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VIDEO: Chippenham versus John Lewis…an unlikely newcomer in Christmas ad battle

EAT your heart out John Lewis. Step aside Mog. Chippenham has joined the Christmas advertising battle with its own effort to promote the town ahead of the festive season. The promo clip features a host of landmarks, shops and eateries...

Council gives formal backing to plans to expand Chippenham

AMBITIOUS plans to grow Chippenham - including the allocation on 2,500 new homes - have received the backing of Wiltshire Council. The cabinet met at County Hall yesterday to give the thumbs up to the Chippenham Site Allocations Plan, which outlines...

Fire crews attempt to free trapped casualty following Kington St Michael crash

FIREFIGHTERS are working to free a casualty after a two-car crash in Kington St Michael. A Volkswagen Golf and a Kia collided just outside the village on the road from Chippenham past Stubbs Lane. The emergency services remain in attendance and one person...

Three young girls arrested for arson following Chippenham blaze

THREE youths have been arrested on suspicion of arson following a major blaze in Chippenham yesterday. Two 14-year-old girls and a 12-year-old girl, all from Chippenham, were arrested today. They are all currently in custody. Five crews – from Chippenham, Corsham,...

Flooding prompts closure on M4 between Swindon and Chippenham

ONE lane of the M4 between Swindon and Chippenham has been closed this afternoon due to flooding. The incessant rain has prompted the closure on the westbound carriageway between junctions 16 and 17. Drivers should take extra care due to the...

Chippenham dance students win place on Royal Ballet School’s prestigious national programme

A LEADING Wiltshire dance school is celebrating after the prestigious Royal Ballet School has taken on two of its students for a national associate programme. Eight-year-old Ellie Young and nine-year-old Rose Hoadley both attend Dancing Academy, based in Chippenham, and...

Doing things by halves: Chippenham man’s hair-raising scheme to make £1,000 for FND charity

A CHIPPENHAM man has come up with a hair-brained plan to help fight the condition that doctors said would leave his wife unable to ever walk again. Gary Bayliss will spend a full year growing half a beard AND half the...

Handbrake turn? I thought I’d use it next time…

THERE was confusion and more than just mild peril in Chippenham today when a car ran away on Station Hill because its handbrake apparently wasn't applied. A picture of the car was posted at the foot of the hill, coned off...

Woman seriously injured in Great Somerford crash

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a woman was seriously injured in a crash in Great Somerford. The two-vehicle collision happened shortly after midday last Saturday, 6 February, on West Street. A black Nissan Note was travelling eastbound when it was involved...

Freemasons help two special residents settle in at Kington Langley home

CHIPPENHAM Freemasons and their partners have been hard at work building a special home for two new residents at Greathouse, the Leonard Cheshire care facility at Kington Langley. However, the residents in this case are Donald and Daisy, two pygmy...

Man killed in another A350 Lacock crossroads horror smash

A LOCAL man was killed last night in a fatal crash on the A350 between Chippenham and Melksham. Shortly before 7.30pm, the male, in his 40s, was driving a BMW M5 south in the direction of Melksham when it struck...

MP calling for volunteers as War Memorial Campaign comes to Wiltshire

ROBERT Buckland MP is calling on members of the public to volunteer their time to support a First World War Memorial Programme as it arrives in Wiltshire. There are over 850 war memorials which may be at risk across the...

UPDATE: Officers battle major fire at Chippenham plastics factory

FIREFIGHTERS are tackling a large blaze at the Wavin plastics factory to the north of Chippenham. Firefighters were called to the Parsonage Way site – opposite the main factory - at 2.34pm and found approximately 10 tonnes of packaged and...

Suspected burglar caught out in Calne by off-duty police dog

AN off-duty police dog handler and her dog tracked a suspect following reports of a man interfering with vehicles and acting suspiciously in Calne on Friday afternoon. Wiltshire Police received a call shortly before 4.30pm on Friday 8 April 2016 reporting...

Police patrols stepped up after 3 girls followed by man in van

  POLICE have stepped up patrols in Chippenham after three separate reports of young girls being followed by a man in a van. The first incident happened at 8am on Wednesday, November 16, when a young girl who was walking along Ashfield...