Many locals will know me from running the Good Taste chippie in Westbourne for 22 years with my lovely wife Jo. Now fully retired, I have joined the Westbourne Local History Group. Having moved here as a temporary measure in 1977 we fell in love with this wonderful community and so here we are still.
In that time we have seen so many shops and businesses disappear, it is a very different place now; however I believe we are fortunate to still have so many great facilities for a village of this size.
With regard to the lost shops etc, I have long had a germ of an idea to create a book recalling memories of these. My colleagues in the Group are fully supportive of the idea so I am launching into it.
This does mean that I would like as much information of shops and businesses that no longer exist in the parish of Westbourne, particularly period photographs. Any help regarding these would be really appreciated, so please contact me if you can supply any.
Jim Clarke, Wentworth House, North Street, Westbourne, Emsworth PO10 8SP Tel 01243 373788 email firstname.lastname@example.org