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Priority IT helps bridge digital divide at Dorcan school

A HEADTEACHER has spoken of the ‘digital divide’ affecting pupils, after a local company donated laptops to help students access learning during lockdown. Sherryl Bareham of The Dorcan Academy received five new laptops from Westbury-based Priority IT,...

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Life in flat is ‘a nightmare’

A tenant says he’s been living in a ‘nightmare’ trying to get rehoused from his flat for two years. James Smith who has lived at the Timbrell Street property in Trowbridge for seven years described his flat as ‘unlivable in’ and claims the floor...

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Obituary: Teodoro Alfredo Melillo

ONE of the most well-known and popular figures in the west Wiltshire business community has died at his home in Trowbridge. Teodoro Alfredo Melillo, 75, died at his home in Drynham Lane, on Monday, June 22 surrounded by his wife, Rosanna, and two children...

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Brawler will have to wait to hear his fate

A judge told a thug who “nearly killed” a man with a single punch that he couldn’t sentence him – because the author of a pre-sentence report hadn’t considered one lot of offences he’d committed. Andrew Smith’s brothers were jailed in June f...

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GoBubble gives pupils added spark

A west Wiltshire primary school is one of the first to win a prestigious Centre of Excellence award for helping students learn how to communicate safely. Children at Westwood with Iford Primary School have been using the safer, healthier and kinder digita...

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Town Council declares Ecological Emergency

Bradford on Avon Town Council has declared an Ecological Emergency. In March 2019, the Town Council, along with many other government bodies, businesses and organisations, declared a Climate Emergency, in recognition of the urgent need for action to nega...

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Drinkers urged to act responsibly when pubs re-open

WILTSHIRE Council and Wiltshire Police have joined forces to remind residents to play their part and act responsibly when pubs re-open this weekend. At the end of June, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that pubs, restaurants, and hotels could re-ope...

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Ministers should decide waste plan

SOUTH West Wiltshire MP Dr Andrew Murrison has been urged to lobby the Environment Secretary to ‘call in’ Northacre Renewable Energy’s proposals to change its plans for a gasification waste-to-energy incinerator in Westbury. The company wants to cha...

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Wiltshire play areas to re-open with new guidelines

Children’s play areas across Wiltshire are set re-open tomorrow (Saturday, July 4) for the first time since March, as restrictions ease. Wiltshire Council says that families visiting the play areas are strongly advised to practice social distancing....

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Blue hearts help to ‘green up’ play areas

There’s always a silver lining…. or perhaps green one! Over the past few weeks, whilst the pandemic forced the closure of Barton Farm play area, we let nature have some fun for a while instead. However, before cutting it all back for the re-opening t...

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Councillors united against local incinerator plans

At the recent Full Council meeting on 26th June, Town Councillors voted unanimously to oppose changes to the proposed Waste Incinerator at Westbury.  Despite previous objections by many Town and Parish councils in the local area, including Bradford on A...

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CRIME ROUND-UP: Theft, drugs, drink-driving and more

BETWEEN June 20-22 thieves stole number plates from a vehicle parked in a layby at Ashton Common, Steeple Ashton. Washing line taken A THIEF stole a rotary washing line from a garden at The Crays, Melksham, on June 24. Drunken exposure A DRUNKEN MAN expos...

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Aldi hopes to build more shops around Swindon borough

Aldi announced that it is on the lookout for new store locations in Wiltshire – including Swindon and Royal Wootton Bassett. The UK’s fifth-largest supermarket has been on an expansion drive as it targets having 1,200 stores open by 2025. Aldi already...

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Safe cycle routes go ahead in Trowbridge and Bradford

NEW cycleways are to be created along Hilperton Road in Trowbridge and linking Winsley to Bradford on Avon as Wiltshire Council has secured more than £200,000 in funding. The first scheme will see the creation of a segregated cycleway on the A361 Hilpert...

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Plans afoot for temporary traffic flow changes

At the Full Council meeting on Friday 26th June, members unanimously agreed an ‘in principle’ decision to fund changes in the town’s traffic flows, to assist with social distancing measures in support of public health and well-being, in response to ...

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Mr CollIn Emery Lost Keys in Bradford on Avon Town

Hello i have dropped my house and car keys in the market area I think possibly around the side Co-op shop or on bench outside cob far estate agents around that general area the keys are very important to me being disabled and are for my equipment needed e...

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Businesses encouraged to join Shop Local scheme

Throughout the last few months, businesses across our community have been heavily impacted by the economic and logistical fall out of the COVID-19 pandemic with some initially inundated with panic buying and supplier issues; some having had to swiftly ada...

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Katie Hopkins has been permanently suspended from Twitter

Katie Hopkins has been permanently suspended from Twitter after breaking the platform’s rules on hate speech – the social media giant has announced. The former BBC Apprentice star turned far-right commentator had more than one million followers o...

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Jail for drunk canal boater who bit police constable

A woman who crashed her canal boat before biting a police officer and saying ” by the way I’ve got coronavirus” has been jailed for five months. Jailing Daisy Lovatt at Swindon Crown Court, Judge Jason Taylor QC accused the 32-year-old...

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Public Toilets re-opened

During the past few weeks, public toilets across the country were closed based on public health advice from the government. However recently, as footfall has increased and restrictions to shop openings have been relaxed, councils have received requests fr...

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Biodiversity Survey given the ‘green’ light

Following Full Council’s recent adoption of the Biodiversity policy, at last night’s Environment and Planning Committee, councillors agreed to move forward with the acceptance of a scope of work for a Biodiversity Survey. Whilst it was recognised th...

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Wiltshire arts groups share a £331,500 Arts Council boost

SEVENTEEN Wiltshire arts groups have had a £331,500 windfall from the Arts Council, which has invested £8.5 million of emergency funds in the South West. The grants cover the first two elements of the Arts Council’s £160 million emergency support pac...

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Litter at beauty spots on the rise

As lockdown eases, there has been a ‘dramatic’ rise in the amount of litter dropped at beauty sites across the county. Mike White and his wife, Carolyn, from Bromham, went to Cherhill Monument last weekend and over the course of a 90-minute walk colle...

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Club find ways of keeping fit

MORE than 500 members of the Avon Valley Runners Club in Trowbridge and Bradford on Avon have been forced to think outside the box to keep fit during the Covid-19 coronavirus lockdown. With members having to adhere to social distancing and with many event...

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We are hiring!

The Town Council are seeking to appoint an additional Town Warden on a temporary basis to join our existing team.   TOWN WARDEN  SALARY: £17,364 PER ANNUM  Full-Time, 6-month contract  The role involves keeping public conveniences, pathways ...

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Leader faces a tough quiz on council’s future

TOUGH questions on Wiltshire Council’s financial shortfall and governance were fired at chiefs by councillors. They wanted to know when the authority would be bringing back its financial task group, in light of the council’s potential £51.5m shortfal...

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The amazing volunteers of BoA

All this week it is Volunteers’ Week, an annual event where people who generously give up their time to help other people and causes are celebrated. And whilst we cannot hold events in person due to the Covid-19 restrictions, we wanted to say a huge th...

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Merger one step closer

Plans to transform the provision of special education across Wiltshire have taken a big step forward. The Office for the School Adjudicator examined the proposals to merge St Nicholas in Chippenham, Larkrise in Trowbridge and Rowdeford in Devizes and esta...

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Youth groups work together

Yesterday, Cllr Dom Newton met with representatives from Wiltshire Mighty Girls and BoA Youth Football Club, following recent discussions with the local Neighbourhood Policing team and BoA Youth, as part of our response to the recent arson incident a...

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Town Council leads way on biodiversity

At Full Council this evening, a motion was proposed by Cllr Dom Newton, and seconded by Cllr Emma Franklin to encourage biodiversity across the town in areas which the Town Council manage, in recognition of the threat posed by loss of habitat, the use of ...

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Half Term message from Leader of the Council

Leader of the Council, Dom Newton, has released a statement urging the community to stick to the current COVID-19 government guidelines on socialising: Only ONE person may meet ONE other person from another household These meetings can take place in open ...

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Keep avoiding narrow pathways

Part of the charm of our beautiful town is its narrow winding lanes and pathways, which meander between the old weavers cottages on the hillside, all the way up to the Chapel of St Mary Tory, as well of course the stunning views once you reach the top. Ho...

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Floaty Boat Food Boxes

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Floaty Boat Fund, set up in 2018 with support from the Town Council and others, have been stepping up activities to provide veg box deliveries as well as an innovative ‘pay it forward’ scheme – supporting m...

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Karen Bloomfield has decided she needs some ‘me time’

THE owner of a well-known fruit and vegetable shop in Bradford on Avon which temporarily closed because of the Covid-19 coronavirus crisis has decided to call it quits after 33 years. Karen Bloomfield, of Bloomfield’s Fruit & Veg, has decided to clo...

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About this website

There has been a question about who runs this website and why.  To clarify, it is owned by Bradford on Avon Town Council but was set up by someone who has now left Bradford on Avon. They asked for someone to take over hosting the site and keep an eye on ...

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Stable owner in South Wraxall warns of suspicious man

A horse owner has warned stable owners to be on alert after a suspicious man called at her yard. She said the man in a dark grey Peugeot entered her yard in South Wraxall near Bradford on Avon and asked if she had any old horse boxes for sale. She said: &...

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CRIME ROUND-UP: Theft, vandalism, drugs and more

Windmill stolen AN ornamental windmill was stolen from the front garden in Brecon Close, Melksham, on Sunday, May 3. Cannabis bust A MAN in his 20s from the Melksham area has been released under police investigation after police stopped a vehicle on Black...

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Response to proposed relaxation of lockdown restrictions

As of this week, England sees the relaxation on some of the rules on use of open spaces and exercise.  As a Town Council, we are keeping the situation under review in respect of opening up the places and spaces that are under our control – however, the...

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Preparing to Return to Work

The Government announcement on Monday actively encouraged people who cannot work from home to go back to work from this week. Wiltshire Council (WC) and the Town Council are currently assessing what impact this announcement will have for council service...

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