BRUCE MOWATT: Fortunes were won and lost in the pig race

Hayling Island Businessmen's Club pig racing event
Hayling Island Businessmen's Club pig racing event

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A BIG thank you to Hayling Hardware for allowing us the use of their car park to collect for the club on Sunday, November 27.

Also, many thanks to the Hardware shoppers who generously contributed to our fund to support running of the minibus and other worthwhile causes on the island with a total of £150.98.

On November 16, 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 island’s senior citizens for laying on the annual event in its 11th year.

The piggies were back to Hayling on November 12 when close to 160 islanders and friends enjoyed a night out at the annual HIBC pig race.

Fortunes were won and lost during the exciting and hard-fought races followed by a hearty supper of lasagne with garlic 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 Havant who also generously donated towards the raffle.

Before the last race, the pigs were auctioned to ensure that at least six 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 £1,200 to support local worthwhile causes.

The club members were pleased to support with donations to Hayling Island Community Centre’s building project, the Men’s Shed Association to help lease land and build the shed, and Mary Thompson’s buddies to help her members enjoy a turkey and tinsel party.

May we wish all the Hayling Island community a happy Christmas and a prosperous new year from all.