Marlborough care home told it must improve by watchdog

This Is Wiltshire: Merlin Court care home in Marlborough. Picture by Amber Hicks

7:02am Saturday 5th September 2015

A SECOND Marlborough care home in the space of just over a month has been told it must improve after being inspected by the Care Quality Commission.

Fairtrade expert to visit Marlborough

8:29am Saturday 5th September 2015

MARLBOROUGH will welcome Joe Human, coordinator of the Cumbria Fairtrade Network, to a public meeting to discuss the benefits of being a Fairtrade town.

Police alerted to cannabis farm at Trowbridge Sewage Treatment Works

This Is Wiltshire: Knife raid on Chippenham newsagents

5:50pm Friday 4th September 2015

POLICE discovered a cannabis farm with more than 80 plants at the Trowbridge Sewage Treatment Works in Bradford Road, Trowbridge, on Thursday.

Merchant Navy Flag raising ceremony held at County Hall in Trowbridge

This Is Wiltshire: Chairman of Wiltshire Council Cllr Richard Britton, Deputy Lieutenant of Wiltshire Charles Bartholomew, Jane Scott, Sea Cadets and Members of the White Ensign with the Merchant Navy flag at the ceremony of Flag raising to recognise the work of seafarers.

5:47pm Friday 4th September 2015

A FLAG raising ceremony to honour Merchant Navy seafarers took place at County Hall in Trowbridge on Thursday (Sept 4), as part of a nationwide celebration.

Man, 24, guilty of attempted robberies and assaulting two Swindon sex workers

This Is Wiltshire:

4:35pm Friday 4th September 2015

A MAN has today been found guilty of attempted robbery and assault causing actual bodily harm on two Swindon sex workers.

Family of man killed after hitting wild boar on M4 'sorry' for lorry driver involved in crash

This Is Wiltshire: The M4 was closed after the crash.

1:47pm Friday 4th September 2015

A LORRY driver broke down in tears as he apologised to the family of Raymond Green for hitting his car in a fatal collision last January.

Field Trip Festival coming to West Ashton in Trowbridge next weekend

This Is Wiltshire: Jack and Ryan, who organised the Field Trip Festival.

5:04pm Friday 4th September 2015

A NEW one-day dance and electronic music festival created by two Frome-based friends is bringing some of the biggest names in dance music to West Ashton next Saturday (Sept 12).

30 years of business for church turned antiques centre

This Is Wiltshire: Traders Robert White and June Weller with Marlborough Parade Antiques Centre owner Gary Wilkinson (centre). Picture by Amber Hicks

4:56pm Friday 4th September 2015

THIRTY years ago a church in Marlborough was given a new identity and transformed into a treasure trove of antiques.

Grieving family members pay tribute to 'free spirit' Matty Collard

This Is Wiltshire:

1:52pm Friday 4th September 2015

GRIEVING family members have paid tribute to popular Swindon labourer and “free spirit” Matty Collard, who died suddenly last month.

Broken parking machines in Marlborough angering drivers

This Is Wiltshire:

11:04am Friday 4th September 2015

FRUSTRATED motorists are fed up with the parking ticket machines in Marlborough High Street being out of order.

Trowbridge mum angry with ASDA's response to two-year-old daughter's in store seizure

This Is Wiltshire: Alana Cope seizure Asda.  Sarah Cope with daughter Alana, aged two  Mum  unhappy after Asda did nothing  while Alana had a seizure. Pics Trevor Porter 51819 4. (37258100)

12:19pm Friday 4th September 2015

DISTRESSED Trowbridge mum Sarah Cope has criticised the response of ASDA staff at The Shires shopping centre, after she claims staff ignored her when her two-year-old suffered a seizure during a shopping trip on Saturday.

UPDATE: MPs urged to help solve refugee crisis

This Is Wiltshire:

9:11am Friday 4th September 2015

A PETITION has been launched urging Justin Tomlinson and Robert Buckland to take action in the Commons over the refugee crisis.

Boy, 12, faces police questions over skate park assault

This Is Wiltshire:

10:34am Friday 4th September 2015

A 12-year-old boy is being questioned by police after an incident at a Swindon skate park.

Confetti rains down in Devizes

This Is Wiltshire: Devizes confetti battle.Siobhan Boyle (SMB654/9). (37468071)

9:58am Friday 4th September 2015

PEOPLE of all ages thronged Devizes Market Place on Wednesday evening for the traditional carnival confetti battle.

Pewsey pub hands over cheque to air ambulance

This Is Wiltshire: Richard Stawt, Frank Day, Debbie and Barry Hussey and Geoff Saxby who helped organise the day at the Royal Oak with air ambulance volunteer Sean Devine. Picture by Amber Hicks

7:58pm Thursday 3rd September 2015

GENEROUS residents in and around Pewsey have helped raise more than £2,000 for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance following a family fun day at The Royal Oak.

Best friend to run in honour of Dan Climance

This Is Wiltshire:

8:49am Friday 4th September 2015

THE heartbroken best friend of an 11-year-old boy who died in a road crash will take part in a fundraising event in his memory.

Fears as more buses are targeted by stone throwers

This Is Wiltshire:

4:56pm Thursday 3rd September 2015

POLICE are appealing for information after a series of stone throwing attacks on buses in Swindon.

Fears growing in Trowbridge and surrounding villages over proposed sites for housing

This Is Wiltshire: (37412067)

8:07am Friday 4th September 2015

FEARS are growing for residents in Trowbridge and the surrounding villages about land identified by Wiltshire Council for additional homes to meet overall housing requirements in the county.

First Maiden Bradley Arts Festival a master piece

This Is Wiltshire: Jules Horn with her painting exhibition at the Maiden Bradley Arts Festival. Pics Trevor Porter 51804 1. (37017593)

5:02pm Friday 4th September 2015

MAIDEN Bradley will now have an annual arts festival following a fantastic first year.

HELD: Man, 46, arrested over M4 fuel fraud charges

This Is Wiltshire:

4:44pm Friday 4th September 2015

POLICE have arrested and charged a man in connection with a series of fraud offences which occurred along the M4 in Wiltshire.

North Swindon Community Fun Day and 6 other things to do in this weekend (September 5/6)

This Is Wiltshire: Pic By Dave Cox.North Swindon community fun day at Brook Park , Redhouse..left 2 right - Princess and the spider- first names only.Pic - Anna , Ebony, Elsa.Date 6/9/14. (31967604)

4:52pm Friday 4th September 2015

North Swindon Community Fun Day takes place on Saturday with organisers hoping for even more visitors than the 4,000 who turned out for the first one last year.

Woman suffers head injuries in M4 crash which is causing eastbound delays

This Is Wiltshire:

2:20pm Friday 4th September 2015

HIGHWAYS England is warning drivers to expect delays on the M4 until 6pm this evening following a crash in which a vehicle overturned.

Trowbridge firm Pet Planet holds Pet of the Year photography competition

This Is Wiltshire: Pet Planet is holding a photography competition on September 19. Picture of the pet store opening new premises in Castle St last year.GPHILLIPS (48049-1)

12:24pm Friday 4th September 2015

TROWBRIDGE shop Pet Planet will be offering animal owners an opportunity to win a large photo of their pet and a £50 voucher as part of a free Pet of the Year Competition on September 19.

Signalling problem delays trains in and out of London Paddington

This Is Wiltshire: FGW train new

11:54am Friday 4th September 2015

A signalling problem at London Paddington this morning is causing services in and out of the capital to be held up.

Otter pays visit to Swindon garden in rare day-time appearance

This Is Wiltshire: The otter spotted in the garden of south east Swindon householder. Wiltshire and Swindon Biological Records Centre has welcomed the sighting. (37405163)

10:46am Friday 4th September 2015

ONE of the UK’s most secretive mammals has made a rare day-time appearance in a Swindon garden - and there has been otter delight from wildlife fans.

Cycle fan turns passion into a business

This Is Wiltshire: Rob Rowe and Jonathan Wickham in new showroom of Urchfont cycle shop FTR

9:47am Friday 4th September 2015

CYCLING enthusiast Robert Rowe, who turned a passion into a business, is celebrating moving into a new and bigger showroom.

Former Marlborough hockey player completes gruelling charity feat

This Is Wiltshire: Achieving their goal: Alex Szerezla, Sam's dad Des, Sam Evans and Sam's mum Nicki

9:23pm Friday 4th September 2015

SAM Evans from Marlborough has completed a gruelling two week challenge cycling the length of Britain for charity.

Dedicated volunteers and Marlborough fire crew thanked by charity

This Is Wiltshire: From Macmillan are l-r Jan Harris (area fundraising manager), Steven Goodrick (fundraising manager, Wilts) and Elaine Bovey (Head of Region for Central and South West). Pictured with them are members of Marlborough Fire and Rescue Service and volunteers f

7:54pm Friday 4th September 2015

LOYAL volunteers and helpers for Macmillan Cancer Support have been praised for their fundraising and treated to a celebration tea at Marlborough Fire Station.

Talented piano duo to play in Marlborough

This Is Wiltshire:

1:31pm Friday 4th September 2015

ACCLAIMED piano duet Berendina Cook and Matthew Stanley will be performing in Marlborough to raise money for Mayor Margaret Rose’s chosen charity.

Swindon Open Studios organisers ready to show artwork at annual exhibition

This Is Wiltshire: Work by Rachel Pryor, who is taking part in Swindon Open Studios this year.

12:48pm Friday 4th September 2015

AS WELL as organising this year’s Swindon Open Studios – which gets underway today – artists Rachel Pryor and Jane Milner-Barry will also be displaying their work.

Beer ice cream and lager sorbets on Old Town's Sausage and Ale Trail

This Is Wiltshire: Pic By Dave Cox
Sausage and Ale trail in Old Town.
left 2 right - Wood St Food Hall
Pic - Marcus Cole, Simon Rhodes
Date 7/9/14 (35908374)

11:15am Friday 4th September 2015

“A scoop of beer ice cream with your bratwurst, Madam?” You may recoil at the notion – lager-flavoured cones are, after all, an acquired taste.

Factory that will build the West's new high speed trains officially opened by Prime Minister

This Is Wiltshire: Prime Minister David Cameron delivers a speech at the opening of the £82m Hitachi Rail Europe vehicle manufacturing facility in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham.

10:31am Friday 4th September 2015

A FACTORY building the high-speed trains that will be serving Swindon in two years' time was officially opened this week.

Birthday celebrations for 100-year-old Warminster resident and ex-WWII soldier

This Is Wiltshire: Ronald Smith with a card from the Queen celebrating his 100th birthday (37264238)

10:03am Friday 4th September 2015

WARMINSTER’S Ronald Smith marked a special occasion with family and friends this week, as the former World War Two Second World War soldier celebrated his 100th birthday.

Pals to aid charities with 50k path challenge

This Is Wiltshire: Esther Newman, Denise Webb, Emma McArdle

9:24am Friday 4th September 2015

A TRIO of friends will take on a 50km challenge to raise money for charities.

Man, 26, faces trial over Swindon drug dealing charges

This Is Wiltshire:

9:28am Friday 4th September 2015

A MAN from north London who is said to have been involved in drug dealing in Swindon is to face trial by judge and jury.

Chilli eating competition promises to spice up Melksham's first Food and River Festival

This Is Wiltshire: Kevin Gover with the Wiltshire Chilli Farm at last year's food festival

6:00am Friday 4th September 2015

MELKSHAM’S first ever Food & River Festival is sure to be a sizzling event whatever the weather when it opens in the town centre this weekend.

Try a fish kofta on Sausage and Ale Trail

This Is Wiltshire: SOMETHING FISHY

2:40pm Friday 4th September 2015

Something Fishy with Simon Rhodes of the Lobster Pot Fishmongers, Wood Street Food Hall, Swindon

Pub grub lives up to its rather bland repute

This Is Wiltshire:

2:30pm Friday 4th September 2015

First impressions were promising. The quirky decor — old gramophones and brass instruments juxtaposed with bunches of dusty, dried hops — made me think this place might be a break from the mould, somewhere offering a respite from the usual fried foods and pub grub.

Market has sweet taste of honey back on board

This Is Wiltshire: Gerb

2:34pm Friday 4th September 2015

Market manager Kardien Gerbrandstalks about Swindon farmers' markets

I'm swotting up for my turn on Question Time in the chamber, says MP

This Is Wiltshire: Justin Tomlinson MP for Swindon North

2:00pm Friday 4th September 2015

THE Bank Holiday is over and September is upon us already as we are busily asking ourselves where the summer has gone.

Royal British Legion set to commemorate Battle of Britain

This Is Wiltshire:

11:08am Friday 4th September 2015

A BATTLE of Britain-themed coffee morning will be held by the Royal British Legion this week to honour the 75th anniversary of the events.

Parks set to celebrate community with family fun day

This Is Wiltshire: A previous fun day held at Restore in Parks.

10:42am Friday 4th September 2015

PARK South is getting ready for the first ever Party In The Parks event, aimed at bringing the community together for a fun day and to celebrate the area.

Cases of E coli at Great Western Hospital double compared to last year

This Is Wiltshire: Cases of E coli at Great Western Hospital in Swindon double compared to last year

10:08am Friday 4th September 2015

CASES of E coli at the Great Western Hospital have doubled compared to the same period last year, marking a two-year-high in infections.

Splashpad in Chippenham to open later and longer in 2016

This Is Wiltshire: The splashpad being opened at John Coles Park earlier this year. Lilly-May Belcher from Chippenham, Caitlin Gavin-Taylor from Derry Hill and Ross Gavin-Taylor having fun By Diane Vose DV2267/07

9:08am Friday 4th September 2015

THE popular Splashpad in John Coles Park in Chippenham is to be open later and longer next summer.

Cloudy day in store for Swindon and Wiltshire before a brighter Saturday

This Is Wiltshire:

7:44am Friday 4th September 2015

A CLOUDY day with occasional sunny spells is in store for Swindon and across Wiltshire, according to forecasters.

'Quitting smoking was the best thing I ever did,' says Stoptober veteran

This Is Wiltshire: Helen Miah gave up smoking for Stoptober in 2012.

12:46pm Friday 4th September 2015

THREE years after kicking the habit, former 20-a-day smoker Helen Miah says taking part in Stoptober was the best thing she ever did.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Carol Aplin

This Is Wiltshire:

12:00pm Friday 4th September 2015

Carol Aplin, 57, Old Town, founder of Pink & Green Organic Skincare

Unity in opposition to 'pivotal development' near Lydiard Park

This Is Wiltshire: Protesters launch a campaign against homes to be built at Lydiard Park..Pictured: Small group of protesters with James Gray MP (CENTRED LEFT), Mollie Groom (CENTRE) and Robert Buckland MP (CENTRED RIGHT)..06.12.14 Pic by Vicky Scipio. (33774021)

1:09pm Friday 4th September 2015

A UNITED front has been formed in opposition to what could be a landmark ruling for development on the borders of treasured heritage site Lydiard Park.

Free market comes to Royal Wootton Bassett

This Is Wiltshire: Plants from trader Claire Tovey

1:20pm Friday 4th September 2015

THE free market has taken on new meaning for traders in Royal Wootton Bassett after the town council waived pitch fees for a whole year.

Officers set out on trek for charity

This Is Wiltshire: Thomas Kelsey 01/02/15
Officers from local crome team are walking the ridgeway in 48 hours to raise money for heart foundation and prospect. Pictured PC Tom Ashforth and PC Carl Jones. (37558474)

1:16pm Friday 4th September 2015

NINE months after vowing to test their limits for charity, a dozen local crime investigators from Swindon will spend their weekend hiking the Ridgeway for charity.








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