Over the last few years, the village of Westbury in Buckinghamshire has lost its only pub, several factories and local businesses, its primary school and post office. 

As the village doesn’t have its own school, children are sent to the nearest towns – Buckingham, Brackley and Banbury – and have nowhere to socialise when they come home to Westbury. The lack of community facilities is also a problem for elderly residents, who find it hard to travel to nearby towns for basic services. The village has seen a large increase to its population over the last 10 years with a 38% increase in houses.

In 2015, the community decided to raise funds for a brand new village hall, replacing the old one which was no longer fit for purpose, and to integrate a sports hall, community shop and café. Alongside a community share offer, the project has received funding from various sources, including a £64,250 grant from Power to Change to create the community shop and cafe.

This is an exciting time for Westbury as the new shop is will bring the community together

Susanne Ashley

Project leader