ARE YOU SOMEWHERE AROUND THE AGE OF 35 – 55 AND LOOKING FOR A NEW GROUP OF FRIENDS IN THE AREA? MAYBE HOPING TO FIND ROMANCE TOO?
THIS GROUP HAS A RANGE OF EVENTS FROM MEALS OUT, PUB NIGHTS, WALKS, BOWLING, QUIZ NIGHTS,BIKE RIDES, LIVE MUSIC EVENTS, PICNICS, BBQ's, DANCING, CAMPING, DIVING, PUBLIC EVENTS etc, AND ENCOURAGES MEMBERS TO SUGGEST THEIR OWN IDEAS FOR EVENTS.
WE MEET IN VARIOUS LOCATIONS BETWEEN PORTSMOUTH AND SOUTHAMPTON, BUT MAINLY BASED WITHIN A FEW MILES RADIUS OF FAREHAM.
Hi, I am Sarah and I set up this group in August 2010 and it is something that I am very proud of! This group has gone from strength to strength with membership so high that we have to put RSVP limits and waiting lists on a lot of our events now!
I moved to Hampshire in 2008 after my hubby decided I wasn’t what he wanted from life anymore. My toddler and I moved to Hampshire to live with my mum, which was great, but I knew no one in the area AT ALL, except my mum! I spent 2 years licking my wounds and feeling sorry for myself about the fact I had no social life and then one night I got a flash of courage..... or stupidity.....( not sure which??!!) and decided to set up my own group for people in similar situations!!
Firstly, I did not want to set up a ‘dating’ group, I just wanted it to be a social meet up group for people who just happen to all be single. This group is not about trying to chat every member up and see how many you score with........... it is about being able to have a really good social life when everyone else in your life is all coupled up! Yes, romances may naturally blossom and that would be wonderful.
Although I say this group is for singles, it is not a strict rule. We do have a few couples that are new to the area that join together as a way to increase their social circle. This is absolutely fine, as long as people are upfront and honest about their status. This is NOT a group for a married person to join without their other half, as it is, first and foremost, a singles group, and this can be seen as inappropriate. If members form a romance whilst a member of the group, they are very much welcome to stay on as members and to bring their partner along too, as it is sad to have to say goodbye, just because you found romance.
It is quite daunting to join something like this, but please remember...... everyone feels the same and everyone is looking for the same thing of meeting new folk and getting out more. We are a VERY FRIENDLY bunch and everyone is made to feel extremely welcome. The proof is that everyone comes back time and time again! The first time you come out with us you will feel apprehensive about meeting strangers..... the second time you will be meeting old friends!
It is free to join and there is no commitment to attend anything. You just click on an event that you want to attend and press the ‘RSVP’ button. Its that simple! YOU CAN NOT ATTEND EVENTS UNLESS YOU ARE A MEMBER OR A GUEST OF A MEMBER, AS EVENT NUMBERS ARE MANAGED ONLINE. You are able to remove your profile at any point, so if you are interested, sign up and see what you think.
Go on, be brave and join...... you have nothing to lose and a whole new exciting social life and lots of new wonderful people in your life to gain!!
I look forward to seeing you as a member!
This is what some of the members think:-
“ A great group that is well organised and very friendly. ”
“ Good place to meet new people, always something interesting happening! ;) ”
“ The people I have met so far have been interesting and friendly. ”
“ Great idea and grand bunch of folks. ”
“ as first impressions go Sarah you came across as a very unique person and sold the group well ”
“ My second meet up with this group as I actually live in Southampton which means that some of the events are difficult for me to get to. However, I have enjoyed both of the meetups I have attended and hope to attend more in the future ”
“ Lovely, friendly group. Greeted by Gill who introduced me to everyone, so no awkwardness at all. Good company. ”
“ this group is a real gem for people to go out socially with others and have a great time. If it wsant for this group I would be at home with no one to go out with. All the members are caring sharing and fun to be with If there was a 10 star rating I would give it that. ”
“ Very friendly! Hope to see you all gain soon x
“ I enjoyed the night and the company ”
“ Everybody was friendly and welcoming. I felt very comfortable and relaxed. ”
“ Really enjoyed my first Meetup event!!! ”
“ very good. ”
“ Friendly and open and warm and made me feel really welcome and I felt like I belonged straight away. ”
“ Great. ”
“ fantastic group of people, made me feel very welcome, looking forward to many more nights out"
“ See 'my experience' A thoroughly lovely group of people. ”
“ As always Sarah looks after us all, just like one big happy family. Thanks Sarah ”
“ I think group is a good idea and works well. "
“ I attended my first meet up group last night and I was made to feel very welcome by all there. I Will definately try and attend as many as possible. A very friendly crowd of interesting people. Thankyou. ”
“ The welcome I got on my first meetup was really great its never easy going somewhere new on your own but within minutes I felt relaxed. Thankyou ”
“ Great to meet you lovely people ”
“ Friendly, welcoming group ”
“ A really nice crowd of people who made me feel very welcome as a part of the group. ”
“ When you join this group, Sarah makes sure you are met and introduced to everyone. This means there's no problem turning up on your own. I've made new friends who enjoy the same interests as me and have been introduced to new hobbies. There's no commitment with joining fees and it's very useful to see upcoming events on the website. I'd never really consider an organised walk or a ride on a tiplet tandem - but to my surprise both were really great fun. I guess it's down to the company. It's a very well organised website without being bureacratic. All in an excellent meetup group. ”
“ Hi - Just to say a big thank you to everybody who made me feel so welcome on the walk this morning"
“ So far............. drum roll......... GREAT :) ”
“ A nice friendly bunch (and well organised by Sarah!) ”
“ Seem like a decent crowd; definitely worth getting to know better. ”
“ as my first venture into socialising on my own I can only say this group are wonderful ! it was lovely to meet such a friendly and fun group of people ”
“ good. ”
“ This was my first "meetup" & I felt very welcome. Nice group of people all looking to socialise & meet new friends. Sarah had printed off pictures of the people attending, with their names, which was a nice idea. Thanks for the get together Sarah x ”
“ Thank you Sarah for organising. Great mix and great crowd of people. Enjoyable evening"