SHE is the Romsey resident who has quit her career to spend more time doing what she loves.

Now she is set to bring a new craft market to the town centre.

From April 6 Kate Hayward, with the support of Kerri Brock and hundreds of Romsey residents, will run the Romsey Makers Market in the Town Hall once a month.

Ms Hayward, was working as a manager for a computer company when she decided she wanted to spend more time making crafts.

Six weeks ago she wrote a Facebook post in a bid to create a digital community for all the Romsey residents who like making crafts.

After hundreds of people showed their support, Mr Hayward, who now works part-time in an office, decided to go a step further and talked to Romsey town centre manager Mark Edgerley to suggest the idea of running a market in the town centre.

"I thought I want to do what makes me happy, what I love. I thought I'm going to create a group because I could not see anything in Romsey that deals with crafts. That day I put it in the Romsey news and information group and it literally exploded", she said.

The 48-year-old said she has booked the town hall for the rest of the year.

On April 6 there will be 12 tables with variety of items including cards, home accessories and bags.

"Romsey is a market town and it will be good to bring that sense of the community back. It is very exciting , I am really glad", Ms Hayward added.

She said a website to book tables at the market is being created and thanked Romsey resident Kerri Brock who helped her organise the initiative.

The inaugural Romsey Makers Market will take place from 11am to 3pm.

Mr Edgerley said: "It is really important to Romsey Town Council that the long tradition of markets in the town continues. This is the second venture we have the pleasure of supporting at the Town Hall in addition to our occasional themed markets in wider town. We are sure local residents and visitors will enjoy the wonderful crafts and product this market offers.”