11th September

Dolphin Quay development – the developers have asked to be excused the contribution to the Affordable Housing Fund.

There were many objections to the change of use from a boat repair site that had employment opportunities and was in character with the local area including handling the occasional floods.  HBC and some councillors managed to convince the planning committee that a marine industry on the site was unviable, which was not true but HBC also cited the luxury houses proposed would add a big contribution to the Affordable Housing fund and this sum was agreed in the section 106 process and was an advantage to the wider community.

The developer is now claiming that the ground was worse than expected and the property market is soft and so because they made these mistakes then they need not pay into the Affordable Housing fund and the sum is just over £300k. They also claim the impact of Brexit and yet they did not start work until after March 2019 when the UK had already passed the first Brexit leave date and therefore had plenty of opportunity to mitigate their losses rather than expect HBC to forgo the fund contribution.

It will be a travesty if Emsworth has not only lost a viable work place, views of the mill from the surrounding walks but also loses the Affordable Housing fund money and will have over large multi-million pound houses which will be a blot on the landscape built by a developer who now claims to have got their sums wrong but proceeded with the build knowing their sums were wrong. My deep belief is that the community has been ‘played’ with this development both in the original change of use arguments, then the amelioration of the damage to the site with the contribution to the Affordable Housing fund and now we have the possibility of not even getting that.

You can object on the Havant planning web site and the application number is APP/19/00826.


Mike Oliver 11th September 2019





6th August


Please join Brook Meadow

Brook Meadow is a six acre  Local Nature  Reserve right  in the  middle  of  Emsworth.  The  main en­ trance  is from  Palmers  Road  car  park  off North Street.

 The site has over 300 species of trees and plants, including wild orchids.  Rare sedges have led to the Meadow being designated a Site of Importance  for Nature  Conservation. Birds, butterflies and insects abound.  The  River Ems, which flows through  the Meadow, contains several species of fish. The river has been a home for water  voles and may be again.

Brook Meadow Conservation Group manages the site on  behalf of the  owners,  Havant Borough Council, and carries  out conservation work.

The Brook Meadow Conservation Group was formed  by local residents  in 2000 to  protect  and conserve  the  natural  environment of Brook  Meadow and its wildlife for the  benefit and quiet enjoyment of the general  public and their dogs.  A cheerful  band of  volunteers   meet  on  the  first Sunday and third Thursday  each month from  10.00 - 12.00 to carry out  maintenance and conservation work.  This  includes  mowing grass  paths,  clearing rank vegetation,  picking up litter,  keeping the  River Ems clear  of  obstructions,  servicing  gravel  paths and caring for trees,  hedges and plants. Coffee, tea and  biscuits are enjoyed  at half time and tools and gloves are  provided. Our  leaders are trained  in  risk assessment,  first aid  and  leadership  skills. Regular surveys are carried  out on the water  voles, butter­ flies, other  insects, birds, bats and plants.

Brook Meadow needs financial help. Please support the Conservation Group  by becoming a member.   The  cost   of  running  the   site   is  over £3000   each  year.  The  Volunteers   devote   more than 500 man hours  which is a fine example of community  effort.  The  subscription  of  £3  is kept low so that everyone  who enjoys this lovely amenity can afford  to  play their  part.  Additional  donations are gladly received and the  meadow  has benefited    from     bequests  in benefactors'  wills.

'Conservation  & Wildlife News' is available online and members  receive a quarterly  newsletter.  Newsletters  are  distributed  to  those  not  on  the  internet. Please fill  in  the  membership  application  overleaf and  help to  protect   Brook  Meadow  as  a tranquil haven for wildlife and the public alike.

Volunteers of all ages and physical abilities are welcome.  There   is a  job to  suit  everyone.  Training  is given to operate the  power  scythe and brush cutter. The Group  has public liability insurance  and a safety and risk assessment  talk precedes  each work session.



17th July

Climate Change Petition Call

The Town and Country Planning Association recently highlighted the importance of local councils in galvanising cross-community action to coordinate the response to climate change in their areas.

Almost 100 local authorities from Bristol to Brighton, Chichester, Portsmouth, Winchester and Hampshire County Council have either declared climate emergencies or are debating whether to do so.

The reasons are plain enough because councils control or influence planning and development, transport, waste disposal, public land, health and the environment.

Towns such as Gosport and Fareham, parts of Portsmouth and Havant have more than 50 kilometres of low-level coastline and are in the front line of climate change. They also face finding space for tens of thousands of new homes, many in flood plains.

It is not a simply the challenge of future-proofing new development against flooding, but protecting our life support systems, clean air and water, recycling waste and leaving enough space to co-exist with other living things.

Some argue Britain is ahead when it comes to managing climate change so we should leave it up to other countries to catch-up.

We are the first country to deliver a Climate Change Act in 2008 but also the first to have an industrial revolution – the consequences are still working through global weather systems 200 years later.

Friends of the Earth is one of many groups working to petition for a formal declaration from Havant and other councils to recognise the urgency of taking actions to mitigate the impact of climate change on areas over which they have control or influence.

Measures include committing to a net zero emissions by specific date, setting up a working group of councillors, businesses and citizens to produce an action plan with scrutiny and key indicators to track progress.

Evolution or business as usual is too slow to deal with the worst effects of a warming planet.

Sign the petition to Havant Council at http://tinyurl.com/havclimate-petition

Ray Cobbett, from Havant Friends of the Earth




28th June

Thorney Island Primary children help launch new Daily Mile track


Every morning the sounds of 200 happy and active children bounce off the walls of Thorney Island Community Primary School.

For 15 minutes outside of lesson time, each pupil takes part in the Daily Mile, a growing initiative being enjoyed nationwide and at over 50 West Sussex schools.

Beaming children (and some teachers) run, jog and walk at least a mile in their class groups with a big emphasis on fun. Now they can do so on a brand new Daily Mile running track, which officially opened on Wednesday, 26 July 2019.

Head Dean Clegg explained: “We introduced the Daily Mile for lots of reasons, we want our children to be more physically active and we really want to improve their mental wellbeing. It has also been proven to improve concentration in class.

“We have over 200 children and they all do it every single day. We’ve been enjoying it for quite a while but the track was installed over the Easter holidays and now it means we’ll be able to do it all-year-round.”

Schools don’t need a dedicated track to take part and already many of West Sussex’s schools are enjoying the benefits of the Daily Mile.

An active school already, Thorney Island is also benefiting from a brand new climbing wall, installed last month, which is proving just as popular with their adventurous pupils.

The school has close links with the island’s army barracks, and Major Chaz May, Chief of Staff, was on hand to cut the ribbon. His two children Poppy, eight, and George, seven, go to the school and love taking part.

Major May said: “It’s an absolutely wonderful school and it’s superb that this facility has been put in for the Daily Mile.

George said: “I can normally do ten or 11 laps. I love that you can go as fast as you like.”

Poppy added: “I’ve been on the track lots of times. I like doing it with all my friends.”

Head of Year 2 Daryl Vokes joins in the active fun. He said: “I absolutely love it, it gets you fit and healthy and I have noticed a difference. After doing it the children can focus on their work and they really love it.”

The new blue Daily Mile track cost £20,000, with £8,000 coming from a Department for Education grant and £1,000 from a PE & Sports grant.

Amanda Jupp, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, said: “It’s fantastic to see a school with such an emphasis on making sport so much fun.

"We now have over 50 of our schools doing the Daily Mile every day so thousands of schoolchildren are reaping the rewards and of course you don’t need a dedicated track to take part.”


More information on The Daily Mile and how to sign up: www.thedailymile.co.uk


West Sussex County Council Press Office 28th June 2019



19th June

Residents toast completed community orchard

Local people have celebrated the planting of a community orchard with a picnic among the trees.

Work on the orchard, at Hampshire Farm Meadows, between Emsworth and Westbourne, started almost four years ago. Planting is now finished, with 66 heritage fruit trees growing on the site, many sponsored by nearby residents and dedicated to loved ones.

The orchard was created by local environmental group Greening Westbourne as a way of preserving heritage varieties and helping local people, especially children, get closer to nature.

As residents celebrated with cider and apple juice, the Mayor of Havant, Cllr Diana Patrick, formally declared the orchard complete.

She said: “Let’s raise a toast to this wonderful community orchard, all those who have been kind enough to adopt or sponsor trees, and Greening Westbourne, for creating it in the first place.”

Colin Carré, chair of Greening Westbourne’s community orchard group and the originator of the project, said: “We’ve managed to plant all the trees we planned to plant, and the orchard’s finished. When we started in November 2015 it was hard to imagine that we would have such a resource as we have now. With all the wild flowers around, it’s looking fantastic.”

One of the trees is dedicated to astronaut Tim Peake, from Westbourne.

Havant Borough Council, Westbourne Parish Council, Postcode Publications and the Tree Council have all supported the project. Westbourne's Beavers, Cubs and Scouts helped plant trees, and local tree surgeon Mike Reed has lent his expertise.

Regular maintenance, including grass cutting, pruning, weeding and watering, takes place on the first Saturday of every month from 10am to 12pm.




18th June

Roll Up! Roll Up! to The Spring's free summer spectacular!


The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre’s free, family summer spectacular is back and is heading to Emsworth on Sunday 23 June.

Featuring live performances, workshops and music, Roll Up Roll Up! is a circus-themed festival that is suitable for the whole family.

Highlights of the summer spectacular include performances by The Band at the End of the World, an anarchic brass band musical clown show and Pif Paf’s famous traveling machines, The Submercycle and The Flycycle. Travelling Light Circus will also be bringing their magical Pendulum Wave Machine, which captivates all who watch its mechanical movements.

Roll Up Roll Up! is a wonderfully whimsical, circus extravaganza with a twist. It is not your traditional trip to the big top but will be steampunk-inspired and full of mesmerising mechanical experiences that many people won’t have seen before. It will truly delight audiences of all ages!

The Band at the End of the World 12pm and 3:30pm

Once they were ordinary citizens, happy and content with their lot. Until they started to notice the signs...
Arriving in a cloud of music and smoke, these idiots are convinced the end of the world is upon us. Maybe today, maybe right here, right now. Welcome to the band at the end of the world!

The Flycycle & Submercycle  11:15am, 1pm and 2:45pm

Come away with us on a journey of your wildest dreams, aboard our famous travelling machine.

Choose a travelling companion, find the Departure Lounge and we'll take care of the rest. Fly up up and away, or dive deep under the sea... be prepared for the unexpected and enjoy the ride! Together well weave unforgettable stories. 

But wait, that's not all!  Throughout the day you can:

- Watch the steel balls of the Travelling Light Circus' Pendulum Wave Machine swing in and out of a mesmerising sinuous harmony.
- Test yourself with the mind-bending Playground of Illusions 
- Get crafty and plays games to your heart's content
- Enjoy locally sourced food and drinks
- Relax in our deckchairs

Emsworth Recreation Ground has limited parking available so families are encouraged to use public transport or travel by bicycle or foot where possible.




Emergency High Voltage Cable Repair causes Long delays on the A259 in Emsworth.

temporary traffic lights at the site of a Hydraulic failure of a 330 volt underground cable at the junction of Warblington Rd and Havant Rd in Emsworth  is causing long delays on the A259 with queues stretching back to Southbourne for westbound traffic and close to the Warblington roundabout east bound.

The initial failure caused oil from the cable to leak into the town Mill Pond.  The leak has been stopped and contained by a temporary boom while work continues to rectify the problem.

Work has continued since 1am this morning and is likely to continue for several days before the cable is fully repaired.










13th June

Local MP Alan Mak encourages residents to attend  fourth Information Fair 

Local MP Alan Mak has encouraged residents to attend his fourth Community Groups and Older Persons Information Fair which is returning next month to central Havant.

 The popular event regularly attracts more than 1,000 visitors and will once again be held at the Meridian Centre in Havant on Thursday 4 July from 10am to 2pm.

 This year it is expected to feature around 40 exhibitors – those confirmed as attending include Age UK, Hampshire Constabulary, Diabetes UK, Hampshire County Council, Citizens Advice Havant, Barclays, Hayling Island Choir, SGN, Action on Hearing Loss and the Havant Borough Council Get up and Go Team. Stalls will be located both on the ground floor and upstairs inside the Beacon Centre.

 Alan said: “After the success of my third Community Groups and Older Persons Fair at the Meridian Centre I decided to bring it back once again to this central Havant location. It should be a great day showcasing the very best of what is on offer for residents in the community while also signposting essential services.

 “So whether you are interested in joining a club or would like to find out more about what support is available in the community, I encourage you to come along.”

 As with previous years there will still be a focus on providing advice for senior citizens. Older people, carers, family, neighbours and friends will be able to speak to a range of specialist organisations, businesses, government agencies and community groups that serve or help older people.

 Residents can ask questions about health, wellbeing or benefits in addition to finding out about activities.

 Alan added: “I fully appreciate the hard work and contribution to society made by our older residents, with many of them now running groups for the benefit of the whole community.

 “These help address loneliness, combat illness and improve wellbeing, all of which helps older people live independently for longer, something I am very keen to promote as local MP.”

 There will be a chance for residents to become a Dementia Friend, with a session being run by Dementia Friendly Havant at 11am inside the Beacon. Becoming a Dementia Friend helps people to understand what it is like to live with dementia, and encourages them to consider ways in which they might be able to be more supportive and inclusive.

 Duncan Cameron from Right at Home and part of Dementia Friendly Havant said: “I am delighted that Alan is once again supporting Dementia Friendly Havant at his Community Groups and Older Persons Fair. We have the aim to make Havant a Dementia Friendly Town, so if you are interested in supporting our initiative or becoming a Dementia Friend please come on the day.”

 There is still space for exhibitors, if you are interested in exhibiting, email alan.mak.mp@parliament.uk


10th June

Wildlife in Chichester’s internationally important habitats under threat, campaigners fear

The Chichester area is home to internationally important habitats, and some of the UK and Europe’s rarest protected wildlife, but residents fear their future is under threat.

We have all 18 species of bats found in the UK, including rarities like the horseshoe bat, as well as water voles, greater crested newts and even otters.

Bats have been recorded flying at night in the Chichester area

Bats have been recorded flying at night in the Chichester area

Read more: Don’t Destroy Chichester Harbour: Wildlife policies ‘need to be significantly stronger’

As campaign groups, individual residents and the protectors of Chichester Harbour fight for appropriate wildlife corridors in the Chichester Harbour Local Plan, wildlife film-maker Sarah Cunliffe has put together a recording to demonstrate the variety of life in the area.

Sarah said: “As the Chichester area from the City to Southbourne faces a further 7,200 houses being built, at no other time in our local history have our wildlife and wild places been under such threat.

“Critical wildlife corridors, which connect the harbour to the South Downs National Park, are now at serious risk.”

Water voles live in the banks of rivers and wetlands, or in small nests in fens and reedbeds

Water voles live in the banks of rivers and wetlands, or in small nests in fens and reedbeds

There are currently four strategic wildlife corridors proposed along the A259, between Emsworth and Chichester.

Campaigners say an area at Nutbourne Marshes, one fifth of the corridors previously suggested, has been dropped, for no apparent reason, and the rest of these vital corridors are under threat if they are not formally adopted as part of the council’s Local Plan in the autumn.

Richard Craven, Chichester Harbour Conservancy director and harbour master, said: “Nature and biodiversity are being squeezed at every turn in the UK - 56 per cent of all UK species declined between 1970 and 2013 and 13 per cent were threatened with extinction.

“Habitat fragmentation is a significant part of the problem and every opportunity should be taken to strengthen and enhance the habitats linking Chichester Harbour AONB and the South Downs National Park.”

The adonis blue is a butterfly found in chalk downland, in warm sheltered spots, flying low over vegetation

The adonis blue is a butterfly found in chalk downland, in warm sheltered spots, flying low over vegetation

Wildlife corridors are considered important because of the role creatures and open spaces play in the community. Natural areas protect homes from flooding, insects pollinate crops, healthy ecosystems purify water and nature and open places are generally good for wellbeing.

Henri Brocklebank, director of conservation, policy and evidence at Sussex Wildlife Trust, said: “For nature to thrive we need to start building a network of connected wild spaces across our landscape, extending into every part of our towns, cities and countryside. We need robust wildlife corridors so that species can move freely through the landscape and spread out into new areas, including new housing developments.

“There’s an exciting opportunity here to put the natural environment at the heart of local planning to ensure that new developments are great places to live, for both people and wildlife.”

She said: “Data is power. If you live near a wildlife corridor, your records are critical to help protect them and the timescale is now.”

Andrew Kerry-Bedell, from the new Save Our Harbour Villages campaign group, said, “We are in danger of sleep-walking into environmental disaster from the aggressive activities of housing developers, and from an apparent lack of will from the council to protect our valuable wildlife. We need living landscapes for future generations.“

Cichester Oberver 6th June





31st May

Emsworth British Food Fortnight to take a “Fallow” year

FALLOW - Adjective - (of farmland) ploughed and harrowed but left for a period without being sown in order to restore its fertility or to avoid surplus production.  Oxford Dictionaries

Since its inception in 2014, the Emsworth British Food Fortnight has become a much loved and tremendously successful showcase for both Emsworth itself and both local and regional produce. The event won national recognition when it was winner of the Harvest Heroes Competition in 2014 - organised by Love British Food, in conjunction with The Telegraph, as part of British Food Fortnight.  The competition seeks to acknowledge the people who organise the most imaginative and inclusive celebrations of local food and the harvest. Emsworth came runner up, on the only two other occasions it entered the competition, to the cities of Bath and Peterborough.

The Emsworth British Food Fortnight very specifically focused on three key words each year

Education           Community        Celebration

Using these themes, the Emsworth British Food Fortnight has always looked to encourage a wide range of events, encompassing as many people of all ages and backgrounds as possible to take part and get involved. The range of activities was both varied and inclusive and included as some of its core events – local produce markets, wine tastings, food education in local primary schools, working with a local Technical College’s Catering departments, establishing food banks, an open air Harvest Festival Service, charity lunches on Emsworth’s famous quay, community apple pressing and beer festivals.

Organising any event of this magnitude is always both time consuming and complex and requires of a team of volunteers who are able give their time and knowledge. Sadly this year there were not sufficient volunteers to ensure that the same multi layered event could be considered ,and using that old adage that if you can’t do something well, it’s better not to do it at all, the decision for a fallow year in 2019 was taken.  This will also allow the organisers to take stock and take a step back, and, perhaps most importantly, come back refreshed and with new ideas for the future for this much loved event.

Note – British Food Fortnight is an annual showcase initiated by Love British Food and the dates for this year are 21st September to 6th October. For more details visit - www.lovebritishfood.co.uk



24th May


Ringwood Brewery Crafts Kitesurfing Armada  Exclusive Limited-Edition Beer

The brewing team at Ringwood Brewery welcomed some very special guests when Lewis Crathern (Professional Kitesurfer) and Dan Charlish (Event Organiser) from the Kitesurfing Armada Festival visited the brewery to experience the brewing process and be the first to sample their exclusive beer!.

Ringwood Brewery have joined forces with Lewis and his team to develop a unique limited-issue beer which will be exclusively for sale at the Armada and they were delighted when the beer and the name received the thumbs up! ‘Hangtime IPA’ was named after one of the most satisfying feelings in kitesurfing. ‘Hangtime’ is described as ‘the amount of time spent in the air in good wind’ and the brewery wanted the beer to emulate that same great feeling! Hangtime IPA is a powerfully hopped IPA which was brewed with four different varieties of hop giving a fantastically fruity finish and citrus aroma. It is light golden in colour and with an abv of 4.5%, it is the perfect refreshment after a day kitesurfing in the sun!

The Kitesurfing Armada will be held on the 21 – 23 June on Hayling Island. The Festival has been voted Best UK Kitesurfing Event three years in a row and has raised over £200,000 for charity. Famous names in the world of Kitesurfing have also attended and this year is set to be bigger than ever with live music, a family zone, fun circus skills sessions, BMX displays a food court and funky festival bars featuring the Armada’s very own beer. It’s free to visit the festival but you just need to register online. Do come along for a fabulous day out!





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