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Sep
24
Tue
Stained Glass in Wiltshire Churches @ Methodist Church
Sep 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

In association with Westbury Heritage Society, this illustrated talk by historian, Brian Woodruffe, explores some of the 400 windows installed in Wiltshire churches during the last 100 years.

Covering war memorials, millennium commemorations and other local themes touching on local scenes and figures and the use of abstract and symbolic designs.

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Sep
25
Wed
Heritage walk around Westbury @ Heritage Centre
Sep 25 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

You will be led by two of Westbury Heritage Society’s expert guides on a fascinating journey around the historic parts of Westbury.  It covers the town’s conservation area, town centre and will include the cemetery and the former workhouse telling the story of the town’s built heritage.

The walk is with West Wilts Ramblers and Westbury Heritage Society.

Participants should meet at the Heritage Centre in the High Street at 2 pm and the walk is approximately 3.5 miles long.  At the end of the walk, participants are invited to join the leaders for tea and cake in the Heritage Centre.  No charge for the walk but donations for refreshments are welcomed.

Please wear practical footwear and clothing – the walk will go ahead during wet weather.

Flowers from the Farm with Justine @ The Laverton
Sep 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A fascinating evening of artisan floristry with organic flower farmer, Justine Scouller.

First a short talk on the principles, high and lows of flower farming before a demonstration of a large urn arrangement in her natural free-flowing way with a seasonal style and a wild vibe and then a chance to make up your own posy to take home.  You are encouraged to indulge your artistic side and surprise yourself!

Justine gives talks and demonstrations all over the country and is a regular at RHS shows from Cardiff and Malvern to Tatton Park.  She uses ‘no dig’ techniques, makes her own plant and soil food and can talk about compost until the cows come home!

Trained in horticulture at Sparsholt College, Justine worked as a garden designer before establishing her flower farm at Far Hill in 2014.  She now combines growing and artisan floristry and produces masses of flowers and foliage for lots of weddings, event florists and direct to the public.  She also teaches courses in flower farming and growing cut flowers and holds workshops throughout the year.  Justine is co-chair of Flowers from the Farm, a nationwide network of flower farmers promoting the use of British flowers. Find out more at www.farhillflowers.co.uk 

Justine will bring buckets of flowers grown on her farm and foliage foraged from her woods and fields so all you need to bring is yourself!

Spaces are limited for this event so please book early.

Note: this is a subsidised event.

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Twisted Brewing Co. talk and tasting @ Twisted Brewing Co
Sep 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

The brewery talks that took place in the 2016 festival were so successful that we thought it time to give everyone the opportunity to do it again!

Award-winning Twisted Brewing Co. are opening their doors during the festival so don’t miss this opportunity to have a peek.

Ticket price includes a talk on “Real Ale, Real Taste” and 2 x 1/2 pints of beer.

There are limited spaces available so book early.

 

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Sep
28
Sat
Speaking Volumes @ Westbury Library
Sep 28 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

One of our regular talks organised through Westbury Library.  ‘Speaking Volumes’  is a talk by Gordon Griffin MBE who is the most prolific recorder of audiobooks in Europe.

Gordon has been an actor for over 50 years and has done it all – from Shakespeare to rock musicals and for quite a while he was the voice on the London Underground telling you to ‘Mind the Gap Please’

Tickets only available from Westbury Library 01373 822294

Oct
1
Tue
Westbury’s Quaker Graveyard @ Methodist Church
Oct 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Quaker burial ground and the Matravers family.

Restoration of the long abandoned Quaker burial ground in a Westbury car park was a community project involving everyone from pupils to pensioners.

Local historians, Sally Hendry and Eileen Dew have been researching the history of the burial ground and Sally will tell us what has been learnt about the Matravers family members who were buried there and the rise and fall of Quakers in our community.

A fascinating talk and why not stick around for refreshments and a chat afterwards?

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This event is kindly being sponsored by Westbury Lions

Oct
5
Sat
Glimpses of the Past – Westbury People & Places @ Westbury Library
Oct 5 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
County Archivist, Steve Hobbs

County Archivist, Steve Hobbs

Archivist, Steve Hobbs is always a welcome addition to the festival programme and his talk this year will not change that.

Glimpses of the Past, Westbury People and Places will give a fascinating insight into places and characters who have made an impact on Westbury.

The talk will cover two themes of social history; Westbury people and how they lived from the 16th-19th centuries and Westbury turnpike roads in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Tickets only available from Westbury Library, Edward Street 01373 822294