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Community adds a touch of colour to green space

RESIDENTS of Bradford on Avon are being invited to add a bit of colour to their community after Downs View was yarn bombed by the locals. People living near the Downs View green awoke one morning to find the trees colourfully decorated with knitted pompom...

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Giving tree success in Bradford on Avon

ORGANISERS of the Bradford on Avon Giving Tree in Lamb Yard say they are amazed at the success of the appeal, with hundreds of gifts for homeless people and pets being left throughout the Christmas period. People were asked to leave presents under the tre...

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Residents’ fury over Christmas fly-tippers

PEOPLE in Westwood are furious after fly-tippers who have plagued the area dumped even more rubbish in the village on Christmas Day. There have been a number of incidents of fly-tipping in Westwood Road, between Westwood and Trowbridge, over the festive p...

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Arrest made after money stolen from two cars

A 14-YEAR-OLD boy has been arrested on suspicion of stealing money from cars in Bradford on Avon on two separate occasions. Around £100 in cash was stolen from an unlocked car parked in Station Approach sometime between 10pm and 11pm on Wednesday, Decemb...

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Jumper appeal to take over Lamb’s Yard

RESIDENTS of Bradford on Avon are being invited to don their Christmas jumpers and take part in a mass mob in aid of Save the Children. The town is setting its sights on becoming the first town in the country to take part in a town-wide Christmas jumper d...

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Westwood’s Parish Rooms in £150k revamp

ONLY a couple of years after it looked like Westwood’s Parish Rooms would have to be closed to the public, a £150,000 refurbishment project is now progressing nicely. In late 2013, the Diocese of Salisbury was looking to sell the rectory of the vil...

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Santas and fairies storm Winsley for charity fun run

A STAMPEDE of Santas and fairies stormed the village of Winsley to raise money for Dorothy House Hospice as part of the charity’s sponsored run. Over 200 runners dressed in their festive garb on Sunday (December 4) to take part in the annual Dorothy Hou...

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Fundraising Calendar For Local Girl

Bradford on Avon girl Aria was born with a rare life threatening condition and has developmental delays. Soon after her birth, her parents were told she was unlikely to survive babyhood. With the love and nurture of her amazing parents she is exceeding th...

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Young critic scoops up Guardian award

A PUPIL of St Laurence School in Bradford on Avon has been given a Guardian Young Critic award after submitting a review of a book. Josephine Learoyd, 15, of St Laurence, entered the competition during the summer holidays by reviewing The Smell of Other P...

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Proposed 20mph Schemes

The Town Council has been awarded a substantive grant from Wiltshire Council to implement two 20mph schemes in the North and South of Bradford on Avon. This is just part of a plan to link in with a new crossing point on Frome Road by the canal bridge and ...

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Life saving equipment installed in Avoncliff

A NEW defibrillator has been installed next to the No 10 Café in Avoncliff after a donation from The Friends of Bradford on Avon Community Healthcare. The defibrillator was installed on Thursday at the car park near the train station (November 24) by Bur...

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Bradford on Avon Elf Christmas Trail

Find the elves displayed around the town and note down their names for a chance to win a prize! Draw takes place at 11am on 24th December 2016 at Piha.   Running from Friday 25th November to 24th December 2016   FREE ENTRY Entry Forms available ...

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Dorothy House prize draw winner drives away in new car

DOROTHY House in Winsley held a special prize draw to mark the hospice’s 40th birthday, with the lucky winner picking up a brand new Citroen. The hospice, in partnership with Islington Motor Group in Trowbridge, announced the winner of its 40th birthday...

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Job Vacancy: Part Time Administrator

Part Time Administrator (22.5 hours) Monday to Friday 12:30pm to 5pm Salary £20,849 – £22,212 (pro rata) The Town Council requires an Administrator in this beautiful Wiltshire town. In this role you will be expected to provide administration suppo...

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Friends of Woolley oppose Redcliffe housing development

RESIDENTS in Woolley Street in Bradford on Avon have met to discuss their opposition to plans to build 57 homes on land next to their homes. Redcliffe Homes, which has not yet submitted the plan to Wiltshire Council, wants to build the homes on land desig...

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Westwood with Iford Primary breaks the radio silence

PUPILS from Westwood with Iford Primary School in Bradford on Avon have been flooding the airways with their brand new school radio station. The team of 17 pupils from Years 3-6 are now taking to the studio every Friday at 2.30pm to broadcast their very o...

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Dementia care manager receives top accolade

THE outstanding work of an Alzheimer’s Support’s manager has not gone unnoticed after Grant Newton was named one of the top five dementia care managers in the country. Mr Newton, of Bradford on Avon, was shortlisted in the National Dementia Care Award...

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Avoncliff Aqueduct named top autumn beauty spot

AVONCLIFF AQUEDUCT has officially been named as one of the country’s most beautiful waterside spot during autumn by Countryfile Magazine. The stretch along the Kennet and Avon Canal has been named in the popular magazine as one of the best waterside spo...

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Rare sighting of otter splashing around in Bradford on Avon

AN OTTER briefly took up residence in Bradford on Avon last week after being spotted swimming and splashing around by the town bridge. Nick Cole, 50, from Chippenham, was taking photos of the town bridge when a couple next to him told him to turn around a...

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Still time to take part in Bradford on Avon Pumpkin Trail

CHILDREN and their parents still have time to get in the spirit of Halloween this weekend at the Bradford on Avon Pumpkin Trail. The free event will end this Sunday (October 30), with forms available from a number of shops in the town. All forms must be r...

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UPDATE: Illegally-parked van adds to traffic misery

AN illegally-parked van caused traffic delays on the B3107 Silver Street, Bradford on Avon, in both directions near the Kingston Road junction during rush-hour today. Police were told about the obstruction at about 7.20am. Congestion was reported to th...

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Road Closures due to Wessex Water Improvement Work

Water supply improvement work in Belcombe Road, Bradford-on-Avon As part of our ongoing improvements to the water network in the area, we are replacing water mains along Belcombe Road, between Turleigh and Bradford-on-Avon. This will involve replacing an ...

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TRAVEL DISRUPTION IN BRADFORD ON AVON

As you may have heard from the recent news, the Bradford on Avon Town Bridge was hit by a vehicle and considerable damage was caused. This is temporarily being protected by some scaffolding that has been erected but requires urgent repair works. Unfortuna...

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Stolen Mercedes smashes into historic bridge parapet

PARTS of Bradford on Avon’s historic bridge lies in ruin after a car ploughed into the parapet this morning. Shortly before 2am, police were called to a report of a black Mercedes c180 that had crashed into the bridge wall, causing a three-metre ch...

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Dorothy House goes into the Guinness World Record books

NOT every day do charities break world records but Dorothy House Hospice Care has done just that for for the largest gathering of people wearing boas. On September 10, nearly 700 women, resplendent in frilly tutus, pyjamas, onesies and pink bunny ears, su...

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Respected Bradford businessman George Brown dies, aged 85

RESPECTED businessman George ‘Gordon’ Brown from Bradford on Avon died peacefully on Sunday, aged 85. Mr Brown was a senior partner of wholesale fruit and vegetable merchants George Brown and Sons in the town which became a household name. Born on Feb...

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Bradford on Avon chef reaches Great Vegan Bake-Off final

A BUDDING young cake artist from Bradford on Avon has made it to the final of a nationwide Great Vegan Bake-Off competition. David Waldren, of Bath Road, is one of 12 finalists in PETA’s (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) annual contest t...

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Inaugural Bradford on Avon fun run gets off to a flyer

AS far as debut running events go the Bradford on Avon Lions Club’s 5k and fun run on Sunday could not have gone much better. The town, which does not have a recognised running event, held the run from Culver Close playing field from 10am-12pm, attr...

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Outer space lantern festival takes off in Bradford on Avon

BRADFORD on Avon was sent into orbit tonight with an outer space lantern procession. More than 1,000 people took part in the parade to mark the final evening of the town’s two-week long art festival. From 7.30pm, hordes of participants, both young a...

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Fitzmaurice School slams solar panel tax hike

FITZMAURICE Primary School has slammed government proposals that would see it hit with a £820 increase in the tax it pays on solar panels. According to government plans, many state schools are set to be hit with a tax hike, but private schools, free scho...

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Bradford on Avon honours double silver medalist Jazz Carlin

DOUBLE Olympic silver medalist Jazz Carlin unveiled a commemorative plaque in Bradford on Avon to honour her achievements at the Rio Olympics last Thursday. The Bradford on Avon resident, wearing her two silver medals, was joined by around 100 feverishly ...

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Work starts on new HQ for Bradford on Avon motoring firm

A £6m project to build a hi-tech Bradford on Avon motoring firm’s new headquarters will get underway later this month. By September 2017, Anthony Best Dynamics, an automotive test equipment specialist, will have a new factory a few hundred yards do...

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Bradford on Avon pavilion vandalised again

VANDALS have once again inflicted damage upon the Victory Field cricket pavilion, just weeks after electric shutters were installed to keep them out. Bradford on Avon Town Council paid nearly £6,000 last month to install the shutters following a litany o...

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Ancient burials found in Bradford on Avon church revamp

EVIDENCE of a Christian burial dating back to the ninth century has been uncovered at Bradford on Avon’s Holy Trinity Church. Wessex Archaeology made the discovery last month during a year-long, £2m renovation of the 12th century church to transform it...

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Villagers take over running of pub to secure future

MONKTON Farleigh villagers have been given the keys to run their local pub in hope of bringing the community together to secure its future. The current publicans of the Muddy Duck gave notice of their departure from the pub in the village three weeks ago ...

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Freshford Footpath

This is just to advise you that the works to the Freshford footpath have now been completed and the path has been re-opened. Cheryl Hannan Public Rights of Way Inspector Floor 2 South, Riverside, Temple Street Keynsham, Bristol, BS31 1LA BoA Town Council

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Can you help Dorothy House achieve a world record?

DOROTHY House are hoping to get themselves in the world record books next month by trying to organise the largest gathering of people wearing boas at their Moonlight Walk. The annual walk, to be held on September 10, is the Winsley-based hospice’s bigge...

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Lantern Procession

The kit to make your ‘Space’ themed lantern can be bought for £4 from Brown’s Hardware or Made in Bradford. The Lantern Procession will gather at 7pm in the Tithe Barn on Sat 17th Sept. Making your lantern will while away the last few w...

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Family’s grief after woman’s shock death in Rio

THE family of Bradford on Avon’s Zoe Louise Robinson have described their shock after discovering the 21-year-old had fallen to her death from the ninth floor of a hotel in Brazil during the Olympics. Miss Robinson is understood to have fallen to her de...

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Woman on trial over supplying deadly drugs

A WOMAN is on trial accused of supplying heroin to a Bradford on Avon man, which led to his death. Hayley Beaven, 46, of Green Close, Holt, appeared at Swindon Crown Court today (Monday) charged with supplying class A drugs to Lee Challenor, who died on M...

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Holt Road to finally re-open on Tuesday

THE LONG awaited re-opening of Bradford on Avon’s Holt Road will come into effect on Tuesday, August 16. The road, which has been closed since the start of May, will be opened up to its Eastern junction with with Springfields to allow two-way traffi...

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Job opportunity for a Tourism & Events Officer (full-time)

Salary £28,203 initially on a two-year contract The Town Council requires a Tourism and Events Officer in this beautiful Wiltshire town. Are you self motivated, a proven organiser with both creative flair and strong marketing skills? Are you someone that...

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RIO 2016: Swimmer Carlin wins Olympic silver

JAZZ Carlin swam the best 400m freestyle of her career to win a silver medal at the Olympic Games in Rio this morning. Swindon’s Carlin, who now lives in Bradford on Avon, clocked 4 minutes 01.23 seconds – a lifetime best – to finish sec...

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Kennet and Avon boaters to protest Canal and River Trust

BOATERS along the Kennet and Avon canal that do not have a fixed mooring have organised a rally protesting against the governance of the Canal & River Trust. The protest will take place outside CRT’s headquarters by Caen Hill, Devizes, to expres...

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Police plea after attempted phone scam

POLICE are urging residents to be vigilant following an attempted scam involving an elderly woman in Bradford-on-Avon. On Wednesday, July 20, the woman received a call from a man claiming to be a police officer. He told the woman that somebody was in cust...

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Large craters discovered next to new roundabout

CONCERNS have been raised that large craters discovered under the Kingston Farm roundabout could delay the reopening of the Holt Road. The gaping holes near the road next to the development site have been discovered by contractors and there is a possibili...

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Civil War Programmes On Sale Now

Purchase your Souvenir Programme from the Town Council offices or Tourist Information Centre. Military historian Jonathan Falconer looks at the causes and effects of the English Civil War, and recounts the events that took place in and around Bradford on ...

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Book deal for former St Laurence pupil

A FORMER St Laurence School pupil has just signed her first book deal with one of the UK’s leading publishers. Jess Butterworth, formerly of Bradford on Avon, has agreed a two-book deal with Orion Children’s Books to publish her debut novel, Runni...

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Bike Festival Cancelled

Bradford on Avon Town Council are sorry to announce their decision to cancel the Bike Festival for the weekend 10th & 11th September 2016. The decision has largely been made due to the current Holt Road closure (B3019) which has been in operation for ...

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£1,000 cheque for Bradford on Avon disabled music club

CELEBRATIONS broke out at the Wiltshire Music Centre on Saturday after a Bradford on Avon pub donated £1,000 to the centre’s creative club for children with learning disabilities. At the start of May, the Castle Inn pub threw its annual beer festiv...

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St Laurence turns on the glamour for Year 11 prom

GLAMOUR was the name and St Laurence’s Year 11 prom at Bradford on Avon’s Cumberwell Park was the game on Tuesday, June 28. Nearly 190 feverishly excited pupils descended upon the venue for their big send off, arriving in a vast array of trans...

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Temporary Closure of Whiteheads Lane, Bradford on Avon

Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 Temporary Closure of Whiteheads Lane, Bradford on Avon THE WILTSHIRE COUNCIL HEREBY GIVE NOTICE that on Thursday 30th June 2016, the following length of road shall be closed to all traffic in the inter...

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All Stars Netball Summer Camps

All Stars Netball Club will be running netball camps at St. Laurence School from the 27-29 July, 1-5 August, 8-12 August 10.00am – 3pm for children aged 8-11 years old. £28.50 a day, discounts available for multiday bookings. Local resident and qualifi...

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Advanced Notice – Civil War Re-enactment Weekend

Saturday 30th July and Sunday 31st July 2016 Please be advised that Bradford on Avon Town Council are organising a Civil War Re-enactment weekend with the English Civil War Society on Saturday 30th July and Sunday 31st July 2016. The event will take place...

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Rat run fears to hit Bradford on Avon businesses

BUSINESSES on the edge of Bradford on Avon are urging customers to keep coming, amid fears some may close altogether, after through traffic was banned from narrow local lanes this week to stop drivers using them as a ‘rat run’. On Tuesday, Woolley Str...

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Car crashes into house in Bradford On Avon

A house had to be propped up after a car left the road and crashed into the home in Bradford on Avon. Firefighters used steel supports to reinforce the building in Bath Road after the incident on Sunday (June 13) at the junction of Berryfield Road. The ca...

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AskBoA: Woman assaulted while cycling in Bradford on Avon

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a 54-year-old woman was assaulted in Bradford on Avon on May 20. At about 6.35pm last Friday, the woman was cycling up the hill in Belcombe Road when a white van approached her from behind and a male passenger hit ...

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Princess Royal to visit Dorothy House

THE PRINCESS Royal will be paying a visit to Winsley’s Dorothy House Hospice Care as part of their 40th anniversary celebrations on June 21. Princess Anne will attend a garden party as well as enjoying the first viewing of the hospice’s birthd...

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Heated exchanges over Holy Trinity Church grant

A £1,000 grant was allocated to the £2m regeneration of Bradford on Avon’s Holy Trinity Church but not without a lengthy and heated exchange at Wednesday’s area board meeting. Wiltshire West District Scout Association had applied for £7,000 to go t...

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Cow mooves into Bradford on Avon

A WANDERING cow decided to have an appointment at Bradford on Avon’s dental surgery on Thursday afternoon. At 3pm, PCSO Andrew MacLachlan was called to after a cow had taken a detour from their field and was on the loose in the town centre. The cow ...

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New Cycle Policy for GWR Long Distance High Speed Trains

Great Western Trains are introducing a new cycle policy for their long distance High Speed Trains, which takes effect from the start of the summer timetable on 16 May. To give cyclists a guaranteed space, they are introducing compulsory bicycle reservatio...

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