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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: 26/2/15 /10/14 Visitors:


Westbourne Social Club Holding their Annual General Meeting 22nd April 2015 @ 7:45pm Club Members please visit your club for details.

 Club details and events info update more...


Village history on this website. You may have already seen, but if not, please take a look at the Village History section recently added and updated.

Keith Hart, ex villager, has done a fantastic "in depth"  set of pages and is well worth a visit. more...  or click on the village history tab above.


Hampshire Farm/Redlands Grange Public Open Space Event

On Saturday March 14th, Havant Borough Council are hosting a Community Open Day at Westbourne Parish Hall from 14:30- 18:30. 

The Open Day is for everyone who would like to learn more about the local area and the new public open space next to Hampshire Farm/Redlands Grange.

Havant Borough Council, the site developers and the artist commissioned to design, create and install public art funded through the planning application process will be there to meet local residents, along with local community groups such as the Guides and conservation volunteers. 

This is a great opportunity to participate in some fun activities and learn about the site’s history, the wildlife and conservation opportunities in the area and to look forward to how the site will evolve and change in the forthcoming years as the hedgerows and trees mature. This is your opportunity to really get involved with the future of the space and in the development of the public artwork.For more information keep your eyes on the Havant web page:



As you may already know, several parish councillors will not be standing for re-election on May 7th and it looks like four or five people will be needed to carry on the important work.

Nomination papers are available from Val Owen (01243 373382) or from Chichester District Council. Deadline for delivery of nomination papers: 4pm on April 9th.

The Council is a vital part of the smooth running of the parish and to illustrate this very clearly with an extract from the February meeting please click more... to see some details of issues discussed and actioned by your council.

Please give some serious consideration to standing for election. A little of your time will enhance the Parish for the benifit of all villagers.


Dates & times to meet PC Booker P.C.S.O. for Funtington/Westbourne Wards :He will be attending the Coffee Morning's on Monday 9th March at 11:00 until around 11:30. I will also be attending on Monday 27th April again at 11:00 until around 11:30.


Free cider tasting event to launch community orchard

A community orchard on the Emsworth/Westbourne border is to be launched with a free cider tasting event on Sunday 29 March.

The event, at 7pm at the White Horse in Westbourne's village square. Free cheese and sausages will be available, along with more information about the project. Local people who can offer their time or skills will be able to join a steering group to get it under way.

The community orchard, planned for new public open space next to the Redlands Grange housing development, is designed to help preserve traditional fruit varieties, provide local environmentally-friendly produce and help residents get a bit closer to the earth. more...


Can you help - Parish Council appeal for information on either of the following incidents

On Friday 13 February, some time between 00.30am and 11.00am, the newly-installed bench on the river bank at River Street/Commonside was stolen. Did anybody see or hear anything?

Also overnight, from the 20th to 21st of January, two dog bins - at River Street and on the Monk's Hill recreation ground - were smashed to pieces. Does anybody have any information? Please use "contact form" for information if you can help


Neighbourhood Plan - Call for information on housing sites

A neighbourhood plan for our parish will give us a lot more power to oppose inappropriate development in Westbourne, Woodmancote and Aldsworth.

The steering group drafting the plan already have a lot of information – most importantly the views given by residents in last year's questionnaire.  But now they need some more information – on where landowners might be thinking of building houses.

This information is needed because Chichester District Council's local plan says the parish must take another 25 new homes.

We can't stop them coming. But what we can do, with a neighbourhood plan, is to keep some degree of control over where they will go. If we don't decide which sites should take new homes, then it will be decided for us.

The neighbourhood plan steering group needs local landowners to let them know if they are hoping to develop their land for housing.  Once all possible sites are identified, and we have the full picture, residents of the parish will be consulted on which ones they would prefer to see developed.

The steering group needs anyone who owns land in the parish, and who is hoping to develop it in the foreseeable future, to get in touch.  

Please email rahitchcock@btinternet.com or call 01243 389096 by 18 April.



Parish Clerk & Responsible Financial Officer

Salary between LC1 SCP 21-25 currently £19,742-£22,212pa pro rata depending on experience.

20 hours per week, working from home Including attendance at evening meetings.

Westbourne Parish Council is looking to appoint a Parish Clerk &RFO with the drive, determination and organisational skills to manage a varied workload.

In addition to managing the day-to-day work of the Parish Council, the post holder will work closely with Councillors to plan and implement the aims and objectives of the Council.

The ideal applicant will have financial & administrative experience, the ability to deliver projects on time and within budget and be able to demonstrate enthusiasm for working with residents and local organisations.

For an application pack including a Person Specification, Job Description & Application Form please email lcrecruit@ssalc.co.uk Please note that CV’s will not be accepted, applicants must complete and return an application form to apply.

Closing date for all applications: 27th February 2015


1st Westbourne Scout Group are relaunching in April. Click here for details...


 New Village Business listing - Garden Machinery Southbourne - local based garden machinery sales and service business. more...


Two vitally important and open questions for Westbourne Villagers:

"Will the Neighbourhood Plan have "teeth" when completed ?" The answer is of course 'yes' as a village without a Plan will not have shown to the local authority that it "cares" and wishes to be involved in determining its future and as a result CDC will impose its judgement without reference to the village views.

"Does the Parish Council play an important role in our village?" The answer again is a very clear 'yes', as without a strongly representative Parish Council, the many functions from planning to village management of our services will not get done.

Both questions are being asked as both organisations are keenly seeking more support from Westbourne. The Neighbourhood Plan process has a further 6/9 months to completion and needs some additional volunteer support, and the Parish Council elections this May need nominees to stand for election as several of the existing team will be standing down.

The website is very happy to get your responses to these questions and pass them on to get answers for you from appropriate people involved in both processes. Contact...

Also the election of our District Councellor is coming soon. Mark Dunn is our current councillor see details... This election will be on 7th May and again it is a very important part of our democratic process which we should all involve ourselves.


Good news for the Village - The Music Festival event application has been withdrawn by the organisers


The Westbourne Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group are now approaching the final straight and it will not be long before we start putting together an initial draft of the Plan. If all goes well, you should have sight of the Plan towards the end of the summer/early autumn, when we hope to begin the six-week consultation period. Following this, and any consequent revisions, the Plan will then go before the Inspector and finally to referendum. In other words, there is still plenty of opportunity for your voice to be heard.

But why not become even more involved? We need a hand with the final push. Our secretary, who has been with us since the outset, has had to resign from the Steering Group, and we need someone who can take on this role to see us through to the end of the process. If you are interested, please contact the Chair, Richard Hitchcock, at rahitchcock@btinternet.com or 01243 389096.

In addition to a secretary, anybody who feels they can spare some time to help out in any way would be more than welcome. We meet every second Thursday (unless this clashes with a parish council meeting) at The Meeting Place (former Baptist Chapel), North Street at 7.30pm. Our next two meetings are on February 19th and March 5th.


Emsworth Valley Community Transport (EVCT) - Service update on Business pages

EVCT is a charitable organisation which uses volunteers to transport those not so able to hospital/doctors’/dentists’ appointments and also takes them shopping or on visits to relatives. Our ‘customers’ live in an area roughly bounded by Emsworth, Westbourne, Nutbourne, Chidham and Prinsted. more...


Village News - Latest update  more…


New publication announcement from Village History Group

Westbourne and the Great War, by Nigel Peake

This latest publication charts the history of the village between 1914 and 1918, and includes biographies of the 55 men who died and are commemorated on the war memorial. It also contains the names of more than 300 who served, plus their regiments or ships. Produced to mark the centenary of the war’s outbreak, the book draws on national and local archives to show how a typical Sussex village fared when large numbers of its menfolk disappeared into the forces.  Copies (price £6) more…



Westbourne’s war memorial, dedicated in 1920, has been cleaned, with the First World War names repainted and those from the Second World War added.

We are now embarking on the second phase of the project, to renew and extend paving around the base of the memorial so that it is more accessible. At the same time, new steps and a new gate will be installed.

The cost will be in the region of £10,000. We have already received a grant of £1,500 from West Sussex County Council to help cover the cost of the first phase, and will be applying to other bodies for possible grants.

We now need a determined community effort to raise the remainder and ensure that our village has a memorial worthy of all its sons who never came home.

All contributions will be gratefully received, and collecting buckets are appearing at various locations around the village. Any cheques should be made payable to WCRT (War Memorial Appeal) and can be sent to Owen Pike at 4 Chantry Hall, Foxbury Lane, Westbourne, West Sussex PO10 8FG. If you are a tax payer and Gift Aid can be claimed against your donation, please make this clear by including your full name and address with Post Code.

Thank you for your support.


Great news for bus users in Westbourne. You may have heard that changes might have meant that the village lost its bus service but its being replaced as follows when the 27 service finishes in the new year:

Emsworth & District 28/28A Southbourne - Westbourne - Emsworth - Havant (from 5th January)
New Monday to Saturday service replacing withdrawn Emsworth & District 27 between Southbourne and Havant via Westbourne.


20’s Plenty

Chichester Highways committee has recommended acceptance of the 20 MPH speed limit for Westbourne following the public consultation and this will now go forward to be advertised by a Traffic Regulation Order for implementation if there are no objections.


Parish Council Newsletter latest update more…

This months update contains some very important news for Villagers about a vacancy on the Parish Council.


St John’s Parish Church has a new website visit more…


Village website reaches another big milestone. 70,000 visitors since start up just 5 years ago !!!!


Sewerage problems in Westbourne. Following recent discussions and input from Southern Water who are responsible for sewerage in the village, it has come to light that there are probably a significant number of properties where raw sewage has risen up through the house drains in or around the house. There has not been any count of the number of properties that have experienced this problem and it is difficult therefore to assess exactly how serious this problem is in total and what risk there is to public health.

Could any people who have had this problem or are aware of villagers who have, please make contact via the website and give details of their experience in order for action to be taken collectively with Southern Water. Please use the Contact us form for your reply. Thank you.


New page added for Westbourne W I more…


Westbourne Open Gardens Event:  Sunday 14th June 2015

It will be three years since Westbourne residents generously opened their gardens, under a slate grey sky, to numerous,  very appreciative members of the public. Despite cold and miserable conditions, it was highly successful and raised £6,500 for local charities.

The Open Gardens Event unites the village and is looked forward to by many from afar who attend whenever it is held.

The 14th June 2015 will be the day and the Open Gardens Committee wishes to hear from anyone who would like their garden to be open: no matter how small or large, neat or wild-life welcoming, the experience of opening your garden is most rewarding. If you are unsure what is involved, please get in touch to talk it through. more…


Village News - Latest update more…


Long Copse Development planning application has been rejected for the second time.


Westbourne Beauty Clinic has opened new premises on the Square in addition to their existing Clinic on East Street more…


Old photo added to Past Photos page courtesy of Philip Burt -  Bonfire Night 1950 more…


Westbourne Neighbourhood Plan - Update - Your Responses: public consultation meeting on Saturday 4 October 10am – 12pm in the Parish Hall

How did everyone respond to the Questionnaire? Don’t miss this opportunity to find out and t comment on the draft policies.  At 10am there will be a presentation by Rowena Tyler from Action in Rural Sussex, followed by questions and answers and an opportunity to view the displays. Coffee and biscuits will be served

Here are some examples of your responses:

76% wish to retain the green spaces within the community;

78% of respondents strongly believe that development should be on brownfield sites rather than Greenfield;

95% said that it is vital to retain a GP surgery in the centre of Westbourne;

65% think that a car park is needed to encourage new business;

65% put a high value on the historic fabric of the village;

82% agree that the access of heavy vehicles to the village should be restricted;

Over 90% of young people feel that it is very important to protect the present character of the village


Westbourne and the Great War

A heroic clergyman, a decorated submariner, and a lad who ran off to join the Army at the age of 15 – these are three of the men from Westbourne’s war memorial  whose stories are told in a new book.

“Westbourne and the Great War” charts the history of the village between 1914 and 1918, and includes biographies of the 55 men who died and are commemorated on the memorial, plus five in the cemetery. It also contains the names of more than 300 who served, plus their regiments or ships.

For details, please see the history group’s page 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

Click here for village facebook page

Link to Parish Magazine page more…

20’s Plenty

Where People Live

Click here for 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

Page: PC agenda


Latest Parish Council Minutes:

Jan 2014 Page: Minutes of PC meetings

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