Country walks around Westbury-sub-Mendip

Whatever the season, a country walk is a great way to get out and about.

Head for the Westbury-sub-Mendip Community Shop and pick up one of the Westbury Walks leaflets – they’re only 50p. All of the walks start and end at The Cross, so you can get started as soon as you leave the shop.

Each of the 20 walks is described in detail, with clear directions, maps and useful information plus an indication of how long each walk takes. They vary in length, some only a mile or two, others much longer, as you will see from the list below.

If you want to take supplies with you, the shop sells a variety of sandwiches, pies and drinks. Or you could go to The Westbury Inn for a post-walk cider.

WESTBURY WALKS Distance in miles
1 Millway, Broadway Hill 3
2 Strawberry Special 7.8
3 Ebbor Gorge, Wookey Hole, Wattles Hill, Easton 7.6
4 Priddy Veal Lane 5.6
5 Westbury-sub-Mendip Village 4
6 Priddy 6
7 Rodney Stoke & Draycott Loop 5.8
8 Hollybrook 2
9 Priddy Nine Barrows 9
10 Easton Levels 3.5
11 Ebbor Gorge, Rookham, Milton Hill, Wookey Hole, Easton 9.6
12 Lodge Hill 2.3
13 Coxton End Lane 5.4
14 Rodney Stoke & Stoke Woods 6.3
15 Ramspits 3.6
16 Ebbor Wood 5.7
17 Wells & back 11.3
18 Barrow Wood Land & the River Axe 6.6
19 Broadmead Quarry 2.7
20 Wedmore & back 11.2


Short Tennis

“Turn up and Play” 

Friday short tennis sessions in Westbury Sub Mendip Village Hall 

22 Nov   5-6 pm 

29 Nov   4-5 pm 

20 Dec   5-6 pm 


The charge is £2.00 per person . All equipment provided.

Just turn up on the day! 


Car Keys found

A set of Car and House Keys were found in the road near the village shop (10:45, Thursday 1st August 2019), and have been handed in there.

Sunday 126 bus service – Revised Summer Timetable

First Group have recently provided an update to the 126 service bus timetable:

Service 126, which runs between Wells and Weston via Cheddar, also takes in some of the popular tourist destinations in the region. Typically a Monday to Saturday service, the 126 will have a Sunday and Public Holiday summer timetable reinstated between 31 March and 3 November inclusive.

126 Timetable



Over the past few years Nick Mayor and Austin Little created a series of 20 Westbury Walks. These vary in length, but each one starts and finishes at The Cross, and has a detailed description of the route and points of interest along it.

It’s important that these descriptions are kept up-to-date, a major task which Nick Mayor combined with his duties as Parish Footpath Officer. After Nick’s death, there is clearly a danger that updating will slip, especially as few of us walk as frequently or as far as he did.

The suggested solution to this is that a group of people each take responsibility for one or more routes, undertake to walk these at least once a year, and report any changes that need to be made to the route description.

In addition, the “walkers” should note any blockages and stiles or bridges that need repair, and report these to the new Parish Footpaths Officer. He can then pass these on to the parish council and the local authority for action.

We plan to hold a meeting in the Westbury Inn in mid/late March to work out who will take on which paths, and the practicalities of reporting and updating.

In the meantime, if you’d like to know more please talk to Austin Little or Andrew Buchanan, or you can email us using the Contact Form on the Westbury Society page

Westbury Baptisms, Marriages & Burials – full lists

St. Lawrence, Westbury-sub-Mendip

To help those interested in researching local and family history, the Westbury Society page now includes links to downloadable .pdf files covering all the known baptisms, marriages and burials in St Lawrence church and churchyard.

For privacy, the publicly available data only goes up to 1920. Should you need post-1920 information, please use the Contact Form on the Westbury Society page.

Image by Ian Rob, CC BY-SA 2.0,

Draycott A371 October closure

Temporary Closure of Wells Road
TAKE NOTICE that in pursuance of Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulations
Act 1984, as amended by the Road Traffic (Temporary Restrictions) Act 1991, the
County Council of Somerset propose to make an Order PROHIBITING ALL
TRAFFIC from proceeding along Wells Road from the junction with School Lane,
south-eastwards for a distance of 740 metres.
This order will enable Wales & West Utilities to carry out gas mains replacement
works in this road.
The Order becomes effective on 01 October 2018 and will remain in force for
eighteen months. The works are expected to last for 12 weeks.
Please visit for further information on the alternative route
For information about the works being carried out please contact Wales & West
Utilities on 0800 9122 999
Patrick Flaherty
Chief Executive
Dated: 13 September 2018

Clean Air

Mendip District Council updated their Clean Air advice recently,

and as summer progresses their advice on bonfires becomes increasingly pertinent. They say …

Garden Bonfires

There is no law that bans bonfires within Mendip, and there are no set times when bonfires can be lit. However smoke from bonfires can cause a nuisance to your neighbours, and the Council can take action where bonfires are deemed to be unreasonable, or are happening too frequently. Before having a bonfire please consider the following:

  • Can the garden waste be composted, or taken to a Somerset Waste Partnership
  • If you produce garden waste regularly you may wish to take advantage of the Garden Waste Collection Service that is available
  • Before lighting a bonfire check that neighbours do not have their washing out
  • Make sure materials to be burnt are dry, so that they burn quickly and produce less smoke
  • Aim to burn material as quickly as possible and never leave the fire unattended
  • Never burn materials that are likely to cause dark smoke, or strong smells, such as plastics, rubber, foams, painted products etc

Library Service – Public Consultation

Time is running out to have your say.

Anyone with an interest in Somerset’s libraries has one more month to take part in the County Council’s consultation on the future of its Library Service.
The consultation ends on Wednesday 13 June and more than 4,000 responses have been received so far.
Somerset County Council is keen for anyone yet to complete the questionnaire to go online at, view the proposal on the future of the library they visit most often and give their feedback. Alternatively, complete the survey at your local library.
Decision makers want to know the impact potential changes to the library service would have on you, your family and communities. It also provides an opportunity to comment on the proposals and make alternative suggestions.
Councillor David Hall, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for libraries, said: “With just a month to go before the library consultation ends, I encourage anyone who has yet to have their say to complete a questionnaire and make their voice count. It’s important to us as many people as possible tell us their views on our proposals and how they may affect them before we make our final decision.”
A final decision on Somerset’s library service is expected later this year.

After 45 Years, Alphabet Preschool Finds A New Home

Alphabet Preschool in Easton, near Wells, will be heading for pastures new this year – although not too far down the road. Their new premises will be at St Lawrence’s School in Westbury-Sub-Mendip, which will be opening its doors to welcome the staff and children of Alphabet from September.


Jenny Rogers, preschool leader, said: “We’re all excited about the move. It opens up more opportunities for learning and sustained play, because at the moment we have to clear the Village Hall daily so it can be used for other things. At the school, we’ll have access to more green space and an adventure play area, and it means there’ll be a seamless move when the children go up from preschool to reception.”


Alphabet has a long history in Easton Village Hall, having welcomed the first children there in 1973. The decision to move was made when a space opened up at St Lawrence’s, thanks to some changes at the school.


Rosie Thorner, headteacher of the Federation of Priddy and St Lawrence’s, said: “There are some very positive changes happening where Priddy and St Lawrence’s will be working much more closely with each other in future. Children from both schools will be learning together, which allows us to share resources and gives the children bigger horizons. We’re looking forward to welcoming Alphabet on site here; it’s all a part of giving the children a great foundation going forward.”


Although they will be sharing a home, the school and preschool will remain independent from one another, with their own staff and governing committees. Many of the pre-schoolers at Alphabet go on to enrol at St Lawrence’s, so the move has been widely welcomed for easing the transition into primary school.


Jenny continued: “At the end of the day it’s about what’s best for the children. Easton and Westbury-Sub-Mendip are like two halves of a whole, so it makes sense for the preschool and the school to come together like this. It won’t change the care that we give the children – Alphabet’s very focussed on play based learning, and it’s a really nurturing environment where the children learn key skills while they’re having lots of fun. But it gives us more scope to individually tailor the care that we give, with the chance to move in and out of different learning environments.”


The move will take place during the summer holidays, with Alphabet continuing to run from Easton Village Hall until then. Local parent Emma Giffard, who currently has one child at the preschool and another at St Lawrence’s, said: “I’m over the moon about the change because I think it’s going to really benefit the kids. I know a lot of schools are struggling with huge class sizes, but we’re really lucky – with village settings the kids get so much more individual support because the classes are a bit smaller. The teachers and the preschool staff know exactly where our kids are at academically and socially. I would worry that their needs would got lost in a bigger school or a busier nursery.”


Rosie Thorner continued: “The preschool and the school are both such important parts of the community, and it makes perfect sense for us all to work more closely together. These children are our future doctors, builders, engineers and artists, and these changes are going to make sure we can deliver a very high quality, child-centred education across the age ranges.”


Alphabet currently has the capacity to enrol more children, and interested parents are invited to come and meet the staff, who can be contacted on 01749 871227.