Major Scoop for Chidham Village Hall

Tunde Jegede Testimony Tour
21 Concerts in 21 Cities  – including Chidham on Sunday 25 June !!!
Yes, it’s true. We’re delighted to see Chidham up here among London, Liverpool, Birmingham, and Bristol !

21st Century Renaissance Man Who Bridges African & European Musical Traditions 

Tunde Jegede is a 21st century Renaissance man who bridges African and European musical traditions. An internationally renowned kora player, cellist and composer, whose soul-stirring music blends the ebb and flow of traditional kora-playing with his own dynamic contemporary compositions. 

In this unique solo concert we are taken on a journey to the heart of Malian griot culture bringing Tunde’s sound worlds and rich musical legacies to life. With re-imagined cinematic imagery of ancient Africa, it is a meditative musical experience that touches on the very essence of our being. Tunde Jegede’s music is at once an intimate and personal reflection – a cultural expression that transcends boundaries. 

Tickets for this 7.30pm show are now available, £12.50, from, and Harbour Records (Emsworth)

Dervish Confirmed for WemsFest

Top traditional Irish group Dervish have been confirmed to play at Emsworth Baptist Church on Thursday 5 October.

For several years it has been a tradition for a female artist to open WemsFest and with band member Cathy Jordan we’re delighted to carry this on.  Cathy could actually be a stand-up comedian if she were to chose an alternative career – her onstage banter is worth the ticket price alone.

Dervish are playing only a handful of UK dates this year and we’re delighted to have bagged one of them.  Tickets are now on sale through the usual outlets.Dervish

Emsworth Goes Funny for Money !!!

Emsworth Comedy Club


Friday 24 March 8pm


‘One of the 10 Best in the World’ Stewart Lee

NB: Due to an administrative cock-up on my part (and somewhat ambiguous Licensing information – they state 5 working days in order to obtain a TEN but Friday 17 doesn’t seem to impact on this) ….please bring your own booze tonight ‘BYO’


Saturday 25 March 8pm


The Hewitts @, South Street, PO10 7EG

Licensed Bar.

Tickets £12.50: Harbour Records, Bookends,

Presented by WemsFest and Emsworth Business Association, with grateful support from Havant Borough Council.

Raising Funds for Comic Relief

Listen to ‘The Flash’

A long overdue posting but there’s a great radio station operating out of Havant which I’m proud to be a presenter on, and there are a number of WemsFest supporters involved with it.

It’s called ‘The Flash’ and you can access it on DAB+ or through the Web.  The station broadcasts 7/11 and has some really great music content – largely without the annoying commercial breaks although it does rely on external funding to exist – so if you can help please go their website

My own show goes out live every Tuesday 18.00-20.00 and it lives upto it’s ‘Eclectic Music Show’ mantle – modelled on the late and great John Peel so you’ll find a very stimulating mix of music !!

Importantly The Flash gives a lot of support to musicians in the immediate area and gives them much needed radio airplay as well as mentoring.

The Flash DAB Radio Logo

Extra Tickets Available for Nick Harper

An extra supply of tickets have been made available for Nick Harper‘s sold-out show at The Spring’ (Havant)

this Saturday 8 October at 8pm

It’s the first concert in a series entitled ‘Up Close, and Personal’ whereby the audience has the opportunity to

put questions to Nick during his second set in a room which makes for an intimate performance.

Future artists in the series include: Charlie Dore, Chris Difford, Ric Sanders, Chris Jagger, and Jeff Lang.

Details from or 02392 472700


Sam Savage Replaces Jan Jack for Comedy Night

Sadly Jan Jack has been forced to pull out of the Comedy Night on Saturday 22 October due to health reasons.


In her place I’m delighted to say that Jeff Lane has worked wonders in securing the excellent Sam Savage who won the BBC New Comedy Award, the Funny’s Funny Award, and has enjoyed massive success in comedy clubs and festivals throughout the UK.  She is incredibly gifted and her character ‘Linda Larkin’ is the sort of oddball character that sitcoms are based on !



Date Change for Red Nose 2017

Please note that our weekend as the World’s first ever Red Nose Town will now be Friday 24 – Sunday 26 March 2017.

Come and join us and be funny for money – and help us beat our first fundraising event which raised £15.000 for Comic Relief.

WemsFest 2016 Full Programme Now OnSale

30 September – 23 October 2016

The 5th WemsFest

incorporating the 5th annual tribute to P. G. Wodehouse


Welcome to the 5th WemsFest!

It’s quite incredible how the years have flown by since the original idea was hatched

in The Stag’s Head, Westbourne.

We strive to bring a stimulating arts programme to the Westbourne-Emsworth area

and this year we’ve broadened our scope through a co-operation with the Eclectic

Music Club, and Rogues & Vagabonds Theatre Company, to venture slightly further

afield with the intention of reaching new audiences. Our challenges are constant and

include artist & venue availability and suitability, raising finances, and keeping up

with social media.

Nevetheless I think you’ll find this year’s festival not only interesting but hope you

will join us on a journey of discovery and invite your friends, and family, along too !

You’re very welcome and so are our artists who have travelled from as far afield as

Argentina, Spain, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, and Finland to enrich our lives.

Best wishes,

Mark Millington-Ringwood

(Artistic Director)


NB: Some of these performances have been onsale for a little time because the income from ticket sales helps

fund this programme.


Sunday 21 August 8pm Guy Davis

Chidham & Hambrook Village Hall, Main Road, Chidham PO18 8TP.

This acoustic blues musician from NYC is a firm favourite in our area and he ends a short UK tour with a show which

further cements this venue’s reputation as an excellent location to enjoy live music.

£12.50 Licensed bar helps support WemsFest

Thursday 1 September 8pm Front Country

Emsworth Baptist Church, North Street, PO10 7BY

Last November this US bluegrass band drew a capacity audience to their show in Tuppenny Barn and left to a

well-deserved standing ovation. They are great players at the top of their game and totally at ease in mixing

tradition with contemporary.


Wednesday 28 September 8pm Tcha Limberger’s Budapest Gypsy Orchestra

Emsworth Baptist Church, North Street, PO10 7BY

What a coup ! This world-class acoustic band bring the musical atmosphere of the Hungarian capital to your

doorstep. In true Budapest Gypsy band style they switch between soaring intensity and smouldering pathos delivering a

passion and technical virtuosity that astounds !

‘Tcha Limberger seems to be made entirely out of music’ The Observer (UK).



Shop Front Treasure Hunt !

An exciting trail of discovery for all the family to participate in !

Every shop window in Emsworth has something ‘a little odd’ on display

in their window throughout the duration of this year’s WemsFest – it

could be a packet of flower seed in an estate agents window, or not !

Your job is to find out what’s out of place !

Pick up a free entry form from Emsworth Library and start looking

from Friday 30 September. Prizes for the winners.



Friday 6pm – 11pm,

Saturday 12noon – 5pm, 6pm – 11pm

Sunday 12noon – 5pm drink-ups !

1st Emsworth British Beer, Cider, & Wine Festival

Emsworth Community Centre, Church Path, Emsworth PO10 7DD

A long overdue event as we celebrate a large number of independent

brewers, together with ciders and wines, and meet the brewer

sessions. Live music on The Flash DAB Radio Stage, locally

sourced food also available.

£10.00 per session includes special souvenir glass, and drink tokens.

Presented in association with British Food Fortnight.



8.00pm Kiki Dee with Carmelo Luggeri

Emsworth Baptist Church, North Street, PO10 7BY

Where do you start when trying to describe a musician who has been so successful and prolific over a 40 year history yet still maintains sucha refreshingly youthful approach to her recorded music and live performances

The first white UK singer to be signed to Tamla Motown’ through her chart success with Elton John’s Rocket Record label, and many acclaimed acting performances. Hits with ‘I’ve Got the Music in Me’ ‘Amoureuse’ ‘Music in Me’ ‘Loving and Free’ ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’ ‘True Love’ ‘First Thing in the Morning’ – they just scratch the surface of such a fabulous talent.

Don’t let guitarist Carmelo Luggeri be overlooked though – his track record is mega-impressive!



8.00pm Eddie & The Hot Rods

The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, East Street, Havant PO9 1BS

Still as energetic and as important as they were in the 1970s when they

carved their way into the hearts of music fans who weren’t prepared to

be punks but wanted excitement in their music.

£15.00 from The Spring’ box-office

Presented in association with The Eclectic Music Club


3.00pm DLB Jazz Quartet

The Crown Hotel, 8 High Street,

Emsworth PO10 7AW



7.30pm Racton Follies 5

The Music Room, Stansted House, Stansted Park, Rowlands Castle. PO9 6DX

Racton Follies 5 is the return of the very popular ‘revue’ style telling of

some of the lesser know stories of Westbourne, Emsworth and

Stansted, including William Cobbett’s Rural Rides, Murder in Pubs,

Witchcraft, The Lumley Letters of Elsie Terry, Emsworth in WW1 and

the build-up to D-Day. Special stories include the great fires of

Stansted House, and Lumley Mill, and the ‘Keystone Cops’ style local

rival fire brigades. Highly amusing, informative, and a great night out in

beautiful surroundings.

By David Broughton and Julian Sluggett. Directed by Julian Sluggett.

£12.00 and £10.00 (Friends of Stansted) including interval glass of

white wine* or elderflower cordial (*no red wine due to invaluable


Presented by Rogues & Vagabonds Kindly sponsored by Borland & Borland


3.00pm Treasure In Store-Art & Artefacts Revealed

Emsworth Museum (above the Fire Station), 10B North Street,

Emsworth PO10 7DD.

Finds of historical, artistic and scientific interest revealed from the

depths of Emsworth Museum’s Storeroom.

Have you ever wondered what lies hidden in Emsworth Museum store?

So did we and in this exhibition the Curator brings to light old objects

of yesteryear and displays fascinating posters, pictures and prints!

There will be something to interest everyone.

Open Saturdays 10.30am – 4.30pm and Sundays 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Admission free. Stair-lift available. Everyone welcome.

For more information

or telephone 01243 378091


7.30pm The Penny Black Choir

St John the Baptist Church, Westbourne PO10 7BY

Full of enthusiasm and a love for performing, The Penny Black Choir

are a local a cappella, 4 part harmony, community pop choir. Working

with no sound but the human voice, the show will cover songs from

artists as diverse as Adele and Snow Patrol, Elbow to The Who.

Come and spend an evening celebrating ‘the voice’ with the choir

and a few of their friends.

£7.00 Concessions £5.00

Licensed bar helps support WemsFest


8.00pm Martin Simpson

Emsworth Baptist Church, North Street, PO10 7BY

Guitarists with this amount of passion and dexterity, not to mentiontalent, are like Hens Teeth. This is the perfect venue to w itness

a master of his game.



7.45pm Nick Harper

The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, East Street, Havant PO9 1BS

The first in our ‘Up Close & Personal’ series where you not only experience

a fabulous artist in close proximity but also have the opportunity

to ask the question of them which you’ve always wanted an answer to.

£15.00 from The Spring’ box-office

Presented in association with The Eclectic Music Club


2.00pm 2nd Emsworth Scrabble Championship

Emsworth Community Centre, Church Path PO10 7DD

The best of 3 games and if last year’s tournament was anything to go

on it’ll be a ‘cracker’ (15 points – more on a double letter/word/triple).

In the end it’s the way the letters come out, or is it ?

£5.00 includes tea/coffee and biscuits

3.00pm Amy Baker

The Crown Hotel, 8 High Street, Emsworth PO10 7AW

Songs of the 1940s and 1950s.



3.30pm & 7.30pm The 33 (12A)

Emsworth Community Centre, Church Path PO10 7DD

In 2010, over a billion people followed the 69-day operation to rescue

33 Chilean miners trapped in a collapsed mine. This is the story behind

the headlines. Antonio Banderas plays Mario Sepulveda as he keeps

hope alive in a small cave 700m beneath the surface while butting

heads with Lou Diamond Phillips as the doom-mongering foreman.

Above ground, Rodrigo Santoro’s government minister and Gabriel

Byrne’s chief engineer guide us through the technical business of

drilling down. “The 33” is exceptional. As we feel the desperation of

both the miners and their families.

£5.00 (inc. refreshments) from the Community Centre Office Mon-Fri

10am to 12noon, or from Loretta’s Coffee Bar, High Street, Emsworth



Westbourne Club, River Street,

Westbourne PO10 8TG

Please see 4 Oct for programme details

£7.00 £5.00 Concessions

Presented by Rogues & Vagabonds, Sponsored by Borland & Borland


8.00pm Eddie Martin –

The Story of the Blues

Chidham & Hambrook Village Hall,

Main Road (A259), Chidham PO18 8TP

Rapidly becoming a much appreciated venue for blues we’re delighted

to welcome Eddie back with a new show following his debut at last

year’s WemsFest. Tonight, on guitar and harmonica he dips into Sonny

Terry, T Bone Walker, Son House, Robert Johnson, Skip James,

Mississippi John Hurt, and Little Walter among others who shaped

this popular music genre.

£12.50 Licensed bar helps support WemsFest


4.30pm Fairytales Gone Bad: Grannylocks/The Monstrous Duckling

Emsworth Community Centre, Church Path PO10 7DD

An enchanting new family show for young and old alike !

The Ugly Duckling was never ugly – he was truly monstrous !

Goldilocks was never about a little girl falling asleep, it was about a

mean, thieving, granny !

Join Joseph as he unravels some of your favourite fairy tales and discover

the true stories behind the happily ever afters – but be warned,

these are fairy tales gone bad !

Presented by Half Moon in association with The Spring’s Beyond the

Walls programme

Pay what you decide after the performance – but you must obtain a

ticket in advance.

8.00pm Femi & the Inrhythms

The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, East Street, Havant PO9 1BS

Join us for an electric night of music to celebrate Black History Month.

Femi and The Inrhythms are a 7-piece band from Lagos, led by bassist

Femi Sofela. The band mix the cerebral musicality of Afrobeat with the

visceral grooves of funk to create irresistible futuristic world dance

music, making them one of the key bands of contemporary African

music. This is music that is sure to get everyone moving!

£12.50 Seated and standing tickets are available.

Presented in association with The Eclectic Music Club


8.00pm Black Umfolosi 5

Emsworth Baptist Church,

North Street PO10 7BY

Traditional music and dance from Southern Africa as we celebrate

Black History Month with Zimbabwe’s finest music ambassadors.

Their performance includes the famous ‘Gumboot’ dance and a percentage

of their earnings helps fund charitable projects in Bulawayo.



7.30pm 5th Full Moon MTB Ride

The Coal Exchange South Street, Emsworth PO10 7EG

Join like-minded souls for a 30 mile route into the Downs and back for

an inclusive Chilli supper (veg option).

£10.00 inclusive with proceeds going to charity


2.30pm A Damsel in Distress

– P. G. Wodehouse’s Birthday (plus one day)

The Music Room, Stansted House, Stansted Park, Rowlands Castle. PO9 6DX

The return of the highly successful adaptation of P. G. Wodehouse’s

wonderfully funny telling of a golf-loving American composer George

Bevan who falls in love with a mysterious young lady. She urgently

takes refuge in his Taxicab one day and love is in the air. He tracks her

down to a romantic rural manor, Belpher Castle, residence of the Earl

of Marchmorton, his daughter, son and a mad mixture of eccentric

characters. Mistaken identity leads to all manner of ‘brouhaha’ . A

great evening’s entertainment which is as fresh today as it was when

first published in 1919.

£12.00 and £10.00 (Friends of Stansted) including interval glass of

white wine* or elderflower cordial (*no red wine due to invaluable


Presented by Rogues & Vagabonds

Kindly sponsored by Borland & Borland

Adapted for the stage by Lucy Flannery.

Directed by Julian Sluggett


3.00pm DLB Jazz Quartet

The Crown Hotel, 8 High Street, Emsworth PO10 7AW



MONDAY 17 OCT 8.00pm Eduardo Niebla

Chidham & Hambrook Village Hall , Main Road, Chidham PO18 8TP

A guitarist who is almost impossible to pigeon-hole but predominantly

based around a flamenco-jazz fusion. Nearly 4 decades of performing

have taken him along a journey which has led to many collaborations

with artists across the globe including jazz saxophonist Lol Coxhill, Indian

maestros Nishat & Wajahat Khan, Deepak Ram (bamboo flute)

Kala Ramnath (Indian violin) & Purbayan Chatterjee (sitar), as well as

flamenco bass pioneer Carles Benavent, his brother Salvador Niebla

(drums), the spiritual gypsy singer and percussionist Paban Das Baul,

Palestinian oud player Adel Salameh, electronic global phenomenon

Juno Reactor, the Dante String Quartet and pop musicians George

Michael and Craig David.

Tonight Eduardo’s accompanied by Matthew Robinson (guitar)


Licensed bar helps support WemsFest


7.30pm Dear Lily

The Music Room, Stansted House, Stansted Park, Rowlands Castle. PO9 6DX

P. G. Wodehouse (Plum) lived in Emsworth before

WW1 and regularly wrote letters back to Lillian

Barnett, his housekeeper, after he moved to America.

The letters start in December 1914 and continue to October 1974.

In the States, the creator of Jeeves and Blandings Castle, worked

with many world famous Broadway and Hollywood stars including

George and Ira Gershwin, Ivor Novello, Jerome Kern and Cole Porter

as well as writing at least 43 novels, 150 lyrics and 300 short stories.

We bring to life his long friendship with Lily, her family and his

affection for Emsworth.

Devised by Howard Jacobs from an original idea by Julian Sluggett

£12.00, £10.00 (Friends of Stansted) including interval glass of white

wine* or elderflower cordial (*no red wine due to invaluable carpets)


8.00pm Martin Alvarado – Tango!

Chidham & Hambrook Village Hall , Main Road, Chidham PO18 8TP

Martin Alvarado is a phenomenal singer (and guitarist) accompanied

tonight by Finnish pianist and bandoneon player Mikko Helenius.

Their performances involve a good deal of improvisation and also a bit

of musicial comedy too. The two artists have very contrasting personas

on stage with Mikko’s enigmatic poker-faced Finnish character providing

a perfect foil for Martin’s more warm, passionate and effervescent


Martin is widely considered to be the finest and most significant tango

singer in the world at the moment – he has been described as the “21st

Century Voice of Tango” and hailed as the best voice in Buenos Aires

and by British world music broadcaster DJ Ritu. In 2013 he won the

Latin UK Award for Concert by International Artist of the Year and had

his last album released by World Music Network’s Riverboat Records.

£12.50 Licensed bar helps support WemsFest


7.30pm A Damsel in Distress

Emsworth Community Centre,

Church Path PO10 7DD

See Sunday 16 October for details

£7.00, £5,00 Concessions


8.00pm Comedy Night

The Hewitt’s @, South Street,

Emsworth PO10 7EG

Jeff Lane once again creates

a superb bill of original comedy

featuring: Jan Jack

Juliet Myers

Adam Broomfield-Strawn

MC: Jeff Lane

What a cracking bill ! Jan Jack – ‘big laughs with real charm’ opens

the evening. Havant-born but now regular on the Mirth Control comedy

circuit Adam Broomfield-Strawn is a mix of Billy Connolly and Lee

Evans, whilst bill-topper Juliet Myers writes for the Sarah Millican tv

show – among many others.

Licensed bar helps support WemsFest


8.00pm Sex Pistols Experience

The Rifle Club, 205 Goldsmith Avenue, Southsea PO4 0AW


SUNDAY 23 OCT 3.00pm Amy Baker

The Crown Hotel, 8 High Street, Emsworth PO10 7AW

Songs of the 1940s and 1950s.

Post-WemsFest Shows


SATURDAY 29 OCT Phantom of the Opera

Chidham & Hambrook Village Hall, Main Road, Chidham PO18 8TP

A pre-Halloween event with a difference. Dress up and party

after Elizabeth-Jane Baldry’s harp accompaniment to this classic

silent film !

£12.50 Licensed bar helps support WemsFest

Charlie Dore “Up Close & Personal”

The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, East Street, Havant PO9 1BS

‘Pilot of the Airwaves’ is just one of many songs written by this multi-talented musician.


SUNDAY 6 NOV FlashFest

The Curlew, Petersfield Road, Havant PO9 2HU

Indoor festival featuring several of the area’s finest bands in support

of The Flash – DAB Radio for the Havant/Portsmouth area.



Chris Difford ‘Up Close & Personal’ Sold out

The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, East Street, Havant PO9 1BS



The Vibrators (The Rifle Club, Portsmouth)


SATURDAY 26 NOV Ric Sanders Trio ‘Up Close & Personal’

The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, East Street, Havant PO9 1BS

Fairport Covention fiddler shows his music isn’t just folk-bound as he

leads his trio along a merry and amusing journey !

in Association with The Eclectic Music Club




SATURDAY 4 FEB The Members (The Rifle Club, Portsmouth)

Look out for: McGoldrick, John Doyle & John McCusker; Fairport

Convention; Howard Jones; Eddie Reader, and more.

Lindsay Lou & the Flat Bellys


The Emsworth Calendar

Through artist and photographer Sam Millington-Ringwood we are

delighted to offer the second Emsworth calendar which will not only

help fund WemsFest events but will pictorially show our lovely village

in several different lights.

It will be available from Bookends* in mid-September – in plenty of

time to mail to friends and relatives overseas for Christmas ! (*and at

WemsFest events)

Red Nose – We Are The World’s First Ever Red Nose Town !

Put the weekend of 17-19 March 2017 in your diary now because that’s

when we, once again, turn Emsworth into a town of fun and help raise

money for Comic Relief.

If you’d like to participate, organize an event, or get involved, please

contact WemsFest.

The Eclectic Music Club

Throughout the year these promoters work with WemsFest

to bring a diverse selection of live music into our region and

we’re delighted to work in partnership with them.

P G Wodehouse Statue

You may recall there was a drive to commemorate that this prolific

writer and composer once lived in Emsworth and characters like ‘Lord

Emsworth’ were inspired by him living in Record Road. The project is

still very much alive and has the renowned sculptor Philip Jackson

behind the design. Contact WemsFest for further information –

Wemsfest: 01243 370501 – 07802 500050

Our thanks and appreciation goes to:

You for supporting us by attending events. Havant Borough Council

Emsworth Business Association, The Sussex Brewery, respective venues,

and box-offices which we use, our regional media who always go the extra

mile, and those businesses who sponsor and support us in so many ways.

Jane Allen for being ‘Queen of the MailChimp’

WemsFest Steering Group: Phil and Sally Church, Malcolm Emery, Maureen

Falloon, Sue Fricker, Peter Goldfarb, Jacky Grant, Howard & Cherry Jacobs,

Iain Lynch, Sam Millington-Ringwood, Julian Sluggett, Jim Strudwick, Tanya

Vincent, Chantal Walton, Rob Wemyss, Jane Yoward, Colin Thomas.

Technical: Mark Gay, Benny Lillywhite, Colin Emmett.

Join us !?

We can’t do this all on our own. If you’d like to be involved in an

organization which is forward-thinking and wants to make a contribution

to the community we live in then you’ll be very welcome. In particular

we’re looking for people with an interest in web-site maintenance,

social media, working with education and yes, fundraising….

Emsworth’s Maritime Heritage

Plans to commemorate 400 years of the rich history of Emsworth and her

harbour, and the transformation from a very busy trading port to a source of

leisure, are still alive.

BookingYour Tickets:

(for all events except those at The Spring)

In Person all events:

Bookends, 7 High Street, Emsworth PO10 7AQ

Open Monday-Saturday 9.30am -5.00pm

credit/charge cards also accepted.

Harbour Records Harbour Court, 29 High Street, Emsworth PO10 7AG

Open Tue-Sat 10am – 5pm, cash/cheques only please.

By Post:

Please send a one of those old fashioned things ‘a cheque’

payable to ‘WemsFest’

To: 6 Lumley Terrace, Emsworth PO10 8AB along with an SAE.


(a 10% handling charge applies)

*The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, 56 East Street, Havant PO9 1BS

Open most days 10am – 7pm Tel: 02392 472700

Fri 30 Sept –

Sun 23 Oct Shop Front Treasure Hunt !

Fri 30 Sept

– Sun 2 Oct The 1st Emsworth Beer, Cider & Wine Festival

Fri 30 Sept Kiki Dee with Carmelo Luggeri Emsworth Baptist Church

Sat 1 Oct Eddie & The Hot Rods The Spring’ Havant

Sun 2 Oct DLB Jazz Quartet The Crown, Emsworth

Mon 3 Oct-

Sun 30 Oct Treasure In Store Art & Artefacts Revealed Emsworth Museum

Tue 4 Oct Racton Follies 5, Stansted House

Wed 5 Oct The Penny Black Choir, St. John the Baptist, Westbourne

Thu 6 Oct Martin Simpson Emsworth Baptist Church

Sat 8 Oct Nick Harper The Spring’ Havant

Sun 9 Oct 2nd Emsworth Scrabble Championship

Amy Baker, The Crown, Emsworth

Sun 21 Aug Guy Davis Chidham & Hambrook VH

Thu 1 Sept Front Country Emsworth Baptist Church

Wed 28 Sept Tcha limberger’s Budapest Gypsy Orchestra

Emsworth Baptist Church, North Street, PO10 7BY

This world-class acoustic band bring the musical

atmosphere of the Hungarian capital to your doorstep.

In true Budapest Gypsy band style they switch between

soaring intensity and smouldering pathos delivering a

passion and technical virtuosity that astounds !

‘Tcha Limberger seems to be made entirely out

of music’ The Observer (UK). £15.00



PG Wodehouse

Sat 29 Oct Phantom of the Opera – silent film with harp accompaniment,

dress for this Halloween occasion ! Chidham & Hambrook Village Hall

Sat 29 Oct Charlie Dore The Spring’ Havant

Sun 6 Nov FlashFest The Curlew, Havant

Sat 19 Nov Chris Difford The Spring’ Havant SOLD OUT

Fri 25 Nov The Vibrators The Rifle Club, Portsmouth

Sat 26 Nov Ric Sanders Trio The Spring’ Havant


Sat 4 Feb The Members The Rifle Club, Portsmouth

Sat 4 Feb Lindsay Lou & The Flat Bellys Chidham & Hambrook VH

Look out for: Michael McGoldrick, John Doyle & John McCusker;

Fairport Convention, and more

Mon 10 Oct The 33 Emsworth Community Centre

Eddie Martin ‘The Story of the Blues’ Chidham & Hambrook Village Hall

Wed 12 Oct Racton Follies 5, Westbourne Club

Thu 13 Oct Black Umfolosi 5 Emsworth Baptist Church

Fri 14 Oct Granny Locks/The Monstrous Duckling, Emsworth Community Centre

Femi & the Inrhythms, The Spring’ Havant

Sat 15 Oct 5th Full Moon MTB Ride The Coal Exchange, Emsworth

(P. G. Wodehouse Birthday)

Sun 16 Oct A Damsel in Distress Stansted House

DLB Jazz Quartet The Crown, Emsworth

Mon 17 Oct Dear Lily, Stansted House

Eduardo Niebla, Chidham & Hambrook Village Hall

Thu 20 Oct Martin Alvarado Chidham & Hambrook VH

Fri 21 Oct Sex Pistols Experience The Rifle Club, Portsmouth

A Damsel in Distress Emsworth Community Centre

Sat 22 Oct Comedy Night, The Hewitt’s @, Emsworth

Jan Jack

Juliet Myers

Adam Broomfield-Straw

MC: Jeff Lane

Sun 23 Oct Amy Baker, The Crown, Emsworth


Eduardo Niebla

This space could be yours

in next year’s WemsFest programme

…and be read by more than 10,000 people.

Eddie & The Hot Rods

Guy Davis

Juliet Myers

Kiki Dee with Carmelo Luggeri

The Penny Black Choir

30 September – 23 October 2016

‘The quality of the vinyl is consistently high’

Call Phil on 01243 371415

1 Harbour Court, 29 High Street, Emsworth PO10 7AG

A paradise for vinyl lovers in the heart of Emsworth









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Costa Coffee, 10-12 High Street, Emsworth, Hampshire PO10 7AW only. 2. Please present the voucher to a member of

staff at the till to redeem offer. 3. Voucher limited to any medio or primo sized coffee or iced drink (drink in or takeaway).

4. Value of voucher is 0.0001p. 5. Offer limited to one free drink per voucher. 6. Not valid in conjunction with any other

offer or privilege. 7. Copies will not be accepted. 8. The Manager reserves the right to withdraw the promotion at any time.

Celebrate our new store in Emsworth, Hampshire with a buy one get one

FREE* offer inside Costa. Simply cut out this voucher and hand to one of our

expert baristas to claim your free drink. We can’t wait to see you!

Costa Coffee, 10-12 High Street, Emsworth,

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WemsFest 2016 is on it’s Way !

We live in a time of uncertainty but the once thing you can be certain of is that WemsFest will continue to enrich our lives.

The new programme is now out – and will soon be on this website.

You will notice that this year’s programme features pre-WemsFest and post-WemsFest events – there’s a good reason for this. The print and design of 10,000 programmes is our single biggest financial outlay and currently our main avenue through which we sell tickets. We need to make it work for us !


Partnerships are always important:

The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre (in Havant)

Rogues & Vagabonds Theatre Company

The Eclectic Music Club

British Food Fortnight

Chidham & Hambrook Village Hall – the only leisure outlet for the explosion of new building in the immediate area.

Through these partnerships we hope to open up new markets and bring new audiences to venues such as Stansted House, and Chidham & Hambrook Village Hall – these two venues could be argued to be at opposite ends of the spectrum BUT each has a vital role to play.


This year the availability of venues and leaders played a determining factor in what we can offer and where we can offer our programme. Pilate classes, Weight-watchers, U3A and many other activities have grown exponentially and placed a burgeoning demand on venue space. Our popular community ‘discovery walks’ are not present, and we’ve given ‘the hardest quiz in the South’ a rest – for a year !

Coupled with a lean financial base means that the overall programme is not as complete as I would have wished – for example we are without any classical music content for the first time in 4 years, no Americana, and no Folk.

Counterbalancing this, to an extent, we have a much more international flavour than ever before and strengthens my resolve to put next year’s WemsFest on a much sounder financial basis and readdress this inbalance.


Nonetheless we welcome Artists from:







As well as the UK


We value the continuation, through Rogues & Vagabonds, of the recognition that P G Wodehouse is arguably Emsworth’s most famous son and we continue with the determination to work with others in the town to create a permanent memorial to this prolific writer and have the renowned sculptor Philip Jackson lined-up to create something which is both fitting and an attraction to visitors.


Three thousand tickets are onsale for WemsFest and a further two thousand tickets for pre and post WemsFest events because WemsFest is very much a brand which continues to develop and will be enhanced, as will The Flash DAB radio station by the emergence of Emsworth’s First British Beer Festival – over 3 days in this very community centre, and next March we once again intend to live up to our laurels as the World’s First ever Red Nose Town and raise a lot of money – by being funny – for Comic Relief.


WemsFest made two unsuccessful attempts to attract funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to commemorate 400 years of Emsworth Harbour and I can tell you that we are in the process of submitting a third bid which will focus on the history of the actual town itself. The reason for expanding our horizons is that this will enable us to incorporate P G Wodehouse, the history of brewing in Emsworth, and Lumley Mill – all of which can be encapsulated into a revolutionary Trail App which can be accessed through portable media devices.


In conclusion I think it’s fair to say that we have come a long way in a short time. We are no longer purely an arts festival, we are a brand which reflects innovation and creativity, and hopefully enriches the lives of those who live in our community, and who visit our community.


Your help in doing this is never underestimated and is always appreciated.


Mark Millington-Ringwood

Artistic Director

More and More Great Shows !!!

Well we’ve been pretty busy over the Festive Season.

Firstly we’ve set-up the Eclectic Music Club as the promoting arm of WemsFest for contemporary concerts outside of the Festival.  There are several advantages to this.  Colin Thomas has joined us and brings a passionate interest in Punk/Dub/Reggae which is more than interesting, and an extra pair of much needed hands !  On Saturday 28 May we’re bringing The Members (and  support) to The Spring, Havant.  You’ll remember them for ‘This is the Sound of the Suburbs’ which they apparently close their set with – 12 minutes long !!!!

The other important thing is that the Eclectic Music Club is not VAT registered so we don’t lose c18% of the ticket price !

Sunday 24 April sees us bring the fabulous Irish group Altan to the Alexandra Theatre in Bognor Regis – it’s vital that we are seen to be working in other areas of the region and this is an important co-promotion with Folk on the Coast (who also mastermind the South Downs Folk Festival.

More to follow…..