Events


Introduction

There have been many notable events in the village’s history, and these have been divided into two categories – Natural Events and Social Events.

Natural Events are those caused by nature, such as storms and flooding, or even pandemics such as Coronavirus and much further back, Spanish flu. If anyone has any recollection of natural events in the past that they would be willing to document, or any photos, please contact the Editor. In the course of time, the Coronavirus pandemic may also warrant recall of not just its tragic outcomes but also the compassion, generosity, social support and innovation it inspired within the village.

Social Events are described as either regular events, like the summer Village Fair and the RCA Firework Nights, or Special (one-off) events, such as the Queen’s Jubilees. The regular events are organised by the Village Fair Committee and the Rowlands Castle Association, whose members put a lot of work into arranging these events, but the reward is the enthusiastic participation of the residents of Rowlands Castle and the surrounding areas. You can see how much they are enjoyed in the event photos!

Other celebratory events are commemorations, often held on the Village Green with the appropriate flag raising and lowering for the Armistice, Armed Forces, VE and VJ Days. There are religious celebrations like the annual Christmas tree and for Christmas 2020, a life-sized nativity scene on the Green, which was particularly enjoyable for everyone on their daily walks during the Coronavirus pandemic lockdown.


Natural events

Flooding at Dean Lane End

Introduction

There have been many notable events in the village’s history, and these have been divided into two categories – Natural Events and Social Events.

Natural Events are those caused by nature, such as storms and flooding, or even pandemics such as Coronavirus and much further back, Spanish flu. If anyone has any recollection of natural events in the past that they would be willing to document, or any photos, please contact the Editor. In the course of time, the Coronavirus pandemic may also warrant recall of not just its tragic outcomes but also the compassion, generosity, social support and innovation it inspired.

These photographs, of some wintry scenes of the village and surrounding area, were taken by members of the Photography Society and included in their village calendars.

The photographs showing the flooding in Woodberry Lane in 2021 are courtesy of Rob Moriarty. Following the severe floods of the late 1990s, HCC added the depth gauge, cleared the hedgerow and replaced the three concrete pipes with rectangular slots under the bridge to ease the flow of water out of the Sling and swallow hole into the fields beyond. This remedial work has reduced the depth of the flooding of Woodberry Lane and prevented the floods encroaching on the houses in Glendale.


Social Events


Introduction

There have been many notable events in the village’s history, and these have been divided into two categories – Natural Events and Social Events.

The Social Events described are either regular events, such as the summer Village Fair and the RCA Firework Nights, or Special (one-off) Events, such as the Queen’s Jubilees. The regular events are organised by the Village Fair Committee and the Rowlands Castle Association, whose members put a lot of work into arranging these events, but the reward is the enthusiastic participation of the residents of Rowland’s Castle and the surrounding areas. You can see how much they are enjoyed in the event photos!

Other celebratory events are commemorations, often held on the Village Green with the appropriate flag raising and lowering, such as for VE and VJ Days. There are also religious celebrations such as the annual Christmas tree and for Christmas 2020, a life-sized nativity scene on the Green, which was particularly enjoyable for everyone on their daily walks during the Coronavirus pandemic lockdown.


Regular Events

Village Fair

Firework Night


Commemorations


Special Events

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations

It may have been raining in London, but on 2nd June 2012, in Rowlands Castle the sun shone, as almost everyone in the Village turned out to enjoy the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. More than twenty Village organisations joined the procession that walked from St John’s Church, down Redhill Road, up Links Lane, down Bowes Hill and ended on the Green, where the WI provided a sumptuous tea and youngsters were presented with commemorative medals. The images provide just a flavour of the Village’s big day that was celebrated by young and old alike. It’s estimated that more than a thousand people took part.

Editorial courtesy of Richard Milton, editor of the RCA magazine in 2012. Click to scroll through all the images and enlarge them


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