Jul 07 2020
Church Opening Times
Please refer to the Community webpage for details of the church opening times.
Westwood Parish Council Notice of Cancellation of Meetings
Please note that the April 2020 Ordinary meeting of Westwood parish Council had to be cancelled as due to the Coronavirus Covid-19 threat all public meetings are banned.
The meetings scheduled for May are also cancelled.
The March minutes for Westwood Parish Council have been approved and Draft June Minutes have been published on the parish Council webpage. The minutes include extra material.
Financial Information Westwood Parish Council's Accounts are published on the Parish Council page as a downloadable PDF file
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.
Parish Council Meetings (and Annual Parish Meeting).
The COVID-19 Pandemic has prompted the cancellation of all previously planned Parish Council and Annual Meetings. This is regrettable but necessary. It is unlikely that regular 'traditional' Parish Council meetings will recommence until July at the earliest.
Action is being taken with a view to holding 'Virtual or Remote' Parish Council Meetings using existing technology (Zoom) to enable councillors to attend (although remotely in their own homes/place of isolation) and for such meetings to be open to the public (a necessary requirement). Recent Government legislation has promoted and permitted such meetings.
As Clerk, I am required to give councillors and the public no less than three clear days notice of Parish Council meetings and such notice will include the Agenda. This requirement remains unchanged under the new legislation. Notwithstanding this, I intend that such meetings will be advertised well before the minimum of three days. I am intending that such notice will be published on the Westwood Website with an invitation that if a member of the public wishes to 'attend' that meeting he/she contacts me via email (details will be provided) and I will provide details of how to join that virtual/remote meeting. Councillors will be contacted directly by me.
No date has yet been set for the (first) virtual/remote Parish Council meeting and the practicalities of holding such meetings is being investigated..
Clerk to Westwood Parish Council
Westwood website: www.westwoodparish.co.uk
Westwood Parish Council Meeting.
A meeting of Westwood PC (a virtual/remote meeting via Zoomtechnology) will take place at 8pm on Monday 1 June 2020 using Zoom technology.
This will be a virtual/remote meeting and you are invited to participate.
I have attached an Agenda which includes a list of decisions made
The meeting is open to the public. If you wish to view the
meeting and/or address the PC on any matter during the Public Participation
item - immediately prior to the formal meeting - please contact me (email:
firstname.lastname@example.org or Answerphone 01225 862770) and I will provide
you with the Zoom 'log-in' details. Your details will only be retained by me
for the purpose of contacting you. They will not be passed to anyone else and
will be deleted once I have contacted you.
25 May 2020
Clerk to Westwood Parish Council
Westwood Nursery School Closure
The Parish Council regrets to inform you that the Westwood Nursery School is to close. It has, over the very many years (around 40 years) provided a valuable service to the many youngsters in Westwood and beyond.
The Parish Council is keen to promote the use of the building and is inviting residents to propose a possible future use for the building.
Any proposed use must be sympathetic to its location. It is very close to houses and there is no available vehicle parking. And its use must benefit the wider community of Westwood. If you do have ideas for its future use, please let the Clerk to the Parish Council know - a brief written description of a possible use and how its use is to be managed should be sent to the Clerk no later than 31 January 2020.
Roger Coleman - email address email@example.com
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. For more information
Registering with the Mailing Preference Service.
This is a free service. Registration can be made on line MPS
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
Please note that material is posted to this website within hours if not
minutes of it being received
Collected Minutes Update
Westwood Parish Council Collected Minutes UpdateI have added the combined minutes for 2019 to the website as a PDF file. The PDF is quite large averaging about 3Mb for each month. The link to the downloads is on the Parish Council webpage.
Westwood Update Apr/May 2020
The news from the current version of Westwood Update No 145 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 webpage in the left hand column.
I have published the deadline dates for copy for the 2020 Westwood Updates on the Community page - in the the right hand column. There is also a copy in the Westwood Update
Geoff Edwards Editor
Owing to the pandemic caused by the Covid-19 coronavirus many of the activities planned for this year will more than likely not go ahead. Let's hope that this dreadful disease will become treatable.
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.