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Westwood with Iford Radio

Westwood Radio

Westwood and Iford now has a community radio. For details visit the Village News web page

Electric power strike

Lightning strike

 Along with others living on Staples Hill there was a lightning strike last week that damaged computers and other equipment. The strike seemed to me to hit my cottage but it was probably spread over the hill. I have had to replace: my telephone, the line filter, my BT hub, a computer network switch, a computer display, a computer graphics card and a hard drive. My main computer and computer display were protected by an UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) but my equipment still sustained damage. Even my electric meter has broken, power in but no display of the metered use. I have notified the electric board.  BT had to repair the telephone line. 

 This is what I should have done to minimise damage: unplug the phone line from the master socket, unplug all socket plugs (not just switch them off) to the computer and TV etc.  I’ll know better next time there is a thunder storm.  For expert guidance I found this website:

 Geoff Edwards Editor

Recycling calendar 216-2017

Recycling Westwood

The new calendar for Westwood village and hamlets has been published on the Community  page.


The approved minutes of the September meeting of Westwood Parish Council has been published on the Parish Council web page  Please note the DRAFT minutes of the October 2016 meeting has also been published.


How many people visit the website?

I have added a link to which is a service that records visitors to the web site. It can also record a lot more. Scroll down the About page for Cookies for the link  Stats  

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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.

Westwood Stores & Post Office

A shop and Post Office is an important part of a village community ours in Westwood is under threat of closure

Ray and Rita have run the store in Westwood for over 6 years and have increased the stock from a very low level to the wide range on offer today.

Like everyone else they wish to retire but are finding it difficult to find successors, if this does not happen the village stores and Post Office will close.

Westwood Parish Council are investigating the possibility of running it as a Community lead store

 A committee is being set up to investigate the practicalities.

Amongst the problems facing them will be

Raising money, attracting volunteers to manage and staff the shop

Everybody will be affected primarily those who use the shop but also the knock on effect on property prices and community life

Everybody interested in the future of the shop particularly if willing to help please contact:

Parish Councillor Paul Phillips


c/o Westwood Village Stores

Tynings Way


BA15 2BU

Westwood map 1896

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<> or by telephoning 0845 070 0707.


Registering with the Mailing Preference Service.

This is a free service. Registration can be made on line<> or by phone to 0845 703


Electoral Registers.

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<




New Content

Website updates

Please note that material is posted to this website within hours if not minutes of it being received

Westwood Update

Westwood Update October/November 2016

The news from the current version of Westwood Update No 124 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 web page in the left hand column.

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.

Live traffic and travel news