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

 The first Meeting of #Emsworth United held at the Baptist Church on Wednesday 22nd August proved to be a huge success with an estimated 400+ residents in attendance (representing nearly 10% of households in the town) together with local organisations and Borough councillors.


Chaired and introduced by Stephanie Elsy (Chair of the Emsworth Forum) the following representatives gave a summary of the current and changing position:

  • Dwynwen Stepien  (Emsworth Community Land Trust)
    Sara Tiller  (CCG's director of developent)

  • Dr William Denby (Emsworth Surgery)

  • Mr David Thomas (Emsworth Health Action)

  • Councillor Richard Kennett (Ward Councillor)

  • Councillor Tim Pike (Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Lead for Finance and Regeneration)

A full full report of the meeting can be found HERE but in summary the key points made at the meeting were:


·        The Hospital site was no longer for sale but would be retained by the NHS until its future as a possible location for the Emsworth Surgery could be determined

·        That the possible use of the site by the Emsworth Community Land Trust for community space with affordable apartments was a good fit to the Borough's Local Plan

·        The Emsworth Community Land Trust was explained and launched with  250 of the attendees joining the organisation at the close of the meeting.

·        There was overwhelming support from the community that the best use of the site would be fro a new Emsworth Surgery together with related health service facilities and other community uses.

·        The meeting supported the view that the hospital  site should remain as a community asset and never be sold to developers.



Photos:John Tweddell



15th August

Chichester Harbour AONB Management Plan to be Updated

Chichester Harbour Conservancy has a duty to prepare an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Management Plan as the framework for the delivery of the statutory purposes and duty. The Management Plan is the single most important document for the AONB, setting out the guiding principles, Vision, objectives and actions for managing the area for 5 years at a time.  Chichester Harbour Conservancy prepare the Management Plan and it is for everyone with an interest in Chichester Harbour. The current Plan in place is the Chichester Harbour Management Plan 2014-19 but will soon be replaced by an updated Plan.

Chichester Harbour Management Plan 2019-24 - Consultation now open

Preparation of the Chichester Harbour Management Plan 2019-24 is currently underway and a Consultation Document is now available for review and comments.

Looking after Chichester Harbour is vitally important. The 29 square miles of landscape has a delicate balance of interests, from internationally important habitats and species, to a long and proud history of sailing and boat building. With 10,585 residents and an estimated 1.5 million visitors every year, it is essential to have a Management Plan that is fit for now and the future.

Our new Plan needs to provide a clear way forward to achieve our new Vision to 2050. The Plan is more than just the work of Chichester Harbour Conservancy; it is for everyone, so it needs to continue to reflect the views of partners, residents, visitors, businesses and all other stakeholders. This consultation is your opportunity to have your say.  For your convenience we have also prepared a summary of the changes proposed compared to the current Plan.  The facts and figures in the Plan were taken from the recently prepared State of the AONB report.

This document sets out the big issues all partners will seek to tackle in the next five years. This new Management Plan incorporates a series of actions to direct the way it is delivered. The Conservancy is also consulting on its 18 new Planning Principles, developed since the last Management Plan, which have helped to guide the Conservancy’s approach to development applications.  

Please take this opportunity to help shape the next Chichester Harbour Management Plan (2019-2024) by reading the Consultation Document and the summary of changes. You can comment by completing the online consultation response, or by emailing, telephoning or writing to the AONB Manager - details below.

Richard Austin
AONB Manager
Chichester Harbour Conservancy, Harbour Office, Itchenor, West Sussex, PO20 7AW.

01243 510982

Online consultation reponse

All responses must be submitted by 0900 on 15 October 2018

13th August


Tint Hair Lounge opened its doors on 7th August in West Street, Emsworth offering a truly innovative service in customer and environmental care.  

A salon with a big heart, Tint Hair Lounge focuses on understanding the customer along with their ethos of low environmental impact. This is the first truly ethical salon in the area featuring sustainable and eco friendly products. Tint has embraced sustainable beauty by stocking the full range of award winning Italian brand Davines offering vegan, cruelty free shampoos and hair colour. Tint’s sustainable business extends through to recyclable towels, biodegradable plastics, ecological dryers and earth friendly aircon.

Award-winning Peter Gibbs and Sarah Elliott are the duo behind the inspiration for Tint, bringing their expertise as hair stylists and colourists and their passion for hair, health and vitality to Emsworth. It’s a community they know and love having met training in Hayling Island over 10 years ago, working in different salons across the region, before coming together to create a vision for customer experience and a conscious business.

Leading the way for the future of small businesses Tint is making a big impact on the clients overall experience, at the same time reducing its carbon footprint with biodegradable, sustainable and recyclable products. “We wanted to create the experience for the customer where they feel like their sitting in their own lounge. It’s relaxed, fun and colourful with super talented stylists who truly listen and care about each client. Our environmental impact and our community is an extension of how we care. Tint hair lounge is where eco meets elegance.” says Peter Gibbs.

New customers are being welcomed to Tint with an exciting offer of a free £10 gift voucher for new clients with every cutting and/or stylist service. This offer runs until 30th November 2018. Call to book on 01243 941542

Tint Hair Lounge is open and ready to welcome new customers at 8 West Street, Emsworth, PO10 7DY. They can be found on Facebook @tinthairlounge  and Instagram @tint_hair_lounge


7th August

Calls to defer Emsworth homes plan to Environment Agency amid ‘horrifying’ flood and nature risks 

CAMPAIGNERS have called for a planning application to be deferred to the Environment Agency amid fears a development could lead to flooding. 

Residents have said Hampshire Homes’ plans for 46 homes east of Westwood Close, in Emsworth, could ‘pose a serious threat’ to the local water table after they were lodged with Havant Borough Council (HBC).  The build is pencilled for flood zone one land close to the River Ems – which according to the Environment Agency has less than a 0.1 per cent chance of flooding.  However, areas surrounding the site fall into flood zones two and three – which face a one per cent chance or greater of flooding from rivers in any given year. 

Chairman of Havant Friends of the Earth, Ray Cobbett, says the proposals must be deferred so a development’s full, potential impact on the River Ems can be assessed. 
‘The potential consequences of dumping two acres of concrete beside the river are too horrifying to imagine,’ he said.

‘Apart from raising the water table to affect surrounding land there is the impact of pollution and its effect on the Brook Meadow Nature Reserve downstream of the housing site.’ 

The July application came in the same month the National Planning Policy Framework was updated to encourage development only where it will ‘enhance’ the environment.  Mr Cobbett – along with Westwood Close resident Rosie Lefevre – both believe this proposal would fail to do that. 
‘We know homes are needed, but we don’t believe this site can take it,’ Rosie said.  ‘This land is not ploughed and it does flood – it’s a sponge. And I worry the developers are not aware of exactly what can happen there.’ 

Despite fears, property consultant Bryan Jezeph, on behalf of Hampshire Homes, said he believes there is ‘no issue with flooding’ and the revised NPPF ‘has not changed anything in respect of development’.  On the notion of an application referral, a spokesperson for HBC said it has consulted with 35 organisations on the plans – including  ecologists, the Environment Agency and Natural England.  It confirmed the plans would be assessed against the NPPF in its entirety and residents can comment on the application by August 22, by visiting bit.ly/2OH8NFM

The News 6th August 

3rd August

Warblington Seawall Repairs

Coastal maintenance works are about to begin to repair sections of damaged seawall within Chichester Harbour at Warblington, Havant. The works will commence on 1st August 2018, and will last for a period of 2-3 weeks. The repairs will be carried out by our Contractor, Graham Attrill Civil Engineering Ltd, from the Isle of Wight.

Annual structure condition surveys carried out by the ESCP Survey Team, have previously identified damage to the vertical concrete seawall. The structure consists of an internal concrete seawall, covered with a reinforced sprayed concrete surface. In several locations the sprayed concrete has become detached and is lying on the foreshore.

There are six areas along the length of wall which have been damaged in this way. These sections will be repaired to protect the internal structure from erosion. To carry out these repairs we will be using an innovative material called Concrete Canvas. This material has been used in coastal schemes along the south coast of England, although this is the first time it has been used by Havant Borough Council. The canvas material is delivered to site as rolls of fabric with a fibre matrix embedded within. It is then cut to length before being draped over the full height of the wall, allowing the fabric to follow the natural contours of the surface beneath (in this case, the internal concrete seawall). Once in place, the fabric is sprayed with freshwater to activate the concrete fibres which form an impermeable, energy absorbing concrete casing to the structure.

A small temporary compound will be set up in the field opposite St. Thomas a Beckett Church, following agreement with Warblington Castle Farm. There will be no impact on the public footpath at this location, however you may see some information signs installed around the area. These signs are to explain the works being carried out around the foreshore area and advising that access between Langstone and Nore Barn Woods should be carried out along the Solent Way rather than the foreshore.

Works on site will take place between 7am and 7pm, Monday to Friday. Any variation to this will be determined by the tide, and will be agreed between the Contractor and Havant Borough Council.

Updates will be provided via this webpage, and through a press release once the works are completed.

Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership

27th July

Emsworth United

Help save our Emsworth hospital site – public meeting on August 22nd

Emsworth Victoria Cottage Hospital, the vandalised empty building opposite the new Baptist Church,  suddenly went up for sale on July 25 2018 by the property arm of the NHS. As the building was originally given by the people of Emsworth to the NHS the popular view is that it should be given back to the community so that it can be at least part used for community use

This centrally located, iconic site could be redeveloped by a local trust, to provide additio­nal community facilities as well as affordable new homes.  The first public meeting will take place in the Baptist church on Wednesday August 22 at 6.30pm

A campaign – EMSWORTH UNITED - has been launched today to support the redevelopment of the hospital site by the Emsworth Community Land Trust who will work with the local community to decide the exact use of the site. The NHS could gift this site to the people of Emsworth once they establish that it will be used for local benefit. Will you join the campaign EMSWORTH UNITED to help influence the NHS decision

Elsewhere in the UK (Lyndhurst and Southwold) NHS buildings have been returned to the community, at no, or low, cost, provided that a local group takes on responsibility for developing and running them. Let’s get Emsworth people working together to achieve something similar. The first step is to have a public information meeting and question NHS Property Company on their strategy.  Please come along on Wednesday August 22 2018 at 6.30pm

Website:   emsworthclt.org.uk  for up to date information  

Email: emsworthclt1@google.com

25th July

Emsworth Car Parking Charges set to Rise

 Car parking charges throughout the borough will be increased next month.  Once again the council has failed to recognise the impact that these rise have on local businesses, residents and visitors alike.

Increased car parking charges in Emsworth, and other areas of Havant Borough, are damaging to business and to our local community. They exacerbate the problems of parking around local streets, motorists queuing for on-street parking spots and residents being reluctant to visit Emsworth for leisure and to shop. Ironically, they also tend to reduce the revenue raised as motorists avoid using the car parks.

It is noticeable that empty shops seem to have become a permanent feature of the town centre and increased parking charges will only exacerbate the problem at a time when local business are facing a host  of other problems such as decreasing footfall in the town centre and Increased rents and overheads. 

The increased charges are:

Palmers Road  Increase: Up to one hour, from 80p to £1  Increase: Up to two hours, from £1.50 to £1.90  Change: Up to five hours / £2.50 TO, up to four hours / £3 Change: Over five hours / £3 TO, over four hours /

North Street  Increase: Up to one hour, from 80p to £1  Increase: Up to two hours, from £1.50 to £1.90  Change: Up to five hours / £2.50, TO up to four hours / £3

South Street  Increase: Up to one hour, from 90p to £1  Change: Up to three hours / £1.80, TO up to two hours / £2 Change: Up to four hours / £2.50, TO up to three hours / £2.40  Change: £1 for any stay TO up to four hours / £3.20. 

Councillor Narinda Bains, cabinet lead for neighbourhoods, safety and enforcement said new money made will go back into the sites.  She said,

‘The parking charges throughout the borough have not increased in five years, since we last undertook a reviewed in 2013.  Any extra revenue from this review will be put back into the parking service to maintain car parks.’

 One visitor to Emsworth said,
' I visit this area at times during the year, and am very unhappy to  learn of  these increased charges. The increases are a great mistake for everyone in this lovely area',

and the view of a local resident,  

'The viability of this small town of Emsworth is at risk when shoppers are dissuaded from coming here because of the high parking charges


20th July

Royal Mail confirm Emsworth delivery office closure date

 ROYAL Mail has confirmed the closure date of its Emsworth delivery office – operations at which will then be relocated to Havant. This follows discussions with the Communication Workers Union (CWU) and office workers, and Royal Mail said there will be no impact on mail deliveries to customers, who will continue to be served by the same postmen and women. The Monday, August 20 closure means that if undelivered mail needs to be collected, residents would have to go to Havant rather than Emsworth, unless it is left with a neighbour.

Councillor Richard Kennett, who represents Emsworth on Havant Borough Council, said this is a ‘real shame’ for those who can’t travel easily and/or have mobility issues. He said: ‘The delivery office has been under threat for some time. ‘The closure is a real loss for residents who will have difficulty getting to Havant, despite Royal Mail describing it as a ‘relocation’.

Royal Mail said the move is part of its ongoing transformation to increase the efficiency of its operations and provide delivery offices that are fit for purpose. Detailed planning is now underway ‘to help ensure a smooth transition for operations, people and the service provided to customers’. Residents will continue to be served by the same postmen and women and there will be no job losses as a result of the closure. If customers have to collect mail because they were not at home when an attempted delivery was made, they will have to do this from the customer service point at the Havant delivery office. Royal Mail said it is open considerably longer than the office at Emsworth, including until 8am on Wednesdays and between 11am and 3pm on Sundays. Royal Mail can also leave mail items with a neighbour if customers are not at home, apart from special delivery items annd inbound international ones that require a signature. Customers can nominate a dedicated neighbour to take in their parcels by filling in a form at their delivery office. They can also arrange a redelivery free of charge on a day that is convenient for them (including Saturdays), or Royal Mail can deliver the item to a different address within the same postcode area. This service can be arranged by calling the number on the ‘Something for You’ card left or by visiting royalmail.com/redelivery.

The News 20th July

9th  July

Emsworth Surgery Move to Redlands Grange Site in Jeopardy?

The developers of this site, Bellway Homes and Bloor Homes, who initially gave an undertaking in their original planning application to set aside a portion of the land for a future new doctors surgery and pharmacy are seeking to withdraw from this agreement. The developpers position Is that: "the obligation to deliver the above Community Facilities is unreasonable and there Is not any valid reason to require this In planning terms. In support of this position, it Is noted that the obligation is not supported by any planning policy that applied at the time the outline application was determined,"

 As the Emsworth Doctors have not committed themselves to developing a new surgery on this site the agent for the developer has submitted three new applications for potential alternative usesand has applied tovary this agreement:

APP/18/00121:Variation of Section 106 Agreement dated 12 May 2011 associated with 10/74014/000, to extend the period to procure that the Community Facilities (doctors surgery and pharmacy) on the community facilities land for a further two years until 1st December 2019

If agreed this will effectively prevent the Emsworth Doctor committing themselves to the building of the new sugary at Rdlands Grange.

At this stage it is not entirely clear what the developers proposed alternative uses of the site might be although it is thought that one might be the construction of a children's' nursery.

The HBC Development Management Committee meets tomorrow to discuss and decide on these applications in the Hurstwood Room, Public Service Plaza at 5.00pm. Details of this meeting can be found at:  http://havant.moderngov.co.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CommitteeId=127&CF=&MeetingId=10599&Ver=4  The public are invited to attend.

8th July

Emsworth Museum Local History Walks

Details of forthcoming walks are now avilable. Details can be viewes HERE

29th June


Local Business Fights the Rising Tide of Plastic


Almost a year ago to the day Lockheed Martin UK embarked on a beach clean at The Oyster Beds, Hayling Island. On the 18th May this year, the firm returned for another dose of fresh air, community spirit and a sense of accomplishment along with the Friends of Langstone Harbour.

The Friends of Langstone Harbour are a conservation group promoting interest in the harbour and working to improve the area for local people and wildlife. They welcomed the help from Lockheed Martin to keep the shoreline clean and litter free, particularly as plastic in our oceans is currently such a hot topic.

A lot of the plastic from on-the-go food and drink packaging gets broken down in the sea and is often mistaken for food by fish and birds. Regular beach cleans are a great way for groups to get together as a team whilst helping their local community.

Lockheed Martin UK, based at Havant, regularly take part in volunteering activities organised by Community First and over the past few years have helped many local charities and organisations. Mark Ralphson, a director at the company, is pleased to be out working with Community First on local projects. He said, “The beach clean is always a great event, all be it we are surprised at the amount of plastic and general litter we find. It is a gentle reminder to all of us to dispose of our waste responsibly both as individuals and as Lockheed Martin.”


John Worley from the Friends of Langstone Harbour said, “We have had a lovely day with Lockheed Martin, Hayling has never been cleaner. It has been a privilege to be out with such a hard working and cheerful group of people.”

Without the support of local businesses, many charity and community groups would struggle. For more information about how you can get involved with the employee volunteering scheme contact Rachel Taylor at Rachel.taylor@cfirst.org.uk or telephone 0300 500 8085 ext.9724.

Communities First Wessex

19th June

Emsworth patients back call for town centre surgery




HUNDREDS of people have backed a campaign to keep a GP in their town centre.

Havant MP Alan Mak has earned the support of Emsworth residents with a petition calling for a new satellite surgery in the town centre, if its current practice moves. It comes amid long-standing plans to relocate Emsworth Surgery, in North Street, to a new centre in the north of the town, at Redlands Grange.

No decision has been made, but Mr Mak is urging residents to have their say before doctors begin final talks on the move in the coming months. The Conservative, who launched the petition in April, said:
‘Thank you to everyone who has backed me in my community campaign so far. Over the coming months I’ll be continuing to put pressure on the doctors and ensure that the option for an ongoing presence in the town centre is fully explored. I encourage everyone who has not yet done so to sign my petition – the more people that sign-up the stronger the message that we can send to the doctors.’

While Mr Mak wants to keep healthcare services in central Emsworth, for all residents, doctors have previously cited the benefits of moving north. As previously reported in The News, GP partner Dr Abu Chinwala said ‘approximately 8,500’ of Emsworth Surgery’s 13,000 patients live north of the town’s railway line – and are ‘not within walking distance’ of the existing centre.  But Mr Mak said if a satellite surgery can be run in Westbourne as it is now – close to Redlands Grange – there is a precedent for a similar facility close to Emsworth’s town centre.
Former councillor Brendan Gibb Gray, a patient at Emsworth Surgery, said the idea was ‘sensible’.
He added: ‘People trust doctors to make the right decision, but I believe keeping a satellite surgery in the centre of Emsworth, if we do get a new one, is the lesser of two evils.’

Meanwhile resident Ray Cobbett, who attended the initial meeting where the move was first proposed, said what is most important is that a decision is ‘finally made’.

He said: ‘This is something that has been looming for 10 years or so, with the current surgery being inadequate. I understand the views of those who live above the railway lane wanting services closer to them, but frankly what matters most now is that a decision is finally made.’

To sign Mr Mak’s petition or learn more about it, visit alanmak.org.uk/surgery.  The papers are also in HH Treagust and Sons family butchers in Emsworth high street.


The News 19th June 2018


3rd June


Local “Mumpreneur” Reaches Finals of National Business Awards

Former Emsworth resident,  mum, and business owner, Claudine Russell, has earned herself a place in the final line-up of The Mpower National Business Awards, prestigious awards celebrating parents throughout the UK who manage the difficult task of juggling business with family life.

Founder of Top2Toe Therapies Ltd in Havant, and mother to 4 year old Harry, Claudine, gave up work as an Office Administrator in Emsworth to start her own Complementary Therapy business and hasn’t looked back since. Claudine had previously enjoyed a successful career within Childcare Management but had always dreamed of working for herself in a role where she was helping others and making a difference to their lives. It was after the birth of her son that Claudine was inspired to put this plan into action. Claudine has been shortlisted for the ‘spirit’ category.

As well as being shortlisted for this category, Claudine is also in with a chance of winning the title of Mpower Woman Of The Year 2018, which will be awarded to the mum who is an inspiration to all women in business, and could walk away with a fantastic prize.

Having reached the finals of The Mpower National Business Awards, Claudine said “I am delighted and honoured to be recognised within this category. All I have ever wanted to do is help people. I have put my heart and soul into setting up my business in order to make a difference to people’s lives. I am more than just a Complementary Therapist, I genuinely care about the wellbeing of others and like to offer bespoke treatments in order to suit each individual. My approach is very intuitive, caring and authentic. I have some exciting ideas on how I would like to grow my business and different services I would like to offer in the future. These awards are a great platform for my work to be recognised and I’m excited to be part of this’’.

“There are a lot of awards out there, and we are proud about what makes these awards, and the women who enter, different!” said Nicola Huelin, multi-award winning business coach, founder of the Mpower awards, and mum to four children with her partner Graham. “Often invisible to most, mums in business are changing the business landscape, while raising and inspiring the generations of the future. We believe their efforts and successes in overcoming the unique challenges of combining business and motherhood, particularly in those first few years when it’s the hardest, need to be recognised and celebrated.”

Judging Claudine’s entry will be a panel of top parent entrepreneurs but she’ll have to wait until 23rd June, when the winners will be announced at The Mpower Gala, being held at the Holiday Inn Bloomsbury in London.

The Mpower Gala has been called The Networking Party Of The Year and is open to all entrepreneurs and business owners for an evening of networking, inspiration and celebration.Tickets can be purchased through the Mpower website, where you’ll find a range of resources and information for mums in business www.mpowerawards.com





30th May


New Antiques and Collectors Fair Comes to Emsworth

Arun Fairs (previous organisers of Goodwood & Fontwell) have booked the Emsworth Community Centre in North Street to accommodate their new event.  Over 60 stall-holders of varied and interesting antiques & collectables will be trading on the trial date of Sunday 8th July with further dates booked for the second Sunday of every month, dependent upon the trial date’s success.Arun Fairs, Emsworth

There will be four good sized rooms to visit selling Militaria, toys, dolls & teddies, haberdashery, silver, ephemera, postcards & badges, pictures, clocks & books to name a few with superb hot & cold refreshments and home-made lunches available to keep you going throughout the day.

Access to the venue is from North Street (behind the fire station) with free on site and local car parking available.  The event will be open from 10am to 3.30pm with just £1.00 entrance.

Arun Fairs already run a very successful monthly antiques fair in Rustington and are also expecting many of their previous Goodwood & Fontwell sellers and buyers to attend this event.

For more information please contact 07563 589725 or email silkroad@btconnect.com

Arun Fairs, Emsworth



22nd May


The Silent Enemy


How PTSD damages our vetrans and serving military personnel

Ever since the horrors of World War I, doctors have been helping British soldiers suffering with the enduing psychological effects of combat. But even though Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is betlef understood, Ws on the rise, And many of the serving or veteran military personnel who are diagnosed fail to receive the clinical or financial support they need.

Here are some of the shocking facts about how PTSD affects our nation's servicemen and women..... HERE


Driven to Extremes

Rehab 4 Alcoholism




18th May


Emsworth sorting office closure edging nearer

Emsworth sorting office Royal Mail bosses insist there is still no closure date for Emsworth’s sorting office – but it will shut this summer.

 The closure – first revealed early this year – has sparked fears town residents will face major inconvenience in having to travel to Havant’s sorting office to pick up undelivered mail. We welcome feedback from customers on our services but we are not required to publicly consult on operational changes. Royal Mail spokeswoman

The move to relocate the Emsworth delivery office to Havant follows discussions with the Communication Workers Union (CWU) and staff in both offices. Royal Mail said in February the move was expected to take place in ‘early summer’ this year, but they told us this week they are still not able to confirm the date. Detailed planning is taking place to help ensure a smooth transition for the service, staff and customers. They have stressed there will be no impact on deliveries nor any job losses as a result of this relocation.

For Emsworth, it’s another vital town-based service being lost after last bank, NatWest, closed last year. Asked whether local people had been consulted, a Royal Mail spokeswoman said: “Our consultation is with our unions and our staff and we have discussed the move with them. “We welcome feedback from customers on our services but we are not required to publicly consult on operational changes.

 “Customers do not need to come to the office to collect mail if they don’t want to or are unable to – we can deliver to a neighbour, to a nominated neighbour, to an alternative address in the same postcode area or they can arrange a redelivery on a convenient day – all options which are free of charge."

“The move is expected to take place in the summer, but we will announce a date when we have one nearer the time.”

We asked how many customers use the Emsworth sorting office but the Royal Mail replied: “We don’t publish usage figures.” The Royal Mail added: “The move is part of Royal Mail’s ongoing transformation of its business to increase the efficiency of its operation as well as providing delivery offices which are fit for purpose for our people and for our customers. “As a commercial business, Royal Mail is responding to the huge growth in electronic communications and decline in letter volumes, while seeing a high volume of parcels and online shopping which need to be delivered to customers.”

Chichester Observer 19th May 2018




15th May


Details of the Emsworth Show have been released and can be viewed HERE




14th May


Company to hold second exhibition for 260-homes plan in Emsworth


A SECOND public exhibition is to be held by a development company about a scheme to build 260 new homes.


Land and Partners is in the process of preparing a planning application to build on the land north of Long Copse Lane, Emsworth. The company held its first one in March, and said it is keen to work with the public when it comes to developing the scheme – which will then be taken on by a developer should it be approved by Havant Borough Council.


The exhibition will take place at Emsworth Community Centre from 5.30pm to 8pm on Wednesday May 23. 

The News 13th May 2018



10th May


Nic on the Emsworth Arts Trail

Nic Cowper describes Emsworth Arts Trail as the greatest possible motivator in his flourishing art career. The trail continues over the Bank Holiday weekend, with scores of artists participating across dozens of venues. For Nic, it is a hugely-important part of the year.

"I am a painter if you want a broad description. I am putting in watercolours and mixed media.  I am completely untrained formally. I started scribbling when I was very young and got known as the kid in class that could draw, so I didn’t bother with anything else.

" Nic opted out of A levels and drove vans instead before I was old enough to see sense and go back and study graphic design. I have had a career as a graphic designer since then. The art was a hobby, but it is going beyond that now. I only ever wanted to have a career as an artist.

The turning point came in 2005 when he did an amusing beach scene. He put it in a gallery window at a ludicrous price because he didn’t want to sell it, and it sold the same day... which set Nic thinking.

"I had painted before and then suddenly this happened, and it was like my art was worth something.

"When I left my previous company which was getting very big and I was getting a bit stressed out, I thought I had to do something that was more me.  I started painting, and I did my first arts trail after that. I did it mainly to show off the paintings I had been doing, and that was in a run-down old garage that a friend of mine happened to have. It was very successful financially. I started a website and I decided to do it semi-professionally.

"The pleasure of the arts trail is that it is has been the biggest motivating factor in my career as a painter. You are hiring the venue and paying out good money, and that gives you a good focus. Arguably, that’s what I need. At the arts trail I have used it consistently as a means to push my art forward and to think in terms of the customer.

"After a year, I started to develop themes each year at the trail.  My first trail was proper scattergun. For the second one, I tried to go entirely digital because that was my biggest seller on the first trail. That was less successful."The third one I did watercolour waves, and people loved that. That was three years ago. And then I did another waves year, called New Waves. I did four or five big-statement paintings.

"And then last year I did my South Downs sketchbook. This year, I am doing Into The Light."There were a couple of incidents last year during the show when I was thinking what was successful and what wasn’t successful, and one of the things that I thought was successful was the light coming in, increasing the contrasts on the paintings.

Chichester Observer 30th April




27th April


Westbourne Primary School Reading Shed Restoration Project

Four trainee teachers from the University of Chichester were given the challenge of transforming a shed at Westbourne Primary School in Emsworth into an irresistible reading den for all to use. With the help from pupils and staff, this really has involved the whole school from Reception to Year 6. Discussions between the University Students and the School Council has led to the children’s ideas permeating the design of their reading den.

The School Council representatives discussed with their classes their favourite books and then fed back to the University Students the following week. Ideas ranging from Robin Hood to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory prevailed and the resident artist of the group, Laura Cockroft, took to work to create an amazing design. One of the trainee teachers, Abi Stubbs, exclaimed; “We quickly became very interested and excited about this project due to the enthusiasm that was pouring out of the pupils at Westbourne, as well as our group’s combined interests of English and Art”.

The shed is now almost complete and the reactions from the children are inspiring. They are all very excited for the project to be finished. Becca Mallender, another University student added; “It was great to see the children communicating their ideas and watching their faces as they saw their visions come to life”.

The reading den is already a huge success with both children and adults in the school. This is a project that will last well into the future and inspire further generations of children to enjoy and love reading.







24th April


Bluebell Inn landlord to bike 100 miles for Children on the Edge 

34-year-old Emsworth pub landlord and Dad-to-be, Giles Babb is taking on a mighty cycling challenge for Chichester based charity Children on the Edge.

34-year-old Emsworth pub landlord and Dad-to-be, Giles Babb is taking on a mighty cycling challenge for Chichester based charity Children on the Edge.

The Prudential RideLondon to Surrey 100 race takes place on July 29th boasting the same route that the GB team rode in the London 2012 Olympics.

Along with others lucky riders, Giles will be cycling the stunning course on closed roads, beginning at Queen Elizabeth Park in London and out into the Surrey countryside. He’s getting stuck in to his training by racking up the miles, through early gym sessions, before the pub opens, but with spring in the air it won’t be long before he’s out on the road training.

Giles says, “I thought it was a great challenge to train for but I’m also looking forward to getting fitter before the new baby arrives in June”.

Giles became involved with Children on the Edge when a business associate recommended the challenge. As a father-to-be, Giles snapped up the opportunity to fundraise for a charity which supports marginalised children, living on the edge of their societies.

He hopes that taking part in the RideLondon 100 and fundraising for Children on the Edge will ensure that many children have hope, life, colour and fun as part of their childhood.

He said “Children on the Edge is an amazing local charity that works to ensure all children have a good start in life and a chance to succeed”.

Giles has a fundraising target of £30 for every mile he rides, hoping to secure £3,000 for Children on the Edge. He’s been rounding up support from friends, family and regulars at the pub, and even the physiotherapist at his gym has volunteered to guide him through his challenge.

£3,000 can provide over 60 children with education for a year at an Early Childhood Development Centres supported by Children on the Edge in Loco slum, Uganda. This provides vulnerable children with a safe place to learn and play with their friends.

Children on the Edge is still looking for two riders to Join Giles and the team. Giles said ‘If you’re in a fortunate enough position to give some good back to the world, this is your chance’.

Any interested riders, able to fundraise a minimum of £550, can call the Children on the Edge office on 01243 538530 or email fundraising@childrenontheedge.org. 








23rd April


Soldiers and Vetrans mark St George’s Day with Emsworth

Now in its tenth year Emsworth's celebration of St George's Day has become a favourite in the town's calendar celebrating the town's close links with the armed services.  Once again several thousand people packed the square and High Street to applaud the men and women of 16 Regiment RA, based on nearby Thorney Island and veterans as they marched through the town  led by the band of the Royal Artillery to parade in the Square accompanied by the children of Thorney Island Primary School.

The George Regis Jazz Band entertained the crowds before the parade started and the veterans assembled.  Veterans joined together for the parade.

Each veteran was presented with the Emsworth Rose as a mark of their service by Havant’s Mayor, Councillor Elaine Shimbart,

The parade was organised by Councillor Rivka Cresswell with help from members of the Business Association and Havant Rotary Club.   A street collection raised money for SAAFA,.







21st April


Residents and groups meet with company to discuss 260-home plan for Emsworth at forum

HAVE YOUR SAY PLANS were outlined and concerns were voiced at a meeting about proposals to build 260 new homes on a greenfield site. Residents, councillors and group representatives well-attended Land and Partners’ development consultation forum, to find out more about the company’s plans to build homes on an Emsworth field. But many are still objecting to the proposals, which involve a field north of Long Copse Lane, near to Westbourne. As previously reported in The News, many have concerns about traffic, drainage problems, wildlife, and pressure on local services. J

onathan Harbottle, director of Land and Partners, said: ‘We felt it was a worthwhile and constructive exercise for us to be able to explain the technical aspects and background to the project, and get direct questions back in the open forum, which we were then able to answer openly. ‘One of the outcomes from the direct engagement is that we are now working with several residents opposite the site, to understand the problems some of them are having with drainage, and to explore how we can improve their existing situations as part of the new development.

 ‘A point made was that we need to ensure there are enough parking spaces in the layout, the densities should not be excessive. ‘And the character of Long Copse Lane should be preserved by not changing the character too much.’ Jonathan said that as the lowest parts of the site front Long Copse Lane, open-water drainage areas can be put at the front, so that the area is kept open.

He said this would minimise the impact on the neighbours opposite the site. Representatives from the Emsworth and Westbourne areas were invited to speak on behalf of groups and residents, including Charles Ashe from Emsworth Residents Association, and Roy Briscoe from Westbourne Parish Council – both of which object to the proposals. Havant Borough Councillor for Emsworth, Richard Kennett, also objects – and said he would be supporting the action group residents are planning to set-up in response to the plans.

He said: ‘The event was very well-attended and it shows just how much people care about what’s going on. ‘People are worried about traffic movement on Long Copse Lane, and also the protection of the bats on-site.’ Councillors raised queries about schools, doctors surgeries and cycling routes, which Land and Partners said it has agreed to investigate.

Councillor Roy Briscoe, chair of Westbourne Parish Council’s planning committee, said: ‘‘Planning policy over many years has protected the countryside around Westbourne to maintain its identity and character, and we urge Havant Borough Council to continue to protect this important gap in the urban fringe. ‘We do not consider the locations as suitable for the development. It is remote from local community infrastructure and services that are available in Havant.’

The News 20th April 2018




21st April


Korean War hero ‘insulted’ at plans to limit veterans at Emsworth St George’s Day parade

The proposal won’t affect this year’s spectacle, with organisers saying veterans will always be welcome However, ‘conversations’ have been held which could see limits placed on the number of war heroes processing at future parades 1 HAVE YOUR SAY SNUBBED veterans say they are being pushed to the sidelines after plans to limit their numbers taking part in a popular parade came to light. War heroes from Emsworth say they have been left feeling ‘insulted’ over proposals to potentially cap the veterans’ ranks at the town’s future St George’s Day celebrations.

A former long-standing organiser of the event claims Havant Borough Council’s new team is seeking to only have just 50 retired service personnel to future events. One of the town’s councillors admitted plans were being looked at to impose a cap for ‘logistical’ and ‘security’ reasons but stressed this wouldn’t impact this year’s event, adding all veterans were welcome to join.

However, Korean War veteran Norman Davies – who helped set up Emsworth’s event for the past 10 years – lashed out over the proposals. The 86-year-old retired Warrant Officer, of Rosemary Way, Horndean, said: ‘This is an insult. I feel bloody angry to be quite honest. Norman Davies ‘I have been told that we will have to keep the number of veterans down to 50, including standard bearers. In previous years we’ve had 90 to 100 people taking part. It’s not on.

’ The procession was set up to honour the heroism of veterans who fought in the Second World War, as well as those in the Korean War and conflicts in Malaya and Borneo. More recently, currently serving soldiers from Thorney Island have taken pride of place at the parade, processing through the town centre.

Councillor Rivka Cresswell has been helping to organise this year’s spectacle and said ‘conversations’ had been had with groups taking part about how many veterans would be able to join future parades. Asked whether numbers would ever be capped on the event, she said:

‘It could be the case – it’s not the case this year, we have still got 70 people marching. ‘In the past few years the number of veterans has doubled. ‘I think there will come a day where we will have to put a restriction mainly because of security and logistics.’ She added the parade had grown to such a large number it was becoming difficult to fit everyone in Emsworth’s High Street.'

‘We now have more veterans than soldiers,’ she said. ‘We need to get a balance.’ John Measham, of the Malay and Borneo Veteran Association, is the current commander of the veterans’ contingent and has been involved in the discussions with Cllr Cresswell.

He said the suggestions were ‘sensible’, adding: ‘We have got no beef with the council. ‘The main concern was the space available in Emsworth – there isn’t enough of it.’ However, Mr Davies said the discussions could cause ‘confusion’ for veterans thinking of attending this year’s ceremony. He added Korean War veterans felt like they had been ‘forgotten’ and demanded assurances they would always be able to join the parade.

‘I fought for two years in Korea, it was a horrible, horrible war – a real war,’ he said. ‘There was hand-to-hand combat and trench warfare. It was like the First World War. ‘We Korean veterans are now getting fewer and fewer as the years go by. This parade is an important venue for us to be remembered.’

The parade will take place on Monday from 10.30am. It will feature a contingent of 45 soldiers from 30 Battery, 16 Regiment Royal Artillery and members of the Band of the Royal Artillery.

The News 20th April 2018

29th April

Roof torn off double-decker bus in Emsworth after railway ‘bridge strike’

A DOUBLE-DECKER bus lost its roof in a crash in Emsworth this afternoon.

An Emsworth and District bus had its roof torn off after hitting a railway bridge in North Street at about 2pm. The bus' roof after it was sliced off by the railway bridge in North Street. Credit: John Horsman Pictures from the scene – which show a build-up in traffic with the bus’ sliced-off roof left below the bridge – were captured by John Horsman, a passing driver for courier service Stellar Despatch. Describing what he saw, Mr Horsman, 60, said:

‘I was driving up North Street and saw there was someone making a U-turn. as they moved I saw the bus with no top on it and the roof under the bridge. ‘It was bizarre.’

Speaking to The News, Emsworth and District director Caren Lea said: ‘Unfortunately a bus travelling light has had a bridge strike. ‘No passengers were on board, there were no injuries and we are currently investigating the incident.’

A driver for Stellar Despatch for the past year-and-a-half, Mr Horsman added: ‘I was glad to hear no one was hurt. ‘But I was surprised as a local firm they [Emsworth and District] did not know about the danger of the bridge.’

The News 19th April 2018


19th April


Outstanding Ofsted Report for Green Roots Nursery Pre-School centre in Southbourne

Green Roots Nursery and Pre-School have had a fantastic start to Spring receiving Outstanding from OFSTED in their recent inspection and a Gold Eat Out Eat Well award.

“We are so pleased the high level of care we provide has been recognised and we have received an Outstanding grade and Gold award. We would like to thank our team for the amazing work they do every day and our families for their support. We look forward to continuing to develop Green Roots to ensure we maintain these high standards.” Gemma Lawson – Green Roots Manager

OFSED praised Green Roots stating “Children flourish in an inspirational learning environment. Children are extremely happy, confident and self-assured, and their emotional and physical well-being are supported incredibly well.”

The Eat Out Eat Well scheme was launched by Environmental Health Officers in February 2014 across Sussex to ensure people have healthy and nutritious meal options whether they are eating out, buying a takeaway or having a lunch at work.

We introduce flavours from around the world so every mealtime is an opportunity to learn, and not just about the food.  Mealtimes with us are sociable and fun, with healthy balanced meals and creative menus that help children develop a real interest in what they are eating” Rury Clark– Green Roots Chef

“Having first helped to grow the vegetables in our garden, we encourage children to be involved with mealtimes by serving themselves whenever possible and organising regular cooking activities with our Chef.  This can prevent bad food habits and we judge our efforts on the results – empty plates after every meal, smiling faces and glowing skin!” Gemma Lawson – Green Roots Manager

The assessment looks at the way the food is prepared, the ingredients used, how staff are trained and healthier choices promoted.  As well as encouraging healthier food options, Eat Out Eat Well rewards caterers who increase their use of fruit, vegetables and starchy carbohydrates while limiting their use of fats, sugar and salt.



www.green-roots.com      https://eatouteatwell.org/






5th April


Local MP, Alan Mak Leads Support the Emsworth Surgery Campaign


Local MP Alan Mak has launched a campaign calling on the Emsworth Surgery’s doctors to keep an ongoing presence in the town centre following a potential move of their main surgery to a new building at Redlands Grange.

Talks between the doctors and NHS England to build a modern health centre for Emsworth at Redlands Grange are at an advanced stage, with an announcement expected in the coming months.

In anticipation of the planned Redlands Grange move, Alan has brought together other community representatives in calling for a community presence to be maintained in the town centre – with a satellite surgery the preferred option. The doctors currently operate a satellite surgery in Westbourne, close to the location of the new clinic.

Speaking after the launch, Alan encouraged all residents to back his campaign by signing-up as supporters on his website to demonstrate the community’s support for a surgery presence in the town centre.

Alan said: "Over the last three years I’ve chaired a number of meetings between the doctors, the NHS and other stakeholders to turn our vision of a modern health centre for Emsworth into a reality and to identify the best possible option that meets the long-term needs of the community.

“Some people hoped that the old Victoria Cottage Hospital site could be used. However, the doctors have the final say, and their view is that a new, modern purpose-built facility at Redlands Grange secures the long term clinical needs of local residents.

“Nevertheless, I believe it’s important that some presence is maintained in the town centre, especially for those residents who would find it harder to access the new facilities at Redlands Grange. That’s why I have launched my campaign to persuade the doctors that Emsworth Surgery needs to keep a presence in the town centre.”

The campaign has been backed by the business community, with Sue Treagust from the Emsworth Business Association saying that it was important for the town that the doctors have a retained presence.

She said: “Although I am disappointed by the decision to move to Redlands Grange, I believe now that it’s vital the community comes together to ensure that some health provision remains in the town centre. I’m support the aims of Alan’s campaign and I encourage all residents to get behind it.”


The campaign is also supported by all three of the Emsworth councillors, who backed the push to retain services in the town centre.


Cllr Richard Kennett said: “From speaking with residents I believe most people wish to finally see a modern health centre for Emsworth even if that means moving to Redlands Grange. However, I fully back Alan’s idea of a satellite surgery which is a sensible compromise and hopefully something that everyone can get behind.”


If you wish to sign-up to the campaign please visit here

If you wish to leave a comment, visit alanmak.org.uk/contact









2nd April


 Christians in Westbourne, near Emsworth mark Good Friday

Christians in Westbourne, near Emsworth, marked Good Friday with their traditional walk through the village with a large cross, recalling the death of Jesus. Celebrations of the resurrection included a sunrise service on Easter Sunday, followed by breakfast.

Rev Andrew Doye, rector at St John's parish church, said: "Easter is the great celebration in the church, taking us from the solemn sadness of Jesus' cross to the joy and brightness of his rising from the dead. God brought new life, then; and does so through his love and mercy to us, today."






26th March


Emsworth Museum Re-opens for the 2018 season on March 31st

Following last year’s successful temporary exhibition of the CDAS finds from the Warblington Roman Estate, Emsworth Museum is pleased to provide a permanent home for the unique Warblington Cist and other finds from the excavation.


The new CDAS display cabinet will be formally opened by David Hopkins, the Hampshire County Archaeologist at 10.30 on March 31st


The picture shows Trevor Davies and Jane Weeks of Chichester and District Archaeology Society (CDAS)  preparing the new display cabinet.


The Museum is pen om Saturdays and Bank Holidays 10.30am - 4.30pm Sundays 2.30pm - 4.30pm and St \St George’s Day (23rd April)  10.00am - 2.00pm Admission is freewww.emsworthmuseum.org.uk.




26th March


Emsworth Business Association raises £6,500 for local primary schools


Each year the Emsworth Business Association supports a local good cause which has included over the last few years the Rosemary Foundation, The Rowans Hospice and Stonepillow. The EBA chose as its local good cause for 2017 the two Emsworth Primary Schools – St James’ Primary School and Emsworth Primary School with the aim of supporting the future generations of the community. Giles Babb, Chair of the EBA was delighted this week to hand over a cheque to Headteachers Kate Fripp and Erika Biddlecombe for £6,500 which will be shared by the two primary schools. Fund raising events over the year included –

·        Emsworth Apple Pressing Day

·        The Community Seafood Lunch held during Emsworth British Food Fortnight

·        Father Christmas’s Grotto at the Emsworth Christmas Lights Turn on

·        Christmas Tree re-cycling

The series of fund raising events culminated with the annual Emsworth Charity Black and White Ball, held at the Brookfield Hotel and attended by almost 100 people which raised through an auction and raffle in excess of £4,000.

The Emsworth Business Association would like to thank all the local business and residents who contributed and supported these events last year and are delighted that the amount raised will make a significant difference to these two primary schools.

“On behalf of St James' Primary School thank you for the money raised for our school and our children.  It is superb to see our local community through the EBA supporting the education of the future generation of Emsworth.  One of the joys of Emsworth is the team spirit shown by residents and businesses which is demonstrated with this fund raising.  Thank you.”  Erika Biddlecombe, Headteacher, St James' Primary School, Emsworth'  


“Emsworth Primary School are incredibly grateful for the fund raising by the community which will benefit the children in so many ways. It shows our pupils the power of collaborative work and the importance of being part of a wider community with local interests. We are looking forward to sharing with you how the funds will be spent and the benefits to our learning and environment! Thank you from all of us.” Kate Fripp, Headteacher Emsworth Primary School.


 “This the largest total the EBA has ever raised for its annual support of local good causes and we have been amazed by the continued generosity and support of businesses. These are tough times for many businesses and the fact that many still supported this initiative shows just how strong and determined this community is.” Giles Babb, Chair EBA

For more information - www.emsworth.org.uk & www.stonepillow.org.uk







19th March


Residents fear the ‘destruction’ of Emsworth as proposals for 260 new homes

PROPOSALS for 260 homes on a greenfield site have sparked an outcry from residents who have said: ‘don’t clog up our town’.

Land and Partners has revealed plans to build on a field north of Long Copse Lane, Emsworth, and will hold a public exhibition at the town’s community centre. The field opposite Long Copse Lane, Emsworth where developers want to build 260 homes  But many fear the plan, part of Havant Borough Council’s plan to see 1,700 homes built in Emsworth by 2036, will add to the ‘destruction’ of the town.

Dr Alistair Thomas, 74, has lived opposite the field for 33 years.

He said: ‘Traffic and a growing population is swamping Emsworth such that everybody’s quality of life, including any new people, is and will continue to suffer.

‘There’s going to be too many people in an area with not enough infrastructure.

‘Our road is very narrow, it can’t fit two cars down it and there’s no pavement.

‘The town itself is getting busier and is being destroyed. This new development will only make things worse.’

In 2014 Bellway Homes finished building 280 houses to the south of Long Copse Lane, as part of its Redlands Grange development.

The field to the north of it has an area of 15.8ha and is used as grazing land and horse paddocks.

Jonathan Harbottle, director of Land and Partners, said: ‘We understand the positive benefits of respecting the environment, engaging with the community and insisting on high-quality design, tailored to the local context.

‘Our proposals north of Long Copse Lane are very-well contained by existing development and natural boundary features.

‘We propose to keep open the frontage of the land facing the lane with a green corridor which acts as a visual buffer, a biodiversity corridor and sustainable water feature.’

Mr Harbottle said there would be no more than ‘about two additional vehicle movements every minute’ on the road network as a result.  Havant Borough Council has proposed the build of 9,549 homes by the year 2036, in its Draft Local Plan.  A total of 125 homes are being built on land west of Horndean Road in Emsworth.  And 1,100 homes have been earmarked for Southleigh, the strategic gap between the town and Denvilles.

Paul Brown, 52, lives on Long Copse Lane with his family. He said: ‘We’re resolved that if the development does go ahead we’ll probably just move.

‘I can’t believe 260 homes can be put on that field without some major changes to the road infrastructure around here, it would just clog this lane up.’

The exhibition will take place at Emsworth Community Centre tomorrow, from 5.30pm-8.30pm.


The News 20th March 2018








12th March


The Future of the Old Hospital Garden

The Friends of Emsworth Community Health (FECH) hold the Old Hospital garden in trust for the community and a few of us have been trying for more that 12 months to get improvements to the garden so that our residents can enjoy it. 

Restoration plans and ideas for opening the garden to the public have been presented, but were rejected by the trustees. They seem determined to keep it under lock and key, and open it only for occasional use.
With more and more homes being built in the area, and with no public space south of the A27, the garden is a valuable but under-used community asset. 
FECH is a small and little known local charity, but has assets of more that 600k and apparently distributes interest on capital to local good causes without breaking into its enormous capital. The garden (if restored) would become a huge asset locally and be a place of peace and relaxation, helping the health and well being of our residents - young and old.
Please consider attending the FECH AGM that takes place on Thursday 22nd March at 4.30pm in the Community Centre. Perhaps the Trustees can be persuaded the public should have a voice about the garden’s future?
If you would like to become a member of the friends the subscription is £2 which can be paid via BACS [ FECH-account 00013227- sort code 40-52-40]

Malinda Griffin  12th March 2018




1st March


Footpath loss angers locals at Emsworth homes plan exhibition


A PUBLIC exhibition to showcase plans for a new development and gain feedback from residents was held at a community centre.

Curious members of the public visited Emsworth Community Centre to learn more about Hampshire Homes’ plans to build 49 homes off Westwood Close, in Emsworth.

The move follows the Development Consultation Forum held at Havant Borough Council’s Public Service Plaza in January.

But some of those who attended said the boards of information, which were on display yesterday, told them ‘nothing new’.

Ray Cobbett, chair of the Havant branch of Friends of the Earth and who opposes the development, said: ‘Most of what I’ve seen today I’ve seen before, except for the very basic designs.

‘This is over-development on a valued piece of land – a green space with Emsworth on one side and Westbourne on the other.

‘The development isn’t even needed to meet the council’s housing targets.

‘It should have been designated as a green space by the council because it includes a much-loved historical footpath, which will now be diverted into a flood zone.’

The 1.48-hectare site is neighboured by the River Ems and the West Sussex village of Westbourne.

The developer plans to build four one-bedroom flats, 22 two-bedroom homes, 19 three-bedroom homes and four four-bedroom homes, with a total of 121 car parking spaces.

Tony Dove, 73, lives in Westwood Close and attended the exhibition. He said: ‘People won’t be able to use the path when it’s wet. I don’t think the developer is listening to residents – today is a sham, we’ve seen it all before.

‘The only thing I haven’t seen is the picture of the houses, which isn’t detailed at all.’

Residents questioned why the homes couldn’t be added to the some 2,100 due to be built at the Southleigh site, between Emsworth and Denvilles, identified in the council’s Local Plan 2036.

Phil Shephard, 65, lives in Westwood Close. He said: ‘There’s 2,000-odd homes being built elsewhere in Emsworth, but here we’ve got 49 houses encroaching on to the last greenfield site between Westbourne and Emsworth.

‘It’s messing with a famous footpath and water voles – which I saw at the Westbourne end of the river last year.

‘They’re endangered.’

Hampshire Homes said it will listen to the community and incorporate feedback given into its planning application, which will be submitted to the council ‘in the coming weeks’.

Director of Hampshire Homes, Ian Wallace, said: ‘Residents were keen to engage with our team and turned out in numbers.

‘Of particular concern was the footpath, and we’ve been happy to take peoples’ thoughts on board.

‘We’re proposing the path is diverted slightly to ensure it’s kept within the green space. A portion of it is being moved out of the developable area to a small section of flood zone 2.

‘A large section of the remainder of the path sits within flood zones 2 and 3.

‘Discussions with Hampshire County Council’s Rights of Way team are continuing about the diversion, and correct measures will be taken in selecting the finished surfacing and maintenance of the footway.’

The News 28th February 2018





28th Februay


Havant Council Tax Rise for 2018-19

Havant Borough Council has ‘with great reluctance’ decided to increase its council tax for the first time in nine years – with an increase of 2.99% which is £5.76 per year – less than a month’s membership of Netflix at £5.99.

Councillor Michael Cheshire, Leader of Havant Borough Council, outlined how the council planned  to maintain its financial sustainability while continuing to boost the local economy and make the area as prosperous as possible.

The 2.99% increase will result in a Band D rate of £198.54 which equates to a £5.76 increase per year. He said that the budget will be under constant review.

He told the Full Council meeting on Wednesday night (21 Feb): “We have delivered and will continue to deliver affordable high-quality services of our customers and residents for less cost and yet we have done this without lowering our standards.

“We have achieved this while facing a significant reduction in central Government funding (the Revenue Support Grant) which in 2016/17 was £1.4m, is now £290,000 and from 2019/20 will be zero.

“However, despite this reduction in central funding, we continue to provide a full range of public services for people and businesses in our borough, furthermore we continue to explore every option to deliver value for money for our residents.”

He told the meeting how the council was achieving its key priorities.

He said: “We will seek to enhance our economic growth by transforming our town centres in order to attract inward investment and work to finalise our local plan.

“We will look at our major development opportunities such as Havant and Waterlooville town centres, Hayling Island, Brockhampton West and Dunsbury Business Park to focus on regeneration opportunities.

“We will continue to maintain our financial sustainability. This will be achieved by our continued support in growing our joint venture Norse South East and building on our strong relationship with other councils, in particular our shared management with East Hampshire.

“We will maintain our environmental sustainability programme and this will be achieved by continuing to develop our excellent coastal partnership, offering a high quality level of service across the breadth of the partnership coast, this includes seeking investment of improvements to Langstone and Hayling Island.

“We will continue to strive for public service excellence as an organisation at the centre of democratic and civic leadership here in Havant. This will be achieved by investing in our staff, councillors and our business community.

“Using customer insight, we shall determine our service priorities and redesign our processes such that our customer’s most important services are delivered at the right price at the right time and to the required quality.”

To read the full speech please click on this link: http://havant.moderngov.co.uk/documents/b32775/Leaders%20Budget%20Speech%2021st-Feb-2018%2017.00%20Council.pdf?T=9






13th February






12th February


An explosion of colour awaits visitors to Emsworth this spring.

On 28th, 29th April and 5th, 6th, 7th May 2018, Emsworth Arts Trail will showcase the exciting and varied work of over 100 talented local artists within the town.


From home studios to community halls, businesses, sailing clubs and churches, artists will open their doors to art lovers on its popular annual arts trail.


Nearly all venues are located within a mile of Emsworth’s town centre.  By walking or cycling, visitors can look forward to meeting artists and have a chance to purchase their work.


“A full spectrum of mediums and styles including painting, printmaking, photography, furniture making, weaving, woodturning, ceramics, jewellery and textile art will be on display,” explains Carol Price, chairman of The Emsworth Arts Trail.


“We have lots of exciting new artists and makers this year, offering something new to visitors, alongside many established names that have been part of the trail since its launch in 2001,”


Emsworth Arts Trail works alongside local business to help stimulate economic activity in the town. Nearly 50 companies have paired up with one or more artists to exhibit their work for its ‘Adopt an Artist’ scheme.


"We are delighted that so many shops, restaurants, churches, pubs and cafes across the town have offered their premises as temporary galleries so that visitors will be able to take advantage of all that Emsworth has to offer whilst enjoying the art on display.  Nearly all of the venues are based near the centre of Emsworth so visitors will be able to follow the Art Trail map on foot or by bike to take in as many as they like,” explains Carol.


Organisers recommend parking outside the village or on the outskirts of the Trail and walking in, as parking in the town is often very busy over the two weekends.  All public transport information can be found on the web and in the Trail Guide.


Look Out For:


The Boat Project, the Arts Council England initiative that formed part of the London 2012 Olympic Festival will be on display at Hollybank House during the first weekend of the trail. ‘Collective Spirit’ is made of thousands of donated wooden items and was built in Emsworth during 2011-12. It documents the lives of people within the South East of England, with many items coming from local residents. http://theboatproject.com


Hollybank House will also host a collection of artists on the 28th – 29th April, and promises to offer visitors a special experience this year.


And, of course don’t miss all the local artists who open up their studios and gardens to welcome visitors to their homes, definitely worth a visit for a chance to see their work and spend some time in their company.


The event runs over two weekends on 28th – 29th April and 5th, 6th, 7th May 2018.


Visit the Emsworth Arts Trail’s website for more information on each artist, opening times, access and trail map www.emsworthartstrail.org.uk




23rd January


Customers express their shock at sudden closure of restaurant

THE OWNER of a restaurant has stressed that the venue will reopen, despite it’s abrupt closure.

The temporary closure of Woosters, the fine dining restaurant in Emsworth, has led residents to take to social media and express their shock but the owner of the restaurant, based on South Street, has quashed rumours that the restaurant is closed for good.

Nicholas Ralls stated that the reason behind the closure is so that he can focus on enhancing the site’s customer service.  He said: ‘Woosters is only closing for a short period of time, to allow systems to be implemented that will enhance our customers’ experience.  Once they are in place, my vision for a top restaurant supported by high class musical entertainment, will reopen with customer service fully at the forefront.

‘Woosters will, I hope, be enjoyed for many a year by the people of Emsworth and beyond.’  Users on Facebook expressed their dismay upon learning that the site had closed.

When trying to book a reservation, customers are told that the team regret to inform that the site is closed and to email in any reservation enquiries.

There is no information online to state when the restaurant will reopen, but Nicholas advised that it should be in ‘just over a month’s time.’  The business owner is also focusing on another project that has been in the pipeline since 2014, a boutique hotel.

Nicholas said: ‘We have been granted planning permission for a seven-bedroom hotel which we will call Jeeves Boutique Hotel.  It will run alongside the restaurant.  It is going to be beautiful and we’re hoping to include a deluxe penthouse but we need to get that agreed next, added Mr Ralls.

‘In regards to Woosters, we have a loyal fan base and we do already provide our customers with a high quality service. My team work very hard.  But I believe that there is always room for improvement so we want to implement a few updates for our customers.
Our online and offline following will see us reopen within the blink of an eye,’ he added.

The News 23rd January




17th January


Developers and locals clash over proposed Emsworth homes

FRUSTRATIONS have been aired by members of the public over a proposed development of 49 new homes.

Councillors, residents and planners from Hampshire Homes packed into Havant Borough Council’s Public Service Plaza for a development consultation forum, to discuss the potential development of homes in the land off of Westwood Close, Emsworth.

The proposed site for the homes, which was earmarked in the council’s draft local plan, contains a public footpath and sits next to the River Ems.  Between 30 and 40 per cent of these homes will also be affordable housing.  Havant Borough Council is required by the government to provide a total of 9,260 new homes by 2036.  Resident fears lay with flood risk from the River Ems, as well as the future of the environment in the area.

Charles Ashe from the Emsworth Residents Association is one of those who opposes the plans.

He said: ‘The main reason we are opposing this proposal is that the council’s local plan has more than enough sites to fulfil their housing obligations, so this isn’t needed  ‘There is also the green issue of the corridor between Emsworth and Westborne, because there won’t be any greenery left if this goes through.’

John Harvey, 76, lives in Westwood Close. He said: ‘My partner and I have lived here for 33 years.  We are against the application because we are concerned about the traffic that will be caused once people have moved in, as well as the traffic that will be coming in as the work is being done. I can’t really comment on the flooding issue, so we have to assume that the proposed developers know what they are talking about.  The initial plan was going to be right next door to us but has now been moved, so that is an improvement at least.’

Director at Hampshire Homes Ian Wallace said: ‘We are here not only to show our plans but to listen to the residents – that is the key for us.  Because we’re a local housebuilder I think we understand the needs of the area very well.  Getting feedback from residents in an area is such an important part of the development process, so having meetings such as this mean an awful lot to us.  Following today we will be holding a public exhibition in February, with a formal application after that.  We are excited to see what the future of this project holds.’

An exact date for the exhibition has not yet been set.

The News 17th Janary 2017







29th December 2017


Have your say on Havant Borough Council’s draft local plan for 2036

THE public will have its say on Havant Borough Council’s draft local plan after it was passed for consultation.

The document details the authority’s proposals to build more than 9,000 homes by 2036 and was passed through a meeting of the council’s cabinet on Monday night.

Between January 8 and February 16, 2018, residents can comment on the plans via a web survey, to shape their final outcome.

They will also have the chance to read webpages responding to FAQs and discuss proposals at local plan exhibitions across the borough, which will be advertised online and via posters in town centres.

Councillor David Guest, HBC cabinet Lead for planning, said: ‘It is important residents of Havant have the opportunity to understand what the draft local plan means for their area. Consultation will be comprehensive and we are aiming to reach as many residents as possible and invite their feedback.’

To take the survey next year or learn more, visit havant.gov.uk/localplan.

Download the Draft Plan HERE

The News 20th December2017








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