WHAT’S YOUR BIG GREEN ISSUE?
Are you batty about bats? Are you passionate about bees and other pollinators? Does the condition of our trees concern you? Or are you a supporter of the struggling hedgehog?
Or do you have another burning environmental issue close to your heart, like litter or pollution or sustainable transport?
At Greening Westbourne we’re starting to think about activities for next year. If you’re passionate about something and want to do something practical about it, come along to our next meeting on 14 November at 7.30pm at the White Horse, and let’s talk it over.
In the meantime, we’re pushing on with our proposal for bike parking in the Square, and working on these events:
7 Jan – Christmas tree recycling in the Square
With new gift recycling fun. Bring a wrapped unwanted gift and get a mystery swap.
21 Jan – community orchard wassailing event
Celebrate the success of the orchard the traditional way.
Pop in and see us at the White Horse or drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
A special Westbourne tea party is fast approaching and tickets are waltzing out.
This month on 30 May 2017, the Parish Hall will be filled with the sounds of times gone-by and the lovely smell of beautiful cakes and scones. In true Westbourne tradition, there will of course, be lots of tea and coffee.
Dancing will be ‘strictly’ encouraged but is not compulsory. Just come along and be waited on as you enjoy a Lyons Tea Rooms-style experience. There will be a prize for the best outfit! Vintage dress code is optional, jeans are welcome.
With cucumber sandwiches, cupcakes, relaxing music and much more, this is a May-treat for those living in the village and further afield.
You may have heard the fun discussions around the village in recent weeks, picking out favourite 40s and 50s music, There has even been the occasional song-burst, followed by happy chatter on this latest highlight to Westbourne’s social calendar.
Tickets, £5 each, are available from the Parish Hall on Monday mornings or from Angela Leggett after church services. If you are not able to get to the Monday coffee mornings and would like a ticket, please leave a message for Angela and the organising team via an email to the Parish Hall at email@example.com
The party will raise money for Westbourne Church (Registered charity number 1130732).
Now all sing, “Tea for two…”, now why don’t they sing about coffee? Coffee will be available at the Westbourne Tea Party, no singing necessary! See you there.
The Tea Party Team
23 New Brighton Road and 4 Elderfield Close, Emsworth are opening for the NGS on Sunday 18th June 2017. 2pm to 5.30pm. Plants for sale. Teas and homemade cakes at 23 New Brighton Road. £5 joint admission
Our Bike Doctor session in the Square saw a steady stream of people bring their bikes along for a free tweak to get them road-ready. More than 20 machines got some tender loving care.
The following day up to 30 people, aged four to 70-plus, took part in a led ride around the parish despite some far-from-ideal weather.
Next event: longer ride 19 March. Meet at the Square 10am.
Can you help out? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Wheels for Westbourne
Our Wheels for Westbourne cycling campaign gets under way with a series of FREE events in March.
Bike Doctor session in the Square. Get your bike out of the shed, dust the cobwebs off and get it ride-ready with a free safety check and adjustments. 11am–2pm.
Family ride on roads around the parish – about five miles. Meet 2.30pm in the Square.
Ride further afield, details to come. Meet in the Square at 10am (not as advertised in the village magazine).
Cycling: the way ahead for Westbourne? Talk on safety followed by discussion. 7.30pm at the White Horse. We hope this event will be a springboard for more events this summer.
Please chat to us at one of these events or drop us an email if you would like to get involved with our cycling campaign.
If you want to train as a ride leader, help out with events (maybe as a marshal) or give us a hand with organisation, do get in touch. You can help as much or as little as you like.
The March events are being held with Emsworth Community Cycling Club, My Journey Hampshire and Cycling UK.
Our goal is to run more events in the summer, and also to get some cycle stands in the centre of the village. But we will only be able to carry on if we can get an informal group of volunteers together.
Can you help?
The point of our campaign is to encourage people to use their bikes for ordinary short trips around the area, instead of driving. This would reduce traffic and pollution, improve people’s health and reduce our carbon footprint.
Our next meeting is 7 March at the White Horse at 7.30pm. Contact us at email@example.com
For more information, search Greening Westbourne online.
Join Westbourne Parish Council’s Community Spring Clean Day on Sunday 9 April to help collect litter around the village. It’s a great opportunity to meet local people and to contribute towards making the village a place you are even prouder to live in.
Last year’s event was a great success and the Parish Council were joined by 27 volunteers who collected 28 large bags of rubbish that had previously been littering the streets and hedgerows.
No experience is necessary – all you need to do is to meet at The Square at 2.30pm on Sunday 9 April, finishing at 4.30pm for refreshments at The Meeting Place in North Street. Litter picking tools, protective gloves, fluorescent vests and plastic sacks will be provided.
For more information, contact Clare Kennett, Clerk to the Parish Council, on 07775 654483 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t forget! Thursday 9th from 7pm at The Meeting Place. Agenda available here: http://westbournevillage.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/9-February-2017-Agenda-Westbourne-Parish-Council.docx
Having a clear out this weekend? Help Westbourne Primary to raise some well needed cash by putting your unwanted clothes, shoes, bedding, bags and much more into the school’s new recycle bin, located by the school visitor parking spaces by the Westbourne Social club.
The school gets 35p per Kilo for:
• Men’s wear • Women’s wear • Children wear • Babies wear • Sportswear • Military
clothing and footwear • Paired shoes • Handbags and Bags • Wallets and purses
• Belts and Accessories.
And 10p per Kilo for:
• Bed sheets • Pillow cases • Duvet covers • Table cloth • Towels • Soft toys
• Unused Cosmetics and Perfumery • Jewellery.
The Westbourne Weekend team and looking for new recruits! The AGM is on Thursday 19 January at 7.45 in the Westbourne Social Club and the team are keen to welcome new faces and would also welcome back anyone who has been involved before.
The Westbourne Weekend group organises the Christmas tree and lights in the village and every June we hold either a black tie ball or the Groove (think mini Glastonbury!) along with the duck race and other family events. 2017 is a Groove year and they’re keen to involve anyone who is interested in helping out.
If anyone is interested in finding out more or wants to get involved, then please go along on Thursday or contact them via the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/westbourneweekend/