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:1/7/15 /10/14 Visitors:


Village website saw its visitor number break thro 80,000 this week. Success !!


Westbourne Open Gardens 14th June – A Resounding Success!

Anyone trying to navigate their way round the village on Sunday 14th June would have had difficulty contending with the vast number of enthusiastic garden viewers.  One participating family counted 1043 pairs of feet moving through their garden and we suspect that this was not the total number of visitors. Car parking in the Wren Centre and the WOW Clinic overflowed; ticket brochures at the Parish Hall and in the Square had to be constantly replenished and raffle tickets ran out  before the draw took place. Children thoroughly enjoyed searching for exquisitely crafted Fairy Houses (and then tucked into equally special chocolate fish kindly donated by Montezuma’s). WI ‘Vintage Teas’ were appreciated all day and served with style and care in the Scout marquee erected on the Rectory lawn.

The final sum raised will be in excess of £11,000 (£4,500 more than achieved in 2012). Beneficiaries include: St Wilfrid’s Hospice; Ems Valley Community Transport; Westbourne Scouts; Westbourne WI; The Restoration of the Westbourne War Memorial Fund; Westbourne Allotments Association ; Westbourne Primary School and the Linda Newell Memorial Fund in Emsworth.

As a committee we agreed that the event showed Westbourne Village as a fine community. The sun shone, garden owners had preened their gardens to perfection and too many people and organisations to be named here had generously sponsored or donated services or raffle prizes.

The accounts of appreciative visitors are numerous and overwhelmingly enthusiastic. There was not a single unpleasant incident.

The charities who will benefit are: St Wilfreds Hospice Westbourne Scouts Ems Valley Community Transport Westbourne WI Westbourne Primary School The Church & War Memorial The Allotment Association & Flower Show.

All Raffle Prize winners have now been contacted  

Thank you all.    more...


Westbourne Weekend Village events - Duck Race  -  Groove  -  Treasure Hunt Saturday 20th/ Sunday 21st   see poster on Whats On page


New Village Business -  Paws & Claws pet photography service  more...


Greening Westbourne family fun ride 28 June  - Help needed please.

This event is urgently in need of a few volunteers to act as marshals on the route to help guide riders on the route and ensure the event is safe for all. Please contact : greeningwestbourne@hotmail.co.uk  if you are able to help


New Village Business -  Mile End House Bed & Breakfast - Amazing Georgian House in  the heart of Westbourne Village more...


Westbourne village facebook is back in action . Click on the logo above and "like" on the page to keep up to date


Village News - Latest update  more…


Have your say! New houses in Westbourne – where should they go?

Westbourne Parish Hall from 2.30pm to 4.30pm on Saturday 11th July Read more...


News update from your Parish Council:   Nigel Ricketts has been elected Vice Chair and Richard Hitchcock Chair. Anybody interested in co-option to the parish council has until 4th June to contact Joan. Potential co-optees will present themselves to the parish council for election at the June meeting and the election of Chairs for the other committees has been deferred until the July meeting.


Westbourne History Group books and publications now available for sale in the "Village Stores" (ex Lashleys) as they now stock all the available ones


Greening Westbourne family fun ride 28 June

Our fabulous family fun ride is on Sunday 28 June, so put the date in your diary and make sure your bike's ready to go! more...


A true success story in Westbourne. - Westbourne Scouts have reformed and ready to go for local children. Read their story: more...


Monks Hill planning appeal.  Chichester District Council confirm that a planning appeal is currently in progress against the planning refusal for the site on Monks Hill next to the Recreation Ground. The appeal is APP/L3815/W/15/3006346. and the latest response date to this is 20th May.  Application detail: "Material change of use of land for stationing of caravans for residential occupation with associated hard standing and utility block."

Anyone wishing to comment on this appeal should visit the site www.planningportal.gov.uk and follow links to Planning; Appeals; Search appeals and enter 3006346 to make comments.       (Apologies to all - Incorrect planning number entered - Should have been 3006346 not 3006345)


Hampshire Farm Community Open Space. Local resident has congratulated Havant Council for the excellent  space provided for the community but with regret has noticed already some vandalism with tree protectors removed and left lying around. They quote "The local community need to be made aware of the fact that some members of the community think it fun to trash the natural environment which gives others so much pleasure. "

We should all look after this asset and encourage others to do the same.


Emsworth Valley Community Transport (EVCT) - 5 more volunteer drivers needed. Please click more... for details of how to get involved.

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...


Westboune Parish Church building needs your help to maintain this beautiful structure for future generations. more...

(Page included an amazing picture from Bedhampton, accross the village church to Halnaker windmill from Liz Alder.)


Village Orchard Project.  The first meeting of the “core” team to get things started, was held at the Meeting Place in Westbourne on Tuesday 21st April and was very well supported and established a group of willing volunteers to take this forward to getting the first planting of trees in place by this coming autumn.

See new link above to the Orchard Page


Long Copse Lane Fighting Team - Developers have raised new appeal against refusal.

Your help is needed again to help fight this. Letters to Inspectorate of planning by 8th May latest

Please see attached for more information more...


Westbourne Community Spring Clean Day

Thanks to Carolina, Christine, Dave, Elizabeth, Jane, Liz, Louise, Richard and Tom for helping out on Sunday April 12th. It was such a beautiful day they could well have been elsewhere.

Thanks to the people of Westbourne, who, by ensuring that most of their rubbish is put where it belongs, made our task a relatively easy one.

Thanks to Chichester District Council for supplying the bags, gloves, high-vis vest and litter pickers.


Westbourne Neighbourhood Plan - Important update on housing land more...


Westbourne Community Orchard - first meeting
The first meeting of the group setting up a community orchard on the Emsworth/Westbourne border is on Tuesday 21 April, 7.30pm at The Meeting Place, North Street, Westbourne.
The orchard will be on the public open space next to the Redlands Grange housing development, and will grow traditional varieties. Residents will be able to sponsor trees.
Anyone who can be part of the 'core' team running the project is asked to attend.
The project needs people with all kinds of skills. Maybe you're a good organiser or can keep on top of a bit of admin. Maybe you know something about planting trees, or making cider. Maybe you have good web skills. Or maybe you just have some spare time.
The project was launched last month by Greening Westbourne, the local environmental group.


New Village Business - Abundance Fitness more...


Community orchard project launched March 2015
A community orchard on the Emsworth/Westbourne border was launched on Sunday at a cider-tasting evening.
More than 30 people gathered to launch the project to set up an orchard on new public open space next to the Redlands Grange housing development in Emsworth.  


Neighbourhood Plan update see "What happens next" page more...


Westbourne Community Spring Clean Day - Sunday 12th April

Last year saw the return of the ‘Community Spring Clean Day’, an annual event to rid the village of all unsightly litter, etc before it is concealed by the emerging foliage. If it’s not done now, it will rear its ugly head again in the autumn and be with us throughout the winter and – no doubt – for years to come. The event is organised by Westbourne Parish Council and supported by Chichester District Council. No experience is necessary: all you need to do is to gather at The Square at 2.30pm on Sunday 12th April. ‘Kit’ will be provided, and includes litter pickers, protective gloves, fluorescent vests and plastic sacks. We will pick litter for two hours, ending up back at The Meeting Place in North Street for refreshments at 4.30pm.  With one or two stories to tell, I daresay! Accompanied children most welcome. more...



Two vitally important and open questions for Westbourne Villagers:

"Will the Neighbourhood Plan have "teeth" when completed ?" The answer is of course 'yes' as a village without a Plan will not have shown to the local authority that it "cares" and wishes to be involved in determining its future and as a result CDC will impose its judgement without reference to the village views.

"Does the Parish Council play an important role in our village?" The answer again is a very clear 'yes', as without a strongly representative Parish Council, the many functions from planning to village management of our services will not get done.

Both questions are being asked as both organisations are keenly seeking more support from Westbourne. The Neighbourhood Plan process has a further 6/9 months to completion and needs some additional volunteer support, and the Parish Council elections this May need nominees to stand for election as several of the existing team will be standing down.

The website is very happy to get your responses to these questions and pass them on to get answers for you from appropriate people involved in both processes. Contact...

Also the election of our District Councellor is coming soon. Mark Dunn is our current councillor see details... This election will be on 7th May and again it is a very important part of our democratic process which we should all involve ourselves.


Community Open Day for new Public Open Space - a great success

Residents have taken the first step towards making the new public open space next to Redlands Grange an important part of their community at a recent Open Day.

Nearly 100 local residents met Charlie Carter, the artist commissioned by the Redlands Grange developers to design and install public art on the new public open space, previously Hampshire Farm adjacent to Redlands Grange housing development. Most of the visitors who came to Westbourne Parish Hall on Saturday 14 March, 2.30 to 6.30pm live on the Redlands Grange estate with Westbourne coming second. Local residents provided some very useful, positive and constructive feedback regarding both the Open Space and Charlie's work. more...


Village history on this website. You may have already seen, but if not, please take a look at the Village History section recently added and updated.

Keith Hart, ex villager, has done a fantastic "in depth"  set of pages and is well worth a visit. more...  or click on the village history tab above.


Dates & times to meet PC Booker P.C.S.O. for Funtington/Westbourne Wards :He will be attending the Coffee Morning's on Monday 9th March at 11:00 until around 11:30. I will also be attending on Monday 27th April again at 11:00 until around 11:30.


1st Westbourne Scout Group are relaunching in April. Click here for details...


 New Village Business listing - Garden Machinery Southbourne - local based garden machinery sales and service business. more...


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...


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.


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

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…

20s Plenty

Where People Live

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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.

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Latest Parish Council Minutes:

June 2015 Page: Minutes of PC meetings

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Orchard project

St Johns Church Building support funding