Fundraising News 2019

If you were involved in one of these wonderful events, contact the PCC Secretary or the Website Team if you could help send us some quotes, a short write-up or photographs.  

December 2019

Parish Christmas lunch - thanks to everyone who helped with the cooking and eating at this fun event!

October 2019, Westbourne supper lecture series

On 26 October 2019, international author Kate Mosse was the featured speaker at this popular event. The evening will began with a two-course supper at 7.00pm. Thanks to Rona Musker, Susie D and all those involved in organising and helping at the event. Proceeds went to Westbourne Parish Church, which includes St John the Baptist and Woodmancote Churches. 

September 2019 

  • Ride and Stride - this event is a sponsored ride (bike or horse) or walk in which people visit churches. Thanks to all who supported this and visited St John the Baptist Church. Funds raised are shared between Sussex Historic Churches Trust and cyclist and walkers' own churches. More information at
  • Saturday 21 September 2019, 5.30pm - William McVicker gave a talk followed by an organ recital at 7.00pm at at St John the Baptist Church, Westbourne. This was a Portsmouth and District Organists' Association event with assistance and thanks to the parish and members of Westbourne Church. 

August 2019

  • Coffee result - thanks to everyone who attended the lovely mid-week coffee morning. It raised £346.85 for the charity Christian Aid which is a wonderful result. Rona M.

July 2019

  • Saturday 20 July 2019, Church fete - thank you to everyone who donated, volunteered and supported this event. “Our Summer Fete was a great success and despite a rainy morning, the sun shone all afternoon!  Fun was had by all, with entertainment from Punch & Judy, music from the Ems Valley Strummers and all sorts of lovely cakes, produce, ice cream, tombola, lucky dip, toys, bric a brac and delicious cream teas! A lot of hard work by a lot of people, went into making it such a wonderful day! (And we raised in excess of three thousand pounds for Westbourne Church!)”, says Cherry Davies, organiser. News and pictures from the 2019 Church fete.

  • July 2019 - Cream Tea - a big thank you to those who attended this event. It raised a magnificent £140 for the Mission to Seafarers charity, which was even more than last year.

  • 13 July 2019 - Mark Jennings gave a classical guitar recital in the evening at St John the Baptist Church, Westbourne. 

June 2019 

Friday 5 July 2019
The Mission to Seafarers charity logoThanks to all who supported the First Friday Lunch in the Parish Hall in aid of the Mission to Seafarers charity. The charity describes its work as: "We’re there to support seafarers when they need us most. Men and women who work at sea can be affected by any number of problems: money worries, mental health issues and loneliness, as well as piracy, shipwreck and abandonment. These issues can be made worse by a lack of facilities, with email only available to less than 25% of seafarers on board ships... And it’s not just practical support the Mission offers. We know that seafarers need emotional and sometimes spiritual support too. That’s why we have a large network of chaplains who come on board ships, giving seafarers a listening ear and prayer, if needed. They can also connect seafarers to other organisations, or speak to them on their behalf. Our mission is to care for the shipping industry’s most important asset: its people."


Sunday 16 June 2019, 7pm - More than 80 people came to hear the organ recital by Callum Alger at St John the Baptist Church, Westbourne.  Callum Alger at Westbourne poster (PDF - opens in a new window). This was part of the Church's organ recital series to raise awareness of organ music and the church organ at St John the Baptist Church. 

Leprosy Mission charity Leprosy Mission Coffee Morning - Thanks to everyone who supported this event which raised £258.75. Special thanks to the Home & Overseas Group members, without whom such fundraising for good causes would not happen! The Leprosy Mission charity describes its work as: "We are an international Christian development organisation that diagnoses, treats and offers specialist care, including reconstructive surgery, to leprosy patients. Our aim is to transform and empower the lives of people affected by leprosy. It is a disease of poverty and as well as providing healthcare, we offer rehabilitation, education, vocational training, small business loans, housing and fresh water supplies and sanitation to tens of thousands of people each year. We provide a springboard to restored health, self-sufficiency and renewed hope. Our services are provided regardless of religion or ethnicity, promoting equality and social justice."




May 2019 

  • Saturday 25 May 2019, Cake Tasting, thanks to everyone who supported this, made a cake and provided the recipe. Lynda M.

  • Sunday 26 May 2019, 7pm - Gilbert and Sullivan 'Gondoliers' concert to be held at St John the Baptist Church, Westbourne. Retiring collection raised funds for Christian Aid. Gondoliers concert fundraiser (PDF - opens in a new window)

  • Christian Aid fundraising - more in its section below.

March 2019

  • Friday 8 March 2019 - Another superb Westbourne Supper Lecture
    Tracy Borman, Palace Historian, introduced her first novel “The King’s Witch: James 1 & the Gunpowder Plot” in the Parish Hall. A huge thank you to everyone involved in making the evening such a successful one - Tracy even offered to return again! £815 was raised.

  • Saturday 2 March 2019 - Marmalade Festival - this year £511 was raised for church funds, with grateful thanks to everyone who supported the event - making, buying or eating marmalade.

January 2019

  • Saturday 19 January 2019, Community Pancake Breakfast. This was another opportunity to support the young people from The Bourne who were due to volunteer in Ghana in February.

  • Friday 4 January 2019, Twelfth Night Food and Fizz. Paula and Russell would like to thank all those who attended the Food and Fizz evening, more than £300 was raised for church funds along with lots of laughter!

More on fundraising for Christian Aid in Westbourne in 2019

Christian Aid logoFurther update, summer 2019 - Christian Aid success. We raised a grand total of £2,633. A huge thank you to everyone involved in so many ways, making this wonderful sum possible. This is in addition to money raised at the Chilli Supper.​ Robina Richter

Christian Aid update, June 2019 - We raised £2,170 in the house to house collection, £313 at the Gondoliers concert and received a donation of £150 from a recent community breakfast in the Parish Hall – a grand total of £2,633. A huge thank you to everyone involved in so many ways, making this wonderful sum possible. This is in addition to money raised at the Chilli Supper.​ Robina Richter

Christian Aid Chilli Supper, Saturday 11 May 2019 - The evening raised more than £800 from ticket sales and raffle, and with Gift Aid this takes it to more than £1,000 for Christian Aid. The funds will go towards maternity support in Sierra Leone - training for midwives, improving health clinics and supporting mothers. The country presently has the lowest child and mother survival rate in childbirth. Our efforts will help to make the difference between life and death for mothers.

Last year the Christian Aid charity raised more than £8 million. For more than 70 years the charity has been standing with the poorest of our neighbours. It works in 37 countries with people of all faiths and none, to stand up for dignity, equality and justice. Christian Aid helps in practical ways to end poverty throughout the world; also to highlight, challenge and change structures and systems that favour the rich and powerful over the poor and marginalised.

Christian Aid week ran from Sunday 12 May to Saturday 18 May 2019 with house-to-house collections throughout the village. Fundraising started on Friday 3 May with the monthly First Friday lunch at 12.30pm in the Parish Hall. 


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