Blues appreciation

We currently meet from 2-4pm on the 4th Monday of the month. The emphasis is on getting to know blues artists, their work and where it has been influential in the 20th century:

  • Review the lives of influential American blues artists of the 20th century .
  • Listen to examples of their recorded music.
  • Consider and listen to British music influenced by these artists.
  • Occasionally attend appropriate music events.

The meetings are held at Steve Jones' house in Eastoke and accommodate  seven people. Steve has a good collection of blues recorded music and literature and prepares a presentation each month supported by electronic literature (pdf’s).

Fellow members are welcome, but are expected, to contribute in one or more of the following ways:

  • Bring an interest in Blues and a desire to enjoy the genre, through listening and discussion.
  • Prepare and give a presentation. This can be related to a Blues artist or how their work has affected their own life (Desert Island Discs in Blue).
  • Whilst this is not a performing group jamming/singing a bit of Blues as an extra curricula item would be good.

Ukulele Friday

For those relatively new to the Ukulele or wish to gain confidence and enjoy playing in a small relaxed group for fun.

We meet on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month from 4pm, starting September 2019.

Note there is a sister group: Ukulele Thursday that meets on Thursday mornings.

Ukulele Thursday

For those relatively new to the Ukulele or wish to gain confidence and enjoy playing in a small relaxed group for fun.

We meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month from 10am, starting September 2019.

Note there is a sister group: Ukulele Friday that meets on Friday afternoons.


This is a group for players with some knowledge of recorder playing up to those more familiar with the instrument. This is a very easy going, friendly group with the main idea of enjoying playing music together with no pressure

We meet on a Wednesday afternoon maybe once or twice a month on a very fluid basis.

Recorders improvers

All U3A Members who can read music and also play a recorder are welcome to join.

Currently we meet every Wednesday at 2.30 and play for two hours.

We have players with Descant, Treble , Tenor and Bass recorders.

We enjoy playing  and, at times, give concerts.

Hand bells

The U3A handbell team, Bell Canto when we play at concerts, has been running for nearly 12 years. During that time it has recorded two CDs, performed 3 radio programmes, joined the Solent Fellowship Band in five major concerts, played regularly at The URC church for the Lions Annual late night shopping event in Mengham, and played in more than a few churches and care homes.

And as well as enjoying some good music the group has melded together as great friends very welcoming to new members.

Sadly time has caught up on us and two of our much loved older members can no longer play, and a third has left the area in order to care for an elderly relative.

And so for the first time for a very long time we have several vacancies. If you can read music it helps, but as long as you are willing to learn to read the bell music, in no way complicated as there is but one line to read, you will be able to take a full part in the team very quickly.

We meet every other Friday morning from 10 till noon. And the mid-session flap-jacks are regarded the best in the country!

Please contact Derek to learn more.


We are open to other instruments that will complement our current line up. Instrumentalists who are seeking to develop within a small group will find a good home here. You don't have to be a Benny Goodman or an Acker Bilk.

Music appreciation 1

We encourage members to present short programmes of recorded music of their own choosing with commentary on the music, composers and/or performers.  Each monthly meeting is in two parts with refreshment in between.  A meeting can thus accommodate two short programmes or one longer one.

Programmes are often a mixture of music which reflect the presenters life ("Desert Island Discs"), or works of a favourite composer, or of the same type - choral, form, musical instrument, or on a subject - water, immigration, etc. They range from classical music, to popular, jazz, and traditional music of other countries.

Ukes for U

We started out as a group that just played together, but we were soon being asked to perform for local clubs.

We meet to play on the first and third Wednesdays of each month.

We perform as 'The Hayling Huggers' and our venues now include a local supermarket and theatre, fetes, sheltered accommodation and rest homes and private parties. We usually receive donations for playing, all of which goes to charity, the main beneficiary being Naomi House/ Jack's Place hospice.

The repertoire is constantly being added to and we find it all great fun.

We currently have a vacancy for a lady uke player who can sing and play and would like performing at gigs.

Music appreciation 2

We meet on the 4th Friday of each month with the exception of August and December at 2.00 pm in members' houses.

At each meeting we play several pieces by a specific composer and hold a general discussion to identify and understand the particular merits of the music.

We also attend performances of the Havant Orchestras.

Music for fun

A very casual relaxed group who meet to make music on the fourth Wednesday of each month.

We play mostly folk and Celtic music but are branching out into jazz, ragtime and American country style. Plus some strummy/singing pieces.

The instruments we have are guitars, recorders, penny whistle and mountain dulcimer.