News Oct 13 2015

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 Minutes of September meetings

The minutes of the two meetings of Westwood Parish Council have been published on the Parish Council web page

Please note that two meetings took place. First the ordinary meeting of the parish council and later in the month an extraordinary meeting, this meeting is more recent than the ordinary meeting so it is published above the ordinary meeting on the web page.


Avoncliff to Freshford footpath works update 9th Oct

Due to the weather earlier this week the improvement works to this footpath have been delayed but should be completed by the end of next week - 16th October. 


The site will be made secure again on Monday 12th October for the remainder of the works.

Please be advised that this footpath will be closed until  Monday 12th October.


B&NES appreciates that this is inconvenient for walkers, but their contractor is having difficulty securing the site with several people climbing over the gates in order to get access.


The gabion baskets are due to be installed this week.  B&NES will put more notices up informing walkers that the footpath is officially closed until Monday 12th October

Please not the repair works update on the Village News page for further information

Website Update

Website Update

The website has been updated. For some time there has been a shortage of memory due to the large size of the accumulated Minutes. For example, 2011's Minutes consist of 94 A4 pages of data.

The site's Search tool has also been affected, this should be fully operational now as several years' Minutes have been removed and republished as PDF files.

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.

Thank You from the Scarecrow Organisers!


We’d like to say a big thank you to Westwood Village for supporting our scarecrow trail.  Particular thanks go to all at Costcutters Shop for their enthusiastic map selling and to the Social Club for allowing us to use the car park we really couldn’t do it without you! 


Huge thanks also to our scarecrow makers and hosts yet again, we were amazed and delighted with your wonderful scarecrows.    


Without all this support, we could not have raised our record breaking total of £1461.  This is a fabulous amount to share between Westwood Nursery and Westwood with Iford School. The nursery plans to spend the money on continued improvements to the outdoor space and the school is looking forward to putting the money towards new playground equipment.


We received some lovely feedback about the quality of the scarecrows and how much people enjoyed the trail. People came from far and wide - Bath, Bristol, Wales and London to name a few!  If there are any scarecrows you couldn't work out, the answers are available on the school and nursery websites along with the winners.


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<




New Content

Website updates

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

Westwood Update

Westwood Update Oct/Nov 2015

The news from the current version of Westwood Update No 118 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 column. The most recent new page is Westwood Parish Rooms. There is also a News from the Churchwardens page, which might include news about the Parish Rooms and events.

Diary Note: Westwood Parish Christmas Bazaar, Saturday 28th November, 11-2pm the Social Club 

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