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

Westwood School

Hello again from Westwood school and it’s hard to believe that we’re at the end of another academic year already. So much has taken place since I last wrote, including a trip to London for a BBC Young Arias Radio awards ceremony, our fabulous Sports Day, two nights of first class entertainment from our older children performing Pirates of the Curry Bean and our Summer Fair. Thank you all so very much for supporting our school once again.Academically, our Year 2 & Year 6 children have again made us proud with their commitment, hard work and attitude to learning that resulted in their well deserved SATs results. Around school, everyone has had so many exciting learning opportunities this year which has been a joy to see.Sadly, we are saying goodbye at the end of term to our wonderful Year 6 children and we wish them all every success in their new schools. We will miss them all!

Finally, if you would like to be a governor at our successful school, please contact us via the school website www.westwoodwithiford.org. We would very much welcome additional members.

Have a great summer everyone!     Ian Rockey   Head teacher

Article published: 29 Jul 2019

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

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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

Westwood Church Fete

I would like to say a huge thankyou to all those who came to help set up the Church fete and then came back again in the evening to clear things away - to Rick and his friends, Chris Edwards, Graham, Tom, Ashely,Noah, Eli, Monica and Kate our tea ladies and many others. I was very grateful to you all to help make it such a successful happy day which raised £1,905, an increase of £200 on last year.

Lesley Chalmers

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.


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