The Westbourne Church community is involved in a number of fundraising initiatives and community events. These include raising funds for the ongoing running of the church's ministry in the parish, the maintenance of the building, and specific projects. In addition, there are also fundraising events held throughout the year for local, national and international charities.

Join us for these exciting events and help our fundraising

Contact details for the events can be found in the pew sheets available in the church. If you want to find out more but are unable to collect a pew sheet, in the first instance, please email the Parish Office.

If you are organising a fundraising event on behalf of Westbourne Church and want it to appear on this page, contact the Parish Webmaster.

Regular events

The parish holds a number of events throughout the year and annually. Here are just some that are available and you are welcome to come and join.

  • parishioners enjoying cakes and coffeeCoffee Mornings - these are held throughout the year for different causes.
    On Mondays and Thursdays from 10am to 12pm in the Churchill Room at the Parish Hall, come and join us for teas, coffees, cakes, biscuits and a good chat at the regular drop-in. There is no coffee drop-in held on the first Thursday of the month.

    Knit and Natter - If you are a novice or experienced knitter, come along to the Thursday coffee mornings (except 1st Thursdays in the month) to share your projects and queries about knitting while enjoying cake and coffee. 
  • First Friday lunches are held in aid of a range of charities at home and abroad. These take place in the Parish Hall at 12.30pm. on the first Friday of every month (not including August) and every Friday during Advent and Lent. These events are organised through the Home and Overseas Support Group. Please check notices in the pew sheet and the parish magazine for more details. 


If you have any ideas or would like to volunteer to help with fundraising for St John the Baptist Church, Woodmancote Church and other charities, do talk to the Treasurer or PCC Secretary. The churches warmly welcome both suggestions and volunteers for our programme.

Thanks to everyone for their generosity and support of these events and to the organisers for all their efforts.

Future events

This is a list of general or fundraising events, being held in the parish. Any events which are raising funds for the church or other charities are listed with the relevant charity's details. As dates are confirmed they will be added below. You can also check our monthly events information in our online calendar (in the menu).

Ride and Stride, Saturday 14 September 2019 - this event is a sponsored ride (bike or horse) or walk in which people visit churches.  Is this something for you?  Any funds raised are shared between Sussex Historic Churches Trust and your own church.  We hope to have St John the Baptist church manned to greet visitors.  For more information see 

Westbourne supper lecture series - the next event will be on Saturday, 26 October in the Parish Hall, featuring international author Kate Mosse. The evening will begin with a two-course supper at 7.00pm. Tickets at £12.50 can be obtained from Rona Musker or Susie D (contacts in pew sheet in church or via the Parish Hall Office) from 29 September 2019. Book early to be sure of your place. Proceeds to Westbourne Parish Church, which includes St John the Baptist and Woodmancote Churches. 

Parish Christmas lunch - plans have started. More details in October 2019.

News from events held earlier in 2019 and previous years can be found further down on this page.


Saturday 21 September 2019, 5.30pm - Talk by William McVicker, followed by an interval with refreshments, and organ recital at 7.00pm at at St John the Baptist Church, Westbourne. £10 entrance (Portsmouth and District Organists' Association event). Tickets £7 on the door.

Saturday 13 July 2019, 7pm (past event) - Mark Jennings classical guitar recital, at St John the Baptist Church, Westbourne. £10 entrance [This event has now taken place]
Mark Jennings' classical repertoire has evoked comments including: “A ravishing and heartfelt performance … exceptionally sensitive interpretive talents” … “enchanting music” .. “Great technique, beautiful tone, and a musicality that is rare”. 


Ways to help raise funds for Westbourne Parish Church

50/50 Club

  • For details of how you can join the 50/50 Club, contact the organisers via the Parish Hall Office.

The Parish Giving Scheme

If you wish to make a regular contribution to the Church the preferred method of giving is using the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS). Leaflets are at the back of the church or contact Ali George.

In response to enquiries, if you give via the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS), you can ring PGS on 01452 835595 should you wish to increase your giving. You will need your 'PGS contact ID' (which is on the letter/email the PGS sent to you) and advise what you would like to give. If you can not find your contact ID or to find out more about using PGS, contact one of the Churchwardens team or the PCC Secretary.

Revd Andrew Doye said: "I thank those who have supported the work of our churches by regular giving in the year past: some 85 of us through the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) and a further 23 by means of the coloured envelopes or standing orders. Although details are unknown to me, this generous support goes a great way to allowing our churches to flourish and serve their community. For others wanting to join the giving scheme please take a leaflet at the back of church or speak with our Treasurer and Churchwardens.

He added: “In December 2018, we passed £1/4M donated to our parish via the Parish Giving Scheme. This includes nearly £50k in Gift Aid and more than £15k in inflationary and voluntary increases in giving. Thank you all”, Jonathan Kipling, previous Churchwarden.

Woodmancote Church Appeal

News and updates from the 125th anniversary appeal can be found on the Woodmancote Church building page. We have two videos on this page about the renovations and fundraising available to watch. 

Westbourne Church Restoration Trust (WCRT)

The church has stood for centuries at the centre of our village. It is a lovely building, which exists for everybody in the parish whether they attend church or not. For the church to continue to serve and to be enjoyed by village generations to come, a Trust was created in 1992 to assist financially with its restoration and repair. More details about the WCRT charity.



Plastic Milk Bottle Tops

We currently have a Charity outlet for clean, plastic milk bottle tops for recycling. Please do not leave any other types of bottle tops as they are not recyclable in West Sussex.Thank you.

Harvest collection

Details of the annual collection at the back of Westbourne Church will be published in the autumn.

Stonepillow & The Trussell Trust

Collections take place during the year. Please see notices at the back of church. Details of the Christmas collection will be published on this page too. In previous years, the parish has had a Reverse Advent Calendar collecting throughout Advent for Stonepillow and The Trussell Trust.

The Stonepillow charity works with homeless and vulnerable people towards inclusion and wellbeing. It was originally known as St Richard of Chichester Christian Care Association and it assist with relief of homelessness and social exclusion in the area covered by Chichester and Arun District Councils. It will hold its annual Big Sleep Out on 19 October 2019.

The Trussell Trust supports a nationwide network of food banks and together we provide emergency food and support to people locked in poverty, and campaign for change to try to end the need for food banks in the UK.


Previous events and fundraising projects

August 2019

  • Coffee result - thanks to everyone who attended the lovely coffee morning on Wednesday. It raised £346.85 for 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.

June 2019 

  • Friday 5 July 2019
    Thanks 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 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."
  • 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

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)

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!

Christian Aid in Westbourne in 2019

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 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. 


Previous years fundraising events

Fundraising 2018 News

> Read about the wonderful events held in the Westbourne Parish last year

Fundraising 2017 News

> Discover the news on events held in 2017 to raise money for the church and other good causes

Fundraising 2016 News

> Find out about fundraising events held in 2016 in Westbourne Parish




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