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Church Open

Church Opening Times

Please refer to the Community webpage for details of the church opening times.
Meetings Notice

 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

Minutes

Minutes

The June minutes for Westwood Parish Council have been approved and Draft August Minutes have been published on the Parish Council webpage.
Accounts

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..

Roger Coleman

Clerk to Westwood Parish Council

 Westwood website: www.westwoodparish.co.uk

Westwood Parish Council Meeting 3rd August 2020

A meeting of Westwood PC (a virtual/remote meeting via Zoom

technology) will take place at 8pm on Monday 3 August 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
via email to date. The August Agenda is published on the Parish Council webpage.

 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:
roger.p.coleman@btinternet.com ) 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.

 Roger Coleman, Clerk to Westwood Parish Council

 

Westwood Parish Council Meeting.

A meeting of Westwood PC (a virtual/remote meeting via Zoom
technology) 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
via email to date.June Agenda

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:
roger.p.coleman@btinternet.com 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.

Roger Coleman

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 roger.p.coleman@btinternet.com

Westwood map 1896

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Collected Minutes Update

Westwood Parish Council Collected Minutes Update

I 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

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

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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. 

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