News from Westbury


The PCC wish everyone a very happy, healthy New Year and thank you for your support of St. Augustine’s Church.

It was good to see so many parishioners and friends at our Christmas services.  £197.06 was donated to The Children’s Society from the Crib Service collection.

Our thanks to everyone who donated goods for sale and supported our Bazaar on 3rd December. We had good attendance throughout the afternoon and made the magnificent sum of £479 for Church funds. Please be aware the church will remain open over the winter months after all.

The rest of the PCC would like to express their thanks to Pat English for her tremendous efforts to raise funds and to keep the church open on a daily basis.



Westbury Parish Council would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year!

Meetings - The next meetings will be held at Westbury Village Hall on Wednesday 21st February and Wednesday 14th March at 8pm. All welcome to attend.

Parking - We would like to appeal to everyone's good nature to be neighbourly, courteous and considerate when parking in the village. Please leave enough room for a buggy to get comfortably past on a pathway.

Road Sweeper - A road sweeper will be coming to Westbury on Monday 5th February between 10am and 1pm. The fewer cars parked in the village, the better job it will do.

Dog Waste - Please be responsible dog owners and scoop the poop. Under the antisocial behaviour, crime & policing act, you can be fined for not carrying a poo bag (failing to have the means to pick up after your dog). We have seven bins dotted around Westbury - please make use of them. Thank you.

Welcome Packs - If you are a new-comer to Westbury and would like to know what our little village can offer, please contact the parish clerk ( for a copy of our welcome pack or visit the shop & café where copies are available.

New Village Website - Westbury now has a mobile compatible website offering up-to-date information on the following areas:

  • Events & activities
  • Village hall 
  • Community shop & café
  • Parish council 
  • What’s on 
  • St. Augustine’s Church
  • Footpaths & maps


It also offers links to Facebook pages, village hall bookings, the village calendar and so much more! Please visit

Village email List - We have signed up 150 residents to our village email list. If you would like to be kept up-to-date with all the goings on in our busy little village, please email the parish clerk ( saying “yes please”.

Community Defibrillator - We are in the process of raising funds to have a defibrillator in Westbury and are looking for donations. If you are able to donate, even if it is just a small amount, please contact Cathy on  - thank you.

Community Shop & Café – Westbury Community Shop & Cafe are delighted to welcome their new Manager, Sarah Myers who has lived in Brackley for 18 years. Many people will know her from The Old Fire Station Cafe, which she has owned and run very successfully for a year, collecting an Award within months of opening.

"I started my life in a small town in West Wales called Cardigan. To run my own business has always been a dream of mine. After 5 years of Catering College and working in many parts of the catering and retail industry as possible, my dream has now come true.

"My family life consists of 2 wonderful boys. Lucas 15 and Mason 12 and 2 fantastic parents (age not specified) who are all a great support to me.

"I look forward to meeting and working with the Westbury community and in making the shop and cafe a continued success."

Please support this great little amenity in our village. If we don’t use it we will lose it. They offer fantastic coffee, freshly made homemade cakes and lots more; it’s well worth a visit!



Quiz night on 10th February – in aid of the WVHA and the PCC. Doors open at 6.30pm, quiz starts at 7pm prompt. £10 adults, £5 children: refreshments and food, cheese and biscuits etc. + teas, coffees to be supplied, but bring a pud if you can. Bar will be open.

This is a fun quiz aimed at all ages - the emphasis is on all being able to have a go at the questions. If you have been to one of Arthur's quiz nights before, you will know what to expect!

Last years event was a big success with nearly 100 joining so please sign up soon so we know how many to cater for. You do not need to come as a team.


Obituary - Anthony “Ninner” Upstone

Anthony “Ninner” Upstone sadly passed away at home during the night of Saturday 30th December.  Ninner and his wife Mary were married in Mixbury Church October 1961 and went to live at The Grove Farm. They had two children Kevin 1962 and Elaine 1964. Ninner loved the farm life, cricket, shooting, horse racing and supporting the village of Westbury in all its activities.

Jacky Owen

Ninner worked loyally for Owen Farms as stockman and especially Jim Owen 'Guv' all his working life. They shared many a drink of whisky and day out and life was never the same when 'Guv' passed away, it was a special relationship. He slowed down, though did not completely retire in his 70's to enjoy country life, a round of golf and point to pointing with Mary his wife whom he cared for before she died.

David Owen and Sue Fuller

Ninner's funeral service will have taken place by this edition of the Link.        

Susan Fuller

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