16th May



A dedicated parishioner has been honoured with a special medal for his 42 years of outstanding service. Peter Agius, 66, a parishioner at Ss Thomas' Roman Catholic Church, Emsworth is the recipient of a Diocesan Medal from the Bishop of Portsmouth, the Right Rev. Philip Egan. The award is given to those who have made a significant contribution to parish or diocesan life.

For 22 years Peter was the Roman Catholic representative on Christians Together In Emsworth. He recently stepped down from this role but continues to provide support. Having originally resided with the Worth Abbey Lay Community (now the Lay Community of St Benedict), newly married Peter moved to the parish in 1977.  Peter has been involved in a variety of different activities, all helping to strengthen the community. Peter has run the youth club and been a youth representative on the parish council. He was in charge of 100 teenagers at the Ninian Park Youth Rally for Pope John Paul II’s visit to the United Kingdom in May 1982. He  was also involved in the parish magazine, Mustard Seeds. 

At various times Peter has been a reader, confirmation catechist, and Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion  as well as organising the rotas for those ministries.  Following a Parish Talent Night in 2007 he joined the team of Cantors in Emsworth where he sings the Gregorian Chant instilled in him by the Benedictines of Downside and Worth Abbeys.  

Upon receiving his medal, Peter thanked Fr Leslie for the honour and the parish for their support over many years. Thanks were also given to some friends from Christians Together in Emsworth for being at mass on this special occasion, and for his daughter and grandchildren, who had travelled over from Brighton.

Parish Priest, Father Leslie Adams said: 'I'm delighted that Peter's long and faithful service to the community has been recognised. It's thanks to the hard work and commitment of people such as Peter that our churches continue to grow in both faith and number.'







7th May

Resident Expresses Concerns over Bridge Road Parking

I wish to express my concern at the new parking restrictions which seem to have been imposed without notice in the Bridge Road, Emsworth car park. This car park is used by many local residents to alleviate the parking issues in Victoria Road and Bridge Road. We live in Victoria Road and, rather than congest the parking in Victoria Road, my husband and son always park their cars in the Bridge Road car park. The new '24 hour' restriction raises many issues and questions which directly affect residents:

Does every car have to be removed within the 24 hour period? If so, this will adversely affect anyone working from home, anyone who uses another commuting method and leaves their car in the car park during the day and anyone going on holiday and not taking their car. This doesn't include any visitors who come for a weekend and leave their vehicles in the car park.
Is there a 'no-return-within' clause within this parking restriction? This is not made clear on the sign. Does this parking restriction apply 24/7 for 7 days a week? This is not made clear on the sign. How is this restriction going to be enforced? Will vehicles be photographed? If so, how will it be made clear whether a vehicle has moved but then returned to the same parking space?

If vehicles may no longer be left in this car park for more than 24 hours and may not return within a specified period, ALL of the local residents will be forced to leave their vehicles on the road. Clearly this will have a massive knock on effect on availability of local parking, which will most seriously affect parents with young children and older people. My 99 year old neighbour needs to be collected regularly and taken to the doctors, shops etc. - how far away will her drivers need to park? My friend over the road is a single mother with 2 young children - how far will she need to walk in order to safely get her children into the car? Another neighbour has a son with learning disabilities who is collected each day. How easy will it be for the minibus to park safely near his house? The list goes on.

It seems to me that this decision has been taken with no consideration for local residents and no thought as to the impact it will have on nearby roads. It is also extremely unclear as to the exact conditions of this car park. My husband and son have both received parking tickets today, while it is still unclear of the conditions under which this car park is operating. When I attempted to contact the e mail address given on the sign, it bounced back as undeliverable! I do hope this matter can be highlighted in the next issue of the Ems, or further investigations can take place.

Christine Ward 7th May 2019

7th May

Emsworth Town Centre Tree Trail Launched

Emsworth Town Centre Tree Trail, compiled by Emsworth Tree Wardens, is the first of a series of Tree Trails round Emsworth. The Tree Trail boasts at least 25 different trees plus a native hedgerow all within easy walking distance of the town centre. The Trail is published as a booklet with lots of colour photos, drawings and watercolours. It is on sale for only £3 at Bookends, Driftwood Café and Borland and Borland  Estate Agents, Brookfield Hotel, Driftwood café, Awareness, Medicine Garden and other outlets around the town. The proceeds from the sale of this booklet will be used to promote the trees of Emsworth.

 Find out more HERE

6th May 2019



25th April

Consultation on Submission Draft of the Emsworth Neighbourhood Plan

The Emsworth Forum hassubmitted the Neighbourhood Plan to the Borough Council. The Borough Council is obliged to run a six week consultation on that plan, before an independent examination of the plan, followed by a referendum in the local area. Comments on the plan are invited by 7 June 2019.  Any person wishing to make a comment on the Emsworth Neighbourhood Plan must do so no later than 7 June 2019 by writing to policy.design@havant.gov.uk or Planning Policy, Havant Borough Council, Civic Centre Road, Havant, PO9 2AX. All comments will be passed to the independent examiner to consider.


Some of the highlights of the Submission Draft of the Neighbourhood Plan are:

The Emsworth Neighbourhood Plan has been prepared by the Emsworth Forum, the qualifying body responsible for plan preparation. Contact for further information:

Chair: Stephanie Elsy | stephanie@stephelsy.net

Secretary: Mike Bateman | mikebateman20@gmail.com

The Emsworth Forum, c/o The Community Centre, North Street, Emsworth, PO10 7DD.


Further details and documentation can be found at: www.havant.gov.uk/planning-and-environment/planning-policy/neighbourhood-planning/emsworth-neighbourhood-planning

23rd April

Soldiers, Veterans and Residents mark St George’s Day in Emsworth


Now in its eleventh year Emsworth's celebration of St George's Day has become a favourite in the town's calendar.  Once again a large crowd packed the square and High Street to applaud the men and women of 16 Regiment RA, based on nearby Thorney Island and veterans from various conflicts going back 60 years, including Borneo and Malaya as they marched through the town to parade in the Square accompanied by children from Thorney Island Primary School.

Read the full report HERE


22nd April

The Friends of Nore Barn Woods are looking for members and volunteers

Are you looking for ways to enjoy the open air and help the environment?

Living as you do in the vicinity of the shoreline and the woods, and probably being regular walkers, why not become a FONBW member? Help support us in the work we are doing to preserve, maintain and enhance this very special and much loved coastline for the wildlife, both indigenous and during the annual migration, as well as for your enjoyment too.

Just one morning a month makes a difference!  Volunteers are the key to the work carried out in the woods — and we are actively looking for more to join us on our monthly workdays. We would love you and your family to become volunteers.  Without the workdays, Nore Barn Woods would be overrun by brambles, holly, ivy and nettles and the hedgerows would similarly be affected as would the wildlife because of the deterioration in the diversity of trees, shrubs and plants.

Our workdays are monthly, on the second Saturday of the month, meeting up at the shore end of Warblington Road at 9.30am. We finish about 12 noon.  FONBW is keen to give nature a chance to flourish and the clearance work is carefully managed to allow not only wildlife but also native wild flowers and trees to inhabit the woods unhindered by more invasive plants.

Our workdays are monthly, on the second Saturday of the month, meeting up at the shore end of Warblington Road at 9.30am. We finish about 12 noon. You may well have seen us with our wheelbarrows, forks, rakes and loppers!

This past year has seen much work being carried out improvements to the Wayfarers Walk hedge, clearing back brambles and planting saplings along part of the hedge to the west of the woods and latterly increasing the variety of planting on the south side, including some layering to create better protection of the woods from the seaward side.

 An increase in footfall from walkers has shown FONBW how vital it is to maintain the paths through and around the woods and alerting visitors, via the notice boards, to the importance of not disturbing the wildlife, particularly when the tide is out and the mudflats are alive with birds feeding.

The website gives more information keeping you up to date on FONBW work and containing photographs to illustrate how the woods are being cared for. Membership is £3 per household per annum and details on how to become a Friend of Nore Barn Woods is on the reverse of this introductory leaflet.

Website:     www.norebarnwoods.org.uk

Contact us at: infonorebarnwoods.orq.uk





20th April

Westbourne Christians walk with cross

Christians in Westbourne, near Emsworth, walked through the village on Good Friday with a large wooden cross.

The walk is a traditional annual event organised by St John the Baptist Church, Westbourne.

The rector of the church, the Rev Doye, said: "The walk is a great way for us to remember Jesus's journey to the place where he was crucified, and the sacrifice he made for us. We share the sadness of Good Friday and look forward to the joy and hope of the Resurrection on Easter Day."

Another tradition for the church is a dawn service on Easter Day, celebrating the Resurrection as the sun rises.

John Millard, Westbourne


16th April


The streets of Emsworth Town Centre will once again be alive with cheers of excitement and pride as the community of Emsworth celebrates St George’s Day on Tuesday 23rd April with its annual parade through the town centre, this time welcoming 20 (HQ) (Headquarters) Battery, 16 Regiment Royal Artillery.

The Battery will be accompanied on their march by Veterans from various conflicts going back 60 years, including Borneo and Malaya. Children from Thorney Island and Emsworth Primary School will also accompany the parade with the younger children and local residents lining the streets and waving their flags in support 

Approximately 50 soldiers from 20 (HQ) Battery will form up at The Lord Raglan pub, before making their way along the High Street towards St Peter’s Square. They will parade past the dais, loop round to the right along Spring Gardens and join Kings Terrace before coming back onto and along the High Street where the parade will then halt and be addressed by the Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Chris Colton and the Mayor of Havant, Councillor Peter Wade.

The Mayor and Commanding Officer will then step down from the dais to begin the presentation of the Emsworth Roses. The Vicar will address the parade, and this will then be followed by the National Anthem. This year there will also be a re-dedication of the Emsworth war memorial shelter and flag pole.  


 1st April

Westbourne Villagers launch campaign to save wildlife


Villagers in Westbourne, near Emsworth, have launched a campaign to save local wildlife habitats and the endangered creatures living in them. They are calling on residents to look out for wildlife, and then log their sightings online.  This could provide vital evidence that local green spaces should be preserved.  The focus of the campaign is an area of local countryside regarded by naturalists as a “wildlife corridor”, linking the South Downs National Park and the coast. The area includes most of Westbourne.  Chichester District Council is proposing to give the area special recognition, so it can be a haven where animals can move, migrate and thrive.

 Local environmental group Greening Westbourne is hoping its new campaign, called Westbourne Wildlife Watch, will provide evidence to support this move.  Greening Westbourne secretary Martin Yallop said: “Wildlife all over the UK is threatened by development, intensive farming, pollution and climate change.

“We’re trying to do our bit locally to make a difference.  We’re asking people to keep an eye out for animals when they’re out walking or in their gardens. If they spot something, they can use the iRecord website or app to log the sighting.

“It’s quick and easy, and if people struggle to identify what they’ve seen, there’s a lot of help and information in books and online.

“It’s important to report sightings because if there’s evidence that an area is home to important species, it has a better chance of being protected.

“Endangered creatures are the most crucial to report, but people can also log more common ones, as they’re under threat too. It’s a sad fact that many species that used to be common, like starlings and house sparrows, are now declining.”

For more information, residents can search iRecord online, go to www.brc.ac.uk/irecord/ or download the app. More information about the campaign, and how to identify animals, is available by searching Greening Westbourne or going to e-voice.org.uk/greening-westbourne/.


 29th March

WemsFest Emsworth Sun Fest 2019

We’re giving free sunflower seeds to every household in and around Emsworth. This is an enjoyable and colourful project that will help everyone to understand the importance of flowers to birds, bees, and our environment generally.It took a team of 8 people nearly 3 hours to pack 30,000 Sunflower seeds into envelopes ready for distribution  throughout the Emsworth area.

Why ?  Because the new project 'SunFest' has been initiated by the WemsFest arts organisation to add just not  an extra splash of floral colour but more importantly to help support, and understand the fragile infrastructure which birds and bees are so dependent upon.

All the pupils at infant and junior schools in the area are being supplied with a handful of seeds and the  remainder are being distributed to shops, residential areas, and pubs for free collection. There'll be a fun competition at this year's Emsworth Show on Monday 27 August but the message of the moment is for as many people as possible to 'get planting'!

More at:  www.wemsfest.com/news/2019-sunflower-plantnation-project/

Mark Millington-Ringwood

(WemsFest Artistic Director)

26th February

World Prayer Day in Emsworth Friday 1st March

Emsworth Methodist Church will be celebrating World Day of Prayer this Friday 1st March at 2.00pm. World Day of Prayer is an international, inter-church organisation which enables us to hear the thoughts of women from all parts of the world: their hopes, concerns and prayers. The preparation for the day is vast. An international committee is based in New York and there are national committees in each participating country. Regional conferences meet to consider the service and then local groups make their plans.

The Day of Prayer is celebrated in over 120 countries. It begins in Samoa and prayer in native languages travels throughout the world — through Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas before finishing in American Samoa some 38 hours later.


18th Februay


Market Banners Vandalized

Hampshire Farmers Markets are very proud to be able to sell their produce at Emsworth and as such feel we are adding to the success of the Town.

Each month we display banners at Emsworth ensuring that all the local people and any passing motorists see these so they are reminded that the market will be on that weekend.     We do pay a fee to Hampshire Highways to display the banners/boards and these banners are our property, it recently cost us over £300 to replace the banners ensuring that they were off a good quality and were the right image.

For the last two months these banners have been taken down and had the ties cut so they were not visible to the general public.

Hampshire Farmers Markets are no longer prepared to accept this and as such will be seeking advice from the Local Police since this is wanton damage to our property and as such will be seeking compensation of same.

If anyone in Emsworth sees or knows of anyone damaging our signs, Hampshire Farmers Market would be pleased to hear.

 Valerie Nicel Office Manager/Director
Hampshire Farmers' Markets Ltd.
T: 01420 588671
M: 07990845833


6th February

Emsworth Arts Trail Ready for Take Off


The annual Emsworth Arts Trail is set to scale new creative heights this year thanks to a record-breaking number of artists and groups taking part. Venues throughout the town will see a total of 107 participants exhibit during the last weekend in April and first in May.

“The Emsworth Arts Trail has certainly put the town on the map as a destination for art,” said Carol Price, the event’s chairman.   “Now in our 19th year, we have seen visitor numbers grow year on year and art lovers arriving from far and wide.”

So much so, last year’s event saw more than 87,000 visits recorded over the five days at 99 venues – an impressive increase from the 8,000 who went to 26 venues when records began in 2012.

“We like to think of ourselves as a community of artists, with new exhibitors always welcome, so we are delighted to have 26 talented new artists join us,” added Carol. It means there is always something new to surprise and fascinate - from both the new and established participants.”

Since the trail began in 2001, with just a handful of artists exhibiting in their home studios, the event has grown to include many local businesses and community venues. Artists and makers exhibit their work in local shops, halls, pubs, sailing clubs, home studios and pop up galleries; resulting in a creative and colourful voyage of discovery.

With the majority of venues located within a mile of the town centre, visitors often make a family day out of it by walking or cycling along the trail. Plus, with such a wide variety of work on show, there is something to interest everyone from painters, printmakers, photographers, textile artists, wood carvers and ceramicists to jewellers and sculptors. 


To preview the artists taking part, and plan your visit, see emsworthartstrail.org.uk

4th February

McCarthy & Stone Orchard House Emsworth Planning Application Withdrawn After Two year Battle by Residents

Following a two year battle to stop McCarthy & Stone building 25 retirement flats in Western Avenue, Emsworth, the 40 households affected by it have just found out that McCarthy & Stone PLC has withdrawn the planning application, despite it having been granted by Havant Borough Council in January 2018.

This represents a victory by local residents against a large, ruthless property developer who has forced through several developments in the area that in some cases have displaced businesses and put jobs at risk. Our sadness is that this victory comes too late for the other developments where McCarthy & Stone PLC has succeeded in getting planning permission granted despite widespread and significant opposition from both residents and Havant Borough Council.

Several factors have contributed towards this victory:-

1. Co-ordinated and unrelenting opposition by the 40 residents surrounding Orchard House, including threatening legal action.

2. McCarthy & Stone PLC unsuccessfully trying to bully Havant Borough Council in to reducing the Affordable Housing contribution set as a condition of the planning approval. McCarthy & Stone PLC had made a meagre offer of £285,000 against an expected value of the flats of £8.8m which HBC rightly rejected. A developer is expected to make a 30% contribution towards affordable housing.

3. In July 2018, McCarthy & Stone PLC tried to bribe Western Avenue residents into withdrawing their opposition with a £10k offer to each household which was rejected. Our solicitors determined that McCarthy & Stone had made this offer because they could not obtain completion indemnity insurance for the development.

McCarthy & Stone PLC Tactics

Ignore local resident’s concerns – McCarthy & Stone PLC make a mockery of the pre-planning consultation process, ignoring concerns about the size and ugliness of the design, drainage, parking and increased traffic.

Bully Councils into granting planning permission – McCarthy & Stone PLC has successfully bullied Havant Borough Council into granting at least 2 planning application by arguing that the out of date 2011 Local Plan indicated a shortfall of 11,000 houses should apply, despite the fact that this figure has been updated several times since then. The latest figures show that there is no shortfall.

This company has displayed a ruthless approach to the planning process in our area, building dwellings that we do not need. Proof of this is the Limegrove Development on Hayling Island that still has unsold flats 8 months after it was finished.


Graham Simmonds 4th February 2019



27th January

Volunteer Treasurer Wanted & Committee Members Wanted

The Emsworth Residents’ Association is seeking a Volunteer Treasurer. Previous experience of book keeping and the preparation of basic accounts is essential.

The job involves: basic book-keeping, bank reconciliation, producing and sending out invoices, credit control, liaising with Advertisement Manager, producing end of year accounts, producing and presenting financial reports for committee and public meetings.

The treasurer will become a member of the ERA committee and attend monthly meetings which are held on Monday evenings. Applicant should be a confident, highly numerate, well organised person with good administrative skills.

 This is a home based, volunteer position. It is estimated that the post will take up about 10 hours a month.


The Emsworth Residents’ Association (ERA) is also seeking new Committee Members.

Applicants should have a strong interest in the Emsworth area and preferably bring with them experience of IT/web design/social media or youth work. Applications from people with other areas of experience are also welcomed.

Committee members will be required to attend monthly meetings which are held on Monday evenings. Applicants should be confident, articulate, well organised, and have a real commitment to the Emsworth area.

If you are interested in this role contact: Theo Schofield, Chair, ERA Email: theoschofield@icloud.com


23rd January

Emsworth Comunity Association Premises freehold transfered to the Association's new Charitable Incorporated Organisation

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the Extra Ordinary Meeting at St. James' Church on Mon 21st Jan. We had over 140 people attend and Members voted unanimously for the proposals put forward by the Trustees, which were to: 

1.  Accept the offer from Hampshire County Council to transfer the title to the freehold of the land and premises.

2. Transfer over to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) and accept the new constitution.

3. Close down the existing unincorporated charity (269793).

ECA is now working towards a transfer date of 1st April for both the land and buildings and for the charitable status.

The Associationcontinue to have the same name but the charitable number will change to 1181509. Otherwise everything will look and feel the same to both Members and Users of Emsworth Community Centre.

Also at the Extra Ordinary Meeting a new Trustee was voted in, Ian Carroll, who will lead on all things Health and Safety.




23rd January

FREE CUT & STYLE at Headromance


Exciting stuff happening at Headromance in Havant.


‘These uber cute messages in a bottle contain a FREE CUT & STYLE with a Headromance stylist!

In celebration of the newly refurbished and rebranded salon, everyday next week they will be hiding 4 of these in surrounding towns, such as Hayling, Portsmouth, Southsea, Emsworth, Waterlooville.


Keep your eyes peeled on their daily Istagram & Facebook stories for clues


Starts Monday 28th Jan!’

3rd January

Emsworth Company  uses Local Botanicals in their Chichester Harbour Gin

Chichester Harbour Gin is a small batch hand crafted gin company based in Emsworth. Chichester Harbour Gin was founded and set up by two local friends - Paul and Martin. Paul has spent 30 years as a chef, saucier and flavour developer and Martin just wanted to make gin.  Paul and Martin grew up on the shores of Chichester Harbour, sailing, fishing and windsurfing, so are very passionate about the local area and have loved channelling this passion into developing Chichester Harbour Gin!

Chichester Harbour GIn uses local produce, such as bayleaf, seaweed and juniper, providing a unique small batch hand crafted gin which contains 15 botanicals.

It all began with a 2 litre table top still and local juniper berries from a small bush found on the South Downs. With this still many different recipes were tried over 18 months until Paul and Martin settled on the golden 15 botanicals and the distilling process which is used today!

Further information can be found on our website www.chichesterharbourgin.co.uk

31st December

Local clubs join forces to support their charity’s Big Give Christmas Challenge

At the end of 2018, local charity Brendoncare Clubs took part in The Big Give Christmas Challenge – the UK’s biggest online match funding campaign, which helps UK-registered charities raise funds for their cause. Brendoncare’s aim was to raise £20,000 in matched funds over a seven day period for their clubs service.

To support the charity’s efforts, one local club member, Chris Bailey – who attends Emsworth kurling club every Monday afternoon at the Emsworth Community Centre – suggested an inter-clubs competition between some local clubs as an ideal opportunity to bring clubs together. He suggested some fun, food and kurling, all to help raise money for Brendoncare’s Big Give challenge.

Liaising with Bill Tasker, club leader from Hillside & Wymering kurling club, Chris organised the competition between the two clubs with Hillside & Wymering bringing along a group of eight on the day. It was a real team effort with volunteers and members helping make lunch for 23 people, whilst donations were also given for the raffle, which included two delicious hampers from Brendoncare’s central office in Winchester.

The event was a great success raising a total of £206 for Brendoncare Clubs. Chris provided a crystal trophy to the winning pair, Pat Zyga & Gill Cooper from Emsworth Kurling Club, who also attend other Brendoncare clubs in the area.

Bill Tasker of Hillside & Wymering Kurling Club said, “Everyone said what a great afternoon they had. We’re very much looking forward to inviting Emsworth Kurling club to our venue soon for a re-match!”

More information about Brendoncare Clubs can be found on the charity’s website www.brendoncare.org.uk/clubs  or by telephoning 01962 857099.

19th December

Celebrating Emsworth Cottage Hospital as the preferred new home of the Emsworth Surgery

The people of Emsworth can, at last, celebrate plans for their cherished Cottage Hospital to become the new home of the local Doctors’ Surgery. For too many years the building has stood empty, but following extensive public pressure, consultations and negotiations the Emsworth medical practice is now set to move to the old hospital which will be fully refurbished for that purpose. It will take some time to confirm the NHS capital funding and to complete the work but at least the plans are now underway.

Hundreds of local people have put time and effort into achieving this result.  The local community has pulled together and made its voice heard on the matter.  The #Emsworth United campaign comprised all the major representative organisations in the town, Emsworth Forum, the Community Association, the Residents Association, the Community Land Trust as well as the Health Action Group. Together they convened the public meeting on August 22nd attended by over 450 Emsworth residents, and it was the size and strength of public feeling at this meeting that helped persuade the NHS Clinical Care Group (CCG) and the Doctors to reconsider the hospital site as a base for the surgery. 

Stephanie Elsy, Chair of Emsworth Forum, said: ‘This is a wonderful outcome and one that all the local organisations under the banner of #Emsworth United fought for when the NHS put the hospital site up for sale last July.  Strong community determination was shown at the well-attended meeting to fight for the hospital site to be retained.  It is an entirely fitting result that the Emsworth medical practice will aim, with the support NHS funding, to make the refurbished hospital its new home. We are very grateful to Lord Richards for Chairing the Emsworth United Steering Group and supporting our campaign and to the Doctors and SE Hampshire CCG for listening to us.

David Thomas, of Emsworth Health Action, added: ‘Throughout our campaign, it was obvious that more than a ‘replacement’ GP surgery was and is needed to meet the growing and changing pattern of healthcare demand facing Emsworth.  What was - and is - needed is a model with a strong GP service at the core of a range of integrated supporting healthcare and healthy living services. If that is all in new accessible facilities that will fundamentally improve the quality of our care through enabling teamwork and joined-up services.  This new model of care is being rolled out under the NHS’s Strategy. Emsworth will be in the vanguard of this change and it’s all due to real community engagement and mobilisation working in a ‘can do’ way with our local NHS.’

Chair of Emsworth Community Land Trust, Dwynwen Stepien, stated: ‘There is no doubt that the new use of the Cottage Hospital building as the surgery will be a popular decision. We are all delighted that this choice has been made and will continue to support everyone’s efforts to ensure that this time we will be rewarded by a new surgery in Emsworth. The Land Trust will continue to work hard to find other sites.  We shall pursue activities in order to bring community benefit and affordable homes to Emsworth.  The Hospital building is now in the right hands after a difficult period in limbo.

30th November

Southbourne Salon, Chandler & Hall, Recognised by the Good Salon Guide as a Five Star Salon

 The Good Salon Guide, the only independent guide to quality standards in hairdressing in the UK and Ireland, is delighted to announce that Chandler & Hall, Southbourne, Sussex was recently awarded recognition as a 5 Star Salon and Barbers.

The Good Salon Guide is the easiest and most reliable means of checking out the best salons in any area. Recognised salons are visited and objectively assessed by top industry professionals, giving potential clients confidence in their choice. Salons are regularly reassessed to ensure standards are maintained so membership is as good as a personal recommendation!

Gareth Penn, Managing Director of the Good Salon Guide, said: “I am delighted that Chandler & Hall has succeeded in reaching the standards required to become a member of the Good Salon Guide. Being in the Guide means a salon is among the best in the country which undoubtedly attracts new business and makes existing clients feel good. For salon owners, membership brings a whole host of free services including business advice, the chance to feature in our magazines and on-line media as well as great offers.”

Sam Hall, the salon owner of Chandler & Hall, added: “Being a member of the Good Salon Guide shows we are a fantastic salon in every way. It’s great not only for our clients, but for our team to know the salon has reached such high standards. It makes us all very excited about the future of our salon.”

23rd November

NHS reveals three options for the future of Emsworth Surgery

OPTIONS for a new surgery in Emsworth have been whittled down from nine to three. Residents in the town are being asked to weigh in on the trio in a survey before a business case for a future development is submitted by December 21.  The former Victoria Cottage Hospital in Emsworth. Picture: Alan Mak The existing Emsworth Surgery in North Street now has 13,000 people on its books despite being built to take on 2,000 patients. All three plans being put forward by GPs and the NHS propose a move away from the current site, and are as follows:  -

 1. Moving to a refurbished Emsworth Victoria Cottage Hospital (EVCH) site nearby and possibly retaining a branch practice at Westbourne, subject to affordability

2. Moving the surgery to a new replacement building on the site of the EVCH, with both existing buildings being demolished

 3. Moving to a new building at Redlands Grange, north of the railway line, with existing Emsworth and Westbourne surgeries being sold

To see two of the three plans inclusive of the EVCH is ‘promising’, campaigners have said, but action going forward ‘must be future-proof’.  David Thomas, spokesman for the Emsworth United campaign to save the EVCH, said: ‘The overwhelming community support is for the Victoria Cottage Hospital. It was built by the people of Emsworth, for Emsworth, and has a history of civic pride.’  He added: ‘The most important thing is that we do not get a boring replacement of the existing surgery. ‘What we get needs to be able to cope with growing demand and pressures from housing.’ 

Emsworth GP Dr Abu Chinwala previously said a 1.2mile move to Redlands Grange would benefit some residents but disadvantage others, with 8,500 of Emsworth Surgery’s patients living north of the railway line. But proposals put forward now are based on feedback from two public drop-in sessions earlier this month, as well as an ‘options workshop’ attended by community representatives and figures from the South Eastern Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

 QA Hospital says it is prepared for a better winter this year Sara Tiller, managing director of the CCG, said: ‘We are inviting people to comment through a new survey so this latest feedback can help inform the decision-making process. ‘The three preferred options now need to be fully costed and financially appraised, which we will do through a further workshop with community representatives. ‘The report on Emsworth Surgery’s preferred option must be submitted to NHS England by December 21 to release the necessary capital funding, so the timescales remain tight.’ Mr Thomas added: ‘It is absolutely crucial people engage with this survey, we are coming up to a crunch time.’ 

Physical copies of the options survey are available from the surgeries in Emsworth and Westbourne and must be returned to either site no later than 5pm on December 5. However, the deadline to complete the online survey – which is available here – is midnight on December 9. The CCG said the difference in deadlines is to give staff enough time to process physical responses.

The News 23rd December 2018

15th November

Locals attend drop-in to discuss Emsworth Surgery’s options for the future

MORE than 250 people attended a drop-in session to discuss the future of a town’s GP practice and the options being considered. The deadline is approaching for Emsworth residents to take part in an NHS survey on the future of their GP practice, which could see the relocation of the premises, currently at North Street.

About 300 copies of the survey were handed out to those who attended the public event at the Slipper Sailing Club. It lists the nine options being reviewed and asks people which ideas would be best for them and their family – and why.

Emsworth GP Dr William Denby said: ‘We would like to thank everyone who attended the drop-in, which we hope was informative. ‘From the feedback in the room, I think more people are now aware of not only the different options under consideration, but they have a greater understanding of the various issues which will need to be taken into consideration when a decision is taken on our preferred way forward.’

GP Partners at Emsworth Surgery are looking to possibly relocate to a new site to help meet the increasing health needs of a growing population and provide the best and most up-to-date facilities and services they can for their patients. The options include moving to a new site at Redlands Lane, moving in to a refurbished Emsworth Victoria Cottage Hospital, finding a new site, or remaining at their existing location.

An outline business case for the preferred option needs to be submitted to NHS England by December 21.

Sara Tiller, the managing director of NHS South Eastern Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: ‘We are listening to what people tell us. On Friday, we will start to evaluate the responses and feedback that we have had from the public so that it can help inform the decision-making process.’ People have until 12pm tomorrow (Friday) to complete the survey online, or hand in hard copies by no later than 5.30pm today (Thursday) at Emsworth Surgery, or its branch in Westbourne. The first drop-in session was in Westbourne last week.

The survey can be accessed at southeasternhampshire.ccg.nhs.uk, emsworthsurgery.co.uk or direct at  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/emsworthsurgery (The d survey closesat noon on Friday November 16th.)

The News 15th November 2018

13th November



2019 is Emsworth Sailing Club’s centenary, which makes it the oldest sailing club in Chichester Harbour

11 November 2018, Emsworth – Emsworth Sailing Club (ESC) formally launched its centenary celebrations and commemorations with a reception in the clubhouse on Bath Road.

More than 150 people attended the drinks reception and cake cutting, along with eight former Commodores of the club.  A special commemorative cake was cut by the longest serving club member, and the junior captains.

This marks the first of a series of activities both on and off the water, including a centenary regatta, a sailpast, a moonlight race, kayak and paddleboard fun events, an East Head family invasion, and for the landlubbers a beer and band festival, a centenary ball, vintage tea party, and a hard back history of the club.  In addition, a new range of centenary themed club clothing is being produced.

The juniors, who make up more than 20% of the membership, also have a full programme of fun events with an Emsworth millpond carnival, a swimming gala, crabbing competitions and a sail to and BBQ on Fowley Island.

The club, which has been at its current address since its formation, was founded by six members at the end of World War I and has grown in popularity and strength to its current membership of c.1,600.  It plays a major role in the life of this Hampshire fishing village and its iconic location holds fond memories for many generations of sailors.

The oldest sailing club on Chichester Harbour, ESC is a family oriented club with a thriving sailing and social community, with members drawn not just from the surrounding locality but attracting families from further afield, such as Surrey and London.

ESC is a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) affiliated club and has produced its fair share of Olympic contenders and national champions, currently counting more than 30 national or world titles from amongst the male, female and junior members since 2000 alone.  Indeed among its most famous scions are Admiral of the Fleet Lord Louis Mountbatten and the round the world yachtsman and record breaker, Sir Peter Blake.

Marking the launch, club Commodore, Michael Geary said:

“Emsworth Sailing Club has gone from strength to strength over many generations, and I am honoured to be leading the centenary celebrations on behalf of the members.

“It’s one of the great sailing clubs on the South Coast, with an enviable location and a passion to keep strong Britain’s connections with the sea.  We have a thriving sailing and social calendar, a full membership and a flourishing youth section to encourage the next generation. 

“We have a great many activities planned, from serious racing to fun for all the family and we are aiming to appeal across the board to as many members as possible.”

5th November

Busiest Week Ever for Community First Volunteer Service!


October saw the busiest week ever for Community First’s Employee Volunteering Scheme.

On the Monday, IBM ran a marketing workshop for local organisations with seven charities benefitting from their expertise in marketing including the use of social media. The seven staff from IBM volunteered their time out of their busy work schedule.

Wednesday saw St. John the Baptist School, Bishops Waltham, supported by a team from Peter Symonds College based in Winchester. Despite the rain, they enthusiastically took on various conservation work in the school grounds including clearing a large pond area.


A group from Pfizer, a large company based in Havant, enjoyed a sunny day on the Thursday volunteering for Friends of Brockhampton Millstream. This is a newly formed group aiming to clear and conserve the site and promote the history of the former Brockhampton Mill. Jozy a volunteer from Pfizer said, “This is not something I get to do often, so to be given the opportunity to get my hands dirty has made me feel very proud.”


Jenny Bishop from Friends of Brockhampton Millstream said, ”I have been very impressed at their commitment and work ethic, it has been a great help in the initial clearing of the start of the Solent way footpath, this will enable us to more easily maintain the area. We greatly appreciate the help from Community First and a special thank you to the employees of Pfizer who attacked their task with great gusto.”

At the end of the busy week, Lockheed Martin UK gave up their ‘off Friday’ (they work their 37.5 hours over 9 days) to spend some time at Hewitt’s Community café in Emsworth. Debbie Lyall from Hewitt’s wanted the volunteers to makeover their garden, and paint and decorate their large hall and toilets.

John Enfield from Lockheed explains, “I always make time to volunteer – it truly makes me feel good. It seems that we are all happy to take from community groups but not many give back, so I, along with the team here take the time to appreciate the facilities provided and the amazing people who volunteer full time. No amount of money gives us the same sense of satisfaction that volunteering does.” Debbie Lyall said, “Thank you so much to the team from Lockheed Martin, what they have achieved today has been remarkable. The help we have received from the volunteers has been invaluable.”

Community First would like to thank the volunteers, the various businesses and College, for giving up their time for such worthy causes. "As well as helping in the community we have enjoyed their company and value their continued support. If you would like to support a community project by volunteering either as an individual or as part of a team, please contact me rachel.taylor@cfirst.org.uk."

2nd November

Public drop-in sessions to discuss the future of Emsworth Surgery

Two drop-in sessions are to be held for the public this month to look at the options being considered for the future of Emsworth Surgery.

GP Partners at the surgery are looking to possibly relocate to a new site to ensure long-term sustainability and to help meet the increasing health needs of a growing population.

The options include moving to a new site at Redlands Lane, moving in to a refurbished Emsworth Victoria Cottage Hospital, finding a new site or remaining at their existing location, which is already too cramped to improve the services that the GPs want to offer their patients.

The two sessions are being held a week apart on:

·        Tuesday November 6, 5.30pm-7.30pm, Westbourne Parish Church (St John the Baptist’s Church), The Grove, PO10 8UL.

·        Tuesday November 13, 5.30pm-7.30pm, Slipper Sailing Club’s function room, The Quay, South Street, Emsworth, PO10 7EQ.

The drop-ins are part of an outline business case process that needs to be submitted to NHS England by December 21, 2018.

The information that will be provided at the drop-ins will be available on a dedicated Emsworth Surgery page on the NHS South Eastern Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group website, via its homepage - www.southeasternhampshireccg.nhs.uk. The dedicated page will include a link to a survey, which will go live on November 6, for people to share their views.

Emsworth GP Dr Abu Chinwala said: “These drop-in events will give residents the chance to hear and comment on the strategic case for change for the Emsworth Surgery and the long-list of options being considered.

“They will involve informal discussions around some display boards – rather than a formal presentation, and give visitors the chance to talk about the next steps with GPs and NHS representatives.

“People will be asked to complete a survey form in which they can give their views and this will be used to help inform the decision-making process.

“We want to hear people’s views. Public support for particular schemes will be a factor in the business case that Emsworth Surgery eventually puts forward to the NHS for consideration.

“But it is important to stress that many other important factors will also have to be considered, particularly whether the options are operationally or financial viable, can be delivered within the tight timescale available and fit in with both national and local NHS policy and commissioning plans for the future of primary care.”

The events are free, there is no need to book in advance, and visitors can attend or leave at any stage of the session.

Another Emsworth GP, Dr William Denby, said: “People who attend near the end of the sessions will receive the same information as those who are there at the start. But we would ask people in advance to be patient if attendee numbers are high. The venues available to us can only take limited numbers at a time.

2nd November

Historic Emsworth Residence for Sale

Indulge in a piece of Emsworth history and live in colonial style close to the village centre.

Available for the first time in over forty years, this superb, Grade II listed, family home offers an abundance of history, charm and character. Buillt in the late Georgian period in a colonial style, Seafield House offers spacious family accommodation, with attractive wood flooring, terraces and balconies. The ground floor features an elegant drawing room, together with an equally impressive dining room and family size kitchen breakfast room. In addition there is a ground floor shower room, a generous utility room and a wine cellar. A real feature is the attractive conservatory, continuing the colonial theme, complemented by an impressive timber wrap around veranda, with a verdigris copper roof. Ascending the curved staircase leads to an impressive landing, off which are three capacious double bedrooms featuring built in wardrobes and sash windows, together with a very spacious family bathroom. The landing also leads to a charming sewing room, which might also serve as a study, opening onto a balcony overlooking the gardens. Outside, the charming walled gardens offer seclusion and privacy, together with the added benefits of driveway parking, a covered car port and garden store.

Seafield House at the top of Warblington Road was originally a farmhouse, with its Sea Field farmland stretching down to the shore. The present building includes relics of the earlier property, identifiable internally by the stone flag floor and wide open stone fireplace in what is today Little Seafield.

The property was rebuilt in the early 19th century in 'Mughal' style, with bow walls and windows, wooden lattice and green copper-roofed veranda, and conservatory. The owner builder was returning Indian army officer Colonel James A�hmuty.

By the end of the 19th century it was owned by Noel Kinnell (d1927), civic leader, brewery owner and benefactor . His donation of the Town Millpond seawall promenade is commemorated in the plaque by the Slipper Mill (now ESSC). The town's annual fete used to be held in its garden until the 1950s.

Before the last war, the house was occupied by a well known local family, the Townsends. Requisitioned by the Navy during the war, it was occupied by Wrens. The Townsends sold the house and surrounding land in the 1970s, a local developer building a dozen houses around what became Kinnell Close. Threatened with demolition Seafield was rescued by (the late) Charles and Betty Smyth in 1977.

The property and its boundary wall are Grade II listed (List Entry Number: 1091624) and is being marketed by Emsworth Estate Agents, Henry Adams.

30th October

Green is the new Black in Fashion

For followers of fashion who also care about our planet, Tuppenny Barn’s Ethical Fashion Show on Friday 9th November couldn’t be more timely. Stacey Dooley’s recent investigation into fashion’s dirty secrets has highlighted the environmental damage caused by the clothing industry. Up to 15,000 litres of water used to grow the cotton for one pair of jeans… 300,000 tons of clothing dumped in UK landfill every year…

Now we know the impact, let’s start making changes to the way we shop for clothes.

For one evening only, Tuppenny Barn at Southbourne will be transformed into a fun boutique with a fashion catwalk show featuring ethical and sustainable clothing. It’s the perfect place to explore alternative ways to dress fashionably and with a clear conscience. Fashion brands will showcase contemporary, wearable clothes using ethically sourced materials such as Tencel, recycled polyester and merino wool, and organic cotton and linen. Some fabrics even started life as plastic bottles or seaweed!

“Ethical and sustainable fashion is a perfect fit with our ethos at Tuppenny Barn. We all need to become more conscious consumers so that the world’s natural resources are protected for future generations,” said Maggie Haynes, CEO at Tuppenny. 

The Tuppenny catwalk will be used to present brands such as Vildnis and Earthmonk, as well as giving ideas for stunning vintage outfits. And there will be a special discount on certain lines for people attending the show. Other stalls featured on the night will be Swap Shop (Transition Chichester), Clothkits, and Janice’s Pre-Loved.

 The compere for the evening will be Naomi Thompson of Southsea, whose love of alternative, thrift and secondhand clothing has led to her prominence as a blogger and writer of three Style Me Vintage books about sourcing and creating vintage looks.

Guests can browse and shop the clothing rails, be inspired by ideas to upcycle or re-invent and sit back and enjoy the catwalk action. There will also be a raffle with prizes on the night.

Further details and tickets at £10 each - which includes a glass of wine, can be obtained from the Tuppenny Barn website www.tuppennybarn.co.uk/events


27th October

Local Conservation Groups Concerned  that Local Green Spaces are Under Threat

Despite pressure from Environmental groups HBC appear to be pressing on with the Draft Local Plan 2036 without an updated Biodiversity Plan.

A short online survey has been produced to gauge the wider public view on the state of our local environment. The survey results will be presented at a public meeting in January when the Draft Local Plan will be voted on. To allow time to compile the results the survey will need to be completed by the end of the first week in December.

The survey is anonymous so apart from postal area they won’t know the identity of any participant.

Survey Introduction - From Havant Borough Environment Group

Havant Borough Environment Group Online Questionnaire is the joint venture of numerous cross-Borough volunteer conservation and residents groups. Our intention is to highlight resident’s priorities for their surroundings.

Few people can be unaffected by ever increasing alarms about the state of our environment; polluted air and water, Climate Change impacts, threats from extreme weather events, lack of green space and recreation space for a rising population and the rapid rise in endangered species make frequent headlines.

Here in Havant Borough, we need to focus on the particular local environment issues that need attention in the new Local Plan 2036

Please click on the link below to bring up the online survey so we can make sure Havant Borough Council can make appropriate and effective plans to address community concerns.


Your views and will be added to the data base and a report published and sent to Havant Council.

Readers of this article may also wish to consider why the field to the east of Westbourne Avenue and Westwood Close with its much used footpath connecting Emsworth with Westbourne is not included in Local Green Spaces in Havant Borough published by HBC in November 2017.

Organisations associated with this campaign include: Emsworlh Residents' Association, Hayling Island Residents' Association, Langstone Residents' Association, Langstone Village Association, Save Old Bedhampton, Warblinglon & Denvilles Residents' Association, West Bedhampton Residents' Association, Protect Our Green Spaces Group Friends Of The Earth (Hampshire) and Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (Hampshire).

11th October

Play inspired by Emsworth Oyster Industry debuts at The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre

Inspired by the rise and fall of Emsworth's oyster industry, Poisoned Beds written by Lucy Flannery and Greg Mosse will premiere at The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre on 1 November, the one day of the year that oysters can be harvested from Emsworth harbour.

The remains of the Emsworth oyster beds are still visible today for anyone who cares to walk along the foreshore of this picturesque harbour town. But the story behind the demise of the Emsworth oyster, and the people whose lives were so drastically affected, remains shrouded in confusion.

Getting to the bottom of the mystery surrounding the famous food poisoning of the Dean of Winchester is one of the motivations for local writer Lucy Flannery. Lucy co-wrote Poisoned Beds, which premieres at The Spring on November 1st. The date is no coincidence.

“Traditionally, it’s the one day of the year when permission is given by the harbour authority to harvest oysters,” said Lucy.

“It’s such a dramatic tale and an oft-cited one. But local people tend to know the odd detail about the Winchester banquet, not the whole story. Poisoned Beds fills in the gap.”

Lucy and her co-writer Greg Mosse, a Chichester resident who was less familiar with the sequence of events, got into a conversation about the famous banquet where Emsworth oysters did for the Dean.

“Talking about it, we realised what a gripping subject it is,” said Lucy. “Perfect for the theatre.”

The central character is a strong-willed Emsworth woman fighting for personal liberation against the backdrop of female suffrage and the Victorian oyster industry.

“Elizabeth Wells is an invented character, but her situation was not an uncommon one in late Victorian England,” said Lucy, who lives in Havant but is married to an “Emsworth boy”.

“Women like her were not unusual in Emsworth. A famous photograph from the time shows a formidable oyster woman in the doorway of an Emsworth shop.”

Mrs House sold oysters from her shop in South Street, Emsworth. She looks like a woman you mess with at your peril.

At its peak, the town harvested about 100,000 oysters a week from the waters of Chichester harbour and employed between 300 and 400 people, many of them women.

“Our focus was very much on events around 1900 up to the First World War,” said Lucy. “But there are resonances for modern audiences. Current concerns about plastics in our oceans echo outrage at the pollution of the harbour at the beginning of the 20th century. 

Lucy has an impressive CV, having written award-winning comedy for BBC Radio 4 and penned an array of shows for theatre and screen, including an episode of CBBC’s hit The Story of Tracy Beaker. She and Greg are collaborating with celebrated Havant musician John Gleadall, who has blended traditional music and catchy new compositions to accompany this story of female resilience.

The play is also followed by a post-show chat with international best-selling author Kate Mosse.

Poisoned Beds is at The Spring, on Thursday, November 1st, 7.30pm. For more information and to book your tickets, visit www.thespring.co.uk.

3rd October



The Friends continue to become involved in the health needs and wellbeing of residents in Emsworth and the surrounding community. With growing membership during the year, we have supported 20 organisations to the value of some £30,000. Our support spans all age groups, from young children with life limiting or threatening diseases, such as the Snowdrop Trust, young adults with learning difficulties, in this instance CHAOS Support, to people at the other end of life’s spectrum, for example Emsworth House and Malmsbury Lawn. Hopefully we fill in some of the gaps between all ages by supporting not only some of the well known hospice at home services, but also the lesser known organisations such as the Havant Talking Newspaper and the two local hospital transport groups. To some degree we are attempting to help integrate these organisations with our Health Directory, first published last year and launched at our Health Fair, and we have another planned for next year.

We are making a consolidated effort to upgrade the Friends’ garden over the next year, and are inviting members and non members to provide horticultural support in achieving these objectives. Our aim is to open the garden more often once improvements are made. The garden is used by many local organisations for their own events, and we hope with improvements made, this will attract more local involvement. One for everyone is the Christmas Fare event in the garden in conjunction with the Southbourne Lions on Saturday 15th December.

We are dragging ourselves into the digital age by launching the Friends’ sparkling new web site, with the considerable help and support of Mindworks, a local graphic design company based in Emsworth, and we hope to be up and running, and on line before the end of the year, a prospect the trustees are all excited about. This clearly will make our interfacing with our members, and the organisations we support, much more proactive.

The Friends are currently involved with other community groups over the future of the hospital site, and we are lending support to these initiatives.



20th September

IMAR are coming to Emsworth in October


Winners of BBC 2 Folk Awards 2018 Horizon Award and Mohsen Amini Winning Musician of The Year will be performing at Emsworth Baptist Church on Friday 19th October.


“Combining five outstanding instrumentalists from Scotland, Ireland, England and the Isle of Man, each with early roots in Irish music, their sound centres on a brilliantly melodious frontline of uilleann pipes, fiddle and concertina, and an essentially no-frills approach to trad-based material”  The Scotsman.


Imar are touring the UK in October, to promote the release of their 2nd studio album, Avalanche on 12th October.  Avalanche is Ímar’ second studio album and is like a turbo charged version of the first but with a vast range of dynamics, both moments of beauty and power. A strong album that is going to make for an incredible show on tour.


There are many reasons to be excited about the Glasgow-based five-piece Ímar – not least a line-up featuring current and former members of Manran, RURA, Talisk, Barrule, Cara & Mec Lir whose collectively crammed trophy-cabinet includes several BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and All-Britain/All-Ireland titles. By far the best and biggest reason, however, is how excited the band are themselves.


Two of the band are Manxmen – fiddler Tomás Callister and bouzouki ace Adam Rhodes.  Flautist and whistle player Ryan Murphy is from Ireland.   Bodhrán player Adam Brown, hails from Suffolk. Concertina player Mohsen Amini, is from Glasgow.


 “We all have a really strong shared background in Irish music – even though we all live in Glasgow and only Ryan’s actually from Ireland,” Brown says. These foundations underpin many of Ímar’s distinctive qualities, in both instrumentation and material, while also highlighting the cyclical evolution of Scotland’s wider folk scene. Go back a couple of decades or so, and Irish repertoire still predominated at many Scottish sessions and gigs, whereas today Ímar’s sound stands out boldly from the crowd.


“You won’t often hear anyone in Glasgow playing slides and polkas”

Besides being an Anglo-Iranian Scot playing Irish music on the concertina, BBC Radio 2 Musician Of The Year Award Winner, Mohsen Amini is also surely unique, among that instrument’s exponents, in citing the contemporary classical pianist/composer Ludovico Einaudi and celebrated film composer Hans Zimmer among his key musical influences. As this suggests, he has built on his traditional roots to develop a strikingly individual style, blending elements of Scottish, Irish and Breton music.


“it’s great having no fixed parameters – we’re just seeing what happens”

It’s this combined commonality and diversity of background and influences that fuels Ímar’s unmistakable synergy, centered on the overlapping cultural heritage between Scotland, Ireland and the Isle of Man. All three places once shared the same Gaelic language  – the name Ímar comes from a 9th-century king who reigned across this combined territory –  and a similar kinship endures between their musical traditions.


“there’s also an infectious, raw boisterousness and spontaneity in the playing – and a winning informality in the presentation”. The Herald

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13th September

Residents Cycle Around The Globe!


On 10th September a mental health awareness event took place at Leigh Park Community Centre with over 150 people attending. Local people were invited to the Positive Living Event to find out about what services are available for people with mental health issues in the Havant area. Twenty agencies were represented, including Citizens Advice, Bereavement Centre, Mind, Parkway, Off the Record, Community First Youth and Training Teams, Chrysalis, Orion Centre, iTalk, SDAS, Making Space, Samaritans, Recovery College, Hollybank, Richmond Fellowship and Biscoes Solicitors.

The Positive Living event took place on World Suicide Prevention Day, helping to raise awareness about mental health and what services are available. A person dies every 40 seconds by suicide and up to 25 times as many again make a suicide attempt. At the event there was an exercise bike with attendees taking it in turns to cycle as many kilometres as they could. The challenge was to cycle 100km which would be added towards the global number of kilometres people were cycling on the same day around the world at similar events. One person at the event stated “I wanted to attend the mental health day to find out about what help I can get for my 23 year old son, who has depression. I have met many mental health providers and got some really useful information and now feel more confident about helping my son with his recovery. I also had a go on the exercise bike and cycled 5k!”.

The event was organised by Community First’s Positive Pathways Big Lottery Funded Project, an initiative that supports people in the Havant area to volunteer in the community. Ina Allum, the Positive Pathways Coordinator said “we had a fantastic day with great support from local agencies, with the Deputy Mayor of Havant, Cllr Diana Patrick and Tim Houghton, Chief Executive of Community First, opening the event. Cllr Patrick also had a go on the exercise bike, contributing to the 100k achieved by the attendees. I would like to thank all the agencies and local residents that came along to support this event and hope that if just one person got the information they need to help them on their mental health journey, then it was a great success”.

12th September

New Community Land Trust continues to pressurise decision makers on the Emsworth Cottage Hospital site


Emsworth Community Land Trust (EmsworthCLT) was one of the organisations invited to joint local MP, Alan Mak, who chaired a meeting of local community organisations, the NHS, the local surgery and representatives from Havant Borough Council including the Emsworth Councillors, to discuss the future of the Cottage Hospital site.

The Community Land Trust’s Chair, Dwynwen Stepien said: ‘The MP’s private meeting in early September was a vital follow-up to the public meeting in Emsworth in August.  At the earlier public meeting more than 300 local residents signed up on the spot to join the Emsworth CLT.  That shows the strength of concern about the site expressed in the town.  People want to see the Cottage Hospital building used for health-related community purposes.  Everyone hopes the doctors will consider this location for a new surgery and modern health centre, but if that fails the Emsworth CLT can work with a housing association to come up with plans to develop the site with a mixture of truly affordable apartments and, importantly, community space on the ground floor that will be at least partly related to health and well-being.  MP Alan Mak’s involvement and his meeting in September should help drive an outcome that is in the interest of the community.”

The fact is that the original Emsworth Victoria Cottage Hospital was built in 1897 only because local people raised the money for the building and running of the hospital.  It was taken over by the NHS in 1948 and then gradually closed in recent years.  About five years ago it was transferred to the NHS Property Company so that they could sell it off.  It would be wholly against the on-going community views if the building were sold at a massive price then expensive flats were built. That would be regarded as an insult to the history of the building and to local residents who regard the site as the property of Emsworth people.

Chairman of Emsworth Business Association, Giles Babb said: “It is in the interest of all Emsworth that the hospital site is kept for community health.  If we lose the doctors and the hospital site becomes the site of expensive flats or second homes, it will mean that the High Street will become less and less viable for vibrant businesses.  We lost the banks, but we should fight for the site of the hospital to become preferably the surgery or if not a health-related community building.  That will help bring people in to the town centre regularly and keep it working.”

Dwynwen Stepien, Chair of the Emsworth Community Land Trust added: “We shall continue to work flat out to ensure that the very best use of this site is achieved.   We have worked with all the other local organisations and achieved a small measure of success in getting the NHS to take our Hospital site off the market. Now we need to keep the pressure on the decision-makers to ensure that this vital site is never snatched from the local community by a profit-hungry developer.”









10th September

Emsworth's 3rd Beer, Cider, and Wine Festival 28th-30th September has 30 ales on tap including several national winners at this year's CAMRA Great British Beer Festival.


Organiser Mark Ringwood said, "We're delighted that among the beers on offer we've the winners of the Bitter, Best Bitter, Golden Ale, and Barley Wines/Strong Old Ales on offer.  It means that we've had to trawl as far afield as Orkney, North Shields, Shrewsbury, and Lowestoft.  In addition we've the runners-up in the Overall Champion Beer of Britain, and the Strong Beer categories, along with an excellent representation of small breweries in our own region."


The Festival has moved into the larger but more atmospheric Assembly Hall in the Community Centre and starts at 6pm with sessions on the Friday and Saturday nights until 10.30pm, and a whole-day session on Saturday starting at 11am.  Tickets for these sessions are £10pp which includes a souvenir glass, programme, and drink tokens and are  available from Bookends (Emsworth) and www.wegottickets.com.  On Sunday, if there's any beer left, the session  runs 12noon-4pm and admission is free.


Locally-sourced ciders, organic apple juice, wines and gins will also be available.  Live music each night includes Old  Owens Band on Friday night.


23rd August

Help save our hospital site Emsworth United  First  Public Meeting  August 22nd 2018

 The first Meeting of #Emsworth United held at the Baptist Church on Wednesday 22nd August proved to be a huge success with an estimated 400+ residents in attendance (representing nearly 10% of households in the town) together with local organisations and Borough councillors.


Chaired and introduced by Stephanie Elsy (Chair of the Emsworth Forum) the following representatives gave a summary of the current and changing position:

  • Dwynwen Stepien  (Emsworth Community Land Trust)
    Sara Tiller  (CCG's director of developent)

  • Dr William Denby (Emsworth Surgery)

  • Mr David Thomas (Emsworth Health Action)

  • Councillor Richard Kennett (Ward Councillor)

  • Councillor Tim Pike (Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Lead for Finance and Regeneration)

A full full report of the meeting can be found HERE but in summary the key points made at the meeting were:


·        The Hospital site was no longer for sale but would be retained by the NHS until its future as a possible location for the Emsworth Surgery could be determined

·        That the possible use of the site by the Emsworth Community Land Trust for community space with affordable apartments was a good fit to the Borough's Local Plan

·        The Emsworth Community Land Trust was explained and launched with  250 of the attendees joining the organisation at the close of the meeting.

·        There was overwhelming support from the community that the best use of the site would be fro a new Emsworth Surgery together with related health service facilities and other community uses.

·        The meeting supported the view that the hospital  site should remain as a community asset and never be sold to developers.



Photos:John Tweddell



15th August

Chichester Harbour AONB Management Plan to be Updated

Chichester Harbour Conservancy has a duty to prepare an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Management Plan as the framework for the delivery of the statutory purposes and duty. The Management Plan is the single most important document for the AONB, setting out the guiding principles, Vision, objectives and actions for managing the area for 5 years at a time.  Chichester Harbour Conservancy prepare the Management Plan and it is for everyone with an interest in Chichester Harbour. The current Plan in place is the Chichester Harbour Management Plan 2014-19 but will soon be replaced by an updated Plan.

Chichester Harbour Management Plan 2019-24 - Consultation now open

Preparation of the Chichester Harbour Management Plan 2019-24 is currently underway and a Consultation Document is now available for review and comments.

Looking after Chichester Harbour is vitally important. The 29 square miles of landscape has a delicate balance of interests, from internationally important habitats and species, to a long and proud history of sailing and boat building. With 10,585 residents and an estimated 1.5 million visitors every year, it is essential to have a Management Plan that is fit for now and the future.

Our new Plan needs to provide a clear way forward to achieve our new Vision to 2050. The Plan is more than just the work of Chichester Harbour Conservancy; it is for everyone, so it needs to continue to reflect the views of partners, residents, visitors, businesses and all other stakeholders. This consultation is your opportunity to have your say.  For your convenience we have also prepared a summary of the changes proposed compared to the current Plan.  The facts and figures in the Plan were taken from the recently prepared State of the AONB report.

This document sets out the big issues all partners will seek to tackle in the next five years. This new Management Plan incorporates a series of actions to direct the way it is delivered. The Conservancy is also consulting on its 18 new Planning Principles, developed since the last Management Plan, which have helped to guide the Conservancy’s approach to development applications.  

Please take this opportunity to help shape the next Chichester Harbour Management Plan (2019-2024) by reading the Consultation Document and the summary of changes. You can comment by completing the online consultation response, or by emailing, telephoning or writing to the AONB Manager - details below.

Richard Austin
AONB Manager
Chichester Harbour Conservancy, Harbour Office, Itchenor, West Sussex, PO20 7AW.

01243 510982

Online consultation reponse

All responses must be submitted by 0900 on 15 October 2018

13th August


Tint Hair Lounge opened its doors on 7th August in West Street, Emsworth offering a truly innovative service in customer and environmental care.  

A salon with a big heart, Tint Hair Lounge focuses on understanding the customer along with their ethos of low environmental impact. This is the first truly ethical salon in the area featuring sustainable and eco friendly products. Tint has embraced sustainable beauty by stocking the full range of award winning Italian brand Davines offering vegan, cruelty free shampoos and hair colour. Tint’s sustainable business extends through to recyclable towels, biodegradable plastics, ecological dryers and earth friendly aircon.

Award-winning Peter Gibbs and Sarah Elliott are the duo behind the inspiration for Tint, bringing their expertise as hair stylists and colourists and their passion for hair, health and vitality to Emsworth. It’s a community they know and love having met training in Hayling Island over 10 years ago, working in different salons across the region, before coming together to create a vision for customer experience and a conscious business.

Leading the way for the future of small businesses Tint is making a big impact on the clients overall experience, at the same time reducing its carbon footprint with biodegradable, sustainable and recyclable products. “We wanted to create the experience for the customer where they feel like their sitting in their own lounge. It’s relaxed, fun and colourful with super talented stylists who truly listen and care about each client. Our environmental impact and our community is an extension of how we care. Tint hair lounge is where eco meets elegance.” says Peter Gibbs.

New customers are being welcomed to Tint with an exciting offer of a free £10 gift voucher for new clients with every cutting and/or stylist service. This offer runs until 30th November 2018. Call to book on 01243 941542

Tint Hair Lounge is open and ready to welcome new customers at 8 West Street, Emsworth, PO10 7DY. They can be found on Facebook @tinthairlounge  and Instagram @tint_hair_lounge


7th August

Calls to defer Emsworth homes plan to Environment Agency amid ‘horrifying’ flood and nature risks 

CAMPAIGNERS have called for a planning application to be deferred to the Environment Agency amid fears a development could lead to flooding. 

Residents have said Hampshire Homes’ plans for 46 homes east of Westwood Close, in Emsworth, could ‘pose a serious threat’ to the local water table after they were lodged with Havant Borough Council (HBC).  The build is pencilled for flood zone one land close to the River Ems – which according to the Environment Agency has less than a 0.1 per cent chance of flooding.  However, areas surrounding the site fall into flood zones two and three – which face a one per cent chance or greater of flooding from rivers in any given year. 

Chairman of Havant Friends of the Earth, Ray Cobbett, says the proposals must be deferred so a development’s full, potential impact on the River Ems can be assessed. 
‘The potential consequences of dumping two acres of concrete beside the river are too horrifying to imagine,’ he said.

‘Apart from raising the water table to affect surrounding land there is the impact of pollution and its effect on the Brook Meadow Nature Reserve downstream of the housing site.’ 

The July application came in the same month the National Planning Policy Framework was updated to encourage development only where it will ‘enhance’ the environment.  Mr Cobbett – along with Westwood Close resident Rosie Lefevre – both believe this proposal would fail to do that. 
‘We know homes are needed, but we don’t believe this site can take it,’ Rosie said.  ‘This land is not ploughed and it does flood – it’s a sponge. And I worry the developers are not aware of exactly what can happen there.’ 

Despite fears, property consultant Bryan Jezeph, on behalf of Hampshire Homes, said he believes there is ‘no issue with flooding’ and the revised NPPF ‘has not changed anything in respect of development’.  On the notion of an application referral, a spokesperson for HBC said it has consulted with 35 organisations on the plans – including  ecologists, the Environment Agency and Natural England.  It confirmed the plans would be assessed against the NPPF in its entirety and residents can comment on the application by August 22, by visiting bit.ly/2OH8NFM

The News 6th August 

3rd August

Warblington Seawall Repairs

Coastal maintenance works are about to begin to repair sections of damaged seawall within Chichester Harbour at Warblington, Havant. The works will commence on 1st August 2018, and will last for a period of 2-3 weeks. The repairs will be carried out by our Contractor, Graham Attrill Civil Engineering Ltd, from the Isle of Wight.

Annual structure condition surveys carried out by the ESCP Survey Team, have previously identified damage to the vertical concrete seawall. The structure consists of an internal concrete seawall, covered with a reinforced sprayed concrete surface. In several locations the sprayed concrete has become detached and is lying on the foreshore.

There are six areas along the length of wall which have been damaged in this way. These sections will be repaired to protect the internal structure from erosion. To carry out these repairs we will be using an innovative material called Concrete Canvas. This material has been used in coastal schemes along the south coast of England, although this is the first time it has been used by Havant Borough Council. The canvas material is delivered to site as rolls of fabric with a fibre matrix embedded within. It is then cut to length before being draped over the full height of the wall, allowing the fabric to follow the natural contours of the surface beneath (in this case, the internal concrete seawall). Once in place, the fabric is sprayed with freshwater to activate the concrete fibres which form an impermeable, energy absorbing concrete casing to the structure.

A small temporary compound will be set up in the field opposite St. Thomas a Beckett Church, following agreement with Warblington Castle Farm. There will be no impact on the public footpath at this location, however you may see some information signs installed around the area. These signs are to explain the works being carried out around the foreshore area and advising that access between Langstone and Nore Barn Woods should be carried out along the Solent Way rather than the foreshore.

Works on site will take place between 7am and 7pm, Monday to Friday. Any variation to this will be determined by the tide, and will be agreed between the Contractor and Havant Borough Council.

Updates will be provided via this webpage, and through a press release once the works are completed.

Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership

27th July

Emsworth United

Help save our Emsworth hospital site – public meeting on August 22nd

Emsworth Victoria Cottage Hospital, the vandalised empty building opposite the new Baptist Church,  suddenly went up for sale on July 25 2018 by the property arm of the NHS. As the building was originally given by the people of Emsworth to the NHS the popular view is that it should be given back to the community so that it can be at least part used for community use

This centrally located, iconic site could be redeveloped by a local trust, to provide additio­nal community facilities as well as affordable new homes.  The first public meeting will take place in the Baptist church on Wednesday August 22 at 6.30pm

A campaign – EMSWORTH UNITED - has been launched today to support the redevelopment of the hospital site by the Emsworth Community Land Trust who will work with the local community to decide the exact use of the site. The NHS could gift this site to the people of Emsworth once they establish that it will be used for local benefit. Will you join the campaign EMSWORTH UNITED to help influence the NHS decision

Elsewhere in the UK (Lyndhurst and Southwold) NHS buildings have been returned to the community, at no, or low, cost, provided that a local group takes on responsibility for developing and running them. Let’s get Emsworth people working together to achieve something similar. The first step is to have a public information meeting and question NHS Property Company on their strategy.  Please come along on Wednesday August 22 2018 at 6.30pm

Website:   emsworthclt.org.uk  for up to date information  

Email: emsworthclt1@google.com

25th July

Emsworth Car Parking Charges set to Rise

 Car parking charges throughout the borough will be increased next month.  Once again the council has failed to recognise the impact that these rise have on local businesses, residents and visitors alike.

Increased car parking charges in Emsworth, and other areas of Havant Borough, are damaging to business and to our local community. They exacerbate the problems of parking around local streets, motorists queuing for on-street parking spots and residents being reluctant to visit Emsworth for leisure and to shop. Ironically, they also tend to reduce the revenue raised as motorists avoid using the car parks.

It is noticeable that empty shops seem to have become a permanent feature of the town centre and increased parking charges will only exacerbate the problem at a time when local business are facing a host  of other problems such as decreasing footfall in the town centre and Increased rents and overheads. 

The increased charges are:

Palmers Road  Increase: Up to one hour, from 80p to £1  Increase: Up to two hours, from £1.50 to £1.90  Change: Up to five hours / £2.50 TO, up to four hours / £3 Change: Over five hours / £3 TO, over four hours /

North Street  Increase: Up to one hour, from 80p to £1  Increase: Up to two hours, from £1.50 to £1.90  Change: Up to five hours / £2.50, TO up to four hours / £3

South Street  Increase: Up to one hour, from 90p to £1  Change: Up to three hours / £1.80, TO up to two hours / £2 Change: Up to four hours / £2.50, TO up to three hours / £2.40  Change: £1 for any stay TO up to four hours / £3.20. 

Councillor Narinda Bains, cabinet lead for neighbourhoods, safety and enforcement said new money made will go back into the sites.  She said,

‘The parking charges throughout the borough have not increased in five years, since we last undertook a reviewed in 2013.  Any extra revenue from this review will be put back into the parking service to maintain car parks.’

 One visitor to Emsworth said,
' I visit this area at times during the year, and am very unhappy to  learn of  these increased charges. The increases are a great mistake for everyone in this lovely area',

and the view of a local resident,  

'The viability of this small town of Emsworth is at risk when shoppers are dissuaded from coming here because of the high parking charges


20th July

Royal Mail confirm Emsworth delivery office closure date

 ROYAL Mail has confirmed the closure date of its Emsworth delivery office – operations at which will then be relocated to Havant. This follows discussions with the Communication Workers Union (CWU) and office workers, and Royal Mail said there will be no impact on mail deliveries to customers, who will continue to be served by the same postmen and women. The Monday, August 20 closure means that if undelivered mail needs to be collected, residents would have to go to Havant rather than Emsworth, unless it is left with a neighbour.

Councillor Richard Kennett, who represents Emsworth on Havant Borough Council, said this is a ‘real shame’ for those who can’t travel easily and/or have mobility issues. He said: ‘The delivery office has been under threat for some time. ‘The closure is a real loss for residents who will have difficulty getting to Havant, despite Royal Mail describing it as a ‘relocation’.

Royal Mail said the move is part of its ongoing transformation to increase the efficiency of its operations and provide delivery offices that are fit for purpose. Detailed planning is now underway ‘to help ensure a smooth transition for operations, people and the service provided to customers’. Residents will continue to be served by the same postmen and women and there will be no job losses as a result of the closure. If customers have to collect mail because they were not at home when an attempted delivery was made, they will have to do this from the customer service point at the Havant delivery office. Royal Mail said it is open considerably longer than the office at Emsworth, including until 8am on Wednesdays and between 11am and 3pm on Sundays. Royal Mail can also leave mail items with a neighbour if customers are not at home, apart from special delivery items annd inbound international ones that require a signature. Customers can nominate a dedicated neighbour to take in their parcels by filling in a form at their delivery office. They can also arrange a redelivery free of charge on a day that is convenient for them (including Saturdays), or Royal Mail can deliver the item to a different address within the same postcode area. This service can be arranged by calling the number on the ‘Something for You’ card left or by visiting royalmail.com/redelivery.

The News 20th July

9th  July

Emsworth Surgery Move to Redlands Grange Site in Jeopardy?

The developers of this site, Bellway Homes and Bloor Homes, who initially gave an undertaking in their original planning application to set aside a portion of the land for a future new doctors surgery and pharmacy are seeking to withdraw from this agreement. The developpers position Is that: "the obligation to deliver the above Community Facilities is unreasonable and there Is not any valid reason to require this In planning terms. In support of this position, it Is noted that the obligation is not supported by any planning policy that applied at the time the outline application was determined,"

 As the Emsworth Doctors have not committed themselves to developing a new surgery on this site the agent for the developer has submitted three new applications for potential alternative usesand has applied tovary this agreement:

APP/18/00121:Variation of Section 106 Agreement dated 12 May 2011 associated with 10/74014/000, to extend the period to procure that the Community Facilities (doctors surgery and pharmacy) on the community facilities land for a further two years until 1st December 2019

If agreed this will effectively prevent the Emsworth Doctor committing themselves to the building of the new sugary at Rdlands Grange.

At this stage it is not entirely clear what the developers proposed alternative uses of the site might be although it is thought that one might be the construction of a children's' nursery.

The HBC Development Management Committee meets tomorrow to discuss and decide on these applications in the Hurstwood Room, Public Service Plaza at 5.00pm. Details of this meeting can be found at:  http://havant.moderngov.co.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CommitteeId=127&CF=&MeetingId=10599&Ver=4  The public are invited to attend.

8th July

Emsworth Museum Local History Walks

Details of forthcoming walks are now avilable. Details can be viewes HERE

29th June


Local Business Fights the Rising Tide of Plastic


Almost a year ago to the day Lockheed Martin UK embarked on a beach clean at The Oyster Beds, Hayling Island. On the 18th May this year, the firm returned for another dose of fresh air, community spirit and a sense of accomplishment along with the Friends of Langstone Harbour.

The Friends of Langstone Harbour are a conservation group promoting interest in the harbour and working to improve the area for local people and wildlife. They welcomed the help from Lockheed Martin to keep the shoreline clean and litter free, particularly as plastic in our oceans is currently such a hot topic.

A lot of the plastic from on-the-go food and drink packaging gets broken down in the sea and is often mistaken for food by fish and birds. Regular beach cleans are a great way for groups to get together as a team whilst helping their local community.

Lockheed Martin UK, based at Havant, regularly take part in volunteering activities organised by Community First and over the past few years have helped many local charities and organisations. Mark Ralphson, a director at the company, is pleased to be out working with Community First on local projects. He said, “The beach clean is always a great event, all be it we are surprised at the amount of plastic and general litter we find. It is a gentle reminder to all of us to dispose of our waste responsibly both as individuals and as Lockheed Martin.”


John Worley from the Friends of Langstone Harbour said, “We have had a lovely day with Lockheed Martin, Hayling has never been cleaner. It has been a privilege to be out with such a hard working and cheerful group of people.”

Without the support of local businesses, many charity and community groups would struggle. For more information about how you can get involved with the employee volunteering scheme contact Rachel Taylor at Rachel.taylor@cfirst.org.uk or telephone 0300 500 8085 ext.9724.

Communities First Wessex

19th June

Emsworth patients back call for town centre surgery




HUNDREDS of people have backed a campaign to keep a GP in their town centre.

Havant MP Alan Mak has earned the support of Emsworth residents with a petition calling for a new satellite surgery in the town centre, if its current practice moves. It comes amid long-standing plans to relocate Emsworth Surgery, in North Street, to a new centre in the north of the town, at Redlands Grange.

No decision has been made, but Mr Mak is urging residents to have their say before doctors begin final talks on the move in the coming months. The Conservative, who launched the petition in April, said:
‘Thank you to everyone who has backed me in my community campaign so far. Over the coming months I’ll be continuing to put pressure on the doctors and ensure that the option for an ongoing presence in the town centre is fully explored. I encourage everyone who has not yet done so to sign my petition – the more people that sign-up the stronger the message that we can send to the doctors.’

While Mr Mak wants to keep healthcare services in central Emsworth, for all residents, doctors have previously cited the benefits of moving north. As previously reported in The News, GP partner Dr Abu Chinwala said ‘approximately 8,500’ of Emsworth Surgery’s 13,000 patients live north of the town’s railway line – and are ‘not within walking distance’ of the existing centre.  But Mr Mak said if a satellite surgery can be run in Westbourne as it is now – close to Redlands Grange – there is a precedent for a similar facility close to Emsworth’s town centre.
Former councillor Brendan Gibb Gray, a patient at Emsworth Surgery, said the idea was ‘sensible’.
He added: ‘People trust doctors to make the right decision, but I believe keeping a satellite surgery in the centre of Emsworth, if we do get a new one, is the lesser of two evils.’

Meanwhile resident Ray Cobbett, who attended the initial meeting where the move was first proposed, said what is most important is that a decision is ‘finally made’.

He said: ‘This is something that has been looming for 10 years or so, with the current surgery being inadequate. I understand the views of those who live above the railway lane wanting services closer to them, but frankly what matters most now is that a decision is finally made.’

To sign Mr Mak’s petition or learn more about it, visit alanmak.org.uk/surgery.  The papers are also in HH Treagust and Sons family butchers in Emsworth high street.


The News 19th June 2018


3rd June


Local “Mumpreneur” Reaches Finals of National Business Awards

Former Emsworth resident,  mum, and business owner, Claudine Russell, has earned herself a place in the final line-up of The Mpower National Business Awards, prestigious awards celebrating parents throughout the UK who manage the difficult task of juggling business with family life.

Founder of Top2Toe Therapies Ltd in Havant, and mother to 4 year old Harry, Claudine, gave up work as an Office Administrator in Emsworth to start her own Complementary Therapy business and hasn’t looked back since. Claudine had previously enjoyed a successful career within Childcare Management but had always dreamed of working for herself in a role where she was helping others and making a difference to their lives. It was after the birth of her son that Claudine was inspired to put this plan into action. Claudine has been shortlisted for the ‘spirit’ category.

As well as being shortlisted for this category, Claudine is also in with a chance of winning the title of Mpower Woman Of The Year 2018, which will be awarded to the mum who is an inspiration to all women in business, and could walk away with a fantastic prize.

Having reached the finals of The Mpower National Business Awards, Claudine said “I am delighted and honoured to be recognised within this category. All I have ever wanted to do is help people. I have put my heart and soul into setting up my business in order to make a difference to people’s lives. I am more than just a Complementary Therapist, I genuinely care about the wellbeing of others and like to offer bespoke treatments in order to suit each individual. My approach is very intuitive, caring and authentic. I have some exciting ideas on how I would like to grow my business and different services I would like to offer in the future. These awards are a great platform for my work to be recognised and I’m excited to be part of this’’.

“There are a lot of awards out there, and we are proud about what makes these awards, and the women who enter, different!” said Nicola Huelin, multi-award winning business coach, founder of the Mpower awards, and mum to four children with her partner Graham. “Often invisible to most, mums in business are changing the business landscape, while raising and inspiring the generations of the future. We believe their efforts and successes in overcoming the unique challenges of combining business and motherhood, particularly in those first few years when it’s the hardest, need to be recognised and celebrated.”

Judging Claudine’s entry will be a panel of top parent entrepreneurs but she’ll have to wait until 23rd June, when the winners will be announced at The Mpower Gala, being held at the Holiday Inn Bloomsbury in London.

The Mpower Gala has been called The Networking Party Of The Year and is open to all entrepreneurs and business owners for an evening of networking, inspiration and celebration.Tickets can be purchased through the Mpower website, where you’ll find a range of resources and information for mums in business www.mpowerawards.com





30th May


New Antiques and Collectors Fair Comes to Emsworth

Arun Fairs (previous organisers of Goodwood & Fontwell) have booked the Emsworth Community Centre in North Street to accommodate their new event.  Over 60 stall-holders of varied and interesting antiques & collectables will be trading on the trial date of Sunday 8th July with further dates booked for the second Sunday of every month, dependent upon the trial date’s success.Arun Fairs, Emsworth

There will be four good sized rooms to visit selling Militaria, toys, dolls & teddies, haberdashery, silver, ephemera, postcards & badges, pictures, clocks & books to name a few with superb hot & cold refreshments and home-made lunches available to keep you going throughout the day.

Access to the venue is from North Street (behind the fire station) with free on site and local car parking available.  The event will be open from 10am to 3.30pm with just £1.00 entrance.

Arun Fairs already run a very successful monthly antiques fair in Rustington and are also expecting many of their previous Goodwood & Fontwell sellers and buyers to attend this event.

For more information please contact 07563 589725 or email silkroad@btconnect.com

Arun Fairs, Emsworth



22nd May


The Silent Enemy


How PTSD damages our vetrans and serving military personnel

Ever since the horrors of World War I, doctors have been helping British soldiers suffering with the enduing psychological effects of combat. But even though Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is betlef understood, Ws on the rise, And many of the serving or veteran military personnel who are diagnosed fail to receive the clinical or financial support they need.

Here are some of the shocking facts about how PTSD affects our nation's servicemen and women..... HERE


Driven to Extremes

Rehab 4 Alcoholism




18th May


Emsworth sorting office closure edging nearer

Emsworth sorting office Royal Mail bosses insist there is still no closure date for Emsworth’s sorting office – but it will shut this summer.

 The closure – first revealed early this year – has sparked fears town residents will face major inconvenience in having to travel to Havant’s sorting office to pick up undelivered mail. We welcome feedback from customers on our services but we are not required to publicly consult on operational changes. Royal Mail spokeswoman

The move to relocate the Emsworth delivery office to Havant follows discussions with the Communication Workers Union (CWU) and staff in both offices. Royal Mail said in February the move was expected to take place in ‘early summer’ this year, but they told us this week they are still not able to confirm the date. Detailed planning is taking place to help ensure a smooth transition for the service, staff and customers. They have stressed there will be no impact on deliveries nor any job losses as a result of this relocation.

For Emsworth, it’s another vital town-based service being lost after last bank, NatWest, closed last year. Asked whether local people had been consulted, a Royal Mail spokeswoman said: “Our consultation is with our unions and our staff and we have discussed the move with them. “We welcome feedback from customers on our services but we are not required to publicly consult on operational changes.

 “Customers do not need to come to the office to collect mail if they don’t want to or are unable to – we can deliver to a neighbour, to a nominated neighbour, to an alternative address in the same postcode area or they can arrange a redelivery on a convenient day – all options which are free of charge."

“The move is expected to take place in the summer, but we will announce a date when we have one nearer the time.”

We asked how many customers use the Emsworth sorting office but the Royal Mail replied: “We don’t publish usage figures.” The Royal Mail added: “The move is part of Royal Mail’s ongoing transformation of its business to increase the efficiency of its operation as well as providing delivery offices which are fit for purpose for our people and for our customers. “As a commercial business, Royal Mail is responding to the huge growth in electronic communications and decline in letter volumes, while seeing a high volume of parcels and online shopping which need to be delivered to customers.”

Chichester Observer 19th May 2018




15th May


Details of the Emsworth Show have been released and can be viewed HERE




14th May


Company to hold second exhibition for 260-homes plan in Emsworth


A SECOND public exhibition is to be held by a development company about a scheme to build 260 new homes.


Land and Partners is in the process of preparing a planning application to build on the land north of Long Copse Lane, Emsworth. The company held its first one in March, and said it is keen to work with the public when it comes to developing the scheme – which will then be taken on by a developer should it be approved by Havant Borough Council.


The exhibition will take place at Emsworth Community Centre from 5.30pm to 8pm on Wednesday May 23. 

The News 13th May 2018



10th May


Nic on the Emsworth Arts Trail

Nic Cowper describes Emsworth Arts Trail as the greatest possible motivator in his flourishing art career. The trail continues over the Bank Holiday weekend, with scores of artists participating across dozens of venues. For Nic, it is a hugely-important part of the year.

"I am a painter if you want a broad description. I am putting in watercolours and mixed media.  I am completely untrained formally. I started scribbling when I was very young and got known as the kid in class that could draw, so I didn’t bother with anything else.

" Nic opted out of A levels and drove vans instead before I was old enough to see sense and go back and study graphic design. I have had a career as a graphic designer since then. The art was a hobby, but it is going beyond that now. I only ever wanted to have a career as an artist.

The turning point came in 2005 when he did an amusing beach scene. He put it in a gallery window at a ludicrous price because he didn’t want to sell it, and it sold the same day... which set Nic thinking.

"I had painted before and then suddenly this happened, and it was like my art was worth something.

"When I left my previous company which was getting very big and I was getting a bit stressed out, I thought I had to do something that was more me.  I started painting, and I did my first arts trail after that. I did it mainly to show off the paintings I had been doing, and that was in a run-down old garage that a friend of mine happened to have. It was very successful financially. I started a website and I decided to do it semi-professionally.

"The pleasure of the arts trail is that it is has been the biggest motivating factor in my career as a painter. You are hiring the venue and paying out good money, and that gives you a good focus. Arguably, that’s what I need. At the arts trail I have used it consistently as a means to push my art forward and to think in terms of the customer.

"After a year, I started to develop themes each year at the trail.  My first trail was proper scattergun. For the second one, I tried to go entirely digital because that was my biggest seller on the first trail. That was less successful."The third one I did watercolour waves, and people loved that. That was three years ago. And then I did another waves year, called New Waves. I did four or five big-statement paintings.

"And then last year I did my South Downs sketchbook. This year, I am doing Into The Light."There were a couple of incidents last year during the show when I was thinking what was successful and what wasn’t successful, and one of the things that I thought was successful was the light coming in, increasing the contrasts on the paintings.

Chichester Observer 30th April




27th April


Westbourne Primary School Reading Shed Restoration Project

Four trainee teachers from the University of Chichester were given the challenge of transforming a shed at Westbourne Primary School in Emsworth into an irresistible reading den for all to use. With the help from pupils and staff, this really has involved the whole school from Reception to Year 6. Discussions between the University Students and the School Council has led to the children’s ideas permeating the design of their reading den.

The School Council representatives discussed with their classes their favourite books and then fed back to the University Students the following week. Ideas ranging from Robin Hood to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory prevailed and the resident artist of the group, Laura Cockroft, took to work to create an amazing design. One of the trainee teachers, Abi Stubbs, exclaimed; “We quickly became very interested and excited about this project due to the enthusiasm that was pouring out of the pupils at Westbourne, as well as our group’s combined interests of English and Art”.

The shed is now almost complete and the reactions from the children are inspiring. They are all very excited for the project to be finished. Becca Mallender, another University student added; “It was great to see the children communicating their ideas and watching their faces as they saw their visions come to life”.

The reading den is already a huge success with both children and adults in the school. This is a project that will last well into the future and inspire further generations of children to enjoy and love reading.







24th April


Bluebell Inn landlord to bike 100 miles for Children on the Edge 

34-year-old Emsworth pub landlord and Dad-to-be, Giles Babb is taking on a mighty cycling challenge for Chichester based charity Children on the Edge.

34-year-old Emsworth pub landlord and Dad-to-be, Giles Babb is taking on a mighty cycling challenge for Chichester based charity Children on the Edge.

The Prudential RideLondon to Surrey 100 race takes place on July 29th boasting the same route that the GB team rode in the London 2012 Olympics.

Along with others lucky riders, Giles will be cycling the stunning course on closed roads, beginning at Queen Elizabeth Park in London and out into the Surrey countryside. He’s getting stuck in to his training by racking up the miles, through early gym sessions, before the pub opens, but with spring in the air it won’t be long before he’s out on the road training.

Giles says, “I thought it was a great challenge to train for but I’m also looking forward to getting fitter before the new baby arrives in June”.

Giles became involved with Children on the Edge when a business associate recommended the challenge. As a father-to-be, Giles snapped up the opportunity to fundraise for a charity which supports marginalised children, living on the edge of their societies.

He hopes that taking part in the RideLondon 100 and fundraising for Children on the Edge will ensure that many children have hope, life, colour and fun as part of their childhood.

He said “Children on the Edge is an amazing local charity that works to ensure all children have a good start in life and a chance to succeed”.

Giles has a fundraising target of £30 for every mile he rides, hoping to secure £3,000 for Children on the Edge. He’s been rounding up support from friends, family and regulars at the pub, and even the physiotherapist at his gym has volunteered to guide him through his challenge.

£3,000 can provide over 60 children with education for a year at an Early Childhood Development Centres supported by Children on the Edge in Loco slum, Uganda. This provides vulnerable children with a safe place to learn and play with their friends.

Children on the Edge is still looking for two riders to Join Giles and the team. Giles said ‘If you’re in a fortunate enough position to give some good back to the world, this is your chance’.

Any interested riders, able to fundraise a minimum of £550, can call the Children on the Edge office on 01243 538530 or email fundraising@childrenontheedge.org. 








23rd April


Soldiers and Vetrans mark St George’s Day with Emsworth

Now in its tenth year Emsworth's celebration of St George's Day has become a favourite in the town's calendar celebrating the town's close links with the armed services.  Once again several thousand people packed the square and High Street to applaud the men and women of 16 Regiment RA, based on nearby Thorney Island and veterans as they marched through the town  led by the band of the Royal Artillery 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.

Each veteran was presented with the Emsworth Rose as a mark of their service by Havant’s Mayor, Councillor Elaine Shimbart,

The parade was organised by Councillor Rivka Cresswell with help from members of the Business Association and Havant Rotary Club.   A street collection raised money for SAAFA,.







21st April


Residents and groups meet with company to discuss 260-home plan for Emsworth at forum

HAVE YOUR SAY PLANS were outlined and concerns were voiced at a meeting about proposals to build 260 new homes on a greenfield site. Residents, councillors and group representatives well-attended Land and Partners’ development consultation forum, to find out more about the company’s plans to build homes on an Emsworth field. But many are still objecting to the proposals, which involve a field north of Long Copse Lane, near to Westbourne. As previously reported in The News, many have concerns about traffic, drainage problems, wildlife, and pressure on local services. J

onathan Harbottle, director of Land and Partners, said: ‘We felt it was a worthwhile and constructive exercise for us to be able to explain the technical aspects and background to the project, and get direct questions back in the open forum, which we were then able to answer openly. ‘One of the outcomes from the direct engagement is that we are now working with several residents opposite the site, to understand the problems some of them are having with drainage, and to explore how we can improve their existing situations as part of the new development.

 ‘A point made was that we need to ensure there are enough parking spaces in the layout, the densities should not be excessive. ‘And the character of Long Copse Lane should be preserved by not changing the character too much.’ Jonathan said that as the lowest parts of the site front Long Copse Lane, open-water drainage areas can be put at the front, so that the area is kept open.

He said this would minimise the impact on the neighbours opposite the site. Representatives from the Emsworth and Westbourne areas were invited to speak on behalf of groups and residents, including Charles Ashe from Emsworth Residents Association, and Roy Briscoe from Westbourne Parish Council – both of which object to the proposals. Havant Borough Councillor for Emsworth, Richard Kennett, also objects – and said he would be supporting the action group residents are planning to set-up in response to the plans.

He said: ‘The event was very well-attended and it shows just how much people care about what’s going on. ‘People are worried about traffic movement on Long Copse Lane, and also the protection of the bats on-site.’ Councillors raised queries about schools, doctors surgeries and cycling routes, which Land and Partners said it has agreed to investigate.

Councillor Roy Briscoe, chair of Westbourne Parish Council’s planning committee, said: ‘‘Planning policy over many years has protected the countryside around Westbourne to maintain its identity and character, and we urge Havant Borough Council to continue to protect this important gap in the urban fringe. ‘We do not consider the locations as suitable for the development. It is remote from local community infrastructure and services that are available in Havant.’

The News 20th April 2018




21st April


Korean War hero ‘insulted’ at plans to limit veterans at Emsworth St George’s Day parade

The proposal won’t affect this year’s spectacle, with organisers saying veterans will always be welcome However, ‘conversations’ have been held which could see limits placed on the number of war heroes processing at future parades 1 HAVE YOUR SAY SNUBBED veterans say they are being pushed to the sidelines after plans to limit their numbers taking part in a popular parade came to light. War heroes from Emsworth say they have been left feeling ‘insulted’ over proposals to potentially cap the veterans’ ranks at the town’s future St George’s Day celebrations.

A former long-standing organiser of the event claims Havant Borough Council’s new team is seeking to only have just 50 retired service personnel to future events. One of the town’s councillors admitted plans were being looked at to impose a cap for ‘logistical’ and ‘security’ reasons but stressed this wouldn’t impact this year’s event, adding all veterans were welcome to join.

However, Korean War veteran Norman Davies – who helped set up Emsworth’s event for the past 10 years – lashed out over the proposals. The 86-year-old retired Warrant Officer, of Rosemary Way, Horndean, said: ‘This is an insult. I feel bloody angry to be quite honest. Norman Davies ‘I have been told that we will have to keep the number of veterans down to 50, including standard bearers. In previous years we’ve had 90 to 100 people taking part. It’s not on.

’ The procession was set up to honour the heroism of veterans who fought in the Second World War, as well as those in the Korean War and conflicts in Malaya and Borneo. More recently, currently serving soldiers from Thorney Island have taken pride of place at the parade, processing through the town centre.

Councillor Rivka Cresswell has been helping to organise this year’s spectacle and said ‘conversations’ had been had with groups taking part about how many veterans would be able to join future parades. Asked whether numbers would ever be capped on the event, she said:

‘It could be the case – it’s not the case this year, we have still got 70 people marching. ‘In the past few years the number of veterans has doubled. ‘I think there will come a day where we will have to put a restriction mainly because of security and logistics.’ She added the parade had grown to such a large number it was becoming difficult to fit everyone in Emsworth’s High Street.'

‘We now have more veterans than soldiers,’ she said. ‘We need to get a balance.’ John Measham, of the Malay and Borneo Veteran Association, is the current commander of the veterans’ contingent and has been involved in the discussions with Cllr Cresswell.

He said the suggestions were ‘sensible’, adding: ‘We have got no beef with the council. ‘The main concern was the space available in Emsworth – there isn’t enough of it.’ However, Mr Davies said the discussions could cause ‘confusion’ for veterans thinking of attending this year’s ceremony. He added Korean War veterans felt like they had been ‘forgotten’ and demanded assurances they would always be able to join the parade.

‘I fought for two years in Korea, it was a horrible, horrible war – a real war,’ he said. ‘There was hand-to-hand combat and trench warfare. It was like the First World War. ‘We Korean veterans are now getting fewer and fewer as the years go by. This parade is an important venue for us to be remembered.’

The parade will take place on Monday from 10.30am. It will feature a contingent of 45 soldiers from 30 Battery, 16 Regiment Royal Artillery and members of the Band of the Royal Artillery.

The News 20th April 2018

29th April

Roof torn off double-decker bus in Emsworth after railway ‘bridge strike’

A DOUBLE-DECKER bus lost its roof in a crash in Emsworth this afternoon.

An Emsworth and District bus had its roof torn off after hitting a railway bridge in North Street at about 2pm. The bus' roof after it was sliced off by the railway bridge in North Street. Credit: John Horsman Pictures from the scene – which show a build-up in traffic with the bus’ sliced-off roof left below the bridge – were captured by John Horsman, a passing driver for courier service Stellar Despatch. Describing what he saw, Mr Horsman, 60, said:

‘I was driving up North Street and saw there was someone making a U-turn. as they moved I saw the bus with no top on it and the roof under the bridge. ‘It was bizarre.’

Speaking to The News, Emsworth and District director Caren Lea said: ‘Unfortunately a bus travelling light has had a bridge strike. ‘No passengers were on board, there were no injuries and we are currently investigating the incident.’

A driver for Stellar Despatch for the past year-and-a-half, Mr Horsman added: ‘I was glad to hear no one was hurt. ‘But I was surprised as a local firm they [Emsworth and District] did not know about the danger of the bridge.’

The News 19th April 2018


19th April


Outstanding Ofsted Report for Green Roots Nursery Pre-School centre in Southbourne

Green Roots Nursery and Pre-School have had a fantastic start to Spring receiving Outstanding from OFSTED in their recent inspection and a Gold Eat Out Eat Well award.

“We are so pleased the high level of care we provide has been recognised and we have received an Outstanding grade and Gold award. We would like to thank our team for the amazing work they do every day and our families for their support. We look forward to continuing to develop Green Roots to ensure we maintain these high standards.” Gemma Lawson – Green Roots Manager

OFSED praised Green Roots stating “Children flourish in an inspirational learning environment. Children are extremely happy, confident and self-assured, and their emotional and physical well-being are supported incredibly well.”

The Eat Out Eat Well scheme was launched by Environmental Health Officers in February 2014 across Sussex to ensure people have healthy and nutritious meal options whether they are eating out, buying a takeaway or having a lunch at work.

We introduce flavours from around the world so every mealtime is an opportunity to learn, and not just about the food.  Mealtimes with us are sociable and fun, with healthy balanced meals and creative menus that help children develop a real interest in what they are eating” Rury Clark– Green Roots Chef

“Having first helped to grow the vegetables in our garden, we encourage children to be involved with mealtimes by serving themselves whenever possible and organising regular cooking activities with our Chef.  This can prevent bad food habits and we judge our efforts on the results – empty plates after every meal, smiling faces and glowing skin!” Gemma Lawson – Green Roots Manager

The assessment looks at the way the food is prepared, the ingredients used, how staff are trained and healthier choices promoted.  As well as encouraging healthier food options, Eat Out Eat Well rewards caterers who increase their use of fruit, vegetables and starchy carbohydrates while limiting their use of fats, sugar and salt.



www.green-roots.com      https://eatouteatwell.org/






5th April


Local MP, Alan Mak Leads Support the Emsworth Surgery Campaign


Local MP Alan Mak has launched a campaign calling on the Emsworth Surgery’s doctors to keep an ongoing presence in the town centre following a potential move of their main surgery to a new building at Redlands Grange.

Talks between the doctors and NHS England to build a modern health centre for Emsworth at Redlands Grange are at an advanced stage, with an announcement expected in the coming months.

In anticipation of the planned Redlands Grange move, Alan has brought together other community representatives in calling for a community presence to be maintained in the town centre – with a satellite surgery the preferred option. The doctors currently operate a satellite surgery in Westbourne, close to the location of the new clinic.

Speaking after the launch, Alan encouraged all residents to back his campaign by signing-up as supporters on his website to demonstrate the community’s support for a surgery presence in the town centre.

Alan said: "Over the last three years I’ve chaired a number of meetings between the doctors, the NHS and other stakeholders to turn our vision of a modern health centre for Emsworth into a reality and to identify the best possible option that meets the long-term needs of the community.

“Some people hoped that the old Victoria Cottage Hospital site could be used. However, the doctors have the final say, and their view is that a new, modern purpose-built facility at Redlands Grange secures the long term clinical needs of local residents.

“Nevertheless, I believe it’s important that some presence is maintained in the town centre, especially for those residents who would find it harder to access the new facilities at Redlands Grange. That’s why I have launched my campaign to persuade the doctors that Emsworth Surgery needs to keep a presence in the town centre.”

The campaign has been backed by the business community, with Sue Treagust from the Emsworth Business Association saying that it was important for the town that the doctors have a retained presence.

She said: “Although I am disappointed by the decision to move to Redlands Grange, I believe now that it’s vital the community comes together to ensure that some health provision remains in the town centre. I’m support the aims of Alan’s campaign and I encourage all residents to get behind it.”


The campaign is also supported by all three of the Emsworth councillors, who backed the push to retain services in the town centre.


Cllr Richard Kennett said: “From speaking with residents I believe most people wish to finally see a modern health centre for Emsworth even if that means moving to Redlands Grange. However, I fully back Alan’s idea of a satellite surgery which is a sensible compromise and hopefully something that everyone can get behind.”


If you wish to sign-up to the campaign please visit here

If you wish to leave a comment, visit alanmak.org.uk/contact









2nd April


 Christians in Westbourne, near Emsworth mark Good Friday

Christians in Westbourne, near Emsworth, marked Good Friday with their traditional walk through the village with a large cross, recalling the death of Jesus. Celebrations of the resurrection included a sunrise service on Easter Sunday, followed by breakfast.

Rev Andrew Doye, rector at St John's parish church, said: "Easter is the great celebration in the church, taking us from the solemn sadness of Jesus' cross to the joy and brightness of his rising from the dead. God brought new life, then; and does so through his love and mercy to us, today."






26th March


Emsworth Museum Re-opens for the 2018 season on March 31st

Following last year’s successful temporary exhibition of the CDAS finds from the Warblington Roman Estate, Emsworth Museum is pleased to provide a permanent home for the unique Warblington Cist and other finds from the excavation.


The new CDAS display cabinet will be formally opened by David Hopkins, the Hampshire County Archaeologist at 10.30 on March 31st


The picture shows Trevor Davies and Jane Weeks of Chichester and District Archaeology Society (CDAS)  preparing the new display cabinet.


The Museum is pen om Saturdays and Bank Holidays 10.30am - 4.30pm Sundays 2.30pm - 4.30pm and St \St George’s Day (23rd April)  10.00am - 2.00pm Admission is freewww.emsworthmuseum.org.uk.




26th March


Emsworth Business Association raises £6,500 for local primary schools


Each year the Emsworth Business Association supports a local good cause which has included over the last few years the Rosemary Foundation, The Rowans Hospice and Stonepillow. The EBA chose as its local good cause for 2017 the two Emsworth Primary Schools – St James’ Primary School and Emsworth Primary School with the aim of supporting the future generations of the community. Giles Babb, Chair of the EBA was delighted this week to hand over a cheque to Headteachers Kate Fripp and Erika Biddlecombe for £6,500 which will be shared by the two primary schools. Fund raising events over the year included –

·        Emsworth Apple Pressing Day

·        The Community Seafood Lunch held during Emsworth British Food Fortnight

·        Father Christmas’s Grotto at the Emsworth Christmas Lights Turn on

·        Christmas Tree re-cycling

The series of fund raising events culminated with the annual Emsworth Charity Black and White Ball, held at the Brookfield Hotel and attended by almost 100 people which raised through an auction and raffle in excess of £4,000.

The Emsworth Business Association would like to thank all the local business and residents who contributed and supported these events last year and are delighted that the amount raised will make a significant difference to these two primary schools.

“On behalf of St James' Primary School thank you for the money raised for our school and our children.  It is superb to see our local community through the EBA supporting the education of the future generation of Emsworth.  One of the joys of Emsworth is the team spirit shown by residents and businesses which is demonstrated with this fund raising.  Thank you.”  Erika Biddlecombe, Headteacher, St James' Primary School, Emsworth'  


“Emsworth Primary School are incredibly grateful for the fund raising by the community which will benefit the children in so many ways. It shows our pupils the power of collaborative work and the importance of being part of a wider community with local interests. We are looking forward to sharing with you how the funds will be spent and the benefits to our learning and environment! Thank you from all of us.” Kate Fripp, Headteacher Emsworth Primary School.


 “This the largest total the EBA has ever raised for its annual support of local good causes and we have been amazed by the continued generosity and support of businesses. These are tough times for many businesses and the fact that many still supported this initiative shows just how strong and determined this community is.” Giles Babb, Chair EBA

For more information - www.emsworth.org.uk & www.stonepillow.org.uk







19th March


Residents fear the ‘destruction’ of Emsworth as proposals for 260 new homes

PROPOSALS for 260 homes on a greenfield site have sparked an outcry from residents who have said: ‘don’t clog up our town’.

Land and Partners has revealed plans to build on a field north of Long Copse Lane, Emsworth, and will hold a public exhibition at the town’s community centre. The field opposite Long Copse Lane, Emsworth where developers want to build 260 homes  But many fear the plan, part of Havant Borough Council’s plan to see 1,700 homes built in Emsworth by 2036, will add to the ‘destruction’ of the town.

Dr Alistair Thomas, 74, has lived opposite the field for 33 years.

He said: ‘Traffic and a growing population is swamping Emsworth such that everybody’s quality of life, including any new people, is and will continue to suffer.

‘There’s going to be too many people in an area with not enough infrastructure.

‘Our road is very narrow, it can’t fit two cars down it and there’s no pavement.

‘The town itself is getting busier and is being destroyed. This new development will only make things worse.’

In 2014 Bellway Homes finished building 280 houses to the south of Long Copse Lane, as part of its Redlands Grange development.

The field to the north of it has an area of 15.8ha and is used as grazing land and horse paddocks.

Jonathan Harbottle, director of Land and Partners, said: ‘We understand the positive benefits of respecting the environment, engaging with the community and insisting on high-quality design, tailored to the local context.

‘Our proposals north of Long Copse Lane are very-well contained by existing development and natural boundary features.

‘We propose to keep open the frontage of the land facing the lane with a green corridor which acts as a visual buffer, a biodiversity corridor and sustainable water feature.’

Mr Harbottle said there would be no more than ‘about two additional vehicle movements every minute’ on the road network as a result.  Havant Borough Council has proposed the build of 9,549 homes by the year 2036, in its Draft Local Plan.  A total of 125 homes are being built on land west of Horndean Road in Emsworth.  And 1,100 homes have been earmarked for Southleigh, the strategic gap between the town and Denvilles.

Paul Brown, 52, lives on Long Copse Lane with his family. He said: ‘We’re resolved that if the development does go ahead we’ll probably just move.

‘I can’t believe 260 homes can be put on that field without some major changes to the road infrastructure around here, it would just clog this lane up.’

The exhibition will take place at Emsworth Community Centre tomorrow, from 5.30pm-8.30pm.


The News 20th March 2018








12th March


The Future of the Old Hospital Garden

The Friends of Emsworth Community Health (FECH) hold the Old Hospital garden in trust for the community and a few of us have been trying for more that 12 months to get improvements to the garden so that our residents can enjoy it. 

Restoration plans and ideas for opening the garden to the public have been presented, but were rejected by the trustees. They seem determined to keep it under lock and key, and open it only for occasional use.
With more and more homes being built in the area, and with no public space south of the A27, the garden is a valuable but under-used community asset. 
FECH is a small and little known local charity, but has assets of more that 600k and apparently distributes interest on capital to local good causes without breaking into its enormous capital. The garden (if restored) would become a huge asset locally and be a place of peace and relaxation, helping the health and well being of our residents - young and old.
Please consider attending the FECH AGM that takes place on Thursday 22nd March at 4.30pm in the Community Centre. Perhaps the Trustees can be persuaded the public should have a voice about the garden’s future?
If you would like to become a member of the friends the subscription is £2 which can be paid via BACS [ FECH-account 00013227- sort code 40-52-40]

Malinda Griffin  12th March 2018




1st March


Footpath loss angers locals at Emsworth homes plan exhibition


A PUBLIC exhibition to showcase plans for a new development and gain feedback from residents was held at a community centre.

Curious members of the public visited Emsworth Community Centre to learn more about Hampshire Homes’ plans to build 49 homes off Westwood Close, in Emsworth.

The move follows the Development Consultation Forum held at Havant Borough Council’s Public Service Plaza in January.

But some of those who attended said the boards of information, which were on display yesterday, told them ‘nothing new’.

Ray Cobbett, chair of the Havant branch of Friends of the Earth and who opposes the development, said: ‘Most of what I’ve seen today I’ve seen before, except for the very basic designs.

‘This is over-development on a valued piece of land – a green space with Emsworth on one side and Westbourne on the other.

‘The development isn’t even needed to meet the council’s housing targets.

‘It should have been designated as a green space by the council because it includes a much-loved historical footpath, which will now be diverted into a flood zone.’

The 1.48-hectare site is neighboured by the River Ems and the West Sussex village of Westbourne.

The developer plans to build four one-bedroom flats, 22 two-bedroom homes, 19 three-bedroom homes and four four-bedroom homes, with a total of 121 car parking spaces.

Tony Dove, 73, lives in Westwood Close and attended the exhibition. He said: ‘People won’t be able to use the path when it’s wet. I don’t think the developer is listening to residents – today is a sham, we’ve seen it all before.

‘The only thing I haven’t seen is the picture of the houses, which isn’t detailed at all.’

Residents questioned why the homes couldn’t be added to the some 2,100 due to be built at the Southleigh site, between Emsworth and Denvilles, identified in the council’s Local Plan 2036.

Phil Shephard, 65, lives in Westwood Close. He said: ‘There’s 2,000-odd homes being built elsewhere in Emsworth, but here we’ve got 49 houses encroaching on to the last greenfield site between Westbourne and Emsworth.

‘It’s messing with a famous footpath and water voles – which I saw at the Westbourne end of the river last year.

‘They’re endangered.’

Hampshire Homes said it will listen to the community and incorporate feedback given into its planning application, which will be submitted to the council ‘in the coming weeks’.

Director of Hampshire Homes, Ian Wallace, said: ‘Residents were keen to engage with our team and turned out in numbers.

‘Of particular concern was the footpath, and we’ve been happy to take peoples’ thoughts on board.

‘We’re proposing the path is diverted slightly to ensure it’s kept within the green space. A portion of it is being moved out of the developable area to a small section of flood zone 2.

‘A large section of the remainder of the path sits within flood zones 2 and 3.

‘Discussions with Hampshire County Council’s Rights of Way team are continuing about the diversion, and correct measures will be taken in selecting the finished surfacing and maintenance of the footway.’

The News 28th February 2018





28th Februay


Havant Council Tax Rise for 2018-19

Havant Borough Council has ‘with great reluctance’ decided to increase its council tax for the first time in nine years – with an increase of 2.99% which is £5.76 per year – less than a month’s membership of Netflix at £5.99.

Councillor Michael Cheshire, Leader of Havant Borough Council, outlined how the council planned  to maintain its financial sustainability while continuing to boost the local economy and make the area as prosperous as possible.

The 2.99% increase will result in a Band D rate of £198.54 which equates to a £5.76 increase per year. He said that the budget will be under constant review.

He told the Full Council meeting on Wednesday night (21 Feb): “We have delivered and will continue to deliver affordable high-quality services of our customers and residents for less cost and yet we have done this without lowering our standards.

“We have achieved this while facing a significant reduction in central Government funding (the Revenue Support Grant) which in 2016/17 was £1.4m, is now £290,000 and from 2019/20 will be zero.

“However, despite this reduction in central funding, we continue to provide a full range of public services for people and businesses in our borough, furthermore we continue to explore every option to deliver value for money for our residents.”

He told the meeting how the council was achieving its key priorities.

He said: “We will seek to enhance our economic growth by transforming our town centres in order to attract inward investment and work to finalise our local plan.

“We will look at our major development opportunities such as Havant and Waterlooville town centres, Hayling Island, Brockhampton West and Dunsbury Business Park to focus on regeneration opportunities.

“We will continue to maintain our financial sustainability. This will be achieved by our continued support in growing our joint venture Norse South East and building on our strong relationship with other councils, in particular our shared management with East Hampshire.

“We will maintain our environmental sustainability programme and this will be achieved by continuing to develop our excellent coastal partnership, offering a high quality level of service across the breadth of the partnership coast, this includes seeking investment of improvements to Langstone and Hayling Island.

“We will continue to strive for public service excellence as an organisation at the centre of democratic and civic leadership here in Havant. This will be achieved by investing in our staff, councillors and our business community.

“Using customer insight, we shall determine our service priorities and redesign our processes such that our customer’s most important services are delivered at the right price at the right time and to the required quality.”

To read the full speech please click on this link: http://havant.moderngov.co.uk/documents/b32775/Leaders%20Budget%20Speech%2021st-Feb-2018%2017.00%20Council.pdf?T=9






13th February






12th February


An explosion of colour awaits visitors to Emsworth this spring.

On 28th, 29th April and 5th, 6th, 7th May 2018, Emsworth Arts Trail will showcase the exciting and varied work of over 100 talented local artists within the town.


From home studios to community halls, businesses, sailing clubs and churches, artists will open their doors to art lovers on its popular annual arts trail.


Nearly all venues are located within a mile of Emsworth’s town centre.  By walking or cycling, visitors can look forward to meeting artists and have a chance to purchase their work.


“A full spectrum of mediums and styles including painting, printmaking, photography, furniture making, weaving, woodturning, ceramics, jewellery and textile art will be on display,” explains Carol Price, chairman of The Emsworth Arts Trail.


“We have lots of exciting new artists and makers this year, offering something new to visitors, alongside many established names that have been part of the trail since its launch in 2001,”


Emsworth Arts Trail works alongside local business to help stimulate economic activity in the town. Nearly 50 companies have paired up with one or more artists to exhibit their work for its ‘Adopt an 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.


Look Out For:


The Boat Project, the Arts Council England initiative that formed part of the London 2012 Olympic Festival will be on display at Hollybank House during the first weekend of the trail. ‘Collective Spirit’ is made of thousands of donated wooden items and was built in Emsworth during 2011-12. It documents the lives of people within the South East of England, with many items coming from local residents. http://theboatproject.com


Hollybank House will also host a collection of artists on the 28th – 29th April, and promises to offer visitors a special experience this year.


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 28th – 29th April and 5th, 6th, 7th May 2018.


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




23rd January


Customers express their shock at sudden closure of restaurant

THE OWNER of a restaurant has stressed that the venue will reopen, despite it’s abrupt closure.

The temporary closure of Woosters, the fine dining restaurant in Emsworth, has led residents to take to social media and express their shock but the owner of the restaurant, based on South Street, has quashed rumours that the restaurant is closed for good.

Nicholas Ralls stated that the reason behind the closure is so that he can focus on enhancing the site’s customer service.  He said: ‘Woosters is only closing for a short period of time, to allow systems to be implemented that will enhance our customers’ experience.  Once they are in place, my vision for a top restaurant supported by high class musical entertainment, will reopen with customer service fully at the forefront.

‘Woosters will, I hope, be enjoyed for many a year by the people of Emsworth and beyond.’  Users on Facebook expressed their dismay upon learning that the site had closed.

When trying to book a reservation, customers are told that the team regret to inform that the site is closed and to email in any reservation enquiries.

There is no information online to state when the restaurant will reopen, but Nicholas advised that it should be in ‘just over a month’s time.’  The business owner is also focusing on another project that has been in the pipeline since 2014, a boutique hotel.

Nicholas said: ‘We have been granted planning permission for a seven-bedroom hotel which we will call Jeeves Boutique Hotel.  It will run alongside the restaurant.  It is going to be beautiful and we’re hoping to include a deluxe penthouse but we need to get that agreed next, added Mr Ralls.

‘In regards to Woosters, we have a loyal fan base and we do already provide our customers with a high quality service. My team work very hard.  But I believe that there is always room for improvement so we want to implement a few updates for our customers.
Our online and offline following will see us reopen within the blink of an eye,’ he added.

The News 23rd January




17th January


Developers and locals clash over proposed Emsworth homes

FRUSTRATIONS have been aired by members of the public over a proposed development of 49 new homes.

Councillors, residents and planners from Hampshire Homes packed into Havant Borough Council’s Public Service Plaza for a development consultation forum, to discuss the potential development of homes in the land off of Westwood Close, Emsworth.

The proposed site for the homes, which was earmarked in the council’s draft local plan, contains a public footpath and sits next to the River Ems.  Between 30 and 40 per cent of these homes will also be affordable housing.  Havant Borough Council is required by the government to provide a total of 9,260 new homes by 2036.  Resident fears lay with flood risk from the River Ems, as well as the future of the environment in the area.

Charles Ashe from the Emsworth Residents Association is one of those who opposes the plans.

He said: ‘The main reason we are opposing this proposal is that the council’s local plan has more than enough sites to fulfil their housing obligations, so this isn’t needed  ‘There is also the green issue of the corridor between Emsworth and Westborne, because there won’t be any greenery left if this goes through.’

John Harvey, 76, lives in Westwood Close. He said: ‘My partner and I have lived here for 33 years.  We are against the application because we are concerned about the traffic that will be caused once people have moved in, as well as the traffic that will be coming in as the work is being done. I can’t really comment on the flooding issue, so we have to assume that the proposed developers know what they are talking about.  The initial plan was going to be right next door to us but has now been moved, so that is an improvement at least.’

Director at Hampshire Homes Ian Wallace said: ‘We are here not only to show our plans but to listen to the residents – that is the key for us.  Because we’re a local housebuilder I think we understand the needs of the area very well.  Getting feedback from residents in an area is such an important part of the development process, so having meetings such as this mean an awful lot to us.  Following today we will be holding a public exhibition in February, with a formal application after that.  We are excited to see what the future of this project holds.’

An exact date for the exhibition has not yet been set.

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29th December 2017


Have your say on Havant Borough Council’s draft local plan for 2036

THE public will have its say on Havant Borough Council’s draft local plan after it was passed for consultation.

The document details the authority’s proposals to build more than 9,000 homes by 2036 and was passed through a meeting of the council’s cabinet on Monday night.

Between January 8 and February 16, 2018, residents can comment on the plans via a web survey, to shape their final outcome.

They will also have the chance to read webpages responding to FAQs and discuss proposals at local plan exhibitions across the borough, which will be advertised online and via posters in town centres.

Councillor David Guest, HBC cabinet Lead for planning, said: ‘It is important residents of Havant have the opportunity to understand what the draft local plan means for their area. Consultation will be comprehensive and we are aiming to reach as many residents as possible and invite their feedback.’

To take the survey next year or learn more, visit havant.gov.uk/localplan.

Download the Draft Plan HERE

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