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 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:
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:

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:

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

We wish Michael the very best of luck!!

Westbourne Wreaths

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This year Westbourne put out a beautiful range of wreaths on their doors. Here are just a few we snapped whilst out and about…

Westbourne Greening Update

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Wheels for Westbourne

Our big focus for 2017 will be on helping more people cycle in and around the village.

We’re not talking Lycra and massive mileage (though if you’re a serious cyclist, that’s great). We want to encourage people of all ages, shapes and sizes to pedal rather than drive when they need to nip to the shop or pop down to Emsworth.

When we launched Greening Westbourne, one of our main themes was encouraging people to choose cycling or walking when making short trips of under a mile. Since then the village has been given a 20mph limit – an important step in making our streets more hospitable to cyclists and pedestrians.

We are hoping to:

– get some cycle racks installed in the centre of the village
– organise a cycling event in the summer
start an informal group to work on these plans

We achieved the community orchard by getting a passionate group of people together and largely letting them get on with it. We’re hoping that residents with an interest in a cycling project might want to start a similar informal group under our umbrella.

Please let us know if you’re interested. Drop us a line or come and see us at the Christmas tree recycling event (see below).

Give an orchard tree for Christmas

Looking for a Christmas present that’s really worth having and will last a lifetime?

You could buy a tree in the community orchard as a gift – a beautiful, long-lasting present that will enhance the local environment and give pleasure to all.

It costs £50 to sponsor or adopt a tree, and dedication plates are £30. All money will go into orchard funds, used to buy new trees and maintain the area. The application form is here.

After our December planting session, the orchard site, at Hampshire Farm Meadows off Westbourne Road, now has 24 trees. Several have been planted in memory of loved ones.

We will plant nine more on 4 February.

Recycle your Xmas tree

Bring your tree down to the Square between 11am and 1pm on 8 January and we’ll turn it into useful chippings (with the kind help of tree surgeon Mike Reed). Stay for a chat and maybe a mulled wine if you can. Donations welcome.

Keep in touch

Our next meeting is at 7.30pm at the White Horse on 10 January. Or contact us on

Westbourne Christmas Tree

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The Westbourne Weekend team assembled bright and early today to put up the Christmas Tree and decorations in the village square. The team worked through the drizzle to brighten up the village this festive season – thank you all for all your hard work, it looks fantastic. Here are some pictures…

img_9356simg_9353img_9281img_9351 and a little video we put together: