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24th December


Floods Hit Emsworth

HOMES and streets across Emsworth are flooded after brooks and streams burst their banks.

here is flooding along Havant Road, near the Mill Pond. Even though it was drained in the early hours of the morning water rose again quickly and it is now up to its banks again.

One of the worst affected areas is the bottom of Brook Gardens, in Emsworth, which is under a foot of water.

Emma Turner, 40, woke up at 2.15am to see water pouring down the street from the brook which runs to the west of her road.

She said: ‘It’s only for a 300m stretch but it’s very deep. All the cars parked in the road are flooded. My car has four or five inches inside it.

‘Basically we’re all stuck here. There is nowhere for the water to go, it’s not running back out to sea.

‘Apparently the Environment Agency are coming down soon, I just hope they bring sandbags because the tide is coming in again at 4pm. The drains are full but the residents have cleared them as much as possible. I’ve been out there for ages and have very cold feet!

‘I’m sure it will be okay though. It could be much worse. It’s not in the houses, just some of the garages.’

In Havant Road a huge tree was blown down but has now been cleared by the Highways Agency.


The News 23-Dec-13



20th  December


Emsworth Restaurant Judged in Top 200 in UK

The pretty coastal town of Emsworth with its array of independent shops and renowned restaurants and Pubs has long been known as a destination for food lovers. That reputation has been further enhanced by the inclusion of Fat Olives restaurant in not one but two lists within the recent Sunday Times ‘The Incredible Edibles 2013’, a guide to Britain’s top restaurants in association with Harden’s. Fat Olives appeared in the ‘Top 130 Cheap Eats’ section and also the hugely prestigious ‘Incredible Edibles Top 200’, a fantastic achievement for Lawrence and Julia Murphy and their team who have owned and run the restaurant for the last 14 years.
Diners Verdict – “A tremendous dining experience; the Murphys’ “small” fixture, in an old fisherman’s house on the hill leading to the harbour, has a disproportionately huge fan club thanks to it’s ‘beautiful’ cooking (particularly fish) ‘intimate’ style and ‘lovely’ service.
Sunday Times "Incredible Edibles Top 200" Nov 2013
 “”We are delighted to have been recognised in this years ‘Top 200’ and would like to thank all our customers, staff and our dedicated suppliers for their fantastic support” Lawrence and Julia Murphy
To celebrate this recognition Fat Olives are offering customers who book in January for lunch or dinner (except Friday and Saturday nights) and quote ‘Top 200’ a glass of English Fizz on arrival.


13th December



Better’ protection for tidal surge

A TIDAL surge affected Emsworth and Sidlesham last week, as a pub was flooded and two homes were pumped out.

But the damage was not as widespread as anticipated after the Environment Agency issued flood warnings for Bosham, Itchenor and Emsworth, and flood alerts for Selsey, Elmer, Bognor, Bracklesham Bay and Thorney Island on Thursday.

However, Pete Mahoney, landlord of The Lord Raglan, was a victim of the surge.

He was woken at 1.30am by neighbours as water started gushing into the pub.

“Someone kept ringing the phone and I just thought it was a customer who had left a DVD or something behind,” he said.

“But then I saw what had happened.”

Pete and his family spent the next morning clearing up the pub, after two inches of water managed to seep in.

In Sidlesham, fire crews were called out at 1.53am after two homes were affected by flooding. The homes were pumped out and two further houses were inspected, but escaped the floods.

But most of the coastal villages remained unaffected, suggesting new sea defences, particularly the £28m defences at Medmerry, were put to good use.

The Chichester district got off lightly compared to some parts of the UK and the Environment Agency called it ‘the biggest coastal event of the last 60 years’.

Jason Wakeford, a spokesman for the Environment Agency, said sea defences seemed to reduce the damage.

“Some 800,000 properties have been protected by the defences put in place in the last six decades and we have issued 120,000 warnings to individual properties,” he said.

“It is quite clear from those numbers that events like this are hugely dangerous – the 1953 flood claimed thousands of lives so alerts and warnings are very important to prevent such a disaster happening again.

“This time we had much better protection in place.


Chichester Observer 13-Dec-13




12th December 

Small producers are part of a big market day in Emsworth

The Emsworth Local Produce Market is holding its last market of 2013 this Saturday in the Emsworth Centre, South Street.  Offering a showcase for the smallest local producers within 20 miles of Emsworth, this indoor market has proved very popular with local residents. 

On Saturday it will get a welcome boost from its bigger cousin when the Hampshire Farmers’ Market relocates from the Palmers Road car park to the South Street car park, right next door to the Emsworth Centre, home of the Emsworth Local Produce Market.

“We hold our market on the 2nd Saturday of the month, so our dates have only coincided with Hampshire Farmers’ Market once or twice this year” explains Phoebe Atkinson, the market’s manager. 

“The Business Association has organised a Christmas Market Day here in Emsworth on December 14th, and it is exciting to be a part of it” she continued.  “Many of our producers are quite small so it is a real boost for them to be part of a bigger event that has been promoted so widely.”

This month there will be a quite a variety of producers at the Produce Market.  Tuppenny Barn Organics, The Chichester Biltong Co, Amibelle Skin, Mill Pond Cakes, Mitchell’s Munchies, Chidmere Farm Apple Juice, GiJ Design, Garden & Home, Veggie Patch preserves & cordials, Cutting Edge Cakes and Candy Scrumptious Bouquets will all have stalls at the market and every purchase made on Saturday will entitle customers to entry in a free draw for a Christmas Hamper of market goodies worth £50.

The market is open from 10:00am until 1:00pm.  Refreshments are available throughout the morning and there will be lots going on in Emsworth on Saturday, so visitors will have plenty to entertain them.

For more information about the Emsworth Local Produce Market, check their new website www.emsworthlocalproducemarket.co.uk



9th December


Army shake-up to boost number of troops in the area

MORE soldiers will arrive in the area as part of Army restructuring in the region, The News can reveal.


People in Emsworth will say goodbye to 47 Regiment Royal Artillery, which will no longer be based at Thorney Island. The soldiers, who have just returned from a tour of Afghanistan, are moving to Larkhill in Wiltshire. They are being replaced by 16 Regiment, a larger unit which is currently based in the Midlands.

Meanwhile, 12 Regiment will remain at Thorney Island and will also increase in numbers. The regiments all specialise in providing air defence to the Army.

Colonel Nick Pond, the commander of the Joint Ground Based Air Defence Command, said: ‘Air defence is on the up again. It has been a capability that has been overlooked over the last few years but now the world is changing and air defence is going to come to the fore again.

‘It’s a shame to see 47 Regiment go because they have had such a strong link with the community and have done such a good job.
‘I’m sure 12 Regiment and 16 Regiment will continue that.’

He said air defence is one of the few areas to be growing under the Army 2020 restructuring plan and would increase by a number of sub units.

‘We’re growing in number by about a third,’ he said. ‘I’m delighted to be taking command of the two units and delighted to have a foothold in Thorney Island again because it is a fantastic part of the world.’

At Thorney Island, command of 12 Regiment was officially handed over from the 1st Armoured Division to the Joint Ground Based Air Defence Command as part of the first steps in the restructuring. Brigadier Simon Humphrey is the Royal Artillery Commander for the 1st Armoured Division.

He said: ‘Getting 16 Regiment into Thorney Island and creating an air defence centre of excellence is good news.
‘It’s down to us to continue to push the business of air defence, getting back into the
DNA of the wider field army.
‘We have forgotten about this capability for far too long.
‘It is a sad day for me in some regards to be handing over command, but I think that’s the right place the regiment needs to be for the future.
‘I can say with confidence that I hand over 12 Regiment in a good order.’

As reported in The News, a new reservist artillery battery is also to be set up in Hilsea.  The 295 Battery will integrate with 12 Regiment and provide support.


THE three Royal Artillery Regiments involved with Thorney Island provide air defence for the Army in different ways.

12 Regiment: These soldiers are armoured warfare specialists, who support tanks and armoured infantry to destroy fast attack aircraft and helicopters in flight.

16 Regiment: They operate the Army’s only short-range Rapier surface-to-air missile system which protects from fast jets, helicopters, unmanned air systems, and cruise missiles. They are due to move on to Thorney Island.

47 Regiment: One of only two regiments in the Royal Artillery who provide the Army’s eyes in the sky, using unmanned aircraft to keep an eye on the land


The News 09-Dec-2013


1st December


Festive cheer as Emsworth’s Christmas Lights are lit


Once again Emsworth Square was paced with several thousand people a for the turning on of the town’s Christmas lights on Friday Evening,  The choirs from local primary schools led the singing of Carols, Rev. Simon Sayers spoke of the meaning of Christmas and Santa arrived at his grotto in South Street.  The mayor, Councilor Paul Buckley, encouraged the crowd to countdown the switch.


A small Christmas market proved popular and the local pubs were packed.  The event organized by the Business Association and supported by Havant Rotary Club and Havant Borough Council.


Read the article in The News





29th October



A Traditional Christmas in Emsworth 2013


 Well known for its independent shops and highly regarded restaurants, Christmas events in Emsworth this year will once again highlight what a unique place it is.  The Emsworth Business Association has been working with many elements of the town to put together a program of real community events that will make a visit to Emsworth an absolute must over the festive period.

Friday 29th November

Switching on the Christmas Lights & the arrival of Father Christmas


The fun starts from 5.45pm in St. Peters Square with community carol singing & music led by Rev. Simon Sayers and a mixed choir from the area’s schools. The Christmas lights will be switched on by the Mayor of Havant – Cllr Paul Buckley - before the arrival of Father Christmas as he travels onto his Grotto in The Emsworth Centre in South Street. The Grotto* will be open from 6.30pm and children of all ages are welcome. There will also be a range of market stalls in South Street Car Park, many shops from North Street down to the Quay will be open and Emsworth Fire Brigade are welcoming children to the station so they can climb onto the fire engine – what better way to start the Christmas period? 


*a small charge of £1.50 per child


Saturday 7th December

Free Parking in Emsworth


In conjunction with Havant Borough Council’s support of ‘Small Business Saturday’, parking will be free in Emsworth for up to 3 hours for this Saturday only. Come and support your local shops and enjoy the festive lights.



Saturday 14th December

Emsworth Christmas Market Day Featuring Hampshire Farmer’s Market


A special Christmas market from 10am until 3pm with Hampshire Farmer’s Market in its new location in South Street Car Park .The Salvation Army Band will be in North Street from 11.30am and in the heart of the village there will be a nativity themed farm, allowing young children to see and touch the farm animals. There will also be a ‘Local Produce Market’ in the Emsworth Centre and many of the local shops, cafes and restaurants will be featuring special Christmas offers to make this a real Christmas market day experience.


Sunday 5th January 2014

Recycle your Christmas Tree for FREE


Brightside Tree Surgery will in St.Peters Square between 10am – 12noon-recycling Christmas Trees Free of Charge. Bring your tree and then why not visit one of Emsworth’s fantastic Cafes or Public Houses - an ideal way to round off Christmas


Supported by

Emsworth Business Association

Havant Borough Council

With Thanks to

Havant Rotary Club; Hampshire Fire and Rescue; Brightside Tree Surgery,

The Brookfield Hotel, Monster Creative, The Emsworth Centre, The Co-operative Emsworth



For further details please contact – Alistair Gibson, Emsworth Business Association – 07712 669973 or alistair@hermitagecellars.co.uk



9th October


The Extra Card-Birthday Draw


The Emsworth Extra Card, which launched in January for a 12 month trial, is to continue in 2014.

Over fortyfive shops, pubs and businesses now offer the Card, which gives customers a chance to win in the monthly prize draw.


Over the last months, in addition to £25 shopping vouchers, winners have won an Extra monthly prize, ranging from a cream tea for 2 to a cookery school course, to a health check and wormer for your pet. Extra prizes still to come in 2013 are Christmas luch for two in December at the Coal Exchange, and £30 vouchers at Solent Cleaners.


Monthly Extra prizes next year will include gifts from Starrs, Leytons Jewellers, The Brookfield  and Emsworth Cookery School.

Between two and three hundred cards have been entered in each months draw-and to celebrate the 1st birthday there will be a Birthday Draw of Draws on 11th January 2014. All cards entered during 2013 will be entered in the Birthday Draw and have a second chance to win.

There will be a hamper of different prizes for this special draw-prizes so far from Bettys Bon Bons, Leyton Jewellers, Tiers, Starrs , Steve’s Barbers, Pantry Weigh and Classy Cooks.

Mary Coburn, Classy Cooks said ‘’Lots of people collect the Extracard-its a bit of fun, and another reason to shop locally-and a chance for businesses to thank customers for their support. We had one visitor who saw the card as a challenge, and managed to fill it up in a single day. She had bought amongst other things a beautiful vintage jacket from the Rowans Hospice shop, had had lunch at Driftwood and bought her supper from Treagusts. She said she was amazed at the range of shops in Emsworth....long may it remain so’’

More information on www.emsworthextra.co.uk




25th October


St Wilfred’s Calendar for 2014

As well as our Christmas cards, the hospice has produced a stunning 2014 calendar for sale, featuring photographs of local scenes kindly donated by Chichester Camera Club.

The club ran a competition for its members to send their photographs of local scenes in for consideration, these were shortlisted before the final selections were made at the Hospice.

Scenes include: Halnaker Windmill, the Itchenor Regatta, Goodwood Racecourse, the pumpkins at Slindon, bluebells in Wildham Woods and lavendar at Lordington.

The calendar is prices at £4.99 and is available from the Hospice our Emsworth shop or any of the other Hospice's shops, or from the eBay site



The calendars will make great Christmas presents and are sure to sell quickly so grab yours early to avoid disappointment!










23rd October


Emsworth Public Planning Exhibition

The site has been chosen to accommodate up to 140 new homes and the Environment Agency has identified its potential to also alleviate the flooding of Emsworth.  The landowners and a team of specialists have been working together on proposals for a unique housing and flood relief scheme and would welcome the comments of local residents.  Input from the community is most valuable and suggestions received at this event will be used to inform the design process as it progresses.

The exhibition will take place on Tuesday 29th October at International Hall, Emsworth Methodist Church, 19-21 High Street, Emsworth between 2pm and 8pm. All are welcome.



21st October



Carers Support West Sussex is running a series of four FREE dementia awareness workshops in Emsworth. The training is aimed at family members and friends looking after someone with a dementia or short term memory loss. Topics will include dementia awareness, communication, planning for the future, wellbeing, taking a break and dementia friendly environments. The workshops will be a combination of informal presentations, group activity and a chance to meet other people dealing with similar issues.

Workshops run from 1.30pm to 3.30pm on all the Mondays in November;

Monday 4th November – Dementia Awareness - looking at different dementias, the effects of memory loss and improving communication.

Monday 11th November – Planning for the Future – important legal issues presented by solicitor Philip Lansberry from Spofforths.

Monday 18th November - Wellbeing - Tips and tools for looking after your emotional wellbeing whilst caring for someone with a dementia, taking time off with the help of the Carers Wellbeing Fund

Monday 25th November – Making your home dementia friendly including a demonstration of useful gadgets to promote independence and safety in your home.

Carers are invited to come along to all of the session or dip in and out. As places are limited however booking of any of the sessions is essential. To find out more and to book a place on one or more workshops please call Carers Support West Sussex on 0300 028 8888 or email info@carerssupport.org.uk. To find out more about the service visit www.carerssupport.org.uk.



19th October


Thornham Marina Takes on 2 Apprentices For a Day To Raise Money for Help A Capital Child! 

As part of Help A Capital Child Week, the Thornham Team will be joined by Gillies & Emily, Capital FM South Coast breakfast presenters on Tue 22 October.

Gillies & Emily will be assisting Cliff & Josh in the day to day activities of the yard. 

Now obviously, they are not used to working with the outside elements, so lets hope the weather & Cliff is kind to them. If you are reading this guys you may want to bring some wellies!! 

Help a Capital Child is committed to improving the lives of disadvantaged children throughout the UK. The money raised will be used to fund specialist Teenage Cancer Trust units in Hospitals across the country, which are specifically designed to make life a bit better for teenagers. They can share their experience with people of a similar age, and the environment is designed to allow them to still be a teenager despite everything they are going through. 

If you want to see how our apprentices get on, why not pop down between 11.30am and 12.30pm on Tuesday 22nd Oct. 

You can make a donation by visiting their website, or clicking here

Power to the people’ plan is launched in Emsworth

PEOPLE in Emsworth are launching a bid to have more of a say over what happens in their town. Residents are rallying round to start a Neighbourhood Forum for Emsworth and believe, if successful, the scheme could be rolled out across Havant borough. Unlike the East Hampshire and Chichester areas, there are no parish councils in Havant borough. But the government’s Localism Act has brought about the opportunity to start a neighbourhood forum for towns and villages.
They are recognised statutorily and can produce a detailed neighbourhood plan, which outlines how residents want their area to develop over future years. Developers would have to consult the neighbourhood plan when considering future development. The plan has to be endorsed by a local referendum.

Stephanie Elsy and Jo Dyer are among a group of 30 residents already signed up to the bid – and hope more will join.
Mrs Elsy, of Queen Street, who is a businesswoman and former council leader in London, said: ‘The idea is to deliver to local communities more decision-making powers.
‘It’s a bit like a parish council, but it’s not.
‘It’s for local people and representatives of organisations to come together and there’s a membership.
‘I love Emsworth – it’s a fabulous place. I want to be involved in determining its future, which means preserving and promoting the things I like about Emsworth.’
Mrs Dyer, of Record Road, said: ‘The message is it’s community-led. It’s not just for residents. It’s businesses, schools. The residents’ association do a wonderful job, but we want something that has a much broader remit.’
Mrs Elsy said: ‘This is not a nimby’s charter. We are not saying we can’t have any development. It’s saying this is what we want, this is what it needs to be like.’
Residents are meeting with leaders at Havant Borough Council to discuss the plan.
Mrs Elsy added: ‘I think it’s in the council’s interests to want to do this. If you had neighbourhood forums across the borough, they would be much more able to consult with local communities than they can at the moment.’
Anyone interested can call (01243) 379973 or email stephanie.elsy@btinternet.com 

The News11-Oct-2013



10th October


Emsworth - Acredited as a Walkers Welcome Town Walkers are Welcome UK Network


Walkers are Welcome UK Network is a nationwide initiative launched in 2007 to encourage towns and villages to be ‘welcoming to walkers’. The network has expanded rapidly and there are now over 100 locations across the UK that have joined this innovative community-led scheme to benefit from Walkers are Welcome accreditation.Walkers will be welcome in the friendly community of Emsworth, a former fishing village now popular with sailors.


FREE walk itineraries are available online: http://www.emsworthwalks.org for all the local walks, that give you both directions for your walk and in some cases a bit of local history and insight.  They can be printed out as .pdf documents or saved to your tablet computer to take with you.  Emsworth is also a hub for three long distance walks: The Solent Way, The Wayfarer's Walk and the Sussex Border Path. The village is an ideal destination to explore the beauty of Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the cities of Portsmouth and Chichester and the spectacular South Downs.






10th October



The Emsworth Local Produce Market is getting ready for another busy morning:  its next market is on Saturday, October 12th from 10:00am until 1:00pm.

This very small, very friendly, and very local market is held inside the Emsworth Centre on South Street, so even if the weather is bad, customers can take their time visiting the small local food & produce entrepreneurs who join forces once a month to promote local produce and local shopping.  

This month the market is launching a Christmas promotion.  Every purchase made at the October, November and December markets will entitle the purchaser to free entry into a Christmas hamper draw.  This means that if, for example, a shopper purchases products from 3 different businesses at the market, he has 3 chances of winning the hamper.  The hamper will be filled with goodies supplied by local producers who sell at the market and the winner will be drawn at the end of the December market on December 14th.

As well as showcasing local produce entrepreneurs, the market supports the work of The Rosemary Foundation and once again it will be providing this Petersfield-based hospice-at-home charity with a stall.  It will be selling homemade rosemary shortbread.  “We try and find a way to promote the work of this fantastic charity at every market,” explained market manager, Phoebe Atkinson.  “The rosemary shortbread, made by local business Mill Pond Cakes and one of the charity’s volunteers, has proved extremely popular.”

The Rosemary Foundation isn’t the only charity that benefits from the success of the market.  Hayling Island based business, Julie’s Cutting Edge Cakes, is a regular at the market and sells delicious home-made fudge.  Her fudge has proved incredibly popular and all the profits from Julie's sales go to MS charities.

The Emsworth Local Produce Market is held on the 2nd Saturday of every month and if shoppers miss the October market, they might want to come along to the November 9th or December 14th markets to have an opportunity to be included in the Christmas Hamper Draw.  Parking is available in the South Street car park, right next door to the Emsworth Centre and also in the Palmers Road car park, just a short walk away.  Refreshments are available throughout the morning.



Contact:  Phoebe Atkinson 01243 431912  or 07794 899656




10th October


St James CEC Primary School  benefits by having a defibrillator on its premises


Friends of Emsworth Community Health have supported the cardiac charity SADS UK Big Shock Campaign by funding defibrillators to schools in the area.  Along with St James CEC Primary School,  Emsworth Primary School and Glenwood School, have also benefited from their generous donation of a defibrillator.


St James CEC Primary School understand how important this lifesaving equipment is. South Central Ambulance Service will carry out defibrillator training at the School.


The defibrillator is lifesaving equipment that works to restore the heart rhythm if a person goes into cardiac arrest and the earlier a defibrillator is used the better the chance is of survival.  The defibrillator donated to the school is easy to use by the layperson, providing voice prompts to the rescuer.



Anne Jolly, Founder of SADS UK, the Ashley Jolly SAD Trust, says,


‘SADS UK is pleased that Friends of Emsworth Community Health have supported the Big Shock Campaign to make defibrillators available to schools and have generously donated of a defibrillator to St James CEC Primary School.  If there is a cardiac arrest on the premises CPR gives a person a 5% chance of survival, but coupled with using the defibrillator it increases the chance of survival to over 50%.’





Recently Dame Helen Mirren offered her support to the SADS UK campaign schools saying,


I support the SADS UK Big Shock Campaign to make defibrillators mandatory in schools.  It is particularly tragic to hear of young people dying of cardiac arrest.  I understand how important it is to defibrillate a person in cardiac arrest as quickly as possible to give them the best chance of survival.  It makes sense that all schools should have this lifesaving equipment in place.’


Copies of the’ Warning Signs’ leaflets produced by SADS UK have been provided to the school to prompt people who may have an underlying cardiac condition to seek medical advice and treatment.


SADS UK works with schools and the community to put defibrillators in place.  SADS UK is urging Government to make defibrillators mandatory in all schools to save lives.   If you would like further information about placing a defibrillator in your community please contact Anne Jolly, SADS UK on 01277 811215, email, info@sadsuk.org  web  www.sadsuk.org.  






3rd October


Emsworth store expands after it outgrows its premise


A SOFT furnishing store in Emsworth is expanding and opening new premises.

Sue Foster Interiors will open its new showroom in the High Street on October 18, and will keep its existing base in Queen Street for production operations.

Chris Gorton, managing director, said: ‘We have expanded rapidly over the past few years, despite the economic climate, and have outgrown our existing premises at 14 Queen Street.’

Havant mayor Paul Buckley will officially open the new store at 11am.

Sue Foster founded the company more than 35 years ago, and it was bought by Chris and Vicky Gorton in 2006


The News 03-Oct-201





3rd October


Horse riders join forces in new rural crime fight


HORSE riders have become police volunteers in a new initiative aimed at tackling rural crime.

Members of the Hampshire Horsewatch, pictured right, scheme have joined forces with Hampshire Constabulary and will patrol their horses across the county.

The 12 volunteers will patrol the lanes, bridleways, and country roads in areas across Emsworth and Liphook.

They do not have any more powers than any other member of the public, but will be looking for anything suspicious to report back to the police control room.

Vanessa Dowling, of the rural mounted patrol which covers Emsworth to Rowlands Castle, said: ‘When our horses are patrolling, we are able to get to areas that cannot be easily reached by car.

‘We are a highly visual presence in the rural landscape. It’s all about helping the rural police on difficult terrains, and putting something back into the community.’


The News 02-Oct-2013





24th September


Emsworth store’s charity day brings good fortune

Friday 13th may be unlucky for some but The Southern Co-operatives Emsworth store held a charity day to turn the day into good fortune, raising an impressive £220 for Cancer Research UK. Organised by the stores community champion, Jacqui Barton, colleagues sold their homemade cakes, the store and local community donated gifts that were put into a raffle and customers and colleagues topped this up with donations. Jacqui said "I was really pleased that we raised that much money for such a good cause and also that everyone in the community all pulled together to make the day a success."

The Emsworth store is also aiming to donate £5,000 to Innovations Fitness FitBeat and £10,000 to Emsworth Baptist Church Trust through The Southern Co-operatives 2013 Community Support Card (
CSC) scheme that was launched in May with a free family sports day. The scheme replies on the support of customers but without costing them a penny; shoppers simply need to request a free CSC card from the Emsworth store and have this swiped each time they shop there. The more the cards are swiped, the quicker The Southern Co-operative donates towards the total goal.



10th September


Changes to Royal Mail services in Emsworth

Residents are warned to expect some changes to postal deliveries in Emsworth.

Revised routes and new delivery methods are being introduced in phases in the PO10 area.

Post will still be delivered in the morning and for a longer period during the day and many people will continue to receive their post by lunchtime. However some post may arrive later.

Royal Mail says changes need to be made as fewer letters are posted.

New equipment is being introduced to enable larger items to be carried more securely reduce the risk of injury to staff.

The News 10-Sept-2013




8th September


It's time "To Slow Down"


With more development planned for Emsworth and increasing levels of car usage, is it time to consider adopting a 20mph policy? A new campaign group would like to know what you think.

With more than 12.million people in the UK already living in areas where local authorities are adopting, or have adopted, a 20mph pol­icy, is it time for Emsworth to follow suit? A small group of residents think so and have formed an 'Our 20mph Street' campaign. They would like to know ~hat other Emsworth residents think and have some rather startling statistics for you to consider:


• More than half of all road deaths and seri­ous injuries in the UK occur on roads with 30mph limits (source: RoSPA).


• Lowering urban and residential speed lim­its to 20mph has been found to decrease accidents by 60 per cent (source: Transport Research Laboratory). -


• Of ten western European countries sur­veyed, the UK has the third highest rate of pedestrian road fatalities (source: the AA). • The number of children aged 5-10 walking to school has fallen by 27 per cent in the past 20 years (source: Department for Transport). • Parents in the UK consistently cite traffic danger as the main reason why their children are not allowed to cycle or walk to school (source: National Travel Survey)

Emsworth residents can take part in a democratic debate of views simply by com­pleting the short questionnaire, to help to decide whether a 20mph campaign would be good for Emsworth, and if so for which streets.

The area suggested for consideration spans Southleigh Road to the north, Selangor Avenue to the west, Redlands Grange to the East and Thorney Road to the south, but ex­cludes the A259/Havant Road and Horndean Road. See the map above for details.

Undoubtedly, where a 20mph speed limit is encouraged and/or adopted, communities have changed their behaviour to drive more slowly in delineated residential streets and other areas where people walk and/or cycle.

The front page lead in the May-June issue of The Ems carried a report that Westbourne has been running just such a campaign, with wheelie bin stickers, local school children lending full support and press coverage keeping everyone up to date with progress. By completing the response form and re­turning it to convenient 'drop boxes' sited in the Co-op, Barclays Bank, Tesco Express Lloyds TSB in central Emsworth; you can make your opinions count.

It will indicate to the statutory bodies responsible for road safety the extent of residents' concerns, 'and show which streets in Emsworth you think could benefit from the 'Our 20mph Street' policy.

The drop boxes will be in place for two weeks at each location, from Wednesday 4 September until Wednesday 18 September.

The Emsworth 'Our 20mph Street' campaign is the brainchild of an independent group of residents, headed by 'Christine Armitage and Ann Jolly, and has already gained widespread interest and support.

The campaign was prompted initially by a simple email inquiry from the Emsworth Residents' Association's Chris Hallam about speed limits in the town.

"Where I live in Queen Street people are nearly blown off their feet by cars speeding up and down the street," says Christine, "and I know it is an issue in other streets outside the immediate town centre too;"

Consultation to gauge feedback from residents is crucial, which is why the questionnaire is so important. But how does the campaign plan to use this information?

"It is vital for us to know what people living in Emsworth think about this. Hampshire County Council (HCC) is responsible for speed limits on residential streets and needs to see there is significant demand from local residents before it will do anything," says Christine. "Other parts of Hampshire are ahead of us on this and we will need to fight for the resources to prioritise Emsworth."

One possible cause for concern among residents worried about the potential downsides of a 20mph policy is the type of speed calming measures that might be introduced.
“We are not thinking of speed bumps or chicanes explain Anne.  “We believe people are_ are unlikely to support those measures, and they are expensive to install too. What we are after is speed limits with signs on entry to the zone and roundels on the road."

Some residents, aware of the new cam­paign, are worried about how successful speed-limiting measures might be if they weren't properly enforced, but Ann and Christine are confident that this issue can be successfully addressed.

"It could only be enforced with the sup­port of the local police (who are already re­sponsible for enforcement of the current speed limits so no change there), HCC and local residents," claims Christine. "Other areas where this has been implemented have had volunteers help to monitor speeds."


The campaign needs volunteers to help with this consultation, as well as with public­ity and promotion of the scheme itself, its im­plementation and enforcement further down the line. (Residents who would like to be involved can get in touch with Christine at. carmitage1@btintemet.com).

If successful, the project will be financed primarily by HCC and central government funding. The government is supportive of residents who want to introduce 20mph schemes, so we ought to get our share of De­partment for Transport cash.


Lesley Defense (edited by Martin Shelley)


Thanks go to the Co-op, Tesco Express, Bar­clays Bank and Lloyds TSB for kindly agree­ing to host the campaign drop boxes.


Source: The EMS, October 2013

Emsworth Residents Association





8th September


Why Emsworth needs a neighbourhood forum


[In a letter in the last edition of the Ems, Christine Armitage suggested that residents and other stakeholders in Emsworth should think about setting up a neighbourhood forum in the town. Iii this follow-up piece another Emsworth resident, former leader of Southwark Council Stephanie Elsy, sets out exactly why she favours such a move, and calls for interested individuals and or­ganisations to help establish a forum - Editor The EMS]



Having been both a councilor and council leader ill London some years ago, I can vouch for how useful a neighbourhood forum (NF) is for residents, community organisations, businesses and local public bodies.  

Too often residents don't know what decisions are being taken in their name by local councils, and don't have the opportunity to shape and influence those decisions. This means councils can't always represent people's wishes and aspirations well enough when discharging their responsibilities.

At Southwark, regular NF meetings meant that councilors, council officers and other public body representatives made themselves available for questioning by and discussion with residents on many local issues.

I personally found-it an incredibly helpful way of finding out what issues were worrying a> people, and of explaining Southwark's thinking on a range of issues.


The main drawback was that the structure was entirely voluntary and discretionary - neighbourhood forums at that stage had no powers and the council could choose to ignore views it did not like.

The Localism Act 2011 - passed with cross-party support - changed all that. Under the Act, a properly constituted NF can now be established that would give towns like Emsworth a legal vehicle to develop an effective plan - a neighbourhood plan (NP).

An NP, as the name suggests, covers matters such as housing development, education, public amenities, community buildings and health facilities.   It has a statutory third tier-level status, giving much more weight to local residents' views than do the local Community Plans that Havant Borough Council is currently trying to develop on a much reduced budget.

An NF would give Emsworth residents the ability to make decisions at a local level about things like future developments, regeneration and conservation.

Havant Borough Council (HBC), as the local planning authority, and government planning inspectors would have to make decisions having regard to the NP when considering planning applications or appeals.

This will give Emsworth residents much more influence and control over the development of our area.  The NF would not only be about planning issues, however. It would bring together and represent a wide variety of organisations and interests such as local businesses, public service providers of health and social care, education, and other local community organ­isations. Such a wider remit should help inform local politicians who would regularly be consulted on their statutory duty to sup­port the preparation of an NP.


An NF has to be established in a specific area — ie a town such as Emsworth — with at least 21 members.

It then has to apply to the local planning authority — in our case HBC — which will check that the boundaries make sense and that the NF meets the appropriate standards, such as having enough support and being genuinely representative of all sectors the local community, residents and businesses. Once it has agreed this, the area achieves NF status and is granted the legal power to exe­cute neighbourhood planning.


That planning must be in line with local and national planning policies and other legislation — an Emsworth NF cannot use neighbourhood planning to block develop­ments, but it could use an NP to influence their type, design, location and mix.

The NP will be checked by an independent examiner and, once approved, HBC will organise a referendum of local electors to en­sure the community has the final say on whether the NP comes into force 50% of the vote is required.

Once the NP is in force it will have real weight.


Decision makers will then have to consider the proposals for development in Emsworth with due regard to the NP. Local support is therefore crucial to its success.

Since Christine Armitage's letter appeared in the last edition of The Ems, she has been approached by many local people who want to support the establishment of an NF in Emsworth, and who offered their thoughts and ideas on issues the NP could address –issues such as the disappearance of the strategic gap between Emsworth and Havant, the future of the Victoria Cottage Hospital, flooding, pollution in Chichester Harbour and transport problems.

I've made presentations to the Emsworth Residents' Association's committee and at its recent quarterly general meeting, where the NF/NP idea received much support.

I am confident that the forum will be able to attract many more than the 21 members required to establish it, but I'm also very keen for more input from any individual or organ­isation keen to be involved.  It is really important that the NF/NP proj­ect has the widest possible support from local residents and organisations.

If you would like to be involved in the devel­opment of a neighbourhood forum and plan in Emsworth, or would just like to know more, email Stephanie Elsy at stephanie. elsy@btinternet.com , call her on 01243 379973 or write to her at 10 Queen Street.


Source: The EMS, October 2013
Emsworth Residents Association





4th September 




A colourful exhibition opens in October showcasing Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty through a year’s worth of photos.


From April 2012 to March 2013 Chichester Harbour Conservancy ran a community project to collect at least one photo of the harbour every day for a year. Throughout the project over 1500 photos were submitted by over 100 contributors.


A selection of the entries have now been brought together for a special exhibition at Emsworth Museum. Displayed in monthly panels, the photos show the changing seasons and the variety of activities and habitats that characterize Chichester Harbour. In addition four of the main contributors, John Tweddell, Peter Arnold, Jake Jacobs and Juliet Walker will have their work showcased in extra panels.


Siún Cranny Director of Chichester Harbour Conservancy said ‘As well as involving the community this project shows the different ways people enjoy Chichester Harbour, from sailing to walking and of course through art and photography. We are grateful to everyone who took part in the project and feel that this selection of photos shows the balance between the humans and wildlife that all share this special area.’


The exhibition is open every weekend at Emsworth Museum during October. Entry is free of charge. Opening times Saturday 10:30am – 4:30pm, Sunday 2:30pm – 4:30pm.





3rd September


The picturesque waterside town of Emsworth will be alive with the vibrant activity of the Hampshire Farmers’ Market  on Saturday, 14th September, which will be celebrating all the abundance of the season including ripe and juicy fresh picked plums, blackberries, apples and of course new season game, as well as many other seasonal offerings.  A wide range of produce from across Hampshire, Emsworth and the south coast areas, will be on offer with some great sampling opportunities for visitors, who also have the chance to talk directly to the producers.  The market will be open from 10 am until 2pm in Palmers Road Car Park, Emsworth.


 “Our producers provide really good value and visitors to our markets are often surprised by the great savings they find from the reduced ‘food miles’ and no middle man, passed onto them.  Our regular producer offers on our website and on the day give our visitors a really cost-effective and vibrant shopping experience with a wider choice of interesting local products” commented Alex Handford, Business Manager for the HFM.

 “The success of our markets is due to the enthusiasm and dedication of our many award-winning suppliers, as well as the growing interest in buying locally produced seasonal food” concluded Alex Handford.


The Hampshire Farmers’ Markets is a community interest, not-for-profit organisation holding regular markets across Hampshire providing numerous far reaching benefits, with additional employment created and money kept within the local economy, as well as the reduced impact on the environment.

For more information on the Hampshire Farmers’ Markets, cookery tips, recipes and offers visit www.hampshirefarmersmarkets.co.uk


12th August




The Emsworth Local Produce Market is a small indoor market that aims to showcase the talents of food & produce entrepreneurs in and around Emsworth.  It hasn’t been going that long so the stallholders were a bit surprised when shoppers started walking into the market half an hour before it was due to open. “We had people walking through the doors while we were still setting up and they just kept coming all morning, which was fantastic for our stallholders” explained market manager Phoebe Atkinson.  “Sometimes it can be a real challenge to persuade shoppers to try something new but in Emsworth locals and visitors alike seem to relish the prospect of discovering something different” she continued.


There was quite a range of products on offer on Saturday and there were plenty of samples for visitors to try.  Thrift Cottage Preserves brought along freshly made jams and preserves as well as its very own Spicy Plum Ketchup.  Cutting Edge Cakes had nearly a dozen different flavours of homemade fudge and Basket Cakes had lots of different cakes by the slice to tempt shoppers.  The Chilli Jam Company had its full range of jams and relishes for people to try and Chichester based Crafted Coffee Co. brought along samples of iced coffee made from its Cold Brew Coffee as well as freshly roasted beans. Tuppenny Barn Organics was also at the market selling seasonal fruit and vegetables and Gij Design, Garden & Home was selling a wide range of homegrown cottage garden plants and herbs.  A newcomer to the market, Cowplain based Amibelle Skin, produces a range of natural skincare products and Emsworth shoppers got to try her products for the first time.


 “We were really busy all morning and some of our stallholders nearly ran out of stock which is actually a rather nice situation to be in if you are a new business.” said Phoebe Atkinson.  “Visitors commented on the high quality of the produce on offer and on the friendly atmosphere, so I’m hopeful that this monthly market will become a regular stop for shoppers in Emsworth.”


Future market dates:  September 14th, October 12th, November 9th, December 14th



12th August 


Treagust Sausages Now more Widely Available


We are pleased to announce that Treagust Traditional Pork Sausages are now available at seven  CO-OP community stores; Westbourne, Emsworth, East Wittering, Selsey, Rose Green, Bosham, and Hayling Island. They are also sold at Southbourne Farmshop and Russell's Garden Centre (Birdham), Rowland Castle Stores and more recently Westbourne Village Store(formerly Lashley Garage).


Benjamin Treagust has recently produced a new range of Specialty Sausages using only Fresh Herbs and spices.  Called 'Harry's, the new range include 'Italiano', Smokey Spanish and Lemon with Lovage.  All have proved a big hit with customers in the last three weeks.


More Summer news -  Treagust 100% Hand-pressed Beef burgers and sausages were a Big hit at this years Summer BBQ held  at Number 10 Downing St.



3rd August




The Friends of Chichester Harbour recently enjoyed a Walk around Sandy Point Nature Reserve ON Hayling Island which is owned by the Chichester Harbour Trust and is not normally open to the public.  The walk was led by Peter Potts the Warden.

After the Walk the Friends gathered in the bar and on the balcony at Hayling Island Sailing Club where they enjoyed panoramic views of the entrance to Chichester Harbour and the Nab Tower in the distance.  They all then enjoyed an interesting illustrated presentation by club member Belinda Cook on the History of HISC before a delicious Dinner was served.


Belinda Cook, Peter Potts & Val Evans on the balcony of HISC with the Race Platform behind them.

The ingenuity and imagination of the HISC Chefs.





30th July 

Developers move in

A DEVELOPMENT of 48 homes is going ahead more than two years after it was granted planning permission.

Banner Homes Southern Ltd was originally given the green light to build at Oak Tree Drive, Emsworth in 2011.

Planning officers have approved some minor changes and work has begun on the site, which is surrounded by Hollybank Woods. The first show homes will be ready by early 2014.


The News 30 June 2013





20th July


August Bank Holiday will soon be here and this means Emsworth Show time again.


The show is an important event for our community and many people take part – entering the competitions, enjoying the attractions, trade stands and activities and helping organize and run the show itself. We hold the show to bring together the community and although the focus is on the horticultural marquee there is something for everyone to experi-ence and enjoy – so I hope you will come along and support you local show. Once we have paid or expenses the money raised from the show is given to those organizations who support and help us as well as donations to local good causes who need funds for their work.

The Show runs from 10.30 to 17.00 at the Jubilee Recreation Ground with the Marquee opening at 13.00 after the judging has been completed and the Mayor has officially declared the Show open. The prizes will be pre-sented at 16.15 followed by the Raffle draw at 16.45. Local sponsors of the Raffle have been very generous, Stansted Garden Centre are donating a Luxury Gas BBQ, Hilliers £150 of garden vouchers and Johnson Wood a digital camera with many other local businesses are giving prizes.

The FREE Show Schedules were sent to all previous competitors in June and more widely distributed in July with full information on the website. This is your chance to enter over 240 classes of flower, fruit, vegetable, handicrafts, cookery and photography with 45 classes for children and young people from 4 - 13. Last year the cake making was a great success especially the class for men, repeated this year – Something to serve with a cup of coffee/tea. There is a lot of talent around…all ages and sexes!!

There will be a wide variety of stalls and a full list of these is on the website. There are also retail food outlets and entertainment and activities for all the family including Guy Heathcote, stilt walker, juggler and comedy performer.


The Main Arena events are:

The Stallions of Substance: The Murray sisters exhibit extraordinary horsemanship skills on stallions they have ridden since childhood. The team have been performing for many years and you will be amazed at their abilities. You can see the stallions in their holding area and talk to the team about the demonstration and riding.


GMG Falconry
is a Birds of Prey flying demonstration with an excellent static display



Ferretworld is Simon Bishop, the ‘Black Country-man’, coming all the way from the Midlands to teach us about ferrets with children taking part in the ferret racing. Simon is a great showman and the ferrets are very interesting

Homested Dog Agility is a local dog training group from Horndean with a great display raising money for Canine Partners for Independence 


The Small Arena – Music, dancing and the Dog Show

Devil’s Jumps Clog Dancers are a local group of dancers with accordion music accompaniment.

Lou Newman is a saxophonist who enjoys playing easy listening and swing music

Harbour Pipes and Drums have two pipers who will greet the Mayor and play again here. They are a local group who have grown from small beginnings to a large marching band.

Dragonfly Dance are a community SEN inclusion group who dance FuZe style, including street, hip hop, modern and urban. They can be seen on Facebook and Candi Gilroy the Dance coach has won the Chichester Observer best coach for two years running and has been nominated again for 2013 for her outstanding effort and achievement with young people in the community. The group of thirteen has been invited to perform at Disneyland Paris and are raising money to make this possible.

The Dog Show is very popular and registration begins at 12 noon with the show judging at 14.30.


There is a new Park and Ride Scheme to ease the problems of parking on the ground. In wet weather this would be impossible.

We hope the Park and Ride Scheme will be successful as the extra space created by the lack of Pub-lic Parking on the Show Ground has enabled us to have more space for attractions and trade stands. The lower field will also have the attractions of the steam train, pony rides and the Small Arena.

So if you want to enter the Show pick up a Schedule or a copy of the new leaflet which advertises the Show, gives a programme of events and details about the Park and Ride.

The Show Committee and all the members of the Horticultural Society welcome you to Emsworth Show on 26th August 2013 and hope you have a great day out with the family.


For more information visit: www.emsworthshow.org.uk





27th June

Free summer fete to launch £10,000 Westbourne Community Support Card scheme!

A free summer fete on Saturday 13 July, 11.30am-6pm, at Westbourne Primary School will launch The Southern Co-operatives new £10,000 Community Support Card scheme being run at its Westbourne store to raise funds for two local good causes in the year ahead.

The Southern Co-operative (
TSC) runs its Community Support Card (CSC) scheme in selected stores across the south, which last year donated over £250,000 to local good causes. This is the first time the scheme has been run in Westbourne. The stores goal is to raise up to £7,500 for Westbourne Primary school and £2,500 for the Good Companions Club over the year ahead. The scheme relies on the backing of customers but without costing them anything. Customers wanting to support the fundraising simply need to request a free CSC card at the Westbourne store and have this swiped each time they shop there. The more people who use the card, the quicker funds are donated by The Southern Co-operative.

Activities for all ages at the free community summer fete on 13 July, which runs from
11.30am-6pm, include a barbecue and hog roast, music, singing, a choir master, dancing, cake stall, bouncy castle and ball pool, face-painting, racing car, raffle, tombola and much more!

Westbourne TSCs Retail Business Manager, David John Morgan said: “As the new Manager at this store, Im looking forward to launching this new
CSC scheme which aims to make a real difference in the local community. I hope that families from Westbourne and surrounds will join us at our summer fete to help this get underway!”  The Southern Co-operatives Westbourne store is located in the Square. www.thesouthernco-operative.co.uk

24th June 


Oak Tree Drive Development Commences


Work has started to build almost 50 new homes next to an Emsworth park.

Banner Homes Southern Ltd has been granted permission to build 48 homes, apartments and chalets in Oak Tree Drive. The site is surrounded by Southleigh Park to the north and west. It will include two, three and four-bedroom homes, set around a central green, including a toddler play area.

Developers said it would also include an ‘extensive wildlife buffer zone’ around the edge of the site, incorporating existing trees, new trees and hedgerows. A previous application by George Wimpey Southern Counties Ltd to build 68 homes on the land was refused by Havant Borough Council because it would be too cramped.

John Kennedy, group land director for Banner Homes, said: ‘This latest planning permission signals Banner Homes continuing investment in new opportunities.’

Work has just started and a show home is expected to open in early 2014.


The News 24th June


22nd June 


Havant leader wants ‘informed’ car parking charges debate

HAVANT’S council leader has said car park usage will be analysed ahead of a crunch meeting. Tony Briggs said he wanted a ‘full and informed’ debate over parking issues in the borough.

It comes as more then 4,500 people signed a petition to reduce parking charges on Hayling Island and a similar petition has been started by traders in Emsworth. As reported, parking fees were put up from 70p to £1 in February in order to balance the council’s budget.

Cllr Briggs said: ‘I am aware that the traders in Emsworth are collating signatures from residents and visitors to Emsworth in order to present a petition to Havant Borough Council to request that we reconsider the recent changes in parking charges in the town.

‘You may be aware that the council has received a similar petition from traders in Hayling Island and that this is already programmed for a full debate at council on July 24.’

He added: ‘In preparation for this debate Councillor David Collins, who is the portfolio holder responsible for parking services in Havant, has requested that officers undertake further work in advance of ?the meeting including an analysis of car park usage across the entire borough since the changes were implemented in February this year to enable council to ?have a full and informed debate around charges in all centres and not just Hayling Island.’


The Hayling Islander 22nd June 2013


 The Emsworth Business Association's  Petition can be found in a number of Emsworth's shops or may be signed on line online HERE






17th June

The Hidden High Street Come to Emsworth


Seven Hampshire on line retailers popped up in Emsworth to day in a Pop up Shop in the the Greenhouse Café. A steady stream of potential customers visited this new phenomenon selling children’s toys, accessories and art work.  Businesses attending included: toy business The Hare and the Broom; Luxe Look Accessories; jewellery retailer Stella & Dot; children’s accessories retailer Eliza Mabel; as well as guest businesses including picture company Just Hang It.

The Greenhouse Café was alsoswlling  their locally produced condiment range although the café was closed for the day

The team behind the initiative has also chosen to fundraise for The Rowans Hospice in Purbrook. Proceeds of prize draws held at the events will be donated to the charity to help fund its day-to-day running costs.


 Normally available only on line these retailers will be popping up again on Thursday in Bosham.














13th June


CAR PARKING CHARGES - Parking Petition

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


Hayling Island residents have raised a large petition against the recent increases. As a result of that petition, there will be a Council debate in late July on Hayling Island parking charges. The Emsworth Vusiness Association wishes to raise a similar Emsworth petition to increase the pressure on Havant Borough Council and to ensure that they address Emsworth's excessive car parking charges in the same debate.


The Emsworth Business Association's  Petition can be found in a number of Emsworth's shops or may be signed on line online  HERE






5th June


Would you like to know more about St Wilfrid’s Hospice?


As part of the hospice's a aim to help more people across the community understand our work and the services we provide, we have started holding monthly Welcome Wednesdays where anyone can come in to the Hospice and find out more.
The idea is to reach out by providing more regular opportunities for people to come and visit and learn more about  the hospice. For example, did you know that we care for people from Emsworth to Arundel and that at any one time we care for around 200 people and their loved ones?
The afternoons take place on the last Wednesday of the month, and run from 3pm until 4pm. They include a tour of the Hospice, time to chat to staff members and then enjoy an all-important cup of tea!
Numbers are limited to ten people per visit, and visitors asked to contact  the hospice in advance if they would like to attend. For more information about our Welcome Wednesdays contact Administrator, Pauline Hilton, on 01243 755804, email pauline.hilton@stwh.co.uk or see www.stwh.co.uk

4th June


Friends of Chichester Harbour, Alison Parks and Dorothy Cox, enjoying the Barbecue at The Stables, Thorney Island recently.

 Over 130 Friends of Chichester Harbour gathered on Thorney Island for their annual Barbecue at the beginning of June.  Unlike last year when it was cold and rainy, a warm and sunny early Summer evening was enjoyed by all.  The delicious beef burgers and sausages were provided by Rother Valley Organics whose beef cattle graze the South Downs and the Water Meadows on Thorney Island.  The Jazz Smugglers rhythms soon had feet tapping and it wasn’t long before many took to the dance floor. Much amusement was provided by the antics of those who tried their hand at Plate Spinning and Swingball.  A talented local professional photographer, Ali Warner, raffled one of her photographs of the Rother Valley cows, raising much needed funds for The Friends.The Friends of Chichester Harbour provide vital funds for conservation, amenity and education projects in the Chichester Harbour area and are dedicated to helping to conserve and enhance the harbour’s environment and to preserve it for future generations to enjoy. Volunteer Work Parties carry out woodland and hedgerow planting, rubbish collection, footpath repair, bramble and weed control and many other essential tasks.



 Funds are provided to support Education for all Ages and to maintain the historic ‘Terror’ ex-oyster fishing boat and the Solar Heritage.  Substantial funds also contributed to the conversion of The Stables (where the BBQ & other Friends events are held) from a derelict cow barn to the state of the art Agri-Education Centre it is today.


Do visit our website where you will find much to interest you: www.friendsch.org.  New Friends are always welcome and if you would like to join us please email to:- membership@friendsch.


Photo: Friends of Chichester Harbour, Alison Parks and Dorothy Cox, enjoying the Barbecue at The Stables, Thorney Island




29th May


Star of West End Stage Chooses Emsworth Chiropractor

Acting, singing and dancing in a musical stage show for six nights and two matinees per week requires supreme physical fitness and talent. Joint and muscle injuries are inevitable and require immediate treatment by an expert, because the show must go on.

Joanna Riding, the star of numerous west end shows and television dramas and winner of two Olivier Awards, is the leading lady in the superb production of The Pajama Game which is currently on at Chichester Festival Theatre. Local chiropractor Sheila Stakim, from Emsworth Chiropractic Clinic, is honoured to have been asked by Joanna and other members of the cast to treat the neck, back and joint strains sustained during the arduous rehearsals and performances of the show.

Joanna said, “Theatre can be very physically demanding and Pajama Game is no exception. I’ve been struggling with some old injuries as well as waking up with some new tightness and twinges. Sheila has been wonderful. Not only has she fixed those new aches and pains, but she has also helped me manage the older problems and I haven’t missed a show! Sheila is both gentle and informative, explaining what she needed to do and even showing me on her trusty skeleton, Napoleon Boneyparts.”

Sheila explained that chiropractic care seeks to realign joints, free trapped nerves and improve muscle flexibility. She uses her hands to carry out gentle, safe manipulations to the body called adjustments, which enables the dancers to perform to the best of their ability. Sheila has been delighted to have been given the opportunity to help those involved in this wonderfully successful musical production, which has been a sell out, beating previous box office records at the theatre.



22nd May




Chichester Harbour Conservancy has carried out a health check to find out how the Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is looking in 2013. The piece of work, called “The State of the AONB” showed that Chichester Harbour provides a tranquil and rural haven in the densely populated south coast. The report also highlights some of the challenges for this special area, including population growth, housing development and sea level rise.


Siún Cranny, Director of Chichester Harbour Conservancy said: “This work shows just how important Chichester Harbour is for local people and visitors to enjoy; and we are working very hard to conserve its special character for future generations”.


The report will help the Conservancy to carry out monitoring of the condition of this protected landscape, and will underpin the new Management Plan for 2014-19. The State of the AONB report is available to download from the Conservancy’s website at www.conservancy.co.uk



21st May

The Friends of Nore Barn Woods Need your Help

The section of shore in Nore Barn Woods, to the west of Emsworth, is suffering erosion from the sea. The Friends wish to complete the shore conservation work started last year.


The cost of this Phase 2 work will be over £20,000. There is no public money for this work as no houses are under threat, but we can apply for grants, and appeal to local individuals and organisations for their support.  We have collected £8,000 already, but we still need to raise at least £17,000 by August 2013 so that the work can proceed in September/October 2013. Please help us protect this beautiful coastline for future generations.


If you wish to donate please contact our Treasurer Pat Balchin on 01243 377404 or email: patbalchin@gmail.com See http://www.norebarnwoods.org.uk  for full details.



20th May

Family fun day launches £15,000 fundraising for Emsworth community

The Southern Co-operative store team in Emsworth is inviting residents, friends and family to join them for a free community family sports and fun day this Sunday 26 May. The day will launch the store’s 2013 Community Support Card scheme to raise £15,000 for local good causes; Innovations Fitness FitBeat and Emsworth Baptist Church Trust.

Attractions at the community family sports and fun day, which is being held at St James Primary School in Bellevue Lane, Emsworth this Sunday 26 May from 11am-4pm, include a FitBeat sports demo, craft activities, homemade gifts, plants and bric a brac to buy and more.

Fundraising for The Southern Co-operative’s Community Support Card (CSC) scheme, which is run in selected food stores across the south each year, is driven by customer support but doesn’t cost shoppers anything. Customers simply need to request a free CSC card from the Emsworth store and have this swiped every time they shop there. The more shoppers have their cards swiped, the quicker the funds are donated by The Southern Co-operative. With customer support, Innovation Fitness will receive up to £5000 towards its Fitbeat community event and Emsworth Baptist Church Trust (EBCT) up to £10,000.

The store’s Retail Business Manager, Colin Hooper, said: “At Emsworth we very lucky to have a very supportive customer base that supports our CSC fund-raising efforts. Emsworth Baptist Church Trust and Fitbeat 2014 are very worthy recipients with their ability to embrace the whole community. Do come along on Sunday to launch our 2013 campaign and enjoy a free family day out!”

Emsworth Baptist Church Trust plans to use the £10,000 donation from The Southern Co-operative’s CSC scheme towards a new multipurpose venue in the heart of the town which will provide space to offer youth work, as well as activities for older people and provision for families. FitBeat is an annual free family and community event organised by Innovations Fitness where people can have a go at different activities and find out about local clubs including dancing, swimming and judo. TSC’s £5000 donation to Innovation Fitness will help to cover the cost of organising Fitbeat 2014, which itself raises significant funds for local charities and helps to raise awareness and membership of local activity clubs.  Last year, The Southern Co-operative’s Emsworth store donated £5000 to Emsworth Pastoral Centre and £10,000 to Emsworth Business Association from its successful CSC scheme.  www.thesouthernco-operative.co.uk 

18th May

The Crown in Emsworth is in the top Fifty of the New's Pub of the Year Competition 2013

The Crown have been selected in the top 50 pubs in the Portsmouth area

The publicans,  Paul and Veronica, are delighted to be in the top 50.  The Crown is the only pub in Emsworth and Havant that has made it this far and they would like to win the competition.

You can help by texting 'Pen Pub Crown Emsworth' to 61500 or by completing the form in the Saturday's News.


The voting has to be completed by May 31st,


The Crown in  High St dates from 1665 was originally the Three Crowns had its name changed to the Crown in 1788. It was once the principal inn for accommodation of travellers and mentioned in a book of coaching inns, 1790. Today it remains as the only pub in central Emsworth which provides accommodation. www.thecrownemsworth.com





13th May


Parking charge hike outrages Emsworth

A HIKE in council-run parking charges has sparked disappointment in Emsworth.

Visitors will now have to pay £1 for the first hour in the town, an increase of 30 pence.

Havant Borough Councillor Brendan Gibb-Gray has been working closely with Havant Borough Council to locate about 118 spaces around ?the town, and they are looking to introduce more concessions.

Mr Gibb-Gray, said: “We’re really unhappy about the increase. It does have a knock-on effect. We are competing with supermarkets and big malls where people are going. A lot of our people are elderly and they need their cars to travel and they rightly resent paying a pound to park for ?an hour.”

Visitors can now receive the second hour of parking free on the fourth Saturday of every month, starting this month.

Giles Babb, chairman of Emsworth Business Association, said: “We are very lucky to have a lot of local independent businesses and the association is set up to support the businesses and increase footfall into Error! Hyperlink reference not valid.. The parking increase and the cost of parking keeping on going up is detrimental to the area and in the long run because it affects the council’s revenue.”

The association, which has worked to increase the staying time in some spaces to 45 minutes, said there was a four-hour long-stay car park in North Street behind Tesco Express.


Chichester Observer 13-May-2013




10th May


New Havant Dementia Drop-in Adviser Service

The Dementia Advice Service will be offering a free drop in clinic at Age Concern, Market Parade, Havant PO9 1QF on the first Friday of every month from 10am until 3pm. The drop-in is available for people with any type of dementia and for their carers and families .We can offer tailored support and signposting to services in your local area. Appointments can be made by calling the Alzheimer’s Society Portsmouth office or please feel free to pop in and meet one of our Dementia Advisers .The first drop in will start on the 3rd May 2013.  For more information please contact the Alzheimer’s Society on 02392 892034, or Age Concern on 02392 472452






7th May


Thank you to Sid for 45 years’ work

A HUGE milestone was marked with the decoration of Sid Kennett’s Boat. Sid has been the custodian of Emsworth Harbour, on behalf of Chichester Harbour Conservancy, for 45 years.

He was around before the present conservancy came into existence, helping sailors in the harbour, rescuing swans and ?making sure buoys are maintained.

His family has lived in Emsworth for three generations and Sid knows about most things going on in the town.

Harbour Master Richard Craven said: ‘Sid turned up with his new wellies on April 1, 1968 and has been harbour hand at Emsworth ever since.

‘Man was yet to walk on the moon, but Sid was very good at walking on the mud and in addition to his Error! Hyperlink reference not valid. duties became the expert on private moorings and his knowledge is legendary.

‘During this time ?Sid’s commitment has been huge.

‘He is always here first thing in the morning to check that everything is in order and always the first to turn out on a stormy night to limit the damage.

‘During his time he has put on every top-chain and numbered every buoy and rescued numerous swans.

‘It is his great enthusiasm and warmth though that has made those years go so well.’

Mr Craven said over the years Sid has become part of the fabric of Emsworth.

Colleagues from the conservancy put out flags and decorated Sid’s boat as a surprise thank you for all his hard work.


The News 07-May-2013





28th April




Joe Roddis, in conjunction with Mark Hillier and Gregory Percival, has published a book entitled IN SUPPORT OF THE FEW, which he describes as 'From an 'erk' to chief technician,the diary of Joe Roddis'. This beautiful book has been written in memory of my mother-in-law Betty Drury, who was

Joe's dance partner during the war and who, after losing their respective partners, he met again after 60 years and they lived happily together in Selsey for the nine years until her death in April last year.


The proceeds are going equally to Apuldram and to help keep the ML 407 - a Spitfire which Joe had worked on in World War Two and that is today owned and flown by Caroline Grace - flying.

The story is based on Joe's experiences during the war in places like Biggin Hill, Goodwood, Selsey, Funtington, Merston and even mentions the Apuldram airfield. But the underlying story is the love that transcended 60 years and which flourished in Selsey where, coincidentally, he had been based for some of the time during the war. The book was launched at Goodwood on 27th April


The Apuldram launch is planned for 11 am on Wednesday 8th May when Joe will sign copies which will be on sale for £12 each. A copy of the book

is in the shop for you to see. We have received a number of orders already and expect to sell the firstrun of 600 copies, which will net about £2000 for Apuldram and hopefully we will have a reprint to raise even more. Joe and the writers have done this purely for charity and there is no personal gain other than their personal pride and a fitting tribute to a lovely lady.

Alan Nicholl





23rd April


Under a Blue Sky and in  Brilliant Sunshine Emsworth Turned Out in Force to Celebrate
St George's Day



Now in its fifth year Emsworth's celebration of St George's Day has become a favourite in the town's calendar.  Once again several thousand people packed the square and High Street to applaud the men and women of 12 and 14 Regiments RA, based on nearby Thorney Island, as the marched through the town  led by the band of the Royal Logistical Corps to parade in the Square accompanied by the children of Thorney Island Primary School.

The George Regis Jazz Band entertained the crowds before the parade started and the veterans assembled.

Veterans of the Aden conflict and Korean War – some almost 90 years old – joined together for the parade.

This year was particularly significant as it is 60 years since the end of the Korean war – sometimes called ‘The Forgotten War – which claimed 1,087 British lives and was one of the most brutal in history.

Each veteran was presented with the Emsworth Rose as a mark of their service by Havant’s Mayor Gerald Shimbart and Mayoress Elaine Shimbart.

Lieutenant Colonel Nick Sawyer, commanding officer of 47 Regiment, made a speech and said: ‘We on Thorney Island are only as strong as the community in which we live.

‘A great debt of thanks to you, the people of Emsworth, who support us every year.

‘We serve all over the world, but we come home here to recuperate and regenerate ourselves.’


After the speeches, Mayor Shimbart told The News: ‘It’s very important to commemorate St George’s Day and the link between Emsworth, Thorney Island and Havant Borough Council. The soldiers do a great job.

The parade was organised by Councilor Brendan Gibb Grey with help from members of the Business Association and Havant Rotary Club.

Proceeds from the day raised money for Army Benevolent Fund, The Soldiers Charity.


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11th April


Farewell to Victoria’s hospital in Emsworth

IT WAS the end of an era as a historic hospital closed its door after 115 years.

Pride and dedication summed up the sentiment at a farewell reception hosted by the Friends of Emsworth Hospital.

The Victoria Cottage Hospital opened in the heart of the town on July 21, 1898, to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.

In 1948 it was taken over by the National Health Service and, by 1997, the hospital dealt with 400 in-patients, 1,800 outpatients and 500 minor accidents.

Times have changed, however, as its services have been winding down and moved to more modern centres.

Plans now are afoot for the site to become the new home for Emsworth Surgery, although no final decisions have been made.

Around 40 people gathered at the hospital to bid farewell.

Malcolm Goddard, former chairman of the Friends, thanked the remaining staff at the hospital, and all their predecessors, for their hard work. Mr Goddard told how the Friends formed in 1947.

He said: ‘In addition to providing equipment, special beds, TVs and telephones for patients’ use, we were able to pay for wards and clinics to be painted and curtained so that people could enjoy a pleasant environment during their stay.

‘The Friends built and equipped the Newholme Physiotherapy Unit attached to the hospital and also donated the money to build White Ward and the adjoining day room.’

Irene Kent, current chairwoman, said: ‘Although the hospital will no longer exist, we are proud to be able to continue to help those Emsworth residents who have health issues by donating money to more than a dozen local organisations.

‘These include the Stroke Club, Ems Valley Transport, The Good Neighbours Scheme, The Blind Club and The Wednesday Day Out Club, all helping to make life more enjoyable for those with health problems.’

Ronnie Benford, a receptionist at the hospital for 34 years, was presented with a bouquet of flowers.


The News 11-April-2013



7th April


Aclaimed Canadian Tenor Lenard Whiting  to Sing with the Emsworth Community Singers

Canadian Tenor/Director Lenard Whiting, Head of Music, Toronto University will be visiting Emsworth and Westbourne  presenting a programme of Popular Opera Solos, Duets and Famous Chorus numbers at St John the Baptist Church, Westbourne on Saturday  18thMay, 2013 commencing at 7.30 p.m.  Price of ticket will be £10. 


In the first half Lenard will present his own programme of solos and duets with local singers, and the second half will be a showcase of the works he has been doing with The EMSWORTH COMMUNITY SINGERS during that week.  The Emsworth Community Singers will be preparing famous chorus numbers from popular works such as "The Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves" from Nabucco, choruses from "La Traviata", "Carmen", and the more popular Gilbert and Sullivan Operettas.  These choruses will also contain solo numbers.  Other works will include "Porgie and Bess" and "West Side Story". 


During the week of the showcase Lenard will conduct an initial workshop with The Emsworth Community Singers on Wednesday 15th May at The Baptist Church, North Street, Emsworth between 7.30 p.m. and 9.30 p.m., then during the day on Saturday 18th May, Lenard will be conducting a whole day workshop with the Emsworth Community Singers.  Anyone else who wishes to join the choir for this event are welcome to join in  for a fee of £50.


He will also be available during that week on Thursday 16th and Friday 17th for individual vocal tuition and these sessions will take place at The Baptist Church, North Street, Westbourne.


For anyone who is interested in purchasing tickets for the concert/showcase or would like to be involved in the singing, and would like more information, please contact: Louise Russell on 01243 389004 Mobile 07985606670 or e.mail: louise.slrussell@btinternet.com


Tickets will be available at shops and through individuals in Emsworth and Westbourne and will be announced on posters which will be distributed shortly. www.emsworthcommunitysingers.org.uk




6th April

Taste of Olympic legacy with FitBeat in Emsworth


Celebration of the 2012 Olympic legacy will take place this summer.

Fitness instructors Ruth Dancer and George ‘Topsy’ Turvey are holding the third FitBeat, which they started in 2011 as a build-up to the games to inspire grass roots sporting participation.

In June they will take over Emsworth Park to put on free training sessions, an It’s a Knock Out event, and a Children’s Olympiad.

There will also be an awards ceremony for the local sporting leader and child who have achieved the most through sport. It will end with a display from local sports clubs.

Ruth, who was the manager of the Eton Dorney Olympic and Paralympic venue, said: ‘The Games were an incredible phenomenon and really brought out the spirit of positivity, human endeavour, courage, commitment, determination and, frankly, just being nice to one another.

‘We are all responsible for making things happen in our community and there are thousands of people who already commit so much of their time, quietly, in the background.

‘These people need help, they need a platform and they need recognition.

‘This is what FitBeat is all about.’

To find out more go to fitbeat.co.uk.


The News 06-April-2013



4th April


Shoppers urged to support £15,000 target to benefit Emsworth community

The Southern Co-operative store in Emsworth is urging shoppers to back its 2013 Community Support Card campaign to donate up to £15,000 for the benefit of local people.

Two local good causes stand to benefit from the community scheme; Innovation Fitness with up to £5000 towards its Fitbeat community event and Emsworth Baptist Church Trust (EBCT) with up to £10,000. Backing the CSC scheme doesn’t leave shoppers out of pocket; they simply have to request a free CSC card, which are handed out by the store, and have this swiped each time they shop at The Southern Co-operative (TSC) in Emsworth. The more often CSC cards are swiped, the quicker TSC donates the funds.

Emsworth Baptist Church Trust plans to use the money towards a new multipurpose venue in the heart of the town which will provide space to offer youth work, as well as activities for older people and provision for families. Innovations Fitness organises an annual FitBeat free family and community event where people can have a go at different activities and find out about local clubs including dancing, swimming and judo. TSC’s £5000 donation will help to cover the cost of organising Fitbeat 2014, which itself raises significant funds for local charities and helps to raise awareness and membership of local activity clubs. 

The recipient good causes were decided by a panel of Emsworth TSC members and the store’s team led by the store’s Retail Business Manager, Colin Hooper, who said: “The panel had a hard job to choose as all of the CSC applicants were worthy in their own right. However the Emsworth Baptist Church Trust and Fitbeat 2014 leapt out because of their ability to embrace the whole community. At Emsworth we very lucky to have a very supportive customer base that supports our CSC fund-raising efforts, and this is also shown whenever we're raising funds and awareness for The Southern Co-operative’s corporate charity, Canine Partners.”

Colin added: “We’ll be holding a free community fun day to launch our new CSC scheme so do keep an eye on the local press and in store to find out more about this. In the meantime, please pop into the store to pick up a free green CSC card and start supporting our fundraising campaign.” Last year, the store donated £5000 to Emsworth Pastoral Centre and £10,000 to Emsworth Business Association from its successful CSC scheme.

The Southern Co-operative store in Emsworth is located in the High Street. www.thesouthernco-operative.co.uk.



17th March


Emsworth Choir Win Adult Choir Class of the Chichester Music Festival


Emsworth Community Singers won first place in the Chichester Music Festival's Adult Choir category on Saturday.

The adjudicator said,

A good body of sound with the voices well blended.  Words were clear and precise.  Descant was sensitively sung.  Well done gentlemen, your sound has gravitas.  So refreshing to hear this male body of sound.  you are a well-disciplined choir and I thoroughly enjoyed this medley.  Well Done!".


The Choirs next. event will the presentation/Showcase of Opera - chorus, ensemble and solos - led by visiting Canadian Director/Tenor - Lenard Whiting.  Between now and May The ECS will be rehearsing for this event to take place on Saturday 18th May 2013 at St John's The Baptist Church, Westbourne.

Rehearsals take place every Wednesday at Emsworth Baptist Church from 7.15 p.m. to 9.15 p.m. with a Development Group running from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.  - as promoted.

Anyone interested in joining our choir to take part in this event are welcome to come along.


More information can be found at:  www.emsworthcommunitysingers.or.uk






15th March


New Dementia Advice Service for Emsworth & South East Hampshire

Alzheimer’s Society is pleased to be able to provide a new service to those affected by Dementia. If you have just been told you have dementia you may feel frightened and unsure about what the future holds.

We will work with you to make sure you have all the information you need to help you to continue living the life you want for as long as possible.

Your relatives, carers or friends may also be feeling anxious about your diagnosis and concerned for the future. Our Dementia Advice Service can help them too by providing support and information to equip you all for the journey ahead.

If you would like to contact the service and live in Petersfield, Bordon, Havant and surrounding areas please telephone: 023 9289 2034 or Email: portsmouth@alzheimers.org.uk

15th March

Havant Borough councillor for Emsworth steps down

EMSWORTH’S member for Havant Borough Council stepped down yesterday (March 14).

Cllr David Gillett has stepped down from his position and a by-election will be held on Thursday, May 2, to coincide with the county council elections.

Cllr Gillett was first elected in 1998 and was leader of the council for nearly a decade.

He served in the cabinet for more than ten years in total.

He was also a county councillor and a member of the Hampshire Police Authority in addition to being Havant’s representative on the South East Regional Assembly for ten years.

“As a councillor and leader I was always striving to make a difference, particularly to those in areas of deprivation. I am now looking at setting up a Christian charity which will help to co-ordinate an army of volunteers from the churches to work together to serve the needs of the many struggling families and individuals in the East Solent area,” he said.


Chichester Observer 15-March-2013



7th March


Emsworth School Girl Supports Wear a Hat Day.


Emsworth School girl, Mia Billins a pupil of Ditcham Park school in Petersfield who lives in Emsworth is putting all her efforts into supporting Wear a Hat Day for Brain Tumour Research. Following the tragic death of her auntie last year Mia has organised a “Hat Throwing Competition” at her school on Thursday 28th March.


Mia wrote,

My name is Mia Billins and I am ten years old. A year ago I lost my auntie who was only 37 to a brain tumour. This year I am the face of brain tumour research and am trying to raise awareness of this disease. Lots of people don't know but more people under 40 die of a brain tumour than any other cancer and they receive less than 1% of national research spending in the UK. On March 28th it is Wear a Hat day. Lots of people including myself will be wearing a hat to support the charity. I am also holding a hat throwing competition at my school.  Help us put an end to Brain Tumors please.
If you would like to join in the fun visit the website at www.braintumourresearch.org  and order your charity pack.”


Mia’s mum, Michelle Billins said,

“I would just like to say how proud we are of Mia and I know her Auntie Theresa  would be really pleased that she is continuing to support the charity in finding a cure for brain tumours.” 


Mia has had an invite to the House of Commons next week too tell her story so spreading the word.




4th March


Emsworth Extra card is bringing in the shoppers

Emsworth Businesses Association introduced the Emsworth Extra loyalty cards at the beginning of the year to try and combat the impact on shoppers affected by an increase in parking charges.

Customers are given a card and each time they shop locally they receive a sticker. Once the card has 10 stickers – from at least four different businesses – they can enter a prize draw.

The winner for February was UWilde, of Victoria Road, Emsworth. They won £25 in shopping vouchers, plus an appointment for a hair treatment, cut and finish at Charter Cutting Co. They were picked by the association’s chairman Giles Babb, landlord of The Bluebell Inn, South Street.

He said: ‘We think it’s been going well.
‘Last month, 222 Extra cards were completed and entered into the prize draw – which is great news.
‘It has given businesses a boost and encouraged people to shop locally.’

Mr Babb is heading a major drive to get people shopping locally in light of the horse meat scandal. The association has also brought in Hampshire Farmers’ Markets to the town which specialises in local produce.

More than 30 independent shops, pubs and cafes have joined a loyalty card scheme, which was being launched in the town January.


The News 04-March-2013



1st March


We need to get Britain cooking again’ says chef

By Giles Babb, landlord and chef of The Blue Bell Inn, Emsworth  

You are what you eat – well, let’s hope not if the horse meat scandal is anything to go by.  Hopefully something good will come from this. The supermarkets have been getting away with selling poor quality and unethically produced goods for too long.

The ‘stack it high sell it low’ offers have contributed to the average UK household throwing away half a ton of food-related waste a year.  It is sad that people have forgotten the importance of the quality of what they are eating and where it has been sourced from just because of convenience.   This would never have happened 20 years ago when people still cooked at home, used local shops, and opted for quality not quantity.

This in turn has affected family life, contributed to broken Britain and stopped us communicating.  Gone are the days for too many families of sitting round the table for dinner.  It seems life is too busy and we are now starting to lose the art of conversation. No wonder kids today think beef comes from a supermarket and not from a cow in a field.

I think in the wake of this we need to get Britain cooking again and supporting local. We need to educate children about where food comes from and how to cook. So, let’s back the local butcher, grocer and trusted independent retailers on the high street who know where their produce comes from.  This in turn will boost the local economy and support the struggling local farmers.

In Emsworth we are working hard to help independent shops and drive footfall through the village, with incentives like the Emsworth Extra reward card and The Hampshire farmers markets.


The News 26-Feb-2013







22nd February

Clean-up begins after travellers move from layby

TRAVELLERS have left a layby near the A27 after being threatened with bailiffs.

The encampment packed up yesterday after being 24 hours’ notice by Havant Borough Council to leave the site off the A259 Havant Road, in Emsworth.

After almost a week of camping just yards from a well-used pedestrian and cycle track, the 10 caravans moved peacefully away.

They were escorted by police out of the area.

Council wardens were due to start the clean-up at 7.30am today.

Around £350 from the public purse has already been spent on legal costs to evict the group.

Community leaders breathed a sigh of relief, but applauded the group for causing little nuisance through the week.

Brendan Gibb-Gray, a retired senior police officer and councillor for Emsworth, said: ‘They left a lot of space for people to walk through and there has been no difficulties.

‘On the other side, it does cost council and police resources and money to deal with it.’

Cllr Gibb-Gray said he hoped the encampment was not a sign of things to come.

Last year travellers caused havoc across the Havant and Chichester area.

Among the encampments were a play area in Leigh Park, recreation grounds in Bosham and Southbourne and even the village cricket pitch at West Wittering.

Cllr Gibb-Gray said more travellers’ pitches were needed – but Havant borough would struggle immensely to find any suitable sites.

He said: ‘The answer is we probably have to provide more accommodation.

‘We have looked at various sites and it’s difficult for a very urbanised borough. We don’t have that much available land.’

A spokeswoman for Hampshire County Council, which owns the site near the A27 and will pay the legal costs, said: ‘Our traveller and gypsy liaison officer is working with Havant Borough Council to improve locks on the barrier.

‘In the short term, the borough council will be putting in a concrete block to prevent travellers getting in the area again.’

A spokeswoman for Havant council said: ‘Council officers are unable to comment on the cost of the clean-up operation until they have had a full inspection of the site.’

The News 22-Feb-13



22nd February

Fury over decision to demolish historic church for houses


THE demolition of a 200-year-old former church in a conservation area has caused fury.

People in Emsworth have spoken of their anger after plans to bulldoze the former Congregational Church in Nile Street were approved by Havant Borough Council.

Councillors were divided on whether to allow the former chapel – built in 1808 – to be replaced by two modern semi-detached homes. But a majority vote decided the outcome.

The church was built for worshippers in Georgian times and acted as a school.

But its ecclesiastical and educational use ended in 1929, after which time it was used for light industry, including furniture repairs.

Councillor Michael Wilson, who sits on the planning committee, said: ‘I’m not happy about the demolition of this building at all. It would have an adverse impact on the conservation area to lose it.

‘Okay it’s not listed – but it’s significant. It’s part of the history of Emsworth going back to when it was a chapel.’

Emsworth Cllr Brendan Gibb-Gray told his fellow members: ‘I’m not sure this is a positive contribution to the conservation area.

‘The developer has gone a long way to meet the concerns of residents and others, but I remain unconvinced it’s the best we can get.’

Neighbours also told the meeting at The Plaza that they were concerned about overlooking and loss of light.

The plans, submitted by Havant-based HCG Property Services Ltd, include three-bedroom accommodation over three floors.

Cllr John Smith said: ‘It will add something to Emsworth.

‘I’m greatly in favour of protecting places like Emsworth from bad design and bad buildings. But this is a good design. It will fit in.’

Five councillors voted in favour of development, with two against.

After, Lorraine Clode, chairwoman of Emsworth Residents’ Association, was angry.

She said: ‘I’m very sad to see a piece of Emsworth’s history being wantonly knocked down.

‘It’s one of the very characteristic buildings in the town centre. It’s a travesty – to replace an old building of such historic note for two houses.’

The developers report states it would cost between £415,000 and £519,000 to renovate the property.

Their report states: ‘Although it is a relatively old building in Nile Street, very little of its original character and appearance survives.’

The News 22-Feb-13





5th February



Hampshire Farmers’ Markets will stage their first market in Emsworth on Saturday, 16th February.  The first planned market in January had to be cancelled because of the bad weather.   “We are hoping that the weather will be kinder to us in mid-February for this first market on the 16th. The snow in January prevented safe access in the Palmers Road car park and many of our producers living in more rural locations found it difficult to get out to the main roads.  The producers are now looking forward to coming to Emsworth and selling their local produce,” commented Alex Handford, Business Manager for HFM.

The producers will be setting up stalls offering a wide range of local produce in Palmers Road Car Park from 10am until 2pm and the HFM will be bringing its Taster Unit along and serving up tasty and delicious samples to try before buying and many of the stalls also provide samples.  Visitors to the Emsworth market will also have the opportunity to enter a competition to win a Hampshire Farmers’ Market hamper packed with local produce.

 Instead of presenting new competition to Emsworth retailers, HFM Business Manager Alex Handford claims that their established markets throughout the county have consistently attracted increased foot fall, bringing greater opportunities for existing retailers and she said:  “We are looking forward to working closely with the Emsworth community and retailers and to complement the established retail offering in the town.  Retailers in all of our market locations across Hampshire benefit from the additional shoppers that the markets help to attract and the coffee shops, pubs and restaurants also enjoy increased custom.   We are confident that Emsworth will benefit in the same way.”

The Hampshire Farmers’ Markets is a community interest, not-for-profit organisation holding regular markets across Hampshire, which provides numerous far reaching benefits, with additional employment created and money kept within the local economy, as well as the reduced impact on the environment.

“Our market stall holders aim to provide really good value, particularly in these times when everyone is watching their food spend.  Visitors are often surprised by the great value and savings they find from the reduced ‘food miles’ and no middle man, passed onto the consumer.  Our Price Comparison Survey in January shows that we have a huge range of produce that is actually cheaper than the supermarkets.  We also have regular producer offers on our website and on the day, giving our visitors a really cost-effective and vibrant shopping experience with a wider choice of interesting local produce” continued Alex Handford.

The HFM also intend to organise additional attractions such as their Cookery Demonstration Kitchen, inviting Chefs from local establishments to demonstrate their skills using local produce from the market and are looking for local businesses that may be interested in sponsoring these events.

“The success of our markets is due to the enthusiasm and dedication of our many award-winning suppliers, as well as the growing interest in buying locally produced seasonal food” concluded Alex Handford.

For more information on the Hampshire Farmers’ Markets, cookery tips, recipes and offers visit www.hampshirefarmersmarkets.co.uk





4th February


Emsworth Extra Loyalty Card Voucher Winners Announced


The first prize draw for the new card was held on Friday 1st February. Honours for selecting the winning ticket went to The Greenhouse Cafe, as donors of the first 'Extra' prize, a cream tea for 2. A total of 84 completed cards went into the draw-not bad for less than 3 weeks of the scheme.


The winner was Mrs Jo Collin, of Waters Edge Gardens, who was very pleased.  As well as the cream tea she has won £25 in shopping vouchers.





29th January


Flood protection is finally on the cards for Emsworth


A SCHEME that will significantly reduce flood risk in Emsworth is finally set to go ahead.

Officials from the Environment Agency told a packed residents’ meeting at Emsworth Community Centre that they had at last found the funding to pay for the work.

It will involve building three storage ponds to hold back water whenever there is heavy rain.

Experts told the audience of around 150 people that the risk of flooding currently stood at 20 per cent.

Once the work has been completed, the risk will be a fraction over one per cent.

Ian Miller, technical advisor, presented a scheme that will control water flows along the West Brook and Nore Farm Stream.

One holding pond will be built near Selangor Avenue, while two will be dug for the West Brook.

Mr Miller said the initial cost of the scheme was £1m – and the Environment Agency had struggled to plug a £400,000 funding shortfall.

But the cost of the scheme has been reduced to around £700,000 by remodelling the work.

The initial plan involved one holding pond on land between the railway and the A27 – the interbridges site.

This was proving to be costly and building two holding ponds – one north of the A27 and one on farmland – was in fact a cheaper option.

Hampshire County Council has also added £100,000 to the £600,000 kitty the Environment Agency already had.

The work is set to start later this year and be completed during 2014.

Mr Miller said: ‘We are not going to stop flood risk for Emsworth.

‘We are looking to reduce flood risk as much as possible with the funding and benefits that are available.’

After the presentation, Margaret Coleman, of Selangor Avenue, who is renting a house in Waterlooville while her bungalow dries out after the December floods, said: ‘Anything that can help we are grateful for.

‘But I won’t hold out hope that we won’t flood again before it happens.’

Chris Clode, chairman of Emsworth Flood Action Group, said: ‘It’s not going to remove completely the potential risk of flooding.

‘But it will do a huge amount to alleviate it.

‘We have worked very hard these last two years – and we are almost there. I think it will be a huge relief to people.’

The News 29-Jan-2013







Chichester Harbour News & Guide



The 2013 issue of the Chichester Harbour News and Guide is now available. This annual magazine contains a wealth of information on the harbour.


Following an introduction from the Director, Siún Cranny, the 84-page magazine contains articles on the 100th anniversary of the classic Sunbeam sailing boats, a feature on planning issues in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and ideas for local walks.


Three local people are interviewed about their harbourside careers. Anyone who works around the harbour will at some time have had someone say to them ‘How did you get that wonderful job?’ The three including Jesse Loynes from Arbor Yachts based at Thornham Marina, explain how it took hard work and training combined with a bit of luck to get their dream job. Two teenagers were challenged to try something new during their school holidays. Jo Gilson and Louisa Raby report back on their summer holidays trying stand up paddleboarding, photography, kayaking and more.


With its new look cover, the Harbour News also contains useful information such as tide tables, navigation guidance, a guide to harbourside villages and a directory of local marine businesses.


The Harbour News is distributed free of charge and can be picked up from the Harbour Office, local libraries and tourist offices.



28th January


Electric blankets warning after house blaze

Photp: Sid Clack 

A PENSIONER is in hospital recovering from burns after it is thought his electric blanket caught fire.  Mick Jennings, 82, was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital following the drama on Saturday evening.  Widower Mr Jennings, is believed to have raised the alarm at 7.35pm on Saturday, when the fire began in an upstairs bedroom.

Shocked neighbours have told how they saw smoke and flames billowing up from the back of the mid-terrace home in Maisemore Gardens in Emsworth.

Barbara Hammond lives across the road and she said: ‘The first we knew was when the fire engines turned up and that was what alerted most people that something was wrong. But when we went outside you could see all these flames.

‘It was impressive and exciting, but not in a good way. We were all holding our breath and hoping that Mick would be all right and that the fire wouldn’t spread into the neighbouring buildings.

‘I heard he had been trying to put the fire out himself. I just hope he comes home safe and well.’

Fire crews from Havant, Emsworth, Waterlooville and Cosham as well as Southsea’s aerial platform ladder and Eastleigh’s multi-role vehicle, attended.

Crew manager Jim Tickner from Havant said: ‘The fire investigators are doing their stuff to identify the cause.

‘It is possible that it was from an electric blanket but that’s just from what the homeowner told us.

‘The upstairs has been quite severely damaged by fire and smoke.

‘We were concerned about it spreading to the other homes, but luckily there isn’t a roof void because they have flat roofs. The homeowner told us he didn’t want an ambulance and that he was fine – but he obviously had some burns and his hair was singed.’

He was also treated for smoke inhalation.

Mr Tickner added: ‘We would advise anyone with electric blankets to have them checked on an annual basis.’


The News 28-Jan-2013




21st January


Discover a history of poverty in Emsworth in 1800s

THE Havant Workers Educational Association has organised an historical lecture.

Philip Robinson will deliver the lecture, Poverty in Emsworth and Westbourne in the Early 19th Century. Sue Young, from the Havant WEA, said: ‘We expect it to be informative and stimulating.’

The event is being held at Emsworth Methodist Church and Pastoral Centre, on February 8. Doors open at 7.30pm and entry is £4.

The News 19-Jan-2012




18th January


New farmers market in Emsworth will be rescheduled due to snow

EMSWORTH’S farmers market which was set to launch tomorrow (January 19) has been cancelled. Hampshire’s Farmers Market planned to run it’s first market tomorrow, with stalls in Palmers Road car park from 10am to 2pm. However, because of the heavy snowfall they have had to cancel their first event.

They took to Twitter to announce the bad news, and said: “Have to admit defeat due to the poor weather conditions Emsworth farmer’s market tomorrow is CANCELLED.” The market, selling fresh local produce, will be rescheduled, so keep an eye on the Observer’s website for the new date


Chichester Observer 18-Jan-2013


18th January


Emsworth Wakes Up to the first Snow of Winter


Emsworth awoke to  snow this morning with a covering of up to four inches by 10.00am and parts of the Mill Pond were frozen.  The snow continued for most of the day but life in the town continued much as usual. Buses were delayed largely by accidents on the A259 and the A27 and trains were cancelled or running late but parking was easy - Emsworth's car parks where virtually empty,











13th January


Emsworth Community Organisations Announce Forthcoming Events.


New in 2013 is the Emsworth Horticultural Societies' Spring Garden Competition.  The competitions are open to all gardeners who reside in the Borough of Havant or within 1 mile of the PO10 District boundary. Entries accompanied by an appropriate entry fee of 50p per entry to the Hut on any Sunday morning or to Suzanne Holroyd of 20 Fuchsia Close, Denvilles PO9 2FR.


A Challenge Cup will be awarded to the winner in each Class together with Prize Money for 1st, 2nd

and 3rd.

Spring Garden Competition to be judged on Tuesday 16th April, 2013 with the 18th July, 2013

as a spare day in case of inclement weather

Competition 1. SPRING GARDENS


Information can also be obtained from the Show Secretary, Jan Butler,  33 Highland Road, Emsworth, Hampshire PO10 7JL  Tel: 01243 430926 email: jan@janbutler.plus.com


Meanwhile, Emsworth Artists have announced the dates of  the Emsworth Arts Trail which will be held on  27th-28th April & 4th,5th & 6th May   2013  in locations around Emsworth.  Once again, over two weekends in the Spring Emsworth's artists will be providing an opportunity for the public to view their work.  www.emsworthartstrail.org.uk




12th January


Undaunted by Pouring Rain the Emsworth Extra Loyalty Card is Launched in the Town Square

Members of the Emsworth Business Association braved the weather to launch the Emsworth Extra Card this morning. Sheltering under a gazebo, provided by the Coal Exchange' members were on hand to explain how the loyalty card works.  The Emsworth Extra Card will see a prize draw being held every month, with the lucky winner getting £25 in  vouchers in the participating businesses. An additional prize will be awarded each month from a business. Rewards for the next four months include dental treatment worth £147,cream tea for two, hair cut and styling at Charter Cutting Co  and a £30 Voucher to spend at The Bluebell Inn .

The card is part of major drive by Emsworth Business Association to get more people using independent shops following a drop in footfall last year. Mary Coburn, who has run Classy Cooks in North Street for the past seven years, said:

‘It was a really attractive idea because it’s very simple. It’s an incentive for people to come and shop in Emsworth. ‘I think people don’t always realise the number of different shops there are in Emsworth and the variety. ‘We would hope this encourages people to try different shops. ‘A prize draw is always fun. ‘Hopefully it will be a little bit of a push for people that instead of going to the big supermarkets they can come here.’


The Mayor of Havant, Gerald Shimbart, attended the event and offered his best wishes for the scheme's success.  For more information on the Emsworth Extra Card visit: www.emsworthextra.co.uk


View the photos HERE




10th January



Hampshire Farmers’ Markets will be coming to Emsworth in next Saturday, setting up stalls offering a wide range of local produce in Palmers Road Car Park from 10am until 2pm on Saturday 19th January.


 Instead of presenting new competition to Emsworth retailers, HFM Business Manager Alex Handford claims that their established markets throughout the county have consistently attracted increased foot fall, bringing greater opportunities for existing retailers and she commented:  “We are looking forward to working closely with the Emsworth community and retailers and to complement the established retail offering in the town.  Retailers in all of our market locations across Hampshire benefit from the additional shoppers that the markets help to attract and the coffee shops, pubs and restaurants also enjoy increased custom.   We are confident that Emsworth will benefit in the same way.”

The Hampshire Farmers’ Markets is a community interest, not-for-profit organisation holding regular markets across Hampshire, that provides numerous far reaching benefits, with additional employment created and money kept within the local economy, as well as the reduced impact on the environment.

“Our market stall holders aim to provide really good value, particularly in these times when everyone is watching their food spend.  Visitors are often surprised by the great value and savings they find from the reduced ‘food miles’ and no middle man, passed onto the consumer.  We also have regular producer offers on our website and on the day, giving our visitors a really cost-effective and vibrant shopping experience with a wider choice of interesting local products” continued Alex Handford.

The HFM also intend to organise additional attractions such as their Cookery Demonstration Kitchen, inviting Chefs from local establishments to demonstrate their skills using local produce from the market and are looking for local businesses that may be interested in sponsoring these events.

“The success of our markets is due to the enthusiasm and dedication of our many award-winning suppliers, as well as the growing interest in buying locally produced seasonal food” concluded Alex Handford.

For more information on the Hampshire Farmers’ Markets, cookery tips, recipes and offers visit www.hampshirefarmersmarkets.co.uk




10th January


Vigilant Resident leads to arrest


Following a theft from a vehicle in Bath Road on the night of 6th/7th January  a member of the neighbourhood watch called in to report two males acting suspiciously. An area search was conducted in the King Street/ King Johns Shipyard areas and two males were subsequently arrested. They are also thought to be involved in attempted thefts from vehicles in Rowlands Castle.


8th January


Villagers notch up a recycling record

Villagers in Westbourne, near Emsworth, have held their most successful Christmas tree recycling event yet.

On Sunday [6 January] they brought 113 trees to the village square,where they were turned into chippings. The event was organised by climate change action group the Greening Westbourne Campaign, which also collected Christmas cards and mobile phones for recycling.

Campaigners provided mulled wine and mince pies for people who brought along their trees.

The recycling session was the fifth such event organised by the campaign. Its aim was to encourage residents to recycle, and to reduce the distance travelled by local waste. Westbourne tree works specialist
Michael Reed performed the chipping for free. The chippings will be used at village allotments.

Campaign chairman Colin Carré said: "This event has just grown and grown - it's brilliant that so many people take part. Mobile phone recycling was a new aspect this year. Money from old phones will help us with this year's big project - setting up a community orchard. This will be a place where we can produce food locally and encourage people to get involved with growing things. It will also be a relaxing natural
site for everyone to enjoy."

The campaign is looking at possible sites for the orchard and recruiting people who can help.  The campaign encourages villagers to save energy and get their homes insulated. It is part of the national Greening Campaign, which has inspired similar groups in many communities across

Villagers interested in the campaign or in the community orchard project can email








5th January


Langstone Cutters Gig Club gets Underway


Langstone Gig Club was launched on New Year's Day 2013 with a ceremony to rename the  gigs.  This involved a complex ritual to appease the gods of wave and wind, who are notoriously sensitive about strange boats appearing on their domains. Neptune himself appeared to bless the proceedings. The old names were written in water-soluble ink on metal objects that were then dropped in the harbour for the names to be erased. Then the new names were

 unveiled as copious libations of champagne were poured. The day was blessed by clear skies and sunshine, an omen of good times to come.


Langstone Cutters Gig Club is has been set up to bring Cornish pilot gig rowing to the eastern Solent area, including Chichester, Langstone and Portsmouth harbours. Langstone Cutters Gig Club is a sister organisation to the well-established Langstone Cutters Rowing Club, which rows a variety of traditional fixed seat boats from a base next to the famous Langstone Mill, where Chichester and Langstone harbours meet. The Gig Club will operate from a slipway directly opposite, at Northney Marina on Hayling Island. Two wooden pilot gigs are available for the club, and the club will also be able to use the grp Adventure Gigs used by Langstone Adventure Rowing for training cross-channel rowers. Cornish Pilot Gigs are fast and seaworthy boats originally developed to take pilots out to incoming ships in the Western Approaches. They had to be fast as the first pilot to reach a ship got the job, and they had to be seaworthy to get out in all conditions. When freelance pilots were taken over by a state-run service, the gigs were used for racing and there is a flourishing regatta circuit around the West Country. The World Championships are held annually in the Isles of Scilly. Find out more at:  https://sites.google.com/site/langstonecuttersgigclub/home




2nd January


Just doing his bit sees Emsworth ‘special’ win accolade


Richard Owen has been with Hampshire Constabulary as a member of police staff for 18 years and currently works in the Criminal Justice Department has been awarded the MBE for his voluntary work as a special constable.

He joined the Special Constabulary in 1993 and currently serves Havant as Divisional Officer.  His special constable duties included a community beat function in Emsworth where he is very well known to local residents.  He is a constant presence providing reassurance and acting as a link between the village and constabulary.  He demonstrates true leadership as a special constable encouraging and supporting others volunteers during official engagements, and engaging with local organisers to ensure the smooth running of official events, such as the Remembrance Day parade

Richard was the winner of the Hampshire Special Constable of the year award in 1998 devoting significantly more hours to his role than is required or expected.  In 2012 he completed 428 hours in addition to his full time role as a member of police staff.

In his spare time he is a life long Portsmouth Football Club supporter and the voluntary club historian.  During a career break he wrote two books connected to this interest and continued his duties as a special constable throughout.

Mr Owen said: ‘This was a bit of a surprise to me, and is in recognition that I’ve been doing this for 19 years.

‘I suppose the big issue is that I’m a volunteer and I make time over and above my regular job and other commitments to do it.

‘I just wanted to do my bit.’






You can still check out last year's news HERE