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Children's centres consultation taken offline

Swindon Advertiser:

11:18am Wednesday 30th July 2014

PARENTS battling to save Swindon’s children’s centres are frustrated that an online consultation about their future isn’t working.

Swindon woman named as victim of fatal A303 crash

Swindon Advertiser: File photo

10:06am Wednesday 30th July 2014

THE victim of the fatal crash on the A303 on Sunday has now been formally identified as Mariola Martin, 54, from Swindon.

Doctor who used James Bond-style watch to video sexual abuse of patients appeals his sentence

Swindon Advertiser: Dr Davinderjit Bains

9:29am Wednesday 30th July 2014

A FAMILY doctor who filmed himself sexually abusing female patients with his James Bond-style wristwatch will appeal against his 12-year jail sentence today.

Drugs gang’s final player sent to jail

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 30th July 2014

THE final player in the Locks Network drugs conspiracy has been jailed for almost three years after missing his sentencing date while in police custody.

20 months jail over ‘dirty needle’ threat

Swindon Advertiser: Swindon Crown Court

5:30am Wednesday 30th July 2014

A MAN who repeatedly threatened people with dirty needles while ‘obliterated’ on legal highs has been jailed for 20 months.

Fears Swindon waste site fire could burn for weeks

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 30th July 2014

THE blaze at Averies Recycling could burn for weeks to come as firefighters continue battling to put it out.

Coach holiday firm helps Hatts customers

Swindon Advertiser: Bakers Dolphin sees 10 per cent rise in coach holidays

10:24am Wednesday 30th July 2014

WEST Country coach holiday specialist Bakers Dolphin has thrown a lifeline to holidaymakers affected by the collapse of Wiltshire-based Hatts Coaches, which has gone into administration.

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.

Wroughton exhibition commemorates Great War

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 30th July 2014

WROUGHTON is commemorating the centenary of the First World War with an exhibition dedicated to 66 villagers who served during the conflict.

New van will help hungry with special delivery

Swindon Advertiser:

10:31am Wednesday 30th July 2014

SWINDON Foodbank is the proud owner of a new delivery van after receiving a grant from an accountancy firm and a local Peugeot dealership which helped make it a reality.

Reel outdoor treat as War Horse hits Big Screen

Swindon Advertiser: The Big Screen in Wharf Green

10:23am Wednesday 30th July 2014

INSWINDON alongside Swindon in the Great War and the Big Screen in the town centre will play host to a free outdoor showing of War Horse next month.

Team captain pushes himself to new limits

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 30th July 2014

England wheelchair rugby league team captain Martin Lane took to the streets of Swindon last weekend in a marathon push to cover 31 miles to raise money for a new wheelchair.

Site for autistic people's care home to be moved after protests

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 30th July 2014

HOSTILITY to plans for an autistic people’s care home in Liden has led to the owners of the property searching for a better location.

Swindon children get chance to be community wardens

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 30th July 2014

A POPULAR scheme which is both educational and fun will be running once again over the summer holidays.

Baby of the Year competition begins in earnest

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Wednesday 30th July 2014

MOTHERS were lining up to have their babies’ pictures taken at West Swindon Shopping Centre yesterday as the Adver launched its annual Baby of the Year competition.

Weighing in to aid young

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Wednesday 30th July 2014

YOUNGSTERS will be given the chance to kick-start a healthier lifestyle as part of a new initiative to prevent obesity.

Group marks Hepatitis world health day

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 30th July 2014

VIRAL hepatitis is the world’s eight biggest killer.

Big decline shown in school age smokers

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 30th July 2014

SMOKING among secondary school pupils in Swindon has more than halved over the past ten years, hitting a record low in 2013.

24 hours can be a lifetime

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 30th July 2014

Around 7,300 people in the UK currently need a transplant. Of these, 1,000 – three a day – will die waiting as there are not enough organs available. The Organ Donation Service at the Great Western Hospital offers support to bereaved families to help them make informed choices. Specialist Nurse for Organ Donation, Allison Salmon, takes us through her day

Hall spick and span

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 30th July 2014

AN ARMY of professional cleaners descended on Savernake Street Social Hall in Old Town yesterday on a mission to restore the community centre to its former glory in time for a busy summer of activities.

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.

Oh we have such ‘hateful’ memories

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 30th July 2014

WE were plastered in make-up to look pasty, pale and sickly… those haircuts were so severe it was like being sheep sheared… we were told to scream ‘die, I hate you, death’… sitting in the front we could feel the sheer force of the hatred… my hair was gelled into a fierce quiff… no laughing, no swearing, just jump up and shout… we were told to show as much hatred as possible… on no account should we laugh… And on one occasion, when they hadn’t quite shaken off their initial inhibitions to hit full-on hate mode, an assistant director glared at the assembled crew and sneered: “Is that the best you can do – no wonder Swindon are in the Fourth Division.”

Get a relationship MOT

Swindon Advertiser: Kimberley Wall and Ellaine Cameron at the Relate Centre in Old Town

10:34am Wednesday 30th July 2014

SUMMER is the season of wedding bells and relationship charity Relate Gloucestershire and Swindon has offered advice for couples before they get hitched.

Head along for tropical fun day

Swindon Advertiser: Back from Brussels, the Erin Bardwell Collective: Pete Fitzsimmons, Erin Bardwell, Sandra Bell, Pete O'Driscoll and Eddie Frankis

10:32am Wednesday 30th July 2014

A SWINDON pub is transforming into a tropical island in the Caribbean for a family day of fun.

Offer wheel support to children's charities

Swindon Advertiser:

10:28am Wednesday 30th July 2014

TAKE part in the Wiltshire 100 and Big Wheel bike rides and you could help support disabled and terminally ill children in the county.

Brace yourselves for railway chaos

Swindon Advertiser: Passengers board a First Great Western train from Swindon station to London Paddington

6:00am Tuesday 29th July 2014

PASSENGERS to London will face replacement bus services over the weekend as Network Rail looks to upgrade the line to prepare for electrification works.

Generations together to mark 85th birthday

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Tuesday 29th July 2014

“I WAS absolutely gobsmacked,” said Barbara King moments after five generations of her family trooped through her door.

Gaza charity night exceeds all hopes

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Tuesday 29th July 2014

WHEN the Gaza Girl Group organised a fundraiser for the Middle East conflict’s victims they never expected to raise enough to pay for three ambulances.

Pub landlady fined £3.5k for filthy kitchen

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Tuesday 29th July 2014

THE landlady of The Queens Tap Pub has been ordered to pay more than £3,500 after admitting breaking food hygiene laws at the premises on seven occasions.

Swindon could be site for fracking search

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Tuesday 29th July 2014

FIRMS could be allowed to search beneath Swindon for oil and gas as part of Government plans to expand fracking.

Man bailed after posing as air pilot

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Tuesday 29th July 2014

CONMAN Timothy Giles, who was said to target vulnerable women through dating agencies and posed as an airline pilot, has admitted fraud chargest.

Mums lay into plans for shutting centres

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Tuesday 29th July 2014

MUMS who use Swindon’s threatened children’s centres have spoken about their fears for the future.

Youth on police bail after park stabbing

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Tuesday 29th July 2014

AN 18-year-old man from Swindon has been arrested in relation to the stabbing in the Town Gardens last week as police step up their hunt for two further suspects.

Timely advice for sun worshippers

Swindon Advertiser: Slaop on the sun cream to prevent burning

5:30am Tuesday 29th July 2014

PUBLIC Health England (PHE) are warning people to take care in the sunshine as temperatures rise.

Residents can help to shape their area

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Tuesday 29th July 2014

RESIDENTS in Redhouse are being asked to take the opportunity to make the most of their community.

Games on with a chance to try sports

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Tuesday 29th July 2014

THE activity du jour was American Football at Wharf Green yesterday as part of inSwindon’s answer to the Commonwealth Games.

Memorable day for dementia patients

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Tuesday 29th July 2014

WHILE dementia sufferers may be struggling with memory loss, speech and mental agility, this in no way means they have nothing left to look forward to in life.

Going national with our missing persons

Swindon Advertiser: Wiltshire Police chief Pat Geenty

5:00am Tuesday 29th July 2014

MISSING people from Swindon could soon be part of a national register as part of an initiative from Wiltshire Chief Constable Pat Geenty.

Man dealt in drugs to pay attack victim

Swindon Advertiser: Swindon Crown Court

5:30am Tuesday 29th July 2014

A MAN began dealing cocaine to pay compensation to a man he attacked in a drunken assault said it was ‘worth the risk’.

No mean feet as new skills are picked up

Swindon Advertiser:

5:43pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

SILKY skills were brought to Wharf Green by Wiltshire County FA yesterday as football was given its outing as a part of inSwindon’s Common-wealth Games bonanza.

Hot weather can spark fires

Swindon Advertiser: THIS dramatic picture shows the aftermath of a large grass fire near Great Lever and Farnworth Golf Club sparked by youths playing with matches.

11:42am Tuesday 29th July 2014

WITH the recent run of hot weather, grass and fields are incredibly dry – which makes them far more susceptible to fire.

Timely advice for sun worshippers

Swindon Advertiser: NHS Warrington has issued tips for sun worshippers

11:40am Tuesday 29th July 2014

PUBLIC Health England (PHE) are warning people to take care in the sunshine as temperatures rise.

Future of fire service considered

Swindon Advertiser: Simon Routh-Jones

11:39am Tuesday 29th July 2014

A WIDE ranging consultation to consider options for the future of Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service started last Monday.

Punters sang it their way for hospice

Swindon Advertiser:

11:37am Tuesday 29th July 2014

KARAOKE connosseurs gathered at The Victoria in Old Town for the grand final of their annual competition.

Tributes paid to chairman of residents' group

Swindon Advertiser: The Rodbourne Cheney residents’ association are pictured next to St Mary’s Church in Rodbourne. Pictured from left are Sue Hatt, Fay Midwinter, Patricia Strange, Clare Tremblen, Joyce Murgatroyd, Terry Hunt, Linda Hunt, Sue Sawyer and Lin Moyse

11:35am Tuesday 29th July 2014

TRIBUTES have been paid to Terry Hunt, the former chairman of the Rodbourne Cheney Residents’ Association, who died aged 64 last month after an illness.

A world of rich music at WOMAD

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Tuesday 29th July 2014

IN their pristine white bridal gowns and black furry stovepipe hats, the three women of Dakha Brahka cut a striking, almost unnerving appearance – like something out of a Tim Burton remake of a 1920s silent horror film.

Teenager arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following Town Gardens stabbing

Swindon Advertiser:

1:31pm Monday 28th July 2014

An 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following an assault in Swindon last week.

Rail passengers face weekend of disruption due to line works

Swindon Advertiser: Passengers will be ferried through Wiltshire by First Great Western for another three years

1:11pm Monday 28th July 2014

FiIRST Great Western is encouraging customers travelling between Saturday, August 2 and Sunday, August 3 to check journey times and routes prior to travelling, as improvements works take place across the Great Western Main Line.

GREAT WAR CENTENARY: Letters from the battlefront

Swindon Advertiser:

4:41pm Monday 28th July 2014

THERE are no better words to describe the reality of life in the trenches than those of the men who were there. Here we print some of the letters sent by two who perished and excerpts from the unpublished autobiography of a third who survived into old age...but was never the same again.

GREAT WAR CENTENARY: Five years that changed a town

Swindon Advertiser:

4:26pm Monday 28th July 2014

World War One began 100 years ago today and those who were lucky enough to return from conflict came home to a place very different to the one they left behind...







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