Annual Civic Reception 2017

The Mayor of Westbury, Cllr Stephen Andrews, held the annual Civic Reception & Awards evening on Friday, 24th February at The Laverton. The evening was very well attended by nearly 90 people representing numerous local organisations and businesses.

Civic Awards were given to:-

Westbury Shed’ – .  The shed has already made a considerable and enduring mark on the town. They have taken on two allotments and produced a considerable crop of vegetables in the first year. They also have a small workshop in Alfred Street where they refurbished a number of fingerpost signs for the town council. They also constructed a santas grotto which will be used for many years at our annual christmas fayre. In addition they have constructed a spiritual garden for the junior school. All in all quite a volume of achievements for one year. They have successfully obtained funding from the area board which will help them set up another base from which to operate and secure their status for years to come.

‘Westbury Festival’ – this committee have, over the years expanded both the number and the range of events. For example they have singing that ranges from opera to folk and music form harmonica to organ. The range of events has now  moved out of its original music and arts base to incorporate such diverse activities as brewery visits and photography competitions.    Hence the change of name from the Westbury Music and Arts Festival to the more succinct Westbury Festival. Over the years the festival has definitely raised the profile of Westbury and is now hoping to expand the horizons of what it wants to offer.

The Royal British Legion’ (Westbury Branch) –  this organisation that has been active in the town for the last 70 years and over that time they have contributed immensely to the life and fabric of the town. They have for all those years organised the annual remembrance service at the town war memorial, initially in the market place and latterly in Edward Street.  Also they have worked with the great war commemoration working group of the town council who were able to refurbish the war memorial for the 100th anniversary of the start of the great war. The legion also organise the annual poppy appeal and it seems they manage to raise more money every year, an amazing achievement. We cannot begin to estimate how much money they have raised in total but it must be considerable.

Cllr Andrews said “It was a great event and a fantastic opportunity to reward people who have made such a positive impact in Westbury. Cllr Andrews would like to thank everyone involved and to those who helped during the evening, including the ATC Squadron, Westbury Town Council staff and Beth Murtie, a student from Matravers who very kindly did all the photography.

The total amount raised on the evening was £510 which will go to the Mayor’s chosen Charities.