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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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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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‘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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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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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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