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Our activities in 2016

Flagship Art Club 

Flagship Art Club 3rd Annual Exhibition

Flagship Art Club members were pleased to welcome the Mayor of Eastleigh and his wife to their third annual exhibition at Centenary Hall on 3 November. The event went well with many friends and family members coming along to support our artists. Their work was well received and several pictures sold.


There was also a chance to see a photographic exhibition of the making of our ZEBRA  “Zebra Crossing” from the bare white cast through to the finished product displayed in the summer sunshine at Town Quay Park.  Members of the Flagship Art Club ran workshops for visitors to produce decorated cards and envelopes using marbling oils. People from Launch pad came along to try out these techniques.


The Zebra Café, run by Will and Michelle Wheeler, did a brisk trade in home made cakes and hot drinks. Thanks to everyone who baked for us. Kate O’Connell ran a wonderful art market selling a range of affordable but unique artistic gifts ranging from felted soaps to knitted scarves and fused glass bowls, the work of six local artists.


The Mayor of Eastleigh, Councillor Des Scott, addressing Flagship Art Club artists at their Private View


CAROLINE RACKHAM, our Art tutor, at the Flagship Art Club has her own exhibition at Harbour Lights Picture House in Ocean Village from November 25. If you are interested in her work please go along to see her exhibition and maybe take in a film at the same time!

Zany Zebra Charity Auction
The Zany Zebras were auctioned off at a Charity Fundraising Auction which took place at the Hilton at the Ageas Bowl on 18 October 2016.


Our zebra was purchased by our original sponsor LORICA Insurance brokers at the charity auction.


Winners - Marwell Wildlife Zany Zebra competition 2016!


“Zebra Crossings” and the other zebras in the herd were put on show on the Trail until September 25.


We had inside information that our Zebra would be positioned near God’s House Tower. We hope you made the trip to Town Quay Park in Southampton to see the trail and to admire the wonderful design produced by members of our Flagship Art Club.


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


The group worked hard to put their design on our life size zebra that Marwell Zoo has provided, ensuring it was 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 on show 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.



Exploring Theatre Craft

This project, funded by Grants for the Arts in 2016 offered seven events with our partners at the Nuffield Theatre. Participants learned about acting and the theatre with the opportunity to practice drama in workshops, see professional performances and what happens back stage. 

The Costume Workshop with The Nuffield Theatre FRIDAY December 2, 2016 9.00am to 2.00pm (on public transport).


See Projects for more information...


AGM and Annual Party

The AGM and Annual Party was held on 12 November 2016 at The Cranbury Centre, Cranbury Road, Eastleigh. We had a great time and enjoyed pizza, the quiz and raffle, and dancing.

Achievement Table was set up for people to bring pictures, medals, awards etc of their achievements and to share good news with other members.


Royal Mencap's Planning Ahead Free Seminar


A Planning Ahead seminar was held on 3 November 2016.


These seminars are delivered by solicitors who specialise in this complex area of law. They help you understand the merits of all your different options, and answer any questions you may have about this important decision. Whether you already have a Will in place or not, the seminars offer all the information to point you in the right direction and provide peace of mind.

Among other topics, all sessions covered:

Common issues associated with one-off gifts; why you should make a Will; different types of Trust; choosing Trustees; your letter of wishes; intestacy rules and how to prepare for your solicitor’s meeting

Contact details: Gina on 0207 696 6925 or email:


Big Night Out Family Quiz September 17, 2016

Bishopstoke Evangelical Church. Fish & Chips supper.  A good time guaranteed! Meet some new people and make friends!

  • Fish & Chips supper – pre-order and pay before 8 September
  • There will be a break in the Quiz when food is served.
  • Hot and cold drinks to buy on the night
  • Make up a team with your family or friends
  • OR just come along on the night and join one of our tables.

Quiz Entry: £4 per person
Call 023 8048 3471 for details

If you came last year, you will know this is a night out not to be missed!

Fabulous Walkers!

Maria, Beverley and Michelle completed the sponsored walk on Sunday June 12 and all walked the full ten miles from Kings Worthy back to Chandlers Ford.

Thank you to the Chandlers Ford Rotary Club for organising the event and to every one of our lovely sponsors for supporting us and helping us raise funds to keep our services running. It was a great day!

Learning Disabilities Week - June 20-24

On June 21 we held our Friendship Picnic at the Recreation Ground in the centre of Eastleigh. We were very honoured to have Councillor Des Scott, the Mayor of Eastleigh and his wife, Mrs Veronica Scott  join us for the picnic.


Lots of people came to this free event and played games, took part in competitions and dressed up for our selfie booth. We were delighted to have a large group join us from Southampton MENCAP.


The theme of our picnic was Friendship, we ran a competition and asked people to tell us why their friends were important to them. These are the winning entries...

  • “My friends are important to me because they are very caring. We are always there for each other and they make me laugh." Jade, Southampton
  • “My friends are important to me because they look out for me, like I would look out for them.” Gary, Eastleigh

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!

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