Romsey Opportunity Group once again took part in Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day. In fact, we were extra special as we held two Christmas Jumper Days Tuesday 8th & Thursday 10th December! We raised a grand total of £42.00 for Save the Children so thank you for taking part and supporting this fun way of raising money for an excellent cause.
ROG is opening for two sessions on Tuesday 8th December and Thursday 10th December, during which we’ll do the usual Christmas activities. We will be taking part in Save the Children's Christmas Jumper Day on both days so please wear your festive knits and join in the fun.
Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day
For the past couple of years ROG have celebrated Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day and this year is no different. We are encouraging children, parents and volunteers to don their festive knits and help raise money to support a great cause.
To make donating easier and safer this year we've set up our own Just Giving page. You can donate directly here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/cjd200008183 Please note, JustGiving only accepts a minimum donation of £2. Therefore, if your donation is less than £2 you can:
• Donate via
Save the Children’s website at
www.christmasjumperday.org. Please use Romsey
Opportunity Group’s reference number CJD200008183 on
any donation made.
• Bring in cash
Even if you
can’t attend you can still take part at home, work or
school. It would be nice if you could email us a photo
of your efforts.
Some memories of Lockdown
Great News!! Romsey Opportunity Group are welcoming children & their parents back to the Appletree Centre from Tuesday 13th October 2020. A lot of time and hard work has gone into being able to get to this stage.
Our team of workers tidying up the Appletree Centre building & grounds.
Our team of dedicated staff, trustees and volunteers attending training to be able to return safely to the Appletree Centre.
(From left to right top to bottom)
A thumbs up from our wonderful staff and volunteers, Caroline with story time, Celebrating Mother's Day, Our end of term on-line party celebration, Masks for all adult members of the Group, Sunflower seeds for all Group members, Lyn thanking Caroline for her wonderful fundraising during Lockdown, Dick our treasurer also getting in on the fundraising act, Carol & Lyn on-line work meeting, Lizzie with her music videos, Sue our lovely trustee and volunteer out and about on her bike with her welcome visits and deliveries and last but no means least Mavis with her nursery rhyme videos.
How ROG is coping during lockdown
At this time of sessions being closed we are learning different ways of supporting each other. Many of our children are in the shielding catagory and families are feeling even more isolated than usual. We are keeping touch and are amazed at their resilience finding ways to keep the children engaged by sharing resources.
Carol and Lyn have been meeting up via video and sending information and ideas to our families and they have sent back such lovely photos their children doing various activities. The volunteers are missing them but it’s fantastic to see their smiling faces. We are so thankful for social media to support each other at this difficult time.
We have closed our sessions at the Appletree centre. We are all really sorry but feel this is safest for our vulnerable children and volunteers. I hope we can continue to support each other through this period of uncertanity.
Take care and keep washing hands as often as you can. Below is some useful information. Feel free to save, share and print off.
Camelot the Pantomime
Families who attend Romsey Opportunity Group were offered two free tickets for the dress rehearsal of Camelot on Thursday 9th January at 7.30pm and/or the relaxed performance on Sunday 19th January at 11am at the Plaza theatre. Also a few families who have attended ROG in the past came along.
A great time was had by all who attended, it truly was a fantastic pantomime with a lovely story and plenty of audience participation. The relaxed performance was appreciated by even our youngest children, especially the use of Makaton and no loud bangs!
Our very own music lady Liz Bailey was part of the cast and she was so pleased to see the children and their parents having a great time.
Thank you to Maggie Blake who invited ROG to the dress rehearsal and to our wonderful trustees who agreed to cover the cost of two tickets for each family currently attending ROG. In all 18 people enjoyed the pantomime with ROG covering the cost of 10 tickets.
ROG Christmas Party & Christmas Rainbow Day @ Melchet Court
Here are some photos from Christmas 2019. Thank you to those who support us and enable the children to enjoy these special events.
Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day
On Tuesday 10th & Thursday 12th December 2019 volunteers, staff and children paid £2.00 to take part in ROG Christmas Jumper Days with all money raised going to Save the Children. A grand total of £18.85 was collected. Thank you to everyone who took part.
Romsey Charities Christmas Fair 2019
On Saturday 16th November 2019. ROG had a stall at this much looked forward to annual event selling homemade Appletree chutney, new jewellery and new Christmas gifts. Also, there was an opportunity to ‘Name the Teddy’. Thank you to all who donated items and who helped in any way on the lead up and on the actual day.
A 'Hint of Vintage' Fundraising Event
Thank you to everyone who supported Romsey Opportunity Group's 'A Hint of Vintage' event at Crosfield Hall, Romsey on Saturday 21st September 2019. With your help we raised approximately £1,911!
Despite it being held in the half-term holiday, the last session of "Folklights" was very well attended. In fact it was packed out and an incredible £450 was raised on the night for ROG!
It was a brilliant evening featuring Darren Black, a talented singer-songwriter and musician from Winchester and as usual "Beggars Belief" were an outstanding highlight. (Look out for their CD)
As many of you will know Pete and Ali, the organisers of the sessions, have donated considerable sums of money to ROG over the years. We are extremely grateful to them.
Mavis presented Pete and Ali with a special "Appletree Tree Thank You Card" made by the children, with a lovely message from Lyn inside. A beautiful bunch of tulips was given too. We hope that Pete and Ali will pop into the Group and we will certainly keep in touch.
Despite it being the "final" performance and the natural sadness felt about that, many of the regulars hope the hint of other one-off concerts will happen.
Meanwhile we wish Pete and Ali continued success in all they do and we hope to see them in and around the Romsey Music Festival & The Beggars Fair in July.
Finally we would like to say again;-
"THANK YOU PETE and ALI for all you have done for us over the years. Your support has been AMAZING!"
In January this year two members of staff and two trustees undertook Level 2 Safeguarding and Protecting Children and Young Adults training. This one day course was very informative and will enable us to update our Safeguarding policy. The training from this day will be relayed to all volunteers, staff and trustees.
Grand Train Opening
Romsey Opportunity Group were pleased to welcome the Mayor of Romsey Cllr Dorothy Baverstock and members of Romsey Men's Shed on Thursday 29th November 2018. During the visit Cllr Baverstock declared open the newly renovated Outdoor Play area train. The children can now look forward to enjoying the restored play facility. We give our heartfelt thanks to everyone involved in the project.
Romsey Charities Christmas Fair
On Saturday 17th November Romsey Opportunity Group had a stall at the Romsey Charities Christmas Fair which is held at Crosfield Hall on an annual basis. Thank you to everyone who donated items for our stall and to our helpers on the day. We raised £127.05 in total.
November 2018 Visit to ROG
Councillor Carl Borg-Neal, Immediate Past Mayor of Test Valley, visited Romsey Opportunity Group. He spent over an hour talking to the children, parents and volunteers. The Group was pleased to receive a cheque for £1,900 from him.
Walk the Test Way 2018
Our wonderful volunteer and Trustee Sue Fisher, braved the elements and walked 5 miles for Romsey Family Support Group.Thank you to Sue for giving up part of your Sunday to raise money for ROG. Sue managed to collect a fantastic £102 in sponsorship money which has now been sent to the Rotary Club of Romsey Test. ROG should receive 75% of the money raised by Sue with the remaining 25% used to support the Rotary Club of Romsey Test charitable giving. Thank you also to everyone at Rotary Club of Romsey Test for continuing to host this excellent event and opportunity to enable local charities to raise funds.
Vintage Fair & Vintage Afternoon Tea
Well it may have been the wettest Saturday in October but over 250 people came through the Crosfield Hall doors, with 15 or so stalls, choirs and jive exhibitions to keep everyone entertained. £350 was taken at the cafe providing delicious refreshments for all. With the efforts of Liz Bailey, Ruth Martin & Sue Fisher plus partners, family and friends, bu 4.00pm the Hall was transformed into a 1950's Tea Party for 100 people including a celebration for a very special lady Rita who was 100 years old. With the entertainment & plentifuul plates of cakes & sandwiches, a good time was had by all and to top it off over £2,500 was raised throughout the day.
The local "Romsey Men's Shed" have been very busy over the Summer term months, refurbishing and rebuilding our wooden train in the playground so it is now safe to play on once again. They have done an excellent job. A huge thank you to them all. Ruth Martin has also managed to get some new signs for our train and an opening and thank you ceremony is being planned to take place soon with Men's Shed, Volunteers, ROG staff, children, families & trustees in attendance plus a special guest to cut the ribbon.
Music on the Test
This year's Music on the Test went ahead despite the pouring rain the deterred several people from attending, for the few who braved the weather, it was a very enjoyable event. Volunteer Sue Jones attended with her husband Julian. There was a huge marquee to shelter the bands and audience from the rain. Entertainment included music from the Michelmersh Silver Band & Test Valley Brass. Sue said the afternoon had a very British feel to it with plenty of flag waving and lots of families in attendance. Romsey Opportunity Group received a fantastic £300 from ticket sales. Thank you to everyone who shared details of this wonderful afternoon, attended and/or brought tickets.
Thank you as ever to Edward and Jenny Jewell who once again hosted their Garden opening and Grand Agapanthus sale on the weekend of Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th July 2018. This year was quieter than in previous years probably due to the lovely beach suitable weather and the World Cup football. However, people still supported this wonderful much looked forward to event and Romsey Opportunity Group have received a fantastic cheque for £600. Thank you to everyone who went along and supported this event.
Romsey Mayors Picnic
Romsey Opportunity Group had a stall at this years Mayors Picnic held on Sunday 1st July 2018 in the Romsey Memorial Park. Our stall had cake, books, nearly new toys, nursery items, bubbles, animal masks, helium balloons and handmade greeting cards for sale. Plus childrens crafts activities, a teddy tombola, name the teddy and a silent auction for a go cart. Thank you so much to everyone who donated to the stall, helped on the day by either setting up, helping to run the stall and/or packing away at the end of the day. Also thank you to those who popped by our stall and said hello. It was so lovely to see current and past children and to top the day off we raised a very respectable £228.27.
Romsey Charities Christmas Fair
On Saturday 18th December 2017, Romsey Opportunity Group once again had a stall at the annual Romsey Charities Christmas Fair held at Crosfield Hall in Romsey. Thank you to the volunteers and staff who gave up their Saturday to run the stall and to everyone who donated gifts to sell and especially to Sue Fisher for making her popular homemade Apple Chutney. Thank you also to everyone who brought items from our stall helping us to raise a respectable £81.51 and hopefully an opportunity to promote Romsey Opportunity Group in the local community at such a enjoyable, well organised event.
Walk the Test Way 2017
Our very own ROG Volunteer and Trustee Sue Fisher took part in this years Walk the Test Way on Sunday 8th October. Walking 5 miles from Motisfont Church back to Romsey Memorial Park. Thank you so much to Sue for taking the time to walk on behalf of ROG.
Emergency Paediatric First Aid
On the last day of the Summer term 11 volunteers and staff were presented with certificates in Emergeny Paediatric First Aid. The one day course, over 6 hours, took place on Tuesday 4th July 2017 at the Appletree Centre. The course was tutored by Certified trainer Stella Swindells RN RM RHV from The First Aid Zone. The course was easy to understand, very informative and demonstrations of CPR and the recovery position were shown. These certificates are valid for 3 years with an option of a yearly update if required.
Agapanthus Weekend & Open Garden - Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th July 2017
We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who went along and supported Edward and Jenny Jewell's Garden Opening & Grand Agapanthus sale despite the wet weather. More than 250 people attended and raised £2,000 to be shared between Romsey Opportunity Group and George's Trust!!
Saturday 6th May 2017 - ROG Fundraising Day/Evening @ Crosfield Hall
We would like to say a very BIG thank you to everyone who helped in any way, either in the lead up to the event or on the day itself.
It was greatly appreciated and ensured the event was a success.
Thank you to everyone who…………
· Brought raffle tickets
· Donated prizes for the raffle / silent auction
· Purchased tickets for the evening quiz/fish n’ chip supper
· Attended the charity table-top sale
Also thank you to the Mayor of Test Valley Councillor Karen Hamilton for allowing free use of the Crosfield Hall to enable this event to take place.
We had several donations during the day and evening including an amazing £2,700 donated by the Winchester Ladies Circle! Thanks to Sue Fisher for getting them involved. Thank you also to Romsey Ukelele Group who gave us a cheque for £200.
We really appreciated all the choirs and musicians who were very generous in giving their time etc. It was a wonderful, very productive day for our Group and everyone enjoyed themselves.
We have made just over £1,500 net (after expenses for Fish n’ Chips) once remaining payments for tickets and silent auction have been received - a commendable effort. The morning raised £549, and the evening raised almost double that.
The Bishops Blaize pub in Romsey joined up with the Romsey Old Cadets for a cycling fundraising weekend (28th, 29th & 30th April) and the best news is Romsey Opportunity Group were the Bishops Blaize's nominated charity.
The event itself started outside Barclays Bank in the Cornmarket at 5pm on Friday 28th with the Romsey Old Cadets, cycling non stop in relays, the equivalent distance of Lands End to John O'Groats on static bikes through to Sunday 30th at 9am when they joined the rest of the cyclists around a 15 mile course stopping at various pubs on route headed by Wayne (Landlord of the Bishops Blaize)
At around 4.30pm all the cyclists, families and supporters gatthered at The Star (nr Horsefair Mews) and marched back to the Bishops Blaize for a well deserved rest followed by a BBQ, a raffle, musical entertainment and dancing.
To date £1500.00 has been raised to be split between the Romsey Old Cadets and Romsey Opportunity Group with money still coming in!! We would like to say a huge thank you to Wayne and Paula from the Bishops Blaize, the Romsey Old Cadets, all the cyclists taking part and anyone else who supported or helped in someway over this fundraising weekend.
£700 Donation received - Thank you
On Tuesday 7th March 2017 Mavis attended the Romsey, Chandlers Ford and District Round Table Presentation evening held at Crosfield Hall. It was a very informative evening learning about the other charities who also received funds. We would like to thank everyone at the Romsey, Chandlers Ford & District Round Table for thinking of our Group and for all of their hard work in raising this money.
Romsey Charities Christmas Fair