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Ex-soldier wins prestigious driving award

Swindon Advertiser:

5:09pm Thursday 26th November 2015

AN ex-soldier who lost an arm in motorcycle crash six years ago has been rewarded for his positive approach to life.

Rally of support for refugees

Swindon Advertiser:

7:50am Monday 23rd November 2015

DOZENS of people gathered in the town centre in a rally aiming to show solidarity with the thousands of refugees coming into Europe.

Council seeks partner for Lydiard Park

Swindon Advertiser: Lydiard House and its park

4:03pm Sunday 1st November 2015

THE process to find a joint venture partner to take on the lease for Lydiard House and Park has begun.

Clean up 'disgraceful' recycling site, say angry users

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Monday 2nd November 2015

USERS of the Household Waste Recycling Centre have branded the site 'a disgrace.'

Halloween was spookily good fun

Swindon Advertiser:

3:58pm Sunday 1st November 2015

SCARY Swindon got into the spirit of Halloween at the weekend.

Fining beggars not the way to go, say civil liberties campaigners

Swindon Advertiser:

9:39am Wednesday 21st October 2015

PLANS to introduce fines for people caught begging in the town centre have been criticised by a national civil liberties group.

See all Back To The Future films on Back To The Future Day

Swindon Advertiser:

4:10am Wednesday 21st October 2015

TODAY is the day we should all have hoverboards, clothes which blow-dry us when we get wet and ‘pizza hydrators,’ according to one famous film.

Musicians rally to find missing Swindon man

Swindon Advertiser:

5:34pm Monday 19th October 2015

RENOWNED local musical figures have being speaking of their friendship with missing Paul Griffiths in the hope of keeping public interest in the search for him.

Three men rob terrified victim of wallet near Faringdon Road

Swindon Advertiser:

3:45pm Friday 16th October 2015

A TERRIFIED Swindon man fearing a violent attack handed over his wallet containing bank cards and cash during a robbery on Thursday night.

Two different Wroughton development plans refused

Swindon Advertiser:

10:48am Thursday 15th October 2015

THERE were cheers in the council chamber on Tuesday evening as the planning committee threw out two applications to build several hundred homes in Wroughton.

VIDEO: Cycle route upgraded to cut congestion on Swindon's roads

Swindon Advertiser:

10:40am Thursday 15th October 2015

CYCLISTS wanting to avoid busy roads from Wichelstowe into the town centre will soon have a fully upgraded route.

Aldbourne scoops village of the year

Swindon Advertiser:

5:58pm Sunday 27th September 2015

ALDBOURNE residents are celebrating after being named best village of the year.

Don't waste £2m on 4G broadband, council told

Swindon Advertiser:

5:53pm Sunday 27th September 2015

PRESSURE is mounting on council chiefs not to spend £2m of tax-payers money installing superfast 4G broadband across the borough.

Pledge to keep Lydiard open to public but parking charges look likely

Swindon Advertiser:

5:54pm Tuesday 22nd September 2015

COUNCIL chiefs have pledged Lydiard Park and house will remain open to the public, despite a plan to lease the heritage assets out.

Town criers ring out in Wootton Bassett

Swindon Advertiser:

3:58pm Sunday 20th September 2015

ROYAL Wootton Bassett high street was filled with the ringing of bells and shouts about the history of the town on Saturday much to the delight of shoppers.

Lighting up the skies for Tyanni

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Monday 21st September 2015

SKIES above Wroughton lit up on Friday night after more than a hundred sky lanterns were released in memory of Tyanni Tendayi.

Now Swindon asks for slice of devolution

Swindon Advertiser:

4:50pm Sunday 13th September 2015

SWINDON Borough Council could soon have a far greater range of responsibility after a request for more devolved powers.

New life for Swindon's old technical college

Swindon Advertiser:

10:57am Friday 11th September 2015

AFTER years of waiting, work has finally begun on salvaging the former technical college in Victoria Road.

All smiles in sunshine at Shrivenham fete

Swindon Advertiser:

11:56am Tuesday 1st September 2015

RESIDENTS of Shrivenham made the most of the sunny weather on Saturday as they enjoyed the village fete.

GWH Trust to end provision of services for children

Swindon Advertiser:

5:10pm Sunday 30th August 2015

THE Great Western Hospital Trust has confirmed it will be stopping providing services for children and young people across Wiltshire as part of a move to reorganise its priorities.

Streetfest fun for all

Swindon Advertiser:

4:57pm Sunday 30th August 2015

THE town centre was alive with sound, colour and energy over the weekend as Streetfest 2015 drew to a close.

Police could take over fire service

Swindon Advertiser: Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson

4:24pm Sunday 23rd August 2015

ANGUS Macpherson has said he wants to properly look at government proposals to give Police and Crime Commissioners control over fire services.

Couple get their white wedding - 59 years on

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Monday 24th August 2015

AFTER nearly 60 years, a dream finally came true on Saturday as two lovebirds finally got their perfect white wedding.

Warning over danger of Locarno site

Swindon Advertiser:

5:40pm Sunday 16th August 2015

PEOPLE have been warned to stay out of the derelict Locarno in Old Town after the hoardings surrounding the structure fell down.

Mass breastfeed in Lydiard Park for record attempt

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Monday 3rd August 2015

DOZENS of mothers gathered at Lydiard Park on Saturday to take part in a record breastfeeding attempt.

Council is forking out £1.2m in rates for empty properties

Swindon Advertiser:

5:56pm Monday 27th July 2015

FIGURES have shown the council could be paying almost £1.2m in business rates for empty commercial premises it owns.

DJ’s 100-mile ride to help out 105.5

Swindon Advertiser:

4:10pm Sunday 26th July 2015

CYCLING more than 100 miles in a day would be a challenge for most people – but a local DJ did just that on Saturday while also presenting a radio show.

Hygiene inspectors give 14 food outlets a ZERO rating

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Saturday 25th July 2015

MORE than a dozen food establishments in Swindon have been given a score of zero during hygiene inspections this year.

Murder trial jury told of DNA match on blood-stained T-shirt

Swindon Advertiser: Robert and Elsie Crook were found dead in Lincoln

6:31pm Tuesday 14th July 2015

A T-SHIRT covered in the blood of Elsie Crook has been shown to the jury as the trial into the murders of her and her husband Robert continued.

Land buying delay stalls new school

Swindon Advertiser:

5:32pm Sunday 12th July 2015

THE opening of the North Swindon free school has been put back until at least September 2017 while a suitable location is found.

Town Centre demolition work to start this month

Swindon Advertiser:

12:48pm Wednesday 8th July 2015

Major demolition work in Swindon town centre to pave the way for its continuing multi-million pound regeneration begins this month, and will finish early next year.

Scheme that helps troubled families hailed as success

Swindon Advertiser: Swindon Borough Council is looking for someone to serve on an independent panel  to decide pay for councillors

2:48pm Friday 26th June 2015

NEW figures show the lives of more 350 families with a number of problems have been turned around in the last three years.

Pop nightclub goes bust in spite of getting a makeover

Swindon Advertiser:

6:11pm Tuesday 23rd June 2015

ONE of the town’s most well-known night venues has closed down yet again – barely 12 months after undergoing a major refurbishment.

Cricklade leisure centre upgrade sparks fears over site

Swindon Advertiser:

4:19pm Sunday 21st June 2015

CRICKLADE Leisure Centre is set for an upgrade as part of Wiltshire Council’s ongoing community campus scheme.

Averies smoke reached danger level at times, says expert

Swindon Advertiser:

6:04pm Thursday 18th June 2015

ALMOST 70 people and businesses contacted the council or hospital to say they were suffering from health issues related to the huge fire at Marshgate last summer.

No need to hang on to your paper driving licence from today

Swindon Advertiser:

8:12am Monday 8th June 2015

TODAY sees changes to driving licences introduced which will see the paper element of the licence no longer needed - but what do you need to do?

Signal Point tower could become flats

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Monday 8th June 2015

A LANDMARK tower block which has stood empty for years could soon be turned into flats if a planning application is successful.

No change in booze illness among teens

Swindon Advertiser:

6:01pm Wednesday 3rd June 2015

NEW figures show the number of Swindon youngsters being admitted to hospital for alcohol-related illnesses remains the same, despite a fall across the rest of the country.

Six Swindon homes declared as no-go for medics without police escort

Swindon Advertiser:

4:20pm Friday 29th May 2015

SIX properties have been declared no-go areas by paramedics unless they are escorted by police.

Father of legal high victim welcomes new law

Swindon Advertiser:

4:05pm Friday 29th May 2015

THE father of a Swindon man who died in 2013 after taking a legal high is overjoyed that the substances are set to be banned.

Funding given for pilot to prevent mentally ill being held in police cells

Swindon Advertiser:

5:10pm Wednesday 27th May 2015

EXTRA steps are being taken to cut the number of people being detained under the Mental Health Act being kept in prison cells when there are no care facilities available.

Long-awaited Sussex Square project back on track

Swindon Advertiser:

6:16pm Tuesday 26th May 2015

WORK has started on the first stages of the Sussex Square regeneration project which will see new flats and shops built.

Bid to ban legal highs is welcomed

Swindon Advertiser:

5:58pm Tuesday 26th May 2015

THE father of a Parks man who died in 2013 after taking a legal high has welcomed calls from councils asking the Government to ban the substances entirely.

Swindon misses out on £12.5 million lottery bid for new museum and art gallery

Swindon Advertiser:

7:30am Wednesday 20th May 2015

SWINDON has failed in its first attempt to secure lottery funding for a new museum and art gallery but says it will try again next year.

UPDATE: Rail disruption eases as line between Bristol Temple Meads and Bath Spa reopens

Swindon Advertiser:

10:52am Tuesday 19th May 2015

THE main railway line between Bristol Temple Meads and Bath Spa, which was closed in the London-bound direction, has reopened.

Political stalwart discusses his book

Swindon Advertiser:

5:46pm Thursday 14th May 2015

ONE of the country’s most popular politicians took time away from the turmoil in his party to talk at Swindon Festival of Literature yesterday.

Drop in number of town's jobless

Swindon Advertiser:

4:23pm Wednesday 13th May 2015

NEW figures out show Swindon has seen yet another drop in the number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance.

No trains... but Swindon Town supporters are planning to make that Wembley play-off final by hook or by crook

Swindon Advertiser:

6:21pm Tuesday 12th May 2015

FANS travelling to Wembley for Swindon’s play-off final against Preston are being urged to make sure they plan their trip in advance.

Re-elected MPs vow to work hard for the benefit of town

Swindon Advertiser:

4:02pm Sunday 10th May 2015

AS THE dust settles on a dramatic general election, Swindon’s re-elected Conservative MPs say the mandate given to them by voters will allow the party to finish what it started.

Conservative Robert Buckland holds South Swindon with increased majority

Swindon Advertiser:

3:26am Friday 8th May 2015

Despite preditions of a close contest Conservatiove Robert Buckland held off Labour's challenge to hold his South Swindon seat with an increased majority tonight.

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