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10 November 2013. Remembrance Service.

10 am in St James church, 11 am on the village green, and afterwards coffee and biscuits in the church.

16 November 2013. Curry evening.

In the Village Hall. Tickets are £8.50 from Jenny (312437) or Beryl (323005).

7 December 2013. Christmas Fair.

From 2 to 4 pm in the Village Hall.

15 December 2013. Christingle service.

At 10.30 am  in St James church.

22 December 2013. Carol Service with the Westerleigh Band.

At 4 pm in St James church.

23 December 2013. Carols on the Green.

At 6.30 pm. Nibbles at the New Inn afterwards, by kind invitation of Chris.

24 December 2013. Midnight Service.

At 11.30 pm in St James church.

Past Events (2013)

19 October 2013. Cantanti Concert.

12 October 2013. Murder Mystery evening.

11 October 2013. Art Exhibition.

In St James church.

6 October 2013. Harvest Festival Service.

6 October 2013. Harvest   Auction.

5 October 2013. Harvest Supper.

14 September 2013. Great Ride and Stride.

A sponsored cycling or walking event on a route visiting two or more participating churches.

26 August 2013. Boules.

We managed to finish the tournament, with this year's trophy winners being Des and Alex. Thanks to Des for the organisation.

28 July 2013. Patronal Festival.

Archdeacon Rev. Christine Froude presided over a joint parish service at St James church.

27 July 2013. Boules and BBQ.

Rained off again, having been postponed from June. We are going to complete the competition on Bank Holiday Monday, 24 August. From 3 pm on the playing fields.

15 June 2013. Treasure Hunt.

With afternoon tea, a draw and plant stall, at the Village Hall.

20 April 2013. St Georges Day meal.

12 February 2013. Pancake night.

A well-attended evening in the church with pancakes being cooked non-stop by Jenny and Chris Forrester-Wood, and Kathy Mills. We had a chance to hear the new organist playing while we ate, chatted and drank.

Past Events (2012)

24 December 2012. Midnight Service.

At St James. Led by Rev. Derek Chedzey.

23 December 2012. Raffle draw.

In the New Inn, with buffet and entertainment.

17 December 2012. Carols around the tree.

From 6.30 pm, with the Westerleigh Band. Thanks to Chris and Gill for the refreshments afterwards in the New Inn.

11 November 2012. Remembrance Service..

In St James Church, with the Westerleigh Band, and local Air Cadets. Wreath-laying followed on the Village Green.

10 November 2012. Curry Night.

For St James Church funds. Home-made curries (including vegetarian options) with a side dishes and dessert, and a themed quiz.

13 October 2012. Harvest Festival service.

In St James Church at 10.30.

13 October 2012. Harvest Supper.

Organised by the Friends of St James, in the Village Hall, with a cold meat platter, home-made puddings and two quizzes.

8 September 2012. Heritage Open Day.

St James Church was open, with a local history exhibition, a display about the roof project, refreshments and a local produce stall, to raise money for the roof repairs.

27 August 2012. Boules and BBQ.

We had planned: Games, sausages, hot dogs, soft drinks and championship boules, but the event was cancelled beacause of the wet weather..

27 August 2012. Village Cricket Match.

Between a village team and the cricket team. Also cancelled.

26 August 2012. Cricket Match

In memory of Keith Davis. A match between the village team and visitors (including Keith's many friends). Contributions to Cancer Research UK exceeded £650. A great result. Thanks to everyone who supported it.

22 July 2012. Pet Service.

At the Tower door of St James. Pets brought to receive a blessing. Accompanied by the Westerleigh Brass Band.

7 July 2012. Garden Party.

To raise funds for St James Church roof restorations. Despite the weather, there was a good turn-out at the Old Stores to enjoy the BBQ, soft drinks, cake and plant sales, and tombola. Thanks to Jenny and Chris for organising and cooking in their garden.

19 May 2012. Murder Mystery Evening.

All who attended had an enjoyable evening, unravelling the clues leading to the murderer.
Thanks are due to Jenny and Chris Forrester-Wood, who prepared a delicious hot supper, all who provided home-made puddings to follow and helped on the night and beforehand, and especially to Rob Cole who wrote the mystery, took part as Detective Klewso, and conducted the investigations.

12 May 2012. Raising the Roof. Cantanti concert.

In St James Church at 7.30 pm, on behalf of the Friends of St James, in aid of the Roof Restoration Fund. another fine performance from this talented band of singers / instrumentalists.

6 May 2012. Help for Heroes event.

The White family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all Westerleigh and surrounding residents and businesses who helped to make our "Help for Heroes" fundraising event (celebrating their homecoming of two Westerleigh brothers serving in Afghanistan) such a success. The day was dry and occasionally sunny and Adrienne and Wayne did an amazing job in providing buffet in the Olde Inne garden, with a marquee and BBQ. Local businesses and individuals donated raffle prizes. The Air Cadets provided military band music, along with entertainment from local bands, Footloose and Area 51.
A sum of £1,900 to donate to the Help for Heroes charity.

8 April 2012. St James Easter Sunday Service.

Communion service from 10.30 am.

6 April 2012. St James Good Friday Service.

"Last hour on the cross" from 2 to 3 pm.

1 April 2012. Charity Football Match.

At Yate Town Football Club from 3 pm. Your village team against the Police, in support of Teen Challenge, helping young people who have suffered from alcohol, drugs or prostitution.

31 March 2012. Scalextric.

At the Olde Inne with a new 51 feet circuit. Go to http://youtube.com , and search for "Westerleigh Digital Scalextric Racing" to see the fun.

24 March 2012. Easter Fair.

At Westerleigh Village Hall, with an Easter egg raffle for St James.

10 March 2012. Lent Lunch.

In St James Church, in aid of USPG, supporting the work of Anglian churches in over 50 countries.

28 February 2012. Pancakes in St James church.

A celebration of Shrove Tuesday with pancakes served in St James.

Past Events (2011)

24 December 2011. Midnight Mass at St James.

From 11.30 pm.

22 December 2011. Buffs' annual Carol Evening.

At 8.00 pm. They presented a cheque for £2,500 to the charity of the year: St Peters Hospice.
The Buffs meet every Thursday. Please phone your enquiries to John Powell on 01454 315568.

19 December 2011. Carols on the Green.

Singing carols around the village Christmas Tree at 6.30 pm, with the Westerleigh Brass Band and the handbell ringers. Then back to the New Inn for nibbles and some welcome warmth.

18 December 2011. Carol service at St James.

Mulled wine and mince pies served afterwards in Church.

14 December 2011. Cornerways Nursery.

The children paid a visit to St James to decorate the tree and make up the crib.

3 December 2011. St James Christmas Fair.

In the Village Hall from 2.00 to 4.00 pm.

13 November 2011. Remembrance Service.

At 10 am in St James church, led by Rev Wully Perks. It was followed by a short service on the Village Green. Coffee and biscuits will be served in the church afterwards.

12 November 2011. Coffee Morning.

Westerleigh Women's Institute held a pre-Christmas Coffee Morning in the Village Hall from 10.30 am to 12. There was a cake stall, preserves, Christmas tombola, raffle and a table-top sale.

11 November 2011.  Help for Heroes Remembrance Concert.

With the Dodington Parish Band at St James the Great Church at 7.30 pm. Tickets were £6.50 including refreshments.

31 October 2011. Halloween party.

Another good evening in the Village Hall. Food (soup and puddings), games (including the annual conker competition). Children in Fancy Dress.

29 August 2011. Village v Cricket team match.

Games, live music and the annual challenge, won this year by the Cricket Team. Evening barbecue at the New Inn.

28 August 2011. Village Fete Day.

From 2 pm on the playing field. Live music, beer tent, children's sports and games, dog show, Scalextric, raffle (with brilliant prizes) and more. There were heavy showers, but it was a great day.

3 August 2011. Trip to Weston

A party of 29 villagers paid only £9 (children £7.50) for a Eurotaxis coach excursion to Weston. The weather was kind, and thanks are due to Alison Howard and Maria Packer for making all the arrangements.

25 June 2011. Boules and BBQ.

The weather was kind, and Julie's cooking was excellent.

25 & 26 June 2011. Westerleigh Open Gardens weekend.

7 central gardens to view from 2pm to 6pm each day. Plant sales and tea/coffee and cake.

7 May 2011. Scalextric afternoon.

This event was well-attended by children and Dads who raced a variety of cars around a large Scalextric track with automatic precision timing, in the Village Hall. Great barbecue food and cakes were there as well. Neighbourhood Watch has promised to repeat it.

23 April 2011. A Feast and Celebration of St George's Day.

In the Village Hall with sausages & mash with a Quiz and Raffle, in aid of the Friends of St James. Great bangers from the New Inn.

23 April 2011. Treasure Hunt

Starting at the Village Hall.

16 April 2011. Easter Fair.

In the Village Hall. A selection of stalls and easter egg raffle for St James.

2 April 2011. Lent lunch.

In St James Church. A selection of home made soups, cheese and bread.

8 March 2011. Pancakes

Shrove Tuesday pancakes in St James from 7.00 pm, in aid of church funds .

25 January 2011. Burns Night supper.

19 February 2011. Curry night.

With a short themed quiz in the Village Hall. A selection of curries and accompaniments and fruit salad dessert. For St James church funds.

Past Events (2010)

24 December 2010. Midnight Service.

St James church at 11.30 pm.

23 December 2010. Buffalos Christmas do.

In the Village Hall.

20 December 2010. Carols on the Green.

It was a very good evening, but because of the cold, it was held in the Village Hall. Some 50 villagers turned up to sing. Thanks to the with the Westerleigh Band, and to Gill and Chris who kindly invited us back to the New Inn for sandwiches, mulled wine and mince pies.

19 December 2010. Carol Service.

St James church. Coffee, tea and biscuits in the church afterwards.

15 December 2010. Cornerways visit to St James.

Children from the nursery visited St James church to take Christmas decorations that they had made, and to listen to a story. Squash and biscuits, with coffee for adults, were provided.

11 December 2010. Christmas Fair.

In the Village Hall from 2 to 4 pm. Prize draw, books, bric-a-brac, tombola, christmas decorations, preserves, cakes, and raffle.

14 November 2010. Remembrance Sunday..

Service in St James church at 10.00 am. Gathering on the Village Green at 11.00 by the Memorial.

5 November 2010. Village bonfire.

At 7.00 pm in the field behind the village playing field (by the play equipment). Soup, mulled wine and hotdogs in St James church afterwards.

31 October 2010. Halloween.

It was a brilliant evening with lots of children in fancy dress, held at the Village Hall , in aid of Village Hall funds. A dressing-up competition, a conker competition (won jointly by Axel and Tom), raffle hot food and a bar, a quiz and games.
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9 October 2010. Harvest Supper.

In the Village Hall , including supper and a glass of wine, with a bar and a fun quiz.

3 October 2010. Harvest Festival.

In St James church at 10.30 am, with the Westerleigh Band. Donated goods were auctioned in the Olde Inn.

25 September 2010. Coffee morning..

In the Village Hall, organised by Westerleigh WI. A coffee morning with cake stall, preserves, tombola and raffle.

18 September 2010. Breakfast.

In the Village Hall, in aid of Help the Heroes charity.

30 August 2010. Cricket match.

Annual Challenge match: Team XI versus Village XI. The annual festival of cricket on the playing field starting at 2 pm. Evening BBQ at the Olde Inn. More detail and results to follow.

29 August 2010. Boules and BBQ.

The Boules Cup was won by Steve Howard, Ian and Liz Golledge. There was a sterling performance by father and son team, Rich and Jo Danby, in progressing through to the final (pictures here). Thanks are particularly due to Des Gray for the boules organisation, and Julie Morse for the BBQ cooking.

23, 24 and 25 July. Patronal Festival.

Lovely displays highlighting village clubs or organisations, based around ‘Flowers Through Life’. These were exhibited over the week-end in St James Church, with a preview and concert by the Marshfield Band on the  Friday. Tea and cakes were also available.

29 May 2010. Patriotic knitting exhibition.

An exhibition of items knitted in red, white and blue was staged at St James Church by Ali Aldridge in memory of her nephew, Will Aldridge of 2 Rifles who died at Sangin, Afghanistan.
Entrance fee donations were in aid of "Afghan Heroes".

15 May 2010. Plant sale.

After a break last year, the plant sale was held on a lovely spring day. As usual, a variety of plants and cakes were available in the Hall and a beautiful selection of flowering plants and shrubs from Kemps Plants were outside.

17 April 2010. Murder Mystery evening.

Another very successful Murder Mystery evening, with a supper of baked potatoes and puddings. Watch out for the next one.

30 January 2010. A musical evening with Cantanti

What a great evening that was, in St James Church! Cantanti are a leading Bristol chamber choir and perform a range of music from classics to the present day.
The event raised funds for the church roof repairs.

25 January 2010. Burns Night

A drink and 2 course meal with a piper welcoming all to the Village Hall.

Past Events (2009)

14 November 2009. Travel Scrabble evening

Des Gray hosted the Neighbourhood Watch Autumn social event “TRAVEL SCRABBLE”, which proved to be another evening of fierce competition and fun. Whilst some Residents were “Scrabbling” around searching for words, others had very little trouble gaining lots of points to get into the top spots for prizes. Team ’P&B’ (Pat & Brian Mills) finished in 3rd place, ‘Rooster’ (Ann Lock & Jim Croft) were runners-up and ‘Stickleback’ (Kathy & Patrick Mills) were the top team.
The event was made more enjoyable by the excellent cold plate supper provided by the sole efforts enjoyed of Julie Morse. Whilst we were waiting for the winners to be announced and presentation of prizes, a Raffle was held for funds to support the Village Hall maintenance.

31 October 2009. Halloween evening

Warming soups and lovely desserts in the Village Hall in aid of the Hall Management Committee funds. Lots of great costumes and lots of children. The final of the Great Conker Competition was declared and honourable draw, between Els Gosling and Rich Danby.

27 June 2009. Boules and BBQ

What a difference a year makes after the poor weather of last year. On this occasion the Boules & BBQ event was held in warm sunshine and was supported by many players and quite a few spectators and all taking part in what turned out to be a very enjoyable evening. As well as the boules, the younger ones enjoyed the other games – football goals, croquet and garden darts. The food - plenty of excellent burgers, sausages, onions, baps & rolls and the usual condiments - was all nicely cooked by Rob Cole, ably assisted by Julie Morse.

Ten teams competed, all in a fun and a very sporting manner. At least, Roy Carey who was adjudicating said that he didn’t have to issue any red or yellow cards. Just look at the photographs taken by Howard Rayner. Eve Carey looked after the paperwork and noted the scores and who played whom. The semi-finals were between Spice Girls, who beat The Swifts (9-4), and F-Woods, who beat last year’s champions Kenmare (9-2). In the final, in fading light, the winners and Champions for 2009, F-Woods beat the Spice Girls (9-3). The team players in the final were Jean Powell, Tina Scott and Kim Hendley for Spice Girls and Chris & Jenny Forester-Wood were the Champions for 2009.

4 April 2009. Murder mystery

Based on an Amateur dramatic production, and written by Rob Cole. It was held at the Cornerways nursery, with a hot two course supper. What a great evening - well supported.

Past Events (2008)

22 December 2008. Carols around the Tree.

About 100 villagers met on the village green to sing carols, accompanied by the Westerleigh Band, and the Westerleigh belles (handbells). Afterwards, complimentary mince pies and mulled wine were available in the New Inn, courtesy of Stuart and Carol.

15 November 2008. Beetle Drive.

The Neighbourhood Watch held a Beetle Drive and American Supper.
Winners of the adult's prize were the Road Runners (Martin and Janet) and the under-16's prize was again won by M & S (Molly and Sophie).

5 October 2008

Harvest Festival Celebration at St James Church with the Westerleigh Band. The produce was auctioned afterwards at the Olde Inne.

25- 27 July 2008. Flower Festival.

At St James Church - to celebrate marriage, with the Frampton Male Voice Choir.

21 June 2008. Boules and BBQ.

The boules competition was won by Kenmare (Mary and Bernard Connelly) with Alison and Steve Howard as runners-up. Great food cooked by Jenny and Chris Forrester-Wood, but the weather was not kind.

1 June 2008. Church service.

Blessing of animals at St James Church.

10 May 2008. Plant sale.

At the Village Hall, with a cake stall.

19 April 2008. Treasure Hunt.

It wasn't the best of weather, but about 35 villagers struggled out to identify the 44 photos of village features. Nobody got them all, but the youngsters found about 35 and won the prizes. Great support from the village stalwarts, who provided cakes, tea and coffee and supplied the prizes. Thanks to Des Gray for his enthusiasm in pulling it altogether.

15 March 2008. Easter Fair.

At the Village Hall. Easter Egg Raffle, cake stall, tombola etc.

23 February 2008. Lent Lunch

At St James church.

Past Events (2007)

23 December 2007. St James Carol Service.

In St James the Great church

17 December 2007. Carols on the Green.

The event took place with Chris Verey leading the carols to the accompaniment of the Westerleigh Brass Band. The Westerleigh Belles gave their accomplished hand-bell performance. Our thanks to Graham and Beverley for the refreshment ithey provided in the New Inn, and for the "snowstorm" during the carols.
The Christmas Lights competition was won by Nick Phelps and family at No 4 Mill Crescent.

28 November 2007.

The Westerleigh Residents'Association AGM was held in the Village Hall. Eve Carey was elected as Chairman and Treasurer, and Julie Morse as Secretary. Committee members for 2007 / 8 are Rob Cole, Jean Powell, Howard Rayner, Dave Tyson, Debbie Smith and Bob Taylor.

19 November 2007.

See pictures here of the bulb planting 1, 2, the Buffaloes' Harvest Auction 1, 2, and the RAF St Athan Band.

10 November 2007.

Great fun was had at the Neighbourhood Watch Beetle Drive. How can people get so competitive over shaking a die and drawing insects? Eventual winners were Sophie and Molly, demonstrating the dexterity and speed of the younger generation.
Patrick and Julie produced a fantastic supper (bread, cheese, ham, scotch eggs, beetroot ....), with assistance from Eve and others. All this for only £3.00 - marvellous value. Look out for the next event.

26 August 2007. Village day.

2.30 pm on the Westerleigh sports field. A variety of stalls, a dog show, children's races and live music.

16 June 2007. BBQ and boules evening.

10 teams contested, and the prize was won by the Boons, proving that the youth of the village can beat the oldies at most things. Rob Cole and Brian Mills provided a splendid BBQ service. Thanks to Pat and Des for the organisation.

9 - 10 June 2007. Open gardens.

10 gardens in the village were open for viewing, and the weather was good. Also: plant sale, teas, raffle, exhibition in church.

There was also a Garden Service in the church on Sunday.

31 March 2007. Quiz.

The Westerleigh Neighbourhood Watch quiz evening was cancelled, as not enough tickets were sold.

Past Events (2006)

18 December. Carols around the tree.

Carols around the Christmas tree on the village green, and refreshments afterwards in the New Inn, with the kind support of the management. A presentation was made by Rev. Chris Verey to Ann Bass for the best Christmas lights in the village. The prize for the best commercial property was won by Cornerways Nursery School.

20 December. Children's party.

A Christmas party for Junior School children and younger held in the Village Hall, between 4 and 6 pm. Parents came with snacks and games.

21 October. Games evening.

A board games evening, organised by Des Gray on behalf of Neighbourhood Watch, with Scrabble, Boggle, Ludo, Buckaroo, Jenga and Ali Baba was held at the Village Hall. A ploughman's supper was organised by June Ridd and Anne Taylor. There was much hilarity and spilling of wine when the donkey bucked and the Jenga towers fell, and the evening attracted an age range of under 10 to over 80. First prize went to Brian and Pat Mills, who had the good sense to play their joker on the Boggle round.
There is likely to be a repeat with different games, so if you have any ideas, contact Des on 01454 325178.

24 September. Harvest Festival at St James church.

Morning service, and a farewell presentation to Rev David Wilcox.

22 July. Sponsored walk.

In aid of Muscular Dystrophy relief.

From Eastville Park to Olde Inn, Westerleigh. Choice of 10 or 15 miles routes.

21 - 23 July. Art and crafts exhibition.

At St James church.

Paintings, pottery, wood-turning and carving, needlework.

Events: Tower tours, display of handbells, history walks.

3 July. Tulip Products presentation.

Mr Ian Humpage of Tulip Products (formerly Dalehead) gave a presentaion at the Village Hall about the Company, and answered questions from the floor.

10 June. BBQ and Boules evening.

Organised by the Neighbourhood Watch, and held on the playing fields, on a beautiful evening, with a BBQ organised by the Forrester-Woods.

Proceeds split with St James Church.

13 May. Plant sale.

The St James Plant sale again took place in the Village Hall. All kinds of plants were on sale and the villagers also supplied their excess plants, from division or cuttings. Tea and coffee and cake stall.

6 May. "Called to be Saints".

A West Country choir with 25 voices plus instruments, in St James church.

22 March. Village Plan meeting.

A meeting in the Village Hall listened to 3 guest speakers with experience of setting up Village Plans, and then established a Steering Group to move the plan to the next stage.

10 March. Gardeners' Question Time.

Presented by Westerleigh Neighbourhood Watch: George Alway of the Pucklechurch Gardening Society gave a talk, followed by a question and answer session. With light refreshments.

18 January. Illustrated talk .

Jenny Barnett spoke with slides, on Westonbirt Arboretum, its history and development.

Past events (2005)

19 December. Carol singing.

The carol singing around the Christmas tree took place on the green with both the brass band and the Westerleigh Belles (handbell ringers). The gathering then moved to the New Inn, where the proprietors kindly provided some Christmas snacks.

12 November. Murder mystery evening

Witches, wizards, schoolchildren and muggles turned up for the Murder Mystery evening at the Nusery School. Within minutes of the Headmaster starting his speech, he fell down poisoned with cyanide. Further mayhem ensued, and some glorious food was consumed, courtesy of Jenny and Chris Forrester-Wood, before the villain was uncovered.

28 August. Westerleigh village fun day

Music, beer tent, stalls, events and much much more.
Raffle of new and unwanted items.
Cakes at the cream tea stall, and a Bring and Buy stall.

8 July. Cricket challenge.

Westerleigh Cricket Club versus the Chairman's XI (the Village). A 20-over match followed by a barbecue at the Olde Inne. After some big hitting by both sides, the Village won a very close contest.

20 April. Opening of the Quadrangle

Sovereign Housing Group has redeveloped this site, and two of the original four occupants have returning to live in the new homes, built in partnership with S Glos Council.

26 February. Beetle quiz

Contestants played each round in a different team. Glasses of wine and cheese in the interval. An interesting evening that encouraged villagers to mix, and get to know each other better. It was won by Steve Howard's team.

8 February. Pancake party

A thank you to everyone who took part in the St James 700 celebrations. Wine and pancakes in the church.

9 January. Tsunami Disaster Fund Auction

Organised by Maria and Robert Packer in the Olde Inn, it raised £1400, with a kind donation of £200 from the Westerleigh Lodge of the Buffalos.

Past Events (2004)

23 December. Children's Christmas Party

Christmas party for children, junior school and younger, in the Village Hall from 4-6 pm.

20 December . Carols on the Green.

As with last year, the Carols were sung to the music of the Westerleigh Brass Band, with the Westerleigh Belles hand-ringers also performing. There was food laid on in the New Inn courtesy of the new landladies, and the prize for the best house Xmas decorations was won by No 4 Mill Crescent.

6 November. Great Western Chorus.

A magnificent concert by the 35-odd members of this group gave us an entertaining selection of songs sung in the barber-shop style. This was a very satisfying end to the 700th celebrations.


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