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NOW EXTENDED TO FRIDAY 21st SEPTEMBER 2018.
Do you think your group deserves a Queens Award, like ours here in One Community?
The closing date 14th September 2018. Now extended to the Friday 21st of September as there have been technical difficulties with their website.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their communities.
Our Chief Executive, Jean Roberts-Jones and Trustee, Profession Sri Kandiah met the Queen herself to celebrate our award. We formally receive our award on Monday 17th of September 2018.
Next year, it could be YOU!
We have had such an awesome day at the first ever Eastleigh Pride!
Lots of raffle tickets sold for the 40 possible prizes including a holiday, tickets for the pantomime and a spa treatment. The draw is on the 16th of September and we can’t wait to let our lucky winners know what they’ve won.
With some fabulous music, dance performances and glorious RAINBOW colours on a grey September afternoon we at One Community enjoyed being a part of Pride.
Special thanks to our volunteers and staff for their keen selling raffle tickets and sharing our healthcare questionnaire and of course to ALL the people who took part and enjoyed a free lolly.
We are involved in many parts of community service and development so are taking a particular interest in the Eastleigh Bid.
If you have any comments or contributions to make, please follow the instructions on the information below.
Eastleigh Borough Council, Mayor’s Tea Party celebrating 40 years of One Community.
On the 27th of July 2018 a group of staff, volunteers and associates of One Community went to the Point in Eastleigh to celebrate our 40th anniversary. It was a hot and sunny day and we all enjoyed cakes, sandwiches, tea and coffees together and listened to some good speeches about how Eastleigh Borough Council and One Community do work in partnership. In front of our representatives the mayor and the council explained it has become more of a mutual respect and friendly relationship, to the benefit of the people of Eastleigh and surrounding areas.
It was a lovely way to spend an afternoon and we were particularly glad to have been nominated to receive a cheque from the council from their own staff charitable giving.
If you would like to see more, please check out our facebook page.
Mela Festival 2018 was planned over many months and luckily it was a sunny Sunday afternoon in July with no rain in sight!”Mela” is the Sanskrit word meaning ‘meeting’, ‘fair’ or ‘gathering’ and ‘celebrations’ of all kinds.
A riot of colour and frenzy of music and around 17,000 people from all backgrounds descended on Eastleigh town for the latest MELA festival.
Eastleigh’s Leigh Road recreation ground was treated to a variety of dancing, music, food and fun from the various communities in the area. The group Bangra style dancing was a big draw, climbing and cycling, Mhendi and fabulous foods filled the park. It was busy and fun, lots of families and people of differing backgrounds attending. One Community ran a tombola and talked to many about signing up for volunteering.
One of the most popular shows was the dazzling Lion Dance and Chinese band.
Quotes from Eastleigh Public attending the event included:
“Its awesome on a day like today to be here, I’m loving the curry!”
“I can’t wait for the Abba tribute to come on, I think there is Bangra later on. There aren’t many things you can get to for free with all this going on.”
“Sitting here on the deckchairs with my family having a picnic, is really great”
“I’m finishing this ice cream and heading on over to have a henna tattoo. We have had a fab time.”
“Loving the hoop dance display and we are going to have a few cocktails at the Point outside bar, we have been here since 11 and still not seen everything!”
“It is a wonderful chance to meet others and see examples of other cultures doing good things”
Event co-ordinator Mohammed Mossadaq, known as Moss, said: “Mela is all about cultural fusion. If people share food and sunshine, it can break down a lot of barriers.”
Mela is organised by the Eastleigh Asian Welfare and Cultural Association (AWCA.)
Alongside all the dancing, music, shows and displays were a number of stalls from the Eastleigh Community. The Police and Fire service supported the event and it was fabulous to see lots of the public talking to a range of stall holders from Dementia services, encouraging physical fitness in children, to the library, through to care options for the elderly and almost everything in between.
If you would like to see more pictures, short clips and interesting snippets about the Mela or any other events One Community are involved in, check out our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.
Did you go to the Mela?
What were your favourite parts?
** Top tip- ask ALEXA or your Google Home to play “Bangra Pop” and you too can be practising your Indian dancing at home!**
We can’t wait to see what MELA festival brings to Eastleigh next year!
Daily Echo, 14th April 2018
Daily Echo, 14th April 2018
Eastleigh News, 26th March 2018
Eastleigh Times, 22nd March 2018