Test Valley Borough Council (TVBC) and
Abbotswood Community Association (ACA) are working closely on the
transfer of the legal ownership of Abbotswood Community Centre from
the Abbotswood Development Consortium. Unfortunately delays with the
legal transfer between the consortium of developers for the
Abbotswood Community Centre means TVBC is unable to grant ACA
occupation of the building until this legal transfer has been
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ACA are extremely disappointed in the delay
to the delivery of this centre. We ask that local residents and
potential centre users please bear with us at this time and as soon
as we have confirmation of the hand over we will let you know, we
are optimistic to move this forward as soon as possible. On
completion of the handover ACA will need time to equip the Centre
and ensure it is fit for purpose for hirers and users.
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The winner of Britain's
Next Top Model has been announced after battling it out in one of the
toughest series yet.
Olivia Wardell, 18, from Timsbury, Hampshire,
has beat 11 other contestants to win the coveted contract with Models
1 and will be flown around the world as she pursues her modeling dream
with high-profile fashion campaigns at Boohoo and Dorothy Perkins.
The youngest contestant broke down in tears
in dramatic scenes during the finale as judges announced she had beaten
Jennifer Malengele to the top spot.
Standing 6’1 she was the tallest competitor
in this year’s series, but it wasn’t only her willowy figure that helped
set her apart from her catwalk-ready rivals. Viewers saw Olivia awarded
a year-long contract with top agency Models One and campaigns for brands
Boohoo and Dorothy Perkins on the series finale.
Olivia who originally lived in Woodley
went to school in Romsey and then Barton Peveril College in Eastleigh
was one of the twelve contestants in this years "Britain's Next
Top Model Competition"
The 18-year-old, applied for the show last year
after being encouraged by boyfriend Will Brook. So Olivia sent in an
application and ended up winning the competition.
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. .
Romsey's new Royal Party has been
selected for this year’s town festivities which will take place
in the summer up to Christmas.
Judges, including Test Valley mayor Cllr Karen
Hamilton and Romsey mayor John Parker, were very pleased at the quality
of all the entrants when selecting their Royal Party, so much they had
difficulty in deciding the overall winner of the Junior Princess and
it was decided to have both finalists to represent the committee.
The event was sponsored by David Wilson Homes,
and took place at the Town Hall, courtesy of Romsey Town Council. The
winners of the four categories are:
Senior Carnival Queen
Senior Carnival Princess
Junior Carnival Princesses
Mary Long and Katie-Ann Holloway.
The Royal Party will be crowned at the mayor’s
picnic on Sunday, July 2. The committee is currently planning events
for the summer, starting on July 15, and during the winter months. Romsey
SCHOOL SCIENCE REVIEW
The ioLight portable microscope
is a small (160 mm × 101 mm × 32 mm when folded away), lightweight
digital microscope that links wirelessly to an iPad to produce
high-quality images of ×200 magnification that can be further
magnified via projection on to a large screen. With a resolution
of up to 1 μm it is ideal for looking at prepared slides
as well as small organisms such as those that might be collected
by pond-dipping or rock-pooling. High-quality photographs
and videos of specimens can be taken and stored directly
on the iPad for later review or display.
I was initially slightly sceptical
about the technology, but the setting up proved to be extremely
easy. Once the app is downloaded directly from the app store
the device is paired to a specific iPad, which takes a matter
of seconds to establish connection. From then on, the iPad
picks up the microscope quickly when they are both turned
on. Crude focusing is done via manual movement of the lens
housing or mast, and fine focusing is done by touch on the
iPad screen. Initially I found it very difficult to focus
the images reliably with any speed but with patience (and
some advice from the manufacturer!) I discovered the knack
of adjusting the relatively primitive but robust mast. .
The Eden Project
has bought ioLight microscopes and says they are “awesome”.
says “it produces high-quality images for rapid and high-resolution
inspection of many samples, and is extremely convenient
In 2014 Richard Williams (Romsey)
and Andrew Monk patented the ioLight Mobile Microscope...
Their ioLight microscope
is easily portable - it fits in a rucksack or jacket pocket
- and captures beautiful images of plant and animal cells, Images
are displayed instantly on your iPad or iPhone making them simple
to share or paste into your homework or Nobel Prize winning
paper. Resolution is better than 1 micron (1 thousandth of a
mm) and gives x200 magnification on a 10" screen and even
more on a larger screen. In summary the ioLight microscope is
the perfect pocket partner for any scientist, student or educator,
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The Lantern 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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Lantern Parade Website
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
Click thumbnails below for Chas
Burnett's excellent photos
is a well-written account of the early business and family life
of Reg Calvert by his daughter Susan who lived for a while in
a flat over Tates TV shop in Church St, Romsey.
He was well
known for the dances he organised in the Drill Hall in Station
A must read available at
In 2014 Richard Williams (Romsey) and
Andrew Monk patented the iolight Magnificent Mobile Microscope.
Their microscope is easily portable - it fits in a rucksack
or jacket pocket - and captures beautiful images of plant and
animal cells, Images are displayed instantly on your tablet
or smartphone making them simple to share or paste into your
homework or Nobel Prize winning paper. Resolution is better
than 1 micron (1 thousandth of a mm) and gives x200 magnification
on a 10" tablet screen and even more on a larger screen.
In summary the ioLight microscope is the perfect pocket partner
for any scientist, student or educator
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Jane Barter Reeves new book Entitlement is
another gripping read that follows the astonishing actions of
a husband who believes that he is entitled to his former
wife's inheritance, and who doesn't take no for an answer!
Here, you can find out more about Jane and her books, as
well being able to contact the author and visit Amazon to purchase
copies for yourself.
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Molly Irvine writes about
Jane's 1st book
We have a local budding author in Romsey.
Her name is JANE BARTER REEVES . This is her
first book, just published . I've just finished it, and it's
a great read. In fact, I couldn't put it down ! Can't wait for
her 2nd book to come out ! I've known Jane all her life, and
I know how hard , and what long hours she's been working on
this. So I'd love Romsey readers to support Jane, and help her
to sell cartloads of books. ! Congratulations Jane, and get
on with the next one please ! xxxx
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Friday July 28th
10pm - 12 noon
Pop in to our friendly, informal
Coffee Shop. Enjoy a chat and a cup of coffee with a slice
of cake. Meet new friends, or why not have a hand or shoulder
For more info ring 01794 519495
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.
Click below for Chas Burnett's excellent photos
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Romsey Good Neighbours
Registered Charity No. 1119751
We are a group of volunteers who
offer to take elderly,
infirm or disabled people to attend
a hospital, doctor, dentist, optician or any other medical appointment
The service is only provided in Romsey,
Romsey Extra, Ampfield
We can also provide transport to enable
people to visit relatives in hospital
To request Transport
Please telephone a Co-ordinator
on one of the numbers below
between 9:00am and 5:00pm Monday
to Friday if possible giving at
least five days clear notice
(not including weekends)
08450 94 96 71
08450 94 96 72
08450 94 96 73
08450 94 96 74
08450 94 96 75
94 96 76
Please try an alterative number if
you fail to reach your first choice
All co-ordinators work independently
from the same client details and list of drivers
ensure you make a note of the co-ordinator and drivers names
dealing with your journey
Lockerley Mechanical Society
We are an informal group with interests
including trains both real and model, vehicles, boats, planes,
farm equipment ... in fact anything involving oil and spanners.
We meet at 11.00am on the first Monday of each month
at the Coffee Shop in Lockerley Memorial Hall and we also
hold a quarterly pub lunch. We are presently researching
the history of Lockerley WW2 US Army camp. New members are
very welcome. Contact Ian McKeand on 017 94 34 10 05
or just turn up at the Coffee Shop.
Hi Romsonians, Mike Thomas here
in the USA. I would like to ask anyone that has pictures
and/or information on LUZBOROUGH CAMP from the late 40's
and early 50's to send them to me at
I am preparing to write a memoir and would like to add pictures
and to possibly jog my memories of those early days when
I lived there. For photos and history click
HERE Luzborough camp was located at the
corner of Luzborough Lane and Botley Rd, just south of Baddesley.
Thank you in advance for your help, Regards ... Mike
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Lockerley was the site of a huge storehouse
for the US Army prior to the Invasion of Europe, established
in October 1943 and largely obsolete by October 1944 by
which time supplies were being sent direct to France. The
depot was behind St Johns Church off of East Tytherley Rd
and comprised 15 miles of sidings and 134 covered sheds.
After the US army left and a period of use by the Royal
Army Ordnance Corps it closed in the 1950s and now nothing
but slight earth disturbance remains.
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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
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.
The village swelled alongside the religious community.
The Vikings ran-sacked Romsey in 993, burning down the church. But the
village recovered, and the abbey was rebuilt in stone in about 1000.
The religious community flourished as a seat of learning, especially
for the children of the nobility. A market was established outside the
The Normans built the large current abbey that dominates
the town (between c. 1120 and 1140) on the site of the original Saxon
church. By 1240, 100 nuns lived in the convent.
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.
the abbey was saved from demolition because part of it was a parish
church for the people of Romsey. The town purchased the abbey from the
Crown for £100 in 1544. Ironically, the part of the abbey that had saved
the abbey, the church of St Lawrence, was then demolished.
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
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.
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.
By 1794 a canal connected Romsey to Redbridge
— at the mouth of the River Test — and Andover to the north but within
50 years had largely fallen into disuse. Industry continued to grow.
Romsey was a reasonably large town for the early 19th century: its population
was 4,274 in the first census of 1801, compared with just 8,000 for
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".
After Lord Mountbatten of Burma died, his titles passed to his elder
daughter, Lady Brabourne, who thus became Lady Mountbatten of Burma.
Her eldest son was styled by the courtesy title "Lord Romsey"
until he inherited the title of Lord Brabourne in 2005.
The Prince and Princess of Wales spent the first
night of their honeymoon at Broadlands.
Embley Park, a country estate
located on the outskirts of Romsey was the home of Florence Nightingale,
most famous for her pioneering work as a nurse and sanitary reform during
the Crimean war and for laying the foundation of modern nursing. Florence
is said to have had her calling from God whilst being sat under a giant
cedar tree in the grounds of Embley Park on 7 February 1837. The site
is now home to a private school, reminders of Florence's formative years
are all around the house and estate.
Nightingale is buried in the
family vault at St. Margaret Church in East Wellow, located on the outskirts
of Romsey. Her coffin was taken by train from London to Romsey Station
where a horse drawn carriage completed the journey to the church for
a simple funeral at the request of Florence.
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.
industry in the town has long since declined, three industrial and trading
estates focus mainly on service industries and small-scale manufacturing.
Three major scientific and high technology employers — Roke Manor Research,
Southampton Science Park and IBM — have large establishments in the
The recently renovated town centre contains a
Waitrose, and Aldi supermarkets, a small department store, and over
100 other retail outlets of various kinds, including both high street
chains and local independent shops.
There is concern about the decline
of local independent shops due to the high business rates, and threat
from large supermarkets.
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.
Sadler's Mill is probably the best known of
Romsey's surviving mills and is apparently the only mill to be developed
on the main course of the River Test. The existence of Sadler's Mill
is first recorded in the 16th century, when it was owned by the manor
of Great and Little Spursholt. Functioning as a corn and grist mill,
it has passed through a succession of owners including Lord Palmerston
who rebuilt it in 1747 and sold it in 1777 to one Benjamin Dawkins.
Following another succession of owners it returned to the Broadlands
estate in 1889. Milling ceased in 1932, when the mill building became
redundant. The Broadlands estate sold the building in 2003, at which
point it was close to collapse having been derelict for many years.
The new owners, Anthony and Sarah de Sigley, restored the building in
2005, rebuilding much of the original structure. During the restoration
evidence of an earlier structure was found; carbon 14 dating established
the age of this to be circa 1650.
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 & 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.
Broadlands - Stately home
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens - Gardens and arboretum
Mottisfont Abbey - National Trust property with
nationally renowned rose collection
Paultons Park - Children's theme park
Romsey Rapids - Leisure pool and gym
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.
takes place during a week in July with the highlight being the procession
through the streets of Romsey on the final Sunday afternoon.
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
The Romsey Arts Festival
occurs every 3 years, showcasing talent from in and around the local
Romsey Charter Celebrations
1607-2007 Programme of Events ran from 21 March to 30 September
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.