Fundraising News 2018

2018 Fundraising News

Woodmancote Appeal

Woodmancote Church 125th Anniversary Appeal

Dark green building with white windows, with grass surroundingThe appeal held in autumn 2017 to support works of restoration at Woodmancote Church has had a successful completion. We had set a target of £14,000. 

Following an energetic campaign of events, the support of the PCC, and generous individual contributions from churchgoers and villagers throughout the parish, we have achieved a total of £21,500. This will allow us to pursue works in 2018, inside and outside, to restore the Church to its former glories. Well done!



October - December 2018

Sunday 16 December 2018, Westbourne and Woodmancote Church Community Christmas Lunch. Thanks to everyone involved from setting up and cooking to entertainment and clearing up.

Reverse Advent Calendar - we collected throughout Advent for Stonepillow and The Trussell Trust. Boxes were placed in both the Church and the Hall. Thank you for all the donations.

December 2018, Christmas Fair - a huge thank you to everyone who contributed to the fair. Despite the poor weather, we raised more than £1,650 for church funds.

November 2018, Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal 2018

The Westbourne Poppy Appeal this year raised a total of £3994.90

Many thanks to the collectors in Westbourne, Woodmancote and Aldsworth, who, with your generous donations, raised the money to enable The Royal British Legion to continue their work. 

This year an event was held at the Westbourne Club hall to commemorate 100 years since the ending of World War I and a collection was made for the appeal.

Many of our volunteers have been collecting for at least 20 years and some for even longer. We would be happy to have more helpers and would be delighted if you could join the team for next year. Please contact me if you can. Celia Shannon 


July - September 2018

Supper Lectures - thanks to all those who attended on 29 September 2018, Saturday 20 October and 23 November 2018.

Sunday 16 September 2018, 7pm - Organ Recital at St John the Baptist Church, Westbourne, was given by Chichester Cathedral organist Charles Harrison.

More about the recital

> The recital programme

Bible Society logoFirst Friday Lunch, 7 September 2018 raised funds for the work of the Bible Society. The charity says: "For over 200 years Bible Society has been working to bring the Bible to life; to help people around the world engage with it, relate to it, and make sense of it."


Ride and Stride for historic churches and chapels posterFirst Saturday in September 2018 - Ride and Stride. The churches were visited by a number of riders and cyclists taking part in the Sussex Historic Churches Trust Ride and Stride. To take part, all people needed was to choose from a number of routes to walk or cycle, individually or with some friends and family, and then visit as many churches taking part on the day. You can walk or cycle at your own pace. Participants collected sponsorship for the number of churches they visited or miles they covered. Ride and Stride UK is supported by the Historic Churches Trust. 

Saturday 4 August 2018, Parish Quiet Day. Andrew Doye was joined by a number of the church congregation for a quiet day in Birdham.

Saturday 21 July 2018, Church Fete

Thank you to all those who took part and raised money for the support of the parish. Message from organiser Paula Caird: "A huge thanks to everyone who helped with the success of this year’s church Fete. Whether delivering flyers, setting up, folding raffle tickets, painting faces, selling goods, serving refreshments, washing up, or tidying away the list is endless. Thank you - it could not happen without all your support."

April - June 2018

Saturday 30 June 2018, Cake Tasting. Thanks to everyone who came to support this event, the organisers and volunteer cake bakers.

Poster for the concertSunday 20 May 2018, 7pm, Organ Recital

There is a long and distinguished tradition of music making at St John The Baptist Church, Westbourne, both in its worship life and as a concert venue. For the latest contribution to that tradition, the church presented an organ recital by the current Organ Scholar at Chichester Cathedral Kyoko Canaway. 

Announcing the recital, the church’s Director of Music Stewart Taylor said: “We are fortunate at St John The Baptist to have a quite exceptional organ – certainly one of the best in West Sussex and a fine example of just how good a modern pipe organ can be. Its responsiveness and broad range of tone colours encourage artistic playing and make it suitable for organ music of all periods. Whilst the organ is much enjoyed by our regular congregation, we are keen to make it available to a wider audience. When Charles Harrison, organist at Chichester Cathedral, mentioned to me that they had a talented organ scholar this year it seemed the perfect opportunity to get the ball rolling.”

Kyoko Canaway, who is also Organ Scholar Designate at Gonville and Caius, Cambridge, performed a wide-ranging programme, including early organ music by Gibbons and Bruhns, moving to the Baroque master himself, JS Bach. She also demonstrated the versatility of the organ by playing music of a more Romantic style by two of the great French organist-composers, Vierne and Saint-Saens. The Recital took place on Sunday 20 May 2018 at 7pm. Entrance was free, with a retiring collection in aid of church funds.

The next organ recital was on Sunday 16 September 2018 at 7pm with Chichester Cathedral organist Charles Harrison.


Christian Aid logoChristian Aid evening - Saturday 12 May 2018, 7.30pm, Westbourne Parish Hall

This year the social evening featured a Mexican, chilli supper. Attendees brought your own cutlery, crockery, glass and drinks to enjoy the chilli-con-carne meal and dessert. A huge thank you to everyone who made this event possible and attended on the evening. £900 (including Gift Aid and donations) was raised for Christian Aid. Thanks especially to Robina R and the team.

yellow balls with question marks at the top of the poster with Quiz Night in blue and information as in the textQuiz Night, Parish Hall - Saturday 21 April 2018, 6.45pm for 7pm, Westbourne Parish Hall
This evening event with buffet raised £500 for general church funds. Great fun was held by all.

Quiz nights are always popular at Westbourne and Woodmancote. Could you help organise one or another event to raise money for the mission and ministry of the parish?









January to March 2018

17 February 2018 - Marmalade Festival 2018 - with the Seville orange season upon us, parishioners were hard at making wonderful jars of marmalade. Croissants and toast served with marmalade, washed down with coffee or tea, were enjoyed at the event. Organiser, Andrew Turner, said: "A huge thank you to everyone who helped with this yesterday and those who came and had breakfast and bought so many jars!  We raised more than £400 which is a great result."

3 February 2018 - David Nason: Ivor Novello concert

> More details about the event

5 January 2018, Food and Fizz -  Many thanks to all who supported this event and special thanks to Russell and Paula our host and hostess. The event raised £230 for church funds.


Lent Lunches 2018

Each Friday during Lent an austerity lunch was held at Westbourne Parish Hall. The following donations were made to charities following this year's lunch series:

The Glen Lorne Fellowship, Zimbabwe - £170

Embrace the Middle East - £130

Society of Mary and Martha at Sheldon - £160

The Children’s Society - £150

Jeel Al Amal orphanage, Bethany, Jerusalem - £230

Community of the Sisters of the Church - £180

A magnificent total of £1,020 – with grateful thanks to all who supported the lunches and to the Home and Overseas Committee for making them happen.

4 April 2018 - The Fifth Lent Lunch was in aid of USPG.

9 March 2018 - The Fourth Lent Lunch was in aid of The Children’s Society, an organisation which has helped 13,000 vulnerable children in 2017. 

2 March 2018 - The Third Lent Lunch in support of The Sheldon Centre, a retreat centre just west of Exeter, where facilities are open to everyone. A programme is offered to support people in ministry, particularly at times of stress or crisis. Visit for more details.


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