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……… 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 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

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.


Westbourne Weekend Confirmed!

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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 or call 07557 100785


Family Rounders – from 4pm at the Cricket Pavillion.

Follow on Facebook for more info!

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
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

Wheels for Westbourne 1st Weekend Round-up

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Our Wheels for Westbourne cycling campaign got under way with some great events last weekend.

Our Bike Doctor session in the Square saw a steady stream of people bring their bikes along for a free tweak to get them road-ready. More than 20 machines got some tender loving care.

The following day up to 30 people, aged four to 70-plus, took part in a led ride around the parish despite some far-from-ideal weather.

Next event: longer ride 19 March. Meet at the Square 10am.

Can you help out? Contact