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All the latest major stories, from Swindon to Salisbury, Wootton Bassett to Westbury, Chippenham to Corsham and everywhere in between

Tony plans Santiago trek to help children of Nepal

SENIOR carer Tony Pilling is setting out to tackle the Camino de Santiago from Portugal next month in a bid to help children in Nepal. Tony, who works in a children's home, wants to support orphans and children in care...

Firm hopes paid gym time will mean fighting-fit staff

SWINDON'S Smarter Media have announced they will be putting the promotion of a healthy body and healthy mind within the workplace as a priority for their hard-working employees. It's not just customers who are important; employees are too and this...

Sculpture at hotel honours role of village during WWI

A SCULPTURE honouring the role of the village of Purton during World War One has been unveiled at The Pear Tree hotel. Designed by artist Daren Greenhow, the sculpture honours the work of villagers and horses at a Remount Depot...

Why children are key to planet’s future – an open letter from Ben Fogle

I WAS fortunate enough to spend much of my childhood outside – from making mud pies with friends to exploring the beautiful countryside with my parents, writes BEN FOGLE. My love for nature and the environment is something I now...

Lis helps women be ready for social media spotlight

PROFESSIONAL photographer and business author Lis McDermott is running an event to help fellow business women look their best in front of the camera. Lis, author of the book Headshot Diva – why your business profile affects your bottom line,...

Wiltshire recruiter heads driver accreditation group for third year

A FREIGHT Transport Association accreditation scheme, aimed at raising standards among driver recruitment companies, is being chaired by a Wiltshire businessman for the third consecutive year. Julian Thompson, founder and director of Chippenham-based 24-7 Staffing, helped set up the FTA...

Getting eggcited about Easter

EASTER. The resurrection of Christ, chocolate eggs, painted hard-boiled eggs, Maundy money and a rabbit all rolled into one. So a festival as muddled as any other on the British and global calendar then. And it’s a moveable feast...

No Surprises Living In Devizes: May fair scrapped… and winning takeaway fare

DEVIZES once allowed lions to roam freely around the school, but in these structured days Devizes Lions have had to cancel an event due to health and safety regulations. Won’t someone inform the doomed-if-they-do, doomed-if-they-don’t Wiltshire Council, Devizes Lions are...

King stars in new ‘loco legend’ exhibition

A SWINDON-built locomotive, which made an emotional return to the town almost 18 months ago, stars in a new exhibition now open at STEAM. King George V returned to Swindon Borough Council’s STEAM Museum via a low loader in November...

Canine role gives former lorry driver new lease of life

WHEN Steve Oliver met Quintus he knew he was one in a million. The chocolate labradoodle would not only transform his life but he would go on to get one of the most important jobs a dog can have –...

No Surprises Living In Devizes: Wander through Wadworthshire

DELIVERING around London is stressful at the best of times. By last drop all I wanted was to go home; away from congestion, box junction cameras and uncaring masses. Yes, back to charming countryside; if anything spurred a familiarity...

Bowood opens its gates on bumper 2017 season

BOWOOD House and Gardens and the Woodland Garden open again on Saturday, April 1. After the success of last year, where there were 128,000 visitors and appearances on BBC1's Antiques Roadshow, the attraction between Calne and Chippenham promises  several new...

Proud village to toast soldier awarded Victoria Cross

THE bravery of a soldier was awarded the Victoria Cross, the UK’s highest award for gallantry, will be celebrated in Wroughton. William Gosling was only 24 when, a sergeant in the 3rd Wessex Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, during the First...

In the running to build support for Whizz-Kidz

CHARTERED building surveyor Jerry Thornton is taking part in the London Marathon to raise money for the charity Whizz-Kidz. Jerry who will be 62 the day before the marathon, on April 23, has been a chartered building surveyor practising in...

Students create interactive website for blind association

FOUR second-year students have successfully designed and built a new website for free to help out a local charity. The students are all studying for a BTEC Level 3 Software Development qualification at New College Swindon. When the Swindon Blind Association...