News from Emsworth - March 2015

Emsworth, the UK's first Red Nose Town

This Weekend Emsworth will become the UK's first Red Nose Town

The charity Comic Relief have granted Emsworth the mantle of being the UK’s first ever Red Nose Town and it’s generated a busy programme of events for residents and visitors to enjoy and participate in.

The partnership of WemsFest and Emsworth Business Association has come up with a three day Festival of comedy-based activity over the weekend of 13-15 March as well as involving local primary schools and the parish church in pre-festival events.

Local businesses have even gone as far as to rename themselves during the festival – the award-winning Fat Olives restaurant will be known as ‘Red Olives’ – although Pompey football supporter and EBA Chair Giles Babb draws the line at changing his pub (The Blue Bell) to The Red Bell as he feels it’s too close to an affinity with rivals Southampton FC.  He will instead rename it ‘The Blue Nose’.

Friday 13 is nationally known as Red Nose Day and for Emsworth it means a multitude of fundraising events starting at and running until late at night.  To try and generate a ‘fun-atmosphere’ both shopkeepers and visitors are being asked to carry out their normal activities in fancy dress.  This theme extends to the major event of the day - a Silent Disco in the town’s main square which will be closed to traffic and decorated appropriately as revelers in Superheroe, or Fishermen, costumes dance to only music they can hear on headphones whilst silent comedy film is projected onto the old Lloyds Bank building.

The Mayor of Havant, Marjorie Smallcorn, gets the Silent Disco underway at 6pm.

Meanwhile the popular BBC Radio comedian Eric McGonagall is the special guest at a comedy supper at The Brookfield Hotel at 7.30pm, while comperes Joe Wells and Jeff Lane introduce the first of 3 comedy club nights at The Crown Hotel starting at 9.00pm.  Earlier in the day a special charity fashion show gets underway at The Deck.

Saturday sees the town in full swing with everything from a Static Cycle Ride to John O’Groats, street entertainment, the Red Nose Hampshire Farmers Market, film at the Community Centre, and another Comedy Club.  Youngsters from the four local Primary Schools have been involved in Comedy Workshops during the week and will also be selling their specially made wares at The Young Gigglers Market.

Even Mothering Sunday has been enveloped by activity with ‘Pennies Across the Millpond’ linking the Emsworth and Slipper Sailing Clubs, arguably the world’s longest ever Red Nose ‘duck race’, more film, a sold-out Fun Cookery Workshop, and a Comedy Competition.

Local transport has also been roped in, willingly, and the Coachliner 700 service will be sporting red noses, as will Emsworth & District services.  Chichester-based Jago Developments Ltd have kindly donated substantially large Red Noses which will appear around Emsworth

Source Emsworth Business Association

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