Rcycling Calendar Update
I have not received one of the card calendars so far from Wiltshire Recycling. I have visited the council website and downloaded a calendar for both Westwood village and for the outer areas. It replaces the 2013 ones and is valid to March 2014. The calendars are published on the Community page.
Agenda Dec 2013
Agenda for Westwood parish council meeting
The agenda for 2nd December 2013 meeting of the parish counicl is now available on Parish Council 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.
October 2013 are the latest available. The minutes for November will be approved at the December meeting.
NB owing to a technical issue October's minutes are available only as a PDF document at present
October Minutes delayed owing to a technical issue:
Link to PDF for the time being: October minutes pdf
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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.
Talk to your Parish Council!
Would you like to:
- Talk to your Parish Council about something
- Raise a problem with your Parish Council
- Ask your Parish Council to do something
- Ask for some information from/about your Parish Council
Your Parish Council will be holding surgeries at The New Inn on the fourth Wednesday of every month at 730 pm to 9.00 pm Come and talk to us!!If you have any queries please call: •Allan Parker-Chairman, 07774 941166
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
Westwood village shop and post office Will we use it or lose it?
Many villages have lost their village shop and post office, so we are very lucky that ours has survived.
In 2006, when the Government announced it would stop funding the Post Office Card Account after 2010, the Western Daily Press launched a major campaign to save thousands of branches. Their message was "Don't Sound the Last Post". There was a petition in our own branch, as a result of which we contributed over 200 signatures.
Sadly, there is now a real danger that we could lose our post office after all. If all many of us do is to use the postal facilities and buy our papers there, it certainly will not survive. So PLEASE use the shop more. Rita and Ray do a great job, working very long hours. Have you checked out the money saving offers, many of which are as good as, or even better than, those in supermarkets? I have - I now buy all my wine there!
Seriously, please join me and try to spend more in the shop than you do now. I would hate to lose it - would you? If so, please rally round and give your support.
Editor's note: a village that has a shop and post office adds several thousand pounds to the value of its homes.
Westwood village store & Post office: a message from Ray and Rita Parsons
We would like to welcome all and any newcomers to support your Westwood store. Over the last eighteen months Rita and I have worked very hard to resurrect your village shop and Post Office.
We have been trying every sales building idea, Starting with customer service, top selling lines along with Costcutter local special offers. So good so far, but now we need eXta support, as we would like to offer an even better service to the community.
The cost of an extension of 500 sq feet, the fitting out, moving the Post Office, and introducing an in-store Bakery is substantial but we feel that it is necessary. We need to raise our turnover to meet the cost of our vision by an extra, £200 per day. Would you please support this appeal?
Ray and Rita Parsons
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Please note that material is posted to this website within hours if not
minutes of it being received
October 2013 news updates
I have updated the website taking news material from the Westwood Update issue 105. Unlike the Westwood Update material that is added to the website is largely cumulative, this means that older news has to be either deleted or archived. At present it has not been necessary to archive material. As far as possible most of the news is easy to find. The exception being news that has been placed on pages that are only accessible from the links on the Community page. In addition to text based news the website can accommodate photographs and video movie material.
Please note that material is added in chronological order and only a certain number of articles may be present on the visible page. The website news is now just over 19MB in size, that excludes photographs, audio and video files.
Facebook: Upper & Lower Westwood
There is a link to the newly formed Facebook group located on the Community web page. The group provides an informal means to both communicate with the parish council and discuss what's going on and what could go on.
Wiltshire Police Website
Neigbourhood Policing Team
Everyone is being encouraged to register on the new Wiltshire Police website for more information about local policing in one easy-to-access format - with a chance to win an Intel laptop by signing up.
for further information go to the Community page
Ragwort is one of five injurious weeds covered by the Weeds Act of 1959. The Ragwort Control Act amended this and was adopted by the government on 20th November 2003 and came into action three months later on 20th February 2004. The new Act, which was sponsored by the British Horse Society makes new provisions for the safety and welfare of horses and other animals. The Act enabled the Secretary of State to form a Code of Practice to prevent the spread of Ragwort. This Code of Practice was launched at the Royal Show in July 2004. If you are a landowner, please follow the Code of Practice.
A number of public footways in Westwood have become obstructed because of overgrown shrubs and hedges. Please could those householders cut back this growth so that the full width of the footway is available for pedestrians to use.
Horse riding in Westwood Park
This is a reminder to horse riders that riding through Westwood Park is prohibited, and there are notices at both entrances to this effect.
Bridleway at Staples Hill (Path WW0020)
This bridleway is well used by horseriders and walkers and, from time to time, this Right of Way is obstructed by parked cars where it emerges on to Staples Hill from the Westwood direction. Please take care when parking NOT to obstruct this path.
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.