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parish room AGM link

Parish Room update

Please note that there are two items. the AGM and Fundraising event Parish Room


Westwood Parish Council Meeting

The agenda for the 9th January 2017 meeting of the PC is now available on the Parish Council page: Agenda
Westwood with Iford Radio

Westwood Radio

Westwood and Iford now has a community radio. For details visit the Village News web page.


The approved minutes of the November meeting of Westwood Parish Council has been published on the Parish Council web page  Please note the DRAFT minutes of the December 2016 meeting has also been published.


How many people visit the website?

I have added a link to which is a service that records visitors to the web site. It can also record a lot more. Scroll down the About page for Cookies for the link  Stats  

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The Parish of Westwood

The parish of Westwood lies at the western extremity of Wiltshire, a mile to the south-west of Bradford-on-Avon, and stretches about 2.5 km from west to east and 1.5 km from north to south. It occupies an angle formed by the northward-flowing River Frome and the westward-flowing Bristol Avon; these rivers form its southern and northern boundaries, respectively. It includes five smaller settlements, Lower Westwood near the centre, Upper Westwood and Avoncliff to the north, Lye Green to the north-east, and the hamlet of Iford (which straddles the county boundary with Somerset) to the south-west. Since the Second World War, new housing development has created a 'Middle Westwood' in the fields between Upper and Lower Westwood. On the south-west and west, the parish adjoins Somerset and Avon.

The derivation of the place name is easy to guess, reflecting the former thick cover of woodland and its position as the 'western wood' of the Saxon royal estate of Bradford. The name has changed little over the centuries; it was 'Westwuda' in A.D. 987. Avoncliff (called 'Ancliff' in earlier times), as might be expected, stands on a limestone outcrop on a steep hillside above the Avon valley. Westwood is situated on the limestone plateau, and the clay soils were used for arable cultivation until the nineteenth century, since when pastoral farming, and particularly dairying, have predominated. To continue reading visit: Wiltshire Council Community pages and select Comprehensive View.

Westwood Update Error

Please note that the Oct.Nov submission of the Rector's news was republished in the Dec/Jan edition of the Westwood Update. The correct edition has been published on the Communities page and is republished below. The editor  submits his apology for the error and has taken steps to reduce the possibility of error in future.

FROM THE RECTOR….                

 We are already into Advent, that season of excited anticipation, as darkness turns into light with the ‘end of the tunnel’ coming into sight at Christmas.  And so may I take this opportunity of wishing everyone in Westwood a really wonderful and blessed Christmas!  Unfortunately, I have not yet found a way of being in two places at once and so will not be able to be with you on Christmas Day.  But that is my plan for Christmas 2017!

 Meanwhile, lots of exciting activity continues with the works to the Parish Room, and in the last week of the school term we shall be having the Nursery Nativity and the Primary School Christingle Services again which are always real high-spots on my calendar!  And then this year our exciting new ‘Nativity Set Festival’ will be in church on 16 & 17 December - so do come along to that.

 And Holy Trinity, Bradford on Avon has opened its doors again do come and have a look it’s an amazing community resource for you too!                                                                              

 With my very best wishes         

 The Revd Joanna Abecassis

Tel: 864444

E mail: 

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Westwood map 1896

Unsolicited telephone (cold) calls and mail

Unsolicited (cold) calls and mail

Unsolicited (cold) calls and mail are not only a nuisance, but can also lead to pressured sales and sub-standard goods being sold at premium prices. To avoid unsolicited sales calls and mail in the future you should remove your personal details from any sales lists. This can be done by: Registering with the Telephone Preference Service. This is a free service. Registration can be made on line<> or by telephoning 0845 070 0707.


Registering with the Mailing Preference Service.

This is a free service. Registration can be made on line<> or by phone to 0845 703


Electoral Registers.

Electoral registers are updated each Autumn and are lists of all the names and

addresses of everyone who is eligible to vote. There are two editions of the

registers; a full register which is used for elections, preventing and detecting

crime and checking applications for loan or credit and the edited register which

is publically available for marketing and any other commercial activities. When

renewal notices arrive, consider only registering for the full register by

opting out of the edited register. Further information can be found on<




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Website updates

Please note that material is posted to this website within hours if not minutes of it being received

Westwood Update

Westwood Update December/January 2017

The news from the current version of Westwood Update No 125 has been added to the website. News items are published in the appropriate categories. Please do not overlook the links to other pages on the Community web page in the left hand column.

Please note that the date for submitting news for the Feb/Mar 2017 Westwood Update was not edited to 2017. As the Update is published bimonthly, and that could mean twice a month! But is every other month, it can be confusing. I have published the deadline dates for copy for the 2017 Updates on the Community page - on the the right hand column.

Contact local police

For all non emergency calls to the police phone 101.

The telephone company will determine where the call is being made from and direct the caller to the local police for that area. For further information visit: Police UK

This works anywhere in the UK. If you are phoning outside of Wiltshire to report to your local police call 2012 your call will be redirected by the operator to your local police.


Local travel news

The link below is to a Wiltshire Times webpage which has a map centred on Trowbridge but extends to Bath, Chippenham, Frome, Shepton Mallet and Warminster. There is a list of Latest Incidents.

Live traffic and travel news