On the 14th January on a wild and stormy night HIBC held its AGM at Seacourt Tennis Club. Considering storm Brendan was brewing up the attendance was very good, which highlights the comradery that exists within the club. Despite the seriousness and importance of filling the various positions, it is a fun evening.
Our outgoing Chairman Marcus Foot highlighted the extreme pleasure and pride he had in being at the helm for the past year. Marcus was especially proud, as he is the only second generation Chairman in the clubs history. His Father Geoff was Chairman in 1989 and one of our most active members prior to his death some years ago. Geoff was actually in the Chair the year I joined the Club. Interestingly, our longest serving living member is John Cottle, who joined the club in 1975, which is an amazing 45 years. Again, I think this highlights the enjoyment members obtain from the club, so if you want to know more please do not hesitate to contact us. As I have said before, don’t let the title put you off, it is of historical importance to the history of the club and how it came into being in 1964. This is a tremendous 56 years this year. Please visit and like our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/hibc.org.uk/
Our new Chairman was duly elected after each member had submitted their reports. Unanimously, Bruce Mowatt was elected, as he has been an outstanding member since he joined five years ago. Bruce is now retired but during his career he was a General Manager of an engineering company in south Wales, supplying safety critical components to the car industry. Bruce prior to moving back to the Island had a previous connection, having gone to school here as a child. Bruce’s aim is to continue the good work we have achieved in the past few years plus, continue the growth in Membership.
On the day to day business, the club agreed to donate £240 to Hayling Holiday Lunches a very worthwhile cause.
Please note that the BBQ this year is the same venue and will be on Saturday July 11th. We have by demand booked Monarchy Queen again. Please put in your Diaries to ensure you don’t forget or double book the night.
To close on a sad note unfortunately, a lovely member of the club Pat Riley recently passed away. You may recall Pat from the newsagents at Eastoke Corner. Pat was quiet and an unassuming member of the club and carried out his role with enthusiasm. He will be missed