Reopening Plans for our Clubs & Groups
After a long and challenging 14 months we have been planning for the much anticipated reopening of our services. Our priority has always been the safety of the people we work support and work with, so our phased reopening has reflected this. While some groups have now been meeting for several months, some will only be returning in September 2021. Below you can find a list of all our groups and their current status, or planned reopening date.
Active Citizens - Currently meeting in person prior to a planned summer break. Returning in September.
Basketball Club - Currently meeting in person, on alternate Saturday mornings. (Upcoming dates 31st July/14th August/28th August/4th September)
Chill Out Club - Will be reopening in September 2021.
Flagship Art Club - Currently meeting in person, outdoors, prior to a planned summer break. Returning in September.
Gardening Club & Grantham Green Growers - Currently meeting in person on Wednesday and Saturday mornings at West End allotments and on alternate Fridays at Grantham Green.
Walking Group - Currently meeting every Friday morning in Eastleigh, at Lakeside Country Park or Fleming Park.
Christmas at Eastleigh
Christmas lights switch on
On November 16, a group from our Volunteering Crew met up in the evening to join the Parade before the Christmas lights were switched on, we were collecting for the Mayor of Eastleigh’s Charities Appeal. We had lights on our buckets and scarves! The crowd gave the parade a great welcome and we really enjoyed the fireworks.
Eastleigh BID is to be congratulated for getting so many people, young and old into the centre of Eastleigh for the event. Our Committee and volunteers ran a fundraising stall during the day time and enjoyed meeting many local people and encouraging children to make rainbow coloured Christmas characters.
Christmas Card Triumph!
The club members were invited to submit designs for the Mayor’s Christmas card last year. Our congratulations go to Abbie and Bill for having their outstanding designs selected for the official card.
These are some of the members of the Flagship Art Club enjoying their coffee break at our Christmas session in 2019. Club members work very hard during their sessions when they focus on the tasks they have been given. It is one of our most quiet clubs, except during coffee break!
Anyone with a serious interest in art and improving their practice who wants to join the Art Club, should call the office to find out how to join.
AGM and Annual Party - November 9, 2019
But it is not all hard work, we know how to party!
We held our AGM and annual party at the Cranbury Centre. The Annual Report and Treasurers Report were presented and anyone who requires a copy has only to request one, these can be sent by email or hard copy.
We had a fish and chip supper, a picture quiz and lots of dancing. We finally shut our DJ down at 10.30pm. No prizes for guessing which song these members are dancing to!
Lantern Procession, 19 October 2019
Members of the Flagship Art Club were joined by some friends to produce the lanterns. Everyone made a small individual lantern. The larger lanterns were a collaborative effort made by groups of members.
We used wet willow to make the handles and the framework for the larger lanterns and covered them with various colours of tissue paper. Simple but very effective!
We paraded through the streets of Eastleigh with other lantern holding groups. We ended up at the bandstand, at dusk on Saturday evening accompanied by a Samba band. The Mayor of Eastleigh was there to welcome everyone.
The project was organised by Caroline Rackham, our Art Club tutor who had been running lantern making workshops throughout the borough in schools and clubs for the past few weeks. This was an event for all generations.
We met many friends who had come to see the spectacle. Some of us carried collection buckets for the Mayor of Eastleigh’s Charities Appeal. This is the first time this event has occurred in Eastleigh and we thoroughly enjoyed being part of it.
We were fortunate to have a day out at the Watercress Line recently and to be guided around the workshops by Dr Becky Peacock. It was amazing to see how the bespoke parts were made for both steam and diesel engines in the workshops.
We also had a steam train ride in a vintage carriage from Ropley to Alresford stations. We are pictured here on the Harry Potter bridge. Thanks to Mid Hants Railway for their hospitality.
West End Carnival 2019
The theme this year was Childrens’ Television and we chose Herge’s Adventures of Tintin. This allowed us to dress as adults in period costume and to assume different identities. False moustaches were the order of the day!
Despite the weather being chilly and a little wet, our spirits were not dampened and we received a great response from the Carnival crowd who were as enthusiastic and generous as ever.
Eastleigh Mela, Sunday 21 July
We ran two stalls at the MELA this year, one for the Mayor’s Appeal with the game: Play Your Cards Right. Thanks to Abbie, Katherine, Matthew, Michael and Terry who helped to run the game. There were a surprising number of winners!
The other stall was our Society stall and we offered rainbow art activities for children and information about our work for anyone interested. Thanks to Elaine, Henry, Nasrin and Beverley who worked hard throughout the day.
Community Picnic, 16 July 2019
This is an annual free event which the Active Citizens have run for seven years. It is to encourage people to get together over lunch and enjoy being outside. It is always the last session of the Active Citizens year and marks the start of our summer break.
For the second year we held it at Grantham Green. It was well attended with 36 people and 1 dog attending! We were honoured to have the Mayor of Eastleigh as our guest this year.
Day in the Park – June 29
We are grateful to our regular chefs, Tom and Neil for their hard work on the day cooking everything so expertly. It was a baking hot day!
Salads and desserts were prepared in advance by members of our talented committee.
This year we extended the event, running from 11 to 3.30 instead of just over lunchtime and we included a variety of games which people enjoyed.
Thank you to Waitrose, Romsey, and their customers
Eastleigh Borough & Romsey MENCAP was featured as one of the three charities included in Waitrose Romsey’s Community Matters campaign early in 2019.
Thanks to everyone who voted for us. We were delighted to receive a cheque for £270 from Debbie, their Community Matters Co-ordinator.
Spring Coffee Morning
Tuesday April 2, 10.30 -12noon at the Masonic Hall, Eastleigh
This event is being organised by our ACTIVE CITIZENS group. Everyone is invited and welcome to join us.
We will be running the following stalls:
If you have donations for our stalls, please remember we do not have space to store items so please bring the stock on the day for us to sell. Let us know what you have in advance.We do not have space to store items so please bring the stock on the day for us to sell. Let us know what you have in advance and THANK YOU!
We want the event to be busy, fun and successful in raising funds for the Mayor’s chosen charities.
Call the office or email us if you have any queries or want to help.
The theatre put on an amazing array of entertainment, with dance numbers from ZoieLogic, singing by community choirs, party games in which everyone in Guildhall Square was involved and general mayhem.
There were lots of surprises and despite the grey but warm day, we had a great time. We also had jelly and ice cream, Hariboes and delicious cake!
Ted Baker’s Bench - Grantham
The final part of the Grantham Green transformation project was the provision of a bench dedicated to Ted Baker who died in January 2017.
Ted was a volunteer walk leader for Eastleigh Borough & Romsey MENCAP, but had a far greater role as a friend of the people with learning disabilities who attended the Friday Club at the QE2 Centre. He and Helga took scores of people and their carers on holidays to Germany and to other countries over the past 40 years.
We were pleased to ask Helga, Ted’s wife and daughter, Ellen, to unveil the bench. Fifty five people attended on Monday September 25 and enjoyed tea and coffee in the Grantham Arms afterwards. Many thanks to landlord Jeff for his hospitality.
Transformation of Grantham Green
Our part is complete! These are some of our album pictures showing the changes
Carnival winners all round - Most Imaginative and Best Overall categories
Carnival Project 2018 - Prize Giving...
The Theme of the West End Carnival was the Music of the 60s, 70s and 80s and our entry was the Village People. We were presented with the huge cup and certificates as our prizes this year. We came first in the Most Imaginative Category and also first in the Best Overall category. Winners all round, roll on next year!
...the Best Ever!
Our Carnival Project this year was our most successful. The Theme of the West End Carnival was the Music of the 60s, 70s and 80s.
We were fortunate to get a grant to allow us to work with International Carnival artist, Ray Mahabir of Sunshine International Arts from Brixton.
Village People and Friends..."YMCA"
Our entry was “The Village People & friends”. Eleven people made Village People costumes over a five week period and learned about Carnival and its meaning. More people joined us on the day for the procession and supporter Chris provided music ("YMCA" – what else?) so that we could all sing and dance along to the song.
Many of the crowd were also doing the arm actions for "YMCA" as we went past which was great to see. It was a good day for us all and we hope we helped to raise lots of money for local charities.
Exploring Theatre Craft (7)
Dancing the Death Drill - The Loss of SS Mendi
Our partnership with the Nuffield Theatre Southampton came to an end this July with our final event of the project, Exploring Theatre Craft. This project has run since 2016 and was funded by Grants for the Arts.
The fabulous Isango Ensemble...
We were very privileged to have a dance, singing and movement workshop with some of the cast of the show, Dancing the Death Drill. The cast were from Cape Town in South Africa and were members of the ISANGO Ensemble. They are the most fabulous dancers and singers!
We had a walk in Andrews Park behind the theatre after our workshop to cool down, then dinner at The Spitfire pub and we returned to the theatre to see our new friends performing in Dancing the Death Drill. This was a very touching show and has provided lots of discussion topics.