No Surprises Living In Devizes: Chris has Channel in his sights

SO, pompous doubtfully future king, Prince Charles dropped by on Friday to visit our eminent ale industry and pat some shire horses. Next door, diligent car-cleaning folk had a numpty sniper on a roof, irritating them with an air...

No Surprises Living In Devizes: Teenage rampage or Wiltshire Youth Assembly?

“AW my gawd,” Nan howled, “Reg; come an ‘ave a butcher’s at this!” I recall my Grandad sauntering into the front room as ordered, tea towel in hand. He examined the content on television and stood aghast in the doorway....

Are we doomed if we leave the EU?

"WE'RE all doomed Captain Mainwaring, doomed" - so spoke the perenially gloomy Private Frazer, star of Dad's Army whose mantle is today being worn by George Osborne - Chancellor of the Exchequer; the second most important person in British...

JAMES GRAY MP: How Leo’s smile spells out why we must end the evil...

The MP for North Wiltshire returns with his weekly column for INDEX:WILTSHIRE... SOMETIMES when great events are happening around the world, it is little ones which give you some kind of perspective. The massive ‘No’ vote in Greece, has as yet...

No Surprises Living in Devizes: Hang on for bumpy ride into a snowy past

WINTER: appreciatively a feeble effort to date. Michael Fish come back, all is forgiven. Perhaps his blooper prompted the contemporary weatherman code of overstating portends. Is it favourable to exaggerate bad weather then to bomb predicting a hurricane? The Great Storm...

No Surprises Living In Devizes: Breakthrough for food bank

I CAN'T believe the amount of ground we’ve covered within this humble weekly column. When looking back in order to put the book together, (plug-plug) it became clear how important this adventure has been, in some instances! Yeah we’ve had...

DES MORGAN: How can we believe a word our politicians say?

WHY is it that we simply cannot find it in ourselves to believe anything a politician tells us? Don't worry if you feel like this. you are in good company. Remember it was Gordon Brown who allegedly said of his...

No Surprises Living In Devizes: Storm the what now?

There's a castle in Devizes? Who knew? Inaccurate artist's impression above. In his latest column, Darren Worrow gets to grips with the conundrum of Wiltshire's most overlooked landmark... DESPITE its name deriving from castrum ad divisas “the castle at the...

No Surprises Living in Devizes: No room at the Imber

Darren Worrow's weekly look at local life delves into Wiltshire's ghost village.  BRITAIN is full. Full of self-centred bigots insisting they’ve the skills to run a country when their only intentions are to line their own pocket. I mean Brexit, what...

JAMES GRAY MP: Step in to my surgery

The MP for North Wiltshire returns with his weekly INDEX column... ONE of the things I enjoy most about my job are my regular advice surgeries. I have done four a month now for the best part of 20 years,...

JAMES GRAY MP: The call of the lapwing and the skylark

The MP for North Wiltshire's latest weekly column for Index... THE people of Wiltshire – of all political persuasions and of none – can be justly proud and pleased that the leader of Wiltshire Council, Councillor Jane Scott OBE should...

JAMES GRAY MP: A fine line between freedom of speech and freedom to speak...

The MP for North Wiltshire in customarily frank form in his latest column for Index... FREEDOM of speech? Press Freedom? We all love it, and would fight strongly for it – of course we would. Or only if we happen...

No Surprises Living in Devizes: Fiesta De-vizes

Darren Worrow puts away his hatchet and puts on his happy hat to preview the frankly brilliant-looking upcoming Devizes Arts Festival...   PLEASE accept my sincere apologises for the positivity of last week’s column. Possibly, it was those early signs...

JAMES GRAY MP: The benefits of a busy diary

IT must be the time of year. Over the last few weeks, I have been honoured to be invited to some fantastic, interesting and impressive events (without, of course neglecting my constituency, Parliamentary or Brexit work). Here are a few...

No Surprises Living in Devizes: Carnival Homecoming

Darren Worrow casts an envious eye to The Vale during carnival season... SQUASHED in a valley of the Marlborough Downs, lays an inimitable large village, known locally as “the Vale.” Amidst these beautiful surroundings Pewsey can be a law unto itself,...