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Each month the writers look forward to a very entertaining morning, listening to a reading of the creative writings of their fellow authors. We do also chat and drink coffee, of course, but our main business is to share our writing and hopefully, give and receive a little constructive criticism. Our July meeting took place in the Kench, due to the generosity of one of the members who also provided us with lunch on that occasion!

At present we are six, due to ill health and bereavement affecting two of the members, but we have a new prospective member and are happy to welcome anyone else who feels that this is the group for them.

Maggi Bridgman

(Don’t miss Maggi’s short story at the end of this newsletter ! -Ed)

“This is an article published in the Summer 2019 edition of the Hayling Island U3A newsletter

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This is an article published in the Christmas 2018 edition of the Hayling Island U3A newsletter….

The December walk will be on Friday 28th, starting at Thelma Cook's beach hut at 10.30am. Thelma will be supplying the usual Mulled wine and Nibbles, cost £1.50 per person. Afterwards there will be a short walk before having Fish and Chips at The Coastguard Cafe at around midday.

So if you want to blow away the cobwebs after Christmas then you are most welcome to join the walk but please let Thelma know if you are interested in the Mulled Wine etc. and the Fish and Chip lunch by the 18th December.

Walks for the New Year will be planned at a luncheon meeting on January 7th at a venue to be announced and will be listed on the website

In the past four months the group has enjoyed walks to and around Buriton, Finchdean, Upham and East Meon.  All very contrasting walks both in scenery and weather conditions, the latter ranging from temperatures in the eighties to the crispy coolness of November.      


On the last walk to East Meon, one member could not resist the temptation to swing across the stream – who said we were of the third age?


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This is an article published in the Christmas 2018 edition of the Hayling Island U3A newsletter…

The Group meets on a Tuesday morning, at 10.00, at the Royal British Legion. We play until 12,00 noon, pausing for  refreshments at 11.00.

Standards of play vary between Members, but everybody enjoys the morning, and the more experienced players will always advise, when requested.

We would welcome new members with some knowledge of the game of bridge.

Total cost of the morning is £2.00 per head. Please apply, through the U3A Website, where you can find more information.

We all take this opportunity to wish Hayling Island U3A members, a Happy Christmas, and a Healthy New Year

John and Christine Moore

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This is an article published in the Christmas 2018 edition of the Hayling Island U3A newsletter….

We continue to be amazed how many really interesting topics and places we can research and see in our local area.

Earlier in the year we learned of the sterling work of the Lord Mayor Treloar hospital, founded by Sir William Treloar in Alton as “Lord Mayor Treloar’s Cripples’ Home and College Trust” and the first children were received in 1908. Treloar’s was to provide education, care, therapy, medical support and independence training for disabled young people.

A new branch was opened at Sandy Point, Hayling in 1919 with 50 patients, these being mainly children with TB and polio, for treatment or to convalesce. Doctors had realised fully the beneficial power of the sun in maintaining health and in curing disease, and the location of this seaside branch was selected with great care after the whole of the south coast of England had been explored.

The site consisted of 2 wards for children under the age of 18 and was right on the pebbly beach overlooking the sea. Fine days were spent outside, to reap the benefits of open air and sunshine. Children were immersed in the sea to improve circulation and promote wellbeing, and they began to thrive and laugh again. This environment brought sunshine and joy into lives which had been filled with dreariness and pain and helped rehabilitate children to live as independently as possible. The hospital continued into the late 1950’s treating TB and polio patients and later treated children with mental health problems.

Sandy Point hospital, with its mile of beach continued to provide this unique environment to treat and transform children’s lives until it was demolished in 1988. The Treloar Estate which includes the Sandy Point nature reserve, is now a Site of Special Scientific Interest, taken over by Hampshire County Council and as a conservation area now has restricted access.

The group found this a very interesting subject, yes, many of us were aware of there being a hospital for many years at Sandy Point but did not know the significant role it had for decades, to improve so many children’s lives, just along our shoreline. This is what we find, there are so many things “just around the corner”, for a local history group to investigate.

Karen Walker

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This is an article published in the Christmas 2018 edition of the Hayling Island U3A newsletter….

Our group consists of ten members and we meet once a month on the 4th Tuesday afternoon to discuss the previous month’s book. This is the third report I have written for the Newsletter and this time I thought I would try to explain how books are selected for us to read. It is all done by Hayling Library under the umbrella of the Hampshire Library Reading Group Service.

Once a year I download a list of books provided by the Hampshire Library Reading Group Service, give each member a copy then ask them to select what books they would like to request for the following year. I then collate their choices and hand it in to Hayling Library to be followed up. So a very simple process – I wish! How do the other Reading Group leaders go on? So I looked at the process once the library has our list and tried to work out the maths. Each set of 10 books has to be borrowed for a period of 3 months to enable delivery, one month’s borrowing and then return to the central book depot. Each group has a new set of books each month. There are 12 reading groups in Hayling alone, and there are 50 branch libraries in Hampshire, so how many sets of books are being circulated at any one time? Please don’t send me any answers, but it does mean a lot of work, organisation and possibly headaches for someone and accordingly the odds of being able to get the particular books we have requested for that year cannot be good. At least that has been my experience. Currently Spydus shows 593 reading groups registered in the former Reading Group Member category plus 81 in the new Combined Reading & Drama Groups membership category. Of this number, it is estimated that around 350 groups are active. Last year, there were 3,674 bookings resulting in 34,790 issues.

I think this year’s list was a bit varied as some of our choices were not available, but one or two of the books that the library substituted were received very well by most. However, looking on the bright side, we have done better for next year as most of the books on the list are ones chosen by our members.

Here are reviews written by two group members that reflect how tastes in books differ and that we do try to encompass them all.

Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh - report by Margaret Henderson

This book is a fictional memoir by Eileen for the week leading up to Christmas. Her mother had recently died, she lived with her alcoholic father in a pigsty of a house because neither of them could be bothered to clean up. She describes herself as sheltered, gullible, helpless, and full of rage, guilt and worry. She hardly eats and is possibly bulimic. She is very introspective and has low self- esteem. She works as a secretary at a prison for boys which she hates. She gets a crush on one of the warders but when a new female member of staff arrives she becomes obsessed with her. She plots to leave.

I found it an easy book to read and was really drawn into it, eager to find if she escapes to a better life. The descriptions are very detailed painting a clear picture of what her life is like. It’s a grim story and I was hoping it had a happy ending for her.

It’s very good that the library lends us sets of books. We get some choice but it seems we rarely get our selections. I feel we’ve been unlucky this year and had ones that I have found difficult to read.  For instance, Frankenstein by Mary Shelly which I didn’t manage to finish; The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz (a sequel to the Stieg Larsson trilogy) and The Little Red Chairs by Edna O’Brien which I struggled with.

The best bits about the meeting are the discussions about life in general with friends and the tea and biscuits.

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein - report by Jeannette Gross

My experience of reading this book was a great surprise as I had attempted to read this in my school years and did not finish it, thinking it was too heavy and outdated.
How wrong I was because Mary’s characters with Dr Frankenstein creating what he thought would be a perfect human specimen failed - as the ‘monster’ discovered he was ugly, unloved and rejected by all, even his creator, Dr Frankenstein, no matter how hard he tried to fit in with other people. All human emotions and anxieties were explored in the book and I enjoyed it very much and have gone on to read more about Mary Shelley’s life and the times she lived in.

Other books we have read include the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by M A Shaffer – a great read and in my opinion, much better than the movie,

Not Quite Nice by Celia Imrie – good holiday reading.

Lemon Sherbet and Dolly Blue by Lynn Knight – a good read for the social historians.

Time of Death by Mark Billingham – a murder mystery with more than a bit of carnage for the bloodthirsty.

Pat Bailey

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This is an article published in the Christmas 2018 edition of the Hayling Island U3A newsletter….

The U3A has held its third successive national weekend of Pétanque, which took place at Mill Rythe Holiday Village on Hayling Island on September 22nd and 23rd.  This was arranged by Pétanque subject adviser Andrew Lloyd (Malmesbury & District U3A), a national Pétanque player, coach and manager of over 20 years’ experience.

48 teams from 19 U3A’s took part, including the Hayling Hawks (Sheila Partridge, Sue Humphrey, Judy Adams, Peter May, Bill Tait, Pat LeClerc, Tony Higham and Geoff Belding.)

It was a very rain-soaked event! Teams came from all over the country, from as far afield as Guernsey. We played 5 games on the Saturday, giving everyone a turn in the 3-player per side games. We only lost one game, and that was to one of the teams from Torridge, North Devon, who ended the weekend as finalists. Sunday morning games were cancelled because of heavy rain, but the knockout rounds were played in the afternoon in brightening weather. Sadly our Hawks lost their first knockout game, but were very proud to have finished 10th overall on the Saturday.We thank the organisers for putting on this large event, and coping with the prevailing conditions. We hope to enter at least one team in next year’s event.

Geoff Belding (Co-coordinator for the weekend)

The Pétanque group is very sad to hear of the death of Tony Higham, who was part of our team at Mill Rythe.  We would like to send our condolences to his family.

Group report

This is an article published in the Christmas 2018 edition of the Hayling Island U3A newsletter….

Due to the good weather, we managed to play each week, until the end of October, and we are now looking forward to the Spring.  I don’t know whether I should report that we have learnt a few techniques, or that we have learnt few techniques; our main problem has been inconsistency!  Now we are going to use our competitive spirit playing board games during the winter months.

We ended the season with a group meal at the Golf Club at the beginning of November but very sadly, since then, we have lost Tony Higham.  We are going to miss him and all the snippets he provided from his mine of information.   

It was difficult to get a picture of the whole group, due to holidays and appointments, but this is one of some of the team.


Sue Blagden

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This is an article published in the Christmas 2018 edition of the Hayling Island U3A newsletter….

This season has witnessed a new approach for the S&T group. Instead of presentations on a broad range of topics, we have experimented with discussions on subjects selected by the members. The first to be considered was the progress and practicality of Electric Cars. With twenty members contributing to the discussion, the main conclusion was that the biggest benefit derived from moving particulates and carbon dioxide emissions away from the streets and over to the power generation units, where they can be contained.  Moreover if the power is generated from solar panels or wind turbines then the pollutants are removed completely.   Our second discussion was focused on “Driverless Vehicles” where it was thought that it will be many years before such a system can be universally introduced and there was concern that driven vehicles and driverless vehicles would not necessarily be compatible partners on the roads.

On two occasions recently we have joined with the Havant U3A S&T group on visits.  Firstly, to the Farnborough Research Centre and secondly, to the Airbus organisation in Portsmouth. The contrast couldn’t have been greater with Farnborough displaying a replica of the Sam Cody’s plane, the first to fly in Britain in 1908 and Airbus showing the construction of the latest satellites. In both locations we were privileged to be shown around by very dedicated and knowledgeable guides and it really brought home the fact that in just over a century, the science of flight has advanced from barely getting off the ground to flying to distant stars. Surely one of the most impressive advances that mankind has achieved in all its history.


The Hayling and Havant Groups with a cut out of Sam Cody and his replica plane.




The S&T group meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at St Patrick’s Church Hall and is open to all members of the HIU3A with a small contribution towards the cost of hall hire.

Paul Chapman

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This is an article published in the Christmas 2018 edition of the Hayling Island U3A newsletter….

The Writers' Circle has undergone a few changes recently. We have lost two members, but have gained one, which means that we still have one vacancy... so if you would like to explore your imagination and share your writing with like-minded people we would be delighted to welcome you to the group.

For the Christmas newsletter I have added an example of the highly colourful writing of Gill Heather which you can read under the And Finally item on the main newsletter page (click here)…….enjoy!

Maggi Bridgman

Group report

This is an article published in the Christmas 2018 edition of the Hayling Island U3A newsletter….

In October we formed a new U3A group which will meet once a month to use our German.  We all have very different levels of learning the language and different experiences of using it.  Meeting regularly should help us to improve our rusty knowledge and sharpen up our use of the language.  The main purpose of the group is to boost our grammar and improve our conversational skills.

Eve Osborne