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Updated: 22 July 2017   

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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.

The News 27th March 2017

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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