Westwood School

Hello again from a very busy Westwood school! Once again the weeks are fairly racing by with so much to celebrate!  With the Scarecrow Trail just two weeks away, please take a look at our new play equipment, all weather path and stunning grounds as you pass through. Our gardening club have been working really hard to make our site look glorious.

I must say a huge well done to our brilliant Year 6 children who are taking their SATs this week and are such a credit to the school. As always they work incredibly hard and we could not be more proud of them.

Thank you if you have taken the time to listen in to our radio station, Westwood Radio. Our listener figures are booming and we have also been nominated for a Young Arias award! We will be heading to BBC Broadcasting House this week to a special awards ceremony, so watch this space!

Finally, a huge thank you if you came to the Quiz Night we hosted recently. This was such an enormous success and raised a huge amount.  See you at the Summer Fair on Saturday 22nd June!

Ian Rockey  Head teacher


Article published: 27 May 2019

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

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

The Church fete will be held on Saturday 13th July from 2.00 'til 4.30 pm in the beautiful grounds of Westwood Manor, courtesy of Emily and Jonathan Azis. There will be delicious teas and cakes, sideshows, stalls, a raffle and a jazz band to entertain us. A fun afternoon for all the family!

We welcome donations for the raffle and following stalls:

The Church fete will be held on Saturday 13th July from 2.00 'til 4.30 pm in the beautiful grounds of Westwood Manor, courtesy of Emily and Jonathan Azis. There will be delicious teas and cakes, sideshows, stalls, a raffle and a jazz band to entertain us. A fun afternoon for all the family!

. Please We welcome donations for the raffle and following stalls:

Cakes and homemade produce

(Heidi Leeder)

New/Nearly new

(Sally Streeter 07922088319)

Tombola

(Ginny Gilchrist 865241)

Plants

(Mary Drewitt 866496)

Books, DVDs

(Lesley Chalmers 866734)

White elephant stall     

(Lesley Chalmers 866734)

Volunteers to help set up or assist on the stalls/sideshows will be welcome contact Lesley Chalmers or Sally Streeter if you think you may be able to help in any way.

Keep the date, come along and share in the fun!


Article published: 27 May 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 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