A fully-equipped community room is provided by the charity and run by the residents’ association for a variety of activities. The room is also available for residents to hire for private functions. In addition, an annual donation is made by the Westfield charity to provide social events, activities and trips throughout the year.
The bowling green is for residents and there is an active team on the village which organises bowling events.
A children’s playing field is found within the bounds of the village and includes a designated area for ball games.
Garages for rent and car parking areas are provided for residents.
An excellent community spirit is at the heart of Westfield, and the charity and its residents’ association have always accommodated a wide and varied range of interests from bowling and theatre trips to computer lessons and health and well-being classes. You can currently join in such activities as bingo, keep fit, yoga, coffee mornings and gala days.
Many children’s activities are organised throughout the year, including Halloween parties, craft days and bike skills.
Each year the Westfield charity organises and funds activities such as Christmas parties (with Santa), theatre trips, annual outings and, as a special treat, an expedition to Buckingham Palace as guests of the Not Forgotten Association.
The charity hosts an annual Remembrance Day service (see picture below) and marks other special commemorative events. It collaborates with various military charities and groups on activities for residents.
The charity has forged strong links with other organisations over the years and although it does not provide direct advice, it is able to direct residents to the best organisations to deal with their enquiries, such as education, debt management, welfare and benefits entitlement, charitable funding, health and well being, Army pensions and furniture matters, along with many others.
Guinness Northern Counties (GNC) and the Westfield charity work together to organise information days, consultations, etc, to keep residents advised of changes and issues regarding their tenancies. Local neighbourhood officers also attend regularly to deal with village issues and ensure that the attractive appearance and high standards of the community are maintained. A full-time gardener is employed by GNC to look after all communal areas, as well as an estate assistant. A ‘drop in’ session is held weekly by GNC in the Westfield community room where residents can get advice regarding many issues and access to many other organisations.
Westfield village is ideally situated close to the historic centre of Lancaster and all the normal facilities associated with a thriving and culturally vibrant city centre. It is a three-minute walk to the train station, an eight-minute walk to the town centre and has very good bus routes to Lancaster, the seaside town of Morecambe and other attractive neighbouring towns.
The village is close to good local facilities and is served by two local shops, a Spar, two fish and chip shops and a laundry that is within short walking distance. There is even a cycle path leading directly to two local supermarkets.
We are served by an excellent bus service with bus stops situated just outside the village gates. Buses usually run every 20 minutes. There is also a direct bus route to Lancaster University and Heysham.
Again, being close to the town centre means you are very close to amenities such as several doctors, dentists, the Royal Lancaster Infirmary and other medical facilities, museums, markets, restaurants, cinemas and theatres.
A city of historical interest, Lancaster centre boasts many fine examples of Georgian architecture, the imposing Lancaster Castle, attractive Priory Church of St Mary’s and Ashton Memorial.
Lancaster has good motorway links to other major cities, both north and south, via the M6. The A6 passes through Lancaster and leads southwards to Preston, Chorley and Manchester and northwards to Carnforth, Kendal, Penrith and Carlisle. Lancaster is extremely close to the Lake District and the many recreational opportunities offered by one of the world’s most engaging natural wonders. Situated on the West Coast main line, Lancaster provides first-class rail access to the wider national networks.
Westfield village is close to two good primary schools and there are several nurseries within walking distance. There are bus routes to several local high schools that can be accessed from directly outside the village gates. Lancaster also retains two well respected grammar schools within close proximity to Westfield and two universities (one of which, the University of Lancaster, is constantly rated in the top ten of league tables in England), a college of further education and an adult college.