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Bradford on Avon's – Ed McKeever Wins Gold

From BBC Sport Ed McKeever powered to victory in the men’s 200m kayak to win Britain’s 26th gold medal of the 2012 Olympics. McKeever crossed the line in 36.246 seconds to win Britain’s second ever Olympic canoe sprint gold medal after ...

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Ask BOA: Interested in cycling

Hi I have just moved to Bradford on Avon and I am a keen cyclist. I’d be interested in joining a local club if there are any about or start a small group of us to go on regular rides. Comment if interested. (Contributed by: Ben Abbott)

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Videos from local community affairs event

Did you know that BoA Community Area Network has published a series of videos filmed during the “Local Knowledge Local Action” event held at St Laurence school back in February? This, for example, is the video about transport: There are relate...

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Ask BoA: What is this?

Browsing Bradford on Avon via Bing Maps, I noticed what looks like a solar energy installation off the Holt Road. Does anyone know anything more about it? Is it permanent? Does it supply electricity to local homes? Who owns and operates it? (Asked by: Bob...

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Wanted: Collectors

Iam looking for collectors in Bradford on Avon to share what they collect with the local people and myself. I would like to interview them and talk about their collections, they can collect anything from bottle tops to garden gnomes. Please contact me if ...

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Bradford on Avon Active Travel Map

Climate Friendly BoA’s Active Travel Map is now available around town from the TIC, Library, Made in Bradford and various other outlets. The map shows footpaths, cycleable roads and bus routes around the town. If you want to use your car less and walk m...

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Recycling plastic

It’s easy to recycle plastic bottles in the blue-lidded wheelie bins we’ve been given by Wiltshire Council, but did you know it’s possible to recycle other plastic products too? Any plastic displaying the numbers 1, 2, or 3 inside a tria...

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Thanks for a great day

(More photos here.) (Wiltshire Times has a report and photos here.) What a spectacular day yesterday was in Bradford, A huge amount of work brought together by the Town Council centred around that fabulous stage – what a success. Thank you everyone invo...

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BoA anthem for Olympic Torch day

Here’s a track I’ve put together with Neil Ryles from Bath Road Studio in BoA, written for the Olympic Torch Relay coming through town next week. It’s called ’Run For Your Life’. It started off as a bit of a laugh and turned into something p...

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Conigre House orphanage

Linking back to the 1950s in Bradford on Avon – here’s a photo of Conigre House when it was an orphanage. My parents John and Gwen McDonough ran this orphanage. Looking for anyone who is interested – I have photos I can share. I live in Australi...

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Ask BOA: Prepaid mobile phones?

Are there any phone stores that sell “Prepaid mobile phones”  in Bradford on Avon? We are visiting the third week in May. (Contributed by: Karen Hoeksema)

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Walking Festival

Bookings for September’s Walking Festival are being taken at the TIC from Tuesday 1st May. All walks need to be booked in advance. For more information please go to: walkbradfordonavon.org/bradford-on-avon-walking-festival/ We do hope you will support ...

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Details of Olympic Torch road closure

Details have been announced of a four-and-a-half hour closure of Market St on 22nd May, as part of celebrations held as the Olympic Torch passes through the town. Here’s the official announcement from Wiltshire Council: Section 16A of the Road Traff...

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Moulton Bikes

Clip from the BBC’s Country File a few months ago, highlighting the Moulton Bicycle which is made in Bradford on Avon Moulton from Voyager03 on Vimeo.

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Bradford’s Shops in the 1950s

  From Ernie Sadd to Madame Soul, Bradford on Avon’s Shops in 1952 Memories of the 1950s should come flooding back in June this year with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations – if you were around at that time. But how many people still rem...

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Bradford on Avon Sailing Club

BoASC is a friendly sailing club just up river from Bradford on Avon. Regular meetings on Sunday afternoons in Spring, Summer and Autumn. Currently looking to attract new members. www.boasailing.co.uk (Contributed by: Peter Hodkinson)

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AskBOA: Activities and interests for ’older’ people

My parents are moving to the area in may and are looking to get involved in activities locally, which as you appreciate is always tricky, they have always played bowls but are now in their 70’s and a bit reluctant, I wonder if you might be able to advis...

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Superfast broadband coming to BoA, says MP

Superfast broadband connections will be available in BoA when the local exchange is upgraded by BT, local MP Duncan Hames told Parliament. He said: Rural Britain, in the shape of the small town of Bradford on Avon in my constituency, welcomed the news thi...

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Back to Netball

Haven’t played netball for a while, want to come and meet new people?? Please come along to St Laurance School, Fridays, term time 7pm-8.30pm, please call me on 01225 864874 if you need more details. (Contributed by: Nicola Murray)

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Pancake race pics

There’s a nice gallery of photos from the pancake race over on bath.co.uk. Andrew Eberlin also posted some photos on his Flickr feed.

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BoA wins "City for a Day" contest

Bradford on Avon was named as the winner of BBC Radio 5 Live’s “City for a Day” competition this morning. From the Wiltshire Times: Bradford on Avon has triumphed in the contest to become the 5 Live City of 2012 this morning. All week re...

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BoA On Radio 5 "City" Shortlist

BBC Radio 5 is running a poll to find the “5 Live City of 2012”, and Bradford on Avon is on the shortlist. The Queen will create a new city this year, as part of her Jubilee celebrations. Twenty five towns have applied for the honour (you can ...

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Thank you for last night's Christmas lights switch on

I’d like to say a huge thank you to all those involved in last night’s Christmas lights switch on and well done to the organisers. There was a lovely, friendly, community atmosphere and it was fantastic to see Lamb Yard being used for the first time ...

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Ask BoA: Jackdaws massing between Trowbridge Road?

I was wondering if anyone else in bradford was aware, and could shed some light on the extraordinary amount of jackdaw birds that seem to be massing between trowbridge rd, and the golf course every morning??? I would very much appreciate any info on the s...

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Fairtrade Award

Bradford on Avon is part of the Wiltshire Fairtrade Coalition, which was Highly Commended for Outstanding Achievement Award. We were presented with the certificate by Fairtrade Foundation Executive Director Harriet Lamb CBE, at the national Fairtrade Supp...

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Ask BoA: Where can I play netball?

Hello, I have recently moved to BOA and am wanting to know what local sporting teams there are that I may be able to join ? In particular netball. Not sure where to find this information so am starting here but if anyone could point me in the right direct...

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A different view of BoA

This is a special kind of panoramic photo called a Gigapan, and shows an unusual view of two of our town’s churches. You can see it full size (and zoom in to see more details) on this page.

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Bridge debate: have your say

No other topic on this website generates quite as much interest, or quite as many comments by the public, as the proposed new bridge between Kingston Mills and the library car park. I’m wary of allowing the topic to swamp everything else here. Equal...

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Bridge council meeting report in Wilts Times

Wiltshire Times: “In a heated debate town councillors made their views known about the best course of action for the future. Mayor Peter Leach said: “Now we all know this information, we have got to decide whether we want to proceed with another c...

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Photos from BoA 10k run

Photos from the the 10k run at Barton Farm Country Park, held as part of the Sports Festival. (Contributed by: Andrew Eberlin) (If you’re running an event in BoA, and have some photos you’d like to share with the rest of the town via this webs...

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Report on broadband survey

Those of you who took the trouble to complete the Community Area Partnership’s mini-survey on broadband issues in the town might like to know that a summary report has now been compiled and will be used as part of Wiltshire Council’s efforts t...

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Ask BoA: Searchlights in the sky?

Can anyone enlighten me as to what the searchlight is that hovers over Bradford every night around 2200-2330hrs? It seems to be coming from the Trowbridge Rd area? (Asked by: Stephanie Ridout)

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Growing up in Bradford on Avon

WHAT: Area Board meeting, with special focus on children and young people WHEN: Wednesday 16th March, 7pm WHERE: St Margaret’s Hall The next public meeting of the Bradford on Avon Area Board will take place at St Margaret’s Hall, Bradford on Avon ...

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Two bridge designs compared

Click here to view this image full size It is true we all need comparable images of the bridges in order to help us decide which is best for this sensitive location. Every image will have drawbacks. In this one we have used the drawings in order to check ...

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The truth about Unity 3

(Click here to view photo at full size) You will be aware that opponents of the Cable-Stay Footbridge believe that an alternative bridge could have a graceful arch and would have “potential savings of £400,000”. We now more and can see that t...

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More calls for better broadband

(We’ve had two recent contributions on this topic, so we thought it best to combine them into a single post — Ed) BT has set up a website: www.racetoinfinity.com where communities can vote for Infinity Broadband. The more votes cast, the highe...

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Faster broadband from BT

BT is planning to roll out the next phase of superfast broadband and will be prioritising areas that show the most enthusiasm. This is the same method that they used in the initial roll out of broadband a few years ago; so it is important that we get as m...

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Problems with broadband in BoA

Over the past few days I’ve had several long outages with my domestic broadband on Coppice Hill. My ISP is Plusnet. Two friends have experienced outages at the same time – one up near St Laurence School, the other down New Road. The ISP approach to de...

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Where exactly is the land at Kingston Farm?

Last Friday, a public exhibition was held at St Margaret’s Hall during which the proposers of new development on a site known as Kingston Farm outlined some of the basics of their plan. The land they were referring to is approximately shown by the a...

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Do you remember a local orphanage?

I’m try to find out information about an orphanage which I lived at in the early 1950s in Bradford on Avon. If I remember rightly, it was on the Holt road near its junction with Woolley Street. I know I used to walk to it downhill from Christchurch ...

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An Historic Core Zone for Bradford on Avon

People in Bradford on Avon want something done about the traffic; intimidation, difficulty crossing the road, air pollution, noise, etc. But most of us are sometimes pedestrians and sometimes part of the traffic. And the town’s economy depends upon peop...

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Keep Bradford Green campaign springs back to life

A planning application to build new houses on the town golf course was officially turned down just a couple of weeks ago, but now the developers have put in a fresh application. The new application is for 195 new properties (97 for private sale, 98 social...

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UFO sighting over BoA

Lights in the sky: Bright circular object with pulsating orange lights heading at high speed over B0A towards Melksham area. Object was low before moving up in height. Object then stopped and held position for 20 – 30 secs before dissapearing upward...

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Human remains found

Church St was closed off today after workmen found buried human remains. From This is Wiltshire: The road was closed off from about 1.30pm and will remain closed while police carry out their investigations and establish how to remove the skeletons, which ...

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BoA man paddles into the headlines

A local canalboat-dweller has grabbed his 15 minutes of fame in the pages of the Daily Mail. Dave Cornthwaite paddles to work on an oversized surfboard. Maybe you’ve seen him paddling locally? Says the Mail: “The wobbly journeys to work are in...

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Recent sightings

It’s been strange-thing-sighting-tastic round here recently. Someone reported a UFO sighting over BoA: “The light was orange in colour and was travelling at a unbelivable speed from left to right, suddenly another light came from the right and...

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MPs expenses in Wiltshire

As the expenses row drags on in Westminster, what have local MPs been claiming? MSN has created an interactive map which you can use to zoom in on individual constituencies, and see what the sitting MP claimed in expenses for the year 2007-08. The site sa...

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AskBoA: What is a Willat?

Julia Warin writes: “People keep asking me this question. I know what I think, but what do you think? Answers on the blog please.” You heard her. What do you think a Willat is? Post your answers here.

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