2016 – March Report

Hayling Island Businessmen’s Club report March Report by Bruce Mowatt

Over 60 members, wife’s, partners, and guests enjoyed a fun night of Skittles at the Legion Club on 14th March. There was some keen rivalry with the lead changing hands frequently throughout the evening but the eventual winners were Sara Lloyd for the ladies and John Greenland for the men. Both received a bottle of wine. Wooden spoonist was John Finch whose booby prize was a packet of skittles sweeties and the offer of a new pair of specs! Thanks to social secretary Tony Rees for arranging a super night out. A big thank you also to all the skittlers with whose generosity over £274 was raised for Club funds.

The HIBC is pleased to sponsor the Hayling College Glee club. The club consists of college students aged between 11-16, who will be performing a review show called ‘’West End Spectacular’’ at the Station Theatre on May 28th 2016. The show specially written for the Glee club, feature songs from four of the most popular west end shows of recent years. The aim of the Glee Club is to raise money to support HIBC & local charities. Tickets available from the Theatre box office

HIBC was very pleased to accept a donation of £125 towards the club funds from the Seacourt tennis club, the money being raised during their recent quiz night.

The Club’s most important fund raising event of the year is the ever popular Annual Barbeque to be held at Northney Farm on Saturday 9th July 2015. Entertainment this year being provided by one of the UKs Premier ABBA tribute acts. Full details including ticket outlets will be appearing in forthcoming editions of the Islander.

Plans are now well under way for this year’s Hayling for St George celebration. Following last year’s brilliant day in the sun, the event will again be held later in the summer when the weather is much kinder. There will be a brand of entertainment to suit most tastes and the event, which is completely free will be held on Eastoke Plaza on Sunday 7th August. The club will be supporting the event with a donation.

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 e-mail minibus@hibc.org.uk for more details. Please remember that use of the bus is offered completely free of any charges and even includes fuel. However, donations are always appreciated.

The name of the Club can be a little misleading as it is not necessary to be a businessman to join! Anyone who has time and the interest to be part of a club with the ethos of helping the less fortunate can apply for membership. In addition to aiding this worthwhile cause through the planning and arranging of events, there are several social gatherings throughout the year. The combination of these activities enables members to build close relationships and find friends for life.