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Local History Group Publications are now fully available at the Village Stores, including both of the CD products.

We are also delighted that Nigel Peake has kindly agreed to restart the mail order service.

Full details on the Group’s Publications Page.

The Group’s part of the Village website has been fully updated.
Many great photos have been added with the “Past Photos Gallery” now holding more than 150.
There remain gaps and many opportunities to add information or comment.

New Product from WLHG

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The Local History Group is pleased to announce a new product – a CD (to be) of scans of it’s out-of-print booklets. Full details on the Group’s Publications webpage.

Two could be said to be serious reference works – “The Poor of the Parish” and  “The Westbourne Union”.

“Westbourne Then and Now” is essentially a book of photos contrasting Westbourne’s appearance between 1900 and 1990.

The last is the first booklet produced by the Group, “Trades People” and has been reprinted with additions. It is included for it’s novelty value and because some of the illustrations have changed.

Currently only available at a bargain price by Internet File transfer.


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The History Day went well.

We had lots of visitors, lots of interest and some nice compliments, which made all the hard work worthwhile.

The news is that we have committed to do the show again at Emsworth Museum. This will be for a much longer period thus Group members may not always be available but Query Forms and Museum Stewards will be. The scale may be slightly reduced due to space constraints, but will include as much as we can possibly squeeze in.

The dates are April 4 to 23, at weekends, Easter Monday and St. Georges Day.

Any further details will appear here and on the Emsworth Museum Website as available.


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SATURDAY 18 JANUARY 2020, 11.00 – 16.00.


The Westbourne Local History Group presents a working exhibition of its interests in uncovering and recording the history of Westbourne, featuring


“Old Maps, New Names – The route to Emsworth and Westbourne via Cinsworth and Eastbourne”.


“The Lost Shops and Businesses of Westbourne”.


“The Watermills of Westbourne”.


Help chronicle the Watermills that existed in Westbourne, and help record the existence and demise of other businesses of Westbourne through old photographs and other media. Bring anything that you wish to be identified, and contribute your knowledge about the extensive collections on view.

Free Entry.    Publication Sales.  Light Refreshments.   Free (limited) Parking


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The Local History Group has just completed a major upgrade of the PHOTOS section and there are many new photos to view, comment on and add information about.

Please have a look.

There are gaps and weaknesses in the collection.

Please let us copy any old photos that you have so we can improve the collection further.

Roger Wilding WLHG

Light Up Long Copse Lane!

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As the expected application period for the proposed development of 260 houses draws closer, we’re planning to show everyone how much we all Love Long Copse Lane by planting thousands of daffodils and other bulbs along the verges to create a fantastic spectacle in spring time.

Help us plant the bulbs

On Saturday 3rd November, 10am – 1pm we’re all meeting to plants the bulbs and we need all the help we can get! Please come along and help. Find us on Facebook and tell us you’re coming to the event if you can.

Please also tell your friends and family and spread the word!

Bring a spade/tools and gloves if you can.

Donate for daffodils

We’re also looking for donations to buy even more daffodils – we want it to be a huge spectacle so that media and local press cover it, highlighting the plight of the Save Long Copse Lane campaign.

  • £27 buys 500 daffodils
  • £20 buys 300 daffodils
  • £10 buys 100 daffodils

Donate here, entering the amount you wish to donate in Paypal: 

So, help us to Light Up Long Copse Lane!

Thank you all in advance, we really appreciate your continued support!