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

Older people in Swindon to benefit from community grant

Care at home provider Bluebird Care Swindon is again offering to back a local group which supports older people. The company will fund a £250 community grant, and is currently looking for applications from groups, charities and organisations which work...

New on-call firefighters needed in Swindon

SWINDON Fire Station is hosting an open day on Monday, May 15, to encourage local people to become on-call firefighters. Although the station in Drove Road is crewed 24/7 by wholetime firefighters, the number of appliances based in the town...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

The Homecoming promises to be knockout night for boxing fans

IN their second outing as professional boxing promoters, brothers Mark and Tony Neilson bring their Neilson Boxing event to a new venue in Swindon in their first show of 2017. In the first professional boxing event to take place at...

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...

Bangers and Bikes sportive riders to support two causes

A FAMILY cycle sportive is being held in May to raise money for two good causes. ‘Bangers and Bikes’ will offer three different routes, and all riders can enjoy a drink and a sausage in a roll once they finish. Starting...

Double delight for Hope Nature Centre

THE Hope Nature Centre - set up by two parents of young people with learning disabilities - has been given a bumper cheque for £550 by Wiltshire Freemasons. And that was only the start of the good news for the...