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Officers attended two car collision

POLICE were called to a car accident in Newtown, Trowbridge this afternoon. It involved a red Seat and a black Nissan. One person suffered a minor injury to their hand. The road was clear by 3.30pm. This is Wiltshire

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Man denies part in shop burglary

A MAN who is accused of taking part in a robbery of a village store is to face trial by judge and jury. Ryan Jones pleaded not guilty to being involved in the raid on the Central Store in Winsley on Friday May 24. The 28-year-old also denied a charge of b...

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Calls for inquiry into Ted Heath claims

MINISTERS should step-in and fund a national inquiry to look into remaining sexual assault allegations against former prime minister and Wiltshire resident Sir Edward Heath, the county’s police commissioner has said. Angus Macpherson, police and crime c...

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Pupils remember the holocaust

THE Religious Education department at St Laurence School held a Holocaust Commemoration service for year nine students this month. The service included readings and a poignant account from guest speaker Iris Segall, of her experiences growing up with pare...

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Town raises funds for armed forces

REPRESENTATIVES from two services charities attended a ceremony in Bradford on Avon where cheques were presented from the town’s Countdown to Peace project. Last Thursday, cheques for hundreds of pounds were handed over to SSAFA and the Royal Britis...

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Tesco raises prices on more than 1,000 products

TESCO has increased prices on more than 1,000 products in the past two weeks, including staples such as bananas, cheese, pasta and jam, new internal documents seen by PA show. The supermarket, which has said cutting prices to compete with discounters Aldi...

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Knife crime up for sixth year in a row in county

KNIFE crime is up for the sixth year in a row, new figures show. In the year to March 2019, more than 285 crimes committed in the county involved knives – up four per cent on the previous year. They included two sexual assaults, two attempted murders, 1...

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Why these villagers have a faster future ahead

VILLAGERS in the most rural homes and businesses in Avoncliff are looking forward to the arrival of high-speed broadband. David Pippett from the village helped to create a partnership between between Openreach and the area, providing 43 people, including ...

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Shouting from car

A WOMAN was issued with a public offence order after suddenly stopping at a roundabout in Bradford on Avon before reversing towards cyclists and shouting abuse. On Saturday evening, the driver stopped on the roundabout in Down Avon, Bradford on Avon befor...

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MP is on school radio

AN interview with MP Michelle Donelan was broadcast on Westwood with Iford Primary School radio station last Friday. Miss Donelan was able to discuss how having their own radio station has given the pupils a new-found voice. She said: “I was certainly ...

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World’s largest bag

A JUTE Bag the size of nine double-decker buses has broken the Guinness World Record after it was hoisted to the sky at Fitzmaurice school in Bradford-on-Avon. Pupils helped local business, Cotton Bag Co, to beat the record for the world’s largest jute ...

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Try your hand at fire fighting

A HAVE a go event is being held at Bradford on Avon fire station on Monday (15 July) for potential new on-call firefighters. Anyone interested in becoming a firefighter can go along to the fire station – off Station Approach – between 7pm and 9pm. Dor...

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MP helps at school fete

WINSLEY School in Bradford on Avon held their annual Winsley Whoop fete at the weekend. On Saturday pupils, parents and teachers had worked to collect lots of bottles for the bottle stand, prizes for the raffle and a well stocked cake stall. Michelle Done...

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Town celebrates 1969 twinning

A GROUP of people from Norden in Germany are paying a visit to Bradford on Avon to celebrate the towns being twinned for the past 50 years. The Germans were welcomed by the town’s twinning association along with Bradford on Avon town council yesterd...

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Rotary has new president

Bradford on Avon Rotary Club recently held their handover evening to welcome new president David Gray. In his acceptance speech Mr Gray spoke of looking forward to his year, to give help where we can, both home and abroad. His chosen charity for the year ...

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Class mates meet 50 years on

A GROUP of former Fitzmaurice Grammar School pupils met in Bradford on Avon last Friday afternoon to reunite with friends from 50 years ago and reminisce over their old school days. The class of 1969 met at the Mount Pleasant social club and chatted over ...

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Countdown to Peace cheques presented to charities

In November 2018, Cllr Simon Mc Neill-Ritchie ran a series of events under the banner ‘Countdown to Peace’ to commemorate the end of the First World War. The project saw the community of Bradford on Avon come together to create a whole programme of in...

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Village fete promises fun for all the family

RESIDENTS of Westwood will be hoping the current fine weather will stay for the village’s Church Fete next weekend. The annual event is taking place on Saturday, July 13 from 2pm-4.30pm in the grounds of Westwood Manor next to St Mary’s Church...

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Protesting to save bats and wildlife

MEMBERS of Extinction Rebellion gathered outside housing developers in Bradford on Avon to protest for trees and hedges to be replaced after the habitat of bats was destroyed. After the hedge row on Holt Road were cut down by Bellway Homes for the new Tit...

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The World’s Largest Jute Bag launched in BoA!

On Wednesday 3rd July, the Mayor Simon McNeill-Ritchie and Cllr Emma Franklin went along to Fitzmaurice Primary School to help adjudicate and celebrate the Guinness World Record attempt at the World’s Largest Jute Bag!   The bag was officially me...

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Boat trip breaks records

 DAD from Bradford on Avon has broken the world record for the fastest ever trip around UK mainland in an open sailing dinghy. Will Hodshon, 42, and his friend Richard Mitchell, 44, from Scotland completed the trip in just 15 days of raising awareness o...

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The St Laurence School Science Block fund

In November 2018 St Laurence School launched an appeal to raise funds for their new science block. The building itself is being funded from capital funding made available as a result of ‘section 106’ funds levied from the building developments in ...

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A parents’ guide to modern teenage slang

Most parents don’t understand a lot of today’s teen-speak, so a language expert decodes some of the more popular and perplexing teenage slang. If you have teenage children, chances are they litter their speech with ever-evolving words and phra...

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Marking 100 years since Red Cross served village

PEOPLE in Avoncliff have commemorated the 100 year anniversary since the Red Cross left the Workhouse in Avoncliff after operating as an auxiliary hospital for over a thousand convalescing soldiers from 1917-1919. On Armed Forces Day , the current village...

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Hotel to display local art

A chance for local artists to display their work for sale is being offered by a Bradford on Avon hotel. The Swan Hotel formally launched its new Gallery Room with a private viewing of work by international artist Melissa Wishart. Her exhibition of more th...

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Fears that bungalows are being sold off

ELDERLY people who are looking to move from rented homes which are too large for them to cope with into bungalows are being left disappointed because a housing association is selling them on the open market, says one tenant. Lesley MacPhie who lives in Lo...

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Boat ride to mark past 100 years

A BOAT trip to Bradford on Avon on the Kennet and Avon canal will mark the centenary celebrations of the Red Cross leaving the old workhouse in Avoncliff, after running it as an auxiliary hospital for over 1,000 soldiers from 1917-1919. On Saturday villag...

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Celebrations at care home for 100th birthday

IT was celebrations all round at Wiltshire Heights care home in Bradford on Avon on Wednesday as one of their residents turned 100. Elsie Mead was visited by friends and family some of whom had travelled from as far as America to join her on her special d...

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Obituary: Kelvin Thomas

A MUSCIAL legend who lead the Bradford on Avon Choral Society to success has died aged 99. Kelvin Thomas MBE who lived in Bathampton died in his sleep at Bath RUH on June 14. His good friends and colleagues at the choral society have now paid tribute to t...

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Rowing club holds its own regatta

VISITORS to Barton Farm Country Park in Bradford on Avon have recently noticed a lot of activity on the river by the rowing club. At the end of May the club held a regatta which was the culmination of its Spring Learn to Row course. A spokesman for the Br...

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Pair of artists collaborate in new exhibition

Old friends will bring the West Barn in Bradford on Avon to life in dynamic mix of two artists’ abstract and landscape work coming together. A collaboration showcasing new work by artist friends Sebastian Ward Turner and Louise Burdett will bring th...

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Getting involved with town’s radio

Members of the public tried their hand at radio presenting at the weekend as an open day was held at the West Wilts Radio station in Bradford on Avon. Directors David Garwood and Simon McNeill-Ritchie are in the process of setting up a community radio sta...

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Fruity fun at strawberry fair

THOUSANDS of pounds were raised for Fitzmaurice Primary School when it held its annual Strawberry Fair over the weekend. Organised by the school’s PTA, the event on Saturday raised over £6000 for the school which will be spent on equipment and reso...

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Plants stolen from village’s parish rooms

VOLUNTEERS have been left disheartened after £90 worth of lavender plants have been stolen from Westwood Parish Rooms. The rooms underwent a refurbishment project in June 2017 where trustees worked to make it a more enjoyable place for the Westwood commu...

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Old phone box is transformed

THREE boys from Bradford on Avon have taken part in the Phoney Box Project ad decorated one of the towns telephone boxes with a model of the solar system. Jamie, Peter and William created the model for the phone box near St Laurence School to achieve thei...

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High-tech firm to build new centre

FAST-growing Anthony Best Dynamics has submitted plans to demolish the old Countrywide Farmers retail store in Melksham to develop a new manufacturing centre. The high-tech company plans to knock down the former retail store, which closed in May last year...

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Appeal for practical shed help

A CALL has gone out for people practical people who are good with their hands and enjoy DIY to help create a men’s shed in Bradford on Avon. Supported by Bradford on Avon Dementia Action Alliance an event will take place on Friday, June 28, at the C...

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Bathstore jobs at risk as retail woe continues

MORE jobs woe could be on the way for Swindon after reports emerged that Bathstore is on the verge of collapse. The UK’s biggest bathroom specialist, which has branches on Hobley Drive in Stratton and another in Chippenham, employs around 700 people a...

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FOOD REVIEW: Vino Vino, Bath

BACK when we had the false dawn that summer had arrived and there were signs that last year’s flaming June might be repeated I sat outside in the sun in a pleasant corner of Bath away from too much hustle and bustle. Of course being a Saturday it was im...

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Ditch the car for Clean Air Day

PEOPLE in Bradford on Avon are being encouraged to walk as the town celebrates Clean Air Day. Organised by Cllr Sarah Gibson, signs have been put up in different places around the town showing how long it would take to walk to popular locations in the hop...

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Winter Olympians support Snowdonia challenge

A TEAM of Wiltshire Air Ambulance supporters had the support of two Olympians when they completed a fundraising challenge in Snowdonia National Park. The 13-strong group – which included the charity’s ambassador Shelley Rudman and her husband Kristan ...

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Focus on air pollution

ANOTHER Clean Air Day to focus attention on pollution from vehicle exhaust fumes and its impact on health is to be held in Bradford on Avon on Thursday, June 20. It has been organised by Cllr Sarah Gibson, the Wiltshire councillor for Bradford on Avon Sou...

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Nicole gets a new trike from children’s charity

A SCHOOLGIRL from Bradford on Avon living with cerebral palsy can continue to enjoy her love for cycling after receiving funding for a specialist bike from a children’s’ charity. Nicole Chorley, 13, who was born at 29 weeks weighing 2lb 2oz and still ...

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Setting sail on the trip of a lifetime

LIFELONG friends and keen adventurers will be taking on the challenge of sailing around the whole of Great Britain in a 60-year-old wooden dinghy to raise money for charity. Will Hodshon from Westwood, near Bradford on Avon, and Richard Mitchell from Fort...

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Notice of temp closure of B3105 Woolley Park (Part)

Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 Temporary Closure of: B3105 Woolley Park (Part), Bradford on Avon (Ref: TTRO 6048) – between hours of 08:00 and 16:00 from 29th July 2019 until 09 August 2019. Notice is hereby given that the Wiltsh...

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Chefs cook up a storm at the farm

Top chefs from across the UK gathered at a farm near Westbury. They visited Stokes Marsh Farm in Coulston at a Chefs’ Forum, hosted by Walter Rose & Son butchers. Farmer Tim Johnson welcomed the 100 guests to his farm. And Chefs’ Forum founder...

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Wanted man charged in connection with robbery

A MAN has been charged in connection with a robbery at a shop in Winsley. Ryan Jones, 28, of no fixed address, has been charged with robbery. Police issued an appeal to find him earlier in the week. He was remanded in custody and is due to appear at Swind...

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Town becomes a plastic free community

BRADFORD on Avon has been awarded Plastic-Free Community Status by marine conservation charity Surfers Against Sewage in recognition of the work it has done to start reducing the impact of single-use plastic on the environment. In order to qualify for rec...

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Police wage bill rises after demise of Tri-Force

WILTSHIRE Police is paying more on officer wages as it climbs down from the seven-year Tri-Force partnership with Avon and Somerset and Gloucester. Firearms, dog units and roads policing had all been part of the Tri-Force programme, with teams from across...

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Thousands raised at charity music festival

MORE than 400 people attended a mini music festival in Bradford on Avon at the weekend which was held in aid of the Bath Cancer Unit Support Group. The musical event, held over two evenings at the Boathouse pub and restaurant raised £2,600 for the charit...

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Liberal Democrats win Bradford on Avon local by-election

THE Liberal Democrats have won the local by-election in Bradford on Avon with a majority of 324. Their candidate Sarah Gibson gained the vacant town council south ward seat with 725 votes. Pam Hyde, the Conservative Party candidate was second with 401 vot...

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M4 services closed due to diesel spillage

Leigh Delamere Services on eastbound M4 have been shut due to a diesel spillage. The services are located between Junction 18 and Junction 17. Motorists have been advised to use the next available services – Membury services – located between Juncti...

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Get your walking boots on and help children’s hospice

COMPANIES are being challenged to take on a new walking marathon that shows off the best of Wiltshire to raise money for Julia’s House. The Great Wiltshire Walk on July 20 will take in 26 miles of some of the county’s most breathtaking countryside and...

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Man is found rummaging through house

A MAN who was found searching through cupboards after apparently breaking into a house will appear before court in July. Officers were called to a house in Church Street, Bradford on Avon on Sunday (June 1). Damien Kelly, 37, of no fixed address but from ...

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All-female lineup ready for poll

THE four candidates for the vacant South Ward seat on Bradford on Avon Town Council gathered on Friday (May 31) for tea before the election on Thursday (June 6). Paige Balas (IDEAL Bradford on Avon), Fee Baker (Independent), Pam Hyde (Conservative) and Sa...

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Food and drink festival brings in the crowds

CROWDS of over 3,500 people attended the first ever Bradford on Avon Food and Drink Festival on Saturday. Victory Field was packed with over 100 food and drink producers with everything from artisan cheese, and chocolate to locally brewed beer and street-...

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Raising awareness for dementia action week

BRADFORD on Avon’s Dementia Action Alliance held it’s party in the park on Saturday (May 25) as part of Dementia Action week. Local business and organisations manned stalls and there was Zumba demonstrations, Punch and Judy shows, music and dancing as...

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Offensive graffiti in town’s woodlands

GRAFFITI and vandalism in the Trowbridge multi-storey car park has been cleaned up by Wiltshire Council’s cleaning team who say they will visit daily to keep it up to standard. The car park in St Stephen’s Place which is in the process of being sold b...

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Daylight robbery at small village shop

STAFF were left shaken after they were threatened by two men who stole a wad of cash and tobacco from a small village shop in Winsley. Police officers received reports of the robbery at the Central convince store in Tyning Road at 6.10pm last Friday (May ...

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Wiltshire Mighty Girls launches exhibition

AN exhibition to showcase the work of 13 young women who attended a Wiltshire Mighty Girls workshop has opened at Bradford on Avon Library. The month-long Wiltshire Mighty Girls Art and Photography Exhibition runs from May 16 to 31 during library opening ...

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Arrest made after Winsley robbery

Officers investigating a robbery in Winsley have made an arrest in connection with the incident. Two men entered the Central store in Tyning Road at around 6.10pm on Friday and threatened a member of staff behind the till. They then fled the shop with cas...

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The hunt is on for scarecrows

A RECORD number of families got their clipboard and pens out as they took part in the annual Westwood scarecrow trail over the bank holiday weekend. This year the theme of the trail was numbers and proved to be great fun for hundreds of villagers. The tra...

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Raiders strike at village shop

POLICE are hunting two men who threatened staff in a village shop on Friday. A spokesman said: “We are appealing for witnesses after a robbery at a shop in Winsley. “Two men entered the Co-op in Tyning Road at around 6.10pm and threatened a me...

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Fears radio station will be too political

FEARS have been raised that a new community radio station in Bradford on Avon is a topic of fierce could be used for political gain. Town councillors Simon McNeill-Ritchie and David Garwood spoke for the radio station to the town council in April, and col...

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Tributes paid to top goal scorer

A FOOTBALL legend from Bradford on Avon who was once Arsenal’s top goalscorer has died at the age of 80. Alan Skirton who was born in Bath had a long and successful football career where he also played for Bath City, Blackpool, Bristol City, Durban City...

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Marking the end of spring at the Green Man Festival

HUNDREDS of dancers filled the streets of Bradford on Avon over the weekend as the town hosted its second Green Man festival to mark the end of spring and the coming of summer. The event which raises money for Dorothy House saw groups of dancers performin...

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Climate Emergency Bunting Project for South West In Bloom

For the past 2 years, we have entered our beautiful town into the South West in Bloom competition, and have been so impressed by the wonderful work put in by hard working volunteers across Bradford on Avon. We will continue supporting and helping to dev...

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Villagers rescue stricken rider

VILLAGERS in Westwood showed true community spirit when they rallied round to help an injured rider who fell off her horse on the bridlepath between Westwood and Iford. Around 20 people went to find and help the rider, bringing quilts to keep her warm bef...

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Author shares inspiration behind latest book

STAFF and students at St Laurence School in Bradford on Avon were treated to a visit and talk from author Geraldine McCaughrean. Her book, The Middle of Nowhere, was chosen for St Laurence reads this year, a dedicated tutorial session in which students in...

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