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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.

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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

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