18th Februay


Market Banners Vandalized

Hampshire Farmers Markets are very proud to be able to sell their produce at Emsworth and as such feel we are adding to the success of the Town.

Each month we display banners at Emsworth ensuring that all the local people and any passing motorists see these so they are reminded that the market will be on that weekend.     We do pay a fee to Hampshire Highways to display the banners/boards and these banners are our property, it recently cost us over £300 to replace the banners ensuring that they were off a good quality and were the right image.

For the last two months these banners have been taken down and had the ties cut so they were not visible to the general public.

Hampshire Farmers Markets are no longer prepared to accept this and as such will be seeking advice from the Local Police since this is wanton damage to our property and as such will be seeking compensation of same.

If anyone in Emsworth sees or knows of anyone damaging our signs, Hampshire Farmers Market would be pleased to hear.

 Valerie Nicel Office Manager/Director
Hampshire Farmers' Markets Ltd.
T: 01420 588671
M: 07990845833


6th February

Emsworth Arts Trail Ready for Take Off


The annual Emsworth Arts Trail is set to scale new creative heights this year thanks to a record-breaking number of artists and groups taking part. Venues throughout the town will see a total of 107 participants exhibit during the last weekend in April and first in May.

“The Emsworth Arts Trail has certainly put the town on the map as a destination for art,” said Carol Price, the event’s chairman.   “Now in our 19th year, we have seen visitor numbers grow year on year and art lovers arriving from far and wide.”

So much so, last year’s event saw more than 87,000 visits recorded over the five days at 99 venues – an impressive increase from the 8,000 who went to 26 venues when records began in 2012.

“We like to think of ourselves as a community of artists, with new exhibitors always welcome, so we are delighted to have 26 talented new artists join us,” added Carol. It means there is always something new to surprise and fascinate - from both the new and established participants.”

Since the trail began in 2001, with just a handful of artists exhibiting in their home studios, the event has grown to include many local businesses and community venues. Artists and makers exhibit their work in local shops, halls, pubs, sailing clubs, home studios and pop up galleries; resulting in a creative and colourful voyage of discovery.

With the majority of venues located within a mile of the town centre, visitors often make a family day out of it by walking or cycling along the trail. Plus, with such a wide variety of work on show, there is something to interest everyone from painters, printmakers, photographers, textile artists, wood carvers and ceramicists to jewellers and sculptors. 


To preview the artists taking part, and plan your visit, see emsworthartstrail.org.uk

4th February

McCarthy & Stone Orchard House Emsworth Planning Application Withdrawn After Two year Battle by Residents

Following a two year battle to stop McCarthy & Stone building 25 retirement flats in Western Avenue, Emsworth, the 40 households affected by it have just found out that McCarthy & Stone PLC has withdrawn the planning application, despite it having been granted by Havant Borough Council in January 2018.

This represents a victory by local residents against a large, ruthless property developer who has forced through several developments in the area that in some cases have displaced businesses and put jobs at risk. Our sadness is that this victory comes too late for the other developments where McCarthy & Stone PLC has succeeded in getting planning permission granted despite widespread and significant opposition from both residents and Havant Borough Council.

Several factors have contributed towards this victory:-

1. Co-ordinated and unrelenting opposition by the 40 residents surrounding Orchard House, including threatening legal action.

2. McCarthy & Stone PLC unsuccessfully trying to bully Havant Borough Council in to reducing the Affordable Housing contribution set as a condition of the planning approval. McCarthy & Stone PLC had made a meagre offer of £285,000 against an expected value of the flats of £8.8m which HBC rightly rejected. A developer is expected to make a 30% contribution towards affordable housing.

3. In July 2018, McCarthy & Stone PLC tried to bribe Western Avenue residents into withdrawing their opposition with a £10k offer to each household which was rejected. Our solicitors determined that McCarthy & Stone had made this offer because they could not obtain completion indemnity insurance for the development.

McCarthy & Stone PLC Tactics

Ignore local resident’s concerns – McCarthy & Stone PLC make a mockery of the pre-planning consultation process, ignoring concerns about the size and ugliness of the design, drainage, parking and increased traffic.

Bully Councils into granting planning permission – McCarthy & Stone PLC has successfully bullied Havant Borough Council into granting at least 2 planning application by arguing that the out of date 2011 Local Plan indicated a shortfall of 11,000 houses should apply, despite the fact that this figure has been updated several times since then. The latest figures show that there is no shortfall.

This company has displayed a ruthless approach to the planning process in our area, building dwellings that we do not need. Proof of this is the Limegrove Development on Hayling Island that still has unsold flats 8 months after it was finished.


Graham Simmonds 4th February 2019



27th January

Volunteer Treasurer Wanted & Committee Members Wanted

The Emsworth Residents’ Association is seeking a Volunteer Treasurer. Previous experience of book keeping and the preparation of basic accounts is essential.

The job involves: basic book-keeping, bank reconciliation, producing and sending out invoices, credit control, liaising with Advertisement Manager, producing end of year accounts, producing and presenting financial reports for committee and public meetings.

The treasurer will become a member of the ERA committee and attend monthly meetings which are held on Monday evenings. Applicant should be a confident, highly numerate, well organised person with good administrative skills.

 This is a home based, volunteer position. It is estimated that the post will take up about 10 hours a month.


The Emsworth Residents’ Association (ERA) is also seeking new Committee Members.

Applicants should have a strong interest in the Emsworth area and preferably bring with them experience of IT/web design/social media or youth work. Applications from people with other areas of experience are also welcomed.

Committee members will be required to attend monthly meetings which are held on Monday evenings. Applicants should be confident, articulate, well organised, and have a real commitment to the Emsworth area.

If you are interested in this role contact: Theo Schofield, Chair, ERA Email: theoschofield@icloud.com


23rd January

Emsworth Comunity Association Premises freehold transfered to the Association's new Charitable Incorporated Organisation

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the Extra Ordinary Meeting at St. James' Church on Mon 21st Jan. We had over 140 people attend and Members voted unanimously for the proposals put forward by the Trustees, which were to: 

1.  Accept the offer from Hampshire County Council to transfer the title to the freehold of the land and premises.

2. Transfer over to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) and accept the new constitution.

3. Close down the existing unincorporated charity (269793).

ECA is now working towards a transfer date of 1st April for both the land and buildings and for the charitable status.

The Associationcontinue to have the same name but the charitable number will change to 1181509. Otherwise everything will look and feel the same to both Members and Users of Emsworth Community Centre.

Also at the Extra Ordinary Meeting a new Trustee was voted in, Ian Carroll, who will lead on all things Health and Safety.




23rd January

FREE CUT & STYLE at Headromance


Exciting stuff happening at Headromance in Havant.


‘These uber cute messages in a bottle contain a FREE CUT & STYLE with a Headromance stylist!

In celebration of the newly refurbished and rebranded salon, everyday next week they will be hiding 4 of these in surrounding towns, such as Hayling, Portsmouth, Southsea, Emsworth, Waterlooville.


Keep your eyes peeled on their daily Istagram & Facebook stories for clues


Starts Monday 28th Jan!’

3rd January

Emsworth Company  uses Local Botanicals in their Chichester Harbour Gin

Chichester Harbour Gin is a small batch hand crafted gin company based in Emsworth. Chichester Harbour Gin was founded and set up by two local friends - Paul and Martin. Paul has spent 30 years as a chef, saucier and flavour developer and Martin just wanted to make gin.  Paul and Martin grew up on the shores of Chichester Harbour, sailing, fishing and windsurfing, so are very passionate about the local area and have loved channelling this passion into developing Chichester Harbour Gin!

Chichester Harbour GIn uses local produce, such as bayleaf, seaweed and juniper, providing a unique small batch hand crafted gin which contains 15 botanicals.

It all began with a 2 litre table top still and local juniper berries from a small bush found on the South Downs. With this still many different recipes were tried over 18 months until Paul and Martin settled on the golden 15 botanicals and the distilling process which is used today!

Further information can be found on our website www.chichesterharbourgin.co.uk

31st December

Local clubs join forces to support their charity’s Big Give Christmas Challenge

At the end of 2018, local charity Brendoncare Clubs took part in The Big Give Christmas Challenge – the UK’s biggest online match funding campaign, which helps UK-registered charities raise funds for their cause. Brendoncare’s aim was to raise £20,000 in matched funds over a seven day period for their clubs service.

To support the charity’s efforts, one local club member, Chris Bailey – who attends Emsworth kurling club every Monday afternoon at the Emsworth Community Centre – suggested an inter-clubs competition between some local clubs as an ideal opportunity to bring clubs together. He suggested some fun, food and kurling, all to help raise money for Brendoncare’s Big Give challenge.

Liaising with Bill Tasker, club leader from Hillside & Wymering kurling club, Chris organised the competition between the two clubs with Hillside & Wymering bringing along a group of eight on the day. It was a real team effort with volunteers and members helping make lunch for 23 people, whilst donations were also given for the raffle, which included two delicious hampers from Brendoncare’s central office in Winchester.

The event was a great success raising a total of £206 for Brendoncare Clubs. Chris provided a crystal trophy to the winning pair, Pat Zyga & Gill Cooper from Emsworth Kurling Club, who also attend other Brendoncare clubs in the area.

Bill Tasker of Hillside & Wymering Kurling Club said, “Everyone said what a great afternoon they had. We’re very much looking forward to inviting Emsworth Kurling club to our venue soon for a re-match!”

More information about Brendoncare Clubs can be found on the charity’s website www.brendoncare.org.uk/clubs  or by telephoning 01962 857099.

19th December

Celebrating Emsworth Cottage Hospital as the preferred new home of the Emsworth Surgery

The people of Emsworth can, at last, celebrate plans for their cherished Cottage Hospital to become the new home of the local Doctors’ Surgery. For too many years the building has stood empty, but following extensive public pressure, consultations and negotiations the Emsworth medical practice is now set to move to the old hospital which will be fully refurbished for that purpose. It will take some time to confirm the NHS capital funding and to complete the work but at least the plans are now underway.

Hundreds of local people have put time and effort into achieving this result.  The local community has pulled together and made its voice heard on the matter.  The #Emsworth United campaign comprised all the major representative organisations in the town, Emsworth Forum, the Community Association, the Residents Association, the Community Land Trust as well as the Health Action Group. Together they convened the public meeting on August 22nd attended by over 450 Emsworth residents, and it was the size and strength of public feeling at this meeting that helped persuade the NHS Clinical Care Group (CCG) and the Doctors to reconsider the hospital site as a base for the surgery. 

Stephanie Elsy, Chair of Emsworth Forum, said: ‘This is a wonderful outcome and one that all the local organisations under the banner of #Emsworth United fought for when the NHS put the hospital site up for sale last July.  Strong community determination was shown at the well-attended meeting to fight for the hospital site to be retained.  It is an entirely fitting result that the Emsworth medical practice will aim, with the support NHS funding, to make the refurbished hospital its new home. We are very grateful to Lord Richards for Chairing the Emsworth United Steering Group and supporting our campaign and to the Doctors and SE Hampshire CCG for listening to us.

David Thomas, of Emsworth Health Action, added: ‘Throughout our campaign, it was obvious that more than a ‘replacement’ GP surgery was and is needed to meet the growing and changing pattern of healthcare demand facing Emsworth.  What was - and is - needed is a model with a strong GP service at the core of a range of integrated supporting healthcare and healthy living services. If that is all in new accessible facilities that will fundamentally improve the quality of our care through enabling teamwork and joined-up services.  This new model of care is being rolled out under the NHS’s Strategy. Emsworth will be in the vanguard of this change and it’s all due to real community engagement and mobilisation working in a ‘can do’ way with our local NHS.’

Chair of Emsworth Community Land Trust, Dwynwen Stepien, stated: ‘There is no doubt that the new use of the Cottage Hospital building as the surgery will be a popular decision. We are all delighted that this choice has been made and will continue to support everyone’s efforts to ensure that this time we will be rewarded by a new surgery in Emsworth. The Land Trust will continue to work hard to find other sites.  We shall pursue activities in order to bring community benefit and affordable homes to Emsworth.  The Hospital building is now in the right hands after a difficult period in limbo.

30th November

Southbourne Salon, Chandler & Hall, Recognised by the Good Salon Guide as a Five Star Salon

 The Good Salon Guide, the only independent guide to quality standards in hairdressing in the UK and Ireland, is delighted to announce that Chandler & Hall, Southbourne, Sussex was recently awarded recognition as a 5 Star Salon and Barbers.

The Good Salon Guide is the easiest and most reliable means of checking out the best salons in any area. Recognised salons are visited and objectively assessed by top industry professionals, giving potential clients confidence in their choice. Salons are regularly reassessed to ensure standards are maintained so membership is as good as a personal recommendation!

Gareth Penn, Managing Director of the Good Salon Guide, said: “I am delighted that Chandler & Hall has succeeded in reaching the standards required to become a member of the Good Salon Guide. Being in the Guide means a salon is among the best in the country which undoubtedly attracts new business and makes existing clients feel good. For salon owners, membership brings a whole host of free services including business advice, the chance to feature in our magazines and on-line media as well as great offers.”

Sam Hall, the salon owner of Chandler & Hall, added: “Being a member of the Good Salon Guide shows we are a fantastic salon in every way. It’s great not only for our clients, but for our team to know the salon has reached such high standards. It makes us all very excited about the future of our salon.”

23rd November

NHS reveals three options for the future of Emsworth Surgery

OPTIONS for a new surgery in Emsworth have been whittled down from nine to three. Residents in the town are being asked to weigh in on the trio in a survey before a business case for a future development is submitted by December 21.  The former Victoria Cottage Hospital in Emsworth. Picture: Alan Mak The existing Emsworth Surgery in North Street now has 13,000 people on its books despite being built to take on 2,000 patients. All three plans being put forward by GPs and the NHS propose a move away from the current site, and are as follows:  -

 1. Moving to a refurbished Emsworth Victoria Cottage Hospital (EVCH) site nearby and possibly retaining a branch practice at Westbourne, subject to affordability

2. Moving the surgery to a new replacement building on the site of the EVCH, with both existing buildings being demolished

 3. Moving to a new building at Redlands Grange, north of the railway line, with existing Emsworth and Westbourne surgeries being sold

To see two of the three plans inclusive of the EVCH is ‘promising’, campaigners have said, but action going forward ‘must be future-proof’.  David Thomas, spokesman for the Emsworth United campaign to save the EVCH, said: ‘The overwhelming community support is for the Victoria Cottage Hospital. It was built by the people of Emsworth, for Emsworth, and has a history of civic pride.’  He added: ‘The most important thing is that we do not get a boring replacement of the existing surgery. ‘What we get needs to be able to cope with growing demand and pressures from housing.’ 

Emsworth GP Dr Abu Chinwala previously said a 1.2mile move to Redlands Grange would benefit some residents but disadvantage others, with 8,500 of Emsworth Surgery’s patients living north of the railway line. But proposals put forward now are based on feedback from two public drop-in sessions earlier this month, as well as an ‘options workshop’ attended by community representatives and figures from the South Eastern Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

 QA Hospital says it is prepared for a better winter this year Sara Tiller, managing director of the CCG, said: ‘We are inviting people to comment through a new survey so this latest feedback can help inform the decision-making process. ‘The three preferred options now need to be fully costed and financially appraised, which we will do through a further workshop with community representatives. ‘The report on Emsworth Surgery’s preferred option must be submitted to NHS England by December 21 to release the necessary capital funding, so the timescales remain tight.’ Mr Thomas added: ‘It is absolutely crucial people engage with this survey, we are coming up to a crunch time.’ 

Physical copies of the options survey are available from the surgeries in Emsworth and Westbourne and must be returned to either site no later than 5pm on December 5. However, the deadline to complete the online survey – which is available here – is midnight on December 9. The CCG said the difference in deadlines is to give staff enough time to process physical responses.

The News 23rd December 2018

15th November

Locals attend drop-in to discuss Emsworth Surgery’s options for the future

MORE than 250 people attended a drop-in session to discuss the future of a town’s GP practice and the options being considered. The deadline is approaching for Emsworth residents to take part in an NHS survey on the future of their GP practice, which could see the relocation of the premises, currently at North Street.

About 300 copies of the survey were handed out to those who attended the public event at the Slipper Sailing Club. It lists the nine options being reviewed and asks people which ideas would be best for them and their family – and why.

Emsworth GP Dr William Denby said: ‘We would like to thank everyone who attended the drop-in, which we hope was informative. ‘From the feedback in the room, I think more people are now aware of not only the different options under consideration, but they have a greater understanding of the various issues which will need to be taken into consideration when a decision is taken on our preferred way forward.’

GP Partners at Emsworth Surgery are looking to possibly relocate to a new site to help meet the increasing health needs of a growing population and provide the best and most up-to-date facilities and services they can for their patients. The options include moving to a new site at Redlands Lane, moving in to a refurbished Emsworth Victoria Cottage Hospital, finding a new site, or remaining at their existing location.

An outline business case for the preferred option needs to be submitted to NHS England by December 21.

Sara Tiller, the managing director of NHS South Eastern Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: ‘We are listening to what people tell us. On Friday, we will start to evaluate the responses and feedback that we have had from the public so that it can help inform the decision-making process.’ People have until 12pm tomorrow (Friday) to complete the survey online, or hand in hard copies by no later than 5.30pm today (Thursday) at Emsworth Surgery, or its branch in Westbourne. The first drop-in session was in Westbourne last week.

The survey can be accessed at southeasternhampshire.ccg.nhs.uk, emsworthsurgery.co.uk or direct at  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/emsworthsurgery (The d survey closesat noon on Friday November 16th.)

The News 15th November 2018

13th November



2019 is Emsworth Sailing Club’s centenary, which makes it the oldest sailing club in Chichester Harbour

11 November 2018, Emsworth – Emsworth Sailing Club (ESC) formally launched its centenary celebrations and commemorations with a reception in the clubhouse on Bath Road.

More than 150 people attended the drinks reception and cake cutting, along with eight former Commodores of the club.  A special commemorative cake was cut by the longest serving club member, and the junior captains.

This marks the first of a series of activities both on and off the water, including a centenary regatta, a sailpast, a moonlight race, kayak and paddleboard fun events, an East Head family invasion, and for the landlubbers a beer and band festival, a centenary ball, vintage tea party, and a hard back history of the club.  In addition, a new range of centenary themed club clothing is being produced.

The juniors, who make up more than 20% of the membership, also have a full programme of fun events with an Emsworth millpond carnival, a swimming gala, crabbing competitions and a sail to and BBQ on Fowley Island.

The club, which has been at its current address since its formation, was founded by six members at the end of World War I and has grown in popularity and strength to its current membership of c.1,600.  It plays a major role in the life of this Hampshire fishing village and its iconic location holds fond memories for many generations of sailors.

The oldest sailing club on Chichester Harbour, ESC is a family oriented club with a thriving sailing and social community, with members drawn not just from the surrounding locality but attracting families from further afield, such as Surrey and London.

ESC is a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) affiliated club and has produced its fair share of Olympic contenders and national champions, currently counting more than 30 national or world titles from amongst the male, female and junior members since 2000 alone.  Indeed among its most famous scions are Admiral of the Fleet Lord Louis Mountbatten and the round the world yachtsman and record breaker, Sir Peter Blake.

Marking the launch, club Commodore, Michael Geary said:

“Emsworth Sailing Club has gone from strength to strength over many generations, and I am honoured to be leading the centenary celebrations on behalf of the members.

“It’s one of the great sailing clubs on the South Coast, with an enviable location and a passion to keep strong Britain’s connections with the sea.  We have a thriving sailing and social calendar, a full membership and a flourishing youth section to encourage the next generation. 

“We have a great many activities planned, from serious racing to fun for all the family and we are aiming to appeal across the board to as many members as possible.”

5th November

Busiest Week Ever for Community First Volunteer Service!


October saw the busiest week ever for Community First’s Employee Volunteering Scheme.

On the Monday, IBM ran a marketing workshop for local organisations with seven charities benefitting from their expertise in marketing including the use of social media. The seven staff from IBM volunteered their time out of their busy work schedule.

Wednesday saw St. John the Baptist School, Bishops Waltham, supported by a team from Peter Symonds College based in Winchester. Despite the rain, they enthusiastically took on various conservation work in the school grounds including clearing a large pond area.


A group from Pfizer, a large company based in Havant, enjoyed a sunny day on the Thursday volunteering for Friends of Brockhampton Millstream. This is a newly formed group aiming to clear and conserve the site and promote the history of the former Brockhampton Mill. Jozy a volunteer from Pfizer said, “This is not something I get to do often, so to be given the opportunity to get my hands dirty has made me feel very proud.”


Jenny Bishop from Friends of Brockhampton Millstream said, ”I have been very impressed at their commitment and work ethic, it has been a great help in the initial clearing of the start of the Solent way footpath, this will enable us to more easily maintain the area. We greatly appreciate the help from Community First and a special thank you to the employees of Pfizer who attacked their task with great gusto.”

At the end of the busy week, Lockheed Martin UK gave up their ‘off Friday’ (they work their 37.5 hours over 9 days) to spend some time at Hewitt’s Community café in Emsworth. Debbie Lyall from Hewitt’s wanted the volunteers to makeover their garden, and paint and decorate their large hall and toilets.

John Enfield from Lockheed explains, “I always make time to volunteer – it truly makes me feel good. It seems that we are all happy to take from community groups but not many give back, so I, along with the team here take the time to appreciate the facilities provided and the amazing people who volunteer full time. No amount of money gives us the same sense of satisfaction that volunteering does.” Debbie Lyall said, “Thank you so much to the team from Lockheed Martin, what they have achieved today has been remarkable. The help we have received from the volunteers has been invaluable.”

Community First would like to thank the volunteers, the various businesses and College, for giving up their time for such worthy causes. "As well as helping in the community we have enjoyed their company and value their continued support. If you would like to support a community project by volunteering either as an individual or as part of a team, please contact me rachel.taylor@cfirst.org.uk."

2nd November

Public drop-in sessions to discuss the future of Emsworth Surgery

Two drop-in sessions are to be held for the public this month to look at the options being considered for the future of Emsworth Surgery.

GP Partners at the surgery are looking to possibly relocate to a new site to ensure long-term sustainability and to help meet the increasing health needs of a growing population.

The options include moving to a new site at Redlands Lane, moving in to a refurbished Emsworth Victoria Cottage Hospital, finding a new site or remaining at their existing location, which is already too cramped to improve the services that the GPs want to offer their patients.

The two sessions are being held a week apart on:

·        Tuesday November 6, 5.30pm-7.30pm, Westbourne Parish Church (St John the Baptist’s Church), The Grove, PO10 8UL.

·        Tuesday November 13, 5.30pm-7.30pm, Slipper Sailing Club’s function room, The Quay, South Street, Emsworth, PO10 7EQ.

The drop-ins are part of an outline business case process that needs to be submitted to NHS England by December 21, 2018.

The information that will be provided at the drop-ins will be available on a dedicated Emsworth Surgery page on the NHS South Eastern Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group website, via its homepage - www.southeasternhampshireccg.nhs.uk. The dedicated page will include a link to a survey, which will go live on November 6, for people to share their views.

Emsworth GP Dr Abu Chinwala said: “These drop-in events will give residents the chance to hear and comment on the strategic case for change for the Emsworth Surgery and the long-list of options being considered.

“They will involve informal discussions around some display boards – rather than a formal presentation, and give visitors the chance to talk about the next steps with GPs and NHS representatives.

“People will be asked to complete a survey form in which they can give their views and this will be used to help inform the decision-making process.

“We want to hear people’s views. Public support for particular schemes will be a factor in the business case that Emsworth Surgery eventually puts forward to the NHS for consideration.

“But it is important to stress that many other important factors will also have to be considered, particularly whether the options are operationally or financial viable, can be delivered within the tight timescale available and fit in with both national and local NHS policy and commissioning plans for the future of primary care.”

The events are free, there is no need to book in advance, and visitors can attend or leave at any stage of the session.

Another Emsworth GP, Dr William Denby, said: “People who attend near the end of the sessions will receive the same information as those who are there at the start. But we would ask people in advance to be patient if attendee numbers are high. The venues available to us can only take limited numbers at a time.

2nd November

Historic Emsworth Residence for Sale

Indulge in a piece of Emsworth history and live in colonial style close to the village centre.

Available for the first time in over forty years, this superb, Grade II listed, family home offers an abundance of history, charm and character. Buillt in the late Georgian period in a colonial style, Seafield House offers spacious family accommodation, with attractive wood flooring, terraces and balconies. The ground floor features an elegant drawing room, together with an equally impressive dining room and family size kitchen breakfast room. In addition there is a ground floor shower room, a generous utility room and a wine cellar. A real feature is the attractive conservatory, continuing the colonial theme, complemented by an impressive timber wrap around veranda, with a verdigris copper roof. Ascending the curved staircase leads to an impressive landing, off which are three capacious double bedrooms featuring built in wardrobes and sash windows, together with a very spacious family bathroom. The landing also leads to a charming sewing room, which might also serve as a study, opening onto a balcony overlooking the gardens. Outside, the charming walled gardens offer seclusion and privacy, together with the added benefits of driveway parking, a covered car port and garden store.

Seafield House at the top of Warblington Road was originally a farmhouse, with its Sea Field farmland stretching down to the shore. The present building includes relics of the earlier property, identifiable internally by the stone flag floor and wide open stone fireplace in what is today Little Seafield.

The property was rebuilt in the early 19th century in 'Mughal' style, with bow walls and windows, wooden lattice and green copper-roofed veranda, and conservatory. The owner builder was returning Indian army officer Colonel James A�hmuty.

By the end of the 19th century it was owned by Noel Kinnell (d1927), civic leader, brewery owner and benefactor . His donation of the Town Millpond seawall promenade is commemorated in the plaque by the Slipper Mill (now ESSC). The town's annual fete used to be held in its garden until the 1950s.

Before the last war, the house was occupied by a well known local family, the Townsends. Requisitioned by the Navy during the war, it was occupied by Wrens. The Townsends sold the house and surrounding land in the 1970s, a local developer building a dozen houses around what became Kinnell Close. Threatened with demolition Seafield was rescued by (the late) Charles and Betty Smyth in 1977.

The property and its boundary wall are Grade II listed (List Entry Number: 1091624) and is being marketed by Emsworth Estate Agents, Henry Adams.

30th October

Green is the new Black in Fashion

For followers of fashion who also care about our planet, Tuppenny Barn’s Ethical Fashion Show on Friday 9th November couldn’t be more timely. Stacey Dooley’s recent investigation into fashion’s dirty secrets has highlighted the environmental damage caused by the clothing industry. Up to 15,000 litres of water used to grow the cotton for one pair of jeans… 300,000 tons of clothing dumped in UK landfill every year…

Now we know the impact, let’s start making changes to the way we shop for clothes.

For one evening only, Tuppenny Barn at Southbourne will be transformed into a fun boutique with a fashion catwalk show featuring ethical and sustainable clothing. It’s the perfect place to explore alternative ways to dress fashionably and with a clear conscience. Fashion brands will showcase contemporary, wearable clothes using ethically sourced materials such as Tencel, recycled polyester and merino wool, and organic cotton and linen. Some fabrics even started life as plastic bottles or seaweed!

“Ethical and sustainable fashion is a perfect fit with our ethos at Tuppenny Barn. We all need to become more conscious consumers so that the world’s natural resources are protected for future generations,” said Maggie Haynes, CEO at Tuppenny. 

The Tuppenny catwalk will be used to present brands such as Vildnis and Earthmonk, as well as giving ideas for stunning vintage outfits. And there will be a special discount on certain lines for people attending the show. Other stalls featured on the night will be Swap Shop (Transition Chichester), Clothkits, and Janice’s Pre-Loved.

 The compere for the evening will be Naomi Thompson of Southsea, whose love of alternative, thrift and secondhand clothing has led to her prominence as a blogger and writer of three Style Me Vintage books about sourcing and creating vintage looks.

Guests can browse and shop the clothing rails, be inspired by ideas to upcycle or re-invent and sit back and enjoy the catwalk action. There will also be a raffle with prizes on the night.

Further details and tickets at £10 each - which includes a glass of wine, can be obtained from the Tuppenny Barn website www.tuppennybarn.co.uk/events


27th October

Local Conservation Groups Concerned  that Local Green Spaces are Under Threat

Despite pressure from Environmental groups HBC appear to be pressing on with the Draft Local Plan 2036 without an updated Biodiversity Plan.

A short online survey has been produced to gauge the wider public view on the state of our local environment. The survey results will be presented at a public meeting in January when the Draft Local Plan will be voted on. To allow time to compile the results the survey will need to be completed by the end of the first week in December.

The survey is anonymous so apart from postal area they won’t know the identity of any participant.

Survey Introduction - From Havant Borough Environment Group

Havant Borough Environment Group Online Questionnaire is the joint venture of numerous cross-Borough volunteer conservation and residents groups. Our intention is to highlight resident’s priorities for their surroundings.

Few people can be unaffected by ever increasing alarms about the state of our environment; polluted air and water, Climate Change impacts, threats from extreme weather events, lack of green space and recreation space for a rising population and the rapid rise in endangered species make frequent headlines.

Here in Havant Borough, we need to focus on the particular local environment issues that need attention in the new Local Plan 2036

Please click on the link below to bring up the online survey so we can make sure Havant Borough Council can make appropriate and effective plans to address community concerns.


Your views and will be added to the data base and a report published and sent to Havant Council.

Readers of this article may also wish to consider why the field to the east of Westbourne Avenue and Westwood Close with its much used footpath connecting Emsworth with Westbourne is not included in Local Green Spaces in Havant Borough published by HBC in November 2017.

Organisations associated with this campaign include: Emsworlh Residents' Association, Hayling Island Residents' Association, Langstone Residents' Association, Langstone Village Association, Save Old Bedhampton, Warblinglon & Denvilles Residents' Association, West Bedhampton Residents' Association, Protect Our Green Spaces Group Friends Of The Earth (Hampshire) and Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (Hampshire).

11th October

Play inspired by Emsworth Oyster Industry debuts at The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre

Inspired by the rise and fall of Emsworth's oyster industry, Poisoned Beds written by Lucy Flannery and Greg Mosse will premiere at The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre on 1 November, the one day of the year that oysters can be harvested from Emsworth harbour.

The remains of the Emsworth oyster beds are still visible today for anyone who cares to walk along the foreshore of this picturesque harbour town. But the story behind the demise of the Emsworth oyster, and the people whose lives were so drastically affected, remains shrouded in confusion.

Getting to the bottom of the mystery surrounding the famous food poisoning of the Dean of Winchester is one of the motivations for local writer Lucy Flannery. Lucy co-wrote Poisoned Beds, which premieres at The Spring on November 1st. The date is no coincidence.

“Traditionally, it’s the one day of the year when permission is given by the harbour authority to harvest oysters,” said Lucy.

“It’s such a dramatic tale and an oft-cited one. But local people tend to know the odd detail about the Winchester banquet, not the whole story. Poisoned Beds fills in the gap.”

Lucy and her co-writer Greg Mosse, a Chichester resident who was less familiar with the sequence of events, got into a conversation about the famous banquet where Emsworth oysters did for the Dean.

“Talking about it, we realised what a gripping subject it is,” said Lucy. “Perfect for the theatre.”

The central character is a strong-willed Emsworth woman fighting for personal liberation against the backdrop of female suffrage and the Victorian oyster industry.

“Elizabeth Wells is an invented character, but her situation was not an uncommon one in late Victorian England,” said Lucy, who lives in Havant but is married to an “Emsworth boy”.

“Women like her were not unusual in Emsworth. A famous photograph from the time shows a formidable oyster woman in the doorway of an Emsworth shop.”

Mrs House sold oysters from her shop in South Street, Emsworth. She looks like a woman you mess with at your peril.

At its peak, the town harvested about 100,000 oysters a week from the waters of Chichester harbour and employed between 300 and 400 people, many of them women.

“Our focus was very much on events around 1900 up to the First World War,” said Lucy. “But there are resonances for modern audiences. Current concerns about plastics in our oceans echo outrage at the pollution of the harbour at the beginning of the 20th century. 

Lucy has an impressive CV, having written award-winning comedy for BBC Radio 4 and penned an array of shows for theatre and screen, including an episode of CBBC’s hit The Story of Tracy Beaker. She and Greg are collaborating with celebrated Havant musician John Gleadall, who has blended traditional music and catchy new compositions to accompany this story of female resilience.

The play is also followed by a post-show chat with international best-selling author Kate Mosse.

Poisoned Beds is at The Spring, on Thursday, November 1st, 7.30pm. For more information and to book your tickets, visit www.thespring.co.uk.

3rd October



The Friends continue to become involved in the health needs and wellbeing of residents in Emsworth and the surrounding community. With growing membership during the year, we have supported 20 organisations to the value of some £30,000. Our support spans all age groups, from young children with life limiting or threatening diseases, such as the Snowdrop Trust, young adults with learning difficulties, in this instance CHAOS Support, to people at the other end of life’s spectrum, for example Emsworth House and Malmsbury Lawn. Hopefully we fill in some of the gaps between all ages by supporting not only some of the well known hospice at home services, but also the lesser known organisations such as the Havant Talking Newspaper and the two local hospital transport groups. To some degree we are attempting to help integrate these organisations with our Health Directory, first published last year and launched at our Health Fair, and we have another planned for next year.

We are making a consolidated effort to upgrade the Friends’ garden over the next year, and are inviting members and non members to provide horticultural support in achieving these objectives. Our aim is to open the garden more often once improvements are made. The garden is used by many local organisations for their own events, and we hope with improvements made, this will attract more local involvement. One for everyone is the Christmas Fare event in the garden in conjunction with the Southbourne Lions on Saturday 15th December.

We are dragging ourselves into the digital age by launching the Friends’ sparkling new web site, with the considerable help and support of Mindworks, a local graphic design company based in Emsworth, and we hope to be up and running, and on line before the end of the year, a prospect the trustees are all excited about. This clearly will make our interfacing with our members, and the organisations we support, much more proactive.

The Friends are currently involved with other community groups over the future of the hospital site, and we are lending support to these initiatives.



20th September

IMAR are coming to Emsworth in October


Winners of BBC 2 Folk Awards 2018 Horizon Award and Mohsen Amini Winning Musician of The Year will be performing at Emsworth Baptist Church on Friday 19th October.


“Combining five outstanding instrumentalists from Scotland, Ireland, England and the Isle of Man, each with early roots in Irish music, their sound centres on a brilliantly melodious frontline of uilleann pipes, fiddle and concertina, and an essentially no-frills approach to trad-based material”  The Scotsman.


Imar are touring the UK in October, to promote the release of their 2nd studio album, Avalanche on 12th October.  Avalanche is Ímar’ second studio album and is like a turbo charged version of the first but with a vast range of dynamics, both moments of beauty and power. A strong album that is going to make for an incredible show on tour.


There are many reasons to be excited about the Glasgow-based five-piece Ímar – not least a line-up featuring current and former members of Manran, RURA, Talisk, Barrule, Cara & Mec Lir whose collectively crammed trophy-cabinet includes several BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and All-Britain/All-Ireland titles. By far the best and biggest reason, however, is how excited the band are themselves.


Two of the band are Manxmen – fiddler Tomás Callister and bouzouki ace Adam Rhodes.  Flautist and whistle player Ryan Murphy is from Ireland.   Bodhrán player Adam Brown, hails from Suffolk. Concertina player Mohsen Amini, is from Glasgow.


 “We all have a really strong shared background in Irish music – even though we all live in Glasgow and only Ryan’s actually from Ireland,” Brown says. These foundations underpin many of Ímar’s distinctive qualities, in both instrumentation and material, while also highlighting the cyclical evolution of Scotland’s wider folk scene. Go back a couple of decades or so, and Irish repertoire still predominated at many Scottish sessions and gigs, whereas today Ímar’s sound stands out boldly from the crowd.


“You won’t often hear anyone in Glasgow playing slides and polkas”

Besides being an Anglo-Iranian Scot playing Irish music on the concertina, BBC Radio 2 Musician Of The Year Award Winner, Mohsen Amini is also surely unique, among that instrument’s exponents, in citing the contemporary classical pianist/composer Ludovico Einaudi and celebrated film composer Hans Zimmer among his key musical influences. As this suggests, he has built on his traditional roots to develop a strikingly individual style, blending elements of Scottish, Irish and Breton music.


“it’s great having no fixed parameters – we’re just seeing what happens”

It’s this combined commonality and diversity of background and influences that fuels Ímar’s unmistakable synergy, centered on the overlapping cultural heritage between Scotland, Ireland and the Isle of Man. All three places once shared the same Gaelic language  – the name Ímar comes from a 9th-century king who reigned across this combined territory –  and a similar kinship endures between their musical traditions.


“there’s also an infectious, raw boisterousness and spontaneity in the playing – and a winning informality in the presentation”. The Herald

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13th September

Residents Cycle Around The Globe!


On 10th September a mental health awareness event took place at Leigh Park Community Centre with over 150 people attending. Local people were invited to the Positive Living Event to find out about what services are available for people with mental health issues in the Havant area. Twenty agencies were represented, including Citizens Advice, Bereavement Centre, Mind, Parkway, Off the Record, Community First Youth and Training Teams, Chrysalis, Orion Centre, iTalk, SDAS, Making Space, Samaritans, Recovery College, Hollybank, Richmond Fellowship and Biscoes Solicitors.

The Positive Living event took place on World Suicide Prevention Day, helping to raise awareness about mental health and what services are available. A person dies every 40 seconds by suicide and up to 25 times as many again make a suicide attempt. At the event there was an exercise bike with attendees taking it in turns to cycle as many kilometres as they could. The challenge was to cycle 100km which would be added towards the global number of kilometres people were cycling on the same day around the world at similar events. One person at the event stated “I wanted to attend the mental health day to find out about what help I can get for my 23 year old son, who has depression. I have met many mental health providers and got some really useful information and now feel more confident about helping my son with his recovery. I also had a go on the exercise bike and cycled 5k!”.

The event was organised by Community First’s Positive Pathways Big Lottery Funded Project, an initiative that supports people in the Havant area to volunteer in the community. Ina Allum, the Positive Pathways Coordinator said “we had a fantastic day with great support from local agencies, with the Deputy Mayor of Havant, Cllr Diana Patrick and Tim Houghton, Chief Executive of Community First, opening the event. Cllr Patrick also had a go on the exercise bike, contributing to the 100k achieved by the attendees. I would like to thank all the agencies and local residents that came along to support this event and hope that if just one person got the information they need to help them on their mental health journey, then it was a great success”.

12th September

New Community Land Trust continues to pressurise decision makers on the Emsworth Cottage Hospital site


Emsworth Community Land Trust (EmsworthCLT) was one of the organisations invited to joint local MP, Alan Mak, who chaired a meeting of local community organisations, the NHS, the local surgery and representatives from Havant Borough Council including the Emsworth Councillors, to discuss the future of the Cottage Hospital site.

The Community Land Trust’s Chair, Dwynwen Stepien said: ‘The MP’s private meeting in early September was a vital follow-up to the public meeting in Emsworth in August.  At the earlier public meeting more than 300 local residents signed up on the spot to join the Emsworth CLT.  That shows the strength of concern about the site expressed in the town.  People want to see the Cottage Hospital building used for health-related community purposes.  Everyone hopes the doctors will consider this location for a new surgery and modern health centre, but if that fails the Emsworth CLT can work with a housing association to come up with plans to develop the site with a mixture of truly affordable apartments and, importantly, community space on the ground floor that will be at least partly related to health and well-being.  MP Alan Mak’s involvement and his meeting in September should help drive an outcome that is in the interest of the community.”

The fact is that the original Emsworth Victoria Cottage Hospital was built in 1897 only because local people raised the money for the building and running of the hospital.  It was taken over by the NHS in 1948 and then gradually closed in recent years.  About five years ago it was transferred to the NHS Property Company so that they could sell it off.  It would be wholly against the on-going community views if the building were sold at a massive price then expensive flats were built. That would be regarded as an insult to the history of the building and to local residents who regard the site as the property of Emsworth people.

Chairman of Emsworth Business Association, Giles Babb said: “It is in the interest of all Emsworth that the hospital site is kept for community health.  If we lose the doctors and the hospital site becomes the site of expensive flats or second homes, it will mean that the High Street will become less and less viable for vibrant businesses.  We lost the banks, but we should fight for the site of the hospital to become preferably the surgery or if not a health-related community building.  That will help bring people in to the town centre regularly and keep it working.”

Dwynwen Stepien, Chair of the Emsworth Community Land Trust added: “We shall continue to work flat out to ensure that the very best use of this site is achieved.   We have worked with all the other local organisations and achieved a small measure of success in getting the NHS to take our Hospital site off the market. Now we need to keep the pressure on the decision-makers to ensure that this vital site is never snatched from the local community by a profit-hungry developer.”









10th September

Emsworth's 3rd Beer, Cider, and Wine Festival 28th-30th September has 30 ales on tap including several national winners at this year's CAMRA Great British Beer Festival.


Organiser Mark Ringwood said, "We're delighted that among the beers on offer we've the winners of the Bitter, Best Bitter, Golden Ale, and Barley Wines/Strong Old Ales on offer.  It means that we've had to trawl as far afield as Orkney, North Shields, Shrewsbury, and Lowestoft.  In addition we've the runners-up in the Overall Champion Beer of Britain, and the Strong Beer categories, along with an excellent representation of small breweries in our own region."


The Festival has moved into the larger but more atmospheric Assembly Hall in the Community Centre and starts at 6pm with sessions on the Friday and Saturday nights until 10.30pm, and a whole-day session on Saturday starting at 11am.  Tickets for these sessions are £10pp which includes a souvenir glass, programme, and drink tokens and are  available from Bookends (Emsworth) and www.wegottickets.com.  On Sunday, if there's any beer left, the session  runs 12noon-4pm and admission is free.


Locally-sourced ciders, organic apple juice, wines and gins will also be available.  Live music each night includes Old  Owens Band on Friday night.


23rd August

Help save our hospital site Emsworth United  First  Public Meeting  August 22nd 2018