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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)

Bosham School Association Update – May Fair date for you!


We’ve set a date for the Bosham Primary School May Fair – please put Sunday 21st May from 12.00 – 2.30pm at Bosham recreation ground in your diaries! We are looking forward to a sunny, fun-filled day, with two bouncy castles, alpacas, an exciting raffle with fabulous prizes, the ever-popular Pimms bar, a sizzlingly tasty BBQ, plants, Crafty Corner, the terrific tombola, a fire engine, police car, vintage cars, coconut shy and yummy, scrummy cakes. The children will also be working hard on their stalls, as well as entertaining us musically – come along to find out more on that! We are working on lots more ideas – it’s going to be a fantastic event!

Please do come along on the day and join in the fun, and you’ll also be helping us raise much needed funds for Bosham Primary School.  Over the last few years, we’ve been able to fund some amazing events and equipment that otherwise would not have been possible, including: free music lessons for all Year 4 children, books for the library, the Trim Trail playground equipment, subsidized school trips, stage lighting for the hall, and 15 x iPad minis.

We’ve also been fundraising for other good causes – on the last day of the winter term, we supported Save the Children with a Christmas jumper/hat/item day. We were able to donate £131 to this important charity and the children looked very festive in their jumpers, hats and antlers!

We are always extremely thankful for volunteers to help at our events or for any donations that we can use as raffle prizes. We’d also like to hear from anyone who would like to advertise in our May Fair programme, or who would like to have a stall on the day. Please contact Diana O’Brien or Gwen Bennett at or, or get in touch via the school office on 01243 572375 or

Search for Chichester burglary suspect

Sussex Police
Sussex Police are searching for a suspected burglar, seen climbing over the garden wall of a house in Chichester.
At about 6.15pm on Tuesday (21 March) a man was seen by a neighbour to be climbing over the garden wall of a house in South Bank, Chichester, from the canal towpath which links the A27 and Canal Wharf.
He is described as white, in his thirties, about 5’7″, slim, wearing dark clothing and a striped yellow and brown beanie hat.
It was later discovered that the house had been broken into and a quantity of jewellery had been stolen.
Anyone who knows who this man is or saw anything in that area early in the evening, is asked to email quoting serial 1225 of 21/03.

Bungalow burgled in Southbourne

Police are appealing for witnesses following a burglary at a bungalow in Goodwood Court, Southbourne, near Emsworth, at 5.30pm on Tuesday (21 March).
Offenders entered the rear garden before forcing entry through a window and stealing a quantity of jewellery.
If you were in the area at the time and saw anything suspicious please let us know by calling 101 quoting serial 1128 of 21/03.

Arrest summary
Between the 22nd – 29th March more than 22 people were arrested from across the Chichester district. Offences included theft, assault Police, damage, dangerous driving, fail to stop for police and drink driving.

Crime summary

Chichester and surrounding area
Salthill Road, Chichester – Break to van where small window has been smashed. Offender has then opened larger window to gain entry. Nothing reported stolen. Occurred overnight into 22nd March. Ref 0607 of 22/03.

Ferndale Road, Chichester – Between 6.45pm – 7.30pm on 24th March, entry was gained to detached property through insecure conservatory door. Jewellery reported stolen from master bedroom. Ref 1315 of 24/03.

John Lewis, Portfield Way, Chichester – At 10.50pm, 24th March, a large window was smashed and entry gained with Apple electronics targeted. Ref 1548 of 24/03.

Newlands Lane, Chichester – Break to garage and theft of an old Irish Village pump. Occurred between 18th – 28th March. Ref 0576 of 28/03.

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