Emsworth E-News March




Thanks to the Big Lottery People’s Project, local charity Community First has the chance to win £50,000 for its SILVER LININGS project to fight the loneliness that blights the lives of so many older people. They need YOU to vote for them so SILVER LININGS can help to make life better for older people living across Havant Borough.

In their flourishing partnership with ‘The Right to Work’, a Community Interest Company, Community First already provides an inspirational community café for older people in Emsworth with freshly cooked delicious lunches and brilliant table service all provided by people with learning disabilities. Many older people though need more than just a lunch no matter how delicious it is! They need to regularly spend 3 or 4 hours together, making friendships and having fun in order to stay happy and healthy. This is where SILVER LININGS comes in.

£50,000 will enable the SILVER LININGS project to build on this success and give older people that precious time together when they can enjoy a range of stimulating day activities indoors and out and about. Examples are dance, music, crafts, trips out and opportunities to learn new things that older people may never have had the chance to before – all designed to improve their health and wellbeing. SILVER LININGS is passionate about making a difference to older people to break the cycle of loneliness that can so easily lead to depression so that older people can start to look forwards again. These times can remind them that they are not alone and that happiness and better health is still theirs for the taking.


Wendy Shone, Silver Linings Coordinator said,
“We want to provide SILVER LININGS for as many older people as we can to encourage hope, fun and renewed joy in their lives. If we sound like idealists-guilty as charged! We at SILVER LININGS want to make all the difference in the world and make loneliness a thing of the past for as many people as we can support. A vote for us is a vote against loneliness and could help us to make that vital difference in Havant.”

All you have to do now is to vote for Silver Linings at: https://www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk/projects/region/meridian-west

Voting closes at noon on 13th March – Don’t delay, Vote today.


Costa gets green light to open coffee shop in Emsworth


Costa Coffee has been told it can open a new branch in Emsworth - Councillors voted unanimously to allow Costa Coffee to open in the former Barclays Bank in High Street, Emsworth.


Emsworth Business Association, Emsworth Residents’ Association and The Emsworth Forum had initially fought the plan, arguing it would harm the town’s independent character.

But they agreed not to object after Costa Coffee franchisee, Premier Coffee, offered to bring in a number of community features.

These include becoming a tourist information point, setting up a reading corner and supporting apprenticeships.  Premier will apply to join the Emsworth Business Association and make a contribution towards the town’s Christmas lights.

Last night, at The Plaza in Havant, councillors agreed there was no planning reason to refuse the coffee shop.  The agent for the developer, Simon Millett, said; ‘Costa Coffee would bring its own customer base and potentially other retailers into Emsworth.’ The meeting was told there had been 114 written objections and 27 letters in favour.

Councillor Rivka Creswell, speaking on behalf of Emsworth Cllr Brendan Gibb-Gray, told the planning committee: ‘The high street in order to survive needs to constantly change.’

Alistair Gibson, from the business association, told The News: ‘Ultimately it’s good news for Emsworth.

‘We have had a series of meetings with Premier Coffee and it would appear they do want to integrate into the community.

The News 26th February


England Coastal Path Consultation; South Hayling -East Head


Work is underway on the England Coast Path - a new long distance National Trail arou

nd the whole of England's coast which will give people the opportunity to access and enjoy some of our most diverse and stunning landscapes. Natural England are starting work on the stretch in your area and would like to invite you to one of their drop in sessions so that you can find out more and share your views on this exciting project.

Natural England recently started work to identify where the Coast Path between South Hayling and East Head (Chichester Harbour- see map) will be aligned and aim to open this stretch of the Coast Path in 2018. This will become part of a continuous coastal route in the area, joining up with the other stretches that are also currently being worked on between East Head and Shoreham and around Langstone Harbour.

There will be a full consultation with local interests during the development of the route. Please attend one of the public drop in sessions to learn more about this section of the England Coast Path and share your views.


You can find out more about the England Coast Path and progress in the rest of Sussex and Hampshire at  www.gov.uk/government/publications/england-coast-path-in-the-south-of-england  Contact the Coastal Access Team at southcoastalaccess@naturalengland.org.uk

A consultation meeting will be held at Emsworth Community Centre, North Street, PO10 7DD on 10th March 5.00pm - 7.30pm  this will consist of 1:2:1 discussions held throughout the evening between the times stated and you do not need to attend the whole drop in from the beginning.


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


Thursday 10th March RNLI Emsworth Branch AGM at the Emsworth Slipper Sailing Club at 7.00pm More HERE


Thursday 10th March England Coastal Path Consultation Meeting; South Hayling -East Head Emsworth Community Centre, North Street, PO10 7DD  5.00pm - 7.30pm  More HERE

Thursday 10th March RUNNING COURSES FOR EMSWORTH 6.30pm These 9 week running courses are ideal for those who have done no running at all, with an emphasis on having fun, socialising and making steps to being active. Courses cost £20 & run for 9 weeks for those age 18 and above. The course follows the NHS 'Couch to 5K Scheme'.Contact: Innovations Fitness 07800 683 367 topsy@innovationsfitness.co.uk 



Friday 11th March Alternative Therapy Evening at Tuppenny Barn 7pm Glass or wine, nibbles Take time to treat yourself Meet 12 practitioners in beauty and wellbeing and listen to the health benefrts of what they practise goody bag included with the ticket (£10)



Saturday 12th March Southbourne Primary Schools PTA TABLE TOP SALE 11am 1pm Southbourne Village Hall Free Entrance Refreshments available & Free Childrens Entertainment Come along and bag a bargain and support our fundraising To find out more or book a table contact Helen on 0779010 670 6 or helenshore57@hotmail.com

Saturday 12th  March Breabach 5-piece Scottish folk band with two Highland pipers touring nationally to promote their new album.  Emsworth Baptist Church 8pm

Monday 14th March The Lady in the Van 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.


Wednesday 16th March Emsworth Community Cycling Club Join us on our next family ride exploring the Billy Trail. This is a great opportunity to gain confidence on your bike and socialise with friends. 10-12noon. U13's must be accompanied by an adult. The ride starts from the Car park, North Hayling Halt, Havant Road, Hayling. Sign posted Hayling Billy path. To book your place on the ride or for more information please contact Andrew Chapman on Andrew.chapman@ctc.org.uk


Wednesday 20th March 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




Saturday 19th March Emsworth Hampshire Farmers' Market 11.00am - 12.00pm in South Street Car Park

Saturday 19 March Spring Crafts Emsworth Library Drop in between 9.30am & 12noon. Free Come and join us for fun crafts and colouring. Suitable for ages 4-8. Parents/carers to stay


Saturday 26th March to Monday 28th March (Easter Monday) Emsworth Art Group Easter Exhibition in the Lmley Room at Emsworth Community Centre.


Saturday 26 March Easter Crafts Drop in activity Emsworth Library Drop in between 9.30am & 12noon Come along and join us for free crafts and colouring. Parents/carers to stay.


Fiday 26th March Easter Treasure Hunt Southbourne Free Church How well to you know this area? If you are interested in joining us in the treasure hunt and win the hidden treasure  Details and an entry form from: contactus@southbournefreechurch.org.uk  Details HERE


Monday 28th March Song of the Sea 3.30pm  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.


 and to look forward to in April................







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