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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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Bradford on Avon movie set

FILM CREWS were spotted yesterday at Great Chalfield Manor, Bradford on Avon, filming another series of The Spanish Princess for Amazon Prime. The film is based on the life of Catherine of Aragon and Henry VIII. The series is the sequel to Starz’s p...

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Arnold’s Wood gifted to Town

We are pleased to announce that a delightful woodland area has been gifted to Bradford on Avon Town Council to safeguard its future and to help protect the local landscape. The woodland, known as Arnold’s Wood, was named by the family of Les Arnold who ...

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Tesco is cutting 1,800 jobs in bakery overhaul

TESCO is cutting more than 1,800 jobs as part of changes to bakeries in its large supermarkets. The supermarket giant said 1,816 bakery staff are at risk of redundancy as part of the overhaul, which will take place from May. What’s the plan? Tesco s...

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LOCAL CRIMES: find out what’s happened in your area

A CANNABIS street warning was issued to a man in his 20s who was stop-checked by police on a routine patrol in Roundpond, Melksham, at 3.04pm on February 10. The driver from Melksham was found to be in possession of cannabis. Drugs bust OFFICERS stop-chec...

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Flood chaos as the Avon bursts its banks

Flooding is still causing traffic chaos. Malmesbury, by the River Avon, has been especially badly affected. As has Bradford on Avon. The A4 between Marlborough and West Overton was completely flooded for several hours yesterday. And the road between Burba...

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CRIME ROUND-UP: Car damage, drugs and more

Door lock glued AN anti-social yob put glue in the door lock of a house in Gloucester Square, Melksham, on between 11.15am and 1.15pm on Friday February 7. Grass damaged A group of youths rode a moped on the play park’s field causing damage to the grass...

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Police ‘cannot enforce roads’

UNDERFUNDING of traffic officers means Wiltshire Police “cannot provide effective enforcement”, a union has said. PC Tom Wilson, Wiltshire Police Federation representative, said the number of specialist traffic cops had fallen from 142 in 1998 when he...

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Memories of Goldiggers from 1980s rockers to the rave scene

THE years fell away for one time for former fans of iconic Chippenham nightclub Goldiggers on Saturday when an exhibition opened at the town’s museum. Among those taking a trip down memory lane was former manager Nigel Ross who was delighted by the memo...

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D3 bus service linking Melksham with Bath set to be axed

A BUS service linking Melksham with Bath is being axed by the firm that runs it. First West of England is pulling the plug on the D3 on April 4. It says the service has failed to cover its own costs for some time and, despite a significant increase in usa...

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Council to overspend by £2.8m

WILTSHIRE Council is forecasting an overspend of £2.8m “if no further action is taken” on its budget for 2019/2020. The budget report was discussed by the cabinet at a meeting on Tuesday. Despite these figures cabinet member for finance and procureme...

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BoA Men’s Shed getting closer

Men’s Sheds provide a shared place to pursue practical interests, practice skills, enjoy making and mending, but unlike a solitary garden shed, they are all about social connections, friendship building, sharing skills and knowledge with others. Last ye...

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Bradford on Avon bowlers delight in good season

The Bradford on Avon Bowls Club Annual Lunch and Presentation of Trophies took place at Cumberwell Park on Saturday. Councillor Simon McNeill-Ritchie, Mayor of Bradford on Avon, presented the prizes to the winners and runners up. Club President, Michael H...

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Brexit: What will change after January 31?

When the UK leaves the European Union tonight, for some it will signify the end of an era. But in reality it’s only the beginning, as we enter the transition period. – What happens on January 31? At 11pm in the UK – midnight in Brussels R...

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IN THE DOCK: All the latest cases from across Wiltshire

MAGISTRATES in Swindon and Salisbury have heard cases against the following people recently: DEVIZES: Rachel Ellis, 30, of Moyne Close was given a suspended prison sentence by Salisbury magistrates after admitting assaulting a police officer. The court he...

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Local woodland brought under Town Council’s wing

The Town Council has adopted Kingston Wood which sits on the eastern edge of the Kingston Farm development.  The wood contains two formal children’s play areas and informal woodland natural play space with walkways which create an interesting, fun sett...

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Home truths about the future

On Thursday 23rd January, the Town Council hosted a Green Homes event, organised by Cllr Alex Kay, which was attended by over 70 people. The aim of the evening was… The post Home truths about the future appeared first on BOA Town Council. BoA Town C...

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Lush launch koala soap in aid of Australian wildlife

Lush are launching a limited edition soap to raise money for a fund supporting wildlife in Australia. So, if you’re looking for a new scent or want to do something good AND treat yourself, then look no further. The global cosmetics brand are sellin...

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Mrs Florence Drew, Coppice Hill

Does anyone recall any information about a Mrs Florence Drew who lived at No.16 Coppice Hill for some years, in the 1960/70s? I am researching the history of the Bradford Methodist Church cottages. If so, please contact me at the following email address: ...

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Four arrests after refugee drama in Marlborough

Four men have been arrested after being found stowed away in a horse box in Marlborough. Sue and Jeremy Riches, from Pattingham, Staffordshire, had stopped at their son’s house in London Road when they made the discovery. They were bringing furnitur...

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Libraries across Wiltshire close for a day

22nd January Libraries across Wiltshire close for a day   Eight Wiltshire Libraries and all mobile libraries will close for one day on Wednesday 5 February for a staff training day. To keep as many libraries open for the day as possible, four further lib...

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Global Warming depicted in new climate logo

Following on from the last Climate Emergency Steering Group meeting, community members expressed that although the Town Council has taken steps and continues to address issues within their control, it is not always obvious that a Climate Emergency has b...

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Anger over pile driving

SELWOOD Housing and Wiltshire Council have been reported to the Health & Safety Executive after a Trowbridge resident complained about work taking place next to his home. Dennis Hart, of British Row, contacted Trowbridge town councillor Edward Kirk to...

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Nominations are now open for the National Cat Awards 2020

CAT lovers with the most purr-fect pets are being invited to nominate their furry friends for the biggest event in the feline year – the National Cat Awards 2020. The annual event is run by the charity Cats Protection and celebrates the nation’s mos...

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Posh restaurant chain The Ivy could open up in Marlborough

HIGH end restaurant chain The Ivy is in the mix for the new restaurant in the planned St Peter’s development. Talks are already underway with owners of boutique hotel groups over the planned 23 bed hotel which the developers hope to have up and running ...

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Health bosses pull the plug on maternity unit in Trowbridge

THE birthing unit in Trowbridge will close from April this year, health bosses announced today. This morning approved the plans at a Clinical Commissioning Group meeting at Dorothy House Hospice Care. It means any pregnant women will now have to go to hos...

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Flybe ‘at risk of collapse’ over rising losses

Flybe bosses have held crunch talks with the Government in a bid to save the airline. Discussions were held with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Department for Transport (DfT) over the weekend to see whether they...

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Reduce the carbon footprint of your home

As individuals, our carbon footprints are made up of many things. One of these is the home we live in and there are lots of things you can do to help improve things. As part of Bradford on Avon Town Council’s Climate Emergency strategy, we invite you to...

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