2013 – March Report


Report by John Cushion

Several members of the committee were very pleased to meet with Chris Dean earlier in the month in preparation for the Club’s forthcoming Wine, Dine and Dance evening with the Syd Lawrence Orchestra. Chris, who heads up the orchestra, gave the members a very interesting overview of the band’s activities which takes it all over the UK and Continent. One of Chris’s fondest memories is recently having a photograph taken of the band in Germany under the wings of a Lancaster Bomber!

Recently voted “Best Big Band in the Land” for the 11th consecutive year, Chris Dean’s SYD LAWRENCE ORCHESTRA continues to thrill audiences in Concert Halls, Theatres, and Music Festivals all over Great Britain. Renowned for its exciting blend of high octane Big Band Swing and Classic Dance Music, the Orchestra’s repertoire ranges from the wartime million sellers of the legendary Glenn Miller through the era of the great Count Basie Orchestra to the hit songs of Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. Count Basie himself described the Syd Lawrence Orchestra as “So good it should be BANNED!”

Tickets for this great night which is to be held at Mill Rythe Holiday Village on Sunday 24th March are still available from Club members or the following outlets buy hurry they are selling out fast.

Hayling Island Community Centre  023  92  467562

Haydens Garage 023 92 462660

Morris Dibben   023 92 465941

Cards for Occasions  023 92 461103

Lions Community Shop

The Club is pleased to announce its support this year’s Hayling for St George event to be held on Eastoke Plaza on Sunday 21st April. The organisers are hoping for much better weather this year and have numerous attractions lined up starting from midday and ending at 6.30pm. Fuller details of the event will be advertised elsewhere but please keep a date in your diary. The newly refurbished and re-liveried Community Bus will be on display with representatives from the Businessmen’s Club on hand to explain the club’s aims and activities.

Newly elected Mini Bus Chairman Trevor Slydell reports that the Community Bus is still underused particularly in the evenings and week ends. Any local organisation interested in using this very valuable facility should contact Trevor at minibus@hibc.org.uk.