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.
The Mayor of Eastleigh’s Appeal 2018-2019
Outing to Eastleigh Railway Works
On Saturday April 27, 15 members with supporters had the chance to visit Eastleigh Railway Works. Norman our guide took us throughout the site, inside and outside the huge sheds to see various historic engines and some contemporary rolling stock too.
We learned about the workings of a private Railway company and were all impressed with the size of the site and the variety of work being carried out. It was a privilege to look around the site. Thanks to Carl Watson and Becky Peacock for making it happen.
This is a picture of the wheels on Canadian Pacific, they are 6ft 6 inches tall!
We were accompanied by Dr Becky Peacock who project manages the restoration of Canadian Pacific and has already given a talk to the ACTIVE CITIZENS group about this work.
The visit was arranged to benefit the Mayor of Eastleigh Charities Appeal, so our fees were donated to the Appeal.
Projects 2018 and earlier...
Some of our successful projects during the last couple of years have included:
Funded by Grants for the Arts in 2016, it offered seven events with our partners at the Nuffield Theatre. Participants were able to learn about acting and the theatre with the opportunity to practice drama in workshops, see professional performances and what happens back stage.
Exploring Theatre Craft (Event 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.
SHADOW FACTORY – ETC Event Six
On 21 February 2018, 26 people went to the new NST City Theatre in Southampton to see the new play, Shadow Factory.
Written by local playwright, Howard Brenton, the play is about the covert construction of the Spitfire in World War II after the Super Marine Factory at Woolston had been bombed.
Our event included a back stage and theatre tour, exhibition about the show, an hilarious drama workshop, pub dinner at The Spitfire pub nearby and the evening show.
Members loved the warm welcome from staff who they know well now. They were impressed by the design of the new theatre and creative spaces. Definitely a night for us to remember.
The Organiser of the Chinese Festivals in 2015, 2016 and 2017 has now moved to China. We will not be hosting a Festival in 2018 or 2019.
Chinese Cultural Festival - 27 October 2017 - Pavilion on the Park
Starting, this time, with a traditional Dragon Dance! Performances and workshops will lead you on a lovely Chinese culgural Journey.
Please tell your friends about this great event! More details on the poster...
This annual project, a day of Chinese cultural workshops and performance art for disabled adults, is organised by the Confucious Institute at the University of Southampton. The performances include aditional Chinese Lion Dance Chinese music, folk dancing, a Chinese historical costume show, a traditional Chinese wedding ceremony followed by a variety of Chinese cultural workshop.
There are 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 talk to everyone about their skills and talents, and many participants are keen to join in with the activities and often take souvenirs of the day away with them.