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The main item tonight concerns the village hall. We are grateful to everyone who took the trouble to complete the short survey we sent out and are giving a brief summary of responses below.
Westbury village hall user survey
There has been a good response to the village hall survey and a full analysis will be given to organisers of events that use the hall to help them plan whether and how to go ahead come the autumn. We are providing a short summary of responses below as well as reminding everyone that if you haven’t filled in the short survey form there is still time to do it – simply click on this link https://forms.gle/mMTUVYqucta3p5BP8
The summary is based on 77 responses to the survey, roughly two thirds of which were from women and 80% from those aged 65+. This probably reflects the pattern of use of the hall. The table below compares attendance in 2019 with what individuals currently think they might do from September 2020 and expresses it as a percentage change. For example of the 55 people who said they had previously attended a film night in the village hall just under 20% said they would not attend in autumn 2020.
The survey also asked about attitudes to wearing masks and distancing and the answers are summarised in the chart here. At the moment however it seems that both distancing measures and the wearing of masks will be compulsory in the early autumn.
Promoting walking and cycling
Mendip District Council has adopted an ambitious new policy aimed at promoting walking and cycling to work. As a first step it is seeking to discuss with parish councils which routes might be a priority for development taking into account such factors as local demand for off road routes and the potential impact on road traffic. Westbury to Wells has been identified as a potential route. You can find out more here and if you are interested in the development of walking and cycling routes more generally you may want to look at the Strawberry Line page on the village website Please let your parish councillors know your views on this topic.
Supporting local businesses
This is a reminder that the village pub will be participating in the ‘Eat out to help out’ scheme during the month of August. Details were posted recently on the news page of the village website.
One resident has recently set up as a gym and fitness instructor providing one to one personal training, based in Westbury. For details please contact Fraser Henderson 07495013955 @fhenderson.personaltraining.com
This is advance notice that arrangements are being planned for a commemoration of VJ day on 15th August. Please hold the date and look out for more details in next week’s update.
Sue Reece (870618) Mick Fletcher (870531) on behalf of the Parish Council