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Cat and Rabbit Rescue

Pet of the Month July KF81 & KM82

Life at Cat & Rabbit Rescue Centre gets busier for us felines, not sure what the rabbits and guinea pigs do except for a bit of gardening! The main news this month is that Monique & Nigel who set up Cat & Rabbit in 1986 are retiring. So the Trustees have lots to do to ensure all us puss-cats, rabs and guineas are looked after properly.

We have lovely new lady Lilly who is organizing the fund raising and the volunteers to make sure we have lots of money coming in to keep us in the manner to which we are accustomed!!

Lilly with help from Pamela is very busy organizing the Summer Fayre on Sunday 13th August 11-4pm. This is our biggest fund raising event, and we need lots of things in particular bottles for the bottle stall which makes oodles of money, wine is very popular, but any bottles as long as it is in date. If you would like to donate some, please drop it off at our shops (details on


They say the countryside is quiet, but the trees full of crows are very noisy making their nests and feeding their young. Their nests are luxurious as they are lined with white fur from Holly & Daisy the 2 rescued ponies.


Must go now as lots of things to do, and need to catch up on my sleep, unbelievably we had a fox come into our garden room the other night, but Lewis, my tabby & white mate chased it away!


The fashion show I told you about last week has been postponed until later in the year. This gives me a chance to practice my cat walk. We will send out the revised date as soon as we can.


I would like to add a huge thanks to Monique and Nigel without them my friends and I would have had nowhere to go. We will miss them. 

If you are interested in adopting a cat, kitten, rabbit or guinea pig then please call us here at the centre on 01243 641409 between 9-4pm during the week.

PS: We have a Viewing Day Saturday 22th July 12-2pm. Viewing days are non-appointment days so people thinking of adopting a cat can pop along.  Otherwise we rehome 7 days a week by appointment only. 

For July we would like you to meet two very sweet cats [see picture at top of the page] who are at the centre for the second time. A brother and sister who would like to go as a pair.  KF81-11 has a small black patch on her head and her brother KM82-11.  They are 6 years old with lovely long fur that does need brushing. They originally came to the Centre as kittens in 2011 finding a home before being returned in January 2017 due to the owners being allergic. They are a little bit nervous of people and do not walk up to you but they like being tickled once they get to know you. They would love to find a quiet home with someone who will give them time to settle into a new home. They would prefer not to live with young children. If you think you can offer this lovely family the new home they so desperately deserve, please do not hesitate to contact us here at the Centre.

WI Articles

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Southbourne WI 

Our June meeting began with a presentation by Mo Grummitt of a Resolution.

A small group of our members have worked on this statement since we were enthused last October by a talk from Ben Cross on Alstromerias and the British Flower Industry.  The Resolution was read out and later endorsed by all members present.  It will now go forward to NFWI in July for discussion in2018.

We were delighted to welcome Fiona and Anne, editors of The Village Magazine, a publication which we have all enjoyed for years.

The ladies talked of the origins of the magazine from just Bosham to the area from Chichester to Emsworth, from 1600 copies per month to 7,200.

It is now also available on line and there is also a children’s edition.

Fiona and Anne were thanked warmly for their input into our communities every month and for coming to talk about their work.

We have decided that from January 2018 we shall change our meetings from the first Thursday in the month to the second, this is due to lack of time to receive information before our meeting and problems with clashing with public holidays at the beginning of the year.

In July we welcome Elisa Mott who will show us her glass jewellery.  We shall also have a Bring and Buy sale so please come along with your goods.

Mo Grummitt Secretary  Southbourne WI.


Funtington and West Stoke WI – President Benny 574828

The speaker for our July meeting is Bob Read who is going to talk to our members about
John Keats in Chichester.
John Keats visited Chichester in January 1819 and it is here that he found inspiration for his wonderful poem ‘Eve of St. Agnes’. A plaque commemorates the house where he stayed on Eastgate Square. Tragically, Keats died two years later at the young age of 25.
Bob Read, dressed in period costume, will be talking about Keats’ life and giving a recitation of some of the best loved verses of the Romantic poet.
Our meeting will be held on Wednesday July 19th beginning at 7p.m. New members are welcome to join us.


Bosham WI 

This month’s speaker was a very interesting man: talking about one of the subjects near to his heart –  the City Livery Companies from the Middle Ages until Today.

Iain Pulley was Master of the Saddlers Livery Company in 2008 and had the most marvellous year representing the Company in the City and around the country at various horse-led events.

How do I know? Because I’m Iain’s wife and joined in a lot of the fun!

He started us at 1066, when London was a small walled city with a population of eleven thousand. Although the city was wealthy and independent of the Crown, life for the man in the street was violent, dirty and with numerous plagues. It was also very religious with 120 parishes and these are what the secular fraternities grew from – to give help and charity to others – later growing into Guilds (Liveries). Gradually, because different trades congregated in their own areas (eg Milk Street, Bread Street, Ironmongers Lane and Poultry) these Guilds or Livery Companies grouped into trades.

These Livery Companies wanted control of their individual trades but, then in comes the Crown – wanting money of course! The first known Charter was granted in 1184 to The Weavers Livery Company, who paid the King £12 pa!

So the Livery Companies grew rich and powerful, and had absolute control over their trade – for instance, if you were a saddle maker and not a member of the Saddlers Livery Company or you were, but your saddles didn’t reach the standard required, they could order you to burn your saddles.

The 19th Century saw the near collapse of the Livery world. Their extravagant Victorian feasts, the Companies based on privilege with no contribution to the community and yet their wealth remaining, largely due to the London property and land that had been left to them. A government review was very critical and Companies started working together for the first time, with such projects as The City and Guilds Institute and the foundation of The City University.

WW2 saw 16 Halls destroyed and a similar number damaged, not to mention a huge number of members killed or maimed. The last 40 years has seen a growth of 33 new Companies, making a total of 110 in all. The Livery Companies currently give over £40 million annually to charity, giving their expertise as well as money. New Companies without a Trade have adopted an Industry and have the same aims – Tradition; their Trade or Industry; Charity and Good Fellowship.

Social events to look forward to:-

The WI Summer Party on Friday 30 June at Micaela Mawby’s house,

The Chichester Singers jazz concert at 7.30 on Saturday 24 June in Chichester Cathedral,

The annual Bosham Church Fete, to be held on Quay Meadow on 22 July – volunteers wanted,

A WI outing to Fiddler on the Roof at the Chichester Festival Theatre,

The annual Quiz, for which the Bosham WI usually fields 2 or 3 teams, at North Mundham Village Hall on 8 August.

Our next meeting is Wednesday 5th July, when our speaker is Tess Burrows talking about “The South Pole Granny”. Come along and meet us – you will be made most welcome.


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After lunch – now that it has become a successful and well-attended aspect of our WI meeting prepared by Maggie and Marlene – we moved to our ‘usual’  room, where Maggie welcomed us all (after having taken her apron off!).

We were reminded that the Minutes were on the table to be read before being signed at the end of the meeting, plus the usual boards indicating various activities and outings to be signed for if wished. The bursary to attend a course at Denman’s is of course very popular , Ann Kelly won that and can find a time and course of her choosing.

It was also Resololution discussion time, therefore Patsy Johnson outlined the sadness of ‘Loneliness’ and the need to alleviate it, while Maggie Borseberry outlined the disasterous effects of ‘microbeads’ in all levels of life including oceanlife etc. both these were voted on unanimously,the results going on to be counted and added to the W.I. final result.

We then had our tea and biscuits while the raffle was called.  For those who would like further details of our meetings at The Fishbourne Centre please ring Sec.Beryl Reynolds on Tel774350 or e-mail at

Boys Brigade Centenary Celebrations


This year, 2017, marks 100 years of the Junior section within the Boys Brigade. Centenary celebrations are being held all around the country throughout the year to take part in this milestone event. New Life Church in Emsworth held a fun-day in May to mark this celebration, hosting day full of a variety of activities to keep the boys in attendance entertained.


New Life welcomed 160 boys from 17 different companies across the South Coast to take part in this fun filled day. Organised by Boys Brigade in Hampshire, and held at New Life Christian Church who host the 3rd Emsworth company. To build the hype beforehand each brigader wanting to attend was to purchase a golden ticket from their leaders to give them access to all that was to be planned. These tickets were then exchanged to get in, being welcomed at registration to the sounds of Boys Brigade company, 1st Chandlers Ford, and their brass band accompaniment.


The day included a variety of activities for every child to enjoy. Activities included, a treasure hunt, archery, bouncy castles, football, craft and human hungry hippos, plus many more events. These events were planned on a rotation basis so that each boy was able to have a try at everything available. After all the fun it was time to welcome a kids worship session in a celebration service, fronted by the NLCC kids band and a small talk led by fellow Boys Brigade leaders. A BBQ serving both burgers and hot dogs to the masses, brought the day to an end with an ice cream to wash down the main course from local Bosham ice cream van.


Maximum fun was had by all 270 people who attended the event, this included the boys, their leaders, along with some of their parents, and siblings who stuck around to enjoy the atmosphere. Volunteers from New Life Church helped to make the day a success, by taking their time to make sure things ran smoothly and how they were planned to be. The Mayor of Havant, Councillor Elaine Shimbart attended for a short while to take in the surroundings and witness the celebrations going ahead.


New Life Church host both Boys and Girls Brigade every Monday during term time from 6pm – 7:15pm. Facilities are available for parents to wait around for their child in the foyer area for free teas and coffees and to meet other parents. For more information about both companies visit

Priory Park Festival organisers unveil exciting 2017 line-up


It may not be the way to Amarillo, but the A27 will certainly lead music lovers to a programme of world-class acts when the Priory Park Festival 2017 returns to Chichester’s city-centre location on 7, 8 and 9 July.


Joining previously announced frontman of The Stranglers Hugh Cornwell, Festival organisers are delighted to confirm that the diverse array of star names will include Tony Christie, S Club, Dodgy, Georgie Fame, Deborah Bonham and The Christians.


Billed as ‘an eclectic weekend,’ the live music and arts event is held annually as part of the Festival of Chichester. The inaugural Priory Park Festival last year attracted thousands of people to the historic park, with a line-up that included Sophie Ellis Bextor, The Feeling, Seth Lakeman and Courtney Pine. Organisers are confident that they have built on the success of last year, with even more on offer to audiences, and some of last year’s acts also promising to return.


New this year, the festival will feature two stages. Housed inside a circus-style tent, The Little Big Top will feature a stage and bar. Providing the perfect intimate performance space, it will also afford protection from the traditional UK summer weather. The Main Stage will stand proud in the beautiful surroundings of Priory Park, which celebrates its centenary in 2018. Home to the magnificent Guildhall, it has recently been confirmed that well-preserved remains of Roman villas lie beneath Priory Park; a discovery that is of considerable interest to archaeologists and historians.


Each day of the three-date festival (July 7, 8 and 9) has a different theme. Friday evening will be steeped in Jazz and Blues, while Saturday will be Rock and Pop, with a sprinkling of Classical. Sunday is scheduled to be a popular family fun day, with huge chart acts and some of the biggest hit songs from the last 50 years.


Friday 7 July

Friday will feature two of the biggest founding fathers of the music scene. On the Main Stage International star Georgie Fame will perform some of his greatest hits of the 60s & 70s, including Yeah Yeah, Get Away, Sunny, The Ballad of Bonny and Clyde, Sitting in the Park, Peaceful, and Rosetta, to name but a few. Responsible for pioneering a trail forged by some of the great Blues artists, in the early 60s Fame was both a regular on TV and in the charts, and also a standard bearer for blues and jazz with his band the Blue Flames.

Playing in London’s famous Flamingo Club, Fame paved the way for bands like Fleetwood Mac and the Rolling Stones. Over the years he has been a regular collaborator with some of the biggest names in the industry, including Diana Ross, The Rolling Stones, Van Morrison and Alan Price. His first album was engineered by West Sussex’s own genius of the recording studio, Glyn Johns.


The Little Big Top, meanwhile, will host Chichester’s own Club Havana and Festival organisers are delighted to announce that Blues legend and world’ s greatest harmonica star Johnny Mars will be performing in the unique surroundings, along with other acts selected from Nic Saunders’ roster at the club, including Nic’s own piano trio.


Also taking to the Main Stage on Friday will be Soul of Santana, a seven piece jazz/rock combo who play the very best of the brilliant fusion music created by Carlos Santana. Much more than simply a tribute band, Soul of Santana play great blues hits such as Black Magic Woman and create a unique blend of excitement and pulsating rhythm.


One of West Sussex’s own, also headlining on the Friday will be the Deborah Bonham Band. Rock aristocracy, Deborah is the sister of the legendary Led Zep drummer John. Returning from a major tour with Free legend Paul Rogers, Deborah will bring her own special guest vocalist, the chart topping Chris Farlowe. Farlowe hit the Number One spot when England won the World Cup with Out of Time, and of course had a hit with the first recording of Handbags and Gladrags in 1966.


Topped off with performances from local bands from Nick Davidson’s Chichester Music Academy (CMA) and young jazz performers, Friday 7 July promises to deliver Blues and Jazz of the highest calibre.


Saturday 8 July

Combining amazing Rock and the sounds of Soul, CMA graduate Dan Coates will open proceedings with his band Station 47. Followed by Heath, one of the big hit bands from last year’s Festival, the three-strong mid-Sussex-based boys create intricate and mesmeric melodies to keep any party going strong. Meanwhile in The Little Big Top soul band Seeker and blues sensation Ruby Tyger will be strutting their stuff, along with some of the best young Chichester bands from CMA’s charity Ovation. Classical music is celebrated with a performance from superb vocal ensemble Nos Miseri Homines.


Prepare for plenty of satisfaction when The Bog Rolling Stones, one of the World’s finest tribute bands, gets the park jumpin’ to the hits of the Rolling Stones. Keeping the feel-good vibe pulsing, hit-makers Dodgy will follow. One of the enduring successes of Brit Pop, the power trio had huge hits with Staying Out for the Summer, If you’re Thinking of Me and Good Enough.


Headlining on the Saturday are two acts that have made a huge impression on the music charts. Supported by a great band, founder and chief songwriter of The Stranglers Hugh Cornwell will play all the hits he created from the 70s and 80s such as No More Heroes, Grip, Peaches, and of course Golden Brown, alongside classic versions of songs such as Walk on By. Grab a rare chance to see one of the real heroes of British music.


In their 30th anniversary year, The Christians are also coming to Priory Park for the Saturday evening. With a back catalogue of hits including Forgotten Town, Hooverville, When the Fingers Point, Ideal World, Born Again and Harvest for the World, The Christians were formed by three brothers with the surname of Christian and a fourth musician, Henry Priestman, whose middle name also happened to be Christian!


Sunday 9 July

Sunday is family fun day! As well as Festival fixtures of sideshow attractions, activities, body and face painting, real ale, fine wines, and O’Hagan’s sausages, the music will include terrific tribute band Abba Chique, who will roll out Abba’s greatest hits on the Main Stage. Following will be a rare performance from one of the most popular acts of recent decades – the amazing S Club. Featuring three of the original members, expect a hit-stuffed set featuring Reach, Natural and many more. Bring your dancing shoes for a retro party performance!


Next on the Main Stage will be another rock legend; Rod Stewart and Cockney Rebel guitarist, song writer and producer Jim Cregan, who together with his band Cregan & Co will be creating a ‘Rod reminiscent’ set, with all the big hits recorded over the years by Jim himself, when he was Rod’s creative partner, as well as the classic guitar solo he played from Come up and See Me.


Finally, star vocalist Tony Christie will ensure that everyone is on their feet and singing along. A singer whose popularity has endured across the decades, Tony’s voice, humour and incredible repertoire guarantees a stupendous finale! From I did what I did for Maria to Walk like a Panther and of course Is This the Way to Amarillo, this class act will close the Festival with laughter, great music and just a little bit of cheese on the side!


Robin Bextor, organiser and Festival Director said:


“I hope there is something for all tastes here. We are delighted with the list of artists we have managed to put together and there is a wealth of local talent, too. I wanted the Festival to reflect what local people wanted and we have worked hard to do that; not just with what is happening on stage, but also in terms of ambience, food and drink providers and of course in our support of two local charities, Children on the Edge and The Apuldram Centre, who both do amazing work right here in Chichester. We are also very pleased to continue our association with Nick Davidson’s brilliant Chichester Music Academy and Ovation, the charity he has created, and also  to work with exciting local venue Club Havana, featuring Nic Saunders. Together with our media partners, the Friends of Priory Park and our audiences we hope to forge really strong local bonds that will take this Festival into the future.”


Still to come…


More names are to be announced soon, including some ‘back by popular demand’ from last year, as well as some exciting surprises and brilliant comics.  Watch this space as we get closer to the festival!


Festival info:


Doors open at 17.00 on the Friday and 13.00 on the Saturday and Sunday. All music will conclude by 22.45, earlier on the Sunday. The Festival will also boast attractions like bouncy trampolines and children’s rides.


Tickets are available from £25 a day, or £75 for the weekend.

Book at


The Priory Park Festival 2017 is proud to support two local charities in 2017


Children on the Edge is a charity that exists to help those living on the edge of their societies across the globe (


The Apuldram Centre ( provides meaningful daytime occupational activities to adults with learning disabilities, with the emphasis on having a training-orientated day and producing goods for sale to the public.


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Vehicle Online Shopping Fraud

Sussex Police

Fraudsters have been advertising vehicles and machinery for sale on various selling platforms online. The victims, after communicating via email with the fraudster, will receive a bogus email which purports to be from an established escrow provider (a third party who will keep the payment until the buying and selling parties are both happy with the deal).

These emails are designed to persuade victims to pay upfront, via bank transfer, before visiting the seller to collect the goods. The emails also claim that the buyer (victim) has a cooling off period to reclaim the payment if they change their mind. This gives victims the false sense of security that their money is being looked after by this trustworthy third party, when in fact it is not and the money has gone straight to the fraudster.

Protect yourself:

  • When making a large purchase such as a new car or machinery, always meet the seller face to face first and ask to see the goods before transferring any money.
  • If you receive a suspicious email asking for payment, check for spelling, grammar, or any other errors, and check who sent the email. If in doubt, check feedback online by searching the associated phone numbers or email addresses of the seller.
  • Contact the third party the fraudsters are purporting to be using to make the transaction. They should be able to confirm whether the email you have received is legitimate or not.
  • False adverts often offer vehicles or machinery for sale well below market value to entice potential victims; always be cautious. If it looks too good to be true then it probably is.

If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting, or by calling 0300 123 2040.

The Silver Birch and The Aspen Tree



‘The lady of the woods’ as Coleridge called this tree, the silver birch is one of our most graceful trees. Yet it is remarkably hardy too. One of the earliest trees to bud it turns a lovely yellow in autumn, but the delicate markings on its trunk & peeling bark attract most attention & give it its folk names – paper tree, white birch, written tree.

Medieval people made little distinction between it & its very close cousin the common birch. From Pre-historic times candles/brands were made of the rolled strips of bark, but its most common use was for brushes & switches for cattle & men. As John Evelyn remarked, …‘its twigs are used for Beesoms & Rods the one for the clenely Huswif to sweep down Cobwebs, the other for the magisterial Paedagogue to drive the Colt out of the Boy’.

But its dedication to Frigg the Viking goddess of mirth also gave it happier associations. Wreaths of silver birch & roses were hung over farmyard gates to celebrate the summer solstice & the white birch was frequently chosen as the Maypole or boughs were used to decorate the church at Rogationtide & Ascension Day. It has few local folk names, as the beorc/birch became a word universally used.



This native broadleaf tree has delicate leaves that are copper-coloured in bud, grey-green in summer & a lovely yellow in autumn. The petioles (stems) are long & flat so the leaves flutter in the least whisper of air.  They tremble even when there is no wind so earnt the folk-name, ‘old wives’ tongues’. In 1597 John Gerard wrote in his Herbal, ‘In England the Aspentree may also be called the Trembletree…it is the matter whereof women’s toongs were made, which seldom cease wagging…’ In the south-west it is called the asp; in Sussex the aps; in the Midlands the quaking ash, snapsen or pipple, the diminutive for poplar.

The timber is light weight so had few uses except as a bark infusion to treat shingles or to make light-weight objects like woven baskets. To some it was a cursed tree as they believed the Cross had been made from it, so that ever after the trees shake with shame & sorrow. A lovely tree indeed, but do not plant it in your garden as the suckers are numerous & can come up as much as 40 feet from the mother tree!

Exciting regeneration project to be debated by council

An exciting project which aims to regenerate the south eastern area of Chichester, will be debated by councillors at Chichester District Council on Monday 19 June.
Councillors will decide whether to approve plans to carry out public consultation on a masterplan that has been developed for the principal and historic southern approach to the city. If approved, the council will be encouraging residents and businesses to have their say from 29 June for six weeks.
The project aims to transform the area, which is considered the key point of access and arrival to the city. It provides the opportunity to create a vibrant new quarter, linking the city centre with the canal basin, public transport hubs and pedestrian, cycle and leisure routes. This would improve the look and feel of the area, as well as bringing huge economic benefits to the area.
The masterplan illustrates how the area would deliver new homes, business space, and tourism and leisure facilities. It would also improve transport links, providing more emphasis on cycling, walking and public transport; and regenerate the area, making first impressions count when people arrive in the city.
The area includes: the law courts and bus station; bus depot and Basin Road car park; Royal Mail sorting office and depot; land at the police station and former high school; land at Chichester Station; and Government offices.
  • The law courts and bus station
The proposals suggest that this area is used for purposes that reinforce the character of this part of Chichester. This could include a new hotel to support the visitor and tourism offer in the city, with possibly a café, bar and restaurant on the ground floor to support the evening and night time economy. It also suggests that the Crown Court could be suitable as an arts or entertainment venue. There is potential for residential accommodation on the upper floors. This could provide market housing, affordable or starter homes or in the form of apartments, student accommodation or residential care provision.
  • The bus depot and Basin Road car park
This combined site provides a significant opportunity for redevelopment. The focus could be to deliver residential accommodation with a mix of town houses and apartments for a mix of needs. There would be the potential for market and affordable housing including starter homes, student housing, or a residential care home.
  • Royal Mail sorting office and depot
This site offers significant potential because it overlooks the canal basin to the south. This offers an opportunity to introduce a café / bar / restaurant facing onto the Canal Basin and residential accommodation above, with further residential or small scale office and business uses facing into Basin Road to the east. Alternatively, a further option could include high quality headquarters with the aim of attracting a business to relocate to Chichester.
  • Land at the police station and former high school
This area could be used to provide a new residential quarter that provides a wide range of housing in terms of types and sizes.
  • Land at Chichester Station
Options could include apartments or student accommodation, commercial floor space and additional car parking. Proposals to enhance pedestrian, cycle and public transport accessibility around the station have also been put forward.
  • Government offices
The site could be suitable for retail and café / bar uses at ground floor level, with offices and / or residential accommodation above.
The Southern Gateway ties in with work already carried out on the Chichester Vision, which sets out how the public would like the city to evolve over the next 20 years. The top three things that people highlighted were to: reduce traffic in the centre of Chichester; support independent businesses; and create a better night time economy. The Southern Gateway masterplan will help towards realising these ambitions.
As part of the masterplan two transport options to reduce the dominance of the one-way gyratory have been developed by consultants. These are:
Option 1
  • Restrict vehicle access to the Stockbridge Road level crossing to buses and emergency vehicles and improve access for cyclists and pedestrians.
  • Realign Basin Road and create a new junction on Stockbridge Road.
  • Modify the Southgate Gyratory to reduce the width and number of lanes in order to improve pedestrian access.
Option 2
  • Restrict vehicle access to the Stockbridge Road level crossing to buses and emergency vehicles and improve access for cyclists and pedestrians.
  • Realign Basin Road and create a new junction on Stockbridge Road;
  • Remove the Southgate gyratory and replace it by extending Avenue de Chartres to connect with Basin Road.
While vehicles would still be able to access the area, road space would be reprioritised to promote sustainable transport and improve the route between the railway station and South Street. In both options the existing bus station would be replaced with a new bus and taxi interchange, located immediately north and south of the railway station and level crossing.  Extra coach parking space would also be created in Avenue de Chartres.
“This is a major project, and will take several years to complete, helping to bring homes, jobs and improved facilities for residents,” says Councillor Tony Dignum, Leader of Chichester District Council. “The Southern Gateway project is about enhancing this important entrance point to the city and improving connectivity to a number of facilities and landmarks including the railway station, canal basin and the rest of the city centre.
“At the moment this area is dominated by traffic, and we know from the Chichester Vision that the number one thing that people want is to see less traffic in this area and for access to be improved for cyclists, walkers and those who use public transport.
“There are several sites which are being freed up for other uses. Now is the perfect opportunity to look at how we can make better use of these buildings and land so we really want to hear people’s views on the options.
“We understand that these proposals will potentially involve significant changes to the area and we will be working closely with all of those who live and work there. This is about getting everyone’s views and then deciding on the best option for the area.”
The council is working with a number of organisations, including the Homes and Communities Agency, to secure funding and land.
To see the council report and associated documents, including maps of the area, please go to  and look for Cabinet under ‘meetings agendas and minutes’.

Chestnut Tree House Shop in Havant’s 5th Birthday


Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice charity shop in West Street, Havant, opened in 2012 and celebrates its 5th birthday in June. We’re holding a party on Friday 16 June, between 11am and 1pm, at the shop, and inviting everyone to come along and help us

Our CEO of Chestnut Tree House, Hugh Lowson, will be attending together with staff, volunteers, customers and donors. Come and meet our lovely mascot, Chester Bear, who will also be making an appearance on the day. There will be refreshments for everyone together with a sunshine themed birthday cake, a tombola and a hook-a-duck game for
the children. So come along and join in the fun!

Shop Manager, Jacquie Neale, and the team are encouraging everyone to write a birthday message on their Chestnut Tree House paper chain to send to the children, young people and families who use the hospice. Made up of colourful sunshine yellow links, the paper chain will be on display at the shop during the birthday celebrations and then presented to Chestnut Tree House. It will be on view in Reception for children, families, staff and volunteers to read and enjoy the lovely messages of support from the local community. Come along and write your birthday message for Chestnut Tree House – suggested donation of 50p per message.

Head of Retail, Jan Harper said: “Our Havant shop is our only Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice shop in South East Hampshire. Last year Chestnut Tree House cared for 39 children in the local area, both at the hospice and through a dedicated team of Community Nurses delivering care in families’ own homes.”

“We’d like to thank all of our customers and donors over the last 5 years for their generous support, and hope that everyone will come along on the day and help us celebrate.”

If anyone would like to donate their time or their pre-loved good quality items, we would be very grateful. The shop is situated at 6 West Street, Havant PO9. Telephone: 02392 478668.

If you would like any further information, or to attend the party, please contact or 07880788091

Best UK Vets – Westergate Grand Opening 24th June

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Nyton Road, Westergate 12-4pm
Public Invited to Preview New Facilities and Meet the Team
Arun Veterinary Group celebrates with ‘Best in Show’ competition
Local pets invited to enter via Facebook by Monday 19th June
5 June 2017: Leading West Sussex veterinary practice Arun Veterinary Group (AVG) today confirmed the date of the grand opening of its fourth practice in Nyton Road, Westergate, Chichester. The public is invited to join the Best UK Vets between 12-4pm on Saturday 24th June 2017 to preview the brand new facilities and meet the team before the practice begins officially operating on Monday the 26th June.
To add to the celebrations, Arun Veterinary Group are hosting an online ‘Best in Show’ competition. Entry is open to pets of all species and owners are encouraged to enter by Monday 19th June via the vets’ Facebook Page  Here contestants will find entry details along with a list of categories and members of the Arun Vet Group team will be on hand to respond to any queries about the competition and the opening.


Entry is free and the winner in each category will be awarded an iconic rosette along with a framed photograph of their pet at the practice’s grand opening. Categories include Cutest Pet, Golden Oldie, Best of Friends, Most Appealing Eyes and a Bravery Award.
Arun Veterinary Group owner Matt Gittings said, “We know every pet has that something special, which is why our event is open to all local companion pets. It’s an exciting and fun way to celebrate that special bond between us and our pets and I’d encourage everyone to enter and then join us to celebrate with the winners on the day, on-site at our new practice in Nyton Road.”
“We have a special treat in store for the winner of our Bravery Award. The pet that has demonstrated triumph over adversity will be the guest of honour at our opening day on June 24th and the winning pet’s owner will be invited to cut the ribbon, with a framed photo of the winning pet to take pride of place on the wall of our new practice.”
The Opening Day not only provides local residents the chance  to view inside the brand new practice, but it’s also the perfect opportunity for pet owners to meet the new team, headed up by well known local, experienced veterinary surgeon, Lisa Chalmers.
Lisa said, “We’re all really looking forward to the ‘Best in Show’ event and unveiling the new practice. Those familiar with our other practices in Pulborough, Ashington and Storrington will be interested to see how the well-recognised Arun Vet Group blend of traditional and modern design has been beautifully integrated throughout the new premises.  The ‘first opinion’ services such as consultations, surgery, medicine, dentistry and radiography will all be available from Monday June 26th and the team and I will be on hand throughout the Opening Day to answer questions and take registrations for complimentary introductory consultations.”
Owner, Matt concluded: “Our drive is to always deliver value without compromising the quality and consistency of care that is the hallmark of our independent, family-style practices. In taking the Westergate location, we’re able to offer our clients abundant free parking alongside the extensive first opinion services that will be available.”
AVG’s position as the veterinary care provider of choice in West Sussex was cemented when awarded ‘Best UK Vets’ in 2014, a prestigious accolade based on reviews of individual practices as volunteered by their clients. The practice has enjoyed a long association with the wider Sussex area with a legacy that harks back to 1920 when the original founder, Francis Hunter, started AVG in nearby Petworth before establishing Arun Veterinary Group in Pulborough in 1972.  Current owners, local residents Matt and Sarah Gittings have been part of the AVG family since 2000.
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