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No more traffic wanted near site

TRAFFIC concerns and green spaces were the main reasons when Bradford on Avon councillors voted to fight a plan for 42 more new houses in the town. Environment and planning committee chairman Cllr Alex Kay said concerns included the loss of local green sp...

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Judge slams ‘chilling’ efforts to cover up Calne murder

MURDERER Thomas Griffiths staged his victim’s body in a bid to make it look like she had taken her own life. That was what Ellie Gould’s father, Matthew, first believed when he found his daughter’s lifeless body in the kitchen of their Calne home as...

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Trowbridge RUH Fundraising Group Meeting

If you’re passionate about making a difference to others, or perhaps you would like guidance on how to bring your fundraising ideas to life, we would love to see you at the Boat House on the 13th November.Trowbridge RUH Fundraising Group always welcome ...

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Reduce waste and repair items

A REPAIR cafe which aims to minimise waste was held by climate friendly Bradford on Avon’s Zero Waste group. Despite the rain around 20 people came to The Hub in Church Street bringing all sorts of household items to repair. Volunteer menders helped fix...

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Town talks about how to protect the bats

PEOPLE in Bradford on Avon learned about protecting bats at a conservation talk held at St Margaret’s Hall. Professor Fiona Mathews explained how the town is within an important area for bats that includes Bath, Box, Corsham and Winsley. Although we...

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Cat returns home after six years

A BLACK cat which went missing six years ago returned to its home in Bradford on Avon for Halloween. Clyde escaped days after owners Mel and Rob Sargeant moved to their new home in 2013 but was reunited with his family last week, when he was brought into ...

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Petition to ban sale of fireworks in shops

More than 180,000 people have signed a petition calling for a ban on shops selling fireworks. Ahead of Bonfire Night on Tuesday, the online petition reached 180,000 on Monday afternoon. As the figure is more than 100,000, this means Parliament will have ...

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Local fair is back in town

THE Made in Bradford Christmas Fair which sells handmade, local and unique gifts will be taking place on November 16. At St Margaret’s Hall from 10am-3pm anyone is welcome to browse for Christmas gifts with a difference, all in aid of Dorothy House....

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General Election 2019: Key dates you need to note

It’s the first December general election since 1923. And with the big day less than two weeks before Christmas, cutting into Christmas shopping time, concerts and all those things we tend to like to do, here’s some key dates to put in your d...

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New fountains and water bottles for BoA

Throughout the summer, we have been working on the installation of 3 water fountains to complement the existing re-fill scheme in the town. We are thrilled to announce that all three of the fountains are now in place, tested and operational and in the fol...

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12 of the best boozy advent calendars and crackers

Swap sweets for liquid treats in the lead up to Christmas Day, says Sam Wylie-Harris. An Advent calendar stuffed with mini bottles of your favourite tipple is the kind of naughty stuff the little kid inside you – with grown-up tastes – can get...

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Precious bracelet returned to owner

A BELOVED Tiffany bracelet has been returned to its owner following an appeal run by The Wiltshire Times, after it was discovered in Bradford on Avon. Amy McQuaid, 19, from Hilperton was over the moon to find out the bracelet which she was given for her 1...

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Wider pavements needed

VOLUNTEERS in Bradford on Avon are calling for the pavements across the Town Bridge to be made wider after cars came very close to recent Heritage Open Day visitors and two of their number were involved in minor collisions. They want a Town Bridge Pavemen...

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Photographers donate profits from exhibition

THE Bradford on Avon University of the Third Age Photography Group have donated £200 to the Dorothy House Hospice at Winsley. The U3A group made a small profit from their recent photographic exhibition at the West Barn in Bradford on Avon on September 28...

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Amazon and Royal Mail scam targeting online shoppers

SHOPPERS are being warned about fraudulent messages being sent out by scammers pretending to be from parcel delivery companies and online purchasing sites. Residents have been sent messages with links purporting to be from Royal Mail, Amazon and DHL but p...

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See what our reviewer made of this country pub

The King’s Arms 42 Monkton Farleigh Bradford on Avon BA15 2QH Monday-Thursday 12 noon-11pm Friday-Saturday 12 noon-midnight Sunday 12 noon-9pm Disabled access: Possible to pub but some steps Parking: Ample in car park Our ratings: Food: 7/10 Service...

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Save our land and wildlife

PROTESTS have been held in a bid to save a site in Bradford on Avon from becoming a 42-home estate. Councillors and local people have banded together to campaign against the development of a field off Woolley Street, next to the conservation area. Protest...

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The importance of Bradford on Avon’s bats

Last week we hosted “Bat Chat” at St Margaret’s Hall, with a view to helping the community find out more about these important, and sadly threatened, mammals and the habitats upon which they rely. LEFT TO RIGHT: CHRIS HOGG, ROWENA QUANTRILL (CFBOA)...

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Social club is burgled

MONEY and alcohol was stolen from Westwood Social Club when it was burgled for the second time this year. On October 13 someone broke into the social club at 1.15am and the items were stolen. A box containing alcohol and confectionary was later found in a...

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Celebrating 20 years of musical talent

LOCAL musicians will join forces with Cantamus Chamber Choir for a gala concert to celebrate 20 years with their musical director Mike Daniels. On Sunday November 10 Cantamus Chamber Choir, male choir Men with Horns and soloists Kirsten Mulcahy, Marie Ell...

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Continental brunch raises hundreds for town

MORE than 50 people enjoyed Middle Eastern and Asian food prepared by people in Bradford on Avon as the town’s Friends of Palestine held a fundraising brunch. On October 13, the group raised money to support Tubas, a town whose position in the north, ne...

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Bradford on Avon groups celebrate bloom success

BRADFORD on Avon has gained six ratings in the In Your Neighbourhood section in this year’s South West in Bloom awards. Wiltshire Heights care home and the Railway Station Garden Group were awarded ‘outstanding’ ratings, while the Women&...

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Birds Eye recalls chicken nuggets that may contain plastic

Bird’s Eye is recalling bags of 50 frozen chicken nuggets because they may contain small pieces of plastic. The affected products have a best before date of October 2020 and carry one the following codes on the back of the pack: L9208 W V124; L9208...

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Army Cadets start food bank to help those struggling

THE Army Cadet force, in Corsham, are starting a food bank to help families struggling on approach to a difficult time of year for people financially. In a letter to parents, SI Phill Rice of Wiltshire, Corsham Detachment said: “This time of year can be...

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Car home garden recognised for in bloom

CARE home in Bradford on Avon Wiltshire Heights was given outstanding status in the its your neighbourhood category of community gardens and groups in the South West in Bloom competition. Plans were laid earlier in the year to encourage community engageme...

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Online Parent Supportive Mastermind Launched

  The Play Healing Parenting MasterMind Melksham, Wiltshire – October, 2019 – Immediate Release Play Healing, a parenting organisation based in the South West of England is launching a series of insightful MasterMind courses this October ...

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Tiffany bracelet found

A SILVER Tiffany bracelet has been found in Bradford on Avon by a woman who is keen to find its owner. Elizabeth Brown of Woolley Street came across the bracelet lying on the ground near the Co-op shop in Bridge Yard on Thursday, August 29 at around 4pm. ...

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IN THE DOCK: Shoplifting, reckless driving, theft and more

TROWBRIDGE: Kevin Ayliffe, 26, of Newleaze, Hilperton, stood before magistrates on October 4 after being charged with the possession of cannabis on June 21. He pleaded guilty and was told to forfeit the drugs, as well as being fined £80, £32 to victim p...

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Exam score is best in the world

AN accounts assistant from Bradford on Avon is celebrating after achieving 100 per cent in her professional qualification exam, breaking the world record. Kalina Forbes, 25 who works for PKF Francis Clark in Salisbury got the record breaking score in her ...

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Urgent Closure of: B3107 Silver Street (Part) 9th Oct

Wiltshire Council Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 Urgent Closure of: B3107 Silver Street (Part), Bradford on Avon. THE WILTSHIRE COUNCIL HEREBY GIVE NOTICE that on 9 October 2019, the following length of road shall be closed to all t...

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Short listed for the "construction oscars"

A CONSTRUCTION manager from Bradford on Avon man was shortlisted for the construction industry’s most prestigious prize for his work on a major new building in the town. Tony Richards, 54, who lives with his family in Holt, was shortlisted for the Const...

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Whatley Manor restaurant nets a second Michelin star

A WILTSHIRE restaurant has become one of only 23 in the country with two Michelin stars. At a ceremony last night, The Dining Room at Whatley Manor, near Malmesbury, was elevated from one star to its new status. It’s one of only four to be boosted u...

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Family wellbeing day organised in Bradford on Avon

EXPERTS on health and wellbeing are running a family friendly day out in Bradford on Avon on Saturday (Oct 12). From martial arts, to massage and mental health support, 28 groups will be on hand to help families improve their health and wellbeing. There w...

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New officers wanted

A NEW town warden and green spaces manager are wanted at Bradford on Avon Council. If you are interested in finding out more about either of these roles, please visit www.bradfordonavontowncouncil.gov.uk/the-town-council-is-hiring/ for more details and jo...

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Glow runners join in the fun to help three local schools

MORE than 270 people got covered in powder, paint and foam in Bradford on Avon last Saturday – but it was all in a good cause! Families were encouraged to dress up in colourful costumes that blinked, shone, sparkled and glowed. They were all trying ...

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Pet firms raise more than £1,000 for dogs charity

MELKSHAM-based raw pet food company Poppy’s Picnic teamed up with Doghouse in Bradford-on-Avon last week to raise more than £1,000 for charity. They kicked off the Dogs For Good Dogtober campaign by holding a fundraising event on Wednesday, October 2 a...

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Double birthday celebrations at care home

It was party time at Wiltshire Heights care home in Bradford on Avon with two very special friends celebrating milestones together. Resident Joy Freeman celebrated her 102nd birthday on October 2 alongside Oscar who celebrated his 2nd birthday. Oscar is g...

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Pet travel to the EU after Brexit

here are still so many uncertainties surrounding Brexit and what will happen if the UK leaves the EU on October 31. For many people who have already made plans to travel to the EU in the next few months, taking a pet with them, there are a number of scena...

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The Town Council is hiring

The Town Council is currently in discussions to take on more green spaces and services from Wiltshire Council, and with some acquisitions already complete, we are seeking to recruit two new officers. TOWN WARDEN The first is an additional Town Warden to j...

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Damage fear at woodland

ENVIRONMENTALISTS say a motorbiking events should change location because the annual sporting session is causing damage to a protected woodland. Becky Addy Wood, near Upper Westwood in Bradford on Avon has been home of West Wilts Motor Club for over a dec...

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Girl guides save the bees

A GIRL guide from Bradford on Avon who was inspired by a climate emergency meeting has made pollinator hotels to protect bees in the town. Ellie Davis launched the project after listening to a talk from Bernard Steele on bees and the dangers they face in ...

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Runners braved the rainy winds

OVER 100 runners took part in the Bradford on Avon Lions fun run which included a 2km run, walk, toddle or push and their 5km race on Sunday. The runners ranged in age from three years to over 70. Organiser Phil Courage said: “The atmosphere was gre...

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Region’s businesses tell of no-deal Brexit fears

Nearly half of small firms in the region believe that a no-deal Brexit on October 31 will negatively impact them, according to new research from the Federation of Small Businesses. Less than one in ten (eight per cent) believe that it will have a positive...

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WHAT YOU SAID: Chippenham link road and Thomas Cook closing

We bought the news to you about an announcement for plans to build a £75m link road around Chippenham, in a bid to put an end to gridlock in the town. Wiltshire Council and Chippenham Council have put in a bid for government money to build a relief road ...

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IN THE DOCK: The latest cases from around Trowbridge

The following people have appeared before Swindon Magistrates Court: CALNE: Ryan Clegg, of Whittle Avenue, Calne. The court issued a warrant for his arrest without bail. He is charged with dumping building waste on land at Lower Compton between April 18 a...

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Art comes to life in care home

STAFF and residents at Wiltshire Heights care home have joined forces with Creative Mojo in bringing art alive in the care home settings. The National Activity Providers Association set the task of bringing art alive in care homes, focusing on a day of ex...

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Pollinator Hotels for Bradford on Avon

In August, we launched the Climate Emergency Steering Group, which was attended by over one hundred members of the community who were interested in collaborating to find ways of tackling climate change and associated issues, such as declining wildlife and...

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Bring and buy sale at Winsley – pick up a bargain

A BRING and Buy sale to raise funds for St Nicholas Church Hall in Winsley is being held on Saturday (Sept 28). It will take place in St Nicholas Church Hall from 10am to 12 noon in aid of the St Nicholas Church Hall Improvement Fund. Residents are invite...

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Freed murderer convicted of grooming children online

A KILLER this week convicted of trying to groom children online should never have been let out of jail, the mother of his murder victim has said. Barry Wilcox was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1995 for killing shop assistant Samantha Walker in Malmesb...

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Dog walkers’ fight for path

PEDESTRIANS are still unable to use Cemetery Lane in Bradford on Avon one year after it first closed, as building work on a new houses development continues. Dog walkers and other locals have expressed their frustration at developers Bellway Homes after t...

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Photographers to display work

Bradford on Avon’s Photography Group, made up of thirty-three OAPs, will be exhibiting their photographs at the West Barn during the weekend of September 28 and 29. The Barn will be open from 10am until 4pm each day. There is no entrance fee and you wil...

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Appeal on woman’s leg injuries

A WOMAN was found with leg injuries after potentially falling or being knocked down by a car in Bradford on Avon on Sunday (Sept 15). Shortly after 8pm, the woman, who is in her 50s, was found by a passer-by on Bath Road, near to the junction with Berryfi...

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stolen bike

Ive had my bike stolen outside of my studio on silver street at about 8.30 in the morning on Friday the 13th

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Shock as village nursery closes

PARENTS and villagers have been saddened by the news that Westwood Nursery School will be closing after more than 35 years. The nursery which has been struggling to increase its number of children announced this week that it will be closing it’s doors a...

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A429 to Malmesbury shut after serious accident

A MAJOR road off the M4 has been closed by police after a car crash. The A429 is closed from Junction 17 of the M4 north to Malmesbury following the accident near Corston. Wiltshire Police have tweeted: “Please be aware the A429 is still closed in b...

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Swindon and Chippenham in line for new KFC drive-thrus

KFC is aiming to open dozens of new outlets in Wiltshire and the South West by the end of 2020. It is understood the chain is offering incentives of £20,000 to people who find a new site in their target areas. Among the target areas is Swindon North, ...

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Wiltshire Music Centre to fix auditorium structural issue

WILTSHIRE Music Centre in Bradford on Avon hopes to re-open its auditorium by Friday, September 27 following work on a structural issue which has forced its temporary closure. The centre was forced to close the auditorium earlier this month because of an ...

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