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

Show 2020 Westwood Flower and Vegetable

Monday 31st August

Preparations for this years show will start in earnest in February when the schedule is agreed.

The committee welcomes any suggestions for new categories and also ideas for attractions to help make the show a more enjoyable afternoon for all ages.

Please contact the committee on westwoodshow@hotmail.co.uk with your thoughts.

New to the village? Interested in getting involved? We would love to hear from you.

[Please note that this news item is missing from the Westwood Udate due to an oversight ]

Article published: 27 Jan 2020

News from Friends of Westwood School Feb/Mar 2020

Friends of Westwood School Update. Thank you for attending our Christmas Fair on the 7th of December.


It was again well attended by the community in Westwood, raising over £1000 to re-invest back in our school.


We are looking forward to seeing you all at our ever-popular Quiz Night on the 29th March.


The FoWS Team

Article published: 25 Jan 2020

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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

Westwood Annual Flower and Vegetable Show 2020

 The Westwood Show Schedule is normally printed in April for distribution in May. It is quite possible that large gatherings will still be advised against in August. The Committee has agreed to suspend all progress on show organisation for the time being. If things in the UK improve radically, we can quickly gear up to produce the schedule and distribute - and re-invigorate show preparation. With the village in lockdown for some time, there are things in the show schedule which may inspire people such as gardening and crafting. The Show Committee’s mission is to inspire people to get involved every year - and it is perhaps far more important now whilst we all try to fill our time in our very restricted bubble. We live in hope of a sunnier outcome and will be prepared for it if it materialises - but if, as seems more likely than not at the moment, we have to cancel the Show, we can assure everyone that we will keep the same categories for next year so that their efforts can be displayed for all to see. We might even introduce an additional class for the best item made whilst in lockdown or isolation. And for the gardeners out there, you know that none of this year’s produce will go to waste.

Article published: 02 May 2020

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

Dog Fouling.

Whilst it is recognised that the vast majority of Dog Owners/Walkers act very responsibly in clearing up any mess left by their dog(s) there does remain a small number of Dog Owners/Walkers who do not. This practice is evident as you walk around Westwood and is very unpleasant for those witnessing it and extremely unhealthy for those who unwittingly come into contact with such mess.

To those concerned: PLEASE clear up after your dog(s). It is an offence not to do so and the Wiltshire Council Dog Warden has been alerted to this problem in Westwood. I am sure that you will wish to avoid a Fixed Penalty Notice charge.

Article published: 23 Mar 2020

Scarecrow fun!

This year’s Westwood Scarecrow Trail will run from Saturday 23 May to Sunday 31 May 2020.  It’s a fun-filled half term event for all the family and raises much needed funds for Westwood with Iford School.  If you want to see what we got up to last year, please visit: http://fows.westwoodwithiford.org/scarecrow-trail-2019.html

At time of publishing, we are just deciding this year’s theme.  Look out for posters around the village and follow us on facebook, twitter or Instagram for all this year’s scarecrow news.  We need you!  If you would like to make or host a scarecrow, bake cakes, donate a prize or generally help and support the trail, please email us at westwoodscarecrows@yahoo.co.uk.  Thank you so much for all your support.    

Article published: 02 Feb 2020

Safari Supper 2020

This is a fun event set up over 20yrs ago to raise money for the church. More info at www.westwoodparish.co.uk  under ‘Events’

Please help make this year’s Supper a great success, by joining  us and meeting old friends and new from the village.On Saturday 13th June, we kick off with starters at 7pm.  It is open to residents of Westwood, Avoncliff, Iford and Staples Hill.

Please return completed form (in the April/May edition of Westwood Update) to Jane Mitchell (867322) at 32 Bobbin Lane  WITH PAYMENT by 31st  MAY . I will make every effort to give hosts their 1st preference of courses, but not everyone can do starters!!  Please be prepared to be flexible.  

Article published: 02 Feb 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

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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

Westwood Bells

Westwood bells have been ringing out for forty years now.  The tower has had its ups and downs, but currently there is a stable band of ringers who are doing well.  Not only can we cover Sunday services, but we are also winning competitions.

BUT we do need new blood from the village, so if you are a lapsed or would-be ringer, we’d love to see you.  Practice is 7.30 to 9 pm on Thursdays, and you will be welcome.  We are hoping to have an Open Tower at the fete on July 13th, so see you there if you can’t make a Thursday.

 All enquiries to Sue Lindsey 01225 863503 or westwood@sdgr.org.uk

Article published: 27 May 2019

K6 Phone Box in Upper Westwood

Members of the ‘K6 Upper’ phone box group would like to thank the members of the Parish Council for buying the old phone box in order that it might be restored and used as an ‘Exchange Box’. Also, thanks to the ‘Lower Westwood Telephone Box Library’ group for their advice and support.

The phone box will be restored over the next few months and, when ready, will be available for use by all members of our community. We would like to put in fiction and non-fiction books for all ages, jigsaws, DVDs and CDs. Also, during the summer and autumn months, surplus fruit and vegetables may be placed there. (I think we really need a tardis!)

As it is a resource for the whole community, if possible, please could you look out any items that might be appropriate for you to donate in order to help with the initial stocking and re-stocking of the Upper Westwood Exchange Box.

We do hope that this box will become a valuable resource for the local community.

Article published: 24 Mar 2019