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CALL FOR ENTRIES: ANNUAL FLOWER & PRODUCE SHOW 2019

It’s that time of year again, when local gardeners, crafters and cooks start planning for the Annual Flower & Produce Show, now in its 10th year! This year, there are more classes to enter than ever – a whopping 100 in all. All the favourites are...

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New mayors elected into town council office

A NEW mayor and deputy were elected by Bradford on Avon town council in a meeting on Tuesday night. Councillor Simon McNeill-Ritchie was nominated for mayor by leader of the town council cllr Dom Newton and was voted into the position by the majority of t...

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Pupils report on school’s May fair event

PUPILS at Christ Church Primary School in Bradford on Avon have been trying their hand at journalism as they report on their school’s annual May Fair. Year Five pupils Mollie, Archie and Beth have their report published below. “On the May Day bank hol...

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Join the Westwood scarecrow trail

The annual Westwood scarecrow trail will be taking place from May 25-June 2 and this year’s theme is one with a difference. Numbers is the focus of the scarecrows for this year’s event. A spokeswoman said: “Think of a film, book, character, song etc...

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Broadcasting radio show from local care home

SOME unusual visitors were welcomed to Wiltshire Heights care home in Bradford on Avon last week as BBC radio Wiltshire joined the team as part of the station’s 30th birthday celebrations. Wiltshire Heights Client Services Manager, Libby Miles invited t...

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How to get FREE Lego at Smyths Toys this weekend

Smyths Toys is giving away free Lego at its superstores across the UK. The giveaway is taking place this Saturday, May 4, from 9am, as part of the Imagination Station 2 Future Masters event. Lego fans may have to get there early, as the free toys will be ...

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Antisocial behaviour discussed at MP’s crime forum

POLICE heard people’s anger and fears about public drunkenness in Westbury Gardens at a crime forum hosted by MP Michelle Donelan in Bradford on Avon. Around 50 members of the public were at the meeting to share general concerns about crime in the town,...

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Lions club launch young people’s award

THE Bradford on Avon Lions club are celebrating the success of young people in the town with their new outstanding achievement award. The awards are open to those aged 15-18 and nominees must demonstrate that they have made an outstanding contribution in ...

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Duck race goes down swimmingly

HUNDREDS of yellow plastic ducks flooded down the river in Bradford on Avon in the town’s annual Easter duck race. Crowds gathered in their hundreds to watch the race and many families also took part in the Lions Club’s Easter egg hunt and bonnet comp...

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Easter event brings crowds of hundreds

HOMEMADE Easter bonnets of all shapes, sizes and creations were paraded in Westbury Gardens at the annual Lions Club’s Easter bonnet competition and egg hunt Children of all ages competed in the Easter bonnet competition, which was judged by Bradford on...

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Popular boater drowned after a night out

A POPULAR canal boater died after falling into the Bradford on Avon Marina following a night out at the nearby pub. Rodney James Parr, 57, had spent the last night of his life drinking with friends in The Boathouse pub on the Trowbridge Road at Bradford o...

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MP speaks about local elections and Brexit

CHIPPENHAM is be a target seat for the Liberal Democrats in the next General Elections according to leading MP Jo Swinson, when she visited Bradford on Avon and Trowbridge. Voters in both town met her and the consituency’s LibDem candidate Helen Belcher...

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Police news in short from Bradford on Avon

House broken into ITEMS from an upstairs room were stolen when a house in Woolley Terrance, Bradford on Avon was broken into during the afternoon on April 16. Purse is stolen A PURSE and it’s contents was stolen from St Margaret’s Hall, Bradfo...

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Drinking in town is a cause for concern

GROUPS of people who have been seen drinking alcohol in Westbury Gardens in Bradford on Avon are become a concern for the town and the council. Many locals have taken to social media in search for a way of stopping the behaviour which has been described a...

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Staff celebrate after outstanding inspection report

Wiltshire Heights care home is celebrating achieving the highest rating by their industry regulator, the Care Quality Commission. During an inspection, which took place in January, the team were praised around their cohesive working practices, dignified a...

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Keep helicopter in the sky with new game

A NEW mobile game created for Wiltshire Air Ambulance will help the county’s lifesaving charity attract support in a fun, engaging way. Developers at OJO Solutions, based in Bradford on Avon, have donated £15,000 worth of studio time to build the app w...

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Volunteer to receive royal silver coins

A PENSIONER charity worker from Holt has been nominated to receive The Maundy Money from the Queen at Windsor this Easter. George Kent, 85 boxes up all sorts of goods, second hand and new, to help the island of Dominica and stores the boxes around their o...

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Comedian’s stand up tour comes to town

Fresh from appearing on the 2018 series of BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing, Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Seann Walsh will be coming to Bradford on Avon as he heads back on tour with his new show After This One, I’m Going Home. The tour will be stopp...

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The Easter egg hunt in on

CHILDREN and their families sported a variety of homemade Easter bonnets for a competition and Easter egg hunt in Bradford on Avon on Tuesday morning. Organised by Bradford on Avon Youth, families charged round the Victory fields despite a spot of rain in...

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Elderly go back to school to help youngsters

PUPILS at Fitzmaurice Primary School and residents of Wiltshire Heights care home, both in Bradford on Avon, are helping to bridge the generation gap. They are taking part in an exciting new project which sees the old folks going back to school. Every Tue...

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New book sheds light on Budbury

AUTHOR Pam Slocombe has visited Bradford on Avon Library to promote a new book from Bradford on Avon Museum . It tells the unique story of Budbury, the area of Bradford stretching from Newtown and Wine Street to Huntingdon Street and Bearfield. The book h...

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Friends press for peace in Palestine’s Gaza

CHIPPENHAM MP Michelle Donelan has pledged to urge the Foreign Office to consider the recommendations of an independent United Nations report into the deaths of more than 200 people in Gaza. Members of the Bradford on Avon Friends of Palestine staged a Vi...

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Mayor shows support for local special schools

THE Mayor of Bradford on Avon, councillor Alex Kay has shown her support for Larkrise and St Nicholas special schools. Parents from the special educational needs and disabilities families action group attended Bradford on Avon’s full council meeting las...

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Community radio to use youth centre

A NEW community radio station in Bradford on Avon has been the topic of debate between councillors after the group was granted free use of the youth and community centre. Town councillors Simon McNeill-Ritchie and David Garwood spoke of community radio st...

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Tasty tapas in a cosy setting

BIRTHDAY celebrations are always a fun excuse to get friends and family together and Pablo’s Bistro in Bradford on Avon was in a great location for the group to meet. The tapas bar did not disappoint with authentic, tasty dishes that came in generous po...

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Science lab donation: a correction

A STORY in last week’s Times on the donation given by town councillors in Bradford on Avon to the St Laurence School Science Laboratory appeal incorrectly stated the amount councillors had voted to give, which should have read £10,000. The school is se...

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Man freed despite 18-week sentence

A JUDGE has asked for an explanation as to why a man accused of domestic violence was charged with common assault not actual bodily harm. Judge Jason Taylor QC said the decision meant he was restricted to a maximum sentence of six months rather than five ...

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Motorcyclist injured in collision

POLICE officers were called to a collision between a car and a motorcyclist on the junction between Frome Road and Pound Lane, Bradford on Avon, shortly before 4pm yesterday (Tuesday April 9).   It involved a black Yamaha motorcycle and a red Suzuki ...

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Chocolate eggs donated for village trail

A PILE of Easter eggs has been donated for the Winsley Easter Egg trail being laid this weekend. Starting on Saturday, the trail will be taking place until Monday April 22. Maps are on sale in the Winsley Village shop and the seven stars for £3.50. A tot...

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Nursery’s Easter egg hunt is a success

MORE THAN 50 children joined in the Easter fun at the annual Westwood Nursery Easter Egg Hunt. The nursery received dozens of donations of eggs from Asda, Tesco and the parents. A raffle was held with prizes donated from local business. A bake sale also p...

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Photo club celebrates 10th anniversary

LOCAL photographers showcased their most recent work at the Bradford on Avon photo group’s 10th annual exhibition. Around 660 people came along to the West Barn in Pound Lane to see the display of eclectic photos. Photographer and member of Bradford...

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Building work begins at school

St Laurence School is aiming to raise £60,000 to help equip three new state-of-the-art science laboratories. Up to £600,000 of the funding for the build has come from a Community Infrastructure Levy and some from reserves, but the school is facing the ...

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Campaigners march to save our climate

THE long march taking dedicated environmental campaigners from all over the country to London passed through Wiltshire this week. Walkers arrived in Bradford on Avon on Sunday, before continuing their march another nine miles to Devizes on Monday, on to A...

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Netflix TV drama films at Tithe Barn

HOLLYWOOD rolled into Bradford on Avon this week when Netflix began filming at the town’s ancient Tithe Barn. An independent film production company is filming Cursed, an upcoming American television drama series for Netflix. Based on the forthcoming il...

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Pub aims to be village hub again

THE Kings Arms in Monkton Farleigh has re-opened its doors following a £300,000 refurbishment by owners Punch Taverns. Three years ago the pub – which was for a short while known as the Muddy Duck, causing local outrage – was facing closure u...

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Hunt is on for whoever dumped these dogs

CALLOUS people who dumped three dogs at two different places besides the busy A36, at Beckington and Standerwick, are being hunted by the RSPCA. The animal rescue charity wants people to help them find whoever abandoned two dogs – who have been name...

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Correction: Paige Balas

AFTER a misunderstanding an article printed in this week’s Wiltshire Times gave the impression that Paige Balas had been elected as a councillor for Bradford on Avon town council south ward, which is not the case.   Paige Balas is the candidate f...

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Litter pickers tidy up the town

RESIDENTS of Bradford on Avon took part in the Great British Spring Clean on Sunday (March 24) afternoon. A combined group from Plastic-free Bradford on Avon, which is part of Climate Friendly Bradford on Avon, and Bradford on Avon Rowing Club picked up b...

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Fears over speeding voiced on social media

PEOPLE’S fears about the danger caused by speeding traffic in Bradford on Avon have grown so high they have launched a campaign for speed limits to be cut. After a collision on Bath Road on Monday (March 25) morning, many people have joined social media...

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Children’s Society award for loyal volunteer

A volunteer from Bradford on Avon has had her hard work and dedication recognised after winning a National Volunteering Award from The Children’s Society.   The award was presented by Jim Davies, Head of the charity’s youth engagement team. L...

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Actress performs in Singapore

A FORMER St Laurence School pupil from Bradford on Avon has joined the cast of a leading theatre company in Singapore. Since leaving school, Rayanna Dibs has forged a career as a London-based UK stage and screen actress. She has recently relocated back to...

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Garden designer helps to sponsor festival

A LOCAL garden and landscape design company is helping to sponsor the Bradford on Avon Food and Drink Festival on Saturday, June 1. Lotte Duncan, who is organising the festival with Jon Hackett, said: “We are very happy to be supported by many local com...

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Parties prepare to contest seat

FOUR candidates have so far declared their intention to contest the Bradford on Avon Town Council’s South Ward vacancy. The IDEAL Bradford candidate will be Paige Balas, an American by birth who is now a British citizen. She has been involved with the ...

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It’s DUCK RACE time again!

11am – 2pm Easter Monday 22nd April in Westbury Garden with the race at 12 noon It’s time for the famous annual Bradford on Avon Duck Race and this year promises to be bigger and better than ever, thanks to generous sponsorship from Puddle Ducks Bri...

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Rare bat found near Bradford on Avon caves

ONE of the rarest mammals in Britain has been found in Bradford on Avon. Previously, the Alcathoe bat has only been sighted in North Yorkshire and a small area of Sussex and Surrey despite being first found in Britain in 2010. The discovery, made outside ...

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Sponsor is blown away by concert performers

ONE of the sponsors of the Duke Ellington Sacred Concert in Bradford on Avon has been so impressed by the event he is willing to be involved again next time. Steve Vick, managing director of Steve Vick International, sponsored the concert on Sunday alongs...

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Agency wants to convert old Lloyds Bank

A LOCAL advertising agency is planning to move into the former Lloyds Bank building in Bradford on Avon.   Team Eleven, which is based at the Glove Factory Studios in Holt, wants to move into the former bank in Church Street. The company has applied ...

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Shop tops the poll for returning empty bottles

CUSTOMERS at a small supermarket in Bradford on Avon are beating some of London’s top stores when it comes to returning empty milk bottles. Christine’s Sustainable Supermarket son Silver Street ells more than 65 bottles of milk to customers from the t...

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Local MP supports WHY charity fundraiser

CHIPPENHAM MP Michelle Donelan has supported a coffee morning at the Seven Stars public house in Winsley to raise funds for a local charity. Kate Hooper, owner of the Seven Stars and her friends Clare and Ed Cobb, hosted a coffee and cake morning for We H...

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Jewellery stolen in Bradford Leigh burglary

WILTSHIRE Police are investigating a burglary at a house in Bradford-on-Avon during which several items of jewellery were stolen. Between the morning of Friday, March 2 and the evening of Saturday, March 3, a window at a house in Bradford Leigh was smashe...

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Plaque honours the fallen

VILLAGERS at Winsley have unveiled a plaque to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War and to honour the men who never came home. Ed Gilby, chair of Winsley Parish Council, Armistice Centenary co-ordinator Phillip Bush, and Jane Hudson, w...

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Jazz dinner goes down a treat

THE second jazz and dinner evening took place at Cumberwell Park Golf Club on March 2. The evening featured Graham Trevarton who brought his All Star Band from as far away as Newlyn to play. With two successful jazz evenings it is possible that another wi...

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Panto fun is back again on village stage

AFTER 2017’s sellout performance of Cinderella and Rockerfella, which was created by a group of school parents raising money for to help build a much-needed classroom, panto is back in Winsley. he group of volunteers are back, after re-forming Winsley...

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Science was order of the day at fair

HUNDREDS of children, together with their families and carers, attended the 8th My Science Fair at the Wiltshire Music Centre on Sunday March 3. They were able to take part in a wide range of activities, including interactive science experiments and works...

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Notice of Vacancy in Office of Councillor

Bradford on Avon (Bradford on Avon South Ward) PARISH OF BRADFORD ON AVON (BRADFORD ON AVON SOUTH WARD) NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that due to the resignation of  Steve Plummer, a vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Parish Council. If by 2...

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New chair for BoA Business

THE new chairwoman of the Bradford on Avon Business network is Lucy Millar, a residential and commercial utility consultant. She was the “popular choice” of the business group’s 500-plus members. Mrs Millar beat the other candidate, Steve Plummer, a...

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Freddie’s dash for pancake glory

FREDDIE Mercury look-alike Libby Miles made a dash for glory in the Bradford on Avon Pancake Day Race but turned out to be no champion this year. The 31st annual race across the historic market town’s ancient bridge was won by Gary MacAlister, of Steve ...

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Puppy School

I run a 6 week courses for puppies at Winsley Village Hall on Tuesday evenings from 5pm to 7pm. If you are interested in bringing your puppy along, please contact me, Nicky King 01373 825502

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Extra £15,000 to be spent on care

TOWN councillors in Bradford on Avon have agreed a plan to spend an extra £15,000 on Health and Wellbeing services in the town. They have allocated £15,000 towards preventative services, bringing the total they have pledged to spend in this area to more...

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Town Council to support local Health & Well-being services

Town Councillors have confirmed a decision made in setting the new year’s budget to provide significant additional funding for Health and Well-being services in the town. £15,000 will go towards preventative services, bringing the total committed spend...

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Link scheme needs more volunteers

Bradford on Avon and District Link THE charity needs more volunteer co-ordinators and drivers to help people in the town and surrounding villages who have difficulty with transport get to hospital and other, mainly medical, appointments. Drivers use their...

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Residents reminisce with musical equipment

WILTSHIRE Heights has welcomed MindHarp into the lives of the residents and staff of the Bradford on Avon care home. Libby Miles, Client Services Manager for Wiltshire Heights, has introduced the new equipment following a chance meeting at the annual BRAC...

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New homes bring local benefits

A NEW development of 58 homes, which will also bring allotments, a community orchard and children’s play facilities to Bradford on Avon, has been opened to the public. Bristol-based Bellway Homes is building a development of three, four and five-bedroom...

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Fair combines music, movement and science

FOR the eighth year running, the Wiltshire Music Centre in Bradford on Avon will host the free family event My Science Fair. The annual fair, which attracted more than 400 visitors last year, is taking place on Sunday, March 3 from 10am-3pm. Entrance is f...

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Rising soccer star plays for England

A RISING Trowbridge soccer star has gained her first international cap playing for the England U15s girls’ team in Switzerland. Talliah Keenan, 14, played left back for the team which lost 0-2 on Friday (Feb 15) against a Swiss U16s girls team at the Li...

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Bradford On Avon Pre-Season Nets

Bradford on Acon Cricket Clubs Pre-Season Nets are starting soon at Warminster Cricket Club! See Below : Adult/Under 15’s Net Sessions Monday 11th March 8pm-10pm Monday 18th March 8pm-10pm Monday 25th March 8pm-10pm Monday 1st April times tbc Monday...

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Bradford on Avon Cricket Club Pre-Season Nets

Bradford on Avon Cricket Club Pre-Season Training. BOA CC nets are beginning on the following dates for Senior & Under 15’s : Monday 11th March 8pm-10pm Monday 18th March 8pm-10pm Monday 25th March 8pm-10pm All abilities welcome whether your jus...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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