The Fairground Sewing Group completed a tapestry depicting the history of Weyhill, which was unveiled by Neville Whiteley, Mayor of Test Valley and blessed by the Rev Ray Whettingsteel, Rector of Penton. Louis Atkinson acted as Master of Ceremonies, and Anthony Raper gave a history of the Weyhill Fair.
"The detail in the tapestry is sensational; you have to look at it for several hours to absorb it all - and you also need a text book to understand all the symbolism! Betty Balcombe and her team have given Weyhill something to be really proud of."
Extract from Programme Note
The Weyhill Tapestry originated from an idea of the newly formed Sewing Group when the New Village Hall was opened in the year 2000.
The Tapestry was designed from old Photographs of local places of interest in the village. The Sheep Fair featured in the story
of "The Mayor of Casterbridge" depicts the Fair Ground where it is written that he sold his wife for Five Guineas.
A group of dedicated ladies have carefully portrayed their own memories and researched many events, which have taken place in Weyhill, including the Tour de France cycle race which passed through the village in 1994.
Ramridge House is portrayed, as it was when the R.A.F 40 Group was there. Also shown is the Box hedge, which was planted in the design of the Union Jack.
The Tapestry has taken Four Years to complete, and will be unveiled by the Mayor of Andover in the presence of Sir George Young, The Guest speaker is Anthony C Raper, Author of the book "The Weyhill Fair.
The Tapestry will hang in the Fairground Village Hall for Visitors to view.