Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Team Q hit Cobnor!


Our intrepid heroes from Team Q are away on residential this week in Cobnor.  Sailing, canoeing, walking, bonfires (and I think they're off to the pub tonight) - generally having a great time!

Hope the sun keep on shining - Adam, Anna, Joe, Adrian, Dan, Amy, Elena, Craig, Kerry and Marie

If you're interested in joining Team Q or taking part in activities here at QE2 Activity Centre give us a call - details on our website www.qe2activitycentre.co.uk.

Thursday, 17 September 2015

QE2 Activity Centre to get a Wheelyboat!

Last Sunday (September 13th) Graham and Lorraine Male, parents of Cheeki Rafiki crewman James Male, visited The Wheelyboat Trust stand at Southampton Boat Show to see for themselves a Coulam V20 wheelyboat, similar to the one they are fundraising for on behalf of QE2 Activity Centre.  

They presented a cheque to Phil Oates, manager of QE2 Activity Centre, towards the cost of the boat and were taken afloat by Andy Beadsley, Director of The Wheelyboat Trust.
 Graham and Lorraine Male with QE2 Activity Centre manager Phil Oates and Andy Beadsley, Director of The Wheelyboat Trust

In May 2014 Graham and Lorraine Male lost their son, James, when the yacht Cheeki Rafiki foundered mid Atlantic.   They learned about the QE2 Activity Centre from friends. Recognising that the Centre shared their son’s enthusiasm for introducing young people to activities they decided they would like to help. 

For almost forty years QE2 Activity Centre, by the Hamble River in Hampshire, has been providing activity opportunities for people with disabilities.   Over the years the Centre has enabled thousands of people to get afloat, using canoes, kayaks and a pontoon boat. 

“We want to make sure that everyone has access to the river” says manager Phil Oates “so we have built up a range of boats to cater for people of all abilities.  

 “Late last year we were approached by Graham and Lorraine who wanted to celebrate James’ love of watersports by supporting the Centre.  They raised enough money to purchase five sit-on-top kayaks – but didn’t stop there. They knew we wanted to buy a new wheelchair accessible motorboat so they kept on fundraising.”

Now, with the support of The Wheelyboat Trust, the Centre will soon be purchasing a Coulam V20 motorboat.   

taking the boat for a spin at Southampton Boat Show

Phil says “The Coulam V20 will be a great addition to our fleet, giving disabled people even more opportunities to see and appreciate the ever changing river”.  Those who know the area will know that the Upper Hamble is one of the loveliest spots in Hampshire, while the lower Hamble, with its 3,500 boats, is like a permanent boat show – everything from dinghies and fishing boats to gin palaces and Round the World yachts.

It is not just boating that happens at QE2 Activity Centre. Being based in a 400 acre country park by the Hamble means a wide range of activities is possible.  These include archery, climbing and team games in a purpose built sports hall; ropes course, team challenge and zipwire in the grounds; bushcraft, geocaching and orienteering in the country park and, best of all, getting out on the water.  

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

new Indies timetable - September - December 2015

week
date
Option 1
Option 2
1
Sept 21st
Boat
Archery
2
Sept 28th
Boat
Canoe
3
October 5th
Boat
Ropes course
4
October 12th
Boat
Climbing
5
October 19th
Boat
Bushcraft
6
October 26th
Boat
Archery
7
November 2nd
Bonfire special
8
November 9th
Boat
Orienteering
9
November 16th
Boat
Canoeing
10
November 23rd
Boat
Climbing
11
November 30th
Boat
Archery
12
December 7th
Christmas special

Every Monday we run our Indies sessions for adults with learning disabilities.  There's a morning session between 10:00 and 12:00 plus an afternoon session between 1;00 and 3:00.  There's a choice of activities most weeks - except on special weeks where we all get together and do something seasonal.  First week of November has to be Bonfire special and last week of the season you know it's going to be Christmas bushcraft with mince pies, hot chocolate and making rustic Christmas decorations.  

If you would like to join Indies contact the Centre in the usual way for a chat!