... is the heritage sub-committee of the Hayling’s BEST Market Town Initiative Group, and is dedicated to the collection of information and images to create a living, growing, communal archive of Hayling's past.

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Hayling is the heritage sub-committee of the Hayling’s BEST Market Town Initiative Group. If you would like to help with this heritage initiative, or require further information about Discover Hayling,  








Latest Publication

November 2017

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Past Events

July 1, 2015

The COPP Heroes Memorial Fund was established in 2010 to raise awareness of the COPP (Combined Operations Pilotage Parties) contribution to the allied war effort in WW2, and to raise funds to create and maintain a fitting memorial to these wartime heroes on the seafron...

May 1, 2014

This A4 124 page book tells the enthralling story of life on a small island on the South Coast of England, during World War Two.

Hayling Island made an extraordinary contribution to the nation’s war effort during World War Two, yet it has always been overshadowed by its...

September 27, 2012

The granite stone with an inscribed memorial was dedicated by Countess Mountbatten to the COPP Heroes on 27th September 2012 in a ceremony attended by surviving COPPists and their family and friends, representatives of the army and marines, the Mayor of Havant, hardwor...

September 23, 2012

Opening of the Hayling Island WWII Heritage Trail,

the very first in the U.K.

July 16, 2011

Hayling at War show at Station Theatre honouring Hayling's Heroes.

July 22, 2010


Exhibition & Presentation to the Hayling Residents Association at the URC Hall on COPP.

May 19, 2010

COPP Display at the Hayling Library.

September 7, 2009

Discover Hayling - week long exhibition at the Newtown House Hotel, Hayling Island.

August 5, 2009

Discover Hayling display at Hayling Library.

July 15, 2009

COPP display at the Civic Offices, Havant.

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Latest Publication

November 2017



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Published 2014



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People, Places & Events
2007 - 16pp A5 Leaflet.
Historic Buildings
2008 12pp A5 Leaflet Hayling's Historic Buildings
Hayling's Lifeboats
2008 12pp A5 Leaflet
Discover Hayling's Lifeboats
Hayling in WW2
2009 12pp A5 Leaflet
Discover Hayling in WW2
Natural Hayling
2009 16pp A5 map Leaflet

Discover Natural Hayling
Hayling & Langstone
2009 12pp A5 Discover Hayling & Langstone
Hayling's Heroes
2011 12pp A5 Booklet
Discover Hayling's Heroes
Hayling at War
2012 16pp A5 Booklet

Hayling at War
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A Postcard from Hayling 2007

Hayling at War 2004 - Remastered

William Padwick 2007

The COPP Memorial Story - told over 4 years.

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