Emsworth News - 2008
Appeal for donations for new Rowans
hospice which gives specialist care
to terminally-ill patients hopes to
boost its coffers with a new charity
Rowans Hospice will open its fifth
branch in South Street, Emsworth,
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
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
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
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
The News 16-Dec-08
Emsworth Christmas Market
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
IIf you were a visitor to the Emsworth Christmas Market, were a
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
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
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
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
'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
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
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
Residents were allowed back to the property later on Saturday
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
Famous festival is back in Emsworth
village famous for its food festival
will host a Christmas extravaganza.
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
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
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
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
For more information, contact Prod
Grow Markets on 07515 797878.
or Brendan Gibb-Gray on 01243
08 December 2008
Christmas comes to Emsworth
was plenty of festive sparkle and
shine at the switching on of
Emsworth's Christmas lights on
Sunday, November 30
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
Market on Sunday,
Gazette 02 December 2008
Emsworth Business Association Christmas
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
Fresh look for 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.
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.”
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
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
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
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.
provide some festival magic
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
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.
"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
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
"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
The market will take place from loam
until 4pm and entry is free.
Ems Valley Gazette 20-Nov-08
By GREG MILES
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.
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
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
Rowans Hospice is excited to be
opening a new charity shop in
Emsworth in early
January 2009 at 6 South Street
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
17.8% is received
from the NHS.
PLEASE CALL VANESSA ON 023 9223 7142
Havant Partnership website Launched.
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
Charity sale in Emsworth raising
money for orphanage
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
The Autumn fayre takes place from
10am until 3pm at International
House, in Emsworth Square. Entrance
fee is 50p, children under 12 are
On sale will be gifts, cakes, home
made produce, CDs, DVDs, videos,
plants and flowers, tombola, and
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
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
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
Residents invited to question the
Residents are to have the chance to
ask questions about the way a council is run.
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
Youngsters encouraged to follow
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
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
The News 06 November 2008
Town's crying out for old ways
Here is the news!
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
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
'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
'It would be wonderful to have
things broadcast in the most
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
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
The News 06-Nov-08
Emsworth hotel wins an ExSEllence award
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.
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
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.
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.
Wanted: ideas on new uses at Emsworth
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
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
"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
"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
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
Chichester Observer October
Councilor Brendan Gibby-Grey's Open letter
to the community
EMSWORTH FOOD FESTIVAL
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
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
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.
[Chair of the Emsworth Business Association)
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
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
Food Festival Directors Respond to Recent
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
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
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
'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
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
Emsworth hotel in frame for an ExSEllence
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
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
"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
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.'
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Conversion of existing
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will bring to our neighbourhood .
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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
'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
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
Question Food Festival Directors’ Decision to Scrap the Emsworth
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
- 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
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
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
(Food Festival Organising Committee 2003-08
& Editor - Wmsworthonline.co.uk)
Railway Inn has been totally refurbished and has been reopened.
Wednesday 3rd September 2008
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.
YOU CAN STILL ORDER BOOKS
BY RINGING 01243 372617
DELIVERY IS FREE IN THE LOCAL AREA
Discount on all general fiction
and non-fiction titles
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
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
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
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
Chichester Observer 28-08-08
Read the comments
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
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
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
'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
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
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
Village's busy food festival has run its course
THE Emsworth Food Festival has been
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
'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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The meeting is at 6pm at the Community Association Centre in Church
The News 29-July-08
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
Emsworth Village Design Statement
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.
SPECIAL EXHIBITION “MORE ABOUT
EMSWORTH MUSEUM 2ND TO 31ST AUGUST
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
meeting for all Emsworth businesses re. Emsworth Food Festival
July 6pm at North St Community Centre
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
T. 01243 377518
Mast proposal for Emsworth
A planning application has been submitted
by Hampshire County Council for a 50-metre anemometry mast in north
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
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
A diversion will send pedestrians under the Warblington interchange
via Emsworth Road on the north side of the A27 and Church Lane on
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
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
MARINE LIFE EXHIBITION
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.
Woman injured in
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
load the Oyster Trail
TERROR SAILING TRIPS
DEPARTURES FROM EMSWORTH IN 2008
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
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
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:
steps back in time
rolled back the clock and became a
hub for all things 1940s.
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
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
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
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
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
Now a protest group, called
Emsworth Fights Back, has been
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
'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
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
Emsworth Fights Back
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
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
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
The News 11 April 2008
Floods in March and
Snow in April
Emsworth woke up to an
inch or so of snow.
The Foreshore at Warblington Road
By 2:00pm it had all
gone and the sun was shining.
CHICHESTER HARBOUR PHOTO COMPETITION
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
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.’
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
details and an entry form are available from the Harbour Office
01243 512301 or online at
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
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
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
Download the report
First Local Nature Reserve in
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
Bridge Foot Path
established, managed and run by:
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
Coming to Stansted
Park in September
Gateway Improvement project.
Using 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.
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.
How festival left bitter aftertaste
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
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
'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
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
'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
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.'
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, 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
'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
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
Lulu says organisers will talk to people on both sides
of the debate and take on board their opinions so nobody
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
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.'
To comment on this news
5th February 2008
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.
Work starts on oyster
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
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
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.
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.
|Food festival chief had recipe for
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
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
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
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
The News 25 January 2008
2008 CHICHESTER HARBOUR NEWS & GUIDE
The 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
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.
Food Festival in 2009
will be scaled down
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.
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.
said: "If that is what they want, that is easy to deliver. People
want their fiesta, which is how they describe it."
Bowerman said a lack of interest had been shown in the
demonstrations, wine tasting marquees, and celebrity chefs.
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.
cannot just steamroller people into having it. It was becoming
really divisive in the community.
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."
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”
Valley Gazette January 17th 2009
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Campaigners admit defeat in battle to
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
'She has therefore concluded that the application should be decided
by Havant Borough Council.'
News 18 January 2008
New Speed Cameras on the A27
"The Yellow Vultures"
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
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
Cuts likely to 'menu' of Food
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.'
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
If you are interested in supporting our efforts, or would like to
know more about them, please contact me by phone 01243 431615 or
Steve Pearce, Chairman,