2018 – July Report

HIBC report for July 2018 – Bruce Mowatt (Publicity officer)

What a great night we all had at the HIBC annual BBQ held at Northney farm by the kind permission of Stan and Mary Pike. The 400 plus ticket holders enjoyed hot beef, chicken, sausages and burgers with plenty of rolls and fruit, with the option of buying the farms famous ice cream made from their own cow’s milk. The evening started with a disco, and then the Diamond band soon had the audience up on their feet dancing the night away. The theme of the evening was from the musical Grease, but the band versatility was evident when they played music from the fifties onwards. With drinks priced at sensible prices and plenty of bar staff, queues at the bars were kept to a minimum. Planning for the 2019 BBQ begins soon after the close of the 2018 BBQ with a meeting to discuss lessons learned and improvements for the next BBQ. I can announce the Headline act for 2019 will be a Queen tribute act. This act proved very popular with the audience at their recent show at the HIADS theatre.

Setting up the BBQ is a major effort for the club membership and willing helpers, this means that we change a working farm to a night club venue with enough seats and tables to enable the ticket holding guests to sit and enjoy the evening. The bars, toilets, stage, lighting, BBQ’s, signage, food, Charcoal, and cooking utensils are all part of the set up. Of coarse we must not forget the DJ and Headline act. The membership agrees that when the evening is in full swing and everyone is enjoying themselves, it makes all the planning and preparation worthwhile knowing that all profits earned from the evening will go to help HIBC to continue funding the Hayling Island Community Minibus, and other local worthwhile causes. The club’s Summer draw 2018 the prize winners were selected at random during the evening and any winners not at the BBQ will be notified by phone or mail. We have been helping the Hayling Community for over 50 years.

On the morning after the event the club members, and volunteers attend early morning at the farm to pack everything away into our container ready for our next BBQ function in 2019.