Westwood Parish Rooms BA15 2AF

There is currently a project underway to improve the Westwood Parish rooms adjacent to the church to create a multi-function facility that can be used for a variety of community uses in a pleasant and picturesque setting. The rooms were originally built at the end of the nineteenth century and are in much need of improvement. There are a number of fundraising activities being organised and involvement from everyone in the Westwood Parish is most welcome.

If you would like to know more, support or financially contribute to the project please contact Richard Askew - 01225 863350

Description of the improvements (Link to the PDF Brochure)

 

News from the Churchwardens, April-May 2016

 Church Fabric

 Two merlons (castellations) on the north side of the nave have been found to be unsafe and have been removed. We await the stonemason's estimate for replacing them.

 Parish Room Fundraising and Building Progress

 Requests for estimates for the main building work have been sent to six local contractors and their responses are required by 23rd March. At that point we will be able to draw down the £25,000 grant promised to us by the Medlock Trust as well as the £10,000 landfill grant. These together with the money promised to us by the National Trust bring our total of funds raised to just over the target of £150,000. It is a terrific testimony to the faith of the community in the project that we have achieved this in the 15 months or so since we started fundraising. However the project manager has made it clear that there will be many further contingency costs that will arise and so we are not resting from the task.

As we now have the funds to start work the Parish Room will be closed from 1st May until 1st March 2017.  The last of the monthly Wednesday Coffee Mornings will be on 6th April. We are incredibly grateful for the dedication that Viv and Betty Hancock have shown over many years for managing and maintaining the Room.

 David Chalmers

Jonathan Azis

Churchwardens


Article published: 01 Apr 2016

GOOD NEWS ON THE PARISH ROOM

 

 I am pleased to say that we are now 2/3 of the way towards our £150,000 target, with £52,720 tucked away in the bank and a further £47,000 securely promised.

 

 Westwood, led by the Parish Council, has given a splendid £37,000, while four charitable trusts have given us £23,000 and promised a further £34,000.

 

 To all who have given so generously, very many thanks. If you want to make a donation but have not yet been able to do so, our Treasurer, David Needham, at 38, The Pastures (tel. 866322) will be delighted to hear from you !

 

Meanwhile, we have been able to apply to the Charity Commission to set up the Charity which will administer the Room on along lease from the Parochial Church Council. We can look forward to a refurbished and improved Parish Room that will be there for the benefit of all Westwood residents.

  

                                                                                  Richard Askew 


Article published: 25 Mar 2015

Duncan Hames MP visits Westwood to support the parish room project

Link to Wiltshire Times article: Wilts Times


Article published: 13 Jan 2015

Thank you Westwood!

 

    I should like to say a general "thank you" to everyone who has contributed in any way towards transforming our Parish Room. Your generosity has been amazing.

 

    As you may recall, £150,000 was needed for the six main building operations required to bring our Parish Room up to today's standards and transform our solid but dated building into something that can serve the whole community in many more ways.You should have received details of all that is planned in the brochure that went through every Westwood letter-box (if not, ring me on 863350)

 

    Thanks to your generosity our door-to-door collecting had yielded a wonderful total of £25,000 by early December. By today that sum will have risen. When we add the £40,000 already promised by the National Trust and Holy Trinity, Bradford, that brings us almost halfway to our target and we can approach Trusts and Charities with integrity, having done our level best.

 

    If by any chance you have a cointribution still to make, please deliver it to our Treasurer, David Needham at 38, The Pastures (tel. 866322). If you have already given, well done and thank you!

 

                                     Richard Askew


Article published: 06 Dec 2014

Westwood Parish Rooms Transformation

Architect drawings of the project have been drawn up and can be seen in the Parish rooms. We are in the middle of communication to all residents of the parish, and visitors are travelling around the village and collecting donations. Resident response to date has been very encouraging. A number of trusts have been approached and again feedback is positive.

A forum has been set up

Duncan Hames MP has been approached to provide his support to the project.'


Article published: 22 Nov 2014

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