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27th December


Agency is committed to Emsworth flood defences

 THE Environment Agency has committed to carrying out a vital flood defence scheme in Emsworth ‘as soon as possible’.

Following last week’s floods in which several bungalows in Selangor Avenue were swamped, officials said they were committed to getting the scheme under way.

The work will involve building two water storage ponds near the A27.

Jo Slimin, a spokeswoman for the Environment Agency, said: ‘It is estimated that the scheme will cost around £1m. Currently central government funding will not cover the full cost of the scheme.

‘We are negotiating with key partners such as Hampshire County Council, Havant Borough Council and the Southern Regional Flood and Coastal Committee to try and fill this funding gap to ensure that this much needed scheme goes ahead.

‘Once this funding is secured we will be in a position to submit a business case which will unlock central government funding. We will then implement the scheme as soon as possible.’

The News 27-Dec-2012




18th December


Launch of the "Emsworth Extra Card" Announced.


12th January sees the launch of the Emsworth Extra Card-a brand new loyalty card that will be offered by over 30 independent shops, pubs and cafes in Emsworth.


A prize draw will be held every month, and a lucky winner will get £25 in shopping vouchers, plus an ‘Extra’ prize donated by a local business. The ‘Extra’ prize will vary from month to month-in the first four months ‘Extra’ prizes include

·        The Bluebell -£30 voucher 

·        Envisage Dental Practice-New patient consultation including x-rays and a 30 minute hygienist appointment worth £147.00.

·        Charter Cutting Co-Free cut and finish with graduate stylist, worth £29

·        Greenhouse Cafe- Cream Tea for Two


The card is simple to use-pick one up from one of the 30 businesses that offer the card (look out for the window stickers showing those participating). Get a stamp with any purchase of £1 or more, and collect 10 stamps from 4 or more different businesses to fill the card. Drop the card into a collection box in Northern Lights, Pantry Weigh or Classy Cooks, and it will be entered into the next prize draw. Pick up a new card and start collecting again!


The Emsworth Extra card is being organised and funded by the Emsworth Business Association, supported by Havant Borough Council and Monster Creative.


It is designed to say a big ‘thank you’ to customers for using local shops and services in Emsworth-helping to keep Emsworth a thriving and attractive place to live and work.


Check out www.emsworthextra.co.uk for details of the monthly prizes and participating businesses.


You can pick up an Emsworth Extra card from 12th January at any of the participating businesses.



13th December


Emsworth Santa Hunt


For the first time there was a Santa Fun Hunt as part of the Christmas Festivities organised by the Emsworth Business Association. Chocolate
 Santas were hidden in the windows of 6 shops-the challenge was to find them all  and name the shops.

Natalya Fidler, Brad Wagstaff, Amelia Fidler and Faith Wagstaff, who attend the Thorney Island CP School, were four of the six winners. The correct names of the shops hiding a Santa were Alwen Wines, Sue Foster Fabrics, Emsworth Home Hardware, Bookends, Awareness and Emsworth Flowers.





7th December


Funding for urgent community centre work  

A BUILDING at the heart of a community has been awarded a big funding boost.

The cash is needed by Emsworth Community Association to improve the heating system and repair a collapsed drain at the community centre.

The association already has £8,000 and Hampshire County Council has agreed to put a further £4,000 towards it.

A report to Councillor Keith Chapman, who is in charge of culture and recreation at the council, said without the works the users of the building would be at risk. It is cold during winter time and there is a danger of flooding.

Cllr Chapman said: ‘Community organisations are vital in providing local people with a range of services that benefit the whole community.’

The News 07-Dec-12





1st December

Santa Lights up Emsworth


Yesterday evening Santa visited Emsworth to turn on the |Town’s new Christmas Lights.  The Lights, provided by the Co op’s community fund, lit up the square above a crowd of over a thousand who turned out for the occasion.


The event largely organised by Carol Haskett and Sue Treagust, members of the Emsworth Business association was a truly community event led by Rev. Simon Sawyers, vicar of St James’ Church.  Simon reminded the crowds of the true meaning of Christmas, led the community singing and amused one and all with his jokes!


The Emsworth Concert Band, who will be giving a concert in the church on Sunday 9th December, provided the musical accompaniment

to carol singing and entertained the crowds with seasonal music before the event got underway, a group of singers and guitarist from Emsworth Primary School entertained the long queue of children, parents and grand parents waiting their turn to meet Santa, Richard Owen, Emsworth’s Special Constable was on duty, coincidently on his birthday, a nativity scene was on display in the centre of the Square, many of the town’s pubs and cafés provided seasonal fare and many shops stayed open late.


Local councillor Brendan Gibb-Grey and chairman of the Emsworth Business Association said,

So many people turned up and commented that it’s only Emsworth that puts on such a
great event for the community that represents the true meaning of Christmas.


We take our hats off to Carol and her right hand woman [Sue] and all the  team that helped to ensure that all passed off in peace and safely. The band  and the singing of carols was heart warming.

It was a magnificent example of the Business Association, Community Association, St James' Church, Havant Rotary and the Pastoral Centre working together and achieving so much for so many.”

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29th November


Could new estate be key to flooding plan funding gap?


FLOODING problems in Emsworth could be eased by a controversial housing development, it has been suggested.

Barratt Homes has put forward a second proposal for a field between Selangor Avenue, Emsworth and the A27.

Barratt wants to build 130 homes – reduced from 180 – on a site already ruled out for housing in Havant Borough Council’s homes allocations plan consultation.

It is holding a development consultation next week – the third public consultation on the site – and says it will push for the council to incorporate it into the local plan for housing.

There are fears over the loss of the green gap which separates Havant from Emsworth and the risk of flooding.

But Councillor Brendan Gibb-Gray, who represents the town, said developers could be asked to help fund the Environment Agency’s £1m plan for three flood storage sites in Emsworth. He added: ‘It looks a better development but, of course, though there are still some major objections.

‘What people are concerned about is flooding. Selangor is a better site and can handle flooding better than the other preferred sites that have been chosen.

‘The Environment Agency wants to create an area to the north, around the A27, which they say will hold water that comes off the hills and control its emission into the sea.

‘They have £600,000 but there is a funding gap. Could that be met by developers?’

Flood storage sites could dramatically reduce the chance of flooding, said Ian Miller, technical advisor at the Environment Agency.

He said the agency would be looking at all sources of funding, including developer contributions, but added that, ideally, it would not want to hang around to see if the development went ahead.

He said he hoped work would begin within the next 18 months.

Lorraine Clode, chairman of the Emsworth Residents Association (ERA) and the Flood Action Group, said views on the development were split. She said: ‘It is difficult for the ERA to take a position on because of the divide. It is in a gap and we would prefer houses were built in other areas.’

But she added: ‘It makes sense for the developers to speak to the Environment Agency to see if needs could be met through one solution rather than both organisations spending separately.’

The development consultation forum is at 6pm on December 5, at Havant Borough Council.

The News 28-Nov-12





22nd November


Inspired by Chichester Harbour



An eclectic range of artworks all inspired by Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty will be on display at The Stables, Thorney Island.



ane Latawski and Judi Darley, organisers of the Earth Air & Water art exhibition

Throughout the year, the Conservancy have run a range of workshops including photography, watercolours, willow work, acrylic painting, textiles and driftwood art.


These courses are run for the public and also for students at local secondary schools. The results along with artworks submitted by other local artists will all be brought together at an exhibition entitled ‘Earth, Air & Water’ at The Stables. The recently converted farm building with views across Eames Farm and towards the harbour is an ideal location.

With full disabled access everyone will be able to enjoy viewing this exhibition.


Jane Latawski who organises the exhibition said, ‘I enjoy seeing the many different ways people interpret Chichester Harbour through art. A traditional watercolour could be displayed alongside a collage made of found materials. Each brings its own view of the unique characteristics of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.’


The exhibition is open Fri 30 Nov – Sun 2 Dec and Fri 7 – Sun 9 December 10am4pm. Free entry and free parking. Refreshments available. The Stables, Eames Farm, Thorney Road, Emsworth PO10 8DE.





























16th November

Shoreline Conservation Work Completed 9th November 2012   

he Friends of Nore Barn Woods  delighted to announce that the construction work, to preserve our beautiful shoreline, has been completed on time and within budget. 



More details and a photo diary: http://www.norebarnwoods.org.uk/Coastal%20Protection.htm


The next phase is to clad the new rammed earth bank in concrete "Lego type" blocks, making it last a lot longer  Of course this all depends on us raising yet more funds and any contributions or suggestions would be most welcomed.

To donate please contact:  http://www.norebarnwoods.org.uk/Contact.htm 

Best regards




15th November


Employee Celebrates 30 Years of Service at Local Letting Agent


Hampshire based estate and lettings agency Johnson Wood is celebrating the 30th anniversary of one of their staff joining the company. Hilary Munro has been Johnson Wood’s client account manager since 1982.

Hilary started when the company was located in the Hampshire village of Westbourne and relocated along with the rest of the company to Emsworth in 2003. She also experienced the change of management when the current directors, Jason Cliffe and Angela Hopkins, took over the company in 2001.

Hillary says: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my 30 years at Johnson Wood. I have seen a huge number of changes both in the industry and within Johnson Wood over that time. The business and my role have moved forward dramatically, especially in the last 10 years. It is extremely satisfying serving our clients, managing an annual rent role that now runs into the millions, minimising rent arrears and guiding tenants during periods of difficulty”.

The recession has been difficult for the property industry, but Johnson Wood has expanded, adding estate agency to their existing lettings business and opening a second branch in Waterlooville.

Managing Director, Jason Cliffe says “Hilary has done a fantastic job ensuring rents are paid on time and actively chases late rents to ensure we retain a below industry average for rent arrears”.

The company enjoyed a meal out to thank Hillary for her hard work and to celebrate her 30 years in the business


12th November


Havant Parking Charges – BOGOF!!!          



Havant Borough Council is set to offer drivers its first ever BOGOF parking scheme

Every Saturday throughout December visitors to ANY Havant Borough Council Pay and Display car park will be able to purchase their one hour pay and display ticket and gain an extra hour parking free of charge. Buy One (hour) – Get One Free, BOGOF !! The BOGOF scheme is only for tickets purchased for one hour.  Motorists should purchase their ticket in the normal way and display.  Havant Borough Council Civil Enforcement Officers will then note the time the ticket is due to expire and allow for another hour after that.

Service Manager, Bob Coleman said “We have decided to trial this BOGOF scheme on the run up to the festive season not only to assist motorists but to encourage shoppers to stay longer in our Town Centres.”

The scheme will start on Saturday 1st December and will continue throughout the rest of the month.

Portsmouth News TV 13-Nov-12




12th November

Council wants public’s views on the future of Havant


PLANS that could shape the future of a town are to be put out to public consultation.

Havant Borough Council has been consulting on housing and job locations across the borough and, after extensive consultation with the community, has whittled down potential sites.

It is now up to the public to say what they think are the best and worst sites chosen for the Local Plan which all future development will be considered in the light of until 2026.

The six-week consultation runs until December 21 and a series of meetings will be held across the area for people to comment and look over the sites.

The council wants to know which sites should be used to promote future investment in new jobs, the provision of new homes, and to protect the environment. The consultation responses will help inform the final stages of the Local Plan and will help the authority decide on the most appropriate locations for new development.

Julia Potter, executive head for planning and built environment at the council, said: ‘This consultation builds on earlier engagement with the public and we must now move forward and fine-tune the proposals.

‘We encourage people who live, work and visit the borough to view the current plan and let us know what they think.’

Here are the details of the meetings:

· Tuesday, November 13 The Meridian Centre, West Street, Havant from 10am to 2pm

· Friday, November 16, Common Room, Leigh Park Community Centre, Dunsbury Way from 10am to 2pm

· Thursday, November 22, United Reformed Church Hall, Hollow Lane, Hayling, from 10am to 2pm

· Tuesday, November 27, Foyer of Waterlooville Library, The Precinct, from 10am to 2pm

· Thursday, November 29, Emsworth Methodist Church and Pastoral Centre, from 10am to 2pm

· Thursday, December 6, The Hurstwood Room, Public Service Plaza, Civic Centre Road, from 6pm to 9pm

· Monday, December 10, The Hurstwoood Room, Public Service Plaza, Civic Centre Road, from 6pm to 9pm

All the plans are available now to view online. For more information or to make a comment go to havant.gov.uk/havant-12610.


The News 12-Nov-2012



11th November


Online Survey  - What motivates people to get involved in community-based activities

If you are involved in community-based activities in Emsworth or with Emsworth Clubs, Groups, Societies or other community organisations (either paid or voluntary) then please help me with my research by completing the online survey (link below) which should only take 5 or 10 minutes to do.  (The survey will close on 21 December 2012) https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/39YBTQ

All information will be treated confidentially and respondents will not be identified in my dissertation about this subject.  I am in my final year as a student studying for a Degree in Community Engagement and Governance with the University of Gloucestershire and I am using Emsworth as a case study because I live here (and a great place it is too)!


I am also emailing the same survey link directly to Emsworth Clubs, Groups, Societies or other community organisations for which I can find contact details from published sources but I am sure there are many people involved in community-based activities in Emsworth that I will not be able to reach via my direct mailing.  


I hope you will be able to help me with my research.

 Thank you in anticipation.

 Vendy Treagust



3rd November


Delight as altar cloth returned to church

PARISHIONERS have welcomed the safe return of an irreplaceable altar cloth. Burglars sneaked into ancient St Thomas a Becket Church, in Warblington on Monday and stole the 14ftx7ft handmade green altar cloth and tore a hymn book.

It happened between 10.15am and 3.30pm, while the church was open to the public for quiet prayer and reflection.

Police launched an appeal and days later it was handed back into police undamaged. On Wednesday, it was given back to the church by police. No arrests have been made.

Church warden Christopher Morrison said: ‘The police recovered if but I’m not sure how.

‘It was virtually undamaged, just a bit creased.’

A spokesman for the Church of England said: ‘The parishioners will be delighted that something that was irreplaceable has been returned.

The News 03-Nov-12



31st October


Burglary at St Thomas à Becket, Warblington


Police are appealing for information after a church was burgled in Havant.  The incident occurred between 10.15am and 3.30pm on Monday, October 29 at the St. Thomas A Beckets Church in Church Lane, Warblington. Offenders entered the church while it was open to the public for prayer and reflection.


A 14ft by 7ft green altar cloth that had been hand made by a parishoner with a dove embroidered on it was stolen and a hymn book was torn. PC Andrew Fuller from Havant police station said:

“This church was targetted during the day while it was open for the use of members of the public. “The cloth that has been stolen is discribed as irriplacable. I would like to speak to anyone who recognises the cloth from the picture and has information about the incident.”


Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact PC Fuller at Havant police station by phoning 101. Mini-Com users can call the police on 18001 101. Information can be given anonymously by calling the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.


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31st October


Likely sites for hundreds of new homes are revealed

THE likely locations for hundreds of new homes across the Havant borough have been revealed.

The Conservative cabinet has approved a public consultation on dozens of sites that have been short-listed for development.

It comes after an earlier round of consultation where more than 1,400 people made their views known about where homes should be built.

Planning officers have now analysed the feedback and come up with a short list of sites.

If finally approved by the government next year, the sites will be adopted into the Local Plan.

Officers have allocated 2,788 homes at greenfield and brownfield sites across the borough.

This is to meet the target of 6,300 homes by 2026.

The remainder has been met by development that has already been approved since 2006 – when the target was set – as well as ‘windfall’ development, where householders develop small parcels of land, such as large gardens.

Big developments like Hampshire Farm, in Emsworth, and Woodcroft Farm, Wecock, will also add to the total.

Several controversial sites that were in the original consultation have been excluded, such as Horse Field in Emsworth and fields off Goldring Close, Hayling.

Lorraine Clode, chairwoman of Emsworth Residents’ Association, said she was ‘cautiously optimistic’ about the housing targets and was pleased they were lower than anticipated.

But she said places like Horse Field were not safe yet.

She said: ‘Although it’s discounted, it could be brought back again.

‘The important thing is residents comment on these sites and give their reasons for or against development there.’

Councillor David Guest, in charge off planning at Havant Borough Council, said: ‘It’s a fantastic piece of work.

‘It’s been done very diligently by professional officers who have listened to what people have said and considered all the options.’

He added: ‘The sites put forward have been determined after a lot of public consultation.

‘This now has to go through the remainder of the process to decide what goes into the final version of the plan.’

The consultation starts on November 9 and ends on December 21.

The News 29-Oct-12



31st October


Man takes jewellery worth around £2,400 from Emsworth store

POLICE have released this CCTV image of a man they want to find in connection with the theft of rings worth £2,400 from an antiques store.

The seven gold and opal rings were stolen from Emsworth Antiques on West Street at around 4.30pm on September 21 – details have only just been revealed by police.

Hilary Bolt, who has owned the store for three years, is working with police to track down the culprit.

She told The News: ‘We know this sort of thing goes on.

‘There are people who intend to steal and it’s very important for everyone to co-operate as much as possible to stop it happening.

‘You are always going to get minor pilferage and we need to get the message across that these things do happen.

‘The police are very happy with what the CCTV footage shows.

‘We have co-operated with the police before in catching people who have attempted theft and they have been caught as a result.

‘We hope it will be the same with this incident.’

She added that the store would continue to be vigilant in the future. Police say the man had grey hair and wore blue jeans, a blue jacket, and wore a light-coloured shirt.

Phyl Hudson, owner of Tiffins Antiques in nearby Queen Street for 23 years, said she was forced to close part of her shop after a spate of thefts. She said: ‘I have had rings stolen in the past and it doesn’t make you happy.

‘There is very little one can do about it – they are so artful with the way they work. It’s very sad because I have had to close my middle room and use the front of the shop because we don’t dare leave people in there on their own. It doesn’t matter how smart they look – they can be perfectly amiable people. It’s very unfortunate but that’s life now.’

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to contact PC Megan Edwards at Waterlooville police station on 101.

The News 25-Oct-12




31st October


Regeneration plans for historic church in Emsworth

PLANS have been submitted to demolish part of a church building.

Emsworth Baptist Church has applied to Havant Borough Council for permission to replace the existing two-storey extension at the back of the church with a single-storey annex.

The application is part of a revamp of the church in North Street.

As well as refurbishing the existing church building, members are in the process of building a new 300-seat auditorium.

The church says its latest application will improve the look of the church.

A planning report for councillors states: ‘The existing rear two-storey extension, which is thought to have been added on to the main church in the late 1800s, is now in very poor condition, with the eastern wall leaning significantly.’

The report adds: ‘This part of the church has a poor internal layout and very steep stairs.

‘The annex will improve the layout of meeting/conference rooms, create disabled access and WC facilities, and allow the annex to be used independently of the church, making it a more practical asset for the wider community.’

The News 29-Oct-12


17th October


Soldiers from 12 Regiment Royal Artillery Parade in Emsworth


Once again the town square was packed with residents to see the men and women of 58 'Eyre's' Battery, recently returned from Afghanistan, receive their campaign medals, 

Prior to the parade the crowds, marshalled by members of Havant Rotary Club, were entertained b, the Regis Jazz keeping up every ones spirits through intermittent showers.

Two small tracked missile launchers manoeuvred into position effectively blocking access to South Street either side of a podium, from which the mayor later addressed the troops, and praised their bravery and dedication.

The regiment marched past The Square, proceeded by the Parachute Regiment Band, where they were applauded by the crowd, which was full of friends and family. They then marched round and returned to the town centre, to receive their medals.

Brendan Gibb-Gray, the Havant borough councillor and chairman of the Emsworth Business Association who helped organise the parade, said:  “We were really lucky with the weather.

“It was a brilliant family event for the soldiers and their loved ones and once again Emsworth people came out in numbers to show their support and appreciation for the work that these guys and girls do on our behalf.”


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16th October


Public invited to thank soldiers by attending parade

FOLLOWING a gruelling six-month deployment in Afghanistan, soldiers will be returning to a warm welcome.

58 Eyres Battery, part of 12 Regiment, Royal Artillery, based on Thorney Island, touched down in the UK on Friday and will be given their campaign medals in front of  friends and well-wishers, in Emsworth Square tomorrow morning.

Councillor Brendan Gibb-Gray has worked with Warrant Officer Stephen Woolcombe to arrange the second public medal parade in the town.

The march will begin outside the Lord Raglan pub, in Queens Street, at 10.30pm and finish next to the war memorial where the campaign medal and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal will be presented by Councillor Gerald Shimbart, Mayor of Havant.

WO Woolcombe said: ‘They deployed in support of 5 Regiment and have been operating cameras and surveillance equipment. They have been our eyes and ears for the battleground.

‘Emsworth is our local community and we don’t get to do as much community engagement as we’d like.

‘We want to be able to share our parade with and friends who are travelling from all over the country and wanted to do it so the people of Emsworth can share in our pride as well.

‘The people here always rise to the occasion.

‘These sort of events don’t come up very often and we wanted to do it in public to get as much support as possible.’

From 10am there will be music and stalls in The Square.

Music will be provided by the Parachute Regiment Band as well as a local jazz band.

The soldiers will march a loop from the pub, through The Square, around the back of The Ship pub and back to The Square.

Cllr Gibb-Gray said: ‘Over the years we have been trying to encourage the two regiments at Thorney to hold their parades in public and they are prepared to do that.

‘It’s wonderful for both them and the community here in Emsworth.

‘It will be a chance for the public to say a big thank you to the guys and girls who have just returned from Afghanistan for what they have done out there.

‘We’re hoping there will be a lot of support from well-wishers.’

The News 16-Oct-12



16th October


Cinema lovers celebrate Emsworth cafe’s birthday

Cinema lovers from across the area flocked to Emsworth to commemorate the history of a cafe building.

Proud Greenhouse Cafe owners Sian and George Georgeou organised the pop-up cinema fundraiser Screen at the Greenhouse to celebrate their ten-year anniversary and to commemorate the clock and bell tower building in St Peter’s Square, which was a Pavilion Cinema in the 1940s and 1950s.

All profits raised went to the charity Cancer Research UK.

The event showcased a host of cinematic experiences, from The Muppets Movie to a rolling programme from Chichester Harbour Conservancy and a cycle cinema day on Sunday, with films being screened by cycle power.

The Muppet Movie was a sell-out, with residents taking up their seats and movie-themed refreshments in 
support of the fundraiser.

“It is really nice because it has served the purpose of celebrating the history of the building as well as our own ten-year celebration.

“It has been brilliant for the community and for Emsworth,” said cafe owner Sian Georgeou.

Aine Comyns, nine, from Emsworth, who went along for a birthday party, said: “I think it is very exciting and well organised. It is a very good idea and kind of them to be raising money for charity.”

Chichester Observer 16-Oct-12




12th October


Open Day at Emsworth Yacht Harbour


Emsworth Yacht Harbour held their first Open Day on Saturday 6th October from 12 noon to 5pm. The marina tenants opened their workshops to berthholders and the public to show what they have to offer while many other stallholders were there to share their wares on a wonderful sunny afternoon. The RNLI were busy checking over lifejackets (173 inspected) and at the end of the afternoon the Bomb Disposal Unit took away 1736 out of date flares.


The Deck cafe was open as usual for lunches, snacks and afternoon tea while downstairs they were serving delicious baguettes, sausage rolls and many different cakes. There were cards and crafts from Arundel based Grandma’s Hands and lavender products from local business Lordington Lavender whilst Retro Alfresco offered dining in style at a beauty spot of your choice. The Emsworth branch of the RNLI sold over £750 worth of souvenirs and Chichester Harbour Conservancy with the Friends of the Chichester Harbour and the Emsworth Cruising Association were all represented. Entertainment was by Manhattan Nights, a band which includes one of the marina berthholders. Also part of the day were a display of vintage vehicles, an art exhibition and past and present working boats while the children enjoyed a marina duck hunt.


Mid afternoon saw the arrival of a fire engine and crew from the Hampshire Fire Brigade and the small lifeboat from the Hayling Island lifeboat station while the Sussex Police were on site promoting Project Kraken, the marine anti-crime initiative. The afternoon was concluded with the raffles – first a berthholders’ raffle with the main prize donated by on site chandlery, the Harbour Chandlers in conjunction with Lewmar, leading sailboat and powerboat hardware supplier. The prize, a fully fitted windlass suitable for the winner’s boat, was won by the crew of American wintering yacht Barry Duckworth. Also up for grabs were four sets of tickets for the London Boat show donated by the British Marine Federation. Finally there was the main Open Day raffle with prizes donated by Emsworth School of Navigation, Taylor Engineering, The Trust Team and The Deck.




7th October


New ramp makes train travel easier for the disabled

IMAGINE having to take a train to the next railway station just to change platform. This was the bizarre situation for disabled people using Emsworth railway station because there was no proper access to the Chichester-bound platform.But, after years of campaigning, a new ramp was unveiled yesterday following a £300,000 refurbishment by Southern Railway.

The ramp also means cyclists, the elderly and parents with prams do not have to contend with a steep set of stairs. The ramp is the culmination of a two-year project, driven by Emsworth Residents’ Association, local schools and Southern Railway.

Earlier this year the station’s waiting room was re-opened following a community project to improve it.Lorraine Clode, chairwoman of Emsworth Residents’ Association, was delighted yesterday.

She said: ‘We have been campaigning for this for decades.

‘If you needed to get to this platform, you would have to go to Havant first and cross the track to be in the direction you wanted to go in.’

Using the ramp yesterday was Tracey Ford, the sustainable transport engineer at Havant Borough Council.Tracey said: ‘We have been trying to get this for 11 years and funding has always been the hardest problem.
‘I think it’s absolutely brilliant.’

The revamp of the station has allowed a large patch of green land next to the ramp to be adopted by a conservation group. The land is looked after by The Friends of Emsworth Waysides, who look after 16 waysides in the town.

Chairman Brian Fellows said lizards, slow worms and even roe deer have been spotted. He said: ‘We have 124 different species of plant on the site. ‘This is a really exciting project.’

The project to revitalise the station is ongoing, with Emsworth resident Jo Dyer donating a book case and books – which range from novels to biographies – to the waiting room. Emsworth Councillor Richard Galloway said he was delighted with the changes: ‘It’s a real asset to Emsworth,’ he said. ‘The station has improved dramatically.’

The News 06-Oct-12



27th September


Emsworth library hours will not change

 STAFF at a library which was under threat of reduced opening hours have saved the day.

Dedicated workers at Emsworth library were told earlier this year two hours would have to be chopped off opening times to save cash.

But they instead volunteered to change round their working hours so the branch could continue with its normal hours.

After a six-month trial Hampshire Country Council has given the green light for the arrangement to continue indefinitely.

To find out more about the library, in High Street, go to www3.hants.gov.uk/library/emsworth-library.


|The News 27-Sept-12



26th September


Can You help?


12 Regiment RA based on Thorney Island are setting up a shop on camp to provide the soldiers with a long sought after service as the one stop shop for military clothing/equipment that is not issued. Sergeant Major Ray Keeton who is responsible for this project is trying to find hop fittings, clothing racks/shelving etc. at low and preferably no cost.


If you think you could help please contact Ray: E. 12ra-hq-sms@mod.uk. T. 07502 316671






21st September


It’s the end of the road for Emsworth gas relic

IT’S a huge structure that harks back to Britain’s industrial revolution.

And it’s always been a bit of a talking point in Emsworth – with some loving its striking look and others seeing it as an ugly eyesore on the skyline.

But, after 160 years, gas holders will be no more in Emsworth.

The current gas holder, built in 1934, is being dismantled by Southern Gas Networks and could make way for new development.

The one-acre site, off Palmers Road, has had gas holders ever since 1853 when The Emsworth Gas and Coke Company was formed to provide gas to people in Emsworth.

The current gas holder was built on a huge concrete base and was used to store supplies that came from Portsmouth.

Tony Yoward, 86, from Emsworth, has been researching gas holders and said the metal structure was transported by rail from the north.

He said: ‘The gas holder always had to be full on a Sunday morning.

‘As everybody cooked their roast, the gas would go down, so it had to be full otherwise they would run out.’

He said he was sad to see it go.

‘We have got used to it,’ he said.

‘It’s part of the history of Emsworth.’

Mr Yoward said it is not technically a gasometer as it was never used to measure gas.

Ray Cobbett, from Emsworth, from Hampshire Friends of The Earth, said: ‘Over the years there’s been a love-hate relationship.

‘It’s hardly a thing of beauty. It’s a piece of valuable real estate.’

Claire Buchanan, a spokeswoman from Southern Gas Networks, said demolition is likely to take place in 2013 and the land may be sold.

She said: ‘We recently purged the gas holder, meaning it’s been cut off and no longer contains gas.

‘We now have more efficient ways of storing the gas we distribute, such as in our high pressure pipes.

‘We appreciate some people are fond of these striking structures, many of which have been standing since the Victorian era, however they have served their purpose and it’s more cost-effective if we take down the gas holders we no longer require.’


The News 21-Sept-12






20th September


The Greenhouse Café will become pop up cinema for charity

THE CLOCK will be turned back 60 years at a cafe for a unique cinematic experience.

To mark the 10th anniversary of The Greenhouse Cafe, in The Square, Emsworth, owners Sian and George Georgeou are transforming the courtyard of the building into a cinema in homage to it once being the Palladium Cinema.

Film star Albert Finney, who lives in the town, is supporting the weekend – over October 6 and 7 – and his classic kitchen sink drama Saturday Night and Sunday Morning will be shown on the first night.

Two large Chinese hat-style marquees will be put up with spot lighting and a red carpet welcoming guests.

And Sunday will be entirely pedal-powered making it carbon neutral.

Chichester Harbour Conservancy has provided rarely seen film clips of the harbour and the people who visit and work in it which will be shown for free throughout the weekend.

The Sunday evening’s paid- for film is No Impact Man, which follows a Manhattan family as they lead a carbon neutral life for a year.

Sian said: ‘Many of our customers have told us stories about going to the movies here while they were courting.

‘Families who have lived here a long time have memories of the old cinema and we wanted to pay tribute to that.

‘Two of our regular customers are filmmaker Dan Musty from Millstream Productions, in Emsworth and Andrew Brabyn, a team cyclist, who are both supporting us.

‘We decided to go carbon neutral and be totally pedal-powered on the Sunday. Anyone can come along and cycle.

‘Its going to be an incredible cinematic experience.’

All the money raised at the event will go to Cancer Research UK in memory of Mr Brabyn’s parents and in tribute to Mrs Georgeou’s best friend who is currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

Films begin at 11am and many are free.

On Saturday The Muppets Movie is on at 4pm and Saturday Night and Sunday Morning at 7.30pm.

On Sunday there are films throughout the day with The Muppets Movie at 4pm and No Impact Man at 7.30pm.

The News 20-Sept-12



20th September



Primary School Places (Emsworth): Investing In The Future


Ensuring there are sufficient primary school places to meet future demand lies at the heart of a decision to be made by Hampshire County Council’s Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services next week.

At his decision day on 26 September, Councillor Roy Perry will be asked to approve consultations on proposals to enlarge eight schools across the county creating more than 1,000 additional school places representing a capital investment of around £15 million

In line with national trends Hampshire is experiencing an increase in demand for primary school places due to a number of factors including a rising number of births, housing development and increasing numbers of families moving into the county. Some areas of the county have been more affected than others.

The schools proposed for enlargement are:

Vigo Infant and Junior schools and Endeavour Primary school in Andover

•The Crescent and Nightingale primary schools in Eastleigh

•Merton Infant and Junior schools in Basingstoke

•Emsworth Primary in Emsworth

In the case of the proposals for Endeavour Primary this is a technical expansion –the school was designed to be a two form entry primary but only half the capacity is currently in use. The other proposed enlargements will require additional classrooms to be provided.

The latest proposals follow significant planned investment by the County Council to create additional places in Fleet, Farnborough, Bramley and Overton. In July Councillor Perry also gave the go ahead for £10m investment in additional primary places in Winchester. The Westgate School will be transformed into a school which will cater for pupils aged from 4 through to 16 – the first school of its kind in the county and consultations are taking place on the enlargement of Winnall Primary School and St Peter’s Catholic Primary School.

Portsmouthnews.tv  20-Sept-12





19th September

The Southern Co-operative donates £15,000 to Emsworth community

The Emsworth Pastoral Centre and Emsworth Business Association is benefitting from a total of £15,000 donated through the Community Store Card Scheme run by The Southern Co-operative at its Emsworth store over the past

The Community Support Card Scheme (CSC) is run in selected The Southern
Co-operative's stores. It enables local communities to raise funds by
presenting a CSC card, which are issued free by the participating store, every time they purchase goods in-store. The more customers use the card, the more quickly funds are raised. Each year, local good causes wanting to apply for the funding can submit a bid, and recipient causes are chosen by a panel of local people working with The Southern Co-operative store team.

Emsworth Business Association, which represents over 70 businesses in the town, has received £10,000 from The Southern Co-operative. The Association's former Chairperson Carol Haskett explained how the money will be used, "We plan to renew the Christmas lights around St Peter's Square in Emsworth in readiness for our Christmas event and also support other local events held at Christmas and on St George's Day. The £10,000 will make a huge difference
to the local community."

Open daily in the week and on Saturday mornings, the Emsworth Pastoral Centre provides a place where members of the community can meet others in an informal environment. Light refreshments are available, the cost of which is kept as low as possible to be affordable to all. Manager Melinda Crupp said:
"The Centre is a not for profit organisation, and is a friendly meeting point for local residents as well as visitors. There is always someone to lend a listening ear if anyone has concerns or worries and we also have a programme of activities throughout the week which are open to all and free to join." The Southern Co-operative has donated £5000 to the Centre to help
with its running costs.

18th September

Pedals to the medal

Remember Clarrie Kingsbury, the two-time gold medal-winning cyclist from the London 1908 Games who came from Portsmouth?

During the Olympics I ran a piece on his epic rides at White City alongside a picture of his homecoming at which he was greeted by an estimated 60,000 people outside the town hall.

Now Emsworth Museum has got in touch and would like to know what links, if any, Clarrie had with the town’s cycling club.

Clarrie, who hailed from North End, turned up on a sheet of three pictures which were recently picked up at auction by Emsworth resident Michael Edwards. Attached to them was an Emsworth Cycling Club medal.

I’ve reproduced them here and, as you can see, the two postcards of Clarrie sit alongside one captioned ‘Emsworth Cycling Club Sports’ and the date: July 1909.

A year after his Olympic triumph he must have attracted huge crowds to any public appearance, but whether he attended this event remains to be seen.

However, he did race with Emsworth Cycling Club at some point in 1908 as the minute from National Cyclists’ Union Review of November 1908 makes clear.

Mr Edwards, a member of Emsworth Maritime and Historical Trust, which administers the museum, has donated the photos and the medal to the museum.

Please get in touch if you can shed light on any links Clarrie had with Emsworth.

The News 18-Sept-12





18th September


Prize-winning vegetables make for a colourful Emsworth show

THERE was entertainment ranging from ferrets and ducks to BMX stunts and a military band as well more than 250 categories for the green-fingered to try their hand in at the Emsworth Show.

And groups from across the community were also there.

The First Emsworth Drake Cubs were running the coconut shy. The group’s Akela John Forster said: ‘We’ve run this for the horticultural society for 20 years and it’s always very popular.

‘Some of the kids come back again and again and again.’

Viv Davies of the Emsworth Community Association said: ‘It went very well, nearly everything we brought disappeared.

‘We’re always on the lookout for new members, and I think we got a few more.’

Pat Carter, 72, from Uplands Road in Rowlands Castle, took first prize for her vegetable basket. She said: ‘I’ve been entering for about 40 years. My late husband absolutely loved it, so I feel I ought to carry on in his memory.’

And Don Hall, 78, from Flatt Road in Nutbourne won top prizes for his onions and 53in leeks. He added: ‘I always enjoy entering, it helps keep me feeling young.’ Show chairwoman Daphne Tomsett added: ‘We think we’ve had our best ever turnout.’

The News 17-Sept-12






12th September


Woodland saved from the sea by locals’ campaign

WORK has begun protecting a fragile stretch of beautiful coastline thanks to fundraising by residents.

The Friends of Nore Barn Woods have managed to raise £15,000 to install an earth bank nearly 300ft long to protect woodland on the Emsworth coast.

Parts of the wood are in danger of falling into the sea unless a bank is built to give protection from the spring tides. Six mature oak trees, vegetation and part of the footpath are under threat.

Bruce Darby, chairman of the group, said: ‘We have received wonderful support from local organisations and individuals and we are most grateful. We are pleased that an earth bank should begin to take shape soon, helping to conserve this well-loved woodland.’

The woods are a 10-minute walk west from the centre of Emsworth and overlook Chichester Harbour in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

At the weekend the Friends of Nore Barn Woods were joined by local contractor Mike Reed who donated his services for a day and removed overhanging vegetation. Five employees from Lockheed Martin also got stuck in.

In a few weeks’ time the machines will move in to deposit tons of clay and stone and a rammed earth bank will be constructed.

Then applications will be made to environmental trusts for funding to pay for a membrane for more protection. If the bid succeeds the work should take place next year. The shore path will be closed off while the initial work takes place.

Mr Darby added: ‘The area may look unsightly for a short time while work is going on but the final result should be a great improvement.’

Significant donations were made by local businesses and individuals.

Go to norebarnwoods.org.uk, call 01243 377404 or email patbalchin@gmail.com  to donate.


The News 11-Sept-12




6th September


Dragon Boat Racing Cancelled


The Emsworth Dragon Boat Race due to be held on Saturday has had to be cancelled due to lack of entries. 


Gary Dickens from Alchemy Events explained that "We now only have three/four teams who can make the event, this unfortunately is insufficient numbers to viably run an event so we are, with great regret, going to have to cancel the event for this year.  This is not a decision we have taken lightly but  this number of teams will not work.  The two postponements, neither of which were in our control have not helped, I am sorry to have to do this and we will be contacting teams shortly with regard to refunds and we are in discussions with various parties, including the Emsworth Business Association to make the event happen in 2013."

Several potential teams who were keen to participate have pointed out that the were unable to enter as most of them were work on Satyrday and that Sunday would have been much more convenient.



6th September


More Emsworth homes needed

A growing need for affordable homes in Emsworth has been highlighted.

Cllr Brendan Gibb-Gray, who represents the Emsworth ward on the Havant local authority, is calling for an increase in the number of affordable homes in the town, highlighting a need for individuals and families to get on to the much-aspired property ladder.

“The need for housing is overwhelming – it’s not diminishing and is not going to go away.

“Many young people aspire to get on to the property ladder, which at the moment is near-on impossible,” said Cllr Gibb-Gray.

“In the local area we have more than 4,400 households on the Hampshire Home Choice Register. We are seeing an increase in the number of families in B&B accommodation and we have seen a massive increase in people seeking assistance from our housing department.”

Havant Borough Council’s local plan outlines between 2008-2026 a total of 6,300 new homes needing to be built, while Havant Borough Council’s target says 315 homes need to be built annually.

“Havant Borough Council doesn’t have land available to release to social landlords, so has to rely on private landowners to offer their land for development. It’s a big ask for a small place but we need to take on our share,” added Cllr Gibb-Gray.

A number of Emsworth residents fear additional housing could have a detrimental effect on the area’s infrastructure and threaten the area’s greenfield sites.

Mrs Jane Gaylard, 60, from Emsworth, said: “I understand people, particularly young people, need places to live but we need to have there as well. I don’t think they should build on all our open land. I don’t think we have to fill the gap but we need to house people – not just social housing – and have more affordable housing for younger people.”

Raymond Latter, 89, from Emsworth, said: “The infrastructure won’t cope, especially in Westbourne.

“By the time the new homes go up, we’ll have lost a lot of our green fields – they will be filled between Emsworth and Westbourne.”

The Chichester Observer 6-Sept-12




3rd September


The End of the Season


Chichester Harbour Conservancy’s electrically powered boat, Solar Heritage, departed from Emsworth this afternoon marking the end of her eighth season taking visitors around the harbour  Solar Heritage is a pollution-free, solar-powered catamaran that can reach 11 knots while transporting 60 people. However in Chichester Harbour the boat is licensed to carry a maximum of around 50 and speed is restricted to 8 knots.

Solar Heritage began life as one of three Solar powered ferries operating out of Neuchatel in Switzerland's Three Lakes Region (Les Trois Lacs), the area that hosted the Swiss 2002 National Exposition devoted to Nature and Technology. The three ferries carried people to and from one of the exhibitions in mid lake, on a continuous basis for six months between May and October 2002. The exhibition hosting the Solar ferries was devoted to Alternative Energy, and part of the reason for obtaining a solar powered boat by Chichester Harbour Conservancy was to heighten local awareness and interest in these matters.

The vessel has two sources of energy – electromagnetic energy from the sun and conventional energy from the National Grid. Questions are asked regarding operation in cloudy conditions. MW Lines have tested their vessel at night and have found it will even pick up an electric charge from moonlight! MW Lines, the Swiss manufacturer, specialise in designing solar powered vessels and vehicles, used in different countries round Europe. The vessel is driven by two electric motors, one in each hull. Both have their own independent propeller and rudder linked to the same steering in the wheelhouse.

Solar Heritage arrived in Itchenor in May 2004, after a 24 hour drive across Europe on three articulated lorries. On arrival she was reconstructed at Northshore Ltd by her Swiss engineers, brought over especially for the occasion.

3rd September

Coastal Protection Works at Nore Barn Woods will Start soon

The Friends of Nore Barn Woods are delighted that almost all the money for stage one of the shore protection work has now been raised. Thanks to the generosity of many local groups and individuals, the target of over £15,000 has been met and some preparatory work will start in early September. Eventually the group plans an 85m long earth bank along the unprotected shore of the woods. The second stage is unlikely to be completed until next year.

Says Chairman of The Friends of Nore Barn Woods, Bruce Darby: "We have received wonderful support from local organisations and individuals and we are most grateful. We are pleased that an earth bank should begin to take shape soon, helping to conserve this well-loved woodland. Engineers at Havant Borough Council have drawn up plans, obtained quotes and gained consents for this work so we are on the starting blocks."

Local MP David Willetts said: "When the Friends of Nore Barn Woods started on their fundraising, it seemed a very high sum for volunteers to aim for. I congratulate them on raising so much and wish them luck with their other applications to funders. I am delighted to support the work of this local initiative to protect this very popular and attractive stretch of coastline."

Early September 2012, will see the removal of overhanging vegetation by a local contractor, Mike Reed who has donated his services for a day. The construction of a protective rammed earth bank will follow later on. Phase two will be to clad the bank in Armorloc blocks to match the shoreline either side of the unprotected stretch. An application for additional money to pay for the Armorloc blocks and labour has been made to an environmental trust.

The shore path will be closed off while the work takes place and notices about the work will be put up to warn the public. The area may look unsightly for a short time while work is going on but the final result should be a great improvement.

A growing number of local organisations have pledged support and very welcome donations have come in from The Friends of Brook Meadow, Emsworth Residents Association, Hampshire Council (through Ray Bolton, the local councillor), Emsworth Tree Wardens and the Emsworth Horticultural Society. Chichester Harbour Conservancy and The Friends of Chichester Harbour have also pledged significant sums. The Cooperative Community Fund has given £2,000 so The Friends hope people will use their local Co-op supermarket. The Solent Protection Society handed over a cheque for £1000 recently. A number of local individuals have also made very substantial donations, and of course the Friends of Nore Barn Woods have put in some of their own funds. Mike Reed of Michael Reed Treeworks will oversee the clearing of overhanging vegetation to enable machines to get close to the bank. A team of volunteers from Lockheed Martin has agreed to help with the clearance work. All details are on www.norebarnwoods.org.uk Donors and potential members can contact the Treasurer Pat Balchin at 67 Maisemore Gardens, Emsworth on 01243 377404 or e-mail her on patbalchin@gmail.com



 3rd September

Friends of Chichester Harbour Celebrate 25 Years


The current and four previous Chairman of The Friends of Chichester Harbour blew out candles on a special cake to celebrate 25 years of the charity.


The Friends celebrated their anniversary last week with a party at The Stables, Eames Farm, Thorney Island. The Stables were recently converted by Chichester Harbour Conservancy from derelict farm buildings to an education facility. The conversion was just one of hundreds of projects the Friends have financially supported over the past 25 years.


Brigadier Bill Woodburn, the third Chairman, thanked those who had founded the charity, most of whom were there and are still closely involved with the Conservancy and the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which the Friends support with their volunteering activities and financial help.


Bill said, ‘I am proud to have been Chairman in the early days when the charity had just a handful of members. I have watched it grow over the years to the present 3,000 members, with new members joining every year. Whether members can do no more than pay their small subscription every year or get actively involved in work parties and enjoy the special events organised for them, every member is valued.  We all regard as essential the need for the conservation of our beautiful Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for the present and for future generations’.

Siún Cranny, Director of the Conservancy, then added her thanks  for all the financial and practical contributions they make. She said, ‘In the past year alone 41 work parties have been held with an average attendance of 22 Friends. The Friends help with tree planting, coppicing, footpath resurfacing and litter picking. There are so many ‘unsung heroes’ who unselfishly give of their time and energies to support our work. The Friends are truly essential to us in caring for this very special place We wholeheartedly wish them a further 25, happy and successful years’.


More information on The Friends of Chichester Harbour can be found at membership@friendsch.org






18th August

The Bath Tub curry Sauce event at Whistlers Fish & Chip Shop in Westbourne

 Visit any Whistler’s shop on Saturday 25th August for the Curry Sauce Challenge and help us raise money for Jamie Whitehouse!

Having received a letter from a young lady, Donna Maynard to ask if we could help her childhood friend Jamie Whitehouse, we felt totally compelled.

Jamie is a local 24 year old lad from Waterlooville who is suffering from Osteosarcoma,  a cancer that develops in the bone and is most common in adolescents. Having had unsuccessful courses of chemotherapy and radiotherapy the disease led to an above the knee amputation of his right leg in 2010.  The cancer has now spread to Jamie’s pelvis, lung and heart and has been diagnosed as terminal; however, he is not giving up. Through a clinic in Malaga Jamie has discovered that a carefully managed diet and supplements can and has slowed down the growth of his tumours.

Unfortunately, this diet comes at great expense so at Whistler's we are committed to help raise as much money as we can. 100% of the money raised will be donated Jamie.

Visit any one of our shops next Saturday to see a member of staff in a bath of curry sauce and everyone that donates gets to throw another pot of curry sauce over the staff member!

Please come along and help us support Jamie.

All contact and address details can be seen on our website: www.whistlersfishandchips.co.uk

Like our facebook page to see updates and photos: https://www.facebook.com/WhistlersFishAndChips




15th August


Be our 100th Project!


Chichester Harbour Conservancy is looking for an extra special project to celebrate our 100th grant award from the Sustainable Development Fund.


The Sustainable Development Fund is now in its eighth year. The fund supports projects that bring social, environmental or economic benefits to Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). So far Chichester Harbour Conservancy has awarded £455,000 in grants to 99 projects, with an amazing total project value of £2.8 million.


Nicky Horter, AONB Officer said “We are looking for an extra special project to celebrate our 100th grant award. We would like to fund an exciting project which can help bring a wider benefit to the AONB and its communities. Your project may help young or disadvantaged people enjoy the AONB or come up with an innovative way of benefiting the area, its people or its wildlife. If you have an idea, we would love to hear from you.” 


The maximum grant available is £5,000, paid retrospectively. Projects must be completed and the grant claimed by the end of March 2013. This is a competitive scheme and grants that meet the criteria are awarded on a first come, first served basis.


For inspiration and details of projects funded over the last seven years, please go to www.conservancy.co.uk for further details. If you have a project idea that you think might be suitable, contact Nicky Horter at nicky@conservancy.co.uk or phone 01243 510983





14th Sugust


Broken sluice gate is blamed for Emsworth Mill Pond not refilling for boat race

THE Environment Agency has apologised after a broken sluice gate led to the cancellation of a charity dragon boat race.

Emsworth Mill Pond was drained more than a week ago over fears of flash flooding at the beginning of last week.

Although floods never materialised the mill pond was not refilled by Sunday despite pleas from the dragon boat race organisers.

It has now emerged that one of the sluice gates – which lets water in and out – was broken and that, coupled with lower than normal seasonal tides, meant the race had to be cancelled.

It was expected to raise thousands of pounds for a number of charities and was the second time this year it has been cancelled.

Emsworth councillor Brendan Gibb-Gray, who is also chairman of the Emsworth Business Association which organised the event, said the empty Mill Pond is affecting the town’s economy.

‘A walk it is one of the best scenes in the borough,’ said Cllr Gibb-Gray.

‘But when it’s empty all visitors get to look at is a load of mud.

‘There doesn’t seem to be any sense of urgency about refilling it.

‘The Environment Agency doesn’t seem to realise it affects our economy if it’s not filled.’

The Environment Agency says the sluice gate is now fixed.

Area manager James Humphrys said: ‘It’s a great shame that the dragon boat race couldn’t take place this weekend due to lower water levels on the Emsworth Mill Pond.

‘The water level in the pond is controlled by a tidal sluice for flood risk purposes. The level was dropped the previous weekend to reduce the risk of flooding to properties, in preparation for predicted thunderstorms.

‘We would usually expect levels to rise again over the next few high tides or due to rainfall.

‘Unfortunately, lower seasonal tides, combined with a fault on the automated sluice, meant that the level of the Mill Pond did not rise back to the level required for the boat race.

‘We have now fixed the and levels will rise over the next few days.

‘We have been in close contact with the local community representative during the last week and with the race organisers over the weekend. I want to apologise for the inconvenience caused by this faulty sluice.

‘We are conducting a review of this incident. We will continue to work together with the local flood forum and race organisers to ensure we balance protection of the Emsworth community from flood risk and support the use of the Mill Pond for recreational use.’


The News 14-Aug-12





11th August


Dragon Boat Race Cancelled Again!


Tomorrow's Dragon Boat Race has had to be cancelled because the Mill Pond is empty.  Alchemy Events who are organising the event would like to apologies to the cancellation and are hoping to reschedule to a Sunday in September.












8th August

Mystery Pillar Box Decorator Revealed



It’s been on the television and in the newspapers now Emsworth Online can reveal that the name of the enterprising Emsworth resident who "silvered"  the pillar box in the Square as a tribute to Iain Percy who won a silver medal in the Star class dinghy final on Sunday was Peter Mahoney landlord of The Lord Raglan and his father, David.


Peter said he They did it on Sunday evening it as a little joke, but I must say I'm pleased to see the immense support from the community as a whole.”







8th August


Emsworth Primary headteacher retires

 After ten years of service,
Emsworth Primary School’s headteacher retired with a special assembly at the end of term held in her honour.

Rosie Law was presented with portraits schoolchildren had made of her and sang a song which they had composed to mark her leaving.

She was given a selection of gifts, including a set of cut glass, an electronic book-reader, and a garden seat.

In return, she presented the school with a picture by a local artist and a set of tribal drums, and composed a song in return to the children, which she performed to her pupils, staff and governors, who were all there to mark the occasion.

After the assembly a tea party was held where staff, parents, and former colleagues joined together to wish Mrs Law well.

Chair of governors, Steve Leniston, said: “During her time at Emsworth Primary School, Rosie has developed a strong, nurturing ethos, and has been very involved in developing music and performance. Her last school production, featuring the story of Jonah and the Whale, was enthusiastically performed to pupils and parents earlier in the week.

“She has also led a drive to ensure excellent teaching in the school, culminating in children in all year groups achieving the best-ever results in assessments this year, including SATs at the end of Key Stage 1 and 2.”

The whole school community united in wishing her the very best for a long and happy retirement.

Kate Fripp will replace her as head teacher.

The News 07-Aug-12





6th August



Silver Pillar Box - an Unofficial Tribute to Emsworth Sailor Iain Percy  

An enterprising Emsworth resident turned one of the pillar boxes in the Square silver in recognition of Emsworth sailor Iain Percy’s silver medal position in the Olympic Star Class final at Weymouth yesterday.   Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson claimed British sailing’s first medal of London 2012 by winning Star class silver at Weymouth and Portland.    
The silver medal makes Iain, from Emsworth, the joint second most successful British Olympic sailor of all time, equalling Rodney Pattisson’s achievement of two golds and one silver medal.   Iain won his first Olympic medal with gold in the Finn class at Sydney 2000 before claiming Star gold with Simpson at Beijing 2008. This medal is Simpson’s second, having won gold in the Star with Percy in Beijing.  
Knowing that they already had a minimum of a bronze sewn up, Percy and Simpson went into the final double points’ medal race with an eight point advantage over nearest rivals, Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada (BRA), and 12 points ahead of Fredrik Loof and Max Salminen (SWE), in third overall.  
Speaking immediately after the race, Iain said: “It can be cruel, it feels it at the moment. That’s the problem you end up racing in ridiculous conditions but we got it wrong. It’s pretty gutting, we feel a bit robbed but we will have to take it on the chin.”




4th August


Thornham Marina has completed a fantastic 3 year refurbishment programme involving, a new luxurious shower block named “Heads and Scrubbing Station”, a new luxurious office block for long standing tenant Multihull World and the piste de resistance -  the complete replacement of all existing pontoons with brand new fully serviced pontoons provided by Walcon Marine.
To celebrate the completion of the works, they are holding a BBQ and opening ceremony starting at 2pm Sat 4th Aug 12.
Jeanette Marina Manager of Thornham has said, “It will be an amazing celebration to finally welcome all of our Boat Owners to the new pontoons. It is something that both staff and Boat Owners of the Harbour have been very excited by. Rain will not stop Play!!”
The event is expected to be attended by 180 Thornham Marina boat owners, with live music in the form of a jazz group, traditional Hog Roast and Jeanette’s very special Pimms.  The opening ceremony will be performed by very special individuals.



3rd August


Havant Borough Cycle Network Map 2012

TWO-WHEELED travel has never been easier, thanks to a new cycle map, compiled by Havant Borough Council.The latest edition of the Havant Borough Cycle Network Maphas been published. The map covers the borough in two sheet sides and includes details of all cycle facilities at the time of publication in July 2012. It is part of a series of maps issued under the banner of the 'Solent Cycle Project' in which the Council has worked closely with environmental charity Groundwork Solent. The map includes local information such as addresses of cycle shops, crime prevention advice, and contact details for cycling organisations. The map includes information for walkers about local bridleways (which can also be used by cyclists), key waymarked routes and the local sections of Long Distance Footpaths. Download the leaflet HERE,


Councillor David Collins, who is in charge of environment at the council, said: ‘The map demonstrates just how much cycle-friendly infrastructure has already been provided and our ongoing programme ensures that travel by bike and on foot will become an increasingly viable and attractive option.’


Sorces:  Havant Borough Council
The News 03-Aug-2012




31st July


Travellers move on again - to a council car park

TRAVELLERS have set up camp in a council car park in Emsworth.

The 12 caravans moved on to the Palmers Road car park, at the back of Tesco Express, this afternoon.

Police and council officers are currently at the car park as they assess the travellers’ needs.

Havant Borough Council has spent thousands of pounds evicting and clearing up after a group of travellers who set up camps across the borough over the past five weeks.

Officers will try and establish if they are the same group who most recently were encamped at Bourne Community College, Southbourne, West Sussex


The News 30-July-2012




27th July


Councils counting the cost of when travellers move in 


THIS is the mess left behind by a group of travellers after spending two weeks in a lay-by. Havant Borough Council officers were left to clear up the mess on behalf of Hampshire County Council, which is responsible for Havant Road, in Emsworth, where the travellers were camped out.


Industrial rubbish, rubble, and household waste was dumped at the site and it took six rangers and a local firm to clear it out at a cost of £700 which will be billed to the county council.


Court hearing and eviction notice costs have been put at £350 which will also be picked up by the taxpayer.


The area is a small cul-de-sac used by pedestrians and cyclists and links to an underpass beneath the A27.


The 12-strong group eventually left the site on Wednesday morning and moved onto playing fields at Bourne Community College, Southbourne, West Sussex.


Emsworth councillor Richard Galloway said: ‘When travellers stop illegally on sites the council’s hands are tied.


‘Councils can’t just take the law into their own hands and eject these people, they have to go through the due process of law which takes time, costs money and wastes resources which ultimately the rate payers have to pay for.


‘But the law allows them on these sites for as long as it takes to get them to move on and I don’t think the law is going to change any time soon.


‘The council does try and use barricades on sites to the best of their ability but unfortunately it does not always work.’


The group had spent more than a month playing cat and mouse games with Havant Borough Council.


They were originally on two separate sites, Bitterne Park, in Leigh Park and land off Barncroft Way, Bedhampton.


Clear up and eviction costs were then put at £1,000.


During their time at the Emsworth site one of the travellers was cautioned by police after his dog, a saluki lurcher, attacked a PCSO on patrol and ripped her coat.


West Sussex County Council issued a notice to leave the school by 10pm Wednesday under the Education Act.


The travellers ignored the notice and are using facilities at the onsite leisure centre.


The News 27-July-2012







26th July


Dragon Boat Racing Returns to Emsworth



26th July


Travellers leave Emsworth lay-by


TRAVELLERS have moved on almost two weeks after they first set up camp in a lay-by.
The 12 caravans were parked in Havant Road, Emsworth, from July 13. They are believed to have now moved on to playing fields at Bourne Community College, Southbourne, West Sussex after leaving Emsworth yesterday morning. Havant Borough Council has been dealing with complaints about the travellers for more than a month. The group previously occupied two separate sites – Bitterne Park in Leigh Park and land off Barncroft Way, in Bedhampton. Hampshire County Council owns the Havant Road lay-by but Havant took on the job of evicting the travellers and will bill the county for all costs. West Sussex County Council served a notice under the Education Act requiring them to leave by 10pm last night. A council spokesman, said: ‘The council acted as soon as it was made aware that a group of travellers were parked on school land.’


The News 26-July-2012




6th July


Italian Market comes to Emsworth but without the Mediterranean Weather


Despite of it being a rather damp and dull day the a steady trickle of the more hardy Emsworth residents turned out to take advantage of the Town's first Italian market. A tasty looking selection of Italian breads, sweets, olives, meats and cheeses were available to purchase by those who braved the rain.  It can only be hoped that it was worth the stall holder's time and that the market will return abother day.






Anger as bus service is stopped 

AXING a popular bus service in West Sussex has caused outrage.

Residents fear they will be left stranded once the number 11 bus service, ran by Emsworth and District bus company, stops operating in September.

The bus runs from Thorney Island to Emsworth Square and through to Westbourne, Southbourne, along the main road to Bosham, Nutbourne, Chidham and into Fishbourne, until it reaches Chichester.

It is one of a number of services being stopped as West Sussex County Council makes £2m of savings in bus subsidies.

It means residents wanting to go to Chichester will have to catch a bus in Emsworth or Havant.

Lyn Turton, 68, from Southbourne, said: ‘I have got nothing – the bus was my lifeline.’

Councillor Pieter Montyn, who is in charge of transport in West Sussex, said: ‘Regretfully some tough decisions have had to be made, but faced with the reduction in grant funding, we had no other option.

‘We will do everything we can to support those communities where a service has been withdrawn.’

The News 08-July-2012





Watercolour paintings trace Emsworth’s history

ARTY Angela Loader who is holding her first exhibition for 19 years


THE anniversary of the tragic death of a young fisherman is being marked by his sister through art.


Colin Loader was only 27 when he drowned in Chichester Harbour on his fishing boat in 1987 during a rough storm.


His sister Angela, 56, who still lives in the area, is a well-known painter whose watercolours are very popular.


She will be displaying her work at Emsworth Museum, from Saturday,


It coincides with the 25th anniversary of her beloved younger brother’s death. After the accident a plaque was dedicated to Colin outside Emsworth Sailing Club.


The exhibition will include a picture of Colin as well as beautiful images of Emsworth through the years and is Angela’s first solo exhibition in almost two decades.


Local musician John Meriton, of Brent Court, has recorded an album of songs dedicated to Colin which will be on sale alongside the paintings. The CD also includes songs about the Emsworth shopkeepers.


Angela said: ‘He was a popular and well-liked Emsworth man and this CD keeps his memory alive.‘


Angela’s idea for the paintings came from a request to paint illustrations for a book about Emsworth’s history called Uncovering the Past.


The watercolour paintings include the Mill Pond in 1907 and a recent capture of Emsworth harbour.


Angela said: ‘I love painting the sky, which for me creates the whole atmosphere of the painting.’


The exhibition has also led to some distant cousins, whom Angela didn’t realise she was related to, getting in touch with the Loader family.


They got in contact after seeing the event advertised. She said, ‘I noticed they had the same surname as my grandmother and then they said they were from a fishing background like me. They’re coming from Kent to see my exhibition so it’ll be lovely.’


Angela turned professional in 1979 and has won national and international awards.


The exhibition is free and will be held on weekends from July 7 to July 23. The museum, above the fire station, in North Street, is open on Saturday from 10.30am to 4.30pm and on Sunday between 2.30pm and 4.30p


The News 04-July-2012





4th July



Food Festival Set to Return in 2013?


The popular Emsworth Food Festival, last held in 2007, may yet return.

A working group of the proprietors of five Emsworth businesses, led by Mary Coburn of Classy Cooks together with; Giles Babb of the Blue Bell, Tim Brooks of Apricot Sunset, Albert Mason of Alwens Wines and Amanda Thomas, general manager of the Brookfield Hotel,  have set about investigating the possibility of reviving the festival.  The group’s initial work have been funded through by grants from the Emsworth Residents' Association Community Fund and the Emsworth Business Association.


Many residents say that they can not understand why the festival was cancelled and would strongly support it’s return as it was not only thoroughly enjoyable but must also have put Emsworth ‘ on the map’ and been of considerable benefit to the local businesses.  Giles Babb, landlord of the Blue Bell Inn, who started a Facebook campaign last year to bring the festival back said,

“At the time I did warn that if the festival was lost it would have a dramatic affect on the numbers of people visiting the village.  We must remember that although some who used to come to the festivals may not have spent a penny with any of the local shops, pubs or restaurants at the time, surely they would have when they came back later, as a direct result of discovering the festival?  This was a great loss in my opinion. I believe that bringing the festival back to the village will increase footfall throughout the year, and positively promote Emsworth.”


Giles is almost certainly correct in his assumptions.  A visitor survey conducted during the 2006 festival indicated that the Festival was a great success with very high satisfaction ratings and return rates and that there can be little doubt that the Festival had both a direct and indirect impact on the economy of Emsworth providing an excellent means of encouraging additional visitors to the town.


To date the working group have undertaken an initial consultation by questionnaire, targeting the town’s businesses, and received very favourable feedback with over 80% of the respondents indicating that they would support the return of the festival to Emsworth. This was followed up last week with two meetings at the Brookfield Hotel attended by 30 local businesses. The meetings were facilitated by a professional independent events manager, Mike Walter, .director of the very successful Broadstairs Food Festival, with the aim of producing a ‘manifesto’  describing the Festival, that can then be used for detailed planning.  The meetings produced a wide range of ideas for a proposed new festival and the working group is now awaiting Mike’s report before firming up ideas and creating a definitive proposal.  At this stage there is a consensus that the new festival would have a different ‘feel’, perhaps be spread over a week with ‘themed days’ culminating in the main “festival’ event at the weekend.  However at this stage nothing is set in stone and all suggestions and comments would be welcomed.


The Food Festival would be free to the public and family orientated, with street entertainment and the emphasis on high quality local producers and traders from both Hampshire and West Sussex. Whatever is ultimately decided it will be keeping Emsworth vibrant in terms of local businesses, by encouraging visitors to return to Emsworth afterwards, as well as having a fun week of events for all.


The final proposals based on these meetings will be produced in the next few weeks, and whether it happens or not will be dependant on support from residents and businesses.


Details are available on www.foodfestconsult.emsworth.org.uk where you can also comment on these proposals.




2nd July

Cheque for £5,100 presented to Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Crisp  


Once again members of the Emsworth Business Association enjoyed the hospitality of Abdul Ahad, proprietor of Spice Village, Emsworth, on this occasion to present a cheque for £5,100 to Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Crisp, Commander of 47 Regiment for the Royal Artillery Charitable Fund.  This was the total sum raised from the various events held during St George’s week celebrations in April. Which included a Jazz night at Emsworth Community Centre, the Military Parade, The Phoenix Singers at the Community Centre, The Curry at Spice Village, The Springfield quiz night at the Brookfield Hotel, Sea shanties and supper at Emsworth Sailing Club and The Deck Cafe for an evening with Charles Collingwood.

Brendan Gibb-Grey. the associations chairman, thanked the residents of Emsworth and said,
"This is a tremendous achievement from businesses and residents in our town, they really do appreciate the work and duty performed by the men and women of 47 Regiment and we are proud also that Abdul kindly presented the cheque on our behalf."


29th June


Managing Nore Barn Woods for the future

The Friends of Nore Barn Woods have recently planted oak and hawthorn saplings as part of the management programme of this very popular woodland.  At a recent work party a number of volunteers, including a group of young people, helped with future-proofing the woods.  Most of the large trees in the woods are of a similar age.  That means that when they reach maturity, all at a similar time, the woods will lose a lot of the biggest trees.  So by planting saplings and making sure they have room to grow, a more balanced woodland will result. Later some thinning may be necessary
Bruce Darby, Chairman of the Friends of Nore Barn Woods said:  “It was good to have a group of young people joining our monthly work party of volunteers.  We want them to be able to enjoy the woodland in the future, so planting saplings now makes good ecological sense.  Our plans for shoreline protection are also progressing well and we hope to have more news on this soon.”

Volunteers from the Friends of Nore Barn Woods have been busy fundraising and working closely with Havant Borough Council, the landowners, to move forward on the scheme to protect a short section of the shore from wave action.  This is undermining much vegetation and could threaten the future of this wonderful  woodland enjoyed by so many. A number of local organisations have pledged their support and very welcome donations have come in from Emsworth Residents Association, Hampshire Council (through Ray Bolton, the local councillor), Emsworth Tree Wardens and the Emsworth Horticultural Society.  Chichester Harbour Conservancy and The Friends of Chichester Harbour have also pledged significant sums. A number of local individuals have also made generous donations. The Friends of Nore Barn Woods are most grateful for any contribution, large or small.  A target of £18,000 is needed to protect the shoreline from further undercutting.  It may be that work will start on this as soon as this Autumn if the fundraising continues successfully.

Donors and potential members can contact the Treasurer Pat Balchin at 67 Maisemore Gardens, Emsworth on 01243 377404 or e-mail her on patbalchin@gmail.com




25th June


Plans for the First Ever WEMSFEST are coming along nicely


Due to take place during a fortnight in September,  14th - 30th, WemsFest is arguably the first ever cross-border arts festival in the UK given that it involves the communities of Westbourne, Southbourne,  and Woodmancote in West Sussex, and Emsworth in Hampshire.

It began life through one of those casual conversations in a pub (The Stags Head) on a wet Sunday afternoon in January 2012.  Within days the talk had become reality and a programme, together with a team of willing helpers, was starting to take shape with the vision of producing a festival which can grow and grow.

Less than 6  months later we can proudly announce that over 40 events featuring musicians from as far afield as: Chile, Gambia, Ireland, Israel, Moldavia, and Senegal, together with jazz, comedy, talks and walks, mini-festivals, cycle rides, a kite rally, a Hash run, art exhibitions and several ‘home-spun’ productions, will be on-sale representing over 2600 tickets !

Legendary musician John Otway launches the festival with a concert on Friday 14th in Westbourne Club and from thereon the activity swings in all sorts of directions throughout the area.

Home-grown talent is in abundance throughout WemsFest starting with a children’s story-hunt organised by Peek-a-Boo Moves on Sept 15 moving through an illustrated lecture about the Lone Twin Boat Project (Sept 16), Julian Sluggett’s one-man show ‘Notes from a Dishwasher’ (Sept 17 & 24)  Roger Redfarn’s celebration of all things English – ‘Mad Dogs and Englishmen’ (Sept 18).  Barn Dance music from Wheels of the World (Sept 15), Christopher Beaumont (Sept 20), John Meriton (Sept 27), and The Chase, and Simon Mayor & The Mandolinquents ( both on Sept 29)

Local writer Wendy Metcalfe has a practical writing workshop in the Greenhouse Café  (Sept 18), and special guest author Eileen Robertson is in conversation in the same venue (Sept 21).

Five ‘Music & Supper Evenings’ bring an eclectic mix of musicians and cultures to WemsFest.  At The Deck are the Celtic musicians Harriet Earis & Colman Connolly (Sept 16), Senegalese kora musician Seckou Keita & Gambia’s Binta Suso (Sept 19), and Israeli guitarist Estas Tonne (Sept 26).  Libby’s Café, in Westbourne, hosts Fairport Convention fiddler Ric Sanders, and guitarist Vo Fletcher (Sept 20), and Chilean

musician Mauricio Venegas and fellow Quimantu cohort Rachel Pantin (Sept 27).

Irish musicians Fidil are at St. John’s Church in Westbourne (Sept 27) and blues musicians Johnny Mars & Julian Piper are in concert at Westbourne Club (Sept 28).  Three very different nights are scheduled for a specially erected marquee behind the White Horse pub in Westbourne.  A Comedy Night features Juliet Myers, Wayne the Weird, Brian Damage & Krysstal (Sept 21), The Jazz Smugglers Octet  play ‘Gershwin & Friends (Sept 22) and ‘The Brains of WemsFest Quiz’ (Sept 23).  Specially assembled as the WemsFest Celebrity String Ensemble are two wonderful violinists Oxana Dodon & Elena Davydova from Moldavia who, with members of the ensemble, perform works by Mozart, Bach, Wieniawski, and Ravel in St. James’ Church (Sept  21).


Veteran actress June Whitfield CBE is in an afternoon conversation with theatre director Roger Redfarn over tea and cake in Westbourne Parish Hall (Sept 23)


Those with energy to work off can take advantage of the Full Moon Mtb Ride of around 25 miles (Sept 29), the first ever WemsFest Hash (Sept 30), or the more sedate Family Bike Ride, Treasure Hunt, and Picnic (Sept 23), or guided walks around Westbourne (Sept 19), and Emsworth (Sept 25).

Box-office: Bookends, 7 High Street, Emsworth.  01243 373950, and www.wegottickets.com

Full details are in the WemsFest brochure, and will be on the website shortly www.wemsfest.com  Offers of help to steward events are very welcome – please contact Mark Ringwood on 01243 373950 or wemsfest@btinternet.com








25th June




There will be a unique opportunity to visit an organic beef farm set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on Sunday 15 July.


Eames Farm, a 900 acre farm on Thorney Island, right at the heart of Chichester Harbour will be the setting for an exciting family farm day. Visitors will be able to enjoy farm walks, cookery demonstrations, a food market and lots of fun children’s activities.


Visiting the farm will highlight the challenges faced by farmers as they work within a protected landscape and need to make space for wildlife as well as their farm animals. In the courtyard, local chef Rosemary Moon will be cooking up some of the rarer cuts of beef into everyday dishes. A local food market will feature butchers, bakers and a greengrocers along with some local arts and crafts.


Children will be kept busy making bird boxes, planting wildflower seeds and more. The farm is in a beautiful location and will make a great day out. Refreshments are available or bring your own picnic.


Alison Fowler, Environment Manager said, ‘we look forward to working with Simon Sprackling, the farmer, to welcome people to one of my favourite parts of Chichester Harbour AONB. With so much planned it will be a great day out for all ages.’


Entry to the event is free with a small charge made for some of the activities. Places on the Farm Walks are limited and can be pre-booked for £1.50 per head call 01243 513275. The Farm will be open from 10am 3pm. For more details see www.conservancy.co.uk




23rd June


August Bank Holiday on the horizon means that it must soon be Emsworth Show  time again.

Pick up your free Show Schedule from local outlets from the middle of June. There you will find information on everything that is happening, together with details for entering 240 categories of flower, fruit, vegetable, handicrafts, domestic and photographic exhibits for display in the giant marquee with some 700 cash prizes waiting to be won. Includes  45 classes for children and young people aged from 4 to 13.

An eclectic mix of around 70 stalls, refreshment outlets including Hog Roast, historic gardening tools display, Local conservation and local interest groups, Tarot Reader/Medium, Bee Keepers – live bees/honey sales/candle making for children, local cakes/soaps/jewellery/jams/soft furnishings/cards/prints and, of course, the plant sales and nurseries.  Entertainments and pony rides will be there and continuous events in the arenas will see Zero Gravity Mountain Bike display, The Quack Pack, Ferret World’s, The Homested Dog Agility Team.  As usual, The Fun Dog Show will be a great attraction – just bring your dogs on the day.

The Show runs from 10.30am to 5pm at the Horndean Road Recreation Ground with the marquee opening at 1pm with the Marquee being officially opened by the Mayor after the judging has been completed at 1pm.  There will be a presentation of the prizes,  making the grand raffle draw (first prize of a table and chairs set worth £500, second prize £140 voucher at local garden centre and third prize lunch for two at an Emsworth Restaurant) and the auction of produce to conclude the afternoon.

150 plus EHS volunteers are needed to run the Show and we need more volunteers to help, especially for clearing up at the end of the Show, please contact Faith Ponsonby  Tel: 01243 372825. The entry fee is £2.50 with accompanied children under 12 free.  Limited parking on the Show Ground itself is £3 extra per car, so, why not walk or cycle to the Show.  This is family entertainment at its best. For up to date information please visit our website : www.emsworthshow.org.uk



21st June


Girls Brigade leader celebrate

THE leader of Emsworth’s Girls Brigade Group celebrated 26 years in a special service at Emsworth Baptist Church.

The service celebrated Daphne Laycock’s leadership and gave thanks to Eleanor Day, newly-appointed captain and her team.

Daphne said: ‘I will miss leading the group, it’s been a joy to see the numbers of girls grow, we hardly fit in the building now and are really excited about the extra activities we will be able to offer in the new church building.’

The group meet regularly at Emsworth Baptist Church.

If you would like to join, contact Eleanor on 01243 379308


Chichester Observer 21-June-2012



20th June


Get involved with the biggest local Olympic Countdown event in Hampshire                                                                                                   

On July 7th 2012, Emsworth Park will be transformed into a sporting extravaganza and you can be involved. When London kicks off the 2012 Olympic Games the whole world will be watching. In Hampshire we want to mark this historic event by involving all the community. Whether it’s dancing and yoga or bootcamps and assault courses, there will be an activity for everyone to take part in. FitBeat is all about getting fit whilst having fun and celebrating the countdown to the biggest sporting event in the UK for decades.                                                                                                                  

The day will run from 11am to 4pm and will be hosted by regional fitness champion Innovations Fitness. Activities will include:

                     An Olympiad competition


                     Military assault courses

                     Adult and family bootcamps



                     …and much more


For more information visit: www.fitbeat.co.uk





12th June


Former police officer awarded British Empire Medal

DETECTIVE work comes easily to Brendan Gibb-Gray – whether it be fighting crime or investigating community issues.

The 69-year-old has been given the honour of a British Empire Medal. The father-of-two spent 30 years in the force, working his way up to Detective Chief Superintendent of a murder squad at Scotland Yard.

He has spent the last 15 years fighting to keep Emsworth a vibrant place to live as a local councillor and chairman of the business association.

Cllr Gibb-Gray, of Queen Street, said: ‘I think it’s an honour for the people of Emsworth rather than me. I am the recipient and I am very proud.’


The News 16-June-2012



 12th June


Drainage channels were working, says agency

YESTERDAY’S flooding could not have been avoided, The Environment Agency has said.  Officials said the sheer volume of rain falling in a short space of time had overwhelmed the area’s drains.

Flooding in Victoria Road, Emsworth, Monday 11th June.

Around 50mm of rain fell in the Havant and Emsworth area yesterday morning – the same as would normally be expected for the whole of June.

The flooding comes two years after a major flood in Emsworth when a ‘trash screen’ was blocked in a channel that drains water from the West Brook stream into Mill Pond.  Those screens were clear yesterday and sluice gates were opened by Environment Agency workers to allow the Mill Pond to drain into the sea.

Since the flood of two years ago, extra drainage channels have been installed in Bridge Road and they have been working at full capacity.  Officials said there had been no blockages or faults in equipment. However, Havant Borough Council reported that a private culvert to the north of the town at Hampshire Farm had become blocked.

Chris Clode, chairman of Emsworth Flood Action Group, likened the water flowing through the gates at the Mill Pond to Niagara Falls.

He said: ‘I have never seen the water flowing with such force. I don’t think there’s anything that could have been done about it. Until such time that preventative measures are put in further upstream, it will happen again.’

The Environment Agency is looking into installing ponds to the north of Emsworth to store some of the rainwater during storms.


The News 12-June-2012




11th June


Flooding Hits Emsworth

Floodig on theA27

With over an inch of rain falling in less than 24 hours there has been localised flooding in parts of Emsworth and Southbourne. Areas of Emsworth affected included Woodlands Avenue, Redlands Lane, Birch Tree Drive, and Nursery Close and by lunch time Bridge Road had been closed to traffic. Problems were exacerbated by the closure of the A27 between Havant and Chichester causing long delays  on the A259 through Emsworth and tailbacks on the A27 west of Havant,


Photo: The News








8th June


Good neighbours are helping those in need   Emsworth Good Neighbours, from back left: David Roberts, Thelma Bray, Vera Roberts, Liz Smyth, Ann Edwards, Peter Bray, Charles Harwood-Matthews, Mollie Titmuss, and June Marshall. Front, Julie Price and Lorna Gale, co-ordiataors.



IT’S a lifeline to the community which is seeing a surge in demand and as it celebrates its 15th birthday, Emsworth Good Neighbours is more needed than ever before.


The last year has seen its 40-strong army of volunteers do more than 1,150 jobs for people – from taking them to hospital appointments, helping them on shopping trips, or just popping in for a cuppa and a chat.  As people tighten their belts, the service has become more popular, with the number of call-outs increasing three-fold over the last two years.


Val Caudeiron, 67, of Hollybank Lane, Emsworth, is the woman at the helm of the organisation.


She said: ‘When this started up in the first year we did about 150 tasks.


‘We are up to more than 1,100 tasks now. The last two years has seen a huge increase.


‘It’s hard economic times and I think taking a taxi everywhere is expensive for senior people.


It’s great that we are here. I know it’s a service very much appreciated in Emsworth.’


The bulk of the work is taking people to St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester and Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham.  Volunteers will often wait outside for the client for several hours and then take them back home.


Mrs Caudeiron, who was born in Portsmouth and lived in Canada for 34 years, said she wanted to help an organisation that made a real difference to people.


She added: ‘It is as much about the companionship that our volunteers offer as it about the transport.


‘Often people in our community live in isolated circumstances with little or no family in the vicinity.


‘A trip to the hospital can seem less daunting when you have a reliable, friendly face taking you to your appointment and taking you safely home again.’


To volunteer or receive help from the group call (01243) 430999.


The News 08-June-201


7th June


Anchor Stolen!

The small anchor from the roundabout at the junction of North Street and the A259 has been stolen within the last couple of weeks.  Anyone who may have any information pertinent to this theft are asked to contact the police:
T. 101 or E. emsworth.snt@hampshire.pnn.police.uk 






6th June


A Right Royal Nosh!


Residents of Maisemore Gardens celebrated the Diamond Jubilee with their own special street party except it wasn’t on the street but on Maisemore Garden’s Green and under a marquee, in case of rain.


Over 90 residents, aged from a few days to 100+, Their friends and families attended a splendid banquet which included coronation chicken, home cooked ham and a huge array of salads.  A jubilee cake decorated as a union jack and a multitude of home-made desserts completed the meal. A jolly good time was had by all and an estimated 60 plus bottles of wine were consumed.  After the meal Her Majesty the Queen, present as a cardboard cut out, was toasted and a commemorative hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata 'Rosea Flore Pleno) planted on the green to mark the occasion. 


The choice of the tree had caused a right royal rumpus as some felt that the green had enough trees already whilst others wanted a more exotic species and one resident was in favour of asphalting the green to provide additional car parking space, a sort of jubilee car park.


One resident felt compelled to put their feelings in verse;

“The Royal tree has caused a furor

In the peaceful enclave of Maisemore

With against and for lined up to score

We can only hope it does not turn to war

A settlement must be found

To please the people all around

To get us back to a state of calm

Whether it be tree, bush or Palm

Its size not matters it looks appeal

It will be there to celebrate a time

When all the Country says Three Cheers

For Her Majesty for all her years

In service to our pleasant land

To plant a tree with love and affection

We join in those celebrations”


Never the less, the choice of a pink blossoming hawthorn met with overall approval and was planted by the street’s oldest resident ‘Dilkie’ Onslow who will be 101 later this year.  Mrs. Onslow said:

“I was honored to be asked to help plant the new hawthorn and the party was made all the more special with the little children clearly enjoying it all.  Maisemore is a wonderful place to live and happy occasions like this help build lasting bonds in the neighbourhood.”



The revelers had a terrific tine and didn’t miss the Royal River Pageant as a large TV was wired up in the marquee. More than two hundred yards of homemade bunting festooned the tent and children’s games included ‘pin the crown on the Queen!’  The jubilee provided a great opportunity for this friendly neighbourhood to get together and celebrate.





27th May


Employees from Snell in Havant set out to raise £20,000 for Cancer Relief UK

Employees at Snell, a leader in the global film and broadcast market based on Eastleigh Road, Havant, will cycle or run for Cancer Research UK this summer. The event is to be held on the Isle of Wight on 20th July and more than 50 staff will either cycle 64 miles or complete a half marathon around the island.


The company have been supporting Cancer Research UK for the past two years since it was nominated by staff as their corporate charity. During this time, Snell employees have organised a range of company-wide fundraising events. However, this year’s event is Snell’s biggest ever annual fundraiser and the company are looking to raise an outstanding £20,000 for the charity.


Snell offers a comprehensive range of hardware and software solutions for the creation, management and distribution of television and film content for today’s multi screen world, and have been used in a variety of infamous films and events, including assisting with the delivery of the Royal Wedding to all over the world, creating the slow motion scene in the Matrix film, and later this year will help deliver the London 2012 games. An impressive and continually expanding product portfolio means the company provide all the tools necessary for Broadcasters to provide TV programming both seamlessly and cost effectively to today’s digital, high definition and stereoscopic 3D services. Snell’s products and technologies have won more than 100 awards for technical innovation, including nine UK Queen’s Awards; five technical Emmy Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in the USA; and many global awards from industry publications.


Staff taking part in the event include:


Cyclists: Simon Derry, Karl Mehring, Chris Lowder, Dominic Bodger, Marcus Hunt, Neil Harding, Daniel Colgan, Marc Nascimento, Reece Percival, Richard Barry, Mark McGarry, Gerard Philips, Dave Collins, Kevin Hewitt, Gavin Squires, Chris Cowley, Jenny Carr, Holly Walker, Tony Spencer, Paul Harding, Rob Pilgrim, Sarah Harris, Jason Ponting, Russell Johnson, Ian Croft, Dora Lackner, Nick Pullen, Julian Smith, Kevin Dodd, Brian Baker, Brian Arbon and Graham Young.


Runners/hikers: Mike Maliphant, Jonathan Proctor, Claire Roach, Jayne Evans, Jodie Brown, Gary McCawley, Joanthan Taylor, Andrew Mann, Jon Heads, Dan Molloy, Greg Mason, Angela Gunn, Brian Skidmore, Julia Winter, Colin Gyue, Jason Rodgers, Sarah Hill, James Walker, Pete Mould, Kevin Dallender, Ted Milne.


Support crew: Michelle Ballard, Kelly Wyles, Richard Cheatle, Richard McGonigle, Peter Lacey, Sandra Cooper, Matt Boxall and Paul Butler.


The staff at Snell would be delighted if you would visit their Justgiving page at http://www.justgiving.com/Snellgroup and spare any change you could to help them reach their incredible target of £20,000.



27th May


Counterfeit notes in Emsworth

Two counterfeit £20 notes tendered in Emsworth on Thursday last week in a High Street shop, very good replica's, surpassed the shop vetting machine. However, Barclays Bank spotted them when they were paid in and refused to take them.

No other reports on counterfeit in the area so it could be a one-off,  but Hampshire police advise residents and businesses to be on guard.




24th May


Emsworth Burglary Leads Police To Issue A Hot Weather Home Security Reminder



Police are encouraging homeowners to be more aware of their home security as the temperatures rise this week.

A burglary in Woolmer Street, Emsworth yesterday (Wednesday, May 23) highlights how important it is to be aware of how open doors and windows can make it easy for opportunist thieves.

An older couple were watching television in their living room between 3 and 3.20pm. They had left their front door, back door and windows open to provide extra ventilation.

The couple’s dog was heard to bark and the man homeowner went to investigate. A man was found at the front door asking for directions to the train station. Directions were given and the man was seen to start walking away from the address.

A short time later the woman homeowner noticed her handbag, which had been on the stairs by the front door was missing. The bag contained £15 cash.

The offender is described as:

·                                 White

·                                 Approximately 5ft 6ins tall

·                                 16-18 years of age

·                                 Slight build

·                                 Local accent

·                                 Short dark hair combed backwards and clean shaven

·                                 Wearing a striped t-shirt, khaki coloured ¾ length shorts, white ankle socks and dark coloured trainers

Inspector Rob Mitchell said: “We don’t expect residents to overheat in their homes during the hot weather, please just be aware of the consequences of leaving the doors and windows open and unattended. Take care not to leave valuables near to windows and doors. It only takes a second for someone to reach in and grab your property. Also bear this advice in mind if you are working or relaxing in your garden.”

Anyone who may have witnessed this incident, or may be able to identify the offender should contact PC Paul Janowicz at Waterlooville police station on 101. Mini-Com users can call the police on 01962 875000. Information can be given anonymously by calling the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.


Portsmouthnews.tv 24-May-2012




19th May


Emsworth welcomed an authentic French market on Friday

Coming directly from Normandie, the market brought the great tastes of France to Emsworth.

Even though there wasn’t bright sun, it didn’t deter some brave English people from enjoying some French delicassies. Indeed, a wide choice of products ranging from croissants and cheese to tablecloths was available and there will always be a nice French accent around!










17th May


Money pours in from Emsworth’s rainy celebration


The weather may have been awful, but organisers of Emsworth’s St George’s Day celebrations are basking in the success of raising more than £5,000 from the event.

The cash will go to the Royal Artillery Charitable Fund in recognition of the close relationship between Emsworth residents and 47 Royal Artillery, based on nearby Thorney Island,

Councillor Brendan Gibb-Gray, who organised the week-long celebrations – which included a military parade – said he was amazed about how much cash was raised considering the heavy rainfall and freezing temperatures.

‘The weather was appalling, particularly during the parade, and we had to cancel the dragon boat race,’ he said.

‘But what was wonderful was people still turned out – hundreds of them – to show their appreciation.

‘And over the week we raised £5,100 – we normally raise about half that. People were so generous and it spoke volumes.’

The week long celebrations also included sea shanties, history talks, a visit from The Archers’ Charles Collingwood, Last Night of the Proms at St James Church, a quiz night and a curry night.

The street collection on the day of the parade raised £400 and Abdul Ahad, the owner of Spice Village, donated his whole night’s takings from the fundraising evening, adding £1,000 to the total.

Cllr Gibb-Gray said: ‘The whole week was a success.

‘People showed their generosity by putting money in the buckets.

‘Everyone redoubled their efforts this year and I would like to say a particular thank you to Abdul who didn’t just give us the profits but the whole night’s takings.

‘It would have been great to round it off with the dragon boat race but it will happen later in the year and next year it will be part of St George’s week.’

The cheque for the RACF will be presented to Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Crisp, Commander of 47 Regiment.

The charity supports soldiers going through difficult times.

The News 17-May-2012

View the St George's Day parade photos HERE




16th May


Anger as developer eyes up Emsworth field for new housing

CAMPAIGNERS have spoken of their anger as a developer attempts to win support for a housing development a council has already refused.

Barratt Homes has invited residents to a meeting to discuss its plans for a field west of Selangor Avenue, in Emsworth, despite being told it cannot be built on.

The field is not included in Havant Borough Council’s allocations survey – a comprehensive list of six potential sites offered by landowners for development which the public is being consulted on.

Andrew Biltcliffe, Havant Borough Council’s service manager for planning policy, said: ‘This is not a site we support.

‘It was put forward for us to look at and in terms of strategic housing it is not suitable.

‘It undermines the gap between Havant and Emsworth, there is a major gas pipeline running through it and it’s also next to the motorway.

It is not a preferred option for Emsworth but the developers are looking to put an application in.

‘They really want to push for it and we can’t stop them putting an application in, anyone can.

‘But we don’t support it.’

Barratt has not revealed how many houses it wants to build on the site, which is almost opposite Horse Field, south of the A259.

Horse Field is on the allocations survey and there is also strong opposition against that.

In a statement Barrett said plans have been drawn up to resolve the gas pipeline issues to meet the requirements of Southern Gas Networks and the Health and Safety Executive.

It added the strategic gap factor is set to be reviewed in light of the requirement for new homes in the area.

But Chris Clode, from Emsworth Residents’ Association, is not convinced.

He said: ‘The field is not approved by the council and was in fact rejected for the development plan.

‘It is subject to considerable flooding too.

‘Barratt is being very naughty in going against Havant and the development plans and deciding themselves that it’s suitable.

‘I think theyre flying a kite – just making a punt.

‘I feel they are being exceptionally cheeky about it.’

The developer is hosting a meeting at the Brookfield Hotel, Havant Road, on Friday. Residents will have the opportunity to speak to Barratt, architects, engineers and planners from 2pm to 7.30pm.

The full plans will be at www.barrattsotoncommunity.com from Friday.

The News 16-May-2012







15th May


Cranked-up guitars and real ales at Emsworth’s annual charity bash


PUB customers will be treated to the sound of cranked-up guitars at an annual charity beer festival.

Scores of local bands will take to a stage at the grounds of The Coal Exchange, in South Street, Emsworth, during the two-day bash – which is called ‘Coalie Fest’.

A Pink Floyd tribute band and three-piece rockers Lynchpin, who hail from Southampton, will be the headline acts.

Visitors will be treated to 12 different real ales and a barbecue at the event, which is in its fifth year.

Proceeds will go towards St Wildfrid’s Hospice and The Rowans Hospice.

Entry on both days is free.

Landlord Peter McIntyre, 45, who has been in charge of the pub for 20 years, said: ‘The atmosphere is always fantastic. The locals look forward to Coalie Fest every year and they are always keen to raise money for these causes.

‘We hope to top last year’s total of £600 raised.’

For more information contact the pub on 01243 375866 or visit: www.thecoalexchange.co.uk


The News 15-May-2012




14th May


Just How Many Artists are there in Emsworth?


Sunday saw the close of this year’s Emsworth Arts Trail. Now in its fourth year and following the withdrawal of support from HBC Emsworth Artists got together and organised the largest trail yet.  With artists showing their work at 38 locations from Woodmancote in the North to St Nicholas’s church on Thorney Island in the South and from Tuppenny Lane in the East to Maisemore gardens in the West the work of over 60 artists was on display, Running over two weekends and in spite of the rain over the bank holiday attendance at all of the venues exceeded expectations. Peter Adeline (Pete’s Pots) said,

We have had the most wonderful 3 days, with a steady stream of visitors to the studios. We are some way off the main Trail, so anyone making the effort to come here, especially in the cold & wind & rain.”


More information and a photo gallery of the trail can be found at: www.emsworthartstrail.org.uk




10th May


Housing Sites - Which Would you Choose?



Controversial plans for up to 826 new homes in Emsworth were the hot topic when On HBC’s consultation came to Emsworth.  Several hundred residents visited The Methodist and Pastoral Centre to view and give their opinions on the options for development of new housing in the local area. Details of the three possible options proposed by the council can be viewed HERE.


Until 15rh June it is possible to have your say online at: http://www2.havant.gov.uk/AF3/an/default.aspx/RenderForm/?F.Name=LABwMjP8K3j






10th May


They are banking on protecting Nore Barn Wood

The Friends of Nore Barn Woods are spearheading an initiative to raise funds to conserve part of the southern shore of the woods to enable local people to continue to enjoy the area. Situated just 10 minutes’ walk west of Emsworth, the woods are under threat from the sea at high spring tides and at least six mature oaks will be toppled soon unless the shore is protected. A bank needs to be built in order to conserve the 100m stretch that currently has no protection at all.

Chairman of the Friends of Nore Barn Woods, Bruce Darby said: "If we do nothing we risk losing not only some mature trees, vegetation and soil, but part of the shore footpath could go too. Our counts show that hundreds of people walk to and through the woods each day. So we are campaigning to raise funds to do something about this stretch of shoreline."

Protecting even a short length of coast does not come cheap. One of the most cost effective solutions is a simple rammed earth bank. Even that will cost around £16,000. The Friends have started serious fundraising to meet this target. They also recognise that this is a fragile shoreline environment and great care will have to be taken to protect the foreshore and the bird life during any work. If the Friends can raise the money in the next few months then early Autumn work on the shore would not interfere with the over-wintering bird population.



Havant Borough Council owns the woods but public money is difficult to get for projects like this. So if the Friends raise the money Havant Borough Council has agreed to prepare the plans, ensure all permissions are in place, oversee the work and engage contractors. Rachel Moroney, Senior Community Project Officer at BTCV said: "The Friends of Nore Barn Woods do a tremendous job in looking after the woodland both for wildlife and visitors. We support their work on conserving this part of the shore of Nore Barn Woods."

The Friends of Nore Barn Woods have approached some grant-making bodies and are hopeful that they can raise much of £16,000 target through these sources. An early contribution from Emsworth Horticultural Society has been most helpful. Donations large and small from the public and other local businesses and organisations would be particularly welcome. Donors and potential members can contact the Treasurer Pat Balchin at 67 Maisemore Gardens Emsworth on 01243 377404 or e-mail her on patbalchin@gmail.com

For more details on the conservation work, please contact Mike Thomas of the Friends of Nore Barn Woods at mike@ctechco.com All details are on the website at www.norebarnwoods.org.uk



9th May



Historic Hampshire woods will be full of arty surprises to mark Jubilee year


IF you go down to the woods in Emsworth, you’re sure of a big surprise.  Hollybank Woods will be decorated with all kinds of weird and wonderful art.

Local children from eight schools in the Emsworth area have been helping to decorate trees and make paper bugs.  People are being invited to explore the beauty spot, as well as a wood-carving trail, between 2pm and 5pm on Saturday, May 26.  The event will also see the unveiling of a plantation of 500 tree saplings to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

An area of 1.6 acres has been cleared of brambles and bracken to make way for the plantation.  Saplings of English trees like oak, rowan and hawthorn were planted by schoolchildren and it is hoped it will encourage even more wildlife to flourish at the beauty spot.

Rodney Smith, vice-chairman of Friends of Hollybank Woods, said: ‘We are going to have a woodland fair with lots of country crafts like wood turners and bee keepers.

‘There will be boards put up to explain the new estate.

‘It’s completely free and it should be a lot of fun.’

The area is a remnant of the Forest of Bere and has been documented from Roman times, and was established as a wood pasture in Saxon times and a Royal Forest in Norman times.

The arts project is being supported by Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival. The project has been made possible thanks to support from Natural England, the Big Lottery Fund, Havant Borough Council, Friends of Hollybank Woods and South West Trains.Parking on the day will be available in Hollybank Lane.  For more information call Mr Smith on 07810 288122.


The News 09-May-2012



9th May



Line-up announced for Havant Literary Festival


THE Havant Literary Festival poetry competition is now open.

Renowned poet, author and playwright Naomi Foyle has agreed to judge the competition which attracts entries from across the country.

It is just one of the events at the festival which begins on October 19 at The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, in Havant.

On the Friday night there will be a ‘Bookshelf Barney’ where well-known writers and artists will pitch the book which they think is the best ever written.

Saturday will offer a writing workshop for young people from local schools with Miriam Halahmy, whose novel for young teenagers, Hidden, set on Hayling Island, was short-listed for several awards.

Crime writer Graham Hurley will give a talk on his prodigious output, much of which is set in and around Portsmouth. Running concurrently during October is an exhibition of the work of Betty Pepper


The News 07-May-2012




5th May


Emsworth Election Result Suprise


Although Brendan Gibb-Grey (Conservative) was re-elected a Green surge in saw Sophie Cobbett taking nearly 20 % of the vote ahead of both Labour and the Liberal Democrats.  The one surprise, saw The Green Party's Sophie Cobbett, 29, take a respectable second place in the Emsworth count.

Even though it remained a Conservative seat, with Brendan Gibb-Gray taking 57.77% of the vote, the next in line was Cobbett who took 19.84%, an outstanding result for a first time candidate.

Miss Cobbett said: "I stood for election because I felt the voters should have a genuine green choice. I ran a very active campaign and decided to focus on what I wanted to do if elected for Emsworth, rather than knock the competition.

"Most people care about things like traffic speeds, road safety, new developments, local shops and recycling. A lot of Emsworth residents are looking for change and care very much for the future of their environment.

"Despite being one of the youngest candidates I am not new to politics as my father, Ray, was a Lib Dem councillor, and I helped him out on his campaigns."

Emsworth had the best turnout with 37.69% of the population voting, and Warren Park had the lowest turnout with 16.20%. Throughout the borough the turnout was 27.51%, lower than the estimated national average of 32%.

UKIP did well in the Hayling Island wards, with the East ward UKIP candidate Gary Kerrin coming a very close third with 21.21%, and the West ward candidate John Perry coming second with 24.10%.

The final position of the council after election was 34 Conservative seats, three Labour seats, and one Lib Dem.





5th May


Olympiad boat project unveiled

A boat crafted from 1200 pieces of wood, including fragments from the historic ship Mary Rose and Jimi Hendrix's guitar, has been officially unveiled as part of a national art project to mark the Olympics.

Created as a "floating collage of memories", The Boat Project has been funded by the Arts Council England's Artists' Taking the Lead project as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

The artists who came up with the idea, Gary Winters and Gregg Whelan, known as Lone Twin, visited 20 locations across the region seeking contributions to be used in the building of the craft, which will be launched and named on Monday.

They also invited members of the public to bring wooden pieces to the West Sussex boatyard where it was built. The only criterion was that the items were made from wood and had a story behind them.

The diverse contributions include a plank from the London 2012 velodrome, several hockey sticks, a Victorian policeman's truncheon, large crates used to transport gold as British securities to Canada during World War II and a hairbrush used by a make-up artist at Pinewood Studios in the 1960s.

A spokeswoman for the project said: "People from all walks of life responded by giving treasured items from all parts of the world and, more humbly, their garages.

"Each and every fascinating back story was digitally recorded and photographed with its donor."

Winters said a sense of fun flowed through the whole design and construction of the boat.

"The call-out was for objects which had a significance and a story, and people responded to that in all sorts of ways and we were given some lovely, lovely things, personal and emotional things," he said.

"It's very difficult to be very serious with an aardvark and a coat hanger.

"I don't have any favourites but I like a stick which came from someone who made a pilgrimage to Sad Hill Cemetery in Spain, which was used for the set of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, and that stick has made a migration to the boat and will continue to do so."

Winters said it had been an inclusive project about bringing people's lives to the front and "celebrating ordinary people's lives in something extraordinary".

As well as Lone Twin, the build team also included Olympic silver medallist sailor and boat-builder Mark Covell and international boat designer Simon Rogers.

Rogers said his aim was to combine traditional wooden boat-building techniques combined with modern technology to build a 21st-century yacht.

"We had no idea what was going to be given to us and the first question a designer is asked is, 'What are you going to make it of?' and I had 1500 pieces of wood," he said.

"From a design point of view it was a very challenging brief as we were completely in the dark."

The yacht, which took a year to build and which is capable of reaching speeds in excess of 20 knots, is to be publicly launched at Thornham Marina at Emsworth on Monday.

The vessel's name has been chosen by the public and the winning nomination will be unveiled as part of the launch day.

It will then begin its maiden voyage visiting locations along England's south coast, arriving at the Olympic sailing venue at Weymouth in Dorset, in time for the Games in August.

Associated Press


5th May


History in the making

 IT’S a thought-provoking snapshot into the history of a town since the age of Queen Victoria. The mural has been designed and created by art

 students at Warblington School in Havant. After months in the making, it is now pride of place in the reception area of Emsworth Community Centre.

Head of creative and performing arts at the school Vanessa Meyer said: ‘We came up with the idea of doing a mural that represented Emsworth through the ages.

‘The students went to Emsworth Museum and did some research on what Emsworth looked like at different historic times like when Queen Victoria visited.
‘There’s also images of when the food festival happened and the shop that used to sell the oysters.’  She added: ‘When we finished it was a quite a hilarious journey getting to the community centre with the mural on top of the minibus.’

Brendan Gibb-Gray, who came up with the idea of a mural in the community centre, said it had given the centre a new lease of life. He said: ‘It’s absolutely superb. It’s a work of art.’

The News 04-May-2012






23rd April


By George!  What a turn out!!
Wet weather doesn't dampen Emsworth's parade.

It may have Rained on our Parade but Emsworth residents and visitors turned out in their hundreds to applaud the men and women of 47 Regt. RA. OK, so it rained but the town was packed by people waiting for 47 Regt RA to march into the square ( they were three minutes late) but it didn’t matter as the waiting crowds were entertained by the George's Regis Jazz Band with patriotic songs and “Singing in the Rain” all entirely appropriate for the occasion!


47 Regt marched through the village followed enthusiastically by the children of Thorney Island Primary School to parade in the square.  The mayor of Havant gave a brief introduction to the proceedings thanking the Business Association for organising the event and the veterans for turning out and paid tribute to the regiment on parade some of whom are currently serving in Afghanistan. Colonel Mathew Crisp, CO of 47 Regt. spoke of the importance of his regiments links with the local community in Emsworth and of the valuable role that his men and women were playing in Afghanistan. With the speeches over the veterans were presented with the “Emsworth Rose” and the serving men and women marched smartly off parade.


Once again Emsworth was proud to demonstrate its link to the armed forces. As one visitor, Dave Ewan, to the occasion , Dave Ewan, said, "'I've just been to the Emsworth Rose parade! Great turnout despite the weather. Old vets stood their ground in adverse weather conditions .Hats off ' to you"

View the photos HERE


Video courtesy The News:




20th April


St George's Week Window Competition 2012

Emsworth looks great for next week, and there have already been a great many compliments from visitors and residents. It has also raised more than £100 for the nominated charity, The Royal Artillery Charitable Fund.

Local artist Carol Price did the final judging this morning. It was very difficult to choose only 4 winners from a wide range of different, good entries.

The top spots were finally awarded to

1.      Charter Cutting Co

2.      Northern Lights

3.      Bookends and Driftwood (joint 3rd place)


The winning team - Charter Cutting Co

More photos: HERE




19th April


Giving the next generation of entrepreneurs a helping hand


Out of work? Aged 18 to 30? Want to set up your own business?


Starting in May, Chichester District Council is helping up to 12 young people in the district find out if they could start up their own businesses.


The council has awarded a grant of £6,161 to the Prince's Trust to provide an Enterprise programme.

The free programme will work with the young people who have a business idea to make sure that they understand the local market and whether it is a plan that is likely to succeed in Chichester. The first session will be held on Wednesday 23 May at the council's offices at East Pallant House.

The Enterprise programme is for young people who are unemployed and may also be disadvantaged.

It includes an information session and four-day 'Explore Enterprise' training course. After this course each young person can attend some surgeries to explore their ideas further and to decide if self-employment is for them. If it is they are matched with a business mentor who may work with them for up to two years.

The Trust also provides some low interest loans of up to £5,000 and grants of up to £1,500 to support the start of a new business.

Those who decide self-employment is not for them are offered mentoring for up to six months for support with progression into education, employment or training.

The Prince's Trust is a registered charity that works with disadvantaged young people, aged 13 to 30. It helps them to develop the skills and motivation to re-engage with society, secure employment, return to education, gain qualifications and ultimately, become economically active.

Councillor Myles Cullen, Chichester District Council's Cabinet Member for Economy, Property and Tourism, says: "One of our key priorities is supporting the local economy and helping businesses to develop employment opportunities. One way we can do this is supporting the growth of new viable businesses. In the Chichester District we are lucky that have below average levels of unemployment overall, however the trend of increasing youth unemployment in deprived areas is an issue."

Places on the programme are limited. To book a place or for more information please contact the Prince's Trust on 0800 842842.


Source: Chichester District Council


17th April


Emsworth St George and the Dragon


Emsworth Prepares for a week of Celebration.  With something happening on everyday from Friday 20th April 29th to Sunday 20th April preparations are now well under way for ten days of community celebrations. Patriotic bunting is going up and village chefs are preparing for an expected high demand for their creations.


As usual the highlight of the week will be the parade of 47Reft. RA on St George’s Day its self when many hundreds are expected to line the streets to cheer the men of the regiment based locally on Thorney Island.  This year.  The  nominated charity this year is The Royal Artillery Charitable Fund. This year it is hoped to raise £5000.Once again, Spring?eld Care Homes and HBC are joining the EBA, ECA and ERA in sponsoring and supporting various aspects of St. Georges Week.


The celebrations “kick off” with a shop window dressing competition on Friday to be judged by local artist, Carol Price. Over twenty shops have entered the completion and will have to be outstanding in their display to beat last year’s winners, Cabelos Hair Salon in North St.


The competition is sponsored by the Business Association and the Brookfield Hotel who will be supplying a bottle of champagne for the lucky winner.

Sold out! Tickets for the presentation by Charles Collingwood, a descendant of Admiral Collingwood, who plays Brian Aldridge in The Archers at The Deck Café are already Sold out.  However, you might still get a place at the Deck to listen to a  Great Singer called Dawn who will be singing songs from stars from the past and dressed in vintage of course – at a Vintage Tea afternoon on the 25th April.



· Friday April 20: Best dressed shop finals

· Saturday April 30: Jazz night at Emsworth Community Centre with George Regis Jazz Band. Starts 7.30pm

· Monday April 23, 10.30am: Military Parade

11.30am: Phoenix Singers at the Community Centre

7pm: Curry at Spice Village

· Wednesday April 25

3pm: Deck Cafe at Emsworth Yacht Harbour – traditional afternoon tea

7.30pm: Springfield quiz night at the Brookfield Hotel

7.30pm: Sea shanties and supper at Emsworth Sailing Club

· Thursday April 26: Elgar Society presentation on the composer at the Brookfield Hotel

· Friday April 27: The Deck Cafe for an evening with Charles Collingwood who plays Brian Aldridge in The Archers.

· Saturday April 28: St James Church for the Emsworth Proms with the choir of St James. Will include music by Elgar.

· Sunday April 29: The Emsworth Arts Trail in The Square all day and the Dragon Boat Race takes place on the Mill Pond from 9am.


All that is needed now is some fine Spring weather!


17th April


Royal Jubilation Exhibition – Emsworth Museum needs your Help


Emsworth Museum is putting on an exhibition to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee and we need your help.

The exhibition "Royal Jubilation" runs from 2nd June to 1st July and is about Emsworth's celebration of royal events, from coronations and jubilees to weddings and royal visits. We also want to find out what you did to celebrate.

What are your memories of the Coronation or the Jubilees? Where you and what were you doing?

Did you have a street party? How old were you?

We also want your photos or film of the street parties held, the water festival or the decorations of the town or businesses. These will all be returned to you after the exhibition. Have you any memorabilia photos etc of the coronation, past jubilees or other royal events? The broad theme of the exhibition is Emsworth and royalty and this not only includes how the people of Emsworth celebrated these royal occasions but also royal connections with Emsworth including visits they made here.

We would also be interested in your stories .. what did you do on coronation day? Were there any Street parties or festivals? If you have a tale to tell (however short) or any photos or other items that we could use for the exhibition please do contact me. Please do not send in any ornaments or items of value before contacting me. If you do send any photos or your memories of royal celebratory occasions could you please mark them "Royal Jubilation Exhibition" and supply your full contact details. I look forward to hearing from you.

Marguerita Taplin 01243374105 marguentataplin@Yahoo.co.uk

Emsworth Museum lOb North Street Emsworth POlO 7DD





16th April

DOZENS of people helped make bunting for an Olympic-themed art project.

Visitors to Emsworth Baptist Church on Saturday learned the technique from local artist Georgina Giles who led demonstrations.

The Boat Project, based in Emsworth, asked members of the public to donate wooden objects to build a vessel.

It is one of 12 public art commissions across the UK to celebrate the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

The bunting, made by members of the public at workshops across the south, will be hung on the boat for its launch next month.  Each flag has been made out of donated material that holds special memories to the owners.   Dominique Cooper, 25, of Little Hackets, Havant, went to the workshop in Emsworth with friend Maria Bailey.

Dominique said: ‘It was very interesting to see how the flags are made and to learn more about the project.
‘I’ve never seen anything like it before so I was fascinated.
‘It really got me interested in The Boat Project.
‘I can’t wait to see it launch now

The News 16-April-2012



12th April


Loyalty Counts at Classy Cooks in Emsworth


Mary, proprietor of Classy Cooks, has become the first independent retailer to introduce a loyalty card scheme.


Mary opened her business selling cookware in Emsworth some six years ago and puts much of the Classy Cooks’ success down to listening to what her customers want.


 Undaunted by the current economic climate Mary began the scheme shortly before last Christmas and now has more than 100 customers signed up!  Membership enables customers to collect “points” which may then be redeemed on future purchases so that there is always a good reason to return to shop on another day.


Mary says that she is delighted with the way the scheme has taken off.

“With the loyalty card I’m able to say thank you to customers for shopping with us by giving money off future purchases, and also let them know about our latest products, special offers, seasonal recipes and special events through our monthly email newsletter.”


Mary is a keen member of the Emsworth Business Association and a firm believer in working with other local retailers to promote Emsworth as a good place to come and shop.


“Emsworth is a terrific place to live and work but small businesses like mine need to work together to promote the town with positive marketing to increase footfall and encourage return visits.


We need local residents and visitors to use the local independent shops if Emsworth is to survive, but in this day and age customers have a choice-we aim to be first choice by giving good value and friendly service.”


Classy Cooks has special offers linked to local Emsworth events. For St George and the Dragon Celebrations (20th -29th April) Classy Cooks is giving double points on every purchase, plus 10% off all the new Emma Bridgewater range  and10% off all the 'Street Party' range.


The shop will be open on Sunday 29th April (10am to 2pm), the day of the Dragon Boat Racing event.

Classy Cooks is open Monday – Saturday from 9.00am to 5.00pm. For more information visit the Classy Cooks website: www.classycooks.com



12th April


Thorney Island walk is open once more  

The public footpath at Thorney Island, near Emsworth, has undergone resurfacing to make it easier for walkers.

The work has been carried out by Chichester Harbour Conservancy.

Ali Beckett, publicity officer for the conservancy, said: ‘The new section runs north from St Nicholas Church and is surfaced with shingle.

‘Previously the path was in a very poor condition with its narrow width and uneven, muddy surface making it hard going for walkers. It is now vastly improved.’

The News 11-April-2012


6th April




An exciting new project to collect a photo of Chichester Harbour every day for a year starts on the first of April.


Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a paradise for photographers. Endless possibilities abound with seascapes and landscapes, habitats, wildlife, historic buildings and local characters.


In this new project, A Year of Photos, Chichester Harbour Conservancy aims to build a picture of all these elements of the harbour through the seasons. From the balmy days of summer with hundreds of boats bobbing about on the water to the short days of winter when thousands of migratory birds make their home here, Chichester Harbour is a constantly changing landscape.


Everybody is welcome to take part in the project by submitting photos to the Harbour Office. Ali Beckett, Publicity Officer for Chichester Harbour Conservancy said, ‘We want as many people as possible to get involved. Simply email me your photo with details of when and where it was taken and up to three will be added to an online gallery for each day of the year. Don’t worry if you can’t submit it on the day, just send it in at anytime during the project and we can retrospectively post it to the gallery.’


In addition, to celebrate their 25th anniversary the Friends of Chichester Harbour are sponsoring a professional photographer to run photography field trips to Chichester Harbour for local schools. This will help students become more aware of this special area and under the guidance of a professional they will be able to take photographs to add to the project.



A Year of Photos can be viewed online at www.conservancy.co.uk. To submit a photograph, please send it by email to allie@conservancy.co.uk along with details of where and when it was taken.


5th April


New Community Woodland Opens to the Public



A new community woodland at Maybush Copse, Chidham, will be officially opened to the public on Easter Saturday, April 7th, at 10am.


The opening marks the fruition of three years of work by a partnership between Chichester Harbour Conservancy, Chichester Harbour Trust and the Maybush Copse Friends, with the support of the local community.


The formerly derelict eight-acre site has been planted with 4,500 trees and has a network of woodland paths and a wheelchair path for people to enjoy. There are three beautiful viewpoints with Oak benches looking out over the neighbouring farmland towards the Chichester Harbour, and in time there will be open areas of wildflower lawn for families to enjoy picnics and ballgames.


A new permissive footpath links Maybush Copse to the local public footpath network offering links to the Chichester Harbour shoreline and the villages of Nutbourne and Chidham.


The entrance to Maybush Copse is on Cot Lane, Chidham. Visitors are encouraged to arrive on foot or by bike. Lockable cycle posts, kindly supplied by The Friends of Chichester Harbour have been provided along with a disabled parking space. There is roadside parking for a small number of cars.


Nicky Horter, the Conservancy’s Countryside Officer said, ‘We are looking forward to welcoming everyone to Maybush Copse; this project could not have happened without the support of the local community and all our funding partners’.



For more information on the project visit the Maybush Copse pages of the Chidham and Hambrook community website www.chidhamandhambrook.info.



3rd April


French Food Food Market is coming to Emsworth

Le Marche de France has been invited to come and visit  EMSWORTH, and bring a great range of high quality & fresh produce from all regions of France for one day for everyone to enjoy.The market will take place in EMSWORTH, PALMERS ROAD CAR PARK, FRIDAY 13th APRIL 2012,   from 9.00am till 4.00 pm


Wonderful selection of Genuine French produce:There will be a


magnificent cheese stall with a truly enormous selection of French cheeses. Bread will be baked onsite, in front of visitors, on the NEW BREAD& PATISSERIE STALL and the smell of bread, croissants and patisseries should hopefully spread in the whole town centre. Also will be the Charcuterie with wonderful sausages, olives, Turkish delights, smoked ham and Calvados pate. Pure Butter Homemade biscuits, cakes and Ginger bread, Mustards, sauces and, of course, garlic will be on offer as well! For those with a sweet tooth, wonderful natural honeys as well the hugely popular crepes stall will be on display.  For those with a small space left, the sweet stall will also be making fresh pralines, almonds and cashews on site.

And for those who like South of France, they will find soaps from Marseille, lavenders, tablecloths from Provence… Oh, La la…!!!

“We are pleased to welcome the delights of the French Market back and would encourage as many people as possible to come along,” said Jeff Crate, Havant Borough Council’s Economic Development Officer. “As well as the delicious continental produce available from the market, visitors will also be able to take advantage of the wide range of shops on offer in the town centre at the same time.”




22nd March



Where should new jobs and new homes go?


The Borough Council needs to find enough land for approximately 5,000 new homes and 65,000 square metres of employment space (equivalent of approximately 9 -10 football pitches). Planning Policy would like your help so together we choose the most suitable sites for development.


We need to know your thoughts on the sites that you would prefer to see developed. There will be a number of local exhibitions around the Borough and the the exhibition in Emsworth will take placeon Friday 11th May

 at The Pastoral Centre at the Emsworth Methodist and Pastoral Centre, 11.00am – 2.00pm and 6.00pm-6.00pm . If you are unable to attend there will be a follow up exhibition for all areas at the Public Service Plaza, Civic Centre Road, Havant on 30th May 2012.


Source Havant Borough Council

Local butchers aim to be a cut above the rest

There are two good reasons to visit your local butcher’s shop in the next couple of weeks.


One is the fact that it’ll soon be National Butchers’ Week (March 25-31), an event dedicated to promoting the importance of your local shop.

And the other is the good old-fashioned bacon sarnie.

We’re in the middle of Bacon Connoisseurs’ Week and that means the opportunity to devour the nation’s favourite ‘guilt’ food with no shame whatsoever.

The Red Tractor quality assurance organisation, which organises the week, has declared it Britain’s top snack so there’s no need to worry about that ketchup-drenched sizzling treat.

Emsworth butcher Richard Treagust says your local expert is more likely to serve you a good quality product, so there’s every reason to shop at a proper butcher’s shop before making your bacon butty.

‘You can have it cut to a certain thickness and have smoked, unsmoked, streaky. You can buy bacon just the way you like it and you can also find out where it has come from,’ says Richard.

There have been health concerns regarding processed meat in recent years, with some reports suggesting that it could be linked to cancer. But many experts say it’s a case, like most things, of eating it in moderation.

Richard, the owner of family business H.H Treagust & Sons, says buying a good quality product that has less preservatives and additives is the way forward.

The curing of bacon stems from a traditional preserving process and there are different methods – dry cured, wet cured, maple cured and sweet cured. Sweet cured bacons are best found at farm shops.

Richard says a reason to shop at a butcher’s is being able to discuss the product and find out where it has come from.

‘It’s about traceability, knowing that it comes from a good producer who doesn’t use flavour enhancers and other things. More people want to know where their food has come from and I think that’s great. A lot of people these days are looking for free range and organic.’

He sources pork from Scott Free Range in West Sussex and organic lamb from Dorset.

Many butchers’ shops have struggled because of the convenience of supermarkets, so Richard is proud of the fact that Treagust’s has been in the family since 1920.

And he would encourage people to go to their local shop wherever they are.

‘It’s a much more personal service. We know most of our customers by first name. People feel happy to ask for advice and we can give it, telling them the best way to cook things and encouraging them to buy different cuts.’


The News 22-March-2012





21st March 2012


Dasher, a Canine Partners Dog, and Rosemary, an Emsworth Resident's, Story


I’ve been a florist all my working life and in April 2006, I woke up with a swollen leg and couldn’t get down the stairs – this was the start of a different chapter of my life.  I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and it took two and a half years before they got my medication right.  I had to give up my florist shop and lost all my confidence.


I have always been a dog person having trained gun dogs with my ex-husband.  However, at that stage I was living alone and felt very vulnerable.  A chance meeting with three volunteer puppy parents for Canine Partners opened my eyes to what might be available to me and before I knew it phone calls were made, forms filled in, references obtained and I was in the pipeline for a canine partner.  I didn’t think anything would come of it, so was dumbfounded to receive a call asking me if one of the trainers could pay a home visit. 


After further assessment and training I thought I had won the Lottery, when I became the very proud custodian of my darling Dasher.  He has made such a difference to my life both physically and emotionally.  I struggle with my hands, which have become very unreliable and I am often unable to pick things up, so Dasher does it for me.  He helps me take off my shoes and socks when I come in the house and fetches my slippers. 


When we go into town, I have become a person again and people chat to me like they used to without any sense of discomfort.  In the supermarket he helps me to get the lower items from the shelves that I can’t reach.  However, I have to keep him away from the biscuit aisle where he sits staring at the packets of Rich Tea! 


When I head into the garden on my walker, Dasher is there to get any tools I need and keep an eye on me.  He takes the washing out of the machine then once outside hands each item to me so I can peg it on the line. 


Since having Dasher I have been on holidays with a friend to places accommodating the disabled, which Dasher loves.  He visits National Trust houses with me and I get a great deal of pleasure in taking him places where he can run around without his jacket and just be a dog. 


Dasher really does do anything he can to help me.  He is always so alert to my needs and makes sure I know if someone has opened the gate at the end of the drive so I can see who it is and get to the door in plenty of time with the walker.  If I am having a bad day Dasher knows and is always with me should I need anything, he even feels bad leaving me when a friend comes to take him for a walk.  If I have a fall he will go and get the phone so I can call for help, then he waits with me until it arrives.  The other day my leg was really swollen and I couldn’t get my jeans off.  Dasher had already gone to bed but I asked him come and help, so he got up, came over and slowly pulled my jeans off.  I then asked him to get my pyjamas, which he duly did.  However, he now thinks this should happen every night and dutifully gets them when I go to bed!


I truly feel Dasher is a gift and I don’t know what I would do without him, especially as I was friends with Anne Conway who was a founder of Canine Partners. I am doing all I can to raise awareness of the fantastic work of Canine Partners around where I live and am even embarking on a public speaking course to help at more events.  I am very grateful to Canine Partners, without whom I feel sure I would be a recluse.


Rosemary wrote a poem to Canine Partners, as follows:


Thank you

Thank you are two little words that mean so very much.

Thank you for your kindness.

Thank you for your care.

Thank you for the knowledge of knowing that you are always there.

Thank you.


 If you would like to support Canine Partners please follow the contact details below:

08456 580480


Registered charity number 803680

Registered in Scotland  SCO39050




20th March 2012

Anniversary pint in Ireland sparked a love of brewing ale –Brewing Returns to Emsworth after over 70 Years

AN ANNIVERSARY pint in Ireland sparked an idea which led to a couple starting their own brewery.

Six years later Hilary and Michael Bolt can taste the fruits of their hard work – down at their local pub.  They have built their own microbrewery at the back of their shop, Emsworth Antiques, in West Street and the first pints of Slipper ale have been enjoyed at the Gosport Beer Festival and at The Crown Hotel, in High Street, Emsworth.

Mrs Bolt, 57, said: ‘It was about the time that Fullers took over Gales and promised they would not be moving the brewery – then promptly did
‘We had gone to Cork to celebrate our anniversary and came across a really nice little microbrewery. I had never seen one quite like it before.
‘When we moved to Emsworth in 1984 there were quite a number of pubs and it had a strong brewing background.
‘There was even a brewery in the
South Street car and our house used to be a grog shop.
‘I said “Isn’t it a shame Emsworth doesn’t have a little brewery?”
‘My husband so liked the idea he didn’t let it go.’

Mr Bolt wanted to create a brewery small enough to run alongside his day job as a radar engineer.
The equipment was finally installed in November and the first cask was snapped up by the Gosport Beer Festival last month.

Mrs Bolt, who backs our Love Your Local campaign which supports community pubs, said: ‘We think it’s important for all the beers to have a local identity so we’ve given them local names.   The winter brew was Hollybank after the woodland and the summer session ale is Slipper, after the Mill Pond. That went to the Old House at Home in Chidham which was run by the temporary manager of The Crown Hotel, in Emsworth. We got a telephone call saying “help” – they had just run out at the Crown and could they take some Slipper?
‘We were delighted especially because it was brewed with the help of our grandson, Sam.’

The News 19-March-2012

20th March 2012


Party marks 165 years of town’s train station


IT’S not every day a train station gets to celebrate its birthday with balloons, cakes, and a jazz band but it was certainly worth making a fuss for the 165th anniversary of Emsworth railway station opening.

Residents have rallied round to give the station a stunning makeover, including the reopening of the station’s toilets and waiting room.  A year ago the waiting room was a grotty mess and had not been open to the public in years.  Members of Emsworth Residents’ Association and other community leaders have worked tirelessly to co-ordinate the revamp of the station with the help of Southern Railway.


The waiting room is now a bright and colourful room, with community boards giving information on local events and wildlife, as well as artwork by local schoolchildren.

And pupils from Emsworth Primary School have helped to plant flower displays at the station.  Scores of them dressed in Victorian dress for the celebration – harking back to March 15, 1847, when the station opened, along with those at Havant and Bosham.  And the children made all the sandwiches for the party.

The station revamp was the vision of Lorraine Clode, chairwoman of Emsworth Residents’ Association.

She said: ‘It’s a very joyful day.

‘It’s celebrating not only the birthday of the station, but reopening rooms that will benefit the community.

‘I think we have done the station proud.’

The Mayor of Havant, Ken Smith, cut the ribbon to officially reopen the waiting area, which will also include a cafe area selling home-made cup cakes.

He said: ‘It’s about time we got some character back into our railway stations rather than the bland old things we have had put up over the years.

‘A station like this is a pleasure to use.’

Schoolchildren ably handed out refreshments to guests at the party.

Grace Fisk, nine, said: ‘I think it’s really nice and bright and colourful.’

Isabel Stratford-Burden, also nine, said: ‘It’s been exciting and quite a fun time to be here.’

Ebony Marsh, eight, added: ‘It’s nice there’s going to be a waiting area so people can sit down.’

Running the cafe business will be Garry Pascoe, 49, an ex-army commando, and his wife Chief Petty Officer Michelle Pascoe, who is based at HMS Temeraire in Portsmouth and plans to leave the forces to concentrate on the cake business.

The scheme has cost around £25,000, with most of the cash coming from Southern Railway, as well as contributions from SEEDA, the Residents’ Association and Hampshire County Council.

Music at the party was provided by George’s Regis Jazz Band, who played Sweet Lorraine in tribute to Mrs Clode’s efforts.

Mrs Clode, who danced along to the tune, laughed: ‘It’s absolutely made my day!’


The News 19-March-2012





16th March

Proposed Parking Charge Hike Scrapped.

Following intensive lobbying of local councillors by the Emsworth Business Association, independent businesses, publicans and restaurateurs the proposed increases to parking charges in Emsworth have been taken out of this years budget. Parking charges will now to remain the same, at least for the next year, and parking in the Bridge Road car park will remain free.



16th March

Help add a splash of colour to Olympic boat project by designing your own bunting

 A STUNNING wooden boat made from pieces of violin, wooden spoons and even lollipop sticks has been given a launch date.  The Boat Project is part of the Cultural Olympiad which is running alongside the 2012 Olympics.

Artists Lone Twin have been working alongside professional boat builders at Thornham Marina, Emsworth, for the last year, creating a boat from pieces of wood which people hold dear to them.  The launch will be at the marina on May 7 and Leigh Park craft organisation, Making Space, needs help to decorate the building.

It wants to add a splash of colour by inviting the public to create bunting with meaning.

Lynne Dick, from Making Space, said: ‘Bunting flags can be made out of any type of fabric that has a memory attached to it. Old curtains and clothes are both good candidates, as are oddments left over from a past project. f you would like to drop into one of the Making Space Workshops, local artist, Georgina Giles will be on hand to help.

The workshops are free and anyone can attend. In Emsworth the workshop will take place on April 14th, 10am to noon at Emsworth Baptist Church Hall

Pupils and community groups can make bunting in their own time by using a downloadable pack from www.makingspace.org  and dropping them off by April 24. Tickets for the boat launch are free but must be booked in advance from theboatproject.com.

The News 16-March-2012





15th March


Facelift for Emsworth station on right track


A special event is being held in Emsworth today to mark the 165th anniversary of the opening of the town’s train station and its new refurbishment.

The train station has gone through a sympathetic restoration of its waiting room – an area not seen by rail users for decades – and the addition of a new platform toilet.

Work is also taking place to add a ramp to the eastern platform, the lack of which has caused havoc for years for anyone in a wheelchair or travelling with a pushchair.

There are two waiting rooms that have been opened up on the westbound platform. The smaller one will be home to a new shop selling coffee and cakes, while the larger one with its original Victorian wooden floor and benches, will be a traditional waiting room, complete with a table and magazines.

The changes have come about after hard work and lots of lobbying from Emsworth Residents’ Association and its chairman Lorraine Clode, who admits she had a bee in her bonnet about it.

“I don’t see why Emsworth should be at a disadvantage to every other station,” she said.

Being the gateway to Emsworth, it let the town down.

“After years of Emsworth being at the end of the line in terms of investment, all of a sudden we have come to the top of the list.

“The waiting room was shut many years ago because of vandalism, that’s what the rumour is.

“You can see how lovely it is with the original benches, and original floor – everything there is original.”

The ramp has been a bone of contention for years, and has come about after funds were freed up by Southern Railway because of a project that was cancelled elsewhere.

“People have had to go to the next station on the other side of the station to go down the line to come back, that’s how stupid it’s been,” she said.

The lack of a toilet has also caused problems, especially as some of the trains going along the south coast no longer have toilets on board.

She said: “I had a bee in my bonnet about it, so I met with Southern Railway and I learned that the trains coming through here would no longer have toilets, and so that got to me.

“I don’t regard having a public toilet at a railway station a luxury when you can’t use the train.

Emsworth Primary School pupils were involved with the revamp as they helped plant the flower boxes on the windows. Havant mayor Ken Smith will open the new facilities 165 years to the day that the station opened today, March 15.


Chichester Observer 15-March-2012




9th March


Emsworth Residents' Association Announce Community Chest


The Emsworth Residents' Association is supporting a campaign to give cash to grass-roots activities in Emsworth, helping to hand out £500 every three months.

Many people across Emsworth are making a difference to the community by volunteering, building facilities and staging events.

Sometimes the best-laid plans can struggle because of a lack of a cash. We can now help with the Emsworth Community Chest, funded by the ERA, which will now award L500 at each QGM, with attending residents voting and making final decisions.

That means £2000 to give away in 2012 to a variety of organisations – from sports clubs and community groups to support organisations and many more.

If you are involved with a group which could use some extra cash, let us know what difference the money could make – initially by filling in and returning the downloadable application form which is now available on the ERA website.

The Ems March-2012



7th March


Eight hundred New Homes in Emsworth?

THE first details of where thousands of new homes could be built across Havant, Waterlooville and Emsworth have been revealed.More than 80 plots are being considered as potential housing sites, including farmland, car parks, recreation grounds, allotments and school playing fields.

A handful have planning permission for housing, but the vast majority of the sites do not. The locations have been outlined by Havant Borough Council and will go out for public consultation in May and June. The council has agreed with the government a housing target of 6,300 new homes between now and 2026. Space has already been found for 2,691 homes with big developments such as the Waterlooville Major Development Area taking a large chunk.

Now the council has to find room for a total of 3,609 more homes in the borough. Most of the sites have been put forward by landowners expressing an interest in them being developed.

Residents’ group leaders said they recognised the need for new houses for young people, but were worried about loss of green belt and community spaces.

Pam Cooper, from Purbrook and Widley Residents’ Association, said: ‘It’s getting to the point to the west of the A3M where it’s more infilling than not. There’s very little space left – I think they have to be very careful.
‘With the Waterlooville
MDA, they have still not started building houses yet, I presume because of the economic climate.
‘Let’s see how we go with this before we start nibbling into playing fields and recreation areas.’

And Lorraine Clode, chairwoman of Emsworth Residents’ Association, was worried about Emsworth Victoria Cottage Hospital being turned into housing.  She said: ‘There are definitely pros and cons. My own personal view is hands off the hospital. We want that to be primarily reserved as a community medical facility.’

Cllr Tony Briggs, leader of the council, said no final decisions have been made.
He said: ‘For housing it’s really about looking to the land that’s available in the area. It may be in some instances while people accept they have to have housing, they would rather it be on a site that has not been designated as opposed to one that is designated. It’s about giving the community an opportunity to comment.’

Details of the public exhibitions will come out at the end of the month.



Land off Oaktree Drive, 46 homes

Victoria Cottage Hospital, 6

Part of South Street car park, 5

Emsworth Delivery Office, 5

Hampshire Farm, 279

Horse Field, Havant Road, 123

Land west of Horndean Road, 147

Land east of Horndean Road, 80

Land west of Coldharbour Farm, 66

Land north of Hollybank Land and Long Copse Lane, 105

The News 07-Mar-12




3rd March


Advance Warning - A27 Closure for Maintenance

Between Saturday 17th March for a period of 10 nights, the A27 Chichester by-pass will be closed every night from 20.00 hrs and 06.00am for maintenance works. all traffic eastbound and westbound will be diverted A259 through Emsworth and all the Bournes.


The A27 will be closed between Warblington and Fishbourne at Chichester for this period every night.




3rd March


Wheel of good fortune sees popular cycling shop saved in town


THERE was a wave of disappointment when a ‘closing down’ sign appeared in the shop window.  Yet again another independent shop at the heart of the community was being lost. But where there’s a will, there’s a way.


Rob Sheppard, who had managed Emsworth Cycles for the past six years, decided to pour in his own cash to save the business, which has been a fixture in North Street for a quarter of a century.

His 11th-hour decision has delighted the large cycling community in the Emsworth area. There were champagne and cheers yesterday as Mr Sheppard, family and customers raised a toast to a bright future.


The 42-year-old, who lives in Main Road, Southbourne, said: ‘The owners decided they had had enough and they decided they were going to close down.

‘There’s been a car spare and cycle shop here for 25 years.

‘I had been manager for six and it was either be unemployed and no promotion, or be employed with a promotion!

‘This was going to be converted into flats if we did not carry on as a shop.’


Three jobs have been saved by the business staying open. Customer Steve Wagg, from Quinton Fields, Emsworth, said: ‘I think it’s vital for the community that a bike shop remained here.

‘It’s a service that Rob can provide and is in demand here.

‘It’s important cycling territory for riders up the Downs and people commuting.’


Customer Bradley Piper added: ‘It’s fantastic news.’ Mr Sheppard’s mum Zandra, 70, said: ‘It’s a brilliant idea. He was facing being out of work.
‘Jobs round here are not great, especially in this sort of business. I thought he could do it and he had our backing.’


The shop being saved has received the support of the wider community.  It comes after a couple of independent shops have closed in Emsworth, including a grocers.  The bustling town still boasts two butchers, a baker, a grocer and a delicatessen.


Lorraine Clode, chairwoman of residents’ association, said: ‘I’m absolutely thrilled the bike shop is staying in Emsworth. It’s a great asset.’


Mr Sheppard wanted to thank his partner Janine for helping to save the business. Mr Sheppard will now be able to continue his passion for cycling – and changing wheels at lightning speed.


Two years ago he hit the headlines after being named the Fastest Wrench in the West. Tasked with unlocking the brakes, taking off the front wheel, flattening it, pumping it up again – then putting the whole thing back together – the mechanic managed the job in a 58 seconds at the national Cycle Show in London.


Mr Sheppard said: ‘If the competition is there, I would do it again. But they didn’t run it last year.’




The News 02-Mar-12



2nd March


Chance to have say on plans for new homes

 Residents in Emsworth have been told to have their say over where hundreds of houses will go in the town, as preliminary discussions get under way with the community.

Chairman of the Emsworth Residents’ Association, Lorraine Clode took part in a recent workshop run by Havant Borough Council for stakeholders in Emsworth about what sites are available for housing development in the future.

The Emsworth ward needs to find room for up to 826 new dwellings before 2026, planning permission has already been given for 334.

Although public consultation is not set to take place until later this year, she felt it was a good start, but warned residents that they must make their voices heard now to help shape the allocations plan rather than after all the decisions have been made.

“We thought it was an extremely good process,” she said. “The actual number of homes is not being imposed on us by Havant Borough Council, it’s very much a consultative process.”

Those at the workshop used a traffic light system to rate the sites. A red marker was used if they felt it was unsuitable, an amber marker if they were undecided, and a green marker if they thought it was suitable.

She said: “Before we started putting the red, amber, and green next to the sites, we had to put a little blue spot on the road where we lived so there was no possibility of us being accused of being nimbys.

“If people don’t take part in the discussions about the allocations then they don’t really have much room to complain about the end result if they are not part of shaping it.”

The information gathered from the workshops will be put into a draft allocations plan which will be the subject of an informal public consultation running from May 4 until June 16.

A spokesman for HBC said: “The informal consultations in May and June will provide the public with an opportunity to consider the potential housing, employment and green infrastructure allocations before a formal consultation is held on the preferred options for allocation in November and December 2012


The Chichester Observer 02-Mar-12



1st March


Up to 200 new homes planned for ‘green gap’ between Havant and Emsworth

FARMLAND and a former garden nursery are at the centre of plans for almost 200 new homes.

Developers want to build in a chunk of the green gap between Havant and Emsworth and look set to make major changes to sort out the Denvilles area traffic problems.

The two parcels of land will be developed separately – the former Manor Farm by David Wilson Homes and Copsey’s Nursery by the Generator Group.

But the two firms have joined together to find a solution to the congestion at the level crossing in Southleigh Road.

Julian Jones, development director, said: ‘We’re looking at 190 units, maybe a bit more, maybe a bit less, depending on how the planning process goes, of two, three, four and five bedroom properties.

‘We’ve been in dialogue with Havant Borough Council for about a year now but these things take a long time to come forward because we have had to address the issues the council has raised such as the effect on the level crossing.

‘It’s the only crossing on that stretch which doesn’t have a passenger footbridge and we will be working with Network Rail to try and address that.

‘A lot depends on what comes out of the Development Consultation Forum.’

Developers, architects and planners will be at an exhibition outlining the plans at St Faith’s Church Hall, The Pallant next week.

One of those who will be there is Keith Chessell, of Castle Avenue, Warblington.

The former chairman of the Warblington and Denvilles Residents’ Association, said: ‘My opinion is that we have to build houses somewhere and this is a place that has been set aside for building houses for many years.

‘The big problem has always been the railway crossing. There’s a concern about traffic flow and what this will mean at the barriers but I know there is talk that the developer may pay for it.’

The exhibition is on Tuesday, March 6, from 1.30pm to 7pm


The News 29-Feb-12



February 28th


Emsworth exhibition is eye-opener

THE fascinating history of a local landmark will be explored in a free exhibition.


The story of St Thomas a Becket Church in Warblington will be the focus of a display at Emsworth Museum. The exhibition will show how the Saxons built the church in the 10th century and will chart the extension in the 13th century and the modernisation by the Victorians. Music in the church, the ancient yew tree in the churchyard, church linen, pictures of the stained glass windows and other artefacts will also feature. The exhibition begins on Easter Saturday, April 7, and is open until April 29. Opening times are 10.30am to 4.30pm on Saturday and 2.30pm to 4.30pm on Sunday. The museum will open on St George’s Day, April 23, from 10am to 2pm.




The News 28-Feb-12




February 19th


Oral history files at museum updated


THREE enthusiastic history students from Chichester University are helping Emsworth Museum build up its oral history archive.

The mature students are undertaking an Oral History module as part of their degree course at the university and helping out at the museum under the supervision of Margaret Rogers and Sylvia Courtnage.

The museum project involves collecting oral history interviews from local residents with interesting memories of life in Emsworth in past decades.

Margaret Rogers said: “The museum has recently started recording interviews on video and the students’ help means that we can tackle subjects more quickly.

“In the first session we showed the students how to start work by practising interviews. They’ll also be transcribing some past interviews and helping out on new ones.”

Student, Liz Slater, said: “You’re keeping history alive in Emsworth.”

The museum is keen to hear from more people who have stories of old Emsworth or memories about local community groups to share. Please contact the museum on 01243 378091.

For more information about the museum, which is above the fire station in North Street, visit www.emsworthmuseum.co.uk .



Chichester Observer 19-Feb-12




February 18th


Business Association Announce programme for Emsworth St George's Week


With something happening every day between 20th and 29th April this year's week of celebrations promises to be more exciting than ever before. Highlights include the parade by 47Regt. RA on Tuesday 23rd and the Dragon boat race on Sunday 29th. Who more appropriate to listen to in St  George’s Week than a true Englishman. A descendent of Admiral Collingwood no less! Better known today as the man who plays Brian Aldridge in the Archer The JR of Ambridge! Charles Collingwood will entertain you with a few hilarious antidotes, a few impressions and the opportunity to ask him some awkward questions at the  end. There will also be a chance to buy a copy of his autobiography “Brian and Me” . Charles Collingwood will be at 'The Deck' on Friday 27th


The  nominated charity this year is The Royal Artillery Charitable Fund. This year it is hoped to raise £5000.Once again, Spring?eld Care Homes and HBC are joining the EBA, ECA and ERA in sponsoring and supporting various aspects of St. Georges Week


To get the full details of all that's going on download the full programme HERE




February 12th




In the SAT results published in December Thorney Island Community Primary School came top of the league tables from schools in Fareham, Gosport, West Sussex, Portsmouth, Havant and East Hampshire.  The school scooped a hat-trick of 100 per cent pass rates including that for combined English and Maths, as well as for the number of pupils making at least two National Curriculum Levels of Progress from the ages of seven to eleven.  The school provides a fantastic level of education to the children of the families whose parents are mainly in the army and are frequently subject to operational tours and other domestic moves.


The Headteacher, Dean Clegg expressed his delight at the results and said ‘that they show that every child is receiving an excellent start when they move onto secondary school.’  Asked how these results had been achieved, he said ‘The key for us is excellent teaching and a traditional curriculum that focuses on the basic skills of reading, writing and maths.  The children are happy at school and well behaved, which in turn leads to a positive learning environment.’  He also said that the school uses intervention strategies effectively if we think that children need extra help and support.


(Picture of Eagles Class with Dean Clegg (Headteacher) and Year 6 Teacher Karen Moody (Assistant Headteacher)







February 11th


The drainage system around Bridge Road is set to be improved to prevent another major flood.

Two years ago dozens of homes were hit when a drainage channel that carries surface water into the nearby Mill Pond overflowed. The EA is now throwing its resources into solving the problem over the next two years.

Options include making the culvert bigger and installing different screens along the drainage channel to stop it getting clogged up with rubbish.

It comes as the EA announced a massive funding drive across the country – with 60 schemes shortlisted for construction works, with a total of £1.3m being spent in Portsmouth to protect 2,200 homes.

Residents in Emsworth reacted with delight.

Chris Clode, chairman of Emsworth Flood Action Group, said: ‘We’re delighted by the fact that through the efforts of the flood action group and the support of the national flood forum that the EA has now agreed to put in measures to alleviate the flooding in Bridge Road and other areas of Emsworth.

‘It means everything that we’ve done over the past year or so is worthwhile.

‘It caused a lot of damage and distress.

‘These sort of flood reduction measures I’m sure will alleviate the problem.’

The News 11-Feb-12

View photos of the flooding in Bridge Rd. November 2010 HERE



February 6th



Emsworth Parking Charges to Rise

Parking charges in Emsworth and throughout the borough are set to go up and Sunday charges could be introduced to rake in an extra £180,000 for Havant council.

Councillors are discussing proposals to up parking fees at 14 of the borough’s car parks.

The extra income will help balance the books at the authority, which has decided not to increase council tax for the fourth year running.

Parking charges in South Street, Emsworth, as well as Wellington Way, Waterlooville, would go up by 20p for one hour, rather than the 10p in other areas. The yearly return of the increases would be £180,000, but this would be reduced to around £150,000 for the 2012/2013 financial year if the new charges were introduced in June. 

Charges are proposed to go from 70p to 80p for one hour, £1.50 to £1.60 for two hours, and £2.20 to £3 for up to four hours throughout the borough.  However in Emsworth the proposals are are an increase of 70p to 90p for one hour and £1.50 to £1.80 for up to two hours at South Street, Emsworth, with new £3 rate for up for four hours and to introduce parking charges for the currently  free Bridge Road car park, Emsworth.




January 25th


Now Published

Written by his son, John Rickett, who now lives in Devon, "Stretchers Not Available" - the Wartime Story of Emsworth Doctor, Dr Jim Rickett,has now been published by AuthorHouse at the best value price of £11.  The retail price is £13.95.  It is also be available through Kindle (£6),  Amazon, Waterstones and Bookends in Emsworrth.





See previous article on November 27th 2011





January 21st


Southbourne goes live on the Web


The West Sussex village of Southbourne now has its own website, Southbourne Online, www.southbourneonline,co.uk .


Brain child of Ruth Heelan a Southbourne resident, the site went live last weekend.  Ruth had the idea that with our Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics coming up, Southbourne should celebrate 2012.  She already has people offering to do events over the weekend of 23 and 24th June.

 A Village Show with various competitions in the village hall,  a Flower Festival in St John’s,  a children’s art exhibition in the Age Concern, a Teddy Bears Picnic in the Library, a BBQ and games at the Sea Scouts and an open afternoon at Tuppenny Barn to celebrate the events of 2012, which prompted her to think about how to promote the village in which she lives.  To many, Southbourne is somewhere they just pass through on the way to somewhere else but it is in fact a thriving place with a strong community spirit.

Ruth said,

It’s no good having the best of anything if no one knows about it.  So that’s where the website comes in.  We need to tell people what’s going on.   Our neighbouring villages are very good at promoting their community, we have been a bit tardy, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t have a very strong community, it just mean we have to promote it.” 

In case you wonder why I am doing this, I just have a very strong sense of community.  I’m not religious or politically motivated, I just believe that having a really good community spirit and network can enhance and improve our quality of life and in some cases change people’s attitude.”


The website has a directory of local businesses and organisation, a news page and an events calendar as well as some background information about Southbourne and its history.  Since going live it has had over two dozen businesses  and community organisations requesting inclusion and has had over 500  ‘hits’.  Its future success will depend on contributions and suggestions from the community so that it becomes an informative and interesting tool for both residents and visitors alike.


20th January



Havant artists wanted to show off their work

ARTISTS are being sought for a unique exhibition that will showcase their work.

Every year since 2006 there has been an Arts Trail throughout Havant borough, with artists and craftspeople opening up their homes and studios for a weekend for the public to visit.

This year the trail takes place on May 12 and 13 for Havant and May 19 and 20 for Leigh Park and Waterlooville.

Emsworth artists will showcase their work on May 5 and 6 and May 12 and 13.  For more information about the Emsworth trail call Marian Forster on 01243 372720. www.artstrail.emsworthhants.org.uk



19th January


Emsworth coastal path is shut for revamp


A WALK near Emsworth has been closed off for the next three weeks for improvement works to the footpath.

Public footpath 202 at Thorney Island, which forms part of the Sussex Border Path, has been closed while Chichester Harbour Conservancy improves the path.

Ali Beckett, information officer for the conservancy, said: ‘Currently the section of coastal path running north from the church is in poor condition – it is very narrow and uneven, making it hard going for walkers.

‘A closure will be in place for the duration of the works, as machinery will be operating on site. Unfortunately there is no alternative route, so the Thorney Island coastal path will be closed to walkers at the access gates.

‘We are sorry for any inconvenience caused, and have planned the works at a quiet time of year.




The News 19-01-12



12th January

10th January





What treasure can be found on the shoreline, how to have the best day out and what wildlife you can spot throughout the year are all themes of feature articles in this year’s Chichester Harbour News and Guide.


The 84-page magazine produced annually by Chichester Harbour Conservancy is now available. Feature articles cover a range of harbour-related topics. Local journalist Janet McMeekin went in search of the perfect harbour day out and valiantly tried boat trips, bike rides and picnics to come up with her suggestions. Four people who are lucky enough to work within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) all tell their story. Local bed and breakfast owner Sue Muffett explains how she loves to share her passion for the harbour with guests, whilst farmer Simon Sprackling talks about the challenges of farming in an environmentally sensitive area.


The new Director of the Conservancy, Siun Cranny, is interviewed and outlines her aims to encourage younger people to get more involved with the AONB. Keen racing sailor Roger Palmer shares his tips on using the wind and tide to advantage when racing near East Head. A new feature this year is a directory section. Packed with information for visitors by land or sea, tide tables, local contacts and a directory of local marine services this new section is sure to be useful for most readers.


The Harbour News and Guide is generously supported by The Friends of Chichester Harbour. It is available free of charge from local tourist offices, the Harbour Office and other local outlets.

10th January




8th January

Christmas Trees Removed

The Square has been returned to normal.

hank you to Havant Borough Council for the donation of the Christmas tree and to the Engineering works team for putting it in situ.

Our voluntary team of helpers Dave Sly Southern Tyre and Battery, Sue Treagust Treagust butchers, and Gareth and Carol Haskett GCS Computers Services Ltd, who this morning took all the decorations down and thank you to Lloyd Fowler from Llloyds Tree Surgery, who volunteered to bring a shredding machine to the square and shred all the small trees along with the main one which he managed in under half an hour!!!



8th January


Westbourne Villagers Recycle Christmas trees


Villagers in Westbourne, near Emsworth, have held their most successful Christmas tree recycling event yet.


Today [8 January] they brought almost 100 trees to the village square, where they were turned into chippings.


The recycling event was organised by climate change action group Greening Westbourne, who also collected Christmas cards for recycling. Campaigners provided mulled wine and mince pies for people who brought along their trees.


The recycling session was the fourth such event organised by the campaign. Its aim was to encourage residents to recycle, and to reduce the distance traveled by local waste. Westbourne tree works specialist Michael Reed performed the chipping for free. The chippings will be used to cover paths at village allotments.

Villlagers Chris Eaton and his son Ruari three, brought their Christmas tree to Westbourne's Greening Campaign recycling event.


Campaign chairman Colin Carré said: "The event is part of village tradition now and it's great that so many more villagers are taking part. Last year we had about 70 trees, and this year we had 98.


"We're now looking at other projects to take on, and 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 many communities across England.


Villagers interested in the campaign can email greeningwestbourne@hotmail.co.uk



01 January

Why wait to insulate? It’s now FREE!*

Havant Borough Council and Hampshire County Council are working in partnership and with funding from ScottishPower to bring residents Insulate Hampshire. Insulate Hampshire offers cavity wall insulation FREE OF CHARGE and loft insulation FREE OF CHARGE** subject to a free, no obligation technical survey provided by the scheme.

Insulate Hampshire can also offer rolls of insulation to top up your existing loft insulation for £49 for a maximum 100m2. Installing home insulation can offer savings of over £300 a year!***


They can also help advise you on installing solar panels and refer you to other community services such as benefit entitlement checks and home safety visits.


*Available for Hampshire homeowners and privately renting tenants (with landlords permission)

 **Where there is currently less than 60mm (2 1/2 inches) and is subject to extra meterage charges ***Statistics from the Energy Saving Trust based on an average 3 bedroom semi-detached property.





01 January


Soldier needed stitches after late-night fight after row in Emsworth Pub

A PUNCH-UP left a soldier needing stitches to his head after he was kicked and stamped on in the street.  John-Claude Fowler, of the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, was out drinking with a group of fellow soldiers at the Ship Inn, in Emsworth.   But the evening took a turn for the worse when the friends, who are all based at the Thorney Island barracks, got into a row with a group of locals, including Connor Grant-Loveless.

The argument flared up again when the two groups met outside a nearby takeaway in the early hours of the morning.  About a dozen men were involved in the violence as punches were thrown.  Grant-Loveless, who works in the building trade, punched Mr Fowler to the ground and then stamped on his head.  The soldier was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, with cuts and bruises to his head, one of which needed five stitches.

Sentencing him at Portsmouth Crown Court, Judge Ian Pearson said: ‘This offence is a serious offence of its type because it was drunken street violence which is all too prevalent in this particular area.

‘You were part of a group that took part in this altercation and you used a shod foot to kick or stamp on the head of the victim.’

Grant-Loveless, of Conigar Road, Emsworth, pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm.  The judge gave him a 36-week prison sentence suspended for two years and ordered him to do 150 hours of unpaid work.  The 24-year-old will have to stay in over Christmas after the judge gave him a three-month curfew.  He will have to wear an electronic tag and can’t go out between 7pm and 6am.

Judge Pearson warned him: ‘If you breach the terms of the order you will be brought back to court and the suspended sentence will be activated.’

Nicholas Cotter, defending, said: ‘There was a group of people involved here. The crown agree that there was provocation. Several people ended up on the floor that evening. The defendant was one of them – he was kicked and punched. Whilst that doesn’t excuse his behaviour when he stood up it perhaps paints a picture of provocation.’

He added: ‘This offence is out of character for this young man. It was spontaneous, not premeditated violence.’

The judge ordered Grant-Loveless to pay £500 in compensation to Mr Fowler and £500 in court costs following the assault in September 2010.

The News 29-12-11



01 January


Junior club is opened to help bored Emsworth children

YOUNGSTERS in Emsworth have no reason to be bored on a Friday evening any more.  The police, residents, local businesses and teenagers in the town have joined together to create EJC, the Emsworth Junior Club. It’s a place for seven to 14-year-olds to hang out, enjoy each other’s company and play computer games and is based at the Syrch Centre, in Spencers Field.

The idea was driven by PC Claire Proudfoot, the Emsworth beat officer, who saw a desperate need for a focal point for young people.

She said: ‘It’s a long-awaited and well-needed youth club.   It is run solely by local volunteers with the support of the local police team.  Its aim is to give the local children a place where they can meet, interact, socialise, learn new skills and have fun safely.   We believe this club will help lead to a stronger community in Emsworth and give a greater sense of responsibility and cohesion to all those involved in it.’

The Syrch centre only had basic equipment such as pool and table tennis. Bats and balls were donated by a volunteer.  As an extra boost, Steve Baxter, the Chief Inspector of Hampshire Constabulary, gave £400.  Martyn Griffiths from Hermitage Housing donated £100, and £600 came from the youth participation team at Havant Borough Council.   Giles Babb, the landlord of The Blue Bell Inn, grew up in Emsworth and gave PC Proudfoot £100 to spend on equipment.   Lillywhite Bros and Co garage have offered to pick up the cost of the hall hire.

It’s been going three months and around 25 people attend each week.  PC Proudfoot said:
‘All the children are keen to keep the club running and have been encouraging the adult members of their families to come and help out and their friends to join in.  At the moment the club is being run by the kindness of the local community.   It’s a non-profit-making organisation and all money received benefits the club and its members directly.   We believe that the club will benefit not only those who attend or are involved, but also the wider community.’

Donations can be made to PC Proudfoot by calling 0845 045 45 45 or by dropping into the EJC when it is running.   The club is open every Friday, from 6pm to 8pm.


The News 28-12-11


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