HAYLING ISLAND BUSINESSMEN’S CLUB
Arrangements for the Pig Race night to be held at the Community Hall on Saturday 17th November are now well under way. When the event was held for the first time last year more than 150 Islanders enjoyed an exciting evening of squeaking pigs outdoing one another to become race champion. It is expected that there will be a huge demand for tickets which are priced at £8 per adult and £5 for children under 12 years of age which includes a race card and fish and chip supper. With capacity at the Community Centre limited to 200, tickets may be in short supply so please buy early.. The Club is still looking for local businesses or individuals to Sponsor a Pig, all proceeds going to local good causes.
Following extensive repairs and servicing, the Community Bus is now back on the road and fully in use. The Bus will shortly be given a new livery which will include acknowledgements in recognition of the financial support received from various local businesses and organisations.
With all income from the Barbeque now in and all bills paid, Club Treasurer, Glenroy Van Baskerville reported net proceeds amounting to an amazing £4000 all of which will be used for the running of the Community Bus and other local worthy causes. As reported in last month’s edition of the Islander, members devote a great deal of time and energy to the Barbeque which is the Club’s main fund raising event of the year and it is good that these efforts have been justly rewarded.
The senior citizens Christmas Party is due to be held again courtesy of Sinah Warren Hotel on Wednesday 21st November. The Club arranges the party every year in conjunction with Sinah Warren and up to 300 senior citizens attend. Invitations will shortly be distributed to local organisations.
August Draw £50 – 64 £50 – 125 £200 – 96
September Draw £50 – 47 £50 – 107
Member Profile – John Cottle
Born in North Hayling in 1937, John has been a Club member since 1975 and continues to be actively involved as Club Services Chairman. He served as Club Chairman in 1979 and 1991 and was honoured in 2009 with a lifetime membership in recognition of his many years service to the Club of which he is very proud. In addition to HIBC, John has been involved in many other organisations on Hayling over the years and feels very fortunate to have lived on the Island and been part of its community.
John’s school days were spent at the old Hayling Council School which at the time was the only “none private” school on the Island. Following a 5 year apprenticeship with a large construction company. John qualified as a plumber and after 2 years National Service started his own plumbing and heating business which he continued until his retirement in 2002. John married Iris in 1959 and has a daughter Sharon and two sons Graham and Stephen, the former having taken over the family business in 2002.