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Group report

So far, we have been unable to meet this year. Whilst some Groups have been able to meet on Zoom, Music Appreciation does not lend itself to Zoom Meetings. Andrea has been busy researching Bach and put together an excellent programme, which we should all enjoy when we are able to meet as a Group again. Last year, we had a very varied programme exploring music by Elgar, Clara Schumann, Berlioz, Mendelssohn, King Henry V111, Johann Strauss (both the Younger and the Elder) and Bizet. In the words of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “Music is the universal language of mankind.”

All Group members will be contacted as soon as we are able to meet again.

Sue Humphrey and Maura Chapman.

This is an article published in the Autumn 2020 edition of the Hayling Island U3A newsletter .

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We managed to have a meeting in March, a talk given by Terry Downs on Stephen and Matilda. Since then we have been communicating by phone or e-mail just to keep in touch. Norma Downs sent us a quiz during this time, which was won by Sue Humphrey.

Recently we had a get together at Northney Tearooms, sitting on two tables and social distancing, it was wonderful to see members in person. With the new rules now we have no plans for the present but look forward to when we can resume our usual meetings. We had a plan for all this year and hopefully we will be able to implement this in 2021.

Andrea Burton

This is an article published in the Autumn 2020 edition of the Hayling Island U3A newsletter .

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Our first book for 2020 was ‘The Plague’ by Albert Camus - very apt we told ourselves 2 months later!! It was acclaimed and an immediate triumph when it was first published in 1947 as it is in part an allegory of France’s suffering under the Nazi occupation and a story of bravery and determination against the precariousness of human existence. The townspeople of Oran are in the grip of a deadly plague, which condemns its victims to a swift and horrifying death. Fear, isolation and claustrophobia follow as they are forced into quarantine. Each person responds in their own way to the lethal disease: some resign themselves to fate, some seek blame, and a few, resist the terror.

We did find it a rather depressing read.

In February we moved on to ‘The Silk Roads’ by Peter Frankopan - The sun is setting on the Western world. Slowly but surely, the direction in which the world spins has reversed: where for the last five centuries the globe turned westward on its axis, it now turns to the east.... For centuries fame and fortune were to be found in the West - in the New World of the Americas. Today it is the East that calls out to those in search of adventure and riches. The region stretching from Eastern Europe and sweeping right across Central Asia, deep into China and India, is taking centre stage in international politics, commerce, and culture - and is shaping the modern world. This region, the true centre of the Earth, is obscure to many in the English-speaking world. Yet this is where civilisation itself began, where the world's great religions were born and took root. The Silk Roads were no exotic series of connections but networks that linked continents and oceans together. Along them flowed ideas, goods, disease, and death. This was where empires were won - and where they were lost. As a new era emerges, the patterns of exchange are mirroring those that have criss-crossed Asia for millennia. The Silk Roads are rising again. A major reassessment of world history, The Silk Roads is an important account of the forces that have shaped the global economy and the political renaissance in the re-emerging East.

In March we had ‘Do Not Say We Have Nothing’ by Madeleine Thein. However although this novel was shortlisted for the Baileys Women’s prize for fiction in 2017, also for the Man Booker prize in 2016 and the winner of the Scotiabank Giller prize in 2016, none of the group were fans of it and several of us did not finish reading it. Lockdown came 2 weeks into March and the library closed. The instructions were that books could be put through the letterbox of the library or retained until they reopened.

In July I received an e-mail from Hampshire Libraries informing me that from 1st August book sets could be re-ordered if we so wished. After discussing via e-mail with group members whether they wished to continue it was decided that we would and we began in August with Edna O’Brien’s ‘Little Red Chairs’. We all felt that although the author is an acclaimed writer over several years, this novel could surely not be one of her best. She wrote it in 2015 at the age of 85 and after a gap of 10 years since her previous book. We were unanimous in not enjoying the book at all, feeling it was very disjointed, dark and depressive.

We do read a variety of books, chosen each year by the group from the lists of New Additions that are on the Hampshire Libraries website. I then e-mail the choices to Matthew at Hayling Library and he orders them for the year for us and kindly tries to ensure that as many of the group as possible get one of their choices. There are 10 books in a set and there has for several years been 10 in this group. However just before lockdown one lady decided she wouldn’t come any more; although she had always enjoyed it she felt her age had caught up with her. Another member is unwell at the present time, but we hope she will return to us. When we are back to some sort of normality again I will advertise the vacancy.

We all enjoy the afternoons; after discussing the book we have all read (or not), we talk about other books we have read during the month. We then enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of home-made cake while catching up on what else we have done during the month. Things are a little different now and for the meetings since re-starting we have been able to space out in my garden.

However now we are limited to 6, it is a little more difficult. Two ladies in the group have decided they will take the book each month but not come to the meetings, they will send in their reviews. If any of the other members cannot come for any reason then one or the other of them can stand in. Hopefully this state of affairs won’t last for very long.

Pauline Brice

This is an article published in the Autumn 2020 edition of the Hayling Island U3A newsletter .

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This is going to be a very short report as Covid has put a stop to Walking Netball because of the close contact and ball handling. We have managed to meet once for coffee at the Pebble Beach cafe in August and we have arranged to meet for lunch in September. Now Boris has brought in new restrictions of only meeting up in groups of 6, Northney tea rooms have accommodated us by reserving 3 tables together in the pavilion, so we can be together but apart! It will be lovely to catch up with everyone, it is the social interaction that is missing for so many of us. Let us hope and pray that we will be able to restart our activities soon.

Anne Hollis

This is an article published in the Autumn 2020 edition of the Hayling Island U3A newsletter .

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As a group we managed to meet in March prior to lockdown little knowing that the next few months were going to be so restrictive. When I realised that we wouldn't be meeting for a while I set about designing cards that could be completed at home putting together card kits which I delivered out to everyone.

This was lovely because it did mean that I could catch up with some of the group as they received their kits from me on their doorstep. In August when it appeared that although Covid hadn't gone away but that it seemed to be under control I invited the groups (I run 3 groups with a maximum of 6 people to a group) an opportunity of meeting up to make a card together. I purchased face shields, disinfectant wipes and hand gels and designed cards that required little sharing of equipment.


Some decided that they would like to do this and others felt it was too soon for them to socialise. We met in August. In fact each group was small so I could easily offer working space which adhered to the guidelines, the chatter and banter that went on over these 3 small sessions was lovely, many of the group live alone and really enjoyed the social interaction.

I offered the same in September when we started our Christmas cards. I have designed 5 different Christmas cards and 2 types of tags to put onto presents. As you can see from the photograph everything that is required to make each card is packed into an individual basket so there is very little (if any) sharing of equipment. On arrival hands are sanitised and face shields donned and then they have a choice of 2 large workstations where they can sit and make their card for the day and if there is time a tag as well. These sessions have been welcomed by those that have decided to attend and I look forward to seeing those who are still self-isolating when the time is right for them.

Anne Hollis

This is an article published in the Autumn 2020 edition of the Hayling Island U3A newsletter .

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The Hayling U3A S&T Group was invited to a very interesting activity by Waterlooville U3A Science Group on Tuesday 14th July at 2pm. They had arranged for a Zoom lecture from Greenpeace titled “Oceans and Super Trawlers”. The meeting itself had many aspects, and I list some of them below.

  •  It was the first zoom meeting I had attended; lessons learned from it include have good lighting to your face so others can see, and don’t have sun streaming through a window behind you, or the image will be blacked out.
  •  Attendees should arrive on time; late arrivals are disruptive
  •  The chairperson had to establish a protocol for speaking; Zoom may cut out others when one person speaks; a raised hand is a useful device.
  •  The speaker must be able to put across ideas in an informative but interesting manner because of limited audience feedback
  • There should be enough time for questions at the end

In this meeting I felt all the above were met – well done Waterlooville U3A and Greenpeace

Mike Lynch

This is an article published in the Autumn 2020 edition of the Hayling Island U3A newsletter .

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During the lockdown period we kept in touch via e-mails and telephone calls but then, thanks to the expertise of Peter Haskell we set up some sessions together using Zoom. These gave us social contact but the playing together was difficult. So when things were eased and the weather was fine we held a session playing in Peter’s back garden. Immediately this was better and we have held a second session (see picture) always observing social distances, and we will continue with these as long as the weather holds and rules allow.

The Huggers Band (minus Peter Haskell taking the photo.)

We have not been performing at the various places we were booked in to play at in 2020 because of lockdown and the coronavirus preventing groups and events taking place, but we look forward and hope to play for them in 2021.

Alan Bartlett

This is an article published in the Autumn 2020 edition of the Hayling Island U3A newsletter .

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Well, we have all been finding many things to keep us occupied but have certainly missed our interest groups.

Each month we kept in contact and shared poems and circulated by email past subjects of local history. Many subjects which have been presented can easily bear revisiting, having been going for eleven years we have files which have long been forgotten or newer members of the group have missed. It is certainly a way to stay connected and engaged in the group.

We actually had our first 'meeting' in a member's lovely garden the first week in August. Six members all socially distancing really enjoyed catching up and planning for the future.

While the weather allows we plan to meet outside and when the weather is inclement we will have to find suitable accommodation inside or failing that it will be circulation of past papers!

Here is just a taste of the many poems circulating.

Moving On

It's been six weeks of being home,
What have I done so not to moan?
First do all the jobs I hate,
Get rid of stuff I do not rate.
Out go the clothes I used to love,
But at my age? 'Heavens above!’
Photos meant to recollect the past,
Just prove one’s looks do not last!
So pack away for future kin,
Who may well exclaim my, she was thin!
Onto jigsaws, not my thing and never done,
But oh! why choose a thousand piece one!
Lost a piece that caused me to lament,
After hours of harassment,
Piece by piece my interest grew,
Vintage aircraft which once flew.

Weeks of sun and time to spare,
Can't just at daffodils stand and stare,
Into the garden, so much to do,
Won't do itself, it's up to you,
Cut, sow, dig and feed,
Make it clear of every weed.
Now sit back and read a book,
One's from my shelf I need to look,
Those gathering dust for far too long,
Now's the chance for Hiawatha's song.

Well, I seem to have kept up pace,
But must not forget my bike to race,
All along the seafront way,
Back and forth each single day.
Now I count the miles I've done,
Don't believe it, hundred and forty one!
So now what of weeks to come?
Till we, this virus overcome.
Carry on with hope and cheer,
Look forward to a time without this fear,
To future health for young and old,
We all stood firm and bold.

Karen Walker

This is an article published in the Autumn 2020 edition of the Hayling Island U3A newsletter .

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As a result of Covid-19 restrictions since March, the group has had to limit the number of our twenty-six members playing at any one time, initially to six, later rising to twelve as the social distancing rules were gradually reduced from 2 metres. We are playing to guidelines laid down by Pétanque England and are optimistic that, as we are an 'outdoor organised sport', we will be permitted to continue in this vein, possibly even rising to our self-imposed limit of sixteen players using the two rinks. This has yet to be agreed with Seacourt.

We have had to adopt sensible modifications to our method of play to help stay safe. Payments for the hire of the rinks and for refreshments from the Club House are paid by contactless debit/credit cards. One upside from our current arrangements is that, in theory, any member of the group can now organise a match at any time on any day. In practice, one of our members, Bill Tait, who cycles from Bedhampton every time to play (weather permitting), has landed himself with organising teams meeting three days a week at present. He has also developed an impressive spreadsheet which he maintains in order to monitor (and he hopes equalise) card payments by all the players.

On balance we believe the group has been able to cope with lockdown far better than we originally envisaged that we would. We have also had several U3A members expressing interest in joining the group. To these, we would ask them to be patient as we cannot increase our present membership until we come out of lockdown and the number of our currently 'shielding' members return to play.

Geoff Hollis and Steve Walker (Joint Group Leaders)

This is an article published in the Autumn 2020 edition of the Hayling Island U3A newsletter .

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Annual Christmas walk

This was the 10th time U3A walkers met at Thelma's beach hut for mulled wine and mince pies. This year 30 members imbibed, then most of them were led, by Sue Humphries, on a short beach walk. Just after midday, we met again for a delicious fish and chip feast at the Coastguard Café. They had opened especially for us and was festively decorated. We hope to repeat this next year... Perhaps you will join us?

Thelma Cook


Group report

Ukulele Thursday and Ukulele Friday are two groups that meet fortnightly to enjoy playing Ukuleles informally in small groups for fun. Our standards are variable but nobody worries about that, only about gradually getting that little bit better as time goes by. Some are new starters or have started only recently, perhaps after a few lessons, while others have been playing longer and just like to play in a small relaxed environment where we can try out new or different songs or playing styles without worrying about going wrong – we do that quite often! Sometimes though we amaze ourselves by sounding quite good. Songs range from those we enjoyed as teenagers to the more contemporary.

Most of us sing as well as play and gradually build enough confidence to play with other groups in the area. Some but not all of us do this.

If you have a Ukulele lying about or it was an unused gift why not give it an airing – it is a very therapeutic activity. At the time of writing we are welcoming new members on Ukulele Friday although Ukulele Thursday is almost full.

Our meetings are on the 2nd and 4th Thursday mornings of the month or the 1st and 3rd Friday afternoons and we break for tea and coffee – see the last biscuit in the photo that everybody was too polite to take!

Contact details are on the Hayling Island U3A website and in the Newsletter.

Come along and give us a try.

Peter Haskell

This is an article published in the Spring 2020 edition of the Hayling Island U3A newsletter .

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The following information has been received from Ron Kerridge giving further information about the Tea Gardens at the bottom of Sinah Lane in the 1930s and 1940s. It is mentioned in the ‘Changing Years Book’, and may be of interest to members who purchased the book.

The article the Sinah Road Lodges caught my eye, it was about Allen’s Popular Tea Garden as it was run after William Allan died by my Great Aunt Rosina Trigg who had been employed as his housekeeper. Rosina took over the lease and her Sister Amelia Lyne came and worked with her. They did not dress in black dresses but blouses and skirts and were still living in the cottage/lodge when the gun site was bombed in April 1941. At the time of the raid they were in the Anderson shelter in the front garden; the cottage was badly damaged and was not rebuilt. Rosina moved to Purbrook and lived with her nephew, her sister Amelia Lyne moved in with her daughter who lived on Hayling Island and died in 1948. She is buried in St. Mary’s Priory Churchyard.

It is interesting that people outside the U3A circle read the book and are willing to send us further information.

Mike Burnham

This is an article published in the Spring 2020 edition of the Hayling Island U3A newsletter .