A VITAL community service that runs across the Test Valley has announced a change in its name.

Following a member and stakeholder consultation, Test Valley Community Services, which runs voluntary and transport initiatives across the borough, has decided to change its name to Unity.

Dorothy Baverstock, Romsey town councillor and deputy mayor, is also Unity chairman.

She said: "The decision to change the name to reflect a modern, forward thinking organisation was made by the board of trustees in 2013 and has not been a decision taken lightly.

"Of course, there was no way we would have done this without consulting our members which took place throughout the summer culminating in a launch at the annual general meeting in November.

"To reflect the diversity of our operation, the design reflects the various aspects of our work such as Unity, and we are thrilled to be able to promote all our services in this way."

The service was established in 1982 and runs a range of services across the Test Valley.