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Starting School - September 2017

The application process for children due to start school in September 2017 will begin on Monday 3 October 2016. West Sussex County Council no longer sends individual letters to parents but is advertising the application arrangements as widely as possible and it is in this connection that I now write to you.

As a service to your local community we would invite you to advertise the starting school application window in your Parish Magazine, on your website or by whatever means you normally use to communicate with your residents.

I The key points are:

·         Apply online at www.westsussex.gov.uk/admissions.

·         Applications can be made between 3 October 2016 and 15 January 2017.

·         Special rules apply for house movers until 23 March 2017.

·         The Information for Parents booklet is available on our website.

·         Further information is available by ringing 03330 142 903.

Applications made after the closing date cannot be considered until all on time applications have been processed. This may mean it is not possible to offer a child a place at a local school. We would therefore be grateful if you could help actively encourage all parents to apply by the closing date.


As you may know, land north of Long Copse Lane has recently been identified by Havant Borough Council as a possible site for 220 houses. If you would like to comment (your parish council will be doing so), you are advised to go to:



Westbourne Neighbourhood Plan Update

Some of you may be wondering exactly where we have got to with the neighbourhood plan (NP). You will remember that, in the spring, we went to consultation and, since then, we have been making amendments to the Plan based on feedback from members of the public as well as a number of statutory consultees.

Areas that we have been looking at include the identification of undesignated heritage assets that had not received adequate attention in the past; significant biodiversity issues, and the firming up of local gaps that it is hoped will protect Westbourne from the kind of wholesale development that seems likely to go ahead in neighbouring Emsworth in the relatively near future*. We are also working on a policy designed to facilitate community balance.

It appears extremely likely that amendments to the Plan will be substantive enough to trigger a renewed period of consultation. Whilst this is a delay we could all do without, we are confident that the community will understand and continue to support the work of the NP Steering Group.

Watch this space!

The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group


WESTBOURNE CC XI v WESTBOURNE OLD BOYS XI will be returning to Westbourne Village this August bank holiday 29th August 2016!


Please help us make this a success by locking this date into your diary and please LIKE & SHARE this with you friends and family!

The day includes a BBQ and Home Made CURRY, Real Ale Keg, Lager and more! All proceeds will go towards the club and The Rowans Hospice (challenge41) We please ask for Prize Donations to help with the raffle on the day to help raise money! Last year people were kind enough to donate Hampers, Bottles of Wine, Sporting Memorabilia and plenty more!

Please Private Message this Facebook page if you can help with making a small prize donation as this would be extremely appreciated!


This years WemsFest details 30th Sept - 23rd October more...


Parish Council next meeting Thursday 11th August - Planning meeting only agenda more...


2 events in the village this month:

Village Garden Party & HorticulturalShow on Sunday 14th in Parish Hall   &    Church Fete Saturday 27th on Rectory Lawn all afternoon.


The following is a link to the Fix My Street website. www.fixmystreet.com

You can report a blocked footpath, fallen tree, potholes and it will be directed it to the council responsible.

You need to enter the location or post code and details of the problem and you can include a photo. Excellent & useful site - try it.


Emsworth Show 2016. Recreational Ground Monday 29th August - Poster on What's on page.more..


Village News - Latest update from Rona, our village reporter,  more…


TCF - The Compassionate Friends Charity have just started a local support group for parents whose child has died at any age and from any cause;  as part of the group they would like to have a small free lending library.

Many parents find solace not only in talking to other bereaved parents but often by trying to begin to make sense of their loss by reading books to gain some kind of understanding.

If you have any books on bereavement and grief, that you would like to donate to the group they would be very gratefully received.

Please contact Sue Brooks via private message, thank you so much.

Charity website:  www.tcf.org.uk


Parish Council page on village website has a new addition. Last 12 months of meeting minutes have been added as a link for you to view . more...


Westbourne Neighbourhood Plan Update

As those of you who follow the progress of the Neighbourhood Plan (NP)will know, the Pre-submission Consultation Period came to an end on April 22nd. Since then, the Steering Group have been sifting through the many comments in order to make any necessary amendments to the Plan. Just so as you are aware of the complex and time-consuming nature of this task, comments have been received from over 60 individuals in the parish of Westbourne as well as from Chichester District Council, the South Downs National Park Authority, West Sussex County Council, the Environment Agency, Historic English, Southern Water, Sport England,  Southcott Homes and  Taylor Wimpey.

All these comments are currently available on the village website at: https://app.box.com/wnplan.

We will be responding to all of the comments and, as soon as those responses have been formulated - hopefully by the end of June - they will also be publicly available on the website. The NP then goes to CDC, who will carry out their own consultation, and then on to the examination process. If all goes smoothly (when does it ever?) we hope to see the NP go to referendum in the Spring of 2017. Assuming that the residents of Westbourne are in favour of the Plan, the document will then become an integral component of planning law.

Please bear with us – there is light at the end of a very long tunnel.

The NP team


Hampshire Farm Meadows volunteer group  Are you interested in helping to form a friends group. See poster for details: more...


Following on from the village consultation process on the Neighbourhood Plan Process, this link is provided so that the various comments made by villagers can be viewed. more…


Your parish council has a vacancy. If you would like to get involved in village activity and make a great contribution to Westbourne Village. click here for more detail...


Our local astronaut Tim is still up there and taking a picture of our area !! Take a look >>> more...


Westbourne Weekend group  Summer Ball - Friday 15th July  Our tickets go on sale on Saturday 7th May. More info to follow shortly


Amazing response from Westbourne Villagers today. 21 of us turned out on a lovely sunny after noon today to collect rubbish from around our streets. 28 bags collected. Great effort and very satisfying . Lets all try to keep in looking good.


Village News - Latest update from Rona, our village reporter,  more…


Update following Neighbourhood Plan consultation more...


The Compassionate Friends  -  Bereavement Support Group

New Group forming in Southbourne very soon for parents whose child has died at any age and from any cause.  more...


Orchard project update more...


Westbourne Club events update more...


!!!!   90,000 today   !!!!

Village website had its 90,000th visitor today since it started life just 5 years ago.

Thank you to all our supporters and visitors.


WemsFest - the annual multi-arts festival for Westbourne & Emsworth, and environs.  Also promotes the arts throughout the year.

Rogues & Vagabonds - the community theatre company staging regular productions.  Rehearses every week in the Westbourne Club.

Contact: 01243 378742 or wemsfest@btinternet.com



Westbourne continues to be a well managed and pleasant place to live, with an active Parish Council and many residents working to strengthen the Community. In particular a lot of hard work is being invested in the Neighbourhood Plan, and I would like to thank all involved for this important voluntary effort.

But 'the price of freedom is eternal vigilance', so I make no apology for reminding all readers that I am always ready to do my best to help people with problems and questions.

Email me on mdunn@chichester.gov.uk<mailto:mdunn@chichester.gov.uk> or mark@eastmarden.net<mailto:mark@eastmarden.net> or phone on 01243 535202 or mark.dunn@southdowns.gov.uk<mailto:mark.dunn@southdowns.gov.uk> if its a matter about the park.

Chichester District Council too is running reasonably smoothly but there are - as always - financial pressures which put staff and members under pressure to get the best possible results from a tighter than ever budget. Under strong leadership, I can assure everyone that waste is much reduced and a lot of brain power is being invested in finding ways and means of increasing productivity and making  working practices more efficient.

The South Downs National Park Authority too is working well. It faces a huge and developing task, creating awareness of the Park and promoting its objects. Challenges loom up...A27 improvements and the possible

Northern Bypass will keep the members and staff pretty busy.

I hope you will all keep my existence in mind, and not hesitate to contact me if you feel the need. Regards, Mark Dunn

11.05 15/12/15  

Tim's in space fantastic. Well done to all the Team and especially Tim. Happy globe trotting.....


More news about village astronaut Tim Peake - Series of special pages put together by Keith Hart especially for the village website more...


Our very own Westbourne astronaut short story competition. poster more...


Westbourne’s own astronaut (there’s something we never thought we would write) Tim Peake will be lifting off for the International Space Station on December 15.  Back on earth, Westbourne Social Club will be the focal point of village celebrations, with live coverage of the launch from Kazakhstan and the scheduled docking with the ISS six hours later.  Picture of Tim and 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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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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