Coronavirus Community Support – Update 29.06.2020


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

Easing the lockdown – but it isn’t over yet.

Although some restrictions will be removed from July 4th it is clear that the virus has not gone away, and we will still have to live with its consequences.  This week’s message from the chair of the Parish Council reflects that theme and makes it clear that our support arrangements will remain in place as long as they are needed.   Sue Isherwood’s letter is here as is a reminder of the support services we offer.

More local changes.

As restrictions are gradually lifted we intend to keep the village informed about how local organisations are adapting.  Today we have a further announcement from the Church, the Village Hall and our new Community Tree Group.

The Church

We have received the following further information from the Church about reopening.


Starting on Wednesday 1st of July we will be opening the Church for private prayer on Wednesdays from 4 – 6 pm and on Sundays from 11 – 1 pm. 

There will be a register to sign plus suitable arrangements for safe visits and we hope that Westbury people will find this helpful.

We are still waiting for guidance on how we might resume services.


The Village Hall

The Hall Management Committee have been exploring how to reopen safely, adhering to government guidelines on distancing and enhanced cleaning.   It would be possible to accommodate 30 people if chairs are spaced 1 metre apart but only 20 if 2 metres is felt essential.  They would welcome feedback from potential users on what they feel is essential for them to be able to use the hall while keeping everyone safe.


An update from the Westbury Community Tree Group

Buffy Fletcher writes

The tree group now has a constitution and a committee of 8 to 10 members and are looking forward to developing a strategy to encourage more trees to be planted. We would like to talk to any village landowners who might be prepared to consider planting some whether as replacements for the Ash which are now clearly affected by die-back or as new areas of woodland.  We are intending to hold one or two farm walks in the near future as it becomes easier to meet in groups outdoors and would like to hear from anyone who would be interested in joining us.

 We also hope to establish a tree nursery so that some of the trees we plant are of local stock, so if you are pulling small seedling trees out of your garden ( in mine the squirrels have been planting hazels for me) we would like to have them please! They are all welcome at Old Ditch Farm.


So what are the rules now and how to live with them.

With all the changes being announced it’s hard to remember what you can and cannot do.  This guide from Healthy Somerset is a useful source of information on the current state of the regulations and also has lots of helpful advice on how to cope.

Poem of the week

Finally, since it is a Monday we have our poem of the week, kindly contributed by a former resident of the village Margaret Haslam. Many will remember Margaret’s contributions to ‘Poets and Pints’ in the Village Hall.    ‘Corona Catastrophe’ is well up to her usual standard.



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

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