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  • Marine suffer mauling as Stags run riot

    THERE was no dramatic comeback for Swindon Supermarine last night as they slumped to a 6-1 mauling at the hands of AFC Totton in the Southern League Division One South & West. Marine, who battled back from 3-0 down to beat Shortwood 4-3 at

  • Cooper disappointed with only a point at Gillingham

    MARK Cooper was disappointed that his side had to settle for a 2-2 draw at Gillingham this evening. The County Ground side were forced to come from behind twice at Priestfield following two defensive errors allowed their hosts to pounce. But

  • GILLINGHAM 2 SWINDON TOWN 2: Full-time report

    RAPHAEL Branco was the unlikely hero as Swindon earned a point after twice going behind in a pulsating match at Priestfield. The Brazilian’s cross late in the game looked harmless but Stephen Bywater spilled it into his own net to give Town a share

  • PREDICTIONS LEAGUE: Gillingham v Swindon Town

    Gillingham v Swindon Town Town take on Gillingham, the third away game in a row. But if they play like the last two games then they should have the beating of the Gills. Yet they do still need to tighten up at the back. Oh and this time out, can

  • MATCHDAY LIVE: Gillingham v Swindon Town

    11:17pm That's it from us from a long night in Kent. Thanks for your comments and tweets and Matchday Live will return on Saturday for the visit of Crewe. 11:14pm After a long

  • Zeppelin pyrotechnics come to Swindon

    It takes a brave man to step into the shoes of a rock god, and even more to believe he can recreate a band that will trigger the same excitement in new fans and win over sceptics who love the originals. But drummer James Hogg had that fire in his

  • Willie Scott struts his stuff as Jim Morrison

    Strange Days indeed! Stranger still when Willie Scott struts his stuff as the late, great Jim Morrison in Doors Alive, recreating the look and sound of the inventor of cool. The tribute band will be rocking the Road House in The Vic, Victoria Road

  • Study launched into police officer fatigue

    THE Wiltshire Police Federation has launched a study into the effects that shift working is having on officers in Wiltshire. The programme, which is being run by company Third Pillar of Health Limited, will examine the extent, impact and causes

  • On the beat with Doc Scott and MC Conrad

    Join the rumble in the jungle as Swindon gets back to its roots with some new and old skool drum ‘n’ bass. Doc Scott and MC Conrad will be headlining a Swindon rave, Razor Sharp Beatz, at Quasar, Havelock Square, on Saturday, August 30. Mc

  • ON THIS DAY: August 19

    SWINDON... 1947: 53 children from Olive House and the Limes were to be the guests of the Swindon Divisional Labour Party and annual fete at Stratton Park. Tea would be provided by the women of the North Ward section. 1957: A cheque for £25

  • In pops the cat

    TOWN CENTRE: Poppy Cat will be at the Brunel Centre on August 21 from 11am to 3.30pm, with a special activity session in the magical garden near to Cargo homestore.

  • Up pops the shop

    OLD TOWN: The next Vintage to the Core pop-up shop event, in aid of local charity Empower, will take place on October 4 and October 5 at The Core in Devizes Road. From 11am to 4pm on both days visitors will be able to come along and browse a range

  • Big Gig plans go large

    BROAD TOWN: The Broad Town Big Gig will take place at the Show Field, end of Chapel Lane, on August 30. The family friendly festival will have music from all genres, a bar, authentic Indian curries, fairground rides, evening llight show and more

  • Circus crossing mess

    MALCOLM Morrison (SA 15 August) makes another valid point, having driven on six occasions in three days around Regent Circus – in all directions. I have witnessed pedestrians waiting timidly to cross the causeways which, presumably, are supposed

  • Time to seize the day

    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. It was sad

  • Elephant in the room

    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. Wiltshire Nature also raised the issue of the small nature

  • Cemetery in sad state

    I WAS sad to read about more vandalism at Radnor Street Cemetery. I have regularly visited the graves of several relatives in Whitworth Road Cemetery since my childhood in the 1950s. However, when I made a visit last week I could hardly believe

  • ADVER COMMENT: It's all gone quiet over there

    WE hope Swindon Town manages to solve its public address system in time for the home game against Crewe on Saturday. It will be a tremendous shame for both club and fans if the necessary repairs cannot be made in time, as the club would potentially

  • Hub needs two to do the books

    EASTCOTT Community Association urgently needs a treasurer and vice-treasurer. The treasurer is an essential position on the committee and the group is unable to continue as a constituted group/charity without one. A volunteer would be joining

  • Bands, bazaars and fun for all

    THE Tesco Community Team Summer Roadshow is on Bank Holiday Monday at the County Athletic Grounds in Swindon. It is in support of Diabetes UK and to show lifestyle and leisure diversity in the town. More than 3,000 people are expected to attend

  • Baker Street gig

    OLD TOWN: Alex Taylor is plays at Baker Street bar from 7pm on Thursday. Email info@ilove bakerstreet.com.

  • Test your brain

    COATE: The Sun Inn has a pub quiz from 9pm on Wednesday. Call 01793 523292.

  • Clean up call out

    OLD TOWN: Piper’s Area Residents’ Association needs people for a community clean up on October 5. Contact www.pipersarea.co.uk.

  • Casting your net

    FRESHBROOK: There’s networking at the Holiday Inn Express, off the M4, between 7.30pm and 9pm on Thursday, September 4 organised by Business Village. Call 07816 998341.

  • Were you at Ferndale?

    HIGHWORTH: Former pupils of Ferndale Secondary School are being asked to register their interest in a school reunion planned for September 19. Jenny Weeks, nee Nutley, and Alan Moss, are organising it for classmates who attended the school between

  • Foodbank's AGM

    SWINDON: The Swindon Foodbank and Restore annual general meeting is on September 7 at 2.30pm at Queens Drive Methodist Church Hall. All volunteers past and present are welcome.

  • Don't go there

    ROYAL WOOTTON BASSETT: Police are warning parents and children against playing at the old St Ivel site after finding a number of youngsters playing there. The derelict building is unsafe and contains asbestos. Anyone who sees the building being

  • Trailer and van gutted

    SWINDON: A lorry fire on the A419 at Turnpike caused traffic delays yesterday shortly after 10am. A fire crew from Stratton attended, but a van and trailer unit were completely destroyed in the blaze. Two breathing apparatus wearers used two hose

  • Approximately 100 homes without electricity in Eastcott area

    ABOUT 100 homes are currently without electricity on Eastcott Hill and the situation is expected to last for much of the day. Power went shortly after 8am this morning and after several hours engineers have located the source of the problem to

  • Rail fares to increase by 3.5 per cent

    NEW year train fares are due to jump yet again with a 3.5 per cent price hike announced today with the most recent inflation figures. According to the Office for National Statistics, the Retail Price Index, the monthly measure for inflation, came

  • Trophy tie facing switch

    TOWN'S Johnstone's Paint Trophy first round tie at Newport County, scheduled for the start of September, looks certain to be moved. Mark Cooper's men were draw away in Wales against the League Two side but a NATO summit being held in Newport that

  • BLOG: Sharing our art but not our FroYos

    We are now in our final day of performance and it is almost time to say goodbye to Edinburgh. We have seen some fantastic performances (and some very strange ones too!) but with one last day remaining, we are determined to fill up on as much as we

  • Pedestrian hit near Regent Circus

    POLICE and paramedics are currently attending an incident near the Regent Circus development following a collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian. A woman, believed to be in her forties, has suffered minor injuries to her foot after being hit

  • LIVE NEWS: 19/08/14

    5:08pm That's it from LIVE NEWS today. We'll be back in the morning. The website will be updated throughout the evening with any breaking news stories. 4:14pm The A4361 at Wroughton

  • Town go in search of Wembley glory in the JPT

    SWINDON Town will once again go searching for Wembley glory in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy having been drawn away at Newport in the opening round. Last season the Robins were cruelly knocked out on penalties by Peterborough in the southern area

  • Building up to double profits

    SWINDON-based building society Nationwide celebrated yesterday after doubling its profits for the same time last year. Following the end of the first quarter, Nationwide, which is the country’s biggest customer-owned lender and has it’s headquarters

  • Jeepers creepers, Minecraft fans get creative

    MINECRAFT fans were creative at the Museum of Computing at the weekend – taking part in a themed craft session. Youngsters made their own paper versions of blocks and creepers and took home their works of art after the Minecraft Papercraft, for

  • Call to stop road’s red light jumpers

    A PETITION has been set up calling for the introduction of red light cameras along Thamesdown Drive to prevent further accidents. The number of accidents has been a cause of concern for residents living in North Swindon for some time, especially

  • Soon we’ll all be having a Giraffe

    GIRAFFE stood tall on its launch day at Tesco Extra in Ocotal Way yesterday, with restaurant manager Georgina Earp underlining a future independent of the supermarket. In March 2013, Tesco bought the restaurant chain in a £48.6m deal and since

  • Tahnia is Just Dandy for title

    TALENTED young showjumper Tahnia Jones has won the National Showjuming Championship. The 12-year-old from Swindon was on board her mother Julie Jordan’s 14 year-old bay gelding, Just Dandy, took the victory in the Winter 128cms at the Longines

  • Back in the old routine

    PURTON captain Elliot Hill says that his side can be proud for the way they bounced back from last weekend’s agonising defeat to beat Great Bedwyn by seven wickets. Having lost by one wicket with three balls to spare against title rivals Marshfield

  • Codling not out of his depth after fine debut

    SWINDON captain Liam Tucker believes that debutant teenager Tom Codling could have a big future in the sport. The Wiltshire under 17s bowler made his first team bow for the County Ground side on Saturday and took a wicket in his first over as Swindon

  • WOMEN'S FOOTBALL: Spitfires flying in friendly

    SWINDON Spitfires United hosted Dursley Town in their first preseason friendly. With new players brought into the fold, many were trying out in new positions but it was Spitfires who piled on the pressure from the start. Sandra Higgins-Hughes

  • Title is within reach

    LECHLADE moved to within one more win of clinching their first ever Glos/Wilts Division title on Saturday with a 74 run win at home to Chippenham. The Manor Ground men now lead the division by 35 points with two games to play following second placed

  • Panthers pounce for title

    SWINDON Panthers capped a remarkable league season with success in the play-off final recently as they beat Streatham Chiefs 7-4 in the final. After comfortably disposing of Solent Scorpions in the semis, Panthers took on Streatham Chiefs who included

  • It’s ‘fruitless’ to appeal Thompson’s straight red

    THERE will be no appeal from Swindon Town against Louis Thompson’s harsh red card as they went down against Crawley last Saturday. Thompson had to go after he was adjudged to have brought down Izale McLeod as the last man in Town’s 1-0 defeat in

  • Train pain as service hits buffers

    FIRST Great Western has come out as one of the least trustworthy train companies in the country in a customer survey. Rail Watchdog Pass-enger Focus conducted the survey and revealed the results over the weekend. It places FGW, who run services

  • Sign up for green travel challenge

    CONNECTING Wiltshire, the county’s travel advice service offered by the council, has teamed up with sustainable transport charity Sustrans to launch the Connecting Wiltshire Travel Challenge in September. The interactive online competition will

  • Can you help focus on tenants’ housing needs?

    A GROUP which scrutinises Swindon Council’s housing service needs new volunteers. The tenant scrutiny panel is made up by council tenants and gives an independent view of the council’s housing service and performance. The panel highlights areas

  • Even stevens as race for summit hots up

    WOOTTON Bassett captain Darren Beasant believes that his side must focus on their own game and not what is happening elsewhere if they are to achieve their promotion dreams. The Rylands Way side returned to the summit of the Wiltshire League Division

  • Swindon claim a home triumph

    Panthers secured their third trophy of the season as they won the EIHA Recreational Tournament title at the weekend. The Link Centre-based tournament included 15 teams playing 15-minute games, with no checking allowed, with teams coming from as

  • SOUTHERN LEAGUE: Webb is clean sheet dreaming

    DAVE Webb says he will be “very, very pleased” when Swindon Supermarine record their first clean sheet of the season. They have their fourth opportunity to do so tonight, albeit against an AFC Totton side only recently relegated from the Southern

  • Gillingham not planning for a welcome party

    AT Priestfield the hosts are not preparing a particularly welcoming reception for the visitors, with all the noises emanating from Kent talking up the rivalry between the two clubs. The unusual derby atmosphere, which dates back to when the two

  • Town boss says the kids are alright

    TOWN boss Mark Cooper has insisted he will keep faith with the kids as despite the selection quandaries facing him before tonight’s game against Gillingham. Though by no means wisened pros themselves, Louis Thompson’s one game ban adds to the absences

  • Low food hygiene rating for the GWH

    THE Great Western Hospital has been given a one star rating for its food hygiene following an inspection earlier this year. Carillion, the company responsible for all food provision within the hospital apart from Costa and Boots, was told by the

  • Team effort leads to new green space

    WORK on an open green space has now reached completion after months of hard work at the Park South site. Since April the green space behind Cavendish Square – known as Cavendish Green – has been transformed from a muddy construction site into a

  • Police morale low as officers worry about austerity

    LOW morale among police staff in the UK is being reflected by officers across our region, according to Wiltshire Police Federation chairman Mike White. A survey of 3,335 police by Unison, the UK’s largest union, exposed high levels of stress, largely

  • Swindon cadet graduates from Sandhurst

    CADET Richard White has joined around 200 fellow graduates in a prestigious ceremony as he passed out from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, successfully completing the most respected and challenging officer training course in the world. Each

  • Call to abolish puppy farms

    SWINDON North MP Justin Tomlinson has teamed up with a TV vet to stamp out commercial puppy farms. It will be debated in parliament, led by Mr Tomlinson, following a campaign by the animal welfare group Pup Aid, which says the farms can lead to

  • Trainer plans all-day walk to help hospice

    HALLOWEEN this year poses a special kind of trick-or-treat for personal trainer Ronny Terry, who will be striking out across the town in a continuous 24-hour walk for Prospect Hospice. The founder of Wood Street-based company Switch Fit UK first

  • Agency steps in to move Averies filth

    THOUSANDS of tonnes of unburned rubbish has started to be forcibly taken from the site of the ongoing blaze at Averies Recycling. Environment Agency contractors have begun shifting up to 3,000 tonnes of non-hazardous waste from the Marshgate site

  • Adver appeal leads to an offer of equipment

    HOURS after the Hreod Burna Urban Forest issued an appeal through the Adver for a mower to help clear allotments, a resident generously donated several items of garden maintenance equipment. On Saturday, members of the group issued an appeal to

  • Bridge closure will lead to five months of disruption

    A WINTER of disruption lies ahead for commuters, residents and businesses after Network Rail announced plans to close the railway bridge at Stratton Green for five months. The bridge over the railway in Swindon Road is to be closed for 20 weeks

  • Swindon Town face £28k bill to fix sound

    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. On the opening game of the season against Scunthorpe on August 9, the system was not working meaning

  • Richard William FLOYD

    FLOYD Richard William The family wish to express their gratitude for all the messages of support at this very sad time, and to thank everyone who attended Richard's funeral for their generous donations.

  • Leslie BANNER

    BANNER Leslie On Monday 11th August Leslie passed away peacefully at home. A loving husband to Nadine and father to Keith, Claire and Peter, and grandfather to six grandchildren. He will be sadly missed by all his family and friends. The funeral service

  • Ronald Stanley TOWNSEND

    TOWNSEND Ronald Stanley “Ron” Passed away peacefully at Rose Cottage Nursing Home on Sunday 10 August 2014, aged 92 years. Reunited with his beloved wife Joan, a much loved dad to John, special gramp to Sandra and her husband David and father-in-law

  • Maureen June ROBERTS

    ROBERTS Maureen June Née Dobson Passed away at home on 10th August 2014, aged 80 years. Beloved wife of Jeffery (deceased), and a much loved mum, grandma and great grandma. Funeral, Wednesday 27th August, service and cremation at Kingsdown Crematorium

  • Pamela 'Pam' HORTOP-THOMAS

    Pamela 'Pam' HORTOP-THOMAS. Passed away peacefully on 1st August 2014, aged 80 years. Much loved wife of Tony, loving and dearly loved mother of Wendy, Susan, Lesley and Tracey. A loving grandmother and great grandmother. She will be very sadly missed