FESTIVAL SPREADS TO THE VILLAGES
The 2014 Romsey Festival will be spreading its wings, with a number of events being held in the surrounding villages and attractions. So the Festival organisers are encouraging the public to venture outside the town for some of the Festival events.
The massed ranks of the Michelmersh Silver Band will be giving an outdoor concert in the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens on Sunday 6th July.
In complete contrast Pocket Theatre, featuring the well-known local thespian couple David Tatnell and Annie Masters, will provide suitable entertainment the following Saturday (12th July) in the confines of St Winfred’s Church, East Dean.
Over the whole of that weekend (12th/13th July), the same St Winfred’s Church will also be decorated for the East Dean Festival of Flowers.
Over the same weekend of 12th/13th July, the Lockerley & East Tytherley Bell Ringers will hold open days at St John’s Church, Lockerley, with displays of ringing and a chance for visitors to have a go at hand ringing.
Music will continue on Monday 14th July with Peter Gilks giving a recital of keyboard music, focusing on J S Bach, in Ampfield Church.
Then on Saturday 19th July, the Romsey Ladies Choir will grace All Saints Church, North Baddesley, for a concert of easy listening music.
Meanwhile arts and crafts will feature in several exhibitions in nearby villages. On Friday 11th and Saturday 12th July, there will be an exhibition of creative arts and crafts in All Saints Church, North Baddesley.
Overlapping with that on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th July, an exhibition of arts and crafts by local craftsmen and women will be on display in The Tudor House in East Dean.
Towards the end of the Festival on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th July, the residents of Chilworth will be holding an exhibition about their village, its characters, and in particular Richard Cockle Lucas and his eccentric residences in the village, and the history of the Fleming family in Chilworth Manor.
Throughout the Festival, the regular and special exhibitions at the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens and Mottisfont Abbey will continue, and finally, from Wednesday 16th July onwards, and continuing beyond the end of the Festival, Maskers Theatre are performing an outdoor version of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance Of Being Earnest” at Hamptworth Lodge.
Festival Chairman Dick Hewett said: “It’s great to see some of the surrounding villages taking an active part in the Festival, which is being held to celebrate the talents of people in the whole area, not just the town of Romsey. We hope the public will enthusiastically support all the Festival events, wherever they are being held.”
Many of these events have free entry, with donations welcomed, whilst tickets for those with an entrance fee are available through the festival website, www.romseyfestival.org.