Despite the restrictions placed on their use of the internet, the boys still manage to find more to interest them on their PC’s and cell phones.

Rather than sitting down and ploughing their way through the books we drew through the Library before we were locked down. Let alone the Year 7 Maths they will need to get through their GCSE’s. It’s going to be a steep hill they have to climb just to catch up. But that is for me to worry about.

School admissions are handled by the local council. When I phoned I was politely directed to the Council web site where you are supposed to be able to find all the information that is required. But in practice it doesn’t quite work out as well as it should. I was still left bewildered and overwhelmed.


Mould is always a problem where you have condenstation and when you have every excuse to keep the windows closed. To get rid of it,  you would normally use to use a mixture of two tablespoons of borax with 1/4 cup white vinegar and two cups of hot water, sprayed onto the affected area.

Removing black mould

But Borax has been banned because it it supposed to be a potentially hazardous substance.

Which leaves us with distilled white vinegar to get rid of that pesky mould in the bathroom.

Removing black mould

  • Use a spray bottle to saturate the moldy area with white vinegar
  • Let it sit for 30 minutes
  • Scrub with a brush
  • Spray again, let sit for an additional 30 minutes
  • Rinse with warm water

Treating black mould in a bathroom


You can also make a cleaning paste by stirring together 1/2 cup baking soda and several teaspoons of water. Spread the paste over the moldy grout, let sit for 10 minutes, then scrub the mold away with a brush. Rinse with water.

Bleach also works but vinegar is much more effective for removing mold from porous materials. This is because bleach only kills mold spores on the surface of affected materials. Vinegar will penetrate porous materials and kill the mold at the roots.

For mould stains on clothes and fabrics try a product called Elbow Grease which can be bought in Poundland normally in the motoring section. Alternatively there is Cillit Bang black mould remover or Milton spray on Amazon. Dettol Antibacterial spray is also worth trying.

The best way to get rid of mould on fabric is to brush it with a stiff brush while its dry and vacuum with a fabric attachment. Then clean with a suitable wet cleaner.


The Langstone trail

One of the most popular walks in Emsworth is the trail that runs along the foreshore from Emsworth to Langstone.

From the Harbour, walk along the sea wall past the Emsworth Sailing Club, onto a concrete path and the foreshore.

Emsworth Walking Trails

It is an 8km walk along shoreline paths with the option of an inland section passing through an attractive area of woodland, the Nore Barn Woods

Emsworth walks - Emsworth to Langstone

As well as past the Warblington church which dates back to the Saxon era. Some of the original architecture has survived but it was largely rebuilt in the 13th Century . There are two unusual ‘gravewatchers’ huts’ in the churchyard. Also known as the Coffin walk it was the route that people took with coffins for burials before the church in Emsworth was built.

The Coffin trail - Walks in Emsworth

There is no shortage of benches along the route route, offering one the opportunity to stop, relax and enjoy the view. One can see the remains of Warblington Castle which is not open to the public. It was built in the 16th century and was taken in the Civil War and destroyed by the Parliamentarians, leaving only the one tower.

Warblington Castle - Walking trails from Emsworth to Langstone

The path skirts the Mill pond at Langstone with the old mill on the left, past the Royal Oak and onto The Ship.

Emsworth to Langstone trail - The Royal Oak

The Wadeway On the shoreline at the end of Langstones High Street, are the remains of a hardened causeway which originally crossed the channel linking the mainland to Hayling Island at low tide. Written references to the Wadeway date back to 1552 and refer to a toll for crossing the causeway. However, carbon dating dates it to early Medieval times. In 1821 the causeway was severed by ‘New Cut’ which was part of the construction of the Portsmouth to Arundel canal making the Wadeway unusable.

Chichester Harbour Conservancy

Mixed Martial Arts classes

  • PSKO Karate  07900 420268

My son (11) goes to PSKO in Havant. He loves this karate club, they cater for kids and adults of all ages really. It’s a great community club, I can’t praise it enough please check out their FB page. They’ve been voted in the top 10 clubs for kids in the area!

Karate classes in Emsworth

Another vote here for P.S.K.O. My daughter started in the summer and she absolutely loves it. She’s there tonight training in Leigh Park and then she also goes to their sessions in Emsworth Community Centre on a Sunday (not on this weekend though).

In the top 10 families clubs in the area, The P.S.K.O Traditional Karate Club have Classes for families at Emsworth Community Centre, All Angels Church in Havant and on Thorney Island. Great Independent community run club highly recommend 🙂🥋

  • Traditional Karate 023 9245 3923

1.41 Miles

96 Southleigh Road, Havant, PO9 2PR

  • ENSKA Karate Southbourne 07860 381559

1.9 Miles

Active First Leisure Centre, Park Rd, Southbourne

Enska Southbourne train on Monday and Friday and all train together. Very family friendly group. Sessions are at Bourne Leisure Centre.

My daughter and I train together at ENSKA Southbourne on a Friday 7-8pm. It’s a great club with quite a few child / parent karatekas. They also do a session on a Monday 7-8pm. £3 per person. Pay on the night. (First two session free)

  • Havant Wing Chun 07758 117905

1.95 Miles

Havant Academy, Wakefords Way, West Leigh, Havant, PO9 5JD

  • Enska Karate Havant Club 07776345535

2.06 Miles

Horizon Havant Leisure Centre, Civic Centre Road, Havant, PO9 2AY

  • Southern Judokan 07973-196409

2.84 Miles

St John’s Primary School, Whichers Gate Road, Rowlands Castle, PO10 7RR

  • Havant Karate 07900792286

3.19 Miles

Leigh Park Community Centre, Dunsbury Way, Havant, PO9 4RD

  • Hayling Island CKD 0800 990 3071

3.92 Miles

The Hayling College, Church Road, Hayling Island, PO11 0NU

  • Ninjutsu Togakure Ryu 023-9278-1896

4.16 Miles

18 Place Cres, Waterlooville, PO7 5UR

  • Carters Combat Centre 02392 377366

4.31 Miles

Carters Combat Centre, Fitzherbert road, Farlington, Portsmouth, PO61RU

  • Hayling Island CKD 0800 990 3071

4.70 Miles

Seacourt Tennis Club, Victoria Avenue, Hayling Island, PO11 9AJ

  • Tae Kwon Do 023 9264 8151

4.78 Miles

2 Silvester Road, Waterlooville, PO8 8TD

  • Waterlooville CKD 0800 990 3071

4.81 Miles

Waterlooville Community Centre, 10 Maurepas Way, Waterlooville, PO7 7AY

  • Waterlooville School of Martial Arts 07540338480

4.81 Miles

Waterlooville Community Centre (10), Waterlooville, PO7 7AY

  • Portsmouth Shotokan 07921 548409

8.9 Miles

Fratton Community Centre, Trafalgar Place, Portsmouth, PO3 5XT

“Me and my six year old daughter train at Portsmouth shotokan club.
They do a Friday and Sunday morning session.
It’s a proper traditional club. Focusing on proper technique.
I cannot stress how good this club and it’s teaching is.”

  • Aikido Yoshinkan – Kenshinkai (Portsmouth)

5.39 Miles

Admiral Lord Nelson School, Dundas Lane, Copnor, Portsmouth, PO3 5XT

  • Portsmouth CKD 0800 990 3071

5.54 Miles

Highbury College, Tudor Crescent, Portsmouth, PO6 2SA

  • School Judo Portsmouth 023 9283 0043

5.80 Miles

36 Siskin Road, Southsea, PO4 8UG

  • Portsmouth T A GB Taekwondo School 07733 257476

5.97 Miles

London Road, Portsmouth, PO2 9RJ

  • Chichester KUGB Karate Club 07840904520

6.12 Miles

The Gym Hall, Bishop Luffa School, Bishop Luffa Close, Chichester, PO19 3LT

  • Kamon Martial Arts 07745196899

6.56 Miles

Chichester Sports College, Westgate Fields, Chichester, PO19 1SB

Buyers Guide

Emsworth was originally a busy fishing village, specialising in oysters.

That was until The Dean of Winchester and two others died of food poisoning at a Mayoral Banquet in the early 1900’s. The industry collapsed overnight and it has become a quaint, sleepy coastal harbour served by excellent rail and road links to Portsmouth, Chichester, Brighton and London.

There is a vibrant sailing community with two sailing clubs and a marina. The village has two tidal mill ponds, a picturesque harbour, characterful local pubs, good local primary schooling, and several excellent restaurants. It is served by both a local Coop, Tesco Express, two newsagents, two butchers, a hardware store and a greengrocer selling fresh produce. Emsworth has a thriving community, is well sought-after with half a dozen estate agents offices and a Travel Agency.

The south part of the town is particularly pretty, with a variety of period cottages and houses, and there are some beautiful walks along the harbour side.

Vin Wine Merchants

Interesting is always tucked around the corner, a little more difficult to find.

Wine shops in West Sussex and Hampshire

Vin Wine Merchants operate from a listed building dating back to the mid 1700’s offering a range of wines from all over the world which are racked using old fruit crates as shelving.

Wine merchants on the South Coast

They run courses and tasting events which are held in a tasting room.

Wine tasting events and courses

Woith a small wine bar in the upstairs lounge offering wine and fizz by the glass,  local and international beers or a tasty G&T as well as sharing platters with crusty bread, olives and dipping oils .

Wine tasting in Chichester


Sharing platters bread board


During the warmer months there is courtyard garden to enjoy some al fresco drinking. Quiet and relaxed its the perfect place to unwind and escape for a bit.

Wine bar in Emsworth


I not really that familiar with Indian restaurants but I believe that Darbar is one of the better choices that one is going to find on this part of the the South Coast.

Darbar authentic Indian restaurant Emsworth

I am a lot more comfortable with Thai food.  Indian curries are not as robust and are a lot less spicy. Despite this I have thoroughly enjoyed the couple of meals I have had at Darbar in Emsworth. Together with its sister restaurant Thyme & Chilli I have no doubt that they rank among the best Indian restaurants in and around West Sussex and Hampshire.

Authentic Indian restaurants South Coast Hampshire West Sussex

I was introduced to it after I stopped at Thyme & Chillies on the way to West Wittering in Chichester Harbour. Run by the same owners, I was assured by a particularly friendly and enthusiastic waitron, that they only prepare authentic Indian cuisine and I have no reason to doubt his word.

Authentic Indian rice pudding South Coast

But it was the Indian rice pudding I found on the menu at Darbar that I go back for. Its something I used to order many years ago in a small Indian restaurant in Corlett Drive in Johannesburg. Not quite what I recall. But it still brought back fond memories.

Cycle servicing & repairs

I keep a bicycle at the Chichester station which I use to cycle to work at the factory.

Cycle routes Emsworth Chichester Harbour

A routine which gets complicated when one finds that the tire that should have been replaced months ago, has finally burst and is not going anywhere. Except onto the train and back to Emsworth Cycles.

Emsworh Cycles - Bike repairs Emsworth Hampshire

Didn’t think twice about it.

The first time I used them was after buying a couple of bikes off the net,  for a colleague at work. One of them needed new brake pads as well as a service so I took it in and left it with them.

But collected it the next day as my friend had decided he would service it himself. I apologised profusely for messing them around. But the lad I was dealing with, assured me it wasn’t a problem and undertook to keep our card in the queue. Saying he would phone me when it was next in line, just to check if there had been a change in plan.

This he did.

And whilst we didn’t need it at the time, it was a gesture, the sort of customer service which is rare to find.



Carriages Cupcake and Coffee Shop was my introduction to Emsworth.

Tea rooms Emsworth Chichester Harbour

It is different , very different.

Situated on the platform at the Emsworth station it is neat, organised and welcoming. They also do very good cup cakes.

But it was the book exchange which captured my interest.

Book exchange Emsworth Hampshire

That and a simple sign, inviting you to simply “take one”. No two for one, no fees, no obligation. Something that says all you need to know about a family run cafe which offers something special.

Coffee shops Emsworth Chichester Harbour

They offer a limited menu but have something for most and are open from around seven in the morning till lunch time.
“It started with the new waiting room when customers were asked what they wanted. It was a cafe. So a business plan was put together by the Emsworth Residents Association and Southern Rail.”
Everything has been recycled – from the shelves, which were a CD rack, to the suitcase trolley which now holds crisps and confectionery, to the counter – which Garry made from a door.
And the community pitched in, helping to start a small business in a village that has managed to retain it’s charm.

Cup cakes Emsworth Chichester Harbour

And if you are a visitor looking for information about Chichester Harbour or what to do in and around Emsworth this is a good place to start. Carriages serves as an unofficial Information Office and Visitor Centre for Emsworth and the Chichester Harbour Conservancy offering useful advice and tourist information about the area.

Walking Trails

One is spoilt for walking trails around Emsworth and Chichester Harbour. The Emsworth to Langstone  walk is about five miles on shoreline paths and inland past the Warblington Church. There are plenty of benches and places to stop giving one the time to stop and admire the view.

There is also the Mill Pond Walk in the village as well as a trail around Thorney Island which I completed after a few false starts and wrong turns.

Thorney Island - Emsworth walking trails Chichester Harbour

One skirts around Island through two MOD control gates. Passing a church and sailing club. There is also a bird watching hide overlooking a hidden sandy beach.

But its a long hike.

Took me three to four hours and towards the end, I was definitely counting the steps I had left to finally reach The Deck at the Emsworth Yacht Harbour.

Coffee shops and tea rooms Emsworth

The cake which had something to do with apricot and pistachio, was a treat. This followed by fresh hake.

Its the first time I have have been presented with a minted pea salad which is a lot more interesting than the usual mushy peas that I find bland and unappetising.

A meal I thoroughly enjoyed on the outside deck overlooking the boats moored at the marina.

Emsworth marina and yacht harbour