Emsworth E-News February



The proposed development of a Costa Coffee and Coral's Bookmakers in unit 10-12 High Street, an area at the historic core of Emsworth within the Chichester Harbour Conservancy Area of Natural Beauty, would irreparably alter the feel and appearance of our historic High Street.  For a town with such a strong sense of community, a development of this size and scale would rupture the community and cause irreparable damage to the communities within this historic harbour.



Demolition of Emsworth’s huge gas holder begins

THE demolition of a gas holder is being captured on camera for future generations.

The huge building, off Palmers Road, Emsworth, has been a familiar grey and brown landmark in Emsworth for more than 80 years.

It has dominated the skyline, but has been redundant since 2012.   The one-acre site, off Palmers Road, has had holders ever since 1853 when The Emsworth Gas and Coke Company was formed to serve people in Emsworth.

The current holder was built on a huge concrete base and was used to store supplies that came from Portsmouth.  As Southern Gas Networks begins to demolish it, from the inside out, John Tweddell is documenting the changes on camera for Emsworth Museum. The gas company is taking daily pictures to create a memorial book to commemorate what some have deemed in the past to be blots on the landscape – although others consider the striking structures a thing of beauty.

Mr Tweddell said: ‘I was granted access on the first day before any structural work was carried out to take photos for the museum. There is a lot of red tape and health and safety involved in photographing the site.

‘I will be visiting two or three times over the eight weeks it takes to demolish it.  I’m not sure how I feel about it but it has certainly become a landmark over the years. People always want to know about Emsworth’s history so I think it’s important to document it.’

In October last year, residents held a silent disco on the pavement with music by the likes of Pink Floyd while images of the gas works were beamed on to it.

A spokesman for SGN said the dismantling would take another 10 weeks.  He added: ‘We have used this as an opportunity to engage with local schools and deliver safety messages about gas to young people.  We have no further plans for the site as we have operational equipment installed there.’

The News

Emsworth Business Association to support Stonepillow in


The Emsworth Association is delighted to announce that its chosen charity for will be Stonepillow. The Association will over the coming year work with its members and the wider community to both raise awareness and funds for this amazing local charity culminating in the annual Emsworth Black and White Charity Dinner scheduled this year for Friday 11th November at the Brookfield Hotel. Last year the Association raised over £5,300 for its chosen charity The Rosemary Foundation Trust, a fantastic effort that included donations from Father Christmas’s Grotto as well as various events during Emsworth British Food Fortnight. The Emsworth Business Association has also supported the RNLI and the Beacon Food Bank over the last year.


For more information - www.stonepillow.org.uk



Coming up in Emsworth & Nearby..............


Thursday 4th February Create, Upcycle and Re-Use at TUPPENNY BARN Main Road, Southbourne P010 8EZ A free monthly drop in space to Create and Share Skills to live in a more Sustainable way The Upmarket Team will provide Fabric, Yarn, Tools, Books etc., and Project Ideas Come to Lipcycle or Embellish your own clothing etc_ Learn to Slow Sew, Crochet or Knit and have fun upcycling things you'd normally put in the bin.
Learn to mend clothing with Transition Chichester's 'Sew Don't Throw' Or just come along with your knowledge to meet like minded folk, maybe bring something you are working on and be part of building Sharing Creative Sustainable Community
Refreshments available, proceeds to Tuppenny Barn Contact: Cassandra greenorchid77@yahoo.co.uk


Saturday 5th February Traditional Burns Night Haggis meal and great Scottish Dancing Emsworth Community Association  Tickets are £28 for Families, £10 for members, & £12.50 non-members available from the Centre Office Mon-Fri 10am to I 2noon www.emsworthcommunitycentre.org.uk 


Saturday 6th February National Libraries Day Activity Emsworth Library Drop in between 9.30am and 12noon Join us for free crafts and fun for children to celebrate National Libraries Day. Parents/carers to stay with their children.


Monday 8 February Suffragette Period Drama (Film Rated 12A) 106 mins Emsworth Community Association  A gripping tale of some of the women behind the early feminist movement. Starring Cary Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl Streep, Anne-Marie Duff and Romola Garai. 3.30pnn & 7.30pnn TICKETS £5.00 (inc. refreshments) from the Community Centre Office Mon-Fri I Oam to I 2noon or from Hallmark in the High Street. Doors open half an hour before the film shows. Emsworth Community Centre www.emsworthcommunitycentre.org.uk North Street, 01243 373805 ems.ca@btconnect.com  Emsworth P010 7DD (accessible via the car park behind the Fire Station)



Sunday 12th - Tuesday14th February Emsworth Sailing Club Art Exhibition  10.00 to 15.00.  Admission is free.


Saturday 13 February St Valentine’s Day Craft Activity Emsworth Library Drop in between 9.30am and 12noon FREE Join us for St Valentine’s Day themed crafts. Parents/carers to stay.


Monday 15th February Fishermania The celebrated “Kitty Fisher” by Bob France Emsworth Maritime and Historical Trust at Emsworth Comunity Center  at 7.30pm Admission will be by tickets purchased at the door for members they are £2.00 and non-members £3.00


Wednesday 17th February LOVE YOUR BIKE? LEARN TO LOOK AFTER IT! Bring your bike along for a FREE health check 10am-4pm, St Peters Square, Emsworth To find out more about events in your local area log on to www.myjourneyhampshire.com


Wednesday 17th February Roller Skating session at Bourne Leisure Southbourne  Two sessions 10.00-11.00 and 11.30-12.30. Sessions are priced at £3,95 per person and £0.90 for Skate hire. Parental supervision is required. For more information email smills@chichester.gowilk  Poster HERE

Saturday 20th February  Emsworth Hampshire Farmers' Market 11.00am - 12.00pm in South Street Car Park


Saturday 20th February Quiz Night in aid of St Wilfrid's Hospice  - Southbourne Village Hall at 6.30 for a 7.00 pm start. With Fish & Chips from Whistlers of Westbourne(bring sour own drink) Tickets £10 per person  from Hilary Gilson (01143)372137 . Details HERE


Monday 22nd February A Walk in the Woods  3.30pm &7.30pm AT EMSWORTH COMMUNITY CENTRE Tickets are just £5 per person (which includes refreshments) Film tickets are available in advance from Hallmark in the High Street or from the Community Centre office (Mon-Fri 10am to 12noon). Alternatively you can reserve your tickets and pay at the door by calling the Community Centre office on 01243 373805 or email us at ems.ca@btconnect.com.



Friday 26th February Westbourne History Series  'So you think you know the Pankhursts?': Autobiographical (mis)-readings of the Suffragette movement. Dr Maureen Wright, Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Research Associate & Associate Lecturer, University of Chichester.  Main Room, St John's Parish Hall, Westbourne 7.00pm - 10.00pm . Tickets, £30 for both lectures including light supper.Contact the Rectory for more information


Saturday 27th February 1ST SOUTHBOURNE SEA SCOUT GROUP QUIZ NIGHT 6.30prn at Sea Scout HQ Prinsted Tickets £10.00 each includes entry fee and, Caroline's Curry and welcome drink. Teams of 6 or join a table All are welcome to this very popular event Please buy your tickets early email: andy.burrovirs@osborne.co.uk Proceeds to South bourne Sea Scouts. Details HERE


 and to look forward to in the Spring................






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