again from Westwood with Iford School. We have had a very busy start to the
year since I last wrote to you and there is a lot to look forward to in the
coming weeks. World Book Day was a 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. With a fabulous book
swap to end the week, everyone took home a new and exciting read for the
community continues to thrive; however, we do have a few spaces available for
children starting in September 2020. I would be delighted to show prospective
parents around, so please contact our school office on 862408.
blogs continue to grow in their content and learning, so please do take time to
have a look and we would love your comments. Head to www.westwoodblogs.net to
learn all about the daily learning taking place and join an international
audience of thousands appreciating our amazing children’s work!
Ian Rockey Head teacher
Article published: 23 Mar 2020
Show 2020 Westwood Flower and Vegetable
Monday 31st August
for this years show will start in earnest in February when the schedule is
committee welcomes any suggestions for new categories and also ideas for
attractions to help make the show a more enjoyable afternoon for all ages.
contact the committee on email@example.com with your thoughts.
New to the
village? Interested in getting involved? We would love to hear from you.
[Please note that this news item is missing from the Westwood Udate due to an oversight ]
Article published: 27 Jan 2020
News from Friends of Westwood School Feb/Mar 2020
Friends of Westwood School Update. Thank you for attending our Christmas Fair on the 7th of December.
It was again well attended by the community in Westwood, raising over £1000 to re-invest back in our school.
We are looking forward to seeing you all at our ever-popular Quiz Night on the 29th March.
The FoWS Team Article published: 25 Jan 2020
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Westwood Annual Flower and Vegetable Show 2020
The Westwood Show Schedule is normally printed in April for distribution in May. It is quite possible that large gatherings will still be advised against in August. The Committee has agreed to suspend all progress on show organisation for the time being. If things in the UK improve radically, we can quickly gear up to produce the schedule and distribute - and re-invigorate show preparation. With the village in lockdown for some time, there are things in the show schedule which may inspire people such as gardening and crafting. The Show Committee’s mission is to inspire people to get involved every year - and it is perhaps far more important now whilst we all try to fill our time in our very restricted bubble. We live in hope of a sunnier outcome and will be prepared for it if it materialises - but if, as seems more likely than not at the moment, we have to cancel the Show, we can assure everyone that we will keep the same categories for next year so that their efforts can be displayed for all to see. We might even introduce an additional class for the best item made whilst in lockdown or isolation. And for the gardeners out there, you know that none of this year’s produce will go to waste. Article published: 02 May 2020
Council Tax - FY2020/21.
The Parish Council has
very regrettably had to make a substantial increase in the Parish Precept for
the next Financial Year. This has been as a direct result of significant additional
costs associated with the maintenance of the (old) Nursery School building at
Upper Westwood now that it remains empty until a new tenant/use is found and
additional legal costs associated with this and other matters. Additional
costs, such as, establishing a reserve for the refurbishment of the Play Area
(and equipment) in Westwood Park - much overdue - and increased costs
associated with open space (Playing Field, Westwood Park, Cemetery) maintenance
have conspired to make such an increase necessary. For FY2020/21 the increase
in the Parish precept is £7000 (from £25500 for FY2019/20 to £32,500 for
FY2020/21) and this represents an increase of £14.45 per year for a Band D
Council Tax payer - around £1.20 per month.
Budget Setting meeting in January next year the Parish Council will be looking
to see whether the Parish Precept can be reduced to the more traditional levels
of recent years
Article published: 23 Mar 2020
Whilst it is recognised
that the vast majority of Dog Owners/Walkers act very responsibly in clearing
up any mess left by their dog(s) there does remain a small number of Dog
Owners/Walkers who do not. This practice is evident as you walk around Westwood
and is very unpleasant for those witnessing it and extremely unhealthy for
those who unwittingly come into contact with such mess.
To those concerned: PLEASE
clear up after your dog(s). It is an offence not to do so and the Wiltshire
Council Dog Warden has been alerted to this problem in Westwood. I am sure that
you will wish to avoid a Fixed Penalty Notice charge.
Article published: 23 Mar 2020
year’s Westwood Scarecrow Trail will run from Saturday 23 May to Sunday 31 May
2020. It’s a fun-filled half term event
for all the family and raises much needed funds for Westwood with Iford School. If you want to see what we got up to last
year, please visit: http://fows.westwoodwithiford.org/scarecrow-trail-2019.html
At time of
publishing, we are just deciding this year’s theme. Look out for posters around the village and follow
us on facebook, twitter or Instagram for all this year’s scarecrow news. We need you!
If you would like to make or host a scarecrow, bake cakes, donate a
prize or generally help and support the trail, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you so much for all your support.
Article published: 02 Feb 2020
This is a fun event set up over 20yrs ago to raise
money for the church. More info at www.westwoodparish.co.uk under ‘Events’
Please help make this year’s Supper a great success,
by joining us and meeting old friends
and new from the village.On Saturday 13th June, we kick off with starters at
7pm. It is open to residents of
Westwood, Avoncliff, Iford and Staples Hill.
Please return completed form (in the April/May
edition of Westwood Update) to Jane Mitchell (867322) at 32 Bobbin Lane WITH PAYMENT by 31st MAY . I will make every effort to give hosts
their 1st preference of courses, but not everyone can do starters!! Please be prepared to be flexible. Article published: 02 Feb 2020
The Return of BALSAM BE GONE! Report 2019
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.
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.
for the return of BBG at the end of June 2020. Sue Field and Kay Crawford
Article published: 29 Jul 2019
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Freshford and District Art Group
We are a
small group of people, who meet on a Tuesday morning to pursue our own art
projects within a sociable and friendly setting. We are re-locating to the
Parish Room in Westwood as from Tuesday 3rd March and would welcome new
members. There is a small annual subscription.
like to come and join us?
contact Ann on 01225 866861 or email at email@example.com
,if you are interested.
Article published: 25 Jan 2020
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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