Westbury Footlights Pantomine.

Westbury Footlights announces that their new pantomine production will be Jack & the Beanstalk. It is planned to take place in February 2023.  They are looking for people interested in taking part in a variety of roles – see this poster.

Over 50? Feeling less steady on your feet than you used to be?

As we get older, muscle strength is reduced and some movements, such as leaning sideways or turning quickly, can cause a loss of balance. This can begin earlier than expected, from our early fifties onwards. To prevent a loss of balance and strength over time, strength-building exercise is recommended. The good news is, you don’t have to start weight lifting to build strength – hill-walking, yoga, team sports like tennis and cricket, or even just climbing the stairs can all help to build muscle strength and prevent falls and injuries later in life.


Stronger 4 Longer is a new campaign from Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership encouraging adults over 50 across Somerset to build muscle strength to protect their future health. To find out how to get started, visit the Stronger 4 Longer website.


Annual Grants from the Parish Council

The annual applications of Grants from the Parish Council is now open, any village organisation that would like to apply for a grant from the Parish Council, please read the Grants Policy and send the completed application form to the Parish Clerk by Monday 26th September where it will be considered at the Parish Council Meeting on Wednesday 5th October.  Applications can be sent by email to clerk@westburysubmendip-pc.gov.uk

Grant Policy May 2022

Parish Council Emergency Plan being Updated

At the Parish Council meeting on 05/09/22, it was agreed that this News Post should be issued to inform the community that the current Parish ‘Emergency Plan’ is in the process of being reviewed and updated.

The current Emergency Plan can be found on a sub-page on the Parish Council webpage of the Westbury Sub Mendip village website.



Finding the Ash Family

The following has been received from Lesley Morris and if anyone can help please contact her on lesley.anne.morris@gmail.com

My partner Roger Ash’s paternal family came from Westbury Sub Mendip.

His great great grandfather was Joseph Andrew Ash, born 1824 in the Village. The 1881 census shows he was a farmer of 23 acres.  He had many children, five of whom emigrated. One Edwin Ash went to America and this Ash was Roger’s great Grandfather.

Roger’s half sister and cousin live in America and they are visiting us in Kent in two weeks time.  They would like to come down to your village to have a look around, there may still be members of the Ash family still living there but the main reason for this email is that we have a picture of the cottage that the family lived in from the early 1800s (picture above).  I am sure it has changed enormously or may have been pulled down but I wonder if you or anybody might know it.  Any help you could give would be great.

They are visiting the area in a couple of weeks so it be wonderful if someone could get in contact with them, thank you.

SCAMS – phone calls & more…

Number spoofing

Scammers can ‘spoof’ the phone number they’re calling from, so the number showing on your Caller ID may not be the number the call is being made from.

Recently a Westbury resident received two calls which appeared to be from local 01749 numbers – but they weren’t. So be careful, even if the number shown looks like it may be someone you know.


Energy rebate scams

More information about the current flurry of energy rebate scams:



and a reminder…

Which? offers free email updates on scams; if you haven’t already signed up for these, here’s the link:


SCAM emails and texts – energy bill rebates

Watch out for emails offering rebates or grants towards fuel costs – although many are easy to spot, some scammers will go to the trouble of creating highly realistic emails and text messages.

One of a number active at the moment claims to come from Ofgem, but the email address ends in .ro which shows that it probably comes from Romania. All Ofgem emails always end @ofgem.gov.uk

The red “Claim your rebate now” button in this scam email doesn’t go to Ofgem, but to a completely different site which will doubtless ask for your personal and bank details so they can ‘send you the rebate’ – of course they won’t.

Scammers won’t just fake Ofgem emails, they might make them appear to come from a local council or a government department, so do be careful.

This webpage tells you how to avoid and report Ofgem scams:


Wells Bus Group

Those campaigning to save the 126 bus route may be interested in the work being undertaken by the Wells Bus Group including plans for a mass rally on 5th September.  There are also new comments to view on this issue on the website   WBUG PR Summary for 8.8.2022

Residents comments on the 126 bus service

A number of people have posted interesting comments on the proposal to withdraw the bus service from Wells to Shepton.  See them here

Proposal to withdraw the 126 bus service from Wells to Weston

Many people will already know that First Bus are proposing to withdraw the 126 bus service from Wells to Weston – the only route which serves this village. If you wish to add your voice to those protesting about the loss of service, which will make life difficult for anyone without access to a car, and increase traffic on the A 371, you can sign a petition here.