2015 – November Report

Businessmens Club celebrates Ladies Night Club Report John Cushion

Over one hundred attended the Club’s annual Ladies Night held  at The Langstone Hotel on Friday the 23rd October .In addition to their ladies, partners and guests, members were also pleased to welcome the Mayor of Havant, Leah Turner and her consort Andy Cousins, to the most prestigious occasion of the Club’s year. Guests included several members of the Hayling Lions Club including President Jenny Thorn. After enjoying a wonderful meal, the toast to the Ladies was proposed by Club Treasurer, John Greenland followed by a response from Chairman’s wife Deanne Cushion who thanked members and particularly Peter Blake for arranging a splendid evening. Everyone then had the opportunity of dancing the night away to the music of the Turner Taylor Duo.

The Club will again be supporting the Lions Christmas Fayre scheduled for 28th November at the Community Centre. In addition to the customary gift stall there will be a Christmas hamper raffle and bottle tombola. Assuming the normal generous support from members and friends the Club hopes increase on the amount raised at last year’s event of over £400.

At the luncheon meeting on 22nd October, members were pleased to agree a donation of £450 for the purchase of a team strip for one Hayling United’s Youth sides. The strip will carry the Club’s name and should be ready within the next few weeks. Although limited funds are available the Club is progressing with its aim to support youth on the Island in addition to its customary role of running the Community Bus and other worthwhile causes mainly directed at senior citizens and other disadvantaged groups.

Members were also delighted to agree a donation of £200 to pay for items of food for Christmas hampers for home alone seniors at their Christmas Day lunch. The lunch was successfully held last Christmas and over 30 Islanders will enjoy the same festivities again this year.

Earlier in October, the first performance of the Station Theatre’s latest production, Salt of the Earth was enjoyed by nearly 80 senior citizens paid for by the Businessmens Club. Sponsorship of HIADS by the Club is a regular event and numerous productions have been enjoyed by large audiences over many years.

Most tickets have now been distributed for the senior citizens pre-Christmas Party to be held again courtesy of Sinah Warren Hotel on Wednesday 18st November. The Club arranges the party every year in conjunction with Sinah Warren and up to 300 senior citizens attend.

Plans are already being made for next year’s Annual Barbeque with the date set for Saturday July 12th 2016 at Northney Farm.

Last chance for tickets for the fifth running of the HIBC Pig Race Night. The Piggies are trotting their way to Hayling and will be on their starting blocks in the Community Centre on Saturday 14th November with a capacity race crowd anticipated. The event is planned as a family night out with children welcome at the reduced price of £5. Adult tickets are priced at £8 which also includes the race card. Both ticket prices include supper. Pig Sponsorships are still available by contacting Club Secretary secretary@hibc.org.uk, tickets are available from the following outlets. Please remember that all net proceeds go towards the running of the Community Bus and other worthwhile local causes.

Hayling Community Centre in West Town on 02392 467 562

Morris Dibben in Mengham on 02392 465 942

Geoff Foot Estate Agents in Mengham on 02392 461 666

Cards4Occasions in Mengham 02392 461 103