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Giving Bradford bounce

THINK of Bradford on Avon, you think of beautiful buildings, friendly locals and a town rich in history. We played a key part in the industrial revolutions, producing cloth, thriving factories and mills. But did you know Bradford on Avon’s rubber indust...

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Bradford Ideal win majority in town council elections

THE political make up of Bradford on Avon’s Town Council was shaken up at the local election count after an independent party had all of their candidates voted in. Ideal Bradford celebrated at Trowbridge Civic Centre on Friday when it was announced ...

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AskBoA: Local buses

A couple of years ago, I helped a local community group conduct a thorough audit of the town’s bus stops and shelters – their condition and information provision. The results – which showed that the overall position was far from good ...

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AskBoA: Is there a daily newspaper for the town?

Our family would like to have a notice placed in the most appropriate local newspaper. Our deceased family member was a resident in Bradford on Avon. Which newspaper is the most circulated and popular in the community please? My on line enquires indicate ...

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AskBoA: Traffic and pedestrians?

A couple of years ago, after the Historic Core Zone negative vote, there was a well-attended meeting in St Margaret’s Hall.  Town Councillors told us they were receptive to residents offering their ideas for what might else be considered to address...

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AskBoA: Pedestrian Safety

I know the pedestrian safety is a big issue in the town so here’s a proposal based on research and evidence on integrated transport systems About 15 years ago I made a TV documentary on trying to solve transport problems in towns and cities. We filmed i...

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Virtual reality tour of Bradford’s industrial heritage

TECHNOLOGY from today is being used to showcase Bradford’s industrial heritage – and promote the town’s creative future. The Avon Works project is inviting people to use the latest virtual reality software to take a step back in time and exp...

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Professional seeking 1 or 2 bedroom house/flat to rent.

Friendly, responsible and reliable 40 year old female professional looking for 1 or 2 bedroom flat/house with garden to rent in Bradford-on-Avon. References available on request. Please use the contact form on the left to contact me. Thanks, Sarah

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Town to come alive with morris festival

HUNDREDS of dancers are preparing to pull out all the bells and whistles for the very first Bradford on Avon Day of Morris Dance. The event, which will be taking place on May 20 from 10.30am-5pm, will be welcoming up to 30 Morris dancing teams at the Tith...

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AskBoA: Blue Paint Marks in front of house

We have just returned from a week away and noticed a blue paint mark on a pot plant at the front of our house. I’m aware that burglers use markers to target houses. Has anyone else noticed this in the Bradford on Avon area? Thanks

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Firm withdraws phone mast plans

PEOPLE from Bradford on Avon who have been protesting against plans for a telephone mast in the town are celebrating after the application was withdrawn. People living in Bath Road and Masons Lane were overjoyed to learn Galliford Try, the company which a...

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Bradford goes quackers for duck race

THE centre of Bradford on Avon welcomed a special visitor this week to help promote the annual Easter Monday Duck Race. Puddleduck, also known as Ceri Birth, was at the Town Bridge on Monday (March 27) to help spread the word. She was joined by Daryl Jone...

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Bath Comedy Festival comes to Bradford

COMEDY favourites Barry Cryer and Ronnie Golden are coming to Bradford on Avon as part of Bath Comedy Festival. The duo will be taking to the stage at Wiltshire Music Centre in Ashley Road on Wednesday (April 5) where they will be performing a two-hour se...

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The Food Assembly Comes to Bradford-On-Avon

We are really pleased to announce that Bradford-on-Avon will have its very own Food Assembly launching w/c 20th March! Every week Food Assembly customers in Bradford-On-Avon and the surrounding local areas can order food online from local food producers b...

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Local hero saves woman from drowning

A holiday maker who was saved after falling in the Kennet & Avon Canal has said if it wasn’t for her quick-thinking hero then she wouldn’t have survived. Non swimmer Irene Teggin, 70, of Coppenhall, near Crewe, was on a barge holiday with ...

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AskBoA: Not So Beautiful Bradford?

Growing amount of mismatched advertisements for local shops, has turned into a messy and scruffy advert facing tourists as they cross the bridge. Wiltshire Council need to deal with this and organise something appropriate. Some are out of date and chained...

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Proposed 20mph Speed Limits

The Town Council has produced an information sheet on the proposed 20mph Speed Limits in the town. Detailed maps can be viewed at the town council offices or by clicking the links below: North Ward South Ward ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 THE COUNTY OF...

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Area Board Previews River Crossing Consultation

Bradford on Avon Area Board When: Wednesday 8 March at 6.30pm for 7pm start Where: St Margaret’s Hall, Bradford on Avon Agenda includes: River Crossing Feasibility – public consultation Sarah Gibson, LA Box Report back from Our Community Matters (JSA)...

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BRADFORD ON AVON DUCK RACE 2017

BRADFORD ON AVON DUCK RACE EASTER MONDAY 17TH APRIL 2017 –  12.00 NOON AT THE TOWN BRIDGE It’s that time of year again when we get all our little ducks out from hibernation and host one of our most prestigious events in the Town Council calendar....

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CS Bowyer batters the Pancake Race competition

PANCAKE-flippers from businesses across Bradford on Avon braved the rain to take part in this year’s Pancake Race. Ten competitors from the town lined up at the start by Town Bridge on the rainy Tuesday (November 28) afternoon, with members of the publi...

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Grant Applications to Bradford on Avon Town Council 2017-18

Bradford on Avon Town Council are pleased to be able to support organisations and in exceptional circumstances, individuals, who work to directly benefit the whole town, or part of the area or its inhabitants. It has recently been decided to replace the e...

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Residents’ fury over telephone mast plans

RESIDENTS living near the top of Mason’s Lane in Bradford on Avon are up in arms after discovering plans to build a telephone mast near their homes. People living in Winsley Road, near Christchurch and The Castle Pub, are standing together against plans...

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Fire crews tackle blazing barn at Bradford on Avon

EIGHT fire engines were called to a farm in Bradford on Avon last night, after fire broke out in a barn at Bearfield Farm, off Ashley Road. Around 50 sheep which were in the barn at the time, and although some were moved to safety sadly some died in the ...

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River Avon healthcheck project needs volunteers

THE hunt is on for waterway fans who want to help keep the River Avon healthy as it flows through Wiltshire. Bristol Avon Rivers Trust (BART) are running Riverfly Partnership training sessions this spring, teaching people how to identify the various flies...

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Healthy happy Bradford on Avon

Celebrating the opening of the Vitality Studio in Bradford on Avon 50 % off all treatments this February Holistic massage, Zen Stone massage, Thai Yoga Massage, Thai Foot Massage, Thai Pregnancy Massagae Mongolian Koyashai Massage, Ayurvedic Massage and O...

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Bradfordians go from strength to strength

A BRADFORD on Avon dramatics society is preparing to provide food for thought for audiences with its original retelling of The Pied Piper. The Bradfordians will be taking to the stage in St Margaret’s Hall over the weekend to deliver an insightful and e...

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Last orders for village-run pub

VOLUNTEERS who have been running the Kings Arms in Monkton Farleigh have announced that the pub will be closing its doors after one final blowout. The keys to the pub, which has been run by locals for the past six months, will be handed back to Punch Tave...

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Car thefts spark witness appeal

RESIDENTS of Bradford on Avon are being advised to take extra measures to hide their car keys from sight overnight after two cars were stolen from a home. Burglars broke into a house in St Aldhelm Road overnight on Sunday (February 5) and made off from th...

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Bank Closure

You may or may not have heard our last bank and ATM in the town centre will be closing in May.

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AskBoA: Railings on Conigre Hill

What do you think of the scaffolding poles used to line Conigre Hill, probably the best dry stone wall in BOA. Could they be more hideous. They are spaced so close together, there are more than 80 vertical posts for the distance covered. Compared to the o...

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Community adds a touch of colour to green space

RESIDENTS of Bradford on Avon are being invited to add a bit of colour to their community after Downs View was yarn bombed by the locals. People living near the Downs View green awoke one morning to find the trees colourfully decorated with knitted pompom...

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Giving tree success in Bradford on Avon

ORGANISERS of the Bradford on Avon Giving Tree in Lamb Yard say they are amazed at the success of the appeal, with hundreds of gifts for homeless people and pets being left throughout the Christmas period. People were asked to leave presents under the tre...

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Residents’ fury over Christmas fly-tippers

PEOPLE in Westwood are furious after fly-tippers who have plagued the area dumped even more rubbish in the village on Christmas Day. There have been a number of incidents of fly-tipping in Westwood Road, between Westwood and Trowbridge, over the festive p...

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Arrest made after money stolen from two cars

A 14-YEAR-OLD boy has been arrested on suspicion of stealing money from cars in Bradford on Avon on two separate occasions. Around £100 in cash was stolen from an unlocked car parked in Station Approach sometime between 10pm and 11pm on Wednesday, Decemb...

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AskBoA: Parking Nightmare ?

Why is parking is Bradford on Avon becoming worse. The town really needs to address this problem as again today driving around to find a space to open our business and customers not stopping to shop as they cannot park is becoming a major concern. We also...

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Jumper appeal to take over Lamb’s Yard

RESIDENTS of Bradford on Avon are being invited to don their Christmas jumpers and take part in a mass mob in aid of Save the Children. The town is setting its sights on becoming the first town in the country to take part in a town-wide Christmas jumper d...

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Westwood’s Parish Rooms in £150k revamp

ONLY a couple of years after it looked like Westwood’s Parish Rooms would have to be closed to the public, a £150,000 refurbishment project is now progressing nicely. In late 2013, the Diocese of Salisbury was looking to sell the rectory of the vil...

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Santas and fairies storm Winsley for charity fun run

A STAMPEDE of Santas and fairies stormed the village of Winsley to raise money for Dorothy House Hospice as part of the charity’s sponsored run. Over 200 runners dressed in their festive garb on Sunday (December 4) to take part in the annual Dorothy Hou...

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Fundraising Calendar For Local Girl

Bradford on Avon girl Aria was born with a rare life threatening condition and has developmental delays. Soon after her birth, her parents were told she was unlikely to survive babyhood. With the love and nurture of her amazing parents she is exceeding th...

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Young critic scoops up Guardian award

A PUPIL of St Laurence School in Bradford on Avon has been given a Guardian Young Critic award after submitting a review of a book. Josephine Learoyd, 15, of St Laurence, entered the competition during the summer holidays by reviewing The Smell of Other P...

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Proposed 20mph Schemes

The Town Council has been awarded a substantive grant from Wiltshire Council to implement two 20mph schemes in the North and South of Bradford on Avon. This is just part of a plan to link in with a new crossing point on Frome Road by the canal bridge and ...

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Life saving equipment installed in Avoncliff

A NEW defibrillator has been installed next to the No 10 Café in Avoncliff after a donation from The Friends of Bradford on Avon Community Healthcare. The defibrillator was installed on Thursday at the car park near the train station (November 24) by Bur...

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Bradford on Avon Elf Christmas Trail

Find the elves displayed around the town and note down their names for a chance to win a prize! Draw takes place at 11am on 24th December 2016 at Piha.   Running from Friday 25th November to 24th December 2016   FREE ENTRY Entry Forms available ...

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Dorothy House prize draw winner drives away in new car

DOROTHY House in Winsley held a special prize draw to mark the hospice’s 40th birthday, with the lucky winner picking up a brand new Citroen. The hospice, in partnership with Islington Motor Group in Trowbridge, announced the winner of its 40th birthday...

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Job Vacancy: Part Time Administrator

Part Time Administrator (22.5 hours) Monday to Friday 12:30pm to 5pm Salary £20,849 – £22,212 (pro rata) The Town Council requires an Administrator in this beautiful Wiltshire town. In this role you will be expected to provide administration suppo...

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Friends of Woolley oppose Redcliffe housing development

RESIDENTS in Woolley Street in Bradford on Avon have met to discuss their opposition to plans to build 57 homes on land next to their homes. Redcliffe Homes, which has not yet submitted the plan to Wiltshire Council, wants to build the homes on land desig...

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Westwood with Iford Primary breaks the radio silence

PUPILS from Westwood with Iford Primary School in Bradford on Avon have been flooding the airways with their brand new school radio station. The team of 17 pupils from Years 3-6 are now taking to the studio every Friday at 2.30pm to broadcast their very o...

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Dementia care manager receives top accolade

THE outstanding work of an Alzheimer’s Support’s manager has not gone unnoticed after Grant Newton was named one of the top five dementia care managers in the country. Mr Newton, of Bradford on Avon, was shortlisted in the National Dementia Care Award...

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Avoncliff Aqueduct named top autumn beauty spot

AVONCLIFF AQUEDUCT has officially been named as one of the country’s most beautiful waterside spot during autumn by Countryfile Magazine. The stretch along the Kennet and Avon Canal has been named in the popular magazine as one of the best waterside spo...

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AskBoA: Have you seen this Elephant?

This much loved Elephant (about 20cm high) was lost en route from Jones Hill past the Lock Inn, over McKeever Bridge and up Masons Lane to Bath Road. If anyone has seen him, or handed him in somewhere, could you call me on 07956 354240. Many thanks One De...

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Still time to take part in Bradford on Avon Pumpkin Trail

CHILDREN and their parents still have time to get in the spirit of Halloween this weekend at the Bradford on Avon Pumpkin Trail. The free event will end this Sunday (October 30), with forms available from a number of shops in the town. All forms must be r...

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UPDATE: Illegally-parked van adds to traffic misery

AN illegally-parked van caused traffic delays on the B3107 Silver Street, Bradford on Avon, in both directions near the Kingston Road junction during rush-hour today. Police were told about the obstruction at about 7.20am. Congestion was reported to th...

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Road Closures due to Wessex Water Improvement Work

Water supply improvement work in Belcombe Road, Bradford-on-Avon As part of our ongoing improvements to the water network in the area, we are replacing water mains along Belcombe Road, between Turleigh and Bradford-on-Avon. This will involve replacing an ...

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AskBoA: Enthusiastic New Leaders for NEW U3A Groups?

Calling For enthusiastic Leaders for New U3A Groups If any of the suggestions below interest you, please contact Veronica Bryant For contact details see website  www.boau3a.com SCOTTISH/COUNTRY DANCING Interested in joining and helping to establish this...

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TRAVEL DISRUPTION IN BRADFORD ON AVON

As you may have heard from the recent news, the Bradford on Avon Town Bridge was hit by a vehicle and considerable damage was caused. This is temporarily being protected by some scaffolding that has been erected but requires urgent repair works. Unfortuna...

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Stolen Mercedes smashes into historic bridge parapet

PARTS of Bradford on Avon’s historic bridge lies in ruin after a car ploughed into the parapet this morning. Shortly before 2am, police were called to a report of a black Mercedes c180 that had crashed into the bridge wall, causing a three-metre ch...

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Dorothy House goes into the Guinness World Record books

NOT every day do charities break world records but Dorothy House Hospice Care has done just that for for the largest gathering of people wearing boas. On September 10, nearly 700 women, resplendent in frilly tutus, pyjamas, onesies and pink bunny ears, su...

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Paws & Claws Club Days (October 2016)

Ready for some October Half Term fun? The Paws & Claws Club invites all children who’re animal lovers and of ages four to fourteen along to an animal activity day at the Bath Cats & Dogs Home! Our guests will be able to meet a plethora of animal...

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Respected Bradford businessman George Brown dies, aged 85

RESPECTED businessman George ‘Gordon’ Brown from Bradford on Avon died peacefully on Sunday, aged 85. Mr Brown was a senior partner of wholesale fruit and vegetable merchants George Brown and Sons in the town which became a household name. Born on Feb...

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Bradford on Avon chef reaches Great Vegan Bake-Off final

A BUDDING young cake artist from Bradford on Avon has made it to the final of a nationwide Great Vegan Bake-Off competition. David Waldren, of Bath Road, is one of 12 finalists in PETA’s (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) annual contest t...

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Inaugural Bradford on Avon fun run gets off to a flyer

AS far as debut running events go the Bradford on Avon Lions Club’s 5k and fun run on Sunday could not have gone much better. The town, which does not have a recognised running event, held the run from Culver Close playing field from 10am-12pm, attr...

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Outer space lantern festival takes off in Bradford on Avon

BRADFORD on Avon was sent into orbit tonight with an outer space lantern procession. More than 1,000 people took part in the parade to mark the final evening of the town’s two-week long art festival. From 7.30pm, hordes of participants, both young a...

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Fitzmaurice School slams solar panel tax hike

FITZMAURICE Primary School has slammed government proposals that would see it hit with a £820 increase in the tax it pays on solar panels. According to government plans, many state schools are set to be hit with a tax hike, but private schools, free scho...

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Bradford on Avon honours double silver medalist Jazz Carlin

DOUBLE Olympic silver medalist Jazz Carlin unveiled a commemorative plaque in Bradford on Avon to honour her achievements at the Rio Olympics last Thursday. The Bradford on Avon resident, wearing her two silver medals, was joined by around 100 feverishly ...

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Work starts on new HQ for Bradford on Avon motoring firm

A £6m project to build a hi-tech Bradford on Avon motoring firm’s new headquarters will get underway later this month. By September 2017, Anthony Best Dynamics, an automotive test equipment specialist, will have a new factory a few hundred yards do...

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Great Ashley Farm on Film

We recently filmed the lovely Great Ashley farm to entice some more visitors to Bradford on Avon to stay at their B&B and the use of their wonderful Livery. I have attached the links for the films below. We have also recently filmed a new new Forest S...

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AskBoA: Damsons Exchange?

I’ve just picked a couple of buckets of damsons with loads more on the tree. Is anybody interested in making jam/jelly/chutney and would like some in exchange for a jar or two of whatever you make? Other fruit possibly available too. 07480310822

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Bradford on Avon pavilion vandalised again

VANDALS have once again inflicted damage upon the Victory Field cricket pavilion, just weeks after electric shutters were installed to keep them out. Bradford on Avon Town Council paid nearly £6,000 last month to install the shutters following a litany o...

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Ancient burials found in Bradford on Avon church revamp

EVIDENCE of a Christian burial dating back to the ninth century has been uncovered at Bradford on Avon’s Holy Trinity Church. Wessex Archaeology made the discovery last month during a year-long, £2m renovation of the 12th century church to transform it...

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Villagers take over running of pub to secure future

MONKTON Farleigh villagers have been given the keys to run their local pub in hope of bringing the community together to secure its future. The current publicans of the Muddy Duck gave notice of their departure from the pub in the village three weeks ago ...

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