News from Smeeton Westerby Village Hall

Bonfire Beacon

What an amazing four days we have had here in Smeeton Westerby, celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. It all started on the Thursday evening when we congregated at the allotments on Gumley Road. We enjoyed refreshments before marching along the road and up the hill to Bungalow Farm, owned by Penny and Pete Rivett. It was here that we lit our village bonfire beacon. As the flames soared into the sky, the sun started to set. It was magical to look out into the distance and see other beacons being lit too. It gave us all a wonderful feeling of togetherness for one purpose, to celebrate the reign of her Majesty.

See pictures of our lit beacon here on the Smeeton Westerby Village website.

Memorial Bench

On Friday, we had a very special but more private event. The Village Hall Committee invited Meriel Buxton to join us for afternoon tea in the garden. We unveiled a memorial bench for her beloved husband, James. He was such a key figure in our village and is sorely missed. We all remember him riding through the village with his wonderful smile, looking up and proclaiming, “Wonderful day!”

We, therefore, felt that it was very fitting to have this engraved on the plaque on his bench, which now stands in the Village Hall garden.


On Saturday, it was our village BBQ on Mike and Philippa Britten’s field behind the Church. We had two additional new BBQs bought for the village by the parish council. Many people came to join in the fun, cook their own food and generally enjoy a convivial evening together. It was such a nice night, only dampened a little by the cold wind that blew across the field. Still we made the most of it, huddling around the BBQs for warmth!

Street Parties

And then onto Sunday – our street parties. Again the inclement weather meant a change of plans and these ended up being held mainly inside. The Village Hall opened its doors and as people arrived, it was amazing to see how many cakes had been donated. By the time we left, I am sure we all were all several pounds heavier!

Dates for your Diaries!

Sunday 3 July – ‘Brass on the Grass’

This is our Annual Concert by the Oddfellows Brass Band, and one not to miss.

  • Where: The allotments, Gumley Road, Smeeton Westerby
  • Starts: At 5.30 for 6.00pm.

Bring chairs and/or a blanket & come along and enjoy the refreshments available. Then sit back and relax as the band starts to play. All proceeds will go to GEMS in memory of Kelvin Capell.

Friday 15 July – Barn Dance with The James Joyce Ceilidh Band

Liz and Bill Vickers have offered a barn at Newstead Farm, Mill Lane, Smeeton Westerby, starting at 7.00pm. Tickets cost £15 to include a hog roast supper. We will also offer vegetarian options. Please bring your own drinks and glasses. To purchase a ticket please ring Philippa on Tel:01162793841 or Tel:07748878027.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Janet Lord