The Friends of Romsey Abbey are a 300-strong group of people who love and support the abbey but also venture further afield.

In March there is a visit to Brooklands Museum, to learn about the history of flight and motor racing from the 1920s and ’30s, plus the opportunity to board the Concorde for a virtual flight. In May, a visit to Bletchley Park, should provide a fascinating window on the activities of Britain’s Second World War code-breakers.

The friends’ annual dinner takes place at Berties in October. That month will also see a three-day excursion to York to visit the Railway Museum, the Yorvik Viking Centre, the Minster, and take a ghost tour of the city.

In November the friends are going to the Silk Mill at Whitchurch.

Other events, closer to home, include a strawberry tea in the Vicarage garden, talks in the abbey and guided tours and there will be plenty of coffee mornings throughout the year.

If you are interested in joining the Friends of Romsey Abbey, contact chairman John Twigg, on 01794 521966 or secretary Jill Hall, on 023 8073 1640 or email:

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