Christmas and kicked the New Year off in style. Everyone at the club had a fairly quiet end to the year following the Pig Racing success, but none the less we are still meeting and thinking of ideas to increase our funding and events to support our Community. We have our AGM in January when all positions in the club will be agreed and a new Chairman being voted in as it is the only position that is held for one year only within the club.

On the subject of supporting the Community, a great deal of effort is put into raising enough funding to keep our mini bus on the road, probably in the region of £500 per month without depreciation. It is currently, despite its popularity being underused. If you are a Charity or organisation working for the benefit of the Community the bus is available to use especially in the evenings and weekends. Please contact Trevor Slydell on 02392 468883 or 07836 241920 if you wish to enquire. Just because it has been in use when you have phoned before, do not let that stop you, we want it to be used, and see it running around getting people out who may not otherwise do so, or getting youngsters to sporting events.

Our Mengham street collection was held on the 20th December and again we wish to thank Islanders for their generous giving. Despite the early morning rain which did hold off for the rest of the day, we collected the grand sum of £424.11.

We do look forward to seeing you all at our future events and to continue with our successful events. By public demand with date to be confirmed, we have booked Monarchy as QUEEN!!!

2019 – October Report

Well, I didn’t expect to be writing another report for a newspaper dedicated to the good people of Hayling Island. What a fabulous speedy setup of the Hayling Herald by Hayling Print and Elise Sargent. We at the Businessmen’s Club are delighted we have this new venture to support the Hayling community, both in publicising the many charities and organisations doing great voluntary work and their fund raising events thriving on good publicity which I am sure the Herald will continue to support. In a place like Hayling good advertising of local businesses is great when you require a service or a trades person and can seek out that quality recommended local firm. We wish the Herald every success, as the people of Hayling have shown they love their own paper

Since our last publicity report we have held in July our Annual BBQ which was a sell out again. This year tickets were being sought on social media by those who had left it to the last minute. The roast beef and various other BBQ favourites were enjoyed by all with nobody leaving the event hungry. The evening was a great night for Dancing, with a Queen Tribute band being the highlight shared with a first class disco. Once again Islanders dug deep into their pockets and supported our fundraising with the profit being in the region of £7500. This was a fantastic amount for which we were very grateful, but we still need to raise approximately another £3-4000 over the year to keep the Community Minibus on the road. Our Bus is there for Community use, for which no charge is made providing it is a charity or good cause. So remember, if you see us out shaking the tin in Mengham or at local shops such as Hayling Hardware or Lidl you are helping us reach the budget needed to maintain the Bus. Our grateful thanks to our many sponsors, especially Northney Farm for the continuing support in allowing us to use the Farm.

Our next fund raising event is the hugely popular Pig Racing Event. This is to be held at the Community Centre on Saturday 9th November with doors opening at 6.45. Its Piggin Brilliant the night, with tickets being £10 for adults and £5 for under 12’s including food. Please do not think of reporting us to the RSPCA, the pigs are battery operated and no cruelty will be experienced by them during the course of the evening. You may however, if you place your bets on the right pigs end up having a free evening out with a generous meal thrown in. The Community Centre bar will be open for the evening. We have added an extra outlet for tickets this year to include East Hayling, so please pop in the Terracotta Pot shop if you live at that end of the Island.

Thank you so much for reading this report and as said previously we rely on your support. Come to an event such as the Pig Racing and see what a great evening can be had, especially a family night out with the children which can be expensive these days. We think we have a nice affordable evening which may just fit your budget.

2019 – July Report

April Report by Andy Lenaghan

It’s a sad day, starting on what will be our final report for the Hayling Islander. The Islander has always been a great supporter of local charities and organisations that support the Community. None more so than Hayling Island Businessmens’ Club, who have benefitted over the years from publicity for our fund raising events, without which possibly it would have been much harder raising the funds to keep our Community Mini Bus on the road. Our Bus is on the road seven days per week and is supplied free of charge to users, subject to being a Community group. We will all miss the Islander, not just for the support but the monthly read about everything that is happening on our Island.

By the time you read this it will be border line if it is before or after our annual BBQ, our main fundraising event. This year already it is a total sell out with people scrambling for tickets which are just not available, so just remember, buy early next year and believe us when we say they are selling fast, it’s not a marketing gimmick!! As we will be unable to report after the BBQ, we would like to thank Northney Farm for the continued support from them in allowing us to hold this event there every year. It is not without some inconvenience they allow it, as a great deal of equipment has to be moved and the barn cleared, so all round it is a fantastic and willing gesture from them. We would also like to thank all the local businesses that support us with the donation of raffle prizes, discounts on supplies and additional manpower we need for the event.

One of our other popular events is the Pig Racing, which this year is being held at the Community centre again and it is on the 9th November. All our events will be on our website or our Facebook page, so please follow us there. We will hopefully be given some editorial by the Portsmouth News to publicise our events, as well as advertising with them from time to time.

Our thanks go to Hayling Hardware for allowing us to hold a collection toward our running expenses. On a not so warm Saturday with the odd shower thrown in we managed to raise £169. Thanks also to our residents, who were so generous and supportive of our aims. It amazed us how many people expressed their thanks for the Bus during the course of our collection. Most of these were the elderly being regular users who would not be able to get to the various luncheon clubs, but for the Bus and the volunteer drivers.

Lastly, thanks to Simon Carter the editor of the Islander for his support during his time at the helm. Simon took time to visit the club, researched our history and gave us a recent wonderful editorial to help increase our profile within the Community. https://www.facebook.com/hibc.org.uk/ http://www.hibc.org.uk/

Contact us if you wish to know more about HIBC or wish to join as a local Businessman, Manager or maybe an enthusiast who has something to offer the club. E-Mail : secretary@hibc.org.uk

2019 – April Report

Lyn Green of HVS with the new Podiatrists Couch.

April Report by Andy Lenaghan

Hayling Island Businessmen’s club earlier this year purchased a new Podiatrists couch for the Health Centre. They have now taken delivery of the couch and Lyn Green of the Hayling Volunteer Services was eager to show how it will be put into use on a regular basis, although in reality she may have to remove her boots. Lin who helped with the fund raising thanked the club for their generosity in giving so generously.The club has attracted two new members in the past month and is proud it is keeping up its tradition of appealing to local men who are eager to help the community. Our main aim is to raise sufficient funds to keep the mini bus running but we also donate to other causes any surplus funds. If this appeals to you please contact us through our Facebook page or HIBC.org.uk

Booking a Queen tribute for our annual BBQ has proven to be a master stroke by our fundraising Chairman and tickets are selling exceptionally fast, so please, if you wish to secure a ticket, contact a member of the club or one of the outlets listed on our website or FB page. Remember the date is the 6th July at Northney Farm and the ticket price of £18 includes food. A great night is guaranteed, rather than hoped for, so don’t miss out.

For the past few years we have had a sponsor for our mini bus which covered the insurance costs, this has now ceased so we are seeking a new sponsor. This is a good way to advertise, as the bus is on the road on a frequent basis. If this method of advertising appeals to your company or organisation please contact us.

If you have any comments or wish to know more about the club please email the secretary@hibc.org.uk

Regards and thanks for your continued support and for reading this report

2019 – March Report


At a recent meeting Hayling Island Businessmen’s Club they agreed to donate £100 to the Hayling COPP Heroes memorial fund to support the D Day 75 event on the 6th June. In addition to this £125 has been approved for the Army Cadets toward new equipment and £300 toward the newly formed Hayling Boxing academy.

The club are also looking forward to guest speaker Alan Priddy attending a lunch in April, he will be updating the club on his Team Britannia adventure. This is an exciting time with the team expecting soon to be ready to circumnavigate the globe for the much coveted UIM world record. This record is currently held by New Zealander Pete Bethune at 60 days 23 hours and 49 minutes.

The Club are also delighted to be supporting the HI5 event which is to be held at the Hayling College on the 27th April. Please look out for our stand and come along and have a chat, we will be able to tell you more about the club and our forthcoming events. This promises to be a fabulous event for the community offering support to all our schools, so please do try and come along.

2019 – February Report

February Report – Andy Lenaghan

The Hayling Island Businessmen’s Club held its AGM in January, at which outgoing Chairman Peter Blake thanked all members for the support over the past year. He stated it had been a successful year, especially for the funding raised and how it had been distributed to local good causes, as well as keeping the Community Mini Bus in use seven days per week for local groups and charities to use. He left the club in a good position, with new members joining so he was delighted to hand the role of Chairman over to Marcus Foot. Marcus has been a member for some years and is looking forward to his year in the Chair, having had several roles within the club. Many of our members were at the Club in 1989 when Marcus’s Father Geoff was Chairman. Geoff sadly died some years after this but is still fondly remembered by all of us. The older members all recall Marcus as a young lad coming along with his dad and helping at our annual BBQ at Northney Farm, however Marcus, now dwarf’s nearly all of us at the club.

The Club put on a very successful Christmas Party at Sinah Warren with over 200 tickets being sold. It was a wonderful event to celebrate Christmas and particularly good to see so many local firms attend. A great time was had by all, so a great big thankyou to the Management, staff and entertainers at Sinah for hosting the evening.

On Friday the 21st December the club held its annual street collection in Mengham at which a very healthy £349 was raised. All monies raised with no expenses deducted will be distributed to local good causes or to support the running of the Community Mini Bus.

On a sad note our Secretary Malcolm Newnes has had to retire from the club for personal reasons. Malcolm has been a willing volunteer since joining the Club in 2008 having found his niche in the role of secretary at which he excelled. I think though, most of you reading this will remember Malcolm as the Race Marshall at our very successful pig racing nights each year. We all sincerely wish him the best of luck for the future.

I look forward to keeping you up to date with club happenings over the next year and sincerely hope to see many of you at our fund raising events. You can keep in touch by visiting our Facebook page or our website HIBC.org.uk

Andy Lenaghan

Publicity HIBC

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

2018 – November Report

HIBC report for November 2018 Bruce Mowatt (Publicity Officer)

A fantastic Pantomime (Oh yes it was)

Once again, the HIBC senior citizens Christmas Party and pantomime was held at Sinah Warren hotel. 300 Senior Citizen party goers were welcomed by club members at the entrance to the theatre, our party goers quickly seated themselves in the theatre to allow the Hotels entertainment team to commence the proceedings. The pantomime this year was ‘Puss in Boots’ and all guests were joining in and enjoying the show. The consensus after the show was the best Pantomime to date. After the pantomime the Hotel staff efficiently served refreshments and cake to our guests. Traditionally the afternoon finished with everyone joining in the 12 days of Christmas, all were in good voice with entertaining actions, prompted by the entertainment team. The club members thank the management, and staff for allowing the party at the Sinah Warren Hotel in their recently updated theatre. Note: – Every year all tickets for the Christmas party are suppled free to our party goers. The club takes satisfaction that it is helping the senior citizens of the island to enjoy an entertaining afternoon with friends.

A few days after the Christmas party our annual Pig racing night was held at the Community centre. This is a fund-raising event with the proceeds helping towards the island Community bus, and other local worthwhile causes. This year over 100 tickets were sold, and all tickets holders had a tasty supper during the pig racing. Watching the piggies race each other is very entertaining because you are never sure that they will reach the finishing line, before knocking into each other, or even falling over. I should mention that the pigs are battery powered and are auctioned at the end of the evening. Betting on each pig, and sponsoring pigs is welcomed, it is possible to go home with more loose change in your pocket that you started with. I am sorry to say that this is the last time that our Secretary Malcom Newnes will manage this popular event.

Do not forget to book your table for our Christmas party at Sinah Warren hotel on the 21st December, see our advert in this paper.

The club has also distributed 80 free tickets for ‘Goldilocks and the 3 Bears’ Pantomime held at the HIADS theatre, in January 2019, again to benefit the elderly on the island.