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Four arrests after refugee drama in Marlborough

Four men have been arrested after being found stowed away in a horse box in Marlborough. Sue and Jeremy Riches, from Pattingham, Staffordshire, had stopped at their son’s house in London Road when they made the discovery. They were bringing furnitur...

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Libraries across Wiltshire close for a day

22nd January Libraries across Wiltshire close for a day   Eight Wiltshire Libraries and all mobile libraries will close for one day on Wednesday 5 February for a staff training day. To keep as many libraries open for the day as possible, four further lib...

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Global Warming depicted in new climate logo

Following on from the last Climate Emergency Steering Group meeting, community members expressed that although the Town Council has taken steps and continues to address issues within their control, it is not always obvious that a Climate Emergency has b...

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Anger over pile driving

SELWOOD Housing and Wiltshire Council have been reported to the Health & Safety Executive after a Trowbridge resident complained about work taking place next to his home. Dennis Hart, of British Row, contacted Trowbridge town councillor Edward Kirk to...

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Nominations are now open for the National Cat Awards 2020

CAT lovers with the most purr-fect pets are being invited to nominate their furry friends for the biggest event in the feline year – the National Cat Awards 2020. The annual event is run by the charity Cats Protection and celebrates the nation’s mos...

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Health bosses pull the plug on maternity unit in Trowbridge

THE birthing unit in Trowbridge will close from April this year, health bosses announced today. This morning approved the plans at a Clinical Commissioning Group meeting at Dorothy House Hospice Care. It means any pregnant women will now have to go to hos...

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Posh restaurant chain The Ivy could open up in Marlborough

HIGH end restaurant chain The Ivy is in the mix for the new restaurant in the planned St Peter’s development. Talks are already underway with owners of boutique hotel groups over the planned 23 bed hotel which the developers hope to have up and running ...

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Flybe ‘at risk of collapse’ over rising losses

Flybe bosses have held crunch talks with the Government in a bid to save the airline. Discussions were held with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Department for Transport (DfT) over the weekend to see whether they...

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Reduce the carbon footprint of your home

As individuals, our carbon footprints are made up of many things. One of these is the home we live in and there are lots of things you can do to help improve things. As part of Bradford on Avon Town Council’s Climate Emergency strategy, we invite you to...

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Our sauces are internet famous

HOW did a chilli farm nestled in rural Wiltshire see one of their hot sauces tasted by A-list celebrities in front of an internet audience of more than 71 million people in 2019? I visited the production line at source to find out. As I pulled up the driv...

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Lorry Watch strikes again!

Thanks to the wonderful Lorry Watch volunteers, there was another prosecution on Monday 6th January 2020 at Salisbury Magistrates Court for a breach of our historic Town Bridge 18T weight restriction. Walon Limited pleaded guilty to breaching the weight r...

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LORRY WATCH PROSECUTION

SALISBURY MAGISTRATES Lorry Watch prosecution yesterday at Salisbury Magistrates Court.  This was for a breach of the Bradford on Avon weight restriction on 11th April 2019 by Walon Ltd, Headway House, Crosby Way, The company pleaded guilty.  Fine:  ...

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Animal feed is ablaze

FIRE crews tackled flames at a farm in Trowbridge in the early hours of Monday morning following calls from members of the public reporting 20 tonnes of animal feed was well alight. Crews from Bradford on Avon, Trowbridge, Westbury and Warminster, as well...

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Councillors will discuss draft budget on January 7

TOWN councillors in Bradford on Avon have prepared a draft budget to spend just over £1 million in the next financial year. Figures on their draft budget summary show they plan to spend up to £1,096,590 in 2020/21, compared to a revised expenditure of ...

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Local talent to perform at Roots Festival

THIS January, the Wiltshire Music Centre in Bradford on Avon will once again host the Bradford Roots Music Festival, featuring exciting local talent, crafts, dance and food from around the world. With music ranging from folk to jazz, bluegrass, world and ...

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Eye sore bins finally ditched

UNSIGHTLY bins which have been an eye sore for people living in flats in Bradford on Avon for the past 8 years have finally been removed and will be replaced with flower beds in the new year. Residents have won the battle to remove the bins opposite the C...

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Explosive bomb scare

ARMED officers raided a road in Bradford on Avon after a group of of children were frightened by a man who boasted to them about how he had made an explosive device. Police officers attended the scene on Pound Lane around 4.30pm on Sunday afternoon. A Wil...

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Hotel is a great place for dogs and owners

A HOTEL in Bradford on Avon has been recognised for being dog friendly by the PetsPyjamas 2019 Dog-Friendly Travel Awards. The Woolley Grange in Woolley Green has been given the title as part of the travel company’s reveal of the properties who lead the...

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What you need to know about the new overdraft rules

New rules to make overdrafts easier to manage have come into force today. Here’s what you need to know. What’s new? The changes brought in from Wednesday by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) mean that someone’s “available balan...

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TROUBLED BY TECH?

We have helped many visitors to the Bradford on Avon Computer Club. We meet every Monday except public holidays between 2pm and 4pn. PLEASE NOTE The Computer Club will not meet on December 23rd 2019 or December 30th 2019 We will assist anyone who is havin...

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Danny Kruger wins Devizes seat for Conservatives

THE Conservative Danny Kruger has won the Devizes seat. In the last seat to declare in Wiltshire, he scooped the biggest share of the vote, which has seen the Tories get a majority overall. The result was: Danny Kruger (Con) – 32,150 Jo Waltham (Lib...

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Green Party to fight for seats in town council elections

THE man behind Bradford on Avon’s Plastic-Free campaign is planning to stand Green Party candidates in the next town council local elections. John Pearce, of Bradford on Avon Green Party, said: “We have tried to stand Green Party candidates in...

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Mummers tour will help raise cash for Bristol Eye Hospital

BATHAMPTON Morris men are to repeat their annual ‘pilgrimage’ around the pubs and restaurants of Bradford on Avon to raise funds for charity. They will perform their traditional Christmas ‘Mumming’ play on Thursday, December 19, between 7.30pm and...

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McDonald’s set to launch first vegan meal

FAST food chain McDonald’s s is to launch its first fully vegan meal in the New Year. Veggie Dippers will go on sale on January 2 in both adult meal and Happy Meal sizes. They are made with red pepper, rice, sundried tomato pesto and split peas surr...

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Shining lights of the town award

TWO people from Bradford on Avon have been recognised for their commitment to the town and been presented with the council’s Shining Light award. This year’s award celebrates contributions to the community by outstanding individuals, nominated...

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Christmas party boosts charity fundraising

BATTLING Breast cancer has inspired one Trowbridge mother into raising funds for a linked Charity. Leoly Wyatt has been continually fund raising for Macmillan Cancer Support with a Christmas party boosting her total monies raised now into the thousands. M...

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FOOD REVIEW: Pizza king’s legacy lives on at Dolcipani

It is now six months since Devizes lost one of his best loved characters when baker, chef and all-round good guy Giovanni Campanella lost his fight with lung cancer. He told his family he wanted Dolcipani cafe and coffee shop in Old Swan Yard to continue ...

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Tree planting at Avoncliff Wood

On Saturday 30th November, members of the local community joined the Woodland Trust in planting trees at Avoncliff Wood. The project was part of their Big Climate Fightback which aims to plant trees, save and revive woodland. In December 2018, the Tow...

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Hundreds turn out for tree-planting at Avoncliff Wood

HUNDREDS of people have turned out to help plant 5,000 trees for the Woodland Trust at the Avoncliff Wood near Freshford. Around 260 were expected to help today, while on Friday 90 pupils turned out from Freshford Primary School and 25 from nearby Westwoo...

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Questions answered on surgery’s new bookings

A NEW system that sees patients have a consultation with the GP on the phone before seeing could help save a struggling surgery. At a meeting on Tuesday, questions were asked about the Bradford Health Centre’s new telephone-first system, which aims to f...

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FOOD REVIEW: Authentic Italian flavours at The Oven in Bath

THE Oven is located in the bustling centre of Bath but is a cosy restaurant for couples or groups to enjoy the amazing flavours of Italy. The main draw was the big pizza oven and the open kitchen so you can see you pizzas being made by the chefs. All the ...

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The Shining Lights of 2019

We are pleased to announce this year’s Youth and Adult category winners of the Shining Light of Bradford on Avon Award, which celebrates contributions to our community by outstanding individuals, nominated by the public. SHINING LIGHT ADULT AWARD – PI...

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When to book Christmas delivery slots for supermarkets

Christmas is a time for family, spending time together…and eating. And to avoid disappointment when it comes to food this festive season, you are going to need to book your supermarket delivery slot for Christmas as soon as possible. Last year, som...

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Top prize for town’s author

AN author from Bradford on Avon is one of 10 which have been highly commended in this year’s Bridport Prize short story competition. Jimmy Lowther’s story Salva Nos was selected from over 3,700 entries by judge Kirsty Logan. Mr Lowther has liv...

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TSB to close 82 branches putting ‘400 jobs at risk’

Up to 400 jobs could be at risk as more than 80 TSB branches across the country are set to close their doors next year, the bank announced in another blow to the UK high street. TSB, which has branches in Swindon and across Wiltshire, including Chippenh...

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How to register to vote in the general election

Local Government in Wiltshire operates in a two tier system; Wiltshire Council Unitary Authority (upper tier) and Bradford on Avon Town Council (lower tier). Bradford on Avon Town Council is a progressive town council with aspirations to use its influen...

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The Giving Tree makes Christmas better for others

The Giving Tree of Bradford on Avon is back in Lamb Yard for its fifth year, and what better way to get into the spirit of Christmas than by donating items to local charities helping to make life easier for those in need? Annually, our generous local comm...

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LORRY WATCH PROSECUTION

Lorry Watch is a community led scheme involving Wiltshire Police, Wiltshire Council and local volunteers. It is designed to prevent overweight lorries breaching weight limits in our towns and villages. Standing near the roadside, local volunteers monitor ...

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How to get a free letter from Santa for your kids

IT’S the most wonderful time of the year. And with the help of Royal Mail, you could make Christmas that extra bit more magical for your little ones. The company has teamed up with Santa to provide a special service where youngsters can receive a le...

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Hustings will focus on climate change

RESIDENTS of Bradford on Avon are the surrounding area will get a chance to quiz their General Election candidates about their views on climate change and the environment next week. A hustings for the climate is being held at St Margaret’s Hall on T...

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UK ticket-holder wins £105m EuroMillions jackpot

IT’S time to dig out those lottery tickets as a UK ticket-holder has won the £105 million EuroMillions jackpot. The lucky winner scooped the jackpot on the 25th anniversary of the first National Lottery draw. The winning main EuroMillions numbers ...

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How to register to vote in the general election

The deadline to register to vote is fast approaching. The chance to register will end on Tuesday November 26 at 11:59pm. You can apply for a postal vote up to 5pm on the same day. December 4 is the deadline to apply for a proxy vote. How do I register t...

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How to apply for new series of The Great British Bake Off

DO you know a Star Baker in the making? Popular TV series The Great British Bake Off is looking for a fresh batch of contestants to dough battle and enter the famous white tent. Applications for the 11th series of the show, which has now moved to Channe...

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Climate Emergency Steering Group makes headway

On Thursday 14th November, we held our second Climate Emergency Steering Group meeting, with a good turnout from the community again. At the session, we revisited the list of ideas generated in the last meeting, this time looking at actions that the commu...

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Plaque placed for crane

A HISTORIC Grade II listed iron crane dating back to the the beginning of Queen Victoria’s reign has been restored to its former glory on the bank of the Kennet and Avon canal. Volunteers from the Canal and River Trust have spent the past 10 years prese...

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Beaver’s post service will bring festive cheer

MEMBERS of the Bradford on Avon Beavers are getting ready to launch their Christmas stamp and postal delivery service. Around 90 boys and girls aged six to 14 years who belong to the Scout Group will use the stamp to deliver Christmas post within the BA15...

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New station set to launch

COMMUNITY radio directors are preparing to go live next week after giving their studio at Youth and Community and Centre in Bradford on Avon a spruce up in time for the big launch. The new station, West Wilts Radio, run by directors David Garwood and Simo...

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No more traffic wanted near site

TRAFFIC concerns and green spaces were the main reasons when Bradford on Avon councillors voted to fight a plan for 42 more new houses in the town. Environment and planning committee chairman Cllr Alex Kay said concerns included the loss of local green sp...

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Judge slams ‘chilling’ efforts to cover up Calne murder

MURDERER Thomas Griffiths staged his victim’s body in a bid to make it look like she had taken her own life. That was what Ellie Gould’s father, Matthew, first believed when he found his daughter’s lifeless body in the kitchen of their Calne home as...

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Trowbridge RUH Fundraising Group Meeting

If you’re passionate about making a difference to others, or perhaps you would like guidance on how to bring your fundraising ideas to life, we would love to see you at the Boat House on the 13th November.Trowbridge RUH Fundraising Group always welcome ...

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Reduce waste and repair items

A REPAIR cafe which aims to minimise waste was held by climate friendly Bradford on Avon’s Zero Waste group. Despite the rain around 20 people came to The Hub in Church Street bringing all sorts of household items to repair. Volunteer menders helped fix...

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Town talks about how to protect the bats

PEOPLE in Bradford on Avon learned about protecting bats at a conservation talk held at St Margaret’s Hall. Professor Fiona Mathews explained how the town is within an important area for bats that includes Bath, Box, Corsham and Winsley. Although we...

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Cat returns home after six years

A BLACK cat which went missing six years ago returned to its home in Bradford on Avon for Halloween. Clyde escaped days after owners Mel and Rob Sargeant moved to their new home in 2013 but was reunited with his family last week, when he was brought into ...

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Petition to ban sale of fireworks in shops

More than 180,000 people have signed a petition calling for a ban on shops selling fireworks. Ahead of Bonfire Night on Tuesday, the online petition reached 180,000 on Monday afternoon. As the figure is more than 100,000, this means Parliament will have ...

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