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Front page News and events in and around Westbourne. Most of the information on this page comes from our visitors so if you have something you would like to add just go to the Contact us  page. Last update: 23/1/15 /10/14 Visitors:


New planning application in Monks Hill that has not been publicised with planning notices:

14/04206/FUL  The Material change of use of land for stationing of caravans for residential occupation with associated hard standing and utility block. | Land North of Recreation Ground Monks Hill Westbourne West Sussex PO10 8SX

Full application details can be seen on the Chichester District Council Planning Portal using the above application number.

Please comment by 12th Feb. (Date extended following input from Parish Council)


The Westbourne Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group are now approaching the final straight and it will not be long before we start putting together an initial draft of the Plan. If all goes well, you should have sight of the Plan towards the end of the summer/early autumn, when we hope to begin the six-week consultation period. Following this, and any consequent revisions, the Plan will then go before the Inspector and finally to referendum. In other words, there is still plenty of opportunity for your voice to be heard.

But why not become even more involved? We need a hand with the final push. Our secretary, who has been with us since the outset, has had to resign from the Steering Group, and we need someone who can take on this role to see us through to the end of the process. If you are interested, please contact the Chair, Richard Hitchcock, at rahitchcock@btinternet.com or 01243 389096.

In addition to a secretary, anybody who feels they can spare some time to help out in any way would be more than welcome. We meet every second Thursday (unless this clashes with a parish council meeting) at The Meeting Place (former Baptist Chapel), North Street at 7.30pm. Our next two meetings are on February 19th and March 5th.


Emsworth Valley Community Transport (EVCT) - Service update on Business pages

EVCT is a charitable organisation which uses volunteers to transport those not so able to hospital/doctors’/dentists’ appointments and also takes them shopping or on visits to relatives. Our ‘customers’ live in an area roughly bounded by Emsworth, Westbourne, Nutbourne, Chidham and Prinsted. more...


Proposed Music Festival at Holme Farm, Broard Walk, Stansted. (opposite the entance to Stansted House but not associated with the Stansted foundation).

An application is very soon to be made to the local council for a licence to hold an extensive music event in July 2015

The proposed ‘Mutiny Festival’ on Holme Farm - a 2/3 day Dance & Music Festival over the period 24 – 26 July 2015. Holme Farm immediately adjoined Stansted and had been sold off by the estate in the 1980s.

The Mutiny website quoted a ‘Site Capacity of 40,000+’ (meaning 20,000 people per day over the 2 days of Music).  This figure included around 15,000 people camping on Holme Farm for 3 days.  The event site included 2 arenas, 2 main stages (7,000 square metres and 1500 square metres) and 3 ‘Boutique stages’, the main arena included a market. more... maps and details of meeting


Village News - Latest update  more…


New publication announcement from Village History Group

Westbourne and the Great War, by Nigel Peake

This latest publication charts the history of the village between 1914 and 1918, and includes biographies of the 55 men who died and are commemorated on the war memorial. It also contains the names of more than 300 who served, plus their regiments or ships. Produced to mark the centenary of the war’s outbreak, the book draws on national and local archives to show how a typical Sussex village fared when large numbers of its menfolk disappeared into the forces.  Copies (price £6) more…



Westbourne’s war memorial, dedicated in 1920, has been cleaned, with the First World War names repainted and those from the Second World War added.

We are now embarking on the second phase of the project, to renew and extend paving around the base of the memorial so that it is more accessible. At the same time, new steps and a new gate will be installed.

The cost will be in the region of £10,000. We have already received a grant of £1,500 from West Sussex County Council to help cover the cost of the first phase, and will be applying to other bodies for possible grants.

We now need a determined community effort to raise the remainder and ensure that our village has a memorial worthy of all its sons who never came home.

All contributions will be gratefully received, and collecting buckets are appearing at various locations around the village. Any cheques should be made payable to WCRT (War Memorial Appeal) and can be sent to Owen Pike at 4 Chantry Hall, Foxbury Lane, Westbourne, West Sussex PO10 8FG. If you are a tax payer and Gift Aid can be claimed against your donation, please make this clear by including your full name and address with Post Code.

Thank you for your support.


Great news for bus users in Westbourne. You may have heard that changes might have meant that the village lost its bus service but its being replaced as follows when the 27 service finishes in the new year:

Emsworth & District 28/28A Southbourne - Westbourne - Emsworth - Havant (from 5th January)
New Monday to Saturday service replacing withdrawn Emsworth & District 27 between Southbourne and Havant via Westbourne.


20’s Plenty

Chichester Highways committee has recommended acceptance of the 20 MPH speed limit for Westbourne following the public consultation and this will now go forward to be advertised by a Traffic Regulation Order for implementation if there are no objections.


Parish Council Newsletter latest update more…

This months update contains some very important news for Villagers about a vacancy on the Parish Council.


St John’s Parish Church has a new website visit more…


Village website reaches another big milestone. 70,000 visitors since start up just 5 years ago !!!!


Sewerage problems in Westbourne. Following recent discussions and input from Southern Water who are responsible for sewerage in the village, it has come to light that there are probably a significant number of properties where raw sewage has risen up through the house drains in or around the house. There has not been any count of the number of properties that have experienced this problem and it is difficult therefore to assess exactly how serious this problem is in total and what risk there is to public health.

Could any people who have had this problem or are aware of villagers who have, please make contact via the website and give details of their experience in order for action to be taken collectively with Southern Water. Please use the Contact us form for your reply. Thank you.


New page added for Westbourne W I more…


Westbourne Open Gardens Event:  Sunday 14th June 2015

It will be three years since Westbourne residents generously opened their gardens, under a slate grey sky, to numerous,  very appreciative members of the public. Despite cold and miserable conditions, it was highly successful and raised £6,500 for local charities.

The Open Gardens Event unites the village and is looked forward to by many from afar who attend whenever it is held.

The 14th June 2015 will be the day and the Open Gardens Committee wishes to hear from anyone who would like their garden to be open: no matter how small or large, neat or wild-life welcoming, the experience of opening your garden is most rewarding. If you are unsure what is involved, please get in touch to talk it through. more…


Village News - Latest update more…


Long Copse Development planning application has been rejected for the second time.


Westbourne Beauty Clinic has opened new premises on the Square in addition to their existing Clinic on East Street more…


Old photo added to Past Photos page courtesy of Philip Burt -  Bonfire Night 1950 more…


Westbourne Neighbourhood Plan - Update - Your Responses: public consultation meeting on Saturday 4 October 10am – 12pm in the Parish Hall

How did everyone respond to the Questionnaire? Don’t miss this opportunity to find out and t comment on the draft policies.  At 10am there will be a presentation by Rowena Tyler from Action in Rural Sussex, followed by questions and answers and an opportunity to view the displays. Coffee and biscuits will be served

Here are some examples of your responses:

76% wish to retain the green spaces within the community;

78% of respondents strongly believe that development should be on brownfield sites rather than Greenfield;

95% said that it is vital to retain a GP surgery in the centre of Westbourne;

65% think that a car park is needed to encourage new business;

65% put a high value on the historic fabric of the village;

82% agree that the access of heavy vehicles to the village should be restricted;

Over 90% of young people feel that it is very important to protect the present character of the village


Westbourne and the Great War

A heroic clergyman, a decorated submariner, and a lad who ran off to join the Army at the age of 15 – these are three of the men from Westbourne’s war memorial  whose stories are told in a new book.

“Westbourne and the Great War” charts the history of the village between 1914 and 1918, and includes biographies of the 55 men who died and are commemorated on the memorial, plus five in the cemetery. It also contains the names of more than 300 who served, plus their regiments or ships.

For details, please see the history group’s page more


Possible future housing development in Westbourne

In May of this year, Chichester District Council (CDC) published the most recent version of the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA). The SHLAA identifies sites within the district that may have future potential for housing development. This includes sites promoted by developers, landowners, key organisations and members of the public.      Click here for map of sites

The following sites have been identified: WB08141, WB08142, WB01843, WB08148, WB0901, WB1453 and WB1454.  However, only one of the sites is seen as having potential for development in the period 2014-2029 and this is site WB08143 (Long Copse Lane/North Street). The conclusion arrived at by CDC (P44) is that “Development plan documents will revise and refresh policies and review existing settlement boundaries. In that respect this site could be suitable for housing” (18 potential dwellings).

If you have any questions or concerns about the information in this article, I would suggest you contact either Westbourne Parish Council or Chichester District Council.


Outdoor exercise equipment for Westbourne

A big thanks to the 170 people who signed the 'petition' supporting the outdoor exercise equipment for Westbourne initiative.  The application will be  submitted shortly to Chichester District Council. As soon as we hear whether or not the bid has been successful, we will let you know. Keep your fingers crossed!

Nigel Ricketts and Richard Hitchcock. Westbourne Parish Council


Planning issues of interest to Westbourne Village

Further to a short article in the June issue of the Westbourne Magazine relating to two planning applications for settled gypsy/traveller accommodation in Cemetery Lane, at the time of writing no decisions have yet been made by Chichester District Council. It is worth pointing out that earlier this year, permission was granted for 12 gypsy/traveller site s in Common Road, between Marlpit Lane and Cheesemans Lane and adjacent to Hopedene Nursery. Were the two applications in Cemetery Lane to be successful, the Parish of Westbourne would be providing just under 50% of the requirement in the Chichester District Council area. Details of the applications can be found at:



Some would say that is a great shame that such development does not appear to attract Section 106 monies, which enable communities to upgrade the local infrastructure. Moreover, they do not count towards the 25 dwellings that CDC’s Draft Local Plan is saying Westbourne will need to accommodate in the next 15 years.


Westbourne Meeting Place Updates: more…


Fun in the sun for village with Greening Westbourne  -  update:  more…

Around 100 villagers in Westbourne, near Emsworth, turned to pedal and foot power yesterday for their annual Family Fun Ride and Stride.


Westbourne Club has updated its Contact information and Events Calendar more…

New pictures of the Village more…


Westbourne Village Facebook page is now available for villagers to use and post comments.

Click on the Facebook link above and “like” us. Your comments are always welcome.

The Westbourne History Group have a number of interesting publications based around life in Westbourne.

They are available to purchase. more... for details

The Village Website is very keen to show more pictures of “Old Westbourne”. Do you have any pictures that you would like to share with the Website ?                   more... Contact us


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Have you got something interesting that you would like to see on the website

please contact the Editor - Jim Barlow  07785 541141

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Link to Parish Magazine page more…

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Welcome to Westbourne, the pride of West Sussex. Nestling on the southern edge of the South Downs National Park on the border between Hampshire and West Sussex.

The parish of Westbourne is a thriving community and consists of the attractive village of Westbourne itself and the two hamlets of Woodmancote and Aldsworth covering approximately 1,846 acres of countryside and is the home to some 2,000 residents.

Parish Council news:

Agenda for next meeting

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Latest Parish Council Minutes:

Dec 2014 Page: Minutes of PC meetings

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