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  • Charity out of pocket after firm’s collapse

    A CHARITY has been told it will not be given back a penny of the money it is owed by collapsed recycling firm Northwood Environmental. Swindon Scrapstore should have been paid more than £900 by the company, which folded in acrimonious circumstances

  • Specials get top honours

    More than 20 Special Constables will be presented with medals and certificates at the annual Wiltshire Police Special Constabulary awards ceremony on Saturday. Guests of honour will include the Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Richard Handover, the Under

  • Call for rethink on Wichelstowe district centre plan

    DISAPPOINTED Wroughton residents urged planners to go back to the drawing board after new plans for a nearby district centre failed to answer any of their concerns. A public meeting on Wednesday aimed to update the community on plans for the Middle

  • Swindon and Cricklade Railway project gets extra grant cash

    A RENOVATION project in Swindon which has been hit by delays has been awarded a grant of £6,000. Swindon and Cricklade Railway has secured the extra cash from The Hills Group after its coach renovation project suffered a setback due to two extreme

  • Dismay at PCC hopefuls

    I attended the PCC Candidates Question Time in Swindon with an open mind and much enthusiasm. By the end of the session, I was sorely disappointed by the political candidates. There was not one mention from them about a policy or any ideas on how to

  • In fear of Lodge closure

    I have been mentally ill with depression and extreme anxiety since the year 2000. I spent three visits of seven months at a time, very close together in Applewood at Sandalwood Court. I have been helped by the mental health team and my GP and without

  • Shaun gets help with Tube train challenge

    A SWINDON musician is battling through an exhausting schedule this week to put together an orchestra made up of strangers he has met on the London Underground. Shaun Buswell was back at home in Rodbourne writing music and trying to get some of the people

  • Funeral of Corporal Channing Day takes place

    HUNDREDS of people joined family and friends of Swindon-born Corporal Channing Day for her funeral in Northern Ireland today. The 25-year-old army medic, who served with 3 Medical Regiment, became the third British servicewoman to be killed in

  • Following the lost generation

    As the 100th anniversary of World War I looms, Tony Looch ventures on a path of discovery in Belgium It is now nearly 100 years since young Hugh Cameron Smith patriotically told the lie which ended his life in his teens, and yet when you hear his story

  • Swansea... what's not to like

    IF YOU’RE thinking of a weekend break in Wales, Cardiff is likely to be the first destination that springs to mind. But although it may lie in the shadows of the bustling capital city, Swansea does what other cities fail to achieve by catering for

  • Under the gaze of Mr Cameron

    Leigh Robinson revisits a country pub where the PM’s portrait hangs over the heads of diners EAT AT: The Five Alls Filkins, nr Lechlade, GL7 3JQ Tel: 01367 860875 http://thefiveallsfilkins.co.uk or email info@thefiveallsfilkins.co.uk Depending

  • The Chef's Table

    This week, it’s the turn of Terry Bell, 58, chef at the Campanile hotel, Westlea. Tel: 01793 514777 When did you first take an interest in cooking, and when did you decide you wanted to become a chef? I decided what I wanted to do before leaving

  • Diana Louise Millar

    Millar Peacefully on November 3, 2012 at Leighton Hospital, Diana Louise aged 89 years of Oakhanger (Formerly of Elizabeth House, Station Road, Devizes). The dearly loved and devoted wife of the late Robert Millar. Loving mum of Leslie and the late

  • Ivy Armstrong

    ARMSTRONG Ivy In our hearts your memory lingers, Sweetly, tender, fond and true, There is not a day dear Mum, That we do not think of you. With all our love Janet, Julie, Teresa, Matthew and families xxx

  • Mandy Jane Robins

    ROBINS Mandy Jane (Née Curtis) We do not need a special day, To bring you to our minds, For a day without you in our thoughts, Is very hard to find, Today, tomorrow, our whole lives through, We will always love and remember you. God Bless Mandy

  • Gwendolen Grace Crawley

    CRAWLEY Gwendolen Grace Penny and Judy would like to thank all family and friends, who attended Gwen’s funeral and for the messages of condolence and donations received for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance. Special thanks to Danielle, Cilla, Gary and

  • Roy James Leftwich

    LEFTWICH Roy James 'Local Artist' Roy passed away peacefully at home on November 4, 2012, aged 77 years. A much loved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend to many. Funeral to be held at Kingsdown Crematorium on Thursday November

  • Cristina TUCCI

    CRISTINA TUCCI HAPPY 16th BIRTHDAY 'BEAUTIFUL' Lots of love from Mum, Dad and Alex xxx

  • Mandy Robins

    ROBINS Mandy (Née Curtis) Missing a very special sister and aunty on her birthday. Always a fond memory, Many a silent tear, Wishing so much Mandy, That you were still here. Love you lots. From Lisa (deceased), Lorraine (Pop), Paul, Sheryl,

  • Christopher SMITH

    SMITH Christopher Peggy and family would like to thank neighbours, friends and everyone for all the cards, messages and donations received in Chris's memory. Also thank you to the district nurses and all at the Prospect Hospice

  • Raymond William Seal

    SEAL Raymond William “Ray” Ray passed away peacefully at the Prospect Hospice on November 3 aged 72 years. Loving husband of Lyn, dad to Charmaine and Derren and a devoted grampy to Ryan, Lauren and Danny. The funeral service will be held at Kingsdown

  • Meal and auction to help carers centre

    TICKETS are still on sale for an Italian dinner and art auction in aid of Swindon Carers Centre. The event, which takes place at San Marco Italian Restaurant in Faringdon Road on Monday, will see more than 30 pieces of art from local professional artists

  • We were razzle-dazzled

    Chicago New Theatre, Oxford until Saturday HAVING seen Chicago performed on the stage on numerous occasions (try six), I definitely knew what to expect. And as always, I was left enthralled by the performance – and more than a little jealous at

  • Trains are running as normal after landslip

    TRAIN services between Swindon and Bristol have been restored following a landslip. The landslip, which happened near the Chipping Sodbury tunnel earlier in the week, caused travel misery for commuters with some trains cancelled. Many routes were still

  • Schoolchildren get involved in neighbourhood as wardens

    CHILDREN at a primary school have been chosen as junior wardens in a scheme designed to get them more involved in their neighbourhood. Twelve Year 6 pupils at Drove Primary School in Drove Road have been picked by staff for an initiative that will help

  • Bereavement cause aided by fundraising ball

    IT WAS a case of black tie and tissues when Swindon SANDS (Stillbirth and NeoNatal Death Society) held its third annual awareness and fundraising ball last month. The ball on October 13 had the theme ‘Colours of Autumn and sold out all of its tickets

  • Antibiotics project is launched in Swindon

    A PROJECT designed to improve the way antibiotics are prescribed is underway at the Great Western Hospital. The hospital’s Trust has been undertaking the project to ensure they are only prescribed when absolutely necessary. At any one time approximately

  • Make a date to give views

    If you have recently used the respiratory, ophthalmology or ear, nose and throat department at GWH, the hospital would like to hear about your patient experience so they can improve their services.To do this they will hold focus groups at the GWH which

  • Top award for group who helps those addicted

    ZURICH Community Trust and leading drug and alcohol treatment charity Addaction have won the Cross Sector Partnership of the Year title at the Charity Times Awards, in London’s West End. The judges were particularly impressed by the partnership both

  • Runners gearing up to help Royal Legion

    HUNDREDS of runners are lining up to take part in the The Royal British Legion’s first Run2Remember event. The Run2Remember is open to all ages and abilities, will take place at 11am on Saturday in Lydiard Park. Participants can choose to run either

  • Splashing cash

    A PUPIL from Grange Infants School has been praised by staff at Prospect Hospice after organiser her very own swimming fundraiser. Cerys Jenkins, seven, of Stratton, recently completed 20 lengths of Dorcan pool to raise money for Prospect Hospice after

  • Bankrupt man may be jailed

    A MAN who ran a company while an undischarged bankrupt has been warned he could face a jail term. Geoffrey Tapsell was disqualified from forming a company between April 2009 and November 2010 when he was involved in GKT Securities. And the 55-year-old

  • Sex abuse trial in Swindon adjourned until February

    A PENSIONER who is accused of raping a young girl and sexually abusing two others is to face trial by judge and jury. Peter Compton, 67, is charged with carrying out the offences against the children over a 25-year period. Compton is accused of

  • Adver is tops for its sales

    The Swindon Advertiser was the best selling daily paper within Newsquest during October. The Adver sold an average of 17,325 copies a day during the month, beating 16 other daily newspapers. The Oxford Mail was the second best, with 17,118

  • Find Santa on canal journeys

    THE Wilts and Berks Canal Trust will hold canal trips in Swindon to find Santa every Saturday and Sunday in December at 10am, 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm from the landing stage in Kingshill. There will be presents for the children, mince pies and drinks

  • Volunteers are needed

    A VOLUNTEER meeting for this year’s Christmas Care shelter will take place tonight. The meeting, which starts at 8pm at Queens Drive Methodist Church, is for people who want to help at a shelter for homeless and lonely people over the Christmas period

  • LUNCHTIME DEBATE: What would you change about Swindon?

    EVERY weekday on the Adver's social networking site we run a lunchtime debate inviting readers to have their say on a chosen topic. Today's discussion is what would you change about Swindon?  Adver writer Barrie Hudson suggested changing the

  • Comet launch liquidation sale

    RETAILER Comet has started a stock liquidation sale today. The high street store's website says that everything is reduced - and thousands of people across the country are expected to try and pick up a bargain. Comet, which is being run by

  • Sounds around town with Dave Franklin

    I bumped into an old friend at a gig the other day. Oddly enough, the resulting conversation didn’t revolve around what we’d been doing in the decade since we’d last seen each other but, in the quirky way we have, it turned to the subject of mondegreens

  • Hip hop pioneers head for Swindon

    Ugly Duckling bring hip hop classics to The Vic in Old Town, Swindon, at 8pm on Sunday. Tickets are £10 in advance and £12 on the door. For more details call 01793 535713.

  • Burnthru are on fire in Swindon's 12 Bar

    Burnthru play at the 12 Bar, Westcott Place, Swindon, from 7.30pm, with support from Toadstool, The Starkers and The Damned and The Dirty on Saturday from 7.30pm.

  • The gang's all here for annual entertainment event

    SCOUTS and brownies from across Swindon are rehearsing to take part in a variety show at the Wyvern Theatre later this month. The Gang Show, which is in its 24th year in Swindon, will involve about 95 scouts, brownies, cubs, guides, and beavers

  • Scorpions' guitarist heads for Swindon

    Uli Jon Roth, former member of rock giants the Scorpions, still has a sting in his musical tail as he proves when he heads for Swindon. He has promised a full two hour gig for fans in Swindon. So The Vic in Old Town is throwing open its doors at the

  • Hairy moments in store this month for builders' yard

    WORKERS at Key Line Builders’ Merchants are dodging the razor and adopting the ‘chap’ look in an effort to raise funds for ‘Movember’. Staff at the firm’s branch in Shrivenham Road began sprouting facial hair on November 1 to support Prostate Cancer

  • Clary’s on the prowl

    JULIAN Clary will be looking for love when he plays a sold-out show in Swindon next week. “Because I’m still considered to be quite a catch and because your town is noted for its heterosexuals on the cusp, there’s bound to be stiff competition,” he said

  • Storey into England squad

    SWINDON Town striker Miles Storey has been called into the full England Under 19 squad. The forward, who has scored three goals in his last three appearances for the Robins, was previously on standby but has been summoned following injury to Manchester

  • Bereavement cause aided by fundraising ball

    IT WAS a case of black tie and tissues when Swindon SANDS (Stillbirth and NeoNatal Death Society) held its third annual awareness and fundraising ball last month. The ball on October 13 had the theme ‘Colours of Autumn and sold out all of its tickets

  • Man attacked in Victoria Road

    A MAN has been left needing facial surgery after an unprovoked attack as he walked to work at dawn. Detectives ave issued an urgent plea for witnesses to the violent assault on the 23-year-old man, which left him with a suspected fractured cheekbone

  • Loop pedal trickery from Alex Taylor

    BRISTOL’S Alex Taylor, son of celebrated jazz musicians John Taylor and Norma Winstone, has already been compared by critics to the likes of Damien Rice and Jeff Buckley. Prepare yourself for an energetic and passionate vocal performance, dextrous and

  • Schoolchildren get involved as neighbourhood wardens

    CHILDREN at a primary school have been chosen as junior wardens in a scheme designed to get them more involved in their neighbourhood. Twelve Year 6 pupils at Drove Primary School in Drove Road have been picked by staff for an initiative that will

  • UNSUNG HERO: It’s great for Greta

    FORMER primary school headteacher Greta Davies does not think she is all that deserving of praise. So the 67-year-old was stunned when she found out she had been nominated as the Adver’s Unsung Hero this week for her voluntary work at two churches

  • Wootton Bassett Arts Festival promises a weekend of talent

    TALENTED musicians, actors and public speakers will be taking to the stage this weekend for the Wootton Bassett Arts Festival. More than 250 people are taking part in the event at Royal Wootton Bassett Academy, which starts at 9.30am on Saturday

  • PREDICTIONS LEAGUE: Results

    Dear all, . I'll update the thread a little later today / tomorrow with both the Macclesfield and Sheff Utd results and updated league tables by Saturday latest. . Not impressed at all with the performance again last night, far too many

  • Laugh along with grumpy old Jenni

    MULTI-TALENTED Jenny Eclair brings her new stand-up show to the Wyvern Theatre on Wednesday. The 52-year-old comedian, novelist and TV presenter calls the show ‘Eclairious’, and scheduled dates take her to locations as diverse as Harpenden and Barnsley

  • Howell makes steady start in Singapore

    SWINDON golfer David Howell got off to a good start at the Singapore Open in the early hours of this morning. Howell carded a two-under-par first round of 69 to sit three strokes behind the current clubhouse leader, Thomas Bjorn. The Broome

  • BB gun children made to say they are sorry

    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

  • Man of many musical faces

    Paul Carrack is a soul man through and through, growing up in Sheffield when Motown, Stax and Atlantic were the Holy Trinity of chart music. His roots are reflected in his latest solo album, Good Feeling. He will sing tracks from the CD when he performs

  • The tango gets a twist

    Swindon Recital Series’ November concert next week presents pieces for viola and piano that span two centuries of music. The programme opens with Schumann’s elegant Fairytale Pictures, and is followed by Brahms’ second viola sonata. The final piece

  • Show has true Brit

    THE Olympic Games and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee have put the Great back into Britain this year, and this week around 250 talented youngsters will create The Best Of British. Patriotic fever is sweeping through Swindon’s Wyvern Theatre as dancers from

  • 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

  • Tributes to those who lost their lives in wartime

    SILENCE will fall across the country on Sunday as Swindon and surrounding town and villages mark Remembrance Sunday. Crowds will gather at the Cenotaph in Swindon town centre, the Steam Museum, Radnor Street Cemetery and Christ Church, as well

  • Petition’s lost pages scupper bus number 18 debate hope

    SWINDON Council will not hold a debate tomorrow over a decision to end a bus service between Park South and the Great Western Hospital – because it is thought part of a petition with almost 800 signatures was lost. In January, Thamesdown Transport

  • The twin powers ready for Walcot show

    Walcot’s boxing twins Kieran and Jordan O’Donoghue get the chance to perform in front of their home crowd on Friday when the Swindon club host their first event of the season, writes DAVE VEYSEY. The talented 14-year-olds have already achieved

  • THE VIC MORGAN COLUMN: Taking positives from the ugly truth

    THEY weren’t pretty were they? Neither of the two Swindon games this week set the pulses racing but both had different merits as far as our beloved football team is concerned. The FA Cup defeat by Macclesfield had no merit at all, really. It was

  • HOCKEY: Deadlock for North Wilts

    NORTH Wilts drew a blank for the first time this season as they played out a goalless stalemate with City of Bath A in Davis Wood Hockey League East Central 1 on Saturday. Neither side were able to retain possession for significant periods of time

  • Di Canio targets two midfielders

    PAOLO Di Canio will target two central midfielders in the emergency loan window now Swindon Town’s transfer embargo has been lifted, with one new face potentially arriving in time for the weekend clash with Walsall. Although the Robins manager

  • Bad timing for Wes' England bid

    WES Foderingham must rue the day he was born. Not literally, of course, as the former Crystal Palace man has enjoyed a sensational start to his professional career with Swindon Town. However, had the goalkeeper arrived into the world a couple of

  • PDC relies on lucky loans

    SWINDON Town will need an element of luck in the emergency loan market if they are to have any chance of maintaining a League One play-off push, according to manager Paolo Di Canio. The Robins sit seventh in the table following their goalless draw

  • Players in dark over embargo - McEveley

    JAY McEveley has revealed that Swindon Town’s players were unaware the transfer embargo had been lifted from the club's shoulders in the build-up to the clash with Sheffield United on Tuesday night. The left-back, one of the most consistent performers

  • Rosco defuses Bomber speculation

    SWINDON boss Alun Rossiter has poured cold water on rumours that his former captain Chris Harris could be set for a switch to Blunsdon next season. The two know each other well after Harris was a key part of Rossiter’s Coventry side which stormed

  • Parsons bags hat-trick for in-form Marine

    JOSH Parsons made swift work of fallen FA Cup underdogs Yate Town with a brilliant first-half hat-trick in Supermarine’s 3-0 Southern League win last night. Yate were the lowest ranked team left in last weekend’s first round proper and gave a good

  • Howell back in the Singapore swing

    DAVID Howell returns to competitive action after a fortnight’s break when the Singapore Open tees off at the Sentosa Golf Club. The Broome Manor pro will be hoping to continue the rich vein of form which has seen him claim fifth place at the Perth