Westbury United Reformed Church

The Congregational Church in Westbury was founded by the Reverend Philip Hunton, who on 24 August 1662 was the vicar of All Saints Parish Church.     Because of his refusal to sign the Act of Uniformity he was ejected from that living and later walked up the road and became the first Pastor of the church.  It is thought that the first Meeting House was built around 1693.  This property was destroyed by fire on 18 July 1711.   Legend has it that it was members of All Saints Parish Church who deliberately set fire to the Meeting House.    Undaunted by such a catastrophe the members rallied together and within a month the foundation stone was laid for the second Meeting House.   The cost was partly offset by the sale of land bequeathed by the Reverend Philip Hunton.     

On 25 September 1751 the Reverend John Meylett was appointed Minister.    He had decided views on the abolition of slavery.     It is thought that some of the wealthy members of the church had interests in sugar plantations and did not appreciate the Ministerís views.    This led to a break away and the formation of the Upper Meeting House.   The two Congregational Churches were re-united on 8 May 1940.     In 1972 the Congregational churches joined with the Presbyterian churches to become the United Reformed Church.      The church building has been refurbished over the years and in 2000 the hall was enlarged.    Regular users include  Westbury Probus, Westbury Lions,  and  Westbury U3A 

Revd. David Coppard

Tel.  01373 858805

e-mail;   dcoppard@wiltsunitedchurches.org.uk 

 

(Pastoral Responsibility for:-Warminster United, Westbury Methodist, Westbury URC and Steeple Ashton.)

Address:         Westbury United Reformed Church,  Warminster Road Westbury BA13 3PJ .

Location:        From Warminster road turn left into Hospital Road, then  bear left along The Butts.   There is an entrance just along the road on the left hand side which leads to the Church car park. As the church is on the A350 that post code does not help with parking the car which is at the rear of the church!   The hall/parking post code is BA13 3EU, for the benefit of satnav users!

We meet for worship on Sunday morning at 1100am     Our monthly coffee morning is held on the first Saturday of the month in the hall at 1030 and is well attended.    The Friendship Circle meets twice a month and is open to all.    We support Operation Christmas Child and send 40  shoe boxes each year.    Members contribute items during the year.   We collect non perishable food for the Warminster & District Food  Bank encouraged by one of our members who is a trustee.

Elders:   Mrs. Priscilla Gray, Mrs. Hilary Herring, Mr. Alan Ingram (Treasurer),  Mrs. Maggie Skyrme,  and  Mrs. Fiona Halsall.

Contact;  Mrs Priscilla Gray,  e-mail      westburyurc@wiltsunitedchurches.org.uk 

Representatives: 

Church Secretary/Contact Mrs. Priscilla Gray
Organist Mrs. Jenny Clinch
Sunday school Mr. Steven Clinch
Pilots Mr. David Scott
Contact for bible readings Miss Kathryn Cundick
Churches together Mrs. Priscilla Gray
Organ Rota Mr. Alan Ingram
Covenants Mrs. Fiona Halsall
Friendship Circle Miss Barbara Gerrish
Magazine committee Mr. Alan Ingram
Magazine reporter Mrs. Priscilla Gray
Magazine distribution Miss Kathryn Cundick
Area reps Mrs. Maggie Skyrme & Mrs. Priscilla Gray
Mission & Outreach Mrs. Maggie Skyrme
Flower rota Mrs. Hilary Herring
Hall bookings Mrs. Christine Curtis
Treasurer & Property Mr. A. Ingram
Synod Representative Mrs. Priscilla Gray
Safeguarding Officer Mrs. Hillary Herring

  

View of church from pulpit  View of organ and pulpit from gallery
Westbury PROBUS fortnightly meeting in church hall.

Shoe boxes we packed  for "Operation Christmas Child"  (2016)

 

Our Christmas tree decorated with memory stars sold in aid of the Childrens Hospice South West".  

Shoe boxes (2016)