Notice of Website Closure as of September, 2019
The PCC's of Westbury-on-Severn, Blaisdon, Flaxley and Minsterworth have decided to discontinue their updating of the website: wosb.org and to close it.
In future all information for our four parishes will be available and regularly updated on the Church of England website: 'achurchnearyou.com'.
Safeguarding Statement for our benefice.
This benefice aims to comply as fully as possible with these actions:-
A list of safeguarding officers for each parish is posted at each of the 6 churches;
The same list will be included in future editions of this magazine;
All diocesan policies on safeguarding are adopted by each PCC and reviewed yearly;
Every benefice and PCC meeting includes safeguarding on the agenda;
A copy of the diocesan safeguarding handbook is issued to each PCC;
This notice in the magazine is regularly checked, and updated when necessary.
THE WESTBURY SPIRE RESTORATION PROJECT - further update
!st March 2018 Grant awarded for work to complete Westbury church spire restoration
Westbury-on-Severn PCC is delighted to announce it has been successful in obtaining a grant of £250,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to complete the work on the iconic and historic tower and spire at the Church of St Mary, St Peter and St Paul.
Work on re-shingling the spire began five years ago, but due to unforeseen structural problems with the tower, work was halted while additional grants were sought.
Since then, although the plastic covering of the spire has remained unchanged, work has not stopped behind the scenes. It took many difficult hours to complete the application, and a long wait before we heard anything. Historic England was very supportive and their help was invaluable. We are also extremely grateful to the Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust for their generous grant of £10,000.
All the repair work to the structure has been completed, so we now look forward to the scaffolding going up again and the new shingles being fixed. The crowning moment will be seeing the new weather vane, which is being generously donated, placed right at the top.
It is through this project that it is now realised how unusual our huge wooden spire is, and how it needs to be celebrated. In addition to completing the work on the spire, we also have other plans which we hope will help to show that these buildings are special and should be cherished.