Westwood School

Hello again from Westwood with Iford School. We have had a very busy start to the year since I last wrote to you and there is a lot to look forward to in the coming weeks. World Book Day was a great success with an array of fantastic costumes. Each class took their own focus for the day and the children had the opportunity to experience some super book based learning. With a fabulous book swap to end the week, everyone took home a new and exciting read for the weekend!

Our school community continues to thrive; however, we do have a few spaces available for children starting in September 2020. I would be delighted to show prospective parents around, so please contact our school office on 862408.

Our school blogs continue to grow in their content and learning, so please do take time to have a look and we would love your comments. Head to www.westwoodblogs.net to learn all about the daily learning taking place and join an international audience of thousands appreciating our amazing children’s work!

Ian Rockey  Head teacher


Article published: 23 Mar 2020
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15th Bath (Freshford) Scouts update

We are delighted once again to open our doors to our fabulous Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. We can’t wait to welcome everyone back and get stuck into the fun, challenging and adventurous activities that our young people love so much.

Our leaders are working hard to plan exciting programmes for the weeks ahead. And we are hopeful that our series of camps planned for this year can be rescheduled for 2021 to provide those scouting experiences that will be remembered for years to come.

As always, our success depends upon volunteers providing an extra pair of hands or offering to teach a new skill. Please do let us know if you can spare some time on Thursday evenings to help us out.

For all membership and volunteering enquiries, please contact:
Beavers - 6 to 8 years - Gary MacQuarrie: gary.macquarrie99@gmail.com
Cubs  8 to -10.5 years  Sam Lascelles: sam.lascelles@gmail.com
Scouts  10.5 to -14 years  Michael Edwardes: mjedwardes@yahoo.co.uk



Article published: 18 Sep 2020

The Chairman, on behalf of Westwood Parish Council, expressed grateful thanks to all those individuals at Westwood Stores and elsewhere who had provided valuable and much appreciated support to the community of Westwood Parish, especially the support given to the more vulnerable members of the community. The Council resolved that this sentiment reflected
the views of the Parish Council


Article published: 02 Jun 2020

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Council Tax - FY2020/21.

The Parish Council has very regrettably had to make a substantial increase in the Parish Precept for the next Financial Year. This has been as a direct result of significant additional costs associated with the maintenance of the (old) Nursery School building at Upper Westwood now that it remains empty until a new tenant/use is found and additional legal costs associated with this and other matters. Additional costs, such as, establishing a reserve for the refurbishment of the Play Area (and equipment) in Westwood Park - much overdue - and increased costs associated with open space (Playing Field, Westwood Park, Cemetery) maintenance have conspired to make such an increase necessary. For FY2020/21 the increase in the Parish precept is £7000 (from £25500 for FY2019/20 to £32,500 for FY2020/21) and this represents an increase of £14.45 per year for a Band D Council Tax payer - around £1.20 per month.

At the Budget Setting meeting in January next year the Parish Council will be looking to see whether the Parish Precept can be reduced to the more traditional levels of recent years


Article published: 23 Mar 2020

The Return of  BALSAM BE GONE! Report 2019

The Balsam Be Gone working party had two successful Sunday morning sessions clearing the banks of the rivers Frome and Avon between The Inn at Freshford and Cross Guns at Avoncliff.  The Woodland Trust's 'Broadleaf' brought in people from Trowbridge, Bristol and Malmsbury to support the Westwood volunteers. One of their members came from Freshford on the first session, but sadly we had no one else from Freshford or Limpley Stoke this year. 

We hope that local people will take a look at the problem the Himalayan Balsam is having on their river banks.  It's fun to work together for a couple of hours on a bio-diversity project so close to home!

We wish to thank Mr Godwin and The Woodland Trust for allowing us access to the river banks from their fields. We also wish to thank Flisca for their grant, enabling us to advertise the project for the second year of our community project and BoA council for the loan of equipment. Thanks are also due to the No 10 Cafe at Avoncliff for their refreshments for the volunteers on both days. It was so welcome and their locally roasted coffee is brilliant! Also, many thanks for the willing volunteers that worked so hard at each session.

Watch out for the return of BBG at the end of June 2020.     Sue Field and Kay Crawford


Article published: 29 Jul 2019

Westwood Radio

We are delighted to inform the community that we will be broadcasting LIVE online every Friday at 2.30pm during term time from Westwood with Iford Primary School.

Westwood Radio is a radio station for the community and beyond, organised and run by the children of your local school. Each member of our broadcasting team is responsible for their own research, script writing and broadcasting for each show and we would very much welcome members of our local community to take part! If you have an interesting story, news item or run a local community group that you would like to let people know about, please email us on radio@westwoodwithiford.org and we will be in touch. 

You can listen live to us every Friday using our online player at   http://radio.westwoodwithiford.org  The link will take you to the School website select Blogs & Radio from the menu.

Contact

Email or text us to interact with the show as it happens on 078600 17404. We always read our correspondence. Happy listening!


Article published: 19 Oct 2016

Freshford and District Art Group

We are a small group of people, who meet on a Tuesday morning to pursue our own art projects within a sociable and friendly setting. We are re-locating to the Parish Room in Westwood as from Tuesday 3rd March and would welcome new members. There is a small annual subscription.

Would you like to come and join us?

Please contact Ann on 01225 866861 or email at ann.barry.chapman@btinternet.com ,if you are interested.


Article published: 25 Jan 2020