Village Hall Build

The builders, Edgar Taylor started 6th July, and ten days on the building is almost completely demolished. Below is an account of the demolition of the old pavilion and the building of the new hall, sports facility and shop and cafe.

Week beginning 20th July 2015
  • Removal of asbestos and demolition complete
  • Site setup including services, welfare signage and compound complete
  • Ground works started on footings
29th July 2015
  • Foundations go in for the new village hall!
August 2015
  • Full steam ahead!
  • A giant crane arrived last Monday to lift the concrete floor beams in to place
  • Footings are complete
  • Underground services and ducts are complete
  • First fix steel work including central column and wind post complete
  • Beam and block floor complete
  • Substructure blockwork complete
September – October 2015
  • All drainage work has now been carried out. Scaffolding has gone up in the last few days and cavity fill is complete
  • Over the next four weeks we will see steel work and the beginning of the roof structure
Nov 2015
  • Meeting on site today with the electricians and kitchen fitter
  • The 2016 date stone is now in place near the entrance and looks great. External windows and doors are being fitted and first fix carpentry is happening along with M & E first fix
  • The stonework and external look of the building is of a very high standard and a big thanks to the contractor and the team building this for us and the next generation
  • The first meeting for the new management approach took place on Monday 16th November. Several new faces attending and are taking on key new roles
  • An action plan is in place and the first bookings are coming in

Exciting times…

December 2015
  • The clock goes up and the writing’s on the wall!
January/February 2016
April 2016 – Soft opening of Westbury Village Hall
    • 1st April saw Westbury Village Hall open its doors for Villagers for the first time
    • Around 100 people from Westbury and the surrounding villages enjoyed the new bar and family night, with a movie for the children
    • Owned by Westbury Parish Council, the building is 50% larger than the much loved Pavilion, with the hall being 25% bigger. There are large home, away and official changing rooms, a generous kitchen and an efficient bar
    • The opening of the much awaited, community owned shop/cafe will be in early May. It is being currently fitted out and stocked
Formal Opening Photos

Photos from the Westbury Village Hall formal opening are now available to view and download and can be accessed at www.carolinerushtonphotography.co.uk. Click on “Gallery” – Login WH2016. You can download them straight from the website.

Community Chest – Working Together Event

This month, Aylesbury Vale Community Chest celebrated nine years of grant making with its annual ‘Working Together’ event held at Westbury’s new Village Hall, Shop and Café.

Westbury received a maximum £25,000 project grant in September 2014, towards this £850,000 project to rebuild the dilapidated sports pavilion and reinvigorate the community facilities for this rural village.

The new village shop and café is a vital community asset, run by local volunteers and the hall is becoming a real community hub, with a new weekly youth club helping build friendships between young people in the village who travel out to six different schools.

The Community Chest has awarded £4.1m through nearly 700 grants to voluntary and community sector organisations in Aylesbury Vale over the past nine years. The £5 million grant scheme was established in 2007 to help organisations provide or improve services and community facilities for the benefit of everyone living in the Vale.

Around 70 grant recipients and stakeholders attended the event. In addition to Westbury, four other grant recipients gave presentations about their work

Sue Barrett, Robin Bone and Paul Winks, the driving force behind the Westbury project said: “The project itself required a tremendous amount of hard work and commitment from the Village, but has transformed Westbury and the surrounding communities. We are very grateful for the extraordinary support and enthusiasm received from Community Chest.”

Community Chest Annual Report

Read the Community Chest’s Annual Report 2016. Page 4-5 has a great write up of our lovely new village hall.

Winners of the AVDC 2016 Design Award

Entries were judged by a panel of design professionals and AVDC members on 13 September 2016 and the winners were announced at the Awards Evening on 30 November 2016 with Westbury Village Hall the winners!

Westbury Parish Council would like to thank AVDC on behalf of everyone in Westbury and the surrounding villages. We are chuffed to bits to accept the AVDC Design Award.

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