What’s on offer in the village of Netley
PUBLISHED: 11:25 08 November 2016 | UPDATED: 12:26 08 November 2016
With its country park, romantic abbey ruins and coastal charms, the residents of this village have everything they need on their doorstep
Did you know?
Netley Abbey is the most complete surviving abbey built by the Cistercian monks in southern England. Practically all of the 13th century church’s walls are still standing alongside many monastic buildings. The Abbey’s ivy-clad walls and its wooded setting has always been celebrated as the perfect medieval ruin, so much so it’s proved an inspiration for romantic poets and artists such as John Constable and Jane Austen. Entry to the Abbey is free and it’s open from 10am to 6pm from April to September and 10am to 4pm at the weekend from October to March.
By road, leave the M27 at junction 8 heading for Hamble on the B3397 Hamble Lane. It’s only about three miles and the postcode for your sat nav is SO31 5FA. Netley also has a train station, with regular services going to Southampton, Portsmouth and Southsea. First in Hampshire runs a number 6 bus to Southampton calling at Hamble.
Grabbing a bite
The Prince Consort pub on Victoria Road serves up some classic pub grub lunchtimes and evenings. On the menu you can find homemade chicken curry, chilli and garlic tiger prawn linguini and pan fried sea bass. There are plenty of real ales to sample too.
To book a table call 02380 452676 and take a look at the festive menu on their website at www.theprinceconsortpub.co.uk. For a proper mug of tea or for delicious waffles and ice cream go to Victoria Perk Café and Scoopies Ice Cream Parlour on Station Road. They also serve cake and breakfasts. Call 02380 452345 for more details.
Pop along to Pickwell Farm Shop at the right time of year and you can pick yourself some rhubarb, strawberries, sweetcorn and broad beans. They also stock Copas turkeys ready for Christmas, plus lots of other local produce, jams, chutneys and Yankee candles! Find them on Grange Road, SO31 8GD. It’s also worth popping along to the gift shop in Royal Victoria Country Park where you can pick up some local art, games, ornaments and maritime inspired tablewear. It’s situated close to the café.
Making the headlines
In July this year Royal Victoria Country Park was awarded the coveted Green Flag, handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy. At the time, Cllr Andrew Gibson said: “The Green Flag awards are a true mark of quality which staff, volunteers and partner organisations have worked very hard to maintain.”
Dates for your diary
Netley Music Festival takes place each year and is held in the grounds of Victoria House, home of Hampshire Police Support and Training HQ. In 2017 it takes place from the 21st to 23rd July. The UK’s number one Abba tribute band headlined this year, plus there’s always lots of entertainment for children and food stalls too. See www.netleymusicfestival.co.uk.
Also in July, from the 21st to 23rd, it’s Netley Marsh Steam & Craft Show. Travel back in time to see how people lived 100 years ago, plus there are parachute displays, music and fireworks. Visit www.nmscs.org.uk.
Maureen Queen is the current Chair of Hound Parish Council having been a councillor since 1986. She is the resident Queen Victoria whenever the Friends of Royal Victoria Country Park host an event...and last year she even played the Queen of Hearts for an Alice in Wonderland commemoration event.
“I like being part of a community and have been involved in several different groups – ones involving my children’s activities when they were young, and then I got involved in other strands of village life when they left home.”
It’s not only strong links to the past and the local community that has kept Maureen in Netley.
“The seashore is one of the places I like to visit. It’s especially nice if you have young children. There’s also Sophie’s Pond, where the ducks are the fattest in the area due to the amount of bread they eat.
“We’re also lucky enough to have four recreation grounds donated or bequeathed to the Parish by earlier benefactors where budding David Beckhams can hone their skills either playing informally using jumpers for goalposts or in organised teams in the various leagues for girls and boys aged 8 to 18.
“I love living here because we still have a railway station, a bus service to Southampton and good motorway links to airports, so we’re able to enjoy all the benefits of the countryside but have access to the outside world whenever we wish.”