Farewell to a great lady..
Tributes have been pouring in for a former Test Valley mayor Doris Bunting who sadly passed away on January 7 aged 96, will be much missed very much by all her friends and former colleagues. Doris was a Romsey Extra councillor for more than two decades, She was a well-known and much-liked member of the area. In 1973, she was one of the inaugural members of Test Valley District Council.
Doris was later part of the transition into the Test Valley Borough Council (TVBC), after the Test Valley was granted borough status by Royal Charter in 1976.
Doris also helped to bring back scouting to Woodley in 1959. She helped to save an ex Ganger Camp prefab from demolition so it could be converted into a scout hut.
Sincere condolences to the Bunting families
Plaza Secondary School reunion
Another Facebook update from Steve "B"
"Romsey's 15th Boxing Day Pre 1976 Car & Bike Meet charity update - Hi folks, just to let you know that monies have continued to roll in from my very generous customers, thank you all very much.
JustGiving donations have also continued & thanks to all who have donated there recently. The good news is that we are way up on last year, not only have we smashed the 4k mark for the 1st time ever but we've smashed the 4.5k mark & the total currently stands at £4,717.91 !! 2 weeks left until I close it down on the 31st Jan, so still time to give if you enjoyed the show but missed the 30 collection tins you can donate at justgiving.com/fundraising/MRB-STEVE-BIDDLECOMBE#
My polite letter to the owners of Cafe Nero & Costa were given in last Monday ( after emails to headquarters drew no joy ) but still NOTHING, not a reply nor a donation, from the 2 businesses that probably benefit most from the event itself on the day. After 4 years of trying, they still won't donate even the smallest amount as a nod to the event & the business it brings them. I'm a little fed up of local businesses making so much from my hard work but well chuffed that the good & generous have helped us reach this great total, thank you all.
Thanks for your time.
Steve B. "
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The convincing letters being sent are a replica template from Lloyds and include their logo, address and signature from a customer service representative.
Romsey Lantern Parade
The Parade was a real public participation event. About a thousand people with three hundred hand made lanterns walked through Romsey, making this one of the centre pieces of the evening. The band and choir made it truly enjoyable parade for everyone. Of course, before the parade all the lanterns have to be made including those of the sponsors who support the parade each year.
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Romsey Winter Carnival Success...
On Saturday 26th November, the Winter Procession took place, starting from the Crosfield Hall car park.
Bell Street, Market Place, Church Street and The Hundred was closed from 17.30 for the Xmas Lights switch on and procession.
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Did you know?
Woodley Net has a Romsey postcode and street finder
Woodley Net has a local postcode and street finder using Google Maps. If you go to the Street Finder page you will see a list like below. Just click on the street name you require and a map will appear with your street. You can then enter Street View if you wish. Street Finder now contains most of the new roads at Abbotswood.
Street Finder also shows streets in some of the neighbouring parishes such as Wellow and Braishfield. The link for the Street Finder page is in the "Info Pages" menu at top left of this page. Or for now click below.
New Abbotswood Photos
Brand new photos of Community Centre being built at Abbotswood. Click below for photos
Fun, Fun Fun at the Mayors Picnic
Romsey's Royal Wedding
Romsonian's were out in force to greet the Queen in Romsey on 25th of June 2016 at one of the biggest weddings of the year. The Queen and Prince Philip arrived for the wedding of the Honourable Alexandra Knatchbull, the daughter of Lord and Lady Brabourne, to Thomas Hooper. Prince Charles and Princess Anne were also at Romsey Abbey for the service.
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Flying Scotsman passes through Romsey
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Greenways (Mandarin Chef) Restaurant in 1963
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About Romsey UK
Romsey is a small market town in the county of Hampshire, England. It is 8 miles (13 km) northwest of Southampton and 11 miles (18 km) southwest of Winchester, neighbouring the village of North Baddesley. Just under 15,000 people live in Romsey, which has an area of about 4.93 square kilometers. Romsey lies on the River Test, which is famous for fly fishing, predominantly trout. It is one of the principal towns in the Test Valley Borough. A large Norman abbey dominates the centre of the town. Romsey was home of the 20th-century soldier and statesman Lord Mountbatten of Burma, the 19th-century British prime minister Lord Palmerston, and the 17th-century philosopher and economist William Petty. Romsey is twinned with Paimpol in Brittany, France, and Battenberg, Germany.
The name Romsey is believed to have originated from the term Rūm's Eg, meaning "Rum's area surrounded by marsh". Rum is probably an abbreviated form of a personal name, like Rumwald (glorious leader).
What was to become Romsey Abbey was founded
in 907. Nuns, led by Elflaeda daughter of Edward the Elder, son of Alfred
the Great, founded a community — at his direction — in what was then
a small village. Later, King Edgar refounded the nunnery, about 960,
as a Benedictine house under the rule of St. Ethelflaeda whose devotional
acts included chanting psalms while standing naked in the cold water
of the River Test.
King Henry I granted Romsey its first charter. This allowed a market to be held every Sunday, and a four-day annual fair in May. In the 13th century, Henry III permitted an additional fair in October.
The lucrative woollen industry appears to have powered Romsey's growth during the Middle Ages. Wool was woven and then fulled or pounded with wooden hammers whilst being washed. It was dyed, and then exported from nearby Southampton.
Romsey continued to grow and prosper until plague
struck the town in 1348-9. The Black Death is thought to have killed
up to half of the Romsey's population of 1000. The number of nuns fell
as low as 19. Prosperity never returned to the abbey. It was finally
suppressed by Henry VIII during the Dissolution of the Monasteries in
1539. Many religious buildings were destroyed during this time.
By the mid-16th century Romsey's population was about 1,500; its woollen and tanning industries fuelled growth. On 6 April 1607 King James I granted the town a charter making it a borough. This gave official status to an informal local government that had been running the affairs of the town since the Dissolution of Romsey Abbey in 1539. Romsey could now have a corporation comprising a mayor, six aldermen and twelve chief burgesses, with a town clerk for 'office work'. Furthermore, there was to be a local law court under a Court Recorder, assisted by two sergeants-at-mace. Over all, was the prestigious position of High Steward, the first of whom was the Earl of Southampton. (Lord Brabourne, grandson of Lord Mountbatten of Burma, is the current High Steward.)
Romsey changed hands several times during the English Civil War. Both Royalist and Parliamentary or Roundhead troops occupied and plundered the town. Royalists remained in control of the borough until January 1645.
18th to 20th centuries
The town's woollen industry survived until the
middle of the 18th century, but was beaten by competition from the north
of England. However, new fast-growing enterprises soon filled the gap
with brewing, papermaking and sack making, all reliant upon the abundant
waters of the Test.
Despite the arrival of the railway in 1847 the expansion slowed and whilst its population had grown to 5,654 in 1851 it then stagnated and by the time of the census half a century later (1901) the population was just 5,597.
Lord Palmerston, the 19th-century British Prime Minister, was born and lived at Broadlands, a large country estate on the outskirts of the town. His statue stands in the Market Place outside the Town Hall.
The Willis Fleming family of North Stoneham Park were major landowners at Romsey from the 17th until early 20th centuries, and were lords of the manors of Romsey Infra and Romsey Extra.
Romsey was famous for making collapsible boats during the 19th and early 20th centuries, invented by the Rev. Edward Lyon Berthon in 1851. The Berthon Boatyard in Romsey made the boats from 1870 until 1917. They were used as lifeboats on ocean-going liners.
Broadlands later became the home of Lord Mountbatten
of Burma, known locally as "Lord Louis". He was buried in
Romsey Abbey after being killed in an IRA bomb explosion in Ireland
on 27 August 1979. In 1947, Mountbatten was given his earldom and the
lesser title "Baron Romsey, of Romsey in the County of Southampton".
The Prince and Princess of Wales spent the first
night of their honeymoon at Broadlands.
During 2007 Romsey celebrated the 400th Anniversary of the granting of its Charter by King James I with a programme of events from March through September, including a visit on 8 June from the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. Subsequently. the cost of the visit has created some local political controversy
Romsey today appears to be in sound economic
health. Whilst there is significant commuting out of the town for work
- particularly to Southampton and Winchester, and also, to some extent,
London - it could not be described as a dormitory town.
Watermills have played an important part in
Romsey's history as an industrial town. The Doomsday Book of 1086 provides
the earliest record of watermills in Romsey, which identifies three
(possibly four) mills.
Romsey has its own parliamentary constituency.
Its current MP is Caroline Nokes of the Conservative Party. Elected
in the general election on 6 May 2010, she ousted the Liberal Democrat
MP Sandra Gidley with a 4.5% swing to Conservative from Liberal Democrat
and a majority of 4,156 votes. Gidley had held the seat since a by-election
Romsey Abbey is a Norman abbey, originally built as a Benedictine foundation, housing a community of Benedictine nuns. The abbey is open daily to visitors as well as being the Anglican Parish church of Romsey.
King John's House
King John's House & Tudor Cottage was allegedly a hunting lodge used by King John of England whilst hunting in the New Forest. However, the existing building dates from much later. It does contain a number of extremely unusual and exciting historical features, including medieval wall decorations and graffiti, as well as a floor made of animal bones.
Places of interest
The Mayor's Picnic takes place in early-mid summer and is held in Romsey's Memorial Park. There is music performed by local schools, a variety of stalls, and the popular Duck Race, in which numbered plastic ducks 'race' each other along the river Test, to be scrupulously retrieved before awarding a prize to whoever chose the winning duck.
The Beggars Fair is held in
the streets and pubs of Romsey on the second Saturday in July. It is
a free festival featuring all types of music, together with dance and
other street entertainment.
The Romsey Show is a large agricultural show that takes place every September at Broadlands. The show is one of the oldest in England, held annually since 1842. In addition, Broadlands has twice hosted the CLA Game Fair, the largest agricultural show in the world, most recently in July 2006.
The Winter Carnival takes places each year when Romsey's Christmas lights are switched on.
The Romsey Arts Festival occurs every 3 years, showcasing talent from in and around the local area.
Romsey Charter Celebrations 1607-2007 Programme of Events ran from 21 March to 30 September 2007.
Romsey Classic Car Show is a charity event that has been running on Boxing Day since 2002, attracting hundreds of pre-1976 vehicles to the town centre car parks.