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Christmas 2019 - Edition 289

The lead up to Christmas is going to be a busy one, and will include lots of lovely events to fill us with festive cheer! 

The first event of the month will be the annual Churches Together event ‘Carols in the Community’ on Sunday 1st December at 4pm. Please come along to this free event and enjoy a glass of mulled wine and mince pie.

Come along and make your own Fresh Christmas Wreath on Wednesday 4th at 1.30pm. Frame, foliage, refreshments and tuition included. Please bring your own decorations. £20 per person with a £5 deposit to reserve your space. Please contact Liza Bailey from Seaside Florist on 07561 337640.

The hall is being used all day as the Polling Station for Thursday 12th December’s General Election.

The Hayling Island Choir will be holding their Christmas Concert on Saturday 14th at 7.30pm, performing all your favourite carols for your enjoyment. They will be joined by the Blendworth Brass Band and tickets are on sale at the Centre or from any choir member priced £10 to include a mince pie. 

Why not come and celebrate Christmas with a group of friends at T @ the Park café. The Festive Lunch Menu is available until Thursday 19th December where you can dine on a delicious traditional Christmas Dinner of roast turkey, pigs in blankets, stuffing, roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables or cheese and vegetable Puff with roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables. You can choose a dessert of Christmas pudding with cream or Raspberry and White Chocolate Roulade with cream. One course £8.95 or two courses £10.50 with mulled wine for £3. Booking is essential so why not pop into the café or book on 02392 469746. The café is fully licensed and under new management. 

The final concert of the year will be by the University of Chichester Big Band and ‘The Sleepy Lagoon Orchestra’ to be held on Friday 20thDecember at 7.30pm. The concert’s title is ‘It’s Beginning to Swing a Lot Like Christmas’ with conductor James Lelean. Tickets are £10 with concessions at £5. This will be a fabulous evening by this very talented orchestra. Please do come and support them for this fabulous night of Big Band music.

We are organising lots of coach trips for 2020 with our first trip of the year to see Susan Hill’s acclaimed ghost story ‘Woman in Black’. Bookings for this show are now being taken. We will leave the Community Centre at 6pm for the 7.30pm performance. We have stall seats for this haunting production at the Kings Theatre on Wednesday 5th February. Susan Hill’s acclaimed ghost story comes dramatically alive in this gripping production and is a brilliantly successful study in atmosphere, illusion and controlled horror.

If you would like to book, please phone 02392 467562 or pop into the office. £42 per person including coach. A full list of excursions for 2020 will be available soon.

A rare opportunity has become available for room hire every Thursday morning 09.00am to 11.15am. If you are thinking of running a new class, Activity Room 1 is ideal for meetings or exercise workouts. Room hire rates are £16ph non-members, £14 members or £13 charity rate. Please call the office on 02392 467562 for more information.

On behalf of the HI Community Centre, we would like to wish all our staff, volunteers and Centre users a very Happy Christmas and joyful New Year.

NEW Buy a Chair Scheme

Hayling Island Community Centre Association is a registered charity and since it was formed in 1981 it has been providing opportunities, events, clubs, classes and courses for the entire community of Hayling. The Centre is very well supported and has over 2000 visitors each week. 

The Centre is completely self supporting with no grants or funding, which means we are constantly fundraising for our next project. This time we need to raise approximately £8,000 to replace the blue folding hall chairs, which had to be removed due to safety issues. We are currently borrowing chairs from the Businessmen’s Club, but these are not easy to manoeuvre and we need to return them soon.

The Buy a Chair scheme has been set up to help us raise these funds, and provide the chance for members, visitors, groups and organisations to show their support. Each chair costs £25, and your name will be engraved onto a plaque fixed to the back of the chair.

If you would like to buy a chair for yourself or even on behalf of someone else, please contact us or call into reception or office for an order form. We really appreciate your support as always and are committed to providing a fantastic facility for the community. 

Charity Number 271878