THE SAM MORSHEAD COLUMN: Isn’t it fantastic when football does its job properly and unites people?

Swindon Advertiser: Adver chief sports writer Sam Morshead

5:30am Thursday 24th April 2014

WHEN football does its job properly it has a quite extraordinary power to unite.

BARRIE HUDSON: Here comes the summer

Swindon Advertiser: Barrie Hudson's garden after the Easter weekend

3:49pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

AS spring is here it’s time to visit the garden centre or nursery of our choice and select the plants we’re going to kill this year.

GRAHAM CARTER: Age is no excuse for foolish ancient views

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

12:36pm Monday 21st April 2014

For the best part of 10 years, this column has been spouting words of wisdom on the peculiar situation that we will all, if we are lucky, eventually find ourselves in, which goes by the name of middle age.

SAM MORSHEAD COLUMN: Don't let your local sports club die

Swindon Advertiser: Adver chief sports writer Sam Morshead

9:53am Thursday 17th April 2014

EVERY year at around about this time I start getting bombarded with text messages.

THE NICOLAI KLINDT COLUMN: Double-header is a tough ask

Swindon Advertiser: Nicolai Klindt

5:30am Wednesday 16th April 2014

ON Friday we’re riding in the double-header against Poole Pirates.

BARRIE HUDSON: Give them the cold shoulder

Swindon Advertiser: ROGUE trading cold callers are in the crosshairs of council Trading Standards officers and the police.

11:37am Tuesday 15th April 2014

ROGUE trading cold callers are in the crosshairs of council Trading Standards officers and the police.

GRAHAM CARTER: It was the end of an era

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

3:07pm Monday 14th April 2014

It drives me up the wall when I think about wallpaper. At precisely 8.35pm last Tuesday, I removed the steamer from the wall of our front room and aimed my scraper at the chimney breast. Half a second later, the last little scrap of wallpaper in our house came away and fell on the floor.

ROBERT BUCKLAND: The arrival of Waitrose is a big boost for our town

Swindon Advertiser: Help to buy will make it easier town a home

11:58am Wednesday 9th April 2014

Parliament breaks up for Easter this week. I always look forward to the recess because it provides an opportunity to get out and about in Swindon even more than usual.

BARRIE HUDSON: Protest hardly a shining example

Swindon Advertiser: A view over fields of the former Wroughton airfield where Honda hopes to park unsold cars

11:08am Tuesday 8th April 2014

A PLAN to carpet the bleak tarmacscape of Wroughton airfield with solar panels has drawn enough objections to prompt a public inquiry.

GRAHAM CARTER: Not being able to read very well when I was seven didn’t do my literacy any harm

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

11:35am Monday 7th April 2014

This year it will be 35 years since I left school and Pink Floyd released Another Brick in the Wall.

JUSTIN TOMLINSON: Street Games takes sport to the door of needy children

Swindon Advertiser: Back to the 1970s with Ed's hollow energy move

11:46am Friday 4th April 2014

ALL MPs aspire to progress up the Ministerial ranks so imagine my pride when I took a call from the Department of Media, Culture & Sport to ask whether I would step into the shoes of Sports Minister Helen Grant MP and speak at the national Street Games conference.

DAVID RENARD: We like to be able to say yes, let’s get best deal for the town

Swindon Advertiser: Swindon Council Leader David Renard

9:24am Thursday 3rd April 2014

RECENTLY, an audience of local business people asked me what makes the present council administration distinctive? This ended with general agreement that the Central Area Action Plan, which the council adopted in 2009, and the Town Centre Masterplan that flows from it, provide a coherent vision for Swindon for which there is support across the political spectrum.

ROBERT BUCKLAND: This is not about widening the net, it’s about making the net stronger

Swindon Advertiser: Help to buy will make it easier town a home

11:05am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

THIS week we've heard the welcome news that the government is considering introducing a new law to protect children against so-called emotional neglect. The proposed change would see those parents or carers who inflict significant harm on their children by emotional or psychological abuse, face prosecution for the first time. It follows a campaign for a “Cinderella Law” by the charity Action for Children, which I have been supporting for some time. Throughout my working life in the legal system I’ve seen countless cases where current laws have failed to protect children.

BARRIE HUDSON: The main attraction

Swindon Advertiser: A big thanks to the Empire multiplex for hosting a series of events to boost our 160 Appeal on April 8

11:02am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

I WAS happy to learn about the 80 grand Heritage Lottery Fund grant to Swindon Museum and Art Gallery.

GRAHAM CARTER: I wouldn’t eat a courgette if it was the last piece of food on earth

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

10:55am Monday 31st March 2014

ONLY two weeks into my salad-based diet and already I am feeling like I’m made of salad.

JUSTIN TOMLINSON: Myself and Robert Buckland will work with others though a task force

Swindon Advertiser: Back to the 1970s with Ed's hollow energy move

11:58am Friday 28th March 2014

THIS week saw the disappointing announcement that a further 340 permanent and 160 temporary staff would be made redundant from Honda.

DAVID RENARD: My heart goes out to all those families affected

Swindon Advertiser: Swindon Council Leader David Renard

10:23am Thursday 27th March 2014

THERE is no room for complacency when people talk of economic recovery and business growth. This is a slow and precarious process, as we have sadly been reminded of this week with the announcement that Honda is scaling back its production in Swindon resulting in the loss of hundreds of jobs.

ROBERT BUCKLAND: Karen’s long fight for justice is one I fully support

Swindon Advertiser: Help to buy will make it easier town a home

3:54pm Wednesday 26th March 2014

This week marks the third anniversary of the terrible events which led to the discovery of the murders of two Swindon women, and sparked a huge campaign for a change in the law. Three years on, it’s hard to miss the posters calling for ‘Justice for Becky’ or the petition on social media.

GRAHAM CARTER: I don’t go on holiday to be told to wear a tie

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

10:01am Monday 24th March 2014

IT WAS Samuel Johnson who said that when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.

DAVID RENARD: Hard work trying to keep budget level

Swindon Advertiser: Swindon Council Leader David Renard

10:16am Monday 24th March 2014

ONE of the odd things about local councils is that we are the only part of government that sends each household a tax demand at the start of the financial year.

JUSTIN TOMLINSON: We are supporting those who have worked hard to save for their retirement

Swindon Advertiser: Back to the 1970s with Ed's hollow energy move

3:50pm Monday 24th March 2014

THE Budget set out by the Chancellor on Wednesday focused on building a resilient economy, supporting the makers, doers and savers.

ROBERT BUCKLAND: I will fight to ensure Swindon always gets its fair share

Swindon Advertiser: Help to buy will make it easier town a home

3:34pm Monday 24th March 2014

ON February 26, I wrote the following in this column: “When it comes to fairer funding for schools in Swindon, Justin Tomlinson and I continue to make headway… and we are working with other MPs and councils in a similar position to achieve a result that will see greater fairness for Swindon.”

BARRIE HUDSON: Avoid the minefield that is cyberspace

Swindon Advertiser: BARRIE HUDSON: Avoid the minefield that is cyberspace

11:38am Tuesday 18th March 2014

DID you read our story the other day about the Swindon woman who was the victim of an attempted online dating scam?

THE GRAHAM CARTER COLUMN: I no longer build dens in the garden, but I do have a loft that I officially call an office

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

11:58am Monday 17th March 2014

I don’t know where they stand in those silly league tables or how they got on with their latest Ofsted, but if I was young enough to still have kids at primary school, then St Francis at Taw Hill is where I’d like to send them. In fact, I wouldn’t mind going there myself.

DAVID RENARD: Education is still a priority

Swindon Advertiser: Swindon Council Leader David Renard

3:34pm Thursday 13th March 2014

ALTHOUGH the council no longer runs all our local schools, as many are now academies, we still have a duty to provide enough school places.

BARRIE HUDSON: Beware feline fireballs

Swindon Advertiser: Men have got the stomach to stay slim...

2:57pm Tuesday 11th March 2014

LAST week we told you about a 91-year-old woman who’d been informed she may have to move out of her rented flat.

GRAHAM CARTER: It was a bit nerdy - even before we ever heard the word 'nerdy'

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

3:01pm Monday 10th March 2014

HOLD on to your seat because I am just about to deliver the most sobering thought of the week. Are you ready?

JUSTIN TOMLINSON: Big boost for a new route into work

Swindon Advertiser: Back to the 1970s with Ed's hollow energy move

9:03am Friday 7th March 2014

THIS week we are celebrating National Apprenticeship Week and it rightly is a real celebration; it is a credit to the Swindon Advertiser for promoting the opportunities and benefits on offer throughout the week. Apprenticeships offer a vocational route into work, a chance to earn, learn and, crucially, to get your foot on your career ladder.

DAVID RENARD: All that we are seeking to do is to copy successful bodies like English Heritage

Swindon Advertiser: Swindon Council Leader David Renard

11:20am Thursday 6th March 2014

HAVING just spent a year working on the 2014/15 Council budget that will start this April, there has barely been time to draw breath before getting down to the challenge for 2015/16.

ROBERT BUCKLAND: Apprenticeships can boost economic recovery

Swindon Advertiser: MP Robert Buckland

4:41pm Wednesday 5th March 2014

AS our economy recovers, it is more important than ever that young people in Swindon have the opportunity to get into the workplace and develop their skills, so on Monday, I was happy to visit the Apprenticeship Bus at Wharf Green as part of National Apprenticeship Week (3-7 March 2014) to find out more about how Swindon businesses can play their part in offering future apprenticeships to young people across our town.

BARRIE HUDSON: Now here's some food for thought

Swindon Advertiser: Not for sale: Lydiard Park

11:00am Tuesday 4th March 2014

TODAY a very talented Churchfields Academy chef called Ian Bevan is in a cooking competition for the South West School Chef of the Year title.

GRAHAM CARTER: So little map reading skills are required that even women can do it

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

12:01pm Monday 3rd March 2014

IF there’s one thing that annoys me – apart from those damned people who hog the middle lane of the motorway – it’s losing my keys. Or my pen. Or my glasses. Or my temper – which often happens when I can’t find something.

JUSTIN TOMLINSON: How do you make sure the children don’t miss vital school work?

Swindon Advertiser: Back to the 1970s with Ed's hollow energy move

12:19pm Friday 28th February 2014

Debates in Parliament broadly fall into three categories. Firstly there are those led by the Government, setting legislation and changes to the law which are felt across the country.

DAVID RENARD: We will do all this without raising Council Tax

Swindon Advertiser: Swindon Council Leader David Renard

5:38pm Thursday 27th February 2014

Monday’s meeting of the Full Council was successful, if not brief.

ROBERT BUCKLAND: Council tax is frozen but more savings must be found

Swindon Advertiser: Help to buy will make it easier town a home

8:48am Wednesday 26th February 2014

As local MPs and residents, Justin Tomlinson and I are always keen to work with our local service providers to ensure a fair deal for Swindon residents. On Monday, Conservative-controlled Swindon Borough Council agreed a council tax freeze for the fourth year in a row.

BARRIE HUDSON: What a wheelie daft idea

5:30am Tuesday 25th February 2014

AT the last count, about 14,000 wheelie bins bought in for the new green waste paid-for collection scheme remain unclaimed.

GRAHAM CARTER: We live on an oblate spheroid

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

10:09am Monday 24th February 2014

YOU would have thought that, after more than half a century of living on a planet, I would have got the hang of some of its basic characteristics.

THE SAM MORSHEAD COLUMN: Winter Olympics, Uefa's daft decisions and the price of watching STFC

Swindon Advertiser: Gold medal winner Lizzy Yarnold, the University of Gloucestershire graduate

5:30am Saturday 22nd February 2014

I MIGHT not know a goofy from a cant but the past fortnight of winter sport has had me glued to the TV.

JUSTIN TOMLINSON: Victim support helps victims of crime seek justice without fear

Swindon Advertiser: Back to the 1970s with Ed's hollow energy move

11:01am Friday 21st February 2014

LAST week Robert Buckland and I had the pleasure of welcoming the Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling, to Swindon.

DAVID RENARD: Money invested will prove where there's muck there's brass

Swindon Advertiser: Swindon Council Leader David Renard

10:12am Thursday 20th February 2014

WHILE Swindon continues to face huge challenges because of changes in government funding and a growing, ageing population, at the same time we will continue to look for ways to improve services. That means we will have to invest, a word which some think of simply as meaning more debt. This would be a simplistic view that does not give the true picture.

ROBERT BUCKLAND: Charity has a vital role to play in helping sick children

Swindon Advertiser: Help to buy will make it easier town a home

11:05am Wednesday 19th February 2014

THIS week Parliament is on its half-term recess which gives me an opportunity to spend plenty of time in Swindon visiting many different organisations and meeting local residents. One of the highlights was on Monday, when I attended an event organised by the Swindon Children’s Cancer And Leukaemia Movement.

BARRIE HUDSON: It’s not rocket science

Swindon Advertiser: Potholes are driving motorists potty

5:30am Tuesday 18th February 2014

THE council, according to figures revealed under the Freedom of Information Act, has spent more than four grand on media training for certain members over the last three years.

GRAHAM CARTER:My dad worked in the Works fire station

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

12:04pm Monday 17th February 2014

I CAN be a sentimental old fool sometimes, and just lately I have been high on nostalgia. You may have noticed that Prince Andrew was treated to a tour of the University Technical College (UTC) in part of the old Railway Works last week – and so have I.

JUSTIN TOMLINSON: Exports are the key to giving our country a boost

Swindon Advertiser: Justin Tomlinson MP for Swindon North

5:18pm Friday 14th February 2014

THIS week the CBI announced record high confidence for businesses who export, with 72 per cent expecting an increase in turnover in the next quarter. This is crucial to the long-term economic plan as we seek to rebalance the economy and continue to provide new jobs in the growing economy.

THE DAVID RENARD COLUMN: My goal is to make it easier for people to get involved

Swindon Advertiser: Swindon Council Leader David Renard

12:22pm Thursday 13th February 2014

I WOULD like to add my congratulations to a local charity LEAVES – Local Enterprise and Vocational Employment Schemes – which received a Big Society Award from the Prime Minister (Advertiser, February6 ).

Still things to be grateful for at time of floods

Swindon Advertiser: Help to buy will make it easier town a home

10:02am Wednesday 12th February 2014

THE ongoing flooding crisis is uppermost in our minds, and of course our thoughts go out to everyone affected.

THE GRAHAM CARTER COLUMN: We don’t feel the need to prove anything

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

5:57pm Monday 10th February 2014

YOU know me – always keen to be both practical and topical. So please let me present to you, free of charge: The Middle-Aged Person’s Practical Guide To Valentine’s Day.

THE JUSTIN TOMLINSON COLUMN: I would like the Central Library involved more in cultural quarter

Swindon Advertiser: Back to the 1970s with Ed's hollow energy move

3:32pm Friday 7th February 2014

THREE and a half years ago this week, I first spoke in Parliament on the subject of our much loved community libraries in a Westminster Hall debate on their future. As the former lead member for leisure, recreation & culture, which included libraries, on Swindon Borough Council, it was with exceptional pride that the first debate I called in Parliament should be on libraries.

THE DAVID RENARD COLUMN: We are making good progress to revitalise urban villages

Swindon Advertiser: Swindon Council Leader David Renard

10:25am Thursday 6th February 2014

IN recent years, the council’s regeneration programme has focused on the town centre, and as an example, the new cinema on the former college site is quite literally starting to take shape. Alongside this, we’ve also made sure that we have invested in local communities.

THE ROBERT BUCKLAND COLUMN: A huge vote of confidence by one of leading retails groups

Swindon Advertiser: Help to buy will make it easier town a home

1:14pm Wednesday 5th February 2014

ON MONDAY I was delighted to help cut the ribbon and open Swindon's newest major superstore – Morrisons in Eldene (pictured above). This supermarket represents an investment of £15 million, which is a huge vote of confidence in our town by one of the country's leading retail groups.






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