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Church is counting blessings

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 28th August 2014

WHILE it is often reported that attendance at churches is declining across the country, one in West Swindon is bucking that trend.

Town prepares for elderly care strain

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 28th August 2014

THE town’s ageing population is set to put a heavy strain on adult services over the next 15 years, according to figures out this week.

Major upgrade of roads set to start

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 28th August 2014

WORK is set to start next month on a major multi-million pound project to upgrade one of the town’s main junctions.

What now for the Oasis?

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Tuesday 26th August 2014

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

Plans put forward for new waste site

Swindon Advertiser: Swindon schoolchildren’s details safe on database, claims council

5:30am Tuesday 26th August 2014

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

Getting Christmas wrapped up early

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Tuesday 26th August 2014

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

Allotment plan reaches fruition

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Monday 25th August 2014

AFTER months of effort by locals, work on the Nythe Allotments began in earnest at the weekend.

White Horse brightened up by volunteers

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Monday 25th August 2014

ONE of the most iconic landmarks in the region was yesterday given a makeover with help from eager members of the public.

Housing scheme ‘a recipe for chaos’

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Monday 25th August 2014

MORE details on a controversial housing development at the former Headlands School site have been released.

Skurray's staff brave the ice bucket challenge

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Monday 25th August 2014

A CRAZE taking social media by storm to raise awareness of Motor Neurone Disease has arrived in Swindon.

Fines for littering shoot up by 500 per cent

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Saturday 23rd August 2014

THERE has been a dramatic rise in the number of fines given out to people dropping litter in recent years.

Digging deep to offer fresh veg

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Friday 22nd August 2014

THE residents of the Railway Village will soon be able to eat fresh produce grown just a few metres from their front door.

Students’ new horizons

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Friday 22nd August 2014

STUDENTS picking up their results at Commonweal yesterday collected them at the new sixth form building that many will be attending from September.

A new free school bid is put together

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Friday 22nd August 2014

PLANS to put together another free school bid are making progress and now parents are being asked to support the proposal.

Happy days as envelopes are opened

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Friday 22nd August 2014

THERE were tears of joy at Dorcan Academy yesterday as students opened the all-important envelope containing their GCSE results.

Ahead of the game with older workers

Swindon Advertiser: Nationwide's HQ in Pipers Way

5:30am Friday 22nd August 2014

GOVERNMENT figures released this week show an above average number of 50 to 64-year-olds are in employment in Swindon.

Row erupts over a rise in large classes

Swindon Advertiser: Anne Snelgrove

5:30am Thursday 21st August 2014

A ROW has broken out over school class sizes in Swindon, after it emerged the number of Key Stage 1 classes with more than 30 pupils has more than doubled in the past four years.

Illegal tobacco for pocket money prices

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Wednesday 20th August 2014

PEOPLE who buy illegal tobacco are helping to fund dangerous criminal gangs, according to the acting director of public health for Swindon.

Young citizens have hard work endorsed

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 20th August 2014

YOUNGSTERS were given the opportunity to impress a leading politician yesterday with their community work for the National Citizen Service.

Swindon Town face £28k bill to fix sound

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Tuesday 19th August 2014

SWINDON Town faces restrictions on the capacity of the Don Rogers Stand on Saturday if a faulty public address system is not repaired by kick-off.

Train pain as service hits buffers

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Tuesday 19th August 2014

FIRST Great Western has come out as one of the least trustworthy train companies in the country in a customer survey.

Low food hygiene rating for the GWH

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Tuesday 19th August 2014

THE Great Western Hospital has been given a one star rating for its food hygiene following an inspection earlier this year.

Call to abolish puppy farms

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Tuesday 19th August 2014

SWINDON North MP Justin Tomlinson has teamed up with a TV vet to stamp out commercial puppy farms.

Police want Town to cough up debt

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 14th August 2014

IT IS believed Swindon Town Football Club owe thousands of pounds for the policing of matches dating back to last season.

Tool Kit aims to aid abused youngsters

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Wednesday 13th August 2014

SWINDON Women’s Aid is launching a new course later this year to help youngsters affected by domestic violence get their lives back on track.

Help the elderly escape a prison

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Wednesday 13th August 2014

PEOPLE who are able to give up some of their time to help the most vulnerable elderly residents are being asked to come forward.

Reading is spot on

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Wednesday 13th August 2014

FAMILIES were invited to the Central Library for an afternoon of storytelling and craft activities yesterday.

Sports industry is a real winner

Swindon Advertiser:

5:38pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

The sports industry contributed almost £70m to the Swindon economy in 2012, according to figures released by Sport England.

Say no to homes on valued green space

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Tuesday 12th August 2014

A CONTROVERSIAL housing development is set to go before the planning committee tonight.

£8m scheme will tackle flood risk

Swindon Advertiser:

6:00am Tuesday 12th August 2014

THAMES Water has announced £8m worth of investment to upgrade the town’s sewer system in preparation for two major housing projects.

It's official - our village is best

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Monday 11th August 2014

GREEN-FINGERED residents in Blunsdon are celebrating after their hard work helped to win it the coveted Best Kept Village In Wiltshire award.

Holiday fines are unfair, say parents

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Monday 11th August 2014

THERE has been a dramatic increase in the number of parents fined for taking their children out of school without authorisation.

Dispute over bus lane fines

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Saturday 9th August 2014

QUESTIONS have been raised about the accuracy of council figures regarding drivers misusing bus lanes and gates.

Villagers welcome bid for new homes

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Saturday 9th August 2014

ALMOST 140 homes could be built near the village of Blunsdon after several planning applications were submitted.

Brother and sister face jail for fraud

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Friday 8th August 2014

A BROTHER and sister are facing jail after admitting taking part in a benefit scam worth almost £25,000.

Volunteers wanted to help out at fun day

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Wednesday 6th August 2014

A CALL has gone out for volunteers to help run the upcoming North Swindon Community Fun Day in September.

Have your say on fire merger

Swindon Advertiser: Coun Garry Perkins

5:00am Wednesday 6th August 2014

WILTSHIRE Fire and Rescue could soon be merged with another area’s service and work more closely with the police, in an attempt to save money.

Cameras in Swindon's bus lanes spot 5,500 offences

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 6th August 2014

MORE than 5,500 fines and warnings have been issued to drivers caught using bus gates or lanes since camera enforcement was introduced at the end of June.

Someone could have been killed - warning after bus is hit by object from bridge

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 6th August 2014

BUS passengers had a lucky escape after an object was thrown from a footbridge, smashing the windscreen of the vehicle.

More than 5,500 motorists caught by Swindon's new bus lane cameras in first month

Swindon Advertiser: Vehicles using the Bolton Road bus lane where the portable camera will be used

12:55pm Tuesday 5th August 2014

SINCE the introduction of camera enforcement at bus lanes and gates at the end of June, more than 5,500 warnings and fines have been given to drivers.

Charities can apply for grants from Adver’s parent company Gannett

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Tuesday 5th August 2014

THE time has come for charities in Swindon to apply for an annual grant worth thousands of pounds courtesy of the Swindon Advertiser’s parent company.

Regent Circus development may be open at end of year

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Tuesday 5th August 2014

WORK on the Regent Circus Development is entering its final phase with a full opening expected either later this year or early next.

Swindon entrepreneur comes up with veggie version of Top Trumps game

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Tuesday 5th August 2014

ENTREPRENEUR Mike Sharp is looking for funds to get his fruity idea off the ground.

Campaigners suffer setback in park plan

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Monday 4th August 2014

A campaign group has expressed frustration over the length of time it is taking to get Lydiard House listed as a Community Asset.

Traders’ joy after car park is saved

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Saturday 2nd August 2014

A TOWN centre car park which was set to close is going to remain open following an appeal from local businesses.

South Asian music show is put on hold

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Friday 1st August 2014

A MUSICAL event celebrating South Asian music and culture set to take place this weekend has been postponed.

A hole lot better

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Friday 1st August 2014

WORK to install two giant sewage tanks in North Swindon is progressing ahead of schedule thanks to the good weather.

Buses only on Fleming Way

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

THE next stage of the Kimmerfield development was given the go-ahead this week when an application to close parts of Fleming Way to traffic was approved.

Rise in council house evictions

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 30th July 2014

THE number of evictions from council properties rose last year to its highest level for almost a decade.

Council to ask non-users about views on Swindon's libraries

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 30th July 2014

PLANS are under way to launch a town-wide consultation into the future of the library services in Swindon.

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