Coronavirus Community Support – Update 19.07.2021


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

Lockdown laws end on 19th July

Most people will be aware that from Monday 19th July the legal limitations on what we can do in response to Covid-19 will be lifted.  The latest version of official guidance is here and the implications are

Social distancing

Events and gatherings

  • Nightclubs can reopen
  • Pubs and restaurants no longer table-service only
  • No limits on guests at weddings and funerals
  • No limits on people attending concerts, theatres or sports events
  • No restrictions on communal worship


The coronavirus is still with us however and the government still expects people to act with caution. Further advice from Somerset County Council including support available can be accessed here.  In relation to local institutions

1.The community shop

The community shop will continue with the following restrictions for at least one month after 19th July:

  • We will continue to restrict customers in the shop to 3 at any time – 2 in the shop and 1 at the Post Office counter.   Exceptions will be made for family groups.   Limited space makes it impractical to have more than 3 customers in the shop regardless of Covid restrictions.
  • Customers will be asked to continue to wear a face covering when they enter the shop.  However, we will not challenge customers who are not wearing a mask – it’s their choice – signs requesting customer co-operation (attached) will be displayed on notice boards and in the shop.
  • To protect each other and our customers, staff and volunteers will continue to wear a face covering.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at the door and on the counters.
  • We will continue to sanitize surfaces regularly and clean down thoroughly at the end of the day.  For that reason the shop and Post Office will continue to close at 5 pm.

2. The Village Hall:

Paying attention to the rapidly increasing incidence per 100,000 daily new cases in Mendip we want to relax restrictions slowly.  In practice there is little use of the hall in July and August, but it is time to develop plans for September and onwards.

Numbers:  We would like to allow modest increases in numbers for events so that for talks this might increase from 20 to 30.  For exercise classes this might increase from 6 to 10.  For table tennis this might be from 6 to 10 and allowing doubles if all have been fully vaccinated.  For quizzes in October and December they might wish to reach 60.  For all of these events an updated risk assessment would need to be done to include, among other things, degree of vaccination, use of masks, use of catering equipment, one way movement, ventilation and social distancing.  Hand gel, antiseptic wipes, spray and cloths will remain available for use.

Masks:  we would like to encourage the continuing use of masks where it does not interfere with the activity.

Social distancing:  We would like this to be a normal part of using the Hall but aiming at 1m rather than 2m.  In social situations this means keeping a bit further apart than we did 2 years ago.

Cleaning:  Up until now the hall has been cleaned once a week and chairs and tables have been wiped before and after use by those using them in the hall.  If the hall starts getting a lot more use this regular cleaning regime will be increased.

Risk Assessment:  Each activity is taking responsibility – as it always has done – for all aspects of their hall use.  An updated risk assessment for each activity will be required to include any limits to numbers.

Encouragement to use:  The hall would like to encourage its use by individuals and organisations so please feel free to discuss how any particular activity can be enabled in a thoughtful and safe manner.                Peter Bright

3. The Westbury Inn:   It will not be compulsory to wear face masks on entering or moving around the pub.   Face masks are no longer required but, of course, those who wish to may continue wearing a mask as suits them.

All customers may come to the bar and order drinks and food just as we did before all the restrictions came into place.

We can now have more than 6 at a table so friends can now enjoy meeting without concern on numbers at the Westbury Inn.                                 Andy Jones.

4. St Lawrence’s,  Westbury
We will be continuing to hold weekly services at 11 am. These services will continue to have all the same precautions in place. Face masks, sanitisers at various points, social distancing and track and trace. For those who are not ready to attend services in Church we will continue to send out a morning service each week via email. Please contact Linda 870817 if you would like to be included
Our new Vicar Alex Holmes will be installed by the Bishop on Thursday 16th September at 7pm. More details later.  Linda Mogford


If an official summary of the latest guidance appears we will place a copy on village noticeboards.  Meanwhile can we encourage everyone to bring these details to the attention of neighbours who lack internet access as you have done throughout the pandemic.


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


Great Western Ride 2021 – Sunday 18th July

Advance Notification
The Great Western Ride between Bristol and Weston-Super-Mare takes place in Sunday 18th July. The route includes Broad Road onto Priddy, onto Westfield Lane, across the A371 onto Millway into Rodney Stoke.

There will be Marshalls on the crossing of the A371 and at the turn to Westbury from the Cheddar Road but bikes will be travelling down the hill at speed from about 9.30am until about 1.30pm.

Further information can be found on

Andrew’s Wing Walk

St. Lawrence’s Church, Westbury sub Mendip


In aid of the Church Roof fund and Air Ambulance.

After his successful Sky Dive in 2018 raising money for Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s charities,  Andrew Sealy will be taking to the skies once again for a Wing Walk on the 14th July to raise money towards the repairs needed for our Church Roof AND for the Somerset and Dorset Air Ambulance.

 Your support and encouragement would be very much appreciated.  Sponsorship forms can be found in the Village Shop, Westbury Pub and in the Church Porch.  Donations may also be left at

Leacroft, Roughmoor Lane.

We hope we will be able to announce the amount raised at the Walking Treasure Hunt day on the 17th July AND look at some photos!


Jane Sealy

Walking Treasure Hunt- St Lawrence’s Church

To raise money towards repairs to our Church Roof.


9.30 a.m.(first time slot) to 11.30 a.m. (last time slot)


2.00 p.m.(first time slot) to 4.00 p.m. (last time slot)


     Starting in Village Shop Garden

  • Refreshments available at the church all day.
  • Stalls – Tombola, Raffle, White Elephant, Cake, Toys/Puzzles,

         Treasure Map; Buy a roof tile.

  • Bell Tower open – a chance to see the magnificent view from the top of the tower.


Prize for the winner of the morning session and for the winner of the afternoon session.

You can choose whether to take part in the morning or afternoon,

or if you do not want to take part in the Treasure Hunt, you can still help us to raise funds by turning up at the church

and enjoy all that is going on there.

A good way to have fun – solve the clues, collect things en route and then enjoy welcome refreshments and enjoy the activities at church.

There will be 10 min interval start times for the Treasure Hunt so if you book your tickets in advance we can give you a start time to stop you having to wait around and IT WILL BE CHEAPER!

PRE-BOOKED TICKETS – £5 per family


Tickets may be purchased from the shop.


Donations of goods to sell would be gratefully received and may be left in the Church Porch or in Linda Mogford’s front porch.  If you would like your donations collected, please ring Linda Mogford on 870817 or Jane Sealy on 870307.

July’s Parish Council Newsletter published

The July issue of the Parish Council Newsletter has been published.

It features:

  • The latest on Covid restrictions
  • Rewilding – and the benefits of a little neglect
  • News of the Village Tree Nursery
  • Plans for Westbury’s own rewilding initiative
  • Details of Mendip funding available to support community projects and eco ideas
  • Works carried out at the playing field
  • More on the Village Scarecrow Competition
  • Can you help at the Community Shop?
  • A historic right of way re-established

For the July issue, click here: Parish Council newsletter – July 2021

Martin West

100 Club



 A big THANK YOU to everyone who supports the playing field by contributing to our 100 Club.  We are also grateful to the Friendly Society and to the Parish Council who stepped in to fund essential repairs to the swings.

Together with funds from stewarding at the Glastonbury Festival, and our annual quiz, the 100 Club is a key source of income for the playing field trust. Covid has meant that Glastonbury is cancelled again this year but we hope to run a quiz in October if regulations allow. The 100 Club is the one initiative we can definitely hold and our licence has just been renewed. The first draw of the 2021-2022 will be made in July. The cost per person is £12 per year.


If you are happy to continue or would like to join please would you place cash or a cheque for £12 (£1 per month), payable to ROBERT GLANVILE PLAYING FIELD TRUST or RGPFT, in an envelope. Write YOUR NAME and 100 CLUB and a CONTACT NUMBER/EMAIL ADDRESS on the front and hand it in at the shop. The shop is already accepting payments. If you prefer to pay by BACS the trust’s account details are as follows:

SORT CODE 405240


The first draw will be in July so if you wish to be included please make payment by 17 July.  Winners’ names will be on the village website and in The PEW each month and prizes distributed to winners. There is a 1st prize of £20 and 2nd prize of £10 each month.

Please pass this information on to anyone you think may be interested in supporting the playing field.

Thanks again for your support and we hope that everyone stays safe and well.

Jan Ward (Trustee)
Alison Cole (Treasurer)

Nature Notes – Orchids from June PEW

Colour photographs for the article on p23 of June 2021 PEW

Common Spotted Orchid

Pyramidal Orchid


Greater Butterfly Orchid


Bee Orchid


Plus two bonus photos:

Early Purple Orchid


White variant of Green-winged Orchid

June’s Parish Council Newsletter Published

The June issue of the Parish Council Newsletter has been published.

It contains articles on:

  • Unitary council reorganisation
  • Our hedgerows
  • Westbury Community Shop AGM
  • Why we need a ban on using peat
  • Scarecrow competition
  • Fire hazards
  • The Annual Parish Meeting
  • Dogs – and what they do
  • Travel requirements if visiting Europe.

For the June issue, click here: Parish Council newsletter – June 2021

Martin West

Scam and WhatsApp privacy update

National Insurance Scam

It’s been a while since the last ‘scam’ post, but the fraudsters are still active!

One current scam is a National Insurance one, which Action Fraud says has been reported to them over 1,000 times, making it the most reported phone scam of this year so far (We had one of these phone calls this morning.) The same scam is now being sent out by email. Both phone and email use the same tactics.

They tell you that your National Insurance number has been used to fraudulently claim benefit, and ask for some personal details. They may tell you this is so you can be issued with a new NI number, or for ‘verification’, and sometimes that you’ll be liable to repay the amount claimed if you don’t give them the details they need.

Hang up the phone or ignore any links in the email and delete it.


WhatsApp Privacy

An issue that only affects WhatsApp users is a recent change to their default security settings. It was explained in their updated conditions of use, and I expect most of us just clicked accept without reading the whole document. The new default setting for WhatsApp is that everyone can find you and see your details – this includes businesses as well as individuals. If you wish to restrict who can see you:

  1. Click Settings in WhatsApp
  2. Click Account
  3. Click Privacy This takes you to a list:  Last Seen, Profile Photo etc.
  4. Against each item on the list you’ll see one out of these three settings: Everybody/My Contacts/Nobody
  5. Click the little arrow to the right of the setting and choose which of the three levels of privacy you prefer.

Remember that WhatsApp only recognises mobile numbers in international format e.g +44 7974 1****6, so you may need to change some of the numbers in your contacts to include the appropriate international code.



Westbury Inn Takeaway Menu and update for week 19th May onwards

Click on the link below for the latest Takeaway menu from the Westbury. Note that there is a new menu feature, some daily specials for takeaway, so telephone to see what they are.  To some extent the menu has been scaled back so that the Pub can focus on those taking advantage of being able, once more, to dine IN!!    If you wish to dine in it is important that you phone and book a table and you must wear a mask until you are actually sitting at the table.  Tables of 6 or tables of two households are allowed.  All 2m social distancing is still in place.

2021.5.19 week beginning -Takeaway-Menu-PLB-version