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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.

Petanque

The Petanque Group meets and plays at 2pm on every Wednesday afternoon, and on every Sunday morning at 10.30am, at Seacourt, 20 Victoria Avenue, Hayling Island PO11 9AJ.

The Group hires Seacourt's Petanque Piste and players attending the sessions each pay £1.00 per hour to cover the hire fees and the purchase of piste ancillary items. All group members are required to provide their own boules (3). Members are allowed free access to the Seacourt Club bar and toilet facilities before, during and after the sessions. We are grateful for the investment made by Seacourt in renewing the gravel on the Piste.

If you'd like to join us, please contact Geoff or Steve who will advise you on availability.

Ambling

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.

Walking

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.

Cycling

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.