Westbourne Summer Children’s Competition

Posted on 02/08/2016 By

Westbourne Summer Children's Competition

Children’s Competition this Summer in Westbourne!

Parents are always looking for ways to entertain their offspring during the summer holidays, and what better way than this Children’s Competition!

Westbourne Summer Children's Competition

Win an iPad Mini!

There are TWO iPad Minis up for grabs – one in the 7 and under category, and the other for 8-13 years. This summer, take your children out and about, and get them to draw a “Summer Scene” in an A4 size. It’s as simple as that.

The finished drawing can either be uploaded to the pinned post on the Discover Westbourne Facebook Page, stating name and age, or it can be posted in the competition box in Westbourne Post Office.

Entry forms for this Children’s Competition can be picked up from Westbourne Post Office, Circo, Westbourne Library, Letterbox or Attico. You can also download one at www.discoverwestbourne.co.uk/summer.

Please note that this competition is nothing to do with this website or blog – it is only being posted as an information service. For further details, visit the Discover Westbourne website at the link above.

Children’s Competition Closing Date is 31 August 2016.
The winner will be chosen by a panel of judges from the entries received. No cash alternative. The winner will be notified by Facebook Message by Discover Westbourne.


Report on St Ambrose Fête 2016

Posted on 31/07/2016 By

St Ambrose Fete

Report on St Ambrose Fête 2016.

St Ambrose Fete

Ray Dorset of Mungo Jerry formally opening the proceedings. © John Barnes

On Saturday 31 July the parish church of St Ambrose, Westbourne held its annual summer fête. The weather gods were in a benign mood, the attendance was very healthy and the day went with a pronounced swing.

St Ambrose Fête was (in)formally opened by Ray Dorset, the founder and frontman of Mungo Jerry, who had the assembly singing the band’s 1970 hit “In the Summertime”. He then stayed around for a while and graciously chatted to some of those present. Mungo Jerry, by the way, is still performing today, though Ray is the only remaining member of the original line-up. (more…)

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Westbourne in Bloom – Progress Update

Posted on 29/07/2016 By

Westbourne in Bloom

Westbourne in Bloom – A Quick Update.

Since I last reported on Westbourne in Bloom, shortly after the baskets were planted, the flowers have grown and come further into bloom.

Westbourne in Bloom

Shop display in Poole Road. © expat

Poole Road and Seamoor Road in particular are becoming a blaze of colour. The baskets on the crash barriers opposite Marks & Spencer are a particularly attractive show. (more…)

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St Ambrose Fête – Saturday 30 July 2016

Posted on 28/07/2016 By

St Ambrose Fête

St Ambrose Fête – Saturday 30 July 2016.

Response from St Ambrose on the Facebook Page about the St Ambrose Fête.

St Ambrose Fête

St Ambrose, Westbourne. © expat

Thanks for posting this! Yes, if you haven’t already done so, please make a note in your diary of our Grand Summer FÊTE on the last Saturday of this month. As you have mentioned we are honoured that Ray Dorset, founder of “Mungo Jerry”, has agreed to open the St Ambrose Fête at 11:30 a.m. He had his daughter baptised at St Ambrose a few years ago. We are also glad to welcome back “The Land Girls”, with nostalgic songs from the 40s and more (performing Noon to 12:45 p.m.), and the group “May Contain Rock” (performing 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.), after which a 30-minute light organ recital will precede the raffle draw – so there should be something for everyone. (more…)

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Glenhurst Manor Garden Party Westbourne – Report

Posted on 27/07/2016 By

Glenhurst Manor Garden Party Westbourne

Report on the Glenhurst Manor Garden Party.

The Glenhurst Manor Garden Party started with Dean Robbins entertaining the residents and guests singing a selection of the old favourites. The parasols and hats were in demand as we were blessed with lovely sunny weather.

Glenhurst Manor Garden Party

Colour and sunshine at the Glenhurst Manor Garden Party. © Glenhurst Manor

The Cream Teas and Pimms tent proved to be very popular. There were a selection of stalls to browse, selling cards, honey and jams, glassware and jewellery as well as tombola, hoop-la, raffle and other games. (more…)

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A Quick Look at Banks in Westbourne

Posted on 27/07/2016 By

Banks in Westbourne - HSBC

A Quick Look at Banks in Westbourne.

Unusually, nowadays, the Banks in Westbourne are well represented. There is an example of all four major banks in the shopping centre.

Banks in Westbourne - Barclays

Barclays Bank, 131 Poole Road. © expat

They are all of a substantial size, and based along Poole Road. One would assume that the proximity of some large employers (particularly LV=), has helped their survival. (more…)

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Westbourne Summer Festival 2016 8-14 August

Posted on 26/07/2016 By

Westbourne Summer Festival 2016

Westbourne Summer Festival 2016 8-14 August.

8-14 August is when the Westbourne Summer Festival 2016 is happening! Loads of events throughout the week – all with the aim of putting Westbourne firmly on the map.

Westbourne Summer Festival 2016

Poole Road © expat

There is a massive choice of activities to enjoy, in many locations. Take a look at the list below, make your choices – and book where necessary. For more details, please take a look at the Discover Westbourne website. (more…)

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Getting to Know You – Interviews on Westbourne Life

Posted on 24/07/2016 By

Westbourne Life: Grand Bingo Hall and looking west towards Westbourne.

Getting to Know You – Interviews on Westbourne Life.

Do you run a business in Westbourne? Then Westbourne Life would love to interview you. Part of the what this Blog is all about is to find out what makes Westbourne tick.

Westbourne Life Interviews LV Insurance - Heart in the Office.

LV= Head Office – scene of the first interview. © expat

It’s not just the businesses, the coffee shops, bistros and bars, etc, but the people behind them. So, if this is you, then get in touch! I would love to tell your story. (more…)

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Glenhurst Manor Garden Party This Saturday

Posted on 21/07/2016 By

Glenhurst Manor Garden Party Westbourne

Glenhurst Manor Garden Party – This Saturday!

Reminder: This Saturday, 23 July 2016, Glenhurst Manor will be hosting their annual Garden Party. Situated in the superb grounds of this delightful period manor house, the event will run from 2pm – 4.30pm. The weather forecast is good!

Glenhurst Manor Westbourne

Main entrance road. © expat

As usual, they will be raising funds for two local charities. This year, they have decided to support the Bournemouth Blind Society and Victoria School for the Disabled once again. (more…)

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Drury Road Westbourne, Bournemouth

Posted on 20/07/2016 By

Drury Road, Westbourne.

Drury Road Westbourne, Bournemouth.

Continuing the loop started by Warren Road, is Drury Road Westbourne. Numbers start at the Alumhurst Road end and this time there is a pair of semi-detached houses on the “inside” of the loop.

Drury Road, Westbourne.

Nos 1 & 1a (Saratoga) and, on the right, No 3 (Sunnyside). © expat

Although linked with its neighbour, this has quite a different character. The large house on the corner, number 2, is now a 7 bedroom family-run hotel with coffee lounge/tea room called The Living Room. Previously, this was the Thanet Private Hotel. (more…)

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