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Gardening Club barbecue 2019 Gardening Club barbecue 2019

Gardening Club barbecue 
Saturday – July 27

 

 

Our Gardening Club members and volunteers enjoyed a mid season barbecue, with the food being cooked by guest chefs Jackie and Girish.

 

Our thanks to them and everyone who was involved in organising the event and making it happen on the day. 

Eastleigh Mela 2019 Eastleigh Mela 2019

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 Community Picnic, 16 July 2019

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 Day in the Park - June 29

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.

Leckford donation - Waitrose Community Matters Leckford donation - Waitrose Community Matters

Leckford Donation


Committee member, Henry Rau accepts a donation cheque from the Waitrose Community Matters Scheme at Leckford.

 

These donations are a really important part of our funding each year and we are grateful to the companies who accept our nominations and to the public who vote for us.

 

Cheque received from Waitrose customers Cheque received from Waitrose customers

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:

  1. Hobbies Stall - books, puzzles, DVDs and CDs
  2. Accessories Stall – jewellery, hats, gloves, scarves
  3. Drinks Tombola, and
  4. Raffle – any new but unwanted gifts would be appreciated.

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.

NST CITY’s First Birthday Party NST CITY’s First Birthday Party

NST CITY’s First Birthday Party
   
Members of Eastleigh Borough & Romsey MENCAP were invited to the Nuffield Theatre City‘s first birthday party on February 16.

 

We were involved in a theatre project with the Nuffield as our partner from 2015 to 2018 and were at the launch of the new theatre last year.  

 

Members enjoying NST CITY’s First Birthday Party Members enjoying NST CITY’s First Birthday Party

 

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!  

2018

Ted Baker’s Bench - Grantham Green
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.

Ted Baker's bench Ted Baker's bench
Grantham Green project Our part of the Grantham Green transformation project was funded by a generous grant from the People’s Postcode Lottery

Transformation of Grantham Green

 

Our part is complete! These are some of our album pictures showing the changes

 
Grantham Green Growers tackle the weeds early 2018.
The stumpery covered in wild flowers, still protected by barriers until they are well established - mid 2018.

 

Our part of the Grantham Green transformation project was funded by a generous grant from the People’s Postcode Lottery.

Outing to Exbury 2018

Outing to Exbury

 

 

Our annual Outing for members this year was to Exbury.

 

It was of course another of this summer’s hot days but Exbury has some fabulous trees to provide shade for our walk.

Cooling off in the Estate's sprinklers!

 

We all enjoyed the unexpected soaking by the estate’s sprinkler system. We managed to walk around the whole estate and enjoyed a ride on the steam train at the end.

 

Our thanks to HIWFC Small Grants, Small Items for subsidising this trip and to Exbury Estate staff for their warm welcome.

Carnival winners all round - Most Imaginative and Best Overall categories

First prize – Best Over All The Village People & friends at West End Carnival June 2018 First prize – Best Over All The Village People & friends at West End Carnival June 2018

 

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. 

West End Carnival 2018 - Double First!
West End Carnival 2018 - Village People!

 

Exploring Theatre Craft (7)

Dancing the Death Drill - The Loss of SS Mendi

Exploring Theatre Craft Workshop: Dancing the Death Drill
Exploring Theatre Craft - 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. 

 

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