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.


  • Gardening Club Open Morning - Rosie Yeomans officially opens our fabulous Polytunnel!
  • Vacancy for Treasurer (see Vacancies below)
  • Big 50 Paddle - fund raising for EBR Mencap!
  • New activities - football sessions and film courses!
  • New Art Club
  • Newsflash

What's been happening...

  • Chinese Cultural Festival - 3 July
  • Summer BBQ - 13 June
  • Longstock Park Water Garden
  • Colour Me Happy Fun Run

Vacancies, donations, membership and contact information

  • Vacancy for Treasurer
  • Localgiving donations
  • Membership
  • Wristbands


  • Art Club

...and Services

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


Gardening Club - Polytunnel Opening, Saturday, 15 August!

We were blessed with fine weather for our Gardening Club Open Morning on August 15. Rosie Yeomans officially opened our new polytunnel and is seen here giving allotment members and friends some gardening tips. She also answered individual questions from the audience. Fifty people attended the event, some were regular members, our supporters or were people who were interested in seeing the Gardening Club for the first time. New members and volunteers from the local area are always welcome at the allotment.

The EBR MENCAP Committee provided delicious sweet and savoury cakes as well as hot or cold drinks. West End Garden and Allotment Association were very welcoming to all our visitors. Maria is to be congratulated on running such a great event.

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.

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 - 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 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 has been 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...


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!


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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