It’s time for festival and community in Westbury Park
The Westbury Park Festival weeks are here once more when the local community comes together for a fabulous series of events.
Programmes will be in the library and cafes - here’s a taster of what to look out for.
There is a real mixed bag on Saturday 15 June, starting with a morning storytime for 3 – 6 year olds at Max Minerva’s bookshop in North View. The same morning there will be a Charity cafe in the Methodist Church with plenty of delicious home-made cakes on offer. And that same evening there will be a concert at St Alban’s Church with pieces for choir and organ, including Mendelssohn’s much-loved “Hear my Prayer”.
Family barbecue is offered at the Cambridge Arms on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16. There will be music on Sunday as well as delicious outdoor food, and a bouncy castle too.
Walkers may enjoy either of two local walks: there’s a History Walk with Jeff Bishop on Tuesday 18, as well as a walk on the Downs with Francis Greenacre from FoDAG (The Friends of the Downs and Avon Gorge) on Tuesday 2 July.
The Quiz this year has a new Quiz-master, Abigail, but it’s at the same place as ever, St Alban’s Church Hall. So gather your team, and get your general knowledge up to speed for a thoroughly good evening on Friday 21 June.
The festival has always had the full-hearted support of the United Parish, and on Sunday 23 June there will be a St Alban’s Day Festival Service at St Albans Church at 10.15am, followed by a Get Together lunch in the Church Garden at 12.30pm.
On Monday 24 all comers are encouraged to dust off their musical instruments and to join the Westbury Park Orchestra in rehearsal. Give it a try - it could be the start of something new.
Westbury Park has many talented residents. Film-maker Gordon Young returns this year on Tuesday 25 with some of his films and also the premiere of a film based on Jeff Bishop’s ‘Bristol Through Maps’ book. Saturday 29 June brings the opportunity to see the work of local potters, enamellers, painters and print-makers’ at the Arts and Crafts Fair. There’s always something to tempt you to buy...
This year’s Open Gardens is held on Sunday 30 June. It’s a great opportunity to see how lovely some of our rather small gardens can look at this time of year, and to talk to other gardeners about their plants. All fueled with drinks and cake along the way, too.
July also brings a Wine-tasting on Wednesday 3 and it all finishes with the Garden Party at St. Albans Church on Saturday 6.
Committee member Jeff Bishop says: “Great Festival, something for everybody. What a community!”