Westbury Inn 24th December update

For Christmas Day the Pub will be open from 11.00am until 1.00pm for people who wish to come in for a drink and a complimentary ‘substantial’ meal that won’t spoil your appetite.  Following the latest Covid-19 guidelines the Pub will be shut from Boxing Day, 26th December, until the end of Tuesday 29th December.  On Wednesday 30th the Pub will open again for Takeaways only, and will be expecting to operate Takeaways from Wednesday to Sunday lunchtime each week.  The Takeaway menu remains in place and is available from the link below.  On Monday it is hoped that there will be an update on what special might be available as a Takeaway for New Year’s Eve.  If you want to find out more phone Andy Jones on 01749 870640.

2020.12.24 week beginning Takeaway Menu PLB

Westbury Inn Takeaway menu for Wednesday 23rd December to Sunday 3rd January 2021

2020.12.23 week beginning Takeaway Menu PLB

Please use the link above find the Takeaway menu that runs from Wednesday 23rd December to lunch time on Sunday 3rd January.  The Pub will only be open on Christmas Day  11.00 – 1.00pm come for a drink and a  complimentary substantial meal ‘not sufficient to ruin your Christmas dinner’.  Andy would like to know numbers – 01749 870402.   On Boxing Day they will only be doing lunchtime eating in or Takeaway.  On New Year’s Day there will only be the traditional ‘steak brunch’ available from 11.00am until 3.00pm. The full menu for this will be available next week.  There will be a  limit of 12 for individual households to eat in the Pub.  Booking essential.  This Steak Brunch will also be available as a Takeaway.  Take care.  Peter

Message from Andy,

As you are aware we normally have a sing along Christmas with Mr Ian Towers. Please find his message below.

Hi Everyone, Ian Towers here. I’m sorry I won’t see you in person this year for our traditional Christmas Carol and songs singalong at The Westbury Inn, but I’m happy to let you know that I will be doing a Christmas live stream on Wednesday, 23rd December starting at 7:30, and I’d love to see you there. It is on YouTube and here is the link: https://youtu.be/EqVNTxVUXHI 

If this show is of value to you, and you would like to support me, there is a PayPal.me link in the YouTube description, or pass whatever you feel on to Andy and he will get it to me! (With any luck! 🙂 )

I wish you all a very happy Christmas in this strangest of years.

You will be able to interact and chat with Ian during his live stream and I am sure he will be more than happy to give us all a mention here at Westbury sub Mendip and do the odd request should you have any. We have streamed his shows in the pub the last few Friday nights and those of you who may have seen him would all agree he is a talent not to be missed (makes a change from the usual boring TV)

We have 12 socially distanced seats available for those who might want to come and watch Ian live in the pub, obviously served with a substantial Scotch Egg meal and a glass of fizz on us. Booking is absolutely essential.

Hopefully one day next year when we can all get together we will be inviting everyone from the village down for a drink with us and supper and of course with our ‘Special Guest’.

May we once again as always give our eternal gratitude to all of you that have supported us through this difficult year.

Lastly MERRY CHRISTMAS and hopefully here’s to a great 2021.

Andy and Ann-Marie

Coronavirus Community Support – Update 21.12.2020

For all previous Parish Council Coronavirus updates please select the Covid-19 Category on the News Page of the Westbury Website  http://westburysubmendip-pc.gov.uk/category/covid-19/


Covid-19 Local and National Restrictions.

Almost everyone will be aware of the new restrictions announced by the Prime Minister. We won’t attempt to summarise them other than to say that the best way to keep safe is to minimise the number of other people you are in contact with; and if you meet more or different people over the Xmas period perhaps be extra careful for a week or so afterwards.  For those who want to know in detail what restrictions are in place here and elsewhere this is the best current summary of government advice and regulations.  This is the statement from the Chief Medical Officer confirming that while the new strain of the virus seems to be more infectious there is no evidence that it is more dangerous.

On a more positive note the new vaccine is at last being rolled out and several people in the village have already had their first jab!

Stay alert over Xmas

Just as it is important not to drop our guard over the virus it is also important to remember that opportunist thieves and burglars don’t all take a break over the Xmas period. We are getting reports of recent break-ins in neighbouring villages so it is perhaps a time to be especially careful not to make it easy for them.

Xmas message from the Chair of the Parish Council

A message from Sue Isherwood, chair of the Parish Council is here

Xmas Greetings and a Xmas Quiz

Finally, since this is (we hope) our last update before Xmas we would like to extend our best wishes for the festive season and thank the whole village for the way people have pulled together during this pandemic.  As a Xmas gift we are offering a fiendish Xmas Book Quiz put together by our resident expert, Chris Harris. Answers will be available after Epiphany!



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


Coronavirus Community Support – Update 18.12.2020

For all previous Parish Council Coronavirus updates please select the Covid-19 Category on the News Page of the Westbury Website  http://westburysubmendip-pc.gov.uk/category/covid-19/


We are still in tier 2

Following the government review, Mendip, along with the rest of Somerset, remains in tier two.  This means that there is no change to the restrictions on activity until the Xmas arrangements come into force for the period 23rd to 27th December


Shop Xmas opening hours 





CHRISTMAS EVE                    0745 – 1 PM

CHRISTMAS DAY                    CLOSED

BOXING DAY                                 0900 – 1100

BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY     0900 – 1100

NEW YEAR’S EVE                          0745 – 1 PM

NEW YEARS DAY                    0900 – 1100






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




Westbury Inn Takeaway menu for week Wednesday 16th to Sunday 20th December

2020.12.16 week beginning Takeaway Menu PLB version

Coronavirus Community Support – Update 11.12.2020


For all previous Parish Council Coronavirus updates please select the Covid-19 Category on the News Page of the Westbury Website  http://westburysubmendip-pc.gov.uk/category/covid-19/


A Christmas message from our community shop

Dear Friends and supporters of Westbury Shop,

I am sending you a list of goodies available to order and collect from the shop. You can choose from Burn’s, Chew Valley, Hector’s, Jon Thorner’s, Times Past Cheese and Miles Tea and Coffee as well as Seager’s fresh vegetables. 

This year is going to be a very different Christmas for all of us, but we really hope you will take the time to have a look at the wonderful selection of local produce which you can have delivered almost to your door!  

Ordering from your community shop will certainly help us, but far more important, it will support the amazing group of local suppliers who, when normal life ground to a halt earlier this year, made sure we didn’t go short when some basic household essentials were almost impossible to buy.  

The  list is by no means exhaustive so please ask if you think we might be able to source something for you. If you have time, please come and have a look at some of the other Christmas gift ideas, cards, gift wrap etc in the shop. 

The deadline for ordering poultry from Hector’s Farm shop is Monday 14th December and the last date for ordering from Jon Thorner’s is Monday 21st December.  

I hope you will be able to access the  Excel spreadsheet and order form, but paper copies of both are available in the shop, if you prefer. Order forms can be printed off and brought to the shop or emailed to westburyshoporders@gmail.com.

 With best wishes,

Penny and the shop team

Vaccination in Somerset.

The Covid vaccination programme has started in Somerset as elsewhere in the country with the first patient receiving the jab on Wednesday in Yeovil. This video gives more details as well as asking people not to drop their guard at the moment.  The virus is still very much with us but the hygiene and distancing rules can make a big difference to keeping us safe.

What we can do in tier two.

In case anyone is getting confused (which would be quite understandable)  this is a summary of what we can and cannot do at the moment while we are placed in tier 2.  We are making no predictions about what tier we might be in after the government reviews the arrangements on the 16th December but we will wait for that decision before sending out our next update.  If there is any change we will then circulate the relevant guidance as quickly as possible.

People may be finding the regulations about ‘bubbles’ particularly confusing as there is more than one sort of arrangement allowed.  This guidance gives an explanation of the different sorts of bubbles and when they might apply.


Letter from the Chair of the Parish Council

The regular letter from Sue Isherwood, chair of the Parish Council is here. In it Sue describes the bid that the council is thinking of making to the Somerset Climate Emergency Fund and asks for further ideas.


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


Coronavirus Community Support – Update 07.12.2020


For all previous Parish Council Coronavirus updates please select the Covid-19 Category on the News Page of the Westbury Website  http://westburysubmendip-pc.gov.uk/category/covid-19/

Church News
Our Church services for the Christmas season will be as follows

  • 13th December Holy Communion 11 am
  • 20th December Christmas Celebration 11.am music and readings
  • 25th December Christmas Day Communion 10 am
    No service on 27th December

As numbers are limited by Corona precautions and the size of the building i​​​f you wish to attend any of these services please book a place by phoning Linda Mogford  01749 870817 or email lindamogford@uwclub.net

Please remember that in our Church we have a one-way system with socially distanced spaces. Sanitiser must be used on entering the building.  For track and trace purposes we must all provide name and telephone number [ kept for 21 days] or use the NHS app. on the door. People may only sit in the marked places.

If you are self-isolating but would like some Christmas music Wells cathedral website has daily carols until Christmas day and a service on Christmas morning. On 10th December there will be a Send a Cow Christmas service; 13th December. The National Christingle Service for The Children’s’ Society

Westbury Inn to reopen

As most people will be aware the pub has been closed for the full period required by quarantine regulations after Andy and another colleague tested positive for coronavirus.  Happily, Andy has recovered well, the pub has been deep cleaned and will open for take-aways and restaurant service on Wednesday 9th. A letter from Andy and Ann-Marie is here as is the week’s take-away menu.

Tree planting

To mark National Tree Week a small, socially distanced planting of an oak tree took place at Lynchcombe on Saturday – the first of 150 native trees that will be planted there after the Parish Council successfully obtained a grant from the Tree Council to help preserve the small areas of woodland that are threatened by Ash dieback..  Sue Isherwood, Chair of the Parish Council planted the tree aided by two younger members of the community – Ivy and Iona ( see picture ) It is expected that the remainder of the trees will be planted over the weekend of 9th / 10th January.  It is not clear what restrictions will still be in force at that time but the group is keen to involve the community and particularly children; anyone wishing to be involved should contact Emma Giffard emma.giffard@googlemail.com


Refuse and recycling collection.

Finally a reminder that this week will see the final collection of general waste before Xmas so make sure to put your bins out early on Wednesday if they are full  – the next one, because of the bank holiday, will be on New Year’s Eve!


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


Westbury Inn Takeaway menu for period Wednesday 9th to Sunday 13th December

2020.12.7 week beginning Takeaway Menu PLB version

SCAMS – sources of useful information

The number of scams going around appears to be fairly high at the moment, so here are two reliable sources of information that will help you to avoid being taken in.

Which? offers free scam alert updates by email

“Which? cuts through the noise to find the facts. From dodgy coronavirus phishing emails to phoney automated HMRC calls, we’ve heard them all. Our emails will alert you to scams doing the rounds, and provide practical advice to help keep you one step ahead of the fraudsters.”

To sign up for these email alerts, visit this page: https://whichcouk.bsd.net/page/s/which-scam-alerts.



This page on the Metropolitan Police website has lots of information about different types of scam and about how to stay secure online.


At the bottom of the page are links to a number of downloadable booklets which explain scams in fairly simple language and provide useful advice on what the danger signs are.


The same Met Police page also includes a number of short videos explaining various types of fraud, plus password and WiFi security loopholes and how to close them.

The animated videos are each about two minutes thirty seconds long, and cover:

  • Password security;
  • Phishing scams;
  • Online ID security;
  • Software updates;
  • WiFi security;
  • Online Shopping Safety;
  • Payment Fraud;
  • Romance Fraud;
  • Impersonation Fraud.

If you’re not sure about a possible scam, or spot a new one, please let us know using the Leave a Reply option at the bottom of this page.