Thieves rip out and steal flagstones at St Thomas à Becket church
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.
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
Morrison, one of the church’s wardens, said:
disappointing to know people want to and are capable of doing things
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.
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.
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.
quite sick looking at the scene. I can’t believe people would do
spokeswoman for Hampshire County Council said:
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.’
Hampshire police spokesman said:
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
‘If anyone saw
or heard anything suspicious around the church, please call us on
101 quoting 44170124886.’
The News 5th April 2017
Student’s wallpaper is used in show home
Abigail Burden has spoken of her pride at having her design used in
a new housing development.
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.
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.
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.’
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.’
April 1st 2017
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.
Rebuilding a wall and reuniting a
Work to rebuild a failing wall in Emsworth is set to begin next
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.
First look at the 2017 Emsworth Arts Trail
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
The News 27th March 2017
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) 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.
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
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
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
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.
welcomes Art Invisible a group that guides, supports and
promotes the talents of its artists, all who have
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.
Emsworth Arts Trail’s new website for more information
on each artist, opening times, access and an interactive
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
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.’
The News 27-Jan
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.
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 email@example.com 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.