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.
Update link Network Rail
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.
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.
RSS feed update 3rd Nov 2014
Several new categories have been added to the website. Users will need to update their subscription to include the new categories. At present there are 60 categories.
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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.
Cheery Cherry Blossom Time
YOUR VILLAGE NEEDS YOU
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 Roger.P.Coleman@btinternet.com.
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
www.tpsonline.org.uk<http://www.tpsonline.org.uk> or by telephoning 0845 070 0707.
Registering with the Mailing Preference Service.
This is a free service. Registration can be made on line
www.mpsonline.org.uk<http://www.mpsonline.org.uk> or by phone to 0845 703
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
Please note that material is posted to this website within hours if not
minutes of it being received
(SOCIAL) FOOTBALL – PLAYERS WANTED
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
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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