Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Explorers return!!

QE2 Activity Centre 
summer playscheme

For two weeks this August QE2 Activity Centre will be hosting
 the explorers playscheme.  

This is for children with disabilities aged 4 - 11 (primary school age).  Siblings are welcome.  Families should be registered with Buzz

Every day will include a big activity like canoeing or climbing or archery or motorboat trip

Every day will include fun in the woods, maybe bushcraft or orienteering or a scavenger trail 

Every day will be different, every day will be special!

And everyday will start at 9:30 and end at 4:00. This summer scheme is funded by Southampton City Council and places will be offered to Southampton residents first.   If there are any spaces left over they may be available to children with disabilities from outside Southampton.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Troubadour Heart

Here's something to look forward to this summer - a night out at the Discovery Centre in Winchester - an evening of live music from Michael Weston King and Mike Cosgrave celebrating two of the finest songwriters ever, Jackie Leven and Townes van Zandt.  

Michael Weston King with Michael Cosgrave - The songs of Townes van Zandt & Jackie Leven 
Discovery Centre, Winchester - Friday 10th July 2015 - 8pm (Doors 7.30pm)
Michael is a good friend to QE2 Activity Centre.   He helped compile the Riding the Range fundraising album in 2010.  Here he is, with Jackie Leven, performing Townes van Zandt's Marie at the Centre 

Michael Weston King first met Townes van Zandt in 1993 when opening for him on a tour of the UK & Ireland. He continued to do so for next three years whenever Townes came over, up to sharing the stage with him in what would be his last ever show – at The Borderline in London in December 1996. Along the way they become friends, duetted together on record and Townes cut a version of Michael’s song “Riding The Range.”
In 1994 Michael met Jackie Leven for the first time at a festival in Norway and thus began a friendship, an adventure, and many musical collaborations until Jackie’s untimely death in November 2011. Jackie produced Michael’s 2003 album “A Decent Man”and appeared on two others. He was part of Michael’s band The Decent Men and one third of their singer songwriter tours, “An Englishman, an Irishman and a Scotsman”.
This concert will showcase some of the finest songs by both artists played out over two sets, one dedicated to Jackie and one to Townes. Expect a good number of stories and reminiscing too. Michael will be joined by multi-instrumentalist and long-time Jackie Leven musician and co-producer, Michael Cosgrave.

Friday, 1 May 2015

Kayaks donated to QE2 Activity Centre in memory of James Male

A massive thank you from everyone at QE2 Activity Centre to Graham and Lorraine Male.  Graham and Lorraine came to the Centre today to present five kayaks (plus paddles and buoyancy aids) in memory of their son James.

James was an outdoor instructor who, tragically, lost his life when the yacht Cheeki Rafiki foundered mid-Atlantic last May.  His parents wanted to do something to enable others to enjoy the activities that James loved so much, so they approached the Centre and asked how they could help.

Today we saw the fruits of their fundraising efforts as members of Team Q got afloat with Graham and Lorraine.

Graham said "At the handover of the kayaks we had the opportunity to paddle up the river for the first expedition.

"To see the confidence of individuals grow within an hour or so on the water was so rewarding and made all the fundraising we had done worthwhile.

"By the time we returned the smiles and thanks said it all.

"James would have been so proud of today."

Hamble Valley Rotary Club present Defribilator to QE2 Activity Centre

pictured left to right: Jonathon Appleby, President of Hamble Valley Rotary Club; Steve Cartwright and Wheeze the dog from South West Ambulance Service; Phil Oates, manager QE2 Activity Centre; Jenny Schwausch and David Holt from HVRC 

Hamble Valley Rotary Club have raised funds for four defibrilators to be placed in the Hedge End and Botley area.  One has been placed with us here at QE2 Activity Centre in the Manor Farm Country Park.

The defibrillator is there in case anyone in the Country Park needs it - not just people using QE2 Activity Centre.  It can be used by members of the public, without training.  Phoning 999 will give you the code to open the box and the defibrillator is very simple to use - the machine tells you step by step what to do.

We hope we never have to use it - but if we do we know it could be a lifesaver.