Community Day at Eastleigh College

Mike Thornton MP with Eastleigh Mayor, Councillor Malcolm Cross and Mayoress, Mrs Sue Cross.

Mike Thornton MP with Eastleigh Mayor, Councillor Malcolm Cross and Mayoress, Mrs Sue Cross.

As part of the Festival of Learning organised by The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE), Eastleigh College opened up its campus to hundreds of local residents for its first ever Community Day.

The community sampled a great range of fun, hands-on activities located throughout the College’s campus, which included a flight simulator, craft market, live band, cookery classes, pit stop challenge, dance, remote control cars, bouncy castle and face painting, topped-off by an emergency services’ demonstration, during which local MP, Mike Thornton, was cut out of a car!

Mike Thornton MP being cut from wreckage by fire service.

Mike Thornton MP being cut out of a car, during a demonstration by Hants Fire & Rescue service.

Commenting on the day’s activities, willing volunteer Mike Thornton MP said:

“I think Eastleigh College is an example to any further education college in the country. This is just a fantastic day, to get all the community involved in seeing what goes on at the College, as well as inviting in the fire service as well, I think it’s a wonderful.”

Attending with her family, Hannah Griffith from Eastleigh said

‘Today has been fantastic, there’s a lot going on! My young son has really enjoyed seeing the man being cut out of the car by the firemen and even had a little bit of a dance at one of the demonstrations! My husband may have also found a new career in computer game designing. We’ve really had a good day!”

As well as the numerous free activities, visitors were also able to receive careers advice and learn about the range of full-time and part-time courses at the College starting from September 2014.

A total of £482 was raised from the various activities including a cake sale and a raffle, all of which will be donated to the College’s two nominated charities,  Solent Mind and Cancer Research UK.

Commenting on the day’s success, Mike Thornton added:

“Everyone knows how good Eastleigh College is now, everyone has a lot of respect for it, and this just increases everyone’s chances of finding out what is going on.”

Ray Turner

Formerly a Civil-Servant and IT Specialist at ONS, Ray is now semi-retired and spare-time self-employed. He contributes to Eastleigh News on a voluntary basis and is also an administrator for the site.