Island Shanty

We meet on the first and third Monday of each month from 2.00pm to 4.00pm at the Hayling Island Community Centre. We briefly explore the origins of Sea Shanties and have fun singing them to our own arrangements.

Blues appreciation

The group now meets from 2-4pm on the 3rd 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.
  • Play and sing some Blues in its simplest form (To misquote Woody Guthrie "More than 3 chords is just showing off"). The final 30 mins will be devoted to this and the simplest of instruments are welcome, but just listen if thats what you prefer.

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), using dropbox.

Members are welcome 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, if happy to. 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 primarily a performing group jamming/singing a bit of Blues will be fun and aid understanding the genre.

Subject to interest from a suitable range of players It is hoped to link this to a once monthly Blues Jam Session to be held at Casemates Studios, Hilsea from 12 - 3pm on the first monday of the month. This will be open to about 12 -16 members. The Jam session will require some playing and/or singing skills and a knowledge of the structure of the blues.Anyone interested in this should contact Steve Jones or Trevor Brash.

Ukulele Thursday

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

We usually meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month from 10.00am at the Barley Mow.



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 usually meet twice a month, on 1st Friday and 3rd Wednesday afternoons, at 2.15pm

We are currently full, but do let us know if you are interested, then if a vacancy occurs we can contact you

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.


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 have recently found two new members but uke players who can sing and play and would like performing at gigs are welcome to register an interest.

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 at 10.30 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 strumming/singing pieces.

The instruments we have are guitars and a variety of recorders