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The Arts Group

The aim of the Arts Group is to provide a forum in which a creative approach can be taken to community issues. We see our activities as part of the Transition Town emphasis on “developing local resilience” – using the arts to introduce people to new skills, raise awareness and provide an enjoyable focus for community activity.

Currently the group comprises visual artists, theater practitioners, dancers and musicians – but just having a generic interest in any or all of the arts is all that is needed to make a valuable contribution to our development in the town.

If you’d like to know more or just want to talk things through because you are uncertain about joining, please contact Mavis Sawdy on 01794 515529, or email

Future ideas include developing a community arts base (possibly in an empty shop), exploring community drama, linking with schools’ activity. At this stage, nothing is off-limits – especially given the pace of climate change and its impact across the globe.


The Big Green Month – May 2012

We ran ‘paint a pollinator’ and ‘make a bird feeder’ workshops at the Community Orchard, and Andi worked with local people to make a Willow Duck Sculpture (see below).

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Making the Willow Duck Sculpture


Arts and Climate Change event – 16th July 2011

Click here for pictures of this fantastic event in Romsey Memorial Park

More… about the Transition Town Romsey Festival Event at, Dukes Mill, 11.12.09

Late Night Shopping on Friday 11th December saw the square between the bus station and Bell Street, Duke’s Mill, transformed into a festive outside space. A unique, participatory, partnership between Transition Town Romsey’s Arts Group and the businesses in the area, ensured the Christmas spirit was honoured by a combination of the old and the new: Nonno Rocco’s restaurant provided a large tree which was decorated by ornaments made from recycled materials by children and adults on the night, together with pledges about reducing our carbon footprint.

Help was on hand from Jill and Karen, art teachers from Mountbatten School, to turn gold-sprayed plastic cups, coloured clingfilm, tetrapaks and other “rubbish” into eye-catching ornaments – which shone all the more brightly after the Mayor of Romsey, Jon Ray, led the countdown to the turning on of the flashing coloured lights (also supplied by Nonno Rocco’s).

The TTR group used the empty windows of an unused shop to display stunning drawings and paintings done by the Geography and Art students at Mountbatten School, all on the theme of the environment and sustainability. The local Co-op store ensured body and soul were fed by donating a generous number of mince pies.

The crowd loved the spirited music played by the rock and soul band Mostly Harness (recruited by Town Centre Manager Christine Cole), which inspired some passers-by to dance. Comments ranged from “We need more of this in Romsey” to one youngster’s pledge “I’m going to do my bit for the environment by not watching television for 2 days”. The whole event provided an opportunity to combine serious messages with having fun – which is what Transition Town Romsey is all about.