Westwood School update May 2018

 Hello again from Westwood School! We have had another busy few weeks with lots to celebrate and report.
Our Oral History Project is gathering tremendous pace and publicity and by half term we will have 6 fabulous interviews on our website, westwoodheritage.uk. Please add your stories too using the website form as we would love to read about your memories and if you would like to get involved, please email heritage@westwoodwithiford.org or follow us @wwiheritage on Twitter.

I must say a huge well done to our brilliant Year 6 children who took their SATs this week and were a credit to the school. As always they worked incredibly hard and we could not be more proud.

Thank you if you have taken the time to listen in to our radio station, Westwood Radio. Our listener figures are booming and we will soon be welcoming back Ben Prater from BBC Wiltshire’s Breakfast Show to broadcast from our playground as part of their Step into Summer campaign! Find out more on radio.westwoodwithiford.org, including all of our shows to listen again.

 See you at the Summer Fair on Saturday 7th July!

Ian Rockey      Head Teacher


Article published: 23 May 2018

Westwood with Iford School News

Hello again from a very busy Westwood School! Thank you so much to those of you who attended our recent quiz night. It was a delight to see the hall full of members of our community!

Hopefully you will now be aware that out Oral History Project is up and running and has its own website - westwoodheritage.uk There you will find a fascinating interview with David and Kate Windo about growing up in Westwood. There is also the opportunity to view some old photographs of Kate’s from school days gone by - are you in there anywhere? Plus you can tell us your story or get in touch if you would like to contribute to the project. We will be coming out into the community and even broadcasting live as well, so do keep an eye on our website, our blog heritage.westwoodblogs.org and our Twitter feed @wwiheritage as there will be so much to share over the coming months.  With signs of Spring in the air, we are all looking forward to another wonderful term with lots of community involvement. 

Ian Rockey  Head teacher


Article published: 26 Mar 2018

Westwood with Iford School News

A very Happy New Year from us all at Westwood School. We were delighted to see so many of you at our Christmas Fair and now we are back for another exciting term.

Thank you to those of you who attended our Westwood Oral History Project launch meeting. We are looking forward to getting this underway and are now in a position to start compiling our group of community members who would like to share their memories. If you, or someone you know, would be happy to chat to some of our wonderful children about living and growing up in the village, do please get in touch. Our email address is heritage@westwoodwithiford.org or you can call the school on 862408. We would love to hear from you.

Although this is a short term we have so much to look forward to - our dancers are taking part in another Bath Forum extravaganza, and we have a whole school Ocarina day coming up. You can keep up to date with all that is happening at your local school on our website: westwoodwithiford.org or via our class blogs at westwoodblogs.org.


Article published: 24 Jan 2018

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Balsam Be Gone!

BALSAM BE GONE invites our local communities to help us control the destructive Himalayan Balsam on the banks of the rivers Avon and Frome between The Inn at Freshford and The Cross Guns, Avoncliff.

All we need is two hours of your time on Sunday 10th, 17th and/or 24th June 2018. We’ll be meeting at Tess’ gate at 10.30am (see map below).

Himalayan Balsam is a pernicious alien plant that has invaded the paths and banks along the rivers Frome and Avon. It flowers from June to October and its seeds disperse over a wide area of fresh ground when the seedpods burst open. Himalayan Balsam eventually smothers native plants, destroying native fauna and habitat, and contributes to the destruction of the riverbanks through soil erosion in the winter.

But Himalayan Balsam is easy to control either by pulling it up by hand or cutting it down. It comes out easily, and is completely non-toxic making these safe and reliable methods of controlling its spread.  Join us on 10th, 17th and 24th June and help us to get this invasive alien species under control.

photo of plant

Article published: 23 May 2018

Westwood Parish Council AGM

Could you help to save a life?  Defibrillators save lives and we are fortunate to have two in Westwood - One at the Social Club and one at Avoncliffe  But would YOU feel confident to use it?   It’s easy really, but better to know in advance than wait for a real life emergency, when minutes can make all the difference.

On the evening on Monday 30th April 2018 you can come to take part in demonstrations to show how it works

So join us at Westwood Parish Rooms and find out what else the Westwood Parish Council have been up to for example did you know we have just bought the red telephone box on the lower road for £1 come along and find out why.  Or that we have a Parish Steward two days every month doing small repair jobs in the village.  Also get an update on the Community Speed Watch         at  7.30 on    Monday 30th April 2018        All Welcome


Article published: 26 Mar 2018

Safari Supper - for the uninitiated!

This is a charity event, started many years ago, to raise money for the church.

The basic idea is that people meet at tables of 8 for starters, move to another house for the main course, and again for sweet .Each time, travelling in pairs, you will meet a different set of people, until we all come together at the end for coffee. Most people will need to cook a course for it to work (25% starters, 25% mains,25% sweet), and then about 25% can come purely as guests. Drinks are provided by your host. The event is open to residents of Westwood, Avoncliff and Iford.   The cost is £10 per couple, if you cook, and £50 as guests.

It is a great opportunity to eat good food, drink too much, stagger around the village and meet new people.  If  you come without a partner, I will pair you up as appropriately as possible for the evening.                 

Clearly this takes a good bit of organization, so you do have to sign up well in advance. Watch Update for details.

 This year it will be on Saturday 2nd June.    Jane Mitchell    jemitchell@talktalk.net       867322


Article published: 24 Jan 2018

Westwood Craft Fair

Thank you to all those who came along to the craft fair, which hosted a wide range of stalls selling very high quality products. We had another very successful outcome raising £95 for both Cats in Distress and Medical Detection Dogs. Both charities hosted stalls there in order to promote themselves and raise money in their own right.

Jo Meggs and Annette Dineley


Article published: 20 Nov 2017

Crafting tools and materials.

If anyone has spare crafting tools, materials and fabrics they no longer need, we would love to receive them to sell at the craft fair in the social club to raise funds for the charity ‘Medical Detection Dogs’. Please drop them off to me at 125, Upper Westwood or bring them in on the morning of 21st October. Thank you. Jo Meggs


Article published: 27 Sep 2017

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Westwood scarecrows are back! 

Our annual village scarecrow trail raises much needed funds for Westwood with Iford School and Westwood Nursery School.   It takes place from Saturday 26th May to Sunday 3rd June 2018 this year. 

As ever, we need people to make scarecrows and to host scarecrows in their front gardens along the route.  The theme this year is ‘One of A Pair’ think about a famous pair or duo, and you need to make one of them with hints and clues as to the pair.  The trail goers will have to guess which famous pair it is.  As an example, you could make ‘Tom’ from ‘Tom and Jerry’ Google ‘famous pairs or duos’ for more ideas.  It would be great to have a wide range of scarecrows from film, TV, books, sport, history … the scope is endless!  It also would be lovely to have some that our younger nursery and school aged trail goers can easily guess too.  Pictures of last year’s scarecrows are available at http://www.westwoodnursery.org/scarecrow-trail.html to inspire you. 

To volunteer to make or host a scarecrow, or to find out more, please email westwoodscarecrows@yahoo.co.uk (by Wed 28th March).  We also need people to help make or serve cakes and refreshments during the week itself, and donations of prizes for the trail all offers of help and support very much appreciated.  With many thanks from the Scarecrow Trail organizing group.


Article published: 24 Jan 2018

Westwood Scarecrows

By the time you read this, our Family Films Scarecrow Trail will have passed.  This is an annual fundraiser for our school & nursery.  A huge thank you to all our wonderful scarecrow makers and hosts, to Westwood Shop for selling maps, and to the Social Club for providing parking.  Many thanks also to the New Inn, No 10 Tea Gardens, the Cross Guns and Johannah's Silver Jewellery who all supported us with prizes.  Answers will be available at www.westwoodnursery.org/scarecrow-trail from 16 June.  Don't forget to 'like' on Facebook (Westwoodscarecrowtrail) or 'follow' us on Twitter (wwoodscarecrow) to show your support.  Lastly, thank you so much to all of you who supported the event as trail goers - we do hope you enjoyed it.  Lilly, Bryony, Jo, Rachel, Helen, Kay & Jo (aka the Trail Organisers)


Article published: 02 Aug 2017

Westwood Nursery School news

The children learnt about spring last term, turning their footprints into chicks, planted carrots, sweetcorn, peas and lettuce seeds and are busy watering them to help them grow. We looked at daffodils and had a really good go at painting our own. We made our Mummy’s/Nanna’s a wind chime for Mothering Sunday. This term we have been doing lots of games with numbers.  Over the Easter holidays we had 4 separate reports of youngsters in the nursery garden sitting on the playhouse roof, the garage roof and generally messing about, on one occasion being verbally abusive to our maintenance man. We have contacted the local police and they have asked if anyone sees anyone in the nursery garden outside our opening times to contact them on 101. The nursery garden is for the use of the nursery only so please can you remind your youngsters of this as the summer holidays approach, thank you.

We would like to give a massive thank you to all the villagers who have put their Sainsbury’s vouchers through our door, we are going to get counting, then choose some new resources for the children.

Dates for your diaries

Jumble Sale: Saturday 10th June; so save your jumble.


Article published: 24 May 2017

Westwood Update January 2017

In November we made firework pictures and celebrated the festival of Diwali; making lanterns and rangoli patterns. We dressed in spots for Children in Need and made poppy wreaths on Remembrance Day; the children participated in 2 minutes silence too. December saw the nursery adorned by beautiful Christmas decorations made by the children; they all also made and decorated a hand print with magic modelling clay to decorate the tree for the Tree Festival held in Holy Trinity Church in Bradford-on-Avon.  We visited Westwood with Iford School to watch their nativity performance. The children practiced their nativity songs with enthusiasm and on December the 14th the children dressed up and performed their songs at the village church watched by their families and hosted by the Mothers Union. The term finished with our Christmas party and a visit from Father Christmas.

Dates for your diaries

Annual Easter Egg Hunt : Wednesday 5th April 3.30pm Westwood Park

Jumble Sale: Saturday 13th May; so save your jumble.


Article published: 27 Jan 2017

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