Front page News and events in and around Westbourne. Most of the information on this page comes from our visitors so if you have something you would like to add just go to the Contact us  page. Last update: 2/5/16  2/16 /10/14 Visitors:


Westbourne Weekend group  Summer Ball - Friday 15th July  Our tickets go on sale on Saturday 7th May. More info to follow shortly


 Wild West Family Barn Dance on Saturday 16th July, 4.30-10pm at Westbourne Primary School.

Howdy Partners ! Westbourne Primary School PTA and Emsworth School Association are pleased to bring you our second joint event.

The Local band Stoney Ridge will be teaching us all to 'do-si-do' in the 40 metre marquee, adults can test their nerve on the rodeo bull and children can jump around on the Wild West bouncy castle and enjoy other themed games. There will be prizes for best fancy dress and a 'money can't buy raffle'.

The Saloon will be laying on locally sourced food including a BBQ, and you can wet your whistle at the cash bar stocked with ale, wine and summer drinks.

Tickets on sale from Sat 7th May 10am-midday at The Meeting Place, North Street, Westbourne and thereafter from both schools or by emailing westbourne.pta@gmail.com.     Family tickets  £20 (2 adults, up to 3 children), Adult £6, Child £4  Poster on Whats On page

Annual Parish Assembly will open  at 6.30pm on Thursday 21st April so that people have a chance to see the NP displays.

Do come along. details below (11/3/16)


If you would like to see what's on the village Facebook page, click on the link above and this will take you directly to our page where you can comment on current discussions and see what's being said without having your own Facebook account.


Amazing response from Westbourne Villagers today. 21 of us turned out on a lovely sunny after noon today to collect rubbish from around our streets. 28 bags collected. Great effort and very satisfying . Lets all try to keep in looking good.


Village News - Latest update from Rona, our village reporter,  more…


Members of the St John's congregation walked through the village on Good Friday morning with a large wooden cross, continuing a longstanding local Easter tradition. more...


Westbourne Social Club events update more...


Update following Neighbourhood Plan consultation more...


Westbourne community  -  Spring clean day

Sunday 17th April 2-30 to 4-30 Meet at The Square

Join Westbourne Parish Council at its community spring clean day to help collect litter around the village.

It’s a great opportunity to meet local people and contribute towards making the village a place you are even prouder to live in.

Tools, gloves, vests and plastic sacks will be provided, as well as refreshments afterwards.

Contact: Clare Kennett on 07775 654483 or at westbournepc@outlook.com


The Compassionate Friends  -  Bereavement Support Group

New Group forming in Southbourne very soon for parents whose child has died at any age and from any cause.  more...


You are invited to attend The Annual Parish Assembly of Westbourne Parish

on Thursday 21 April 2016 at 6-30pm at The Meeting Place, North Street, Westbourne. The meeting will start at 7pm with guest speakers:

- Martin Funnell, Sussex Resilience Forum    &   Abbas Asad, Environment Agency

Interval with cheese and wine at 7.45pm to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.

The formal part of the meeting will start at 8.15pm

Agenda                                                                                                           Time change. Meeting start now 6-30pm

1. Apologies received

2. Minutes of the meeting on 23 April 2015

3. Matters arising from the minutes

4. The Annual Report of the Parish Council, Cllr Richard Hitchcock

5. Report from West Sussex County Councillor, Cllr Sandra James

Report from Chichester District Councillor, Cllr Mark Dunn


Become a parish councillor for Westbourne --  Parish Council is looking to fill its three vacancies.

Would you like to be involved in the local community?

Make a difference by influencing decisions that benefit Westbourne?

Find out more about where you live?

Join a friendly and committed team of volunteers?

To apply to be a parish councillor or to find out more, contact Clare Kennett at westbournepc@outlook.com, call 07775 654483 or write to 53 Skylark Avenue, Emsworth, PO10 7GB.

Applicants are invited to attend the Council meeting on Thursday 14 April, 7pm at The Meeting Place, North Street, Westbourne.

Westbourne currently has six parish councillors and there are a total of nine places. The three vacancies will be filled by co-option - the process of appointing councillors following an election, which last took place in May 2015. The Council has a monthly evening meeting where it discusses issues across the Parish. The Council welcomes applications from all backgrounds. No previous experience is required and training is available.


The Neighbourhood Plan Consultation Period has now begun. It runs from today 26th February till 22nd April.

All of the documentation completed to date and now  submitted to CDC can be found on the link: https://app.box.com/wnplan

If you wish to make any comments, please complete the form which can be found on the Neighbourhood Plan page more...


On Wednesday 17th February, we heard from Chichester District Council that our neighbourhood plan did not need an Environmental Assessment and that we could therefore proceed to the six-week pre-submission consultation stage.

We are hoping to do this in the next ten days so please keep your eyes peeled for further information, which will be disseminated via the village website, emails to those on the NP distribution list, posters, banners, and flyers delivered to every household in the parish. You will most definitely know what is going on! Hard copies of the NP will be available at the following locations:

The Stag’s Head, The White Horse, Libby’s Café, The Co-op, The George and Dragon Surgery, Brown’s Barbers, Tanique’s, Collins Garage, The Village Stores, The Woodmancote Pub

Also  will be available at https://app.box.com/wnplan as soon as info is available (click on link to check)

There will be plenty of opportunity, as always, for you to have your say. This will include a public exhibition at which the NP, including the identified development sites, will be on display and members of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group will be on hand to answer your questions and record your comments.

We look forward to hearing from you and even speaking to you in person. Remember, this is Westbourne’s Plan and, as a resident of the parish, it is the opportunity to have your voice heard. Some would even say you have a responsibility.




If 10,000 people can get together in the Mall in London on Sunday June 12th, it would be wonderful if a much smaller number could come together in Westbourne on the same day to celebrate. The plan, still in its early stage, is to hold a party on the Rectory lawn from 1200 – 4pm.  Tables and chairs will be provided, but the idea is that everyone brings their own food and drink for lunch and hopefully enjoys some summer sunshine!

Chichester District Council is putting up £250 to defray some expenses and, if required, the Parish Council has agreed to match that sum.  It would be great to have a large TV screen on the lawn so that we can watch what is going on in the capital.  If anyone knows where we might hire one, I would love you to let me know.

This is a great chance for the village to have some fun, so do please put the date in your diary.

Rona Musker  Tel: 01243 377186 or ronamusker@btinternet.com


Orchard project update more...


Westbourne Club events update more...


!!!!   90,000 today   !!!!

Village website had its 90,000th visitor today since it started life just 5 years ago.

Thank you to all our supporters and visitors.


Electoral Review of Chichester

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is carrying out an electoral review of Chichester District Council.

The review will draw new council ward boundaries across Chichester. The Commission has also announced that 36 councillors should be elected to the council in future: 12 fewer than the current arrangements.

Now we are asking for evidence about your local area to help us decide a new pattern of wards for Chichester.


Local people know their area best.That's why we are asking you for evidence on a range of issues:

I Do you have suggestions about where your ward boundaries should be?

r Which areas do you identify as your local community?

r Where do people in your area go to access local facilities such as shops and leisure activities?

For rnore details and interactive maps, visit:  www.consu ltation. lg bce.org. uk or www.lg bce.org. uk


Send your views to:  The Review Officer (Chichester)  Local Government Boundary Commission for England

14th floor, Millbank Tower, Millbank, London SWl P 4QP

Email: reviews@lgbce.org.uk

Follow us on Twitter: @LGBCE

The consultation closes on 4 April 2016


Community Orchard - Planting another 8 apple trees. Please come and join in with a spade to help !!

Hampshire Farm Meadows  - Saturday 6th February  10.30 am


WemsFest - the annual multi-arts festival for Westbourne & Emsworth, and environs.  Also promotes the arts throughout the year.

Rogues & Vagabonds - the community theatre company staging regular productions.  Rehearses every week in the Westbourne Club.

Contact: 01243 378742 or wemsfest@btinternet.com


Parish Councillor Kevin Turvey resigned from the Parish Council yesterday and we now have another vacancy. Would you like to be considered for a place on the Parish council more...



Westbourne continues to be a well managed and pleasant place to live, with an active Parish Council and many residents working to strengthen the Community. In particular a lot of hard work is being invested in the Neighbourhood Plan, and I would like to thank all involved for this important voluntary effort.

But 'the price of freedom is eternal vigilance', so I make no apology for reminding all readers that I am always ready to do my best to help people with problems and questions.

Email me on mdunn@chichester.gov.uk<mailto:mdunn@chichester.gov.uk> or mark@eastmarden.net<mailto:mark@eastmarden.net> or phone on 01243 535202 or mark.dunn@southdowns.gov.uk<mailto:mark.dunn@southdowns.gov.uk> if its a matter about the park.

Chichester District Council too is running reasonably smoothly but there are - as always - financial pressures which put staff and members under pressure to get the best possible results from a tighter than ever budget. Under strong leadership, I can assure everyone that waste is much reduced and a lot of brain power is being invested in finding ways and means of increasing productivity and making  working practices more efficient.

The South Downs National Park Authority too is working well. It faces a huge and developing task, creating awareness of the Park and promoting its objects. Challenges loom up...A27 improvements and the possible

Northern Bypass will keep the members and staff pretty busy.

I hope you will all keep my existence in mind, and not hesitate to contact me if you feel the need. Regards, Mark Dunn


Update from Greening Westbourne:  Support your local community orchard.       Our community orchard continues to grow.  

Our brilliant hard-working orchard group will be planting another eight apple trees at Hampshire Farm Meadows, near Redlands Grange housing development, at 10.30am on Saturday 6 February. Do come along and support the planters.


In other news...

Residents shredded up to 100 Christmas trees during our annual recycling event in the square on Sunday 3 January, despite torrential rain.

Greening Westbourne chair Colin Carré said: "We had an amazing turnout despite the weather. It was great to see people dragging trees into the square and stopping for some mulled wine and mince pies.

"It's a fun community event but it fits with our goal of helping people to do small things locally to combat climate change. Recycling is good and doing it locally means fewer vehicle journeys."

The tree shredding was performed for free by Mike Reed and colleague Wade. The chippings are used to produce compost.

Keep in touch

Do get in touch if you would like to get involved, especially if you want to help with the orchard. Or if you have a idea for something environmental we should be doing, let us know.

You can contact us on greeningwestbourne@hotmail.co.uk and find out more online. Our next meeting is at 7.30pm on 2 February at the White Horse.


New Village Winter Management Plan  from Parish Council more...


Revised version of Neighbourhood Plan newsletter updating you all with the activity & progress of the past year. more...

 (Revision needed due to CDC approval of houses in Long Copse Lane on appeal )


Bad news I'm afraid: Fight lost to protect Long Copse Lane

The Planning Inspectorate has approved plans to build 16 houses on a rural piece of land in Westbourne - much valued as the last undeveloped site along the west side of the village - despite strong opposition from the Parish Council, Chichester District Council and local residents. more...

11.05 15/12/15  

Tim's in space fantastic. Well done to all the Team and especially Tim. Happy globe trotting.....


More news about village astronaut Tim Peake - Series of special pages put together by Keith Hart especially for the village website more...


Our very own Westbourne astronaut short story competition. poster more...


Westbourne’s own astronaut (there’s something we never thought we would write) Tim Peake will be lifting off for the International Space Station on December 15.  Back on earth, Westbourne Social Club will be the focal point of village celebrations, with live coverage of the launch from Kazakhstan and the scheduled docking with the ISS six hours later.  Picture of Tim and more...

The Westbourne History Group have a number of interesting publications based around life in Westbourne.

They are available to purchase. more... for details

The Village Website is very keen to show more pictures of “Old Westbourne”. Do you have any pictures that you would like to share with the Website ?                   more... Contact us


Contact us

Have you got something interesting that you would like to see on the website

please contact the Editor - Jim Barlow  07785 541141

Link to Parish Magazine page more…

Welcome to Westbourne, the pride of West Sussex. Nestling on the southern edge of the South Downs National Park on the border between Hampshire and West Sussex.

The parish of Westbourne is a thriving community and consists of the attractive village of Westbourne itself and the two hamlets of Woodmancote and Aldsworth covering approximately 1,846 acres of countryside and is the home to some 2,000 residents.

Parish Council news:

Agenda for next meeting

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Latest Parish Council Minutes:

Mar2016 Page: Minutes of PC meeting

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