Wiltshire Publications

Issue 447 – Jam-packed programme of festivities this Christmas in Westbury

ANOTHER jam-packed programme of Christmas activities has been unveiled for Westbury in 2009.

This is the fourth year that the town council has produced a ‘Christmas in Westbury’ booklet detailing exactly what’s going on in the town over the festive period, and the hope is that this year will be the best yet.
The programme has proved very popular with residents over the last few years and is settling into an established format.
This year, events include the switching on of the Christmas lights on Friday 27th November, a children’s Christmas party on Saturday 5th December and a Christmas food market and street activities day on Saturday 12th December.
New for this year is a pool party for young people aged 13-19 at Westbury Swimming Pool on Saturday 5th December.
John Parker, projects officer for Westbury Town Council said, “The events this year are mostly ones that have been held in the past and have proved popular. The Christmas programme is becoming something regular. People love the Christmas booklet which is great.
“What we’ve done this year is combine the Christmas food market and the street event day to make it a more substantial day. The market will be selling fresh bread, smoked meats etc, and hot food. Last year’s was very popular and we’ve certainly been encouraged to do it again.
“The street event day will have things like the climbing wall, which has proved very popular with people of all ages before.”
Town clerk Les Fry added that the Christmas lights in the Market Place will feature numerous new lights, replacing the old ones for a brighter and better display.
Westbury mayor cllr Sue Ezra said, “Our Christmas campaign always raises a great deal of interest and involvement throughout Westbury and it’s always very refreshing to discover just how much is going on in our town and surrounding villages throughout the festive season!”
The 2009 Christmas highlights include:
• Christmas lights switch on, Friday 27th November (5.30 – 7.30 pm) High Street.
• ‘Jono’ from radio 3tr FM plus Father Christmas, choirs, music, mince pies, children’s rides, entertainments and much more.
• Children’s Christmas Party, Saturday 5th December (10am – 12noon) Leighton Recreation Centre. For children aged 5-12 yrs. Entertainments, activities, music, refreshments.
• Pool Party, Saturday 5th December (2pm -3.30pm) Westbury Swimming Pool. For young people aged 13-19 years.
• Christmas Tree Festival, Friday 11th and the weekends of the 12/13th and 19/20th December. All Saints Church.
• Street Event Day, Saturday 12th December (10am – 4.30pm) High Street and Town Centre. Skating rink, climbing wall, children’s rides, inflatables, music, food and entertainments.
• Christmas Food Market, Saturday 12th December (10am – 3pm) Library Car Park
• Outdoor Carol Concert, Friday 18th December (6pm -7pm) Market Place. ‘Sing-a-long’ carols plus seasonal music from Bratton Silver Band.
To find out more call John Parker on: 07812 105 721 or Di Mansell on: 01373 822 232, email westburytc@btconnect.com or visit www.westburytowncouncil.co.uk.