2012 – December Report

A busy time for Hayling Island Businessmen’s Club. It has been a busy month for the Club with various meetings and events as we approach Christmas.

At the Club meeting on the 1st November, members were delighted to welcome Peter Walmsley from the RNLI who gave an informative and interesting talk on the running of the Institute both locally and nationally. Members were surprised to learn of the tremendous amount of money that has to be raised by voluntary donations ever year to ensure that the RNLI continues to function. The Institute is currently on a major recruitment campaign and any one interested in finding out more should e mail them on hayling-island@rnli.org.uk.

During the month, members were pleased to agree the following donations:

Mengham Junior School to help with the setting up of a Nurture Group which will give support to children who have a range of emotional needs

British Red Cross to assist with fund raising at their Christmas Fayre

The Piggies came back to Hayling on Saturday 17th when well over 100 Islanders enjoyed a night out at the annual HIBC Pig Race Night. Fortunes were won and lost during some exciting and hard fought races followed by a fish and chip supper and surprise raffle supported by several local organisations and traders. Before the final race, the Pigs were auctioned to ensure that at least one lucky person went home with the bacon! The Club’s thanks go to everyone who attended and the following for their generous support which helped raise nearly £1000 on the night.

Hayling Hardare                                                       Langstone Hotel

Sinah Warren Leisure Hotel                                    Terracotta Pot Shop

Haydens Garage                                                        Station Theatre

ECOProducts                                                           Rowanberries Associates

Cameron Developments                                           Bolton Building Services

Pullingers Interiors

Wednesday 21st November saw over 250 “not so old” senior citizens enjoy a wonderful afternoon at the annual HIBC Christmas Party arranged in conjunction with Sinah Warren Leisure Hotel. The Sinah team provided the entertainment with an immaculate performance of Jack and the Beanstalk amid much rapport from the guests. Following tea and cake, the audience was invited to join in with their own rendition of The Twelve Days of Christmas led by energetic members of the pantomime cast. Judging by the smiling faces the afternoon was a great success. Club committee and members would like to sincerely thank the staff and entertainments team at Sinah Warren for their considerable generosity and kindness shown to the Island’s senior citizens and for laying on this annual event.

It was also a super day for the Club when secretary Malcolm Newnes was presented with a cheque for £700 by Sinah entertainer Callum McFaden, being the proceeds from the Hotel’s annual charity fund raising events.

Look out for Father Christmas and his helpers at Mengham shops on Thursday 20th December when Club members will be out with their collecting tins come rain, hail or shine. We never cease to be amazed at the generosity of Islanders particularly in these austere times but rest assured that every last penny raised goes towards the running of the Community Bus and other local causes.

125 Club Winners

October           £50      Number 79

October           £50      Number 115

November       £200    Number 25

November       £50      Number 84

November       50        Number 26

Report by John Cushion