Years of change

We have been awarded a National Heritage Lottery Fund grant to undertake this project to explore and document life on Hayling between the ends of the first and second world wars - the changing years. I thank the many members who have offered to become involved in a range of ways.

The range of help required is comprehensive; for example, we need people who would be willing to talk with Hayling residents whose families lived on Hayling during those years. It may well be that you live next door to such a family and could encourage them to tell you of their family stories which could be included in a future publication, or have

interesting artefacts which they may be willing to lend to an exhibition in 2019. We also seek any members who would be willing to assist in the writing up of the stories and research information gathered. You may be able to help in researching the services available to Hayling residents including:

  • the Southdown Motor Company and transport
  • the demise of the Gas works
  • the Fire Service
  • the Coastguards
  • RNLI
  • the 2 golf clubs
  • the story of the bridge and its effect on Island life
  • the change from Agriculture to becoming a predominately holiday Island:
    • camping
    • railway carriages
    • holiday estates, and the beginning of the holiday camps
  • schooling
  • life as a child during the War
  • the demise of the large summer holiday homes of the wealthy which led to the growth in residential schools

We are fortunate that Janet Coates-Jones has again undertaken the mammoth task of recording the men and civilians who lost their lives within the sequence of major events during WW2. Janet will appreciate any help in tracing these families to enable her to record accurate stories attached to each casualty.

We have over 450 members in our U3A and this is a great opportunity for you to become involved in a project which covers so many areas of everyday life, It is our hope that in taking part you will discover new interests and friendships. We will be offering help and advice to everyone and small groups willing to become involved. No matter how tentative you may feel on reading this I am sure that once you become involved you will find the experience rewarding and enjoyable and you may make new friends along the way.

If you'd like to be added to the project mailing list, or if you have something to contribute, please let me know via email address:

Thank you,

Mike Burnham

Birds and wildlife

BandWThe Birds and Wildlife group is starting as a 'visits' group. We'll be going to sites both on and off the island. The initial programme covers both flora and fauna. Some visits will be dependent on tides or similar factors so we will not be sticking to a fixed day in the month or a fixed time. Also there is scope for some 'ad hoc' events - for example: if someone spots the bee orchids are out on the common. Finally, if weather forecast is poor, we will postpone or cancel the visit.

So, if you are interested, make sure you are on the group's membership list so you get email notification of events, sightings postponements and cancellations. To find out if you are on the list, log in to the members' area then, if you see a 'Membership list' link at the top of this page, you are on the list. If not, ask Andy Henderson to add you to the list.

You do not, however, have to be  on the membership list to attend one of the visits. Instead, they will be open to all members unless circumstances dictate limited numbers - in which case booking will be on a 'first-come, first served' basis.

Where possible, visits will be accessible to members with mobility issues but some visits will require walking some distance possibly over rough terrain. The description of each visit will address accessibility.

The intention is that we will travel to visits on the island independently. If you would like a lift to a site, get in touch with Andy and he will try to arrange something for you.

When we go off the island, we will arrange to car-share. Members of the Walking group will be familiar with the arrangement. We will meet in the West Town car-park off Station Road and decide how best to use the available cars and drivers to get to our destination, and back. Alternatively, you might prefer to go direct.


We take short, undemanding walks that end with the possibility of a pub lunch.

Any member is welcome to join us, you don't have to book in advance. However, if you let the organisers know you are planning to join a walk, they can look out for you at the start, and contact you if the walk has to be cancelled for any reason.

You can either travel direct to the start point, or you can share a car leaving from the car park near the West Town community centre.

Monthly meetings

We arrange presentations on a variety of topics at 2pm on the third Thursday of every month at the Hayling Island Community Centre.

Click here to see details of the current programme.

As well as an opportunity to hear a well-presented and interesting presentation, it's also a good chance to find out what's happening in Hayling Island U3A and - in particular - to book one of our visits.

We provide tea, coffee and biscuits and a chance to chat at the end of the meeting.

If you don't know anyone, please make yourself known at the 'meet and greet' table and we will try to arrange some introductions.

The meetings are open to everyone - not just U3A members. We do, however, charge a £2 admission fee to non-members as a contribution to refreshment, speaker and hall hire costs.


We arrange occasional visits to places on behalf of all Hayling Island U3A members. You do not have to join the Visits 'group' to go on one of our trips.

Bookings for visits are limited. We take bookings on a first-come first-served basis, but (because of issues we've had in the past) we do not recognise a booking until we've received your payment. That means we cannot start taking bookings until we have calculated the cost to members.  Cheques are not cashed until nearer the date of the visit when various payments have to be made.

Please note that no refunds will be made unless the ticket can be reallocated from the waiting list or the person who cannot go can find someone to use their ticket.

If visits are under subscribed we reserve the right to offer places to members of other local U3A Groups in order to avoid making a loss. Naturally Hayling U3A members have priority.

The easiest way for you to book a place on a visit is to go to the visit page (click the visit name shown under 'Forthcoming events') and follow the instructions shown under 'Your bookings' at the end of the description. If 'Your bookings' doesn't appear it means we are still calculating the cost of the trip so can't yet take bookings.

You can also book visits at the monthly meetings. We'll have a table set up to take bookings for visits.

You can now make payment by bank transfer on the internet. You need to login to the members' area to see the bank account details. Click here to do that now.

Cheques can also be taken or sent to Debbie Wilsher. To see her address, click here to log in to the members' area.

Visit start times are usually 8:30am from HIADS returning between 5:30pm to 6:30pm depending on traffic.  Other pick up points are: United Reform Church, Hollow Lane; Opposite Co-op/Tournerbury Lane; Bus stop opposite New Cut, North of the Esso garage.


Enjoy the opportunity to walk with others, both for company and support.  Learn of unsuspected areas with experienced leaders.  Share your favourite walks.

We usually walk on the morning of the 4th Monday of the month.  There is no limit on membership of the walking group and no fees.

WalkingGroup2We usually meet at the public car park by the Hayling Community Centre around 9:15am where we arrange car sharing.  This cuts both the travel cost and reduces the number of vehicles at the start of the walk.

We create a walks plan at the beginning of the year, with the name of the person that has volunteered to lead the walk.  Walks are usually circular - they begin and end at the same point - but we have on a few occasions used bus passes to return to the cars.

We send email details of each walk around the middle of each month to everyone on our distribution list. We also show details on a poster at the Hayling U3A general monthly meeting. Apart from the starting time and location, we describe: distance, quantity of stiles and general terrain.

It is usual that the walk leader checks out the state of the walk for obstructions and difficult ground before the walk, and for those leading a walk for the first time, we can assist them in their reconnaissance.

During the walk we have a stop to gather breath and to take whatever snack and drink you bring.

WalkingGroup1At the end of the walk some will go to rehydrate, take lunch and socialise at a local hostelry, but it's not compulsory.  A key role of the walk leader is to make sure that such a hostelry exists close to the walk and that it will nourish the inner person on a Monday.

The walking group holds a small quantity of Hi-Vis jerkins for when we need to use roads between footpaths.  The group has a number of 1:25,000 (1 inch to 2½ miles) maps for use to investigate possible routes.  There is also a collection of booklets describing walks around various a such as; East Meon; Chichester; Winchester; West Meon; Hambledon.

These resources should make it possible for walks to be arranged at other times of the month should that suit the members.

Trish Farnham and Andy Henderson usually cycle to the walks. Let them know if you'd like to join them.


SignpostThe cycling group arranges social rides on the first Tuesday of each month at 10-o-clock. Any member can join our rides.

The rides are relatively short - two to three hours - and involve a stop for coffee/tea and cake or a light lunch (or what you fancy). The rides are not fast and, in any case, go at the pace of the slowest rider.

We use quiet lanes where we can, but cannot avoid roads altogether. You should therefore be confident riding in traffic.

Find out more about what you need on one of our rides.

We usually discuss destinations in the week before the ride in the Cycling group forum. Rides usually start from HIADS at 10am but occasionally start at the ferry - please check with the Cycling group forum before joining a ride.

If the weather's bad we will postpone. Please check the forum before joining a ride, or ask to join our email list.