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,

Westbury Community Shop is Open


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.

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 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:
Tel: 01749 – 871076