News Sep 02 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 links Network Rail  First Great Western detailed document including bus timetables for Westwood

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Agenda September Meeting

The agenda for the September 2015 meeting of Westwood Parish Council is now available on the Parish Council web page


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.

  June 2015 are the latest available


Agenda August Meeting

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

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.

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.


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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.

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<




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Website updates

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Westwood Update

Westwood Update Aug/Sep 2015

The news from the current version of Westwood Update No 117 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.


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