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29th December


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

The News 20th December





21st December


Proposed development in Emsworth on  green field site off off Westwood Close to be discussed in January.

A Development Consultation Forum (DCF) will be held in the Council Chamber at 6pm on Tuesday 16th January 2018.  The DCF will consider the proposed development of approximately 1.48 hectares of land off Westwood Close, Emsworth for 49 dwellings. A DCF is a meeting held in public, where the developer is able to explain proposals directly to councillors and the public.

The council hopes that as a result of the DCF the developer, Hampshire Homes, will be better informed as to the community expectations prior to submitting a planning application. No decisions about the proposals are made at the DCF. Details of the proposal are available to view on the Development Consultation Forum page on the Havant Borough Council website. The de;oper'd proposl can be downloaded HERE and a large scale plan of the site and its location HERE.

Members of the public can attend the forum to listen to the debate, with the option of completing feedback forms with their individual comments at the end of the meeting. The meeting is held in public but is not a public meeting and therefore only invited speakers, councillors and officers can contribute.

Any person with views on the proposal is encouraged to contact their councillor or community representative. Therefore only invited speakers, councillors and officers can contribute. David Guest, Cabinet Lead for Planning and Place-Making, said: “This meeting is an important opportunity for Havant borough councillors and residents to get an understanding of the developer’s proposal.

“In response community concerns can be raised, which are crucial for the developer to recognise before submitting their formal planning application.”








12th December


Threat to green gap at Emsworth

LAND dividing Denvilles and Emsworth could soon be developed to create 2,100 new homes.

Havant Borough Council announced the green space, known as Southleigh – which includes the so-called ‘Emsworth gap’ – is set to appear as a key site in its draft local plan for 2036, which will be released next week.  Alongside the housing, the council earmarked the site for infrastructure development – including a new road junction, a primary school and a small local centre of shops.

Speaking about Southleigh, Havant Borough Council’s lead for planning, Councillor David Guest, said: ‘The owners of this piece of land would like to see it used for development and we are obliged to consider it. It is capable of accommodating a lot of housing.

‘We held two design masterplan workshops for the site earlier this year where members of the public were consulted and reaction was quite positive.’

If the draft local plan passes through a Havant Borough Council cabinet meeting on Monday, December 18, Southleigh will be given the green light and the document will become open to five weeks of public feedback from January 8, 2018.  The development – which is expected to take between five and 10 years to complete if it goes ahead – has not yet been assigned to a developer  However, public consultations will take place if plans for the land progress.

Stephanie Elsy, the chairwoman of Emsworth forum, said: ‘It is fair to say a lot of people feel it is a shame a lot of green space could disappear if this development goes ahead, but we understand Havant Borough Council is just doing what it must to meet housing needs.
‘In my view, it is better to include Southleigh in the draft local plan so everyone can see it, instead of the project being added in by government later.’

It is expected 1,100 of Southleigh’s would-be 2,100 homes could be completed by 2036.  A new road junction linking with the A27 would be built before housing at Southleigh – with a view to relieving traffic in central Havant, Bartons Road, Park Road North and South and Southleigh Road.  Cabinet lead for infrastructure and economy projects, Cllr Tim Pike, said: ‘Public feedback on this project will be absolutely vital – infrastructure in the existing area is already under pressure.  ‘It could not take the number of new homes proposed.’

The News 10th December 2017





29th November


Peter Alec Lashly



Chris Hazell is researching his Father's RAF history and would like to contact the family of Peter Alec Lashly. Peter was an air gunner who was killed in action on 10 September 1942 aged 22. He came from Emsworth and his parents were Charles Frederick Lashly and Nellie May Lashly.


Chris has some information about Peter. and two photographs taken at his father, Terry's, wedding. 


Chris may be contacted at tasar2832@gm



24th November


Tim Gudgin, Emsworth's 'voice of football' has died, aged 87


Tim Gudgin, formerly the voice of BBC television's Saturday tea-time football results, has died aged 87.

Gudgin retired in 2011, a week before his 82nd birthday, to end a career lasting more than 60 years.

He had joined Grandstand in 1976, reading out the horse racing and rugby results until 1995, when he became the second person - after Len Martin - to read out the football results.

During his time at the BBC, he also worked for Radio 2 and Radio 4.

Gudgin, known for his distinctive rising and falling intonation, started his broadcasting career while on National Service in Germany in 1949 at the age of 20.

He managed to beat 200 others to secure one of four newsreading jobs in Hamburg, before returning home and joining the BBC.

When he retired, Gudgin said: "It is a triple reason why I am going - age, distance - I am down on the south coast and the team is going to be up in Salford, and my granddaughter's wedding in Australia, which I have to be there for."

Gudgin died peacefully at his home on 8 November, his family said.

His funeral will be held at Chichester Crematorium on Monday, 20 November.

Tim Gudgin's career in broadcasting

  • 1950: Following a three-year period of National Service, Gudgin joined BFN Radio in Germany as a newsreader and occasional sports reviewer.
  • 1952: Moved back to the UK and became studio manager for BBC European Service, also working as newsreader. When his boss moved to network radio, Gudgin joined him on a six-month attachment - and stayed for 10 years.
  • 1965-71: Worked as a freelancer presenting shows such as Housewives' Choice, Midday, Out & About, Saturday Night on the Light, Treble Chance, Today, Late Night Extra, Home This Afternoon, Top of the Form, Listen on Saturday, Music Box, Family Favourites, Y.A.T.N.A.M, Friday Night is Music Night, Marching & Waltzing, Night Ride, Melody Hour and Swingalong.
  • 1973-76: Worked as a public relations consultant in the Isle of Man.
  • 1976: Returned to the UK and sports programme Grandstand, where he read out the horse racing and rugby results in the final score segment of the programme.
  • 1995: Following the death of Len Martin, he became only the second person to read out the football results for BBC television on Saturday afternoons.
  • 2011: Retired from reading the football results.


BBC Sport



6th November


The Draft Emsworth Neighbourhood plan consultation Begins


The Draft Emsworth Neighbourhood plan consultation has begun and will last until 17:00pm on Tuesday 19th December 2017.  The draft plan can be downloaded directly HERE.

Print copies can be viewed at the Emsworth Library, 23 High Street, Emsworth, PO10 7AQ, the Emsworth Community Centre, North Street, PO10 7DD and at the Emsworth Farmers Market on 18th November and 16th December 2017.  Copies will also be available to inspect at a Public Meeting being held to present and discuss the Draft Plan at the Emsworth Forum AGM between 10-12am on 16th December 2017 at the Emsworth Community Centre, North Street.

Details of how to make your representations can be found on the Emsworth Forums website.

Once the consultation finishes, the Forum Committee will consider residents' comments, and those of the ‘statutory consultees’, and make any necessary changes to the Draft Plan to take those views into account.

Then the Draft Neighbourhood Plan will be submitted to Havant Borough Council for them to conduct a further public consultation and appoint a Planning Inspector who will formally and publicly examine the Draft Plan to check that it is compliant with the law and that we have followed the proper process in creating it. Once they are satisfied, the Plan will be put to the electors of Emsworth ward in a Referendum.

the Emsworth Forum’s work is managed by a team of local volunteers with donations of time and resources from local businesses and residents. They are very grateful for all their generous support. Payment has only been hade for goods and services that we cannot source for free.  If you would like to help organise the public consultation please contact the Chair Stephanie Elsy at stephanie@stephelsy.net or on 01243 379973.

For more information visit: http://www.emsworthforum.com






20th October


Keep Emsworth surgery in the town centre

The doctor's practice in Emsworth is proposing to close its main surgery and relocate that to the far edge of the village into a yet to be constructed building that will be funded by the NHS transformation fund. This will disadvantage about 9000 people who currently have good public transport links to the central surgery or are within a 15 minute walk of the two current surgeries.

There is an empty building called the Emsworth Victoria Cottage Hospital that not only was built by public subscription but also is viable and in a central village location but NHS property services who owns the building is proposing an excessive rent to the practice and in doing so makes it non-viable for the practice in commercial terms. With this cunning plan, NHS property services will be able to sell the site for residential development and at the same time another part of the NHS will pickup the bill for the new build.

Objections to the process:

1. The costings and viability of the various sites has not been transparent. The public do not understand the logic of the move except that they can see that the practice will save money by just having one surgery, they will also be able to sell two valuable buildings and at the same time, one part of the NHS will be funding a new building and another part of the NHS will capitalise on a valuable central site. 

2. There has been minimal consultation on this proposal and many patients of the practice are still unaware of the proposal, there is no rigour on the results of the survey which is anonymous and open to abuse and the results will be reported back via groups that are already in favour of the move.

3. The CCG ( Clinical Commissioning Group) has not consulted the patients even though it has a legal duty to do so.

3. Closing the central village surgery will mean that 80% of the population can no longer walk to a surgery using the practice's 15 minute measure.

4. The current footfall at the two surgeries is in the ratio of 4 to 1 and the proposal is to close the surgery that handles the majority of traffic.

 Sign the Petition HERE

Mike Oliver 19th October 2017






20th October

An opportunity to join Havant Rotary.


Would you like a friendly social life and work with your new friends to help those less fortunate than yourself?


Havant Rotary offers opportunities for members – and those interested in making a worthwhile difference – to get involved both in the local community and, as it is part of Rotary International, the wider world.


During the last few weeks the club’s activities have included its Monday evening meetings when members chat over a meal and regularly have interesting speakers; helped out at Emsworth’s Apple Pressing day; taken a group of senior citizens out for a drive followed by afternoon tea and a group of Young Carers for a day out at the seaside and fish and chips.


They are now planning for Christmas – arranging the collection of shoeboxes filled with goodies for disadvantaged children in Eastern Europe, and getting the club’s sleigh ready to tour the borough’s streets.


The club is holding an open evening on Friday, November 10, when you can enjoy a glass of wine and canapes while learning more about the organisation and meeting some of the members.


If you would like an invitation, please email membership@havantrotary.org.uk


Meanwhile the Havant Rotary website http://events.havantrotary.org.uk packed with information or follow us on Facebook.













2nd October


And something to finish…….


The culmination of this year’s Emsworth British Food Fortnight is all about Community, which in many ways is what the fortnight is all about. Featuring an open air Harvest Festival with the donation of Emsworth’s Food Mountain to the Beacon Food Bank. And the A Thought for Food Market, a real celebration of Emsworth and local producers with something for everyone – food, wine and entertainment.

Saturday 7th October

A Thought for Food Market - 10am – 4pm - South Street

Time to celebrate all that is great about Emsworth; it’s food heritage, local producers, independent High Street and its community. A Thought for Food is all of this and so much more.  The stallholders at this unique Market have one thing in common; apart from being local, they all have a story to tell. There will be a wonderful range of over 25 stalls, enjoy sampling and buying everything from ale to wine, from fresh fish to chocolate, and everything in between.

·       25 local food & drink producers from local sausages to Hampshire Chocolate Milk

·       “The Acoustic Fields’ stage with entertainment from 11.30am

·       Acts include Emsworth’s Ukulele Orchestra, Diddi Dance and the welcome return of local band – Heronshaw

·       The Southern Co-operative is on site focussing on local products

·       Montezuma’s Chocolate offering samples of their fabulous chocolate.

·       Meet the Emsworth Schools ‘Scarecrows’ – made by local schools to help celebrate the harvest

·       The Beef Shack – featuring the ultimate sandwich

·       Fish preparation demonstrations with Fresh from the Boat

·       Vineyards of Hampshire Pavilion – taste the sparkling wines that everyone is talking about.

·       The Blue Marine Foundation will have a stand demonstrating what they are trying to achieve in the Solent Oyster beds

·       A Food Court area to sit and watch the market and catch a bit of entertainment

·       Have you photo taken with the Emsworth Lob-STAR

This is in many ways the very heart of Emsworth’s British Food Fortnight and rather like the community itself this is a market very much with a strong sense of place.

“Community is the thing that binds us together, makes us part of the same story, and gives us our sense of place” Alistair Gibson, Chair Emsworth Business Association

Gin Tasting

Sample a range of exquisite gins from Artisan Gin Distillers from the south of the UK. No charge. There is no need to pre-book. 12:00noon – 2:30pm Portal, Dingwall & Norris Wines, 48 Main Road, Emsworth


Photography at the Kitchen Table, with Duncan Shepherd

A workshop exploring lighting, composition and camera techniques for still life photography with an emphasis on creativity and craft.  This session introduces a range of visual concepts and offers an opportunity to develop your photography technically and aesthetically through discussion, demonstration and practical experimentation.

£39 per person.  Includes homemade cake & information sheets to take home.  Pre-booking essential.

Tuppenny Barn 10:00am – 2:00pm

Sunday 8th October

A “Boost of Kindness” Harvest Festival

11.30am – 12noon - St.Peters’ Square Sunday


A special Community Harvest Festival Service with Emsworth Churches and Schools in St. Peter’s Square. Bring a food item and help in the building of the Emsworth British Food Fortnight Food Mountain for the Beacon Food Bank.

Everyone is welcome, so come and reflect for a moment and give thanks for all we have while enjoying live music, school choirs and the great Harvest Hymns.

This year the Food Mountain will be donated on behalf of Emsworth by 2 local primary school pupils, Ben and Lewis Druvari, both 9 years old, who set up a sweet stall at St.James Primary School using their own money and used the proceeds to buy food for the Food Mountain collection.


And there is so much more as well………


·       Grab an Emsworth British Food Fortnight 2017 canvas bag and find a little surprise from Montezuma’s inside

·       Special Menus and regional dishes in many of the restaurants, pubs and cafes.

·       This year there are some special Emsworth British Food Fortnight Merchandise with Aprons and The Lobster Republic of Emsworth t-shirts available to purchase. They will be available at -


For more information on the British Food Fortnight in Emsworth visit www.Emsworth.org.uk 





29th September


Curtain to rise on children’s drama classes

A DRAMA school is offering free trials to children interested in joining one of its new classes.
Light UP, which already runs acting classes for youngsters in several locations across Hampshire, is bringing its weekly sessions to children in Emsworth.

Hour-long classes aimed at youngsters aged four to seven will run every Monday during term time from October 30 at the Emsworth Community Centre.

Older children, meanwhile, can take advantage of a new style of class – Light UP Academy – aimed at budding young professionals aged eight to 16-year-olds.

The two-hour Light UP Academy class, also running after school at the Emsworth Community Centre on Mondays, will offer a taste of drama school training and what it’s like to work in the industry. The sessions will include actor training workshops from visiting industry professionals, rehearsals for our performances, and the chance to earn professional qualifications.

Light UP’s director, Rosanna Sloan, said: “We want children to reap all the benefits that drama can offer them – to Light UP their confidence and imaginations – and we do this by offering affordable acting classes, taught in a fun and supportive environment.

“By offering a free trial at one of our new classes in Emsworth, we hope to encourage even more children to develop an interest in the performing arts.”

Light UP, a not-for-profit organisation, is the education arm of the professional theatre company Unexpected Places.

For more information about Light UP drama classes for children, visit www.lightupdrama.org.uk  or email info@lightupdrama.org.uk .








27th September


Emsworth British Food Fortnight 2017 – A ‘Feast’ of a weekend


“Emsworth epitomises everything that British Food Fortnight, the national food celebration, seeks to achieve in communities across the country: an event that embraces the whole town, is organised by people who know and love its food heritage and who use this annual flurry of food activities to showcase Emsworth’s producers, food shops and restaurants.”

Alexia Robinson, Founder Love British Food and British Food Fortnight


The middle weekend of this year’s Emsworth British Food Fortnight promises literally to have something for everyone. 


Friday 29th September

Emsworth British Beer and Cider Festival

Emsworth Community Centre


Returns this year with over 30 local and award-winning ales – chosen to include several of the class-winners at this year’s Great British Beer Festival, including Gold Winner (Best Bitters) ‘Cwtch’ from Wales, Silver Winner ‘Jarl’ from Scotland (Golden Ales), and joint-bronze winner (Golden Ales) ‘Citra’ from East Anglia.


 There is also a special selection of Somerset Ciders, Meet the Brewer sessions and live music from Reaver’s Rant and Mark Handley’s Bone Idols.  Locally sourced food including Jake’s celebrated pork pies, and Sue Treagust’s excellent scotch eggs keeps the British Food theme going.


The Emsworth Beer and Cider Festival continues on Saturday 30th September and Sunday 1st October.


Friday 29th September 5pm-6pm Premium Session limited tickets available*, then 6.30pm – 11pm

Saturday 30th September 11am – 4pm, 5pm – 11pm

Sunday 1st October 12noon – 4pm drink-ups (not ticketed)


*Premium Session tickets £25pp – gives you unlimited access to try as many ales as you wish, limited to 30 people. 

Tickets - £10 per session including souvenir glass, programme and drinks tokens


Tickets available in Emsworth from -  Bookends, Harbour Records, The Newsagents &  also www.wegottickets.com



Enjoy a welcome drink with snacks & olives and then taste eight British cheeses and eight carefully paired wines.  Tasting notes will provided. 7:00pm – 10:00pm 

Emsworth Delicatessan, 2 West Street, Emsworth  PO10 7DU

01243 389181  www.emsworthdeli.co.uk

£25 per person.  Prebooking essential.  Call 01243 389181 or visit the Deli to reserve a place



Saturday 30th September

The Emsworth Wine Fair

Hewitts, South Street - 11am – 4.00pm


Organised by 4 local independent wine merchants who are also joined by Hambledon Vineyard and Winchester Distillery. While focussing on award winning English wines, which will include amongst others, Sixteen Ridges, Albourne Estate and Ridgeview, there will also be some fantastic wines from other regions; from Rioja to Stellenbosch this is a wonderful opportunity to taste over 40 wines including many which are organic. But its not just wine, there will be a range British Gins and the English Whiskey Company will be there and available to taste.


There will also be a ‘Blind Wine Tasting’ Competition with some marvellous bottles to be won, and that’s not all, in conjunction with Montezuma’s, there will be a Chocolate and Wine tasting experience for tasters to discover just how many wines really do work with chocolate. All visitors will also receive a limited souvenir tasting glass to use and take home afterwards.


Tickets are £5, available on the door, and this includes –

·        Tasting of over 40 wines and spirits

·        A souvenir limited edition tasting glass to take home

·        A chocolate and wine tasting experience

·        Blind wine tasting competition

·        The opportunity to stock up on your favourite bottles many at Food Fortnight Prices.


As part of Emsworth’s celebration of the Great British High Street this promises to be a wonderful adventure in wine.


Hampshire Farmers Market

St.Peters’ Square 10am – 2pm

A special British Food Fortnight Hampshire Farmers Market with over 20 producers from all round Hampshire showing just what wonderful produce is grown and made not very far from our front doors.


Montezuma’s Chocolate will also be in the Square with their Chocolate Bus with tasters and general chocolate chitchat!

Visitors will also be able pick up this years Emsworth British Food Fortnight canvas shopping bag being given out free.


Emsworth Brewery – Open Days

12:00noon – 7:00pm Saturday 30th Sept & Sunday 1st Oct

Visit this micro-brewery located in the heart of Emsworth and sample their real ales.

Rear of 16 West Street - Free entry


Sunday 1st October


The Emsworth Community Seafood Lunch

12.15 – 12.45pm – Emsworth Quay.


The Emsworth Community Seafood lunch will once again celebrate Emsworth’s fishing heritage as well as its now famous Lobster Pot Christmas, the lunch will be served on the Quay, on long communal tables and will be prepared by five of the areas leading Chefs:


Lawrence Murphy – Fat Olives Restaurant                  Gary Pearce – Restaurant 36 on the Quay

Giles Babb – Blue Bell Inn                                              Jon Scourfield – Brookfield Hotel

Barbara Crick – Emsworth Cookery School


The lunch is already sold out and all profits from the lunch will be donated to Emsworth Primary School and St. James Primary School – the local charities supported this year by the Emsworth Business Association.


STOP PRESS – the Emsworth Seafood Community Seafood Lunch is now sold out BUT one pair of tickets has just been made available – the highest bid by mid-day Friday 29th September will receive these highly sort after tickets. Bid via Twitter @Emsworthfood



And there is so much more as well………


·        Grab an Emsworth British Food Fortnight 2017 canvas bag and find a little surprise from Montezuma’s inside

·        The Montezuma’s Chocolate Bus will be in Emsworth on most days for chocolate tastings and general Chocolate “chitchat”

·        Special Menus and regional dishes in many of the restaurants, pubs and cafes.

·        Meet the Emsworth Schools ‘Scarecrows’ – made by local schools to help celebrate the harvest – they will be unveiled in the Square and rumour has it some maybe be in fancy dress!

·        This year there are some special Emsworth British Food Fortnight Merchandise with Aprons and The Lobster Republic of Emsworth t-shirts available to purchase. They will be available at -

Emsworth Market Day – Saturday 30th September

Emsworth Wine Fair – Saturday 30th September

Emsworth Seafood Lunch – Sunday 1st October

A Thought for Food Market – Saturday 7th October


‘A Boost of Kindness’

Food Bank Collection points will be prominent in Emsworth over the fortnight in aid of The Beacon Food Bank, culminating in the building of a ‘Food Mountain’ on Sunday 8th October




·        A full listing of events can be found in this year’s programme, which can be download here – http://www.emsworth.org.uk/news/emsworth-british-food-fortnight-2017-programme-download


·        For more information about British Food Fortnight – www.lovebritishfood.co.uk





14th September


The Second Emsworth Beer Festival


Award-winning beers from The 2017 Great British Beer Festival will feature among the 30 different ales at this year's 2nd Emsworth Beer, Cider, and Wine Festival being staged at Emsworth Community Centre as part of Emsworth's British Food Fortnight. The brews are from as far afield as Wales and Northern England and will be racked alongside a special selection of Somerset ciders, beers from local breweries, and non-alcoholic apple juice from Nutbourne.

Live music from Reavers Rant, and Mark Handley's Bone Idols features on Friday and Saturday evenings  respectively, and Flash DAB+ Radio will broadcast live from there on Saturday afternoon.

Organised by CAMRA member and Wemsfest artistic director Mark Ringwood the 3-day event starts on Friday 29th  September

Friday 29th September 5pm – 6pm Premium Session limited tickets available*, then 6.30pm – 11pm

 Saturday 30th September 11am – 4pm5pm – 11pm

Sunday 1st October 12noon – 4pm drink-ups (not ticketed) *Premium Session tickets £25pp – gives you unlimited access to try as many ales as you wish, limited to 30 people.

Tickets – £10 per session  include 
a special souvenir glass, drink tokens, free programme, and are available from Bookends and Harbour Records in Emsworth, and http://www.wegottickets.com/.





11th September


Rights Respecting School Award  Award - Emsworth Primary School


Emsworth Primary School received Level 1 of the UNICEF UK Rights Respecting School Award (RRSA) in June 2017.

The UNICEF assessor gathered evidence from senior leaders, Governors, staff, parents, pupils and the school environment in an extensive audit.

The school began working towards this Award almost two years ago and it has formed one of the key Improvement Priorities.


The Level 1 Award is granted by UNICEF UK to schools that show good progress towards embedding children’s rights in the school’s policy, practice and ethos.


In simple terms, the Award demonstrates that at the School children’s issues are placed at the centre of everything, and that the School actually lives its values. It’s significant that UNICEF works directly with the School and that there is a high degree of pupil involvement. Indeed, much of the work at the school involved Pupil Governors in keeping their peers updated and also representing their views well.

The School was able to demonstrate good practice in the four aspects of the Award:


Standard A: Rights-respecting values underpin leadership and management. The best interests of the child are a top priority in all actions. Leaders are committed to placing the values and principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of all policies and practice.

Standard B: The whole school community learns about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Convention is made known to children, young people and adults who use this shared understanding to work for global justice and sustainable living.


Standard C: The school has a rights-respecting ethos. Young people and adults collaborate to develop and maintain a rights-respecting school community in all areas and in all aspects of life based on the Convention.

Standard D: Children are empowered to become active citizens and learners. Every child has the right to say what they think in all matters affecting them and to have their views taken seriously. Young people develop their confidence through their experience of an inclusive rights-respecting school community, play an active role in their own learning and speak and act for the rights of all to be respected locally and globally.






4th September




Woodmancote Church is 125 years old this year - your help is needed to restore it.

 Erected in 1892, the Church is the fourth oldest `tin tabernacle' in the UK and the oldest in Sussex, it will cost £14,000 to restore the Church

Why help us? We intend that people in Woodmancote will increasingly use the Church for village meetings. celebrations and events - such as a book club, or the like - as well as for a place of worship

What have we achieved already? The fantastic sum of £9,000 has been pledged or raised already, and we need your help to raise a further £5,000 before Christmas.

How can you help? We hope those with an affection for the building, who recognise its historical value and enrichment to the area, will help and support us in this project.

·       £100 (plus gift aid) would restore a roof panel

·       £400 (plus gift aid) would restore a window at the Church


Rev. Andrew Doye welcomes everyone to celebrate the Church's 125th Anniversary at a service on October 1st at 3pm, followed by a celebration tea.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT OUR APPEAL COMMITTEE: Elizabeth Medler 01243 370349 / Abigail Rowe 07802 783604 / Joanna Wakefield

Parish of St John the Baptist, Westbourne. Registered Charity No. 1130732.



20th August

Emsworth British Food Fortnight 2017 an Overview


Since its foundation in 2014 the Emsworth British Food Fortnight has not only won National Awards but has become one of the most successful Food events of its type in the UK celebrating local food, local people and Emsworth itself.

Emsworth will once again be participating in British Food Fortnight, which this year runs from 23rd September to 8th October. The brainchild of Love British Food, British Food Fortnight is a wonderful opportunity for Emsworth to showcase its food heritage but more than that it’s about the community coming together to celebrate itself through food. Three words sum up what this fortnight is all about: 


Community          Education            Celebration


There is an amazing programme of events and activities over the fortnight from local producer Markets to Apple Pressing Day, from a Community Seafood Lunch on the Quay to a Beer and Cider Festival and so, so much more. Emsworth businesses will be pushing the boat out this year too with tastings, demonstrations and special offers. Once again Emsworth is working with local Primary Schools, Colleges of Further Education and supporting the local Beacon Food Bank.


Some of this year’s main events include -


Emsworth Apple Pressing Day – Saturday 23rd September

A real community event. Local apples grown by residents producing ‘Emsworth Apple Presse 2017’ in the Square. The label for this year will be unveiled on the day, designed by a local primary school pupil.

The ‘Great British Menu’ College Lunches - 3 local catering colleges take over the Brookfield Hotel and design, prepare and serve a ‘Great British Menu’


Highbury College – 27th September, Chichester College – 28th September, Fareham College- 5th October


Emsworth’ Beer and Cider Festival - Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October

Enjoy up to 30 great British beers, both local and from further afield, combined with some astonishingly good English wines and cider, as well as live entertainment and local food producers.


Emsworth Market Day with Hampshire Farmers’ Market - Saturday 30th September – St.Peters’ Square


The Emsworth Wine Fair - Saturday 30th September

Organised by the areas 4 local independent wine merchants, this is a wonderful opportunity to taste over 40 wines and spirits. While focusing on award winning English wines, there will also be some fantastic wines from other regions from Rioja to Stellenbosch. However its not just wine on offer, there will be a range of British Gins and the English Whisky Co will also be there as well.


Emsworth Community Seafood Lunch  - Sunday 1st October

The Emsworth Community Seafood lunch will once again celebrate our fishing heritage; the lunch will be served on the Quay, on long communal tables and will be prepared by five of the areas leading Chefs:


Lawrence Murphy – Fat Olives Restaurant, Giles Babb – Bluebell Inn, Gary Pearce – Restaurant 36 on the Quay                                                                     Jon Scourfield – Brookfield Hotel – Barbara Crick – Emsworth Cookery School


The lunch will see the launch of this years Emsworth’s Lobster pot Christmas Tree and all profits from the

Lunch will go to Emsworth’s two Primary Schools



·        A ‘Thought for Food’ Local Showcase Market - Saturday 7th October

Created to enable local food & drink producers from West Sussex and Hampshire to come together and showcase their products here in Emsworth, this outdoor market has proved a big hit with both visitors and producers. There will be live music from local young performers including the brilliant Heronshaw, food safaris and food demonstrations throughout the day so this market should have something to appeal to just about everyone!


·        Taking the Harvest to Primary Schools

In conjunction with Hampshire Farmers’ Market food education workshops will be hosted at local primary schools for pupils.


·        ‘A Boost of Kindness’

Food Bank Collection points will be prominent in Emsworth over the fortnight in aid of The Beacon Food Bank, culminating in the building of a ‘Food Mountain’ on Sunday 8th October


·        A Special Community Harvest Festival Service in St. Peter’s Square - Sunday 8th October 11.30am


These are just a taster of what’s to come as will be revealed when this year’s programme is released Monday 28th August at the Emsworth Horticultural Show. The program will contain a full listing of events and activities from special menus and tastings and much, much more in many of Emsworth’s restaurants, cafes, shops and public houses that both residents and visitors can enjoy. To misquote Oliver Twist ‘Please Sir, can I have some more?” – “yes, you can and lots more!”


“Emsworth epitomises everything that British Food Fortnight, the national food celebration, seeks to achieve in communities across the country: an event that embraces the whole town, is organised by people who know and love its food heritage and who use this annual flurry of food activities to showcase Emsworth’s producers, food shops and restaurants.”

Alexia Robinson, Founder Love British Food and British Food Fortnight


I firmly believe that community is the thing that binds us together, make us part of the same story, gives us our sense of place. The Emsworth British Food Fortnight is not just another Food Festival this is a real celebration embracing community and education and celebrating Emsworth and the local region through its people and its food. In essence we’re laying the table, and are adding new dishes all the time, all you have to do is pull up a chair and enjoy the feast!”

Alistair Gibson, Organising Committee EBFF17


“We are really excited to be supporting the Emsworth British Food Fortnight again this year.  Producing all of our chocolate just a few miles away, the Fortnight is a fantastic forum for us to get as many people to try Montezuma’s as possible and showcase our products to such an interested audience.  We will be in Emsworth every day with ‘the Chocolate Van’ offering tasters and chocolate chitchat to visitors and our chocolate will be at no less than eight events throughout the Fortnight!”  Helen Pattinson, Co-founder & Director, Montezuma’s Chocolates


“The Brookfield Hotel is proud to be a sponsor of this year’s Emsworth British Food Fortnight. We are so excited to share in the passion that Emsworth has in promoting our community, to live and work in. This is a real celebration of all the very best of seasonal and local produce as well as all that is great about Emsworth.”

Amanda Thomas, General Manager, The Brookfield Hotel



·        A full listing of events will be released in this year’s programme, to be launched on 28th August

·        For more information about British Food Fortnight – www.lovebritishfood.co.uk


For more information on the British Food Fortnight in Emsworth visit www.Emsworth.org.uk


20th August 2017





22nd July


6th WemsFest is Missing Julian’s Touch


WemsFest Artistic Director Mark Ringwood has launched the new programme for the 6th Festival but says it’s tinged with sadness.


“This year we’ll be missing a large tranche of original and quirky theatre which would normally have come under the direction of my fellow director Julian Sluggett.  Sadly Julian’s been battling a fairly major illness and hasn’t been able to direct any productions for the Rogues & Vagabonds Theatre Company so we’ll be without the popular Racton Follies revue, and any commemoration of P G Wodehouse for the first time since the festival began.  We will still have a theatre element and I’m delighted that Havant’s Bench Theatre will be working with us to present 4 performances of  the very thought-provoking ‘What Ivy Wanted’ which has been written by local playwright Jacquie Penrose and will be staged in Chidham, Emsworth, Havant, and Hayling Island.


Musically we’re still very strong and hoping for a sell-out with veteran English folk band Fairport Convention who play Emsworth Baptist Church on 20 October – the same venue being used for the Festival’s opening act Dervish on 5 October, and acclaimed jazz quartet The Dime Notes on 11 October.  Elsewhere we have music by Glasgow-based singer songwriter Carol Laula (14 October), the award winning Red Dirt Skinners (19 October), and a classical concert by cellist Ella Rundle and violinist Eloisa Fleur (15 October).  The Crown Inn will be presenting a wide range of local musicians on Saturday evenings, and Sunday afternoons, and we have six separate wine-tastings, and an art exhibition by Emsworth resident Steve Massey.


All of this costs quite a lot to present so I’m hopeful that our second Emsworth Beer & Cider Festival will be as successful as the first as it’s an ideal curtain-raiser for WemsFest and it takes place just a week prior to the first events from 29 September - 1 October.  The benefits of having a 12 page programme also gives us the opportunity to highlight several events we’re presenting after the Festival – concerts by US blues musicians Doug MacLeod  (2 Nov), Guy Davis (26 Nov),

UK bluesman Eddie Martin (18 Nov), and Australian bluesmen Derrin Nauendorf & Jaimi Faulkner (9 Dec).


We’re already making ongoing plans for 2018 so whatever happens this year we’ll learn from it and come back even stronger and more determined.”


WemsFest tickets go onsale on Friday 28 July from Bookends, and Harbour Records in Emsworth, and online at www.wegottickets.com



ENQUIRIES: Mark Ringwood 07802 500050 or wemsfest@btinternet.com





4th July


26th Chichester International Film Festival 10th - 27th August, 2017 kicks off with two open air films.




The festival, the largest on the South Coast, will feature around 170+ films during its 18-day run kicking off with two outdoor screenings at Chichester’s historic walled Priory Park.

Cars 3, screening on 4 August at dusk, dares you to buckle up for a high-speed, all-action return to the world of Cars like you’ve never seen before. In this fast-paced adventure new high-tech, next-gen racer Jackson Storm hits the Piston Cup, pushing the legendary Lightning McQueen to the back of the pack. To get back in the game Lightning will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. With the voices of Owen Wilson and Chris Cooper.

It's the moment Dirty Dancing fans have been waiting for. Nobody puts Baby in a corner!” Thirty years after Patrick Swayze first uttered those words in Dirty Dancing, the iconic love story and dance extravaganza is back! If you’ve never seen Dirty Dancing (and how in the world is that possible?), come along to Priory Park on Saturday 5 August, the film screening at dusk and preceded by singer Dawn Gracie.   Advance Tickets for both films £8 (£10 on the day if available). Tickets: www.chichestercinema.org

          The 26th Chichester International film festival offers 170+ films over 18 days with a quality selection of worldwide independent, innovative cinema and visual arts which attracts over 6,500 festival goers from all over the South Coast and further afield. Premieres, Previews and New Releases join talks, Q&As, visits by directors, producers, actors, previous guests including Ralph Fiennes, Michael Winterbottom and John Lithgow.  Venues for screenings include Chichester Cinema at New Park’s three venues – the Auditorium, the Studio and the 13-seater gypsy caravan, The Picture Palace with its vaulted painted ceiling of 1970’s films, Priory Park and St. John’s Chapel. The festival’s main sponsors are University of Chichester and Greenwoods Wealth Solutions.

Roger Gibson, the festival’s artistic director, attends the Cannes, Berlin, Toronto, Karlovy Vary and London Film Festivals as well as networking with many producers, directors and distributors for the festival. Details of the 26th edition will be publicised in late July in full.



1st July


Emsworth retailer celebrates first ever Climatarian Week, 3-9 July


With just a few days to go until the first ever Climatarian Week, 3-9 July, companies and individuals in the South East are pledging their support for a healthy, climate-friendly diet. Among the latest to offer climatarian food and menu choices is Tuppenny Barn, Southbourne.


People are invited to try out the climate-friendly diet for a week at http://www.climatarianweek.com/ or to host a climatarian meal and show their friends and family just how easy it is - and share what they are doing, to inspire others on social media, #ClimatarianWeek. Whether trying the diet, hosting a meal or eating out, the site has recipes, links and inspiration to help.


Climatarians eat with the climate in mind. Climatarian foods include pork, poultry, dairy, fruit, vege-tables and sustainably sourced fish. Beef and lamb have the highest climate impact while seasonal, local and organic fruit and veg are the most climate friendly options. Eating less meat overall and preventing food waste can reduce your footprint even further. High-welfare, free-range, organic, grass fed and unprocessed meat helps to limit other health and climate impacts(1).

People in the UK can save a tonne of CO2e(2) a year by making everyday meals climatarian. That is roughly equivalent to halving the average UK driver’s mileage(3), but much easier to do.


Organisers, Climates Network, have linked up with the Climate Coalition, whose Week of Action is happening all around the UK 1-8 July.


Climates Network co-founder, Liz Sutton, said, “We are delighted to have linked up with the Climate Coalition to highlight the role food can play in tackling climate change, alongside energy, each of which cause roughly a quarter of global carbon emissions. What better way to talk to your MP, friends and family about climate change than over a nutritious and climate-friendly climatarian meal?”


Restaurants, shops, box schemes and caterers across the UK and in Ireland are celebrating the week. See the full list with links to their websites at http://www.climatarianweek.com/supporters/


31st May


 Emsworth British Food Fortnight to launch at TASTE! at Tuppenny Barn Friday 2nd June

This Friday sees the launch of Emsworth British Food Fortnight 2017 at TASTE! at Tuppenny Barn and we are delighted to be joined Alexia Robinson, founder of Love British Food and British Food Fortnight and Olivier Blanc a Love British Food ‘Ambassador’. Since its foundation in 2014 the Emsworth British Food Fortnight has not only won National Awards but has become one of the most successful Food events of its type in the UK celebrating local food, local people and Emsworth itself. Plans are well advanced for this year’s Fortnight and the launch will unveil some of the key events as well as ticketing details. Showcasing at TASTE! on the evening will be a range of local artisan producers and suppliers who haven taken part in the Emsworth Food Fortnight over the last few years and this is a great opportunity to meet them and hear the stories they have to tell including -



Tuppenny Barn 
Hambledon Vineyard
Stansted Farm Shop  
Harry’s Sausages
Staggeringly Good Beer 
Montezuma’s Chocolate
Fresh from the Boat
Jake’s Artisan Foods
The Cold Pressed Oil Company
Winchester Distillery



Rosemary Moon, local chef and food writer, will be giving a cookery demonstration using ingredients from these producers, in essence producing a dish using local ingredients produced by local people for local people.


Some of the sponsors of this year’s Emsworth British Food Fortnight will also be there on the evening, including Monetzuma’s Chocolate who are once again the headline sponsors. Montezuma’s will be unveiling a fantastic competition, ‘Chocolate Innovators’ which is being launched in as part of this year’s event.


“The Emsworth British Food Fortnight is not just another Food Festival this is a real celebration embracing community and education and celebrating Emsworth and the local region through its people and its food. The launch is an opportunity for people to get involved earlier this year and to meet many of the producers and sponsors involved.  In essence we’re laying the table, and are adding new dishes all the time, all you have to do is pull up a chair and enjoy the feast!” Alistair Gibson, Organising Committee EBFF17


A few tickets to TASTE! are still available at £5,  which includes cookery demo and the opportunity to be entered into a draw for tickets to one of the main events at this years Emsworth British Food Fortnight.



TASTE! Tuppenny Barn, Main Road, Emsworth Friday 2nd June 6.30 – 9.30pm – www.tuppennybarn.co.uk

Emsworth Business Association  31st May 2017



23rd May



Could you spare a couple of hours a month? 


Are you looking for an opportunity to give something back to the local community but not sure where to start?  Home-Start Havant are urgently seeking a Fundraising Volunteer.


The Volunteer will run the Fundraising Group who meet every 2 months to plan coffee mornings, quiz nights, car boots; anything that raises money!  The Fundraising Group are looking for someone enthusiastic, proactive and ready to organise and run events.


If you are interested in learning more, feel free to contact a member of the Fundraising Group Lindsay (02392 475 982 or Lindsay@hiley-jon.es)  directly to discuss the opportunities available. 


Alice Summers

Home-Start Havant Trustee


07833 227 366





22nd May




We are delighted to announce The St George’s Day Parade in Emsworth on April 25th 2017, raised £485.35 for SSAFA, Thorney Island.

Thank you all so much for your continued support.







10th May


Emsworth British Food Fortnight - Sewing Seeds Community, Education and Celebration 23rd September - 6th October, 2017


The pretty coastal town of Emsworth with its array of independent shops and renowned restaurants and pubs has long been a destination for food lovers. There is little doubt that Emsworth is a unique place, positioned at the top of Chichester Harbour, this picturesque, old fishing town would be just as happy sitting by the sea in Cornwall or even Brittany. In the main the fishing boats and its once famous oyster industry may have gone, but Emsworth, unlike so many similar communities has still managed to maintain its sense of place. There are very few small towns left on the south coast that can still offer two family owned butchers, a greengrocers and a fishmongers as well as a monthly Market Day. Add into the mix some of the area’s finest restaurants and some wonderful traditional pubs and you can see why Emsworth is cherished both by its residents and visitors alike.

Emsworth's participation over the last three years in Love British Food’s “British Food Fortnight’ has in many ways just underlined what a special place it is. Having won the national ‘Bringing Home the Harvest’ competition in 2014 and being runners up for the last two years has of course been a great achievement but in many ways the real achievement has been to bring a community together and allow it to celebrate itself through food. When you think about it ‘Food’ is a language we all speak. We may have slightly different takes on it but in essence we all have a shared interest, whether as the French would say ‘you eat to live, or live to eat’.  That ‘shared interest’ is at the very heart of what the Emsworth British Food Fortnight is all about. Having been in existence for 3 years, its not about making it bigger and better - its about making it more inclusive, more accessible for young and old, for resident and visitor.

So with that in mind, planning has already started for this year’s event. A small committee has been assembled and as ever the question was ‘how to involve more people, more local businesses, more local producers’. The first stage was to unveil this year’s logo, which encompasses our three main themes –

#Community            #Education               #Celebration

Those three themes can then be used as building blocks under which to incorporate many of the main events. Once you have the main events in place it’s a little like laying the table - you can invite local business, community groups and individuals to get involved, to come up with ideas, promotions and British food related activities.

Community is what binds a place together and there are many ways to bring people together but it’s constantly a thought as to how we can increase this involvement.  The local Churches organise an inter-denominational open air Harvest festival to conclude the Emsworth British Food Fortnight. During the fortnight we enlarge the local Food Bank Collection points and at that Harvest Festival we build a ‘food mountain’ out of those donations and then donate this produce to the local food bank group.  This has been hugely successful over the last 3 years, leading to the creation of a permanent food bank collection point, and we intend to build on this with more community groups this year including the many care homes in the area.

Education is so important when it comes to food and the Emsworth British Food Fortnight has developed a close working relationship with local Primary Schools and Colleges of Further Education.  We go into those local primary schools and deliver food education workshops for the pupils. Four local Colleges each take over Emsworth’s premier hotel, the Brookfield Hotel, for a lunch service when they not only devise a British themed menu but also prepare it and serve it. This year we plan to take that further and involve cooking classes & activities for pre-school children as well.

Celebration is ultimately what its all about - celebrating Emsworth, its people, its business and the surrounding regional producers - and of course there is so much to celebrate! In previous years we’ve organised markets, wine tasting, beer festivals, a charity seafood lunch cooked by Emsworth chefs and served on the historic quay. It’s about allowing people to celebrate and whether it’s with a glass of Hampshire sparkling wine or local grown fruit or vegetables, there is literally so much to celebrate!

Lastly no event of this nature could be organised without the support of both volunteers and sponsors. Emsworth is lucky to have that sense of community and as such a really strong core of volunteers. With sponsors it’s all about working in partnership. It has to work for both parties and we are delighted to announce Montezuma’s Chocolates once again as our main partner. Locally based and surely one of the most innovative chocolate makers in Britain - what’s not too like? We also have a wonderful range of other supporters to whom we are not only grateful to but perhaps most importantly enjoy working with – The Brookfield Hotel, The Portsmouth News, Henry Adams, Monster Creative and Hambledon Vineyard.

We are sowing the seeds right now for another successful Emsworth British Food Fortnight, working with the community to highlight Emsworth and of course British Food.

Alistair Gibson, Emsworth Business Association 29th April 2007




3rd May


Lumley Mill Site Cleared

Over the past month the  site of Lumley Mill has been cleared of vegetation, the owner has issued the following statement;

"The purpose of this is to remove self-seeded sycamore trees which were slowly destroying the foundations of the old mill and a number of trees which were unstable that we have been instructed to remove. Our intentions are to replant native species of trees to replace the ones being removed. We aim to preserve the beauty of this environment and also to ensure that the history of the old milt is not lost forever.

Now that the area is opened up we can appreciate the old chestnut trees, a huge plane tree and ancient yew trees. Please rest assured we love this area and the nature that lives here and it will look beautiful again.

(For purposes of insurance, unfortunately, we are going to have to reinstate the fence)."

This is the site where Lumley Mill originally stood, built in the 18th century it was a working mill that provided biscuits and pork to Portsmouth Dockyard. The mill burnt down in May 1915. The remaining structure was demolished in 1929 leaving behind the foundations which are still exposed and will be protected by the work currently being carried out.






2nd May


Emsworth Arts Trail Round Up

- One venue saw 1440 visitors over one weekend

- Visitors came from around the World to enjoy work from over 150 local artists

- 45 local businesses adopted artists

- Huge community success


2nd May 2017 – Emsworth certainly came alive with a splash of colour on the first weekend of the Emsworth Arts Trail. Over 150 artists at 77 local venues opened their doors to art over two weekends, bringing thousands of visitors into the town.


Artists on the Quay, a group of creative sailors and club members, put on an exhibition at Emsworth Slipper Sailing Club to showcase their work.  Organisers David and Annette Evans, recorded over 1440 visitors to their venue over the two days.  Although they were only open for the first weekend they managed to raise around £300 for their charity the Wheely Boat Trust through commission on sale and donations.  The charity provides specially adapted boats suitable for taking disabled people in wheelchairs out sailing.


Artists welcomed visitors into their home studios, community spaces, halls, pubs and churches, where a wide variety of mediums and styles including painting, printmaking,


photography, furniture making, weaving, woodturning, ceramics, jewellery and textile art were on display.  Even knot lovers, young and old, were delighted to see the work of knot master Ken Yalden, pictured below, passing his skills onto a potential future generation of knotters at Harbour Chandlers, in Emsworth Yacht Habour during the trail.


The buzz surround this year’s Emsworth Arts Trail certainly spread through out the south, if not the World, bringing visitors from near and far.  


We were delighted to welcome a VIP guest to the Trail on Saturday 29th April; the Mayor of Havant, Councillor Faith Ponsonby.  She visited artist Carol Price’s venue in Park Crescent to view her exhibition of new work, and also met some other visitors who had travelled all the way from Canada and Israel to enjoy the Emsworth Arts Trail.


“We’d liked to say a huge thank you to all our wonderful visitors; it’s their enthusiasm and support that help make it such a fantastic event,” commented Carol Price, Chairman of The Emsworth Arts Trail.  “What’s special about our trail is the way it brings local artists, residents and businesses together in an annual celebration of art, creating a real sense of vitality and community in the town.”


Forty-five Emsworth businesses adopted artists; their support really helped promote the trail. Space was provided in their shop windows and walls to showcase pieces of work.  On many occasions great relationships are built, which can lead to more permanent exhibitions within shops, cafes and restaurants.


On The Emsworth Arts Trail Facebook page, it received plenty of praise from visitors;


‪Carol Ann Waldron‪  ‘Excellent ....thoroughly enjoyed the trail ..only disappointment is that, with so much to see, I had to be selective! Congratulations to all involved.’


‪Erika Anne‪  ‘I have my artist cousin from California over to enjoy the arts trail! How far round t


Pauline Cook‪ ‘I always enjoy the Emsworth Art Trail. Thank you to all of the exhibitors for sharing their work, their homes and their inspirations.’


‪Heather Sullivan‪ ‘It was fabulous with such lovely artists’


Carol goes on to explain; “Emsworth Arts Trail brings a real sense of community to the town.  All the artists on the trail meet regularly during the planning stages, where new friends are often made.  The involvement with local businesses provides vital help with the promotion of the event and our local residents often invite guest from far and wide to spend the weekend in Emsworth getting to know our wonderful Town.  They stop for a drink or buy a sandwich along the way, and see the fantastic creativity on show. There’s something to interest everyone, even gardeners are catered for with some great private gardens to explore. 


“We’d just like to thank all those who have taken part in what has been our largest ever arts trail. We hope that those who visited our venues enjoyed meeting our talented artists, and finding out about our materials, processes and inspirations. If you took a few art works home, we hope they will become things you treasure.


We look forward to seeing you again next year,” she concludes.

















1st May


Money Around the Mill Pond - The Sun Shone & Folk were Generous

Mothering Sunday dawned bright and breezy and the Emsworth Sailing Club Money Round The Mill Pond team, suitably clad in Comic Relief T Shirts, hit the ground running.

Junior Captains Grace Summers and James Taylor, aided by Hugo Warwick, set to and laid a tape line along the length of the millpond promenade between the ESC and Emsworth Slipper Sailing Club.
Then, starting at both ends we began to put down the money already collected by local schools, pubs and shops. We met in the middle at mid-day.

From then on it grew and grew with all the walkers and families out on such a lovely day adding their loose change to the trail. As well as change the team was given £420 in notes.
  The hardest task was collecting up the coins!

A big thank you to every single person, school, shop & pub who donated coins & notes to this Comic Relief Event.





27th April

Emsworth Scouts Prepare to Celebrate 100 Years


1st Emsworth Scout Group is preparing for its Centenary in 2 years time,  commencing celebrations by inaugurating Seven new flags for all the sections. This will be followed by a programme of planting 100 trees in the area, culminating in our celebrations in 2019.

On Sunday 23rd April, 1st Emsworth Scout Group attended a service at St James Church in Emsworth for the dedication of the new Group Flags performed by the Rev Julie Price of St James Church.

This was carried out in the presence of Cllr Faith Ponsonby, the current Mayor of Havant and previous Group Scout leader for Emsworth Scouts

18th April


Emsworth library saved?


Emsworth library will remain open until new premises are identified. So says Hampshire county councillor Ray Bolton.


The library on the town square was facing closure when its present lease runs out next year. Previously, the council had said it was too expensive to continue in its present premises, and that the lease would not be renewed.


Local campaigners against closure cited figures showing the library was the best used of the county’s small libraries. The library has 150,000 visits a year, with cost per borrowing at half that of comparable libraries.


“HCC are looking for an alternative location for the library in Emsworth, with lower occupancy costs than the present location,” says Cllr Bolton, member for the Emsworth & St Faith’s division since 2009, tells The News.


“The Emsworth library will remain in its present location until a lower occupancy cost premises can be found.”


“This is tremendous news,” says library campaigner Bob Smyth. “The fear was that no replacement would be ready next year, and the library would close.


“Locating and fitting out alternative premises takes time, so this provides a breathing space.” The library will become even more important, he suggests, as a result of proposed new building in “the Emsworth gap”.


“The wider picture across the county is that Hampshire County Council is keeping all libraries open and this includes Emsworth Library,” Cllr Bolton tells the Friends. ”Should I be re-elected, rest assured the future of the Emsworth Library will continue at the top of my list of priorities.”


Bob Smyth 16th April 2017


6th April

Thieves rip out and steal flagstones at St Thomas à Becket church near Warblington

Flagstones were stolen from in and around the grounds of St Thomas a Becket. A Community has spoken of its shock after learning flagstones laid in and around church grounds were stolen. Thieves targeted the slabs, made of Yorkstone, at St Thomas a Becket in Warblington – a place known for its beauty.

It’s thought the theft took place at night on Monday or in the early hours of the morning on Tuesday.  Inside the churchyard four slabs were stolen and three others dug up and moved.   The slabs that made up the pavement outside the church yard wall have been ripped out and taken.

Christopher Morrison, one of the church’s wardens, said:

‘It’s so disappointing to know people want to and are capable of doing things like this.  The church is about 1,000 years old and it’s in an area of outstanding natural beauty.  Inside the church grounds there are a block of six slabs that’ve been tampered with. Two were stolen and another four taken out, but left behind.

‘Then there’s another larger flagstone on the path towards the church, that has been dug up and left beside its gap. The pavement outside of the church has been completely ripped out.  We’ll now have to establish how to replace the stolen slabs and whether or not we can re-fit the ones left behind.  If anyone is offered old flagstones for their patio, or knows of work in area where they’re being used, I urge them to contact police.’

The area affected outside the church wall belongs to Hampshire County Council.

Residents in the area have expressed their disappointment about the situation. Sue Watters, 55, was out walking her dog on Tuesday when she saw what had happened.

She said:

  ‘I felt quite sick looking at the scene. I can’t believe people would do this.'

A spokeswoman for Hampshire County Council said:

 ‘We were very sorry to hear of the theft of these flagstones from the church grounds, and the damage done. The flagstones on the roadside of the church wall are the responsibility of the county council and cost several thousand pounds. Our highways teams will repair the footpath, but as special materials may need to be sourced, this could take some time, so a temporary footpath may be required in the interim. We would ask residents to be alert to anyone trying to sell or install flagstones in the area, and to report any concerns they may have to the police on 101.’ 

A Hampshire police spokesman said:

‘This is an unusual crime and it’s likely to have taken some time and been pre-planned.   It’s also likely because of the weight of the stones that more than one person was involved, and they would have needed a vehicle.

‘If anyone saw or heard anything suspicious around the church, please call us on 101 quoting 44170124886.’

The News 5th April 2017


1st April

Emsworth Student’s wallpaper is used in show home

Student Abigail Burden has spoken of her pride at having her design used in a new housing development.


Emsworth resident and Southampton Solent University graduate Abigail’s wallpaper design has been used in the show home at Linden Homes’ development Morgan’s Field in Broughton.  The 22-year-old was recently awarded first prize for her exotic print designs in Linden Homes’ interior design competition, in association with Show Business Interiors and Southampton Solent University.

Abigail, who is now studying a masters in textile design at Winchester School of Art, said: ‘I’ve been so excited to see my first real project come to life. The wallpaper looks lovely in the room – it all feels very surreal and I’d like to extend my thanks to the Linden Homes team for giving me this opportunity.’

Jo Dixon, marketing manager at Linden Homes, said: ‘Abigail did an amazing job. She created an excellent design that inspired the rest of the interiors for the show home. She has real talent.’

The News April 1st 2017

31st March

McCarthy & Stone Proposed Development in Western Avenue Consultation

McCarthy & Stone have recently acquired an interest in The Orchard House, Western Avenue, Emsworth and are working up proposals for the site's redevelopment with 25 high-quality Retirement Living apartments for private sale.  A public exhibition to view the proposals and provide the company  with feedback on the plans before a planning application is submitted will be held on Wednesday 12th April 2017 Between: 3.00pm and 7.00pm at Emsworth Community Centre.

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27th March

Rebuilding a wall and reuniting a community

Work to rebuild a failing wall in Emsworth is set to begin next month.

Costing £115,000, the work is due to begin from 10 April.  Contributions of £60,000 from Havant Borough Council and £55,000 from Hampshire County Council (HCC) will see the long awaited wall rebuilt over a nine week period. Preparation works to temporarily lay gas lines to the effected houses by Southern Gas Network (SGN) have now been completed.

Throughout the works temporary lights to control traffic will be in place, with a four day closure being expected between 8 – 11 May.  This is to allow a large crane to be placed on site.
Councillor David Guest, Cabinet Lead for Economy, Planning and Development, said: “We are extremely pleased this work can finally take place and allow North Street to be restored. The wall, in North Street, Emsworth, has been in such poor condition, the footpath next to it has been closed and effectively separated the north and south sides of Emsworth town. The continued partnership working between Havant Borough Council with HCC and SGN has proves what we can do when we work together.”

The path is set to be re-opened in mid-June with local firm Caroway Contractors Ltd undertaking the majority of the work.

27th March

First look at the 2017 Emsworth Arts Trail

The trail will be hosting a pop-up exhibition of some work on Wednesday, April 5, at The Brookfield Hotel between 6.30pm and 9pm.

For one night only a piece of work from each of the artists and makers exhibiting on this year’s trail will be on display, offering an ideal opportunity for visitors to preview the breadth of talent that awaits them.

Carol Price, the chairman of Emsworth Arts Trail, said: ‘Our sneak preview will feature work in a variety of mediums and styles including painting, print-making, photography, furniture-making, weaving, wood-turning, ceramics, jewellery and textile art.

‘We’d like to invite as many people as possible along to meet our artists and find out more about this year’s trail.’

The Emsworth Arts Trail has gone from strength to strength over the years, bringing many additional visitors to the town.

This year promises to be the biggest yet, with 77 venues and more than 150 artists taking part,

Organisers have been working with local businesses to provide space in shop windows and premises to feature artists’ work in a popular Adopt An Artist scheme, which helps boost awareness and aims to create an artistic vibe throughout the town.

Carol added: ‘We are delighted so many shops, restaurants, churches, pubs and cafes in the town have offered their premises as temporary galleries so visitors will be able to take advantage of all that Emsworth has to offer while enjoying the art on display.

Nearly all 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’

The trail will be taking place on April 22 and 23 and April 29 and 30 and May 1. For more information people can visit the website emsworthartstrail.org.uk.

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14th March

  Emsworth to launch FREE Wi-Fi this Saturday  

The Emsworth Business Association is delighted to announce the launch of Emsworth FREE Wi-Fi, which will go live on Saturday 18th March on Market Day with Hampshire Farmers Market

According to Government research (YouGov research) Public Wi-Fi is an effective way for towns, villages and rural center’s to overcome poor, slow and inconsistent mobile coverage. Nearly 43% of Britons are frustrated by lack of free, public Wi-Fi networks available, according to details in the Digital High Street 2020 Report. And around one in four people (24%) would be more likely to stay longer in a town or city centre which offered access to free Wi-Fi, the YouGov figures show. The Emsworth Business Association believes that the provision of this Free Wi-Fi will encourage visitors to stay longer and enjoy of more of what the community has to offer.

Using Enterprise grade equipment, the Wi-Fi will initially be available in the area around St.Peters’ Square but the design of the system depending on usage can be expanded over time to cover most of the business areas of Emsworth. The modular design allows the network to have further reach into the town of Emsworth by creating a Mesh Network. The Wi-Fi will be provided free of charge to residents and visitors alike who will be asked to sign up to a newsletter from Emsworth Business Association. This initiative has been supported by Havant Borough Council and Oyster Marketing and Design and will for the first year be sponsored by H.H Treagust & Sons, one of Emsworth’s independent butchers.


“In many ways this is a real first in the region, there are very few small towns that offer free public Wi-Fi to its residents and visitors, we think the investment in this is a real benefit to business and with our shortly to be published Visitors Guide the Business Association wants to show just what a great place Emsworth is to visit.” Giles Babb, Chair EBA


6th February

A Splash of Colour to launch Emsworth Arts Trail 2017


 A splash of colour awaits you as Emsworth comes alive as a hub for the creative arts this spring.  Over 150 artists at 78 local venues will open their doors to art lovers throughout the town in the biggest Emsworth Arts Trail yet on 22nd, 23rd April and 29th, 30th April & 1st May 2017.


From home studios to community centre’s, businesses, halls, sailing clubs and churches, nearly all venues are located within a mile of Emsworth town centre.  Either by walking or cycling, visitors can look forward to meeting artists and have a chance to purchase their work.  A variety of mediums and styles including painting, printmaking, photography, furniture making, weaving, woodturning, ceramics, jewellery and textile art will be on display.


“Each year we attract exciting new artists and makers, offering something new to visitors, alongside many established names that have been part of the trail since its launch in 2001,” explains Carol Price, chairman of The Emsworth Arts Trail. “Working alongside local business we know the Trail stimulates economic activity in the town and adds to an increasing sense



of community, it’s also a great deal of fun for the artists as well as visitors”


Local businesses are invited to get involved too with over 35 companies around the town paired up with one or more artists to exhibit their work in an ‘Adopt and 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.


This year’s highlights:


Emsworth Community Centre will be hosting the Maurice Broomfield Schools Photography Competition alongside displays from 15 individual artists and groups that regularly use the centre.  Another popular attraction next door is the Hole In The Wall pottery group’s Raku firing that takes place on the second weekend. 

Just on the outskirts of Emsworth, Tuppenny Barn’s arts and crafts gallery presents six artists in its beautiful eco-build setting; while another group of six artists can be visited at The Brookfield Hotel, to the west of the town.


Look out for Artists on the Quay, a collective of Emsworth Slipper Sailing Club members that put on a show during the first weekend of the Trail raising money for their Wheelie Boat Charity.


Hewitt’s welcomes Art Invisible a group that guides, supports and promotes the talents of its artists, all who have learning disabilities.


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 22nd – 23rd April and 29th, 30th April & 1st May 2017.


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

27th January

Emsworth dubbed as ‘UK’s small town food captial’ after award collection



EMSWORTH can now be considered as the small town food capital of the UK.

That is the message from Emsworth British Food Fortnight organiser Alistair Gibson, after a meeting with a government minister to pick up an an award for the event’s smashing 2016 success.

Representatives visited Andrea Leadsom at the Houses of Parliament to pick up a certificate for Emsworth’s position in British Food Fortnight 2016 – in which it came second, against much larger events in other towns and cities.

Mr Gibson was joined by Havant MP Alan Mak, Emsworth councillor Lulu Bowerman, and economic development officer at Havant Borough Council Jeff Crate, in collecting the hand-crafted award.

He said: ‘Emsworth is a remarkable place. In the three years we have entered British Food Fortnight we’ve won it once and come second twice – behind the two major cities that are Bath and Peterborough.

‘We’ve always tried to ensure Emsworth British Food Fortnight is about three things, celebrating our local food heritage, educating the younger generation, and making sure the event is available to the whole community. Our result proves we succeeded, and that Emsworth can be considered as the small town food capital of the UK.’

British Food Fortnight acknowledges the most imaginative and inclusive celebrations of British food. Emsworth came second to the city of Bath last year after its event, which was held in September and October.  It’s organised by the Emsworth Business Association which is joined by other businesses, volunteers, schools, locals, and more, for involvement.

Upon the award of second place, Emsworth British Food Fortnight was praised for its year-to-year expansion, and was held up by the competition’s judges as a benchmark for others to follow.

Mr Gibson added: ‘Food is a language we all speak, whatever your level of interest in it; enjoying it is something we all do – this brings people together. We take those who come along on a journey with tastings, markets, workshops, activities, and so much more. We even had a creative writing workshop based around food.’

Lulu Bowerman said: ‘British Food Fortnight gives Emsworth an annual opportunity to showcase its range of food-related businesses, from family butchers to local food producers.   Over the last three years it has given residents and visitors the chance to enjoy an amazing range of events, and keeps Emsworth firmly on the map as a great place to live and visit.’

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23rd January

Mystery Location in painting- Emsworth Foreshore 1924

David Watson recently bought a painting (above) that has its  subject as The Forshore at Emsworth Hants by H Glanville Spooner in 1924,an artist from Ilford Essex.


David is  trying to identify a farm that is shown on the painting near the Forshore.


Mystery solved: the consensus is that it was Nore Barn.



12th January


Westbourne Villagers go from recycling to cycling in 2017


Eco campaigners in Westbourne are hoping 2017 will be the village's greenest year ever.

The community has already held its biggest-ever recycling event. In the village square yesterday [Sunday 8 January], more than 130 Christmas trees were turned into chippings for local allotments.

The annual Christmas tree event is run by Greening Westbourne, a local environmental group. It is now hoping to build on villagers' enthusiasm by launching a campaign to encourage cycling. This would involve installing bike parking, running cycle training and holding organised rides.

Greening Westbourne chair Colin Carré said: "Local people have shown they're keen on recycling. Now we hope to get more of them cycling. We want to make the bike the natural choice for short journeys, especially for families. It would make people more active and cut traffic congestion."

To achieve its goals for 2017 the campaign needs local people to help plan and run cycling events, and lend their expertise. It is also looking for funding. Anyone interested can contact the campaign ongreeningwestbourne@hotmail.co.uk or search Greening Westbourne online.

The group's other project is a local community orchard, which is growing fast. People can sponsor or adopt trees, and plant them to mark a special event or in memory of a loved one.

5th January

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