Herald - Issue 450

Page 50 • The HERALD • 7th December 2023 v FOR GOOD ADVICE, ASK YOUR LOCAL SPECIALISTS v M & J Mobility Can give you.... Freedom on the Road • Hoists • Pedal Transfers • Wheelchair Carriers • Hand Controls • Ramps • Easy Release Hand Brake • Wireless Controls • Swivel Seats and help Maintain YOUR Independence Scooters Wheelchairs Powerchairs Li & Recline Chairs Walking Aids Bath Aids and lots more... Visit our showroom at: Independent Lifestyle Centre Old Lyndhurst Road, Cadnam SO40 2NL or call for a catalogue on: 023 8081 1949 Making Mobility Affordable Couples Can Now Tie the Knot at Local Historic Country House with Unrivalled Royal Romantic Connections One of the UK’s most historic country estates, Broadlands in Romsey, with unrivalled romantic links to the Royal family, has for the rst time opened its doors to wedding ceremonies. Nestled along the picturesque banks of the River Test, Broadlands is o ering three locations for wedding ceremonies for up to 50 guests: the walled garden, the newly-restored Orangery, and the wistful Inigo Bridge that spans the River Test. Set in the charming market town of Romsey, Broadlands boasts a history that stretches back centuries and is steeped in British aristocracy and political prominence, as well as romance. Henry Temple, the 2nd Viscount Palmerston, acquired the estate in 1736. Under his stewardship, the estate transformed into a magni cent Georgian house with meticulously landscaped gardens, a creation of the Celebrated landscape architect Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. However, it was in the 19th century that the estate truly came into the spotlight. e illustrious British statesman, Lord Palmerston, owned Broadlands and went on to serve as the Prime Minister of Great Britain not once, but twice, during a tumultuous era of political and global transformation. e late Queen Elizabeth II, then Princess Elizabeth, and Prince Philip spent their honeymoon at Broadlands in November 1947 - the rst Earl Mountbatten of Burma, whose home Broadlands was at the time, was Philip’s uncle. In 1981, the newly married Prince, now King Charles lll, and the Princess of Wales also spent the rst three days of their honeymoon at Broadlands, travelling to the estate by train from London Waterloo. Now, couples can create their own love story in the beautiful estate, at three remarkable locations. Each o er their own charm whether with a Registrar or a Celebrant. Richard Jordan-Baker, a Director at Broadlands, said: “We host a variety of events throughout the year, including concerts and festivals, but have never been available for weddings, until now. So, if people were to choose here none of their guests would have been to a wedding ceremony here before. All three of our locations are absolutely superb: Inigo Bridge is the most beautiful spot over the River Test; the walled gardens are enchanting, and the recently refurbished Orangery is elegant and evocative.” Keeping its renowned reputation Broadlands won’t host a wedding every day. e goal is to create a limited number of memorable ceremonies each week, ensuring an exclusive and extraordinary experience for every couple. e estate has put together its own wedding team of experts, to help make couples’ visions a reality. Enquiries are now open, with the rst ceremonies set to take place between Monday and Saturday from May to September next year. The wedding ceremony packages at Broadlands include a glass of champagne for every guest. Inigo Bridge can have up to 20 guests, while the other locations can accommodate up to 50. ere will also be the exibility to move outdoor weddings into the Orangery if the weather takes an unpredictable turn. For more information please visit: broadlandsestates.co.uk/weddings Couples can now hold their wedding ceremony at Broadlands Join the Lively Ladies from Hythe National Women’s Register If you are looking for companionship, friendship and fun, why not consider joining this group of lively ladies from Hythe National Women’s Register. National Women’s Register (formerly Housewives Register) is a social organisation for all women, the style is informal and relaxed. e group and online activities o er conversation, friendship and fun. eir lively minded members are interested in everything and talk about anything. e Hythe National Women’s Register group has been active for over 22 years. Meetings alternate between topic/ speaker and current a airs; they also share lots of enjoyable social activities. For more information and how to join please visit: nwr.org.uk/network/ Lively Ladies from Hythe National Women’s Register