Romsey will offer the opportunity to take a trip back in time while supporting local community groups this Saturday.

Romsey Mechanics Institute and Romsey Neighbourhood House are hosting the fourth Romsey Antiques and Collectibles Fair to fundraise for their projects.

Furniture, china, glass, vintage linen and accessories, books and prints will be among the items up for sale.

Organiser and stallholder Gail Middletown will display pieces from the antiques collection she has acquired over many years.

“It started as a hobby and my collection has grown to more than 300 items,” Ms Middletown said.

The Romsey resident said the fair provided the perfect chance to show off her collection and chat to others interested in collecting.

“It’s lovely to see visitors spot something that they enjoyed in their childhood or remember in their parents’ or grandparents’ home,” she said. “I particularly enjoy the personal touch of seeing items go home with someone who falls in love with them.”

The historic Romsey Mechanics Institute, which has been part of the local community since the foundation stone was laid in 1875, will fittlingly play host to the fair.

The fair will run from 9.30am-4.30pm on Saturday, March 17.

Entry will cost $5 and all funds raised will be used in support of local community initiatives.

Morning and afternoon tea and lunch will be available for purchase at the fair from the Romsey Country Women’s Association.