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Jim Barlow – by Richard Hitchcock

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Westbourne will miss Jim Barlow, who passed away in April. Not only did he set up and run the very successful village website for many years but he was truly interested and engaged in the life of the community. Some might argue that there are more stimulating ways of spending a Thursday evening than attending a parish council meeting but Jim was invariably there, always asking pertinent and insightful questions and constantly seeking to ensure that the community was kept fully informed.

Jim was often asked if he would ever consider becoming a member of the parish council, as his interest in, and understanding of, Westbourne made him an extremely suitable candidate but he always insisted that his contribution to the village was predominantly through the running of the website. His contribution, however, was far greater. In addition to his input at our monthly meetings, Jim became involved in many important projects. For example, he was a member of the Westbourne Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group, working on the document which it is hoped will soon form the third tier of planning law and enable us to have some element of control over how the parish develops in the future. Jim was part of the small group which promoted and eventually ensured

that we were one of the first villages in West Sussex to have a 20mph zone. Jim was involved with the planning of the installation of the village gateways, which now greet people as they drive into Westbourne and encourage them to ‘Please drive slowly through our village’ and thanks them for doing so as they leave. And it doesn’t stop there. From the outset, Jim was involved in the Greening Westbourne Community Orchard project at Hampshire Farm Meadows, his understanding of trees being invaluable to the less experienced members of the group and his willingness to muck in with the planting and protection of the trees was, as always, exemplary.

Having known Jim initially and primarily as a consequence of our shared interest in the community, it is easy to overlook that his numerous community-focused activities had to be fitted in alongside his many other interests. Jim, and his wife-to-be Helen, met in their teenage years and spent all their 48 years of married life in Westbourne. Not only did they raise their two lovely children Jo and Michael here, but also transformed their property in Mill Lane into a veritable paradise. Who could resist the beautiful cottage set in a truly magnificent garden, in which a great deal of love and expertise had clearly been invested? Not to mention the field at the back, hosted many party families.

Jim was one of those rare people who one can love, respect and admire in equal portions. The strength and dignity which he demonstrated when diagnosed with motor neurone disease, and throughout his final year, came as no surprise. I will never forget, when visiting Jim in the Rowans Hospice, just three days before his passing, his apologising for not being particularly social. It says it all.

Commiserations go to all Jim’s family, especially Helen, whose love and support throughout many years of married life – and in the last difficult months – are surely an example to us all.

I would like to end with the committal piece chosen by Jim and read out at his funeral. Jim, you were a success and you will be sadly missed.

“What is success?

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate the beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch Or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!”

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882). American essayist, lecturer, and poet.

Richard Hitchcock

It’s Tea Time – Tuesday 30 May 2017 2-4.30pm

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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 sjbwparishoffice@gmail.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

Jim Barlow

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Some sad news to share this evening…

Jim Barlow, the original editor of the Westbourne website and Facebook page sadly passed away on Wednesday 26th at the Rowans Hospice.

Jim was been as a very active part of our village to the end. His efforts, both online and offline, have played their part in making Westbourne the wonderful community that it is today, which I know he loved.

I’m sure you will all join me with sending our love to his family at this difficult time.

Anna

Westbourne Weekend Confirmed!

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Saturday

Duck Race – 11am at North Street Bridge

The Groove on the grass – from 4pm at Westbourne Primary School (tickets on sale now)
Live music, Lids activities, Face Painting.
Local beer from ‘The Emsworth Brewery’ CASH BAR £2.50 a pint.
BBQ, Hog Roast, Vegan Curry, Ice cream!
Tickets – Adults 12.50, Children £5, under school age go free.
For tickets contact rossmoyler@gmail.com or call 07557 100785

Sunday

Family Rounders – from 4pm at the Cricket Pavillion.

Follow on Facebook for more info! www.facebook.com/westbourneweekend/

Latest Village Magazine available!

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Westbourne Parish Magazine – April Contents
1​Reader’s Rumblings
2​Reader’s Rumblings cont; Key dates to Remember​
3​Church Calendar; Easter Lilies; Copyright
4​Church Services; Lent Lunch; Marmalade Festival Success
5​From Tabora, Tanzania; Church Cleaning; May Tea Dance
6​At Chichester Cathedral; Editorial
9​Around the Village; Community Spring Clean Day
10​Dog Walks for Health; RNLI Coffee Morning
11 ​Parish Council Meeting – 9 March
12​Council Meeting (cont); Emsworth Museum is Open
13​Neighbourhood Watch; Useful Telephone Numbers
14​Only Yolking!
15​Plus ça change, …..; Advertisements Manager
16​Parish Walk; The Stations of the Holocaust; Virginia Wolf on Life & Art – Talk
19​Wheels for Westbourne Campaign – Greening; Unique Harbour Boat Trips
20​Spring Cleaning Tips – Snr Snippets; Rowlands Castle Bridge Club
21​The Leopard – Book review
22​Westbourne Potters; Chichester Singers
23​Crossword; Watercress Hummus – Recipe
24​Moonlight Walk Registration Deadline;​ Letters – Magazine Survey; Thank You All
27​Can your Skills Benefit Schoolchildren?; Rosa Newmarch – Talk; WI Quiz Night
28​Westbourne Cricket Club; We’ll Always have Paris – Play
29​Westbourne Primary School News; Marathon des Sables to support St Wilfrids
30​Events
31​Notice Board
32​Small Ads; Bus Timetable; Chichester Harbour Conservancy
33​Monthly Diary
34​Westbourne 100 Years Ago; Parish Assembly
35​Rooks – SWT
36​Life in Miniature; Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring – Allotments
37​What’s on at Tuppenny Barn
47​Church Directory
48​Village Directory

Become a Parish Councillor for Westbourne

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Westbourne Parish Council is looking to fill its two 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 13 April, 7pm at The Meeting Place, North Street, Westbourne to give a short presentation of their skills and experiences, before a vote by the Council is carried out.

Westbourne currently has seven parish councillors and there are a total of nine places. The two 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.

Greening Westbourne Campaign Update

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Wheels for Westbourne

Our Wheels for Westbourne cycling campaign gets under way with a series of FREE events in March.

These include:

11 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.

12 March
Family ride on roads around the parish – about five miles. Meet 2.30pm in the Square.

19 March
Ride further afield, details to come. Meet in the Square at 10am (not as advertised in the village magazine).

28th March
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 greeningwestbourne@hotmail.co.uk

For more information, search Greening Westbourne online.

Training update from Michael Reed

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“Latest two training challenges over. The first was Pilgrims challenge; 66 miles over one weekend, the second Wassome desert training in Lanzarote including some big one hour climbs in the hills. A good test for April which looms ever closer…

The New Forest Marathon is the highlight of this weekend… I must re adjust my life choices after the desert!!!!!! and drink more gin and get re-wired!

Cheers to you all for you continued generosity for donations to St Wilfred’s.”

Michael Read

Community Spring Clean Day, Sunday 9 April

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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 westbournepc@outlook.com.