Westwood School

Hello again from Westwood School where we have had a very busy start to the year since I last wrote to you, including a trip to London and a live radio show from the centre of a large IT exhibition, a brilliant Safer Internet Day and a visit from the fabulous author, Joe Berger. Once again our fabulous Orchid class dancers took part in the West Wilts Dance Festival at the Bath Forum. With a theme of Love, the children put on a stunning display which was beautifully choreographed and timed to perfection. Our Hockey players also recently took part in an inter-school tournament and came a tremendous fourth. They were such a credit to our school and played with complete confidence. World Book Day was another great success with an array of fantastic costumes. Each class took their own focus for the day and the children had the opportunity to experience some super book-based learning. Our school blogs also continue to thrive in their content and learning, so please do take time to have a look and we would love your comments. Head to westwoodblogs.org to find out more!

Ian Rockey  Head teacher


Article published: 24 Mar 2019

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

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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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Balsam Be Gone!

The Return of  BALSAM BE GONE!   2019

·         Once again, we are inviting 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 at Avoncliff.

·         Himalayan Balsam is a pernicious alien plant that has invaded banks along our rivers by smothering native plants, destroying native fauna and habitat, and contributes to the destruction of the riverbanks.

·         But Himalayan Balsam is easy to control by pulling it up by hand. It comes out easily, and is completely non-toxic, making it a safe and reliable method of controlling its spread.

All we need is two hours of your time on Sunday 23rd & 30th June 2019. We’ll be meeting at the Cross Guns, Avoncliff at 10.30am

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.

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 Sunday 23rd & 30th June 2019 and help us to get this invasive alien species under control.
photo of plant

Balsam plant

Article published: 23 May 2018

Westwood Radio

We are delighted to inform the community that we will be broadcasting LIVE online every Friday at 2.30pm during term time from Westwood with Iford Primary School.

Westwood Radio is a radio station for the community and beyond, organised and run by the children of your local school. Each member of our broadcasting team is responsible for their own research, script writing and broadcasting for each show and we would very much welcome members of our local community to take part! If you have an interesting story, news item or run a local community group that you would like to let people know about, please email us on radio@westwoodwithiford.org and we will be in touch. 

You can listen live to us every Friday using our online player at   http://radio.westwoodwithiford.org  The link will take you to the School website select Blogs & Radio from the menu.

Contact

Email or text us to interact with the show as it happens on 078600 17404. We always read our correspondence. Happy listening!


Article published: 19 Oct 2016

Age Concern

 Please could this be included in the next Westwood Update:

17th. November 2p.m. Discussion hosted by the Seniors Forum with Speakers from Carers Support Wiltshire, Age Concern, the Doctor's Surgery Bradford on Avon, amongst others. Venue Westwood Social Club in the small bar area with complimentary refreshments and information relating to those of us who are Senior Citizens. Those who attend will be invited to ask the '  panel ' about any concerns they may have about the services available for them, particularly with  issues relating to our Village.

 Kind Regards

 Judy Shaw  35 Lower Westwood  BA15 2AR  01225 864949


Article published: 27 Sep 2016

Westwood Church Summer Fete, Saturday 13 July 2019, 2-4.30pm

I am running the Church fete again and Jonathan and Emily have once more kindly given us permission to hold it in the Manor grounds.

I would be very grateful for contributions to stalls which include the Tombola, Plants, Cakes, Books, White Elephant, and the Raffle. Anyone who would be interested in helping, whether it be setting up in the morning, manning a stall, or helping with the clearing up afterwards, would be very welcome. For further information please contact me, Lesley Chalmers Tel. 866734


Article published: 24 Mar 2019

K6 Phone Box in Upper Westwood

Members of the ‘K6 Upper’ phone box group would like to thank the members of the Parish Council for buying the old phone box in order that it might be restored and used as an ‘Exchange Box’. Also, thanks to the ‘Lower Westwood Telephone Box Library’ group for their advice and support.

The phone box will be restored over the next few months and, when ready, will be available for use by all members of our community. We would like to put in fiction and non-fiction books for all ages, jigsaws, DVDs and CDs. Also, during the summer and autumn months, surplus fruit and vegetables may be placed there. (I think we really need a tardis!)

As it is a resource for the whole community, if possible, please could you look out any items that might be appropriate for you to donate in order to help with the initial stocking and re-stocking of the Upper Westwood Exchange Box.

We do hope that this box will become a valuable resource for the local community.


Article published: 24 Mar 2019