No Surprises Living in Devizes: Chippenham fails the boredom test

Darren Worrow ventures out of Devizes this week to sample the delights of Chippenham. It didn't take long, by all accounts... DUE to the fact I have a Vauxhall with a knackered-up toaster for a fan, I had to spend...

No Surprises Living in Devizes: Tree Museum

Darren Worrow goes off the beaten track for some calm, and comes back angrier than ever. SAVE THE TREES... I DON'T know about you guys but when the chips are down and I need a timeout from all modern life...

ROBERT BUCKLAND MP: Busy in Swindon during summer recess

PARLIAMENT has returned after the summer recess.  It has been a busy summer and I have welcomed the opportunity to spend more time in Swindon, meeting with local residents, holding local advice surgeries and visiting local businesses, whilst also being...

No Surprises Living in Devizes: No Scam Visiting the Sham

Darren Worrow's weekly column on life in the market towns of Wiltshire... IT'S not so scary for ‘Vizes residents to drive through the Badlands of Sells Green with destination Melksham. Agreed, usually there’s no reason to, this town, that town; all...

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,...

No Surprises Living in Devizes: School’s out….still

This week’s column is dedicated to the memory of Pete Smith. IN any small town, such as Devizes, there are those people who EVERYONE knows. Over the course of this adventure I’m highlighting as many of them as I possibly can,...

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: Our Olympic heroes receive special training, so why not the academically...

AS Britain (and Wiltshire) celebrate Rio glory, the MP for North Wiltshire backs plans to bring back grammar schools... WHAT a thrill we all get from the Olympics. It’s about pride in our country; admiration for our sportsmen like Adam...

No Surprises Living in Devizes: Mighty Quinn and the Vampire

Darren Worrow turns the spotlight on more local talent in his latest column... SO yep, last week we rapped about author Andy Fawthrop, promising it’d be the start of highlighting talented locals. If you’ve been following my articles on Index religiously...

No Surprises Living in Devizes: Barred From Bromham

A well-earned holiday for Darren Worrow, but he's still putting a shift in with his weekly diatribe. Enjoy... THE sound of seagulls' feet padding on congregated metal above reminds me we’ve escaped the ‘Vizes for a week. I rise from...

No Surprises Living in Devizes: Remember; you’re a Womble

Darren Worrow gets very worked up by litter. Don't we all? This week he pays tribute to a local team of volunteers fighting the epidemic. RUGGED mountains burn a magnificent crimson on the horizon as the day closes over the...

JAMES GRAY MP: Quiet reflection much needed after recent political drama

Parliament's out for summer, and the MP for North Wiltshire is grateful of the 'break' after one of the most turbulent periods in British political history... THERE will be an audible sigh of relief as Parliament rises today for the...

No Surprises Living In Devizes: Hengetastic

Darren Worrow's acerbic weekly look at life in the heart of Wiltshire... ANY town which shares the first four letters of its name with the devil has to have some mysterious enigmas; lord knows there’s enough hanging around Greggs on...

JAMES GRAY MP: In safe hands with May, and why Chilcot Report was worth...

The member of parliament for North Wiltshire with his latest column after another eventful week in British politics... PRIME Ministers come and Prime Ministers go. This was my sixth Leadership battle, and it has been even more bloody and unpredictable...

No Surprises Living in Devizes: Tempting Fete

Parachuting bears and sacrificing beers, DARREN WARROW'S latest column on life in a Wiltshire market town... SO, the seventeenth Devizes Beer Festival happened last weekend. Was it any good you ask; I don’t know, dishonourably, I didn’t go. The newspaper...