Another Facebook update from Steve "B"
Very nice letter from PROSTATE CANCER UK regards the Boxing Day collection. The total got perilously close to the £5000 mark by the 31st Jan ( the closing date for the collection ), with some generous donations from customers, so I topped it up to make a nice rounded figure before sending it all off. Thank you to all of you who kindly donated & also to those local Romsey folks that kindly moved their cars from the 3 car parks for us Christmas Day night, you helped us achieve this great total, so a huge thank you from me.
Steve B. "
Romsey girl in Britain's Next Top Model Competition..
A young lady from Romsey Olivia Wardell who went to school in Romsey and then Barton Peveril College in Eastleigh is one of the twelve contestants in this years "Britain's Next Top Model Competition". Webpage
Olivia shares a love of fashion with her 82 year old Grandmother and is the youngest in the competition. At just 18 she will stop at nothing to get to the top and make her modeling dream a reality.
Olivia has just finished her A Levels in English, Textiles and Photography and aspires to become a role model for women in the fashion industry just like her idol Kendall Jenner.
The new series, which airs on Lifetime, features some of the UK’s biggest names in fashion including Millie Mackintosh, Estee Lalonde, Savannah Miller and Matthew Williamson.
The new series begins on March 16 at 9pm, on Lifetime, available on Sky 156, Virgin 208, TalkTalk 329 and BT 329.
Abbotswood Romsey Community Association Website
Abbotswood Community Centre Build Progress
It’s coming!! Earlier this week the Abbotswood community association trustees accompanied by TVBC Cllr Alison Johnston, Barbara Wyant – Abbotswood community development officer and Marianne Piggin -community engagement officer, had the fantastic opportunity to visit the site of the new Abbotswood community centre
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More coloured photos of Romsey in 1947
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Plaza Secondary School reunion
Film extras wanted in Southampton area
Men and Women wanted for a major feature film shooting in Southampton Area in 2017. Good rates of pay. You must be over 16, legally allowed to work in the UK with National Insurance number and live in the Southampton area (no travel expenses will be paid)
Fishermen and Fishmongers wanted urgently for a major feature film. Shooting in the Southampton area in early 2017. Men and women all welcome to apply. Ideally you'll have sea fishing experience and ability to gut and handle fish confidently. Good rates of pay. All ages but you must have a National Insurance number and be over 16 years old.
Lloyds customers should be on the lookout for fake bank letters
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 last December. 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 2016, 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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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.