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Apr
3
Fri
A Career in Ruins @ Methodist Church
Apr 3 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

An entertaining evening hosted by Westbury Heritage Society.

In this fascinating and humorous talk by archaeologist and TV presenter, Julian Richards, he will explore his long and varied career in archaeology from his first shovelling lessons and the joys of chemical toilets to his obsession with Stonehenge and his passion for bringing the past to life!

Julian is perhaps best known for his BBC series Meet the Ancestors; he is a renowned expert on Stonehenge and has written a range of books on this subject.

Tickets available in advance from the Visitor Centre in the High Street, online from the link below or on the door.


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Apr
24
Fri
Jazz @ the Laverton – CANCELLED @ The Laverton
Apr 24 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

rossano sportiello Join us for an inspiring evening of the highest quality jazz from award-winning jazz pianist Rossano Sportiello.

Born in Italy in 1974, Rossano was already performing professionally in the Milan area at the age of 16 while still studying classical music.

Since 1994, Rossano has been performing with the world’s top musicians in Italy, Germany, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, Norway, UK, USA, Hungary, Israel, Japan and South Korea.

Rossano maintains a full schedule of concerts in the United States and Europe and even though he’s an Italian born musician, he’s considered to be one of the major interpreters of the American jazz idiom with particular attention to the period from the Harlem Stride piano style of the ’20s and ’30s to the Be-Bop of the ’50s.

One of his great idols is Ralph Sutton and, following Ralph’s death in early 2001, Rossano was invited to join and all-star band assembled for a UK tour and he has been a regular visitor to these shores ever since.

My goal is to play jazz and make it understandable to everybody. Most of all, i want to see people smiling and having fun

Accompanying Rossano will be Dave Green on double bass and Steve Brown on drums.

A Londoner, born in 1942 and largely self-taught, Dave began playing professionally in 1963 and has worked, and continues to work, with just about all the big names in jazz.

Steve was born in Manchester in 1968 and entertained the “natives” for a good few years. In 1995 he was persuaded to try his luck in London and his career took off.

He and Dave Green make a wonderful pairing and were John Bunch’s favourite rhythm section.

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Jun
4
Thu
Outdoor Shakespeare. Merry Wives of Windsor CANCELLED @ Heywood House
Jun 4 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

three inch fools performingMusic, humour, movement and a whole lot of drama – this is one massive, fast-paced Shakespearean adventure in the great British outdoors.

A first for Westbury Festival as we bring an outside Shakespeare event to Westbury.

Five actors, with all manner of musical instruments, present an inventive take on Shakespeare’s raucous comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor.

In this mischievous play, jealousy, disguise and seduction lead to hilarious and unexpected results.

This summer, The Three Inch Fools will bring their brand new production of The Merry Wives of Windsor into the great outdoors so prepare for a carnival of passion and imagination as the Fools and Westbury Festival present this rip-roaring Shakespearean comedy at Heywood House.

This Shakespearean classic will be getting the full Three Inch Fools treatment: live music-making, deft physicality and vibrant story-telling. Expect fast-paced drama, plenty of musical instruments and many a quick costume change along the way!

Synopsis

In the bustling village of Windsor, mischief is in the air. The ageing and arrogant Sir John Falstaff has fallen for two married women – Mistress Page and Mistress Ford.  In a desperate bid to woo them, he turns to quill and ink and sends them both the most flattering of letters. Shocked at his boldness and repelled by his advances, the pair nonetheless decide to make some mischief of their own. Meanwhile, Mistress Page’s daughter Anne is torn between marrying the man she loves, and the two suitors that her parents have lined up for her. Disguises, deception and trickery soon engulf the village of Windsor… and chaos naturally ensues!

This highly imaginative and vibrantly musical take on Shakespeare is not to be missed. This is the sixth year The Three Inch Fools have been on the road performing at over 150 different venues across the UK to almost 50,000 audience members.  The troupe of five actors take on two Shakespeare plays each year, playing between them over 40 different roles and play more than 20 different musical instruments.

Stunning, authentic, original and downright bloody awesome!  audience member

One of the best Shakespeare’s plays I’ll ever watch  The Bristol Post

 

The play goes on, whatever the weather… but their best stat about the weather is that over the past three years (250 shows), they’ve only been rained on 27 times!

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Sep
26
Sat
Aldbourne Brass Band @ All Saints Church
Sep 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

aldbourne brass bandProvisional information.

More to come

Oct
2
Fri
Quilting Exhibition @ Methodist Church
Oct 2 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Following their incredibly successful first exhibition in 2018, Westbury Quilters’ second exhibition is being held to celebrate 30 years of the club’s existence and will show some of the varied items that members of the WQ have produced during the last three years. There will be cushions, bags, wall-hangings and quilts of all sizes, all of which demonstrates a mixture of both hand and machine sewing.

Admission is £3, there will be refreshments available, a sale table and a trader stand.

WQ is a friendly group comprising up to 50 members who meet monthly to exchange ideas on patchwork and quilting, introducing new techniques with invited afternoon speakers or with tutors for day-long workshops.

The group support a different charity each year and this year, the choice is Alzheimer’s Support, Wiltshire with the profit from this exhibition going to this worthy cause.  Members also make quilts for the Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Unit in Bristol, make quilts for incubators in neonatal units and special post-op cushions for local charities and hospitals.  They also collect old sewing machines which are refurbished and sent to Africa to help girls earn a living from sewing.

More information on joining the group can be found by contacting Susan Stone (membership secretary) at west.stone1968@gmail.com 

An evening with the Yorkshire Shepherdess @ The Laverton
Oct 2 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

amanda owensRecently featured in the hit TV series Our Yorkshire Farm, watched by 2.2 million viewers each week, Amanda Owens – the Yorkshire Shepherdess – left city life behind to become a traditional shepherdess on a remote hill farm, Ravenseat, high in the Yorkshire Dales.

Now a mum of nine and shepherdess to a flock of a thousand sheep, plus a farmyard packed with an assortment of animals, life for Amanda, her husband Clive and their “free range” children is never dull.

 Amanda’s life is one of old-fashioned values, hard graft and plenty of love.  She, like her life, is extraordinary.  Ben Fogle

Apart from the two incredibly successful series of Our Yorkshire Farm on Channel 5, Amanda has appeared regularly on our TV screens including Countrywise (ITV), The Dales (ITV) and Ben Fogle’s New Lives in the Wild (C5).

As a best-selling author, Amanda’s warm and entertaining books share the daily ups and downs of farming beautiful but rough terrain, offering a unique glimpse into a rural way of life unchanged for generations in the Yorkshire Dales community.

In 2019, Amanda embarked on a UK speaker tour sharing tales of her life as a shepherdess, farmer’s wife, mother to nine children, a passionate photographer and Sunday Times bestselling author and we are really pleased to welcome Amanda to the Westbury Festival this year.

Come along and enjoy an evening with Amanda and listen to her insightful opinions on farming with her trademark Yorkshire grit and good humoured, plain-speaking attitude to life.

If you are interested in farming life, outdoor parenting or have ever considered a move to the countryside, this is not to be missed.

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Oct
3
Sat
Quilting Exhibition @ Methodist Church
Oct 3 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Following their incredibly successful first exhibition in 2018, Westbury Quilters’ second exhibition is being held to celebrate 30 years of the club’s existence and will show some of the varied items that members of the WQ have produced during the last three years. There will be cushions, bags, wall-hangings and quilts of all sizes, all of which demonstrates a mixture of both hand and machine sewing.

Admission is £3, there will be refreshments available, a sale table and a trader stand.

WQ is a friendly group comprising up to 50 members who meet monthly to exchange ideas on patchwork and quilting, introducing new techniques with invited afternoon speakers or with tutors for day-long workshops.

The group support a different charity each year and this year, the choice is Alzheimer’s Support, Wiltshire with the profit from this exhibition going to this worthy cause.  Members also make quilts for the Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Unit in Bristol, make quilts for incubators in neonatal units and special post-op cushions for local charities and hospitals.  They also collect old sewing machines which are refurbished and sent to Africa to help girls earn a living from sewing.

More information on joining the group can be found by contacting Susan Stone (membership secretary) at west.stone1968@gmail.com 

Oct
4
Sun
Quilting Exhibition @ Methodist Church
Oct 4 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Following their incredibly successful first exhibition in 2018, Westbury Quilters’ second exhibition is being held to celebrate 30 years of the club’s existence and will show some of the varied items that members of the WQ have produced during the last three years. There will be cushions, bags, wall-hangings and quilts of all sizes, all of which demonstrates a mixture of both hand and machine sewing.

Admission is £3, there will be refreshments available, a sale table and a trader stand.

WQ is a friendly group comprising up to 50 members who meet monthly to exchange ideas on patchwork and quilting, introducing new techniques with invited afternoon speakers or with tutors for day-long workshops.

The group support a different charity each year and this year, the choice is Alzheimer’s Support, Wiltshire with the profit from this exhibition going to this worthy cause.  Members also make quilts for the Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Unit in Bristol, make quilts for incubators in neonatal units and special post-op cushions for local charities and hospitals.  They also collect old sewing machines which are refurbished and sent to Africa to help girls earn a living from sewing.

More information on joining the group can be found by contacting Susan Stone (membership secretary) at west.stone1968@gmail.com