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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Focus on Parkinson’s Event a huge success

Last Friday, the Mayor Cllr Alex Kay popped into see the organisers of the Focus on Parkinson’s event which was held at St Margaret’s Hall, Bradford on Avon. The event attracted over 100 people, all interested to find out more about what’s new in Pa...

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Tributes paid to painter and decorator

TRIBUTES have been paid to a painter and decorator whose body was pulled from the water at the Bradford on Avon Marina on Sunday afternoon. Residents on the marina said he was “lovely man” and a “really nice bloke” who worked locally as a painter ...

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Firefighters find body at Bradford Marina

Trowbridge firefighters have reported that they found a body after being called to Bradford Marina this evening.   On Twitter the Trowbridge station reported: “We were sent to reports of a person in the water at Bradford Marina which we attende...

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Children hail Invictus hero medallist

CHILDREN and staff at a Bradford on Avon nursery school have hailed an Invictus Games hero at a special party in her honour. They presented flowers and gifts to former Army veteran Kelly Ganfield, whose three-year-old daughter Bethany goes to the Catkins ...

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Rain fails to deter visitors to market

RAIN failed to dampen the spirits of canal boaters and visitors who attended the Bradford on Avon Winter Floating Market over the weekend. Despite the rain and muddy conditions, the towpath traders all reported good business with some selling out of their...

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Local author publishes book on Robin Hood

A LOCAL historian has published his fourth book to coincide with the release of the new Hollywood blockbuster film about Robin Hood.   Dr Sean McGlynn says the legend of the Nottingham outlaw who reportedly robbed the rich to give to the poor has Wil...

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High Sheriff of Wiltshire wowed by BoA’s Christmas Trees

Earlier today, Mayor Cllr Alex Kay, welcomed High Sheriff of Wiltshire, Nicky Alberry to Bradford on Avon, and what better place to take her than to the always beautiful Holy Trinity Church, which this week looks even more glorious with its Christmas Tre...

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French deal will open up a huge new market

A BRADFORD on Avon publisher has just signed a deal to distribute French versions of their award-winning journals and books across France. from you to me is the creator of emotive gift books and journals to celebrate special occasions, capture priceless m...

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Lorry Watch Strikes Again!

A huge thanks to the again to the town’s Lorry Watch Volunteers! On 27th November 2018, the following convictions were upheld:  A driver was convicted of infringing the Bradford-on-Avon Town Bridge weight limit.  He was fined £293.00, ordered to pay...

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Making a ten year splash

QUALIFIED trainers at three swimming pools in Wiltshire used by a Bristol-based business to teach tiny tots to swim were part of celebrations to mark ten years for Puddleducks Bristol and Bath. Sarah Austin set up the company when she wanted to teach her ...

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Hundreds watch Gail switch on festive lights

A CROWD of 500 people watched as Bradford on Avon’s first Shining Light community award winner Gail Keverne and her grand-daughter Kaya switched on the town’s Christmas lights display. The countdown just before 6.30pm in Westbury Gardens marked the st...

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Winner to switch on town lights

HUNDREDS of residents in Bradford on Avon will gather on Friday evening (Nov 30) to watch the town switch on its annual Christmas lights display. Newly-named Shining Light award winner, Gail Keverne, of the Catkins Pre-school Nursery, will switch on the l...

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Traditional Christmas on the canal-side

MULLED wine, hot chestnuts, and Christmas carols will be on offer at this year’s Winter Floating Market in Bradford-on-Avon. This year, the market is being organised by Laura Darling, owner of The Wolf Kitchen boat café. It will take place on the Kenne...

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Websites to showcase town

A HOLT-based web design company has won a £14,000 contract to produce two new websites to boost Bradford on Avon Town’s Council’s presence worldwide. Boson Web, based at the Glove Factory, is working with the council to showcase Bradford on Avon as a...

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The time to Explore BoA is approaching!

If you have had your ear to the social media ground, you may have caught a glimpse of a new logo about town, and wondered what was in the pipeline. Since joining the Town Council team, Steph Shearing, the Tourism & Events Officer, and Lydia Booth, Com...

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Silverware stolen from home during burglary

Police are appealing for information after a number of items of silverware were stolen during a burglary at a house near Bradford on Avon. The house in Turleigh was broken into some time between Friday November 16 and Wednesday November 21. Police officer...

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Are you ready for the big BoA Christmas Switch-On?

The beautiful Bradford on Avon lights will soon illuminate the town for the Christmas season, with the Switch On event this Friday 30th November – the main event will be in Westbury Garden though the festivities will take place across the town. The lig...

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Nursery school boss is town’s Shining Light

THE founder of a Bradford on Avon pre-school day nursery has been named as the town’s Shining Light.   Gail Keverne won a hamper-full of Christmas goodies and will get to switch-on the Bradford on Avon Christmas lights display at 6.30pm on Friday, ...

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Bradford firm’s fun quiz boosts nature centre

A CHARITY quiz night at The Boathouse in Bradford on Avon raised over £1,000 for Hope Nature Centre.   The event was organised by Energy Management LLP in Bradford on Avon and sold out, with 80 guests. The evening had an auction and raffle as well a...

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Meet BOA’s Shining Light of 2018

You may have heard about our recent request for residents to nominate someone from Bradford on Avon who has made a real difference to people’s lives and/or the community during 2018.  The aim was that we as a town could say ‘thank you’ to that some...

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Update: Sunday Parking charges suspended

Following on from last week’s news from Wiltshire Council that charges would be put in place on Sundays and Bank Holidays across the county, including Bradford on Avon’s car parks, an article has now been released on their website, stating that they h...

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Victorian tale makes it to print

A BRADFORD on Avon woman’s determination to publish a book written by a long-dead relative has finally succeeded.   Dee Way, 72, spent four years trying to track down first edition copies of the book written by her great-great aunt Isabel Homewood....

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Hundreds of people marked the Armistice 100 years on

PEOPLE from around the county have been marking the centenary of the Armistice of the First World War in many different and meaningful ways. A woman from Bradford on Avon had the honour of being selected to walk in the Nation’s Thank You procession in L...

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Notice from Wiltshire Council: revised parking charges

Recently, the Town Council was notified of proposed changes to parking charges meaning free parking would no longer be available on Sundays. Town Councillors lobbied against the introduction of new charging regime, though were unable to stop it. However,...

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Doves represent those who died

STRINGS of 184 hand-crafted paper doves across one of Bradford on Avon’s historic shopping streets are a dramatic symbol of peace.   The Flight of the Fallen commemorates each of the men from Bradford on Avon who failed to come home from the First ...

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Six-foot tall rabbit sure to be star of the show

THE award-winning Bradfordians return to the stage with a six-foot high rabbit called Harvey for their next production, which opens on Thursday. The Bradfordians’ Dramatic Society are performing the hilarious comedy Harvey by the American playwright Mar...

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Plans to bring hall back to use

A CIVIC tea at the former home of Dr Alex Moulton in Bradford on Avon launched the town’s Countdown to Peace programme. The Grade II listed Jacobean hunting lodge, built in 1610 by wealthy clothier John Hall the Second is now run by the Alex Moulton Cha...

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Children get a taste of life on Western Front

CHILDREN from Holt Primary School experienced a taste of life on the Western Front when they visited a replica First World War trench system in Bradford on Avon.   The trench, complete with a full-scale replica First World War tank and a hospital sec...

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High-tech firm wins top award

AIM is one of the most important platforms to help smaller and growing companies raise the capital they need for expansion. AB Dynamics is a supplier of innovative, high-quality test equipment to 25 of the world’s leading vehicle manufacturers. The comp...

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New housing development in Wiltshire takes shape

Building work is well underway at a new housing development in Bradford on Avon.  Five-star housebuilder Bellway is building 58 new homes at Tithecote Manor, off Holt Road, where the first few homes are beginning to take shape, ready for its official...

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New housing development in Wiltshire takes shape

Building work is well underway at a new housing development in Bradford on Avon.  Five-star housebuilder Bellway is building 58 new homes at Tithecote Manor, off Holt Road, where the first few homes are beginning to take shape, ready for its official...

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LORRY WATCH PROSECUTION

*STOP PRESS*  IN SWINDON MAGISTRATES COURT, AFTER INITIALLY PLEADING NOT GUILTY, THEN CHANGING THEIR PLEA, B.TAYLOR & SONS TRANSPORT. WERE FOUND GUILTY OF BREACHING THE TOWN BRIDGE LIMIT.Fine: £1,000 Costs: £500 Victim Surcharge: £100

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Alzheimer’s Society Roadshow will visit Bradford-on-Avon

People of Bradford-on-Avon, as well as the surrounding area, will soon have the opportunity to put their questions to experts and find out more about dementia as Alzheimer’s Society’s Roadshow visits at the end of the month. The charity’s mobile inf...

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Miss Nash

My 13 year old son and I are looking to rent a 2/3 bedroom house in Bradford on Avon. We have been looking for a while but sadly nothing has been available yet that we like. I would like to know of recommendations of secondary schools close by and any pri...

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Free piano

Hi, Roberts standard size upright piano.It is in good condition, in tune (but slightly below concert pitch). The top D is stuck but fixable. Free – but pick up from my house on Sladesbrook, Bradford-on-Avon. Pop me an email if you or any group you k...

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Mr Buster White

Hi I am possibly looking for retail premises to rent in Bradford on Avon. I was actually born in Bradford on Avon (on a plank over the toilet at Bradford on Avon hospital, my mother was always late and didn’t quite make it to the maternity ward in time)...

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Support your local author

Bradford on Avon author, James Ellis, is seeking Patrons for his second novel, An Other’s Look, which is being published by Unbound Books. Patrons are a community of book lovers who bring new voices to published writing by pre-ordering digital or paperb...

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Performance opportunity – Iford Arts

Iford Arts are looking for two young actors (male) to take part in a professional opera, Handel’s Partenope at Iford Arts (just outside of Bath). You will be required to attend two rehearsals in London, one on Friday 15th May, the second tbc You will th...

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Collecting Children’s shoes at Dible and Roy

Do you have any shoes that your children have grown out of? We have a collection box in our foyer at Dible & Roy, Bridge Street for the charity Afrikaya.  These shoes will go to a project in The Gambia where the children often pick up parasites s...

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Changes to the Bradford on Avon town bus service

Wiltshire Council have recently published some changes to the Town Bus schedule, and re-iterate that the 265 service will supplement any shortfalls presented by this. Cllr Alex Kay said: ‘The Town Council are dedicated to examine any further proposed ch...

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Good news for our Bridge!

As you drive through our beautiful town, you will often see, come rain or shine, volunteers from the Lorry Watch team, taking note of the countless heavy goods vehicles who chose to ignore the restriction signs, and drive over our historic bridge. By taki...

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Roadworks use a longer-lasting surface

DRIVERS in Bradford on Avon have faced lengthy delays this week because of road closures, while Wiltshire Council lays a new type of surface which should mean the new road lasts longer. This is Wiltshire

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Roadworks postponed this weekend

PLANS to resurface a mini-roundabout in the centre of Bradford on Avon have been postponed this weekend because of forecasted wet weather. This is Wiltshire

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ROADWORKS UPDATE: Silver Street/Market Street/Town Bridge

We have just heard from Wiltshire Council that the planned resurfacing of the mini roundabout at the junction of Market Street and Silver Street WILL NOT be taking place on Sunday 18th March as previously notified. There will be a temporary surface and ra...

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How your Council Tax will be spent

Leader of the Council Cllr Dom Newton outlines the town council’s budget priorities for the coming year I hope very much that you have had a great start to the year – and are enjoying the lighter evenings as we head into the Spring.   We’ve had a ...

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Major roadworks cause long delays

DRIVERS trying to get through Bradford on Avon face long delays this week while Wiltshire Council contractors work on improvements to two major routes through the town. This is Wiltshire

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Volunteers are the unsung heroes of Storm Emma

MANAGERS at Dorothy House Hospice Care in Winsley have said a big ‘Thank You’ to local people, Hospice staff and supporters for their generous efforts to help Hospice staff deliver patient care with minimum disruption despite the freezing conditions, ...

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