Oct 21 2016
Westwood with Iford Radio
Westwood RadioWestwood and Iford now has a community radio. For details visit the Village News web page
Electric power 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: http://stormhighway.com/surge_protectors_ups_lightning_protection_myth.php
Geoff Edwards Editor
Recycling calendar 216-2017
Recycling WestwoodThe 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 Statcounter.com 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
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
www.tpsonline.org.uk<http://www.tpsonline.org.uk> or by telephoning 0845 070 0707.
Registering with the Mailing Preference Service.
This is a free service. Registration can be made on line
www.mpsonline.org.uk<http://www.mpsonline.org.uk> or by phone to 0845 703
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
Please note that material is posted to this website within hours if not
minutes of it being received
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.