Members attending the Club’s luncheon meeting on the 11th April were delighted to receive confirmation of the ongoing arrangement with the Hayling Lions Community Shop which will substantially increase Club funds. Proceeds from the shop amounting to £3500 will again be donated to Businessmen’s Club towards the running and upkeep of the Hayling Island Community Minibus. The cheque was presented to Club Vice Chairman Dave Stanway by Lions President Gill Sutherland at the recent Hayling for St George event on Eastoke Plaza where the newly refurbished Mini Bus was on display .In return for this generous gesture, several wives and partners of the Businessmen’s Club will continue to help in running the shop which will give a much needed boost to staffing levels.
Also during the month the Club arranged and paid for nearly 100 senior citizens from local organizations to attend the latest HIADS production Dracula at the Station Theatre which is due to take place from Saturday 18th May This is an ongoing arrangement and availability details for future productions can be obtained from Community Services Chairman John Finch
Arrangements for the Annual Barbeque are now well under way and the Club is anticipating a large demand for tickets, the cost of which has been maintained at £16 a head. The HIBC Barbeque has been a firm favourite on the Island for many years and will once again take place at Northney Farm courtesy of Stan and Mary Pike and their son Tim, with entertainment provided by the fabulous Take That tribute band…….TAKE ALL THAT The date for your diary is Saturday 13th July from 8.00pm to midnight and tickets will shortly be available from Club members, Haydens Garage, The Lions Community Shop and Hayling Community Centre. Other outlets will be advised nearer the time.
Although membership of the Businessmen’s Club is currently at a reasonably high level, new members will always be made welcome. In addition to assisting with numerous fund raising activities to run the Community Bus and help with other worthwhile local causes members enjoy several social events throughout the year as well as twice monthly luncheon meetings at Seacourt. Anyone considering membership please contact Club Secretary Andy Lenaghan or visit the Club website www. hibc.org.uk for more details.
A reminder to all members that the next Club social will be a skittles night to be held at the British Legion Club on Wednesday 15th May. The cost is £10 per person which includes a choice of supper. Members guests are welcome to join in the fun