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10th December


A ‘Festive Thank-You’ at the Brookfield Hotel

The Brookfield Hotel Emsworth has recently said a ‘Festive Thank-You’ to   local companies that regularly use the hotel for business conferences, lunches, corporate dinners and client accommodation, by inviting them for a glass of mulled wine, mince pies and a floristry workshop!

The guests were treated to a master class in Christmas Wreath making by local florists  Clare Dridge and Sally Waddington of Nursery Fresh Flowers, Horndean, before making their own wreaths to take home.

Weddings and Events Manager, Jamie Drew and General Manager Amanda Thomas wanted to show their appreciation for the support given to the hotel over the past year and thought that Christmas wreath making was fun and unique.

The guests, from local firms including; Colt International, Hitachi and Sumika, thoroughly enjoyed the evening with several signing up to floral workshops being held by Nursery Fresh next year.

10th December

The Icing On The Cake For Heidi’s

Emsworth Coffee Shop Launches Online 

When celebrated Swiss baker Ernst Strassman tentatively opened the doors to his first patisserie on Hayling Island in 1969, the former Fortnum & Mason’s Head Patissier could never have imagined they would become such an institution. The coffee shops, named for his daughter, Heidi, now boast nine thriving locations across the south and this week, they are joining the Internet revolution with the launch of their new website.

For more than forty years, Heidi’s delicious cakes and pastries have become synonymous with the south coast and remain a quiet and understated success due to the ethos established by her father; fresh breads, pastries, cream cakes and quiches all packaged in a vibrant, friendly atmosphere.

“We’ve always strived to offer customers great variety and value for money and will always be your local patisserie,” owner Heidi Ormsby states, “but it is important we move with the times and communicate with our customers in the most effective way possible. 

In terms of what the launch means to the company, Heidi commented; “The new website means we can now keep customers informed of special offers, new recipes and showcase some of our more unusual, hand-made celebration cakes, which we are particularly excited about.”

The website has been created by web design and branding agency Superrb, who handled all the creative aspects, including photography, copywriting and online marketing. On working with Heidi’s, Superrb Managing Director Matt Pilkington explained, “When we opened our studio on Hayling Island, Heidi’s was right at the very top of our client list as it has such a rich heritage and we all grew up enjoying Heidi’s cakes and pastries.”

The website has been constructed in such a way that Heidi’s staff can easily update it themselves, adding fresh pages and photos, posting news and optimising it to improve search engine rankings. Along with the website, Heidi’s has also made it’s first foray into social media with a Twitter account and a Facebook page.

All of this may be new territory for Heidi’s but it’s already capturing their customers’ imagination.  In fact, the day the site launched, the Facebook page received a stream of ‘likes’ and glowing comments, including how the pictures were making one poster rather hungry!

“This is about the new generation of customers we’re seeing come through our door and how we need to evolve along with them,” Heidi states confidently.  There is however a determination to remain the same company her father founded all those years ago, with its heart in the past and it’s head in the future. “That’s our plan. We still bake everything onsite at Hayling Island and that, along with our values will always stay the same.”  Some things, thankfully, will never change.

Visit the website at: www.heidispatisserie.co.uk




8th December


Uncovering the Past - Emsworth, Oysters and Men

A new book written by local historian Linda Newell telling the story of how oysters made Emsworth's fortune, and how the decline of the industry could have been the end for Emsworth.

The book is priced at £8.00 with proceeds being divided between
Emsworth Museum and the fund to maintain Terror.

It is on sale at Bookends, the bookshop opposite the Crown in the High Street.
It is also available directly from Linda on 01243 371608 or
envr@btinternet.com.  You can also drop your details through the letterbox of the Museum in
North Street, and someone will contact you.

It is a deliberate policy that the book is only available in Emsworth.  The story is a uniquely Emsworth story, and it is logical that it can only be obtained in Emsworth.

A book to be enjoyed - it is a good read with interesting photographs and original works by Angela Loader and Marion Forster.


3rd  December

Emsworth Lights Up!


Friday evening found The Square packed with over 1500 people of all ages.  For the first time the event was held on a Friday evening Santa arrived on his sleigh , courtesy of The Havant Rotary Club, to turn on the lights,  greeted the children in his Christmas grotto before moving on to North Street for more festivities. 



Earlier in the day Rev. Simon Sayers judged the window dressing competition and then presented the winning entry,  W Wraight & Son Funeral Directors, and runners up with their prize certificates. Simon then took on the role of Master of Ceremonies and introduced the carol singing lead by members  and musicians from St James's Church.  Much mulled wine and many mince pies were consumed and Mary and Joseph were in attendance - the pubs were packed so their was no room at the inn and they has to stay in The Square. The donkeys were here as part of The Emsworth Adventure Calendar which has events and activities arranged for every day during Advent. The shops stayed open late and a good time was had by all. Organised annually by the Emsworth Business Association this was probably the best yet.


Emsworth councillor Brendan Gibb-Gray said: ‘A Friday night is obviously more successful from the point of view of getting people here. ‘It is a really enjoyable community event. We have been unlucky with the weather the last couple of years, which obviously put the dampener on things. But this year is great.’

Emsworth Christmas Lights
by Millstream Productions

See the photos HERE







29th November

Emsworth Community Singers Raise £1900 for Local Charities



On Saturday evening Emsworth Community Singers performed to a packed St James Church.  Two hundred and fifty concert goers where enthralled by a programme of classical, traditional pieces and music from The Shows. The concert was in aid of The Rowans and St Wilfred's Hospices.  £738.17 on the Bucket Donations and Raffle alone.


Emsworth Community Singers meet every Wednesday 7.30 p.m. to 9.30 pm.  at The Baptist Church in North Street, new members are always made welcome. For more information visit: www.emsworthcommunitysingers.org.uk 







27th November


Emsworth Doctor, Jim Ricketts, is remembered in a forthcoming book


Jim Rickett worked as a GP in Emsworth during the blitz of 1940/41. He kept a diary at the time  describing  his  work  which  makes  interesting  reading  as  much  is  now unthinkable. A caesarean was done on the dining room table. A cameo picture is obtained of the work at the height of the blitz in 1941 after one of the most intense raids.


He  was  called  up  into  the  Army  and  in  1944  was  in  Italy  when  he  received an  urgent  posting  to  join  the  commandos,  working  with  the  SOE  (Special Operations Executive) on the Adriatic island of Vis. He had to set up a hospital to deal with the wounded brought back from raids. The island was to be held at all costs against expected imminent attack. With  both  commandos  and  partisans  he  set  up  a  makeshift   hospital  from scratch. Initially he had to operate with a kerosene lamp for light. Later they  managed to get wiring from a crashed Liberator and set up electricity using an old diesel generator. They bartered and stole to get the unit operational. They were inundated with work. The unit and the whole team became highly effective, and provided some light-hearted moments. They became the local

social centre at the time Tito set up his HQ on the island. This first-hand account makes fascinating reading.


Written by his son, John Rickett, who now lives in Devon, "Stretchers Not Available" - the Wartime Story of Dr Jim Rickett" will be published by AuthorHouse early in the New Year.








27th November


The Christmas Tree is planted in the Square

Sunday morning saw several EBA members decorating this year's tree in the square in preparation for the Emsworth Christmas Celebrations on Friday. Supervised by Carol Haskett the Business Association Chairman, who was also interviewed by Radio Solent, Sue Treagust  (Treagusts Butchers),Kevin Griffen (K.G Electrical), Dave Sly (Southern Tyres),Gareth Haskett (GCS Computer Services Ltd), Linda Newell, Carol Common and Reg all gave a hand. Kevin checked that the lights were working ready for Santa to turn on! This year the tree is sponsored by chartered accountants Goff & Company.







26th November


Charity Cycle Ride to Romania


The Square in Emsworth was busy this morning as firefighters, soldiers, Royal Navy personnel and gym-goers have set out to to pedal from Emsworth to Transylvania – without moving.  Instead, they will cover the 1,480 miles on static spin exercise bikes, taking turns every few hours.


Participating teams so far include Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, Army and Royal Navy personnel, local cycle clubs and gym enthusiasts and it is hoped that local youth groups and the general public will step up and take the challenge.

Crew Manager Perry Dodgson from Havant Fire Station, who is also a retained firefighter at Emsworth, organised the event with George 'Topsy' Turner from Innovations Fitness which is also based at Emsworth. Perry said,

"Topsy Turner and myself met during 'Fit Beat', a charity event organised by Topsy's company Innovations Fitness. We discovered there we had a lot in common with regard to charity work and decided to organise the next event in aid of Love Light Romania."
"Through a friend I have been involved with Love Light Romania for eight years. This registered charity is based near Transylvania, Romania and provides respite care for children suffering from AIDS or HIV and gives essential support to the families effected by the virus. The charity motto "All terminally ill children & young people have the right to a purposeful and healthy life and the right to die with dignity" sums it all up."
"Due to the lengthy timescale of our sponsored event we need more participants to take part. Keen cyclists who would like to add a little something extra to their training regime are urged to put a team together and join us to raise money for this worthy cause. We also welcome those who haven't cycled for a while to come along, have fun and take part as every minute on the bike will help raise funds. Support from local residents on the day will also definitely help us go the extra mile."

George Turner from Innovations Fitness said:

"My company's ethos is to get people out doing something different whilst getting fit and having fun. I see this as a great chance to get the local community out and do something worthwhile for a wonderful charity."





22nd November


Blu the runaway Bedhampton whippet is spotted in Nore Barn Woods


BLU is a dog on the run – and being able to sprint at 35mph, she’s going to be difficult to catch.

The three-year-old whippet is at the centre of a missing dog campaign that has sparked a Facebook page with more than 160 followers.

Blu vanished while being walked by owners Julie McDonagh, 37, and partner Nigel Easton, 45, on a field in Old Bedhampton on Tuesday, November 1.  Fifteen minutes later the hound was seen running in the direction of Broadmarsh – and appears to have never stopped running ever since. Several sightings have been reported near Emsworth in the villages of Chidham, Southbourne, Prinsted and Bosham. She’s just so fast,’ said Julie, of Maylands Road, Bedhampton, who also owns another whippet called Meg and a Cairn terrier called Mia.

‘She’s like lightning. Everyone says she sprints off every time they try to catch her.  She’s got a leather collar on, so some people think she’s with someone.’

Julie is pulling out all the stops to get her beloved pooch back home.

She said: ‘We have been to all the rescue centres, contacted the dog wardens, put posters up in fish and chip shops, supermarkets, anywhere we can. We have put flyers through people’s door.  Hopefully we will be able to entice her back.  Blu is very food-orientated. We have been going out with cooked sausages and biscuits trying to find her.  Lots of people have said that after a few days they become feral and their animal instincts come out. They can feed on rabbits, apples, anything they can find.’

The Dogs Trust, a canine welfare charity, has offered to provide a special trap to catch Blu.

But until then Julie and Nigel are trying to work out the dog’s movements.

Julie said: ‘At the moment we are trying to work out the area she is in. They say dogs work in triangles. We need to find a good place to put down her bedding and then we will have more chance of finding her.  It’s about 4pm that people seem to see her.'

‘If we can get any more sightings to see where she sleeps or where she’s going to, it would help. Missing Blu the most is Julie’s two-year-old daughter, Evelyn.  Every morning she’s saying “Blu has gone”,’ said Julie.  But if anyone can survive out there, it’s Blu.  Everyone says she’s unbelievable,’ said Julie.  She’s a really cheeky dog. There’s a six-bar gate she can jump over and she will eat anything. My next door neighbour walks her and says she even eats snails.  She’s probably just eating whatever she can.’

Anyone with sightings can contact the Facebook group Help find Blu or call (023) 9283 7281.


The News 22-Nov-11






21st November


Work begins in The Square


Work has begun on laying a new gas main in South Street. The east side of the Square is closed to traffic while the Pastoral centre side remains open to allow access to South Street and is controlled by traffic lights. This work is expected to take five days. Some disruption to the normally smooth flow of traffic through the town will be evident during this period.














21st November


Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Under Threat from Government's Plans


Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty by Tom Cooke

Chichester Harbour Conservancy has warned that the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is under threat from the Government’s proposed National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

The Government’s intention is to move away from the current plan-led system to one that gives priority to economic growth. The Conservancy are concerned that this will allow development to go ahead without due regard to its quality or location. At present, the Conservancy are consulted on all planning applications within and near to the AONB and are able to comment and advise so that developments have a minimal impact on the protected landscape.

Siun Cranny, the Director said, ‘These new plans could fundamentally affect both the AONB and the wider landscape.’ As one of the smallest AONBs, Chichester Harbour is particularly vulnerable as it lies so near to the main towns of Chichester and Havant. Development within or close to its boundaries would threaten the landscape quality and the quality of life for the local communities. ‘

Siun adds, ‘We urge everyone to be aware of the Government’s proposals. On the Conservancy you will find our position statement with five key areas that we wish the Government to consider when developing the proposed NPPF. We are not against new developments but want to ensure that the right developments happen in the right places to the benefit of our communities now and in the future.’ Read the full position statement.

Are you concerned the Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty could be at risk if developments based on priority for economic growth are allowed to go ahead? Vote HERE




19th November


Final Score for voice of the football results Tim Gudgin, an Emsworth Resident


The voice of BBC television's Saturday tea-time football results will hang up his microphone for the final time.

After a broadcasting career spanning more than six decades, Tim Gudgin, with his distinctive rising and falling intonation, has decided to retire - a week before his 82nd birthday. He may have admitted to having trouble pronouncing Hamilton Academical in the early days, but his trademark tones bought him his first house mortgage-free and helped singing legend Bing Crosby back a 10/1 winner.

"It will be emotional. But as far as I am concerned I will go in and do it and that will be it," says Gudgin, who now lives in Emsworth, Hampshire.

"It is a triple reason why I am going, age, distance - I am down on the south coast and the [BBC] team is going to be up in Salford - and my granddaughter's wedding in Australia which I have to be there for."

He started his broadcasting his career while carrying out National Service in Germany in 1949 at the age of 20.

"I always wanted to get into radio but my careers master at school... said 'not a hope Gudgin, not a hope, you will need a first class honours degree from Oxford or Cambridge and you won't get it'."

But he managed to beat off 200 people to land one of four news reading jobs in Hamburg after his service ended, before returning home and taking a job with the BBC with stints at Radio 2 and Radio 4.

In 1976 he joined Grandstand where he read out the racing and rugby results until 1995 when he became only the second person, following Len Martin's death, to read out the football results.  This came despite his own admission that his knowledge of the game is limited and that he supports the team closest to his current home, which over the years has meant teams as diverse as Crystal Palace, Liverpool, Plymouth and PortsmouthDuring his time on the BBC's flagship sports programme he also met a number of famous faces, including crooner Crosby.

"He was with us on the programme and Len Martin noticed there was a horse running called Uncle Bing.

"We told Bing about this and being a very keen man on betting and horses he said 'oh yes put something on for me, let's have £20 on each way' and it went and won at 10/1."

Gudgin also admires modern day stars, including the "charming" Gary Lineker.

And the feeling is mutual, according to the Match of the Day presenter who said: "Saturday afternoons will never be the same again."

The veteran broadcaster now intends to spend more time with his family, including six children and seven grandchildren.  But he has not ruled out returning to do the odd commercial voiceover once in a while - something he was not allowed to do while at the BBC.

"I used to do them... when I went freelance from Radio 2.

"I did an in-vision commercial for Square Deals Surf [washing powder] which bought me the first house I ever had without a mortgage, so that was well worth it."

He is to be replaced from next week by Mike West, who has presented sports bulletins on BBC Radio Lancashire

BBC News 19-Nov-11



17th November


Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Under Threat from Government's Plans


Chichester Harbour Conservancy has warned that the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is under threat from the Government’s proposed National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

The Government’s intention is to move away from the current plan-led system to one that gives priority to economic growth. The Conservancy are concerned that this will allow development to go ahead without due regard to its quality or location. At present, the Conservancy are consulted on all planning applications within and near to the AONB and are able to comment and advise so that developments have a minimal impact on the protected landscape.

Siun Cranny, the Director said, ‘These new plans could fundamentally affect both the AONB and the wider landscape.’ As one of the smallest AONBs, Chichester Harbour is particularly vulnerable as it lies so near to the main towns of Chichester and Havant. Development within or close to its boundaries would threaten the landscape quality and the quality of life for the local communities. ‘

Siun adds, ‘We urge everyone to be aware of the Government’s proposals. On the Conservancy you will find our position statement with five key areas that we wish the Government to consider when developing the proposed NPPF. We are not against new developments but want to ensure that the right developments happen in the right places to the benefit of our communities now and in the future.

Read the full position statement.




8th November


The Emsworth Adventure Calendar for 2011 is Published


A different kind of Advent Calendar; instead of pictures we have activities and events, one for every day of December until Christmas Eve.   Almost every activity is free (although there are suggested donations for some events) and open to everyone.  They take place in and around Emsworth and are designed to appeal to all ages.  The Adventure Calendar is much more fun for everyone when people take part so do drop by and say hello, enjoy a hot drink and a chat and who knows, you may want to join in!


Now in its third year the full list of activities for December 2011can be downloaded HERE





7th November


Olympic Torch Route misses out Emsworth


Announced to day the Olympic Torch route will not be passing through Emsworth. 
As the torch winds its circuitous way around the
United Kingdom starting at Lands End on May 19th and finishing at the Olympic Park in East London on July 27th it is scheduled to arrive in Portsmouth on July 16th. From Portsmouth it will make its way to Brighton via Petersfield, the villages along the Rother Valley to Petworth before returning to the South Coast via Duncton missing out Emsworth and  all of  the towns and villages between Portsmouth and Chichester.




5th November


Church wins right to build auditorium at Emsworth’s gateway

PLANS for a new church in the heart of Emsworth have been given the go-ahead by a government inspector.

Earlier this year councillors at Havant Borough Council refused the £2m plans over concerns the design was not befitting of the town’s historic character.

On a vote of three councillors to two, the planning committee said it wanted a more of a landmark building for the gateway to Emsworth.

But Emsworth Baptist Church, in North Street, appealed to the government and an inspector has now upheld the appeal.

Patrick Laycock, chairman of building project group, said: ‘I am absolutely delighted. The inspector’s report really said it all that everything about the design was complementary to the site.’

The new church building will include a 200-seat auditorium – which will be used for church services and also community events.

The chapel, which is separate to the new building and is where services are currently held, will be refurbished and include a hall, offices and toilets.

Mr Laycock said: ’Our congregation has grown over the years.

‘Our church hall is a very old, simple building and is in need of replacement.

‘And Emsworth is need of community facilities. There’s no large venue at all for any kind of events.

‘There are a number of groups that have already expressed an interest in using the building – everything from mother and toddler groups to Girl Guides and elderly organisations.’

But some community leaders were still not convinced by the design.

Emsworth Cllr Brendan Gibb-Gray, who abstained when asked to vote on the planning committee, said: ‘I would have preferred it to be an iconic building in an iconic part of Emsworth.

‘I don’t think the building we have got or are likely to have is iconic.

‘It’s going to be rather pedestrian, rather ordinary and rather bulky.’

But he added it was a personal ‘judgment call’ and many people felt the design was acceptable.

In his report government inspector Andrew Jeyes concluded that the proposals ‘would not harm the character and appearance of the locality’.

Church leaders said building work could start next autumn. More than £500,000 has so far been raised in fundraising to pay for the work.


The News 05-Nov-11





4th November


Photo of Emsworth Harbour is the Winning Entry in the 2011 Consevancy Photography Competition

Emsworth, Bosham and West Wittering all feature in the winning photos in this year’s Chichester Harbour Photography Competition.


Nearly 300 photos were submitted showing scenes from all parts of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The judges commented, ‘We believe that the winning and shortlisted photos work well together as a set showing the variety of scenery that can be found at Chichester Harbour’.


Louise Adams, photographer for Chichester Observer and one of the judges added, ‘This year we had an exceptionally strong field of photographs. We were impressed by the amount of submissions that showed all weather conditions and times of the day, it really is worth going out to take photos either early or late in the day to get a different view of a traditional scene.’


Winning photographer Francis Kinsella took an unusual view of the boats at low tide at Emsworth. He said, ‘With this photo I really wanted to try and capture something of this essence of Emsworth Harbour. On this occasion the angle of the boat caught my eye as the sweep of its sides seemed to lead into the background.


The three winning and fifteen shortlisted photos can all be seen on www.conservancy.co.uk. There you can vote for your favourite to win a further ‘Public Choice Prize.’ The photos will also be displayed at The Spring, Havant throughout February 2012


The Chichester Harbour Photography Competition is generously supported by The Friends of Chichester Harbour, Whitby’s Imaging Centre and the Chichester Observer.




4th November


Emsworth Christmas Celebrations Start on Friday 2nd December




The Emsworth Business Association have announced their plans for this year's celebrations.  Every year the Association organise the turning on of the Christmas lights but this year the event promises to be the beast yet with North Street joining in for the first time!


TAs in previous years the focus of the event will be in the Square with carol singing, father Christmas turning the lights on and new this year - Santa's Grotto and a real nativity scene. There will be lots of fun for the children and "Christmas Punch" and a mince pie for the adults.


North Street North Street will be hosting lots of Santa fun: Cafe Mocca raffle draw, mince pies and fancy dress competition:
Emsworth Flowers pie throwing and children’s painting g: Essence Hair open till late with face painting; Emsworth Chiropractor games for children and Salon 22 open till late and gift sets.


In the Town Centre from 4pm onwards:
Emsworth Home Hardware open till 8pm with complimentary wine and mince pies.
The Greenhouse Cafe will be offering Hot Dogs’ in the Courtyard with  Treagust sausages, as well as Hot Chocolate and Cinnamon Latte.
H.H. Treagust and sons Ltd. are holding ‘Guess the length of the Giant Sausage’ with any purchase all day for a £25.00 meat voucher prize. Winner will be announced at 7pm.
Alwen wines will be holding a Christmas Pimms tasting
Heidis are giving a free mince pie if you purchase a coffee
The Bluebell Inn will be serving a mince pie with a glass of mulled wine for £2.75
The Coal Exchange and Lord Raglan will also be offering mulled wine and mince pies from 5.00 to 8.00





1st November


Maybush Copse opening draws closer

In the last few months considerable progress has been made at Maybush Copse, Chidham. The laying of a protective membrane and topsoil over a large portion of the 8-acre site has been completed together with footpaths, a new kissing gate and sections of perimeter fencing. The majority of the 4,000 saplings that were planted last winter have benefited from the damp summer and the grass areas have been seeded. Once these have established themselves the site will be opened to the public.

It has been a long and eventful journey since the Copse was first put on the market in May 2008 but thanks to the determination and generosity of the local community, supported by the Conservancy and Trust, the project is now coming to fruition. 



1st November


Students put thinking caps on to boost Emsworth 


Emsworth needs to make more of tourism and would benefit from free car parking, according to the results of a business survey.  The survey was carried out by students from the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy which is attached to Chichester CollegeThe students spent a day quizzing visitors and traders about their experiences in the town.  Lecturer at the academy Tara Lovejoy said: “If Emsworth could work hard on making its window-dressing attractive all year around, it would really pull customers in more and build on the customer service focus that would make them stay.


“I think they should be promoting themselves more outside the local area.”


The students came up with a list of key focus areas which include: lobbying Havant Borough Council to increase free cark parking to an hour; reinstating the Emsworth Food Festival on a smaller scale; organising more community events, including farmers’ markets; carrying out further market research into a shop delivery service; and carrying out further surveys with Saturday shoppers.  They conducted 90 surveys, 28 of which were with businesses and 62 with residents or visitors.


One of the overwhelming responses (81 per cent) from businesses was for the Emsworth Food Festival to return, but on a smaller scale,  Ninety four percent of businesses agreed or strongly agreed to a need to increase tourism, while 63 per cent of businesses said parking was a major issue within Emsworth.  Out of the businesses surveyed, 27 percent said there was no communication between the EBA and their business. And 33 per cent said there was a lack of events specific to their businesses.  Ninety per cent of the businesses said the events that the EBA had previously run were either good or excellent. And a further 87 per cent agreed more community events should be run.


Some businesses surveyed expressed concerns over cycle racks and lanes in and around Emsworth, as many residents and business owners cycle to work.  Sixty-four per cent of businesses agreed increased advertising opportunities would increase membership to the EBA.  There was a strong feeling (from 94 per cent) that the EBA needed to increase its benefits in order to survive.


The results revealed parking charges had a big impact on footfall, as 75 per cent of visitors spent less than £20 per visit and so any parking charge would be a big proportion of their spend  Visitors said the main reason for visiting Emsworth was for food shopping and the scenery.


The students presented their findings to the Emsworth Business Association at its monthly meeting at the Brookfield Hotel in Havant Road earlier this month.


Chichester Observer 01-Nov-11




27th October


New bluebells in the woods

Fourteen people spent a pleasant couple of hours planting English bluebell bulbs in Nore Barn Woods, which are about a mile west of the centre of Emsworth. The idea is to encourage the re-growth of these native Spring favourites in one or two of the shady clearings. The 1500 bulbs planted by the Friends of Nore Barn Woods (FONBW) were paid for by the Tree Council supported by the local Tree Wardens.

Chairman Bruce Darby led the group who did their best to set the bulbs deep enough. Later on nettles were strimmed and a field-drainage ditch cleaned out ready for Autumn rain. Some work was carried out on the central path cutting back brambles. The group meets once month on a Saturday morning as a working party to maintain the woods. New members are welcome.

Bluebells are native to the woods but need encouragement to survive in this well-used woodland environment. The group will monitor the progress of the flowers over the next few years. The six acres of oak and hawthorn woodland is popular with dog-walkers and joggers, while the foreshore is a birdwatchers’ paradise particularly in Autumn.

An issue being pursued by this community group is strengthening the harbour shore of Nore Barn Woods where high tides are threatening to undermine some of the oak trees and other parts of the woods. Such work is expensive and the group is in talks with Havant Borough Council, who own the woods. The plan is to work together on some remedial action as soon as possible.  Any future members can find more information at www.norebarnwoods.org.uk 

27th October


The Official Emsworth Town Guide and Map has been Published

The 3rd edition of the town's guide and map produced by the Emsworth Business Association has been published and distributed to shops, restaurants, public houses and cafes throughout Emsworth and tourist information centres in nearby towns. Containing a whole town map and details of local businesses, conservation areas and the town's history the Guide and Map will prove to be a valuable source of information to visitors and residents alike.










21st October


Grim down south (A letter in The Times)


Sir, A visit to the delightful town of Emsworth in Hampshire highlighted the large pricing differential for alcohol in pubs North and South.

In my area two pints of good real ale plus a standard glass of wine costs £8.95 but in Emsworth (and probably throughout southern England) the same round was £11.75. What is defining this differential?

Richer customers in the South? Therefore market exploitation. Higher costs in the South? Or more price conscious customers in the North? Because I cannot believe the price paid by licensees in the South for their beer and wine, is any different from up here.

Littleover, Derbyshire

The Times 13th October 2011





18th October


A walk around Nore Barn Woods


Emsworth on a lovely October morning. Music by James Galway playing Narita's Song of the Seashore.  Chris Shepheard from Farnham Surrey.




9th October


Town helps spruce up its ‘tired’ train station

 A BID to give Emsworth Railway Station a new lease of life is closer to becoming a reality. Residents have rallied round to spruce up the 100-year-old building, which was looking tired and had no waiting room or toilets  Local schoolchildren from Emsworth Primary School have created flower window boxes to give the station a splash of colour  And a total of £21,000 is set to be pumped into renovating the waiting room and toilets.

Lorraine Clode, chairwoman of Emsworth Residents’ Association, has worked to secure grant funding from Southern Railway, Hampshire County Council, and the South East of England Development Agency.

She said: ‘It’s difficult to get funding, but there is money out there.

‘Grants are out there but you have to put in a lot of effort. Everybody who has been to see what we are trying to do can see the level of community enthusiasm there is for it.’

Southern Railway is set to use its own contractors to carry out the improvement works – with a target date for reopening the waiting room and toilets of March next year  Two community boards have been put up by the ticket office to promote activities in Emsworth.

Mrs Clode said: ‘It’s the community having a sense of ownership of it, certainly not having to shiver on the platform during the winter
‘It will be a much more sociable place and a better and more representative gateway into Emsworth.’

Mrs Clode has also teamed up with Councillor Richard Galloway to press the rail authorities for a ramp on to the north platform  There are currently only steps – meaning disabled people have to travel to the next station to change platform.

Mrs Clode added: ‘It’s outrageous. It’s a real priority and has been for a long time.’

The residents’ association is pressing for the bridge outside the station to be given a lick of paint as it is an eyesore.

Mrs Clode said: ‘As a first impression of Emsworth when you come out of that station, it’s pretty poor. It lets down the rest of the work we are doing. It’s good progress and we are absolutely not giving up. Failure is not an  option.’

The News 7-Oct-11




29th September


Cat and Rabbit Rescue Centre inundated with unwanted animals

The Cat and Rabbit Rescue Centre has reported an unprecedented level of phone calls from people looking to hand in their unwanted cats, kittens and rabbits. 
Monique Turk, Founder of the Rescue Centre says ‘we have never known it so bad, last week, on one single day, I was asked to take in 30 animals.  I have never known it this bad in the 25 years since we opened the Rescue’.
‘The problem is’ says Monique ‘is that we can only take in animals where we have room for them and the simple fact is that we are being asked to take in 10 times more than we have homes for.  It has even got to the stage where we have rabbits that have been resident here for 2 years and kittens that are now six months old.  We are struggling to cope and getting to the point where we are having to turn animals away’.  The difficult economic climate is also not helping matters with people struggling to pay for the upkeep and care of their pets plus with an increasingly number of people  renting homes, landlords are sometimes reluctant to allow animals in to rented accommodation.’
‘Our biggest problem is that rabbits are being purchased from pet shops and breeders on a whim and then the children get bored of cleaning them out so the parents give them up to us for adoption.  When it comes to cats, our biggest challenge is people’s reluctance to neuter then which leads to unwanted litters.’
Monique would like to appeal to locals to ‘think rescue if they are considering getting a cat, kitten or rabbit.  All our cats and rabbits come vaccinated and spayed’.  Monique said ‘if we get more people to consider rescuing from us or encourage their friends and family to do so, then we can free up more spaces for unwanted animals.  We have rabbits, cats and kittens of all shapes, size and age.’
Every Sunday between 2.00pm and 3.30pm we run a rabbit and guinea pig open day.  If interested in a cat or kitten, you must ring The Centre first on 01243 641409.  Please contact the Cat and Rabbit Rescue Centre or go on to the website www.crrc.co.uk for more information,




24th September


 Emsworth to feature in a Worldwide Photographic event.

A group of photographers will be meeting in Emsworth on Oct 2nd to take part in a Worldwide Photographic Event.

This is an annual event whereby photographers from all around the world meet on the same day for 2 hours to record a snapshot of what’s happening around them.

This year is the fourth annual event and over 1100 cities and 22,100 photographers will be taking part to document their own part of the world. The number of venues and photographers taking part is still rising

This is the first year Emsworth has been featured and the meeting is open to any photographers, beginners, amateurs or professionals who would like to take part in this super day. There will be much free help and advice on the day.
There will be a prize for the best photograph on the day and the winning shot will be entered into a worldwide competition.
More at: http://worldwidephotowalk.com/walk/emsworth-england-united-kingdom-by-the-promenade/





16th September


The Sussex Brewery Landshare Scheme

The Sussex Brewery is looking for people to share our land at the back of the Pub as Part of the UK's landshare Scheme. Landshare brings together people who have a passion for home-grown food, connecting those who have land to share with those who need land for cultivating food. Since it's launch through River Cottage in 2009 it has grown into a thriving community of more than 55,000 growers, sharers & helpers.

It's for people who:

Want to grow veg but don't have anywhere to do it

Have a spare bit of land they're prepared to share

Can help in some way - from sharing knowledge and lending tools to helping out on the plot itself

Are already growing and want to join in the community

It began with a tiny seed of an idea - and it's growing and growing.  This is your chance to take part.  Want to know more? Call Philip on 07974 034654





10th September


STUDENTS hit the streets of Emsworth to find out what visitors think of the town and what can be done to help business boom.


Enterprising Emsworth – On Tuesday morning, 6th September six students from The Peter Jones Business Academy set out to work to identify the key factors that make Emsworth a successful town.  By interviewing residents, businesses and businesses they intend to suggest strategies that will help to promote Emsworth as an excellent location to do business, visit and shop.


He survey organised jointly by the Emsworth Business Association and Chichester College will help the Business Association develop strategies to help the town counter the worst effects of the current economic climate.


Carol Haskett, Chairman of the Emsworth Business Association, is of the view that, “It is vitally important that businesses promote not only themselves but also the place in which their workplace is situated, more so in the current economic climate.” It is anticipated that the work of the students from Chichester College will provide invaluable help in developing the association’s aims of supporting businesses and promoting Emsworth.


The students all of whom are studying for a BTec level 3 qualification returned on Tuesday to complete their work and will report their initial findings to the Association in October.





1st September


EMSWORTH’S PLUM - Who is “Plum”?
How does he belong to Emsworth?



Plum” is the nickname of Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, considered to be one of England’s greatest comic writers, who lived in Emsworth from 1904 until 1914. 


So what you may ask?  It is all a long time ago.


Wodehouse was persuaded to visit Emsworth by a fellow aspiring writer, at a time when the desire to make his living as a writer was just about to be realised.  In 1904 Wodehouse moved to Emsworth to stay at Emsworth House School, a boy’s preparatory school run by the slightly eccentric Baldwin King-Hall; the boys were prepared for entry to Dartmouth Naval College amongst other notable schools.  Wodehouse found the atmosphere in the school and the surrounding town conducive to writing, and the life of a small south coast town gave him the ideas for his stories.  He took out a lease on a newish property in Record Road, known as Threepwood, and employed Lilian Allen as his housekeeper.  Lilian soon married Albert Barnett and they set up house in Bridgefoot Path, but still looked after Wodehouse.

In 1914 Wodehouse sailed to America for a visit, something he had done several times before, but this time he landed in America on the first day of the 1st World War, and stayed there.  He met his wife, married and settled in America, although he did return regularly to England to develop his unique brand of typically English stories.

His regular visits to Emsworth ceased in 1929 when Baldwin King-Hall died, but he maintained his contact with Lilian until she died in 1974, and he died in 1975.


His stay in Emsworth coincided with the beginnings of his flourishing career, and many of the names of people he met here at that time are used for his characters, and also the place names.  His Blandings stories are based around Lord Emsworth and his family name of Threepwood.  Who can tell how many of his storylines began as a nugget of gossip heard in a local pub or shop.  “Damsel in Distress” has a very good description of Emsworth at the beginning of Chapter 7.


Emsworth Museum is unique in having a display about P.G. Wodehouse and his works, and is the only public museum with this facility.  Most of the Wodehouse archives are held by his family, but many items have found their way to Emsworth, including several letters written by him to Lilian over the years.


This year in collaboration with Emsworth Museum, The Brookfield Hotel are hosting a weekend devoted to P.G. Wodehouse from 29th – 31st October, when the world’s leading experts on the life and work of Wodehouse will talk and guide the guests around the world of Wodehouse and the influence of Emsworth on his work.


The booklet “Emsworth’s Plum” is available from Emsworth Museum, and it is hoped that an updated and revised reprint will be available soon.

More on P G Wodehose HERE





31st August


The Emsworth Show 2011

Following a successful appeal for new volunteers earlier this year brought out the crowds for the biggest Emsworth Show ever.

An estimated 6,000 people turned up to Sunday’s event at the Jubilee Recreation Ground, off Horndean Road, to enjoy the huge range of traditional stalls and attractions.

Opened by The Mayor of Havant Cllr Ken Smith, there was something for everyone from pony rides, falconry and dog shows, to arts and crafts, face painting, bouncy castle, clog dancing, Chichester Model Engineers’ live steam railway and music from a local steel band. Additional excitement was provided by a European Eagle Owl making an unscheduled landing in amongst the crowd (Photo by Liz Mannering), quickly retrieved by its handler the display continued seamlessly!



As usual the Exhibition marquee was packed with entries in over 100 classes with some amazing entries from young and old alike.


31st August


Emsworth pub customers and staff join forces to conquer Snowdon

Sally Taylor, 32, who runs The Lord Raglan, in Emsworth, with her partner Peter Mahoney, was moved to undertake the challenge after seeing first-hand how devastating strokes can be.

Sally’s mother-in-law, Brenda Mahoney, is in a nursing home following a life-changing stroke two years ago. She is unable to communicate with her family. At 69 she is the youngest person at the home.

Sally scaled Mount Snowdon with five female members of staff in just over five hours and managed to raise £850 for Emsworth Stroke Club.

She said: “My mother-in-law had a stroke about two years ago but managed to recover surprisingly quickly. As a celebration she and my father-in-law David went to Cyprus for a month.”

“The day after she came back she had a major stroke which was devastating. We do not know if she knows we are there when we visit but she gets very upset when we take our daughter Layla-Rose. David visits her every single day and feeds her, reads to her and just keeps her company. It’s so sad because this is a time when she should be enjoying her first grandchild.”

“The Emsworth Stroke Club is a very small charity. It does amazing things for both stroke victims and their families. Any stroke charity club or association always gets 100 per cent support from us as it’s a cause close to our hearts. We have managed to raise £850 for them, just from the regulars in the pub who have been so generous. As this club is run by volunteers and they visit stroke victims in their homes or care homes, the money will hopefully help towards a vehicle and possibly travel expenses”

Sally was joined on the climb last month by barmaids Gemma Mullin, Belynda Jay and Sharon Mac and pub customers Jacqui Rogers and Karen Allaway.

They were told it was too wet and windy to climb but they persisted and on the way down they enjoyed beautiful sunshine.

Emsworth Stroke Club meets at the Emsworth Centre, South Street, every Thursday between 2pm and 4pm.


The News 30-Sept-11




26th August


ENTERPRISING EMSWORTH: Peter Jones Enterprise Academy at Chichester College
has tomorrow’s young entrepreneurs help identify Emsworth’s business potential

Chichester College met with the Emsworth Business Association recently to identify how they can help improve Emsworth’s competitiveness and increase visitor numbers. The new Enterprise Academy offers an exciting new course that helps students set up their own businesses whilst studying a Level 3 BTEC in just 1 year. ‘Enterprising Emsworth’ is a fantastic opportunity to put entrepreneurial skills to good use within the local community.

Tara Lovejoy, business enterprise manager, coincidently an Emsworth resident, and course leader, Sandy Hood, will be developing a strategy to identify how Emsworth can promote itself as an excellent place to live, visit and conduct business. The Academy’s new entrepreneurs will be carrying out surveys and interviews with local businesses, visitors and residents to find out what they think about Emsworth’s potential on Tuesday 6 th and Wednesday 7 th September 2011.

Tara Lovejoy said: “This is an excellent opportunity for local businesses to benefit from creative ideas and identify how Emsworth can become more competitive in the long term. Emsworth is a fantastic place to live, and as a resident I would strongly like to retain and build upon its character in a positive way for the community. This is an exciting real-life project where our students can apply their entrepreneurial skills towards an important community project over the coming year”.

Emsworth is a vibrant small town with many family run specialist retail shops, a thriving ‘food’ economy exemplified by the many successful restaurants, cafes and public houses as well as a range of service and manufacturing businesses. Recognised as a successful 'Home Town' in a national survey oftowns and cities carried out by the New Economics Foundation (NEF) in 2006, Emsworth came 6th in the list of  independent and distinctive towns. Many residents can remember the negative impact
the closure of the RAF base on Thorney Island in the 1980s had on the town at the time. It is surprising that today, judging by the lack of empty retail units, that the town’s economy appears to be thriving in the current difficult economic climate. The Emsworth Business Association is intent on keeping it that way.

The outcomes of the ‘Enterprising Emsworth’ project will not be known until later in  the year, but until then the Emsworth Business Association will continue to support  the town by. Amongst other things, supporting the Emsworth Horticultural Show and  organising the annual Christmas Celebrations, this year to be held on Friday 2nd December in the Square.

Carol Haskett, Chairman of the Emsworth Business Association, is of the view that, “It  is vitally important that businesses promote not only themselves but also the place in which their workplace is situated, more so in the current economic climate.” It is anticipated that the work of the students from Chichester College will provide invaluable help in developing the association’s aims of supporting businesses and  promoting Emsworth.


25th August




Barbara’s inviting you to share life-long love

Barbara Crick, from Emsworth, is starting up a cookery school in her own home.

Making rock cakes with ‘nana’ has led to a life-long love of cookery for Barbara Crick.

As a child she liked nothing better than helping her grandmother with the baking and learning all about the ingredients.  And now she is a wife and mum, shes inviting people into her own kitchen to pass on her knowledge and skills.

Barbara is running a series of cookery courses in her Emsworth home with the aim of earning some money and encouraging people to cook with confidence in their own kitchens. She says: The idea is for people to come away with skills, ideas, recipes and a bit more confidence so they can enjoy cooking for family and friends. We’ll use equipment that they might already have or can aspire to have in their own kitchens.’

Course titles include University Food Survival, First Steps in Preserving, Lunch Club, Cake Baking and Autumnal Afternoon Tea.  For children there’s, among others, Pre-school Cookery, Fun with Finger Food, Half-term Young Chefs and Bonfire Night Spectacular.

The courses are of varying lengths – from an hour and a half for the youngest cooks through to lunchtime, evening, day and weekend courses. Some involve cooking as a group and sitting down to enjoy a meal, while others allow participants to prepare dishes to take home. Ingredients and equipment are provided.

Barbara believes the home is a great learning environment for budding cooks. And she’ll be going through all the basics, as well as the science of cooking. She says: ‘I’m keen to get across different knife skills and little things like chopping an onion without it making you cry. But I also want to talk about the science, why things happen, the use of raising agents. Baking has to be very exact and I want people to appreciate that and have the confidence in what they’re doing.’

Barbara’s nana didn’t just get her to help when she was a little girl, she encouraged her to learn about the ingredients and memorise them. Barbara has loved cooking ever since and has achieved several diplomas and qualifications, including the Cordon Vert Diploma from the Vegetarian Society and a Sugarcraft City and Guilds. She says: ‘I find it enjoyable. Cooking is a fun thing to do with your children, it’s great to give them an early start and it means that you know what’s going into your food which is likely to be more nutritionally balanced.’

· To find out more, visit www.emsworthcookeryschool.co.uk.   But in the mean time, here’s Barbara’s rock cake recipe.

Nana’s Rock Cakes

Makes eight to 12 cakes depending on how large you like them!

225g plain flour
1 tbsp baking powder
115g butter, softened
85g caster sugar
115g raisins
1 large egg, beaten
2 tbsp milk
2 tbsp golden granulated sugar (optional)

1.Turn oven on to 200C/fan 180°C and prepare a baking tray by greasing and lining it.
2.Rub the flour into the softened butter until it resembles breadcrumbs.
3.Stir in the sugar and raisins.
4.Add the egg and milk to the mix and combine well.
5.Create eight to 12 heaps with the mixture on a baking tray. Top with a little golden granulated sugar (if using).

6.Cook for 15-20 minutes.

The News 25-Aug-11



23rd August


BUZ - Emsworth’s New Youth Club


There’s definitely a BUZ in the air - especially between 7.00 and 9.00 on Friday evenings - in Emsworth.    This is when the new youth club meets at the Community Centre behind the fire station in North StreetLeonie Oliver, club leader, organised a range of activities during the summer holidays including an Italian cookery evening which was greatly enjoyed.    Table tennis, pool, music, arts and crafts and just chilling out with friends are what the young people enjoy most weeks.  As one young person said, “We all split up when we started secondary school.  With BUZ we can keep in touch.”  Another told me “The schedule of activities is great, really fun.”


BUZ is available to all young people in school years 9, 10 and 11 (roughly aged 14 – 16) for just £1 per evening.   It meets weekly throughout the year except at Christmas.  If you would like further information, please email buzyouthclub@live.co.uk or telephone Pete Abrahams on 07788 471616.


We are looking for adult volunteers to help at BUZ – no experience is necessary and CRB checks  will be arranged.  If you would like to know more, please phone Pete Abrahams.






8th August


Dragon Boat Racing Returns to Emsworth
After a gap of seven years Dragon Boat racing returned to Emsworth. Eleven teams from Emsworth  competed on the Mill Pond  to claim the title of Dragon Boat champions.


The eleven teams from pubs, a care home, a dentist and a veterinary surgery watched by a crowd of several hundred people around the Mill Pond raced each other on Sunday. The teams entered were:


Emsworth Sailing Club
Dragons Den-tists

The Blue Bell Pirates
The Blue
Bell Buccaneers
Downland Destroyers
Sooty Dragons (The Coal Exchange
Kings Court Crusaders
Lloyds Sailors
Spring a Leak
Sussex Brewery Dragoneers
The Lord Raglan

Emsworth Sailing Club was victorious with a time of 1min 20sec, followed closely by the Blue Bell Pirates in second place and Sooty Dragons in third from the Coal Exchange.

The event saw teams compete over a distance of 250m in the 40ft boats. Each team had three races and the three teams with the best times went through to the final won by Emsworth Sailing Club.





5th August


A day in the life of a soldier in Afghanistan presented by 47Regt. RA

On Monday evening the officers and men of 47Regt RA gave an informative, thought provoking and at times amusing presentation of their several tours in Afghanistan to an audience of about sixty residents at the Brookfield Hotel.


We learnt how largely in the role of supporting other units using their several types of UAVs (Unmanned aerial vehicles) they were able to identify insurgents, suspect vehicles and IEDs on the ground as well as providing aerial photos to assist in planning operations and assessing damage inflicted on the insurgents. Great emphasis was placed on how this real time aerial imagery assisted during actual operations particularly by accurate target identification and thus avoiding collateral damage and preventing injury to civilians.


A lighter picture of life in Afghanistan was provided with a description of daily life at a Forward Operating Post which included an illustrated description of the cooking, showering and latrine facilities - Heath Robinson but effective!

The audience was relived to learn that all members of the regiment survived their tour of duty and had returned safely to the UK.


Clr. Brendan Gibb-Gray proposed a vote of thanks to the regiment for giving such an interesting talk, thanked Amanda Thomas and the Brookfield Hotel for their providing a venue at no charge and reminded the audience that all of the proceeds of the evening would be donated to the Royal Artillery charities.


For those unable to attend this presentation another is planned for Thursday 17th November -same time and place.





4th August

Kayakers rescued from Emsworth mudflats

Two kayakers had to be rescued after becoming trapped in thick mud off the Hampshire coast.

Hayling and Portsmouth coastguard rescue teams pulled the pair out of the mud close to Emsworth.

They got into difficulty on Wednesday evening after climbing out of their kayaks on to the mudflats when the ebbing tide left them stranded.

A spokesman for the coastguard said they were brought safely ashore and needed no medical attention.



BBC News Hampshire and The Isle of Wight



2nd August


Independent Age are looking for Volunteers in Emsworth

Independent Age (www.independentage.org.uk) is a support network for older people on very low incomes living in the UK and Ireland.  We offer information and advice, practical help and emergency financial aid through our dedicated network of staff and volunteers across the country and, just as importantly, we offer friendship and the chance to socialise to those who are lonely and isolated.  Our befriending service is supported by a team of Volunteer Visitors who operate in every corner of the UK and Ireland but, we are always looking for volunteers to support our members and we are currently looking for one in Emsworth.


This role involves anything from dropping in on an older person for a coffee and a chat, checking that someone is alright or arranging a trip to the local shops. Some of the older people we help need more support, others less so. As a Volunteer Visitor you’ll be matched with an older person living near you and you can fit your visits around your other commitments and responsibilities. Visiting can be a source of satisfaction, enjoyment and fun – for the volunteer as well as the person being visited. Many of the older people we support have life experiences and histories that can fascinate and enthral. An hour or two can fly by. We’ll never ask more than you can give. You’ll know that you can fit your volunteering around the rest of your life but you’ll see the results first hand – in welcoming smiles, laughter and gratitude.


If you can help please contact Jane O’Kelly E. Jane.O'Kelly2@independentage.org.uk T.01264 362872
M. 07525 767 5111.
PO Box 1896 Andove Hampshire SP10 9BR



1st August


Bishop celebrates church’s restoration after blaze drama 


SEVEN months after it was badly damaged by fire, a church in Warblington has reopened.


The Right Rev Christopher Foster and the Rev Simon Sayers
outside St Thomas a Becket church at its rededication yesterday


And the Bishop of Portsmouth was on hand to see the work that has been done in the £300,000 restoration. More than 100 people gathered at St Thomas a Becket Church to celebrate the church being restored to its former glory.


In January, the church interior was left caked in smoke and soot after a fire took hold of a wooden pew. It was only the quick-thinking of farmer Henry Young that saved the Saxon church. He was milking cows nearby and noticed they were unsettled before he spotted a glow coming from the church. Mr Young called the fire brigade and the blaze – caused by an electrical fault in the underfloor heating system – was out within half an hour.


Bishop Christopher Foster rededicated the church and said he was impressed with the restoration work. He said: ‘It’s marvellous to be able to celebrate with the congregation and parish of Warblington.


‘This beautiful church has always held a special place in the affections of not only the people of Warblington, but the wider area and visitors. It’s a place hallowed by a thousand years of prayer.’


The restoration involved painting every surface of the interior with liquid latex. It was then peeled away to remove the smoke damage. Most of the 800 pipes in the organ had to be removed for cleaning.


Rob Butler, from restoration firm Continuity, said: ‘We are pleased and the turnaround was quick as you would normally be looking at about nine to 10 months for this kind of fire.’


Churchwarden Phoebe Eberle was given a round of applause and a gift to honour her work in the restoration. Theresa Saunders, who travelled from Bournemouth, said: ‘This is my family’s church and I wanted to come and celebrate and give thanks.’


Jane Mansell, 80, from Emsworth, said: ‘It’s wonderful. It’s very tragic, but in fact the fire has renewed it.’


Emsworth Councillor Brendan Gibb-Gray said: ‘It makes it look even more beautiful.’


The News 01-Aug-11


21st July


Jenny’s Charity Cycle Ride

On August 20th Jenny Beale, daughter of the late Martin Beale who was a founder member of the Conservancy and a great lover of Chichester Harbour, is leaving Galway on the west coast of Ireland to cycle to Chichester Harbour.

Jenny says: “This is a personal journey, not only to mark my 60th birthday, but to connect two places and landscapes that I treasure – my childhood home on the shores of Chichester Harbour and my current home on the west coast of Ireland – and to support charities associated with each place, the Chichester Harbour Trust and Brigit’s Garden.”

The journey is also to celebrate a historical connection between the two places. Jenny is following in the steps of Irish monks who founded a small monastery in Bosham in the 7th Century. Coincidentally, the monks probably came from the Galway area, and taught the early Sussex saint, St Cuthman, who was supposed to have been born on the Beale family farm at Cobnor. St Cuthman famously took his ailing mother in a wheelbarrow and walked over the Downs to found the first church at Steyning.

The last day of the cycle on September 4th will be St Cuthman’s route in reverse, from Steyning to Bosham.

Jenny extends a warm invitation to everyone to support her cycle and chosen charities by:

• Sponsoring Jenny and supporting the Chichester Harbour Trust online at

• Joining Jenny on the ride for a few hours or a few days, or for the last few miles into Bosham on September 4th.

For further information contact Jenny at
 353 87 2206219

or James Davis, the Administrator, Chichester Harbour Trust – 01243 777632





18th July


Emsworth roadshow will offer help


INFORMATION on how elderly people can stay independent will be offered at a roadshow. Officials from the NHS and council will be in The Square, Emsworth, on Thursday offering advice on dementia and meals on wheels.


The event, which runs from 10am to 3pm, has been organised by Havant’s Older Person’s Wellbeing Partnership, made up of a range of organisations including the council, Age Concern and the Good Neighbours scheme. The roadshow is also an opportunity for residents to tell the partnership what services and activities they want and need in the future.


To find out more call Havant Borough Council on (023) 9244 6019.


The News 18-July-11




13th July


Can You Help?


Carol Godfrey is tracing back her ancestry and this has lead  to a Win and Harry RANDALL who married in Wells and had lived in Emsworth in the 1960’s. He Shs aware they had a daughter Janice who she believes married an Allan GUNN.


If Janice wishes to make contact and assist Caro; with her family tree please contact her via e-mail  kcguk@btinternet.com  . Carol's mother was Margaret ILES (nee SMALL)  

Can you Help?





13th July


Views sought on Emsworth and East Head flood protection


The Environment Agency (EA) wants to hear residentsâ views on major new plans to protect hundreds of homes between Emsworth and East Head in West Wittering from flooding.


The aim is to strengthen the coastline where needed at Thorney Island, Southbourne, Nutbourne, Chidham, Bosham, Fishbourne, Birdham and West Itchenor.  The EA is now looking in more detail at this generally low-lying area which includes substantial areas of farmland on reclaimed intertidal marshes.


Chairman of Emsworth Flood Action Group Chris Clode said: “Any money that can be provided is very welcome. Indeed it is bound to benefit those people in the properties affected, particularly around the East Head area.”

Andrew Gilham, area flood and coastal risk manager for the EA, said: “With our climate changing and sea levels rising, the risks and the number of people affected is likely to increase.


“We have to take a long term view of flood and erosion management for all our coastline, including this stretch.

“We cannot prevent all flooding and erosion but local knowledge and input from communities, as well as other organisations, is important in helping us investigate the best way to manage these risks.”

The Emsworth to East Head Flood and Coastal Risk Management Strategy forms the eastern frontage of Chichester Harbour from Emsworth Yacht Harbour to Ella Nore Lane, West Wittering.

During the summer, the EA will contact local parish councils and landowners to discuss the flood and erosion risks in the area.

Feedback received will be used to help identify what potential flood and coastal risk management options should be considered.


When the potential management options have been identified, public exhibitions will be held to present the draft options to the community and to invite further comments for consideration in defining draft strategy recommendations.

Works on flood defences in West Wittering were given the go ahead by the EA in May this year as part of the Pagham to East Head coastal defence strategy.


Communities are encouraged to find out more about the strategy by visiting www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/129683.aspx  and further information about the North Solent SMP can be found at www.northsolentsmp.co.uk. To submit comments and to be kept informed of progress with the strategy, please email the project team at ems2eh@environment-agency.gov.uk  or contact 0370 8506506.

For more general information on how to prepare for flooding and the latest flood warnings in force visit www.environment-agency.gov.uk or ring Floodline on 08459 881188.


A flood fair is taking place on July 25 at the Mountford Rooms at the Emsworth Community Association building behind the Emsworth Museum in North Street. The free exhibition takes place between 3pm and 7pm.


Chichester Observer 13-July-11


5th July


Emsworth Home Hardware group Expands into Sussex

The Hampshire-based Home Hardware group RJ Winnicott and Parkfield Retail has boosted its retail presence to seven with the acquisition of the small West Sussex chain Austen's Home Hardware.

Added to the group's four existing hardware stores in Alton, Emsworth, Romsey and Rowlands Castle are the Petworth, Billingshurst and Midhurst branches of Austen's Home Hardware, the sale of which was driven by the owner's imminent retirement.

Because of Austen's strong identity in West Sussex (the Petworth store will be celebrating its 200th anniversary next year) the group will retain its name at all three branches.

In a joint statement, group managing directors Adrian Winnicott and David Wagg described Austen's as providing "the ideal opportunity. It offered a very similar business to our own, with excellent staff and customer loyalty, one big additional benefit being the close relationship shared by both companies in purchasing stock from Home Hardware."

Meanwhile, Austen's owner Philip Neve commented: "I'm delighted the business has been bought by a family-run business with like-minded ideas. I've been in the hardware business for 44 years - all my working life - and now that I'm approaching the retirement age, I was keen to secure continuity for my 33 full and part-time staff."

Martin Elliott, managing director of Home Hardware Southwest, said that Neve had been a loyal member of Home Hardware for many years and wished him and his wife a happy, healthy retirement.

Source: hosewareslive.bet




29th June


Free advice for Hampshire gardeners


NATURE lovers interested in attracting bees and butterflies to their gardens can take part in an event raising awareness of pollinating insects.

Havant Garden Centre is hosting a Bee and Butterfly Festival from July 16 until July 31 to promote how important the insects are to the environment.

Gaynor Adamson, manager of Havant Garden Centre, in Bartons Road said: ‘Bees and butterflies are gardeners’ friends so we will be helping our visitors learn how to encourage these friendly insects into their gardens.

‘They are very important to gardeners because they feed on flower nectar and, as they feed, they transfer pollen on their bodies and legs.’


The News 30-Jun-11

29th June

Independents’ Day 2011 - your high street needs you!


On 4th July 2011 across the country, the public will be encouraged to buy at least one item from their local, independent shop to keep the high street alive.


Skillsmart Retail and the National Skills Academy for Retail have teamed up with independent retailers and trade associations around the country to encourage the public to celebrate diversity on the high street and support their local, independent retailers on 4th July. Retailers can download the ‘Your high street needs you!’ poster online, ‘like’ the campaign on Facebook and following it on twitter.


Fresh data from Local Data Company’s surveys of 2,700 UK retail destinations (out of a potential 4,400 total UK destinations), highlights that high street vacancy rates have started to rise again. The Local Data Company states that 14.6% of outlets are now vacant. This indicates that approximately 50,000 units are now not currently open to business on the UK high streets, showing just how challenging the situation is on the ground.


Anne Seaman, Chief Executive of Skillsmart Retail said: “We are delighted to lead this campaign and support small retailers. Raising awareness amongst the public is one of the biggest challenges smaller retailers face and our message is about encouraging the public to use their local high street and understand how important a diverse retail sector is.


It’s also essential that local retailers understand that to compete today they need to be top of their game. The time for sitting back has passed and action is required: Your high street needs you!”

Source: Skillsmart Retail




28th June


Work progresses at Maybush Copse


Work to lay a protective membrane and cover it with topsoil has been making good progress at Maybush Copse.


This additional covering which will be seeded with grass is required to protect visitors to the site from contact with the raised levels of harmful chemicals that were identified there. Traces of arsenic and lead were found – a legacy from the 1950s when the site was used as a rubbish dump – and the membrane and soil covering will ensure that these traces of chemical remain buried.


A further hazard of broken glass was also identified and the membrane and topsoil will also provide effective protection from that.


Meanwhile a new kissing gate has been installed as a further step towards opening the site to the public later in the year.


Source: Chichester Harbour Trust


28th June


Last Chance To Represent Havant At The 2012 Games

Havant Borough Council is encouraging residents in the borough to get involved with the London 2012 Olympics and nominate themselves or a friend to become an official torchbearer for the games.

Nominations close on Wednesday (29 June) and need to be submitted via the www.london2012.com website. Nominees should include a statement of around 150 words explaining why they are putting themselves or someone else forward.

With many successful sporting clubs in the borough this could be the moment for a team member, friend or colleague to shine!

Havant Borough Council’s Sports Development Officer, Richard Wood says: “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to be a torchbearer for an Olympic Games. I’m sure there are many people in the borough who would love to put themselves or someone else forward for this honour. It would be fantastic if one of our residents is lucky enough to be able to represent our local community at such a high profile event”.

Source: portsmouthnews.tv



20th June


Armed Forces Day and Flying a Flag for our Armed Forces in Emsworth on Monday 20 June 2011

Emsworth commemorates Armed Forces Day

Several hundred people gathered in the Square at 10.00am today to commemorate Armed Forces Day. Men and women from 47 Regiment RA and The Army Air Corps were on parade together with standard bearers from the British Legion, a host of veterans from all branches of the forces and pupils from Thorney Island Primary School.  Organised by Havant Borough Council the commemoration was supported by the Havant Rotary Club and Emsworth Business Association.

A short service was conducted by the Rev. Simon Sayers which included readings by serving men and women together with veterans and Eloise Bryant from Park Community School sang ‘Make me a Channel for Your Peace’.

At the conclusion of the service, after the last post, a minutes silence and the reading of the Kohima Epigram by Doug Bell the Mayor of Havant, Clr. Ken Smith, made a short speech before handing the flag to the RN flag hoisting party from HMS Excellent/HMS Bristol Training Ship.

The National Anthem was sung and after Lt Cdr Tony Crisp had sounded The Carry On the parade was dismissed.  Many of those present then enjoyed the hospitality provided by Abdul Ahad the owner of Spice Village, the Indian restaurant on the NE corner of The Square.

The Armed Forces Day Flag will fly in The Square until the end of the weekView the photos HERE

Read the article in The News HERE




17th June


The Boat Project Wants Your Wood

As people all over the world gather to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, a remarkable boat will set sail on its maiden voyage. The boat, crafted by a fearlessly adventurous team of boat builders and volunteers will be made from the lives and memories of people across the South East.


"We'd like your wood - but not just any old wood. Whether it's a pencil or a piano, extraordinary or mundane, we want something that's a part of you, something with a story to tell. Come and tell us that story - your donated wood will be used along with donations from thousands of others to build this unique 30ft sailing boat, a living archive of our lives."

Drop in, meet the boat-building team, make your donation and discover other ways you can help with the project. We can't wait to meet you."

The Boat Project is part of Artists Taking the Lead, a series of 12 public art commissions across the UK to celebrate the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. The Boat Project is the winning commission for the South East region and is funded by Arts Council England.

There are just days left to donate and we still need many more donations! We're receiving donations until July 30 and are open at the boat shed every Saturday between 1-7pm. If you have a wooden donations of any shape and size which have a story to tell please come along and donate , We are currently looking for long pieces (over 3 metres long) as a matter of priority as they are needed for the hog of this amazing racing yacht.





16th June


Countdown To The Olympic Games In Emsworth

On the 23rd July 2011 the Mayor of Havant, Councillor Ken Smith and selected local dignitaries and sporting professionals, will mark the one year countdown to the London 2012 Olympic Games, by opening FitBeat to the general public at Emsworth Recreation Ground.

Hosted by Innovations Fitness, the region’s up and coming fitness brand, and supported by Havant Borough Council, FitBeat is a sporting extravaganza, aimed at encouraging people of all ages to get active and have some fun.

Activities will include It’s A Knock Out Competition, bootcamp sessions provided by Innovations Fitness, Judo by Southern Judokan, dance lesson by Gem’s Dance School, Yoga by Kathryn, Zumba, and much more.

Owner of Innovations Fitness, George ‘Topsy’ Turner said;

“We are delighted that the Mayor of Havant will be coming to open FitBeat on this huge day of celebration. FitBeat is all about bringing the community together to enjoy a day of fun and activities and what better way to start proceedings!”

In addition to marking the one year countdown to the Olympics, FitBeat will be donating all proceeds to Wessex Heartbeat. Founded in 1992, Wessex Heartbeat is dedicated to supporting those affected by heart disease. The charity helps make a real difference to the care of the 20,000 patients treated at the Cardiac Centre annually, including 1,000 babies and children born with heart defects.

D’Arcy Myers, Wessex Heartbeat Chief Executive said;

“We are very grateful to FitBeat for organising such a fantastic event in aid of Wessex Heartbeat.  Being active really helps prevent future problems with heart health and this event is an ideal way to get moving with lots of different activities to choose from. It is thanks to the generosity of the community that we can continue to support people living with heart conditions and improve services for them.  Anyone can have a heart condition – a loved one, a friend, a neighbour, a colleague – at any time in their lives. Help us help them, so they receive the best possible care.”


Source: portsmouthnews.tv



14th June


MPs and industry bosses learned about the village of Westbourne's efforts to tackle climate change yesterday.

The village's Greening Campaign was one of seven Greening groups from around the country picked to take part in a presentation in the House of Commons.

As well as local MPs, representatives from energy conservation companies and environment groups attended. Westbourne Greening Campaign committee members Colin Carre, Richard Hitchcock and John Millard were on hand at the event to explain how villagers had supported the battle against climate change. Colin, chair of the group, said: "Villagers have joined in the campaign pretty impressively. They've made pledges to save energy at home, and they've attended fun events like our green fair in their hundreds.


Our annual Christmas tree recycling event in the village square has become very popular too. Our current drive is to get people to make sure their cavity walls and lofts are properly insulated. Most people in the village know about us and support the idea of acting as a local community to help tackle this urgent global problem.
 "Yesterday it was good to join other groups working towards the same goal, and have a chance to show influential people what local communities can do."


Yesterday's event was hosted by Steve Brine, MP for Winchester, and Damian Hinds, MP for East Hampshire, and addressed by Mr Brine and Gregory Barker, minister of state in the Energy and Climate Change department. The meeting also heard from Petersfield environmentalist Terena Plowwright, founder of the national Greening Campaign, who has seen around 200 groups spring up nationwide. Pic - Greening Westbourne campaigners Colin Carre (left) and Richard Hitchcock at Parliament



14th June


Bicycles Taken In Emsworth Burglary  

Police are appealing for information following a burglary in Wickor Way overnight between Thursday, June 9 and Friday, June 10, where four high value racing bicycles were taken.

Between 11pm and 10am someone has gained entry to a padlocked garage to the side of a property in the road. They have stolen the following bikes:

  • A “Giant TCR- Advanced” racing cycle, black carbon fibre frame with silver lettering, approximate value of £4000.
  • A “Dolan Excalibur” racing bike, black frame with white lettering, approximate value of £3500
  • A “Boardman Pro” white road cycle valued at £999
  • A “Boardman Hybrid” road racing bike, silver in colour and with black lettering on the frame, £699 in value

PC Chris Hudson said: "These are very expensive, very distinctive cycles, and I would ask anyone with information as to their whereabouts to contact police as soon as possible. It may be that the owner has been specifically targeted due to the high value of the bikes, but I would urge all residents of Emsworth to keep ensuring that all property is locked and secure at all times."

Anyone with information should contact Havant police station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Source: portsmouthnews.tv








11th June




The Emsworth Business Association has been chosen as one of the organisations to benefit from the Community Card Schemes in Emsworth for June 2011-2012. The other organisation is the Emsworth Pastoral Centre.

This is fantastic news and we ask that everyone gets a card and uses it every time you shop in Emsworth Co-op. The total amount that potentially could be raised for the EBA through the scheme is £10,000. Fund raising began on 9th June 2011 and end date is 8 June 2012. Ask at the Emsworth Co-op for your card to get this rolling.

A launch event is in the process of being organised. We as an association will promote the card scheme at every opportunity and will be visible outside the Co-op on various Saturdays .throughout the time.

The aim is to raise a significant amount to benefit the EBA/ Pastoral Centre and subsequently the local community of Emsworth. 




10th June

Armed Forces Day and Flying a Flag for our Armed Forces in Emsworth on Monday 20 June 2011


Saturday 25th June marks the third Armed Forces Day. The Day will be an occasion for the whole nation to honour the outstanding contribution made by those who serve or have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces. 


Local authorities are once again being encouraged to show their support for the men and women of our Armed Forces, past  present and future and ‘Fly a Flag’ to honour our Armed Forces  on Monday 20 June.    The intention is that this ceremony will be repeated across the country and that the flags will be flown until after Armed Forces Day itself on Saturday 25th June.


Havant Borough Council is giving the flag raising its full support and this year plans are in place to hoist the flag on the flagpole at The Square, Emsworth.  Representatives from our armed forces, the Royal British Legion, veterans, schools and various other groups and organisations will be invited to send representatives to attend.   


A short service will be held prior to the flag hoisting and we would like to invite you to attend.

The service will commence at 10.00 am.  If you need to access car parking in Emsworth, please be aware that road closures will be in place from 9.45 am until after the ceremony. 


The owner of Spice Village, has kindly agreed to provide the use of their restaurant and toilet facilities and refreshments will also be provided here after the ceremony.


For more information please e-mail the Mayors Secretary: anne.thurlow@havant.gov.uk or call 02392 446152.





Residents on mission to stop hospital demolition  

The fight is on to save two historic hospitals from the bulldozers.

 Residents in Havant and Emsworth are battling to save their heritage as two hospitals face being sold off as part of a shake-up of healthcare.  NHS Hampshire plans to sell Havant War Memorial Hospital and Emsworth Victoria Cottage Hospital for up to £1.5m.


The War Memorial Hospital, which provides intermediate care for the elderly, could close by September.  The cash from the sale will be poured back into the new state-of-the-art Oak Park Community Clinic in Havant, which will provide outpatient and diagnostics and is due to open by autumn next year.  But residents are now worried about the fate of the buildings, which could be sold to developers.  Havant War Memorial Hospital was built in 1929 through money raised by the people of Havant and features a memorial stone to those who died during the First World War. It also has rare Royal Doulton tiles, which include nursery rhymes, in the former children’s ward.


Pete Walden, chairman of Havant Over-50s forum, said: ‘People are against pulling the building down.


‘It would be an insult to the people of Havant who paid for the hospital.’


The group is applying for listed status, which would prevent demolition.


The Cottage Hospital in Emsworth is 114 years old.


Chairwoman of Emsworth Residents’ Association Lorraine Clode said: ‘We would be very resistant to it being demolished or used for anything other than a medical facility.’


Officials at NHS Hampshire said they were open to saving some of the period features, but there were no convenants preventing demolition.


Inger Hebden, director of capital planning at NHS Hampshire, said: ‘Both Havant War Memorial Hospital and Emsworth Cottage Hospital will be sold at some point in the future as part of our exciting plans to improve healthcare services.

‘We know that Havant War Memorial Hospital has a war memorial stone and we have been discussing the future relocation of this stone to the Oak Park site as we know that it is valued by local residents.


‘There are also some nursery rhyme tiles in the hospital and we are in discussions with local people to try and find a suitable home for one of the panel


The News 02-Jun-11






3rd June

Lorry trapped under bridge at Emsworth
Police closed North Street today after a lorry became stuck under a bridge.

The accident happened in North Street, in Emsworth, just after 11am.  Police said a skip lorry had become trapped under the railway bridge near the town’s station.   Traffic was stopped in both directions as attempts started to shift the vehicle.

A spokeswoman for Network Rail said some trains have been diverted and some may be a few minutes late but at the moment the bridge appears to be undamaged and it will not cause any major problems.   She added that an engineer was en route to the bridge.



The News 02-Jun-11




3rd June


Money left over from food festival funds youth club

YOUNG people in Emsworth have a new youth club thanks to the people behind the town’s food festival.


Emsworth Food Festival was a huge success with tens of thousands of people descending on the town for the annual event.  But it got too big to be able to run safely and the last one took place in 2007.  The funds left over were poured into a community trust which has been used to set up a youth club targeted at pupils in years 10 and 11 from local schools which opens Friday.  Lulu Bowerman is a former director of the food festival and a member of the Community Trust, one of the organisations behind the new youth club which has been two years in the planning.


She said: ‘There is another youth club but that only goes up to year nine.


‘We did a lot of work with young people in Emsworth and discovered that if you were 14 or over, and you either sailed or had the money to do other activities there wasn’t much to do around here.


‘We have a fantastic team on board and a really great programme of activities in the summer.


‘What we want to do is get them outdoors. So perhaps they will go kayaking, or maybe camping.


‘The aim is to get them involved in community events like St George’s Day and the markets.


‘And there is going to be so much happening next year during the Olympics – there will be lots of opportunities for them to get involved in projects.’


Enough money has been put into the project to keep it running for two years.  Other organisations which have helped set up the youth club are Emsworth Community Association and Havant Borough Council’s community development team.  It will be run by the charity Youth Options which has had significant success in supporting, developing and engaging young people.


Mrs Bowerman added: ‘We hope that the club will go from strength to strength.’


The club will be every Friday from 7pm to 9pm at Emsworth Community Centre, behind St James Church. Entry is £1.


It is hoped it will be well used by local youngsters and there will be a good turnout for Friday’s opening.



The News 02-Jun-11





1st June


Emsworth transport scheme under threat

An important community transport scheme in Emsworth is fighting for more recognition to ensure its survival.

Ems Valley Community Transport which provides low-cost transport for its members for hospital visits, and doctor’s appointments, has suffered funding cuts and is in need of more drivers to help it keep going.

The organisation which is 15 years old, is run by volunteers for people who are unable to use public transport because of a disability.

Chairman Heather Evans said it was in need of younger volunteers, and someone who could help computerise its paper records as it has been given a grant for computer equipment.

The group has in recent years had to pay for CRB checks on its drivers, deal with rises in petrol prices, produce health and safety policies and struggle to gain funding for its running costs.

The organisation covers the areas of Chidham, Emsworth, Forestside, Hambrook, Nutbourne, Southbourne, and Westbourne.

Before you can book a trip you have to become a member by paying a one-off £10 joining fee.

To arrange a home visit call 01243 375412.


Chichester Observer 01-Jun-11



1st June


It’s a Knock Out is coming to Emsworth

Organised by FitBeat It's a Knock Out will be held on July 23rd 2011 in Emsworth Revreation Ground to mark the one year countdown to the London 2012 Olympic Games. The whole community is invited to enjoy the day, but if you want to be at the centre of the action, then   sign up for the It’s a Knock Competition which will be held in the main arena throughout the day.

By signing up, competitors will be donating directly to the charity, Wessex Heartbeat. So what better reason to sign up than having fun whilst supporting one of the region’s foremost heart charities? Fun and fitness for FitBeat’s


So, what sort of games can you expect to see? Well from human table football to basketball, giant stepping stones to inflatable volley ball, space hopper grand national and sumo stampede – the silliness will go on all afternoon until one team is victorious, winning the FitBeat It’s a Knock Out Champion’s trophy and prizes. Of course everyone participating will receive a special prize….and there’s always next year to try your hand at winning the big trophy! How to enter It’s a Knock Out.

Entrance for teams is £50 and all team members must be over 18 years of age. The team must have 5 players, all ready to have a lot of fun in the name of charity! Teams wishing to sign up for It’s a Knock Out should complete the application form and return it to info@fitbeat.co.uk or fax 01243 699371





31st May

Help To Shape The Future Of Havant

 Two draft supplementary planning documents have been prepared which expand on the Local Development Framework Core Strategy, which was adopted by Havant Borough Council in March 2011.


The council would like to invite the local community to get involved and help shape these two important documents with a public consultation on both documents being held until 5pm Friday 8 July 2011. One document, known as the ‘Borough Design Guide’, aims to raise the standard of design across the borough, setting out the councils design expectations with regard to new developments. This document also assesses the character the borough so that it can be respectfully considered and enhanced through development.


The other document sets out the policy basis for the collection of developer contributions in the borough. Where new or improved infrastructure is essential for planning permission to be granted, the council will require on-site or off-site provision and/or contributions through planning obligations, agreements or tariffs. The ‘Developer Contribution’ document will provide the detailed justification and cost for developer contributions.


When adopted, both of these documents will form part of Havant Borough Council’s Local Development Framework, and determine future planning applications in the borough.


These documents are available to view online at www.havant.gov.uk

Source: portsmouthnews.tv






31st May


Concern Grows For Missing Emsworth Woman       

Police are growing concerned for the welfare of Margaret McElligott, 46, after she went missing from her home in North Street on Tuesday, May 24.


Maggie was last seen by her partner at approximately 8pm that evening but has not been seen by anyone since. She is not believed to have left the property with any money, credit cards or other belongings, and it is likely she is still somewhere in the local area.


Maggie is described as:


Thin build

1.68m tall

Blonde hair

Green eyes

Last seen wearing black jeans. It is not known what else she was wearing.

Inspector Martin Gilholm said: "Maggie has been gone for some time now and we are understandably growing more concerned for her welfare. We are conducting extensive enquiries to locate her and we are appealing for the public to help us in this matter.


"If you believe you have seen Maggie McElligott we would ask you to get in touch with us as soon as possible.


"Additionally, if Maggie sees this appeal, we would ask her to get in contact to let us know she is ok."


Anyone who has seen Margaret McElligott should contact Havant police on 101. People outside Hampshire should contact 0845 045 45 45.


Source: portsmouthnews.tv




31st May


Walk-in clinics launched to take strain off hospital


WALK-in clinics for people with minor injuries have been launched to take the strain off Queen Alexandra Hospital.



Nine GP surgeries in the Havant and Waterlooville areas are providing the service to treat injuries such as cuts or dislocations.  It comes as a victory for campaigners who have been fighting for years for minor injury services in Havant.

  The clinics are part of a package of health improvements coming to the area, including the Oak Park Community Clinic.  NHS Hampshire has finally got the green light with formal approval from South Central Strategic Health Authority.  It means building work could start on the Lavant Drive site next month – with a planned opening date of the autumn of next year.


Inger Hebden, director of capital planning at NHS Hampshire, said: ‘The approval means we can now start to put all of our exciting plans in place.


‘We are really excited we can start the work for the different projects, especially as we are planning the building work will start next month.’


The community hospital will emerge through the complete redevelopment of Oak Park Children’s Centre, a £4m facility in Lavant Drive, which will have a new extension and front built.  The clinic will take up to 24,000 outpatient appointments, as well as providing X-rays, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, podiatry and MRI.  The clinic will also provide a new purpose built home for the Rapid Assessment Service that was launched in February and is temporarily based at Havant Health Centre.   There will also be a nursing care centre and extra care housing on the site.  The development will include 20 beds providing support for patients to help regain their independence following a hospital stay.


Instead of waiting until the new nursing centre is ready, NHS Hampshire will commission 10 intermediate care beds in nursing homes in the Havant area.   These will replace the beds at Havant War Memorial Hospital, which is set to close, although a final date has not been announced.


The minor injury service will be offered between 8am and 6.30pm, Monday to Friday, at The Clanfield Surgery, Cowplain Family Practice, Emsworth Practice, Forest End Surgery, The Homewell Practice, Horndean Practice, Middle Park Medical Centre, Queenswood Surgery, and Rowlands Castle Surgery. No appointment is necessary



The News 31-May-11







27th May

Wood with history is needed for boat build

WOOD of all shapes and sizes is needed for a unique boat building project. As part of the Cultural Olympiad, a 30ft yacht is being built in Emsworth made from donated pieces of wood, each with their own bit of personal history. A documented history of each donated piece will be kept as a legacy to the 2012 London Olympics. Gregg Whelan is one of the artists commissioned to work on the project by the Arts Council. He said: ‘We’ve been open for 10 weeks and the response has been incredible. We’ve had thousands of people through the door bringing us hundreds of donations. ‘We still need wood donations We’ve had everything from a piece of the Ark Royal to a family’s much used 42-year-old bath brush – we’ll take anything so long as it has story.’ Another donation day for personally significant wooden objects will take place on May 28 at The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, East Street, Havant, from 10am to 5pm. Go to www.theboatproject.com 


The News 27-May-11




26th May


Round The Harbours Bike Ride

Havant Borough Council is urging its residents to get involved, have fun and get fit for the British Heart Foundation Round the Harbours’ Bike Ride Sunday 5th June. Local councils on the south coast, Havant, Portsmouth, Fareham and Gosport have joined together in support of this worthy cause. The two ferry companies at Hayling and Gosport have also pledged their support to assist riders in their quest to complete this challenging course. Councillor Fairhurst, portfolio holder for economy and communities said, “We are delighted to be able to join with other local authorities to support this event.  It is a journey which takes in some stunning views that we all have the privilege to share. “British Heart Foundation does a great job organising this event and we wish them every success in raising much needed funds.  Good luck everyone!” Entry fee includes a Free T-Shirt and the two ferry crossings Adults £10 and Children under (16’s) £5.00. (These prices are if you book before the event there will be a £5.00 increase on each tariff if purchased on the day.) You can choose from five locations where you start your ride. For Havant Borough residents the location is Langstone Technology Park, at 9:00am. The 32 mile circular route can be started from Gosport, Fareham, Havant or Southsea including two ferry crossings. If you would like to know more about taking part visit and all the start locations visit www.bhf.org.uk/roundtheharbours or call the events team 0808 100 21096 or email eastevents@bhf.org.uk


Source: portsmouthnews.tv




16th May

Eames Farm Education Centre opened
 A new education centre at Eames Farm, Thorney Island was officially opened this month by Louise Goldsmith, Leader of West Sussex County Council and Chairman of the Harbour Conservancy.
 The centre has been created by converting a redundant stable block built in traditional brick and flint materials and now provides a well-equipped teaching area with associated office accommodation and storeroom.
 The new centre – at the heart of a working organic beef farm within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - will be used to highlight the important role farming plays in helping to manage the landscape of the harbour and the wildlife that depends upon it.
 Eames Farm will be promoted as an example of good agricultural management – particularly of rare coastal grazing marsh – within an internationally important conservation area.
 This will be of value both to students working within the National Curriculum; to the wider farming and land management community, and to the general public. The facility will provide a valuable extension to the Conservancy’s existing education programme.
 Eames Farm (170 acres) was acquired by the Chichester Harbour Trust in 2008 and is managed by the Harbour Conservancy. The Trust was pleased to be able to raise £25,000 from the Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust towards the cost of the project.


Chichester Harbour Trust



14th May

Havant Goes Greener Week

 Havant Borough Council  is working with Havant Friends of the Earth and Havant Transition Network to bring you the first Havant Goes Greener Week which will be held between the 23rd and 28th of May 2011.


It aims to show how small changes, when added together can make a big difference. Helping to raise awareness of the different ways that we can live a greener lifestyle. This will include, health and wellbeing, buying local, saving energy and volunteering.


Throughout the week and across the borough experts will share their knowledge on:


The week will end with the Havant Goes Greener Family Fair on the Saturday 28th  May 2011 in Havant Park. This is an all day family fun event  with children’s  activities, music and stalls.  More at: www.havantgoesgreener.org.uk .  Download the programme HERE



12th May

Havant Borough Council is urging residents to be on their guard for bogus telephone callers regarding their council tax payments.

The council’s council tax office has received calls over the last few days which have raised concerns.  The caller says you are entitled to a council tax refund from the government for paying your council tax on time. Then the caller asks for your bank details so they can credit the money direct to your bank account. Or if you wish to be paid by cheque you need to contact them with what is thought to be a premium rate telephone number.

Paul Griffith, the council’s solicitor, says; “This is clearly a scam.  The council would never need to ask for a customer’s bank details over the telephone in this way.  Customers are advised to ignore any such request for their bank details.”

Please report bogus calls to Action Fraud 0300 1232040 (this is a local call rate number) or visit their website www.actionfraud.org.uk and use the online reporting tool or Text to 0300 1232050.




12th May


Bag up your bras to help Hampshire flying ambulance charity

WOMEN are being urged to donate their unwanted bras to help keep the air ambulance flying and saving lives.

For the second year, the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance is running its Bag up Your Bras campaign to help raise funds.

Secondhand bras can be recycled and then distributed and sold on to women in West Africa who often cannot afford new ones.

John Perry, the chief executive of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, said: ‘This is a fantastic initiative which is so worthwhile, and has advantages for us all.

‘Our recycling partners Bag It Up have arranged for these bras to be sent out to Africa, and we are very pleased to be able to do something for others, whilst raising funds to help keep your air ambulance flying.

‘Please help by bagging up all unwanted bras.’

If you want to make a bra donation you can bag them up and put them in Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance’s yellow recycling banks.

They can be found at community spots and supermarkets around the area.

To find your nearest bank call the charity on (023) 8033 3377 or visit the charity’s website at
www.hiow-airambulance.org.uk.  Make your donations by May 26 if possible.

The News 12-May-11




4th May

Extinct’ snail is found in waters of Chichester harbour  

The lagoon spire snail was thought to be extinct but has been found the incredibly rare snail that was believed to be extinct in the UK has been found in Chichester Harbour.  For years scientists believed the lagoon spire snail was confined to the annals of Britain’s natural history.  But one of the world’s leading authorities on molluscs, Dr Martin Willing, has managed to uncover the tiny snail in a brackish pond in Chichester Harbour.


The find is so scientifically important the exact whereabouts of the creature, commonly known as the spire or mud snail, is being kept a secret. The snail grows to no more than 5mm and feeds on plants.  Dr Willing was hired by Chichester Harbour Conservancy to undertake a snail survey. Using grant cash from Chichester District Council, the aim was to find the rare Desmoulin’s whorl snail.


After two attempts, this snail could not be found, but the rare spire snail was discovered.  Dr Willing, who lives in Midhurst, West Sussex, said it was a very rare and important discovery.


He said: ‘This is the first actual sighting of this snail in Britain. It was found dead in clay lining the Roman baths in Bath. We think the clay from brackish lagoons was used to line the baths.

 ‘Then it was subsequently found dead near Farlington Marshes – some shells were found. It’s quite an interesting thing.’


Ed Rowsell, conservation officer at Chichester Harbour Conservancy, added: ‘Basically, the snail was thought to be extinct in the UK.  ‘Our expert had a look for it on a site he thought he might find it – and he did. It’s very rare in Europe as well.’  Scientists now plan to conserve the snails’ habitat by closely monitoring the saltiness of the water.


The discovery was highlighted in this year’s wildlife report on Chichester Harbour.   The survey has found that some species have reached record levels, including a type of duck called the wigeon.  The survey also concluded around 20 seals haul out in the harbour and it is also home to water voles, grass snakes, barn owls and brown hares.  No otters have been discovered since a sighting in 2007.


The News 05-May-11



1st May


April Weather Breaks Records!


With an average daily temperature of 14.2°C  , 3°C  above the mean, and rainfall of only 2mm, only 2% of the mean rainfall for the month,  it was the warmest and driest April since records began at Emsworth Online in 1999. Glorious blue skies with only a light breeze characterised  most days with the only rain falling during a brief thunderstorm during the evening of  the 29th.  All this made for a happy change from the floods of last Autumn and the cold weather of December and January.


The Met Office has reported that April that the month is the warmest on record with many parts of the UK seeing temperatures 3 to 5 °C warmer than normal. The month is also the 11th driest April in the UK. These records go back more than 100 years, to 1910.


The photo, by John Tweddell, shows men of 47 Regiment RA marching from the Square under a clear blue sky on April 21st







27th April


The transformation of The New Inn, Drayton


Many readers will be familiar with The Spice Village in Emsworth, formerly Allwoods Wine Bar, opened by Abdul Ahad in March 2007. Now Abdul has purchased The New Inn in Drayton which closed as a pub in 2009 and is preparing to reopen this imposing building as a new restaurant, Spice Village Drayton.  The building is listed and although little will remain of the original interior the exterior appearance will remain virtually unchanged after restoration is complete retaining most of the original features including the cast iron glazed canopy to the frontage of the building.  Little is known about the building in its previous existence as The New Inn; the Listing description states that the building was built between C1840 and 1850, so it is early Victorian, in the style of late Georgian. If anyone has stories, photographs or historical information please contact the architect, John Groom, johngroom@freeuk.com.






Local chippy frying high with success

Whistlers Fine Fish and Chips of Westbourne, in West Sussex has joined the fish frying elite from across the UK, by scooping the prestigious Fish and Chip Quality Award.  It is the first shop in West Sussex to receive this award, and one of only a handful in the whole of the U.K.!

The National Federation of Fish Friers (NFFF), the trade body that represents the nation’s fish and chip shops, runs the scheme as a way of raising standards within the fish and chip trade and enhancing the profile of the industry.

The scheme is a way of rewarding and promoting shops that provide good quality products and high standards of hygiene, as well as friers who show a high level of competence.

To qualify, each shop has to go through an inspection by an NFFF Approved Assessor who assesses the shop’s presentation, hygiene and cleanliness, staff training, equipment, frying and sales skills and most importantly the quality of the cooked product.

This award sets the new benchmark for quality within the industry.  It will signal to the consumer that they can buy with confidence where the award is displayed, and it will encourage more outlets to raise their standards.

Each Fish and Chip Quality Award is valid for two years and retention is dependent on standards being maintained as validated by NFFF officials and appointed assessors.

For more information Whistler’s Fine Fish and Chips, 1 the Grove, Westbourne Road, Westbourne West Sussex  PO10 8UJ tel: 01243 372811

Source: National Federation of Fish Friers




23rd April


Good Friday in Westbourne


Christians in Westbourne marked Good Friday by walking through the village carrying a cross. Beginning at the top of Monks Hill with its vista over the village the words ‘There is a Green Hill’ offered a good start to the day.


The annual event, organised by St John's Church, Westbourne and Westbourne Baptist Church, saw 40 villagers walk from Monk's Hill to the centre of the village. They stopped at the Baptist church and the village square for readings and prayers before finishing at St John's. After a short service they enjoyed hot cross buns in the parish hall.


The Rev Frank Wright, rector of St John's, said: "We stood in the square with traffic passing by and people going about their business and, although very different, we were able to capture some of the atmosphere of the streets of Jerusalem as Jesus carried his cross through them."


The weekend began the previous evening, remembering the last supper Jesus had with his disciples before he was arrested and crucified.  We move through those last events of his life to Easter morning when those in deep grief realized that because of it all he would be with them for ever. As he is today, with us in all our ups and downs.



22nd April


Emsworth Maritime and Historical Trust publish a new booklet on the occasion of the re-dedication of the Emsworth War Memorial


Emsworth’s unique “bus shelter” war memorial built in 1950 was re-dedicated
during the
St George’s week celebrations on 21st April.  Recently refurbished by the Emsworth Business Association with the help of several local organizations, businesses and the men of 47  Regiment RA from Thorney Island the memorial now has its own booklet “Commemorating the re-dedication of The Emsworth War Memorial on the Square” EMHT booklet Mo. 7 Describing the background to war memorials and the Emsworth one in particular. The booklet is available from the Museum in North Street, open at weekends during the summer months.



















21st April 2011


Thousands pack central Emsworth for St George's Parade



This morning under a clear blue sky several thousand residents and visitors both young and old filled the centre of the town to applaud the men and women of 47 regiment and veterans who were on parade.

The soldiers from 47 regiment RA which has been based at Baker Barracks, Thorney Island, for twenty years were presented with Imjin flowers to commemorate the part played by the regiment in the Battle of the Imgin River during the Korean war nearly sixty years ago.  Royal Naval Volunteer Band provided a patriotic musical accompaniment to the occasion. After the parade the veterans repaired to the Lord Raglan for lunch as guests of the Business Association.

View the slideshow





17th April


By George! Celebrations get spiced up


Spice Village
From left, Cllr Brendan Gibb-Gray, Spice Village owner Abdul Ahad, veterans Harold Groom, Pat Wardle and Hugh Pollock, head chef Abdus Samad, chairwoman of Emsworth Business Association Carol Haskett and Mark Lewis

ALL the profits from a restaurant’s curry night are going to be donated to an army charity to celebrate St George’s Day.   The Spice Village is in Emsworth – which next week will host a series of events leading up to the parade on Thursday.

Abdul Ahad, the owner of the curry house in The Square, has promised all the profits from the restaurant on Monday night will go to the Army Benevolent Fund.

He said: ‘We have been doing good business in Emsworth for a while and I wanted to give something back to the community.
‘We get a lot of customers from the army base in
Thorney Island and we enjoy the parade every year. ‘It is good that we celebrate St George’s Day so well in Emsworth.
‘That is why we thought it would be good to do this charity night.’

The parade and the events leading up to it have been organised by residents and Emsworth councillor Brendan Gibb-Gray.  He said.
‘What he is doing is amazingly generous.
‘He is giving his restaurant and the proceeds to the Emsworth community so that we can raise money for the Army Benevolent Fund. He hopes to make £1,000 on the night. He is working very hard to produce a menu that will appeal to all tastes.
‘His wife and family are also very excited to show people what they can do with Bangladeshi cuisine. ‘It says something when people from different countries support something that is very typically English.’

The event will kickstart a week of celebration in the town. Members of Portsmouth Festival Choir will be singing at a Proms-style event at St James’ Church, in Emsworth, at 7.30pm on Tuesday.  At 10.30am on Thursday thousands are expected to line the streets for the military parade of 47 Regiment Royal Artillery, based at Thorney Island.

To book a table at the curry night call 01243 379222.Visit www.spice-village.co.uk 

The News 17-Apr-11






16th April


St George's Celebrations  Window Dressing Competition results


Once again the Business's of Emsworth did the town proud in this year's  window dressing competition, The entries  raised over £100 for the Emsworth War Memorial, and have created a lot of visitor interest

The Mayor of Havant and her Mayor Consort did the final judging yesterday morning. It proved very difficult to choose only three winners from such a wide range of different, good entries.

The top spots were finally awarded to

1.    Cabelos Hair Salon, North St, with their Alice in Wonderland display (complete with Maggie and her staff dressed in character)

2.    The Medicine Garden, High St

3.    Treagusts Butchers High St, & Classy Cooks North St (joint 3rd place)

Thanks also  to John Tweddell took photos of all the window entries - follow the link below..



View the Slide Show





14th April

My Chichester Harbour


What does Chichester Harbour mean to you? Does it remind you of a day out fishing, competing in a dinghy race or strolling along a footpath?

Whatever your connection, a new website has been launched where you can add your own stories or memories about the harbour.

Celebrating 40 years since the inception of Chichester Harbour Conservancy, the website has been devised to join the story of the Conservancy’s history with that of the people who live, work and play in this area.

Based on a map of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, www.mychichesterharbour.co.uk has been designed to be very easy to use. With just a few clicks your story or memory related to the harbour can be added along with photos or even a video. Or spend some time browsing through and reading the many stories that have already been added. Find out how a parachute found in the harbour was used by an ingenious family during the war years or read the hilarious tale of Two Men and a Boat, a story of two friends who spent a night trying to get their new acquisition afloat and onto a mooring.

Ali Beckett, Publicity Officer for the Conservancy said, ‘We are looking for as many people as possible to add their stories and memories to the website. Did you take part in the Millenium Sailpast or remember the storms in the ‘80s or even the great freeze in the ‘60s? Whatever your story or connection with the harbour, we want you to get involved. Adding a memory along with a photo or video is really easy, just follow the steps on the website or get in touch with the Harbour Office.’

The new website www.mychichesterharbour.co.uk has been generously supported by The Friends of Chichester Harbour and the Chichester Coastal Change Pathfinder Project.





12th April



Exhibition ; Photos by  Maurice Broomfield “A Pictorial of Living Emsworth ’97 Our Home Village”


The Museum officially re-opens at 10.30am Saturday the 23rd of April with a stunning retrospective of the late Maurice Broomfield’s photos of  Emsworth , taken in 1997 for the exhibition of that year.

   Maurice, a professional photographer, contributed photos regularly to The Financial Times and The Science Museum and his collection is now mainly held in the Victoria and Albert Museum.

   The Emsworth photographs are a poignant reminder of some places and people  no longer with us, even though only 14 years have passed.


The Museum will also be opened especially  on April the 21st between 10am and 2pm to coincide with the St Georges Day Parade.


 Admission free, all welcome.



12th April

Emsworth Prepares for St George's Week Celebrations

Volunteers  are been busy decorating the town for nest week's celebration. The roundabout has been decorated today:

The rest of the town will get a make over during the next few days.







 Emsworth Business Association



th April


No Changes To Havant Rubbish And Recycling Easter Collections

Residents across the Borough of Havant will have NO CHANGE to their Rubbish and Recycling collection days over the Easter period and forthcoming Bank Holidays. Householders are reminded to put their bins out ready for collection by 7am on their scheduled day for crews to collect. Roads in the borough that have organised road closures for Royal Wedding street parties will have special arrangements already in place.


Garden Waste collections will also continue throughout this time




8th April




Keen sailor, Siun Cranny, has been appointed to head Chichester Harbour Conservancy. Siun, will take on this newly created role to lead the well established team at the Harbour Office.


Following the untimely death of Manager and Harbour Master, John Davis, last August the management structure has been carefully reviewed by Conservancy members.  Over the years the role has changed and it was felt a position of Director would formally recognise the responsibility of working with partner organisations and planning the way forward to manage the balance between the harbour and the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Siun, formerly chief executive of a national cancer charity, member of the founding team of an international sailing school, and independent charity consultant is delighted to be appointed and looks forward to joining the Conservancy team. She has sailed the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the highlight of which was taking part in conservation work in the Galapagos Islands. Louise Goldsmith, Chairman of the Conservancy, who has headed up the recruitment team said ‘The new Director role needed not only someone with a passion for the harbour and sailing but an understanding of environmental issues combined with the skills of building successful relationships with partners. We believe that Siun is the right person for this challenge.’


 The position of Harbour Master will be taken on by Richard Craven who has been deputy for over 10 years. Alison Fowler continues as Environmental Manager. Peter Taylor, Chairman of the Advisory Committee added ‘the new management arrangement will ensure that all users of Chichester Harbour are cared for and the good stewardship of the water and land will continue”.

 Left to right: Peter Taylor, Siun Cranny, Louise Goldsmith, Richard Craven, Alison Fowler


30th March


Brian Keenan to speak at a fundraising dinner at The Brookfield Hotel



It will be a rare occasion for guests when the 60-year-old talks about life as a writer and traveller since his four-and-a-half year ordeal in Lebanon, as he usually avoids public speaking. On this occasion the dinner at the Brookfield Hotel will be raising funds for The Havant Literary Festival.


But the reason why he accepted this invitation was that it came from his best school friend Trevor Magee – whose name had been spotted in Mr Keenan’s book An Evil Cradling by the festival’s chairman David Penrose.


Mr Penrose and Mr Magee were both teachers at Havant College, which was a stroke of good luck, and all it took was a short phone call which led Mr Magee to suggest asking Mr Keenan if he would speak.


On April 11, 1986, four months after taking up an English teaching post at the American University of Beirut, Mr Keenan was kidnapped by Islamic militants. He spent the next 1,574 days in isolation and later in a cell with British journalist John McCarthy where he was chained, blindfolded and ritually beaten.


Mr Keenan said: ‘There are no regrets. I wouldn’t of course want to do it all again, but on the other hand, I came back home from that experience possessing more than what was taken from me.’


He has published fiction and non-fiction works rooted in locations from South America to Alaska and Ireland.


Mr Penrose said: ‘Brian is a coup for the festival – when the possibility of having him on board evolved it was magic.


‘Brian is not just a literary figure but he also has a strong political dimension that I hope will attract a wide range of guests to the dinner – and not just people who read fiction or non-fiction.’


Mr Keenan’s talk at the Brookfield Hotel, Emsworth, on April 1, starts at 7pm. Tickets cost £35 each and should be ordered in advance from 01243 373363.


Source The News 30-Mar-11



25th March

Local Projects to Tackle Violence against Women


The Safer Havant Partnership has been granted £10,000 worth of funding from the Home Office to support local projects that tackle violence against women and girls.

So far, £20,000 worth of projects have been put forward by local people or groups and we are asking residents to help us decide which of these projects should be funded.

Come along and help us decide on Wednesday 30th March 2011, 6pm to 9pm at Havant Leisure Centre.  Refreshments will be served at 6pm.

To book your place, please contact contact Chelsea Forrest on 023 9244 6606 or via info@saferhavant.co.uk

If you would like to find out more, please go to www.saferhavant.co.uk  for more details.

18th March


Emsworth Student, Fiona Mikel is hoping to to study Drama in London after performing at the Spring, Havant, in April


Fiona has lived in Emsworth for all her life, taking dance lessons at Emsworth's Melana School of Dance and performing non-stop at Portsmouth High School.


 She studied Theatre and Performance at Warwick University and graduated last July with a first class honours degree. When she was not studying Fiona spent much of her time at University taking part in student plays performed in the Warwick Arts Centre and went on to be selected two years consecutively as one of ten plays to be performed at the National Student Drama Festival) from across Britain. The productions won numerous awards, including The Sunday Times awarded  'Best Show' for 'By The Bog of Cats' where she played the lead female, a contemporary Medea. Her performance was described by  Hannah Miller, the Head of Casting for the Royal Shakespeare Company, as "an exceptional, deeply felt and detailed performance. When she wasn't on stage a huge presence was missing. In particular the relationship between her and her daughter lived on stage in a way which was quite extraordinary for two young women of roughly the same age ".


Talented Fiona went on to win the 'Best Actress' at the University of Warwick in 2010. and has just finished performing the lead role in 'Return to the Silence' a devised play at the Pleasance Theatre in London, which The Guardian's Lyn Gardner described as 'An assault on the senses…the company conjures a complete world…a distinctive calling card from a company to watch'.


Now Fiona is performing in with the Fell Swoop Theatre Company in 'Most Drink in Secret', a three-man adaptation of Chekhov's classic 'The  Seagull', which has been invited to perform at the The Lowry Manchester, The Tobacco Factory Bristol and The Lyric Theatre London, and for one night only, at The Spring in Havant on Saturday April 16th. BOOK ONLINE



After rounds of auditions all this year, Fiona has been short-list for both RADA and Guildhall School of Music and Drama to study Acting from September. She now has an anxious wait to hear if she has been successful in gaining a place.








13th March


Emsworth Mill Pond repaired


The future of a beauty spot in Emsworth has been secured after £100,000 repair works were completed.


Emsworth Slipper Mill Pond, which sits on the county border, has needed repair works to its footpaths and banks which have suffered from years of tidal erosion.  The project has been the subject of eight years of hard work by the volunteers of the Slipper Mill Pond Preservation Society.


Chairman of the society Nick Madina has commissioned geotechnical surveys, battled to find funding, applied for planning permission and tried to find a suitable contractor to carry out the work since the need for repairs was identified in 2003.

“The thing that’s very rewarding is the works have been completed in time for the breeding season,” he said.

“In the past few days the birds have been pairing up. You can hear them going ‘phew’, we have got the pond to ourselves.”


The path on the western side of the pond was in danger of subsiding as the bottom of the banks on the western side of the path became undercut. The clay deposits under the path were also becoming eroded which put the

stability of the path in danger.


Mr Madina added: “Since 1962 volunteers of one group or another have been looking after it – it’s been repaired, repaired and repaired.

“The bank on one of the sections was starting to fail. As work started it was starting to sink. It would not have been a long time before the path and the centre sections were in trouble.”


The group received planning approval in the summer of 2009, but it was too late to start work because of the effect it would have had on the breeding season, and when they were ready to start they had to find funding from another source after having their application rejected. Half the money was awarded by the LEADER project, which is part of the Rural Development Programme for England.  The project also had major input from Chichester Harbour Conservancy, Chichester District Council and West Sussex County Council.


For more information visit website www.smppa.org.uk


Chichester Observer 10-Mar-11



11th March


Thousands of new trees planted near Thorney Island army base


Volunteeers have celebrated the 10th birthday of a wood by planting an extra 1,500 trees.


More than 40 volunteers braved the elements to plant scores of new trees on Thorney Island, near Emsworth, the home of 12 and 47 Regiment of the Royal Artillery.


It came a decade after an area of disused airfield was planted with 10,000 trees to create a new 18-acre area of broadleaf woodland. Ten years on, the woodland is starting to become established, but some areas have failed and needed to be replanted after being eaten by deer. The species planted recently were all local, including oak, hazel and field maple.


The project was led by Chichester Harbour Conservancy and supported by the Army Welfare Service. Major Chris Hallam, station staff officer at Baker Barracks on Thorney Island, said: ‘I would like to say thank you to everyone involved.

‘We have achieved so much and are very grateful to all the volunteers who have taken part, especially during some pretty soggy weather.’


Nicky Horter, countryside officer at Chichester Harbour Conservancy, said: ‘It has been great to be part of a partnership project to celebrate 10 years of the new woodland.

‘The hard work put in by all of the volunteers will have a lasting benefit for the wildlife and landscape of Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.’


The trees were provided by Chichester Harbour Conservancy, with funding from the Friends of Chichester Harbour.


The News 10-Mar-11




9th March


The Union Flag Flies in The Square


Many months after the idea was first proposed a flag pole has been erected in the square. Funded by the Emsworth Business Association and erected by the HBC Engineer Works Team,


Carol Haskett, acting chairman, said,


"I'm really pleased that this has gone up at last.  It's taken quite a time but means that for the first time we can now fly the flag  in Emsworth and  I'm especially pleased that it will be there for the St George's parade in April."














5th March

 New Coop Community Support Card in Emsworth
Fifteen thousand pounds  was raised last year for the Emsworth Community Centre now the Coop would like charitable organisations to put themselves forward to benefit from this years programme.

Application forms are available in store.



2nd March


Dragon boat Race set to return to The Mill Pond


Last held in 2004, this year the race organised by the Emsworth Business Association with the cooperation of  the Slipper Sailing Club will take place on Sunday, 7th August. The Business

Association is working with professional organisers to make this a safe and memorable day. There is a limit of 15 teams, so early sign-up is recommended. For more information and to enter a team contact Brendan Gibb-Grey,  Tel. 01243 377355.


24th February

Does anybody remember the Bartlett family?


Steve Williams is researching the life of William Walter Bartlett who moved to Emsworth with his wife, Alice and daughter, Olive in approximately 1914.  Bartlett had been active in the socialist movement since the mid 1880s,  first in London and then Brighton. After the first world war he was elected to the Warblington Urban District Council as a representative of the Labour Party. He served as a councillor until the early 1930s when Warblington UDC was abolished.  He died in Emsworth in 1950. Alice died in 1954 and Olive lived in Emsworth until her death in 1971. The Bartlett family lived in 1921 at an address given as 'Sydney Haven' and then 11 Queen St, Emsworth.  If any one can help Steve with his research please contact him: T.01273 479088  E.s.williams@unison.co.uk'




18th February


Plan for church revamp gets thumbs down over its design

A £2m plan to revamp a church has been refused by a council over fears it could become an eyesore.


Planners at Havant Borough Council had recommended the proposals for Emsworth Baptist Church, in North Street, Emsworth, be approved.

  But councillors voted three to two in favour of refusing it because they said the proposed design would not fit in with the rest of Emsworth.

  The plan was to demolish the church hall and build a new one with twice the floor space.  The proposed building would be single-storey and include a large foyer and auditorium, which would seat 300 people.


Cllr Ann Buckley, who voted for it, said: ‘I was not completely happy with it, but when I saw inside the building and heard about their vision, I was happy to support it.

‘I think other members felt it did not fit into historic Emsworth. It’s not in the conservation area but is next to it.’


The Rev Dane Baker said he was disappointed with the decision as the church had already modified the plans after lengthy discussions with the council.

He said: ‘We are going to take advice from our architects and look at what the church leadership think is the best way forward.

‘It seems the councillors who voted against had not perhaps appreciated that we had done that much work over the past year modifying plans.’


The News 18-02-11





16th February





If you love walking and love coastal views then the Festival of Harbour Walks is the mini-Festival for you. Taking in over 40 miles of coastline over just 4 days, this Festival promises to be an event to remember.


The Festival of Harbour Walks is now in its seventh year. Using mainly shoreline paths around both Langstone and Chichester Harbour, the walks really give a feel for why this area is so special.  Walking both harbours gives an interesting contrast and means that no two days will be the same!


Starting on Tuesday 3 May, walkers will complete a circumnavigation of Langstone Harbour crossing the entrance by ferry. The walk includes parts of the old Hayling Billy Line, views of the old Oyster Beds and the nature reserve of Farlington Marshes.


Moving into Chichester Harbour on Wednesday 4 May, the walk will start at the top of the Thorney Channel and then follow the shoreline path clockwise around Thorney Island. At our break time there is a chance of seeing the Harbour Seals. Then on through the thriving village Emsworth and along the shoreline will bring us to the day’s end in the pretty farming village of Northney.


On Thursday we start again at Nutbourne but head in the opposite direction around the Chidham Peninsula and into the picturesque village of Bosham for lunch. The afternoon stretch takes us through countryside and reedbeds to finish at Fishbourne.

The final day takes in the one of the popular harbour routes from the sand dunes of East Head right up to Fishbourne. Lunch is at the historic Itchenor Sailing Club and an afternoon stop for tea at Dell Quay gives plenty of time to enjoy the views.


The Festival of Harbour Walks is organised by Chichester Harbour Conservancy and Langstone Harbour Board. Judi Darley for Chichester Harbour said, ‘All the walking is virtually flat and can be accomplished by anyone with a reasonable level of fitness. Each day we visit sailing clubs for breaks and always get amazing coffee and cakes provided! We look forward to welcoming lots of walkers to this year’s Festival.’


Full details and booking forms are available online at www.conservancy.co.uk or from the Harbour Office on 01243 512301.



14th February


 The Emsworth Show 2011

After the public meeting held last November, a further meeting was held with interested parties and, following from that we are pleased to announce that the Show will take place as usual on August Bank Holiday Monday, 29th August 2011. Several people have volunteered to help and a full management team is now in place. We are very pleased to welcome the new volunteers. Further help is always welcome of course and if anyone else would like to be involved, please let us know.


Details will be published here on Emsworth Online and on our own website (www.emsworthhorticultralsociety.org.uk)  when known but for now we can let all keen photographers know the classes for this year’s event are as follows CLASS 250. Subject:


Any subject of your choice 251.

Subject: Close Up: Clematis 252.

Subject: Street Trees 253.

Subject: Volunteering 254.

Subject: People at Work in Emsworth 255.

Subject: Any Subject of your choice

(Max print size A5) Print size for classes 250 to 254 should be A4 to A3. Prints must be mounted but not in glass.


Details will be found in the schedule. There will be competitions held in the summer for hanging baskets and containers and possibly for local gardens and allotments. Do let us know if you are interested in entering a garden or allotment. We will not have a children’s’ potato growing competition this year but will have a children’s handwriting competition instead.   Show schedules will be available from the usual outlets about mid June.  





9th February


War Memorial Bus Shelter Renovation Proceeds Apace.

 The Emsworth Residents Association and Business Association are sharing the cost of £2500  and Thorney 47 Regiment are providing free labour.. The work should be completed by the St Georges Day celebrations.  Uniquely, this is the only bus shelter war memorial in the country!

After the 1st World War the men of Emsworth wanted a useful memorial to their fallen comrades, and so endowed two beds in the local Emsworth Victoria Cottage Hospital to allow people access to medical treatment free.

Then later, after the 2nd World War, the next group of returning servicemen had the same feelings.  They did not want "just a lump of stone"; they wanted something of use. The Royal British Legion branch in Emsworth co-ordinated the efforts and it was felt a covered seating area on The Square, where they all used to congregate and chat, would be appropriate.  Therefore in December 1950 the unveiling of the "covered seating on The Square" took place with standards and banners of many Emsworth organisations on parade. It was an occasion of great civic pride in Emsworth and acknowledgement of the efforts and sacrifice of its young








Source: Emsworth Maritime & Historical Trust

Inauguration of the war memorial. In December 1950 this shelter, designed by Peter Elcock (second from left), was built in St Peter's Square to commemorate Emsworth's war dead. The group includes the chairman of Havant and Waterloo Urban District Council (HWUDC) (third from left) and members of the British Legion including Mrs Meredith (far right) and Miss Stott (fourth from right, front row).



4th February

Proposed redevelopment of Hampshire Farm, Emsworth, Public Meeting

Havant Borough  Council resolved to grant outline planning permission subject to a S106 Agreement for the redevelopment of this site with 280 new homes alongside a new doctor's surgery for17 hectares of public open space and access in December last year.
Following this resolution, Linden Homes is now in the process of developing detailed plans for a future reserved matters application for the design and appearance of the proposed new homes alongside other matters, such as landscaping.

Ahead of these plans being finalised and the submission of a reserved matters application, which is concerned with the detailed aspects of the development only, Linden Homes wishes to provide the local community with an opportunity to view and comment on the proposals. As a result and in line with Linden Homes' commitment to local consultation, an informal public exhibition has been arranged for: Monday 7th February 2011  between 4.00pm and 8.00pm at the Emsworth Sports & Social Club, 43 Havant Road, Emsworth, P010 7JF.

The exhibition will display the detailed proposals being developed for the site including information on the design approach being taken to the proposed new homes Members of the team involved in the project to date including planners and architects will be on hand to discuss the plans, to answer your questions and to receive feedback.

Free phone information line -- 0800 298 7040.




A fun-packed half term is planned down at Chichester Harbour. Younger ones and their families can come along for a diverse range of activities from looking for shoreline treasures to making bird boxes.



The week of activities starts on Monday 21st with a fun session for families with children under 5. Based at the Harbour Education Centre at Dell Quay we will be finding out about harbour babies including the birds and the trees. On Tuesday 22nd there is an opportunity for a walk and a boat trip onboard the solar-powered Solar Heritage, a great way to see the harbour from two different perspectives.
Making art from shoreline treasures will be the theme of the ‘Flotsam and Jetsam’ session on Wednesday 23rd. Starting outside on the shore at Dell Quay we will be looking for pieces of driftwood and other finds from the strandline. We will then attempt to turn these into works of art back at Harbour Education Centre.

 The week rounds off on Thursday 24th with a Bat and Bird box making session. As birds start preparing for their spring nests, it’s a good time to put a box up in your garden. Come along prepared with your hammer and Workmate (if you have one) to make a box or two.

All these sessions are organised by Chichester Harbour Conservancy as part of the year-round programme of activities. Judi Darley, organiser of the programme said, ‘we look forward to welcoming lots of families to Chichester Harbour half-term, it is such a great place to get out and really enjoy nature and time with your family.’

For more details on any of these events please see www.conservancy.co.uk or call the Harbour Office on 01243 512301.  



31st January


News from the Community Centre


Refurbishment, events and a new youth Drama club.

The exterior of the building painted in the spring. We need to maintain the Centre in as good a condition as possible.  It is planned to refurbish the Reception Area  working with Warblington School who are producing a mural. The school have visited the Museum and are planning a mural based on Emsworth and its history. New chairs will be purchased for the Mountford Rooms which will put an end to uncomfortable meetings and film shows. This work will use some of the money generated by the Co-Op Community Charity for this. To help the Centre, please use your community card whenever you shop there or ask for one if you don't already have one.


Other improvements to be undertaken the provision of ventilation in the Mountford Rooms by installing heat recovery units in the two rooms.


Coming up very soon BURNS NIGHT on Saturday 5th February 7.00pm, celebrate Burns Night with authentic Scottish dancing and our annual haggis meal (vegetarian haggis will be available). By popular request, Elizabeth Dean will be the Scottish Dance tutor once more, this is a great evening to lift us out of the winter doldrums. Bring your own alcohol or enjoy our non -alcoholic „punch?. Tickets are £9.00 each (£8.00 for members) or £20 for a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children)  Tickets must be bought in advance to allow for catering requirements Tel. 377493, 375544 or 372294.   The Social Committee are planning lots more interesting events for the coming year.


TISH BOOM DRAMA is coming soon to the Community Centre This is an exciting new drama club for young people aged 4 – 16 years.  The aim is to inspire and encourage children to help build their confidence and self esteem and to develop wonderful social skills. It is an opportunity to come and meet new friends and have lots of fun.  All classes will be run by professional actress, Lisa Dulson.  Lisa trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and has worked as a professional actress on both stage and screen.  For more information please contact : Lisa Dulson, Tel. 07762 490 266or email. lisa_dulson@hotmail.com

You can read the latest Community Association Newsletter HERE



27th January


St James’ awarded the Green Flag Eco Schools Award!~

Following a visit last week from Mrs Helen Harris, The school’s hard work on Eco Schools has been recognised and we have

 been awarded the Green Flag Eco School Award.

This is the culmination of three years effort by the children and staff, led inspirationally by Miss Ifould. Her energy, drive and enthusiasm have made sure that the Eco Schools agenda has become embedded in the school.  Pupils,  Max Johnson, Freya Grant and Molly Hugo, took Mrs Harris on a guided tour of the school which was scheduled for 30mins, but lasted nearly an hour. Well done too to the Eco Team, not only this year, but in previous years, who have made such a difference to the school.

There will be an official flag raising ceremony in the near future!



26th January


Hundreds gather to fight flooding


22nd January


Chichester Harbour a Saxon naval base of international importance?


The mystery of what happened to the long-lost navy of King Harold which disappeared in 1066 could now be solved – and one man thinks he has the answer.


Southbourne councillor and local historian Philip MacDougall feels the mystery lies under the silt of Chichester Harbour.


In the autumn of 1066 on the eve of the Battle of Hastings, the King’s powerful fleet of not less than 20 warships returned to its home waters of the harbour.  He believes a site on the east side of Thorney Island was used by the Saxons, where vessels were protected.


“From that point onwards, the entire fleet, its crew and shore-side support buildings, simply disappear completely from the annals of history,” said Mr MacDougall.  Giving further support to the importance of Thorney Island is a passage in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, an early collection of historical writings that tell of members of Harold’s family boarding ships at Thorney.   These had been brought from nearby Bosham for that purpose.  Given the year in which this occurred was 1051, it also seems likely the vessels referred to were part of the same fleet that disappeared in the autumn of 1066.


To explore the importance of Chichester Harbour, Mr MacDougall is organising a one-day event designed to encourage interest in an archaeological site of potential local, national and international importance.  The morning will include talks on the significance of this particular Saxon harbour, its national and international importance, together with an overview of similar archaeological sites elsewhere in the world.The one-day event, entitled Chichester Harbour: an exploration of the Anglo-Saxon naval base, will take place on Saturday, April 16. It will start at 10.15am at Southbourne Village Hall while the afternoon will consist of two field walks to explore local related sites, finishing at 4pm. The cost of the day will be £6.50 per person (unwaged £5) with a background booklet and morning refreshments included.Further details of this event are available by contacting Philip by post at 62 Maybush Drive, Chidham, Chichester, PO18 8SS, telephone on 01243 573782 or email philip.macdougall@btinternet.com


Source: Chichester Observer 10-Jan-11


 18th January


Work begins on Eames Farm Education Centre project


Work has started this month to refurbish a group of redundant farm buildings at Eames Farm, Thorney Island.


The facility will form part of the Conservancy’s existing education programme and provide a centre where both children and adults can be made aware of the importance of farming in maintaining the landscape and wildlife habitats within the Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.


The project will restore the farm buildings in such a way that they contribute to the traditional look of the farm within the landscape while employing modern environmentally friendly heating and plumbing techniques.


The conversion work is expected to be completed by the end of March.


Eames Farm (170 acres) was acquired by the Chichester Harbour Trust in 2008 and is managed by the Harbour Conservancy.


Source: Chichester Harbour Trust



18th January


EMSWORTH FLOOD ACTION GROUP Launch at Residents Association AGM


As a result of the recent flooding in Bridge Road and the past and continuing threat of flooding in a number of other locations within Emsworth, the Emsworth Residents’ Association is setting up a Flood Action Group gathering residents together to empower our community to reduce the flood risk and develop an emergency response plan.


The Association is being assisted in this venture by the National Flood Forum, a national charity set up after the devastating floods in the UK in 2000. It works in partnership with communities and agencies and advises ways to reduce flood risk and to give advice and support after a flood event.


To get this Flood Action Group going, The Association needs to hear from residents and businesses whose property has been or potentially could be flooded, about concerns as to the threat of flooding, howl this might have been averted, what measures  need to be taken to avoid flooding in the future, and any ideas or recommendations  for flood prevention.


The Association needs to gather this information as quickly as possible. The AGM of the ERA is taking place on Monday 24th January at 7.30pm in the Mountford Rooms, Emsworth Community Association, at which the Flood Action Group will be discussed. Please come! Input on your concerns for flooding in Emsworth is needed. If you cannot attend, please e-mail chris.clode@ntlworld.com  who is heading up the Emsworth Flood Forum.


Next month, the Emsworth Flood Action Group Committee will build an Action Plan by meeting here in Emsworth with the National Flood Forum and all other relevant organisations such as the Environment Agency, Southern Water, Chichester Harbour Conservancy, Havant Borough Council, Hampshire County Council and any other support organisations that might be involved should flooding occur in Emsworth.


With the help of the National Flood Forum we will then put together a Flood Plan for Emsworth to decide which agency is responsible for what actions and to ensure that they take ownership of the actions needed to protect Emsworth from flooding in the future.

Source: Emsworth Residents Association




18th January


Burglaries Alert


Emsworth Safer Neighbourhood Police Team report a number of burglaries in the local area this week.


The team is are looking for witnesses in the area who may have seen any vehicles or people acting suspicious or out of place in the local area overnight from Monday 10th January into Friday 14th January from late evening until 6am.


The burglaries we have had reported have happened over night and peoples sheds and property’s have been targeted. If you have located any property or have also been a victim of crime please contact the local Safer Neighbourhood Team.


Dial 08450 45 45 45 for the Emsworth Safer Neighbourhoods Team




16th January


Electrical fire at St Thomas à Becket Church in Church Lane, Warblington


About 30 firefighters attended and extinguished the flames.

Services at the church in Hampshire have been cancelled after a fire broke out due to an electrical fault.


Emergency crews were called to St Thomas Becket Church in Church Lane, Warblington, shortly after 0600 GMT.


The blaze involved two rows of pews, a spokeswoman for Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said.


Station manager Charlie Harris said: "When crews arrived they were met with what appeared to be a fire situation which they could see through the stained glass window.


"They found a small fire which was developing into a larger fire in the first front two pews of the church.


"The church was secured and initial investigations appear to show it was a problem with the electrical apparatus in the building.


"Very little water was used... the crews were very professional and the church is in very good condition considering its age.


"Services have been cancelled purely because we have isolated the electrics, [there is a] likelihood the church should be up and running within the next couple of days."


Source: BBC News, Hampshire



15th January


Emsworth's Slipper Mill Pond footpath to be restored


 A £74,000 project to restore a popular footpath around a historic mill pond has started.

The Slipper Mill Pond Preservation Association has secured funding from a  £50,000 EU/LEADER Grant, part of the Rural Development Programme for England, has been secured for improvement works to the path around Emsworth's Slipper Mill Pond, which dates back to the 1760s when it provided power to drive the Slipper Mill.


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The work is expected to take eight weeks, depending on the weather.Cement will be poured into the west facing walls of the footpath.  The footpath will be closed so that the bank can be usedexclusively for construction. Everyone is well aware of the impact of construction on the ecosystem and every effort has been made to finish the work before the beginning of Spring.








13th January


The Way Ahead - A major fund-raiser being organised by Macmillan Cancer Support to celebrate its 100th birthday this year. Can you help?


The project, The Way Ahead, will leave a lasting financial legacy to benefit the two million people currently living with cancer in the UK. This figure is expected to double in the next 20 years.


With the permission of Hampshire County Council, Macmillan has adopted the Wayfarer’s Way, a 70-mile trail stretching through exceptionally beautiful countryside the length of Hampshire and just into Berkshire. It begins and ends at Inkpen and Emsworth. Supporters who want to help give cancer the boot can commit to either walking a stretch of the Wayfarer’s Walk on a date of their own choice, or to completing the entire journey on random rambles throughout the year, at their own pace.


The Way Ahead is being launched this April, with lots of complementary events along or near the route to suit a variety of interests – which is where we very much hope your local organisations and businesses may be able to help.


Can you help by holding a fund-raiser or some sort for Macmillan in the Emsworth area?  All Way Ahead events will be promoted on the walk website currently under construction.


Macmillan Cancer Support is hoping to generate as much media interest as possible and Greenwich University is working with us to showcase the walk on Facebook and Twitter.


Hampshire County Council is printing a new Wayfarer’s Way pamphlet – including information about The Way Ahead and Macmillan - which will go out to all its many tourist information centres as well as hotels, B&Bs and pubs.


There will be several launch events, organised circular walks going off the WW, a children’s quiz, a photography competition, painting lessons and lots, lots more.


This is an inclusive event for everyone to take part in to celebrate our first 100 years, and we want as many people as possible to participate in some way and help change the lives of people living with cancer.


Macmillan relies on voluntary contributions for 99% of its income. I do hope you will choose to back The Way Ahead – it could help make all the difference.


If you think you can help please contact Sue Lowe, Chairman of the Meon Valley Committee of Macmillan Cancer Support: T 01489 892325 E. suelowe636@gmail.com






10th January


Chichester Harbour Conservancy Reaches 40


Chichester Harbour was formed 40 years ago: imagine yourself back in 1971. Norway had just begun extracting oil from the North Sea. For the third time, astronauts had landed on the moon. And the British parliament had finally voted to join the European Community. Little noticed by the national media, another Bill had been passed by Parliament in that year which was destined to have a big impact on this corner of Britain - the Chichester Harbour Conservancy Act, 1971.

For the first time, the whole harbour was to be managed by one authority. It is interesting to note that the Conservancy wasn’t a ‘quango’ imposed on a reluctant population by central government, but a body set up after a good deal of pressure from people living and working around the harbour.  More......






5th January

Baptist Church Planning Application Update

Following representations from the Emsworth Residents Association and a public meeting on  held on 11th
December the church's original plans have been revised. 


The external design has been modified by setting the corner of the building with the ‘tower’ back from the street  to improve sight lines from the roundabout of vehicles approaching the roundabout from North Street.  It is expected that the plans will be reconsidered by the planners at Havant Borough Council before the end of February. 


More artists impressions of the project can be found on the architect's, Haverstock Associates, website.







4th January


A Green Start to 2011 in Westbourne

Villagers in Westbourne, near Emsworth, have got 2011 off to a great
green start.
They held a recycling event in the village square yesterday [Monday (January 3) where residents brought their Christmas trees to be turned into chippings. Almost 70 trees were collected at the lunchtime session, organised by climate change action group Greening Westbourne. Campaigners provided mulled wine, squash and mince pies for people who brought along their trees.

The recycling session was the third such event organised by the campaign. Its aim was to encourage residents to recycle, and to reduce the distance travelled by local waste. Westbourne tree works specialist
Michael Reed performed the chipping for free. Campaigners also collected hundreds of Christmas cards for recycling, on behalf of charity The Woodland Trust.

Matthew Wickens, five, was an enthusiastic helper at the Christmas tree and card recycling event at Westbourne yesterday.
Campaign chairman Colin Carré said: "This is a really popular event which is turning into a bit of a village tradition. This year we're continuing our push to get as many homes in the village insulated as possible. We're encouraging them to get their cavity walls done, as well as proper 270mm insulation in their lofts."

The campaign is following a format successfully tried in local communities including Petersfield, Harting, East Meon and Southsea. Villagers interested in the campaign can email: greeningwestbourne@hotmail.co.uk


4th January


St. George’s Week 2011 to get a Musical Theme


For the past two yeas the Emsworth Business Association has organised a St Georges day parade and associated activities.  This year they will be arranging a week of musical celebrations.  The provisional programme is:
Monday 18th April: Emsworth Community Singers a concert in The Spice Village Restaurant.

Tuesday 19th April:  Portsmouth Festival Choir, St James Church, Emsworth.

Wednesday 20th April: Sea Shanties in Emsworth Sailing Club.

Thursday 21st April: Military Parade.

Friday 22nd April: Lunch-time Youth Concert at the Brookfield Hotel.

Saturday 23rd April: Music in the town centre and a Jazz evening at Emsworth Community Centre.



The Emsworth Business Association is keen to encourage young local musicians to come forward and join in some or all of these events.  So if you know a budding and talented youngster, please put them in touch with me. Once again our charity is the Army Benevolent Fund. This week of music is made possible by close cooperation and financial support between the ERA, EBA, ECA and Springfield Nursing Home.




You can still check out last year's news HERE