Research opportunity

Carolina is a PhD student at the University of Southampton. She is looking for people to take part in her study.

I am recruiting relatives and friends of people living with dementia. As well as professionals and volunteers to take part in the last study of my PhD, which is a survey about effects of physical activity for people living with dementia. Here is the link to the online survey:

I have got paper packages available as well, for those who are not so comfortable with computers. At this stage I am only recruiting relatives, friends and professionals or volunteers. But in a few months I will be recruiting people living with dementia as well

If anyone can help, click the link or contact Carolina at


The Mayor of Test Valley, Cllr Carl Borg-Neal accompanied walkers on the Romsey Memory Walk earlier this week. The walk was established by the  Romsey Dementia Action Group and Walking for Health  for people who may be living with a dementia or wish to gain some exercise whilst stimulating their memory with some mental exercises.

The walks are held on the first and third Monday of each month and last for about an hour, a refreshments and an opportunity to chat are kindly provided by Marie Louise House, anyone interested in joining the walks can just come along. The walks start at 10:30am, from Marie Louise House or see the website  for more details.

Romsey Yarn-Bombing 2018

After the success of the yarn-bombing in Romsey during Romsey Festival 2017, it is to be repeated this year.  The aim is to cover 114 bollards in and around Romsey Town Centre from Good Friday until after the May Bank Holiday with the theme of ‘Spring into Romsey’.

Last year ROMDAG committee member Di Metters created a cover which was displayed outside The Phoenix Pub – where the Games & Puzzles group meets.  As there is not long before the covers are needed, we are resurrecting last year’s cover and it is now in the hands of the ‘Arts & Crafts’ group, who will spruce it up, and make it more ‘spring-like’.  The finished cover will be on one of the bollards at Latimer Walk, so don’t forget to look out for it at the end of next month.


Later this month from February 23-25th, a three day Festival of Creativity called #ARTCONNECTS is being held.  The Festival is based in London, but there are also events being held around the UK.  The Festival aims to celebrate the power of creativity, technology and people.  Running alongside the Festival will be a project called ‘#ILoveArt’.  People involved in the arts from all over the UK have been asked to take a picture of themselves holding a sign saying ‘#I Love Art’.  The pictures will be blown up to life size and displayed at Kings Cross.  The aim is to have 1,000 posters.

During our ‘Arts & Crafts’ printing session in January, participants each printed out a sign to hold, and then had their picture taken for this project.  The pictures of those who consented, have now been sent to the organisers.  We have yet to find out whether any, or all, of them will be displayed in the Festival, but the organisers were very pleased that our group had entered into the spirit of the Festival.


To find out more about this project and the Festival go

Donation from Romsey Carnival Committee

Andrea Ross-Bain and Pamela Eastwood recently attended Romsey Carnival Committee’s AGM at the White Horse in Romsey.  A number of local organisations, chosen by the committee as their good causes for 2017, were present to receive the proceeds of the events organised by the Carnival Committee in 2017.  Greenbuttercup CIC were presented with a cheque for £300 to support their work running the ‘Arts & Crafts’ sessions for people with Dementia on behalf of ROMDAG.

Photo: Romsey Town Mayor and Romsey Senior Carnival Queen present Greenbuttercup CIC with the Cheque.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the committee for their support – we are very grateful.

Arts & crafts donation update

Greenbuttercup CIC were honoured to receive a cheque from Mrs Tessa Parker, to mark the passing of her Aunt, Mrs Joyce Davies.  Mrs Parker and her sister had decided that in lieu of flowers, they would like to support a group who worked with people with Dementia – as unfortunately their aunt had struggled with the disease in the last years of her life.  Mrs Parker and her husband John had visited our ‘Arts & Crafts’ group during John’s term as Mayor of Romsey, and they called in again to present the cheque at our recent 1st Birthday celebrations.
‘Thank-you’ Tessa, for thinking of us at this sad time.  We really appreciate your support.

Greenbuttercup CIC & arts & crafts 1st birthday celebrations

1st Birthday Celebrations

Greenbuttercup CIC, in conjunction with ROMDAG, have now been running their ‘Arts & Crafts’ sessions for people living with Dementia and their carers for one year.  The sessions were first promoted at Demfest last September and they began shortly afterwards.  What started as a trial, has now become a regular event.  Participants have enjoyed trying out a wide range of crafts throughout the year, including: papercraft, painting, printing, clay, glass painting, weaving, card-making and mosaics.  They have had their work displayed at Romsey’s ‘Inside Out Art Trail’ and in the Abbey United Reformed Church during Romsey Festival, and their painted glass tealight holders were sold in aid of funds at a Charities Fair earlier this year.

The importance of this venture has been acknowledged by many, and financial support for the last year has come from: Test Valley Arts Foundation; Romsey Town Council; Romsey, Chandler’s Ford & District Round Table; and private donations – for which we are very thankful.  Participants are charged £3 per person to attend, but it will be necessary to continue to fundraise in order to ensure these sessions continue.

Members of Greenbuttercup CIC and group regulars were joined on Friday, October 6th by some distinguished guests to help them celebrate the group’s first birthday.

The Mayor of Test Valley Cllr Carl Borg-Neal & his Mayoress Mrs Maria Neal; the Deputy Mayor of Romsey Cllr Dorothy Baverstock; the Chair & Vice-Chair of RAODS (Romsey Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society) Neil Gwynne and Barry Young; Andover MIND’s new Dementia Adviser for Romsey Jo Frost; ROMDAG’s Ian Bradford; and the Former Mayor of Romsey Cllr John Parker & his wife Mrs Tessa Parker; were welcomed with coffee and cake.  They were thanked for their support of ROMDAG’s activities, and especially in helping to make the ‘Arts & Crafts’ sessions a success.  The guests were then invited to see what the group were making, and some even joined in !  As it was October, the group were enjoying themselves making Halloween Masks – both beautiful and frightful – and some of the creations you certainly wouldn’t have wanted to meet on a dark night !

The ‘Arts & Crafts’ fun sessions usually take place on the first Friday of the month from 10.30a.m. – 12.30p.m. in the Green Room at the Plaza Theatre in Romsey (by kind permission of RAODS).  However, there are occasions when the date has to change, if something is already booked at the Theatre.  No experience is necessary, and all tuition and materials are provided along with drinks and biscuits.  At each session, there is a ‘have-a-go’ session, and the programme for the final two sessions of the year is as follows:

Friday, November 3rd – Making Collages

Friday, December 15th – Christmas Crafts and Mince Pies (please note the date)

If you know someone who may enjoy this, they are welcome to come along and try us out for free.  There is parking behind the theatre, and entry is by the side door up the accessible ramp.

For further information, please contact or 01794 501605, or just turn up at one of our sessions.

Study research opportunity


A research project at the University of Southampton is exploring why people with dementia do physical activity; what do they value about physical activity and what benefits physical activity brings them. This will inform professionals on what should they aim for when promoting physical activity programmes for people with dementia.


We are interviewing relatives and friends of people living with dementia to learn more about their views on physical activity.


If you wish to be interviewed or would like more information, please contact Ana-Carolina Gonçalves by:



Phone: 07561862373

Flyer attached: – Study poster -ACG