Westbury Community Shop is Open


Macmillan Coffee Morning


Macmillan Coffee Morning Friday 28th September 2018

Tremendous involvement from everyone ensured a successful morning despite initial cold weather. The sun shone through eventually and £1,100 was raised.

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 www.roadworks.org 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 www.somerset.gov.uk/librariesconsultation, 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.

Job Opportunity: Clerk to the Parish Council


If you would like to consider applying for this rewarding and enjoyable part-time job, supporting the local community, and local democracy, then do contact any Parish Councillor or the current Clerk for an informal chat.
Job details and an application form can be found on the Parish Council website www.westburysubmendip-pc.gov.uk/parish-council/ or by emailing or telephoning the current Clerk, Mark Smith. I would be very happy to talk through a typical month’s activities, from one Parish Council meeting to the next. There is tremendous variety from month to month, but always within a clearly defined structure.
Full training would be provided by the Somerset Association of Local Councils, funded by the Parish Council.
The post is for six hours per week, at an hourly rate dependant on qualifications and experience, and based on the national pay scale LC1, currently between £9.39 and £11.77 per hour. The start date is 1st July 2018.
Please return your application form by the close of Tuesday 22nd May.
Parish Councillors: Sue Isherwood (Chair), Ros Wyke (Deputy Chair), Peter Bright, Marie Marshall, Sue Reece, Tony Shepherd, Jo Tucker
Clerk: Mark Smith email: clerk@westburysubmendip-pc.gov.uk
Tel: 01749 – 871076

Westbury Society programme – 2018/2019

The programme for Thursday evening talks in Westbury Village Hall between September 2018 and April 2019 will be:

20th September 2018   Ladybirds – Brian Pincen

1st November 2018       Westbury WW1, Stories from the Memorial – Sue Caola & Sylvia Healey

29th November 2019    A Village for Bats  – Dave Cottle

24th January 2019       Wassail – Alan Stone

21st February 2019      Strawberries  –  Helen Batt

21st March 2019           Barry Lane Lecture, archaeological subject TBC – Vince Russett

25th April 2019            The Hedgehog Predicament – Colin Varndell


All talks start at 7.30pm

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.


Recruitment of Parish Clerk

Details for the recruitment of a Parish Clerk are available on this website under Parish Council > Meet the Councillors, Staff and Volunteers.


Mendip Community Transport

The Parish Council is keen to publicise the excellent services provided by Mendip Community Transport. If you have any disability, and need help with transport, then do have a look at the MCT website for further information: http://www.mendipcommunitytransport.co.uk/index.shtml