News from Westbury


FAREWELL - As you all may know by now, our vicar Reverend Liz Simpson is leaving us at the end of August after 16 years of devoted service.  We are sorry to see her go.

She has always given a very warm welcome to parishioners and non-parishioners alike at her Sunday services and has encouraged families to attend, making special efforts to encourage active participation by the children. Her crib and carol services have been a highlight at Christmas in Westbury. Other parishioners are grateful to her for making their wedding services so special and to those grieving the loss of a loved one she has shown much compassion and support.

Six separate parishes with their respective regular church services, special services, baptisms, weddings, funerals, harvest services, PCC meetings, building concerns, money-raising concerns, and then Diocesan business and meetings, services, training programmes, ecclesiastical regulations, reports, paperwork etc. All that is very demanding in terms of time and place and car journeys for one person. How did she stay sane, organised and patient?  

... As congregation and parishioners, we may not always appreciate the multitudinous duties of the work of a vicar with six parishes.     

At PCC meetings we could rely on Liz for her energetic upbeat approach, warm humour, guidance and openness to new ideas. At Sunday services we could expect a meaningful service with a thought-provoking sermon. That she gave as much as she did, despite so many calls on her time, speaks of her true vocation and devotion to her work. We will miss her and we thank her warmly for her tireless spirit and example.

We wish her well in her work and life in her new parish of Adderbury and Milton. They will be fortunate indeed to receive her.

PLANT SALE - Thank you to everyone who supported the recent plant sale by supplying plants, making delicious cakes and of course, snapping up the many bargain plants!  We made the magnificent sum of £332.55 for the church fabric fund. It was lovely to see friends, old and new - thank you again.

WESTBURY VILLAGE HALL - July is going to be a busy month for Westbury Village Hall. On Friday the 12th July, we will host the Brackley Wind Ensemble in the evening (approx. 8pm) with a programme of lively music to suit all ages and tastes. The Westbury Café will be offering a pre-order service for a hot meal (including a vegetarian option) at £5 per head and the bar will have a range of drinks including real ale. There is no entry fee for this event and if the weather remains good it will be situated outside on the patio so we may enjoy the summer evening together - TBC.

FRIDAY 26TH JULY WESTIVAL kicks off with an evening of live pop and rock music at the hall, BBQ and drinks including real ale from the famous Beer tent.  
On Saturday 27th we open our doors at just gone midday for the main Westival event. There will be music, dance, farm animals, dog show, BBQ, Beer tent, food and craft stalls, oh…and surprises!  The café and shop will, of course, be open. Look out for more detailed information in the next few weeks as events and attractions are confirmed with an announcement for the Saturday evening’s entertainment. Please note we’ve had a very good response so far from those wishing to have a stall but would still welcome additions! If you wish to have a stall or know more about the event then please contact Ian Towner on



MEETINGS- The next meeting of the parish council will be held on Wednesday 3rd July at8pm at Westbury Village Hall; all welcome. There is no meeting inAugust. 

STREETLIGHT UPDATE- Balfour Beatty has completed the first phase of the replacement programme replacing lights along Main Street, Orchard Place and by the grass triangle (treebank) at the intersection of Main Street and Mill Lane.  

NEW SOUND ABSORBING PANELS- Thank you, Robin, WVHA and all who helped with installing the new sound-absorbing panels at the village hall. They have been covered in the winning photographs sent in by villagers and look great!

VE DAY 75-We will be celebrating and commemorating the 75th anniversary of VE Day next May; a time to remember, reflect and pay tribute to all those who gave their lives, were injured and the hardworking men and women who kept the cogs turning throughout years of turmoil.

Pipers from around the world will open VE Day 75 by playing Battle's O'er at 3pm local time on Friday 8th May and at 6.55 pm town criers from around the world will be undertaking 'A cry for peace' followed by parties and celebrations. 

If you have any ideas you'd like to put forward for Westbury to join in with

this international celebration, or would like to get involved; please contact Cathy Knott, parish clerk ( or Ian Towner,

WVHA chairman (

NEW LOOK FOR TREEBANKThe new chestnut tree has settled in nicely on the Treebank. It will shortly be joined by a circular bench and a litter bin with steps up the bank for easier access. Our thanks go to the Crane family for their kind donation to the village. 

MIXBURY BRIDLEWAY NO. 33 MODIFICATION ORDER 2019- Notice of confirmation of modification order Section 53, Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 has been received; to add the above bridleway (from bridleway 4 at the dismantled railway at grid reference SP6166 3519, east-south-east for approx. 143 m to SP 6180 3516, continuing southeast for approx. 847 m to the Buckinghamshire County Boundary at SP 6256 3479).

A copy of the order and order map is available online at

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN - If you would like to be involved in developing the plan, please contact Cath Young at or James Stone at 

Keeping in touch

Village website  / Village Facebook page

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We have certainly been busy now that the summer is here. People come to meet up with friends and families and enjoy a Snack, Brunch, Lunch or just a hot drink. Passing Trade take advantage of our Takeaway service of Fresh Sandwiches, both hot and cold.  All are welcome. We source as many locally produced products as we can find and are always interested in new ones. The Shop is also open to suggestions of items we could sell, as well.

Soon it will be the Summer Holidays and as usual Parents & Grandparents will be looking for places to take the children. The Play Park has been highly recommended by a Bicester blogger 'The Family Ticket' who has taken it upon herself to review all play areas in the vicinity, to help families of young children. She was also impressed by the warm welcome & good service she received at the Shop & Cafe and the cleanliness of the toilets and baby changing areas in the Village Hall. The Car Park & ramp is suitable for Pushchairs, Prams and Wheelchairs and the Outdoor Seating makes the Play Area visible from the Shop & Cafe.

The next Cafe Society meeting will be held in September and after our last get together in May more new members joined. We have 4 varied meetings a year and we are already planning next September and November's talks. The membership is growing so if you're interested, please contact Sue Lucas 01280 706190 or Jacky Owen 01280 704667. Joining fee £10.

You can find us on Facebook, Westbury website, BGG or phone 01280 841775.

For Catering needs for Parties, Celebrations etc. at the Village Hall, phone Hellen on 01280 841775 or drop in and see us.

New Volunteers are always welcome; a great place to meet people. 

Susan Fuller