TOWN AND PARISH CELEBRATING 900 YEARS
OF ROMSEY’S NORMAN ABBEY CHURCH

This list of events is a summary of what is planned. For any questions or more information,

Contact:
Organiser, Liz Hallett email liz.hallett33@talktalk.net or
Churchwarden, Chris Pritchard, 07914 545 763, or email:
chris.pritchard@romseyabbey.org.uk

January – Your Romsey – Your Abbey – Your History

  • Launch event at the 10:00 am Epiphany Service on Sunday the 5th January
    2020.
  • Celebration Banners through the Nave.
  • Timeline on display in the north aisle.
  • Wood-block model of the Abbey for children.
  • Rolling slide show in St Lawrence chapel of archive pictures of the Abbey.

February – Your Crafts

  • Saturday 22nd, craftspeople demonstrating their work.
  • Display in St Lawrence Chapel of some of the crafts needed to build the
    Abbey from 22nd to 27th.
  • Rolling slide show in St Lawrence chapel of pictures of medieval builders
    and examples of these crafts.

March – Your Abbesses

  • An exhibition of 35 Abbesses decorated by local schools.
  • Display of stories about some the Abbesses.
  • Rolling slide show in St Lawrence chapel of life in the nunnery.

April – Your Family Celebrations

  • Monday 20th – Sunday 26th April, an exhibition of weddings and baptisms and
    other family celebrations which have taken place in the Abbey.
  • Display and sale of waistcoats made by Dorothy Stokes.
  • Rolling slide show in St Lawrence chapel on the theme of Family
    celebrations.

May – Your Notable People

  • Sunday 17th May dedication of a new stained glass window celebrating the
    life of Florence Nightingale.
  • A display of information about famous and significant people from the
    Parish of Romsey; some displayed beside their tomb, memorial, or monuments.
  • Trail leaflets to guide you round to find these notable people.
  • 2nd May – Peal Attempt by the bell-ringers to celebrate the 900th
    anniversary.
  • Rolling slide show in St Lawrence chapel on Notable People from Romsey.

June – Your Music

A month of music, including:

  • Two Music in Romsey Concerts
  • The Schools Music festival at the end of the month.
  • Sunday 21st an American style picnic on the North Churchyard.
  • Rolling slide show in St Lawrence chapel of past music concerts in the
    Abbey, Youth Orchestra and School Concerts.

July – Your Bells

  • Saturday 4th, Bell Tower open day. 6 tours arranged at 10:30, 11:15, 12:00,
    13:30, 14:15 and 15:00. Maximum tour size 15 people. Tickets available from February 2020,
    through TicketSource or Romsey Visitor Information Centre, Price Adults £4, Children (6-15) £2.
    Meet in St George’s Chapel.
  • A display in St George’s chapel with information about the ringing of
    bells. (Moving to St Lawrence Chapel from 21st to 26th July.
  • Rolling slide show in St Lawrence chapel of archive photographs of ringers
    and the bells.

August – Your Volunteers

  • The weekend of 22nd – 23rd August, an exhibition of voluntary groups all
    based in Romsey.
  • Rolling slide show in St Lawrence chapel of photographs supplied by
    volunteers and their work.

September – Your Schools

  • 18th to 25th September an exhibition to celebrate the history and
    achievements of our local schools.
  • Rolling slide show in St Lawrence chapel of photographs supplied by the
    schools.

October – Your Saints

  • 16th to 26th October, displays in St Lawrence Chapel of the stories about
    the many saints to be found in the Abbey.
  • Ethelflaeda Festival 16th – 20th October.
  • Rolling slide show in St Lawrence chapel of photographs of our saints as
    depicted around the Abbey.
  • We hope to have a Son et lumière on the north churchyard on Saturday 3rd
    October.

November – Your Future

  • An exhibition of plans for the future developments at Romsey Abbey. Come
    and see our vision for the future.