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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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Moulton Bikes

Clip from the BBC’s Country File a few months ago, highlighting the Moulton Bicycle which is made in Bradford on Avon Moulton from Voyager03 on Vimeo.

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Bradford’s Shops in the 1950s

  From Ernie Sadd to Madame Soul, Bradford on Avon’s Shops in 1952 Memories of the 1950s should come flooding back in June this year with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations – if you were around at that time. But how many people still rem...

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Bradford on Avon Sailing Club

BoASC is a friendly sailing club just up river from Bradford on Avon. Regular meetings on Sunday afternoons in Spring, Summer and Autumn. Currently looking to attract new members. www.boasailing.co.uk (Contributed by: Peter Hodkinson)

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Superfast broadband coming to BoA, says MP

Superfast broadband connections will be available in BoA when the local exchange is upgraded by BT, local MP Duncan Hames told Parliament. He said: Rural Britain, in the shape of the small town of Bradford on Avon in my constituency, welcomed the news thi...

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Back to Netball

Haven’t played netball for a while, want to come and meet new people?? Please come along to St Laurance School, Fridays, term time 7pm-8.30pm, please call me on 01225 864874 if you need more details. (Contributed by: Nicola Murray)

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Pancake race pics

There’s a nice gallery of photos from the pancake race over on bath.co.uk. Andrew Eberlin also posted some photos on his Flickr feed.

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BoA wins "City for a Day" contest

Bradford on Avon was named as the winner of BBC Radio 5 Live’s “City for a Day” competition this morning. From the Wiltshire Times: Bradford on Avon has triumphed in the contest to become the 5 Live City of 2012 this morning. All week re...

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BoA On Radio 5 "City" Shortlist

BBC Radio 5 is running a poll to find the “5 Live City of 2012”, and Bradford on Avon is on the shortlist. The Queen will create a new city this year, as part of her Jubilee celebrations. Twenty five towns have applied for the honour (you can ...

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Thank you for last night's Christmas lights switch on

I’d like to say a huge thank you to all those involved in last night’s Christmas lights switch on and well done to the organisers. There was a lovely, friendly, community atmosphere and it was fantastic to see Lamb Yard being used for the first time ...

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Fairtrade Award

Bradford on Avon is part of the Wiltshire Fairtrade Coalition, which was Highly Commended for Outstanding Achievement Award. We were presented with the certificate by Fairtrade Foundation Executive Director Harriet Lamb CBE, at the national Fairtrade Supp...

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A different view of BoA

This is a special kind of panoramic photo called a Gigapan, and shows an unusual view of two of our town’s churches. You can see it full size (and zoom in to see more details) on this page.

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Bridge debate: have your say

No other topic on this website generates quite as much interest, or quite as many comments by the public, as the proposed new bridge between Kingston Mills and the library car park. I’m wary of allowing the topic to swamp everything else here. Equal...

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Bridge council meeting report in Wilts Times

Wiltshire Times: “In a heated debate town councillors made their views known about the best course of action for the future. Mayor Peter Leach said: “Now we all know this information, we have got to decide whether we want to proceed with another c...

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Photos from BoA 10k run

Photos from the the 10k run at Barton Farm Country Park, held as part of the Sports Festival. (Contributed by: Andrew Eberlin) (If you’re running an event in BoA, and have some photos you’d like to share with the rest of the town via this webs...

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Report on broadband survey

Those of you who took the trouble to complete the Community Area Partnership’s mini-survey on broadband issues in the town might like to know that a summary report has now been compiled and will be used as part of Wiltshire Council’s efforts t...

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Growing up in Bradford on Avon

WHAT: Area Board meeting, with special focus on children and young people WHEN: Wednesday 16th March, 7pm WHERE: St Margaret’s Hall The next public meeting of the Bradford on Avon Area Board will take place at St Margaret’s Hall, Bradford on Avon ...

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Two bridge designs compared

Click here to view this image full size It is true we all need comparable images of the bridges in order to help us decide which is best for this sensitive location. Every image will have drawbacks. In this one we have used the drawings in order to check ...

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The truth about Unity 3

(Click here to view photo at full size) You will be aware that opponents of the Cable-Stay Footbridge believe that an alternative bridge could have a graceful arch and would have “potential savings of £400,000”. We now more and can see that t...

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More calls for better broadband

(We’ve had two recent contributions on this topic, so we thought it best to combine them into a single post — Ed) BT has set up a website: www.racetoinfinity.com where communities can vote for Infinity Broadband. The more votes cast, the highe...

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Faster broadband from BT

BT is planning to roll out the next phase of superfast broadband and will be prioritising areas that show the most enthusiasm. This is the same method that they used in the initial roll out of broadband a few years ago; so it is important that we get as m...

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Problems with broadband in BoA

Over the past few days I’ve had several long outages with my domestic broadband on Coppice Hill. My ISP is Plusnet. Two friends have experienced outages at the same time – one up near St Laurence School, the other down New Road. The ISP approach to de...

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Where exactly is the land at Kingston Farm?

Last Friday, a public exhibition was held at St Margaret’s Hall during which the proposers of new development on a site known as Kingston Farm outlined some of the basics of their plan. The land they were referring to is approximately shown by the a...

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Do you remember a local orphanage?

I’m try to find out information about an orphanage which I lived at in the early 1950s in Bradford on Avon. If I remember rightly, it was on the Holt road near its junction with Woolley Street. I know I used to walk to it downhill from Christchurch ...

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An Historic Core Zone for Bradford on Avon

People in Bradford on Avon want something done about the traffic; intimidation, difficulty crossing the road, air pollution, noise, etc. But most of us are sometimes pedestrians and sometimes part of the traffic. And the town’s economy depends upon peop...

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UFO sighting over BoA

Lights in the sky: Bright circular object with pulsating orange lights heading at high speed over B0A towards Melksham area. Object was low before moving up in height. Object then stopped and held position for 20 – 30 secs before dissapearing upward...

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Human remains found

Church St was closed off today after workmen found buried human remains. From This is Wiltshire: The road was closed off from about 1.30pm and will remain closed while police carry out their investigations and establish how to remove the skeletons, which ...

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BoA man paddles into the headlines

A local canalboat-dweller has grabbed his 15 minutes of fame in the pages of the Daily Mail. Dave Cornthwaite paddles to work on an oversized surfboard. Maybe you’ve seen him paddling locally? Says the Mail: “The wobbly journeys to work are in...

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Recent sightings

It’s been strange-thing-sighting-tastic round here recently. Someone reported a UFO sighting over BoA: “The light was orange in colour and was travelling at a unbelivable speed from left to right, suddenly another light came from the right and...

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MPs expenses in Wiltshire

As the expenses row drags on in Westminster, what have local MPs been claiming? MSN has created an interactive map which you can use to zoom in on individual constituencies, and see what the sitting MP claimed in expenses for the year 2007-08. The site sa...

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