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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.

Recycle to raise money for Westbourne Primary

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img_0694Having 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.

Westbourne February’s Village Magazine is now available

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img_0696Westbourne Parish Magazine – February Contents

1Reader’s Rumblings
2Reader’s Rumblings cont; Editorial
3Church Calendar; Yemen Crisis Appeal
4Church Services; Church Notices; Copyright
5From Tabora, Tanzania; New Year Resolutions
6At Chichester Cathedral; Christmas Lunch
9Around the Village; Battle of Jutland – Ems Museum
10Dog Walks around Westbourne; Knit and Natter
11 Parish Council Meeting – 8 December
12Parish Council Meeting – 12 January
13Neighbourhood Plan News; Useful Telephone Numbers
14My Funny Valentine – Story
15Valentine cont.; Allotment Association
16Westbourne WI; Elgar Society
19Greening Westbourne – Update; A Problem
20Top Tips for Healthy Eating – Snr Snippets; Christmas – A time for Giving
21Westbourne 100 Years Ago
22 Village Website and Facebook Page
23Stardust – Book review
24Dream Wheelers Bike Ride – St Wilfrids; Returning the Magazine Survey
27Crossword; Carrot Cake Granola – Recipe
28Letter – Bins outside the Co-op; Portsdown NADFAS
29Westbourne Primary School News; What a Shambles
30Events
31Notice Board
32Small Ads; Bus Timetable; Chichester Harbour Conservancy
33Monthly Diary
34Good News for Cyclists; Havant WEA
35Woodmancote Village News; Bourne Leisure Centre Activities
36Love is in the Air – SWT
37What’s on at Tuppenny Barn
47Church Directory
48Village Directory

Allotments plots available!

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Green fingers? Plots available at Westbourne Allotments!

For a plot please call Paul on 01243 377931, and for social membership Anne on the same number.

For a plot, it is £10 admin fee on joining plus £25 per year which includes all the benefits of social membership. We are a great little community, loads of support if you are new to allotmenting… get in touch!

Just want to be a social member?

It’s just £5 per year to be a Westbourne Allotments social member. You receive some fantastic benefits; free entry to the Westbourne Horticultural show, an invite to come along to our summer BBQ – this year on June 25th – plus discounts at local shops and restaurants. 20% off at Stansted Garden centre, 10% off at Wellies cafe, the Deck in Emsworth, also 10% off gardening products at Emsworth Home Hardware. Plus many more benefits are in the pipeline for 2017….

 

Update from Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

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We know that it is already one month old, but may we take this opportunity to wish everybody in Westbourne a very happy new year. We trust it has begun auspiciously.
On January 6th, the second pre-submission consultation period came to an end and we would like to thank all those of you took the trouble to attend the Drop-in Day in November and/or send in your comments. These have been added to several received from a number of statutory consultees and developers who have also commented on the Plan. It will probably come as no surprise to you that developers would like to build more houses than the 25 allocated to the Parish in the CDC Local Plan, something that we have been, and still are, at pains to prevent.
We are now working our way through every single comment, making decisions as to where changes to the Plan are needed. We are determined to ensure that, as far as possible, the wishes of the Parish – as communicated through the comprehensive consultation process – are respected whilst, at the same time, making sure that the Plan does not conflict with either the National Planning Policy Framework or the CDC Local Plan. Were it to do so, the Plan would not be given a green light when it goes to independent examination later this year.

We are hoping that any necessary amendments to the Plan will be in place by March and that it can then be submitted to CDC, who will undertake their own consultation. The NP will then be passed to the independent examiner and will finally go to referendum, when the people of Westbourne will be asked to decide whether or not they would like the NP to become an important addition to local planning law.

It seems to us an awful long time since we embarked upon this journey in 2013, but we are confident that having a neighbourhood plan in place will be of great benefit to the Parish, both in the present and the future. Never before has so much information been gathered and documented, as you will see if you go to http://www.westbournepc.org/downloads/. Should you wish to view a hard copy of the documentation, please contact the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group. This can be done via the parish clerk (07775 654483; email: westbournepc@outlook.com).
We will continue to keep you informed as the NP goes through the final stages necessary to render it a statutory document. Should you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact us: remember it is your Plan.

Westbourne Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

Westbourne Weekend AGM – All welcome!

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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/

Michael Reed’s fundraiser for St Wilfred’s Hospice

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Michael has asked us to spread the word about his fantastic fundraiser for St Wilfreds Hospice. Michael explains:

“I’ve lived in the village for 25 years and ia often out running and people ask “what are you training for”……..

Whilst having a quiet drink a buddy said to me do you fancy doing the Marathon des Sables. Whoops I was on pint two and said yes l mean how hard could the toughest foot race on earth be? Being too stubborn to change my mind I’m now training for running/walking /crawling 250ks ish (barring getting lost) for six days carrying all my own supplies in the Sahara at about 40 degrees give or take a couple of c’s for April.

The trip is self financed and I thought it would be a great way to raise a pound or two for charity however if anyone wants to sponsor a shirt for me much appreciated.

At the end of the day what could possibly go wrong!

My just giving page is: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Michael-reed65

Many thanks so far for all the kind donations and good wishes.”

We wish Michael the very best of luck!!