Havant

Local History

Meetings: Suspended until Covid 19 restrictions are lifted
Contact: Gillian Peskett, telephone 023 92475945 or click on the 'Bluebird' (top right hand corner) to send her an email message.

Due to the Covid19 virus all meetings have ceased until further notice. Online contact is being maintained with monthly articles submitted by members, Zoom coming later.

This aims to be a friendly, fun, informative group exploring local history using members within U3A groups with local knowledge, and inviting experienced speakers along during the year. Talks tend to be about the local area, but not exclusively so. We aim to include at least two outside visits to places within easy reach and hope that by next summer this will be possible but within our more local area.

How is it organised? A small team organise an annual programme which is planned in advance after everyone pitches in with suggestions and requests during the year. A charge is made to cover the cost of the meeting room and refreshments. An extra charge is made when outside speakers are invited along.

Currently we are not expecting to be able to meet indoors during the coming year, so have now planned for that being the case. We are aware that not all members use all the modern technology, so will be sending out an email paper of some sort on a regular basis, with ZOOM being tested out later in the year.

We do not run a waiting list but with new social distancing rules likely to continue this may become a necessity. Another option would be to ask members to book for an indoor session, but that clearly involves extra admin.

Whether born and bred in the local area or more recently settled here, we all have an interest in what makes the place where we live – its buildings and its landscape, its people and their industry, culture, successes and tragedies. We have a varied programme in the Local History group with sessions suggested and led by group members. We have heard talks about Havant Workhouse,Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Portsmouth Pals and the Development of Paulsgrove and Wymering; visited Uppark, Portchester Castle, the St Cross Almshouses in Winchester, the Map Room at Southwick House and Winchester College and taken part in History Quiz Walks in Havant and Old Portsmouth.

Program - all meetings on are Fridays

Costs will be £2 per meeting to cover the hall and refreshments. The cost of speakers will be charged as an extra at around £2 per those sessions. There are occasional trips which may take place on a different day. Where possible car sharing is encouraged with a donation for petrol. Occasionally an invite is extended to the other members of Havant U3A

2020
18th SeptMore on SouthwickHarvey Griffiths*Zoom Meeting
6th OctA document on Gosport followed by a tour in JuneDavid CarterNewsletter
20th NovInteresting names - New Lane Historic CemeteriesChristopher EvansZoom or Newsletter
11th DecQuiz on-line. Bring your own coffee and mince pie Alan PalmerZoom
2021
15th JanThe First FleetGillian PeskettZoom
19th FebCastle in the ParkTerry Carlyle*Zoom
19th MarChichester, city of contrasts, revealed by 1911 censusPhilip Robinson*Zoom
16th AprA document on the Chapel in The FieldsKen Arkell Newsletter
21st MayTour of Fort Cumberland at Eastney, PortsmouthTo be confirmedOn Hold
18th Jun Tour of GosportDavid CarterTo be confirmed
16th JulyLast meetingPossible local trips with final gathering at Bidbury,

* Invited speaker

21st May - To be confirmed and will depend on the situation
18th June - Gosport trip David Carter is happy to go ahead outdoors
16th July - To be confirmed

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