2016 – December Report

HIBC Report for December By Bruce Mowatt HIBC publicity

Wednesday 16th November, 300 ‘not so old’ senior citizens filled the theatre at Sinah Warren Hotel to enjoy a wonderful afternoon at the annual HIBC Christmas party. This is arranged in conjunction with Sinah Warren leisure Hotel. The Sinah team provided the entertainment with an immaculate performance of the pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk amid much rapport from our guests. Following tea and cakes the audience were invited to join in with their own rendition of the 12 nights of Christmas led by energetic members of the pantomime cast. Judging by the smiling faces the afternoon was once again a great success. Club committee and members would like to sincerely thank the management, staff and entertainments team at Sinah Warren for their considerable generosity, and kindness shown to the Islands senior citizens for laying on the annual event in its eleventh year.

The Piggies came back to Hayling on Saturday 12th November when close to 160 Islanders and friends enjoyed a night out at the annual HIBC Pig Race. Fortunes were won or lost during the exciting and hard fought races followed by a hearty supper of Lasagne with Garlick bread. The raffle prizes were supplied by several local organisations, traders and club members to whom the club offers many thanks. Special Thanks to Tesco who also generously donated towards the Raffle. Before the last race, the pigs were auctioned to ensure that at least 6 lucky people went home with the bacon! Many thanks to Malcolm Newnes for arranging such a successful evening. Thanks also to everyone who attended the event, and their generous support which helped to raise over £1200 to support local worthwhile causes.

The club was pleased to donate £1000 to the Hayling Island community Centre to help them raise the remaining funds for their building project.

We were also pleased to assist the Hayling Island men’s shed association with a donation of £200 towards the building of the shed, and leasing land from the United Reformed Church.

Mary Thompson BUDDIES is organising to take a group of her members to the Isle of Wight for a Tinsel and Turkey party at the end of this month, the club was pleased to donate £200 towards the cost.

A donation from our member Laurie Noble (Station theatre manager) who received the cheque from a talk he gave recently. He has also been busy assisting member Neil Ogley from Hayling College with 2 future events which will benefit the club. On Thursday 15th December, the Hayling College seasonal concert featuring all the local schools will be held.  They will present 2 performances at 1430 hours and 1915 hours. The other event will be held at the Station Theatre on Wed 8th February until Saturday 11th February 2017, featuring Janelle and Neil Ogley in a musical journey. More details in future reports. 

HIBC will be collecting with the Santa Christmas Sleigh on Tuesday 13th December, starting at 1715 hours from the corner of St Leonards Avenue, and finishing at Osprey road, North Crescent. Please look out for us, give us a wave, and if possible a donation to ensure that we can continue to help the less fortunate residents on the Island.

Club members are proud that for over 50 years they have survived with a vibrant membership working tirelessly for the benefit of Hayling residents. In addition to supporting local senior citizens, and youth groups, the main aim of the club is the purchase, and running of the Island community mini-bus providing a transport lifeline for many hundreds of Islanders every year. The bus is provided free of charge (the club covering all the cost), to our users.

Why not Join our club and enjoy a friendly social life while helping the local community? Contact or recruitment officer at recruitment@hibc.org.uk