Priddy Singers – Christmas Concert

Priddy Singers, who include a number of Westbury residents, are holding a Christmas concert in St Cuthbert’s Church on December 10th.  All welcome.  See full details here

Xmas offer for OAPs

Members of the local U3A branch have drawn attention to a special Xmas offer for OAPs that might be of interest.


Somerset zoo farm to welcome OAPs for free to combat loneliness

People over 70 will be able to visit the attraction for free during December

A Somerset zoo-farm is offering free entry to OAPs during December – to help combat loneliness. Over 70s will be able to visit Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm in Wraxall from December 1-21 to help support older people who may feel lonely this time of year.

This will be the third year the zoo farm is offering the free entry offer. It is hoped the move will encourage visitors to reach out to older relatives, friends or neighbours and to bring them along to visit the zoo together.

The zoo’s initiative was inspired by the Age UK campaign to help make Christmas a little brighter for a lonely older person. According to the charity almost 1.5 million people feel lonelier at Christmas than at any other time of year.

Noah’s Ark managing director Larry Bush said: “We are committed to welcoming and including all members of our community here at Noah’s Ark and we are looking forward to seeing lots of guests at this special time of year. We are hoping that this offer encourages those who aren’t normally able to visit us to come and enjoy a warm festive welcome and spend time with friends and family.”

As a result of the huge increase in heating costs, the zoo has created a designated warm space for December in the Food Barn. This area will be kept warm for visitors with special winter warmer meals cooked by head chef Gary.

These winter warmers will include hot soups and classic favourites such as shepherd’s pie at discounted prices for pensioners.


Developing a Neighbourhood Plan

The Parish Council has updated its website to help make information about the preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan more accessible to the village.  On these pages you can find all the minutes and agendas of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group and other working papers relevant to their work.  There is also an archive of papers produced by previous working groups.

The Council has asked the same steering group to help co-ordinate a village response to any new proposals put forward by the church commissioners for development adjacent to Roughmoor Lane. There are sepate pages giving access to all the material produced in response to earlier proposals and to any new proposals which may be brought forward.

Village Defibrillator

Reports were received at the weekend that the defibrillator cabinet was open.  Upon checking it this morning it would appear that someone opened the cabinet and removed the defibrillator from the bag but didn’t use it.  Below is a photo of the defibrillator ready to use, if it looks any different or the green light in the top right hand corner changes, please let me know and I will arrange for it to be changed.  The batteries are due to expire by the end of the month, these will be replaced hopefully soon, a request has been put into South Western Ambulance Service who maintain it for the Parish Council.

Kate Egan – Parish Clerk

Community Tree Nursery Open Day

Westbury Community Tree Nursery is holding an open day on Saturday 15th October from 11.00 to 3.00.  All welcome.  Do come and look at what the group has achieved in a few short months and learn about its plans for the future.

Refreshments are available.  For further details see here


Coffee, Crafts and Cakes for Christmas

Westbury Footlights Pantomine.

Westbury Footlights announces that their new pantomine production will be Jack & the Beanstalk. It is planned to take place in February 2023.  They are looking for people interested in taking part in a variety of roles – see this poster.

Over 50? Feeling less steady on your feet than you used to be?

As we get older, muscle strength is reduced and some movements, such as leaning sideways or turning quickly, can cause a loss of balance. This can begin earlier than expected, from our early fifties onwards. To prevent a loss of balance and strength over time, strength-building exercise is recommended. The good news is, you don’t have to start weight lifting to build strength – hill-walking, yoga, team sports like tennis and cricket, or even just climbing the stairs can all help to build muscle strength and prevent falls and injuries later in life.


Stronger 4 Longer is a new campaign from Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership encouraging adults over 50 across Somerset to build muscle strength to protect their future health. To find out how to get started, visit the Stronger 4 Longer website.


Annual Grants from the Parish Council

The annual applications of Grants from the Parish Council is now open, any village organisation that would like to apply for a grant from the Parish Council, please read the Grants Policy and send the completed application form to the Parish Clerk by Monday 26th September where it will be considered at the Parish Council Meeting on Wednesday 5th October.  Applications can be sent by email to

Grant Policy May 2022

Parish Council Emergency Plan being Updated

At the Parish Council meeting on 05/09/22, it was agreed that this News Post should be issued to inform the community that the current Parish ‘Emergency Plan’ is in the process of being reviewed and updated.

The current Emergency Plan can be found on a sub-page on the Parish Council webpage of the Westbury Sub Mendip village website.