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Heavy traffic's on the rise, say Bradford Lorry Watch group

The Lorry Watch group in Bradford on Avon is seeing a spiralling increase in trucks through the town, despite a successful two-year campaign of prosecutions. The news comes in the week an seven-axle transporter lorry tried to cross the Town Bridge on Mond...

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More than Jam and Jerusalem! New WI in Bradford-on-Avon

The Women’s Institute goes back nearly a hundred years and is the largest voluntary women’s organisation in the UK. It plays a unique role in providing women with educational opportunities and the chance to build new skills, to take part in a ...

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Jobs: Wiltshire Police are looking for new recruits

On Tuesday 12 November Wiltshire Police will once again be offering opportunities for people who are seeking a career as a police officer. The last recruitment campaign took place in January this year and applicants were given a small window of time in wh...

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Research unearths secrets of Winsley's past

A project carried out by Bradford on Avon Museum has revealed that a part of Winsley could have been abandoned hundreds of years ago. The museum was given £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund last December to uncover details of ancient fields and settl...

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Minna Gillham Young Sports Person of the Year Award 2013

Do you know a young person under the age of 18, resident in Bradford on Avon, who has excelled at any sport or a young person who has contributed to sport in the community? If you do the Town Council would like to know about them. The Minna Gillham Award ...

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Man injured in Bradford hit-and-run

A man has been seriously injured after a hit-and-run in Bradford on Avon last night. Wiltshire Police have appealed for witnesses after a car failed to stop after hitting a man outside the Beef and Barge on Trowbridge Road at 9.44pm. PC Gary Treherne said...

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Bradford on Avon GP gets set for ocean challenge

GP Nell Wyatt says she is preparing for the challenge of her life after being chosen to take part in two legs of the gruelling round-the- world Clipper Race. Dr Wyatt, of the Bradford on Avon and Melksham Partnership, is preparing for the 40,000-mile boat...

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Ideas that will inspire you

Insipring ideas really can motivate communities to try new things. Don’t take my word for it, watch this short film and see for yourself:  watch a short film featuring some of Wiltshire’s most inspiring projects here. Wiltshire is such a wonderful ...

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Bradford to host Gardener's Question Time

THE team behind Bradford on Avon’s Secret Gardens Festival will host BBC Radio Four’s Gardeners’ Question Time at the Wiltshire Music Centre next month. Members will join eight gardening clubs from Bath and will put questions to the panel when the ...

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Exhibit a Christmas tree in Bradford on Avon

Local clubs, charities and organisations are once again open to exhibit a Christmas tree at the Holy Trinity Church Christmas Tree Festival in Bradford on Avon. They can decorate the tree with a theme based on what they do and each tree will have a notice...

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Take to the Bradford on Avon hills for charity

Runners of all abilities are being encouraged to take part in next month’s Over The Hills race to raise money for Alzheimer’s Support and Bradford on Avon Lions Club. Now in its 20th year, the 12km race starts and finishes at the Tithe Barn in Bradfor...

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Know about a successful project?

Do you know about a community-led project that has delivered a real community benefit? If so why not add the project to Wiltshire’s brand new project bank. The project bank will contain hundreds of inspiring practical community-led projects that can be ...

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Bradford on Avon pub forced to shut its doors

The Bunch of Grapes pub in Bradford on Avon has closed, after the new tenant left suddenly several weeks after moving in. The Silver Street pub is owned by Young’s. Tenant Steve Culverhouse moved in two months ago, introducing homemade breads and cakes ...

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Man arrested after Westwood drugs raid

A man was arrested on suspicion of cultivation and intent to supply after police raided a property in Westwood on Sunday, at 8.30am, and discovered a quantity of cannabis and cocaine. About 76 cannabis plants were seized, plus what is believed to be cocai...

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Wanted: Concrete floor cleaning machine?

Does anyone out there have a machine to clean concrete – huge dusty floor which needs a water cleaner that also hoovers at the same time We are trying to clean the Vaults before we get in there for Christmas If you know of someone who has such a machine...

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Bradford on Avon man remanded over burglary allegations

A man accused of breaking into three homes has been remanded in custody. Matthew Reynolds is said to have raided one house in Trowbridge and two in Bradford on Avon, making off with electrical items and cash. No charges were formally put to the 38-year-ol...

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Job: Health trainers £16,998 – £17,980 pa

Wiltshire Council is seeking to employ enthusiastic members of staff to join the public health team as health trainers. Health trainers support people in taking responsibility for improving their own health. This might include support on healthy eating (o...

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“Your Community in 300 Words” Free, Writing Competition

This October and November wfcap (The Wiltshire Forum of Community Area Partnerships) invite you to enter our free, writing competition for residents of Wiltshire. The idea is to celebrate Wiltshire; its environment, heritage and the vibrant communities li...

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Wanted: Looking for accommodation

We are a couple in our late 50’s looking to rent self- contained accommodation in the Bradford on Avon area while we undertake a house refurbishment. Ideally we need something available for a 3 month period starting early to Mid-November. We will consid...

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Snappy Fairtrade tribute of Bradford on Avon

Bradford on Avon’s Fairtrade group has produced an eyecatching postcard to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the town having Fairtrade status. The postcard is a montage of pictures of the town, donated by local photographer Andrew Eberlin, and on the b...

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Community rallies to save Limpley Stoke pub

Team spirit is the order of the day for one pub in Limpley Stoke as residents and the village parish council join forces to make it a community asset. Last week, the Limpley Stoke Parish Council made an application for the Hop Pole Inn to be listed as an ...

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Revamped Skate park Unveiled!

The revamped skate park at Poulton – featuring new sheet metal, boxed in structures, grip paint, re-sprayable graffiti walls and improved safety features – was unveiled this week. See photo! There are also plans to replace the damaged bin and ...

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Man injured trying to save car from Bradford on Avon blaze

A man suffered burns to his head and smoke inhalation after trying to save his car from his blazing garage in Leigh Road, Bradford on Avon, today. Four fire crews from Bradford on Avon, Trowbridge, Corsham and Melksham were called to the fire at 11.30am, ...

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Stars unveil Miles Kington memorial bench

Stars Joanna Lumley and Terry Jones celebrated the life of their late friend and journalist Miles Kington on Sunday when they opened his memorial bench at the Dundas Aqueduct. Friends, family, colleagues and admirers gathered on the towpath of the Kennet ...

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Help shape the future

Local people are being asked to take five minutes to help shape the future of Wiltshire. If you want to make a difference and have a say about the future, please complete this simple online survey by clicking on the link below: [button color=coffee size=...

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Bradford on Avon Museum's up for discussion

From September, we are starting up a new Museum group for Members.  The Discussion Group will be held on the first Wednesday of every month at 7:30pm in the Library Meeting Room.  These informal sessions are FREE to Members and will cover a broad range ...

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We are looking for inspirational individuals

The Employment & Skills Team at Wiltshire Council are running many different activities under a Wiltshire Skills 4 Success Programme, one of these is with Primary Schools in Wiltshire. We are looking for inspirational individuals (e.g. authors, artist...

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Bradford on Avon grant to help with neighbourhood plan

Bradford on Avon’s Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group has received a £6,837 grant from Supporting Communities in Neighbourhood Planning programme to help with professional assistance with the writing of a draft plan. The grant will also be used to cover...

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Bradford groups get help for dancers, furniture and climate

Grants have been awarded to organisations and charities by Bradford on Avon Town Council A £500 cheque will go to Bradford on Avon Friends of Palestine, to help fund a visit by Palestine dancers next month. The same sum will go to Group Five, to supply n...

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Bradford on Avon councillor chosen

Conservative candidate Mike Roberts has been elected as town councillor for Bradford on Avon North Ward to fill the vacancy following the death of Cllr Ambrose Stickney. Voter turnout was 25.21 per cent. This is Wiltshire

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Hospice’s work will be backed by new lodges

Building work is due to begin early next month on two community lodges in the grounds of Dorothy House Hospice in Winsley. The two lodges have been part-funded by a £462,497 grant from NHS England and will enable the hospice to provide a safe, home-from-...

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Somerset Care links with Carer Support Wiltshire

Somerset Care Wiltshire base is delighted to be working with Carer Support Wiltshire to offer free training to unpaid carers! Our new staff induction programme offers a range of topics lasting 2-3 hours. Run on a fortnightly basis, unpaid carers are welco...

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Bradford campaigners celebrate bag charge pledge

Green campaigners in Bradford on Avon have welcomed Government plans for a 5p charge on plastic bags from 2015. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg told Liberal Democrats at their autumn conference, in Glasgow, about the plans. Climate Friendly Bradford on A...

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Funding available for village hall IT equipment!

Village halls are vital to local communities and as the world changes, so village halls are looking to the future.  Many village halls now offer wireless broadband access, projectors, screens and sound systems.  This makes the halls useful for conferenc...

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Mums drive for 20mph limit in Bradford on Avon

A campaign to slow traffic to 20mph through Bradford on Avon has been backed by town councillors. Members of the council’s town management committee voted unanimously for 20mph limits across the town. Tuesday’s meeting was asked to support a call for ...

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Bradford man charged over three burglaries

A Bradford on Avon man has been charged with three counts of burglary. Matthew Edward Reynolds, 38, of Bancroft, was due at North West Wiltshire Magistrates Court, in Chippenham, this week on charges relating to an overnight burglary, in Marston Road, Tro...

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A few places still available at Seedlings and Peapods

Educational charity Hollyhocks was established in 1999 and operates from beautiful premises in Monkton Farleigh, providing a supportive environment for the holistic development of children. The Kindergarten offers unique pre-school educational experiences...

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Bradford on Avon vicar ready for different ideas

Bradford on Avon’s newest vicar is raring to get to work in her parish and looking forward to getting to know the town. The Rev Ann Keating, the new parish priest for the Benefice of North Bradford on Avon and Villages, moved into the Winsley rectory la...

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Neighbourhood Plan Receives Funding

Bradford on Avon Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group are very pleased to have received a grant from the Supporting Communities in Neighbourhood Planning programme (delivered by Locality). The amount received is £6,837.00 Resources from the Town Council a...

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Big thank you for this incredible web site

Just wanted to thank you for all the great information you include on your website. I have just purchased a home in your lovely town, moving from Canada in Nov and am excited by all BOA has to offer, it certainly influenced my decision, well done

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Bradford on Avon show blooms in new venue

Bradford on Avon’s annual flower show proved as popular as ever, despite having to move to a new venue. Refurbishment work at St Margaret’s Hall left organisers having to swap to Christ Church Primary School in Berryfield Road. Mayor John Potter, who ...

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BoA Area Board to discuss new Wiltshire 20 mph policy

Wiltshire Council’s Bradford on Avon Area Board next meets on Wednesday 18 September at St Laurence School in Bradford on Avon. The meeting starts at 6.30 for 7pm and all are welcome. Area Board papers here http://cms.wiltshire.gov.uk/ieListDocument...

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Christmas is coming – too fast for many!

Christmas is coming – too fast for many! Most people, even if they do not bother with decorations at any other time of year, take pride in making their homes attractive for the Festive Season. However, even the best home makers run out of ideas or rely ...

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The Fall Ball Fundraiser Evening 12th October 2013

An exciting new event joins the local annual charity fundraiser calendar this autumn with the first Fall Ball on October 12th at the Lansdown Hall, Trowbridge, from 7pm onwards. The black-tie event for up to 250 guests promises to be a great night out for...

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Bradford on Avon floral show looms

Entries for the Bradford on Avon Flower Show, at Christ Church School from 2pm to 4.30pm next Sunday, will close on Thursday. Forms are available from the town council and Tourist Information Centre. This is Wiltshire

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PETITION – Charge for plastic bags

Petition Charge for plastic bags Come and sign the petition outside PIHA in Lamb Yard Bradford on Avon Friday 30th August Morning before it goes off to our MP. We have 950 signatures – help make it 1000! Plastic carrier bags create litter and pollution ...

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Bradford on Avon meeting over hall renovation issues

Bradford on Avon Town Council meets on Tuesday to discuss ongoing issues with the floor in St Margaret’s Hall. Pits were discovered under the floor at the foyer end of the hall last month and it was decided to scan the floor with radar to look for furth...

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Step out for Bradford on Avon's walking festival

Walkers of all abilities will once again be gathering in Bradford on Avon next month to take part in the three-day Festival of Walking. The festival, in its second year, will run from September 6-8 and people will be able to explore the countryside and le...

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Connecting Wiltshire

In July 2012, Wiltshire Council secured £4.5 million through the government’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund to improve transport services and transport information in Wiltshire. These improvements include: Working with First Great Western to provide...

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Sort our lorry rat run, say Bradford on Avon protestors

Campaigners in Woolley Street near Bradford on Avon are fighting back after years of disruption from speeding vehicles and large lorries through their historic hamlet. Friends of Woolley was set up seven years ago with the aim to conserve and enhance the ...

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Return of The Duchess

BRADFORD on Avon artist Paul Emsley will be welcoming home his portrait of The Duchess of Cam-bridge when it is moved to The Holburne Museum in Bath next month. The first official painting of the duchess, entitled HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, was unveile...

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Now Winsley gets a taste for edible planters

After the success of Bradford on Avon’s Incredible Edibles scheme, Winsley is looking for people to help them create their own edible planters. Lamb Yard, in Bradford on Avon, has housed several plants, including strawberries, blueberries and herbs, in ...

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Seven prosecutions for Lorry Watch

The following companies were fined £700 and ordered to pay £75 costs to Wiltshire Council and £70 victim surcharges. John Miller Ltd, Dumfries John Hackling Transport Ltd, Gloucestershire Arnold Laver & Co Ltd , Sheffield Hickman Industries Ltd, Wo...

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Repairs setback for refurbishment of Bradford on Avon hall

A series of setbacks has hit refurbishment plans at St Margaret’s Hall in Bradford on Avon, after problems with the roof and floor were discovered when work began. The project budget stood at £790,000 when builders started in June and the revamp – wh...

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Police boss praises Bradford on Avon Lorry Watch

Achievements of Bradford on Avon’s Lorry Watch scheme have been applauded by the Wiltshire and Swindon Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson, on a visit to the town. Volunteers from the group have taken shifts on the Town Bridge, tallying vehic...

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Winsley campaigners claim victory in battle over buses

Campaigners in Winsley, who petitioned against cuts to their bus services, have got the runs re-routed. First UK buses 264 and 265 changed routes on July 28, dropping stops in Bradford Road, by Ashley Lane, on the bypass, near Dane Rise. Residents were qu...

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Community Wellbeing Topic Group

The Community Wellbeing Topic Group of Bradford on Avon’s Neighbourhood Plan is currently seeking information from the town’s schools, clubs and organisations which contribute to community wellbeing. They are looking to gather the following in...

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Lorry Watch Prosecution July 2013

A further four prosecutions took place at Swindon Magistrates Court on the 22nd July. Poundland Cool Solutions Ltd Harsco Infrastructure Ltd were all fined £450 each + costs William Dillan was fined £160 + costs

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Roll back the years with Bradford on Avon shop exhibition

An exhibition showcasing shop life in Bradford on Avon in the 1950s is on display in the town this month. Organiser and freelance writer Stephanie Laslett, of Market Street, created the Brylcreem and Broken Biscuits photographic exhibition last year for t...

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Wiltshire Policy on 20MPH Speed Limits and Zones

Please find details of the long-awaited Wiltshire Draft Policy on 20 mph Speed Limits and Zones and note that this is now subject to 8 weeks consultation with town and parish councils and the general public until 20 September 2013. The matter will be on t...

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Bradford on Avon's call for achievers

Bradford on Avon Town Council is calling for nominations for the annual Town Achievement Award, which is presented to a resident of the town who has given an outstanding service to the community during the previous year, whether it be in a private or publ...

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Launch of Bradford on Avon Bike Night!

This Thursday will see the launch of Bradford on Avon’s ‘Bike Night’ at the Canal Tavern for bikers from Bradford on Avon and the surrounding areas who want to meet up with other motorbike owners and enthusiasts.

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Giant scarf unravelled as Dorothy House fundraiser

A giant scarf made in aid of Winsley’s Dorothy House Hospice was rolled out last Sunday. The super garment, which is 3,000m long, has been made by a team of hundreds of volunteers who have been knitting segments and donating wool. The project was launch...

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Bradford on Avon Friends of Palestine seek hosts and funds

The trustees of the recently formed Bradford on Avon friends of Palestine (“BOAFOP”) are facilitating the visit of a twenty strong troupe of teenage Palestinian dancers to the Bradford area for a week in October. Most of the dancers, who are from the ...

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St Laurence teacher heads off on charity trek

A geography teacher from St Laurence School in Bradford on Avon will be cycling from Land’s End to John o’Groats as soon as the summer term ends to raise money for Cancer Research. Will Penny, 31, sets off on Monday with his two friends from universit...

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Looking for childcare or preschool education?

If so, please contact the Childcare Information Service at Wiltshire Council. We can provide information about Ofsted registered nurseries, preschools, childminders, breakfast clubs, after school clubs and school holiday clubs. Please search online or p...

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Wanted: Front Of House Volunteers

Front Of House Volunteer Wiltshire Music Centre About the opportunity ‘The other volunteers, and the staff, are a joy to work with. It is like a family and it is so nice to be part of.’ As a registered charity, the Wiltshire Music Centre has a...

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Iconic Walks

The Iconic Walks Challenge 2013 Wiltshire is open to all Get Wiltshire Walking members and is designed not only to help activity levels, but also increase people’s knowledge of the county. There are still three walks left this year in Cricklade, Westbur...

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Wiltshire Scullers – St. Laurence

Wiltshire Scullers rowing club has been operating on the water between Bradford and Staverton for over 4 years now. The club has had many members from St. Laurence and aims to put out age group crews from St. Laurence. It would be brilliant to have 100 ju...

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Bradford Rowing Club faces golden future

Bradford on Avon Rowing Club has seen such a huge rise in interest since Ed McKeever’s gold medal success at the Olympics that they plan to expand their facilities. The club, formed in 1873, hopes to create a traditional, multipurpose boathouse for use ...

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Lloyds Bank vow to stay on in Bradford

LLOYDS Bank in Bradford on Avon is reassuring customers that it will remain open and won’t be following in HSBC’s footsteps. HSBC announced last month that it is closing its Bradford on Avon Branch in Church Street on September 13. Liz Tucker, bank ma...

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Green call for 5p carrier charge

PETITION TO CHARGE FOR PLASTIC BAGS IN ENGLAND – PLEASE SIGN Following the showing of ”Plastic Shores” at our June meeting, the decision was taken to launch a petition to urge England to follow Wales, Ireland and now Scotland and make a 5p charg...

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Funding for Bradford on Avon

The Colonel William Llewellen Palmer Educational Charity is now inviting applications for funding to help schools, groups and individuals in Bradford on Avon. If you have a project that meets any of the following criteria you are eligible to apply. To pro...

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The Friends of The Strips

FRIENDS OF THE STRIPS – Family Fun Day 2013 First, thankyou to everyone who participated in our public consultation. We have almost finished digesting the results and will publish an updated Wood Management Plan on our website shortly. We are holding ou...

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Swings or roundabout for Winsley children

Children in Winsley are being asked if they would like to replace the roundabout in the White Horse Road Playground with another piece of equipment. The roundabout needs repairing and the parish council want to hear if the children would like a change. An...

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Bradford on Avon school ready for expansion

PUPILS at Fitzmaurice Primary School in Bradford on Avon will benefit from three new classrooms as work is to start on an extension to expand the school. An old classroom will be transformed into a new staff room and the old staff room will be turned into...

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Minna Gillham Young Sports Person of the Year Award 2013

Do you know a young person under the age of 18, resident in Bradford on Avon, who has excelled at any sport or a young person who has contributed to sport in the community? If you do the Town Council would like to know about them. The Minna Gillham Award ...

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Bradford on Avon teens volunteer for Indian visit

Two former St Laurence School students from Bradford on Avon will be spending the summer in India gaining skills for the future while helping people with leprosy and disabled orphans. Alex Tate and Frances Jones, both 19, will be staying in Thoothukudi, S...

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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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