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Updated: 22 July 2015   

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5th April


Christians Together Mark the beginning of Easter Day

Over 200 Christians Together In Emsworth gathered on the Emsworth foreshore near Nore Barn Woods at 6am for the Easter Sunrise Service that has taken place for well over 30 years now. After the service of hymns, readings, reflection and prayers, fish cooked on the Easter fire was served with bread and coffee. 















4th April



Tributes to historian


A COMMUNITY has been left in shock after the sudden death of a local historian.

Linda Newell, curator of the Emsworth museum, was found dead at her home in Emsworth. She was 65.


The St George’s Flag in the centre of Emsworth is flying at half mast this weekend in tribute to Linda’s contribution to the town.

The town’s councillor, Brendan Gibb-Gray, said she was ‘the driving force’ behind the success of the museum.

He said: ‘She had been ill for a couple of weeks, but no-one thought it was serious.

‘I don’t think the causes are known. It’s very sad and very sudden.

‘She was, in many ways, the museum. She was the archivist and researcher. When it came to Emsworth, she was the expert.’


Linda had worked as a tourism officer for Havant Borough Council.

The News 4th April




3rd April


Villagers take part in traditional Good Friday Walks


Christians in Westbourne, near Emsworth, walked through the village on Good Friday with a large wooden cross, continuing a longstanding local Easter tradition.


The villagers, from St John's parish church, met at the top of Monk's Hill and walked down to the village square, stopping for readings and hymns along the way. About 30 people took part, ending the walk at the church and then enjoying coffee and hot cross buns.


Rector Rev Frank Wright said: "All our relationships, including that with God, can be expressed as a journey or walk together, facing all that life offers, the pleasure and the pain.  The last walk of Jesus  from prison to the place of execution marks God's close involvement with humanity and God's travelling with us through it all.  On Good Friday morning, walking from the edge of the village to its heart we try to feel that."









Meanwhile in Emsworth..............



Christians Together in Emsworth held their annual Good Friday Walk of Witness around the 5 churches of Emsworth . A short service was held at each church on the route -  Ss Thomas Catholic, Emsworth Baptist, St James Anglican, Waterside URC and finally Methodist in Emsworth Square.  Starting at 9:30, the whole  event took two and half hours finishing with a soup lunch in the Methodist Pastoral Centre.


 Despite the damp conditions, there were  150 people on the the walk at one point to give witness to the true meaning of Good Friday to the people of Emsworth.











2nd April


Westbourne Community orchard project launched March 2015

A community orchard on the Emsworth/Westbourne border was launched on Sunday at a cider-tasting evening.  More than 30 people gathered to launch the project to set up an orchard on new public open space next to the Redlands Grange housing development in Emsworth.

The idea of the project is to help preserve traditional fruit varieties, provide local environmentally-friendly produce and help residents get a bit closer to the earth. Organisers Greening Westbourne, a local climate change action group, are hoping it will be a joint project to benefit both communities. The plan is to get trees sponsored by local people – maybe in remembrance of a loved one, or to celebrate a birth.

The event was hosted by the White Horse inn in Westbourne, and included a cider-tasting competition. Residents are being encouraged to attend the first meeting of an orchard steering group at 7.30pm on 21 April, at the Meeting Place in North Street, Westbourne.

Greening Westbourne chair Colin Carré said: "It was great to meet people interested in the idea, celebrate the launch and have some fun. We now need to form a team to run the project, get fundraising and get down to work. Anyone with useful skills is very welcome to join the 'core' team.

"We'd love to hear from anyone who is a good organiser, or who can keep on top of a bit of admin, or who has experience of fundraising. Maybe they know something about planting trees, or making cider, or have good web skills."

To contact the project organisers, residents can email greeningwestbourne@hotmail.co.uk For more information they can search Greening Westbourne online.




23rd March



Emsworth - the UK's First Ever Red Nose Town raises £15,000!

From an idea originally thought of by WemsFest, Comic Relief granted Emsworth the mantle of being the UK’s first ever ‘Red Nose Town’ and the we - the community of Emsworth fully embraced the title.


Over an amazing weekend of events, the town raised in excess of £15,000 for the charity.

The pretty coastal town of Emsworth has always had a strong sense of community and the partnership of WemsFest and the Emsworth Business Association came up with three days of activities and events designed to appeal to and involve as many different elements of the population as possible. From Comedy Workshops in local primary schools to a Red Nose Fashion Show at The Deck Café, and so much in between, there was literally something for all ages.

It seemed that everyone got involved with the fund raising, Emsworth Fire Station set off on a static cycle to John O’Groats (while the fire crew at John O’Groats retuned the favour and static cycled to Emsworth in all probability not having heard of it before!) while members of staff at the Emsworth Southern Co-operative branch ‘rowed’ to the BBC Centre in London.


Many local businesses renamed themselves over the weekend: the award-winning Fat Olives restaurant became ‘Red Olives’ and there were many others including ‘The Redhouse Café’ (Greenhouse), ‘The Blue Nose Inn’ (Blue Bell), ‘The Red Box’ (Gift Box), ‘Nose Print’ (Key Print), ‘Cheese & ChutNOSE’ (Cheese & Chutney) and ‘Sausage Relief’ (H. H Treagust & Sons butchers).

A Silent Disco in the town’s main square on Red Nose day itself took place under the gaze of one of 4 huge red noses, kindly donated by Jago developments, which appeared in Emsworth over the weekend. Attended by some 250 people, most in fancy dress, it was quite simply the craziest, most bonkers event that has ever taken place in Emsworth.

On Mothering Sunday ‘Pennies Across the Millpond’ linking the Emsworth and Slipper Sailing Clubs with coins was so successful that the organisers managed to do it twice! A ‘Red Nose Duck Race’ saw Red Noses bobbing down the River Ems with many cries of ‘follow that nose!”

Laughter was certainly the order of the weekend from 3 successful Comedy Clubs to the ‘Young Gigglers Saturday Market’ involving the local schools, Emsworth spent 3 days enjoying itself and in the process raised in excess of £15,000 from small donations to some truly heroic fund raising, it all counted!


Emma Freud, director of Red Nose followed events closely and tweeted when the final amount was announced:

“Emsworth, Comic Relief salutes you and every single fabulous citizen in your town


Source: Emsworth Business Association






15th March


Images of Emsworth, the UK's First Red Nose Town 13th-14th March 2015 HERE


13th March


Emsworth Red Nose Town Weekend gets off to a Cracking Start


The "Silent Disco" in the Square was packed and live on the BBC's  South Today evening News View the Video



 Thousands of you have been out and about today, donning red noses, pulling funny faces and raising vital cash for Comic Relief. And nowhere has joined in the fun more than the residents of Emsworth, which has been officially called the UK's first Red Nose Town. This evening Tom Hepworth turned up for the party and a silent disco was in full swing.





28th February




Cottage hospital will make way for new modern centre


Modern health facilities are finally on the way to Emsworth. The empty 117-year-old Victoria Cottage Hospital is set to be demolished to make way for a state-of-the-art health centre.

Doctors at Emsworth Surgery have confirmed that NHS Property Services, which owns the historic site, is committed to building a new health facility.The Surgery, which occupies a cramped building in North Street.

Jim Strudwick, chairman of Emsworth and Westbourne patient participation group, said: ‘The Emsworth and Westbourne Surgeries are working under considerable strain with a dramatic increase, in the present period of winter illness, for doctor consultations in person and by telephone.

‘The situation is made worse by staff illness and working in premises which are quite unsuitable for the patient numbers, in a building which was approved for 2,000 patients, there being now over 13,000 on the register.

‘However, there is now hope of better premises being developed on the old Emsworth Cottage Hospital site.

‘At a recent meeting of interested local organisations, Dr Abu Chinwala, a partner involved in negotiations with the Hampshire subsidiary of NHS property services, Community Health Partnership, it was stated that they had appointed a project manager to oversee a new health centre of a suitable size for present and future needs and that the Emsworth partners had also appointed their own project manager to assist with their interests in the new building specification.’


The News 28th February






25th February



Weekly Arts and Craft Market at Emsworth Methodist and Pastoral Centre


Shelley’s Creative Arts and Craft Market opens its doors again on Friday 6th March for its fourth year at the Emsworth Methodist Church and Pastoral Centre situated in the Square in Emsworth.

The craft market which first opened in March 2012 has continued to provide a  platform for local talented crafts people to sell a range of quality arts and crafts to local people living in and around Emsworth as well as to visitors to the area.

The market offers a variety of stalls, some offering independent workshops bookable with the individual stallholders themselves. The Arts & Craft Market is mainly open every Friday from 1pm until 4pm but now will open on the third Saturday of each month from 10am until 2pm. Entrance is free.

Since Christmas, the Stall holders have been busily creating new products for sale and all will be offering a new range in their collection. Shelley Price, who has always enjoyed creating arts and crafts with a particular passion for photography, said that this is an ideal opportunity for people to buy a unique gift.

We have a number of regular stalls offering a variety of products including pastel art, photographic art, jewellery, greetings cards, acrylic painted accessories, wood craft, edible treats and wool craft. We also have other visiting stalls when available so please note that the range of stalls can vary each week.

We are always  looking for a new craft to join us so if you are a local arts or crafts person and would like more information or are thinking of renting a stall then please contact Shelley to discuss on 07812 938719, or by email to shelley@shelleyscreativearts.co.uk.

Do come along and join us, we would love to see you. Also please check out our Facebook page, ShelleysCreativeArts, or visit the web page www.shelleyscreativearts.co.uk   for more updates.





17th February


 More volunteers needed to complete Emsworth footpath  


More volunteers are still needed to complete work on a popular footpath in Emsworth.  The footpath connects the Havant road, opposite Selangor Avenue, to Nore Barn Woods and Chichester Harbour.  The path has been neglected for many years becoming overgrown and the surface badly eroded and exceptionally wet and muddy after heavy rain fall.  For several months a small group of volunteers have been clearing the vegetation and resurfacing a section of the path.


A four day task last week saw 80 volunteers from Friends of Chichester Harbour, the Environment Agency, Chichester Conservation Volunteers and Havant Borough Council pull together to improve the southern section of the path . This huge effort was co-ordinated by Chichester Harbour Conservancy and the nearby Brookfield Hotel also showed its support by allowing volunteers to meet and store items at the hotel, and to use its toilet facilities.


In order to return the Path to its former glory the owners are encouraging participation by local residents who may be interested in contributing their time. If you would like to help complete the work needed to complete the improvements to the path please email: E mail selangorpath@yahoo.com













17th February


Free cider tasting event to launch community orchard


A community orchard on the Emsworth/Westbourne border is to be launched with a free cider tasting event on Sunday 29 March.


The event is at 7pm at the White Horse in Westbourne's village square.


Free cheese and sausages will be available, along with more information about the project. Local people who can offer their time or skills will be able to join a steering group to get it under way.


The community orchard, planned for new public open space next to the Redlands Grange housing development, is designed to help preserve traditional fruit varieties, provide local environmentally-friendly produce and help residents get a bit closer to the earth.


Organisers Greening Westbourne, a local climate change action group, are hoping it will be a joint project with volunteers from both communities.


The plan is to get trees sponsored by local people – maybe in remembrance of a loved one, or to celebrate a birth. 


Anyone interested in the project can also come to Greening Westbourne's next meeting, at 7.30pm on Tuesday 3 March at the Meeting Place in North Street, Westbourne.

Or they can attend a drop-in event at Westbourne Parish Hall about the public open space, between 2.30pm and 6pm on Saturday 14 March.

Greening Westbourne chair Colin Carré said: "We've been working on this with Havant Borough Council and the site developers Bloor Homes and Bellway Homes, and it's great that we've got the go-ahead. Now we have the challenge of making it happen.


"We need local people to form a 'core team' – a support group to run the project. We'd love to hear from anyone who is a good organiser, or who can keep on top of a bit of admin, or who has experience of fundraising. Maybe they know something about planting trees, or making cider, or have good web skills.


"It would be great if they could come to one of these events and pledge their support." 
To contact the campaign, residents can email 
greeningwestbourne@hotmail.co.uk  For more information they can search Greening Westbourne online.






6th February


Emsworth Arts Trail 2015 - Bigger and Brighter than Ever Before!


This year’s Emsworth Arts Trail is set to be bigger and brighter than ever. Over 150 local artists will showcase their work at fifty-five venues during the last weekend in April and first in May, in an event that will bring creativity to every corner of the village.


“Now in its 14th year, the trail continues to grow in stature and importance to the village”, explains Carol Price, chairman of The Emsworth Arts Trail.  “What’s unique about our Trail is that it’s a walking trail; this enables visitors to really appreciate our picturesque coastal village while visiting all the different venues.”


Emsworth Arts Trail offers the chance to see and meet designers, painters and makers in their own homes and studios. In addition, churches, community halls, pubs, sailing clubs and shops will act as exhibition spaces, turning the whole town into a hive of creativity.


The event runs on the two weekends of 25th – 26th April and 2nd, 3rd, 4th May 2015.


For more information and a copy of the trail guide visit www.emsworthartstrail.org.uk




















3rd February




Competition Time at Sue Foster Interiors!


Sue Foster Interiors are giving away the items in their window display! 

The winner will receive the following –


1.7m Paddington Print Fabric

1.7m Pippin Spot Red Fabric

1.0m Pippin Stripe Blue Fabric

1.0m Pom Pom Trim

1 x Hand crafted Lampshade

3 x Hand made Cushions


PLUS a £200 voucher towards making an item of your choice from these beautiful Jane Churchill fabrics.


To be entered into the free competition please pop into the showroom at 51 High Street, Emsworth between 9-21st February 2015 and fill out a postcard with your details, or like and share their page on Facebook. 


The winner will be drawn on Monday 23rd February.












28th January



The Richmond Arms scoops national business innovation award


Sussex pub that has found a novel way to extend its food offer has won a leading industry business innovation award. The Richmond Arms, in West Ashling near Emsworth. has been named winner of Business Innovation of the Year at the Budweiser Budvar Top 50 Gastropub Awards 2015. It won the award for WoodFired, which offers a range of wood-fired pizzas and small plates cooked from a converted van in the pub’s car park.

 The pub, which is owned by William and Emma Jack, picked up the honour at a special awards lunch held at Hermitage Rd in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, on Monday (26 January). It overcame four other finalists to win the award.


Organised by leading pub industry magazine the Publican’s Morning Advertiser, the Budweiser Budvar Top 50 Gastropub Awards are judged by pub guide editors and business journalists.  The awards were hosted by BBC Two Food & Drink presenter and two-Michelin starred chef Tom Kerridge.  The Sportsman, in Seasalter, Kent, was crowned Budweiser Budvar Top 50 Gastropub of the Year.


After purchasing the Richmond Arms in 2011, William and Emma Jack built up a steady trade in its 40-cover dining area, but there was limited space for locals and walk-ins.  With an interest in the growing street food trend, and with experience in using wood-fired ovens before, the couple decided to invest in an old Citroen H Van from which to cook the wood-fired pizzas.  Additionally, a skittles alley was converted into a family-friendly bar and branded up as WoodFired, creating space for an extra 50 covers.


Jo Bruce, managing editor at the Publican’s Morning Advertiser, said: “William and Emma have come up with a fantastic idea to boost sales, and they fully deserve to win Business Innovation of the Year.

 “More innovation is to come this year with the arrival of a new mobile food van, which will serve the nearby town of Bosham.”






0th January




Emsworth library - Move to the Community Centre Approved


On Monday (19th January) the Executive Member for Culture, Recreation and Countryside,  Councillor Keith Chapman, agreed that Emsworth library will move  from its current location in Emsworth to the Emsworth Community Association building in Emsworth before the lease on the current library building expires in 2018.


Hampshire County Council's public consultation about the money-saving proposals held last summer, showed 307 people against the move and 142 in favour. More than 1,000 people signed a petition, calling for the library to stay put.


It is reported that the new location will see the library move into a bright and welcoming building with high ceilings and large windows, nearer to the local shops, car parking, a new residential development, Emsworth museum and a new doctor's surgery.

Councillor Keith Chapman, Executive Member for Culture, Recreation and Countryside at Hampshire County Council, who made the decision on 19 January said:

"Our aim is to establish a vibrant, strong Library Service that's at the heart of the community and fit for the next generation. It is also vital that the Library Service is set up in a way that is financially resilient against a backdrop of continued Government financial reductions.

"Moving libraries out of stand alone buildings into larger community buildings where costs can be shared is an effective way of making budget savings without impacting on the service. This move will not only mean that the Library Service can continue here but also that it can develop as a community hub, opening up possibilities for new events, activities and facilities, to best serve all the residents of Emsworth."

The move is as an opportunity to install new self service equipment so opening hours can be increased, and to buy a wide range of new books and resources for the library.

Hampshire CC is now to seek a new use of the existing facility.







20th January


Emsworth and District 28, A New Service


Due to cutbacks the current timetable has changed and this has left a lot of our community without regular bus services. Emsworth & District have come to the rescue by providing customers  with a new 28, 28A service along with thecurrent commercial services 36, 300.  These will run WITHOUT financial assistance from the County. 



View the Timetable



























13th January




Community Christmas Day in Emsworth

Christmas Day at Hewitt’s in South Street, Emsworth had a real party atmosphere as 37 guests and volunteers arrived for a day of festive celebration. The aim of the free event was to offer friendship, entertainment and a wonderful Christmas meal to people in the local community who otherwise would have been on their own for the day, including the elderly and some for whom a family gathering was just not possible.


Throughout the day guests were offered home made Christmas cake, mince pies, traditional Christmas dinner & delicious desserts all generously donated by local residents and businesses. As well as the fantastic food, participants sang Christmas carols supported by members of Emsworth Village Voices, took part in a seasonal quiz, bingo and enjoyed an airing of the Queen’s Speech. To end the day Father Christmas visited and gave out gift boxes created by the generosity of the Daisy Chain nursery.


The organizers are grateful to so many local residents and businesses for their support and generous donations including Waitrose (Havant), the Co-Op (Emsworth), Emsworth Residents Association, Emma @ The Cheese and Chutney shop, Starr’s Butchers, Emsworth Home Hardware, Alistair Gibson of Heritage Cellars, the staff at St James’s Primary School, Jo @ Beek-a-Boo Moves, Ems Valley U3A, Ann Wallbridge, Ann Powell and Miggi Mitchell who each made an amazing Christmas cake for the day, David, Manager of Hewitt’s @ Emsworth, Debbie Lyall of The Right To Work and Giles Babb of The Bluebell Inn.


And huge thanks to the merry band of volunteers who worked tirelessly to ensure the day ran as smoothly as possible and a special thank you to the two volunteer cooks, Suzanne and Christine, who produced such a splendid Christmas dinner enjoyed by all.


After such a successful start to the Community Christmas Day in 2014 the organizers are hoping to offer the local community an even larger event for 2015 and will be recruiting for volunteers and support later in the year.






13th January




Jean Tier, the Community Association  trustee managing the initial phase of the project To re-locate the library in the Community Centre outlined the current position at a meeting on Friday evening, 9th January.

It is very unlikely that Hampshire County Council will renew lease on Nile Street in 2018 and it has become clear to the committee that if a space for the library in the community centre is not provided, there will probably be no library at all in Emsworth after 2018 and therefor the committee agree in principal  to  re-locating the library to the Community Centre.

The library is likely to be sited in the lounge and half of the assembly room with book shelves round the walls and some shelves on wheels in the middle. However, this will contingent on a satisfactory survey paying particular attention to the strength of the floor in the room.  Opening hours are likely to be the same as now: 6 mornings, 2 afternoons and one evening.  Community Centre users will be able to use the space at other times: i.e. Sunday morning, 5 afternoons and 6 evenings, with the wheeled shelving moving into the lounge or store room.     A new, sound proof partition and new door into the library will be provided so groups using the east half of the assembly rooms will not be disturbed.    In addition, HCC has offered to install windows in the Mountford rooms in order to make these more attractive for us and the trustees are happy to accept this offer.

It seems likely that Cllr Chapman will recommend moving the library to the community centre at his decision day on 19th January, subject to satisfactory outcome of our ongoing negotiations.





6th January




Blue Bell landlord Giles Babb & Alan Mak  Launch Next Generation Network


Launching on Thurs 29 Jan 2015, the Next Generation Network will, for the first time, bring together young professionals & business owners in Emsworth and beyond aged 25-40 to network, accelerate their careers, and do good in the community.

Giles Babb, Landlord of the Blue Bell on South Street, is working with Conservative Party MP Candidate for Havant, Alan Mak to launch a ground-breaking new networking group for local young & mid-career professionals and entrepreneurs later this month. 

Mak’s Next Generation Network (NGN), backed by local business leaders, launches with a complimentary drinks reception on Thursday 29 January 2015 at the Wheelwright’s Arms in central Havant. Award-winning international businesswoman and social entrepreneur Kate Robertson, Global Co-President of advertising network Havas Worldwide, will be the keynote speaker. 

The NGN will focus on 25-40 year olds, and help them accelerate their careers through cross-sector networking and TED-style talks by inspirational figures. Mak also wants to encourage NGN members to get involved in public life, for example through charitable work, volunteering as school governors and charity trustees, and standing as local councilors.

Local support is already high: two young local entrepreneurs inspired by Alan Mak’s idea will Co-Chair the NGN – Giles Babb, 30, Landlord of Emsworth’s Blue Bell pub and Chairman of the Emsworth Business Association; and Tim Pike, 39, Managing Director of Hayling-based Northney Ice Cream.

Alan Mak, Founder of the Havant Next Generation Network, said,Local residents selected me to secure Havant’s future and helping our young people build their careers and encouraging them to contribute to our community is key. I hope the Next Generation Network nurtures not just our future business leaders and senior professionals but our future school governors, charity trustees and local councilors too. The Network’s local potential in Emsworth and beyond is huge.”

Giles Babb, Landlord of the Blue Bell Inn, Emsworth, and Next Generation Network Co-Chairman, said:Alan’s Next Generation Network is great news for Emsworth’s future, and for local young professionals and business owners like myself. I’m inspired by the Network’s potential, and the hugely positive response we’ve received locally. Local residents chose Alan as their MP candidate to bring energy and vision to Havant, and he’s doing just that.”

The NGN is open to all young & mid-career professionals and business owners living or working in Emsworth and across the Havant constituency aged (roughly) 25-40, regardless of their political affiliation or voting intention (if any). There is no charge to attend the first two introductory events (29 January and March 2015), but prior online application for tickets by 27 Jan 2015 is vital.

Ticket application for the launch reception – and news about future events – is available at: www.NextGenerationNetwork.co.uk

HYPERLINK "img297.jpg"You can find out more about Alan and keep up-to-date on his work in Emsworth and around Havant on website: www.AlanMak.org.uk. Or follow him on Twitter: @AlanMak4MP  and Facebook www.Facebook.com/AlanMakHavant 







5th January


Formal unveiling of library plan

It is still unclear exactly what form the revised proposals for the relo­cation of Emsworth's library from St Peter's Square to the Community Centre off North Street would take, but the Emsworth Commu­nity Association (ECA) — which runs the cen­tre — is due to hold a 'members and supporters evening' this month (on 9 January at 6.3opm), when revisions will be unveiled.

But a feasibility study dated 18 Novem­ber — put together by HCC Property Services, part of Hampshire County Council (HCC), and showing the library securely sited in the assembly rooms area of the centre — gives some indication of ECA/HCC thinking.

Shortly before the study was released, an ECA spokeswoman told Shorelines that, "It is likely that the assembly room and lounge may be where the library ends up, but we still have further work to do before we can be sure of anything."

Meanwhile, at the end of November HCC released the results of its public consultation on the relocation proposals, which revealed that more than 6o per cent of respondents were against the move.

However, many in Emsworth have long doubted the value of the consultation, and think the move will happen regardless. A recent statement by councillor Keith Chap­man — the HCC executive member for culture and recreation offers them little comfort.

"Moving Emsworth library from a lease­hold building into the Community Centre will help secure the library's future and save around £30,000 each year," he told the Chichester Observer when the consultation results were released. "We are not in a posi­tion where we can afford to ignore this saving."

Question marks remain, even if the reloca­tion goes ahead, over access to the site on North Street, not least about the recurrent flooding of the underpass by the roundabout on the A259.


5th January 2015 Source: Martin Shelly, Shorelines    





5th January



Residents in Westbourne shredded 120 Christmas trees during their annual recycling event in the village square on Sunday.

The event, run by local environmental group the Greening Westbourne Campaign, also collected Christmas cards for recycling. It has become a fixture in the calendar of the West Sussex village, near Emsworth. Chippings from trees are used on local allotments.

Greening Westbourne chair Colin Carré said: "We had a fantastic turnout this year. People drop their trees off and stop for some mulled wine and mince pies. It's a fun community event but it fits with our goal of helping people to do small things locally to combat climate change. Recycling is good and doing it locally means fewer vehicle journeys."

Greening Westbourne also organises events such as a family fun bike ride, and plans to plant a community orchard this year.

The tree shredding was performed for free by village tree specialists Michael Reed & Co.

Residents also took part in a competition to guess the number of trees recycled, to win a free tree for next Christmas donated by Rowlands Home Hardware.

Anyone interested in the campaign, and joining the community orchard project, can contact the campaign on greeningwestbourne@hotmail.co.uk or search Greening Westbourne online.






12th December



Nore Barn Woods Hedgerow Project


On Saturday 6th December, a Hedgerow Management Workshop was held in Nore Barn Woods. Led by Jon Stokes of the Tree Council and using the services of Nigel Adams, master hedge-layer, the day consisted of tuition and hands-on practical sessions to rejuvenate a hedgerow in the last stages of decline.

The various management options, including laying and coppicing, were discussed and work was started. At the end of the day, a ten-year old section was laid in the south of England style and an older section in poor condition was coppiced.

To further improve the hedgerow along this section of the Wayfarers Walk, more elderly Hawthorns will be coppiced and in-filled with saplings such as Wild Plum. The large Hawthorn trees in the hedgerow will be kept.

The workshop was Lottery funded as part of the Tree Council’s 'Hedgerow Harvest History' project, with the aim of introducing edible fruits into our hedgerows.












10th December




Emsworth to be the UK's First Ever Red Nose Town


WemsFest is delighted to be working with Emsworth Business Association having been  granted permission by Comic Relief to temporarily recognise Emsworth as the UK's First  Ever Red Nose Town.



The bi-annual festival raises millions of pounds for many different charities and all it took  was a phone call and an e-mail from Wemsfest Artistic Director Mark Ringwood to obtain  permission. He says,


"A year ago we looked at the calendar and saw that there was very little  happening in Emsworth during March and thought there was no harm in making a pitch to take on the title as it would bring some life and colour to the community as well as hopefully raise money for good causes.  The only proviso to using the title was that we  didn't ask Comic Relief for any money.  As a result we're also working with comedians Joe Wells, and Jeff Lane, who programme comedy for Wemsfest, and we intend to have a 3  day festival of comedy from 13-15 March.  The Crown Hotel have already been extremely  supportive in giving us free performance space and we hope to add at least 2 more  venues.  


We'd like to add a week-long series of workshops in schools and retirement homes but that will depend on a sponsor coming forward.  It's going to be fantastic kudos  for the town."




9th December


Big-hearted residents commit to monthly food bank collections

THE huge success of Emsworth’s Food Fortnight has led to a big boost for a local food bank.  In September, Emsworth Business Association organised a host of events to showcase the town’s incredible range of producers and restaurants.  It was part of British Food Fortnight, a campaign to promote independent producers – and Emsworth won the Bring Home the Harvest Award for its efforts.

One of the reasons for the win was the way the event reached out to many parts of the community, which included supporting the Beacon Food Bank.  More than a ton of food was donated throughout the fortnight which ended with a harvest festival.

Following the success of that, the business association has partnered up with Southern Co-operative to establish a monthly food bank collection.

Alistair Gibson, from the association, said: ‘Working with the Southern Co-operative underlines the real community spirit in Emsworth and this initiative shows a true legacy from the all the effort that was put into the success that was the Emsworth British Food Fortnight.’

The collection point will tie-in with Emsworth’s monthly market weekend and will be outside the Co-op on both Saturdays and Sundays. The first is on December 20 and 21.

Ruth Scott, from Beacon Food Bank, which is part of the Beacon Church in the Meridian Centre, Havant, said: ‘We are so pleased that the Southern Co-operative and the Emsworth Business Association has chosen to support Beacon Food Bank each month as regular donations are what we rely on to keep stocks up throughout the year.  

‘Emsworth has such a community spirit and people really showed Emsworth has a heart when they supported us earlier in the autumn with their harvest donations.

‘We see this as a great legacy of our involvement with the Emsworth Food Fortnight and the Emsworth Business Association.’

And Jessica Hughes, from The Co-op, said the company was pleased to be supporting the monthly food collections.

She added: ‘Since we started working with the food bank in Portsmouth in 2011, we have grown our support as local need arises, and now work with 14 food banks across our trading area.’

Last Monday The News launched its Christmas food appeal to help those in need.  Supermarkets have agreed to support the appeal.  All we ask is that you buy an extra item when you go shopping and put it in our trolley on the way out.

There is a permanent collection point for the Beacon Food Bank at the Methodist Church Pastoral Centre in The Square. The Pastoral Centre is open Monday to Friday from 10.00am to 4.00pm and Saturday 10.00am to 12.00 noon.

The News 09 December 2012



9th December


Council tells Emsworth coach firm to find new premises


THE director of a coach company says he may be forced to close his business after a council told him to move.

Paul Donald, of Victory Travel, opened new premises at Seagull Lane, Emsworth, in April without planning permission.

The industrial estate it is on was previously used as a builders yard and Havant Borough Council ruled at a planning hearing that permission was needed to change the use of the site.

Councillors decided that even if an application had been made permission would not be given because the coaches back out on to narrow and busy North Street.

Mr Donald has six months to find new premises or face court action. A list of other sites available in the area has been sent to him but Mr Donald says he has not received any communication from the council.   He claims cranes used on the site previously were more than 50 tons – much bigger than his vehicles.   Mr Donald blames the noise and disruption on other businesses in the industrial estate.

He added: ‘It seems like we are getting all the blame. If we need to go then I am sure these two other companies that cause far more disruption than us should be looked at.
‘We are contained within the premises. Plus I personally tidy up the whole area, which we keep clean.
‘We will appeal against the council ruling but will also look for alternative premises – which are not easy to find as modern industrial sites are not suitable as they never allow enough parking spaces for all the works cars in these areas.

‘The government wants passenger-carrying vehicles to reduce pollution and congestion, but the council want to close you down, which could be the end case if suitable premises are not sourced.’

Councillor Elaine Shimbart, chairman of the planning committee, said: ‘Coaches are going through a narrow road on to North Street, in Emsworth, coming and going all hours of the day and evening. It’s not suitable.’

Emsworth councillor Brendan Gibb-Gray said he had received a number of complaints. ‘They are 49-seater coaches.

‘They are big buses to come out of what is an industrial site.

‘The residents have lived in harmony with the industrial site for years but this was the wrong use of the site.’

The News 09 December 2012




5th December


 Thorney Island Scout Group Opens up the Adventure for the Military Community

Thorney Island Scout Group opens up the adventure for military community; 6 to 10 year olds from military families stationed at Thorney Island have a new opportunity to taste adventure with the opening of the Thorney Island Scout Group.


Based in the army barracks the new group officially opened on 4th December following a series of trial sessions with the group taking part in games, craft activities and exploring the beach.  The new group has been made possible thanks to a small team of adult volunteers coming forward to run it and provide Scouting for children from the military and local community. In the coming months the young people will be learning about Scouting and taking part in an adventure packed programme.


Seven year old Conner said, “It’s amazing, I’ve never been a scout before, we play lots of fun games and got to design our own scarf”.


Adult volunteer Liz Bartle said, “Watching the Scouts literally bursting with excitement whilst taking part in their first Scouting session was amazing. Volunteering gives me a real buzz and I would encourage everyone else to get stuck in and have ago”.


Scouting in West Sussex seeks to transform the lives of young people by providing an inspiring programme of everyday adventure. Over 200 activities, including archery, camping, fire lighting, rock climbing and sailing, are on offer.


Chief Scout Bear Grylls commented, “I am super proud to see so many young people and adults learning new life skills, achieving personal rewards through Scouting in West Sussex.  I am excited to see Scout numbers continue to rise across the UK and the big reasons for this are that more and more young people are realising that Scouting can give them so much – whether it’s the opportunity to be involved with some incredible adventures, learn practical life, outdoor and teamwork skills, or helping to improve their local communities. 

People don't want to miss out and Scouting brings them all together, empowers them and allows them to make a positive impact.”


Scouting is shaped by young people in partnership with adults and we are always looking for new volunteers and so if you fancy having a go why not join the adventure at www.scouts.org.uk/join.




4th December


Commemoration at Warblington Cemetery – November 30, 2014

Throughout 2014, many countries from all over the world have held their ceremonies to honour the memory of all those who lost their lives in war since 1914.

On Sunday November 30th,  on a beautiful late Autumn afternoon, our ceremony took place at Warblington cemetery. The Mayor of Havant, Councillor Marjorie Smallcorn unveiled an engraved tablet within a new rose garden.  The ceremony was officiated by The Reverend Canon Simon Sayers who brought into sharp focus those local Emsworth families who have lost their loved ones in war since 1914. A bugler sounded ‘the last post’ and standards were lowered in the traditional way.


After ‘reveille’, General The Lord Richards, the former head of the Armed Services and an Emsworth resident addressed the gathering of current and former service personnel and those from the merchant service by comparing the WWI soldier with those of the modern era. On conclusion, Royal British Legion crosses were placed in the new rose garden by those in attendance that included Amelia Allison age 5 and Flt Lt David Bowker who was a pilot in the RAF during WW II.

Visitors to this most idyllic setting will now see a special place of remembrance where the memory of men, who lost their lives in war are honoured.  Do go and see it.






4th December


Bourne Quilters Support Local Charities 


On Monday 1st December, Emsworth-based Bourne Quilters held their AGM, during which donations were handed over to five local charities. This money was raised from sales at their quilt show in July. A sixth charity, The Rowans Hospice, also received a donation from the proceeds of the Bourne Quilters raffle. These local charities were selected by members and were all special to them because of help received in the past.


Local charities receive their cheques from Bourne Quilters
L to R: Mr Barney Cresswell (SSAFA), Mrs Alison Price (The Rosemary Foundation), Mrs Averil Menzies (Chairman, Bourne Quilters), Mrs Anne Gains (The Rowans Hospice), Mrs Debbie Wells (The Aldingbourne Trust), Mrs Alison Robinson (The Elizabeth Foundation), Mr Martin Anton-Lloyd (Family Support Work)


The first prize in the raffle was a double-bed quilt made by members and quilted by Tracy Pereira. This quilt was especially poignant to members as the fabric was donated by the family of the late Sheila Lillington. Sheila was a member and former Chairman of Bourne Quilters who helped, over several years, to raise money for The Rowans Hospice.






1st December


Emsworth’s Christmas Lights are Switched on


On Friday evening,  in total  antithesis to the rest of the country which seemed to be  engaged with  the crazy hunt for bargains on "Black Friday" as witnessed by the scenes on our television screens, several thousand people gathered in the Square in Emsworth to mark the beginning of the Christmas Season in a traditional way. 


As the crowds gathered the evening began with carols led led by children from  three local primary Schools, Emsworth, St James  and Thorney Island, accompanied by the Emsworth Concert Band.  Proceedings were introduced by Cannon Simon Sayers Rector of the parish church who provided a witty commentary whilst reminding us all of the true meaning of Christmas.


The town's Christmas lights were switched on by Esme Howard, aged four, a pupil at St James Primary School and the youngest school child in Emsworth shortly before the arrival of Father Christmas. Santa arrived in his spectacular sleigh provided by the Rotary Club of Havant and proceeded to his grotto in South Street adjacent to  a festive market  in the car park.  Phoebe Atkinson-Eberle, market organiser and manager, said,

" The event seems to be a great success, packed with visitors with friendly faces chatting to friends and neighbours".

This Annual event is organised by the Emsworth Business Association with the support and help of Havant Rotary Club, Hampshire Fire and Rescue, Brightside Tree Surgery, The Brookfield Hotel, Monster Creative, Southern Co-operative and  Emsworth Residents Association.

There's more to come this Christmas in Emsworth on Saturday 13th December   The Emsworth Local Produce Christmas Market takes place at the Hewitt Centre from 10am to1pm and on the following Satur day there will be q special Christmas market from 10am until 2pm with Hampshire Farmer’s Market in South Street Car Park.The Salvation Army Band will be in North Street from 11.30am and there will be a special ‘Santa Trail’ for the children to enjoy.  There will also be special Festive offers in many of Emsworth’s shops.

After Christmas there is an opportunity to recycle your Christmas tree when the Business Association has arranged for Brightside Tree Surgery will to be in St.Peters Square between 10am – 12noon  recycling Christmas Trees free of Charge.








9th November



Appeal withdrawn for development of boatyard site

THE battle to save a boatyard from being demolished and flats built in its place has been won – for now.

A hearing was due to be held earlier this month by the government’s planning inspector into whether Havant Borough Council made the right decision to turn down the plans for Dolphin Quay, Emsworth.

The hearing was cancelled at the last minute and the developer has now withdrawn the appeal for good.

But it does not mean Wilson House has given up.

Campaigners from the Dolphin Quay Action Group say they believe the developer is going back to the drawing board and will submit a new planning application for the plot in Queen Street.

At the moment the quay is taken up with a large shop, offices and a boatyard.

Lorraine Clode, co-ordinator of the group, said: ‘In a sense, perhaps a battle has been won. But certainly not the war.

‘We’re still concerned about there being a residential development there.

‘Some new environmental reports have been requested by the inspector.

‘Hopefully the developer will wait until such a time as all the reports are in and take into account comments made by residents and the action group before submitting new plans.’

The group has requested that the borough council list the site as a community asset, which would mean people have the right to bid on it ahead of it going on general sale.

It is in the final stages of the application.

But Mrs Clode said buying the site themselves would be a last resort.

‘We’re taking this one step at a time,’ she said.

‘By putting it on the community register it says this is an asset and it’s important.

‘What we do next all depends very much on what the revised plans look like.

‘We believe it was not marketed properly as a going concern and it should have been.’

She added: ‘We don’t want to see residential properties obliterating what could still be an on-going boatyard and commercial offices where there is still a need.

‘I’m not convinced there needs to be a change of use.’

Council planners felt the developers had not done enough to mitigate flooding or to market the site as a going concern.

The News 29th Nov 2014




29th November







27th November


Southbourne and Emsworth Community Christmas

Free Christmas day event for residents of Emsworth, Nutbourne, Prinsted and Southbourne

Are you alone this Christmas Day? Then join the Southbourne & Emsworth Community Christmas volunteers for a special day of laughter, companionship, festive food and entertainment. This free local community project has been born out of the recognition that Christmas Day can be a lonely time for many and a belief -that no-one should be alone on Christmas Day unless they wish to be.

This event welcomes indivkluals of any age or religion whether you be retired, bereaved, separated from family or simply alone. Come and enjoy other people's company and share in the true spirit of Christmas.

Your Christmas Day with us wfll take place between -Ham — 4pm and include:

Door to door transport to and from venue Hewitt's Emsworth

Tea /coffee / biscuits / Christmas cake throughout the day

Singing of traditional Christmas carols

Traditional Christmas Lunch and Dessert

Afternoon entertainment

Do you know of anyone who would enjoy this day? Those alone can be quite isolated and need encouragement so please pass on details of this event to a friend or neighbour who you know is alone on Christmas Day and who may prefer not to be.

For enquiries or to let us know of your interest in joining us this Christmas Day call Event Organiser Annabel Smith on 01243 373789 / 07947 546496 or email esdcommunityxmas@gmail.com

This event is supported by Community First HEH & Southbourne Age Concern. Community First HEH







21st November


Business Association Anounce their Programme for the Festive Season


Christmas in Emsworth 2014 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 programme of real community events that will make a visit to Emsworth an absolute must over the festive period.


Friday 28th November - Switching on the Christmas Lights & the arrival of Father Christmas

The fun starts from 5.15pm in St. Peters Square with community carol singing & music led by Canon Simon Sayers, featuring the Emsworth Concert Band as well as pupils from the village’s primary schools. Emsworth’s youngest school age resident, Esme Howard (Born 08/10) will switch on the Christmas lights with the Mayor of Havant, before the arrival of Father Christmas as he travels onto his Grotto in The Hewitt Centre in South Street. The Grotto* will be open from 6.00pm and children of all ages are welcome. There will also be a Festive Market in South Street Car Park from 4pm and 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 6th 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 13th December – The Emsworth Local Produce Christmas Market

Emsworth’s fabulous local produce market takes on a festive feel. Hewitt Centre 10am – 1pm


Saturday 20th December - Emsworth Christmas Market Day Featuring Hampshire Farmer’s Market

A special Christmas market from 10am until 2pm with Hampshire Farmer’s Market in South Street Car Park .The Salvation Army Band will be in North Street from 11.30am and there will be a special ‘Santa Trail’ for the children to enjoy.  There will also be special Festive offers in many of Emsworth’s shops.


Sunday 4th 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.


Emsworth Business Association www.emsworth.org.uk

Christmas in Emsworth is supported by Havant Borough Council
The EBA would like to thank -
Havant Rotary Club; Hampshire Fire and Rescue; Brightside Tree Surgery, The Brookfield Hotel, Monster Creative, Southern Co-operative, Emsworth Residents Association.



For more on Emsworth at Christmas - www.hristmas.emsworthonline.co.uk









11th November

A Conversation with Alan Mak

On Monday morning Alan Mak was found having a drink (diet coke as it was only 11am!) in the Coal Exchange this morning before meeting Giles Babb, Chairman of the Emsworth Business association, in the Blue Bell for lunch.  Alan, the recently selected Tory candidate for the Havant Parliamentary constituency is in the process of familiarising himself with Emsworth, its businesses and residents.

 Alan said that he was delighted to be selected for the Constituency and that, if elected, was looking forward to representing the historic, varied and varied borough which in many respects had a number of similarities with his home city, York. 

Alan's parents emigrated to Britain in the sixties establishing a shop in the city where he was born and grew up.  Alan worked in the family shop from a young age and went on to help run it. He attended local state primary and secondary schools before securing an Assisted Place to St. Peter’s School, York after his state secondary school closed. He became the first person in his family to attend university, reading Law at Peterhouse, Cambridge University and winning the prestigious ECS Wade Prize for Administrative Law before completing a post-graduate law & business diploma in Oxford. Now, having started his career as a corporate lawyer in the City with an international law firm he runs his own business and also serves as a non-executive director/investor in a range of businesses, from a £200M-revenue international advertising & marketing group and a successful events & conferences business to fast-growth technology start-ups like StreetHub.com which helps independent high street shops sell online.

In his spare time Alan enjoys spending time with his family, and playing & watching sports (Manchester United, cricket, rugby, tennis and hockey).  He is especially supportive and enthusiastic about Magic Breakfast, the UK's leading school breakfast club charity which feeds 8,500 hungry children in 250 primary schools of which he is the President & Trustee.  He is long-standing primary school governor, and a member of Cambridge University's Alumni Advisory Board and a speaker for Speakers for Schools, a charity founded by BBC Business Editor Robert Peston that places successful business & public life leaders into state secondary schools to give careers advice.

So, what does Alan have to offer Emsworth as our potential member of parliament?

"I'm keen to serve the existing vibrant community partly as a duty and public service but more importantly as a way to repay the legacy of the good fortune that my parents found when they arrived in the UK and the educational opportunities that I have benefitted from. Emsworth is a vibrant and special place, and I want to work with local residents to keep it that way. Emsworth has so many things going for it: the visitor economy is strong, we have a beautiful coastline and a fantastic Food Fortnight. We need to keep all these things, and work hard to help local shops, schools and local community groups like the Emsworth Business Association and Emsworth Residents’ Association. As the local MP, I will listen and work hand-in-hand with residents to keep Emsworth prosperous and vibrant. ”

In particular Alan is taking an active interest in the current controversy over the re-location of Emsworth's library and supports the continued existence of Emsworth's one remaining bank which. he points out, as a part of the RBS group is publically owned.

Alan already has an office in South Street, Havant, and has confirmed that he will  be purchasing a property to live in the constituency.  Alan is eager to familiari himself with the area and its people and is planning to continue to visit community organisations, schools and businesses in order to gain a full impression of how he could best serve as its MP. Plans are already in hand to arrange public meetings in both Havant and Emsworth  where he will answer questions from residents.

You can find out more about Alan and keep up-to-date on his work in Emsowrth and around Havant on website: www.AlanMak.org.uk. Or follow him on Twitter: @AlanMak4MP

You can also meeting Alan at a number of public events – all events are free and everyone is welcome. You do not have to be a Conservative Party member to attend:

 COFFEE MORNING Q&A: Ask Alan about anything to do with Havant over tea, coffee & biscuits! 10AM-12PM on Fri 5 Dec 2014 at The Beacon, Meridian Centr

XMAS STREET STALL: Alan & local councillors will be in the Meridian Centre from 9AM-5PM on Fri 19 Dec 2014. Drop by for a chat…and mince pies!

EMSWORTH CAMPAIGN MORNING: Come & help Alan spread the word about his campaign in Emsworth. Meet in the car park at the Brookfield Hotel, Havant Road at 10AM on Sat 10 Jan 2015. We’ll be done by 12.30. Free pub lunch afterwards. Don’t worry if you’re new to this. Let us know you’re coming by phone or e-mail — and we’ll make sure someone meets you!

YOUR EMSWORTH HOUSE MEETING: Why not invite some friends or neighbours round, and host Alan for an hour in Emsworth. He’ll answers your questions—and come to you! Phone or e-mail us and we’ll fix a time for Alan to come round.

YOUR EMSWORTH EVENT: If you have a community event that you’d like Alan to attend, please e-mail him or phone the Conservative office or one of your Emsworth councillors.






11th November


Campaigners step up fight against flats plan for Dolphin Quay in Emsworth


CAMPAIGNERS believe they have a chance at saving a former boat yard ahead of a public inquiry about plans for turning it into flats.


 Dolphin Quay, in Emsworth, occupies a prime position overlooking the picturesque Mill Pond, in Emsworth.  But developers want to knock down the boat yard, a shop and offices to build nine flats.

There is huge opposition to the plans and in July they were turned down by Havant Borough Council on the grounds they would seriously harm the appearance and character of the Conservation Area, the surrounding listed buildings and the character of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which it sits within.

The developers have appealed against the decision and a public hearing led by a government planning inspector will take place on November 20. But campaigners have also sought to have the plot listed as an asset of community value by the local authority.  If they are successful it means the owners, the Still family, must give the community an opportunity to buy the land ahead of anyone else – a key part of the government’s Localism Act.

Stephanie Elsy, who lives close to the site, in Queens Street, said: ‘I fully support the campaign to save dolphin Quay.  Should the owners put it on the market we have six months to put together a bid for the site.

‘This gives us time to do something about it.

‘The action group has a number of people with a lot of experience in development, property and architecture.

‘They feel there is scope for the site to continue to be used for its existing purpose – as a boat yard and for retail.

‘This site is important to Emsworth and we don’t support its change of use.

‘And the design that has been put forward is an over development.

‘It would not be an attractive building. A lot of people object to the modern design.’

The council also felt the developers had not done enough to mitigate flooding or to market the site as a going concern.  The News contacted the owner of the site for comment but they did not respond.  The planning hearing will take place on November 20 at 10am at Havant Borough Council.  It is a public meeting.

The News 10-Nov-2014




7th November


Emsworth launches neighbourhood plan survey


THE first major step in developing Emsworth’s neighbourhood plan has begun.

The Emsworth Forum, working with the Emsworth Residents’ Association (ERA), Emsworth Business Association (EBA) and other local groups, is calling on residents to fill in an online survey on its website www.emsworthforum.com.

“The aim is to understand what we all love about our town and how we would like to see this protected and improve,” said a spokesman from the Emsworth Forum.

“The final plan will give a framework to the council that they will use to guide development across everything from parking to flooding, education to house building.

“This has to be ready by May, 2016, so the countdown has started and there is a lot to do.”

Parish councils and neighbourhood forums are developing neighbourhood plans up and down the country.

Southbourne and Westbourne are well ahead and have already drafted theirs.  There is a set process to follow to make sure enough people have had their say.

Tne Chichester Observer 06-Nov-2014












3rd Novenber



Emsworth - Winner of the Second Annual Bring Home the Harvest awards.


The competition run by the STelegraph in association with British Food Fortnight, aculminated in a lavish harvest festival celebration at Birmingham cathedral, attended by the Duchess of Cornwall.

The winning projects were chosen by judges including the chef Raymond Blanc; the gardener and television presenter Chris Collins; David Wood, group managing director of Tesco’s health and wellness division; and Elizabeth Truss, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

At the Telegraph offices, over a fabulous lunch provided by Tesco, judges convened to select the winners. While we had a host of great entries, one place that reached out to the community more than any other was Emsworth in Hampshire. An old fishing village that retains an independent high street, Emsworth is fighting to keep its unique heritage alive.

 “There are few places like Emsworth left in the south of England, and we wanted to celebrate it, and maintain it as a thriving community, and preserve and protect the high street,” says Emsworth Food Fortnight organiser Alistair Gibson. “Food festivals seem to pop up everywhere now, and there is some truth in the thought that they can become a little elitist. We wanted to create an event that the whole community could enjoy.

“So although the main events were two open-air markets, we also had English wine, beer and even gin tastings as well special menus, dinners and features in shops, restaurants and pubs, and catering students from local colleges took over the kitchens of a hotel.”

There was also a deeper purpose. “We wanted to involve those perhaps not as fortunate as others,” says Alistair. “Over the fortnight we established three food collection points for people to donate to, and after an open air harvest festival we took the food and built a 'food mountain’ to donate to the food bank. We needed two vans and four cars to take away all the food.”

The judges were particularly impressed by this, and the legacy created with the event, of the collaboration between the hotel and colleges. Judge David Wood said: “This is a great example of hard work and ingenuity.”

But for Alistair, the hard work has been worthwhile. “A community isn’t just about living somewhere, it’s about people contributing something, too,” he says. “I’m blown away by the reaction of people in the village, contributing and partaking in this event. The support we had was amazing, not just the food bank, all of the events. It was wonderful to see the people really enjoying themselves, celebrating the village through food.”


Source: The Telegraph 02-Nov-2014



27th October



Alan Mak wins selection in Havant

 Havant Conservatives have selected Alan Mak as their candidate for the 2015 general election.


Alan Mak,a lawyer by training, is an entrepreneur and investor – his roles include serving as a Non-Executive Board Member for Havas UK, a digital services and advertising firm. He is also a judge and mentor for Wayra UnLtd, which advises and trains technology companies. He sits on the Management Committee of the Enterprise Forum, which seeks to link businesses in to Conservative Party policy development.

The 30-year-old beat three other candidates who were all older than him at a primary election held at Oaklands Catholic School, in Waterlooville, on Saturday afternoon. It took three public ballots to decide a winner given none of the candidates had the majority of the vote in the first two rounds. Inthe end, Mr Mak came out the winner. Speaking ts afterwards, Mr Mak spoke of the work he wants to do to help the Havant constituency.

‘The key thing is I want to help strengthen the local economy and help to improve local schools,’ he said.


Tim Lines, chairman of Havant Conservative Association, said: ‘I was overwhelmed by all four candidates.
‘I thought they all offered there own‘It really pleased me because it meant people had a wider choice.’

The election came after 96 candidates declared an interest in the position as the next Tory candidate for Havant. The post was up for grabs as current Tory Havant MP David Willetts has decided he will stand down at the general election.



19th October



Emsworth's first ever community apple juice pressing!





A fantastic day in Emsworth yesterday day with crowds of people and over 300kg of apples pressed to created Emsworth's first community apple juice. Pupils from St James' Primary School took part in a competition to design this years label and the winning design was unveiled yesterday with the winner being Joe Russell, who spent much of the morning at the apple press, a career surely beckons?


The centrepiece of the day was an Apple Press in St. Peter’s Square where members of the Emsworth Community were invited to bring as many apples as they can from their gardens. The apples were pressed and made into ‘Emsworth Apple Presse’ 2014 and were available to take home on the day and also from selected outlets for the following few days. Emsworth Presse 2014 was free of charge but if residents want to make a small donation to charity that would be most welcome. The Emsworth Business Association would like to thank the generous support and advice from Chuckle Head Cider, St. James’ Primary School and Havant Borough Council.








13th October


Controversial Development goes to Appeal

The Dolphin Quay site at the eastern entrance to Emsworth once home to Dolphin Quay Boatyard and Dolphin Quay Antiques has stood vacant for several years. A planning application to build four traditional terrace houses and five contemporary apartments located on the water’s edge was rejected in July.


The reasons for rejection centred on the unsuitability of the unsuitability of the proposal in the Emsworth Conservation Area:

 "It occupies and important and prominent location and forms an important part of the setting of several listed buildings in the vicinity and is within the Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The proposal, by reason of its scale, mass and design is considered to be excessive and inadequately related to the scale, character and design of surrounding development. It would constitute an incongruous and strident form of development, out of keeping with its surroundings, which would seriously harm the appearance and character of the Conservation Area, the setting of listed buildings and the character of the AONB. The loss of space would also reduce important views which provide visual connection between Queen Street, including the setting of the former Flour Mill building to the north, and the Harbour. As such it is contrary to national and local planning polices for the area, in particular the National Planning Policy Framework 2012 and Policies CS11 and CS16 of the Havant Borough Local Plan (Core Strategy) 2011. These policies are further amplified in English Heritage Guidance: The Setting of Heritage Assets (2011) and the adopted Supplementary Planning Document: Havant Borough Design Guide (2011) and the related Conservation Area Character Appraisal and Management plan for Emsworth (2010), also in the extant Practice Guidance to the former National Planning Policy Statement PPS5: 'Planning for the Historic Environment' and National Planning Practice Guidance (2014), including: 'Conserving and Enhancing the Historic Environment' and 'Natural Environment."

The developer  appealed to the Secretary of State in August and the public hearing  will be held on 10am Thursday 20th November at HBC Plaza, Civic Centre Road, Havant.

 Comments on the development can be made on line by visiting http://www5.havant.gov.uk/ACOLNETDCOnline/acolnetcgi.gov?ACTION=UNWRAP&RIPNAME=Root.PgeResultDetail&TheSystemkey=232761  or for further information telephone HBC’s planning dept. 02392 446586.





11th October




Green Roots Nursery Celebrates 1st Birthday

Green Roots Nursery -  Blossoming in Southbourne


Southbourne based nursery, Green Roots celebrated their 1st Birthday with a party at the nursery on Saturday 11th October 2014 from 10am until 12 noon. All of the families with children at the nursery were invited to join them and other interested members of the public were also welcome. Last year the owners were almost overwhelmed when they held their first Open Day with over 100 visitors - clearly demonstrating the local need. There are now 84 registered children at the nursery with 48 children at the nursery each day. Its a major transformation for a site at which the previous nursery was closed down following an Ofsted inspection.


After receiving an Outstanding rating by Ofsted as a registered child-minder, Gemma Lawson went on to set up Green Roots Nursery in Southbourne, in 2013.


“I wanted to open a nursery to continue with the same approach and ethos that I had been praised for by both Ofsted and parents when I worked as a childminder.  I studied for my Level 3 in Childcare Learning and Development and then searched for the right location near to my home in Funtington, to set up a nursery.”


Gemma purchased the current site and building, located in Southbourne, after a previous nursery on the site called Poppins Early Learning was closed suddenly after an Ofsted inspection in 2013.


Gemma was keen to transform the site and use out of the box thinking and really listen to what families wanted rather than setting up an identikit nursery. Gemma is a passionate believer in children being like “little sponges” in their early years and feels strongly that their carers need to work hard to feed their fast and furious development and keep pace with their learning and emotional needs.


Recognising the importance of a good sleep on a childs learning and development, she employed a sleep consultant to create the best possible sleep room with optimum conditions for the childrens needs. Green Roots also employs their own chef to prepare the childrens meals and who were on hand on Saturday providing delicious food to visitors.


“As a parent myself it is so important to find the right carers and the right setting for your child in their early years. We ensure that this precious and important time in a childs life is enriched by their surroundings and their carers.


“The birthday party was a chance for me to thank my current families, have a fun day together and showcase our facilities and family friendly, child-centred programme. Gemma said that the best thing about running Green Roots Nursery is “seeing all the children running through the door in the morning, playing happily, confidently and engaged in activities. Many spend much of their day outdoors even on rainy days, love to have time outside splashing in puddles. Many parents are amazed to find their little ones asking to stay “just a bit longer” when its time to go home. Thats all the thanks I need.


I love having a team around me who enjoy what they are doing and are great at it and I feel very lucky to be able to do what I love everyday."







9th October



Emsworth National Apple Day Market

Be part of something, be part of something really pressing...”

On Saturday 18th October, Emsworth’s Monthly Market Day will celebrate all things ‘APPLE’ as part of National Apple Day.  What a wonderful excuse to celebrate the glorious English apple and its orchards. Hampshire Farmers’ Market will take on an apple theme along with the usual fantastic range of Hampshire’s finest producers. Come and discover different varieties o  apples, local apple juice, apple recipes and related products. There will also be ‘Apple Bobbing” and an “Apple Shy” to tes your skills. Many of Emsworth’s shops and restaurants will be taking part as well, from apple and Cider sausages to finest local roast pork dishes served of course with apple sauce.

The centerpiece of the day will be an Apple Press, hand made by an Emsworth resident, in St. Peter’s Square where members of the Emsworth Community and surrounding areas are invited to bring as many apples as they can from their gardens. The apples will be pressed and made into ‘Emsworth Apple Presse 2014’ and will be available to take home on the day as well as from selected outlets for the following few days. Over 200 children from St. James’ Primary School have taken part in a competition to design the label for this year’s Emsworth Apple Presse and the winning label will be unveiled on the day by the Mayor of Havant– something that will no doubt become a collector’s item in years to come.

Emsworth Apple Presse 2014 will be free of charge but if visitors want to make a small donation to charity – The Wheely Boat Trust is this year’s supported charity of the Emsworth Business Association -­‐ that would be most welcome. “This is a real community effort and we are delighted that St. James’ Primary School have taken part in the competition to design the label for the container – this is another example of Emsworth coming together and enjoying itself and celebrating its food heritage.” Giles Babb, Chairman, EBA

“There was a real buzz of excitement from the children of St. James' Primary School when they were asked to design a label for the first 'press' of Emsworth apple juice -­‐ a project with a real purpose and so appropriate at harvest time. With creative juices flowing the children tapped into a barrel of their original ideas with the added joy of seeing the older children guide the younger ones reflecting the true community spirit of our school -­‐ and village. Praise and applause were in abundance for Joe Russell, the worthy winner. We were delighted to support this project as we are very aware that our school children are, indeed, the future generation of our village.” Erika Biddlecombe, Headteacher Designate, St. James’ Primary School

The National Apple Day Market, South Street Car Park and St. Peter’s Square Saturday 18th October 10am – 2pm




8th October

Emsworth B

British Food Fortnight 20th September 5th October A wonderful celebration of food


The last two weeks have seen the pretty coastal town of Emsworth fully take part in British Food Fortnight and celebrate its food heritage with a wonderful range of diverse food related events. There are very few small towns left on the south coast that still have a traditional high street offering two traditional family owned butchers, a fishmongers, a greengrocers as well as a monthly market day. Add into this some of the area’s finest restaurants and some wonderful public houses and cafes and it is easy to see why Emsworth is the perfect place for such a celebration.

The organisers were keen to ensure that the Emsworth British Food Fortnight encompassed as many areas of the community as possible and while events included two open air local producer markets and various food and wine tastings: education and support for those less fortunate were very much part of the celebration.

Catering Departments of three local Colleges of Further Education – Highbury, South Downs and Chichester – were all offered the

opportunity to ‘take over’ the Brookfield Hotel’s kitchen and restaurant to deliver a 3 course Great British menu devised and prepared by the students for the public. They all rose to the challenge magnificently and the lunches clearly caught people’s imagination as all 3 sold out within a week of being announced with rave reviews afterwards. It was a huge show of faith from the Brookfield Hotel and it proves just how important young people are to the future of the catering and food industry.

Two local producer markets saw visitors flock to the town on 2 consecutive Saturdays. Hampshire Farmers’ Market showcased some of the counties fantastic produce including some of the country’s leading sparkling wines, while the ‘A Thought for Food’ Market concentrated on more local producers who seldom get the opportunity on this scale and with this number of visitors. From local cider to hand raised pork pies with local rising stars Heronshaw playing on the roof of the Bluebell Inn, this was a fabulous occasion for foodies from all walks of life.

Specially themed lunches and dinners as well as beer, wine and even local gin tastings occurred on almost every day of the fortnight and were thoroughly enjoyed by hundreds of people. The premiere of the lottery funded Emsworth Oyster Film, produced by Millstream Productions also underlined to many people where Emsworth had come from and its unique sense of place.

The fortnight concluded with an open air inter-denominational Harvest Festival in Emsworth Square, which was attended by people from throughout the town. Working with the Beacon Food Bank and having positioned 3 food collection points around the town over the two weeks, this was the moment when Emsworth showed its generosity and built a food mountain, which exceeded all expectations and was donated to the Beacon Food Bank to help fulfill its valuable work.

The Emsworth British Food Fortnight was a wonderful example of a community not just celebrating and enjoying itself through its food heritage and local producers, but also giving something back.

“A huge THANK YOU to all of you for putting together a Fortnight of excellent and varied events which captured the imagination of the community and brought us all together. These kind of initiatives do so much to nurture the spirit of a town and everyone I have spoken to has greatly appreciated the events that were arranged.” Rev. Simon Sayers – Parish of Emsworth & Warblington

"On behalf of all the team at Beacon Food Bank, I would like to say a big thank you to the generous people of Emsworth who donated so much food to us over the Emsworth Food Fortnight. It really exceeded our expectations, filling 2 small vans and 4 cars! Be assured it will be put to good use, so also on behalf of those who will benefit from it, our heartfelt thanks." Ruth Scott, Beacon Food Bank




2nd October


Emsworth and Southbourne District Community Christmas


This Christmas in Emsworth you don’t have to be alone.  Members of the local community in the Emsworth, Southbourne and district are coming together on Christmas day to offer companionship, laughter, festive food and entertainment for anyone on their own on that day.

The organisers Annabel Smith, Jessica Bateman and Kathy Adams who are local residents have teamed up together to offer a free Christmas day celebration in the heart of Emsworth. This local community project has been born out of the recognition that Christmas day can be a lonely day for many and a belief that no one should be alone on Christmas day (unless they want to be).

This is a chance for people to make new friends creating bonds in the community that can last further than the single day. Come and enjoy other people’s company, share the true meaning of Xmas with others.

Anyone on their own can come, it’s not dependent on age or religion, you may be retired, bereaved, separated from family or simply alone.

We are looking for volunteers on the day and in the run up to the event who want to join in the fun and contribute to its creation. Help is needed with transportation to and from the venue, helping in the kitchen, serving Xmas dinner, carol singing, making teas and coffee, joining in the entertainment.

This is a new venture and the organisers are looking for support from local businesses and residents to donate food and money. This is a not for profit event.

The day will involve transport to and from the event if needed, a 2 course lunch, singing Christmas carols, you can watch the Queen and play a festive team quiz.

Do you know of anyone who would enjoy this day? Those alone can be quite isolated and need encouragement. To nominate someone, to volunteer, to contribute or if you have any other enquiries email us at esdcommunityxmas@gmail.com  or telephone us at 01243 373789





30th September



“A Boost of Kindness” The Emsworth British Food Fortnight Food Mountain


One of the aims of the Emsworth British Food Fortnight is to appeal to and to encompass the whole community. As part of this we intend to build a ‘Food Mountain’ as part of the Inter-denominational Harvest Festival Service in St. Peter’s on Sunday 5th October and to donate it to the Beacon Food Bank. During the fortnight each day there will be a number of collection points throughout the village, including outside the Co-op and the Pastoral Centre in St. Peter’s Square. We ask you to give generously to this worthy cause and hope you can join the Harvest Festival Celebrations as we hand Emsworth’s ‘Food Mountain’ over.

The Beacon Food Bank covers the whole of the Havant Borough and has been providing help to people in need since 2009.Donations from the public are what we depend on. We have plenty of soup, beans, pasta & cereal at the moment, so what we really need is tinned fruit & veg, puddings, pasta sauces, dinners in a tin, coffee, sugar, squash and biscuits, but all donations are very welcome. Instant meals made with boiling water, e.g. pot noodles are useful for helping those sleeping rough.

Public support has allowed us to go from 133 hampers given out in 2011-12 to 358 in 2012-13 and during 2013-14 we gave out a staggering 915 hampers, helping 1965 individuals. Approximately 20 hampers are requested each week thoughout the year but referrals increase over the winter as money is spent on fuel bills instead of food.


Can you help by  contribute to the food mountain?  The organisers of Emsworth British Food Fortnight are particularly keen to receive donations of the following:



Sugar (500g)

Pasta sauces

Meals in a tin

Cooking sauces


Tinned meat  Tuna

Tinned veg/fruit


Rice pudding

Sponge pudding





Collection  points are outside Cafe Mocha in North Street, outside the Co-op and in the Square.

Alistair Gibson, one of the Emsworth British Food Week  organisers, said: ‘We’re conscious that we should be looking after people who are much less fortunate than us so we are going to be collecting for the Beacon Food Bank to raise awareness and provide support.’


Beacon Food Bank is a community project of Portsdown Community Church, Charity No. 290803 http://www.portsdowncc.org.uk/index.php/in-the-community/beacon-food-bank




28th September


Emsworth British Food Fortnight Enters its Second week


A continues feast for the senses - music, film, and food but mainly food, the Emsworth British Food Fortnight continues today, with, Sunday, with Traditional Harvest Festival Matins at Warblibgton Church, The Big Barn Organic Lunch - Fat Olives combined with Organic local producers Tuppenny Barn to present a unique organic lunch and, this evening at The Blue Bell Inn  Gin tasting with local Gin producers Twisted Nose and Chilgrove.supported by Fever Tree.


Yesterday saw the "A Thought for Food" show case market in South Street a high light of the fortnight.  Alistair Gibson, who is organising the event on behalf of the Emsworth Business Association, said:

"This is in many ways the very heart of Emsworth British Food Fortnight and rather like the community itself this is a market very much with a sense of place. Saturday is perhaps when it all comes together in one place – some fantastic local producers, Emsworth’s  shops and eateries and throw in a some street entertainment and it’s time to celebrate."

This week will see a host of other events including: 

Bringing Home the Harvest to Businesses. A unique opportunity for local producers to meet restaurants and food related businesses to encourage local trade.

A Taste of Hampshire – A dinner showcasing the best of Hampshire produce presented by Hampshire Farmers Market and the Brookfield Hotel.

Poetry and Pizzas – Celebrate National Poetry with Pizzas from Stansted Farm Shop & poetry led by Lizzie Chittleboro.

 “A Boost of Kindness” – A Special Community Inter-denominational Harvest Festival Service including the building of the Emsworth British Food Fortnight Food Mountain for the Beacon Food Bank and “A Boost of Kindness” Lunch.

Download the programme HERE             View photos of the events HERE


19th September


Emsworth Set to Lose One its Two Remaining Banks

Following the closure of the Lloyds Branch at the end of last month Barclays have announced that their Emsworth branch will close on Friday 13th December.

In a letter to customers Barclays stated,
'While branches remain an important part of Barclays, they are just one of a range of ways our customers choose to do their banking, increasingly, many of our customers are choosing to manage their money in ways they find more convenient. As we look towards tomorrow, we're trying to find the right balance of services to allow all of our customers to bank in the way they choose. This involves improving facilities, both for banking in branch and on the move, while also focusing on how best to offer branch services across the UK,' and encouraged customers to use the nearest branch in Havant.

The bank totally fails to acknowledge the inconvenience that the closure of a local branch places on its customers especially small businesses, of which there are many in Emsworth, which may need to make daily cash deposits and the elderly who are only familiar with face to face banking services.

Research has shown that the closure of bank branches has an disproportionate effect on the continued prosperity of small communities and can be responsible for:

• increasing he economic cost and inconvenience to small businesses, the elderly, the disabled and others of having to use alternative banking locations/facilities; and The social cost of excluding low-income consumers from mainstream financial services.

• contributing to commercial decline of communities as better off consumers change their purchasing habits along with the need to travel further afield for banking services, businesses close, re-generation is rendered more unlikely and start-up finance for local business becomes more difficult to obtain.

• actions taken by consumers to overcome the problems caused directly and indirectly by bank branch closures contribute to environmental damage, for example, through increasing motor vehicle usage.

Alison Eardley, policy manager at campaign group Action for Market Towns, has said:
‘Towns have lost lots of services in the past few years. Losing a bank branch can be devastating.'
‘When people come into town to do their banking, they don’t just go home again but spend money in local shops and cafes, keeping the local High Street alive. 'We have seen shops closing as a direct impact of a bank branch going, while vulnerable people who cannot manage online are left struggling to do their banking.’

With only a branch of the Nat West Branch remaining open, and with no guarantee that it will remain so, the closure of Barclays is a threat to the continued prosperity of the town and its businesses and consequently its attractiveness to residents and visitors.





16th September



Community Comes Together for a Charity Quiz and Supper


Once again Emsworth came together to raise money for charity and had a jolly good time doing so.


The annual charity quiz was held at The Brookfield Hotel organised by Springfield Care Homes, to raise money for The Rowans Hospice. The evening consisted of quizzing, supper and raffle which raised a total of £700.00. In all 90 people in 12 teams enjoyed a light hearted, laughter filled evening. Dolly, as quiz master, oversaw the evening with aplomb and set some tricky questions, which had everyone scratching their heads and searching their memories.


Springfield Care Home Director, Matthew Bennett said “This is our fourth year of organising the quiz with the huge support of the Brookfield. The enthusiasm for this event has not waivered and we are delighted to have raised so much money for The Rowans. Thanks to Amanda and her team for their fantastic hospitality and well done to Dolly, our quiz master, who really did test us!!”


Hotel Manager, Amanda Thomas commented “Springfield Care Homes are so encouraging of the Emsworth community, both physically and financially and I am thrilled they were so well supported for this event.”  


Plans for next year are well underway and the date will be announced in the New Year.




15th September



Emsworth British Food Fortnight 20th September – 5th October Education, Education, Education!


Conrad Hilton, when asked what was the most import aspect of his famous Hotel groups’ success replied ‘location, location, location’. What he perhaps missed was the importance of his staff, the catering trade is after all about people. Emsworth is fortunate to be situated near to three outstanding Colleges of Further Education - South Downs, Highbury and Chichester ­ which are attended by many of the young people in the community and so with that in mind the Emsworth British Food Fortnight, in association with the Brookfield Hotel is delighted to support ‘The Great British Menu College Lunches”. The initiative gives catering students at the three colleges the opportunity to work for a day in a commercial restaurant – devising, preparing and serving a 3 course “Great British Menu”. This is a wonderful opportunity for the catering stars of the future and a unique experience for visitors to Emsworth British Food Fortnight – this is all about Education, Education, Education.

Tuesday 23rd September - South Downs College Thursday 25th September - Chichester College Wednesday 1st October - Highbury College

These lunches have clearly caught the public’s imagination and all three sold out within a week of being announced, which is a great testament to the appeal of both Emsworth and the young people who are entering the food industry.

"We are delighted that our students will participate in this year's Emsworth British Food Fortnight. The students are planning delicious, seasonal lunch menu which will showcase their culinary skills and adaptability in the commercial reality of the Brookfield Hotel" Iain Baillie, Senior Catering Program Manager, South Downs College

“We are very excited to be involved in this Emsworth British Food Fortnight event at the Brookfield Hotel. The event provides a great opportunity for our Catering and Hospitality students to demonstrate their culinary skills to the public, as well as giving them lots of great practical experience. It’s going to be a great event on 25th September and we look forward to working with the hotel and welcoming lots of hungry customers.” Shelagh Legrave, Principal of Chichester College

“We’re really looking forward to participating in British Food Fortnight, and in particular, the ‘takeover’ of the Brookfield Hotel in Emsworth. Work experience in prestigious kitchens and restaurants has long been a feature of our courses, helping our students secure jobs in highly regarded eateries around the world.” Robert Strachan, Head of Department Travel, Hospitality and Catering Highbury College.

“It’s not that long ago that many of my team were at college and so this is a wonderful opportunity for the Brookfield to put something back. Working with seasonal produce is very close to my heart and I have no doubt that the students will come up with some really interesting dishes using British produce and I am really looking forward to welcoming them into my kitchen.” Marcus Chilestone, Head Chef Brookfield Hotel



11th September


Community First HEH is delighted to be taking part in Silver Sunday on Sunday 5 October.
Silver Sunday is a national celebration of older people and their contribution to their local communities. As a voluntary organisation working to support communities and voluntary organisations we know only too well the enormous contribution of older people in so many ways that often goes unsung.

We will be offering a free day of exciting taster activities that everyone - grandchildren included - can enjoy together. We know from national research that many older people experience loneliness and find it difficult to join in with others or find it difficult to find activities that interest them. Silver Sunday is a chance to bring everyone together for a day of fun and happiness and to explore new activities for free!
At Hewitt’s @ Emsworth (formerly The Emsworth Centre and conveniently situated in South Street in Emsworth adjacent to the South Street car park), we will be holding an open house from 10am to 5pm with a wide range of activities on offer inside and out (weather dependent) including free minibus trips to local places of interest along with food and music - an unbeatable combination! More information can be found at www.cfheh.org.uk/hewitts-at-emsworth.

We aim to give our visitors a taste of things to come at Hewitt’s later this year when we will be offering exciting day opportunities and services for older people with a wide choice of modern bespoke activities that will appeal to everyone in a café setting right by the sea and the beautiful Emsworth Harbour, and yet in the middle of the thriving Emsworth town with its lovely shops.

We hope that all our visitors will have a wonderful day with us!




9th September 




Recently awarded the maximum 5 stars by the HBF (Home Buyers Federation)* for Bloor Homes’ commitment to quality customer service , it should come as no surprise that it was exceptional support from the sales team which helped local couple Andy and Kate Postles secure their dream home at the developers Redlands Grange site in Emsworth. 

Driven by the need to find more space for their growing family, Kate and Andy visited Redlands Grange and were very impressed with the highly personalised service they received, with the sales team making detailed recommendations about which house type would best suit their needs.


Kate explained: “We were delighted with how well the sales team matched our profile to the property.  The sales team gave great advice and we instantly fell in love with the four bedroom Hamilton design, plus we even got to personalise our kitchen, bathroom, tiles and carpets, something which would never have been possible with an older property.”  But the efforts of the Bloor Homes sales team to secure the Postles their dream home didn’t stop there, as the developer stepped in to help the couple ensure the speedy sale of their own property, after a lengthy chain threatened to put the move in jeopardy.


Kate adds: “We were really concerned that our dreams of a stunning new home might not end up becoming a reality, but thanks to the fantastic guidance and support from the Bloor sales team we needn’t have worried. We would certainly recommend them to all of our friends and couldn’t be happier now that the whole family has settled into life at Redlands Grange.”


Martin Crick, Sales Director for Bloor Homes commented: “At Bloor Homes we understand what matters to purchasers when buying a new home and are committed to going the extra mile for all of our customers to make the process as easy and stress free as possible. The HBF award is testament to this commitment and serves as fantastic recognition for the efforts of everyone across the Bloor Homes team.”  Proving a popular choice with everyone from first time buyers to growing families, Redlands Grange has now sold more than 90 per cent of the homes. With a stunning range of detached 4 and 5 bedroom properties remaining, all boasting spacious and light living spaces with outdoor space, a garage and additional parking spaces, local purchasers looking to secure their dream home at this picturesque site should get in quick.


Located on the outskirts of the historic town of Emsworth beside the stunning River Ems, Redlands Grange is a beautiful development with excellent access to the M27 and the A27.   Just minutes’ drive away from the city of Portsmouth, potential purchasers find themselves within easy reach of a host of essential amenities, including well performing local schools, supermarkets and health services whilst the warm community of Emsworth boasts a stunning array of local architecture and gardens.  The rich variety of outdoor activity and scenery in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty makes Redlands Grange the perfect place for families in search of contemporary living in a coastal location. 


For more information about the homes and sales initiatives available, including Help to Buy and Home Exchange, potential purchasers should contact the sales centre on 01243 372218 or email redlandsgrange@bloorhomes.com






8th September



‘A Boost of Kindness’Emsworth British Food Fortnight 20th September – 5th October

It has often been said that ‘the French live to eat whereas the British eat to live’; whether this is true or not, the common link is food. Food is one of the few things that binds humanity together, both as a necessity and as the source of great pleasure. Emsworth British Food Fortnight is not only a showcase of Emsworth’s food heritage, but it is also a celebration of food, and one of the aims is to appeal to and to encompass the whole community. Each day during the fortnight, there will be a number of food collection points throughout the village, including outside the Co-­‐op and the Pastoral Centre in St. Peter’s Square. The food collected will then be used to build a Food Mountain as part of the Inter­denominational open air Harvest Festival Service led by Rev. Simon Sayers in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday 5th October and then to donate it to the Beacon Food Bank.

Following the Harvest Festival, and working with the Beacon Food Bank and the Emsworth Churches, a ‘Boost of Kindness’ lunch has been organised in the Community Centre to highlight the importance of sharing in the community. A team of chefs from Emsworth, including from Michelin starred 36 on the Quay, the Bluebell Inn and St. James’ Primary School, have come together to prepare a meal with food donated by Waitrose Havant. Guests have been invited by the Beacon Food Bank and local churches as well as from local community groups; it is most of all about ‘support’ and ‘awareness’.

"Sometimes it's hard to believe that people in this day and age are still in need of such a basic thing as food. Events like ‘A Boost of Kindness’ bring the whole community together to support their own and that's amazing. It doesn't take much to make a difference if we all do a little bit together and this help is invaluable to the ongoing support Beacon Food Bank gives to people throughout the year."

Ruth Scott, Beacon Food Bank

“I consider myself very lucky to be involved in a Michelin starred restaurant but it has also been an amazing experience to be involved in Emsworth’s ‘A Boost of Kindness’. I sincerely hope that by putting a little time back into the community we can make a real difference. ”

Gary Pearce, Head Chef – Restaurant 36 on the Quay

More on the Emsworth British Food Fortnight at: www.emsworth.org.uk



8th September


Celebration time for Emsworth butcher

A FAMILY butchers in Emsworth will celebrate 90 years in business, by getting involved with Emsworth British Food Fortnight.

There will also be a special exhibition featuring the shop, HH Treagust and Sons, marking the milestone and looking back over the years.

Harry Hurst Treagust founded the business in 1924 and the traditional butcher shop remains in the same family. Today, Richard Treagust is the fourth generation to own the shop, and works alongside his wife Sue Treagust and his cousin Raymond Treagust.

Richard’s son Ben has now become the fifth generation to join the business.

“This is a very proud moment for us, despite out-of-town competition from supermarkets, we pride ourselves on traditional values, good service and quality to our customers,” said Richard.

To mark the occasion, there will be an exhibition in Emsworth museum. The exhibition of photos and documents from the Treagust archive, which starts tomorrow, will coincide with the British Food Fortnight which runs from September 20 to October 5.

“In many ways this is a remarkable achievement and the fact it coincides with Emsworth British Food Fortnight highlights just what a unique place Emsworth is with its food heritage and vibrant high-street community,” said Alistair Gibson, of Emsworth Business Association.


The Chichester Observer 5th Sept 2014



View photos of the Exhibition







4th September


Thanks from Dunreyth Alpacas, Funtington

Dunreyth Alpacas was created when we stumbled across alpaca farming several years ago after being made redundant from our jobs as senior nurses at a local private hospital.  We decided to use our redundancy money to establish some animals on the thirteen acres of land which we already owned at Adsdean, Funtington.  Neither of us were keen on rearing animals for meat, preferring to acquire livestock which could earn us a living by other means.  Whilst researching various ideas we came across Alpacas. Dunreyth Alpacas has now turned into a full time business.


We have visitors from all over the country and many from abroad. Whilst logging our visits from local villages we have found the people of Emsworth to be our most frequent supporters. 


Peta and I would just like to say thank you to all, for visiting and supporting us over what has been some very difficult but rewarding times.











1st September



Family Butcher celebrates 90 years on the High Street



Coinciding with Emsworth British Food Fortnight (20th September - 5th October), H. H. Treagust & Sons Ltd, is celebrating 90 years on Emsworth High St a remarkable achievement in these days of out of town shopping centers and Internet shopping.

Harry Hurst Treagust founded the business in 1924 and this traditional butcher shop still remains in the same family. Today Richard Treagust is the 4th generation to own the shop, and works alongside his cousin Raymond Treagust and his wife Sue Treagust. Richard’s son Ben has now become the 5th generation to join the business and this year Ben has started to produce his own line of Harry's Specialty Pork sausages, named after his great grandfather, which he launched as part the 90th anniversary.

H.H Treagust & Sons Ltd uses British farmed animals and wherever possible sources from local farmers. Free range Lamb and Pork comes from Childhay Manor in Dorset, Scotbeef of Inverurie delivers direct from Scotland for Aberdeen Angus Beef and the local free Range Pork used in their sausages is from Scott's Free Range of Pulborough. Although firmly on the High Street Treagust’s supply ten community Co-ops, many local restaurants, public houses and cafes as well as other Farm shops and community stores with their famous Traditional Old English Pork Sausages.

A Collection of photographs of 17 High St over the years, and a brief history of the shop will be displayed at Emsworth Museum from Sat 6th Sept until Sat 5th Oct.

“This is a very proud moment for us, despite out of town competition from supermarkets, we pride ourselves on traditional values, good service and quality to our customers.” Richard Treagust

“In many ways this is a remarkable achievement and the fact that it coincides with Emsworth British Food Fortnight highlights just what a unique place Emsworth is with its food heritage and vibrant high street community” Alistair Gibson, Emsworth Business Association.







1st September


Emsworth, Bringing Home the Harvest. Emsworth British Food Fortnight 20th September – 5th October

 Emsworth is delighted to be participating in this year’s British Food Fortnight, the annual celebration of British food organised by Love British Food.


There is little doubt that Emsworth is a unique place, positioned at the top of Chichester Harbour. The picturesque, old fishing town would be just as happy sitting by the sea in Cornwall or even Brittany. In the main the fishing boats and its once famous oyster industry may have gone, but Emsworth, unlike so many similar communities has still managed to maintain its sense of place. There are very few small towns left on the south coast that can still offer two family owned butchers, a greengrocers and a fishmongers as well as a monthly Market Day. Add into the mix some of the area’s finest restaurants and some wonderful traditional pubs and you can see why Emsworth is cherished both by its residents and visitors alike. It’s the perfect place to celebrate British Food Fortnight.


There is a wonderful program of events and some highlights includes –


"Emsworth participation in this year’s British Food Fortnight is a fantastic way to showcase its food heritage and show just what a wonderful ‘Foodie’ destination it really is. These are so many wonderful events something for everyone in the community to enjoy."Giles Babb, Chairman EBA


A full program of events can be found at HERE




29th August


Lloyds Bank Closes for the Final Time


After 150 years in Emsworth Lloyds Bank on the High Street closed for the final time.

The future use of the building remains uncertain although planning permission to convert the upper stories into two two bedroom flats was granted in October 2013.

The closure was marked by a small group of residents and Jane Murray , landlady of the nearby Ship Inn, gathered on the roadway who lamented the closure with a glass of 'bubbly'.




28th August


Save Emsworth library


Emsworth’s centre is losing important services. Lloyds Bank has closed, as did the adjacent Hutchins beforehand. Now the library is in danger.


Since being installed in the handsome listed building at 23 High Street in 1997 (after previously lodging in a portacabin), the library has built up a busy daily clientele. According to figures now available, it has more visitors per opening hour than similar small libraries elsewhere in the county:

·         83 per hour (Fordingbridge: 47, Alresford and Lee on the Solent: 33, Bishops Waltham: 27)


The problem is that the premises are expensive, being leased from a private landlord, whereas others are in council owned buildings. Taking rental and staffing costs together, Emsworth costs £75,000 a year (compared to Fordingbridge at c£60,000). This works out at almost £600 per sq m (compared to the others at only just above £200 or well below). (People are puzzled, though, by the claim that the premises are “difficult to maintain”.)


The consolation is that the Emsworth premises are very compact, squeezing a lot in.

Its shelf space produces more issues and renewals of books and other items than the comparable 4 libraries:

·         63,000 (Bishops Waltham: 60,000, Fordingbridge: 58,000, Alresford 52,000, and Lee on the Solent: 47,000)


Its central location also attracts other users. A morning glance will show, as well as book and CD borrowers, people reading papers and magazines, using the internet, and accompanying youngsters in the children’s section. It also acts as an information centre, with tourists in particular picking up leaflets and brochures. In value for money terms, Emsworth’s cost per visit is almost half that of the rest of the cohort:

·         £0.60 (Bishops Waltham: £1.10, Alresford £1.05, Fordingbridge 94p, Lee on the Solent: 90p)


The proposed replacement premises are, by contrast, far from ideal. The Emsworth Community Centre in the old Victorian and Edwardian school is at the back of North Street’s Fire Station car park. Reaching it on foot from the centre involves crossing at least one of the two main roads, and the car park has very difficult access both on foot or by car (or buggy or bicycle).


The building itself is labyrinthine. Non-library users would need to pass through library sections, producing conflicting usage and security problems. The proposed improved access for disabled customers will reduce the Centre’s few parking spaces still further.


The supposed enticement of an in-house café and toilets is unconvincing, many other establishments already functioning. Indeed, there is apprehension that the new Baptist premises across the road will, when finished, threaten the Centre’s attractions as a meeting place for hire.


Hampshire County Council is undeniably under pressure to find savings, but from its near-£2 billion budget, the Emsworth library savings (if any) are paltry. (HCC budget details are on http://www3.hants.gov.uk/finance/budget/counciltax2014-15.htm.)


All the evidence suggests the Emsworth library is value for money. It should be cherished.


Bob Smyth

Emsworth resident and author


Submit your comments by 18 October 2014 to Hampshire CC


Sign the petition  against this proposed move  on The Friends of Emsworth Library website HERE






27th August



Hurry !!!!! Special £5.00 offer ends this Sunday !




The special deal whereby you can buy tickets to virtually every WemsFest event for just £5.00 a piece ends this Sunday 31 August.  31 events are available to you between 27 September and 18 October for just a fiver ! That's a saving of up to £7.50 a ticket !

As a special offer it's been incredibly successful with over 400 tickets sold to people as 
far afield as Ilkeston, and Ipswich !  Good news for WemsFest and good news for our  local economy.


Can You Help ?

We still need people to help out at events (which you'd be able to attend for free) in terms of looking after our artists and audience.  We also need help with distributing the brochure, and posters.


If you're able to offer any assistance please call or drop me an e-mail
wemsfest@btinternet.com Telephone: 01243 378742





25th August


‘Emsworth Library provides excellent value’ - readers hit back at proposed move


A BUSY library under threat of being moved to a community centre offers value for money as a public service, a Freedom of Information request has revealed.

Bob Smyth is one of many residents in Emsworth who are campaigning for the library to stay in St Peter’s Square.  Hampshire County Council is proposing to move it into Emsworth Community Centre to reduce costs.

Mr Smyth made a Freedom of Information request and the response shows that, based on the large number of people visiting the library, the facility is actually offering value.

Last year there were 150,431 visits to the library. Comparable libraries, such as Lee-on-the-Solent, had only 43,561 visits, with 31,961 at Bishop’s Waltham. Overall, there were 83 visits every hour, compared to 33 at Lee-on-the-Solent and 27 at Bishop’s Waltham. The cost to the council per visit is 50p, compared to £1.10 at Bishop’s Waltham and 90p at Lee-on-the-Solent.

Mr Smyth said: ‘The figures show that the Emsworth branch is not only very successful, but also much cheaper to run than comparable small libraries. It attracts eighty-plus visits per opening hour, which is almost double that of similar branches.

‘While the running cost is high in relation to its floor space, it provides excellent value. This demolishes any case for moving to premises which would attract fewer visits.’

Figures show Emsworth is the only leasehold venue among comparable libraries.  The cost was £75,941 last year, compared to £39,203 for Lee-on-the-Solent and £35,258 for Bishop’s Waltham.

Councillor Keith Chapman, in charge of libraries in Hampshire, said: ‘Emsworth Library is a popular and busy library and does well compared to other similar-sized libraries, however, the lease costs are very high.

‘As with all of our buildings that are leased, we are always looking to reduce rent and maintenance costs.

‘The proposed move of the library from High Street to Emsworth Community Centre in North Street would bring about a much-needed saving on rent, as we look to deliver more with less money.’  He said there were no plans to move facilities to Havant.

The consultation ends October 18. To take part visit http://www3.hants.gov.uk/library/library-about/emsworth-consultation.htm  .

The News 26th August







Emsworth British Food Fortnight Programme Launched at the Annual Emsworth Show

Inspite of the weather the Emsworth Show went ahead and was thoroughly enjoyed by all those who braved the elements. The show is a great day out for all the family with arena displays, a fun dog show, fairground rides for the children, entertainment, food and loads of charity and trade stalls.  The planing for next year's show, on Monday 31st August, has now begun,


TheThe Food Fortnight was conceived in response to  the fact that, although there are numerous food initiatives and events taking place across the UK, there was no overall flagship scheme to bring them to the public’s attention.  By focusing efforts on a calendar date it gives those involved in the food business and across communities something to aim for. It concentrates the collective efforts! By doing this, it has much more than a mere date in the diary, becoming an important influencer within the retail, catering and education sectors and helping establish a more robust market for Britain’s food. At the heart of it is the straightforward desire to engage with as many people as possible in a mass appreciation and promotion of British food. 2014 sees the return of the hugely popular Bring Home the Harvest campaign, which brings together communities from across the UK to help rekindle the age old tradition of observing the Harvest and to educate people about what goes into food and its production.

The Emsworth British Food Fortnight is a fantastic example of this in action – with such a variety of events across the town celebrating not only its local food, but also its food heritage - what better way to enjoy some tasty, locally produced food than with friends and family!

Download the programme HERE










Scource Emsworth Business Association




24th August


Chichester Harbour – a hive of activity

Chichester Harbour Conservancy’s long-term Harbour Honey project has reached its first milestone.  A colony of bees that has been resident on Thorney Island since last summer, has produced enough surplus honey to allow over 40lbs to be collected by beekeeper Colin Falla.

Honey bees are an important part of the Harbour’s ecosystem as vital pollinators of both wild flowers and crops.  Unfortunately, UK honey bee populations are in decline due to habitat loss, pesticides and parasites.  Siún Cranny, Director of the Conservancy explained “The Harbour Honey project aims to support the honey bee population by providing hives and husbandry and to raise awareness of the importance of their conservation.  We are very excited to be sharing this first honey with the public.”  The project received support from the Sustainable Development Fund and the Friends of Chichester Harbour towards start-up costs, but aims to be self-funding with any profits contributing to habitat management projects.

Harbour Honey is pure, raw honey that is filtered but not pasteurised and has come from a single hive within the Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  Harbour Honey can be purchased from the Harbour Office, Itchenor, and will be on sale at various events in the area.  The supply this year is limited but we have high hopes for a plentiful season in 2015.

If you are interested in learning more about the project, or honey and beekeeping in general, why not come along to hear Colin Falla give a talk on Thur 18 Sept at 7pm, The Stables, Eames Farm, Thorney Island, £3 including refreshments.  Visit www.conservancy,co.uk   for more details.




15th August


Plug pulled on Emsworth dragon boat race at 11th hour


ORGANISERS have been forced to call off a charity dragon boat race.


The race was due to take place on Emsworth’s Mill Pond on Sunday morning but four teams have pulled out at the last minute meaning the event is no longer financially viable.

Giles Babb, the chairman of Emsworth Business Association, said he was disappointed that the event had to be cancelled.

He said: ‘Regretfully due to the unavoidable last-minute withdrawal of a number of teams that had entered we are faced with no alternative but to cancel.

‘A lot of hard work and organisation has gone into bringing this event back to Emsworth, so to cancel at this late stage is disappointing to say the least.

‘I would like to take this opportunity to say a particular thank you to Fat Face and the Southdowns Water Company, who very kindly provided sponsorship for the event, the Emsworth Slipper Sailing Club for hosting, and the support of Havant Borough Council.

‘I can confirm that we plan to run the event again in 2015 – bigger and better.’

Saturday’s farmers’ market will still go ahead.

The News 15th August 2014




15th August



Lillywhite Bros Ltd. Celebrate 65 years of Trading
Saturday 16th August 10am - 4pm 
Coinciding with Emsworth's BIG Weekend

This year sees 65 years since Joe, Bob, Len and Charlie started trading in Queen Street in 1949. To celebrate the occasion current owners', Paul & Mike Lillywhite and staff will be holding an Open Day on Saturday 16th August from 10am to 4pm with many of the interesting vehicles they are involved with on display including the famous "Old Yeller II", which has returned from its classic racing in America and Australia especially for this event – yes it is the original not a copy! Built in 1959 as a 6.5 litre Buick-engine one-off special at Hollywood Motors by owners Max and Ina Balchowsky and driven by Dan Gurney, Carroll Shelby and Bob Bondurant as well as many legendary drivers of the time and, of course, builder/owner Max.

The old part of the garage at the front of the current premises will be set up as an old workshop, showing how it used to be with many tools, equipment, artifacts and pictures on display from their collection much of which is original from the early days of the garage. The modern workshops will also be open for you to see the vast array of equipment and technology that keep today’s modern cars on the road with live demonstrations running throughout the day.

“This is a very proud moment for us, Lillywhite Bros’s has always looked to make service the very core of what we do and having been established in Emsworth for 65 years we are very grateful to the local population for supporting us.” Mike Lillywhite

“Emsworth is such a special place and the fact that there are so many family owned independent business still thriving shows just what a strong community it is.” Giles Babb, Chairman Emsworth Business Association 

Source: Emsworth Business Association



8th August


Special offer for world music and arts festival tickets


TICKETS for a world music and arts festival that straddles two counties are now on sale.

WemsFest takes in venues across Emsworth and Westbourne and now includes Hambrook and Chidham in West Sussex.   There is an international flavour spearheaded by Ivory Coast singer Dobet Gnahore and her band.   And, there will be an opportunity to discover more about Turkey provided by Sufi musician Latif Bolat who will reveal images of parts of Turkey which are rarely seen while he plays the guitar-like instrument the saz.

Finalist in BBC 1’s The Voice, Sally Barker, will be appearing. Former BBC DJ Andy Kershaw, bluesman Michael Messer, BBC R4 poet Elvis McGonagall and troubadour Estas Tonne are also on the bill.

Mark Ringwood is founder of the festival, which runs from September 27 to October 19.   He said: ‘Once again Emsworth punches above its weight and this can only be good for residents, businesses and visitors.’

Mr Ringwood said early-bird tickets were going on sale for £5  He added: ‘‘In theory this could result in a substantial financial risk but in practice we are hoping that it will generate a groundswell of support which will encourage others to buy tickets when they return to their full price on September 1.’

Email mailto:wemsfest@btinternet.com


The News 8th August 2014


8th August



It’s back! Make a date for dragon racing day

VISITORS are in for a fun-packed weekend with the best of local produce and a dragon boat race.

Shops across Emsworth will offer discounts on Saturday, August 16 when the Hampshire Farmers’ Market goes to the South Street car park.   It will be a foodies’ delight with all the stalls selling produce from within a few miles of the Hampshire border.   Pubs and restaurants will be offering discounts.

And on Sunday, August 17 the dragon boat race will return to the Mill Pond after a two-year break with 10 teams competing for the honour of being first.   The race, sponsored by Fat Face, was an annual event in the Emsworth social calendar until 2004 when some teams were disqualified for being drunk and went on to hurl the organiser into the water, destroying his microphone.  It was revived a few years ago but was cancelled in 2012 because the Environment Agency drained the Mill Pond – without warning the organisers – so nearby homes did not flood during heavy rain but it did not fill up again in time for the race and it had to be called off.  Last year the weather was too bad to go out on the water.

Giles Babb, landlord of The Blue Bell Inn and chairman of the Emsworth Business Association, said: ‘I’m so pleased we’ve managed to bringthis colourful event back as part of Emsworth’s Big Weekend.

‘It creates a great atmosphere on our unique waterside setting. and there’s lots going on at the farmers’ market which is a real draw.  It’s a chance for people to enjoy some good produce and make the most of the discounts at the shops around the town.’

The market will run from 10am to 2pm on Saturday.   Racing starts at 10am on Sunday. All money raised will go to the charity The Wheely Boat Trust.   There is still time to enter a team.  Email mailto:gary@alchemyevents.co.uk .

To find out more about Emsworth’s Big Weekend go HERE

The News 8th August 2014




31st July


Campaign against plans to move Emsworth library

PLANS to move Emsworth’s library out of its historic centre have been criticised.

Hampshire County Council is considering proposals to move the library from its current premises in Emsworth Square to the community centre in Church Path.

But some users have said the county council should think again.

Bob Smyth, a member of the Libraries Association, said: ‘The proposed closure is badly ill-judged. As the county council admits, the library is popular and busy – mostly because of its central location. The community centre premises in the old classrooms are badly located, and difficult to get to on foot from the centre – involving the crossing of one or other main roads.

‘The existing arrangements are likely to be more cost effective, judged on a user basis.’

Ray Cobbett added: ‘Nobody wants to see the library taken out of what is the heart of the town. It’s basically a cost-cutting exercise.’

A consultation is under way until October 18.

Michael Stott, chairman of Emsworth Community Association (ECA), has written an open letter, moving to reassure people.

The association leases the premises from the council, which earlier this year awarded £100,000 to upgrade the buildings.

He added: ‘We did not seek the library move but, as the county council owns the ECA premises, we have no option but to see if we can make it work.

‘We have some doubts about whether the space which we are able to make available, will adequately accommodate the library and community centre, both of which are heavily used.’

He said negotiations were in their early stages, but added they ‘intend to maintain our vibrant community centre in the heart of Emsworth’.

Councillor Keith Chapman, who oversees libraries, said: ‘Emsworth Library is a popular and busy library, but the building it is in, is small, difficult to maintain and expensive to rent.’

He said the community centre opened up opportunities for more activities for library users.

He added: ‘While we appreciate the proposed location would not be not quite as central as the current location, there would be the benefit of better parking.’

Visit hants.gov.uk/library/library-about/emsworth-consultation.

The News 31st July 2014






26th July



Emsworth Maritime & Historical Trust, working in partnership with Chichester Harbour Conservancy, has received £28,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project “Emsworth’s Oysters”. Led by volunteers from the local community this project focuses on the role of the oyster dredging industry in the development of Emsworth over the ages, and the development of local produce today.

The project will enable Emsworth Museum to display its information and artefacts about the oyster industry of Emsworth in An engaging manner, and to reach out to local schools and youth organisations to help them understand the importance of this industry in the history of Emsworth. A 20 minute film will be produced showing the industry in its heyday, together with a dedicated area of the Museum to show this film surrounded by the story and artefacts in the Museum’s possession. A shorter school-orientated film will be produced with the active participation of local schoolchildren.

Emsworth Maritime & Historical Trust manage Emsworth Museum, which for the last 25 years has been custodians of the history of this unique little town, and are delighted with the opportunity to make some of this history more easily accessible to everyone. Working with Chichester Harbour Conservancy, Emsworth Business Association and Millstream Productions this film will also show the link between an important local resource of the Victorian era and the importance of food being produced locally today.

Linda Newell, Administrator of Emsworth Museum said “Emsworth Museum is a very small organisation relying in local volunteers to run and finance its work, so we are delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund are supporting our effort to make the history of Emsworth more easily accessible to all.”

Siún Cranny, Director of Chichester Harbour Conservancy, said, “Oyster fishing is an integral part of the cultural heritage of Emsworth. We are absolutely delighted for the Museum that this exciting project was approved funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, which will help to raise awareness of this important local industry. We are looking forward to supporting this project in the months ahead.”



20th July


Schools enjoy Chichester Harbour

Lots of schools have been experiencing the special environment of Chichester Harbour this month.  The Learning Zone at Dell Quay is visited by many children from both the local area and around the country, learning about the geography, history and wildlife of Chichester Harbour.  St Paul’s C of E Primary from Addlestone in Surrey was made special by being the largest single school group that the Learning Zone team has ever hosted.  One hundred and twenty children visited East Head and West Wittering beach.  The school’s lead teacher, Jeanette McHugh said “We got everything we hoped for from the day and more, the children learned such a lot in a wonderful place and we’ll certainly be back.”  One of the children commented, “This is the best trip ever!”

Chichester Harbour is celebrating 50 years since being designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and staff at the Conservancy invited Birdham Primary School to share their specially designed cake with them.  The Year 1’s of Red Class enjoyed a trip, funded by the Friends of Chichester Harbour’s Get Afloat scheme, aboard the solar powered boat, Solar Heritage.  The children then shared the cake whilst sailing to Dell Quay and being introduced to the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty from the water.  Lesley Austin, the mother of the AONB Manager, Richard Austin, designed and make the special cake which was decorated with scenes from around the Harbour.

Siún Cranny, Director of the Conservancy said “It’s fantastic when children get the chance to appreciate our very special landscape and outdoor learning is so important.  They are the Harbour Masters, Rangers and Countryside Managers of the future and we should do everything we can to maintain their enthusiasm for our coastal environment.”




6th July

TOPICAL radio discussion show Any Questions will be broadcast live from a church.

The show, which is on BBC Radio 4, will go out from St James’ Church, Emsworth, on July 25.

Tickets – which are free – will be available to the public from the church on Monday between 9am and midday. Jonathan Dimbleby is the host of the long-running show which has a range of panellists from the worlds of media, politics and business.

The panellists won’t be announced until the day of broadcast.

All audience members must seated by 7.15pm ready for an 8pm start.


The News 4th July



2nd July


Landmark decision gives power to people of Emsworth


SLEEVES are being rolled up as people prepare to have more say on what happens to their town.

In a landmark decision, Havant Borough Council’s cabinet has approved plans to designate Emsworth as a neighbourhood area with its own local forum.

The forum is aimed at giving residents more clout when it comes to voicing opinions on planning applications and investment in the town.  The move is a first for the Havant area, which does not have parish councils like adjoining areas such as Winchester and East Hampshire.

The Emsworth Forum now has more than 270 members and is keen to increase its membership.  Lorraine Clode, pictured, the former chairwoman of Emsworth Residents’ Association and one of the founding members, said: ‘The council’s designation of the Emsworth Neighbourhood Forum marks the end of the beginning for us, and our sleeves are rolled up for what comes next.

‘Our entire focus – with input and involvement of people who live and work in Emsworth – is the creation of the Emsworth Neighbourhood Plan.

‘This will take about two years and involves a lot of public and council consultation, and it will be of huge benefit to both the local community and Havant Borough Council, with whom we will be working to make it happen.’

All councillors will take a final vote on the plan at a meeting on July 23.

The News  02 July 2014

1st July

Wildlife, access and flooding fears for Emsworth development

PLANS for 125 new homes and a wetland area could be a ‘golden opportunity’ to stop flooding in Emsworth.

That is the view of Chris Clode, chairman of the town’s flood action group.

Developer Bidwells has submitted plans to Havant Borough Council for the homes on land west of Horndean Road and south of Southleigh Road.

Emsworth has been plagued with flooding problems – particularly in the Bridge Road area.

Alleviation schemes in other parts of the town are in the pipeline and the developers say the wetland area will ease the problems here.

But not everyone is happy.

Councillor Brendan Gibb-Gray, who represents Emsworth, said: ‘It is an allocated site in the local plan so there will be housing there.

‘But I’m not convinced the flood mitigation is sufficient for that site.   ‘And the access is from a single road at the top of what is essentially a U shape.

‘That means people can’t cycle or walk straight out into the town, they have to go to the top of the site.

‘That is not going to be good for Emsworth. And people will use their cars.’

And Ray Cobbett, Hampshire co-ordinator for Friends of the Earth, says he is concerned it will set a precedent for building on the green gap – and a loss of wildlife.

But in a report sent to the council Bidwells says no great crested newts or brent geese were found but bats were present and measures will be put in to look after them.

Mr Clode was cautiously optimistic about the plans.

He said: ‘At times of heavy rainfall, a huge amount of water comes down West Brook from the north and I hope that the consulting engineers have taken this into account and have provided sufficient capacity for the excess water to be contained.

‘If not, Bridge Road and Victoria Road will continue to flood.

‘This development is a golden opportunity to overcome the flooding problems in Bridge Road and I’m sure Havant Borough Council will be looking at the flood alleviation scheme very carefully with the Environment Agency to satisfy themselves that what is proposed is fit for purpose and will do the job properly.

‘We do not want a scheme that looks good on paper but does not fulfil the main purpose, and that is flood alleviation.’

Setback for Emsworth town centre as bank calls it a day


The News 01 July 2014



1st July

EMSWORTH town centre has suffered a blow with the announcement that Lloyds bank is pulling out.

For more than a century, the bank has had a presence in the historic Square.

Customers received letters that the branch in High Street will be closing at the end of August.

The bank has been forced to move as the building it occupies – a Grade-II listed town house – is undergoing redevelopment.

The first and second floors are being turned into apartments, leaving Lloyds with just the ground floor. The bank needs the first floor for its operations.

Emsworth Cllr Brendan Gibb-Gray said: ‘It’s a big blow for Emsworth.

‘Lloyds has been trading in Emsworth for 150 years – it’s a long time. It’s very sad and it’s a commercial blow.’

Cllr Gibb-Gray acknowledged there was a branch in Havant, but said: ‘Older people have to travel to banks and they do like the personal touch which they get in Emsworth.’

Giles Babb, chairman of Emsworth Business Association, said: ‘It’s disappointing but luckily we have two other banks.

‘It’s a just a victim of circumstances.

‘There’s not really a lot we can do because it’s a private landlord.

‘It’s very disappointing Lloyds are moving, but the good thing is it’s not a commercial decision – it’s not because they are not getting the usage in the bank.’

Community leaders are now hoping a new business moves in – but are hoping it is not a charity shop, estate agent or hair salon. Cllr Gibb-Gray said it would be a ‘good business opportunity’.

He said: ‘We want it to replace the type of footfall we are getting.’

Siobhan McCluskey, a spokeswoman for Lloyds Bank, said: ‘Due to changes to the lease, in connection with redevelopment plans by our landlord, we have unfortunately had to make the decision to close our branch in Emsworth by the end of August 2014.

‘We apologise for the inconvenience that this will cause, and have written to all customers that use the branch to tell them about the closure.

‘We have also informed them of the closest alternative branch, which is two miles away in Havant, to try and minimise the disruption this causes for our customers.’


The News 31 June  2014




26th June


RNLI Emsworth Branch is seeking Volunteers

The Emsworth branch of the RNLI runs a number of fund raising events throughout the year to support this worthy cause.    After a number of retirements, we are looking for additional volunteers.    You will not have to join in all the events – one or two when you are available would be very helpful.

Our plan is to build up a pool of volunteers on whom we can call to help run specific events.    We will then ask who is available for each event - usually by email.

If you are interested, please either telephone the Chairman Trevor Davies on 01243 373587, or email him on trevor.davies28@btinternet.com




23rd June 2013


Fun in the sun for village


Around 100 villagers in Westbourne, near Emsworth, turned to pedal and foot power yesterday for their annual Family Fun Ride and Stride.


The event, organised by environmental group Greening Westbourne, is designed to encourage residents to walk or ride for short journeys. It's a joint event with the local 20's Plenty campaign, which wants to see 20mph limits on residential roads as a safety measure.


Greening Westbourne chair Colin Carré said: "It was a lovely sunny day and it was great to see people enjoying it on bikes or on foot. We tend to automatically get into our cars, even for short local journeys, but walking or cycling can be just as easy, and healthier. Plus, you enjoy your surroundings and meet people along the way."


The 20's Plenty campaign is awaiting the result of a survey of residents being carried out by West Sussex County Council, on whether the village should have 20mph limits.


The ride and stride event took people on a route around Westbourne and the neighbouring village of Woodmancote. The start and finish point was Westbourne's White Horse Inn, which provided a barbecue. The White Horse, the Westbourne Co-operative Food store and the Woodmancote Pub all sponsored the event. PCSOs provided bike security marking and Emsworth Cycles were on hand for free bike repairs.





15th June


Queen’s Birthday Honours: Emsworth conservationist wins MBE 


BROOK Meadow is a tranquil oasis just a few yards away from a noisy, busy road.

 The five-acre site off the A259 in Emsworth is made up of grassland, surrounded by woodlands and flanked by two streams. But if retired academic Dr Brian Fellows had not been looking for a hobby it may not be the protected nature reserve it is now.  Dr Fellows’ efforts to rally volunteers over the past 14 years have earned him an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list for services to nature.

The 77-year-old, whose Emsworth home is close to the nature reserve, off the Palmer’s Road car park, said: ‘Back in 2000 it was a lovely meadow but it was a wilderness.

‘There were threads of building development going on and I didn’t want this to be at risk. I wanted to do something to protect the land for the wildlife and the community.’ Dr Fellows managed to rally other volunteers, including Frances Jannaway who is now the coordinator of Havant Tree Wardens – a voluntary role.

She said: ‘I think it’s very well deserved. He has had a major influence on the environment in Emsworth and beyond. He is an amateur who has taught himself over many years and he has such enthusiasm that he enthuses other people.Brian also set up the Emsworth Waysides group which protects the roadside verges in the area. You will often see him walking around Emsworth, Stansted and West Sussex doing wildlife surveys and looking at birds – he is a twitcher. I don’t know where he finds the time. He is a force for nature.’

The meadow is teeming with wildlife, including moles, water voles, the occasional roe deer, kestrels, buzzards and insects.  Although Dr Fellows is no longer involved in physical work he still runs the website, carries out the wildlife surveys and keeps the online wildlife diaries up to date.

He said: ‘It is a great local asset. It’s well recognised locally by naturalists and botanists. It’s become such a success, it’s amazing. What I’m most proud of is that it’s brought the local community in contact with nature and wildlife.  I spent most of my life teaching psychology and I wanted something very different to occupy my retirement.  It’s lovely to be able to walk through it. And I’m proud of the award.’

Events take place throughout the year to keep the meadow maintained.  Work sessions are held on the first Sunday and third Thursday of the month, from 10am to midday.  All tools and refreshments are provided.

On July 13 herbalist Steve Taylor will lead a guided walk around the meadow explaining which plants have healing properties.

Go to www.brook-meadow.hampshire.org.uk

The News 14th June




13th June


Last Chance for a Blast !

Can you take us over the magical 2000 visitor figure ?  With just 3 days to go can you help us reach a milestone of

visitor figures to the Blast from the Past exhibition ? Open 2pm to 6pm (last day Sunday 15 June)


We've had some fabulous comments from people young and old, from near and far, who have visited the free exhibition in the Emsworth Community Centre. Full of interesting exhibits and photographs, plus the chance to handle memorabilia from the past, this has really made visitors aware of the incredible level of activity and ingenuity which the area made to the D-Day preparations.


Last-minute Gift for Father's Day !  'This is our Day' is a brand-new DVD telling the story of the build-up to D-Day from a local perspective.   At 55 minutes long it's compelling viewing for anyone remotely interested in what really was going on.  We're justifiably proud of this professionally produced memory and will be submitting it for national awards - it really is so good a piece of film !   For a limited time we're making it available to our mailing list membership for £10.00 inc post & packing - just call us on 01243 378742 or e-mail wemsfest@btinternet.com and we'll reserve your copy.  


If you came to any of our D-Day Commemoration events - Thank You !    Without your considerable support (and that of the businesses in Emsworth in particular), not to mention Heritage Lottery Funding we would not have achieved the fitting tribute which they made.




12th June


Work starts on new £1.7m Emsworth church


WORK to build a new £1.7m church at the gateway to Emsworth has started.

It was a rocky road for the building to get the green light after Havant Borough Council’s planning committee turned down the proposals for the one-story building for Emsworth Baptist Church three years ago.

The committee members voted three to two against the plans, saying they wanted a more iconic building at the northern entrance to the town centre.

But the church appealed to the government’s planning inspector. After an investigation, the go-ahead was given at the end of 2011.

The building, next to the A259 roundabout in North Street, will include a 200-seat auditorium to be used for church services and community events.

The work is being undertaken by Fareham-based Amiri Construction. It should be finished by June 2015.

The old hall will be used for training sessions by the Fire and Rescue service during demolition.


‘It’s very rare that a new-build church project appears in the region and thanks to the great design by the London based architects Haverstock Associates LLP.

‘I’m confident that with its brickwork and zinc roof it will be an excellent addition to the architecture found within Emsworth.

‘The company will be adopting a strict Considerate Construction policy over the next 12 months to minimise disruption whilst people use the existing church for worship and as the church hall.’

There is still unease about the plans, however.

Councillor Brendan Gibb-Gray, who represents Emsworth, abstained from the vote when he was on the planning committee in 2011.

He said: ‘I abstained because I was not happy with the design.

‘I don’t think it’s appropriate for that particular site.

‘It’s not going to look like what it’s intended to be – a church and a concert hall.

‘Unfortunately there is nothing we can do about it now.

‘They got their permission on appeal. Yet again it shows the inspectors don’t always take notice of what people think.’

No-one from the church was available for comment.


The News 12th June




11th June



Teamwork To Repair Scenic Coastal Path


Chichester Harbour Conservancy’s Volunteer Rangers team was joined last week by soldiers from 12 Regiment Royal Artillery based at Baker Barracks, Thorney Island, to repair a section of scenic coastal path.


The footpath around Thorney Island is part of the Sussex Border Path long distance route enjoyed by thousands of walkers each year. The path was severely damaged during the winter storms and the team of willing volunteers made light work of rebuilding it, replacing the material which had been washed out by tidal surges.


The Volunteer Rangers, supported by the Friends of Chichester Harbour, enjoyed working as part of a team with serving soldiers from 12 Regiment. Siún Cranny, Director of Chichester Harbour Conservancy said “we were delighted to have help from the soldiers to complete this project to restore a special path in the harbour. We were amazed at how fast the task was completed with this hard-working team!”.


Tim Kenealy, Station Staff Officer at Baker Barracks, added “it was a great chance for us to work with the Conservancy in this beautiful environment and we know walkers will enjoy this path for years to come”.


9th June 


D-Day Commemorations a Great Success


On behalf of everyone involved with putting on the programme commemorating the 70th Anniversary of D-Day I'd like to extend our grateful appreciation to the audiences and businesses who supported the events so magnificently.


Our  free 'Blast from the Past' exhibition continues at the Community Centre until Sunday 15 June and has attracted over 1500 visitors.


The DVD 'This is Our Day' will be available shortly. wemsfest@btinternet.com




9th May


There will be smiles all round whatever the weather this Saturday because the Emsworth Local Produce Market is back at The Emsworth Centre on South Street.


"The market was set up to showcase the local area’s smallest producers” explains market manager Phoebe Atkinson, “and what is so encouraging for all of us is that Emsworth’s residents have totally embraced what we are trying to do.  They come back to the market every month and really engage with these small businesses.  Of course it does help that the quality of the produce on sale is excellent!"


This Saturday there will be a wide variety of produce on offer including speciality sausages, pasties, artisan breads, cakes, relishes, chutneys & jams, organic vegetables, cut flowers, plants, potted herbs, apple juice, coffee beans, scones, eggs & cookies.  And all of it is produced within 20 miles of Emsworth.

The Emsworth Local Produce Market is held on the 2nd Saturday of every month inside The Emsworth Centre, 35 South Street, between 10am and 1:00pm.  For more information about the market check out their website emsworthlocalproducemarket.co.uk or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.







6th May




Debate starts on future of historic Emsworth oyster boat Terror


EMSWORTH’S last surviving oyster boat could be handed over to the community in a bid to boost tourism.



Terror, which was built in 1880 at Foster’s boatyard by oyster baron JD Foster, is facing a fresh challenge in her long and often turbulent career.

Chichester Harbour Conservancy, which runs and maintains the Terror, has arranged a public meeting at Emsworth Sailing Club to see if the community would eventually like to take ownership of the vessel.

It comes at the conservancy has admitted that in the long-term it may struggle to have enough funding to keep the boat afloat. Terror takes up to six passengers on trips along the Emsworth Channel.

A decade ago £100,000 of lottery money was spent on restoring the boat to its former glory at Dolphin Quay boatyard in Emsworth.

Before that the vessel had been stored in a greenhouse in Southbourne and was on a mud berth at Tipner during the Second World War.

Chris Clode, commodore of Emsworth Sailing Club, said: ‘It ought to be a tourist attraction.

‘It should be like HMS Victory and the Mary Rose.

‘This is a working traditional oyster boat and is still going strong.

‘It has been beautifully restored and we do not want to lose that boat. It should be on the water and used for tourists.’

Chairwoman of Emsworth Forum Stephanie Elsy said: ‘I think it would be a shame if this resource was lost to our tourism community and the community.

‘I would think people would be interested in seeing what can be done to keep it going.’

Siun Cranny, conservancy director, said: ‘Now beautifully restored, she is skippered and crewed by a dedicated band of volunteer sailors drawn largely from the Emsworth sailing clubs.

��Despite this huge level of support, and some funding from the Friends of Chichester Harbour, the vessel still requires significant resources from the Conservancy to keep her afloat.’

She added: ‘We are now looking to see if there is enthusiasm locally to take on the full commitment of Terror in the future.’

The public meeting takes place on Wednesday, May 14 at 7pm.

To register for the event, contact Adrian Karn, deputy harbour master, at karn@conservancy.co.uk or 01243 512301.


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4th May



Local Market Celebrates First Birthday


The Emsworth Local Produce Market does what it says on the tin: once a month it showcases the local area’s smallest local producers.  It will be celebrating its first birthday on June 14th and plans to pull out all the stops to mark the occasion.


“The market is a great way for small producers to get their foot in the door here in Emsworth” explains market manager, Phoebe Atkinson.  “It is a small market but we have a surprisingly wide range of products on sale each month, all of it produced within around 20 miles of Emsworth.  Local residents and visitors to Emsworth enjoy being able chat with producers and sample their wares and we are really looking forward to celebrating our birthday with them.”

There will of course be balloons and birthday cake for everyone and one producer has decided to celebrate being involved with the market from the very beginning by hosting a rather special fundraiser for the market’s chosen charity.

Lorraine Dunk, founder of The Crafted Coffee Company, an artisan coffee roastery based outside Chichester, will be hosting a coffee tasting between 2pm and 3:30pm on Saturday, June 14th.  Tickets cost £10 and all the money will go to The Rosemary Foundation, a local hospice at home charity.

A coffee tasting, or coffee cupping as it is known in the industry, is a great way to find out more about coffee.  Lorraine will introduce participants to the rituals of coffee cupping, sharing her expert knowledge and offering them the opportunity to taste a selection of speciality coffees that they may never have come across before.  Places are limited & pre-booking is essential.  Contact Lorraine on 07716 463292 or at hello@craftedcoffee.co.uk for more information.



The Emsworth Local Produce Market takes place on the second Saturday of every month (except January) in The Emsworth Centre.  Next market: May 10th, 35 South Street, Emsworth between 10:00am and 1:00pm.  www.emsworthlocalproducemarket.co.uk





2nd May


A Cracking time at the Easter Market

Emsworth’s Easter Market Day proved to be a huge hit with large numbers of both residents and visitors alike enjoying the Market on a glorious Emsworth morning. Much more than just a market day it really was fun for all the family with a fabulous Easter Egg Hunt and a stall offering free cake decorating for the little ones. The Easter egg hunt was organised by Peek A Boo Moves and proved to be hugely popular with over 100 children taking part. After making a special Easter Counting Wand each child with parents in tow set off round the village to spot specially designed Easter egg posters that appeared in shop windows and on market stalls. Over 40 Easter egg posters dotted the town each one an individually designed by a pupil from the Children’s Learning Centre. All the participants got some chocolate when they returned to the Community Centre and then 4 lucky winners drawn out of a hat also received special Easter Hampers, kindly donated by Emsworth Co-op. The cake decorating at the Market proved to be just as popular if not slightly messier! 125 children personalised their own cup cake with vary degrees of accuracy before happily taking their cake away to eat as they wandered round the market.
"A fantastic activity really well organised and friendly people. It is great that the eggs are spread around the town a good way to notice shops and places may not necessarily see. As a new visitor a great way to see a new town. Wonderful farmers market and great decorating cakes for free!." Jenna Homan mum of Harry aged 3 from East Wittering.






1st May















Roz Savage helps Nore Barn Woods project

Ocean-rower Roz Savage MBE has agreed to help spearhead the campaign to get the shore protection  work completed along the shore of Nore Barn Woods.

Roz shot to fame in 2006 when she rowed single-handed across the Atlantic Ocean. Since then she has conquered the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Roz has connections with Emsworth. Not only has she lived here, but some work was completed on one of her vessels by an Emsworth boatyard. Over the years she has become a dedicated environmentalist. Among other work Roz is a board member of the Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation Organisation.

Roz will be meeting members of the Friends of Nore Barn Woods in May to talk about the project to complete the shore protection work there. She is also lending her support to the Grand Cream Tea being held in the woods on Sunday June 22 from 1pm to 5pm. The event is free and all are welcome. The Friends of Nore Barn say they hope the cream tea will mark the culmination of fundraising for the shore protection so that the work can be carried out before next Winter.


For more details on the conservation work, please contact Maggie Gebbett on 01243 699517 E.

maggie_gebbett@yahoo.co.uk   All details are on the website at www.norebarnwoods.org.uk






26th April

D-Day Commemorations get Underway

The first stage of Emsworth's 70th Commemoration of D-Day gets underway on Friday 9 May with one of 3 creative writing workshops linked to the 6 exhibitions under the banner of 'Memories Are Made of This'.

At Emsworth railway station the cup-cake and coffee shop 'Carriages' is the location
 for the first free workshop workshop which will focus on the role in which railways and travel in general played during the build-up to D-Day.   Participants are invited to bring and share their own memorabilia from 1944 although additional inspirational material will be available. The workshop runs from 10.30am - 12.30pm

Further workshops are being held in Hollybank Woods, which was the scene where many of the Canadian soldiers were camped and billeted, on Sunday 11 May from 10.30am.  One of the  areas oldest public houses, the Sussex Brewery in Hermitage,  is the scene for another free workshop on Monday 12 May from 7.30pm.
Some of the finished works will be made available to those participating in the collage workshops being held in 6 Hampshire libraries: Emsworth, Havant, Hayling Island, Horndean, Leigh Park, and Waterlooville, on Saturday 17 May.  The finished works will be displayed in the respective libraries from Saturday 24 May.

This joint initiative has been funded by Hampshire County Council, and the Heritage Lottery Fund.  Numbers are limited so participants are asked to register via their local library or by phoning 01243 378742 or online at wemsfest@btinternet.com.



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25th April



Stella's Voice Exchange Retail Outlet Opens in  Havant


Stella's Voice was founded in 1992 after founder Philip Cameron had been travelling through Moldova. Philip was heart broken to witness the conditions that many of the orphans in Moldova find themselves living in. This was further compounded when he heard that orphans who become too old for the orphanages are just left out on the dangerous streets to fend for themselves. Many of these young people end up being trafficked. Indeed, recent figures show that over 450,000 young girls have gone missing from Moldova, the majority of those having been trafficked. Stella’s voice are doing all they can to change this, including building homes for young girls who are vulnerable to human trafficking and running a large  fully renovated orphanage in Moldova.

Back in the summer of 2013 we opened a charity shop in Kingston Road Portsmouth which was the first in this area and already it has raised lots of money for the charity.Stella's Voice Exchange Havant is our second retail outlet in the area which has recently opened to sell used items including a wide range of furniture. The address of the warehouse is Unit 23 The Tanneries, Havant, PO9 1JB and it is open from 10am-4pm weekdays. You can also donate unwanted items by calling 03001110123 and have them collected for free. Together with your help we can really make a difference!


















24th April


This weekend sees the start of the Emsworth Arts Trail. 

Emsworth artist Julie Turner was so moved by her friends son's battle against cancer, she has created some limited edition prints for sale during the Emsworth Art Trail to support his family.

Adam Brombley, a very brave 14-year old Emsworth boy, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma last August.  Adam has been marking his treatment; over night stays, blood and chemo with different coloured beads. Adam's Beads of Courage.  His beads and battle,  inspired Julie to do something to help Adam and his family.  The proceeds of the sale of the limited edition prints during The Emsworth Arts Trail will go to him and his family. These prints are titled "Seeds of Courage".

Learning of the initiative, Adam's tutor group at Chichester High School for Boys raised the money to purchase a print for their new school extension in support of Adam. The purely practical financial costs of supporting Adam with his treatment and his parents having to reduce  the hours they work, so they can take him to hospital is something people do not always appreciate.  The money raised will help Adam and his family directly.

Julie’s conservatory has being transformed into an '
Art Gallery' - venue 9 on the Arts Trail leaflet. (6 Beach Rd, Emsworth PO10 7JS).  The public are invite to pop along over the weekend to take a look at my prints on Saturday 26th - Sunday 27th April between 10 - 5 pm.   If you are interested, you can view some of my prints on my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/juliesgalleryemsworth.  More on The Emsworth Arts Trail at:  www.emsworthartstrail.org.uk





23rd April


Soldiers mark St George’s Day with Emsworth march




Now in its sixth 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 14 Regiments RA, based on nearby Thorney Island, as the marched through the town  led by the band of the Rifles 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 joined together for the parade.


This year was particularly significant as it is the last time that 47 Regiment will parade in Emsworth prior to to their move to Larkhill in Wiltshire

Each veteran was presented with the Emsworth Rose as a mark of their service by Havant’s Mayor, Councillor Paul Buckley, Honorary Colonel, Major General R P M Weighill CBE, Commanding Officer of 47 Regiment, Lieutenant Colonel N T Sawyer and the Mayor of Havant, 

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.


More Photos of the Parade by John Tweddell >>>







22nd April


Emsworth Sailing Club catches fire after car crash


A man was rescued from the car and taken to hospital with minor injuries   An 82-year-old man has been arrested after a sailing club caught fire when a car crashed into the building.

The car crashed into Emsworth Sailing Club in Bath Road at 06:36 BST.  About 35 firefighters from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service tackled the blaze. Witnesses reported seeing an explosion, flames and dense smoke.

The club said it was saddened by the incident and it would remain closed for the rest of the week.  It appealed to all members to "stay away from the club at this time".  Hampshire Police said the man was arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life. Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said a man, who was out of the car when crews arrived, was treated by paramedics. Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said the building was 30% damaged   In a statement, the service said the car was completely destroyed in the blaze, while the club was "approximately 30% damaged." Last year the club underwent a £350,000 redevelopment and was officially opened by Paralympic sailing gold medallist Helena Lucas.

'Crazy morning'

On Twitter, Sarah Jane Walker said: "Explosion at sailing club 6.45 Emsworth.  Huge ball of fire, black smoke. Family safe, but hope everyone else is too." Bianca Jayne-Carr also saw the blaze and tweeted: "Woke up to yelling this morning after a car crashed into Emsworth Sailing Club.  "Big explosion and the place is in flames. Crazy morning."


According to the club's website, it has approximately 1,800 members.  It was originally a sea-bathing establishment, which was set up in about 1800. It led to the Emsworth Sailing Club being founded by a small group of enthusiasts in 1919.  The club has said it is one of the oldest water activity clubs in the country.


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18th April 


Villagers' Good Friday walk


Christians in Westbourne, near Emsworth, walked through the village on   Good Friday with a large wooden cross, continuing a longstanding local Easter tradition.

The villagers, from
St John's parish church, met at the top of Monk's Hill and walked down to the village square, stopping for readings and  hymns and collecting more walkers. About 35 people eventually gathered for a short service in the church, followed by coffee and buns.  Rector Rev Frank Wright said: "One of the traditions of the Easter  weekend is to remember the journey Jesus made from the prison to the  place of execution, accompanied by those who had supported him."







9th April 



D-DAY THE STAGE PLAY BE PART OF AN AMAZING EVENT!  a specially commissioned new play  a part of the WEMSFEST D-Day commemoration.




Sunday 13 April : 2.00 - 4.00 Wednesday 16 April : 7.00 – 9.30

We are casting 3 families of varying classes and ages.  Soldiers – English, American, Canadian, Civilians, Home Guard, MP’s and Children, in speaking and non-speaking roles.  A cast of 30 or more!

 The  play will be staged in the North Street Car Park EMSWORTH

 Thursday 29 May           (dress rehearsal)

Friday 30 May                (evening show) Band 6.30pm  Performance  8.00pm

Saturday 31                    (evening show) Band 6.30pm Performance 8.00pm

Sunday 1 June               (matinee ) Band 2.30pm Performance 4.00pm


Friday 6 June                 (evening show) Band 6.30pm Performance 8.00pm

Saturday 7 June            (matinee) Band 2.00pm  Performance  3.15pm

                                   (evening  show)  Band  6.30pm Performance  8.00pm


 Rehearsals – Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout April and May.

The play lasts 80 minutes and is told through very quick scenes. You will not be required at all rehearsals.

 FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:  JULIAN SLUGGETT OR ANDY BUMFREY 01243 378742 / 07791 941923 Email julian.wemsfest@btinternet.com





7th April



The Emsworth Local Produce Market IS  on April 12th and this month we will be focusing on COFFEE!


On Saturday, April 12th, Inside 35 South Street, Emsworth 10-1pm Market launches 'Where to find good coffee in Emsworth' Leaflet.  We have produced a little leaflet to guide visitors and residents to all the best coffee spots in Emsworth and we will be handing this out to all morning to our customers.  This leaflet has been warmly received by the local cafes, several of which have asked to stock supplies.  The Brookfield Hotel generously offered to fund the printing costs of the leaflet as a way of supporting local businesses in Emsworth (www.brookfieldhotel.co.uk). Down load the Coffee Trail Leaflet


We will also be supporting UK Coffee Week and every time anyone buys a cup of coffee we will be donating 10p to Project Waterfall (see below). UK Coffee Week really is for everyone who enjoys coffee and wants to give something back to the countries which produce the beans we all love so much. Project Waterfall is the central focus for fundraising during UK Coffee Week.  In 2014 £100,000 needs to be raised to complete to provide safe water to the remote community of Mbulu in Tanzania.

Project Waterfall in partnership with WaterAid provides safe drinking water, good hygiene and improved sanitation to some of the poorest communities in the coffee growing regions of Africa.  It is currently supporting over 8,000 people in Mbulu district in Tanzania.


The Crafted Coffee Company - Coffee Demonstration June 14th

to raise funds for The Rosemary Foundation.  One of our regular traders is a small micro-roastery based just outside Oving, near Chichester.   The Crafted Coffee Company will be hosting a coffee cupping demonstration on Saturday June 14th, and will be taking bookings for this event at our market on April 12th.  A coffee cupping is the coffee equivalent of a wine-tasting and pre-booking is essential because spaces are quite limited.  This will an enjoyable experience for anyone who thinks they know their beans!


The Crafted Coffee Company is organising this event to raise funds for The Rosemary Foundation, a local charity supported in lots of different ways by the market.


www.emsworthlocalproducemarket.co.uk     T.01243 431912




7th April


Emsworth Business Association to support local charity for 2014



The Emsworth Business Association is delighted to announce that its nominated charity this year will be The Wheelyboat Trust. The Wheelyboat Trust is a registered charity dedicated to providing disabled people with the opportunity and freedom to enjoy waters large and small all over the UK. Their vision is straightforward - open access for disabled people on waters everywhere via a range of Wheelyboat models to meet everybody’s needs. Locally Chichester Harbour’s wheelchair accessible Mk IV Wheelyboat was launched in June 2012 and was named after former Harbour Master and Manager of Chichester Harbour John Davis OBE RM. The ‘JOHN Q DAVIS RM’ has since helped more than 500 people take part in a wide range of activities. From April to October JQD operates out of Thorney Island Sailing Club and from November to March from Hayling Island’s Northney Marina.


The EBA feel that given Emsworth’s connection to the sea both in the past and presently this is a wonderfully worthwhile Charity to support. A Black and White Charity Ball will be held in November with all proceeds going to the Trust. The Wheelyboat Trust will also feature at other events organised by the EBA including Emsworth Market Days and the proposed return of the Dragon Boat Racing Festival in August. The trust plans to allocate all funds raised via the EBA to ‘JOHN Q Davis RM’ thus keeping the focus very local.





4th April


Ripping Yarn at museum


Emsworthmuseum reopens for the summer with an exhibition on a local children’s author.

Ripping Yarns and the Tale of the Forgotten Author is about the life and works of adventure writer Percy Francis Westerman.

Westerman was a pupil at Portsmouth Grammar School from 1890 to 1893 and headteacher James Priory will open the exhibition at Emsworth Museum tomorrow at 10.30am.

A copy of Westerman’s debut A Lad of Grit will be the centrepiece of the exhibition which also features colourful illustrations and covers.

The author, who lived in Emsworth, was one of the country’s most popular writers in the 1930s. The exhibition runs until April 23.

All are welcome to the opening. Go to www.emsworthmuseum.co.uk  

The News 01-April-14





1st April


Annual St George’s Day Parade Commemorates Special Year Wednesday 23rd April

This year’s Annual St George’s Day parade in Emsworth will be a particularly poignant occasion falling as it does in a year of two significant military anniversaries. As well as the 100-year anniversary of the Great War and the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Landings, 2014 sees the last time that 47 Regiment Royal Artillery based at Thorney Island will lead the parade before their departure from the area.


 The parade will start at 10.30am and as before Veterans from various conflicts, including it is hoped a small group of pensioners from the Royal Hospital Chelsea, will march with 47 Regiment Royal Artillery and military band The Rifles through Emsworth. The parade will culminate in St Peters Square in front of the Mayor of Havant, Cllr Paul Buckley and the Commanding Officer of 47 Regiment Royal Artillery, where Veterans will each receive an Emsworth Rose in honour of the soldiers who fought in the Battle of Imjin River in the Korean War. This battle was a valiant rearguard action to halt the Chinese and North Korean army and was concluded on St Georges Day 1951. The parade will also be accompanied by children from Thorney Island Primary School who will be brought to the parade by bus provided by Emsworth Bus Co. free of charge.

Entertainment will include the George Regis Jazz Band and there will be a street collection on behalf of local branches of SSAFA.


A large crowd is expected to support this popular event and once again the organisers – The Emsworth Business Association – are grateful for the sponsorship of Springfield Care Homes and the support of Havant Borough Council, both who have contributed greatly to the staging of this important local event.

A fund raising dinner with all proceeds going to SSAFA will be held on Tuesday 22nd April at the Spice Village Restaurant, Emsworth. Tickets cost £17.50 per head and can be obtained from Cllr Brendan Gibb-Gray on 01243 377355


Veterans who are interested in attending the parade should contact ex Warrant Officer Norman Davies on 02392 598970





20th March


Infographics at Chichester Harbour


As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations at Chichester Harbour, a new way of raising awareness about the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has been published.


‘Infographics’ are designed to visually represent a lot of information quickly and clearly. The idea came about as a way to articulate the range of factors that collectively make Chichester Harbour such a special place.


Siún Cranny, Director of Chichester Harbour Conservancy said, “Infographics are an engaging way to interest people in the story the Harbour, through the novel use of bright visuals, statistics and facts that make-up the content, and the knowledge behind the information that we have presented. Anyone spending a few minutes reading the display will learn a lot in a short space of time.”


The new infographics are displayed at the various sites around the Harbour, as well as on the Conservancy’s website and social media sites.


Pieter Montyn, Chairman of the Conservancy added, “One of our biggest challenges is raising awareness of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. I feel that being able to do that in a simple, innovative and thought-provoking way is fundamentally important. This design really enables people to learn about the Harbour.”







17th March


Popular Talks Organised by The Friends of Chichester Harbour


The Friends of Chichester Harbour’s spring series of Illustrated Talks are proving to be immensely popular.  Recently they have enjoyed well known journalist Liz Sagues talking about her acclaimed book:  CHICHESTER HARBOUR – ENGLAND’S COASTAL GEM.  Liz talked about not only her love of the harbour and the greater Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty surrounding it, but also about many of the interesting people who have lived around the harbour through the centuries. She wove fascinating tales drawn from Roman folklore, the Vikings and Irish saints, the Saxons and King Canute whose daughter is buried in Bosham Church and of King Harold who worshipped there before going to Hastings for the battle against the Normans where he famously, took an arrow in the eye, and died.  We also heard of local characters from more recent history, fishermen and others who have earned their living from the waters of the harbour over the years.


Chichester Observer’s Richard Williamson who has entertained all of us for years with his interesting and informative weekly articles about his Walks throughout West Sussex, was another popular speaker.  He transported us to West Dean where he lives and to the top of Kingley Vale with its outstanding views as far as the South Coast and our beautiful harbour before describing some of his harbour walks and showing us many slides of all the wonderful birds he has seen over the 50 years that he has been walking in the area.  He peppered his talk with a variety of Bird Calls made with a variety of ‘whistles’ which brought the photographs to life.


The next Illustrated Talk on BATS is on April 4th and if you would like to come, perhaps you would like to join The Friends of Chichester Harbour.  The subscription is a modest £10 per year for a single person or £15 for a couple.  You can apply from our website: www.friendsch.org or contact our Membership Secretary whose email address is: membership@friendsch.org


Members enjoy a variety of Events throughout the year which usually include a series of Winter Lectures, trips on the Solar heritage often combined with lunch at a local hostelry, tours locally with an emphasis on conservation and the environment, a Big Party every year from a traditional BBQ using Harbour Beef, to a Hog Roast and this year in July there will be a Paella Party complete with a Spanish Guitarist and Flamenco Dancer.  In September there is an Illustrated Talk on the history of the harbour in the build up to and during WW11.


The Friends of Chichester Harbour volunteer to mend footpaths along the 55 miles of shoreline paths, plant trees, clear brambles, help with wildlife surveys, monitor the shoreline and collect rubbish, support education for all ages, contribute to the maintenance and upkeep of Solar Heritage and the old Oyster Fishing boat TERROR, fight inappropriate planning applications and support work to reduce water pollution amongst many other things and none of it could be done without the Member’s support.  The Friends of Chichester Harbour have been providing vital funds for conservation and education for more than 25 years and the demand for such funds grows year on year.  Many of our members are not active enough to take part in all these activities but their annual subscription is just as important to help us provide the funds which are essential to allow us to support the harbour both now and in the future.  Many too, leave us a Legacy in their wills.   www.friendsch.org





14th March


Nursery celebrates with Olympic medallist


A nursery and pre-school in Southbourne is looking forward to celebrating a successful first 6 months in business when Olympic silver medallist Tina Cook oversees the official "opening" and family fun day on Saturday 29th March.

Green Roots Nursery & Pre-school opened in October 2013 after an extensive refurbishment of a neglected building on Main Road, with fantastic new facilities, play areas and gardens for children aged 0 to 5 years.


"We've been gaining a wonderful reputation amongst parents in the local area and have just celebrated our 48th child place registration" explained owner Gemma Lawson, herself an "Outstanding" OFTSED rated child-minder. "We were waiting for our new flower beds to start to flourish after the awful winter before having an official opening. As the sun's finally reappeared, it's time to invite people to look around and see what we have achieved here."


Olympic silver medallist Tina Cook will officiate the ribbon cutting ceremony at 11am on Saturday 29th March. The nursery will then be open until 3 pm with lots of free games and activities for children, themed around the Olympics and ponies.


"The family day is a great opportunity for parents to have a look at the facilities and meet the team here whilst the children are being entertained" said nursery Deputy Manager Bethan Davies. "We've got plenty of games and competitions going on indoors and outside in the gardens and play areas."


There is free parking on site and refreshments and all are welcome to join in on the day. 


For more information visit www.green-roots.com








5th March


U-turn stops Emsworth hospital going to auction


The NHS has performed a dramatic U-turn on a controversial plan to auction off a historic hospital site.

People were outraged when NHS Property Services announced it was auctioning off Emsworth’s Victoria Cottage Hospital at the end of the month.

At 11am yesterday, NHS Property Services, which deals with NHS assets, confirmed to it intended to auction the site later this month, with any proceeds to be re-invested in the NHS.

But at 2pm another statement said the hospital had now been taken off the auction list as more clarification was needed on its potential future use.

The hospital closed last year, but there was real hope the site would become the new home for Emsworth Surgery, with lengthy negotiations over the past year.

Doctors at Emsworth Surgery received the first statement that the 120-year-old building would be auctioned off and sent out a reply yesterday speaking of their ‘bitter disappointment’.

The current surgery in North Street is cramped and no longer fit-for-purpose.

But were relieved after the U-turn.

Jim Strudwick, chairman of Emsworth Surgery Patient Participation Group, said: ‘I’m delighted.

‘In a place like Emsworth which is a growing town with lots of older people, they need health facilities near the centre of the town.’

Stephanie Elsy, chairwoman of Emsworth Forum, and Jo Dyer, chairwoman of Emsworth Residents’ Association, both wrote to MP David Willetts, expressing dismay about the auction.

Ms Elsy said: ‘Presumably somebody at a senior level has realised more discussion needs to take place.

‘We need to work together to make this happen.’

She added: ‘We’re quite motivated to take the bull by the horns and get people talking to each other.

‘I’m delighted it’s being withdrawn from the auction list.

‘We have raised the flag that people care about the site and want to ensure we have adequate provision going forward.’

Dr Abu Chinwala, on behalf of the Partners of Emsworth Surgery, said: ‘The current surgery was designed to look after no more than 2,000 patients and we look after over 13,000 patients with our list size rising due to new local developments.

‘The building is too small and does not meet modern day general practice needs.’

A public meeting has been called for 7pm on Thursday at the Emsworth Surgery to thrash out a way forward.

A spokeswoman from NHS Property Services said the business plan submitted by the doctors to build a new surgery was now being considered by NHS England, which commissions services.

She added: ‘The property has been declared surplus to requirement and vacant and the property has also been registered on the governments surplus property register EPIMs.

‘However following recent enquiries from another NHS body, NHS Property Services has withdrawn the property from auction pending clarification on potential future use.’


The News 04-March-2014





2nd March

Grants for Community Groups will be  Approved By You
Community First HEH in partnership with Havant Borough Council’s Community Team has secured a grant to fund small local groups. Grants up to £500 will be awarded to voluntary groups, as voted for by local residents. Residents are invited to attend four Market Place events that will take place across the Borough. At the events members of the public will be given the opportunity to meet the local groups
before making their vote. The event will be held at: Emsworth Community Centre on Wednesday 5th March 4pm-6pm

 Nicki Conyard, Community Team Leader at Havant Borough Council said ‘Working in partnership with the local CVS (Council of Voluntary Service) will ensure that as many small groups that support our residents know about this funding as possible.
The aim is to attract those groups who may not usually apply for funding with a very easy application process and put the decision making of who gets the grants into the hands of local people.’
Tim Houghton Chief Executive of Community First HEH added ‘I welcome this opportunity to work in partnership with Havant Borough Council’s Community Team, supporting our small local voluntary groups and giving a voice to local residents on how the money is spent. A previous pilot conducted in Havant proved just how astute local people are when given the opportunity to make choices for the benefit of their own community’.
For further information please contact: Amanda Harris, Community Development Worker, Community First HEH. Email: mandy.harris@cfheh.org.uk  Telephone: 0300 500 8085






1st March


Heritage Lottery Fund Support Means Green Light for D-Day Plans

Innovative plans to commemorate the massive contribution which troops and residents, in what is now the Borough of Havant, made towards the success of D-Day can now go ahead thanks to a grant of nearly £100,000 (£98,600) from Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The community arts group WemsFest has devised a programme which explores and documents the build-up to this world-changing event which took place on 6 June 1944. .  Few people living in the Borough are aware of the scale of activity that included the construction of the innovative Mulberry Harbours, manufacturing miles and miles of camouflage netting, building landing craft, and staging mock invasions.  Not to mention the detailed invasion planning, and the thousands of overseas troops who were billeted and camped in the area.  All of this made a significant impact on normal civilian lives and the importance of gleaning this knowledge from those who were alive at the time is paramount.

There are several strands to the WemsFest programme which include:

  1. secondary school students interviewing people about their memories of 1944 and making a professionally produced DVD which will be generally available;.

  2. an exhibition of memorabilia from 1944 in Emsworth Community Centre;

  3. six collage exhibitions entitled ‘Memories Are Made of This’ in the Borough’s libraries which combine wartime memorabilia with inspired creative writing from local writing circles;

  4. dressing part of Emsworth as a 1944 town with sandbags outside buildings, blast-tape across shop windows, and shopkeepers in period costume to recreate a wartime feel;

  5. large scale images from D-Day and inspired by D-Day will be projected onto a building in the centre of Emsworth;

  6. a specially commissioned play to be written by two2 local playwrights which focuses on how the D-Day preparations affected normal working lives.  This is combined with a big-band, jitterbug dancers, and involves local schools;

  7. the production of a map and booklet showing the role which the local area played in the run-up to D-Day and the map will be distributed by The News (Portsmouth) and Chichester Observer;

  8. an ancillary programme of events over the two week period prior to 6 June.

There’s already there’s been substantial interest in the project from overseas with CBC (Canada) particularly keen to give the event coverage due to the role Canadian troops played.  A dedicated website will shortly be operational but meanwhile if anyone has stories, anecdotes, or memorabilia which they think may be of interest please contact the WemsFest office 01243 378742 or wemsfest@btinternet.com.







1st March



It’s farewell to historic clothes and shoes shop


THERE was sadness but a sense of achievement as another business in Emsworth closed for the final time.

Marlene Barton, 59, served customers for the last time at Hutchins L&M in High Street. It was the end of an era as shoes and clothes have been sold in the historic building for more than a century.


Marlene’s mother and father, Leonard and Marjorie Hutchins, bought the building in 1977. Mr Hutchins had worked as a manager in the Corbins store at the same location beforehand. Before Corbins the shop was known as Ayling & Sons. Mr and Mrs Hutchins died in 2010 within a week of each other, both in their 90s.


Marlene, who has worked in the shop since the age of seven, said: ‘It was a hard decision because it was mum and dad’s business.

‘I have met some really nice people.’

The News 01-March-14



 1st March


Sweet smell of success at station


IT is the icing on the cake for a community project that saw a railway station go from grotty to gorgeous.

Scores of people enjoyed coffee and cake yesterday at a new cafe that has opened at Emsworth railway station’s waiting room.

The Carriages Cupcake and Coffee shop, run by Garry and Michelle Pascoe, was only possible because of the effort of residents to restore the Victorian station to its former glory.

The project has taken three years to complete and seen more than £300,000 come from Southern Railway, Emsworth Residents’ Association, the now-defunct South East England Development Agency and Hampshire County Council. There is a new disabled ramp, a waiting room with information boards about Emsworth – and now a cafe for commuters to enjoy a hot drink.  Residents paved the way for the cafe by helping to pay for the station to be rewired – because even switching on a kettle would have plunged the station into darkness.

Garry, 51, a former army warrant officer, said: ‘About a month ago the prime minister said there are 10,000 bits of red tape to go through to open a small business. It’s probably taken me about 9,999 hoops to jump through, but we have persevered with it.’

Garry surprised his wife at the ribbon-cutting ceremony by declaring she now owned the business.  She believed her husband owned 51 per cent, but Garry revealed his white lie yesterday to Michelle’s delight.

Michelle, 46, a physical training instructor in the Royal Navy, plans to start working full-time once she finishes her service next year.  She said: ‘I have always wanted to run a little coffee shop. I am very much a people person. I never thought I would have my own business but everything has slotted into place.’

Children from Year 5 and 6 at Emsworth Primary School made a collage out of train tickets for the waiting room.  Grace Fisk, 11, said: ‘It was a really good idea because if the train is late you can have a tea or coffee.’

Lorraine Clode, who has spearheaded the renovation, said: ‘The community is so glad to have a coffee shop here. Everybody loves it!’


The News 01-March-14



27th February


Havant Borough Local Plan  Examination Update


The Local Plan (Allocations) was successfully submitted to the Secretary of State on 20 December 2013.  Inspector Sue Turner RIBA MRTPI IHBC BARCH MSC has now been appointed to conduct an independent examination into the soundness of the Plan.  The Hearings have been scheduled to start at 10.00 am on Tuesday 29th April 2014 in The Council Chamber (Hurstwood Room), Havant Borough Council, Public Service Plaza, Civic Centre Road, Havant, PO9 2AX. The Inspector has decided not hold a Pre-Hearing Meeting.  Further details will be posted on this website once they are available.

Since our last newsletter the Publication Version of the Allocations Plan and the Schedule of Minor Changes have been brought together in more readable version of the Submission Document and this is available under the related documents heading at the foot of this page.

Neighbourhood Plans


Under the government’s localism agenda local communities can now write planning policies for their own neighbourhood, by preparing a neighbourhood plan.  When finalised a neighbourhood plan will be used by the council alongside our own planning documents to help make decisions on planning applications in the area.

In the borough, neighbourhood plans will be led by groups of local people who have successfully applied to be designated as the appropriate neighbourhood forum for the specified area.

Once a neighbourhood forum is designated no other organisation or body may be designated for that neighbourhood area until the designation expires or is withdrawn.

All neighbourhood plans must be produced in line with national planning policy guidance and locally produced planning policies. For Havant Borough this means the Havant Borough Local Plan (Core Strategy) and the emerging Havant Borough Local Plan (Allocations) and other relevant legislation.  They therefore cannot be used to block the amount of development already agreed in the Local Plan.  They can supplement existing policies and add detail particular to their area.  These policies will need to be supported by robust evidence, similar to a Local Plan.

Communities will need to decide what they would like to cover in the Neighbourhood Plan for their area. The process will include a number of stages including community engagement and consultation on the draft document. Given that a Neighbourhood Plan once adopted will be used to determine planning applications the plan must also be subject to an examination and a community referendum.

A community group called the Emsworth Forum has applied to Havant Borough Council to be recognised as the relevant body to produce a neighbourhood plan for the Emsworth Ward area.  The council has a duty to invite the public’s comments on the appropriateness of the group and the area, before a formal designation can be made.

We would therefore like to invite you to comment on the applications for the designation of the neighbourhood area and forum from 24 February until 5pm on Monday 7 April 2014.  Supporting documentation including a map of the proposed area is available to view on our website. More details on the forum can be found at http://www.emsworthforum.com/ or contact: Stephanie Elsy, Chair, 10 Queen Street, Emsworth, PO10 7BL. Tel: 01243 379973 Email:stephanie.elsy@btinternet.com 





25th February

The Emsworth Forum an opportunity to have your Voice Heard?



The Emsworth Forum has been set up by a group of local residents in order that those who live in Emsworth can have a greater say in how the town develops.    Emsworth Forum is currently applying to Havant Council to become a “Neighbourhood Forum”.


Neighbourhood Forums have come about since the introduction of the 2011 Localism Act and are intended to give  local people more say in the events that shape their immediate environment by creating a Neighbourhood Plan that local residents can vote on.  All who harbour a passion for Emsworth will be able to work together and influence policy decisions in a way that was previously not possible. Through the Neighbourhood Plan, Central and Local Government and their associated agencies  will have to listen to the concerns and desires of locals.

Havant Council is consulting the Public on the Emsworth Forum’s application to become a Neighbourhood Forum from February 24th to April 7th. If you support our application you can tell them so by joining  as a member and/or by responding to the council via their website: The Emsworth Forum’s application including a written constitution, a statement explaining why the area is considered appropriate to be designated, a map and other supporting documentation are available to view on the council'swebsite:: http://www.havant.gov.uk/neighbourhood-planning/emsworth-neighbourhood-planning

One of the key reasons for creating the Emsworth Forum is for local residents and businesses to work together to produce a Neighbourhood Plan for Emsworth to put in place a vision and policies for the future development of the area. A Neighbourhood Plan is a community-led framework for guiding the future development, regeneration and conservation of an area. An Emsworth Neighbourhood Plan will be part of the statutory development plan for the Town and immediate area which follows the boundaries of the Emsworth Electoral Ward. The Emsworth Plan will have to comply with national legislation and national and local planning policy and should not promote less development than that identified in Havant’s Local Plan. But it can specify policies and guidance on how new development should be designed, orientated and located. The Plan will carry more weight than other local documents such as the Emsworth Design Statement. It can be a powerful tool in developing the area in the way that local people want.

To join the forum complete the online application form at: http://emsworthforum.com/membership   - it's free and provides an opportunity to have your say.


24th february


Plans to commemorate D Day in Emsworth


Friday 6 June sees the 70th anniversary of D-Day, an event which arguably changed the history of the world. Mark Ringwood  of WEMSFEST has outlined  plans for a massive Emsworth-based commemoration of the 70th anniversary of D- Day on June 6th.


The government has set aside £12,000,000 to help commemorate D-Day and for the past 12 months the WemsFest team has been assembling a financial bid to help the project." The project  will involve working with schools, local artists, dressing Emsworth as a WW2 town at the time of D Day, an exhibition of WW2 memorabilia,  creative writing and much more. 


It is expected that success of the bid will be known later this month.  Read More HERE






9th February




Local beef producer, Three Harbours Beef, will soon be celebrating their meat’s appearance on chef James Martin’s new BBC1 show, James Martin’s Home Comforts.

The producers of the show, after visiting one of the scheme’s farms on Chichester Harbour Grazing Marsh, invited one of the farmers, Jesse Clay, to appear on the show due to air on the 18th of February at 3.45pm on BBC1 (see local listings).  It will highlight the unique benefits offered by Three Harbours Beef whilst James Martin demonstrates a beautiful dish which consumers can create with this succulent, eco-friendly meat raised on the salt-tinted grazing marshes around Chichester, Pagham and Langstone’s harbours.

The flower and herbal-rich grass found on the marshes, on which the free range cattle graze, contributes to the taste and quality of the meat. Regular customer, Kate Fitzgerald from Havant, comments, "I tried Three Harbours Beef years ago and now it's the only beef I ever buy.  I'm a busy working mum and Three Harbours always tastes great with little effort.  It's so delicious I can't see the point in buying anything else."

The scheme also protects the marshland environment creating habitats for local wildlife, including many endangered species.

Founder Colin Hedley comments, “There is a growing interest in the taste, provenance and environmental credentials of the food we buy, as well as the support required by farmers managing the countryside.” He continues, “We are over the moon that James Martin and the BBC chose Three Harbours Beef to feature on the show, and we hope it will help us spread the word about the important benefits to be enjoyed from a scheme such as ours.”     www.threeharboursbeef.co.uk 





7th February


Emsworth Arts Trail 2014. Where else could you find fifty two art venues within walking distance?

The exciting Emsworth Arts Trail has grown again this year.  Over one hundred artists at fifty two venues can be visited over two weekends,  26th, 27th April and 3rd, 4th, 5th May 2014 ,by walking around this picturesque coastal village .A really unique experience!

The Trail offers the chance to see and purchase stunning original works, cards, and reproductions and meet the designers, painters and makers in their own homes and studios.

The Trail Guide leads you on a fascinating tour of paintings, ceramics, photography, jewellery, textiles, furniture and more – all vying for your attention.

Trail Guides will be available from local shops[ many of which have Adopted an Artist], libraries, trail venues and via the website at www.emsworthartstrail.org.uk  where you can also visit the 2013 virtual gallery.

Other local Arts Trails. 10th-11th May...Hayling Island & 17th-18th May...Havant and Waterlooville



6th February




We all know February is the month for love and the Emsworth Local Produce Market is hoping to show its customers how much it cares about them by handing out discount vouchers to its customers this coming Saturday.


“This is our first market of 2014 and we are really looking forward to seeing our regular customers again,” explained Kate Sadler from Thrift Cottage Preserves, a regular trader at the market. “So we got together and decided to offer discounts to our first one hundred customers as a way of thanking everyone for continuing to support the market,” added Maggie Haynes, owner of Tuppenny Barn Organics, who sells her locally grown organic fruit & veg at the market every month.


This small indoor market showcases the area’s smallest local producers and several will be offering special Valentine’s Day products.  A new addition to the market, High Ridge Country Kitchen, will have special Valentine’s strawberry jam gift packs on sale, and Mill Pond Cakes, a local cake business, will be selling Valentine’s Day themed mini-gingerbread houses.  Other gift options available at the market will include edible bouquets, artisan coffees & preserves, homemade cakes and beautiful skincare products.  Everything is grown or produced within 20 miles of Emsworth.


Market manager Phoebe Atkinson is a big fan of local produce and suggested that one of the great things about local producers is that they are happy to respond to customer requests.  “Because the small businesses at our market are selling what they produce themselves, customers can give them face to face feedback, which is fantastic.  For example, we have a very popular home-made fudge stall.  Julie, our fudge-maker extraordinaire, is always happy to act on suggestions from her customers.  This might explain why her fudge sells out so quickly!”


The Emsworth Local Produce Market is held in the Emsworth Centre on South Street on the second Saturday of every month from 10:00am until 1:00pm.  Refreshments are available all morning.  The next market is on Saturday, February 8th and parking is available next door in the South Street car park.





28th January


A new vision for the Emsworth Centre, South St, Emsworth Consultation Extended

Community First HEH is seeking your views on how we can improve the Emsworth Centre in South St, Emsworth

We are running a first stage of consultation and a short questionnaire for people to share their views. This can be downloaded or picked up at various venues in and around Emsworth. The consultation period has been extended and will now run until 17TH February, and we will continue to collect ideas and suggestions on an on-going basis. Residents and visitors are welcome to pop into the Emsworth Centre anytime we’re open and share your views and ideas with us.

The centre, run by Community First has been a valuable part of the community for many years providing a base for meals on wheels and a friendly home for lunch club and many clubs and activities. More recently we’ve been hiring it out at weekends to provide a local market.

The time has come to have a good look at our services and rethink how we can make the best use of the building for the benefit of everyone and develop new and exciting services for the current and future generations. We want everyone to benefit from new services and need your help and views about our plans, to make sure it is what you want to see in your town.

Tim Houghton, Chief Executive at Community First HEH says “We’re aiming to create a vibrant place that supports and improves the health and wellbeing of the whole community with a little bit of something for everyone. We want to help families with children to ‘start well’, we want to help people of all ages to live well, and we want to continue to help older people and those with specific health needs to age well.”

We live in difficult economic times and community owned buildings run for the community by the community can make a real difference to the quality of people’s lives by providing many opportunities to join in and have fun.




28th January


Chichester Harbour Joins the Big Farmland Big Count


Farmers in the Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) are being encouraged to take part in the Big Farmland Bird Count in February.


The Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) are organising this first count to help determine how our farmland bird species are faring and to highlight the good conservation work being undertaken on farmland. The count will take place between the 1st and 7th February 2014, and farmers are being encouraged to spend about 30 minutes recording the species and number of birds seen on one particular area of their farm.


Some of our iconic farmland bird species such as Skylark, Yellowhammer, Corn Buntings and wild Grey Partridges have suffered dramatic declines over recent years, including a 34% decline in breeding Corn Buntings since 1995. However there is limited information on over-wintering populations of farmland birds and the potential benefits of farm conservation schemes and game management in supporting these populations.


Siún Cranny, Director of Chichester Harbour Conservancy said, ‘Chichester Harbour Conservancy would like to add its support to GWCT in encouraging all farmers in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) to participate in this important survey. We would like to thank our farming communities for helping to protect and enhance our precious farmland bird populations.’




23rd January


Celebrate World Wetlands Day at Chichester Harbour


A special bird watching walk will be held at Langstone in celebration of World Wetlands Day on the 2nd February.


This annual event is a celebration of wetlands but particularly the network of internationally important wetlands designated under the Ramsar Convention. Chichester Harbour is one such site designated in 1987 as an estuarine wetland important for over-wintering waders and wildfowl and breeding terns.


The theme for this year is ‘Wetlands and Agriculture’ which is rather apt for Chichester Harbour as there is a strong linkage between farming and the wildlife with the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).


Siún Cranny, Director of Chichester Harbour Conservancy explains, ‘The intertidal mud is a rich source of energy in the form of snails, worms and other invertebrates but many species of birds also feed on grassland sites, many of which are designated as part of the Ramsar site. These areas known as coastal grazing marshes are complex mosaics of grassland, marsh, reedbed and saltmarsh habitats and are extensively used by feeding waders such as Redshank, Curlew and Black-tailed Godwit and by duck species such as Teal and Wigeon. Wader species such as Redshank and Lapwing will also breed in these habitats. Agricultural management through cattle grazing is vital to maintain these wetlands in suitable condition for these over-wintering and breeding birds.’


The guided walk on the 2nd February will be led along the shoreline at Langstone passing a number of coastal grazing marsh fields. To join us, meet at The Ship Inn at 10:30am, the cost is £4 per person to pay on the day.



25th January


Woman bitten by dog in Emsworth
POLICE are appealing for information after a woman was bitten by a dog in Emsworth.


A 20-year-old woman was walking her dog, when she was bitten by a Dalmatian in Russet Gardens, Emsworth.

Police are trying to trace the owner of the dog which was off its leash at the time. He was walking with his Dalmatian, which he said was a rescue dog and only recently acquired, when it became aggressive and bit the woman’s hand as she lifted her dog.

The deep cut required hospital treatment.  The incident happened at about 2.30pm on Thursday, January 9.  PC Matthew Snelson said: “The man, who had a young girl with him, apologised for his dog’s behaviour however he did not leave any details. We would appeal for him to contact us.

“The man is described as white, in his 60s, stocky, with short grey hair. He was wearing a Barbour-style jacket. If you know him or recognise him please can you contact police so we can discuss the matter with him.”

Contact Sussex Police 101 with the reference 0706 9/1 with information

Chichester Observer 16-Jan-2014



11th January


Can You Help find a Westbourne Family?


Roy Squires of Godalming, Surrey is trying to find the relatives of Private Frank Till, The son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Till, of North St., Westbourne, Emsworth, Frank was born in Westbourne and enlisted in to the of the  Mechanical Transport, The Royal Army Service Corps attached to Battery, 11th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery.


Frank died on 06 November 1918 age 26 and is interred at Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille near Boulonge.


Roy has in his procession a General Service medal awarded to Private Till and would like to return it to any of Private Till’s surviving relatives.  So far his search has been unsuccessful and he would be grateful for any help that the residents of Emsworth and Westbourne may be able to offer.  If you think you might help in tracing Private Till’s surviving relatives please email info@emsworthonline.co.uk or phone 01243 370308  or Roy on 07967 148440.






11th January


Emsworth Extra Card econd Chance Birthday Draw


The Emsworth Extracard is one year old on 11th January! Over the last twelve months 2,904 cards have been entered in the monthly prize draw, with 12 lucky winners getting £25 in shopping vouchers, plus an Extra prize from a different business each month.


To celebrate there is to be a ''Second Chance'' draw-and all 2904 cards from last year will be entered again. The winner will get a hamper of 14 prizes donated by different businesses-and a cheerful start to 2014!


The hamper includes a box of sweets from Bettys Bon Bons, bottle of wine from The Brookfield, 'Pork Cuts' teatowel from Classy Cooks, oat biscuits and chutney from Emsworth Deli, boxed mug from Home Hardware, jar of olives from Fat Olives, voucher from Leyton Jewellers and Treagusts, box of stuffed figs from Pantry Weigh,a chicken from Starrs, box of chocs from Newsagent in the Square and local apple juice from Tiers.


The draw took place at 9.30am on Saturday 11th January, in The Square, Emsworth and the prize was won by Diana Mackey of Queen St.    


The Extracard is offered by 45 local, independant businesses across Emsworth-including the pubs, cafes, butchers and specialist shops such as the new sweetshop, Bettys Bon Bons, and Leytons Jewellers.

There are more good prizes on offer through 2014-more details on www.emsworthextra.co.uk.


Giles Babb, Chairman of the Emsworth Business Association said

''The Extracard is a great way for the retailers of Emsworth to say Thankyou to their regular customers and ancourage new customers to shop locally in Emsworth''







10th January


A rare chance to visit one of Emsworth's Hidden Secrets

The Zen Furniture Work Shop, hidden away off West Street will be holding an Open Day/Exhibition next Saturday, The work shop has been open since 2002 producing producing bespoke quality furniture. Owned by Ian Ayland Sean Casey the workshopfurniture ismade to their own designs andexacting standards.


Sean was trained in the Arts & Crafts tradition and tends to design with solid wood in mind he tends to make a feature of the construction and jointing of each piece right down to the styling of the handles and fittings. Ian’s influence has rubbed off and as a result they try to be more sustainable when it comes to sourcing our timber and  now favour local grown hard woods.  Ian is more of a minimalist and tends to strip a design right down to the bones he likes nicely proportioned unfussy furniture with sleek lines. At times he has moments of madness and yearns to make a piece of furniture that makes a statement and if he can incorporate fur & chrome nipples on it all the better for he baulks at brown reproduction furniture. Ian achieved a master’s degree and his research report concentrated on sustainable design in education an issue he feels passionate about and when ever he can introduces into his design. 


The Open day takes place on Saturday 18th January from 9.00am - 5.00pm.




7th January



Residents in Westbourne shredded more than 100 Christmas trees during their annual recycling event in the village square on Sunday.


The event, run by local environmental group the Greening Westbourne Campaign, also collected Christmas cards and mobile phones for recycling. It has become a fixture in the calendar of the West Sussex village, near Emsworth. Chippings from trees are used on local allotments.

Greening Westbourne chair Colin Carré said:

"This is always a great village event to round off the festive season. We have mulled wine and mince pies and people enjoy it. It's a fun community event but it fits with our goal of helping people to do small things locally to combat climate change."


Greening Westbourne also organises events such as a family fun bike ride, and is working to create a community orchard. The tree shredding was performed for free by village tree specialists Michael Reed & Co. Resident Tony Cullen came out tops in a competition to guess the number of trees recycled, winning a free tree for next year, donated by Rowlands Home Hardware. Anyone interested can contact the campaign on greeningwestbourne@hotmail.co.uk




3rd January


Free Christmas tree Shredding in the Square  


Marking the Twelfth day of Christmas Emsworth residents had the opportunity to dispose of their Christmas trees in an environmentally friendly way this morning.  Over one hundred trees were shredded in 2 hours.


The service was provided by Bright Side Tree Surgery and arranged by the Emsworth Business Association in support of The Fire Fighters Charity.









A new vision for the Emsworth Centre, South St, Emsworth


3rd January

Community First HEH is seeking your views on how we can improve the Emsworth Centre in South St, Emsworth

We are running a first stage of consultation which includes an open event on 17th
between 4pm and 8pm and a short questionnaire for people to share their views. This can be downloaded or picked up at various venues in and around Emsworth. The consultation will run until 10th January but we will continue to collect ideas and suggestions on an on-going basis. Residents and visitors are welcome to pop into the Emsworth Centre anytime we’re open and share your views and ideas with us.

The centre, run by Community First has been a valuable part of the community for many years providing a base for meals on wheels and a friendly home for lunch club and many clubs and activities. More recently we’ve been hiring it out at weekends to provide a local market.

The time has come to have a good look at our services and rethink how we can make the best use of the building for the benefit of everyone and develop new and exciting services for the current and future generations. We want everyone to benefit from new services and need your help and views about our plans, to make sure it is what you want to see in your town.

Tim Houghton, Chief Executive at Community First HEH says “We’re aiming to create a vibrant place that supports and improves the health and wellbeing of the whole community with a little bit of something for everyone. We want to help families with children to ‘start well’, we want to help people of all ages to live well, and we want to continue to help older people and those with specific health needs to age well.”

We live in difficult economic times and community owned buildings run for the community by the community can make a real difference to the quality of people’s lives by providing many
opportunities to join in and have fun.




1st January


2014 starts windy and wet just as it was at the end of 2013!


2013 - The year in photos HERE














1st January


Fears raised over disappearance of the greenfield gap

THE potential loss of the last remaining farmland between Havant and Emsworth has been heavily criticised by a green group.

Friends of the Earth is worried that the shrinking gap between the two towns is in danger of being lost forever.

It comes as Havant Borough Council and landowners could alter a legal agreement signed in 1992 to protect the green space.

The changes would allow the development of 140 homes off Horndean Road and 203 homes to be built south of Bartons Road. The agreement has already been altered to allow the development of Havant Crematorium.

Ray Cobbett from Emsworth is the Friends of the Earth group co-ordinator and believes signing off the other two developments will pave the way for the disappearance of the entire gap. He wrote to the council in response to the Draft Allocations Plan, which sets out the likely locations of 2,800 homes over the next 13 years

In his letter, Mr Cobbett said: Despite a 25-year embargo enshrined in the agreement on any development, permission was granted in 2012 for a new crematorium. Two further incursions are now proposed. We oppose the inclusion of these sites.

‘They are contrary to the original intention to safeguard the land for future generations. An agreement created to protect the public interest was summarily varied in 2012 without any real public consultation.

‘It has led to new proposals to take even more land and a powerful precedent to support any future appeal against refusal to permit further development.’

He also criticised the housing masterplan for the borough.

Mr Cobbett told The News: ‘Obviously we need more affordable houses but with most new ones priced up at between £300,000 and £500,000, few local first-time buyers are likely to be among the customers in an area with the lowest average earning in Hampshire.’

The results of a public consultation are being analysed. Council officials stressed no decisions have been taken about amending the legal agreement for the green gap.

Leader Tony Briggs said the sites chosen come after several rounds of consultation and the masterplan will protect the area from speculative developments.

The plan is set to be submitted to the government for approval in the spring.


The News 01-Jan-2014







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