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. You can see news and events on this page, and much more information about what we do can be found in these web pages.

News...

  • Gardening Club - Rosie Yeomans to open our fabulous Polytunnel on Saturday 15 August!
  • Vacancy for Treasurer (see Vacancies below)
  • Chinese Cultural Festival - 3 July
  • Summer BBQ - 13 June
  • Big 50 Paddle - fund raising for EBR Mencap!
  • New activities - football sessions and film courses!
  • New Art Club
  • Newsflash

What's been happening...

  • Longstock Park Water Garden
  • Colour Me Happy Fun Run

Vacancies, donations, membership and contact information

  • Vacancy for Treasurer
  • Localgiving donations
  • Membership
  • Wristbands

Projects...

  • Art Club

...and Services

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

News

Gardening Club - Polytunnel Opening, Saturday, 15 August!

We invite all members and friends to come to the Gardening Club allotment on Moorgreen Road, West End on the morning of Saturday August 15 when Rosie Yeomans, guest panellist on BBC Radio Four’s Gardeners’ Question Time will be declaring the polytunnel open!

Rosie is also manager of the GQT garden at Sparsholt College; can be heard on Radio Solent’s The Good Life programme and lectures at West Dean College. In addition she is an accomplished vegetable grower and keen allotment gardener.

Refreshments will be available. You can find out all about the Gardening Club, exchange gardening tips and see the progress made by our members.

Please join us at our Open Day to celebrate our fabulous polytunnel and support Maria and our gardeners.The polytunnel has been equipped with two made to measure tables, which have been manufactured for us by the Minstead Training Project.

Our Gardening Club re-opened in mid March and is being well attended. Maria Dowding, our Gardening Club Co-ordinator, writes about this year’s progress and plans in the May Newsletter.

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 - 3 July

10:30am - 2:30 pm at the Pavilion on the Park (hosted by the University of Southampton Confucius Institute)

A day of Chinese cultural workshops and performance art for disabled students, starting with a traditional Chinese Lion Dance at 10:30. 

The performances will include Chinese music, folk dancing, a historical costume show, a traditional Chinese wedding ceremony, followed by a variety of Chinese Cultural workshops where people can try out different arts: paper cutting, calligraphy and Chinese language etc. 

Entrance £3 (concessions apply) and parking is free. Refreshments and Chinese snacks on sale.

See flyer for more information... (pdf  )

Summer BBQ - Saturday, 13 June 2015

Join us at Royal Victoria Country Park for our Summer Barbecue. We meet at Netley Railway station at 11:00 am for a short Health Walk to give us an appetite. The Walk will end at the barbecue site at noon, when cooking starts!

Or you can go direct to the Laurel BBQ site at noon.

  • Tickets : £7.50 adults, £4 child under 12.
  • Family ticket : £20 (2 adults and 2 children)
    Please purchase or book tickets by 6 June so that we know that we must cater for you and your party
Send your order and cheque payable to "Eastleigh Borough & Romsey MENCAP" to 56 Oak Tree Road, Southampton SO18 1PH or buy from Michelle.

If the BBQ is cancelled due to poor weather, ticket money will be refunded.

Big 50 Paddle

Lucy Briggs aims to raise funds for Eastleigh Borough & Romsey MENCAP this year by kayaking in three locations this year: up and down the Thames, around Venice and the Isle of Wight.

Lucy raised £810 for her first challenge of the year on April 19th when she paddled 26 miles from Tower Bridge to Chiswick and back again in the London Kayakathon. See May's Newsletter for Lucy's account of the day.

She will be kayaking 20 miles in Venice at the end of May and the final challenge will take place at the Isle of Wight later this year.

We are really proud that she has chosen to support our work.

Donations are required to provide continuing services. I've seen how much the charity is valued by the users, and know how much it needs the funds, as I used to be the Treasurer! If you want to sponsor me, please go to https://localgiving.com/fundraising/lucybriggs"

Please support Lucy if you can. Thank you to everyone who has sponsored her so far.

New activities...

Football coaching sessions

We are delighted to be working with Active Nation and Sport works to offer some football coaching sessions for people with disabilities in the borough of Eastleigh. Sessions start on 26 February  at Fleming Park Leisure Centre (taster session 16 February, Southampton Sports Centre). Open to everyone over 18 who has a learning disability. Let us know if you are interested! 

More about Active Ability Football on Our Services page... 

Active Ability Football poster... (pdf )

New Art Club

  • We are running our new ART CLUB on Thursdays for people who have a serious interest in art and want to improve their skills.
  • Creative activity for MENCAP member relatives - 10 week programme.

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

Newsflash

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).

What's been happening...

Annual Party and AGM 

Thank you to everyone who came along to our Annual Party and AGM on 22 November 2014 at The Cranbury Centre. It was good to see so many of our members, and a great time was had by all, dancing to DJ Nicki, and having a go at the Wii Cow Racing!

Thanks also go to the committee members and helpers in arranging the food, drinks and entertainment.

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.

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!

Colour Me Happy Fun Run

Our thanks to Ben's Team (Ben, Thibaut, Fi and Ed) who ran in the Colour Me Happy Fun Run in Portsmouth on Sunday, 29 June and raised around £400 on our behalf. Well done, Team!

  

Before...                                                                                   ...and after!

Vacancies, donations, membership and contacts

Vacancy for Treasurer

Do you have a good head for figures, and a few hours to spare each month? We are looking for a Treasurer to keep our accounts accurate and up to date.  Full details are available here.... (pdf  )

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!

Membership

Our members receive a Newsflash nine times a year, either by email or post, and news of all new projects and opportunities. More about becoming a member...

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