Emsworth E- News September 2014


Emsworth News


Proposed Removal of Emsworth Library to The Community Centre in North Street


It is proposed to move the library from its current central location in the Square  to the Emsworth Community Centre off North Street, a building owned by Hampshire County Council, which will help secure the future of the library in the longer term and contribute to savings required by the Library Service.


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



Emsworth Neighbourhood Forum Approved by Havant Borough Council

 On 23 July, Council approved the designation of the ‘Emsworth Forum’ and the proposed area as being appropriate, in accordance with the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations 2012.


This maeans that The Emsworth  Forum  is an approved Neighbourhood Forum under the Localism Act 2011, which brings together local residents and organisations to a neighbourhood Plan for the future development of Emsworth. The Forum aims to promote the social, economic and environmental well-being of the Emsworth Neighbourhood. Emsworth Forum will develop an Emsworth Neighbourhood Plan with the local Planning Authority, Havant Borough Council, which has been discussed and agreed with local people and organisations and will reflect our vision and aspirations. The Plan will be put to a Referendum of all registered electors in Emsworth and, once approved, will form part of the statutory planning guidelines that developers and the Planning Authority have to take into account when deciding on planning applications.






Lloyds Bank closes in Emsworth


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'.


 Coming up in September...........








and there's more in September...........







Thursday 11th September Charity Quiz Night in aid of The Rowans Hospice


 Monday 8th September Emsworth Community Association Film Club Orlando (PG) -Nobleman Orlando is commanded by Queen Elizabeth to stay forever young.

Films show on the second Monday of the month at 3.30pm and 7.30pm with the doors opening 30 minutes before. The film selection for Oct/Nov/Dec has yet to be confirmed.

Film tickets cost £5 and are available at Newsmag in Emsworth High Street or the Emsworth Community Association Office (Mon to Fri between 10 am and 12 noon)  Call (01243) 373805 or email ems.ca@btconnect.com  to reserve your ticket



Friday 12th September LOVE PUNCH CHIDHAM & HAMBROOK FILM SOCIETY  Set on the French Riviera Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson star as ex-husband and wife Richard and Kate. When Richard discovers he has been defrauded of his pension , the pair head off to Cannes, along with friends Jerry (Timothy Spall) and Penelope (Celia Imrie), on a heist adventure to pinch the $10 million diamond that this corporate thief is reportedly planning to give his fiancee. A great cast for this classic comedy caper.  All films shown in the Village Hall Licensed bar Doors open 7.30pm Film screens at 8pm Tickets: 01243 576580/574074 email: mailto:towers321@btinternet.com £5 members £6 non-members.


Saturday 13th September Emsworth Local Produce Market South Street Centre 10.00am-1.00pm www.emsworthlocalproducemarket.co.uk


Saturday 20th September Annual Pet Show 2 pm for 2:30 pm judging at Emsworth Community Centre  Members free All young people up to the age of 16 may enter their pets for the Show.
Non members £1.00 per pet Members free Rosettes and certificates will be awarded as prizes. Special award for the best pet as well as others prizes Entry forms available from Emsworth Hardware, Emsworth Community Centre, local schools and Pet's Corner, Wyevale Garden


Saturday 27th September Emsworth Craft and Gift Market 10:00am - 3.00pm  mynt Image are proud to present their market at Emsworth Methodist Church and Pastoral centre, International Hall.


Saturday 27th September - Sunday 19th October The third WemsFest Details HERE



Hurry !!!!! Special £5.00 offer ends tSunday 31st August !


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 give me a call or drop me an e-mail
Best wishes
Mark Ringwood
wemsfest@btinternet.com Telephone: 01243 378742









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