News from Westbury

St AUGUSTINE'S CHURCH

From the Rector and PCC - As the year draws to a close, it is a good time to thank the many supporters and volunteers who help to keep our church in good order throughout the year, by opening and closing the church on a daily basis, cleaning, arranging flowers and providing refreshments at events. We are very grateful to our three ‘mowers’ who keep the churchyard looking lovely, to the ladies who tend the pots and to the parishioners who donated towards the upkeep of the churchyard.  Thank you to Beachborough School Form VIII Leavers who spring cleaned the church during the summer and weeded and cleared the ground guttering, removed ivy from some headstones and weeded and swept the path. We are also very grateful to WSCA and The Wallopers for generous donations towards the upkeep of the church fabric.   

Our warm thanks go the Parish Council who funded the removal of the large bush near the centre of the churchyard. This has freed up a surprisingly large space for the benefit of residents.

Thank you also to everyone who very generously supports fund raising events by donating goods, plants and cakes and we look forward to seeing all our friends at the Christmas Bazaar on 3rd December, the Carol Service and the Crib service.

Carol Service  - come and join us to sing traditional Christmas Carols on Friday 15th December at 6.30pm and stay for mulled wine and mince pies afterwards.  

The Crib Service will be held on Christmas Eve at 4pm and again, mulled wine, soft drinks and mince pies will be served.

WESTBURY COMMUNITY SHOP AND CAFÉ

In spite of not having a Manager for over 2 months, the Shop and Cafe have been running smoothly, with Emily being ably supported by Ros, Sue and John and our regular volunteers from Westbury and Brackley.

We have enjoyed having students volunteering at the Shop & Cafe, for up to a couple of hours a week, as part of their voluntary community service for the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Our cakes are now provided by the Fire Station Cafe in Brackley and we are looking to change and improve our menu as soon as we can.

People attending classes sometimes come in for their breakfast beforehand and/or a chat and a catch up afterwards. We now provide hot snacks and sandwiches all day for many passers-by, as well as our regulars.

Some villagers organised a Ladies Tapas evening which was held in the Cafe and proved to be a very enjoyable evening for everyone.

Halloween - On Tuesday 31st October the Westbury Cafe and Westbury Village Hall associations put on the annual Halloween event. Many village children and Beachborough School boarders attended. 

The walk started at the cafe for hotdogs, doughnuts, hot chocolate and Halloween games before embarking on the trick or treat trail with the children dressed in their spooky outfits.

Many thanks to those that volunteered to be on the trick or treat route and to those who helped on the evening, and a big thank you to Beachborough School who donated 100 spooky doughnuts. In total we took over £100. 

Christmas Messages –

From Pat Donovan, 4 Bungalows, Westbury –

“I would like to wish all friends, neighbours and new residents of Westbury a very happy Christmas and a healthy and peaceful New Year.”

From the Rector and PCC –

“We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy, peaceful and healthy New Year.”

 

Susan Fuller

 


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