Westwood School

A very Happy New Year from us all at Westwood School! It was lovely to see so many of you at our Christmas Fair and in school for our festivities. We are now settled back into the new term and already the children are immersed in fascinating topics. You can find out more of what we are enjoying from our class blogs which can be found at westwoodblogs.org.

Our radio station, Westwood Radio, is going from strength to strength and we now have around 15,000 listeners every month tuning in!  We broadcast online every Monday at 8.15am, Thursday at 2.15pm and Friday at 2.15pm on radio.westwoodwithiford.org with all the latest school and community news. Please contact us if you have an item you would like us to promote.

We feel very much part of the local community and our Oral History Project continues to thrive, with a wonderful archive of material being gathered for future generations to enjoy. We also have a number of activities planned and a date for your diary is Friday 15th February when I will be hosting Tea with the Head. All are welcome!

Ian Rockey  Head Teacher


Article published: 30 Jan 2019

Westwood School

Another busy and exciting few weeks have passed at Westwood with Iford School and our run up to Christmas is almost underway. Please join us for our Christmas Fair on Saturday 1st December at school. There will be plenty of festive cheer to get you in the Christmas mood.

Westwood Radio continues to grow, with three live shows a week and over 10,000 listeners last month; tune in at radio.westwoodwithiford.org.  If you would like to advertise on our station, please get in touch as we have some slots available on our schedule.

Our exciting Westwood Oral History Project is also gathering pace  and we are still looking for people that would like to share their memories of living, working, growing up and going to school in the Westwood area. We have already interviewed a number of community members and learnt so much from them about Westwood in the past. We can visit you or you are most welcome to come into school for a very informal chat with some of our delightful children. Please get in touch with the school if you are interested.   From all of us at Westwood School, have a Merry Christmas!    Ian Rockey


Article published: 28 Nov 2018

Westwood School

A big hello again from us all at Westwood with Iford Primary School. I do hope you all had a wonderful summer. We are very much back in to the excitement of a new term, having welcomed our new reception entrants, who have settled so well.

The year has already got off to a fantastic start with everyone enjoying their exciting new topics and working hard. I am delighted to let you know that we are continuing our hugely successful Oral History project, which was so much fun last year. Once again we will focus on understanding and sharing the rich heritage of the village and local community and we will be looking for members of the local and wider community to share their life memories and experiences of living, schooling and working in Westwood over time, through interviews and live broadcasts with our pupils.

If you are interested in taking part in this project, either with a story to tell or as a volunteer transcriber, please contact the school.

We are also looking for members of our community to join our dynamic and supportive governing body this year. Please contact the school office if you are interested.


Article published: 01 Oct 2018

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Westwood Church Fete

The Church Fete this year  will be on Saturday 13th July from 2-4.30pm. in The Manor grounds. This is the same Saturday as last year so please start saving your Brick-a-Brack, Nearly New Items, Books etc!


Article published: 30 Jan 2019

Westwood Scarecrow Trail: Saturday 25 May - Sunday 2 June 2019

This year’s theme is … ‘Numbers’!

 Think of a film, book, character, song etc. which includes numbers or numerical references perhaps you could make a 007 scarecrow, or the 3 Little Pigs or Count Dracula? 

Come up with your own idea, or we can make some suggestions to help you decide. 

Please contact us if you can:

* Make a scarecrow

* Host a scarecrow in your front garden if you are on the route

* Join our friendly group and help with the organisation

* Bake cakes

* Help during the week by selling maps and / or serving refreshments.

Please email westwoodscarecrows@yahoo.co.uk to get involved

(Deadline for scarecrow entries is 31 March 2019).

Save the date: Scarecrow BBQ in Westwood Park on Sat 25 May more info to follow soon.

 

The trail is a really fun village event which raises much needed funds for Westwood with Iford School and Westwood Nursery School thank you in advance for helping us to make it a success The Scarecrow Trail Group


Article published: 30 Jan 2019

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Safari Supper 2018

Thanks to all of you who supported this event for this my first year as organiser. After a struggle to get enough people to make it happen, it all went surprisingly smoothly. Especial thanks to those of you who joined in at very short notice when I was ringing around trying to get the last few. Those who did come were a great crowd, and I think I can say that a good time was had by all. We raised £295 and this was donated to the church. Next year I am hoping we can make it grow, and I will put efforts in over the winter to get more people interested. Encourage your friends and all give it a go together. It’s as much fun as the people who take part make it!   My provisional date for next year is Saturday June 15th, so pop it in your diaries now. I look forward to seeing you at a table somewhere then.  Jane Mitchell jemitchell@talktalk.net

Scarecrow Thanks:


Please can we say a huge thank you to everyone who made and hosted scarecrows for this year’s ‘One of a Pair’ scarecrow trail and of course to all of you who bought maps, and supported refreshments and first ever Scarecrow Barbeque?  We raised a fantastic £2690 which has been split equally between the village school and nursery school.  As ever, our thanks go to Ray and team at the shop for selling our maps, to the Social Club for our parking and to the New Inn, Parish Rooms and number 10 tea gardens who donated our prizes.  See you again in 2019!  The Scarecrow Trail organising group.

Westwood Church Fete 14th July 


On behalf of Westwood Church I would like to thank all of those who came to help us set up in the morning, came to our fete in the afternoon and then those who very nobly came back in the evening to help put everything away. I also thank Emily and Jonathan for allowing us to use The Manor grounds and and the free run of their kitchen. It was all a lovely atmosphere with a lot of camerarderie and fun. The weather was beautiful and we raised a total of £1,776, an increase on last year.    Lesley Chalmers


Article published: 29 Jul 2018

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

Balsam 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

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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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