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Swindon woman makes quilt to raise money for Wiltshire Air Ambulance

West Swindon Sewing Bee makes quilt for raffle

A woman who is known as the Swindon Sewing Bee is helping to raise money for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance. Yvonne Henson from Sparcells has put together a spectacular quilt from her small unit at Base...

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Search for Sian items, over 3 years after her murder

Wiltshire Police have been searching for a handbag and personal items that belonged to Sian O’Callaghan, who was murdered in March 2011. For the last two days, a search team has been working in...

Seasonal Community Fair at Swindon Central Library

Poetry, face painting and craft sessions are just some of the activities on offer at the Central Library this Saturday - 6 December. The Regent Circus library will be staging a Community Fair, run by...


Swindon students track wolves and bears in Poland

North Swindon women on the trail for wolves and bears

Joanne Tomlinson, wife of Justin Tomlinson MP, and Jodie Cobb from Abbey Meads joined four other Wiltshire students on an exciting field study tracking large carnivores i...

72 year old charged with sexual abuse in 1970s to face trial

Raymond Clarke pleaded not guilty to four counts of gross indecency, one of indecent assault and another sexual assault.

A man who is accused of sexually abusing two young boys in Swindon in the 1970s is to face trial by judge and jury. Raymond Clarke pleaded not guilty to four counts of gross indecency, one of indecen...


North Swindon MP backs grisly report exposing wildlife cybertrade

IFAW shows how thousands of endangered species are bought and sold on the Internet

A murky multi-million pound trade in wild animals and their parts is booming across online marketplaces, with questions being asked as to the legality of many advertisements offering endangered specie...


Dickens comes to Nova Hreod School on 16 December

Festive gathering in North Swindon

  Nova Hreod Academy on Akers Way is hosting a Dickensian themed Christmas fundraising event on Tuesday 16 December, with craft stalls, merry festive music, Santa’s Grotto and performanc...

Santa takes break to visit Swindon’s libraries

Children under five will be given a pre-Christmas treat when a special visitor pops in to their local library.

Children under five will be given a pre-Christmas treat when a special visitor pops in to their local library.   Santa Claus will take time out from his busy schedule to deliver story times and...

Advice for people with diabetes in Swindon and Wiltshire on keeping well over festive season

Diabetes UK offers advice to people in Swindon and Wiltshire living with diabetes on how to manage their health while enjoying Christmas.

Diabetes UK is offering advice to the 32,000 people in Swindon and Wiltshire living with diabetes on how to manage their health while enjoying Christmas. The charity recognises that following a healt...


Lydiard creates cider history from ancient apples

Heritage crop from Walled Garden make new product, available from today

This year’s crop of heritage apples grown from the well-loved Georgian Walled Garden at Lydiard Park have been used for the first time ever to create a unique cider product just in time for Chri...


Nationwide awarded for military support

SaBRE recognises Swindon-based firm

Nationwide has been presented with a Silver Award by SaBRE (Support for Britain's Reservists and Employers) in recognition of its ongoing commitment to support the armed forces community. Nationwide,...

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Asia King hosts Wroughton festive workshop

Talented papercraft designer Asia King is getting creative for Christmas at Sparkle Dreams, Wroughton, on Saturday when she holds a festive workshop. Asia will be demonstrating how to create a beauti...


Warrant issued as alleged rogue trader skips court

Search is on for Frank Webb after 57-year-old fails to appear at Swindon Crown

A judge has issued a warrant for the arrest of a man who is accused of unfair trading in relation to work on people's driveways. Frank Webb had been due to appear at Swindon Crown Court to enter his ...

Young people in Swindon given a helping hand thanks to the Midcounties Co-operative

Providing more work experience placements than ever before

Young people across Swindon have been given a valuable insight into the world of employment thanks to The Midcounties Co-operative, which has provided a record number of work experience placements ove...


10 perfect Christmas presents AND a chance to win Monty the penguin goody bag

We trawl the shelves at Mannington's John Lewis to find great gifts for the whole family

  Leaving the Christmas shopping late? Decided against fighting over a £200 widescreen TV at a supermarket on Black Friday? Join us for a more sedate and dignified retail experience. ...


Vote on Hills Group's Christmas donation

Threshold, GWH children's unit and Wiltshire Sight up for extra charity bonus

This Christmas, instead of sending the customary Christmas cards, the Hills Group will again donate to charity to help brighten the festive season for those less fortunate. Members of the public are ...


11 things to do around Swindon this weekend

Your regular guide to what's happening around the town

HELLO. I'm sorry, but there will be no escaping Christmas on these lists for the next three weeks. Just embrace it. It's the most wonderful time of the year etc... 1. FESTIVE MARKET Launching on Thu...


Female driver arrested after Lydiard fireworks trouble

Woman, 46, accused of common assault and dangerous driving

Police are investigating an incident which occurred following the fireworks event in Lydiard Park, Swindon on Saturday 1 November 2014. At around 7:45pm there was an altercation between a female driv...


Stratton man, 37, stole £1,000 from his own mother

Lee Johnson released on bail

A man who stole £1,000 from his mum when he went to her house has been released on bail by a judge. Lee Johnson had been charged with burglary in relation to the incident, which he denied, and ...


Teen threatened to cut off policeman's head

Jail for Kesley Tuck, 18

A teenage yob who threatened to cut off a policeman's head with large kitchen knife has been jailed for 40 weeks. Kesley Tuck brandished the blade at the officer after he had been to his flat hunting...


Men raid Domino's Pizza armed with meat cleavers

Robbers leave Windbrook Meadow branch with small amount of cash

Police are appealing for information regarding an armed robbery which took place in the early hours of Monday 1 December. At approximately 1am, two men entered Domino's Pizza, Windbrook Meadow and th...

St Joseph's Catholic college achieves Ofsted Good rating

School on Ocotal Way out of special measures

After 14 months in special measures, St Joseph’s Catholic College received a rating of Good in all categories during its OFSTED inspection in November. In his report Her Majesty’s Inspect...


11 arrested, £50k seized as drug raid figures rise

Saturday's Operation Harness numbers revealed

A day of action under Operation Harness was successfully carried out in Swindon and across Wiltshire on Saturday, with the aim to tackle, disrupt and dismantle dangerous drugs networks. The Operation...

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GWH preparing for Ebola case

Hospital to carry out simulation exercise on Wednesday

Staff at the Great Western Hospital will be running through their response to receiving a patient with suspected Ebola on Wednesday. Although the overall risk of Ebola to the UK remains low, this imp...

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Police step up roadside enforcement to battle festive drink drivers

Force launches annual campaign for December

Wiltshire Police alongside Wiltshire and Swindon Community Safety Partnership launch the annual Christmas Drink and Drug Driving Campaign today. The campaign, which aims to educate drivers about the ...


ASK AMS: Should I charge VAT?

In our new series of financial advice articles, Peter Bromiley at AMS Accountancy answers your queries

In our new series of financial advice articles, Peter Bromiley at AMS Accountancy answers your queries... Q: I’m VAT registered and will be invoicing an overseas customer.  Presumably, the...