At the end of June instructor Nick Cann married Jess (who eagle eyed viewers will recognise as being freelance instructor Jess) at Hamble church. The whole QE2 team turned out to wish them well. There has developed a tradition of summer weddings at QE2 Activity Centre; two years ago it was Kerry and Klayr, last year Graham and (a different) Kerry, now Nick and Jess. Who knows what next summer wil bring!
Meanwhile back at the Centre we're having a busy summer. Our day services are flourishing with the GreenHouse, Gold and Team Q all getting up to all kinds of fun stuff.
Family activity days run in conjunction with Southampton City Council have been popular and we even made an appearance on BBC South Today. This was in connection with a story that local authorities are cutting services for children with disabilities and one of our regular visitors was asked to give his point of view. James (that's a young James in the screen grab below) told viewers how important it was that children with disabilities and autism had the opportunity to take part in short breaks - and what a blow it would be for local authorities to take this opportunity away.
QE2 Activity Centre gets lots of support from the local community. For many years we have been helped out by Eastlands Boatyard at Swanwick who provide us with a free pontoon berth for our motorboat. Another boatyard has come to our rescue this season: the pontoon in Manor Farm Country Park was damaged by storms early in the year and we've not been able to use it since Easter. Deacons Boatyard at Bursledon have kindly allowed us to use their spiffy new marina for embarking and disembarking the motorboat.
Without this kind of support it would be impossible for us to offer motorboating. So, a full blown THANKS YOU GUYS to Tim at Eastlands, Luke at Deacons and all their colleagues. Thanks also to the other boat owners who always make us welcome.
Team Q - coppicing
Say it loud, we're Gold and we're proud!
it's not all beer and skittles at QE2 Day Services
Remember when this was a swamp?
A big thanks to all the staff for yet another wonderful family holiday. Pretty sure without your skills patience and facilities we all would be unable to have a holiday together. Home now with happy children and a glass of red !!
Zurich staff hard at work
pure joy wins out again