Coronavirus Community Support – Update 14.09.2020


For all previous Parish Council Coronavirus updates please select the Covid-19 Category on the News Page of the Westbury Website


The Rule of Six

The government has responded to the increase in Covid infections by limiting the numbers who can meet socially to six, whether inside your house or outside.  This will be legally enforceable BUT

  • It does not apply to commercial operations that have implemented Covid secure rules, so for example the pub can stay open and workplaces still operate with distancing and hygiene rules in place.
  • It does not apply to community facilities so for example the arrangements for the church, the playing fields or the village hall are unchanged. Those wishing to use the hall need to check whether they can operate safely within the procedures the hall committee has developed.

This is the latest version of the government guidelines for those wishing to explore the detail (updated 14/09/2020).


One consequence of the new rules is that the traditional cidermaking event at Old Ditch Farm cannot operate as it has done in the past.  The organisers are planning to still make cider and juice but in groups of no more than six people at a time over the weekend of 10th & 11th October. Anyone interested in participating should contact Mick Fletcher or Andrew Buchanan

Message from the Village Shop

An important message about support for Westbury Community Shop is here.  The shop depends on the contributions of volunteers as well as its dedicated staff and more help would be very welcome.

Pebbles and geocaching

A number of people have raised questions about the decorated pebbles that have started to appear around the village.  This is a harmless activity that many children and adults have found helps them occupy themselves and make friendly contact with others in these difficult times. It is not to be confused with geocaching where people can hunt for hidden objects with the aid of GPS on mobile phones.  Recent concerns arising from people searching for an unfortunately located cache have been addressed by removal of the offending item.

School Drop off and pick up times

A reminder that now that the school is back in full operation there will be increased activity on School Hill compounded by ongoing roadworks by the square.  Please try to avoid the area between 8.20 to 9.00 am and 3.00 to 3.30 pm when parents will be collecting / dropping off children and the minibus will be moving pupils between sites.




Sue Reece (870618)   Mick Fletcher (870531)   on behalf of the Parish Council

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