• Former councillor Andy Harrison cleared of Asbo allegations

    FORMER councillor Andy Harrison has been cleared of the allegations that he advised a resident to break the law to deal with anti-social behaviour from youngsters in Penhill. Andy Harrison, who was a Lib Dem member for Penhill at the time, was

  • Investigation uncovers scores of kids missing weeks of school

    HUNDREDS of pupils missed classes at Swindon schools and academies over the last academic year – including more than 90 who failed to show up for three weeks. A total of 310 pupils were registered by the council as Children Missing Education (CME

  • Cross-party panel to review failed wi-fi project

    SWINDON Council has established a cross-party review into the troubled firm Digital City UK, which failed to roll out wi-fi internet access across Swindon. The council invested about £400,000 in the firm, which was headed by businessman Rikki Hunt

  • Dealing with death

    SEAN Hughes brings one of his funniest and most poignant shows to the Arts Centre in Swindon tomorrow. Called Life Becomes Noises, it focuses on the death of Sean’s father and its aftermath, and is billed as an insight into the lighter side of dying

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

    IN TWO weeks or less, a couple of friends from Swindon are to launch what they describe as a virtual car boot sale. Ashley Clack and Peter Kidd, who already run a Facebook group called For Sale: Free And Wanted In Swindon, are setting up

  • Scarptore craft fair in aid of Swindon children

    Swindon Children’s Scrapstore is holding a charity craft fair today at its building in West Swindon from 10am to 4pm. The group has more than 40 stalls booked selling all kinds of products such as Christmas hampers, cupcakes, flowers, wedding stationery

  • Take £100 to raise funding in Wiltshire

    The British Red Cross is asking people aged between 15 and 25 in Wiltshire to come up with creative ideas for fundraising projects that could turn £100 into hundreds more for the humanitarian charity. The ‘Hundred 2 Hundreds’ challenge invites young

  • Shoppers can show support for the forces

    SAINSBURY’S supermarket in Royal Wootton Bassett is giving customers the chance to help create a wall of messages in support of British Armed Forces, past and present, and their families, in the run up to Remembrance Day. The store, situated in Borough

  • Swindon dancers limber up to showcase the best of British life

    TALENTED youngsters from Swindon’s oldest performing arts school are currently rehearsing for an extravaganza of song and dance. Tanwood Performing Arts will present the Best Of British, featuring more than 200 students from the school, plus England

  • Potholes to be fixed thanks to Swindon campaign

    COUNCILLORS for Walcot and Park North say they have secured major road repairs to two potholed roads in their ward. The councillors, who are all Labour, have allocated funds for the repair of Eastern Avenue and Frobisher Drive after running a campaign

  • Wiltshire Police get chance to vote for strike action

    RANK-AND-FILE officers in Wiltshire are going to be offered the chance to vote in a ballot on whether police should be allowed go on strike. In a landmark decision the Police Federation of England and Wales announced this week it will ballot its members

  • Theatre flash mob put on surprise show for Swindon shoppers

    SHOPPERS got a surprise on Saturday when a flash mob from Swindon Youth Theatre turned up. Youngsters from the Wyvern Theatre-based SYT broke away from the crowds in the town centre to stage a two-minute flash mob. They performed to contemporary music

  • Ways to beat the burglars

    Wiltshire Police are warning the public after an increase in burglaries in North Swindon, mainly in the Abbey Meads, St Andrews Ridge and Greenmeadow areas. Police say there are simple measures you can put in place to reduce the chance of becoming a

  • Warning after grill pan fire in Swindon

    Wiltshire Fire and Rescue has issued a warning after a homeowner left a grill pan unattended, setting off the fire alarm. The incident happened at the end of last week when a fire crew from Westlea attended the house in Shelfinch, west Swindon and checked

  • Parish council’s move to change boundaries is rejected

    HAYDON Wick Parish Council’s plans to simplify part of its boundary has been rejected by a cross party group at Swindon Council. The council is conducting a review of parish boundaries and Haydon Wick Parish Council proposed to change some of its boundaries

  • Bob forced to postpone jump

    AGE wasn’t going to stop fearless Bob Williams jumping out of a plane at the weekend. But the 83-year-old’s daredevil stunt was put on hold, thanks to the British weather. Snow fell across the town on Sunday morning, just hours before Bob, a former

  • Visit virtual sale

    : The For Sale, Free Or Wanted Swindon Facebook page will launch as its own new website this month to appeal to a wider user base, including those who do not use social media. Swindon-based Network Rail manager Ashley Clack has attracted 25,000 registered


    THIS week is National Adoption week. As Councillor Bluh is away from the office for a few days, it is fitting that as Cabinet member for Children’s Services that I have an opportunity to encourage people to come forward as adopters. One of the

  • Man faces surgery following attack

    WILTSHIRE Police are investigating an unprovoked attack on a young man in Swindon which left him with serious injuries. The 23-year-old victime was walking alone up Victoria Road in the direction of Old Town at about 6.25am on Saturday when the

  • Be prepared for one hell of a fright night in Cricklade

    A SPOOKY night lies ahead for film fans in Cricklade on Tuesday. The latest in the Cricklade Cinema community screenings is the chilling ghost story The Woman In Black, which is based on the novel by Susan Hill, and also the successful stage play. The

  • Show you care for homeless in Swindon this Christmas

    The Christmas Care shelter for homeless and lonely people will run this year from noon on Christmas Eve to the morning of December 28 at Queen’s Drive Methodist Church. Volunteers are needed to help out with four-hour shifts, and meetings will be held

  • Find presents at group’s fair in Ridgeway Hospital

    The Ridgeway Breast Care Support Group is to hold a Christmas Fair at the Ridgeway Hospital in Wroughton on Sunday, December 2. It is a self-funding support group for both men and women in Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Berkshire, offering

  • Police hunt for flasher in Swindon

    POLICE are appealing for information after an indecent exposure in Swindon. The incident occurred on October 24 shortly after 8pm in the Ferndale Road area. A man exposed himself to a group of teenage girls before cycling away. The man is described

  • Service a success in Swindon

    HILLIER Bereavement Care Service has said its most recent Remembrance and Thanksgiving Service was one of the most popular in its 16-year history. The service last month had one of the biggest attendances yet. A retiring collection brought in more than

  • Swindon man accused of child assaults

    A WHEELCHAIR-bound man is to face trial by judge and jury accused of raping a young girl and sexually abusing a boy. Steven Copestick, who is recovering from a brain tumour, is said to have committed the offences against the two children in the 1980s

  • Chance to talk with police officers

    Local beat officers will be holding a series of community meetings this week. North Swindon Neighbourhood officers will stage a community meeting on Thursday from 10am to 11am at Castle Eaton Village Hall, followed by two further meetings on Saturday

  • Win a bumper Christmas party for your community in Swindon

    COMMUNITY groups and neighbourhoods are being invited to apply for a party fund to help the get into the festive spirit. As the Christmas party season approaches, The Co-operative Food is setting up a £10,000 party fund for 100 parties nationwide. Local

  • Win chance to meet X Factor finalist Kye Sones

    BUSHWACKERS is once again offering a reader and five friends the chance to meet an X Factor contestant tomorrow night. The club, which is being paid a visit by every X Factor contestant as they are voted off each Thursday until Christmas, is welcoming

  • Swindon pupils have a bite at top cooking prize

    TWO PUPILS from a town secondary school have been named in the list of finalists in a national search to find the country’s next top cooking talent. Zach Field and Phoebe Hillyard, from Nova Hreod School, have made it to the final of the Red Tractor

  • Arson fear over Halloween fire in Swindon

    Police are investigating an arson attack at the entrance to an apartment block on Halloween. Firefighters and police officers were called to Aylesbury House in Aylesbury Street after the fire was spotted by a resident at about 7.15pm on October 31.

  • Thea Gilmore keeps it real

    Thea Gilmore’s song London was used on BBC coverage of the London 2012 Olympics montage of team GB medal winners. The folk, jazz, rock and Americana songbird has also proved herself a champion - in her music. She is heading for Swindon’s Arts Centre

  • A great night and all that jazz

    HAVING seen Chicago performed on the stage on numerous occassions (six to be exact, making this my seventh) I definitely knew what to expect as I took my seat in the auditorium. And as always, I was left enthralled by the performance - and more

  • Bonfire Night goes with a banger in Swindon

    THERE were plenty of ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ when families descended on Ruskin Junior School for bonfire night festivities. More than 800 people from Ruskin, Beechcroft Infant School and the Stratton community enjoyed fireworks in the school field on

  • Mail sorting office to open in time for Christmas

    A RUSH to snap up Christmas presents online has led Royal Mail to open a dedicated parcel sorting centre in Swindon for the festive season. The popularity of websites such as Amazon and eBay has led to the town being chosen as the location for

  • Car is flipped on roof in accident in Haydon Wick

    A MOTORIST was taken to hospital after his car flipped on its roof following a collision with another vehicle in Haydon Wick. The male driver needed treatment for injuries not described as serious after his blue Ford Focus was left upturned in the road

  • Petition for justice for Becky goes live

    A PETITION calling for justice for murdered Becky Godden-Edwards has gone live. The e-petition calls for the Home Office to carry out an urgent review of the application of Code C of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984. To add your signature

  • Newsagent warns plain cigarette packs will aid fake products

    A NEWSAGENT has warned her shop is being hit by illicit tobacco sales in Swindon, which are being made worse by constant Government tax hikes. Rosemary Earle, the co-owner of MI Earle in Newport Street, Old Town, also believes a proposal to introduce

  • Children made to say sorry after BB gun attack

    TWO boys aged just 11 and 12 have been forced to write grovelling apologies to another youngster they shot with a BB gun. A group of youths were reportedly firing at passers-by as well as other targets in broad daylight at St Marks Recreation Gorund

  • Teenagers accused of assault at Halloween

    A GIRL accused of being the ringleader of a gang which carried out a violent Halloween robbery on four teenage boys has appeared in court. The teenager, who sat next to her mother, allegedly brandished a knife during the attack on October 31 and

  • It Asda be Jahmene say old colleagues

    X Factor sensation Jahmene Douglas has already won the votes of JLS, Nicole Scherzinger and Yoko Ono – in words of praise, at least. Now the 21-year-old’s former colleagues at Asda will give his prospects a big push this weekend after the supermarket

  • Pensioner awoken by masked raider

    A MASKED raider who confronted a 72-year-old as he slept in the dead of night after breaking into the caravan he lived in, has been jailed for 16 months. But Sean Drayton won’t have to serve an extra day behind bars because he is currently serving

  • Gran had heart attack as pet was savaged

    A GRANDMOTHER suffered a heart attack in Swindon town centre when a dog seized her puppy in its jaws while she was holding it in her arms. Christine Kowalkowski-Cowling was holding the three-month-old Yorkshire terrier, called Pippa, when a pitbull-type

  • Night to forget for Walcot boxers

    Walcot’S young boxers endured a night they would rather forget when they attended Far Cotton’s boxing event in Northampton last Friday, writes Dave Veysey. Delays due to heavy traffic meant the 65-mile journey took two and a half hours, then the

  • Sluggish victory for Swindon

    SWINDON defied yet another sluggish start to snatch a 23-22 victory at home to Witney on Saturday with a last-gasp penalty from Adam Westall. The Greenbridge Road side have made a habit of offering their opposition a head start in recent weeks,

  • Back in the Black

    SWINDON Town chairman Sir William Patey has revealed the club could bring in new faces on loan as soon as this weekend, after announcing the Robins have emerged from embargo. Majority shareholder Andrew Black has pumped in the equity necessary

  • No cutting edge against Blades as Town grind out draw

    SWINDON Town ground out a gritty point with League One’s new leaders on a physical night at the County Ground. Sheffield United came to Wiltshire boasting an unbeaten record and the Blades used all their bulk and muscle to protect it. In contrast

  • Gemma BENNETT

    GEMMA BENNETT HAPPY 13th BIRTHDAY November 8, 2012 Love from Nan and family xx

  • Paul Robert CHILD

    CHILD Paul Robert 16.01.1963 - 07.11.2009 In loving memory of a much loved brother Love always Hev, Rich and Damien xxx

  • Paul CHILD

    CHILD Paul 3 years today you were taken away. Miss you so much. Love always, Mum. xx

  • Robert Thatcher

    THATCHER Robert Passed away peacefully at The Great Western Hospital on Wednesday October 31, 2012, aged 66 years. A much loved brother to Michael and Jean. Robert will be sadly missed by all family and friends. Funeral service will take place at

  • Barry Victor Young

    YOUNG Barry Victor Beloved husband, father, son and brother. Taken away too soon but according to God's plan. He will be missed forever. Funeral will take place on Wednesday November 14, 2012 at 10.30am at Kingsdown Crematorium. Flowers welcome or

  • Brian David Jones

    JONES Brian David Passed away suddenly at home on Wednesday October 24 aged 74 years. Dearly beloved husband of Deirdre, much loved dad of Nick, dearly loved father-in-law of Fay and beloved grandad of Ella. Brian will be greatly missed by his


    EDDOLLS Ken (Husband, Dad and Grampy) Birthday wishes we send to you, 22 years has passed, In our hearts your always be. Wife Val, Daughter's Susan, Sylvia, Linda, Helen and Gillian

  • Paul Edward Thompson

    THOMPSON Paul Edward "Tommo" 23/02/1955 - 07/11/2009 Sadly missed by both families and all his many friends. Remembered with love. Never more than a thought away, Quietly remembered every day, No longer in our lives to share, In our hearts you

  • Joan Hart

    HART Joan (Ex of Wootton Bassett) Joan passed away peacefully at the Cedars Care Home, Purton, on October 29 aged 88 years. Loving wife of Albert (deceased). The funeral service will be held at Kingsdown Crematorium on Wednesday November 14 at 3pm

  • Jean Joyce

    JOYCE Jean On November 1, 2012 peacefully passed away at Merlin Court, Marlborough. Dearly beloved mother and mother- in-law of Karin, Kay, Philip, Tony and dear grandmother of Alex, Richard, Eddie and Freya. Funeral Friday November 16, service and

  • Samuel John Harris

    HARRIS Samuel John Sam passed away peacefully on November 1, 2012 at Edgehill Care Home aged 102 years. Beloved husband of Evelyn for 72 years, dear father of Pamela and Jean, father-in-law to John and Bob and a loving grandfather and great grandfather

  • Kathleen Lambert

    LAMBERT Kathleen (Kay) Passed away peacefully at The Great Western Hospital on Saturday November 3 aged 71 years. A much loved and forever missed wife of Harry, mum of Liam and mother-in-law of Dawn. Funeral service to take place at Kingsdown Crematorium

  • Kathleen Curran (nee Conlon)

    Suddenly on Monday October 29, 2012, formerly of Caltra, Culleens, Co Sligo. Beloved widow of Michael; dear Mother of Ann, Denise, Theresa; Mother-in-law of John, Colm, Martin; Grandmother of Shannon, Liam, Martin, Mikey, Daniel, Niamh and Tom and Joe