Posted on 18th May 2017
Yesterday a group of almost one hundred people were due to meet at MSGC to play a new game called FootGolf in order to raise money for our favourite charity, St Peter & St James Hospice.
The weather deteriorated during the day, much to the organiser’s distress, and by the time it came to start it had been raining for two hours and showed no sign of stopping. We met there early to get a photo of a cheque presentation to the hospice from the BHBiz Awards Night, and by 5pm the place was thronged with footgolfers, some of them looking as though they had played this game all ther lives. Others looked as though they wouldn’t have been comfortable doing this in warm sunshine, and now they had to do it and get soaked.
The BHBPA team was away among the ealy starters, closely followed by our close rivals, Autowise. None of us had tried this before, and the distances from tee to green did not favour old biddies like me, but nevertheless it was an advantage to be able to keep it straight, and we mostly did just that. We had a comfortable round of much chat and plenty of good shots, before returning to the clubhouse for refreshment and drying off.
We had a blast with beers as we discussed times past in County League football. Richard Strange and Paul Williams talked over old times at St Francis, while I spoke to them both about past derby games we had played in for Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill and Hassocks. When several beers had been quaffed and the results were announced it was the BHBPA who were equal first with Lloyds Bank, while Autowise, with Paul and Anthony starring, were one stroke behind. Somehow on countback it went to Lloyds Bank. The BHBPA team were a worthy second, and we had enjoyed every moment, despite the rain.
Thanks must go to the organisers and to all who made the event possible. Let’s do it again soon.
"As the local hospice for the area, it’s great that we receive so much support from the BHBPA. Last year the members raised an amazing £2150 through activities such as Bake Off and the BHBiz Awards. Each well planned members meeting enables good networking opportunities and speakers that are relevant to the present climate and local issues. We are proud to be members of BHBPA."
"If Carlsberg did networking they would do it the BHBPA way. Each event is packed with great ideas, thought provoking presentations and fun. As a small business we feel supported and part of the community. We have built friendships and business relationships and there is always plenty of advice on hand to benefit us all so don’t hesitate to join whatever the nature of your business. "
"The BHBPA is an energetic and vocal organisation that connects and empowers and informs the local business community acting as an effective conduit to local authority and other organisations. We are proud to be part of that community and the association."
"As MP for Mid Sussex I believe passionately in the importance of a vibrant local business community in order to create and sustain fantastic opportunities that enable people to meet their responsibilities, prosper and fulfil their potential. I am committed to collaborating with BHBPA and others to be an effective collective voice for Burgess Hill."