Abbey United Reformed Church, Romsey

Battle of the Somme remembered

The end of June sees the centenary commemorations of the Battle of the Somme. To mark the occasion, I will be travelling to France to take part in the memorial events at Thiepval, the memorial that bears the names of 72,194 men who fought in World War One but have no graves and is the largest memorial to the missing. During the day I have been given the opportunity to lay a wreath and I will be taking one to remember those that fought from the Church and the Town. In addition, I shall  be visiting the graves and memorials of 10 other men in different cemeteries. 

Sarah Stewart


Article from Romsey Congregational Magazine - June 1916 Notes of the Month

Our Soldiers’ Recreation Committee has been very busy lately. Since the Troops have come to the Woodley Infantry Camp, the Abbey Hall has been well filled every evening. The more one sees of this work, the more one realizes its importance. The ladies who are giving so much of their time to this work have the satisfaction of knowing that their efforts are fully appreciated by the men from the Camps. A few days ago a number of R.A.M.C. men from the West Country told me that though they had been stationed at various places in different parts of England, they had never met with such real kindness as they had at the Abbey Hall, Romsey. And not only is the hall a place of rest and recreation and refreshment for the men; it is also a place where many of them are influenced for good. The temptations of camp life are many, and were it not for places like the Abbey Hall many young fellows would succumb to them. So I am glad that our Church has taken up this work with such enthusiasm; and I take this opportunity of congratulating the workers upon their splendid efforts on behalf of the Troops.




  • This Sunday

    Sunday 20 October

    10.30 am Family Service – led by the Revd Nicky Gilbert

    6.30 pm Evening Communion Service led by the Minister, in Abbey Hall Lounge

    Forthcoming Events

    Monday 21 October 

    10.30 am MOT in Abbey Hall Lounge

    Tuesday 22 October

    10.30 am   Grand Fun in Abbey Hall Lounge

    Wednesday 23 October

    2.00–4.00 pm Kettle’s On-Time for Tea in Abbey Hall Lounge 

    2.30–4.00 pm Table Tennis in Abbey Hall

    Thursday 24 October

    10.30 am Prayer Meeting in Abbey Hall Lounge

    Friday 25 October

    7.30 pm Badminton in Abbey Hall

    Saturday 23 November

    10.00 am – 4.00 pm Church Vision Day in Abbey Hall led by Revd Mary Thomas and Ruth White – all are invited to offer views for the future of our churches at Romsey and Braishfield

    Next Sunday

    Sunday 27 October 

    10.30 am Family Service – led by the Minister

    6.30 pm All Souls Service in the Church – please sign the list at the back of church if you wish the name of a loved one to be remembered during the service


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