News from Friends of Westwood School.

We are delighted to announce that our annual Christmas Fair will take place on Saturday the 7th December from 2pm to 4:30pm.


 This year we have teamed up with Fine Pines, a local Christmas Tree provider, who will donate £5 to the school for each tree purchased quoting "Westwood with Iford School"

 

There will be a small selection of trees available at the Fair, as well as order forms should you wish to purchase at a later date.

 We look forward to seeing you there.


Article published: 23 Nov 2019

Westwood School

 A few busy and exciting 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 7th December at school. There will be plenty of festive Christmas cheer!

Westwood Radio continues to grow, with over 12,000 listeners last month. Tune in at radio.westwoodwithiford.org.  If you would like to advertise on our station, please get in touch as we do have some slots available in our schedule.

Our exciting Westwood Oral History Project is still active and we are  looking for people who would like to share their memories. We have already interviewed a number of community members and learnt so much from them about Westwood in the past. We are always looking for volunteers to come in and read with children, too, so if you have some time to spare, please get in touch with the school.

Finally,  if you would like your child to join us at Westwood in September 2020, please don’t forget that the deadline for primary school applications is 15th January 2020!

From us all at Westwood School, have a Merry Christmas!

Ian Rockey


Article published: 23 Nov 2019

Westwood School

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

Speaking of which, we are holding our Open Morning on Wednesday 2nd October 2019 from 9.30am-12pm. This is an opportunity for parents of children starting school in September 2020, or indeed, anyone who is new to the area or has primary age children to visit us. I would be delighted to show you around our fabulous school and stunning grounds.

Our Westwood Oral History Project is now into its last year, so 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.

Ian Rockey       Head teacher


Article published: 29 Sep 2019

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Westwood Nursery School Closure

The Parish Council regrets to inform you that the Westwood Nursery School is to close. It has, over the very many years (around 40 years) provided a valuable service to the many youngsters in Westwood and beyond.

The Parish Council is keen to promote the use of the building and is inviting residents to propose a possible future use for the building.

Any proposed use must be sympathetic to its location. It is very close to houses and there is no available vehicle parking. And its use must benefit the wider community of Westwood. If you do have ideas for its future use, please let the Clerk to the Parish Council know - a brief written description of a possible use and how its use is to be managed should be sent to the Clerk no later than 31 January 2020.

Roger Coleman - email address roger.p.coleman@btinternet.com


Article published: 23 Nov 2019

Safari Supper 2019

I am sorry to report that I have had to abandon this year’s Safari Supper due to lack of interest. Support has dwindled over the last 2-3 years.

I am intending to give it one more try next year, so, if you have enjoyed the event in the past and would like to see it continue, please support it by taking part next year. If you haven’t yet tried it, come along and bring your friends help to breathe new life into this fun event!

The date for next year will be Saturday 13th June 2020. Put it in your diaries now.

Thanks to those who have given their payment to the church as a donation, even though the event did not take place. This raised £60.

Jane Mitchell


Article published: 29 Jul 2019

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The Return of  BALSAM BE GONE! Report 2019

The Balsam Be Gone working party had two successful Sunday morning sessions clearing the banks of the rivers Frome and Avon between The Inn at Freshford and Cross Guns at Avoncliff.  The Woodland Trust's 'Broadleaf' brought in people from Trowbridge, Bristol and Malmsbury to support the Westwood volunteers. One of their members came from Freshford on the first session, but sadly we had no one else from Freshford or Limpley Stoke this year. 

We hope that local people will take a look at the problem the Himalayan Balsam is having on their river banks.  It's fun to work together for a couple of hours on a bio-diversity project so close to home!

We wish to thank Mr Godwin and The Woodland Trust for allowing us access to the river banks from their fields. We also wish to thank Flisca for their grant, enabling us to advertise the project for the second year of our community project and BoA council for the loan of equipment. Thanks are also due to the No 10 Cafe at Avoncliff for their refreshments for the volunteers on both days. It was so welcome and their locally roasted coffee is brilliant! Also, many thanks for the willing volunteers that worked so hard at each session.

Watch out for the return of BBG at the end of June 2020.     Sue Field and Kay Crawford


Article published: 29 Jul 2019

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.
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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 Bells

Westwood bells have been ringing out for forty years now.  The tower has had its ups and downs, but currently there is a stable band of ringers who are doing well.  Not only can we cover Sunday services, but we are also winning competitions.

BUT we do need new blood from the village, so if you are a lapsed or would-be ringer, we’d love to see you.  Practice is 7.30 to 9 pm on Thursdays, and you will be welcome.  We are hoping to have an Open Tower at the fete on July 13th, so see you there if you can’t make a Thursday.

 All enquiries to Sue Lindsey 01225 863503 or westwood@sdgr.org.uk


Article published: 27 May 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