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Joanna Jolly’s Red River Girl @ Westbury Library
Sep 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Red River Girl  is the true story of the death of a fifteen-year old indigenous girl in Canada and the hunt for her killer.

In the summer of 2014, Tina Fontaine was found weighted down in the Red River in the prairie city of Winnipeg.  Her death shocked the nation and sparked one of the most elaborate and unusual detective investigations ever undertaken by the Canadian police.

Locally-based, award-winning journalist Joanna Jolly has worked closely with detectives, the alleged perpetrator and the indigenous community in Canada to unravel this compelling and gripping mystery.

Tickets are £4 only available from the library 01373 822294 – Joanna’s book is published by Virago at £20 rrp which will include a discount of £4.

Renewal Gospel Choir @ All Saints Church
Sep 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

If you love gospel choirs, then you are in for a real treat!

Westbury Festival opens its festival fortnight with an exciting evening of music from Bristol-based Renewal Gospel Choir.

With its usual high energy gospel music, the choir delivers a dynamic repertoire of songs and this promises to be an exhilarating and unforgettable night.

Don’t delay, tickets will go fast!



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Cantacordi Trio @ All Saints Church
Sep 23 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Bach to the Beatles

The Cantacordi Trio features Mike Bardsley on piano, Sue Collins on violin and Lyndsay Winpenny on cello. Their name – a variation of “The Singing Strings” reflects their origins as a trio: they met up and started playing together largely through their membership of the Wychwood Chorale, a West Oxfordshire based choir.

Mike is a pianist and harpsichordist who studied at Dartington College of Arts and has played in many ensembles over the years as well as giving solo harpsichord recitals, most recently at the Bate Collection and Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, as well as in Westbury in 2017 and 2018.

Sue started playing the violin aged eleven and played in the Essex Youth orchestra. She now enjoys playing in a variety of ensembles and also plays in Cirencester Philharmonic, Chandos Symphony Orchestra and Cambiata Strings.

Lyndsay has also been playing the cello since she was eleven and has been a member of several orchestras, including the LuxPhil, an amateur orchestra based in Luxembourg. She is a long-standing member of the Burford Orchestra, as well as several local ensembles in Oxfordshire. Both Sue and Lyndsay have immensely enjoyed returning to playing as career and family commitments have permitted.

The Trio plays an eclectic mix of styles, ranging from baroque trio sonatas, which call on Mike’s skills as a harpsichordist, through the classical repertoire of piano trios, to palm court-style arrangements of modern pieces, including show songs, 20th-century classics, jazz and pop. This recital, coined “Bach to the Beatles” reflects the Trio’s enjoyment of many different musical genres.



Arrival of the Queen of Sheba Handel arr.  P. Martin
Air on the G String Bach arr. Peter Wilson
Chanson De Matin Elgar arr. Tom Bayliss
Melody in F Rubinstein arr. Peter Wilson
Black Eyes Trad/Ferraris arr. Peter Wilson
Pennies from Heaven Johnston arr. Bill Thorp
Here, There and Everywhere Lennon/McCartney arr. Bill Thorp
Jealousy Jacob Gade arr. Peter Wilson
Hernando’s Hideaway Adler/Ross arr. Peter Wilson
Somewhere Over the Rainbow Harburg/Arlen arr. N. Iles
Autumn Leaves Prevert/Kosma arr. N.Iles
Tunisian Crochet Workshop with Emma @ EJ Crafts
Sep 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Tunisian Crochet is also called Afghan knitting and is a cross between crochet and knitting.

This taster session with Emma will teach you the basics of Tunisian crochet.  You will learn how to cast on, basic stitches, decrease and increase and how to cast off.  You will also have the opportunity to book on a full course to learn more.

Places are limited so please book.  All materials are provided.


This Side of Paris @ All Saints Church
Sep 24 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

We are pleased to welcome to the festival for the first time, the Jazz trio, This Side of Paris, who hail from Bradford on Avon .

Playing swing/jazz, the trio comprises Stash Huchrak on double bass, Jim Marshall on guitar and Lindsey Huchrak on vocals.


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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Alan Burgess & Neil Moore @ All Saints Church
Sep 25 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

A new duet for the festival – Neil Moore on clarinet and Alan Burgess on piano.

Neil Moore quickly developed a passion for music and went on to study at the City of Belfast School of Music where he was soon playing clarinet in the orchestra.  As a clarinettist, Neil is always very busy regularly playing for concerts and recitals.  When not playing clarinet, Neil is usually directing choirs.

Alan Burgess grew up in a musical family in the ‘land of song’ before heading north to read music at Edinburgh University.  He teaches piano in Somerset and Wiltshire schools and directs and accompanies several choirs, invariably following the baton of Neil Moore.

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

From the moment you start the walk, 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 and town centre and will include the cemetery and the former workhouse and will tell the story of the town’s built heritage.

The walk is in association 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.

Learn How to Knit with Emma @ EJ Crafts
Sep 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Would you like to join in and try to beat the world record of the longest knitted scarf but don’t know how to knit?

At this workshop with Emma you will learn how to cast on, how to do simple stocking stitch (one row knit, one row purl) and how to cast off.

Come along and be part of this world record attempt.

All materials are provided.

Please book as there are limited spaces.

Tickets available from E J Crafts in Maristow Street.


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 

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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