October’s Parish Council Newsletter published

The October issue of the Parish Council Newsletter has been published. To read it, click here: Parish Council Newsletter – October 2021

Martin West

Dial 159 – a new way to report fraud and scams

A number of UK banks are supporting the pilot launch of a new phone number 159, which is a new way to report fraud and scams.

The banks participating are Barclays; Lloyds (including Halifax and Bank of Scotland); NatWest (including Royal Bank of Scotland and Ulster Bank); Santander; and Starling Bank.

Simply dial 159, and you’ll be connected to a system that can redirect you to your bank.

159 will never call you. If you receive a call from 159- do not answer. It’s a scam.

In 2020, financial fraud in the UK totalled £1.2 billion, and many cases of fraud and scams went unreported. 159 is a new and safe way for you to get in contact with your bank if you’re worried about a fraud or a scam, including reporting where you may have lost money to a financial fraud. Where possible, dial 159 from a different device.

Criminals often exploit consumers to persuade them into making payments. If you receive a call from someone who says they are from your bank or another trusted organisation:

Stop. Challenge. Protect. Dial 159.

159 is a collaboration between and telecommunications firms

This NatWest webpage gives more details


This article from Which? gives more information:

Update from the Westbury Inn August 2021

Westbury Inn:   The Pub is open every day except Sunday evenings.  Following the changes in Government guidelines it will not be compulsory to wear face masks on entering or moving around the pub.   Face masks are no longer required but, of course, those who wish to, may continue wearing a mask as suits them.  All customers may come to the bar and order drinks and food just as we did before all the restrictions came into place.  We can now have more than 6 at a table so friends can now enjoy meeting without concern for numbers at the Westbury Inn.  If you wish to dine in the Pub, it would be helpful to phone (01749 870402) to book in so that Andy and Ann-Marie know the expected numbers for their management organisation.   The Pub continues to offer Takeaways from Wednesday lunch time until the following Sunday Lunch time each week and delivery is possible.  The menu is posted – type Takeaway in the search box – on the Village Website and ask about any specials that are available when you give your order. (01749 870402)

I also circulate the latest takeaway menu and any other updates to the Westbury Inn Diners’ Night list.  There have been no updates recently.  If you want to be added to this email list, contact me at the email address below.  If you have ideas or thoughts, please contact Pete r Bright 870640  peterbright60@btinternet.com   Below is the latest which has remained unchanged so far.

2021.5.19 week beginning -Takeaway-Menu-PLB-version

Recycling update – SWP have apparently changed their mind, it’s today!

Time to put the recycling out again – this morning’s update from SWP says they’ll collect today, Thursday.     Fingers crossed….

Ros Wyke is double-checking this update with SWP, so there’ll be another update if there’s any change.

Return recycling Mendip: Back Thu05Aug for collections missed Thu29Jul in-around Lydford-on-Fosse, and collections missed Wed04Aug in-around Draycott, Rodney Stoke, Westbury Sub Mendip.

Bus Service Consultation form

The August Parish Council newsletter will contain more information about this form:

Somerset Feedback Form Round 1 (Final)[2]

Nature Notes The Chalkhill Blue

These are the photos that go with the Nature Notes in the PEW for August 2021.  The Chalkhill Blue flies over unimproved chalk and limestone grassland from July until September.   John Ball


Great Western Ride 2021 – Sunday 18th July

Advance Notification
The Great Western Ride between Bristol and Weston-Super-Mare takes place in Sunday 18th July. The route includes Broad Road onto Priddy, onto Westfield Lane, across the A371 onto Millway into Rodney Stoke.

There will be Marshalls on the crossing of the A371 and at the turn to Westbury from the Cheddar Road but bikes will be travelling down the hill at speed from about 9.30am until about 1.30pm.

Further information can be found on www.greatwestonride.com

Andrew’s Wing Walk

St. Lawrence’s Church, Westbury sub Mendip


In aid of the Church Roof fund and Air Ambulance.

After his successful Sky Dive in 2018 raising money for Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s charities,  Andrew Sealy will be taking to the skies once again for a Wing Walk on the 14th July to raise money towards the repairs needed for our Church Roof AND for the Somerset and Dorset Air Ambulance.

 Your support and encouragement would be very much appreciated.  Sponsorship forms can be found in the Village Shop, Westbury Pub and in the Church Porch.  Donations may also be left at

Leacroft, Roughmoor Lane.

We hope we will be able to announce the amount raised at the Walking Treasure Hunt day on the 17th July AND look at some photos!


Jane Sealy

Walking Treasure Hunt- St Lawrence’s Church

To raise money towards repairs to our Church Roof.


9.30 a.m.(first time slot) to 11.30 a.m. (last time slot)


2.00 p.m.(first time slot) to 4.00 p.m. (last time slot)


     Starting in Village Shop Garden

  • Refreshments available at the church all day.
  • Stalls – Tombola, Raffle, White Elephant, Cake, Toys/Puzzles,

         Treasure Map; Buy a roof tile.

  • Bell Tower open – a chance to see the magnificent view from the top of the tower.


Prize for the winner of the morning session and for the winner of the afternoon session.

You can choose whether to take part in the morning or afternoon,

or if you do not want to take part in the Treasure Hunt, you can still help us to raise funds by turning up at the church

and enjoy all that is going on there.

A good way to have fun – solve the clues, collect things en route and then enjoy welcome refreshments and enjoy the activities at church.

There will be 10 min interval start times for the Treasure Hunt so if you book your tickets in advance we can give you a start time to stop you having to wait around and IT WILL BE CHEAPER!

PRE-BOOKED TICKETS – £5 per family


Tickets may be purchased from the shop.


Donations of goods to sell would be gratefully received and may be left in the Church Porch or in Linda Mogford’s front porch.  If you would like your donations collected, please ring Linda Mogford on 870817 or Jane Sealy on 870307.