Nov 27 2015
The minutes of the October meeting of Westwood Parish Council have been published on the Parish Council web page Please note the DRAFT minutes of the November meeting have also been published
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Footpath Freshford to Westwood
Please be advised that the works to improve the Freshford
BA12/5 footpath have now been completed and the path is open. There is some fencing
to repair and a minor tidy up but apart from that everything has been
As you are aware most of the work involved was to install
gabion baskets under the surface of the footpath, in order to stabilise
the surface. These cannot be seen. The overhanging branches and
vegetation have been cut back and this has widened the footpath and will
hopefully let more light in. The footpath has been levelled out as much as
Unfortunately, as this footpath is prone to flooding
it is not possible to stone the surface as it would get washed away into the
Neighbourhood Plan questionnaire
Reminder: All parishioners should have received a questionnaire delivered to them which they were asked to complete after going to a meeting arranged by the Westwood Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group (NPSG)
If you did not receive the questionnaire please contact the NPSG using the Contact form on this website supplying your name and address and a questionnaire will be delivered to you.
Please note that completed questionnaires can be handed in at the Westwood Shop/Post Office.
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.
WESTWOOD PARISH CHURCH
Saturday, 28 November 2015 11am-2pm
Westwood Social Club
Stalls! Tombola! Raffle!
• Children's Lucky dip & Face-painting
• Lunches & Refreshments Available
Come & enjoy the fun!!
Admission @ £1 – Children free
All proceeds to Westwood Church Funds – Thank you!
Help on the day would be much appreciated, and donations are always welcome, cakes, preserves, prizes etc, to be taken to Betty Hancock 17 Boswell Road, or Lesley Chalmers, Badgers, Lower Westwood on the morning of the Bazaar or the day beforehand.
Aid Refugee Children
Venue - Westwood Social Club
Friday 11.12.15 - 19:30
Collection – think
“warmth for winter” & funds to help transfer items over to camps & buy
food/medical supplies …
Small polythene bags of outfits
with the age of the child stated, are proving most especially useful in the
Greek Islands (I am told by the volunteers at the camps) - - - Once hauled out
of the sea the children can then quickly take off wet clothes & put on the
dry ones from these packs – volunteers just grab an age-appropriate pack – - -
also is a personal touch direct from you to them if made up by yourself.
Photographs attached separately
– they may not be suitable for very young children.
Stella (GP) 07919 655622
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.
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
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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
Westwood Update Dec/Jan 2015/16
The news from the current
version of Westwood Update No 119 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.