About Bembridge & St Helens Harbour Association

Bembridge & St Helens Harbour Association (BASHHA) is a group of like-minded people who are concerned to protect the environment in and around Bembridge Harbour, while at the same time encouraging a balance of its commercial and recreational uses.

Founded in 1989 in response to a large scale Planning Application opposed by most local residents, we have continuously monitored activities in and around the harbour and and taken action when required. A great deal has been achieved relating to the protection and wellbeing of Bembridge Harbour.

With over 400 members the Association represents an influential body of opinion. We have contributed as Consultees to many official bodies such as the IWC, UDP, North East Coastal Strategy 2001 and the Village Design Statement, and more recently to the Island Plan, the Eastern Yar Strategy, the Shoreline Management Plan 2 and Conservation Appraisal for Bembridge.

In 2006 Bembridge Harbour Users Group (BHUG) became a subcommittee of BASHHA and in 2007 we became a Founder Member of Bembridge Harbour Trust (BHT). More about these groups later.

BASHHA is an Organisation member of the Solent Protection Society and contact of Solent Forum.

BASHHA aims to keep its finger on the pulse of activities in and around the harbour and raise public awareness of the issues involved. Members come mostly from Bembridge and St Helens but also from other areas of the Island and the mainland.

Our newsletter, The Sentinel, is published bi-annually and keeps members in touch. Archived issues viewable on the Sentinel Archive page.

We hope you enjoy browsing the website and as a result may wish to join the Association. The more members we have, the more influential we can be.

If you would like to join us please click here to download an application form.

Barbara Clough, Chairman

Aims & Objectives

  • To collate information regarding Bembridge Harbour and the surrounding areas and reflect the informed and independent views of local residents, visitors and harbour users.
  • To propose, facilitate and update long-term policy for the harbour and surrounding areas including, but not limited to: dredging, funding, maintenance, management and ownership.
  • To encourage a balance between the natural environment of the Harbour and its commercial, environmental and recreational uses.
  • To encourage, within statutory and other appropriate authorities, positive initiatives which improve the appearance and use of the harbour and surrounding areas and are compatible with the agreed structure, policies and views of the community.
  • To encourage the community to cooperate effectively in response to any proposals concerning the Harbour and surrounding areas.

Regular activities

Our most important activities centre on Harbour protection, and are detailed elsewhere. The following regular activities help us all to keep in touch.

Bembridge Harbour Users Group (BHUG)

Bembridge Harbour Users Group originated as Bembridge Harbour Mooring Providers Association; became a sub committee of BASHHA in 2006 and since 2007 has been managing the conduct of the Harbour Dues Appeal culminating in the recent Public Inquiry. Many BHUG members have businesses or work around the harbour and are well placed to observe activities as they happen. The BHUG committee tends to focus on water based issues while the BASHHA main committee concentrates on land based concerns. Regular BHUG updates are featured in the Sentinel.

Among other activities, BHUG maintains a blog to publish information relevant especially to mariners, including official notices and updates on harbour facilities.

Bembridge Harbour Trust (BHT)

In 2007 we became a Founder Member of Bembridge Harbour Trust (BHT), a Charitable Trust set up with the ultimate aim of buying the Harbour for the benefit of the local communities if it became available. BHT's aims are very similar to those of BASHHA. Unfortunately, both in 2010 and 2012, BHT failed to submit an acceptable bid..

Spring Beach Clean Saturday 7th May

Congratulations and thanks to the 28 members and friends who collected an enormous amount of rubbish!

A combined total of 21 bags were collected besides other large items. Discarded items included twisted iron bench supports, a large tyre, Hessian rubble sack, plastic drum and heavy duty shovel. From Bembridge Point, a popular picnic spot, 39 bottles and 48 cans were recovered. Thanks to Trevor Nutt of the Tollgate cafe for a very welcome drink!