Hayling Island U3A - October Update

In this update:

  • A passion for piers
  • Changing years project
  • Birds and wildlife
  • Improvers' Bridge
  • Petanque
  • Web site security
  • From the forums

A passion for piers

Almost a hundred pleasure piers were built around our coast mainly during the Victorian period. These incredible feats of engineering enabled holiday-makers to promenade over the seawater enjoying the fresh air and views. Next Thursday we'll take a nostalgic look at the history of piers, incorporating some of the entertainment and delight they have brought to generations.

Click here for more information.

Changing years project

The project - to recall the social history of the Island from 1919 through to 1946 - has now been awarded a National Heritage Lottery grant. It has also held an open meeting. Click here to learn more about what is happening and how you can get involved in the project.

Mike Burnham writes:

If your family lived on Hayling during any part of this period of History we would be pleased to hear your family stories; we are particularly keen to make contact with families who lost loved ones during WW2 , as we hope to include montages of each man or woman who gave their lives in the service of their Country, many civilians also lost their lives from attacks in the air. Many readers will recall that in the book ‘Hayling Island Life and Times 1914-1919 ‘,which was written by members of the U3A, we included montages of all the Hayling men who lost their lives. At the end of the project in 2019 we hope to be able to again produce a book which will encompass the life of all those who made Hayling their home.

If you have any photos of Hayling taken during he 20’s, 30’s, or 40’s we would love to see them and include them in the publication or exhibition.

Click here to get in touch with Mike.

Birds and wildlife

We've arranged two bird spotting visits on Hayling. We've picked dates and times based on the tides in order to get the best viewing opportunity which should include waders and migratory birds.

We'll be accompanied by Shaun McCullagh - a member of the British Trust for Ornithology - who will help us identify what we see and hear.

All members are welcome - there's no need to book. The two visits are:

  • The Kench on Thursday, 26th October at 2pm - click here for more details
  • Northney nature reserve on Thursday, 9th November at 1pm - click here for more details

Note that we have arranged alternate dates and times in case of bad weather. If you would like to be added to the mailing list for the group, please let me know.

Improvers' Bridge

John and Christine Moore write:

As noted on our web site, the U3A Improvers Bridge Group has moved to the Royal British Legion in Mengham.

We meet at 10.00 am on Tuesdays, and play for 2 hours, until 12.00 noon. The weekly charge of £2.00, covers all costs, including a morning coffee and biscuit.

With the new facilities we have some spare capacity for additional U3A members, so if you would like a social morning, playing ACOL Rubber Bridge, in a friendly atmosphere, why not come along and see us.

Click here to contact John.


Members can now meet to play Petanque every Sunday morning at 10.30 and every Wednesday at 2pm.

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. If you'd like to play, please contact

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who will advise you on availability.

Web site security

All communications between your web browser and the HIU3A web site are now encrypted. That's usually indicated by a padlock symbol next to the web site address. You don't have to do anything, the change is automatic.

We've done that to prevent Chrome and other browsers marking our site as 'unsafe' when we collect data from you.

From the forums

The Astor Big Band will present 'Miller Plays the Musicals' at the King's Theatre, Portsmouth on 12th November 2017 at 3:00pm to support the British Legion's work with PTSD sufferers. Click here for more details.

The Hayling Island Residents' Association is holding a brief AGM and public meeting at Hayling College on October 19 at 7.30pm. The meeting will explore emergency planning for the Island and will allow you to question representatives of: Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership, Havant Council and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service. Click here for more details.

We send this email on the week-end before each monthly meeting. If you have something you'd like to include please let me know.

Andy Henderson
Web site editor, Hayling Island U3A