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  • Vendettas' road to Leeds and Reading

    Every year the Leeds/Reading Festival gives new bands a chance to launch their careers on the BBC Introducing Stage. We followed Leeds band Vendettas as they prepared for their shot at the big time and found out what it means to them to play their biggest ever gig. read more

  • Travellers move just down road Swindon Advertiser:

    THE travellers who set up camp at Lydiard Park at the weekend have moved on to another local beauty spot Shaw Forest Park. read more

  • Home Secretary praises Wiltshire Police for 'Stop and Search' reforms

    Wiltshire Police has launched two key elements of the Best Use of Stop and Search scheme, Home Secretary Theresa May said today. read more

  • A little Extra help for breast cancer Swindon Advertiser:

    A FUNDRAISING drive to offer pioneering treatment to women with breast cancer in Swindon has received a cash boost from Tesco Extra in Ocotal Way. read more

  • Video: Ice Bucket Challenge: Wiltshire Police’s Chief Constable drenched Swindon Advertiser:

    Wiltshire Police’s Chief Constable Pat Geenty has taken part in the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association and UK COPs. read more

  • £180k fine after computer hard drive loss from Erlestoke Prison Swindon Advertiser: More than half the inmates at Erlestoke are on indetminate sentences

    The Ministry of Justice has been fined £180,000 by the data watchdog for serious failings in the way prisons have been handling information relating to inmates, victims and visitors after the loss of a back-up hard drive at HMP Erlestoke Prison. read more


    JEFFREY DOWDING Late of Derby Jeff passed away peacefully on 13th August 2014, aged 93 years. Lovingly remembered by his wife of 63 years, Sheila, his children Peter, Hilary and Keith and families. Funeral Thursday 28th August, service 1.00pm at Chellaston Methodist Church prior to committal at Markeaton Crematorium, Derby. Enquiries telephone 01332 752377 read more

  • War images talk Swindon Advertiser:

    SWINDON: Capturing Emotion: war photographer Robert Capa – a talk by Ron Bateman – will be held at the Central Library on September 25 from 7.15pm. The co-founder of the Orwell Society presents a collection of images taken by Robert Capa in the Spanish Civil War and Second World War, and discusses his work. Tickets are £2.50 (£1.50 library members). Call Colin Curtis 01793 463782. read more

  • Magical storytime Swindon Advertiser:

    TOWN CENTRE: On Thursday, Captain Barnacles and Kwazii, from the Octonauts, will hold storytime sessions at The Brunel’s magical garden, situated near Cargo homestore. Characters will appear between 11am and 3.30pm. Entry is free. read more

  • Call to diabetics Swindon Advertiser:

    SHRIVENHAM: Doctors and nurses from Elm Tree Surgery invite you to a diabetes roadshow on September 15 from 5pm to 7pm at Shrivenham Memorial Hall. Meet experts, talk to other diabetics and look at support. read more

  • Invitation to have a flu jab Swindon Advertiser:

    SHRIVENHAM: A flu vaccination clinic will be held at Shrivenham Memorial Hall on October 1 between 2pm and 6.15pm. read more

  • Jacklin tees up Swindon Advertiser:

    TOWN CENTRE: An evening with Tony Jacklin, hosted by Willie Thorne, will take place at the Wyvern on September 11 from 7.30pm. With perfect timing just a couple of weeks before the Ryder Cup, Tony Jacklin is in Swindon to talk at length about his Major-winning golfing career and Ryder Cup captaincy. The show will also include a Q&A session, a golf swing master-class and a meet and greet. Tickets cost £26. Call 01793 524481. read more

  • App assists the meningitis battle

    NATIONAL charity Meningitis Now is issuing a warning to Swindon parents as children start back at school for the new term. read more

  • Heroes play at Brunel Swindon Advertiser:

    TOWN CENTRE: The Brunel Centre is to commemorate the centenary of the Great War with Heroes, a play set in a French military retirement home. The September 11 event will begin at 6.30pm in the shopping centre. The comedy, featuring professional actors, tells the story of three First World War veterans who plot their escape from the boredom of the routines of living in a care home. read more

  • Call to tenants Swindon Advertiser:

    A GROUP which scrutinises Swindon Council’s housing service is looking for new volunteers. read more

  • Training offer to social enterprise Swindon Advertiser:

    A programme of free training workshops for social enterprises in Wiltshire is being organised by Community First and Silva Social Enterprises. read more

  • Deaf urged to help research Swindon Advertiser:

    THE CHARITY Action on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID) is inviting people in Swindon who are deaf or have hearing loss or tinnitus to join the charity’s research panel and help influence its work. read more

  • Fully involved Swindon Advertiser:

    TOWN CENTRE: Swindon Involved takes place on Saturday from 11.30am at Wharf Green, with live music from The Wire Birds, featuring Jenny Haan, Full On, All Ears Avow, Jimmy Moore, Swindon Lightning Cheer Squad, Ataraxis Vibration and The Damned and The Dirty. read more

  • Porkers at pub Swindon Advertiser:

    BISHOPSTONE: Pigstock 2014 takes place at The Royal Oak at the weekend with live music, food and drink. Camping on the farm is available for tents and motor homes. There will be toilets and simple showers available. For information email Carolyn@helenbrowningorganics. read more

  • Caring about Christmas Swindon Advertiser:

    TOWN CENTRE: Staff at the Brunel Centre are giving a boost to Christmas Care with a pop-up shop. The shop will open in the centre on Saturday and Sunday and Christmas Care will receive the entire takings for the two days of trading. Members of The Brunel’s management team, who are giving up their free time to support the charity, will staff it. read more

  • Robbery charge teen sent to youth court Swindon Advertiser:

    A TEENAGER who is accused of trying to rob three people in what has come to be known as ‘mugger’s alley’ has had his case sent back to the youth court. read more

  • Dad hopes for pots of cash after 24-hour snooker

    A 24-hour snookerthon is being held this week to raise money for a robot which could help a little boy with autism speak. read more

  • Back in business Swindon Advertiser:

    SWINDON: The Tesco Extra store in Ocotal Way relaunches today after a re-vamp which has seen a brand new Giraffe restaurant and Harris + Hoole coffee shop added. Deputy Mayor Coun Andrew Bennett and Lesley Bayliss from charity Brighter Futures will be accepting a chequ read more

  • Sale in the street

    OLD TOWN: The third annual Old Town Yard Sale will be held on August 31 between noon and 4pm. Houses in Ashford Road, Brunswick Street, Hythe Road, Kent Road, Lansdown Road, Folkestone Road, Maidstone Road, Pembroke Street, Stafford Street and Savernake Street are invited to sell items from gardens. There will be a pamper zone at Savernake Street Social Hall on the day. Email swindon read more

  • Judge grants woman bail

    SWINDON: A woman who is accused of carrying out a serious assault on her partner has been released on bail. Lisa Holborow is accused of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm in relation to an alleged incident in Chilton Foliat. read more

  • Fete puts on a great show Swindon Advertiser:

    SHRIVENHAM village fete went off in style at the weekend with entertainment for all the family. read more

  • Groves puts weight behind Swindon stars

    GEORGE Groves is hoping that his profile will help open doors for Garvey Kelly and Luke Watkins as they make their way into professional boxing. read more

  • Lechlade bag Premier spot for the first time Swindon Advertiser: Luke Sellers, Lechlade Cricket Club (6104146)

    LECHLADE are looking forward to launching an assault on the second tier of the West of England Premier League for the first time in their history next summer after securing the Glos/Wilts Division. read more

  • Kilbee stars as Goats post back-to-back wins Swindon Advertiser: Goatacre's Ed Kilbee

    Goatacre notched up a second successive victory as they won by 17 runs at Cheltenham. read more

  • Robbery charge teen sent to youth court Swindon Advertiser: Swindon Crown Court

    A TEENAGER who is accused of trying to rob three people in what has come to be known as ‘mugger’s alley’ has had his case sent back to the youth court. read more

  • Area defaced by graffiti rampage Swindon Advertiser:

    THE INK had barely dried on the agreement for the sale of Regent Circus before the building was tagged in a spate of graffiti over the weekend. read more

  • Deaf urged to help research

    THE CHARITY Action on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID) is inviting people in Swindon who are deaf or have hearing loss or tinnitus to join the charity’s research panel and help influence its work. read more

  • Travellers are shifted from park Swindon Advertiser:

    THE Lydiard Park travellers have been moved on a matter of days after setting up camp at the West Swindon beauty spot. read more

  • App assists the meningitis battle

    NATIONAL charity Meningitis Now is issuing a warning to Swindon parents as children start back at school for the new term. read more

  • Giant blanket brings family some comfort

    AS Victoria Stockman was rushed into A&E with burns which would ultimately claim her life last May, her auntie Jane Young was fighting a heart attack on the same ward, by her side. read more

  • Plans put forward for new waste site

    AN APPLICATION has been put forward to build a waste depot on land close to the Kendrick Industrial Estate near Rodbourne Cheney. read more

  • Town in line for all-hours post office

    THE Post Office is proposing to move Highworth Post Office to create an open-plan main branch, with extended opening hours for customers. read more

  • Sheds raided at allotments Swindon Advertiser:

    MORE than a dozen sheds off Wheeler Avenue were broken into overnight on Monday as vandals tore doors off and ransacked storage areas around the local allotments. read more

  • Driver unhurt as car rolls on to its roof Swindon Advertiser:

    A Woman driver had a lucky escape when her overturned yesterday morning. read more

  • Former burglar is cleared of thefts Swindon Advertiser: Swindon Magistrates Court

    A MAN who “confessed” to burgling a house in the dead of night has been cleared of any wrongdoing after a jury believed the police misunderstood him. read more

  • SOUTHERN LEAGUE: Webb sees confidence return to Marine side Swindon Advertiser:

    SWINDON Supermarine boss Dave Webb saw the confidence restored to his side after their 4-2 win over Wantage. read more

  • Getting Christmas wrapped up early Swindon Advertiser:

    WITH less than four months until Christmas, plans are well underway to make sure the town centre gets into the festive spirit. read more

  • HELLENIC LEAGUE: Happy holidays for Fisher Swindon Advertiser:

    HIGHWORTH boss John Fisher was satisfied with his side’s 1-0 win over local rivals Wootton Bassett. read more

  • MOTORSPORT: Latif stretches his lead to 14 points Swindon Advertiser: Alessando Latif

    FORMER Marlborough College student Alessandro Latif has extended his lead in the Pro-Am Trophy after enjoying his most successful Blancpain Sprint Series race weekend of the year. read more

  • MOTORSPORT: Car trouble plagues Belcher at Knockhill Swindon Advertiser: Handy Motorsport driver Simon Belcher

    MAJOR improvements in pace unfortunately went unrewarded for Simon Belcher at Knockhill after three challenging British Touring Car Championship races at the home of Scottish motorsport, in Fife on Sunday . read more

  • What now for the Oasis?

    THE future of a multi-million pound leisure project at the Oasis hangs in the balance as council chiefs lose patience with the developers. read more

  • Liliane ST GEORGE

    ST GEORGE Liliane 'Lil' Passed away at the Prospect Hospice on Sunday 17th August 2014, aged 59 years. Will be dearly missed by her husband Chris, brother, sister and nieces. Funeral service to take place at Kingsdown Crematorium on Tuesday 2nd September at 12.45pm. Family flowers only, however donations would be appreciated for Prospect Hospice or Cancer Research UK c/o Hillier Funeral Service, 170 Victoria Road, Swindon, SN1 3DF. Enquiries; tel 01793 522797. read more

  • Edward Arthur BUNCE

    BUNCE Edward Arthur (Ted). Passed away peacefully at home on 11th August aged 86. Beloved son, brother and uncle. Funeral service at St Mary's Church, Ashbury on Wednesday 3rd September at 2pm, followed by burial in churchyard. Family flowers only; donations if desired for Wiltshire Air Ambulance c/o Co-op Funeralcare, Cardinal House, 5 Park Road, Faringdon SN7 7BP. Tel 01367 240572 read more

  • William John HILLYARD

    HILLYARD William John "John" Passed away peacefully on Friday 8th August 2014, aged 80 years, comforted by his partner, Rose, and family. Father to Keith, Jonathan, Susan, David and Paul, grandfather to James, Jason, Jake and Jasmine and brother to George (deceased) and Betty. The funeral service will be held at St. Margaret's Church, Stratton St. Margaret on Monday September 1st at 12.00 noon followed by interment in the cemetery. Family flowers only please. Donations to Dementia UK, c/o Co-operative Funeralcare, Cardinal House, Brewery Street, Highworth SN6 7AJ. read more

  • Joe CHILDS

    CHILDS Joe Passed away peacefully at the Florence House Nursing Home on Wednesday 20th August 2014, aged 85. Beloved husband of 63 years to Doreen; much loved Dad to Jean, Mary, Josie, Shirley, Doreen and Dickie and a special grandad and great-grandad. Joe will be greatly missed by all. Thank you to all who were concerned in looking after Joe for all their care and support. A thanksgiving service for Joe’s life will take place at Kingsdown Crematorium on Thursday 4th September at 11.15 a.m. Family flowers only please but donations welcome for Cancer Research UK c/o Co-operative Funeralcare, 439 Cricklade Road, Swindon, SN2 1AQ. Tel: 01793 534759 read more

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