Wassail at home

Unfortunately, it’s impossible for the traditional Westbury Wassail to take place on Old Twelfth Night (Saturday 17th January) this year. So why not wassail the apple trees in your garden?

You’ll find instructions and suggestions on Wassail Theatre’s website to help you.


If you do wassail your own trees, take some photos and post them on your favourite social media channel.


Westbury Inn Takeaway update 28th December 2020

Please note there has been a change such that Takeaway from the Westbury Inn will restart for Sunday lunch time 3rd January.  It will then continue from Wednesday to Sunday lunch time each week thereafter in the New Year.  The menu attached is the same but the opening times have been changed to what is correct today.

2020.12.28 week beginning Takeaway Menu PLB

Westbury Inn 24th December update

For Christmas Day the Pub will be open from 11.00am until 1.00pm for people who wish to come in for a drink and a complimentary ‘substantial’ meal that won’t spoil your appetite.  Following the latest Covid-19 guidelines the Pub will be shut from Boxing Day, 26th December, until the end of Tuesday 29th December.  On Wednesday 30th the Pub will open again for Takeaways only, and will be expecting to operate Takeaways from Wednesday to Sunday lunchtime each week.  The Takeaway menu remains in place and is available from the link below.  On Monday it is hoped that there will be an update on what special might be available as a Takeaway for New Year’s Eve.  If you want to find out more phone Andy Jones on 01749 870640.

2020.12.24 week beginning Takeaway Menu PLB

Westbury Inn Takeaway menu for Wednesday 23rd December to Sunday 3rd January 2021

2020.12.23 week beginning Takeaway Menu PLB

Please use the link above find the Takeaway menu that runs from Wednesday 23rd December to lunch time on Sunday 3rd January.  The Pub will only be open on Christmas Day  11.00 – 1.00pm come for a drink and a  complimentary substantial meal ‘not sufficient to ruin your Christmas dinner’.  Andy would like to know numbers – 01749 870402.   On Boxing Day they will only be doing lunchtime eating in or Takeaway.  On New Year’s Day there will only be the traditional ‘steak brunch’ available from 11.00am until 3.00pm. The full menu for this will be available next week.  There will be a  limit of 12 for individual households to eat in the Pub.  Booking essential.  This Steak Brunch will also be available as a Takeaway.  Take care.  Peter

Message from Andy,

As you are aware we normally have a sing along Christmas with Mr Ian Towers. Please find his message below.

Hi Everyone, Ian Towers here. I’m sorry I won’t see you in person this year for our traditional Christmas Carol and songs singalong at The Westbury Inn, but I’m happy to let you know that I will be doing a Christmas live stream on Wednesday, 23rd December starting at 7:30, and I’d love to see you there. It is on YouTube and here is the link: https://youtu.be/EqVNTxVUXHI 

If this show is of value to you, and you would like to support me, there is a PayPal.me link in the YouTube description, or pass whatever you feel on to Andy and he will get it to me! (With any luck! 🙂 )

I wish you all a very happy Christmas in this strangest of years.

You will be able to interact and chat with Ian during his live stream and I am sure he will be more than happy to give us all a mention here at Westbury sub Mendip and do the odd request should you have any. We have streamed his shows in the pub the last few Friday nights and those of you who may have seen him would all agree he is a talent not to be missed (makes a change from the usual boring TV)

We have 12 socially distanced seats available for those who might want to come and watch Ian live in the pub, obviously served with a substantial Scotch Egg meal and a glass of fizz on us. Booking is absolutely essential.

Hopefully one day next year when we can all get together we will be inviting everyone from the village down for a drink with us and supper and of course with our ‘Special Guest’.

May we once again as always give our eternal gratitude to all of you that have supported us through this difficult year.

Lastly MERRY CHRISTMAS and hopefully here’s to a great 2021.

Andy and Ann-Marie

SCAMS – sources of useful information

The number of scams going around appears to be fairly high at the moment, so here are two reliable sources of information that will help you to avoid being taken in.

Which? offers free scam alert updates by email

“Which? cuts through the noise to find the facts. From dodgy coronavirus phishing emails to phoney automated HMRC calls, we’ve heard them all. Our emails will alert you to scams doing the rounds, and provide practical advice to help keep you one step ahead of the fraudsters.”

To sign up for these email alerts, visit this page: https://whichcouk.bsd.net/page/s/which-scam-alerts.



This page on the Metropolitan Police website has lots of information about different types of scam and about how to stay secure online.


At the bottom of the page are links to a number of downloadable booklets which explain scams in fairly simple language and provide useful advice on what the danger signs are.


The same Met Police page also includes a number of short videos explaining various types of fraud, plus password and WiFi security loopholes and how to close them.

The animated videos are each about two minutes thirty seconds long, and cover:

  • Password security;
  • Phishing scams;
  • Online ID security;
  • Software updates;
  • WiFi security;
  • Online Shopping Safety;
  • Payment Fraud;
  • Romance Fraud;
  • Impersonation Fraud.

If you’re not sure about a possible scam, or spot a new one, please let us know using the Leave a Reply option at the bottom of this page.

Scam warnings – genuine or hoax?

Recently we’ve seen a couple of warnings about delivery scams which people were sent by friends. One is genuine, the other a hoax, and yet they look fairly similar.

PDS                                                                                   DPD

Because it’s been sent to you by a friend, you can’t do the usual checks on the email address, weblinks, spelling and use of language. So how do you tell if a warning like this is real?

The first step is to check with the ActionFraud website:  www.actionfraud.police.uk You’ll find the banner below at the top of their page – click the magnifying glass symbol at the right-hand end to start a search.

If your search doesn’t show anything relevant, try one or more of the following to see what comes up:

  • Google search
  • Company website – if a company’s name is mentioned in the message
  • Snopes https://www.snopes.com/ – also useful for debunking conspiracy theories and urban myths
  • HoaxSlayer https://www.hoax-slayer.net/
  • If you’re still not sure, put a message in the Leave a Reply section below one of the Scam Alerts posts on the village website. We can then check and let you know what we find.

The DPD one is a genuine warning. and is on their company website:   https://www.dpd.co.uk/content/about_dpd/phishing.jsp

The PDS one is the hoax, an old one that’s been going around for 14 years.  The apparent endorsement by Royal Mail & Trading Standards Office is a clue – people use these to give their messages credibility. Another clue is that hoaxes often ask you to circulate to all your friends. Here is the ActionFraud page about it:   https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/news/hoax-email-from-pds-parcel-delivery-service

In fact, this was a genuine scam back in 2005, but because people reported it, it was stopped in early 2006 by the authorities. However, the warning is still being circulated by well-intentioned friends.


Does it matter if I circulate a hoax? There’s certainly the danger of ‘crying wolf’, so your friends might not take a genuine scam seriously. You’re also cluttering up their inboxes and social media feeds, and potentially making them worry unnecessarily.

Road to Wells currently closed at Hollybrook

Water leak at Hollybrook has resulted in road closure.  No information yet as to duration.

Current scams: a text message from a bank and an email from DVLA


Bank Text Scam

There’s a very convincing text message scam going around at the moment. It purports to come from a well-known bank, and says that you have set up a new payee. The same scam uses a number of different banks.

The screenshots below show two examples, one apparently from HSBC, the other purporting to be from Barclays. Clues that show they are not what they seem are unusual email addresses. For instance, in the Barclays text, including barclays.uk in the URL is used to make https.//barclays.uk.detect-attempts.com/ appear to be a genuine Barclays site.

If you click on the link, it takes you to a very convincing fake online banking page which asks you to enter your login, password and other details. If you fill these in, the fraudsters can use these to take money from your account

If you’re in doubt about a message from your bank, contact them in the way you usually do to check that all is in order.

For more details: https://www.which.co.uk/news/2020/05/scam-warning-fake-barclays-text-directing-victims-to-phishing-site/


DVLA email scam

This vehicle licensing scam email has a GOV.UK header and includes the following text:


DVLA have been notified electronically about you latest payment for your vehicle tax failed because there is not enough money on you debit card.

Your vehicle is no longer taxed.

We have generated a new invoice, and we suggest you to use a credit card instead of a debit, to avoid any other consequences that might appear in case again won’t be enough funds inside.

The online Transaction ID is 9F9887F-45979741427

        Tax your vehicle – START NOW >

– the vehicle’s registration number
– have your credit/debit card ready
– follow the instructions on your screen

You must tax this vehicle before it is driven on the road, tax now at www.gov.uk/vehicletax.


Clues that this is a scam include:

  • The DVLA says “We never send emails that ask you to confirm your personal details or payment information. If you get anything like this, do not open any links and delete the email immediately.”
  • It doesn’t include your name, address or a registration number
  • Spelling mistakes and strange use of English
  • The sender’s email address is clearly not a DVLA or Gov.uk one
  •       From: DVLA Electronic Vehicle Licensing <Johnozolins622@hotmail.com>
          Sent: 16 September 2020 10:36
  • If you hover your cursor over the Start Now link you’ll see that the website this takes you to starts with:  https://nam10.safelinks.protection……  This is obviously not a GOV.UK or DVLA one


Stay safe online!

Ash Dieback

The Ash Dieback  page on the website has just been updated to add information about how to recognise the disease, its impact in the South West and guidance on replacements for ash in woods and hedgerows