This is a major tourist attraction, and a useful serv- ice in its own right, though it does create problems for local residents on odd weekends (ie; those with Thomas the Tank Engine). Regular firework displays with sparks from the engines occasionally set light to adjoining farmers’ fields.
The future of the Post Office has been in doubt, along with many similar PO’s up and down the country. It has moved several times, but seems to have now settled at Pondside Stores.
Pondside Stores and Post Office — in the background is Archbishop’s Cottage
Ropley Station — Mid Hants Railway. A busy summer day.
The annual Ropley Pram race is the main village fea- ture, having been run since 1965. It is organised by a committee of local sports and other bodies.
There’s also the annual 10K run which has wide support in the county, and various village walks, especially the annual Boxing Day walk. This latter is run under the leadership of “Mac” Macinnes and has raised large sums for charity. Little else survives that can be described as a regular “village event”.
Ropley at the Millennium — 39