News from Westbury

ST AUGUSTINE'S CHURCH

Services for December:

Sunday 15th         6pm            Carols by Candlelight

Christmas Eve      3.30pm        Crib Service

Christmas Day      10am          Holy Communion

Services for January:

Sunday 12th         10.30am      Holy Communion with Benefice Choir

How quickly the end of the year seems to have come round, and once again it is time to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported us throughout the year.

We have a beautiful ancient church always available as a quiet place for parishioners and visitors, and this is appreciated as shown in the comments in the Visitors Book. St Augustine’s is open every day of the year and we thank the volunteers who open and close the church, together with those who clean and arrange flowers, also those who provide refreshments at events. The churchyard always looks lovely thanks to our three ‘mowers’ and the ladies who look after the urns. Thanks also to those parishioners who donate towards the upkeep of the mower.

We are pleased that Beachborough School is using the church for their assemblies and festivals and we thank the staff and maintenance boys for their support over the year.

Finally, thank you to everyone who very generously supports fund raising events by attending the Quiz, Plant Sale and Christmas Bazaar and donating goods, plants and cakes, raffle and Tombola prizes. We have been successful in raising funds towards the Church Maintenance Fund and we thank everyone for their generosity.

We wish you all a very happy Christmas and a happy, healthy and peaceful New Year and look forward to welcoming you at our Christmas Services.

From the PCC

 

REMEMBRANCE SERVICE- On Remembrance Sunday in Westbury this year we commemorated the crew of Wellington Bomber HZ437 that crashed near the village killing all 5 crew.

The family had asked that a permanent memorial be placed in the church and this is now mounted at the tower end of the church if you want to visit and view this.

The family took part in the service with poems, a Scottish lament and a moving account from one of the relatives whose father was on board the plane.

Representatives of both the RAF & US military also took part in the dedication and also laid wreaths at the outside memorial and took part in the dedication. Nearly 90 were present in total to witness this new permanent piece of history for the village.

Sadly, later on the same day we heard that James Allan, brother of Sgt Robert Allan had passed away (aged 95) after Madge had spoken to him about the wonderful service and dedication. James said he was ‘sad, delighted and so proud that the crew and his brother had been remembered by all of us at the special service’.

WESTBURY PARISH COUNCIL

MEETINGS - The next meetings of the parish council will be held on Wednesday 11th December and Wednesday 22nd January at 8pm at Westbury Village Hall; all welcome. 

CHRISTMAS FAYRE AND BIG SWITCH ON Friday 6th December, 6.30pm at Westbury Village Hall– ALL WELCOME!

Free tickets for Santa’s Grotto - please register your child/ren with Alison at: alisonandjames02@gmail.com

Christmas Cake Bake Off judged on best Christmas design – entry forms from Cathy at: westburyclerk@aol.com

Come along and join us for a lovely fun evening of Christmas cheer for the whole family. BarVH open, Shop & Café open selling hot dogs and burgers, music from Buckingham Ukulele Group, Crafts, Foods, Books and Gift stalls.

Raffle prizes include a three-rib joint of beef from Red Oak Farm, Hatha Yoga Class vouchers, truffles and Turkish delights, a Kai Crafts gift box, a gift from Usborne Books, a gift from Geoff’s Real Artisan Bread and many more!

PLAY PARK - There are a couple of pieces of the older equipment that are broken. The parish council is actioning this.

BULBS - Westbury parish council has been busy planting more bulbs around our lovely village ready for the Spring.

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN  - If you would like to be involved in developing the plan, please contact Cath Young at Cath.young15@gmail.com or James Stone at jamesstonewpc@gmail.com

FIX MY STREET - Anyone can use this online tool to report a problem on a street/road in Buckinghamshire or to track the progress of reported issues at: https://www.fixmystreet.buckscc.gov.uk/

KEEPING IN TOUCH - Village website www.westburyvillage.co.uk / Village Facebook page ‘Westbury village bucks’

To sign up for village emails please contact the parish clerk westburyclerk@aol.com

 

We would like to wish you all a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

A MESSAGE FROM PAT DONOVAN:

I would like to wish all friends, neighbours and residents of Westbury a Happy Christmas and a healthy and peaceful New Year.

 

WESTBURY COMMUNITY SHOP & CAFE

Now that the colder weather has arrived do come and see us and try our new Menu, which includes our winter warming soups and chilli baked potatoes. Indulge in a delicious hot chocolate or a slice of our yummy cakes. 

We will be doing our popular Christmas Hampers again this year.  We have Christmas Cards and Crackers and other festive items. We also have wooden items made from the Church's 300 old Yew Tree; pen holders, book stands, coasters, key holders, which are ideal for Christmas presents.

We opened early for those who were watching the Rugby World Cup and many people took advantage of Hellen's fabulous Full English or the Bacon or Sausage Baps. England may not have won the final but our Westbury South African villagers were delighted when South Africa was victorious.

On Friday 6th December we will be open for the switching on of the Christmas Lights and the mini Fayre & Santa's Grotto. The Buckingham Ukulele Group will be providing the musical entertainment, which includes our new Assistant, Maddie. 

In November the Cafe Society talk was thoroughly entertaining as usual, with Philip Goodwin talking about 'Rude Language', 'the origins and use of bad words and what they say about us'. He was in conversation with Johnathan Keats, who also gave our very 1st talk on Venice.  If you wish to join the Cafe Society please get in touch with Sue Lucas ‪01280 706190 or Jackie Owen ‪01280 704667.

If you wish to contact the Shop & Cafe please phone ‪01280 841775

May we all take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

 

WESTBURY VILLAGE HALL ENTERTAINMENT AND EVENTS

The WVHA committee members and friends are working hard to put on some top entertainment and events.  

2019

Check out our “Event” tab to see what’s on in the coming months.

Westbury is pleased to confirm that we have a Christmas lights ‘switch on’ with Christmas Fayre and Market on 6th December. This is a FREE event.  The Bar will be open and food available. There is also a raffle with super-duper prizes.

On the 20th December, we will hold a “Wassail” again led by Brian Dipple and the Brackley Wind Ensemble (BWE). There will be a selection of Christmas tunes and carols with a traditional sing-a-long.  Brian tells us he has two new “Wassail” carols. Responsible carousing to be encouraged throughout. This is a FREE event but we will be supporting the Nordoff Robbins music therapy charity through the BWE. The Bar will be open. Food offer announcement soon.

On 31st December, The Hall will hold a New Year’s Eve party with live music from Jenna Hone who was such a hit at Westival 2019. This is an all-ticket event for adults and children but limited by numbers. Please look out for Ticket sales information on WVH website. Tickets selling fast!

2020

Arthur and George Lewis resident tech and quiz Gurus are so keen to bamboozle us all with their quiz acumen they have agreed to do it in January. This will be planned for January 18thfrom 7:00pm

On 15th February 2020 there will be “Dr Love” follow up treatment evening (Adult games and humour) for those who enjoy a Valentine’s day themed fun event! Look out for details re tickets nearer to Christmas. It shouldn’t really be allowed…But it is!  This is Westbury after all.

Using our village crystal ball, we see a VE Day commemoration event – 8th May, Jazz concert, and special music afternoon in late June/July with possible summer ball and a Westival in August.  We hope you can join us so please keep checking the village website.

Ian Towner

 

I would like to thank our faithful monthly contributors to this page, Pat English, Cathy Knott and Ros Christian and this month Arthur Lewis and Ian Towner for the work they do for the village in advertising and reporting and in many cases organising or executing the activities.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR

Susan Fuller