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The Easter egg hunt in on

CHILDREN and their families sported a variety of homemade Easter bonnets for a competition and Easter egg hunt in Bradford on Avon on Tuesday morning. Organised by Bradford on Avon Youth, families charged round the Victory fields despite a spot of rain in...

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New book sheds light on Budbury

AUTHOR Pam Slocombe has visited Bradford on Avon Library to promote a new book from Bradford on Avon Museum . It tells the unique story of Budbury, the area of Bradford stretching from Newtown and Wine Street to Huntingdon Street and Bearfield. The book h...

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Elderly go back to school to help youngsters

PUPILS at Fitzmaurice Primary School and residents of Wiltshire Heights care home, both in Bradford on Avon, are helping to bridge the generation gap. They are taking part in an exciting new project which sees the old folks going back to school. Every Tue...

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Tasty tapas in a cosy setting

BIRTHDAY celebrations are always a fun excuse to get friends and family together and Pablo’s Bistro in Bradford on Avon was in a great location for the group to meet. The tapas bar did not disappoint with authentic, tasty dishes that came in generous po...

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Friends press for peace in Palestine’s Gaza

CHIPPENHAM MP Michelle Donelan has pledged to urge the Foreign Office to consider the recommendations of an independent United Nations report into the deaths of more than 200 people in Gaza. Members of the Bradford on Avon Friends of Palestine staged a Vi...

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Community radio to use youth centre

A NEW community radio station in Bradford on Avon has been the topic of debate between councillors after the group was granted free use of the youth and community centre. Town councillors Simon McNeill-Ritchie and David Garwood spoke of community radio st...

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Mayor shows support for local special schools

THE Mayor of Bradford on Avon, councillor Alex Kay has shown her support for Larkrise and St Nicholas special schools. Parents from the special educational needs and disabilities families action group attended Bradford on Avon’s full council meeting las...

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Science lab donation: a correction

A STORY in last week’s Times on the donation given by town councillors in Bradford on Avon to the St Laurence School Science Laboratory appeal incorrectly stated the amount councillors had voted to give, which should have read £10,000. The school is se...

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Man freed despite 18-week sentence

A JUDGE has asked for an explanation as to why a man accused of domestic violence was charged with common assault not actual bodily harm. Judge Jason Taylor QC said the decision meant he was restricted to a maximum sentence of six months rather than five ...

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Chocolate eggs donated for village trail

A PILE of Easter eggs has been donated for the Winsley Easter Egg trail being laid this weekend. Starting on Saturday, the trail will be taking place until Monday April 22. Maps are on sale in the Winsley Village shop and the seven stars for £3.50. A tot...

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Motorcyclist injured in collision

POLICE officers were called to a collision between a car and a motorcyclist on the junction between Frome Road and Pound Lane, Bradford on Avon, shortly before 4pm yesterday (Tuesday April 9).   It involved a black Yamaha motorcycle and a red Suzuki ...

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Nursery’s Easter egg hunt is a success

MORE THAN 50 children joined in the Easter fun at the annual Westwood Nursery Easter Egg Hunt. The nursery received dozens of donations of eggs from Asda, Tesco and the parents. A raffle was held with prizes donated from local business. A bake sale also p...

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Photo club celebrates 10th anniversary

LOCAL photographers showcased their most recent work at the Bradford on Avon photo group’s 10th annual exhibition. Around 660 people came along to the West Barn in Pound Lane to see the display of eclectic photos. Photographer and member of Bradford...

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Building work begins at school

St Laurence School is aiming to raise £60,000 to help equip three new state-of-the-art science laboratories. Up to £600,000 of the funding for the build has come from a Community Infrastructure Levy and some from reserves, but the school is facing the ...

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Campaigners march to save our climate

THE long march taking dedicated environmental campaigners from all over the country to London passed through Wiltshire this week. Walkers arrived in Bradford on Avon on Sunday, before continuing their march another nine miles to Devizes on Monday, on to A...

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Netflix TV drama films at Tithe Barn

HOLLYWOOD rolled into Bradford on Avon this week when Netflix began filming at the town’s ancient Tithe Barn. An independent film production company is filming Cursed, an upcoming American television drama series for Netflix. Based on the forthcoming il...

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Pub aims to be village hub again

THE Kings Arms in Monkton Farleigh has re-opened its doors following a £300,000 refurbishment by owners Punch Taverns. Three years ago the pub – which was for a short while known as the Muddy Duck, causing local outrage – was facing closure u...

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Hunt is on for whoever dumped these dogs

CALLOUS people who dumped three dogs at two different places besides the busy A36, at Beckington and Standerwick, are being hunted by the RSPCA. The animal rescue charity wants people to help them find whoever abandoned two dogs – who have been name...

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Correction: Paige Balas

AFTER a misunderstanding an article printed in this week’s Wiltshire Times gave the impression that Paige Balas had been elected as a councillor for Bradford on Avon town council south ward, which is not the case.   Paige Balas is the candidate f...

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Litter pickers tidy up the town

RESIDENTS of Bradford on Avon took part in the Great British Spring Clean on Sunday (March 24) afternoon. A combined group from Plastic-free Bradford on Avon, which is part of Climate Friendly Bradford on Avon, and Bradford on Avon Rowing Club picked up b...

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Fears over speeding voiced on social media

PEOPLE’S fears about the danger caused by speeding traffic in Bradford on Avon have grown so high they have launched a campaign for speed limits to be cut. After a collision on Bath Road on Monday (March 25) morning, many people have joined social media...

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Children’s Society award for loyal volunteer

A volunteer from Bradford on Avon has had her hard work and dedication recognised after winning a National Volunteering Award from The Children’s Society.   The award was presented by Jim Davies, Head of the charity’s youth engagement team. L...

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Garden designer helps to sponsor festival

A LOCAL garden and landscape design company is helping to sponsor the Bradford on Avon Food and Drink Festival on Saturday, June 1. Lotte Duncan, who is organising the festival with Jon Hackett, said: “We are very happy to be supported by many local com...

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Actress performs in Singapore

A FORMER St Laurence School pupil from Bradford on Avon has joined the cast of a leading theatre company in Singapore. Since leaving school, Rayanna Dibs has forged a career as a London-based UK stage and screen actress. She has recently relocated back to...

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Parties prepare to contest seat

FOUR candidates have so far declared their intention to contest the Bradford on Avon Town Council’s South Ward vacancy. The IDEAL Bradford candidate will be Paige Balas, an American by birth who is now a British citizen. She has been involved with the ...

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It’s DUCK RACE time again!

11am – 2pm Easter Monday 22nd April in Westbury Garden with the race at 12 noon It’s time for the famous annual Bradford on Avon Duck Race and this year promises to be bigger and better than ever, thanks to generous sponsorship from Puddle Ducks Bri...

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Sponsor is blown away by concert performers

ONE of the sponsors of the Duke Ellington Sacred Concert in Bradford on Avon has been so impressed by the event he is willing to be involved again next time. Steve Vick, managing director of Steve Vick International, sponsored the concert on Sunday alongs...

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Rare bat found near Bradford on Avon caves

ONE of the rarest mammals in Britain has been found in Bradford on Avon. Previously, the Alcathoe bat has only been sighted in North Yorkshire and a small area of Sussex and Surrey despite being first found in Britain in 2010. The discovery, made outside ...

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Agency wants to convert old Lloyds Bank

A LOCAL advertising agency is planning to move into the former Lloyds Bank building in Bradford on Avon.   Team Eleven, which is based at the Glove Factory Studios in Holt, wants to move into the former bank in Church Street. The company has applied ...

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Shop tops the poll for returning empty bottles

CUSTOMERS at a small supermarket in Bradford on Avon are beating some of London’s top stores when it comes to returning empty milk bottles. Christine’s Sustainable Supermarket son Silver Street ells more than 65 bottles of milk to customers from the t...

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Local MP supports WHY charity fundraiser

CHIPPENHAM MP Michelle Donelan has supported a coffee morning at the Seven Stars public house in Winsley to raise funds for a local charity. Kate Hooper, owner of the Seven Stars and her friends Clare and Ed Cobb, hosted a coffee and cake morning for We H...

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Plaque honours the fallen

VILLAGERS at Winsley have unveiled a plaque to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War and to honour the men who never came home. Ed Gilby, chair of Winsley Parish Council, Armistice Centenary co-ordinator Phillip Bush, and Jane Hudson, w...

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Jewellery stolen in Bradford Leigh burglary

WILTSHIRE Police are investigating a burglary at a house in Bradford-on-Avon during which several items of jewellery were stolen. Between the morning of Friday, March 2 and the evening of Saturday, March 3, a window at a house in Bradford Leigh was smashe...

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Panto fun is back again on village stage

AFTER 2017’s sellout performance of Cinderella and Rockerfella, which was created by a group of school parents raising money for to help build a much-needed classroom, panto is back in Winsley. he group of volunteers are back, after re-forming Winsley...

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Jazz dinner goes down a treat

THE second jazz and dinner evening took place at Cumberwell Park Golf Club on March 2. The evening featured Graham Trevarton who brought his All Star Band from as far away as Newlyn to play. With two successful jazz evenings it is possible that another wi...

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Science was order of the day at fair

HUNDREDS of children, together with their families and carers, attended the 8th My Science Fair at the Wiltshire Music Centre on Sunday March 3. They were able to take part in a wide range of activities, including interactive science experiments and works...

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Notice of Vacancy in Office of Councillor

Bradford on Avon (Bradford on Avon South Ward) PARISH OF BRADFORD ON AVON (BRADFORD ON AVON SOUTH WARD) NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that due to the resignation of  Steve Plummer, a vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Parish Council. If by 2...

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New chair for BoA Business

THE new chairwoman of the Bradford on Avon Business network is Lucy Millar, a residential and commercial utility consultant. She was the “popular choice” of the business group’s 500-plus members. Mrs Millar beat the other candidate, Steve Plummer, a...

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Freddie’s dash for pancake glory

FREDDIE Mercury look-alike Libby Miles made a dash for glory in the Bradford on Avon Pancake Day Race but turned out to be no champion this year. The 31st annual race across the historic market town’s ancient bridge was won by Gary MacAlister, of Steve ...

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Puppy School

I run a 6 week courses for puppies at Winsley Village Hall on Tuesday evenings from 5pm to 7pm. If you are interested in bringing your puppy along, please contact me, Nicky King 01373 825502

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Extra £15,000 to be spent on care

TOWN councillors in Bradford on Avon have agreed a plan to spend an extra £15,000 on Health and Wellbeing services in the town. They have allocated £15,000 towards preventative services, bringing the total they have pledged to spend in this area to more...

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Town Council to support local Health & Well-being services

Town Councillors have confirmed a decision made in setting the new year’s budget to provide significant additional funding for Health and Well-being services in the town. £15,000 will go towards preventative services, bringing the total committed spend...

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Link scheme needs more volunteers

Bradford on Avon and District Link THE charity needs more volunteer co-ordinators and drivers to help people in the town and surrounding villages who have difficulty with transport get to hospital and other, mainly medical, appointments. Drivers use their...

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Residents reminisce with musical equipment

WILTSHIRE Heights has welcomed MindHarp into the lives of the residents and staff of the Bradford on Avon care home. Libby Miles, Client Services Manager for Wiltshire Heights, has introduced the new equipment following a chance meeting at the annual BRAC...

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Fair combines music, movement and science

FOR the eighth year running, the Wiltshire Music Centre in Bradford on Avon will host the free family event My Science Fair. The annual fair, which attracted more than 400 visitors last year, is taking place on Sunday, March 3 from 10am-3pm. Entrance is f...

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New homes bring local benefits

A NEW development of 58 homes, which will also bring allotments, a community orchard and children’s play facilities to Bradford on Avon, has been opened to the public. Bristol-based Bellway Homes is building a development of three, four and five-bedroom...

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Rising soccer star plays for England

A RISING Trowbridge soccer star has gained her first international cap playing for the England U15s girls’ team in Switzerland. Talliah Keenan, 14, played left back for the team which lost 0-2 on Friday (Feb 15) against a Swiss U16s girls team at the Li...

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Bradford On Avon Pre-Season Nets

Bradford on Acon Cricket Clubs Pre-Season Nets are starting soon at Warminster Cricket Club! See Below : Adult/Under 15’s Net Sessions Monday 11th March 8pm-10pm Monday 18th March 8pm-10pm Monday 25th March 8pm-10pm Monday 1st April times tbc Monday...

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Bradford on Avon Cricket Club Pre-Season Nets

Bradford on Avon Cricket Club Pre-Season Training. BOA CC nets are beginning on the following dates for Senior & Under 15’s : Monday 11th March 8pm-10pm Monday 18th March 8pm-10pm Monday 25th March 8pm-10pm All abilities welcome whether your jus...

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Charity launches new skincare and wellbeing brand

PROCEEDS from a new lifestyle brand of skincare and wellbeing products will help to support the Dorothy House Hospice Care charity in Winsley. The hospice has just launched Ubiety, its first collection of luxurious, natural and ethical skincare and wellbe...

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Much-loved rhymes may be utterly revolting

TICKETS are selling fast for The Bradfordians’ next production of two of Roald Dahl’s most revolting rhymes. The Bradfordians Dramatic Society in Bradford on Avon are performing Cinderella and Jack and The Beanstalk on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and S...

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Rower’s Atlantic challenge

A BRADFORD on Avon lettings agent has described a 3,000-mile rowing trip across the Atlantic Ocean as the toughest challenge of her life so far. Alison Wannell was the only female member of the four-strong crew of Heads Together and Row which took part in...

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Scientist given Australia medal

AN Australian academic who spends part of each year in Wiltshire has been honoured by his country for his contribution to science, which includes research into the best way to dunk a biscuit. Dr Len Fisher received the Order of Australia, Down Under’s e...

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Fire recruits urged to come and have a go

CREWS at Bradford on Avon fire station are urging local people to ‘come and have a go’ at becoming on-call firefighters. Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is looking for new recruits to provide fire cover for the town and its surrounding ...

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Sun shines on the snowdrops

AROUND 250 people visited Great Chalfield Manor on Sunday (February 10) to raise funds for the Dorothy House Hospice. Local garden lovers attended the 11th annual Snowdrop Open Garden event in the winter sunshine. A popular National Trust property, Great ...

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It’s a Kind of Magic: Queen legend’s forest

QUEEN guitarist Dr Brian May is behind the creation of a new forest of more than 100,000 trees near Bradford on Avon. Contractors working for Tilhill Forestry are planting a mixture of native British trees close to the ancient woodland at Inwoods, which r...

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Co-operative stores hunt for new charities to help

CHARITY-MINDED staff at the Southern Co-op stores on Bradford on Avon’s Winsley Road and Corsham’s Macey Drive are looking for new groups to help in 2019/2020, after another successful year’s fundraising. In 2018 both stores supported Dorothy Ho...

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MasterChef winners booked for festival

TWO BBC MasterChef champions are to cook up a storm at a new food festival taking place in Bradford on Avon this summer. Winner in 2016 Jane Devonshire and locally-based Ping Coombes, who won in 2014, will be demonstrating their culinary skills at the Bra...

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Rower completes her TransAtlantic challenge

A BRADFORD on Avon woman and her three male team-mates have completed a 3,000-mile Atlantic Ocean row in aid of mental health charities. Alison Wannell, 40, a lettings agent from Church Street, Bradford on Avon, was also part of a research project at the ...

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Trustees call for help to improve

MEMBERS and users of the Mount Pleasant Centre and Social Club in Bradford on Avon are to be asked what improvements they would like to see. Trustees are planning to ask people for their views in a bid to attract a younger membership and inject fresh thin...

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Safety concerns come top in poll

THE top three traffic concerns in Bradford on Avon are pedestrian safety, air pollution and heavy goods vehiclse passing through the town. That’s the conclusion of a traffic and transport consultation exercise conducted by the town council. The feedback...

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World cuisine on menu for annual Scout cooking contest

THE Annual Wiltshire West Scout Cooking Competition was held at Southwick, organised by the Assistant District Scout Commissioner Brian Fitchett assisted by members of the District Team, with guest judges Beryl Strange and Doreen Rogers. Six teams took pa...

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Wassaillers keep ancient tradition alive

MUSICIANS, Morris Men and Mummers came together in the snow at Bradford on Avon’s historic Tithe Barn. As dusk fell on Saturday the groups were joined by over 150 visitors who took part in the ancient custom of wassailing, visiting Hen’s Orchard, reci...

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Thieves’ huge haul of tools

A TROWBRIDGE builder has been hit by yet another raid by tool thieves. The raiders targeted a metal container on a site in Bradford on Avon and stole more than £3,000 worth of tools. Paul Pinney, 54, of Paul Pinney’s Building Services in Trowbridge, sa...

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Solar panels powering town hall computers

A BANK of 72 solar panels installed on its roof are now producing enough electricity to power a town council’s computers. The panels in Bradford on Avon have already contributed to the National Grid after being installed by local firm Solarsense. Counci...

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Residents want ‘eyesore’ rubbish removed

ELDERLY residents of Bradford on Avon have voiced concerns about a mound of rubbish left outside a listed property. The house at 5 St Margaret’s Street has been gutted to be be turned into a surgery for a local dental practice. Rubbish from the renovati...

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Plastic pollution film draws a large audience

MORE than 100 people packed a Bradford on Avon hall on Tuesday to see a film about the impact of plastic waste polluting the planet’s oceans.   The screening of A Plastic Ocean at St Margaret’s Hall was organised by Plastic-Free Bradford on Avon....

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Thanks for civic support

MEMBERS of the Kennet & Avon Canal boating community have thanked a civic leader for standing up for their way of life. Organisers of the newly-launched Floaty Boat Fund thanked Bradford on Avon Council leader Cllr Dominic Newton for his public suppor...

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Villagers urged to have say in traffic survey

MORE than 60 people living in Winsley have so far responded to a road safety survey, which closes tomorrow (SaturdayJanuary 26). Winsley Parish Council decided in December to conduct the survey following concerns about speeding and highway safety. The cou...

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Rotary club honours long-time helper

Bradford on Avon Rotary Club president Andrew Huxham was pleased to present Rotary’s highest award, a Paul Harris Fellowship” to Marian James. Marian’s award was in recognition of the support she has given to the Club over many years thr...

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Thousands of pounds worth of tools stolen

TOOLS worth £3,000 were stolen in a burglary in Bradford on Avon. Police are appealing for information after the burglary which happened this morning (Friday January 25) at a house in Trowbridge Road. The offender is believed to have used an angle grinde...

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Warning follows ‘stranger’ scare

A 10-YEAR-OLD boy and two 12-year-old girls have been frightened after they were followed by strangers in Bradford on Avon in the last week. Local police are urging parents to talk to their children about the dangers of speaking to strangers following the...

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Sculptor’s work to be featured on television

A SCULPTOR in Bradford on Avon is among 52 artists who have been chosen to create new on-screen idents for ITV. Patricia Volk, 67, was selected from literally hundreds to create the new idents, which are shown between ITV programmes. Mrs Volk, of Coppice ...

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Hotel’s bumper funds for children’s hospice

GUESTS and parents who use the Woolley Grange Hotel at Bradford on Avon have helped to raise a further £4,443.88 for Julia’s House Hospice. General manager Clare Hammond presented a bumper cheque to Julia’s House Children’s Hospice community fundra...

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