The Westbourne Church community is involved in a number of fundraising initiatives. 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.

  • 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. 
    1 September  2017 event raised money for the Church Housing Trust. The next one will be held in Nov 2017.


2017 Fundraising

If you have any ideas or would like to volunteer to help with church fundraising in 2017-2018, please contact the Treasurer. The Treasurer and the Fundraising Co-ordinator warmly welcome both suggestions and volunteers for our 2017 and 2018 programme.

> Woodmancote Church 125th Anniversary Appeal

  • September/ October 2017 - Church and Community Dog Walk with Parish Walk. This has been rescheduled for spring 2018.
  • Wine tasting & Cheese evening, Friday 27 October 2017, 7.30pm in Woodmancote Church towards the Restoration Appeal. Tickets, £12.50 from or 01243 378618. Details of the Woodmancote 125th anniversary appeal.
  • Sunday 29 October 2017 3pm - 'Life with Auntie' talk, Parish Hall. Fizz, Cream Tea and a talk by Rona Musker about her "Life with Auntie". Tickets £10 for Church funds. 
  • Saturday 11 November 2017, evening - Quiz Night with Fish & Chip Supper, Parish Hall
    Come and enjoy another quiz. Tickets £10 will be available from Angie L or Miriam Isaac from 15 October. Come on your own or bring a team of up to 6. 
  • Saturday 2 December 2017, 10am-12pm - Christmas Fair, Parish Hall
    If you can help by running a stall and/or save and give unwanted gifts, chocolate, home-made preserves or chutney and screw topped wine bottles and the lids - full or empty bottles - speak to Jane S or Amy T. 
  • Sunday 17 December 2017, 12.30pm - Westbourne & Woodmancote Church Family Christmas Lunch, Parish Hall.
    More details and the menu.  
    A lovely, relaxing afternoon is planned with a delicious three-course meal. Save the date. Tickets will be available from late October. Offers of help for the day or raffle donations, please contact Isobel or Angie.
  • First Saturday in September 2018 - Ride and Stride. Could you get involved and support the churches historic church and our churches here in the Westbourne Parish? All you need is to choose from a number of routes to walk or cycle, and individually or with some friends and family, visit as many churches taking part on the day. You can walk or cycle at your own pace. You can collect sponsorship for the number of churches you visit or miles you cover. Ride & Stride is supported by the National Churches Trust. 
    > Ride and Stride UK (National Churches Trust)
    > Sussex Historic Churches Trust Ride and Stride

50/50 Club

For details of how you can join the 50/50 Club, contact the Rectory Office

Fundraising news from 2017 events

  • Tuesday 10 October 2017, 7.15pm - Woodmancote Charity Quiz night
    All proceeds went to the Woodmancote Church Restoration Fund. The Church has served the community of Woodmancote for 125 years. Please help us restore our beautiful Church to its former glory by joining us for a charity pub quiz at the Woodmancote Pub, Woodmancote Lane. Teams were upto four people and the cost was £5 per person including a meal. Thanks to all those who came, the Woodmancote Pub, the organisers and all those who donated raffle prizes.

  • Sunday 8 October 2017, Harvest Fundraising is towards The Bishop of Horsham’s Harvest Appeal, which focuses on 'Rebuilding Lives' and 'Encouraging Hope' in our linked dioceses of Kenya, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Gambia, Liberia and Cameroon. To make a donation please use a blue envelope and mark it ‘Harvest Appeal’. If you are a UK tax payer please also complete your details on the envelope.  Cheques payable to ‘Westbourne PCC’.  

  • Friday 6 October 2017 12.30pm First Friday Lunch Thanks to all who came to join us for home-made soup, bread and cheese and support the work of this month's charity.

  • Friday 29 September 2017 - The Coffee Morning for 'Macmillan Cancer Support' in the parish raised £700+ gift aid. Well done to the organisers and thanks to all who attended and helped.

  • Sunday 10 September 2017 - Open Tower event as part of the National Heritage Open Days More than 60 people attended this event after the morning services. More information about the 2017 open day for Westbourne bells

  • Friday 1 September 2017 12.30pm First Friday Lunch was in aid of the Church Housing Trust. The Trust is dedicated to the rehabilitation and resettlement of homeless people of all ages and backgrounds, aiming to offer a new beginning.

  • Friday 10 August 2017, Coffee Morning  - £400 was raised in support of Christian Aid. Thanks to the Home and Overseas Committee and all others involved.

  • Saturday 15 July 2017, Summer Fete - The new date for the fete, held in August for many years previously, proved no barrier to success as in excess of £3000 was raised in support of church funds. Well done to all and thanks especially to the chief co-ordinator, Paula.

  • Friday 2 June 2017, Leprosy Mission - Thank you to everyone who supported the First Friday lunch organised by the Home and Overseas Committee and the coffee morning, especially our Home & Overseas Committee. The funds raised from the lunch with Gift Aid and the coffee morning, plus the generous contribution from the EU (pre-Brexit), more than £1,300 was raised for the Leprosy Mission. Jonathan and Marjorie

  • Christian Aid Week 14-20 May 2017 – Thanks to all those who helped with collecting in the village and for all the donations. The House to House collection raised the magnificent sum of more than £2,044 – Well done and huge thanks to all our collectors.
  • Christian Aid logoSaturday 20 May 2017 - Christian Aid Curry Supper, Parish Hall. This was the twentieth serving of the legendary annual Curry Supper organised by the Desai family and, sadly, the last. Thanks to all those who attended the recent Curry Supper for the charity Christian Aid. We had a record turnout to celebrate the last time, after 20 years, that the Desai family were going to provide for us. But most of all a huge thank you goes to Ranjit and Joshna who so generously have waived the cost of the food on this occasion, causing us to raise the astonishing sum of £2,000 for Christian Aid, a charity which has always been very dear to them. There will be a full report in the July magazine. Rona Musker
  • scone with raspberry jamTuesday 30 May 2017 - Tea Party and Dance, Parish Hall. Thank you all the guests and volunteers who made Westbourne's vintage tea party and dance a success and an enjoyable afternoon treat (especially all that cake). It raised £444. Many thanks from Angela L and the team. Read all about the tea party while you have a cuppa!
  • Saturday 20 May 2017 - Cake Tasting Event, Parish Hall. This event raised £187 for church funds. Many thanks to all who donated cakes and those who came to taste. Jane S.
  • Friday 7 April 2017, Lent Lunch - £155 was raised for USPG, an Anglican mission agency which 'supports churches around the world in their mission to bring fullness of life to the communities they serve.'
  • Friday 31 March 2017, Lent Lunch and Church collection - £500 was raised to help support the humanitarian crisis in East Africa and Nigeria through the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC). The DEC launched the East Africa Appeal in March to help the 16 million people it reported as being left on 'the brink of starvation' following drought and conflict in South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia. Its member charities are involved on the ground delivering life-saving assistance in the affected countries. It reported: "Across the region, people are in critical need of food, water and medical treatment." Thank you to everyone who gave so generously to this appeal.
  • Friday 24 March 2017, Lent Lunch - £155 for The Children's Society which works with disadvantaged children through its network of frontline services and volunteers. 

  • Saturday 25 March 2017 - Mystery Dinner, Parish Hall in aid of Westbourne Church funds. Thanks to all who supported this event. It was a wonderful evening.
  • Friday 17 March 2017, Lent Lunch - £135 was raised for Leprosy Mission England and Wales. This international Christian development organisation diagnoses, treats and offers specialist care, including reconstructive surgery, to leprosy patients. 
  • Friday 10 March 2017, Lent Lunch - £150 was raised for the Embrace the Middle East, a Christian charity working to 'to help people of all faiths and none to free themselves from a life of poverty and injustice.'
  • Friday 3 March 2017, Lent Lunch - thank you to everyone for being so generous. £195 was raised for Glen Lorne which will make a difference to children in Zimbabwe who have very little. 
  • Saturday 25 February 2017, Marmalade Festival - thank you to everyone who helped to make this such a success. Lots of marmalade was sold and many people came in for a late breakfast/midmorning snack! We made £340 or Westbourne Church funds which is a great result.
  • 6 Jan & 3 Feb 2017, First Friday Lunches - the lunch in February raised £135 for the Church Urban Fund. The CUF was established by the Church of England as "a practical response to unmet need... Our vision is to see people and communities all over England flourish and enjoy life in all its fullness." The Yemen Crisis Appeal received £470 from the First Friday Lunch and a church collection on 3 February 2017 
  • Friday 6 January 2017 Twelfth Night Food & Fizz - many thanks to all who came to this event. £280 was raised for Westbourne church funds and more importantly fun was had by all. Paula


Fundraising 2016 News

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


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 our Treasurer, Jonathan Kipling.

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, speak to Jonathan.


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.




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Fundraising News 2016

Westbourne Christmas Lunch 2017

Woodmancote Church Appeal 2017