Eastleigh Borough and Romsey Mencap Society

Our aim is to protect and enhance the life chances of children and adults with learning disabilities living in Eastleigh and Romsey. We are affiliated to the national Royal Mencap Society.

On this webpage, you can see News, Upcoming Events, For Your Information and What's Been Happening, plus links to our Projects and Services webpages for much more information about what we do.

Links to:


  • Jump Start Drama - Exploring Theatre Craft
  • Chinese Cultural Festival - 3 July 2015
  • Limelight Local Theatre in Education Project
  • Previous Limelight Local events

...and Services

  • Active Citizens
  • Active Ability Football
  • Art Club
  • Eastleigh Hot Shots (Basketball Club)
  • Chill Out Club
  • Gardening Club
  • Walking Group


  • Flagship Art Club winners - Marwell Wildlife Zany Zebra competition
  • Eastleigh Borough & Romsey MENCAP Walking Team - Sponsored Walk 12 June

Flagship Art Club winners - Marwell Wildlife Zany Zebra competition

Flagship Art Club members are delighted to announce that their design for the Zany Zebra competition, run by Marwell Wildlife, has been chosen as a winner!

The group have been working hard over the last week to put their design on our life size zebra that Marwell Zoo has provided, ensuring it is painted all over and varnished in time for the trail, and on a miniature zebra to be used in the zoo trail.

All the painted zebras can be seen from 16 July - 25 September; these are the official dates of the Marwell's Zany Zebras trails (both in Southampton City Centre and at Marwell Zoo).

We are grateful to Lorica Insurance, our sponsors, for spotting the creative merit of our design.

Eastleigh Borough & Romsey MENCAP Walking Team
Chandlers Ford Rotary Club’s Itchen Walk

Sponsor us, please!

Maria, Beverley and Michelle are doing a sponsored walk by the
Itchen on Sunday. June 12, in the walk organised by the Chandlers
Ford Rotary Club. We all intend to cover the full ten miles and raise
funds for EBR MENCAP. 

You can sponsor our team by donating online at the MyDonate website. Make sure you make the donation on our fundraising page!  


You can also sponsor us in cash if you wish.


  • Learning Disabilities Week - June 20-24
  • Summer BBQ - Saturday, July 23
  • Gardening Club Open Day - Saturday, August 13
  • Robin Hood - Mayflower Panto Trail Project
  • Royal MENCAP Society - Planning for the Future

Learning Disabilities Week - June 20-24

The Active Citizens are holding a Friendship Picnic at Eastleigh Recreation Ground. Come along, bring your rug and picnic. We will be hosting a competiton with prizes!
  • Picnic with friends on Tuesday, June 21, 12.00 noon to 2.00 pm
  • Eastleigh Recreation Ground from noon. Bring your rug or chair and your picnic.
  • Everyone welcome, tell all your friends!

(The picnic will be cancelled if the weather is wet or too cold)

Summer BBQ at Royal Victoria Country Park

Our Summer BBQ this year takes place on Saturday, July 23, from 12.00 noon.
  • Health walk starts at 11.00 am and finishes at the barbecue site
  • Cooking at 12 noon
  • Purchase tickets by July 16 from staff or by post

Gardening Club - Open Day

Our Gardening Club Open Day this year will be on Satuday, 13 August.

There are two opportunities a week to work on site:

  • Saturdays 10.00am -1.00pm and 
  • Mondays 1.00pm - 4.00pm. (Not Bank Holidays)
  • Fees this year are £5 per session.

Robin Hood - Mayflower Panto Trail Project

In October and November we are working with artists from the Mayflower Theatre again to make a trail at Hilliers Arboretum and see the Pantomime.

This year the panto is Robin Hood. If you are creative and love fun projects then this is for you.  Contact Michelle to book your place now!

We will have:

  • three workshops on Fridays
  • a trip to the panto in December
  • and a trip to Hilliers Gardens to see the trail. 

Royal MENCAP Society - Planning for the Future

  • Thursday, 3 November 12.30 - 2.30 pm
  • Level.10 Church, Stanmore Lane, Winchester SO22 4BT

How you can financially protect your child with a learning disability

The 2-hour seminar is designed to provide clear and helpful advice and information on how to best safeguard money being left to somebody with a learning disability, and are delivered by solicitors who specialise in this complex area of law.

You can call the team on 2007 696 6925 to book hour place or go to the MENCAP website to book online.

For your information...
  • Contacting Adult Services
  • Assured Futures Group
  • Jump Start Drama
  • Litten Tree
  • Royal Mencap - planning for the future - learning disabilities

Contacting Adult Services

From June 20 all calls to the Adult Services Learning Disabilities Team will be answered by the Contact Centre at Hants Direct. Contact Centre staff are being trained to deal with these calls and will be able to give some direct responses to queries, without you needing to talk to a care manager/social worker.

They would welcome feedback about how this works. Let us know your experience and we will pass it on.

Assured Futures Group

Next meeting: Thursday, May 26, at Wells Place Centre, 2.00 – 5.00pm. All parents welcome.

Please come along if this interests you, there is no obligation to join the group but many parents have found that they share the same concerns about the future and are pleased to find others with whom they can discuss their ideas.

If you would like more information, contact  Michelle  023 8048 3471. If the phone is not answered leave your name and number, your call will be returned, or just use the Society email, as below. More details...

Jump Start Drama

Jump Start Theatre Company from Winchester University have been running energetic drama games and activities for participants since March.

We also had an evening out together to The Point to see Backstage in Biscuitland. A really thought provoking show about Tourettes Syndrome, which also managed to be very funny! More details...

The Litten Tree - no more!

The Litten Tree pub where we hold The Chill Out Club is to be closed in May for refurbishment and the pub's name will be changed to "The Station". The Chill Out Club is moving temporarily to The Good Companions in Leigh Road where Jane and Bill, the new landlords, are pleased to offer us a temporary home.

Club members are looking forward to seeing The Litten Tree looking slicker after the May refurbishment. The landlorts of The Litten Tree have been some of the staunchest supporters of the Club for more than nine years. We greatly value their support and wish the current management and staff success with the new look pub.

What's been happening...

  • Newsflash
  • Quiz at the Concorde Club, 19 April 2016
  • Gardening Club - Pumpkin Triumph! 2015
  • Chinese Cultural Festival - 3 July 2015
  • Aladdin Panto Trail 2015
  • Flagship Art Club Exhibition - 22 October 2015
  • EBR Mencap AGM and Party 2015; Welcome to Brian Holley
  • Longstock Water Gardens


Our newsletter, Newsflash, contains information about local and national initiatives, and about our activities.

Download the latest newsletter here (pdf )

Click on the newsletter tab to read previous newsletters.

Please visit the website regularly to read our latest news. If you have any comments on the content, or would like us to include something on the website, please do get in touch with Elaine Fish (Chair).

Quiz at the Concorde Club, Eastleigh

Thank you to everyone who came along to our Quiz Night hosted by The Concorde Club.

29 teams battled it out for first place. The curry was amazing, the questions challenging and the raffle was a triumph!

We hope to be able to repeat this collaboration with the Concorde Club as all participants seemed to have a good night out!

Aladdin Pantomime Trail at Hilliers

A group of 24 people went with us to Hilliers Arboretum in December to see the Panto trail that we helped to produce with artists from the Mayflower Theatre. We received a warm welcome from Hilliers staff and enjoyed exploring the trail.

Hilliers tell us that 2,500 people took part in our trail. We are looking forward to running the project again this December.

Having a great day on the Pantomime Trail!

EBR Mencap AGM and Party 2015

What a great time was had by all at our Annual Party and AGM on Saturday 14 November 2015. DJ Ian entertained us throughout the evening, and everyone tried their luck at the Picture Quiz (thanks Janice!), before tucking into their fish and chip suppers.

It was good to see so many of our friends, old and new, and we look  forward to seeing you again at our events, clubs and projects throughout 2016.

Welcome to Brian Holley ….

We are pleased to confirm that Brian Holley is joining us as our Treasurer, having been nominated at our AGM on 14 November. We are grateful to Henry Rau for stepping in to cover the role when our previous Treasurer resigned during 2015.

Gardening Club - Pumpkin Triumph 2015

Re-opened on the first day of Spring, Monday March 21, 2016.

There are two opportunities a week to work on site: 

  • Saturdays 10.00am -1.00pm and 
  • Mondays 1.00pm - 4.00pm. (Not Bank Holidays)

Fees this year are £5 per session.

Members of the Gardening Club were proud to show off the pumpkin they grew last year. Although we were very pleased with it, weighing in at 56 lbs, it was easily beaten by other pumpkins from West End Gardening & Allotment Association members whose pumpkins weighed over 100lbs!

The Gardening Club is for adults with learning disabilities who want to 'grow their own' and have a real interest in or love of horticulture. Read more...

Chinese Cultural Festival 2015 - a huge success! 

The Chinese Cultural Festival, held on Friday July 3 at the Pavilion in the Park, was a huge success with over 200 people attending. The Mayor of Eastleigh joined us and enjoyed the entertainment which was presented by the staff and students from the Confusius Institute at the University of Southampton, with visiting performers from Goldsmith’s College, London.

The audience watched various dances, including the dramatic Lion Dance, music recitals, a traditional Chinese Wedding ceremony and demonstrations of Tai Chi. There were opportunities for people to try out paper cutting art, playing Mah Jong, lucky knot tying, dressing up in Chinese costumes, learning Mandarin, seeing the tea making ceremony and tasting Chinese food. The staff and students were pleased to talk to everyone about their skills and talents, many participants were keen to join in with the activities and took souvenirs of the day away with them.

See flyer for more details... (pdf  )

Flagship Art Club Exhibition 2015

Thursday October 22, 2015 in The Swan Room, Haskins Garden Centre, West End. Open to the public 10-11.30am &1-3.30pm

The Flagship Art Club started in January this year and our artists have been working hard on their different projects.  If you are free on Oct 22, why not come along and see their work and maybe meet a few of the artists.

We can still welcome new members, people should be serious about their art and want to learn and improve their skills. Flagship Art Club runs on Thursday mornings in West End.

Please contact Michelle on 023 8048 3471 or by email, to book your place. Read more about the Art Club...

Aladdin Pantomime Trail 2015 at Hilliers

A group of 24 people went with us to Hilliers Arboretum in December to see the Panto trail that we helped to produce with artists from the Mayflower Theatre. We received a warm welcome from Hilliers staff and enjoyed exploring the trail. Hilliers tell us that 2,500 people took part in our trail. We are looking forward to running the project again this December.

Having a great day on the Pantomime Trail!

Longstock Park Water Garden

Open by kind permission of the John Lewis Partnership

Longstock Park Water Garden was open to the public on behalf of Eastleigh Borough and Romsey MENCAP on Sunday, 1 June 2015.

What a glorious afternoon! The garden looked stunning in the sunshine, and it was great to see so many of you there, enjoying a relaxing stroll by the water. Thank you for coming along, and for helping us to raise a massive £3300!

Summer BBQ - Saturday, 13 June 2015 

Everyone had a wonderful time at our BBQ on 13 June at Royal Victoria Country Park. The weather was kind to us again this year, and all enjoyed the delicious food and good company. Thank you to everyone who joined us, and we look forward to seeing you all at our Annual Party on 14 November.

Did you know that you can donate to Eastleigh Borough & Romsey MENCAP via Localgiving (http://localgiving.com/charity/ebrmencap)? It's quick and easy, and UK taxpayers can opt to offer Gift Aid too.

EBR MENCAP Wristbands

Have you seen the latest fashion accessory, available from EBR MENCAP? They are a great way to show your support, and only cost £1 each. There are three colours - burgundy, bottle green and white, each sporting a different slogan, PARTICIPATE, RESPECT and ENJOY. Why not get all three so that you can mix and match?

The wristbands are a fundraising idea to help support us financially and will be on sale at all our events and projects in the coming months. Grab them while you can!


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