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Men’s Shed Displays their NEW Model Railway Layout

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On Saturday 22nd April the new model railway, built by some members of the Southbourne Men’s Shed railway group, made its first public appearance after several frantic hours making sure everything was presentable. The layout, named, Duffield Lane, marked a first step for the group and it was very well received when displayed along with several other excellent layouts at Merstham Village Hall, near Redhill, Surrey.

Depicting a run down chalk quarry the main trains were made up of small engines with strings of equally small skip wagons carrying chalk. The scenery consisted two tracks running through a quarry, which was partly flooded and has a large ‘puddle’ overgrown with weeds, a store shed and an old loading facility, much dismantled and due for demolition. Trains enter and leave through the four tunnels, running to and from the offstage processing plant and other pits. Above the quarry, the narrow track to Pit Cottage is overgrown but still carries traffic close to the edge of a cliff.

The exhibition was opened by the TV personality Nicholas Owen who presented each layout owner with a commemorative plaque.

The railway group are looking for new members and anyone interested can contact the Southbourne Men’s Shed via or just call in weekday mornings between 09:30 and 12:30pm (except Wednesday) at The Old School, New Road, Southbourne, Emsworth. PO10 8JX

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Southbourne Parish Council – New Homes Bonus Grant 2017/18

Southbourne library

Southbourne Parish Council has £10,862 New Homes Bonus grant available through Chichester District Council to use for small projects in 2017/18. The Council welcomes the views of residents about potential projects that will benefit the Parish as a whole and that could be delivered by the Council in this financial year.

If you have an idea or ideas that you think would be suitable, please write to: The Clerk to the Council, Southbourne Parish Council, The Village Hall, First Avenue, Southbourne, PO10 8HN or e mail  by no later than 23 June 2017. The Parish Council will consider the proposals put forward at its meeting on 11 July 2017. The preferred project(s) will then be submitted to Chichester District Council by the end of July and it is expected that the funding of the application(s) will be known in September 2017.

Historic treasures return to Uppark in time for new visitor season

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

Visitors to the National Trust’s Uppark can enjoy historic treasures that have recently returned to the Georgian mansion, in time for the spring season.

An exotic late 17th-century commode is back on view in the Red Drawing Room. The commode had suffered badly from cracks along the front panels, flaking lacquer, and damage to the corners, and required specialist conservation work, which took five months to complete.

One of two matching commodes – the second of which awaits similar treatment – it is an important feature at Uppark. It was commissioned in 1765 by Sir Matthew Fetherstonhaugh, who was a shareholder in the East India Company, and brought to the house in 1747.

The commodes were originally decorated with sap from native Chinese lacquer trees, and due to their popularity in Britain’s grand country homes, European furniture makers began designing their own recreations. The commodes were bought to be used as sideboards and they would hold a prominent position in the rooms due to their decorative appearance.

The current conservation project may not have been the first time they have been repaired. It is thought that Lady Meade-Fetherstonhaugh, or her team, carried out some conservation work on the commodes’ surfaces in the 1930s; after remnants of 1930s wax polish were recently found on the commodes surface.

From the information and pictures provided, visitors will be able to see the improvements made to the restored commode, which will hopefully extend its lifespan by a significant amount, and mean that it can remain on display at Uppark for many more centuries to come.

Another triumph for Uppark is the return of Sir Harry’s portrait – ‘playboy’ son of Sir Matthew. Renowned for his exquisite and lavish entertaining, Sir Harry caused scandal amongst his peers at the age of 70, by marrying his 20 year old dairy maid. His portrait has been on show at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, from which it returned recently and is due to be rehung on the 28th April.

Now that Uppark is fully open for its 2017 season, this is the perfect time to explore the treasures inside, and discover their fascinating stories.

Much of the ongoing care of Uppark’s precious collections is carried out by volunteers, without whom it would be impossible to keep Uppark open to the public. If you are interested in finding out more about the many volunteering opportunities on offer, please contact us. Before you know it, you could be leading tours through Uppark’s magnificent show rooms and telling stories about the real-life servants who lived here. You could be out in the sun planting bulbs with the friendly gardens team, or chatting with visitors as you work in our gift shop.

For more information on days out at Uppark, and on volunteering, visit or call 01730 825415.


SIR HARRY FETHERSTONHAUGH by Pompeo Batoni (1708-87) at Uppark. 54x39 1/2 in. Signed and dated 1776 (Rome). Photographed in September 1994. Credit: Uppark, The Fetherstonhaugh Collection (accepted in lieu of tax by H. M. Treasury and allocated to The National Trust in 1990).

SIR HARRY FETHERSTONHAUGH by Pompeo Batoni (1708-87) at Uppark. 54×39 1/2 in. Signed and dated 1776 (Rome). Photographed in September 1994. Credit: Uppark, The Fetherstonhaugh Collection (accepted in lieu of tax by H. M. Treasury and allocated to The National Trust in 1990).

Cat and Rabbit Rescue

KM157-16 & KM159-16

Hello it’s me again your out and abouter reporter for the Cat and Rabbit Rescue Centre Hulky Bear.  I have been so busy this last month looking for the best places around the centre to catch up with my sun-bathing. I have to make sure I have the most comfortable spots first or my friends will take over. To keep my friends busy I have asked them to put together a photo board with a little bit about each of us so that when you visit us at the centre you can see who we are and why we live here. I put Lewis in charge. Not sure how good his photo skills are as long as I look handsome I don’t mind.

I have a some sad news my old friend Cookie passed away a few weeks ago she had been at the centre for 10 years she liked to relax in the barn with her friend Michael. We are all missing her, it was very sudden and unexpected.

I have a special ‘Save the Date’ message for you. I have come up with an idea to get you all involved and a chance to come and meet the team at the centre for a fun evening. I am arranging a Fashion Show on 15th of July. Planning is still in the early stages we hope to have a ‘Cat and Rabbit Next Top Model’ Yes I know it will be me but I have to pretend to give the others a chance don’t I? Next month I will update you with what is happening but please make a note of the date in your diary and I look forward to giving you details soon.

PS: We have a Viewing Day Saturday 27th May 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.


This May we would love you to meet 2 special boys KM157-16 a handsome fluffy black cat and KM159-16 gorgeous black and white cat (pictured). They are 7 months old now, arriving when they were only just one month old with their mum and brothers after being found as strays. Mum and the rest of the family have been re-homed but the brothers have been here over 6 months waiting for somebody to choose them. Both are such lovely boys, a little nervous of people. They are slowly growing to trust especially when it’s feeding time. Both are very playful boys and like to interact with us when we play with them. Never having lived in a loving home and not even seen a house we would love them to find someone that has the time to give them the confidence they need.  If you think that you could offer them a loving home, and are willing to be patient whilst they settle in and get to know you then please do consider them. They would be best suited to a calm, quiet home with older or no children. If you think you can offer KM157-16 and KM159-16 the new home they so desperately deserve, please do not hesitate to contact us here at the Centre.

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

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