News from Westbury

WESTBURY CHURCH

As we draw near to the end of the year, it seems a good time to say thank you to all our many supporters and volunteers for their assistance during 2018. We are very grateful to those who open and close the church on a daily basis; the cleaners who keep the church looking spick and span; the flower arrangers and the volunteers who provide refreshments at events. Thank you to our three ‘mowers’ who keep the churchyard looking lovely and to the ladies who plant the urns, also the parishioners who donate towards the upkeep of the mower.

We are very lucky to be supported by Beachborough School, whose Form VIII Leavers once again spring cleaned the church during the summer and cleared the ground guttering, tidied the gravestones and weeded the path. Also, a big thank you to the Beachborough parents who donated the collections, taken at the school Carol Services and the Leavers Service, towards the Church Maintenance fund. We face a constant battle with falling plaster and the requirements of the Quinquennial inspection and these donations towards the upkeep are very welcome.

We have been very fortunate to receive a generous grant from the Sir Alistair Pilkington Charitable Trust which has enabled us to have some necessary repairs carried out in the church, and we thank Ros Christian for securing this grant for us.

Finally, thank you to everyone who very generously supports fundraising events by attending our Plant Sale and Christmas Bazaar and donating goods, plants and cakes. We look forward to seeing all our friends at the Christmas Bazaar on Sunday 2nd December and at the Carol Service on Friday 14th December at 6.30pm. Please note the new time for the Crib Service on Christmas Eve – this will start at 3.30 pm.

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

The Rector and PCC

WESTBURY PARISH COUNCIL

Meeting for December -The last meeting of the year will be held at Westbury Village Hall at 8pm on Wednesday 12th December. All welcome to attend. 

Meetings for January and February 2019 -The next meetings will be held at Westbury Village Hall at 8pm on Wednesday 9th January and Wednesday 13th February. All welcome to attend.

Children's Playground - We are pleased to announce that the installation of the new equipment and safety fencing to Westbury's play area is now complete. We would like to thank Kompan and their contractors for the speed and quality of the work undertaken, along with RJ Haynes for the installation of the new safety fence along Playing Field Road. A special thank you goes to the residents of Playing Field Road cottages and Arthur Clever in allowing the contractors the use of their parking and yard during the project. 

Halloween Thank You - To all you lovely villagers who went to an extraordinary effort to decorate your houses, even allowing children in for a spooky experience. The kids loved it and look forward to it so much. We really appreciate your efforts. 

CHRISTMAS EVENTS

Friday 7th December from 6.30pm is the Westbury Big Switch On and Carol Singing. We will be holding a small Christmas Market at the village hall this year with Christmas gifts and food, including homemade crafts by the Youth Club and others. The shop/café will be open selling festive gifts and hampers and the bar will be open. Please come and join us for some festive cheer!

Many thanks to Derek Crane for donating the tree and lights in memory of his wife Lynette.

Thursday 13th December 2.30 - 3.30pm - Beachborough Brass Band and Carol Concert. Children from Forms III and IV will be singing carols accompanied by Beachborough’s brass band at Westbury Village Hall. They would like to invite villagers who have reached their golden years to join them.

This will be a charity event, raising funds for Mary’s Meals (a charity providing life-changing meals to some of the world’s poorest children every day they attend school). Tea & cake will be available for a donation and there will be a raffle. 

ONE FOR THE 2019 DIARY- Saturday 23rd February 7.30pm 

The Joint WVHA / PCC Family Fun Quiz Night at Westbury Village Hall.

It’s the Arthur and George Lewis Family Fun Quiz Night that’s always fun, last year was a sell out. The bar will be open, refreshments will be provided at the interval. Cheese, biscuits and nibbles and some lovely puddings to follow.

The dynamic duo is already cooking up some tricky, and fun questions for us all. Come along and have some fun at Westbury Village hall. Bring all your family and friends. Watch this space and the Westbury Village Website for further details.

Reporting-

To report a faulty streetlight, please contact the parish clerk on 01280 308580 / westburyclerk@aol.com

To report pot holes, fly tipping, a highways or footpath issue or an empty grit bin please use the Bucks County Council tool ‘Fix my street’ https://www.fixmystreet.buckscc.gov.uk/

To report an overflowing dog poo bin please email streetscene@aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk

Village Website www.westburyvillage.co.uk  

Village Facebook page ‘Westbury village bucks’

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

 

Westbury Parish Council would like to wish you all A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and a happy and peaceful New Year!

 

 

 

 

WESTBURY COMMUNITY SHOP & CAFÉ

 

We have had a successful month of November. The highlight of the month was a joint venture with the Village Hall Committee & the Cafe.  We held a 'Sunday Village Breakfast', which was a great success and will certainly be repeated in the New Year. 

The Cafe Society is increasing its membership rapidly. On November 27th we held our first meeting with a very interesting talk on 'Is Venice sinking and does it matter?' given by Jonathan Keats. If you are interested in joining the Cafe Society for future talks, contact Sue on cafesoc.westbury.gmail.com 

We are changing our menu monthly and for December we have added 2 items; Pate & Toast and Soup of the Day.

Senior Citizens offer on a Wednesday, Cake & Hot Drink for only £3.50.

In December we are planning an evening for our loyal Volunteers to say thank you for their support in keeping the Shop & Cafe going. 

Christmas Hampers are being sold again this year. If you wish to order one please visit us & speak to Hellen or Emily, or phone 01280 841775.

For Dec/Jan/Feb we are closing half an hour earlier at 4.30pm

Opening hours: Weekdays 8.30am to 4.30pm. Saturdays 9am to 4.30pm

N.B. We will be closed during the Christmas period from Sunday, December 23rd to Tuesday, January 1st 2019 inclusive. Opening again on January 2nd.

May we take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year. We look forward to seeing you at the Shop & Cafe.

Christmas Wishes - Pat Donovan of 4 The Bungalows wishes all her friends and neighbours and all residents of Westbury a very Happy Christmas and a healthy and peaceful New Year.

                                                           

A MERRY CHRISTMAS TO EVERYONE

AND A HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR

Susan Fuller


Westbury
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