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Updated: 18 April 2017   

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18th April


Emsworth library saved?


Emsworth library will remain open until new premises are identified. So says Hampshire county councillor Ray Bolton.


The library on the town square was facing closure when its present lease runs out next year. Previously, the council had said it was too expensive to continue in its present premises, and that the lease would not be renewed.


Local campaigners against closure cited figures showing the library was the best used of the county’s small libraries. The library has 150,000 visits a year, with cost per borrowing at half that of comparable libraries.


“HCC are looking for an alternative location for the library in Emsworth, with lower occupancy costs than the present location,” says Cllr Bolton, member for the Emsworth & St Faith’s division since 2009, tells The News.


“The Emsworth library will remain in its present location until a lower occupancy cost premises can be found.”


“This is tremendous news,” says library campaigner Bob Smyth. “The fear was that no replacement would be ready next year, and the library would close.


“Locating and fitting out alternative premises takes time, so this provides a breathing space.” The library will become even more important, he suggests, as a result of proposed new building in “the Emsworth gap”.


“The wider picture across the county is that Hampshire County Council is keeping all libraries open and this includes Emsworth Library,” Cllr Bolton tells the Friends. ”Should I be re-elected, rest assured the future of the Emsworth Library will continue at the top of my list of priorities.”


Bob Smyth 16th April 2017


6th April

Thieves rip out and steal flagstones at St Thomas à Becket church near Warblington

Flagstones were stolen from in and around the grounds of St Thomas a Becket. A Community has spoken of its shock after learning flagstones laid in and around church grounds were stolen. Thieves targeted the slabs, made of Yorkstone, at St Thomas a Becket in Warblington – a place known for its beauty.

It’s thought the theft took place at night on Monday or in the early hours of the morning on Tuesday.  Inside the churchyard four slabs were stolen and three others dug up and moved.   The slabs that made up the pavement outside the church yard wall have been ripped out and taken.

Christopher Morrison, one of the church’s wardens, said:


‘It’s so disappointing to know people want to and are capable of doing things like this.  The church is about 1,000 years old and it’s in an area of outstanding natural beauty.  Inside the church grounds there are a block of six slabs that’ve been tampered with. Two were stolen and another four taken out, but left behind.

‘Then there’s another larger flagstone on the path towards the church, that has been dug up and left beside its gap. The pavement outside of the church has been completely ripped out.  We’ll now have to establish how to replace the stolen slabs and whether or not we can re-fit the ones left behind.  If anyone is offered old flagstones for their patio, or knows of work in area where they’re being used, I urge them to contact police.’

The area affected outside the church wall belongs to Hampshire County Council.


Residents in the area have expressed their disappointment about the situation. Sue Watters, 55, was out walking her dog on Tuesday when she saw what had happened.

She said:

  ‘I felt quite sick looking at the scene. I can’t believe people would do this.'

A spokeswoman for Hampshire County Council said:


 ‘We were very sorry to hear of the theft of these flagstones from the church grounds, and the damage done. The flagstones on the roadside of the church wall are the responsibility of the county council and cost several thousand pounds. Our highways teams will repair the footpath, but as special materials may need to be sourced, this could take some time, so a temporary footpath may be required in the interim. We would ask residents to be alert to anyone trying to sell or install flagstones in the area, and to report any concerns they may have to the police on 101.’ 


A Hampshire police spokesman said:

‘This is an unusual crime and it’s likely to have taken some time and been pre-planned.   It’s also likely because of the weight of the stones that more than one person was involved, and they would have needed a vehicle.

‘If anyone saw or heard anything suspicious around the church, please call us on 101 quoting 44170124886.’

The News 5th April 2017


1st April

Emsworth Student’s wallpaper is used in show home

Student Abigail Burden has spoken of her pride at having her design used in a new housing development.


Emsworth resident and Southampton Solent University graduate Abigail’s wallpaper design has been used in the show home at Linden Homes’ development Morgan’s Field in Broughton.  The 22-year-old was recently awarded first prize for her exotic print designs in Linden Homes’ interior design competition, in association with Show Business Interiors and Southampton Solent University.

Abigail, who is now studying a masters in textile design at Winchester School of Art, said: ‘I’ve been so excited to see my first real project come to life. The wallpaper looks lovely in the room – it all feels very surreal and I’d like to extend my thanks to the Linden Homes team for giving me this opportunity.’

Jo Dixon, marketing manager at Linden Homes, said: ‘Abigail did an amazing job. She created an excellent design that inspired the rest of the interiors for the show home. She has real talent.’

The News April 1st 2017

31st March

McCarthy & Stone Proposed Development in Western Avenue Consultation

McCarthy & Stone have recently acquired an interest in The Orchard House, Western Avenue, Emsworth and are working up proposals for the site's redevelopment with 25 high-quality Retirement Living apartments for private sale.  A public exhibition to view the proposals and provide the company  with feedback on the plans before a planning application is submitted will be held on Wednesday 12th April 2017 Between: 3.00pm and 7.00pm at Emsworth Community Centre.

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27th March

Rebuilding a wall and reuniting a community

Work to rebuild a failing wall in Emsworth is set to begin next month.

Costing £115,000, the work is due to begin from 10 April.  Contributions of £60,000 from Havant Borough Council and £55,000 from Hampshire County Council (HCC) will see the long awaited wall rebuilt over a nine week period. Preparation works to temporarily lay gas lines to the effected houses by Southern Gas Network (SGN) have now been completed.

Throughout the works temporary lights to control traffic will be in place, with a four day closure being expected between 8 – 11 May.  This is to allow a large crane to be placed on site.
Councillor David Guest, Cabinet Lead for Economy, Planning and Development, said: “We are extremely pleased this work can finally take place and allow North Street to be restored. The wall, in North Street, Emsworth, has been in such poor condition, the footpath next to it has been closed and effectively separated the north and south sides of Emsworth town. The continued partnership working between Havant Borough Council with HCC and SGN has proves what we can do when we work together.”

The path is set to be re-opened in mid-June with local firm Caroway Contractors Ltd undertaking the majority of the work.

27th March

First look at the 2017 Emsworth Arts Trail

The trail will be hosting a pop-up exhibition of some work on Wednesday, April 5, at The Brookfield Hotel between 6.30pm and 9pm.

For one night only a piece of work from each of the artists and makers exhibiting on this year’s trail will be on display, offering an ideal opportunity for visitors to preview the breadth of talent that awaits them.

Carol Price, the chairman of Emsworth Arts Trail, said: ‘Our sneak preview will feature work in a variety of mediums and styles including painting, print-making, photography, furniture-making, weaving, wood-turning, ceramics, jewellery and textile art.

‘We’d like to invite as many people as possible along to meet our artists and find out more about this year’s trail.’

The Emsworth Arts Trail has gone from strength to strength over the years, bringing many additional visitors to the town.

This year promises to be the biggest yet, with 77 venues and more than 150 artists taking part,

Organisers have been working with local businesses to provide space in shop windows and premises to feature artists’ work in a popular Adopt An Artist scheme, which helps boost awareness and aims to create an artistic vibe throughout the town.

Carol added: ‘We are delighted so many shops, restaurants, churches, pubs and cafes in the town have offered their premises as temporary galleries so visitors will be able to take advantage of all that Emsworth has to offer while enjoying the art on display.

Nearly all the venues are based near the centre of Emsworth so visitors will be able to follow the Art Trail map on foot or by bike to take in as many as they like’

The trail will be taking place on April 22 and 23 and April 29 and 30 and May 1. For more information people can visit the website emsworthartstrail.org.uk.

The News 27th March 2017

14th March

  Emsworth to launch FREE Wi-Fi this Saturday  

The Emsworth Business Association is delighted to announce the launch of Emsworth FREE Wi-Fi, which will go live on Saturday 18th March on Market Day with Hampshire Farmers Market

According to Government research (YouGov research) Public Wi-Fi is an effective way for towns, villages and rural center’s to overcome poor, slow and inconsistent mobile coverage. Nearly 43% of Britons are frustrated by lack of free, public Wi-Fi networks available, according to details in the Digital High Street 2020 Report. And around one in four people (24%) would be more likely to stay longer in a town or city centre which offered access to free Wi-Fi, the YouGov figures show. The Emsworth Business Association believes that the provision of this Free Wi-Fi will encourage visitors to stay longer and enjoy of more of what the community has to offer.

Using Enterprise grade equipment, the Wi-Fi will initially be available in the area around St.Peters’ Square but the design of the system depending on usage can be expanded over time to cover most of the business areas of Emsworth. The modular design allows the network to have further reach into the town of Emsworth by creating a Mesh Network. The Wi-Fi will be provided free of charge to residents and visitors alike who will be asked to sign up to a newsletter from Emsworth Business Association. This initiative has been supported by Havant Borough Council and Oyster Marketing and Design and will for the first year be sponsored by H.H Treagust & Sons, one of Emsworth’s independent butchers.


“In many ways this is a real first in the region, there are very few small towns that offer free public Wi-Fi to its residents and visitors, we think the investment in this is a real benefit to business and with our shortly to be published Visitors Guide the Business Association wants to show just what a great place Emsworth is to visit.” Giles Babb, Chair EBA


6th February

A Splash of Colour to launch Emsworth Arts Trail 2017


 A splash of colour awaits you as Emsworth comes alive as a hub for the creative arts this spring.  Over 150 artists at 78 local venues will open their doors to art lovers throughout the town in the biggest Emsworth Arts Trail yet on 22nd, 23rd April and 29th, 30th April & 1st May 2017.


From home studios to community centre’s, businesses, halls, sailing clubs and churches, nearly all venues are located within a mile of Emsworth town centre.  Either by walking or cycling, visitors can look forward to meeting artists and have a chance to purchase their work.  A variety of mediums and styles including painting, printmaking, photography, furniture making, weaving, woodturning, ceramics, jewellery and textile art will be on display.


“Each year we attract exciting new artists and makers, offering something new to visitors, alongside many established names that have been part of the trail since its launch in 2001,” explains Carol Price, chairman of The Emsworth Arts Trail. “Working alongside local business we know the Trail stimulates economic activity in the town and adds to an increasing sense



of community, it’s also a great deal of fun for the artists as well as visitors”


Local businesses are invited to get involved too with over 35 companies around the town paired up with one or more artists to exhibit their work in an ‘Adopt and Artist’ scheme.


"We are delighted that so many shops, restaurants, churches, pubs and cafes across the town have offered their premises as temporary galleries so that visitors will be able to take advantage of all that Emsworth has to offer whilst enjoying the art on display.  Nearly all of the venues are based near the centre of Emsworth so visitors will be able to follow the Art Trail map on foot or by bike to take in as many as they like,” explains Carol.


Organisers recommend parking outside the village or on the outskirts of the Trail and walking in, as parking in the town is often very busy over the two weekends.  All public transport information can be found on the web and in the Trail Guide.


This year’s highlights:


Emsworth Community Centre will be hosting the Maurice Broomfield Schools Photography Competition alongside displays from 15 individual artists and groups that regularly use the centre.  Another popular attraction next door is the Hole In The Wall pottery group’s Raku firing that takes place on the second weekend. 

Just on the outskirts of Emsworth, Tuppenny Barn’s arts and crafts gallery presents six artists in its beautiful eco-build setting; while another group of six artists can be visited at The Brookfield Hotel, to the west of the town.


Look out for Artists on the Quay, a collective of Emsworth Slipper Sailing Club members that put on a show during the first weekend of the Trail raising money for their Wheelie Boat Charity.


Hewitt’s welcomes Art Invisible a group that guides, supports and promotes the talents of its artists, all who have learning disabilities.


And, of course don’t miss all the local artists who open up their studios and gardens to welcome visitors to their homes, definitely worth a visit for a chance to see their work and spend some time in their company.


The event runs over two weekends on 22nd – 23rd April and 29th, 30th April & 1st May 2017.


Visit the Emsworth Arts Trail’s new website for more information on each artist, opening times, access and an interactive trail map www.emsworthartstrail.org.uk

27th January

Emsworth dubbed as ‘UK’s small town food captial’ after award collection



EMSWORTH can now be considered as the small town food capital of the UK.

That is the message from Emsworth British Food Fortnight organiser Alistair Gibson, after a meeting with a government minister to pick up an an award for the event’s smashing 2016 success.

Representatives visited Andrea Leadsom at the Houses of Parliament to pick up a certificate for Emsworth’s position in British Food Fortnight 2016 – in which it came second, against much larger events in other towns and cities.

Mr Gibson was joined by Havant MP Alan Mak, Emsworth councillor Lulu Bowerman, and economic development officer at Havant Borough Council Jeff Crate, in collecting the hand-crafted award.

He said: ‘Emsworth is a remarkable place. In the three years we have entered British Food Fortnight we’ve won it once and come second twice – behind the two major cities that are Bath and Peterborough.

‘We’ve always tried to ensure Emsworth British Food Fortnight is about three things, celebrating our local food heritage, educating the younger generation, and making sure the event is available to the whole community. Our result proves we succeeded, and that Emsworth can be considered as the small town food capital of the UK.’

British Food Fortnight acknowledges the most imaginative and inclusive celebrations of British food. Emsworth came second to the city of Bath last year after its event, which was held in September and October.  It’s organised by the Emsworth Business Association which is joined by other businesses, volunteers, schools, locals, and more, for involvement.

Upon the award of second place, Emsworth British Food Fortnight was praised for its year-to-year expansion, and was held up by the competition’s judges as a benchmark for others to follow.

Mr Gibson added: ‘Food is a language we all speak, whatever your level of interest in it; enjoying it is something we all do – this brings people together. We take those who come along on a journey with tastings, markets, workshops, activities, and so much more. We even had a creative writing workshop based around food.’

Lulu Bowerman said: ‘British Food Fortnight gives Emsworth an annual opportunity to showcase its range of food-related businesses, from family butchers to local food producers.   Over the last three years it has given residents and visitors the chance to enjoy an amazing range of events, and keeps Emsworth firmly on the map as a great place to live and visit.’

The News 27-Jan

23rd January

Mystery Location in painting- Emsworth Foreshore 1924

David Watson recently bought a painting (above) that has its  subject as The Forshore at Emsworth Hants by H Glanville Spooner in 1924,an artist from Ilford Essex.


David is  trying to identify a farm that is shown on the painting near the Forshore.


Mystery solved: the consensus is that it was Nore Barn.



12th January


Westbourne Villagers go from recycling to cycling in 2017


Eco campaigners in Westbourne are hoping 2017 will be the village's greenest year ever.

The community has already held its biggest-ever recycling event. In the village square yesterday [Sunday 8 January], more than 130 Christmas trees were turned into chippings for local allotments.

The annual Christmas tree event is run by Greening Westbourne, a local environmental group. It is now hoping to build on villagers' enthusiasm by launching a campaign to encourage cycling. This would involve installing bike parking, running cycle training and holding organised rides.

Greening Westbourne chair Colin Carré said: "Local people have shown they're keen on recycling. Now we hope to get more of them cycling. We want to make the bike the natural choice for short journeys, especially for families. It would make people more active and cut traffic congestion."

To achieve its goals for 2017 the campaign needs local people to help plan and run cycling events, and lend their expertise. It is also looking for funding. Anyone interested can contact the campaign ongreeningwestbourne@hotmail.co.uk or search Greening Westbourne online.

The group's other project is a local community orchard, which is growing fast. People can sponsor or adopt trees, and plant them to mark a special event or in memory of a loved one.

5th January


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