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Changing Years

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: changingyears@haylingu3a.org.uk.

Thank you,

Mike Burnham

Local history 4

We are a group of people who are all interested in our local environment and we meet every 2nd Thursday afternoon.  We usually select a topic about a local settlement and sometimes we research it before the next meeting or one of us will present a paper which has been previously researched.

As we are a fairly new group we have the privilege of being able to avail ourselves of  topics which have previously been presented at other Local History Groups.

We also try to visit places we have researched and have visited places like Emsworth, Warblington and Southwick.  Visits usually take place in the summer .

Local history 1

We meet in the afternoon of the 2nd Monday of the month, in member’s homes, and so we are limited in numbers due to space. We research topics of interest across a wide spectrum of places, events and people, and where appropriate organise group visits to associated places.  Our scope includes infrastructure and services, such as roads, water and lifeboats, as well as industries such as fishing,  farming and smuggling.

Research has become much simpler with use of the internet, but there are monographs and trade directories available from local libraries and tourist information offices.  We often undertake such research in pairs.

The Hayling U3A Local History groups occasionally organise larger joint meetings, possibly involving rented halls and well-qualified speakers. One such joint activity was a visit to the new Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Our recent work has included The Gilbert White Museum at Selborne, and the Alms Houses in Chichester.

Local history 2

The group was formed in 2006 when Hayling Island U3A was launched and we still have seven of our original members attending meetings.

Originally there were ten members, but currently we have one vacancy, which is open to U3A members.

With such a long history we would need to backtrack on earlier subjects, researching for new information or developments, and I am sure that the current members would be pleased to introduce a new person and help them to find information and maybe update our earlier research.

Most of our subjects are relevant to the local area, but on occasion we extend the area and recently we visited Salisbury Cathedral to view their original copy of Magna Carta.

During the summer months we arrange days out to view the places & buildings which we have talked about during the winter.

We meet every month on the third Monday from 2-4pm, but try to arrange a Christmas meal for December and when we have outings to historic houses etc., include a lunch, so that we have become a social group. We occasionally need to change our day, as many places open to the public are closed on a Monday.

A file is kept of our subjects and visits and once a year we have a forward planning meeting for new subjects to research.

Local history 3

We choose a subject to research and present to the rest of the group at a future date. Sometimes this may involve a visit to a place of local interest. We encourage members to be as proactive as possible and try to cover places and subjects which are as 'local' as possible.

History 2

U3A is an organisation for learning, and this group works on the assumption that researching a subject to the point where you can give a talk on it to the other members of the group is a strong incentive to learning any subject. So we each take it in turn to chose a historical subject, research it and prepare a talk on it. As we have seven members each member has six months to prepare their talk.