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Westbourne’s own dog walk, Sunday 3 July 2016, 11am-2pm, followed by a bring-your-own picnic and doggy treats on the Rectory lawn. Sign-up sheets at the back of the church and in the WFW Art and Framing in the Square. The walk will have two routes: one for those who want a shorter, more leisurely walk and an added section for the more energetic.  Bring your dog or borrow one for the afternoon and join us for our woof-tastic fundraiser for Canine Partners, a charity providing assistance dogs. All responsibility for dogs will be with owners or handlers on the day.


Tim Peake has landed 10.15 am.

Safely back after a brilliant trip. Well done Tim.


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


Hello Westbourne. Our very special astronaut is arriving back on earth this weekend and as far as I know there is nothing planned to mark his safe return.  Is anybody aware of anything planned in the village that needs some publicity or does anyone want to take up the challenge and do something to mark the event.


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


 Wild West Family Barn Dance on Saturday 16th July, 4.30-10pm at Westbourne Primary School.

Howdy Partners ! Westbourne Primary School PTA and Emsworth School Association are pleased to bring you our second joint event.

The Local band Stoney Ridge will be teaching us all to 'do-si-do' in the 40 metre marquee, adults can test their nerve on the rodeo bull and children can jump around on the Wild West bouncy castle and enjoy other themed games. There will be prizes for best fancy dress and a 'money can't buy raffle'.

The Saloon will be laying on locally sourced food including a BBQ, and you can wet your whistle at the cash bar stocked with ale, wine and summer drinks.

Tickets on sale from Sat 7th May 10am-midday at The Meeting Place, North Street, Westbourne and thereafter from both schools or by emailing westbourne.pta@gmail.com.     Family tickets  £20 (2 adults, up to 3 children), Adult £6, Child £4  Poster on Whats On page


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…


Members of the St John's congregation walked through the village on Good Friday morning with a large wooden cross, continuing a longstanding local Easter tradition. more...


Westbourne Social Club events update 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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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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June 2016 Page: Minutes of PC meeting

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