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

Westwood School Update Feb/Mar 2020

A very Happy New Year from us all at Westwood School. We were delighted to see so many of you at our Christmas Fair and now we are back for another exciting term.
   Although this is a short term we have so much to look forward to. You can keep up to date with all that is happening at your local school on our website: or via our class blogs at  This term we are continuing to develop our wonderful reading culture and we are always looking for volunteers to come in and listen to our children read. If you have some regular time available, we would love to see you - the children always enjoy sharing their books with adults and it supports them tremendously in their reading development.
   Westwood Radio continues to grow, with two live shows a week on Monday at 8.30am and Friday at 12.30pm. Last month we had over 12,000 listeners and you can tune in at  If you would like to advertise on our station, please get in touch as we have some slots available on our schedule. 
Ian Rockey

Article published: 25 Jan 2020

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Safari Supper 2020

This is a fun event set up over 20yrs ago to raise money for the church. More info at  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

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 and we will be in touch. 

You can listen live to us every Friday using our online player at  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

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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

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

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