Coronavirus-Covid 19 – Community Support

For this update and all previous Parish Council Coronavirus updates please select the Covid-19 Category on the News Page

Updates issued by Sue Reece (870618) and Mick Fletcher (870531) on behalf of the parish council:

Friendly Society: Support for organisations

In a previous update we announced that the Friendly Society had established a scheme of emergency support for individuals and families whose income had been seriously affected by the coronavirus outbreak.   The Friendly Society is also anxious to ensure that any voluntary organisations that serve the people of Westbury can survive the financial shock.  The Playing Fields and the Village Hall have arrangements in hand to bid for funding from external sources but if there are other organisations that have suffered financially, they may wish to consider an application to the Friendly Society.  A copy of the guidelines for organisations thinking of applying is here… Guidance Application for Organisations

The Village Hall AGM

The village hall was due to have its annual meeting in the week commencing Monday 11th May. In view of the pandemic it is proposed to conduct it via an exchange of emails. The agenda will go out shortly listing items and whatever comments might be made by the chairman introducing them.   Anyone interested in ’attending’ is asked to submit their email address and thereby give permission for it to be circulated on an open list.  Comments should be made to all on the list and replies made to ‘all’ so that everyone can see what others have said. The minutes secretary will draw threads together and circulate a draft of decisions made for approval.

As it is a public meeting anyone is welcome to join in. If you indicate your interest by emailing Peter Bright  you will then get an agenda inviting comments. If you are not on email but would like to submit comments by telephone, please ring  01749 870640


We have received the message below from Somerset County Council

Hold on to your clothes, or lose them to landfill

Somerset is being asked to hold on to its unwanted clothes and textiles to make sure they don’t end up in landfill.

Somerset Waste Partnership is committed to making sure everything it collects that can be recycled, is recycled and recycled close to home. Last year more than 92% of Somerset’s recycling stayed in the UK, cutting the same carbon as taking 25,000 cars off the road ( )

But Coronavirus is making that impossible to guarantee, so kerbside textile recycling collections are being suspended until the situation improves.

Residents are encouraged to keep unwanted textiles – that are of good enough quality to be worn again – at home until they can be taken to charity shops or the SWP kerbside collections restart.

Posters and poles

A reminder that there is still time for children and adults to enter our poster competition and also still scope for anyone to adopt a pole.  Volunteers have so far extracted over 170 grams of metal from those adopted up to now but here are still some lonely poles in the village with plenty of staples and pins.  Posters (A4 size) should be sent to Sue Reece – either scanned and sent to or left for collection at the village shop.

Cheddar Gorge road closed.

Avon and Somerset police have just announced that the road through Cheddar Gorge has been closed until further notice because of dangerous driving in this area.  We will let people know as and when things change.

Beware of ticks

Since increasing numbers of people are taking regular exercise by walking in the countryside it seems important to remind everyone of the potential danger caused by ticks, which some locals report are particularly abundant this year.  In a small number of cases a bite from a tick can cause a serious infection called Lyme Disease – to read about the symptoms and how to protect yourself click here  The ticks wait on vegetation until an animal brushes past and they then move over the body to find a suitable place to attach; so as well as checking yourself do look out for ticks on children and pets.

Sue Reece (870618)  Mick Fletcher (870531) on behalf of the parish council


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