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Updated: 21 October 2017   

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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