2014 – May Report


The Club celebrated its 50th Anniversary with members and former members attending a jubilee dinner at Langstone Hotel on the 12th April.  The guest of honour was The Worshipful the Mayor of Havant and his Lady; an evening enjoyed by all who attended.

Arrangements for the Annual Barbeque are now well under way and the Club is anticipating a large demand for tickets. 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, on the 12th July; 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 Richard Chapman or visit the Club website www. hibc.org.uk for more details.

Use of the Community Bus continues to be in high demand particularly on week days but there is normally some availability at weekends and local organizations are welcome to contact Trevor Slydell on minibus@hibc.org.uk for more details. Please remember that use of the bus is available free of charge although donations are always appreciated.


Born in Stoke-on-Trent in 1962, Dave moved to Hayling Island in 2000 to follow his profession in Information Technology for a company in Havant where he now holds the role of IT Associate Manager.  With four sons and a daughter now all grown up, Dave and his wife Diane began fostering in 2003 and currently care for a 9 year old lad. After moving to Hayling, Dave involved himself in several community projects and joined the Businessmen’ Club in 2008 where he initially took on the role of Fund Raising Officer. Dave was awarded the Club’s Doug Broughton ‘Achiever of the Year’ trophy two years running and last year took the role of Vice-Chairman leading to the Chairman’s position for the coming 12 months. When Dave manages to find any spare time, he enjoys Kayaking and boating in any form, one of the benefits of living on the coast.