The Mission and Giving notice board display this month (November) features the Southampton Street Support Action Group, a homelessness project which aims to get everyone off the street, at least at night, into warm and secure accommodation. The Abbey supports the project in prayer and by funding ‘welcome packs’ which contain essentials such as toiletries which are given to those hostel ‘guests’ coming off the streets. Please take time to have a look at the display. Homelessness is something we wouldn’t wish on anyone. At this time of year there are about 40-50 people in Southampton who are homeless and on the street. That’s 40-50 people whoMore »

SPACE at St Swithun’s, Sunday 10th November 2019, 6.30pm You are most welcome to attend this service of evening liturgy of Iona Abbey held at St Swithun’s, Crampmoor. SPACE is held on the second Sunday of the month at St Swithun’s Church using Iona, Taize, and Northumbrian styles of worship.  More »

Sunday 11th November 2019 There will be a Civic Service (non Eucharist) starting at 9.30am at Romsey Abbey, which is followed by a procession to Romsey War Memorial Park for the 11am Act of Remembrance. At Romsey War Memorial Park there will be a field of poppies, commemorating all those in Romsey who lost their lives in both world wars. The majority of the 200+ knitted poppies were created by ladies of the Abbey’s Knitting and Sewing group and some were also knitted by families of the men commemorated on the Romsey War Memorial. At St Swithun’s, Crampmoor, the 10am Holy Communion service will includeMore »

Saturday 30th November 2019, 10 am – 2.30pm, Crosfield Hall. We are currently seeking donation of items for large hampers* and bottles for the Bottle Tombola. Please place donations in the labelled boxes by the Abbey’s South Door (emptied daily). (*) tins of biscuits, tins of sweets, large Christmas puddings, fruitcakes, mince pies, jars of mincemeat, jars of olives, biscuits for cheese, after dinner mints, tins of salmon, tins of ham, boxes of chocolates, Pringles, jars of pickles, chutneys, cranberry sauce, redcurrant jelly, tins of salmon, bottles of Prosecco, bottles of wine.More »

The Social Committee would appreciate 250 piece jigsaws for use at their fun and games afternoons. If you have puzzles that you wish to donate or lend, please speak to Janet Wallace, Churchwarden.More »

The Abbey Catering Team are seeking more volunteers. Help is needed to either bake ahead, or prepare, or serve refreshments to help support Abbey events and services. Please speak to Liz Wagner or email if you would like more information. Any form of contribution is appreciated.More »

Please take time to look at two icons on display by the clergy stalls of both St Mary and St Ethelflaeda. They are on loan from icon painter, Anna Mayhew-Smith. Anna was visiting the Abbey with her husband the writer and broadcaster, Nick Mayhew-Smith as he was researching his book ‘Britain’s holiest places’. They will be with us until the New Year.More »

Tuesday 12th November 2019, 1 pm Thomas Wharton – Cello Julian Williams – Piano Join us for our Tuesday Lunchtime Recital featuring Thomas, our vicar, and Julian Williams, formerly vicar of Rownhams & Nursling. The programme for Tuesday 12th November: Sicilienne – Maria Theresia von Paradis Elegy – Gabriel Faure Op. 24 Adagio affetuoso – from Brahms Sonata in F major Op. 99 Andante – from Sonata for cello and piano, Julian Williams Apres un Reve – Gabriel Faure Roumanian Folk Dances – Bela Bartok Adagio and Allegro – Robert Schumann Op. 70 . Admission is free. Retiring collection for the Friends of Romsey AbbeyMore »

The Mothers’ Union next meet on Tuesday 12th November at 2.15pm in the Church Rooms. There will be a speaker on ‘Tools for Self Reliance’. All welcome.More »

A CD featuring the senior girls of the Abbey Choir, recorded in July 2018 in St Open, Rouen entitled ‘Prieres pour Notre Dame’ with Colin Walsh playing the Cavaille-Coll organ is now available to buy priced £12. A perfect gift for Christmas with music by Dupre, Boulanger, Demessieux and Poulenc. Purchase your copies at coffee after the 10am Abbey service until Christmas.More »