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, June-July 2016
The majority of the work specified to be undertaken by the 2011 Quinquennial inspection complete, we are about to move into the next five year cycle, and the church architect will be conducting a detailed structural survey this summer.
Parish Room Building Progress
We have been fortunate to have been offered £10,000 from Community First as a Landfill Grant.
All seven trustees have now been appointed as required by the Charity constitution. They are Chris Edwards (chairman), Jonathan Azis, Belinda Lawrie (treasurer) and David Chalmers (secretary) nominated by the PCC, together with Wendy Manister, Caroline Philpott and Philip Wooster.
The contract for the main building work has now been placed with Gary Rogers of Melksham who put in a very competitive price. Approval for the archaeological plan has now been given and tenders will shortly be sought for the groundworks including disabled access.
The Parish Room was cleared on 30th April and all the contents that are reusable have been stored in the Manor barn. We are grateful to Jonathan Azis for allowing us the space and for the many helpers who turned out to sort out and move everything.
This is my (David's) last Churchwardens' report as I have stepped down after a very interesting and busy five years. Paul Slade of Limes Farm Cottage has kindly agreed to take over the reins and was duly elected at the APCM on 23rd April.
Churchwardens Article published: 30 May 2016
News from the Churchwardens,
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
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.
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 AskewArticle published: 06 Dec 2014
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