Romsey Extra is a large Parish of 3,306 hectares with a population of 4,826 (2010), which surrounds the town of Romsey and includes the villages of Abbotswood, Ashfield, Lee, Moorcourt, Skidmore, Pauncefoot, Halterworth and Stanbridge Earls. The latter village was a royal possession in Saxon times, and the 17th Century house is said to be on the site of King Aethelwulf's manor house.

Broadlands House is set on the River Test immediately to the South of Romsey and Viscount Palmerston employed Lancelot ("Capability") Brown to improve the mansion in 1767-8. Further alterations were made by Holland in 1788. Lord Palmerston, the Victorian Prime Minister was born here, and the house was the home of the late Earl Mountbatten of Burma.


Passionate about your community? Sign up for Test Valley’s Be a Councillor events! 

If supporting and shaping communities sounds swell and transforming the lives of local residents rocks your boat, then sign up to Test Valley Borough Council’s Be a Councillor sessions!

Anyone interested in standing for the borough elections in 2023 can pop along to Andover Guildhall on Thursday 7 July at 5.30pm or Crosfield Hall in Romsey on Tuesday 12 July at 5.30pm to find out more about what it’s like to be a councillor and the support and guidance available. The informal sessions are perfect for anyone who is passionate about their local community, championing different voices and causes and improving residents’ quality of life. 

The events are open to everyone, whether they’re completely new to the process or have given it a go before.

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Leader of Test Valley Borough Council, councillor Phil North, said: “These sessions are really great for anyone who wants to know about what being a councillor involves. And you don’t have to be a member of a political party to consider standing as a candidate. Councillors come from all backgrounds and it is this diversity of experience and knowledge that reflects the communities of Test Valley and contributes to the way issues are dealt with locally.”

Leader of the Liberal Democrat group, Councillor Celia Dowden, said: “I’m really pleased that we are able to run these sessions and show people how interesting and varied the councillor role can be. 

“There are lots of different reasons you might want to become a councillor, including the opportunity to make a difference and help shape your community or addressing concerns about particular issues. Whatever it is that inspires you, do come along to the events and find out more.”

Anyone interested who would like an initial chat about the councillor role can also contact Emma Horbury, democratic services manager, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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