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.
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
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
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
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!
Article published: 28 Nov 2018
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
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
* Bake cakes
* Help during the week by selling maps
and / or serving refreshments.
Please email email@example.com to get
(Deadline for scarecrow entries is 31 March
Save the date: Scarecrow BBQ in Westwood
Park on Sat 25 May more
info to follow soon.
Article published: 30 Jan 2019
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
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Safari Supper 2018Thanks 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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 email@example.com 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
(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
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,
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.
for your diaries
Easter Egg Hunt : Wednesday 5th April 3.30pm Westwood Park
Sale: Saturday 13th May; so save your jumble.
Article published: 27 Jan 2017
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