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

Wheels for Westbourne update 

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Our Wheels for Westbourne cycling campaign gets up to speed next week with a whole series of events, as part of national Bike Week 2017.
We hope 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.

As part of Wheels for Westbourne, we’re asking people to pledge to use a bike instead of a car for one journey a week during June.

Here’s the rundown of other activities. See the full details here. 
Sun 11 June 2pm–4pm………..women’s Breeze ride

Wed 14 June 7pm–9pm……….maintenance class – punctures and more

Sun 18 June 2pm–4pm………..family ride – 10 miles, nice and easy

Sun 25 June 2pm–4pm………..women’s Breeze ride

Wed 28 June 7pm–9pm……….maintenance class – punctures and more

Sat 1 July 11am–5pm………….challenge ride – for all, at your own pace 

Our next meeting is 13 June at the White Horse, 7.30pm. Please come along or drop us a line at greeningwestbourne@hotmail.co.uk if you can help with these events in any way, especially with the rides.

Westbourne’s Lost Shops & Businesses – appeal from info from Jim Clarke

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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 jim@clarkeuk.net

Neighbourhood Plan update

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In the May issue of the WM, we told you that the Neighbourhood Plan (NP) had been submitted to CDC and that their consultation should be completed by the middle of May. Little did we know at the time that another May was to intervene and that our NP would disappear into the black hole which is purdah.  

We are assured that normal service will resume on June 9th and that the consultation will be finished by the end of July. After that, the Plan goes to an independent examiner and then to referendum. As always, watch this space!

Westbourne Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

Fairwell to County Councillor Sandra James

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On behalf of the parish council and the parish as a whole, I would like to thank County Councillor Sandra James for all she has done for Westbourne in the last four years. She was a truly excellent local councillor and we wish her all the best in her future endeavours.

I would like to welcome our new county councillor, Viral Parikh, and am confident that he will do his utmost to pick up where Sandra left off.

Richard Hitchcock. Chair of Westbourne Parish Council

Vote for Westbourne community orchard at Waitrose

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We would like to draw to your attention that, in the month of June, as part of their ‘Community Matters’ scheme, the Havant Waitrose has identified Greening Westbourne’s Community Orchard at Hampshire Farm Meadows as one of its good causes. If you shop at Waitrose, perhaps you would like to pop your tokens into the Community Orchard box, thus helping us raise money to buy benches which will be located in the centre of the orchard.

The Greening Westbourne Community Orchard Group

Get cycling this summer!

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The Greening Westbourne ‘Wheels for Westbourne’ cycling campaign gets up to speed this summer with a whole series of events, as part of national Bike Week 2017.

We hope 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.

During June we’re running a challenge similar to the one used some years ago when we launched Greening Westbourne. We’re distributing challenge cards to every home, asking people to pledge to use a bike instead of a car for one journey a week during June.

You pop your card in your window to say you’re taking part. Simple!

Here’s the rundown of the other events. See the full details here. 
Sun 11 June 2pm–4pm………..women’s Breeze ride

Wed 14 June 7pm–9pm……….maintenance class – punctures and more

Sun 18 June 2pm–4pm………..family ride – 10 miles, nice and easy

Sun 25 June 2pm–4pm………..women’s Breeze ride

Wed 28 June 7pm–9pm……….maintenance class – punctures and more

Sat 1 July 11am–5pm………….challenge ride – for all, at your own pace 

Our next meeting is 13 June at the White Horse, 7.30pm. Please come along or drop us a line at greeningwestbourne@hotmail.co.uk if you can help with these events in any way, especially with the rides.

 

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