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A ‘novel’ idea has been unveiled at Heron Rise in Westbury this week.  The Little free library has been installed on Station Road to help facilitate the free exchange of books.

Members of the Westbury Shed, Norman Winter and Tony Reay, took on the challenge of building the Little Free Library.  It is hoped the library will become a useful resource for both the new residents of Heron Rise and the wider community, who are all welcome to partake.

Stocked full of interesting titles

The library is currently stocked full of interesting titles, from children’s books through to thrillers and romantic novels.  Tony from the Westbury Shed has donated some of his trusty DIY books to help pass his skills onto others.  The idea of the Little Free Library is that when someone takes a book to read from the library, you leave one behind for someone else to enjoy.

Alison Bowen, Sales Manager for Newland Homes, comments: “Book swaps are a great way to share a love of reading.  Perhaps discover a new author and start to create a connection with the community around you.  I have borrowed a children’s cookbook to try out some new recipes with my children at home.  We hope this new Little Free Library will be well used by Westbury’s residents.  The idea of reusing and sharing fits with Newland Homes’ ethos of helping our customers to live more sustainably.”

The Westbury Shed

The Westbury Shed is a charity formed in 2015.  It is based on the Men’s Shed ethos first developed in Australia, where it was recognised that men’s emotional wellbeing was at risk due to social isolation and lack of community engagement.  However Westbury chose to make the Shed a community group for both men and women.  It’s always on the lookout for new members.

Members of the Westbury Shed share the tools and resources they need to work on projects.  These can be of their own choosing, at their own pace, and in a safe, friendly and inclusive environment.  In turn this offers an escape from solitude, boredom, or changes in circumstances brought on by retirement, bereavement or any other of life’s twists or turns.  The Shed, off Eden Vale Road, is a place to make new friendships and connections.  For further information visit

Low carbon homes

89 low carbon homes are being built at Heron Rise.  From two bedroom houses and apartments through to three and four bedroom homes, conveniently placed for easy access to Westbury train station.  The homes are proving very popular with buyers from the local area who are looking for a more energy efficient new home.  A new three-bed ‘Tetbury’ showhome is soon to be launched, complementing the two-bedroom ‘Osprey’ show apartment and a four-bed semi-detached ‘Thatcham’ showhome.

A special open day is being held on Saturday 12th August to unveil the new ‘Tetbury’ showhome and the variety of three-bedroom properties at Heron Rise.  To book a tailor-made appointment at this event, please call 01373 229294.  Tailor-made appointments are available daily from 11.00am to 5.00pm.  For further information visit: or follow Newland Homes on social media @newlandhomes

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