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The A259 Hedge Project


There has been great progress in work on planning the hedge project since our last meeting on March 18th. This is the first part of the programme to enhance the area north and south of the A259 as it crosses Bosham. The old field hedge needs regeneration for the advantage of wildlife and the improvement of the area. It runs from the Swan roundabout, along Penwarden Way, Broadbridge Drive and Brooks Lane to Highgrove Farm.

We have now secured sufficient funding to start. We warmly thank the WSCC Communities Fund and Section 106 and Bosham Parish Council, who are planning the erection of a notice-board to carry information about the programme and the donors. The Bosham Association have generously adopted the work as this year’s project for which we are particularly grateful. Come and learn more at St. Nicholas Hall on April 24th. From individuals we have already received a number of pledges of donations to buy a tree or other plants, some in memory of a loved one.

Meanwhile we have been making the necessary preliminary enquiries into the location of underground utility services (we mustn’t hit a water-pipe or electricity cable) and checking health and safety issues. Everyone hopes work will begin in late August/early September after the nesting season, when the WSCC begins the creation of two new paths through the hedge. This is to improve access to the ‘bus stops and shops for mobility-scooter users, parents with pushchairs and other pedestrians.  We also hope there may be the possibility of a short path from the south-east corner of Brooks Lane across the green to the houses at the beginning of Brooks Lane. No more trying to get a wheelchair or toddlers through the muddy grass there we hope.

Then in September the WSCC Amenities Volunteers will come to help us remove the old concrete, wire and rubbish from the hedge, particularly along Broadbridge Drive, so we shall need all hands to the wheelbarrow! Volunteers from ALL parts of Bosham are invited to put September 11th in their diaries to come and give their support for a few hours or days as the work will continue for two weeks.

Then October 14/15th will be our planting weekend. Young and old will be invited to bring a picnic and join in planting trees, bushes and bulbs, so please keep that date free. We hope a film will be made of the various parts of the project, so wear your prettiest wellies and come to be immortalised in the history of the village. Wildflowers, plants and seed, will be introduced along both sides of the hedge next Spring and we shall have a programme of on-going care particularly watering, so if you would like to be put on our list of active volunteers, whether to donate or to wield a shovel, rake or brush or to keep us fortified with tea and buns, please complete the following form and return to or



I/We wish to donate a tree or bushes (the cost will be between £10 & £90 according to what plant you wish to donate. (A list of native trees and bushes is available to choose from and no money is needed until October.).



I/We hope to offer help in September and/or October. (Volunteers will be contacted to attend a preparation meeting in July or August with Mr. Darren Rolfe of the WSCC Amenity Volunteers to plan how we get involved.)






Bosham Cricket Club Quiz

A reminder that the next Bosham Cricket Club Quiz is on Friday (28th April) with as usual the first question being asked at 8:00 pm. The venue is unchanged at the Bosham Village Hall.
Martin will be opening the Hall at 7:30 pm. The Quiz has been prepared and in addition to the usual type Qs’ there will be rounds on Sounds of the 60s & 70s, Geography, TV Twosomes, History, Sport and Medical Matters.
See you there!

Chichester Roman Week


Chichester Roman Week will be taking place Saturday 27 May to Saturday 3 June and promises a host of activities for children and families.

Chichester was first established as Noviomagnus Reginorum, which translates to ‘New market of the proud people’ after the Roman invasion in AD43. Their legacy can be found across the city, including magnificent features such as the Roman walls surrounding the city centre and
the Roman bathhouse located inside The Novium Museum.

Led by The Novium Museum in partnership with the Chichester BID, the festival will feature talks, heritage trails, guided tours and family activities at cultural venues, shops and restaurants throughout the city centre. For a full programme of events please see our website




Sun 28 – Sat 3 Jun
Roman Objects Treasure Hunt – free


Sat 27 – Sun 4 June

Roman Roots at Fishbourne Roman Palace

All about life in Roman times – normal admission applies


Sun 28 – Sat 3 June

Latin Tree Trail & Roman Maze at Stansted House – normal admission applies


Mon 29, 11am – 3pm
Family Friendly interactive talks and demonstrations – free. (Family event)


Mon 29, 10:00 – 17:00

At Fishbourne Roman Palace

Gardens in Time – Talks, demonstrations, tours & workshops looking at all aspects of ancient gardens


Mon 29, 10:30

Roman Tour at Chichester Harbour Tours – normal admission applies

Tues 30, 11am – 2pm
Themed craft activities, £3 per child, per session

Tues 30, 11am

Bathhouse handling table – free

Tues 30, 2pm

Roman Chichester, guided family heritage walks. £3 per person. (Family event)

Wed 31, 11am – 3pm
Family Friendly interactive talks and demonstrations – free. (Family event).
Wed 31, 7pm – 8pm
The Roman Bath House, evening talk. £2 per person. (Talk)


Wed 31, 10:30

Roman Tour at Chichester Harbour Tours – normal admission applies



Thur 1, 11am

Bathhouse handling table – free

Thur 1, 11am – 2pm
Themed craft activities. £3 per child, per session.

Thur 1, 2pm

Roman Chichester, guided family heritage walks. £3 per person. (Family event).

Fri 2, 11am-3pm
Family Friendly interactive talks and demonstrations – free. (Family event).


Fri 2, 10:30

Roman Tour at Chichester Harbour Tours – normal admission applies


Sat 3, 11:00 – 11:30

Roman storytime session at Chichester Library – free
For more information please call 01243 775888 or see

Health Fair with FECH


The Health Fair organised by Friends of Emsworth Community Health (FECH) comes to the Emsworth Baptist Church on May 5th!



The Friends of Emsworth Community Hospital were formed in 1949. At that time the Hospital had 15 in patient beds, and was the base for a large community team, including District Nurses and Health Visitors, a Child and family therapy team, and a Multidisciplinary Response Team.

There was also accommodation for Physiotherapy, Podiatry and visiting clinics, and the Red Cross equipment loan service had a base there.

The in-patient beds were closed in 2005, and the whole hospital was closed in 2012. The Friends of the Hospital then became the Friends of Emsworth Community Health.

The Emsworth Surgery is too small for an expanding General Practice, and was also unable to offer space to the other community services, which have moved to Havant. Proposals to  re-develop the Hospital site as a GP surgery, with the possibility of accommodation for other services,

have been under discussion for some time.

Emsworth is a strong and growing community with a large elderly population, and a growing number of young families and children. The transport links with Havant, particularly Oak Park where some community services are based, are poor.

The Friends therefore aims to maintain the interest of the public in local services, and to support their development.


The Friends of Emsworth Community Health is a registered charity with a local membership and managed by it’s trustees. It supports organisations that provide services that benefit the health and well being of people in Emsworth by providing funds, and by other means. In the last year we made grants of over £22,000 to 20 local health related organisations.

FECH is involved in the discussions to redevelop the hospital site to provide a new surgery, and to make community health services available to the people of Emsworth.

FECH also owns and maintains the Hospital garden as a public amenity.





FECH depends on the support of it’s members. To become a member of FECH please contact Irene Craig at



FECH makes grants that further it’s objects, which are to support organisations that promote the health and wellbeing of the people of Emsworth. It will consider requests for equipment, amenities and other projects for which there is:

  • A demonstrable need
  • Evidence of effectiveness
  • Good value for money, and
  • Funds cannot normally be obtained from other sources.


For more information about grants please Email our Treasurer Reg Harnett

Upcoming Events in West Sussex Libraries

Southbourne library

Lunchtime Talk: Bobby on the Beat

Chichester Library

Thursday 27th April, 12.10pm-12.50pm


Join Bob Dixon as he recounts his memories as a 1960s policeman in London’s tough East End. You’ll get an honest insight into life as a copper ‘on the beat’ and hear the drama and the danger of his job. Bob will recall the funny, sad and often incredible events that he witnessed.


Free event, just drop in. For more information please contact Chichester Library: 01243 777351 /


NEW Reading Group

Bognor Regis Library

Launching Monday 8th May 5.45pm-6.45pm (then the second Monday of every month)


If you enjoy reading, discussing books and meeting new people then join our library reading group.


For more information, or to join, please contact Bognor Regis Library: 01243 382470 /

Life in Miniature exhibition this season at Uppark

South front of the house from the meadow with white flowers at Uppark House and Garden, West Sussex.

This year, the famous Dolls’ house is the inspiration for an exhibit that explores the fascinating world of all things miniature. Join us as we shine a light on our collection, bring the dolls’ house to life, and hear the role that the dolls’ house played in life at Uppark with a themed programme of events, from talks and trails to children’s activities.

Dating from between 1735 and 1740 the dolls’ house at Uppark has been described as one of the two most important British dolls’ houses that have survived from that era. Despite its age, the house has never been remodelled and is in good condition as it was mainly used by the ladies of the house rather than the children.

This exhibit you can investigate both the miniature world, as well as the life-size version of the servants’ quarters and grand house.

The attention to detail in the magnificent house is superb, with real silver tea sets, four poster beds and silk dresses for the ladies. The beautiful material of the gentleman’s coat is contrasted with the simple designs of the servants’, as well as the silver of the tea sets against the pewter plates in the downstairs kitchen. This gives us an insight into what life was like for the servants and how this compared to the life of higher status ladies and gentleman of the house.

4 March to 3 September, 11am-4.30pm, normal admission applies. Please see or call 01730 825415 for more details.


As a conservation charity it is important to highlight these inspiring details, as they are the result of considerate preservation over the years. A lot of which is done by volunteers who make the day to day running of Uppark possible. Volunteering at Uppark can include showing tours around the house, planting bulbs in the garden or helping in the shop, and it is all of those who contribute with so much passion that make your experience so special.

Events at Uppark

South front of the house from the meadow with white flowers at Uppark House and Garden, West Sussex.

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, 8 -23 April, 10-5pm. Normal admission applies, £3 per trail  

Once again the Cadbury Bunny has hidden precious choccy eggs across Britain. Now it’s up to you and your family to find them by joining the Cadbury Egg Hunt.

Solve the clues to find the giant eggs that the Easter bunny has hidden around the grounds at Uppark and learn about our local birds as you go along to win a chocolate prize.


May half-term quiz trail, 27 May – 4 June, suggested donation £1

Explore all things miniature this holiday with a half-term trail around the grounds and keep a keen eye out for clues and creatures.


Outdoor theatre: Pride and Prejudice, 24 June, 7pm-9pm

Outdoor touring company Illyria are putting a spin on an Austen classic this summer. Bring a picnic and settle down for the evening in Uppark grounds.

Booking available from middle of March by calling 03442491895  or visiting


FB Pocket Orchestra Evening Jazz, 7 July, 7pm-9pm

Settle on the lawn for an evening of 1920s jazz and drinks courtesy of FB Pocket Orchestra. Booking available from middle of March by calling  03442491895 or visiting


Summer holiday family trail, 25 July-3 September, suggested donation £1

Pick up a family trail this summer, get exploring in the sun and stop in the house to see the servants’ quarters and dolls’ house.

St George’s Day Concert


Sunday 23rd April 2017 6.30pm – 8.30pm

St Peter’s and St Mary’s Church, Fishbourne PO19 3XT (off the A259)

Tickets: Adults £11.00 (children free) – includes interval light refreshments

An evening of quality entertainment featuring some of England’s finest musical gems, for the whole family. This promises to be a super evening … not to be missed!

Book tickets  or sign up in Church

Contact: Caroline Sheppard 07787943027

In aid of Church funds


Using Eventbrite:

Eventbrite is a large organisation with a website that allows event organisers to plan, promote and sell tickets for events. I have some experience with using this within the NHS to book study days and found it very effective and efficient. I would like to start to introduce this way of booking for some of our Church social events.

Go to,, click search, click category (music) or date (23/4/17), scroll down to the St George’s Day Concert link, click tickets, select ticket type, check out, complete the ticket buyer information, if you don’t not want to pay online choose “other payment options” (cheque or pay on the door) . You will receive your ticket by email. I am happy to help those who are not able to use a computer and there will be a form at the back of Church if you would like me to register you for a ticket.

Please feedback your experience of the booking process to me.

Caroline Sheppard (07787943027)

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