Romsey’s ‘Pop-Up Zoo’
You’ve heard of a ‘pop-up’ shop or cafe, but have you ever heard of a ‘pop-up’ zoo ?
During May, the Dukes Mill area of Romsey is the site of a ‘pop-up’ zoo, with everything made out of plant-pots. The idea was first suggested by the Town Mayor of Romsey, Cllr Dorothy Baverstock, who challenged the residents of Romsey to make animals out of old and discarded plant pots. An appeal went out for unwanted plant pots ..... and there were certainly a few of them around Romsey !
After a major washing-up exercise, designs were drawn up, based on the plant pots available. An invitation was sent out to all those organisations and individuals who had previously taken part in community art projects in Romsey (such as the successful ‘yarn-bombing’ in recent years) to take up the challenge. During March and April, members of Transition Town Romsey’ ran a number of children’s workshops, helped by Sylvie Léost (of ‘Not Just Trash’) and members of Romsey Men’s Shed. Romsey Primary School pupils made a huge crocodile; Cupernham Juniors made snakes, tortoises and monkeys; and Halterworth Primary School made a giraffe, and mini elephants – look out for them inside the Dukes Mill shops.
Shepherd’s Down Special School also took part by making a number of owls and two groups of Romsey Young Carers made several penguins, and a zoo keeper to feed them.
As well as TTR members, other local organisations including: RoScA, Romsey Men’s Shed, Abbotswood WI, Romsey WI, Romsey Choral Society, and Woodley Grange - along with a number of individuals - added to the menagerie by making giraffes, elephants, mice, pigs, birds, insects, a lion, a sloth and a tarantula.
The animals were installed over the first May Bank Holiday weekend in Dukes Mill and across the river in Comley Court (by kind permission of the owners). Passers-by are amazed at what they found, in what is usually a rather ‘dead’ area of the town, and everyone has agreed that it has been another successful community art project for Romsey. You can visit the ‘zoo’ until the end of May, and an information leaflet is available from: the Town Hall; TIC; Library; Factory Shop; Cloud Vapers; and Pets Corner. A copy is also available to download below.
Thanks go to everyone who was involved in the project, and for the financial backing of TVBC (with a Councillor’s Community Grant for Cupernham Ward) and Romsey Town Council (with a grant from the Mayor’s Community Chest).
Click here for a copy of the information leaflet:
The ‘Repair Shed’
Following the success of the trial 'Repair Shed' days,
Romsey Men's Shed is opening business on:
the first Saturday of the month,
from 10.00a.m. - 12.00p.m.
Who doesn’t have something, which is ‘too good to throw away’, but you can’t find anyone to fix it...
Transition Town Romsey would like to take the opportunity during ‘Recycling Week’ to announce their support for a new recycling initiative to be trialled in Romsey by local charity ‘Romsey Men’s Shed’ (www.romseymensshed.org.uk) .
The trial will take place on Saturday October 27th (with further dates fixed for November 10th and November 24th) from 10.00a.m. -12.00p.m. at the Men’s Shed (behind Company House at the main entrance to Romsey School). Members of the public are invited to bring along clean, portable items in need of those small repairs, which local tradesmen would not be interested in doing. For a donation, the members of the Men’s Shed will assess whether they are suitable for repair, and those that are, can be collected at a later date. The type of repair will be limited to the skills of the volunteer repairers, but it is hoped this will widen as more repairers come on board. To begin with: small electrical items; toys; wooden items - such as small pieces of furniture; and toys will be considered alongside a tool- sharpening service.
Further information will be announced by the Men’s Shed nearer the time, but if anyone is interested in becoming a volunteer repairer, please contact:
firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel. 07707 488251
To find out more about ‘Recycle Week’, and to use the Recycling Locator to find out what to recycle where you live, visit www.recyclenow.org.uk