How fitting that Swindon should be home to a new UTC

Swindon Advertiser:

9:39am Wednesday 17th September 2014

It’s been a proud day for Swindon to see the first group of young people begin their studies at our new University Technical College.

None of us were prepared for the mixture of emotions the parting would bring

Swindon Advertiser:

3:36pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

Mothers dread it and fathers aren’t particularly keen, either – and for our family it came and went last week.

A Christian bluff

Swindon Advertiser:

3:21pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

Re ‘Live and let live,’(SA August 28) Dave Cottrell states: 'Who are you to say that a person cannot be a Christian if they’re gay?’ Not me Mr Cottrell, but the Holy Bible – something which you claim to have read in your letter, but clearly have not!

Scots ‘love’ insult

Swindon Advertiser:

3:16pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

What a complex person David Cameron is. When he gave Alex Salmond and his Scottish Nationalist Party their desired referendum he pointedly excluded the rest of the United Kingdom from participation in the vote; in doing so he accepted the illogical argument that Scottish Independence was a matter just for the Scots. Of course he was wrong as it wasn’t just political independence that Mr Salmond wanted.

Oasis needs updating

Swindon Advertiser:

3:14pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

I read with interest your article on the redevelopment of the Oasis Leisure Centre (SA Thursday September 11). I really hope the plans by Moirai Capital Investments come to fruition and the refurbishment work commences soon. Deadlines have been missed and the work is long overdue.

No coalition choice

Swindon Advertiser:

3:13pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

I completely agree with what Steve Thompson says in his letter published (SA September 13). I would go further and suggest the coup he describes has already happened.

Yes, get rid of them

Swindon Advertiser:

5:10pm Friday 12th September 2014

Apparently the Yes campaign in Scotland gains more support every time they are made aware of the option to get rid of Clegg, Milliband, Cameron and the rest of our so-called Westminster elite. Can't say I blame them, looks like a no brainer to me. Wish I could do the same.

Swindon Blue badge error

Swindon Advertiser:

5:09pm Friday 12th September 2014

Opening a letter from Swindon Council, I was surprised to find a blue disabled badge, as I already have one. I looked closer to find this was sent to my flat number but not in my name.

Visit Specsavers

Swindon Advertiser:

5:06pm Friday 12th September 2014

The letter from your correspondent rejoicing in the name Peter Smith is dangerously flawed. At no stage did I use offensive or derogatory language against immigrants which I will admit to using against our politicians who have brought Great Britain to its knees.

Scots driven away

Swindon Advertiser:

5:05pm Friday 12th September 2014

In reply to Bill Williams (9 September) he is correct to say that the best thing for Britain is that Scotland does not leave, and that we all stay together in the United Kingdom.

Antichrist rise and fall

Swindon Advertiser:

5:04pm Friday 12th September 2014

hese are indeed perilous times in which we are living, and our little country seems to become more vulnerable every day.

Bedroom tax evils

Swindon Advertiser:

5:03pm Friday 12th September 2014

In reply to Sam James (Adver Sept 9 ) he is so right when he describes the evils of the bedroom tax.

Political silly season

Swindon Advertiser:

5:02pm Friday 12th September 2014

The silly season must be approaching as I have been lucky enough to have two local politicians on separate occasions come to my front door.

I’m proud to have been voted the third most helpful out of 650 MPs

Swindon Advertiser:

10:20am Friday 12th September 2014

FACEBOOK has quickly become one of the mainstream methods of communication for people across the world.

Theatre too noisy

Swindon Advertiser:

10:13am Thursday 11th September 2014

n February I came to the Wyvern Theatre to see The Mousetrap which was accompanied by the sound of running feet in the adjoining building. Not the most conducive way in which to follow the plot of an Agatha Christie whodunit.

Let’s preserve iconic building

Swindon Advertiser:

3:39pm Thursday 11th September 2014

As I reminisce in the late evening of life’s journey, my memories in Swindon focus on her people and the tremendous love and support I have been privileged to receive.

It’s our heritage

Swindon Advertiser:

3:38pm Thursday 11th September 2014

Well done Barrie Hudson. It is about time English Heritage were told we are the English and the stuff they are “caretaking” is our heritage, not their private plaything. They act as if they own these places rather than holding them in trust.

Tax vote let-down

Swindon Advertiser:

3:37pm Thursday 11th September 2014

I was very disappointed that Robert Buckland MP voted against reforming the bedroom tax.

Wasted chance

Swindon Advertiser:

3:36pm Thursday 11th September 2014

This latest directive from the EU in Brussels on the maximum power rating of vacuum cleaners is an admission that Western Europe faces a huge electricity energy shortage.

Smoky summer

Swindon Advertiser:

3:35pm Thursday 11th September 2014

Well, it’s a lovely September evening and again, as the experts predicted, the Marshgate fire has got worse before it gets better.

Imaginary letters

Swindon Advertiser:

3:34pm Thursday 11th September 2014

S Nibbs, the religious fundamentalist whose watchwords are “Jesus loves me and anyone who looks and thinks exactly like me but anyone else better watch out for the fire and brimstone”, has hit on a remarkable new tack for his Adver letters.

Dementia’s heroes

Swindon Advertiser:

3:19pm Thursday 11th September 2014

Dementia affects over 800,000 people in the UK, many of whom are looked after at home by a family member with no formal training in care.

Proud of daughter

Swindon Advertiser:

3:17pm Thursday 11th September 2014

read “house on the hill” comments in Your Say regarding the NHS problems. I very much disagree with including disabilities as a lifestyle choice.

Tricks of the mind

Swindon Advertiser:

3:17pm Thursday 11th September 2014

MEMORY is a peculiar thing. On occasions it works fine, on other occasions it can fail, as it did in Frank Avenell’s letter (Mark sickens me, SAAug 29), in which he wrote “if memory serves me, M Webb was among your correspondents who implied that I was racist”.

The lying Scotsman

Swindon Advertiser:

3:15pm Thursday 11th September 2014

As the panic sets in with the political classes I am quietly confident that my fellow countrymen and women will vote for a stay as you are.

Duo worked wonders

Swindon Advertiser:

3:14pm Thursday 11th September 2014

We had two people from Swindon compete for us in different challenges on Sunday September 7, and we would like to thank them both for their commitment and hard work to achieve what they did and for raising money for our charity.

Pick up dog mess

Swindon Advertiser:

3:13pm Thursday 11th September 2014

To whom it may concern, and judging from what I saw the other morning, it concerns quite a lot of people, I went for a walk in the Nalgo fields, saw some blackberries and went to pick a few.

Council must always back the horse that is most likely to deliver eventual success

Swindon Advertiser:

10:36am Thursday 11th September 2014

It’s not easy to get major building and regeneration projects up and running, as every part of the UK has found. Swindon is certainly no different.

The importance of fairer fares on the trains

Swindon Advertiser:

9:23am Wednesday 10th September 2014

SWINDON is a railway town. We owe a great deal to Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the Great Western Railway and the generations of Swindonians who worked there.

NHS warning cry

Swindon Advertiser:

1:04pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

How right H Lang was in the excellent letter (SA August 28) in sounding a ‘warning cry’ concerning the ‘deliberate creeping privatisation’ of our NHS, and also highlighting the fact that things could be set to get a whole lot worse if TTIP ‘The Transatlantic trade and investment partnership’ between the US and the EU is ever allowed to happen.

Speed camera lunacy

Swindon Advertiser:

1:03pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

recently learned, South Yorkshire Police failed lamentably to deal with widespread sexual abuse of at least 1,400 children, their then Chief Constable Meredydd (90mph) Hughes certainly put a great deal of effort and public money into his speed camera crusade against motorists, including founding Road Safety Support Ltd in which he still plays a leading role, whose explicit purpose was to dissuade drivers from exercising their legal rights to defend themselves in court by threatening costs of £4,000 if they fought but lost.

Town in a real mess

Swindon Advertiser:

1:02pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

I wonder what visitors think when they come to our town. This is the thought I had while waiting with my wife last weekend for our coach to arrive at the pick up point outside of Debenhams by the old Menzies Hotel in Fleming Way.

Bedroom tax let-down

Swindon Advertiser:

1:01pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

I was very disappointed that Robert Buckland voted against reforming the bedroom tax.

Gambling is simply an addiction

Swindon Advertiser:

1:00pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

ANYBODY who suspects they have a gambling problem shouldn’t hesitate to heed today’s invitation from Gamblers’ Anonymous.

Some people are still adamant they will never vote again

Swindon Advertiser:

9:42am Friday 5th September 2014

Each and every election that passes we continue to see a worrying trend of increasing voter apathy. A 65 per cent turnout at the general election, just over 30 per cent for the local and European elections, and a shameful 10 per cent for some PCC elections.

Schools had running water, but only because the roofs were leaking

Swindon Advertiser:

10:40am Thursday 4th September 2014

As children start the academic year, I am pleased to see the ever-growing choice from the good schools that are available in this borough. This September we will see the new University Technical College join our existing secondary schools and colleges as it accepts its first pupils. We also have new primary classes opening in the town centre and north Swindon. Although it’s the Council’s role to ensure that there are sufficient school places, since 1988 the law and government policy has made parental choice a key part of the school allocation process. Over the next few weeks, we will be inviting parents to register for school places in September 2015. Since I am both a parent and a former Cabinet Member responsible for Children’s Services, I know how important these choices are.

Better Together – it’s more than just a slogan

Swindon Advertiser:

9:45am Wednesday 3rd September 2014

This week Parliament has returned after the summer recess. It’s been a busy few weeks and a very welcome opportunity to spend even more time in Swindon, talking to residents, meeting community groups and attending a large number of local events.

Our resolve must not waver in the face of such adversity

Swindon Advertiser:

10:13am Friday 22nd August 2014

Over the last few days we have witnessed the horrific and disturbing images of the brutal murder of American photojournalist James Foley at the hands of the barbaric terrorist organisation known as the Islamic State.

We wanted the fire put out and the polluter to pick up the bill

Swindon Advertiser:

5:52pm Thursday 21st August 2014

As work goes on to tackle the fire at the Averies waste site, I would like to explain the huge amount of work that has been going on, much of it requiring meetings with our partner agencies about operational matters. The Fire Brigade has responsibility for putting the fire out. The Environment Agency has responsibility for licensing such sites. The Council has no formal role, but as the smoke was affecting residents and businesses, we used our powers to help co-ordinate activities.

BARRIE HUDSON: Adults just don't know what they are talking about

Swindon Advertiser: BARRIE HUDSON COLUMN: Boot up for a car boot sale in real comfort

3:50pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

THERE were fewer A-Level passes this year, which is apparently seen as a good thing by people who like to witter on about falling standards.

ADVER COMMENT: It's all gone quiet over there

Swindon Advertiser:

4:09pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

WE hope Swindon Town manages to solve its public address system in time for the home game against Crewe on Saturday.

Cemetery in sad state

Swindon Advertiser:

4:10pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

I WAS sad to read about more vandalism at Radnor Street Cemetery.

Circus crossing mess

Swindon Advertiser:

4:19pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

MALCOLM Morrison (SA 15 August) makes another valid point, having driven on six occasions in three days around Regent Circus – in all directions.

Time to seize the day

Swindon Advertiser:

4:16pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

QUOTE of the day, “no matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world” SA, 14 August. The quote comes from the movie, Dead Poets Society, which is one of my two favourite movies by Robin Williams who died last week.

Elephant in the room

Swindon Advertiser:

4:14pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

FURTHER to your article on the development in Rodbourne Rec, which may or may not take place this financial year, due to the crucial absence of key staff on holiday and the Bank Holiday.

GRAHAM CARTER: My dear wife feels as if she is playing second fiddle to a pushbike

Swindon Advertiser: This bus tour mystery will be just the ticket

3:52pm Monday 18th August 2014

“YOU love that bike more than you love me,” said my wife, pointing at my trusty steed in the garage.

ADVER COMMENT: Crack down on abusers of hospital staff

Swindon Advertiser:

3:33pm Monday 18th August 2014

THE Respect Us initiative at the Great Western Hospital is entirely justified, although decent people will be disgusted by the fact that such an initiative is necessary.

It’s against the Bible

Swindon Advertiser:

2:26pm Monday 18th August 2014

RE ‘Be loud and proud’, August 13 from Rosemary Duff, she writes: “events such as (Gay) Pride are needed so people can shout out that it is fine and normal to be gay until those who think it’s not get the message”. So, Rosemary Duff, the Christian God who abhors homosexuality will, according to you, “eventually get the message” and write it out of the Holy Bible, so all the diverse elements in our midst may carry on happy as larks?

Put a stop to bigots

Swindon Advertiser:

3:42pm Monday 18th August 2014

WHEN I asked if Gay Pride was still necessary, I wasn’t disapproving of it, merely asking if we had indeed reached equality.

JUSTIN TOMLINSON: Their confidence, work ethic and determination to put something back into their local community is amazing

Swindon Advertiser:

1:40pm Monday 18th August 2014

THIS summer, across Swindon, hundreds of young people aged 16-17 will have taken part in the National Citizen Service (NCS). NCS is a scheme that was the personal project of Prime Minister David Cameron.

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