Westwood with Iford School News

Hello again from Westwood school! We have had another busy few weeks with lots to celebrate and report.

In March, our fantastic gymnasts took part in a West Wilts competition in Melksham and represented our school magnificently.

With the Scarecrow Trail less than two weeks away, please take a look at our new play equipment, gardening area and new pond as you pass through the school grounds. Also, with a Tesco grant for a polytunnel on the way and parents working really hard to assist our gardening club, it really is looking amazing.

I must say a huge well done to our brilliant Year 6 children who took their SATs last week and were a credit to the school. As always they worked incredibly hard and we could not be more proud.

Thank you if you have taken the time to listen in to our radio station, Westwood Radio. Our listener figures are booming and just last Friday Ben Prater from BBC Wiltshire’s Breakfast Show joined our show live! Find out more on radio.westwoodwithiford.org, including all of our shows to listen again.

See you at the Summer Fair on Saturday 8th July!    Ian Rockey    Head Teacher

Article published: 24 May 2017

Friends of Westwood School (FoWS) Summer Fair - Saturday 8th July 2017

We are delighted to announce that our annual Summer Fair is taking place on Saturday 8th July 2017 between 2 and 5pm.

  We have some great activities planned, including our famous BBQ, a silent auction as well as a wide range of stalls for all ages.

  The Fair has been very well supported by our local community in recent years.   All of our fundraising activities create valuable funds to provide additional equipment and activities that enhance the children's learning.

 Please do come along and soak up the atmosphere.

 FoWS Team

Article published: 24 May 2017

Westwood with Iford School News

Hello again from Westwood School . We have had a very busy start to the year since I last wrote to you and also a lot to look forward to in the coming weeks.

Once again our school took part in the West Wilts Dance Festval at the Bath Forum. With a theme of Dare to Dream, children from Orchid class put on a stunning display which was beautifully choreographed and timed to perfection. Furthermore, two members of our school community were asked to compere the evening, linking between acts on stage and showing such tremendous confidence in front of nearly 1000 people! We are all so proud of everyone.

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 continue to thrive in their content and learning, so please do take time to have a look and we would love your comments. We now have an Extreme Reading blog too, where children can send us their photographs of them reading in unusual places to promote reading! Find it at reading.westwoodblogs.org.

Ian Rockey   Head Teacher

Article published: 26 Mar 2017

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Westwood Church Fete

On behalf of Westwood Church I would like to send a huge thank you to all who helped, and came to our church fete last Saturday,July 15th.There was a wonderful atmosphere,we had good weather and raised a total of £1,558 for church funds.        Lesley Chalmers

Article published: 02 Aug 2017


Come and join us in the Manor grounds by kind permission of Emily and Jonathan Azis

 Cream teas, Jazz band on the lawn  all the traditional Sideshows, Stalls

and raffle (to be drawn at 4.15pm)

Entrance; £1 adults Accommpanied children free

We welcome items for-

White elephant stall (no electrical goods) Dave & Jean Warner 862910

Tombola Dave & Ginny Gilchrist - 865241

Plants Mary Drewitt - 866496

Home-made Cakes Heidi Leeder

Donations for raffles prizes gratefully accepted

Books, DVDs, offers of help and other enquiries contact Lesley Chalmers 866734

 Take the opportunity to have a look around the newly modernised Parish Rooms during your visit

Keep the Date and Come Along

Article published: 24 May 2017

River Avon Footpath

 Residents will remember that back in August last year B&NES resurfaced this path through the particularly muddy section where Avoncliff Wood comes down to the river. This work has been greatly appreciated by the many people who walk along this attractive stretch (at least as far as the Wiltshire border, where deep mud is again a difficulty in wet weather).

 Now, though, there is a further problem with the river bank alongside the newly resurfaced section, which is being eroded by dogs scrambling in and out of the water. The B&NES Public Right of Way Team - which is doing great work for us - is on the case and has applied to the Environment Agency to install gabion baskets to stabilise the bank.

 Until approval comes through, the vulnerable sections have been taped off and dog owners are asked please to stop your dog going in to the water at these points. If someone else walks your dog, we would be grateful if you would pass this message on.

Article published: 27 Jan 2017

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

Westwood Stores and Post Office

 Ray and Rita wish to retire and the village store is for sale, unfortunately they are finding it difficult to find successors

 If we lose the store everybody will be affected particularly those who shop there but also property prices could be affected

  At the September Parish Council Meeting the Council voted to investigate the setting up of a Community lead Stores.

 Parish Councillor Paul Phillips is coordinating the initial stages and is seeking comments and observations from villagers and current clients of the store

 The new venture will need volunteers for a steering committee who will explore the availability of grants and lottery funding later volunteers will be needed to staff the shop itself

 Everyone interested please contact Paul Phillips



c/o Westwood Stores & Post Office

Tynings Way


BA15 2BU

Article published: 27 Sep 2016

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Westwood Nursery School July 16

 In our last term we learnt about different countries, when we learnt about Iceland we made erupting volcanoes and sunflowers for France as well as how to say hello and goodbye in French. Our vegetable patch produced potatoes and raspberries before we broke up and we anticipate a good crop of leeks, carrots, tomatoes and pumpkins in the autumn term.

 A massive THANK YOU! to all of you who posted Sainsbury’s vouchers through the door once more.  In total we collected 4179 a great amount but over 2000 down on last year; we have ordered some  balls, cones, a till and some scales and a saucepan set and dinner service, pictures of all that we have ordered are displayed on the nursery fence.

Our last event of the year was our leavers show which saw 13 children leave us for school. 7 children going to Westwood with Iford School and the others are attending schools in Bradford-on-Avon, Freshford, Wingfield and Trowbridge.

Our AGM is being held in the New Inn Westwood on Monday 26th September at 7.30pm.

Article published: 07 Aug 2016

Westwood Nursery School

 Since Easter we have welcomed 5 new families to the nursery who have moved into the village.

This term we have tied in our planning to link into the Scarecrow Hunt theme- Stories. The children have done a number treasure hunt in the park with chocolate in the treasure box when number 9 was found- Zigby’s Treasure Hunt. Little Red Riding Hood week was Safety week and there will be lots of assault courses for ‘Going on the Bear Hunt’ week. The better weather has seen us making the most of our outside space which we are hoping to further improve with money raised from the Easter egg hunt, jumble sale and scarecrow trail.

 We would like to take this opportunity to THANK all the villagers who donated items to the jumble sale we raised an incredible £631.90 Also THANK YOU for the Sainsbury’s vouchers.

 We will bid farewell to 13 children this summer - 7 children will be going to Westwood with Iford School and the others attending schools in Bradford-on-Avon, Wingfield and Trowbridge

Article published: 30 May 2016

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