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)


Westwood Parish Room

Work on the building extension is going to plan with plumbing, wiring and plastering in progress. The aim is to complete the building work early in the new year followed by fitting out the kitchen and toilets. The room should be available for use well before Easter, and we are planning a grand opening party in May. Further fundraising events are being planned to allow the the interior fit-out to be enhanced

The groundwork for disabled access has started with the demolition of the wall and paving outside the church west door and should be complete, including the ramp at the church gate, before Christmas.

David Chalmers

Article published: 22 Nov 2016

 Parish Room Transformation Charity


                                       Donations received       £93828-59


            Printing--                                   98-87

            Community First to obtain

                 grant from landfill tax     1141-00

            Parish Room Charity          92588-72

                     Total expenses           93828-59

                                  Balance                                _£00

 The Parish Room Transformation Charity bank account is now closed and all funds have now been passed to the new Parish Room Charity who are tasked with over seeing the renovation.

 The transformation committee wish to thank all the people who so generously donated.

 As you can see from the above figures just over £90,000 has been passed over to the new charity with the expectation of more donations from various trusts.

                              David Needham 866322  (Treasurer for the Transformation Charity)

                               Richard Askew (Chairman)

Article published: 22 Nov 2016

Some words about parish room progress...

"Parish Room

Work on the Parish Room is progressing to schedule with the walls of the extension rising fast. It will soon be obvious from the road when part of the Rectory wall is demolished to create the roadside terrace. After discussion with Diocese Estate Manager, passage through the Rectory drive has now to be controlled and the door into the Rectory grounds is locked, with the key available in the church when disabled access is needed. Work to create the permanent disabled access at the church gate will start in mid-October."

Regards, David

Article published: 27 Sep 2016

Westwood Parish Room

 The builder started work on 13th June on converting the building. The trench for the foundations for the extension has been dug and the building inspector is awaited to approve the layout before pouring the concrete. Negotiations are taking place with Wessex water for a permanent water supply and in the meantime a temporary standpipe should soon be installed. A portable chemical toilet will also soon be made available. The contract has also been placed for the disabled access at the church gate and the paved area at the west door

Article published: 07 Aug 2016

News from the Churchwardens, June-July 2016

 Church Fabric

 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.

 David Chalmers

Jonathan Azis


Article published: 30 May 2016

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