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WESTBURY City Council is hosting a week of free events for all residents, starting Monday August 1, to mark 150 years of The Laverton in Bratton Road.
With something for all ages, there will be a movie night, an afternoon tea dance, a kids’ craft session, a special lunch hosted by Abraham’s Kitchen including a movie and a magician for the kids, a lunch-meeting where businesses can meet the mayor, and a quiz night. The events are free, but anyone wishing to attend is asked to register.
Early next month will mark 150 years since the cornerstone of The Laverton building was laid by Abraham Laverton, who generously funded the development of the now Grade II listed building, which has housed Westbury City Council since 2003.
When setting up the charity The Laverton, Abraham Laverton described its aim of “the provision and maintenance of a community center for the use of the people of Westbury without regard to political, religious or other opinions , with the aim of improving the living conditions of the said inhabitants.
Today, Le Laverton remains a community venue for the city and its hall and rooms can be rented for private purposes.
In describing the 150th anniversary celebrations, City Clerk Deborah Urch said: “We have tried to accommodate the needs of all ages with a wide variety of planned events which we hope Westbury residents will attend and enjoy. opportunity to enjoy this magnificent building which was built for the benefit of our community.”
The 150th anniversary events will take place at Le Laverton on the following dates:-
Monday August 1: The week will begin with a screening of the popular film “Belfast”, written and directed by Kenneth Branagh. The film received seven Academy Award nominations and six British Academy Film Award nominations, winning Best British Film.
Tuesday, August 2: Local businesses are invited to meet the Mayor, cllr Sheila Kimmins, and council officers at a business breakfast where tea, coffee and bacon or sausage rolls will be served from 9am . It’s a great opportunity to network before the workday starts.
Wednesday August 3: Abraham’s Kitchen will host a ‘Lunch at The Laverton’ from 12pm to 3pm. The town council says, “Join us for a ploughman’s lunch and meet new friends. There will also be a popular movie and a magician to entertain the children.
Thursday, August 4: The town hall organizes a craft session for children up to 12 years old from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. In keeping with the Victorian theme, children will make crafts based on Victorian toys; cup and ball toys, spinners and pop-up puppets, but with the modern twist of using today’s materials.
Friday August 5: A quiz evening will end the working week at 7 p.m. The city council says, “Come with teams of four to six and test your knowledge and skills at this event. You don’t have to be Einstein, but you do need a sense of humor and a willingness to have fun! All alone? No problem as you can join other guests to form a team.”
Saturday August 6: Swinging Cymbals Dance Events hosts an Afternoon Tea Dance from 2-4:30 p.m. The dance is a 50/50 mix of ballroom dancing and Latin American sequences, all to carefully selected music, with a mid-dance break for tea/coffee and homemade cake. All levels of dancers are welcome, including singles and beginners.
The town hall is happy to make all these events free, but asks residents to register for these events. Further information can be found on the City Council website www.westburytowncouncil.gov.uk or by calling the City Council offices on 01373 822232.