News May 28 2015


Electrification of the Great Western Mainline

Electrification of the main London to Bristol railway line will result in significant travel disruptions on the Westbury to Bath Spa line in July and August 2015 when it is proposed to close the line between Trowbridge and Bathampton Junction and/or to severely restrict train services to allow that part of the line to be used for the storage of materials for the electrification programme. It is understood that an alternative bus service will operate. More details will be available in due course. Anyone travelling over this July-August period needs to plan their journey(s) well in advance.

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Agenda June PC meeting

The agenda for the June meeting of Westwood Parish Council is now available on the Parish Council page

RNLI Bradford on Avon Branch


The Bradford on Avon Branch of the RNLI has been supporting the Lifeboats since 1969 and has raised many thousands of pounds over the years. But our volunteer numbers are shrinking and we are now having difficulty supporting our fundraising activities. We are desperately in need of new members from Westwood, Winsley and Holt as well as Bradford to join our committee and to carry on our valuable support for this very popular charity. For more information call David Chalmers on 866734 or David Wilson on 864507.



Crime warning

There has been a spate of break-ins and attempted break-ins. Please ensure that your sheds and outbuildings are secure at all times


When are the council's minutes available to read?

Please note that minutes of parish council meetings need to be approved before they can be published. Approval takes place at the following month's PC meeting.

  March 2015 are the latest available

Please note that the April meeting of the council had to be cancelled due to there being not enough councillors present to form a quorum. This is noted in the April minutes for the meeting.
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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.

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For many years now Westwood Parish Council has been in the fortunate position of maintaining a full working group of nine councillors. Regrettably, for different reasons, we have lost three members in the last year and are now down to just six.


The Parish Council is a voice for the local community and, although it has limited  authority, its recommendations and comments are considered by others, particularly Wiltshire Council. This voice is important as, without a Parish Council, authority would pass to Wiltshire Council who, without local knowledge, is much more likely to make decisions that could adversely affect the parish.


If you wish to help your community and have one evening per month available we would welcome your application to join us. In order to apply please contact the Clerk, Roger Coleman, on 01225 862770 or by e-mail at

Westwood map 1896


    Westwood needs your help!!!

 We need volunteers to become parish councillors.

  • Not an onerous task - 1 meeting per month, except August, some emails    and opportunities to get involved in helping the village as much or as    little as you want.    
  • Puts something back in to the village.    
  • Have some fun working with others.    
  • Take responsibilty for making the village better.    
  • If you are interested please call:  
  • Roger Coleman - Westwood Parish Council Clerk 01225 862770  



Please also see:Facebook page "Upper and Lower Westwood"

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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Social football



Over the last five years, there have been weekly games of social football during the summer on the Parish Council football pitch in Westwood Park. It is usually a 6 or 7 a side kick-around on a Thursday evening, from around 7.15pm until the light fades. The games will be restarting on Thursday 30th April, and we are always happy to welcome new players. There is no charge.

We don’t mind if you are male or female, skilled or unskilled, fit or unfit, the only requirement is that you don’t take your football too seriously. However you must be 18 years old or over.

Just turn up on the night, or contact Ed Harrison (07804 648710) if you want more detail.

Elms Cross road closure

Elms Cross road closure

There is to be a closure of part of the road: Details of closure
A36 closure

A36 works 2nd March

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Westwood Update

Westwood Update Jun/Jul 2015

The news from the current version of Westwood Update No 116 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.


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