Mud Pattens in the Morning is the first book to trace the rich history of wildfowling in Chichester Harbour, West Sussex. Steven Borland's extensive research gives an insight into the pursuit of wildfowl, from ancient times through the 1850s, often considered the golden age of wildfowling, and up to the present day.

The book charts the formation of the Chichester Harbour Wildfowlers' Association, a club which controlled indiscriminate shooting, establishing sanctuaries and conserved habitat, and it explores the part played by founder members including Noel Sedgwick, former editor of Shooting Times.


Mud Patterns in the Morning is liberally studded with extracts and images from game books and the recorded histories of well-known gentlemen fowlers, as well as tales of intrepid market gunners.

A new publication available from Bookends of Emsworth, price £40
Posted on 10 Oct 2019 by David

WemsFest are holding the 4th annual Emsworth Beer Festival from 27 to 29 September. There will be around 30 cask conditioned ales from near and far, including local brews and 2019 Great British Beer Festival award winners, plus a selection of ciders as well as organic apple juice.

See the 4th Emsworth Beer (& Wine) Festival for further information. Tickets are available from Bookends of Emsworth.
Posted on 18 Sep 2019 by David

The Emsworth Show is a community event that has been enjoyed by local people for many generations. The show takes place this year on Bank Holiday Monday, the 26th August at the New Life Church in Emsworth. The Emsworth Horticultural Society are celebrating their Centenary year at the show and it promises to be the best yet!


One of the highlights of the Emsworth show is the Horticultural Show Marquee, with a wonderful display of vegetables, flowers, flower arranging, crafts, photographs and cookery. There are over a hundred classes open to everyone including novices. All exhibitors are welcome, so why not enter and try your luck to win a rosette or perhaps a cup!

See the full schedule available from Bookends of Emsworth, or online at https://emsworthshow.org.uk/
Posted on 17 Aug 2019 by David

June 29th is the Emsworth very first ECO Day. There will be Stalls, Workshops, Litterpicks, Activities and a Performance. Check out the Final Flat Fish that will be in the square. It's a whopper at nearly 6 meters long!

Posted on 28 Jun 2019 by David

D-Day for Emsworth and its People is the name of the new exhibition just opened at the town’s museum and will play an important part locally in events to remember the sacrifices made 75 years ago this month. The exhibition features pictures, maps and memories and can be seen every weekend until June 30. Visit Bookends of Emsworth for a selection of books relating to the D-Day Landings.
Posted on 06 Jun 2019 by David

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