News from Westbury


Plant Sale – this month!On Sunday 27thMay from 10am - 12noon at the Church. Now we are well into spring, the battle between weeds and plants begins in earnest. Plants always need replenishing and you should be able to find a good supply of inexpensive plants which thrive in the local area. Come and meet fellow gardeners and enjoy refreshments and delicious edibles for sale too. This is always a fun, sociable event and all profits go to helping maintain the fabric of your local church.  


Meeting - The next meeting will be the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council which will be held at Westbury Village Hall on Wednesday ‪9th May. All welcome to attend.

Parish Councillor Vacancy- Thank you to Franco Capella who has recently resigned from the Parish Council; he will be greatly missed. If you would like to become a member of the Parish Council, please contact the clerk

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- The defibrillator is now up and running and is located at the front of Westbury Village Hall. Thank you to all those who have made this possible. Two well-attended training sessions have been held with further sessions planned for 2019. If you do need to use the defibrillator, in the first instance dial 999 and request an ambulance then send someone to fetch it whilst you stay with the patient. 

Community Shop & Café- Please support this great little amenity in our village. If we don’t use it we will lose it.  They offer fantastic coffee, freshly baked cakes, hot lunches and so much more; it’s well worth a visit! 

HS2 “drop in” sessions- Come and speak to experts from HS2 and Fusion at Westbury Café between 12 and 4pm on Friday 18th May whilst enjoying a brew from the café!

Responsible Dog Owners- Dog faeces left in farmer's fields aren't just unpleasant - the diseases they carry can also pose a serious risk to livestock and other dogs, costing the average herd £3000 a year. Dogs walking on farmland can become infected with Neospora after eating the afterbirth of an infected cow, and the eggs shed in their faeces and left in fields are infectious for up to six months. Cattle then consume these eggs in pasture land or in feed and water. PLEASE ALWAYS SCOOP THE POOP.

Walkers with dogs should take particular care when crossing fields where animals are being grazed.Section 1 of the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953 makes it an offence for a dog to be at large, ‘that is to say not on a lead or otherwise under close control’, in a field or enclosure containing sheep. It’s also an offence for dogs to attack or chase livestock and farmers are allowed to shoot dogs that are worrying, or are about to worry, farm animals. This is set out in section 9 of the Animals Act 1971, which also states that the farmer isn’t liable to compensate the dog’s owner in such circumstances. 


Saturday Bar - The village hall bar is now open most Saturdays between 4.30-6.30pmJoin us for a drink, watch the cricket and snack on a delicious pie from the Shop and Café. A great way to switch off and be part of your village before your evening plans.  To find out the latest timings, please ask to join the village email list as updates are regularly circulated - by emailing the parish clerk (‪

An Evening of Live Music and Chilli Supper on Saturday 19thMay-Come along to Westbury Village Hall for an enjoyable evening of music with chilli supper included in the ticket price.

Tickets £15 Adults and £8 under 15s. Please note tickets need to be booked and paid for in advance. This is an all ticket event. Tickets from Ken Thurlow at or tel 01280 841599.

Following times are approximate:

 - Doors open at 7 pm.

 - First session is by Smith & Brewer from 7.45 pm to 8.30 pm. Ben Smith and Jimmy Brewer are a close harmony singing, guitar-playing duo.

 - Interval 30 / 40 minutes, when supper will be offered.

 - Second session by Palmerston from 9.10pm to 10.30pm. Original songs written by Alan Rondeau, performed by Palmerston.

Susan Fuller

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