Coronavirus Community Support Update 31.08.2020

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

Letter from the chair of the Parish Council

The regular letter from the chair of the Parish Council, Sue Isherwood, is here. Once again she focuses on the important issue of local planning and housing development.

Last week of the school holidays

For most pupils this will be the last week of the holidays. Westbury and Priddy children will return to school on Monday so please be aware that there will be extra congestion around the school entrance in the morning and at picking up time.

There has been much discussion about wearing masks in school and this is the latest guidance. In brief, outside lockdown areas it is up to headteachers to decide whether the use of face coverings in communal areas is necessary and it would only apply to those aged 12 or older.

School pupils, like many employees, have had to get used to new ways of working during the pandemic.  This YouTube video shows how members of the Somerset Youth Orchestra, Youth Choir and Youth Concert Band have not let the need for social isolation stop them making music together.

Westbury Tree Group

The Westbury Tree Group will be holding a working party at Court House Farm on Sunday 6th September to start to prepare the ground for a community tree nursery.  Anyone interested in helping with this project is asked to get in touch with Buffy Fletcher ( The group is also looking for keen gardeners who are prepared to rise to the challenge of germinating seeds from native trees; acorns and hazel nuts are not too difficult but some like rowan are a test of skill.

Ash dieback, which is one of the reasons for establishing the group, is increasingly visible in the neighbourhood.  Those interested in learning more about it might like this article.

Village Hall Opening

The village hall will officially reopen on Monday 7th September with Covid safe systems in place.  Potential organisers are urged to get in touch with Peter Bright to discuss how the hall might best accommodate specific activities.  A summary of changes recently introduced in the hall is here.


A reminder that after today’s bank holiday all recycling collections will be one day later.  Also look out for a letter from Mendip advising of changes to a three-weekly collection of non-recyclable waste from October.  Details of the changes as well as a summary of what happens to Mendip’s waste are here

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



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