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Half Term message from Leader of the Council

Leader of the Council, Dom Newton, has released a statement urging the community to stick to the current COVID-19 government guidelines on socialising: Only ONE person may meet ONE other person from another household These meetings can take place in open ...

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Keep avoiding narrow pathways

Part of the charm of our beautiful town is its narrow winding lanes and pathways, which meander between the old weavers cottages on the hillside, all the way up to the Chapel of St Mary Tory, as well of course the stunning views once you reach the top. Ho...

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Floaty Boat Food Boxes

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Floaty Boat Fund, set up in 2018 with support from the Town Council and others, have been stepping up activities to provide veg box deliveries as well as an innovative ‘pay it forward’ scheme – supporting m...

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Karen Bloomfield has decided she needs some ‘me time’

THE owner of a well-known fruit and vegetable shop in Bradford on Avon which temporarily closed because of the Covid-19 coronavirus crisis has decided to call it quits after 33 years. Karen Bloomfield, of Bloomfield’s Fruit & Veg, has decided to clo...

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About this website

There has been a question about who runs this website and why.  To clarify, it is owned by Bradford on Avon Town Council but was set up by someone who has now left Bradford on Avon. They asked for someone to take over hosting the site and keep an eye on ...

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Stable owner in South Wraxall warns of suspicious man

A horse owner has warned stable owners to be on alert after a suspicious man called at her yard. She said the man in a dark grey Peugeot entered her yard in South Wraxall near Bradford on Avon and asked if she had any old horse boxes for sale. She said: &...

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CRIME ROUND-UP: Theft, vandalism, drugs and more

Windmill stolen AN ornamental windmill was stolen from the front garden in Brecon Close, Melksham, on Sunday, May 3. Cannabis bust A MAN in his 20s from the Melksham area has been released under police investigation after police stopped a vehicle on Black...

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Response to proposed relaxation of lockdown restrictions

As of this week, England sees the relaxation on some of the rules on use of open spaces and exercise.  As a Town Council, we are keeping the situation under review in respect of opening up the places and spaces that are under our control – however, the...

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Preparing to Return to Work

The Government announcement on Monday actively encouraged people who cannot work from home to go back to work from this week. Wiltshire Council (WC) and the Town Council are currently assessing what impact this announcement will have for council service...

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‘It’s all Covid-related,’ say cyber detectives

Computer users have been warned about online coronavirus scams as the lockdown enters its seventh week. Wiltshire Police’s digital investigations and intelligence unit, set up to investigate cyber crime, said all their calls were now linked to the pande...

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Officers ‘caught in the crossfire’

The chairman of Wiltshire’s Police Federation says the latest lockdown announcement has left officers caught between a rock and a hard place. Prime minister Boris Johnson said on Sunday that people would be able to exercise outside as many times as they...

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Message from Leader of the Council

Cllr Dom Newton, Leader of the Council, reflects on last night’s statement from the Government regarding proposed relaxations of the COVID-19 lockdown in England. Watch the video message below or CLICK HERE BoA Town Council

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VE Day Peace remembered

Today is VE Day, held to commemorate 75 years since the Nazi official surrender ended the Second World War in Europe. Millions had died and suffered over the preceding years, and millions too had worked together at that time of global crisis, to finally a...

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Six-year-old saw the Trafalgar Square celebrations

THE street parties and parades originally planned to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day may have been cancelled but residents in the Warminster and Westbury area are still intending to mark the day. Back in 1945, people celebrated the end of the war...

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Wiltshire Green Infrastructure and Open Space Survey

Wiltshire Council have recently been undertaking a Green Infrastructure and Open Space Survey, which they have been asking residents to complete. In order to encourage responses from a wider range of people, and to inform our own Green Spaces management,...

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Volunteers worth celebrating

Today, Saturday 2nd May, was originally intended to be the day of our inaugural Volunteer Celebration, hosted by the Mayor, Simon McNeill-Ritchie, at St Margaret’s Hall. The ensuing COVID-19 pandemic meant, of course, that it had to be postponed, whilst...

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Statement on Poulton Field

It has come to our attention that there are a number of concerns in the community about the status of Poulton Field, and the Town Council’s intentions for it, as/when it is transferred from Wiltshire Council. These concerns have been compounded by the a...

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Becky Addy Wood will be protected as a nature reserve

BECKY Addy Wood near Bradford on Avon has been sold for £45,000 to locals determined to see it used as a nature reserve to enhance the community, just before it was due to be auctioned with a guide price of £40-£50,000. The 10.6 acres of woodland, whic...

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Don’t delay seeking medical help says NHS

THE FOLLOWING NOTICE HAS BEEN RELEASED BY NHS BATH AND NORTH EAST SOMERSET Don’t delay seeking medical help because of coronavirus People living in Wiltshire are being advised not to let worries about coronavirus stop them asking for medical help for th...

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Ancient woodland protected for future generations

At a meeting last week, Bradford on Avon Town Council agreed to the purchase of local Historic Ancient Woodland, Becky Addy Wood on behalf of the community.  Becky Addy Wood is accessible by a right of way that parallels the canal and provides an altern...

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Crowded Asda sees shoppers too close for social distancing

SHOPPERS at the Asda-Walmart in North Swindon struggled to stay apart from each other in the crowded aisles. Supermarkets have measures in place to allow customers to shop while staying two metres away from other people. Amy Doyle took pictures of the s...

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GROW Bradford on Avon launches!

We are thrilled to announce a new project! GROW Bradford on Avon has just been launched, as part of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown. The idea is to provide hubs for the community to share seeds and plants with each other, a...

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‘They were so quick to act, they saved my life’

A mum has thanked staff at the Royal United Hospital in Bath for saving her life after she gave birth to her daughter. Kylie Bewley was rushed into theatre after losing more than three litres of blood following an emergency caesarian operation to give bi...

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Police mount search to find toddler’s parents

IF you live in Bradford on Avon brace yourself for a wave of noise at 3.15pm today (Friday), as 63 excited Year 6 pupils from Christ Church Primary give tongue after completing a sponsored silence. The youngsters will all fall silent on a video call for 1...

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Home Alone in lockdown

iving alone and working from home is a lifestyle choice for many people, but enforced isolation can throw up a lot of unexpected issues, and magnify the anxieties and long-term concerns that will be experienced at some point by most of us in these troubli...

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Earth Day 2020: more poignant than ever

Today, 22nd April, is Earth Day and yet we mostly find ourselves indoors, under lockdown. That said, the birds sing louder than ever through the cleaner air and Spring seems to be stretching its arms out and giving a large exhalation of life through the e...

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Update from Leader of the Council

With the lockdown now extended for at least another three weeks, Cllr Dom Newton, Leader of the Council, has released an update, reflecting on what this means to our town and how the Town Council is continuing to support and work with people in the comm...

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Support for older people

Coping with isolation can be particularly challenging for those who are not internet-savvy. Not everyone has access to a computer, and elderly people who can’t connect with the virtual wider world may be finding it difficult to work out what they can an...

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Easter opening hours

Over the past 3 weeks pharmacies, shop assistants, the Community Emergency Volunteers, volunteer street champions and Town Council officers have come together and helped to get shopping/prescriptions/support to members of the community recommended to sta...

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CORONAVIRUS: UK death toll has another record rise

THE number of people in the UK who died after testing positive for coronavirus has soared by another record amount. In total, 786 more virus patients have died since the last update. The previous announcement from the Department of Health on Monday ann...

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Thai meals from The Swan in Bradford are delicious

AS the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis bites deep into normal family life and throws our usual routines into turmoil we are now unable to visit our local pubs, hotels, restaurants, cafes and coffee shops. It’s good to see some of those forced to close their...

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Helping you to stay safe AND get your prescriptions

Residents belonging to the more ‘at risk’ categories during the COVID-19 pandemic are being urged NOT to make trips to pharmacies for their prescriptions after our local Pharmacy, Police and NHS have expressed concerns at the high number of peop...

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INFORMATION FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES & THE SELF EMPLOYED

The Mayor of Bradford on Avon, Cllr Simon McNeill-Ritchie, has recorded a film with advice for local businesses and the self employed which you can view below: Useful links that he mentions in the film, and more, are as follows: Gov.uk Business Support ...

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Trowbridge taxi driver is hailed a hero

A KIND-HEARTED Trowbridge taxi driver is being praised by a New Zealand grandmother for rescuing her from an emergency night in a police station. Kiwi care worker Valarie Flynn, 77, was heading home to her family. But her flight from Heathrow was cancelle...

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Carers keep on caring

Face to face care support is on hold during the coronavirus outbreak, with carers increasingly concerned for their wards in case they, themselves, become ill. Carer Support Wiltshire says many carers are classed as vulnerable while also trying to protect ...

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PLANNING: Here’s what’s happening where you live

THE following planning applications have been decided by Wiltshire Council and the Planing Inspectorate recently. TROWBRIDGE: Michael Jackson, of Summerleaze, has had his appeal against the refusal of his plans to put up a 1.8m wooden fence dismissed. The...

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Awards recognition for hair salon is a dream come true

As we kick off the Wiltshire Business Awards 2020, we take a look back at last year’s winners and find out what they think about entering. The first award of the 2019 ceremony went to a successful start-up salon from Calne. HM Hairdressing won the Start...

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WHAT YOU SAID: Panic buying and queues at McDonald’s

We have been covering a lot of stories around coronavirus. And the various issues have aroused strong feelings in many of our readers. Our report of customers rushing to get their last Big Mac or Happy Meal from the Trowbridge branch of McDonald’s b...

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Residents urged to limit use of canal towpaths

Whilst we are all making sense of and coming to terms with the new rules in place regarding staying indoors, isolating and permissible reasons for leaving the home, we’d like to raise awareness of the situation boaters on our canals find themselves in...

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UK LOCKDOWN: The only reasons you can now leave the house

BORIS Johnson has announced new UK lockdown measures to stem the spread of coronavirus – with police stepping in to deal with those breaking the rules. The Prime Minister said that from this evening people will only be allowed to leave their home f...

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COVID-19 UPDATE: ALL PLAY AREAS NOW CLOSED

All play areas under the Town Council’s management in Bradford on Avon are now closing with immediate effect. The risk of transmission from child to child on play equipment is thought… The post COVID-19 UPDATE: ALL PLAY AREAS NOW CLOSED appeared fi...

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A Philosopher Writes

A helpful article: https://theconversation.com/philosopher-in-italian-coronavirus-lockdown-on-how-to-think-positively-about-isolation-133859?

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BRADFORD ON AVON COVID-19 RESPONSE FUND

As a Town Council we are making a donation to support local community groups helping the most vulnerable in our town at this time of crisis. In addition we would like to invite any members of the community who can afford to, to make donations (whether sma...

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COVID-19 Connecting our community

  This is without doubt a challenging time for us all, with some likely to be more impacted than others, yet the COVID-19 pandemic is also bringing out the best in many people in the community, with volunteer groups and organisations popping up ready...

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Public Toilet closure

In the light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we have taken the decision to close these public toilets until further notice. The safety of users and our small team of staff in these unprecedented circumstances is of utmost importance to us. The co...

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FOOD REVIEW: The Vine Tree is well worth a drive

MY HUSBAND was away and my son was also without his partner for the weekend so I suggested we ventured out for Saturday lunch. I had been thinking a sandwich and maybe a nice cake in a little cafe but by now I should have realised that my son’s idea of ...

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Tourist Information Centre temporarily closed

Due to ongoing developments re: Coronavirus (COVID-19) we have decided to temporarily close the Bradford on Avon Tourist Information Centre until further notice. This decision has been made as there has been a dramatic drop in the amount of tourists visit...

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Bradford on Avon Precept 2020

At January’s Full Council meeting, Councillors voted on the Town Council’s budget for the year April 2020 – March 2021, which informs the town’s ‘precept’ – the funds raised for the Town Council’s direct use, allocated from residents’ ov...

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Incest dad who preyed on teenage daughter is jailed

A DEVIANT dad caught on CCTV performing a sex act on his long-lost teen daughter has been jailed. Robert Cole, 42, was reunited with daughter Justine Henley in 2018 after her 18th birthday – and 15 years after she was taken from his care and placed firs...

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The true sound of the 60s

THE guitar that helped The Springfields become the first British group to break into the US music charts, beating The Beatles, is to be sold at auction in Corsham on Wednesday, and is expected to fetch upwards of £15,000. Mike Hurst, a former member of T...

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Snack’s a monster!

HIS is the giant Hula Hoop Taylor Carey discovered when she dipped into her salt and vinegar snack. The schoolgirl was at Longleat Safari Park with her sister Scarlett, mum Tracey and auntie Denise O’Leary when she discovered the monster four-inch long ...

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