Who are we?
Westbourne Weekend or, to give the organisation its full title, Westbourne Week 2000 is a totally not-for-profit organisation formed in 1999 by a group of Westbourne residents to help celebrate the Millennium. The group came together to organise a week-long series of events in the summer of 2000 in and around the village of Westbourne. Such was the success and popularity of these activities that included a black tie ball, family event, treasure hunt and duck race the committee elected to repeat something similar over the same weekend the following year, and the cycle has continued ever since. Activities are now concentrated over a single weekend at the end of June, rather than a full week, but the spirit still remains very much as intended with any surplus cash made distributed amongst local charities and good causes annually.
Typically the showpiece event of a formal ball is alternated with the far more informal Glastonbury-esque “Groove on the Grass” every other year.
In 2006 due to ever increasing demand for tickets the venue for the ball was moved from the space-limited Rectory lawn to the playing field of Westbourne Primary School and since
then the themed format has gone from strength to strength with the Red Rose Ball in 2006 and 2010’s WAGS Ball (to coincide with the football world cup) being the highlights so far both
seeing 400+ revellers dance the night away in a spectacular marquee. The ball on Friday evening is always followed by a Family Magic event on Saturday with many fun activities for the
kids whilst Mum and Dad relax and slowly ease themselves into another evening of revelry and dancing to live music.
One annual feature of the weekend is the John Holliss Memorial Duck Race. As one of the founding committee members, John Holliss took his role of Chief Duck Herd very seriously.
Many residents will have fond memories of his booming naval-officer tones at the start and finish of this fabulous family event held on the River Ems.
After John sadly passed away there was no question that the event should live on in his honour and in some small way help us to remember one of the many contributions John made to the village.
At Christmas Time
Westbourne Weekend has also in recent years taken on the role of erecting and decorating the Christmas tree in the square as well as lighting up the surrounding shops and houses.
In 2010 an additional dimension was added by hosting a free children’s decoration making workshop in the White Horse to provide some festive fun as well as much needed colour and sparkle to the tree.
The committee is made up of village residents from all walks of life who all share the common goal of giving a weekend of fun and laughter to this great village of ours,
and have fun themselves in organising it. If you’d like to get involved or simply find out a bit more about what we do please drop
an email and one of the team will get back to you.