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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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CALL FOR ENTRIES: ANNUAL FLOWER & PRODUCE SHOW 2019

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

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New mayors elected into town council office

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

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Pupils report on school’s May fair event

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

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Join the Westwood scarecrow trail

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

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Broadcasting radio show from local care home

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

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How to get FREE Lego at Smyths Toys this weekend

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

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Antisocial behaviour discussed at MP’s crime forum

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

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Lions club launch young people’s award

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

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Duck race goes down swimmingly

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

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Easter event brings crowds of hundreds

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

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Popular boater drowned after a night out

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

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MP speaks about local elections and Brexit

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

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Police news in short from Bradford on Avon

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

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Drinking in town is a cause for concern

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

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Staff celebrate after outstanding inspection report

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

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Keep helicopter in the sky with new game

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

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Volunteer to receive royal silver coins

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

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Comedian’s stand up tour comes to town

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

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The Easter egg hunt in on

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

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Elderly go back to school to help youngsters

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

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New book sheds light on Budbury

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

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Friends press for peace in Palestine’s Gaza

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

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Mayor shows support for local special schools

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

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Community radio to use youth centre

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

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Tasty tapas in a cosy setting

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

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Science lab donation: a correction

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

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Man freed despite 18-week sentence

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

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Motorcyclist injured in collision

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

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Chocolate eggs donated for village trail

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

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Nursery’s Easter egg hunt is a success

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

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Photo club celebrates 10th anniversary

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

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Building work begins at school

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

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Campaigners march to save our climate

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

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Netflix TV drama films at Tithe Barn

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

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Pub aims to be village hub again

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

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Hunt is on for whoever dumped these dogs

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

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Correction: Paige Balas

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

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Litter pickers tidy up the town

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

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Fears over speeding voiced on social media

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

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Children’s Society award for loyal volunteer

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

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Actress performs in Singapore

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

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Garden designer helps to sponsor festival

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

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Parties prepare to contest seat

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

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It’s DUCK RACE time again!

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

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Rare bat found near Bradford on Avon caves

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

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Sponsor is blown away by concert performers

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

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