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

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...

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...

Chance to board Gipsy Moth IV at open weekend

THERE will be the chance to board Gipsy Moth IV, the yacht in which Sir Francis Chichester became the first sailor to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe 50 years ago, at Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour in Hampshire on Saturday. A new...

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...

Cash boost for Dorothy House from Wiltshire Freemasons

WILTSHIRE Freemasons welcomed John Davies, chief executive of Dorothy House Hospice Care, to a charity presentation evening. A cheque for £5,681 was handed to John at the Masonic Hall, Chippenham. Dorothy House provides compassionate care and support for people in the...