Parish Councillor Vacancy

Have you ever considered becoming a Parish Councillor? The role would suit anyone who cares about the wellbeing and future of our village community.

There are normally ten meetings every year, on Wednesday evenings, with agendas and reports sent to you beforehand for consideration.

Training is available from the Somerset Association of Local Councils for those who want it.

The formal election notice is here –

Casual Vacancy Notice

and the process is set by statute. There is a period of fourteen days in which electors can write to the Returning Officer at Mendip District Council requesting a poll. If ten or more electors do not request a poll, then the Parish Council will co-opt a Councillor. If you are interested in being co-opted you can express an interest immediately to any Councillor, or the Clerk by email at

If you just want more information, or to discuss the role further, please get in touch!

Something for July

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Westbury Archaeology – progress?

The dig at Court House Farm continues to throw up questions. We have strong evidence showing that the building we’re excavating was built for the Bishop of Bath and Wells sometime between 1100 and 1150, and that it is most likely to be a “first floor hall house”. (Imagine an earlier version of the Abbot’s […]

Westbury Trivia #1

Whose shoes are these?

The answer might surprise you…

Westbury-sub-Mendip census returns for 1851, 1861 & 1871

The Westbury Society has hard copies of the complete census lists for 1851, 1861 & 1871.

If you’re interested in local history, or just want to find out who lived in your house back then, email us using the form at the bottom of the Westbury Society page to arrange to look at them.

As you can see from the photo of a sample page, they’re not that easy to decipher, but they are very rich in detail.

WsM 1851 census sample page

Westbury Pub welcomes new Landlord

Popped into the pub last night to welcome the new landlord Andy Jones. Speaking to Andy’s father, there are lots of plans in the making from a new kitchen to additional seating and tables and maybe a B&B rooms. Apparently the first action will the departure of the one arm bandit!

On Saturday night I understand Andy is hosting a buffet to welcome everyone and share some plans and hear what we would like to have. Must admit I would love to have a leisurely Sunday morning breakfast with the Sunday papers at the Westbury, with hopefully some good company.

Ros Wyke

Westbury, Let’s Blog

Claire Sully will be running a ‘Let’s Blog’ workshop in the Community Shop at 2:00 pm on Friday the 16th of June. The workshop will last about an hour and a half.

The workshop will show you how to blog on the Parish Council’s new website, and will inspire you to start blogging.

The workshop is now full, but if you are interested in future workshops please contact Mark Smith on 01749 871076 or

If you have a laptop or tablet, do bring it with you, and the Community Shop is kindly allowing the use of its wireless broadband.

Claire is the MD of Tickbox Marketing, who created the new website, and has extensive Blogging experience herself, so will have invaluable tips and inspiration to pass on.

Let’s Blog Workshop Notes

Petition Nears 200 to make Westbury Inn a Community Asset

As of 14 March the Petition to make Westbury Inn an ‘Asset of Community Value’ stood at 179 signatures. If the Parish Council can persuade Mendip District Council to accept the Petition’s objective it would ensure that the Pub could not be closed without the community being given six months to mount a purchase offer. If you haven’t signed yet, the petition is still open with copies at both the Pub and the Village Shop, and on the Parish Council’s Facebook Page


Restoration project underway for Mendip’s Ponds

Trevor Beebee will give a talk on the restoration of Dew Ponds and Cart Ponds between Cheddar and Westbury. He will explain the plans to link ponds to provide a better habitat for our amphibians as they emerge from hibernation in the spring. The talk is in Westbury Sub Mendip village hall on Thursday 16 March at 7:30 pm, hoisted by the Westbury Society.