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£5,000 extension shock for Bradford on Avon man

Householder Steven Williams is warning others of the extra costs of building an extension after having to dig up his garden to divert a sewer. Mr Williams, 58, of Southleigh, Bradford on Avon, wanted to build a two-storey extension but it overlapped the l...

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New mobile library timetables

Wiltshire Council has just released the latest mobile library timetables bringing further improvements to this highly valued local service. You can download your local timetable here. or, you can find your nearest mobile library stop here. There are 4 mob...

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Free eBooks from your local Library

Did you know that Wiltshire’s libraries now offer a free eBook service?  No? Surprised in these hyper-commercial times that you can still get something for nothing? Well here is everything you need to know about Wiltshire’s free (yes free) eBook serv...

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Measles roadshow in primary schools

Wiltshire Council is taking its measles roadshow to primary schools in areas where children are most at risk of catching the disease. Teams will be visiting Tidworth, Bradford on Avon, Pewsey and Laverstock over the next 2 weeks to help raise awareness of...

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Outdoor Fun Food & Fitness

If you want to volunteer outdoors, please come and visit the Bradford on Avon Community Agriculture field and support this amazing community project! We have regular drop in days on Wednesday mornings 9-12 and Sundays 11-2. We also have monthly Field Days...

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Click here to add / showcase your BoA business

Do you have a business in Bradford on Avon? Whether you work from a shop, office, garden shed or even a canal boat we would love to hear from you. Here at the BoA Community website we want to celebrate and showcase the diversity of businesses in and aroun...

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Man sought following canal thefts

Wiltshire Police are looking to speak to Allan Campbell, in relation to a number of canal boat burglaries from across the county. The 39-year-old is described as white, 6’ 2” tall, of proportionate build and has numerous tattoos on his arms, hands, ch...

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Proposed changes to the Zig Zag bus service BOA

Closing date 2 August 2013 Wiltshire Council is reviewing the Zig Zag bus service and is inviting views on the proposed changes, which it is intended will be introduced in January 2014. The consultation materials can be viewed here http://www.wiltshire.go...

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Community Speedwatch: Latest Update

Angus McPherson, Wiltshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has today written to all local Community Speedwatch groups updating them on progress following his review of the scheme. The letter is set out in full below. Wiltshire Community Speedwatch ̵...

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HSBC to close Bradford on Avon branch

The HSBC bank in Bradford on Avon is closing down due to a decline in customers. The branch in Church Street will close on September 13 and customers will be forced to use the branch in Fore Street, Trowbridge, or their local Post Office. A spokesperson f...

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Wiltshire Online Programme – news update

The Wiltshire Online programme has the overall aim of removing the barriers to getting online for the residents of Wiltshire. Cost, skills and infrastructure have been identified as the three biggest barriers and progress is being made to remove all three...

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Bradford on Avon restoration on track for rail award

The Bradford on Avon station footbridge restoration is to be entered into next year’s National Railway Heritage Trust awards when completed. The footbridge was lifted out several weeks ago and sent to a foundry in Plymouth for repair. After it was re-in...

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Bradford on Avon teenager takes IF plea to No10

A teenager from Bradford on Avon has represented Save the Children at 10 Downing Street, as part of the Enough Food For Everyone IF campaign, as his delegation posed a question to Microsoft founder Bill Gates. St Laurence sixth form student Chris Lauder w...

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Scouts on cash drive with car wash in Bradford on Avon

Bradford on Avon Scouts weren’t afraid to get their hands dirty when they opened their own car wash in the station car park. Around 25 boys raised £400 after washing 50 cars, with the money going towards attending the international Jamboree in Cornwall...

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Bradford on Avon's Olympic postbox gets a golden touch-up

The golden postbox in Bradford on Avon is being repainted gold this week as part of Royal Mail’s nationwide project to strip back and repaint all 100 of its Olympic monuments in the United Kingdom. The contractors from Bell Group UK had to use two under...

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Double Lorry Watch Prosecution June 2013

Maxi Haulage Ltd were fined £500 for one offence of crossing the bridge on 22nd January 2013 and ordered to pay £75 costs and a £50 victim surcharge. A total of £625. Elliott Group Ltd crossed the bridge on 17th December 2012 and were fined £250 and ...

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BoA Cycle Network – first section about to be installed.

We now have the funding secured for the very first section of the BoA Cycle Network. It will link the Trowbridge Road and Moulton Drive to Fitzmaurice Primary School, via Southway Road, Palairet Close and Poulton. Back in March The Town Council approved ...

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Sports Awards

It’s Time to Nominate for the 2013 Wiltshire and Swindon Sports Awards! The Wiltshire and Swindon Sports Awards are now open for nominations. Now is the time to recognise the achievements of your athletes, club, coaches or volunteers by submitting a nom...

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Jobs: Full-time PHP/WordPress Developer

Varn Media is a unique company that combines website design and development with search engine marketing and website statistical analysis. Our aim is always to make our clients’ websites more profitable and out perform their competitors. We’ve bee...

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Holt and Bradford on Avon hit by weekend burglary spree

Holt and Bradford Avon residents were hit by a spate of burglaries and thefts over the weekend. In Holt seven garages, two sheds and two homes were targeted overnight from Friday to Saturday . Items taken included a £1,000 bike from a garage in Leigh Roa...

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Winsley villagers get a say in their future

People in Winsley are being encouraged to have their say about the village, so volunteers can proceed with its Neighbourhood Plan. The plan, initiated by Winsley Parish Council, aims to develop a shared vision for the village. It will enable people to cho...

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Keep Fit in the Woods

Coppicing hazel and stacking wood, strimming woodland paths or the medlar orchard, mowing – the opportunities are endless – have you moved to a smaller garden in Bradford and miss the buzz of a large space? Are you in between jobs and need som...

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Fallen tree causes backlog on Bradford canal

A fallen tree that struck a boat blocked navigation on the Kennet and Avon Canal at Bradford on Avon for 13 hours last week. A 12 metre rotten willow tree fell across the canal near the Bradford on Avon lock at 11.30pm last Thursday, causing damage to the...

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Hub gives seniors access to information

Bradford and Area Sen-iors Forum now has a base to provide personal contact for older people who require information to access details of organisations that can help with particular issues. They will be based in The Hub in Lamb Yard, Bradford on Avon, eve...

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Bradford B&B plugs in to zero carbon with charger

The first electric car charging station in Bradford on Avon is being unveiled today at Beeches Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast to help reduce the carbon emissions in the town. Zero Carbon World is a UK charity that wants to reduce carbon emissions and believe...

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Bradford budding stars on write track

A troupe of young actors are preparing to get their first professional show on the road, after contributing ideas to the script. Youngsters at the Charac-ters Stage School in Bradford on Avon came up with ideas for the script for Faceless, the tale of a y...

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Creative gigs

Local Morsels, an online magazine, is hosting a Fest-ival of Creativity in Bradford on Avon on June 15-16. Robbie Williams’ guitarist Neil Taylor will play at the Fat Fowl on June 12 and World Wide Knit in Public Day will be marked on June 15 in Westbur...

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Lost & Found: Gold Ring

I found a Gold band Ring in Bradford On Avon near the Lock Inn Pub on Sunday 26th May 2013. Does it belong to you? I’d love to return ring to its owner. Please contact Alicia for further details on 07888650358.  

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Warning signs and fencing go up at tragic Turleigh field

Electric fencing and new signs warning about the dangers of walking dogs near cattle have been put up in Turleigh, near Winsley – where a man was trampled to death by cows last week. Retired university lecturer Mike Porter, 66, was crushed when the ...

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Local volunteers to be awarded

Hard-working volunteers and community groups who help transform the lives of people in the county will be recognised at the 2013 Wiltshire Voluntary and Community Awards. The awards, run by Wiltshire Council and NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group,...

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Town's all made up with anniversary party

More than 500 people came to Bradford on Avon’s Lamb Yard on Friday, to celebrate the first anniversary of the Made in Bradford on Avon community shop. The party included a bar and a barbeque, with residents, business owners and town councillors coming ...

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Man trampled to death by cows in Turleigh

A man was trampled to death by a herd of cows earlier today while walking his dog in a field in Turleigh, near Winsley. Wiltshire Air Ambulance was called to the scene at about 12.30pm, but despite the best efforts of the paramedics, the 66-year-old man ...

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For Sale: Small electrical energy saving items

Climate Friendly Bradford on Avon have a few energy saving items for sale:- TV Standby Savers, PC Standby Savers and mini electricity monitors. They are £5 each. Great to help you keep an eye on your electricity usage and save electricity and money as we...

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Bradford on Avon launches bid to shop criminals

A scheme to improve the communication between businesses about criminal activity in Bradford on Avon has been resurrected, due to a rise in new shops opening up. Traders are being encouraged to keep an eye out for suspicious activity and, if a crime does ...

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Bradford on Avon boy Offa to help donkey library

Nine-year-old Misha Jensen is preparing to walk 177 miles along Offa’s Dyke to raise money for a donkey-hauled library in Ethiopia. The libraries take books to children and schools in rural areas of the African country, using a cart carrying a range of ...

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‘Incredible Edible’ Bradford on Avon

Changes are afoot around Bradford on Avon. Slowly little pockets of edible loveliness are springing up in public spaces. Anyone who has visited the railway station in the last few months will have seen what can be achieved on the platform by a small group...

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Backing boosts Bradford on Avon singer

Bradford on Avon Rotary club has supported a young musician from St Laurence School who has reached the finals of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland Young Musician 2013. This is Wiltshire

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Wanted: Looking for employment in BoA or surrounding areas

Hi I am currently unemployed after relocating to Bradford-on-Avon, have been working for a chef agency, but am looking for permanent work, I am a trained sous chef and have many years experience in my profession as a chef, if anyone has any vacancies for ...

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Commis Chef – Sebastien’s Bistro

Stunning riverside location We are looking for a hard working, reliable, fast paced chef  with desire to develop their skills and knowledge in contemporary cuisine. You’ll be working in a small and friendly team committed in offering  high standard of...

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Kingston Mills Development awards – for what exactly?

Kingston Mills Development in the heart of Bradford on Avon is a great new attraction to the town. However the developers are incredibly hard to contact, avoid emails and don’t react to negative feedback, which of course leads to great amounts of frustr...

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Four lorry watch prosecutions today 16th April

Four companies were found guilty at Magistrates Court today B Bulk Haulage Ltd. This Berkshire based company pleaded guilty to one offence of crossing the Bradford on Avon Town Bridge in December 2012. The fine was £665 and cost of £75 were awarded plus...

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BoA Neighbourhood Plan

The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group would like to express their thanks to all that completed the online survey and attended the consultation events. The following sub-groups are now being set-up and will review all comments: Conservation & Design Ec...

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Thank You

The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group would like to express their thanks to all that completed the online survey and attended the consultation events.  The following sub-groups are now being set-up and will review all comments: Conservation & Design...

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Wanted: Rusty Sports Partner

I would like to meet people of any age who would like to resume or learn to play tennis or golf  or racket ball for a bit of exercise and fun or even some other sport that I have not tried before. After years of driving children to their activities I now...

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Website refresh

It’s spring, so we’ve had a refresh, tidy up, hope you like it? If you’ve got any ideas or things you would like to see, just add a comment below or email us (We’ve got a few and hope to add those over time) Would you like to champ...

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Historic Core Zone consultation – must see video

This is about Shared Space scheme now up and running in a small Cheshire village called Poynton. 26,000 vehicles, including very heavy lorries, pass through every day on a main road and cross a busy junction; there is no by-pass. In BoA 20,00 vehicles cro...

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Double prosecution for Lorry Watch – driver and company

Lorry Watch prosecution today.  Morrison Utility Services Ltd pleaded guilty to 4 charges having breached the weight restriction order on B-on-A Town Bridge on 4 separate occasions in September and October 2012.  The company was fined a total of £2345 ...

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Red Nose Support at Sainsbury's reaches £1959

Justin King CEO of Sainsbury’s joins the Carry on Up the Zambezi challenge, by rowing 5K toward the total of 110K. Local business’s proto-col, Body Tech Gym, & Sainsbury’s joined forces for the challenge along with a team from CPS motors...

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Reminder Invitation to Neighbourhood Plan Consultation

Thank you to those people who have already attended one of our Neighbourhood Plan events.  For anyone who has not been able to attend I would like to remind you that we have two more events dates (details below).  Please do come along your opinions are ...

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Neighbourhood Plan Road Show

Why do we need a Neighbourhood Plan? There have been many changes in Bradford on Avon in the last 20 years and we can expect to see many more. Under the Localism Act, we can write a Neighbourhood Plan to ensure that local views are given more consideratio...

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Job: Online Marketing/Office Administrator

Varn Media  is a unique and growing Bradford on Avon based company that combines website design and development with search engine marketing and website statistical analysis. We are looking for an organised and efficient admin/online marketing support ca...

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First Consultation Event

Really gearing up now for the consultation events for the Neighbourhood Plan.  We’ve had to move the first event to March 4th, 5-8pm at the Priory Barn, Newtown.  There are seven other events happening across the following 10 days, all around the town...

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Neighbourhood Planning.

Consultation is just about to start on whether Bradford on Avon needs a neighbourhood plan. The consultation will start in the library on Thursday 28th February 2013 between 10am and 1pm.A neighbourhood plan (sometimes called a Neighbourhood Development ...

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Further prosecutions

The following companies were found guilty today in Chippenham Magistrates Court. Hoyer UK Ltd of Leeds, West Yorkshire  were charged with, and pleaded guilty to, one offence and were fined £650.  A victim surcharge of £15 and an award of £75 costs br...

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Lorry Watch prosecution Feb 2013

The following companies were found guilty at the Magistrates Court today  5th February- for crossing the town bridge and contravening the 18t weight limit. J Bradshaw & Sons Ltd (Lincolnshire) pleaded guilty with respect to one offence  and were fi...

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Air Quality Monitor in place in Bradford

                                   An air quality monitor has been installed at a traffic hotspot in Bradford on Avon as part of a wider initiative to tackle pollution in the town. The device, one of four across the co...

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Lorry Watch – further prosecution

We had another successful Lorry Watch prosecution last week.   Eddie Stobart Ltd pleaded guilty to two offences after breaching the 18 tonne weight restriction on Bradford on Avon Town Bridge on two separate occasions with 44 tonne vehicles.  The comp...

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TV: Raise the Roof Productions

Raise the Roof Productions, are looking for people to take part in a new Channel 4 prime time series in this area. FILL YOUR HOUSE FOR FREE! Do you desperately need help with your house? Do you worry your interior is inferior? Are you clueless or simply ...

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Lorry Watch Prosecution

We had another successful Lorrywatch prosecution last week  Eddie Stobart Ltd pleaded guilty to 2 offences after breaching the 18 tonne weight restriction on Bradford on Avon Town Bridge on 2 separate occasions with 44 tonne vehicles. The company had alr...

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Conigre Car Park. New Ownership

Ownership of Conigre Hill Car Park has changed. Wiltshire Council has transferred it to a new company set up by the people who live along Bradford on Avon’s hillside footpaths. The car park is now managed and maintained by residents at their own exp...

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Useful Twitter accounts for flood updates

The town bridge was clear of floodwater this morning, but with more rain forecast for the weekend, the following Twitter accounts might be useful to keep an eye on: @BBCWiltshire @WiltshireRoads @wiltscouncil @weheartboa If you know of any others, please ...

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Flooding advice from Wiltshire Council

Wiltshire Council has issued the following advice this morning:   As you have seen on news reports the poor weather has been causing some flooding issues throughout the county, predominantly in the north. With the forecast predicting further rain as ...

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Environment Agency issues flood warning for BoA

The Environment Agency issued this flood warning just before 9am this morning. Up to 20 mm of rainfall is forecast between Midday on 22/11/2012 and Midnight on 22/11/2012. River levels on the River Avon at Bradford on Avon are stable and River Avon at Bat...

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Lorry Watch – another prosecution

Lorry Watch has once again been successful in a prosecution against Parsons Distribution Ltd yesterday at Chippenham Magistrates Court as user of a 44 tonne vehicle which crossed the Town Bridge. They pleaded guilty and were fined £600 and ordered to pa...

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Youth pro-football ground opportunity

FROM YOU LOCAL PARK TO A PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL STADIUM WILTSHIRE BASED SPORTS PROJECT AIMS TO KICK RACISM OUT OF FOOTBALL Young people from across Wiltshire are being offered the opportunity to play football at a professional ground, in front of thousands...

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McGeever Fever

Ed McKeever returned home to a huge welcoming crowd. The sun shone gold as Bradford on Avon’s Olympic gold medal winner met an army of supporters. The kayak king, who was victorious in the K1 200m at Eton Dorney, met fans at the golden post box in The S...

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Gold for BoA

Ed McKeever’s dad Derek with the golden postbox Bradford on Avon woke up to a golden post box this morning (Sunday) to honour the Olympic achievements of the town’s kayak king Ed McKeever who scooped top spot in the K1 200m at Eton Dorney yesterda...

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Find out if your home is losing heat

The Thermal Image Project by Climate Friendly Bradford on Avon is a searchable database of about 1000 homes in BoA, photographed with a thermal imaging camera to see where heat is escaping. You can see if your home is included by going to the site and ent...

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Free wifi now available in BoA Library

Bradford town library now has a wifi network you can connect to with your own computer, tablet or smartphone. To use it, use your device to search for wifi networks. Select the one called “Wilts Online”. You should be taken to a registration p...

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Lorry Watch – Update

Lorry Watch has secured its first prosecution for a truck crossing the 18t weight limit on the town bridge. The company were fined £500 plus costs and more cases are in the pipeline. Lorry Watch continues. (Contributed by: Steph Ridout)

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McKeever's return sparks a gold rush in Bradford on Avon

Wiltshire Times: MCKEEVER fever took Bradford on Avon by storm this afternoon when the town’s golden boy returned to greet his army of fans. The kayak king, who took gold in the K1 200m at Eton Dorney, on Saturday, August 11, was greeted by hundreds of ...

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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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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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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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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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