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Emsworth News - 2008


Appeal for donations for new Rowans shop

A hospice which gives specialist care to terminally-ill patients hopes to boost its coffers with a new charity shop.
The Rowans Hospice will open its fifth branch in South Street, Emsworth, next month.

Managers at the centre, in Purbrook Heath Way, Purbrook, are appealing for volunteers and donations.

It costs about £3.4m a year to run the hospice. The charity receives just 17 per cent of its annual running costs from the government, and so relies on donations to stay afloat.

Vanessa Gilding, trading manager, said: 'The community can help us raise these essential funds by making a regular donation of items, volunteering their time or by becoming a customer and supporting the hospice with their purchase.'

The shop will open from 9.30am to 4.30pm Mondays to Saturdays from January 5. Call (023) 9223 7142 to donate.

The News 27 December 2008


16th December

Traditional Christmas spirit alive and well at festive market

The spirit of a traditional Christmas could be seen and felt in the
village of Emsworth when a festive market proved a popular destination for shoppers.

Sunday's market attracted an estimated 3,500 visitors with a day packed full of craft stalls, locally-produced food and vibrant entertainment.

Adding to the festive spirit was a Christmas stage, which featured singer songwriter Amba Tremain, local band Urbanvocal and the London-based CK Gospel Choir.

'We're delighted at the response to the first Christmas festival,' said Brendan Gibb-Gray, chairman of the Emsworth Business Association. 'Emsworth offers an incredible location to hold events like this.'

The event featured a number of Emsworth-based businesses as well as local producers and craftsmen.

Peter Hamilton-Black, one of the event's stallholders, said: 'The location was excellent and the guys who did the setting up did their best.'

The News 16-Dec-08

14th December

Emsworth Christmas Market
The first Emsworth Sunday Market was held on Sunday 14th December was a Traditional Christmas Market in South Street car park in Emsworth Town Centre. With an estimated 3,500 visitors the first Emsworth Sunday Market was an outstanding success.


View the photos HERE

IIf you were a visitor to the Emsworth Christmas Market, were a stall holder
or Emsworth Business on Sunday 14th December please complete the Feed back Form

The next Festival Market is scheduled for 26th April 2009
to celebrate St Georges day


13th December

Flat residents evacuated after tree topples

Ten people had to be evacuated after part of a huge tree toppled on to a block of flats in gusty winds.
The huge branch of a 50ft fir tree came crashing into the side of the flats and crushed two cars parked in the driveway in Havant Road, Emsworth.

Miraculously, no-one was hurt.

Residents woke to a loud cracking noise and then the sounds of sirens as police and firefighters rushed to the scene at about 4.30am.

Richard Linington, 33, was asleep in the top flat of the three-storey converted Victorian house when the tree branch - which was connected at the bottom of the trunk - came crashing down.

The tree crushed both his Volvo car and his wife's Ford Focus car.

'I just saw the flashing lights and heard someone shouting,' he said.

'I could not really see anything as it was pitch black.

'It was only when it got light that I could see the amount of damage it had caused.'

Seven residents in the block of flats and three in the neighbouring house were evacuated to the nearby Brookfield Hotel, where they were given blankets and hot drinks.

Mr Linington, who has 16-week-old baby, said he felt lucky to be alive.

He said: 'We are just happy we are okay.

'Another 6ft and it would have come through the roof. It could have been a lot worse.'

The toppled tree branch caused minor structural tree to the house, including a broken window, damaged guttering and torn telephone cables.

On Saturday morning Mr Linington had to saw through branches to get to his baby's buggy and child seat in the car.

'It's a bit strange having to saw branches to get into the boot,' he added.

Residents were allowed back to the property later on Saturday morning.

Simon Fuller, 41, said: 'The satellite dish has been damaged so we can't watch X Factor.'

His mum Bobbie Fuller, 74, said: 'I was quite shocked being woken at that time in the morning. It's devastating what happened.

'That tree is terribly old. It was part of the Forest of Bere.'

A tree surgeon visited the home yesterday to remove the fallen branch and is still determining whether to take down the remainder of the tree.

The News 13 December 2008


8th December

Famous festival is back in Emsworth

A village famous for its food festival will host a Christmas extravaganza.
After putting the renowned Emsworth Food Festival to bed, organisers have put together a day packed full of delicious home-made Christmas treats, locally-produced food and the spirit of the original festival.

December 14 will see 40 stalls returning to the streets of the picturesque fishing village giving shoppers the chance to pick up some unique gifts for their loved ones. The Christmas stage will add to the festive atmosphere, featuring singer songwriter Amba Tremain, local band Urbanvocal and the celebrated London-based CK Gospel Choir.

'We're delighted at the response to the first Christmas Festival,' said Brendan Gibb-Gray, chairman of the Emsworth Business Association. 'The event features a number of Emsworth businesses as well as local producers and craftsmen.

'Emsworth offers an incredible location to hold events like this and we hope that both residents and visitors will have a fantastic time.'

Influenced by the Continental Christmas markets, visitors can expect to find stalls showcasing beautifully hand-crafted Christmas gifts and regional produce in the South Street car park area.

Lunch and hot chocolate will be be on the menu in the many cafes, pubs and restaurants opening to ensure the whole family share a day to remember.

It is the pilot event of the Emsworth Festival initiative, with other events planned through the year including a St George's Day Festival on Sunday April 26. Each event offers a market, live music and entertainment.

Emsworth Christmas Festival is from 10am to 4pm. Admission is free, and visitors are advised to park in the Palmers Road car park behind the Methodist church.

For more information, contact Prod Grow Markets on 07515 797878. www.prodgrowevents.co.uk or Brendan Gibb-Gray on 01243 377355.

The News 08 December 2008

More at: www.emsworthfestivalmarkets.co.uk  

2nd December


Christmas comes to Emsworth


There was plenty of festive sparkle and shine at the switching on of Emsworth's Christmas lights on Sunday, November 30
New for this year was a small ice rink which provided plenty of entertainment for youngsters and parents alike as well as merry go rounds and a market.

In the afternoon visitors sipped mulled wine and enjoyed mince pies while listening to the angelic sounds of carol singing and of course Santa was there with plenty of cheer for everyone.

This year the festive celebrations were held in the South Street car park and proved to be a big hit with residents and businesses alike.

Chairman of Emsworth Business Association, Brendan Gibb-Gray said: "The weather was awful, it was really cold and damp, but everything went very well.

"We did exceed our expectations, all the spaces for the ice rink were filled and we had lots of compliments about the tree, the lights and the decorations.

"We had a lot of cooperation from the businesses and Havant Rotary Club and everyone had a fun day."

Emsworth is holding a Christmas Market on Sunday, December 14.


West Sussex Gazette 02 December 2008



1st December

Emsworth Business Association Christmas Festivities
Sunday 30th November

In spite of the rather cold and damp weather the people of Emsworth turned out to enjoy themselves.  There were an ice skating ring and carousels for the children and Santa led community carol singing at 4.00pm

30th November

Fresh look for Emsworth

The Emsworth experience just got better! You told us that you think more could be done to improve facilities in Emsworth so we worked with the Emsworth Town Partnership to secure £80,000 from SEEDA (South East England Development Agency) Small Rural Towns Fund to help us redevelop the Emsworth Centre!

Phase One of the ambitious plans, which will provide further project funds and transform the South Street Car Park area, will see more shops and houses on the way and improve the public toilets. Income generated from this Phase One of the project will then be used as additional funding for Phase Two which will focus on making real improvements to the current Emsworth Centre.

Councillor Brendan Gibb-Gray explains: “Emsworth is a great place already as a character town and traditional retail centre; the new shops and homes will just make the area even better.

“As for the Emsworth Centre, it’s in a great position for both local people and visitors so we’re looking to make it a real focal point in South Emsworth. We want it to be somewhere that people will pop into for a coffee, use as a meeting place or find visitor information.”

Residents are getting involved in the project too by coming together to draw up a sustainable business plan for the Emsworth Centre, with the vision that the centre will be self-funding and both serve and be managed by the local community.

Serving You - Winter 08



24th November


An innovative new scheme is being launched this autumn in Chichester Harbour to help protect the migrating flocks of Brent Geese. Called ‘Goose Watch’, volunteers are being recruited to help monitor the movement of the Geese over the coming months.

Last winter, a peak of over 12,000 Dark-bellied Brent Geese visited Chichester Harbour, making the area internationally important for this species with about 5% of the population. The Geese are easily identified by their ‘cackling’ sound as they fly overhead in their favourite ‘wavy’ formation or form groups plodding over the mudflats on their sturdy webbed feet. In the daytime the Geese will often move inland and can be seen grazing on fields.

They favour crops such as wheat, oil-seed rape as well as grassland. This can be a problem for arable farmers. Keeping track of their movements as they look for new grazing land can be a bit of a headache for Conservation Officer, Ed Rowsell. Ed says, ‘Each year we try to build up a picture of where the Geese go, which fields they use and how many visit Chichester Harbour. Over the years we developed an understanding of how the Geese use the harbour and the surrounding fields in the AONB. It is my task to try and track them down.’

To help with this important work, a new scheme called ‘Goose Watch’ has been launched. Five keen volunteers have already signed up but lots more are needed. Under the scheme local volunteers will be allocated a sector within which to monitor the geese on a fortnightly basis. Reports will then be fed back to the Harbour Office to help the Conservancy build up a much better informed picture of the habits of these special winter visitors.

Anyone interested in joining ‘Goose Watch’ should contact Ed Rowsell at the Harbour Office 01243 510985. No birdwatching experience is necessary as training, maps and recording forms will all be provided.


20th November

Market to provide some festival magic
A NEW Christmas market is set to take place in Emsworth with organisers promising a special atmosphere.
The first Emsworth Festival Market will take place in the town on December 14 with a festive theme. The event has been organised as an alternative to the town's food festival which was cancelled earlier this year.

It is hoped the festival market will re-create some of the magic which made the food festival so special.
Chairman of Emsworth Business Association Brendan Gibb-Gray is helping to organise the event.
He said:
"We will be trying to introduce some of the fun of the food festival. It is the first time we have tried a Christmas market. It works in other places, so there is no reason why it would not work here. We have got general community support for it. We are doing it on a Sunday so it will minimise the disruption to Emsworth residents and businesses, but at the same time maximising the number of people who can come."

The plan is to have more than 40 stalls in the South Street car park, 30 of which will be provided by market company Prod-Grow and will be from around the area. The remaining 15 will be businesses from within the town. Musical entertainment will come from a gospel choir from London. It was decided to use the car park so all the visitors will be contained within One area, which would save the kind of disruption which drew complaints about the food festival.

All the plans are in place but it is still subject to the organisers getting the necessary health and safety certificate from Havant Borough Council, which they were working towards this week.
Mr Gibb-Gray added: "We are looking forward and hoping we are taking people with us. There are one or two people who contacted me and were anti the idea, and now they want to give it a go. We are working together to try to make the most of it.
"The people who wanted to save the food festival have had their say. We listened as far as we could. Emsworth is a community which has always managed to work together. If it is successful, it will run in 2009. We will keep the whole thing under constant review. It is an opportunity for us to have a new challenge, and who is to say in a few years' time people might be saying don't stop the one-day festivals?"

The market will take place from loam until 4pm and entry is free.

Ems Valley Gazette 20-Nov-08

The count down to Christmas in Emsworth

Christmas lights will be turned on in Emsworth at the end of the month with plenty of attractions taking place for visitors.
The celebrations will take place in the South Street car park and for the first time an ice rink will be available as well as a carousel and a craft market.

The event, on Sunday, November 30, will start at 1pm, with the lights expected to be turned on when it gets dark at around 4pm, after which there will be a short church service and some carol singing with Father Christmas.

The ice rink is for adults and children and will cost £1 per person. The craft market and refreshments will be in the Emsworth centre in South Street.

Chichester Observer 13 November 2008

18th November

The Rowans Hospice is excited to be opening a new charity shop in Emsworth in early January 2009 at 6 South Street

Our Charity Shops make a significant contribution to our fund raising and we are pleased that we are expanding into Emsworth— we would be delighted if you could be part of successful Trading Company. The Charity Shops invaluable income and we rely on volunteers to offer their time to ensure their success. Now with the exciting launch of an Emsworth shop there is no better time for you to become it involved with The Rowans Hospice.

The Rowans Hospice is a local charity which provides speciali5 hospice care and support to patients with life-limiting illness resident in the Portsmouth and South East Hants and it cost over £3.4 Million each year to provide this care, of which on 17.8% is received from the NHS.



17th November

Safer Havant Partnership website Launched. The site has further information about the Partnership, conatct details for many useful organisations including the Emsworth Safer Neighbourhood Team and information and advice on a number of topics including domestic violence, criminal damage and anti-social behaviour.  www.saferhavant.co.uk

12th November

Charity sale in Emsworth raising money for orphanage

A CHARITY raising money to build an orphanage and a school in Nepal is holding a sale in Emsworth this Saturday November 15.

The Nava Indardahanush Trust is aiming to raise £35,000 to build a completely new facility in Kathmandu by 2012.

The Autumn fayre takes place from 10am until 3pm at International House, in Emsworth Square. Entrance fee is 50p, children under 12 are free.

On sale will be gifts, cakes, home made produce, CDs, DVDs, videos, plants and flowers, tombola, and jewellery.

Tea and coffee will be available.

The trust was started in 2004 when Nicola Puttick from Southbourne visited the school as a volunteer for six months.

The headteacher had a tumour growing on his neck since birth and it became so large it was life threatening.

Mrs Puttick set out to raise £7,000 to send the headteacher to India to have the tumour removed, which is when he said his dream would be to have a new school and orphanage built.

This is when the trust started its project to raise money for the purpose built school and orphanage for 226 children.

To help the trust in any way contact Liz Bond, on 01243 378478, or Nicola Puttick on 01326 313040, or Susan Greenhouse on 01243 375475.

West Sussex Gazette 12 November 2008

8th November

Residents invited to question the council

Residents are to have the chance to ask questions about the way a council is run.

Havant Borough Council is reminding people that it is holding Have Your Say roadshows later this month.

In previous years, the event has only been held at the civic offices, but this year it is being hosted at two additional venues in the borough.

Councillor Tony Briggs, leader of the council, said: 'I thought it was important to take this event out to the community.'

Residents who wish to take part and question the council's executive councillors need to submit the questions in advance and indicate which event they want to attend.

The first event will be held on Monday, November 24 at the Civic Offices, Havant, from
2pm to 4pm.

On Tuesday, Novem-ber 25 the roadshow will move to Anders House, Milton Road, Waterloo-ville from 7pm to 9pm.

The final event will be held on Monday, December 8 at Hayling Island Community Centre from 7pm
to 9pm.

For further details, visit www.havant. gov.uk and follow the link, or call the democratic services team on (023) 9244 6231.

The News 2008 November 2008

 8th November

Youngsters encouraged to follow council's lead

YOUNGSTERS are being urged by a council to get involved in local issues.

Havant Borough Council is encouraging young people to sign up to its youth council.

The message has been given out as part of National Youth Work Week 2008, which is running until the end of this week.

One of the major issues being discussed currently is lowering the voting age at local and general elections to 16.

Matt Shearman, 16, chairman of the youth council, said: 'Young people want to have their say on what goes on in the borough.

'This year's National Youth Work theme is "supporting young people's voice and influence", so what better time to encourage young people to get involved and give them the opportunity to influence key decisions?'

Anyone aged between 11 and 21 who lives, works or learns in the Havant borough can become a member of the youth council.

Anyone interested in becoming a member should call (023) 9244 6625 or visit


The News 06 November 2008


6th November

Town's crying out for old ways

HEAR-YE! Hear-ye! Here is the news!
In this fast-paced electronic age you can find out the result of the US presidential election in seconds, or see pictures of a spacewalk as it happens.

But in Emsworth a more traditional way of delivering gossip and news to the town's residents is set to make a comeback on St George's Day.

The search is on for a town crier to pound the streets, ringing the bell in full ceremonial robes, shouting proclamations and announcements for all to hear.

The idea is the brainchild of Emsworth councillor Brendan Gibb-Gray, who believes the role must be revived. He said: 'I've long thought that we should have a town crier in Emsworth.

'It's such a distinctive, small town and it is easy to connect with people, particularly in this age of the internet.

'But the old word of mouth is still the most precious. It's a way of accentuating the town's uniqueness.

'It's a dynamic community and there are lots of things that go on all the time.

'It would be wonderful to have things broadcast in the most traditional way.'

There will be no barrier on gender for the 21st century town crier. All that's needed is a booming voice and connections with the town.

The winner will be announced during celebrations planned for St George's Day in April next year when the town will celebrate its link with the military at Thorney Island with a St George's Day parade and a ceremony to commemorate the Battle of Imjin River.

Councillor Gibb-Gray added: 'It will be a very moving ceremony and the military are delighted that we are really going to be making a big thing of it in Emsworth.

'Our links with the army and the RAF go back many years and it is not unusual at all to see personnel in Emsworth in full uniform.'

n If you think you have the credentials and the time to make a fantastic town crier for Emsworth contact Cllr Gibb-Gray on 01243 377355.

The News 06-Nov-08

4th November

Emsworth hotel wins an ExSEllence award

We are delighted to announce, that following on from Amanda Thomas, General Manager, winning the Chichester Observer Business Personality of The Year Award due to her hard work at the Hotel and within the local community, The Brookfield have won yet another accolade!


Last week it was announced that we have been awarded ‘Highly Commended’ Large Hotel of The Year through Tourism South East Hospitality Excellence Awards. We were up against some very stiff competition and were shortlisted to the final five Hotels in the region. It is amazing to be in the final 5 and a runner up to the winning Hotel, The Compleat Angler, which is on the banks of the River Thames. It is operated by one of Britain’s largest hotel groups and is rated by the AA as one of Britain’s best Hotels and holds Michelin accreditation for its food. The winner last year was the luxurious Chewton Glen in the New Forest which has since been voted Hotel of the Year in this country, you can imagine that for a 39 bedroom Hotel in Emsworth to be in the same league as these Hotels really is a superb accomplishment.


This really is a major achievement as it covers 9 Counties, from Dorset along to Kent and as far North as Buckinghamshire. We are extremely proud of this award and it is wonderful recognition for all of the staff that have great pride in their work and commitment to The Brookfield Hotel.

27th October

Sally Taylor to open new Emsworth Co-op

Popular TV presenter Sally Taylor will be joining staff and customers at Emsworth Co-op for the unveiling of their new community supermarket on Wednesday 29 October at 11 am.

The refurbishment of the existing store is taking place during a short closure period, providing many new additions and improvements. These will include a fresh, bright brand format along the lines of the new Co-op opened recently at Hawthorn Road, Bognor Regis, together with a more spacious sales area.

Food to Go
The store will also see the introduction of a new concept for Southern Co-operatives, with its ‘Food to Go’ range.  Customers will be able to choose from freshly prepared hot meals such as a ‘roast of the day’, filled baguettes and healthy salads.

Local Produce
Following the popularity of Southern Co-operatives’ ‘Local Flavours’ selection in its Isle of Wight stores, a new range of locally produced goods from Hampshire and West Sussex has also been sourced and will be introduced at Emsworth. The products will include handmade cakes, pies using locally sourced organic meat, sausages from Sussex and a wide selection of local cheeses.


22nd October

Wanted: ideas on new uses at Emsworth centre

Residents in Emsworth have been urged to get involved with discussing ideas for the future uses of a community centre which is to undergo refurbishment.

The Emsworth Centre in South Street is planned to be upgraded to make it more accessible to the community under plans from organisations in the town and Havant Borough Council.

The Emsworth community board which is helping with the project has been busy securing funding to kickstart the scheme, and now the chairman of the board, Steve Pearce is urging people to attend a meeting to put forward ideas on the centre's future use.

He said: "A number of us went to Winchester to present a case to the small rural towns section of the south-east
England development agency.
"We bid for a sum of £80,000 to go towards the development of the Emsworth centre.

"Everyone needs to get involved with what we are going to do with it. As far as the community is concerned and the Emsworth Town Partnership, we need to find what is the best thing we could do with it.

"What needs to be done now is for a business plan to be put together and we need to consult with the businesses in Emsworth and see how can we make use of it the best.

"The business plan will be put together first quarter of next
year and the borough council is looking at the development side of it."

The development of the Emsworth centre is part of a larger project which will see the toilet block in the
South Street car park replaced with shops and flats, while still allowing access to the car park.

The Emsworth Centre, at the southern entrance to the car park, is currently leased by Havant Council of Community Services, which runs a meals and wheels service.

The hope is that after a revamp, the centre will be used every day of the week.

Uses discussed to date include an interpretation or education centre for visitors to the town.

Find out more

There is a meeting on Thursday, October 23 at the Brookfield Hotel on Havant Road for anyone interested in discussing ideas for future uses of the Emsworth Centre. The meeting starts at 7.30pm.

The Emsworth community board is holding an open morning on Saturday, October 25 in International Hall in Emsworth Square from 10am until midday.

Chichester Observer October 2008

21st October

Councilor Brendan Gibby-Grey's Open letter to the community


I would like to offer some balance and suggestions to those members of the community who are agitating to seek the return of the Food Festival in its former format.


In 2007 the pressure on the central part of Emsworth during the festival itself and the days before and after were intolerable for many residents living in Bridgefo0t Path, Nile and South Street and School Lane-and indeed other Emsworth streets. The noise, disruption and in some cases distress reached an unacceptable level. To the credit of the Directors of the EFF they did what they could to mitigate the inconvenience by offering to assist individual residents to enter and leave their homes during the festival.  In truth the festival came close to being cancelled in July, when resident’s reasonable concerns seemed overwhelming. A decision to go ahead was agreed, but the numbers attending exceeded the wildest predictions, so in spite of efforts to minimize disruption it was still a big issue and concern during the duration of the festival.


The EFF is a community interest company run by the directors for the community and not for profit. Whilst they may be supported by a committee and others in the community, it’s the directors and only the directors who make decisions and have absolute responsibility for them. Over the years the directors have been excellent stewards of the event and its funds.


 Following the 2007 Festival the directors decided that 2008 would be a gap year~an opportunity to review the format and to give the community in Emsworth a break from the hassle the event brought about. It’s right to say that this decision did not meet with everyone’s approval, but the action taken by the directors, was in the best interests of all.


I should point out that whilst 2008 was to be a gap year much of the excellent work of inspiring youngsters in schools and college’s carried on. At the same time the directors have worked with the Emsworth Business Association and Havant Borough Council to look at other food events in the region to come up with a new format that takes the concerns and issues into account.


In addition the economic down turn leads the directors to estimate that it would cost somewhere in the region of£116000 to promote and put on a three day event in 2009.This would require huge financial support from sponsors which is increasing difficult to secure. There are many other considerations that mitigate against the return in the old format, but cost, inconvenience and public safety issues are paramount among them.



In August 2008 the directors agreed a way forward. One day markets to be held four times a year, themed around a local or seasonal event. The markets would not be exclusively food based but include much of the other goods and services available in Emsworth. In addition the best elements of the old food festival will be introduced [cookery demonstrations, street music/entertainment etc] ~confined as far as possible in South Street car park. The emphasis will be on local products and producers but some “outsiders” will be invited. The effect will be to give Emsworth residents an opportunity to see and buy the very best on offer locally. Good for business, good for our residents and visitors! Importantly these ideas have the support of many community organisations including The Residents and Business Associations and the Emsworth Community Board.


Unfortunately this decision has not been accepted by some individuals and business people in Emsworth, some who should know better the logistical problems of organising a major regional event in a small town centre.

Letters, petitions and unfounded personal abuse have been unfairly aimed at the EFF directors, who to their credit have worked and are still working in the best interests of the EFF CIC. It should also be said that the majority of those who worked so hard over the seven years of the event were not in business they were just good people with skill and the willingness to devote huge amounts of time to this special event in this unique community.


The one group of businesses in the central part of the town who undoubtedly have made significant profits over the years of the festival are of course Public Houses. I have suggestion that some or all of them may wish to consider.


Why not work together and put on a music festival at Jubilee Park Horndean Road? The Emsworth Show is a successful long running community event held on August Bank Holiday. [Next year is the 90th] Fencing, portaloos and marquees are erected a couple of days before the event so the expense of this could be shared, with pubs putting on their event over preceding weekend. By talking to the organisers something might be arranged to promote the best in music and drink available here in Emsworth. Whilst some publicans/customers were bemoaning the loss of the food festival the Sussex Brewery have just organised and promoted a small but excellent three day music event in a field behind their premises which was generally very well received. All credit to them.


Emsworth has a long history of cooperation and accord among all in the community, so my final plea to those grumbling and plotting, is to work together in a constructive, cooperative way in the best interest of the future of all in Emsworth.


Brendan Gibb-Gray
[Chair of the Emsworth Business Association)
October 2008.




 11th October

Festival help earns police a new bike

Police in Emsworth have been given a high-tech new bike to say thank you for their help at the village's food festival.

Over the last seven years, police support has been vital in ensuring the safety of the thousands of people who attend the festival each September.

Last year, more than 55,000 people squeezed into Emsworth town centre for the three-day event – many more than anticipated – and it was only able to go ahead because of the policing.

Brendan Gibb-Gray, Emsworth councillor and head of the Emsworth Business Association, said: 'There is little doubt that police officers through the years have shown skill, perseverance and have gone the extra mile to ensure the event took place with the minimum of risk to visitors.

'Hampshire police, like many other police forces, are suffering cuts and re-organisation but to their great credit they have committed to provide Emsworth and its residents with the very best service in terms of patrolling officers and response teams.

'The directors of Emsworth Food Festival wish to show their commitment to Emsworth and indeed the individual police officers who patrol our streets and keep the peace.'

The £1,000 bike is ready to use on patrol by the latest addition to the Emsworth policing team, PC John Butler. The bike is lightweight and durable and sports the Hampshire Constabulary logo.

The News 10 October


10th October

Food Festival Directors Respond to Recent Criticism

Emsworth Food Festival C.I.0 has received a number of queries about the directors' decision not to hold a Food Festival during 2008, the future of the Festival and the activities of the Company. The directors provide the following information which we hope will answer any outstanding questions..................Read their full response HERE.




8th October

Time for squabbling over festival to end

A community divided over the axing of a food festival has been urged to put sniping behind them and look to the future

Emsworth was once a close-knit town where residents revelled in the success of the annual food festival.
But bitterness has been directed towards the organisers since they decided it was time to quit because it was getting too big.
Now, in an open letter, Councillor Brendan Gibb-Gray has pleaded for people to stop grumbling and do something constructive.
Cllr Gibb-Gray said: 'Letters, petitions and unfounded personal abuse have been unfairly aimed at the Emsworth Food Festival director.
'The majority of those who worked so hard over the seven years of the event were not in business, they were just good people with skill and the willingness to devote huge amounts of time to this special event in this unique community.'
He also revealed that last year's festival came close to being cancelled because the noise and disruption for those living close by was almost overwhelming.
More than 50,000 people descended on the town centre and organisers decided it was just too much.
Since then the team behind the original festival put on an alternative, paid for, event at Stansted Park, A Thought for Food, but visitor signs had cancelled stickers put on them and others were vandalised.
There was a failed attempt at a smaller event by a different group.
Cllr Gibb-Gray added: 'My final plea to those grumbling and plotting, is to work together in a constructive, co-operative way in the best interest of the future of all in Emsworth.'
Cllr Gibb-Gray suggested residents pour their energies into the 90th annual Emsworth Show on the August Bank Holiday next year

The News 07 October 2008



26th Sep

Emsworth hotel in frame for an ExSEllence award  

AN EMSWORTH hotel is on the final shortlist of five in the south-east for a top tourism award.

The Brookfield Hotel on Havant Road is in the running for the 2008 Tourism ExSEllence Awards in the large hotel category.

Manager Amanda Thomas was delighted for the hotel to be on the shortlist, after a major refurbishment in the past few years.


She said: "Since we were purchased by the Hughes family two years ago, we have gone through a tremendous amount of refurbishment and change and it is nice to be recognised for that. Being an independent hotel rather than part of a group chain makes it even more important that we were singled out.

"It is great for the morale of the staff, because it is very much a team effort.

"If we win it will be the second this year after I won the Observer's business personality of the year in March."

Judges are looking for excellence, quality and innovation covering all aspects of the business, from customer service, sales and marketing, to training and development for staff.


Chichester Observer 25 September 2008


23rd September

Friends of Emsworth Memorial Garden received the Community Action Award.

Emsworth councillor Virginia Wilson-Smith said: 'We're thrilled to have received this award.

'It certainly makes the effort put in very worth while. I'm amazed that only six months ago the contractors were on the site which then looked like a builders' yard.

'All credit must go to our volunteers, led by Sarah Sanderson our garden designer and manager, for their achievement.

'We can all be very proud of ourselves.'

21st September

Are YOU aware of another recent planning application?

at  64 Havant Road / Top end of Beach Road
Application:  08/50513/010

Conversion of existing building into 6 apartments and
erection of a side extension to form 4 apartments.

Considered a major development as defined by GDPO 1995

We have until 24th September 2008 to voice our concerns on such items as excessive
traffic, parking issues, noise pollution
and other considerations that 10 tiny flats
will bring to our neighbourhood .

Write to :

The Development Control Team,

Havant Borough Council,


Hampshire, or email:  representations@havant.gov.uk

P09 2AX

Or contact, Neill Atkins 07973562070 / neill_atkins@yahoo.co.uk

9th September

Give us food festival back, villagers say

Villagers have set up a petition to demand the return of a popular food festival.

More than 160 residents have put their name to a petition calling for the Emsworth Food Festival to be resurrected.

The three-day festival was officially scrapped last month in favour of four smaller festival markets to be put on during the year.

The decision to scrap the festival was made after complaints that it had become a victim of its own success with more than 50,000 visitors descending on Emsworth and effectively closing the village centre for three days.

A number of local businesses said the festival was not benefiting them, but now local people have rallied round and say they want Emsworth's annual headliner back.

Amy Summers, 23, a barmaid at The Coal Exchange pub, drew up the petition along with other residents.

She said: 'Last year the festival went so well. It's a really fun weekend and brings the whole community together.

'It's hard work and, yes, for some businesses it is a tough weekend. But it's worth it.

'A few businesses felt it was not worthwhile, but I don't think that was enough cause to cancel the whole thing when so many thousands of people were in support of it.'

She added: 'Why can't other people do it? There's a lot of people who would be willing to take it on.'

The petition, which is growing in the number of signatures being added, has been sent to the Emsworth Food Festival Committee, along with a letter calling for the return of the festival.

Committee spokeswoman Amanda Fallbrown said: 'Over the last year the committee directors have worked very hard with the community, talking to residents and businesses to move the Emsworth Food Festival forward.

'As a result of that it was announced that four Emsworth festival markets would go forward.

'In terms of the petition, the directors cannot comment any further until they have had a chance to go through the letter than accompanied it.'

She added: 'The festival was set up to support the businesses within the town and hopefully be an event residents could enjoy.

'It has sadly proved to be very divisive.

The News 09 Sept 2008


8th September

Emsworth Residents Question Food Festival Directors’ Decision to Scrap the Emsworth Food Festival!

An increasing number of Emsworth’s residents are questioning the decision to scrap the town’s highly successful annual festival held in September of each year since 2001. Some are questioning the veracity chairman Lulu Bowerman’s reasons for her decision .

There is a substantial body of evidence based on the festival’s own research and feedback that residents a majority of the town’s businesses are wholeheartedly supportive of the festival and that each year the festival brings over £200,000 into the local economy which is further boosted by returning visitors at other times during the year.

Serious doubts have been raised about the proposed quarterly annual Sunday food markets to be located in the South Street car park;

  • Why replace a unique and highly successful event with food markets which nowadays are two a penny?
  • The proposed event will neither attract the high quality producers that came to the food festival nor the number of visitors to shop in the town’s retail outlets.
  • As the organisation of these markets is to be outsourced to a commercial company, Pdgrow Events Ltd. What control will the Food Festival have over the type and quality of the stall holders?
  • Such markets held on a Sunday will be unviable and may actually discourage visitors from returning to Emsworth.

Further, the decision has been made in ‘secret’ with a total lack of transparency. The relevant minutes of key meetings have not been published, the festival organising committee have not been involved in the decision making process, the festival’s constitution has been ignored and the Business Association’s involvement is questionable (the latter organisation has previously been vigorous in its opposition to any sort of market in Emsworth).

The directors of the Festival have ‘siphoned’ off’ the festival’s substantial cash reserves into a separate fund for community development.  Could this be for the proposed re-development of South Street a project that is being promoted by Havant Borough Council and the Emsworth Town Partnership and supported by Brendan Gibb-Grey (chairman of the EBA and borough councillor) who is

“…..unusually enthusiastic about this I think it is a very good idea”(The News16 July 2008)?
 Again, the decision to make this change to the festival’s financial management was made without reference to the organising committee and it is neither known whom is entitled to authorise expenditure from this account nor what criteria exist to approve the allocation of funds.

Responses to the scrapping of the festival and the proposed food markets on the town’s website HERE have been almost entirely negative.

There are now demands that the existing chairman should resign to be replaced by someone who would organise the festival as the successful event that it has become and as the majority of residents and businesses wish it to be!

David Linington
(Food Festival Organising Committee 2003-08
& Editor - Wmsworthonline.co.uk)



4th September

The Railway Inn has been totally refurbished and has been reopened.

 Wednesday 3rd September 2008









30th August

The Bookshop closes its Doors for the Last Time

On Saturday 30th September the Book Shop in South Street shut - a sad loss to Emsworth.


BY RINGING 01243 372617
0R EMAIL: bookshop@xln.co.uk


Discount on all general fiction
and non-fiction titles

29th Aug

Losing Emsworth Food Festival for markets is backward step

Residents have expressed their disappointment at plans to replace Emsworth's food festival with a series of Sunday markets.

The move has been described as a backward step for the town by some, while others felt the markets did not have a unique selling point.

The three-day food festival was postponed this year to give the town a rest, and to give the directors time to discuss its future.

And last week the decision was made to scrap it altogether and replace it with a series of festival markets on three or four Sundays a year, depending on the success of a pilot in December.

Emsworth resident Bob Fuller said: "I think it is rather sad because the food festival has brought a lot of people into the town.

"I think the markets idea is a step backwards. If it means there were all sorts of nasty stalls, I would be sorry to see it."

Arthur Middlehurst was disappointed to see the event cancelled.

"I am very disappointed they have scrapped it," he said, "I thought it had so much going for it.

"Another market is another market so what is the big deal. It has got to be different, which is what the food festival was."

The new event will take place in the South Street car park which will mean the town can operate as normal, unlike during the food festival.

The pilot event on Sunday, December 14 will be run in partnership with market company Prod Grow.

Landlady at the Town Brewery Lois Tibbets thought it would be a good idea.

She said: "I think it will be pretty good. I would like to think it will be contained. I think it is sustainable, so long as it remains local."

Emsworth resident Stanley Cheeseman was happy to see any event take place at all.

He said: "I should think it will be successful. I cannot see anything against it. It will be nice to keep something rather than lose out altogether."

Sarah Long of greengrocers R A Tiers in High Street said: "I think the food festival was good as it was. We made it a bit of fun for the three days. A market won't have the same effect."

The plan for the festival markets received a mixed reaction when they were presented to the Emsworth Community Board at its monthly meeting in the town.

Chairman of the now scrapped Emsworth Food Festival Lulu Bowerman said the credit crunch had made the festival financially unviable.

She also expected other large food festivals such as Ludlow or Abergavenny to feel the impact on the economy sooner rather than later.


Chichester Observer 28-08-08

Read the comments



27th August

Thousands brave weather as flower show blooms once more


THOUSANDS of people flocked to Emsworth to enjoy the village's annual horticultural show as it nears its 90th year.

Green-fingered visitors had plenty to keep them busy throughout the day while more than 800 entries were received in the various competitions which are a feature of the hugely popular show.

Even though predictions of a gloomy Bank Holiday Monday proved to be spot on, it didn't stop more than 5,000 people coming from far and wide to enjoy the attractions at the Horndean Road Recreation Ground.

Suzanne Holroyd, show secretary, said: 'It was a good day. We have a big showground here and talking to some of the stall-holders they were busy, so they are pleased.

'We were also pleased with the amount of entries because we have had some strange weather this month. But we would still like to have more entries next year.'

This year people entered competitions in a variety of categories, including vegetable collections, fruit, dahlias, roses, chrysanthemums, garden flowers, fuchsias, pot plants and foliage.

Peter Rogers, 15, who attends near-by Bourne Community College, in Park Road, Emsworth, won 10 different prizes in total.

He said: 'I'm pleased. I'm very dedicated and did a lot of preparation before today. I want to go to Chichester College after my GCSEs next year to do a horticulture course.'

Next year the Emsworth Horticultural Society will celebrate its 90th birthday. It formed in 1919, under the name of the Emsworth and Districts Allotments Association.

Ms Holroyd said: 'The show was even held during the Second World War. It has built up throughout the years.' There was plenty to keep people young and old occupied throughout the day.

Firefighters from Hampshire Fire & Rescue brought a fire engine along for youngsters to explore while a bouncy castle was also on hand to keep the little ones entertained.

Stalls were also set up for the show, selling many different items such as fishing rods, toys, hats, cards and jewellery.

The News 27th August 2008


Barmaids bare their all

A group of barmaids have stripped off for the cameras for a charity calendar.

Hearts have been racing – and eyebrows raised – in Emsworth as barmaids from The Coal Exchange pub have been baring all at various locations in the village.

The scantily-clad women have been photographed on the Mill Pond, outside the pub in South Street and at Flintstones Tea Room.

All the fun and frolics is for a good cause, though, as the barmaids want to raise thousands of pounds to help battered and abused women.

Proceeds from the calendar will go to Havant Women's Aid, as well as some of the money going to St Wilfred's Hospice in Chichester

The girls got the idea after male punters at the pub did their own calendar last year, raising £5,000 for The Rowans Hospice in Purbrook.

Amy Summers, 23, a barmaid and international relations student, said: 'We thought that if the boys could raise that much, imagine how much a group of pretty girls could raise. I personally found it really liberating.

'Some of the girls were a bit nervous as the shots were in public places. But they have been very nicely done.'

Mum-of-one Rachel Roberts, 34, who also works as an office administrator in Chichester
, said: 'The boys were saying why don't you do one? We had a think about it and thought it would be great to raise some money for charity. We all felt a bit worried about it as we all have degrees and all have careers we are pursuing.

'We were very aware that everyone we knew would see the calendar. But the pictures have been tastefully done and it's for a great cause.'

She added: 'I was most worried because at 34 I was the oldest and was being photographed with 19 and 20 year olds!'

It is hoped the calendars will go on sale in the autumn and will be available at The Coal Exchange and Flintstones Tea Room.

Any business interested in stocking the calendar can call Amy Summers on 07880 963841.

The News 26 August 2008

22nd August

Flying the Olympic flag in Emworth

EMSWORTH will play its part in a nationwide Olympic handover ceremony with young athletes parading the 1936 Berlin Olympic torch through the streets of the town.

As well as the torch parade, 1992 tennis Olympian Chris Wilkinson will raise a special Olympic handover flag outside the museum in North Street.

Sunday's (August 24) ceremony marks the end of the Beijing Olympics and means London will be the offic ial host city for the 2012 games.

The afternoon will begin with four youngsters from the Havant Athletics Club running with the flag from the museum into the High Street, through The Square and down to the Quay.

The route then takes them along Bridgefoot Path and returns to The Square via Nile Street, left into High Street and then West Street and back to the museum.

Accompanying them will be a fifth club member carrying the torch.

Residents are urged to line the streets to cheer on the athletes. The team will leave the museum at around 3.45pm and arrive back at 4.15pm for the flag to be raised at 4.30pm.

Chichester Observer 21-08-08

12th August

Village's busy food festival has run its course

THE Emsworth Food Festival has been scrapped.

Community leaders have decided to ditch the controversial three-day festival and will be putting on four smaller events spread throughout the year.
The events will be called 'festival markets' and will have up to 40 stalls selling goods in South Street car park.
The food festival was cancelled this year after complaints that it had become a victim of its own success with more than 50,000 visitors descending on Emsworth and effectively closing the village centre for three days.
But it still remained uncertain whether the festival would make a return next year.
However, following a crunch meeting between Emsworth Business Association and the Food Festival Committee, it has been decided to scrap the idea of having a large food festival once a year.
Brendan Gibb-Gray, chairman of Emsworth Business Association, said: 'I think it is a very exciting idea.
'We have looked at Winchester and Chichester and Petersfield and we feel this is an opportunity to take the best of the Emsworth Food Festival and get as many local businesses involved as possible.
'We are trying to make it a more contained event and hopefully minimise disruption to the rest of the town.'
The markets will incorporate businesses in Emsworth after complaints that the festival was not benefiting local traders. All businesses in Emsworth will now be given the opportunity to set up a stall.
The main theme will still be food, but other goods will be on sale, including gifts, books and crafts.
Organisers say the event will still have a 'festival theme' as there will still be street entertainment and cookery demonstrations.
The first festival market will take place on Sunday December 14 and will have a Christmas theme.
Mr Gibb-Gray said: 'There are lots of economic reasons that say the food festival would be a difficult financial proposition at the moment.
'It would be difficult at the moment to make it financially viable.'
But he added: 'It's not goodbye to the food festival. It's hello it's back, but it is in a different format.
'Nevertheless it will be the best of the Emsworth Food Festival.'

The News 12-August-08

Read the comments



8th August

Food market plan for Emsworth

EMSWORTH could host a Sunday food market three or four times a year under plans from the town's business association.

The idea will be tested by a Christmas-themed market in December. The market would take place in part of the South Street car park.

Stallholders would be given guidelines to ensure the food adds to the variety already sold in the town.

The business association has been discussing the plans with directors of the Emsworth Food Festival and with Havant Borough Council Business Development team.

Chichester Observer 06 August 2008

29th July

Meeting to cook up food festival's future

TALKS will take place tomorrow about the future of the Emsworth Food Festival.

Businesses, retailers and the public are invited to discuss a way forward for the popular event, which has sparked controversy.

It was cancelled this year after complaints that it had got too big.

Last year 55,000 people descended on the village, sparking concerns about disruption as the village centre was effectively closed to traffic.

The festival committee is considering holding a smaller version twice a year.

Festival spokeswoman Amanda Fallbrown said: 'The plan is that something goes ahead. Some of the ideas are to hold it twice a year, along the lines of a farmer's market with local businesses getting involved.'

Trader Chris Gorton, owner of Sue Foster Fabrics in Queen Street, said: 'I can understand they had to take a breather as it had got so big and everyone needed to take stock. It was a bit like a business running out of contol.

'I think the festival puts Emsworth on the map. Okay, I don't take orders when it is on, but it makes people want to come back to Emsworth.'

The meeting is at 6pm at the Community Association Centre in Church Path.


The News 29-July-08



27th July

Street revamp could be way to bring in tourists

Part of a picturesque street is to be redeveloped to breathe new life into the area.

The 100-space car park in South Street, Emsworth, is to be redesigned to make way for about six new shops and flats.

The run-down toilet block at the entrance to the car park will be knocked down and rebuilt elsewhere, and the Emsworth Centre is set for major refurbishment. Both are owned by Havant Borough Council.

The plans have been welcomed by local people who hope it will regenerate the conservation area close to Emsworth Quay. Emsworth ward councillor Brendan Gibb-Gray said: 'I'm unusually enthusiastic about this, it's a very good idea.

'The Emsworth Centre is a wonderful community asset which is under-used but treasured by the people who do use it.

'If it is redeveloped it has got to be fit for the next 40 to 50 years, and the redevelopment of the frontage in South Street will go some way in paying for it.

'At the moment that area is a bit of an eyesore and the gap there looks like a bomb site.'

The Emsworth Centre will be the centrepiece of the redevelopment. It is currently leased by Havant Council of Community Services which runs meals and wheels. Officers believe the run-down building is in the perfect position to be a tourism and education centre and a place community groups can meet in. The run-down toilets were once a magnet for drug takers until police launched a crackdown. Designs for the new buildings will have to adhere to extremely strict guidelines because of the area's conservation status.

Chris Close, of Bath Road, Emsworth, has welcomed the plans. He said: 'As far as I'm aware it is just the car park frontage with the Emsworth Centre and the toilets that are going to be developed.

'I'm quite sure it will be sensitively done and the toilet block there at the moment is not the most attractive part of South Street – which is a very attractive street.'

The News16 July 2008

27th July

Emsworth Village Design Statement

At the Executive meeting of Havant Borough Council on July 16th it was recommended that the Council approve the Emsworth Village Design Statement and the Design Considerations it contains as a material consideration in Development Control.  



23rd July


Jeeves and Lord Emsworth are back in town! Well not quite, but this exhibition gives a close-up picture of Emsworth as PG Wodehouse would have seen it during his ten years in the town and speculates on some of the people he might have met.

Local place names and a few locals feature heavily in his books and even Emsworth itself is described lovingly in them. The display includes photos, letters, books music and memorabilia

Opening Times; 10.30 to 4.30pm Saturdays and Bank Holidays, 2.30 to 4.30pm Fridays in August and all Sundays


23rd July

Important meeting for all Emsworth businesses re. Emsworth Food Festival

Wed  30th July 6pm at  North St Community Centre

 If the Emsworth Food Festival affects your business in any way, you are invited to this meeting, to hear about proposals for the 2009 Festival to promote and celebrate Emsworth.

 We have taken account of the ideas and concerns of local businesses, and need your support to make 2009 a great success.

I hope to see you then

 Lulu Bowerman
EFF Chair

Retail rep-Mary Coburn
Classy Cooks
T. 01243 377518

20th July

Mast proposal for Emsworth

A planning application has been submitted by Hampshire County Council for a 50-metre anemometry mast in north Emsworth.

The mast would be temporary, positioned in Southleigh forest's landfill site for a year to record wind data.

There would be four sets of guy cables anchored 25 metres from the base holding it in place.


Chichester Observer 20-July-08

10th July

Footbridge repairs set walkers on detour

A well-used footbridge has been closed to the public while maintenance work takes place.
The Highways Agency is carrying out improvements on the Pook Lane pedestrian bridge over the A27 near Havant.

The footbridge will be closed until the end of the month. It is expected to re-open in the first week of August after parapets have been replaced.

A diversion will send pedestrians under the Warblington interchange via Emsworth Road on the north side of the A27 and Church Lane on the south.

Martin Wright, route performance manager for West Sussex, said: 'The Highways Agency has a strong commitment to safety and the work we are doing on the Pook Lane footbridge will bring it up to date with the latest safety standards.

'We are encouraging pedestrians to allow some extra time for their journey while the footpath diversion is in place, and I'd like to thank them in advance for their patience.

The News 10-July-08


5th July

Royalty beckons for Emsworth gardeners

Emsworth's horticultural society will be showing off their gardening talents at next month's Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

The EHS has been selected to put together a garden in the small garden category of the esteemed show, which takes place from July 8 until July 13.

The garden's design will focus on encouraging children to become more involved in gardening and art.

It is the first time garden designer Annette Wood has had a garden at the show. She said: "The primary purpose of the 'Spot the Art' garden is to foster children's interest and enthusiasm not only in the fields of gardening and plants but also art and artists.

"Semi-hidden in the garden are details from works of art for example Rousseau's tiger or Monet's water lilies which children will be encouraged to search for and spot after referring to interactive art posts along the front boundary of the garden.

"The garden is intended to be fun, exciting and stimulating, as well as visually beautiful."

On the inspiration of her garden, she said: "Last summer I was walking in our garden when I became aware of our Burmese cat Lucy hiding in a flower bed, stalking me and ready to pounce.

"I was reminded of the tiger in Rousseau's painting Surprise and thought how much children would enjoy spotting a tiger in the garden – and also how this could be used as a tool for learning."

The garden contains two small walkways at the end of which there is a sculpture in the style of a particular artist on a plinth.

The garden also has a circular pond as seen in one of the Van Gogh paintings. It has white water lilies, which link to the famous Monet paintings of water lilies. In the centre of the garden will be a courtyard. The garden will feature grasses, sunflower, lilies and other flowers in four different sections.

Chichester Observer 02-July-08

More at: www.emsworthhoriculturalsociety.org.uk


30th June


An exciting new exhibition is opening on Saturday at Emsworth Museum. The exhibition dives beneath the surface of our local waters to give a glimpse of the amazing wildlife that lives beneath the waves.

The exhibition called ‘What Lies Beneath’ features underwater photography from within Chichester Harbour. All the photographs were taken as part of a recent subtidal survey which discovered 220 different species of plants and animals
and 34 different types of habitats. The divers were amazed at both the wealth of life and the healthy condition of the habitats.

In addition to the photographs, the exhibition features information on some of the key species. Video footage also taken by the divers will be on show on the museum’s new 32” flat screen television. Chichester Sub-Aqua Club have donated dive equipment and artefacts they have recovered during local dives.

Ali Beckett who has organised the exhibition said, ‘The divers found that under the
water it is crowded with life. Pontoon pilings and mooring chains are covered with a wealth of colourful seaweeds. Reefs of native oysters provide homes for bright red sea squirts, hydroids and sponges. The exhibition goes some way towards providing a glimpse of this fascinating world which is right on our doorstep.’

The exhibition is on at Emsworth Museum from the 5th to the 27th July. The museum is open Saturdays 10:30
– 4:30 and Sundays 2:30 – 4:30. Viewings can be arranged at other times for groups, call Dorothy Bone 01243 373780.

16th June

Woman injured in road accident.

A woman has been left with serious injuries after being hit by a car while cycling.
She was in collision with a car at the junction of Record Road and Havant Road, Emsworth.  The cyclist was rushed to Queen Alexandra Hospital suffering from leg and facial injuries.

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward. The incident happened at 11.05am on Saturday and anyone with information on the accident should call Cosham Roads Policing Unit
on 0845 045 45 45.


22nd May

Scheme aims to boost recycling

A new door-step green recycling scheme is being launched across Havant.

The dedicated green waste collection service will be started by Havant Borough Council next year – but residents will have to pay to take part.

The fortnightly service will collect green waste, such as hedge trimmings and grass cuttings, and take  them to recycling centres for composting.

The council is spending £82,000 on buying a new collection truck to provide the service.

Under the new scheme, residents will pay an annual licence fee of £25 for one reusable bag or £45 for two bags. A collection truck will come to their door every two weeks.

People who apply early for the scheme will get a discount and will be charged £22. Those on state benefits will receive a 33 per cent discount and pay £18.75.

Council leaders are hoping the scheme, to be introduced next April, will boost local recycling rates.

Around 32 per cent of household waste is recycled in the Havant Borough compared with just five per cent back in 1993. But the council has to improve far more to reach the government target of 40 per cent by 2010.

Council leader Tony Briggs said: 'We're up there with the upper quartile of local authorities for recycling rates in the country and this is going to help even more.

'We're already meeting government targets, but we want to do even better.'

The scheme will be in addition to the alternate fortnightly collection for refuse and recyclables.

Green waste is currently collected by the council, but under a much smaller and more limited scheme.

Green plastic sacks are sold to residents for £1.50 each, reduced to £1 for people on benefits.

Residents then have to ring up the council offices to get a truck to come and collect the bag, which is not reusable.

The council is hoping that around 10 per cent of households – 4,700 homes – take up the new service.

Cllr Briggs added: 'It's also going to reduce people's carbon footprint. At the moment people drive to the household waste recycling centre to get rid of green waste.

'But now we will have just one vehicle making that journey.'


The News www.thenews.co.uk  21 May 2008

20th May

Car park changes in Emsworth given go ahead

PLANS to slash the maximum stay time at a car park in Emsworth have been given the go ahead by Havant Borough Council.
The car park in South Street, currently has a maximum stay time of 24 hours, but under the change from the council users will be restricted to a maximum time of just four hours.

Many of the towns traders rely on the car park for easy access in and out of work, but will now have to find somewhere else to park once their four hours are up.

The change will be in force from Monday to Saturdays, between 8am and 6pm. Parking for up to four hours will cost £1.50.

Changes were also made to parking on Sundays and bank holidays, up to four hours is 50p and over four hours will cost £1.

Permit holders will not be affected by the change.

The plan will come into force within the next couple of months, once the necessary paperwork has been done at the council.

18th  May


Down load the Oyster Trail  HERE


1st May


TERROR - is a 28' traditional gaff-rigged, open decked sailing boat. She was built in 1890 as a working boat to support the Emsworth oyster fleet. Terror was fully restored between 2004-06 and an engine has now been fitted.

COSTS AND BOOKING - £10 adults and £5 for children

up to 16 years old. All scheduled trips are about 2 hours, but please allow 3 hours for your visit. All places must be

booked in advance, please call the booking line on 01243 513275 or call into the Harbour Office, Itchenor.    

PASSENGER NUMBERS - Terror is certified to carry 6 fare-paying passengers and 3 crew. All crew are experienced            sailors who have been trained to operate Terror. Please     note they are all volunteers.       

CHILDREN - must be 6 years and over. Each child must be accompanied by an adult (max 3 children on each trip).

DOGS - no dogs other than guide dogs.                                                            

REFUNDS - if we have to cancel a trip we will offer an alternative date or refund your money. Otherwise refund will only be given if a minimum of 10 days notice of cancellation has been given to the Harbour Office. 

CANCELLATION DUE TO WEATHER - trips will be cancelled if the wind is 16 knots or over (Force 4 & above) or if it is forecast to do so in the next 4 hours, or if there is less than 100m visibility. The decision of the master of the vessel is final. You will be offered a refund or alternative date.

WHAT TO WEAR - warm clothing and a set of waterproofs are essential. Deck shoes or trainers are ideal. No leather soled shoes or heels are allowed. Lifejackets will be provided and must be worn at all times.     

TOILET - there is no toilet on board. The nearest is the public toilet in South Street car park.           

ABILITY - no previous sailing experience is needed.         

ACCESSIBILITY - you must be sufficiently mobile to board the vessel. As a rule, if you can descend stairs unassisted you should be fine.


GROUP BOOKINGS - Terror may be booked for groups of up to 6 people. Up to 4 hours - £100, up to 8 hours £200.

All bookings are subject to the availability of volunteer certified crew. Contact the booking line 01243 513275.

WHERE TO MEET - Emsworth jetty, wait by the Terror sign on the Mill Pond wall adjacent to the jetty. Please be there promptly at the departure time.


 Terror Booking Line: 01243 513275  

19th April

Town steps back in time

Emsworth rolled back the clock and became a hub for all things 1940s.
The nostalgic event saw wartime military vehicles parade through the town and old photographs and memorabilia adorn shop windows.

A soup kitchen, run by Corporal Herbert Goredema from the Royal Logistical Corps, Thorney Island, kept people smiling as he served queues with ration books at the ready.

Havant mayor Victor Pierce-Jones joined in the nostalgia of wartime rationing and young visitors such as four-year-old Jack Bream had the opportunity of dressing up, assisted by June Chambers from Solent Overlord Executive.

The event on Saturday was organised by the Friends of Emsworth Memorial Garden and raised money towards the memorial and garden.

Chairwoman Virginia Wilson-Smith said: 'We haven't yet got the figure but we did raise a tidy sum towards the memorial and garden. In spite of the awful weather, a great number of people turned out and the day was a great success with only the Emsworth Concert Band having to be cancelled as they could not sit outside and play in the heavy rain.'

She added: 'I think one of the highlights was the convoy of Jeeps transporting the mayor and his consort back from the Memorial Garden to the Square.

'They were certainly noticed as they drove through central Emsworth with horns blaring and flags flying from their aerials.'

A competition for the best dressed window was judged on by David Harris from Havant Borough Council who found it extremely difficult to decide the winner as the quality of all the displays was very high.

Mayor Pierce-Jones presented the winners prize to the Emsworth Delicatessen, and the two runners-up prizes to Citrus Flowers and Soles of Emsworth.

14th April

Residents seek to save village

 By trying to save Emsworth from turning into a 'housing estate'. They are fighting plans to build hundreds of new homes on green spaces in the town.

The strength of feeling was demonstrated last week when more than 160 people crammed into a public meeting to oppose the plans – which campaigners say will change the face of Emsworth forever.

Havant Borough Council has been told by the government it must build 6,000 new homes over the next 20 years to meet housing demands.

Residents fears hundreds of homes to be built on green spaces in Havant borough could be in Emsworth.

Among the possible sites for development are 280 homes in the Emsworth Gap, 227 homes to the west and east of Horndean Road and 123 dwellings earmarked for Horse Field, south of the A259 in Emsworth.

Now a protest group, called Emsworth Fights Back, has been  set up.

A public consultation on the proposals finishes in less than two weeks – and campaigners are urging residents to write to the council to oppose the plans.

Penny Salter, of Birch Tree Drive, Emsworth, said: 'This will destroy Emsworth completely if it goes through.

'There is not the infrastructure and the roads won't be able to cope with it.

'It will just turn Emsworth into a housing estate.'

The main concern for residents is the Emsworth Gap –17 acres of fields that separate Westbourne and the town – where 250 homes could be built. The green space is home to tawny owls, buzzards, and foxes.

Residents say it would mean the death of Westbourne as a village in its own right.

Emsworth councillor Brendan Gibb-Gray said: 'To have the rate of housing building we are talking about, with no guarantees for the majority of those people, is a recipe for disaster.'


The News 14 April 2008

More at: Emsworth Fights Back


11th April

Council gives go-ahead to move to tackle binge drinking

A booze ban aimed at cracking down on drink-fuelled crime has been given the green light.

The licensing committee at Havant Borough Council yesterday gave the go-ahead to introduce fixed penalties for people who refuse to hand over alcohol to police if they are drinking in public.

The move comes more than a year after 11 areas were designated booze-free zones, including Havant town centre and the Greywell and Park Parade precincts. There are hopes that the latest idea will dramatically reduce the amount of drink-fuelled crime which puts Havant at the top of the table in the area for this sort of problem.

But police have promised they will use the new powers only to stop nuisance behaviour.

Inspector Darren Murphy said: 'If you look at Havant Park, where there are very often sporting events, we would not expect to go and seize alcohol if people are acting quite normally. If they are just watching a cricket match then that is fine.

'The main thing is that we can

confiscate alcohol from people who are causing a problem.'

A ban on booze in public has proved a big success in Portsmouth, Fareham and Gosport and it is hoped it will bring down the rate of crime in Havant.

The borough is the 14th worst for alcohol-related sexual offences out of 354 local authorities and it is ranked 45th worst for the number of violent crimes linked to booze.

At yesterday's meeting councillors voted unanimously to bring in the ban.

Purbrook councillor David Farrow said: 'It does seem a little bit Draconian but I think the time has come because our residents all suffer from it.

'We have drunkenness, especially from the younger population, and they start out drinking in one area and go on a drinking march.

'Our residents have to fork out thousands each year when fencing and rubbish bins are taken away and burnt and our play areas desecrated.'

The News 11 April 2008


April 6th

Floods in March and Snow in April

Emsworth woke up to an inch or so of snow.

The Foreshore at Warblington Road (10.00am)


By 2:00pm it had all gone and the sun was shining.

April 3rd


All photographers are invited to get snapping this summer. The theme for this year’s competition is ‘People and Places in Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).’

The theme will encourage photographers to go out and explore the villages within the AONB. These include the much photographed waterside village of Bosham as well as smaller ‘off-the-road’ places such as Dell Quay and Prinsted. Chichester Harbour is of course well known for sailing and watersports but in addition many hundreds of people enjoy the area each year as walkers, birdwatchers and artists. All these activities can be captured on camera showing how important the area is for rest, relaxation and sport.

The competition opens on 3 April and photographers have all summer to get their ‘perfect shot’. The closing date for entries is 16 September. Four cash prizes of £100, £80 and two lots of £50 are on offer. In addition Whitby’s Imaging Centre are offering a 40 page Photo Book for each winner.

Mike Repp of Whitby’s who will be one of the judges said ‘Last year there was an excellent range of entries and we look forward to working with Chichester Harbour Conservancy to make this year’s competition a success.’ Mike added the following advice for competitors, ‘for competition entries the photo should be printed on good quality paper to show it off to its best. Also, the photo should be recognisable as having been taken within Chichester Harbour AONB.’

Louise Adams, photographer for Chichester Observer will also be judging the competition. An exhibition of the entries will be held at the Old Court Room, North Street, Chichester on 19-20 September. The competition has been generously sponsored by the Friends of Chichester Harbour.

 Full details and an entry form are available from the Harbour Office 01243 512301 or online at www.conservancy.co.uk .


April 1st

Co-op bags plastic change

A shop is leading the way in the drive to consign the plastic bag to history.

Shoppers at the Southern Co-op store in Emsworth will no longer be able to pick up a free plastic bag at the checkout to stuff full of shopping. Instead they will have to pay five pence for a corn starch bag, which can afterwards be put in the compost heap to decompose.

Emsworth Business Association launched a bid for the town to go plastic-bag-free last year, and the Co-op has taken up the challenge.Ted Merdler, marketing manager at Southern Co-operatives, said: 'We are delighted to be able to encourage a reduction in the amount of plastic bags used.'

The Co-op held a competition for youngsters to launch the first day of scrapping its carrier bags yesterday. Local children were asked to create a collage showing how they thought Emsworth would look in the future if people continued to use as many carrier bags as they do at the moment.


The News 01 April 2008

March 31st

Community Street Audit

There is a clearly established case for encouraging people to walk or cycle around town instead of using their cars. The case for cycling was documented in A Strategy for Cycle Route Development in Emsworth published by Emsworth Community
Board in March 2007. This should be read in conjunction with this report.
The cycling strategy report was presented to local government transport officers who recommended that the needs of pedestrians should also be considered. They proposed that a Community Street Audit should be carried out to provide a comprehensive list of improvements that would encourage more people to walk and cycle around Emsworth. Such a list could form the basis for a formal Town Access Plan for Emsworth which would be consulted when funding for highways projects became available. Emsworth Community Board undertook to carry out the Street Audit with the help of other Emsworth residents. All those who took part were volunteers. Planning for the Street Audit took place during the summer of 2007 and the street surveys took place in October/November 2007. Conclusions from the audit were consolidated and published in March 2008.

Download the report


March 28th

First Local Nature Reserve in Emsworth

Brook Meadow Conservation Group have done it!!

Brook Meadow is the first nature conservation area in Emsworth to have Local Nature Reserve (LNR) status. LNR status is declared by the local authority, in this case Havant Borough Council (HBC) with advice from Natural England. The LNR designation will give additional protection to Brook Meadow and ensure that this wildlife haven in the centre of Emsworth is conserved and managed as a valuable resourcfor the benefit of the community and future generations.


March 27th

Emsworth Town Centre Tree Trail

There are many fine trees throughout Emsworth in recreation grounds, parks, nature conservation areas and other public spaces in addition to several tree-lined avenues such as Havant Road, Horndean Road and Warblington Road.

In the town centre, most of the trees of any size are in private gardens, in Church grounds, along the eastern side of the Town Mill Pond, or in the area adjoining the River Ems and Brook Meadow. The Trail takes you around the central area and identifies some fine trees which can be viewed from public paths, some of which can get very muddy in spring and winter.

Many of the trees in the town centre have been pruned, crown reduced, or pollarded mainly for masons of space constraints or the proximity of roads. Tree Preservation Orders (TP0s) have been put on a number of trees throughout Emsworth because of their amenity value. The town centre area south of the A259 is designated as a Conservation Area. Any tree felling or maintenance work within this area requires Local Authority permission.

This Trail has 26 different types of trees, with 3 conifers and 23 broadleaved trees. Seventeen of these trees are native to Great Britain, and in addition a mixed hedgerow of at least 8 additional native trees, including 1 evergreen.

The Tree Trail is intended to be of interest to both residents and visitors to create awareness of the value of trees in our street scene. Children particularly are encouraged to use this Tree Trail booklet. The Trail takes about one hour to one-and-half hours to complete.

The map on the centre pages shows the route of the Trail starting from Palmers Road car park, although it can be joined at any point.

Copies of the Booklet (£1.00) \re available from: Emsworth Museum, Emsworth Bookshop, Bookends, Borland & Bound Estate agents and The Brookfield Hotel.


Chimney fire at flood-hit Emsworth pub

The Lord Raglan hit by floods ten days ago suffered a chimney fire late morning today (Saturday, March 22).
Police closed Queen Street to traffic as two fire appliamces tackled the blaze.

On March 10, open fires in the popular waterside pub were put out by rising seawater as the mill pond overflowed due to a combination of PICTURE: MARK JONESstrong winds and spring tides and the ground floor was flooded.










More Southern Co-ops go plastic bag free

Three more Southern Co-operative stores are to go plastic bag free from 31 March 2008.
The stores, at Alresford,
Emsworth and Odiham in Hampshire, will completely replace traditional plastic bags with a GM-free corn starch version at a cost of 5p to the customer.
This latest initiative follows a successful trial at the society's store at Overton in Hampshire, where the town went plastic bag free in November 2007.
Also from the end of March, the corn starch bags will become available in the rest of Southern Co-op's stores in Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset, the Isle of Wight, West Sussex and Berkshire.
Customers here will then have the choice of purchasing a corn starch carrier or a Co-op Fairtrade cotton 'bag for life' at 99p, instead of using traditional plastic bags.
The corn starch bags can be filled with household food waste and added to domestic compost bins.

March 10th

Emsworth Floods
Spring tides, an intense low pressure and strong winds resulted in storm damage an floods in Emsworth.  Floods were reported in  Bridge Road, Bridge Foot Path and Bath Road, Queen Street, the Quay and the Slipper Mill Pond.

The Quay

Bridge Foot Path

Bridge Road


More photos: HERE

February 22nd

Emsworth Museum
established, managed and run  by:
The Emsworth Maritime & Historical Trust


After structural and refurbishment work during the past year Emsworth Museum will re-open on Easter Saturday 22 March.

Exhibitions planned for the David Rudkin Room are:-

22 March - 27 April   "Emsworth's Oyster Heritage"

3 - 25 May                "Many Hands make Light (Patch) Work"

                                by the Bourne Quilters  

31 May - 29 June      "Emsworth Trees"

                                 by the Emsworth Tree Wardensr.


The 2008 Treasure Hunt will be held on 19 June starting from the museum at 7.00p.m. Entry Fee £1.00 per person payable as you start out on the Treasure Hunt. Tea / coffee and biscuits will be available when you arrive back at the museum to check your answers.

If you would like more information please contact Dorothy Bone - telephone 01243 373780 email dorothybone@btinternet.com


February 13th

Coming to Stansted Park in September









February 7th

Emsworth Eastern Gateway Improvement project.


sing an old clinker built boat formerly abandoned on the foreshore. The EBA and Ward Landscapes are sponsored the project to improve the eastern approach to Emsworth.

New Project
After the success of this project the EBA hope to carry out a similar project along the A259 on the other side of the town. the pictures below show the fine vessel they have been given.

















February 5th

How festival left bitter aftertaste

Visitors throng the stalls - but are shops missing out?

It was supposed to be an event that brought the community together. But when the Emsworth Food Festival ended up causing bitter division, chairman Lulu Bowerman knew something had to be done.
Committee members had been abused in the street, shopkeepers were threatened that customers would take their business elsewhere if they supported the festival and a petition was circulated.
So she and fellow festival organisers acted and axed the popular event for this year, while suggesting that when it returns in 2009, the festival may well be scaled down.
Lulu, 49, says: 'It was started with the best of intentions, but it became so difficult to keep the status quo last year that we have had to take a step back.
'You want to please the community and not have everybody fighting. But there have been people going in shops and saying "if you support the food festival, then we won't shop here any more''. It is best to let the dust settle.'
She adds: 'Cancelling it was a very bitter pill to swallow. It was a very difficult decision to make but common sense had to prevail. The brain had to rule the emotions.
'I remember one of the protesters asked what gave us the right as an unelected body to impose our will on the community. That stuck in my mind.'
The problem has been the sheer size of the festival. From just a handful of stalls at the first festival back in 2001, it quickly grew to attract more than 130 stalls and 55,000 visitors over three days each year.

Festival chairman Lulu Bowerman

It seemed that the town had discovered the recipe for success. But it got so big that the centre had to be effectively closed for four days, with large numbers squeezing into narrow streets and traffic restrictions imposed by police and Havant Borough Council meaning some residents couldn't use their cars.
By 2007 the festival was bigger than ever and the goodwill and co-operation of some people living and working in Emsworth was beginning to wear thin.
The news that there is no festival in 2008 has pleased traders who had grown fed up with the disruption. In their eyes, an event that was originally set up to help support local businesses was putting people off shopping there.
Evelyn Pearce, of Emsworth Delicatessen in West Street, says: 'I'm very pleased there isn't going to be a festival this year. We do less business over the festival weekend than any other weekend in the year. If there had been a festival this year, I was going to close the shop on the Saturday because it would just not be cost-effective to stay open.'
She adds: 'It was fantastic when it started, but it has just got out of hand. Now people come here for the freebies, not to see what shops Emsworth has got.'

Evelyn Pearce of Emsworth Delicatessen

Carli Strugnell, 20, of Citrus Flowers in The Square, explains: 'It has got too big and affects local businesses. All the visitors are coming for the festival and are not interested in anything else. We lose quite a lot of money compared to a normal weekend and a lot of other shops are saying the same thing.
'The food festival used to be small and each shop would have a stall. But now it is absolutely massive and stalls are coming in from other areas and blocking off the shops behind. So many people have complained about things that something had to be done.'
Michael Starr

Michael Starr, 63, of Starr Butchers in High Street, says: 'It was definitely better when it was a smaller event. The first three or four years were brilliant, but it has lost that personal feeling. It's just become too big and got out of hand.
'Local people who get their meat from me don't come in when the festival's on. If I didn't have my barbecue going outside, I might as well shut up shop. Other shopkeepers are the same. Visitors come here to walk around, go in the wine tent and get free tasters from the stalls; they don't come in the local shops. The only ones earning a crust from it are the pubs.'
Some residents are also pleased to see the festival taking a breather. Emsworth Residents' Association chairman Chris Curry adds: 'There are quite a few people who were very inconvenienced by the festival, particularly those who live in roads that were shut off from 9am-5pm for three days.
'They got really uptight about it and created a bit of a furore. I know it also affected shops and businesses.'
But others who wanted to keep the festival angrily claim it has fallen victim to a small but vociferous minority of whingers. Comments posted on the Emsworth Food Festival website are powerful and emotive – using words such as 'devastated', 'dismayed' and 'outraged' to describe their feelings about the event being cancelled.
Lulu, who was voted Business Personality of the Year at The News Business Excellence Awards last month for her work organising the food festival, explains: 'The festival was started to help local businesses survive and flourish, but it had become a juggling act to keep everybody happy.
'When a growing minority of people say they are not sure they want the festival any more, then you have to take that on board.'
But she says the festival will come back in 2009 – although its exact form has yet to be decided.
'If people want it back, then it will come back. I'm not a dictator. Getting smaller is an option. The feedback so far has been that people want it to be a very local event and relevant to Emsworth.
'They want it to celebrate shops in Emsworth and businesses in a 10-20 mile radius. People love it as a street market with atmosphere, entertainment and fireworks.'
Another option is to make it a cultural festival, not just about food. Lulu says: 'We have other culture in Emsworth. For instance there are very good artists here.'

Lulu says organisers will talk to people on both sides of the debate and take on board their opinions so nobody
feels alienated.
Festival directors met last week and now intend to visit other food festivals to see how they are run.
Meanwhile festival projects will continue in schools and colleges and several young chefs competitions will still take place. Local charities and initiatives will also benefit from money raised by the 2007 festival.
Lulu thinks it likely the Emsworth festival will continue in a smaller form in the future, perhaps without elements such as the competitions, demonstrations, wine tastings, marquees, classes and celebrity chefs.
Residents' association chairman Chris Curry believes that would win a lot of support. He says: 'We would like to see a smaller, good quality event kept in the town.'
As for Michael Starr, he also thinks that smaller would definitely be better.
'Emsworth's a lovely little place and ideal for a food festival, but it has to be smaller in future.'

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February 4th

Slow going in the cone zone

Traffic is reduced to a crawl in the cone zone on the A27 watched over by the "Yellow Vultures" to enforce the 40 mph speed restriction.





February 3rd

Work starts on oyster bed study

Emsworth Museum's first special exhibition for the 2008 season will focus on initial results of this unique project the first exhibition to be held in the Rudkin Room for the museum's 2008 summer season will feature the initial results of the research and field work undertaken for this special project. The official opening will be Saturday 22nd March during Easter weekend.

The Trust in partnership with the Chichester and District Archaeological Society has started work on a unique study into the history of Emsworth oyster beds.

“This is an exciting opportunity to find out more about the oyster industry based in Emsworth over hundred  years ago" said John Tweddell, the project co-coordinator "We hope to gain a better understanding of how it changed from a successful business in the 19th century to its collapse in the early 20th century.”

After winning funding from the Chichester Harbour Sustainable Development Fund, the project will cover both research into the records held by the museum and field work on the site itself. Training for the volunteers who are undertaking the field work element of the project took place in early December 2007.


In January and February this year the team are undertaking the work involved in mapping the beds and looking at evidence to help us understand their construction.



 2nd February

The Mothers' Union are holding a Table Top Sale on Saturday 9 February from 10am to 12 noon at the St. James’ Church Parish Hall, Emsworth and will be advertising for Table holders @ £5 per table. What they raise is for their own use. The Mothers' Union hope to raise funds by renting Tables, sale of coffee, etc., organising a Raffle and charging a 50p entrance fee for the public.

January 25th

Food festival chief had recipe for success

A woman who helped organise the most successful food festival in the area has been honoured in The News Business Excellence Awards.
The efforts of Lulu Bowerman in organising the Emsworth Food Festival and galvanising a group of volunteers to create an event that celebrates local produce have won her the title of Business Personality of the Year.
She was cheered as she walked up to the stage to accept her award from Robin Dickens, of award sponsor Lambert Smith Hampton.
A clearly stunned Mrs Bowerman said: 'I didn't think I would get this.
'It's great getting this award, but the festival wouldn't have happened without my team of volunteers.
'It's for all the volunteers that I'm accepting this award - I'm accepting this on behalf of the committee.
'We were up against a few obstacles this year but we came through it.'
These obstacles mean the festival will be smaller in future years.
Ms Bowerman was one of many happy trophy winners whose successful companies and enterprises we celebrated within the area's business community.
The event, which was held at Portsmouth Guildhall, is the highlight of the year for the business community.
It involved nearly 550 guests - made up of mayors, company leaders and representatives of leading business organisations who were there to network and more importantly to find out who had won awards in one of the eight categories.
They heard from guest speaker and England Football legend Sir Geoff Hurst - still the only person to have scored a hat trick in a World Cup final - while BBC presenter Sally Taylor compered the evening.
The event, which is sponsored by Business Link, is now into its sixth year.
Chairman of the board of Business Link in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, Phil Wilding, said: 'I think these awards are very important - good people in business strive to be the best and I believe we should recognise that.'

The News 25 January 2008


January 24th


he 2008 edition of the Chichester Harbour News and Guide is now available. This 84-page full colour booklet is packed with news features, information and local tide tables. It is an interesting and informative read for local residents and visitors alike. The Harbour News has the latest information on what is happening in Chichester Harbour and the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) with reports from the Harbour Master and his staff and a number of feature articles.

This year there is a break with tradition. Rather than having a boat on the front cover, there is a beautiful picture of the sand dunes at East Head. The photograph was taken by Emma Millen, it won second prize in the harbour photography competition held in 2007.

The feature articles in this issue include ‘Lending a Helping Hand’. Local journalist Janet McMeekin has interviewed five people who help out around the harbour. The diversity of their work is interesting; it ranges from conservation tasks to archaeological digs and helping with school trips.

Janet has also taken her family out to explore great days out in the AONB. They report back on their favourite activities which include cycling on the Salterns Way and taking a trip on Terror, the restored oyster boat.

Regular contributor Ian McIntyre poses the question ‘What do Fishbourne Roman Palace, Warblington Castle and Tournerbury Fort have in common?’ He then delves back into the history of these scheduled ancient monuments and what they tell us about how people have used this area over the last 2,000 years.

The specifics of how climate change will affect those who live near or use Chichester Harbour is explored by AONB Officer Nicky Horter. Using a wealth of facts and figures, she looks at the changes we can already see, such as the appearance of seahorses, and also discusses what can be done in our area to address climate change.

Racing Tips this year has been written by Olympic sailing coach Mark Rushall. Mark explains the techniques required for sailing in waves. He claims that by following his advice, all dinghy racers will be ‘looking for the biggest wave’ rather than avoiding it!

As well as the regular articles giving updates on projects throughout the Harbour, there is an informative guide section and twelve months of tide tables. This is particularly useful for visitors and those new to Chichester Harbour.

The Chichester Harbour News and Guide is produced by Chichester Harbour Conservancy and has a circulation of 32,000 copies. Copies are available free of charge from the Harbour Office and local tourist information centres and libraries.


January 21st

Food Festival in 2009 will be scaled down

THE Emsworth Food Festival has received another blow with the news the event could be scaled down in 2009.

Residents and traders have been torn over the impact it has on the town when 50,000 people visit over three days in September.

An intense debate led to this year's festival being cancelled last month, but chairman of the festival committee Lulu Bowerman has said next year's event could be cut back to the stalls and fireworks.

She said: "If that is what they want, that is easy to deliver. People want their fiesta, which is how they describe it."

Ms Bowerman said a lack of interest had been shown in the demonstrations, wine tasting marquees, and celebrity chefs.

"I was stunned," she said. "It is really strange not to have people talking about the other bits we worked so hard to run, but that does not seem to be what they want.

"We cannot just steamroller people into having it. It was becoming really divisive in the community.

"It was a very difficult decision to do it. It was a very emotional moment for me. You give your heart and soul to it, but sometimes you just have to be grown-up and responsible."

Manager of the newsagents in St Peter's Square Kharran Piper fears the event could be over-run by disappointed people if it is downscaled. She said:
"I hope they do not come a bit of a cropper with millions of people turning up and it is not what they expect it to be - it would be a disaster.”People coming from far and wide are going to expect it to be what it always has been.”
"I think people have got over the fact there is not going to be a festival. Most people have accepted it."
"It is all a bit of a shame, really. Obviously they are all volunteers and it is a huge amount of work."

It's so good for traders

MANAGER of Emsworth Hardware Dave Wagg is in support of the festival and does not understand how it cannot be good for trade.
He said: "I think it will struggle to come back smaller because there will always be that number of people attending."
"It is pretty crowded anyway, If you decrease the number of stalls it will be bedlam.”
Ros Oakley of the Pantry Weigh said:
"The risk is you have a lot of people turning up and there is not a lot to see and it falls flat on its face.
"From a stall holder's point of view, on Friday and Saturday people seem to be happier, more relaxed. By Sunday people have been jostling for space everywhere and they are not so happy”

Ems Valley Gazette January 17th 2009

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18th January

 Campaigners admit defeat in battle to stop superstore


Campaigners fighting a huge new Tesco have admitted defeat after a government minister decided not to step in to the row.

Hazel Blears, secretary of state for Communities and Local Government, has announced she will not call in the decision by Havant Borough Council to give the go-ahead to the new superstore in Solent Road. Had she done so then she could have overturned the decision. But it is now seen that her decision is the final nail in the coffin for campaigners who have been trying to stop the superstore being built.
Ray Cobbett, Hampshire co-ordinator for Friends of the Earth, wrote to the Government Office for the South East, which represents central government in the region, to ask for Havant Borough Council's decision to be reconsidered. But the council has now received a letter from GOSE saying no action is to be taken.
Mr Cobbett said: 'We always knew it was a long shot and obviously these things are very rarely called in.
'But we thought we ought to go the last mile for the 2,000 or so petitioners and not leave any stone unturned.
'That's the end of the process now unfortunately. There are no other steps we can think of . We hope for everybody's sake that the gamble the council has taken pays off.'
The existing supermarket in Solent Road, Havant, is to be bulldozed and a new Tesco Extra store more than double the size built in its place. About 2,000 people signed a petition against the superstore, and many traders in Havant are worried about the impact a larger Tesco will have on their businesses.
Mark Sloan, from GOSE, wrote to Havant Borough Council saying the secretary of state would not interfere with decisions made by a local planning authority unless there were issues of 'more than local importance'. He said: 'She is satisfied that the issues raised do not relate to matters of more than local importance, which would be more appropriately decided by her rather than the local planning authority.
'She has therefore concluded that the application should be decided by Havant Borough Council.'

 The News 18 January  2008


9th January

New Speed Cameras on the A27
"The Yellow Vultures"

Using the motorway between Havant and Emsworth you've no doubt seen these pop up over the last 2-3 months in particular our area has these in an attractive stomach acid yellow colour. They are essentially speed camera's. These however work on the principle of time vs. distance traveled. You are tagged at one end then tagged again when you leave the stretch the road. Apparently according to Ocean FM this morning they carry the same fine and points that you get for the normal speeding camera.

Wayne Haverson

7th January

Business Excellence Awards, Personality of the Year; Food Festival Chairman is Nominated

Lulu Bowerman is chairman of Emsworth Food Festival. She has been involved in helping organise it for the past five years, during which time it has grown from strength to strength. The event is now one of the top four food festivals nationally. Lulu is the heart and soul of the organisation, and inspires the team to deliver a festival even better than the previous one.

More at: http://editions.pagesuite.co.uk//_pseditions/portsmouth%20pub/business%20success/2007-12-18/pdfpages/Page5.pdf

4th January

Cuts likely to 'menu' of Food Festival

A POPULAR food festival is likely to be scaled down to keep disgruntled residents happy. Many people were devastated after the shock announcement that this year's Emsworth Food Festival was being cancelled so that organisers could take stock before the 2009 event. Now festival chair man Lulu Bowerman has said she thinks it likely the festival will continue on a smaller scale in the future. There had been com plaints from some traders and residents about the impact on the town of the event, which attracts more than 50,000 visitors. And Ms Bowerman said it was clear from speaking to people in Emsworth that the demonstrations, wine tasting, marquees, classes and celebrity chefs, and Ms Bowerman admitted she was very disappointed people had not shown more interest in those aspects. `I was stunned. It is really strange not to have people talking about the other bits that we worked so hard to run, but that doesn't seem to be what they want.' She said it had got to the stage where action had to be taken to address the concerns of people who did not support the festival. A petition was being got up, and some commit tee members were getting abuse in the street. `We can't just steam roller people into having it,' she said. 'It was becoming really divisive in the community. `It was a very difficult decision to do it. It was a very emotional moment for me. You give your heart and soul to it but some times you just have to be grown up and responsible.' Scores of people have posted disappointed comments on the food festival web site. One member of the Emsworth business community said on the website: 'I am so saddened and amazed at the decision to not do the food festival next year. `How can we abandon the best thing that has happened for Emsworth businesses ever? `Please reconsider. Don't let a few vociferous moaners ruin it for us all.'

The News

1st January

Emsworth Needs You

Would you like to have a say in the future development of Emsworth? Would you like to be consulted on the planning and monitoring of services provided by Havant Borough Council and Hampshire County Council?
 If so, you could be one of the five people who live, work or study in Emsworth that we would like to welcome as new members of the Emsworth Community Board (ECB) at the AGM to be held on Thursday 24th April 2008. Everyone  is welcome but we would especially like to be joined by one or two  young people.
The ECB comprises 15 people and holds a public meeting to review local issues in the evening of the second Thursday of each month at the Emsworth  Community Centre. Its members are part of small focus groups which review planning applications and monitor environmental, transport and community issues and liaise with council officers on such matters. One of these groups has been monitoring litter and graffiti problems and liaising with HBC to ensure they are dealt with promptly. Another has been conducting a detailed audit of the key roads and paths around Emsworth and will be presenting a comprehensive report to HBC and HCC which spells out the improvements needed to provide safe and easy routes for pedestrians, cyclists, wheelchair users and the disabled.
The ECB was established in 2004 to represent the views of the community and to work towards improving the quality of life in Emsworth. It played a major role in selecting and supporting recent major projects such as the Skate Park, Memorial Sculpture and Memorial Garden in Jubilee Park and the many improvements to the A259 pedestrian underpass and its access route from Palmers Road car park.
 If you are interested in supporting our efforts, or would like to know  more about them, please contact me by phone 01243 431615 or email

Steve Pearce, Chairman, ECB