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Two more burglaries
Police are appealing for witnesses to a break in which has happened on Tuesday 20th September 2016 at 03:25hrs, at Co-Op on Botley Road, Romsey. The offenders Gained access to the premises by smashing the window with a rock, Cigarettes and Alcohol were taken. We are asking for anyone who saw anything in relation to this incident or any suspicious activity in the area leading up to this incident to contact Romsey Police on 101 quoting the reference number: 44160354750, thank you
Police are appealing for witnesses to a break in which has happened on Wednesday 14th September 2016, Between 08:40hrs and 14:15hrs, in School Road, Romsey. The offenders Gained access to the property by smashing a panel in the front door, Jewellery, passports and car keys have been taken. We are asking for anyone who saw anything in relation to this incident or any suspicious activity in the area leading up to this incident to contact Romsey Police on 101 quoting the reference number: 44160347324, thank you
Songs of Praise coming to Romsey Abbey
BBC 1's Songs of Praise is coming to Romsey Abbey in October 2016. Film crews will be at the Abbey on Friday 14th October for recordings of traditional hymns between 7pm and 10pm.
They will then return on Saturday 15th October from 10.30am to 1.30pm. If you would like to be there, you can book your free tickets at bbc.co.uk/songsofpraise and select 'Tickets' from the main menu.
The deadline for ticket applications is Tuesday, 27th September.
Win a ioLight portable microscope
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We have teamed up with the lovely people at ioLight to bring you the chance to win an incredible pocket digital microscope! This microscope uses the latest mobile technology to display detailed and beautiful images directly on to an iPad for sharing and pasting into reports. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is to identify the image below. It has been taken using the ioLight digital microscope and is of an everyday object found on your person or around the home. To give an idea of scale, it shows approximately a 1mm wide section of the object – the more precise you are about specifically what it is, then the greater chance you have of winning. The winner will be chosen at random from all of the correct entries. To enter the competition go to labnews.co.uk/ Good Luck!!
Romsey man Richard Williams and Andrew Monk are pleased to announce that ioLight have dispatched the first batch of their portable microscopes. 14th July 2016 was a momentous day for ioLight as the culmination of three years of painstaking product development and manufacturing planning. For the first time students and scientists can achieve 1 micron resolution from a pocket microscope. That’s one thousandth of a millimeter!
The ioLight Microscope App displays beautiful high resolution images on and iPad and saves images and videos onto the camera roll for sharing and pasting into documents. No wonder that the first batch of ioLight microscopes has already been sold to a wide range of users including teachers; universities; electronics companies; bio-engineering experts and vets. More are being built in our manufacturing facilities in Hampshire UK.
Co-founder Andrew Monk says “Richard and I are delighted to see microscopes coming off the production line into packing boxes at last. The trial units have performed well with customers for 6 months and we are looking forward to seeing their images and videos from the production units.”
Watch ioLight microscope demonstration HERE
Romsey Carnival photos
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Bed and Kart Race photos
Beggars Fair Photos
Tadburn Meadows new play area photos HERE
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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West of Romsey Abbey improvements April 2016
The road works at west end of Romsey Abbey have now been completed.
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Greenways (Mandarin Chef) Restaurant in 1963
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Romsey area old railways and trains
Just to remind you Woodley Net has 5 excellent pages on Romsey and districts trains and stations including Nursling, Stockbridge and Horsebridge. Three new photos by Neil Kearns have just been added. Click thumbnails below to view 5 pages of photos
New Video on Woodley Net
The Romsey WAR HORSE MEMORIAL UNVEILING which took place last July had a parade through the town involving representation from the British Army, King's Troop RHA, Household Cavalry, Royal Army Veterinary Corps, The King's Royal Hussars, Royal British Legion, and local Cadet Forces. The parade was led by Romsey Old Cadet Band. There is now a video of some of the bands in Bell Street by Julia Cook on the Woodley Net Video Player HERE
Changing face of TV's
Ten years ago a 32inch CRT TV would have cost you well over £1000 and it was so big and heavy you could injure yourself moving it around your house. Now you can buy a super slim, super light TV with a similar size screen for half the price and better still not only High Definition but now 4K TVs are becoming readily available READ MORE
New road layout in Church Street November 2015
Romsey Memorial Park improvement works.. August 9th 2015
Work has now finished on the new kiosk in the Memorial Park and Chas Burnett has kindly sent me the latest photo.
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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.