Children's services need to be more consistent admit Wiltshire Council

This Is Wiltshire: Ofsted social services. Carolyn Godfrey( seated) and Laura Mayes at work at Wiltshire Council council to improve the Ofsted report. Pics Trevor Porter 51818 3. (37209712)

6:12am Thursday 3rd September 2015

CABINET member Laura Mayes has defended Wiltshire Council's children's services after it was branded as requiring improvement by Ofsted.

Teenage girl hurt in late night assault in Devizes

This Is Wiltshire: Sgt Vincent Logue

6:02am Thursday 3rd September 2015

A TEENAGE girl is recovering after she said she attacked by a man with a metal pole during the early hours of Sunday morning, as she and her boyfriend returned home from a night out at the Corn Exchange in Devizes.

Worthy causes jump for joy at £150k funding

This Is Wiltshire: Park South and Walcot community centre has recieved £30,000 in grants from the peoples trust. Pictured Ram Thiagarajah of the Park South and Walcot community centre next to activities board..02/09/15 Thomas Kelsey. (37340382)

10:28am Thursday 3rd September 2015

TOWN charities are celebrating after they scooped more than £150,000 in grants.

Police appeal for witnesses following bus robbery in Melksham

This Is Wiltshire: Trio jailed for fraud to tune of £800,000

11:11am Thursday 3rd September 2015

POLICE are appealing for information following a robbery that took place on a bus in Melksham yesterday evening.

Busy Bees Southwick celebrates opening of new building

This Is Wiltshire: Invited guest Lesley Shallard of Southwick Primary cuts the tape along with Manager Claire Harford, Busy Bees pre-school staff and Cllr Horace Pricket to officially open the new Busy bees new building at Southwick.. Pics Trevor Porter (51820 2)

9:12am Thursday 3rd September 2015

DELIGHTED staff and children at Busy Bees Southwick celebrated the opening of the pre-school’s brand new building on Wednesday (Sept 2), after years of hard work funding the project.

Bid for Swindon enterprise zone to boost business

This Is Wiltshire: An artist's impression of a regenerated Fleming Way

5:02am Thursday 3rd September 2015

A BID to boost economic growth in parts of the town centre is being prepared by the local enterprise partnership.

Government may have to expect less of councils

This Is Wiltshire: Thomas Kelsey 24/03/14
Council Leader David Renard in the hot seat. Pictured Cllr David Renard. (37391427)

10:24am Thursday 3rd September 2015

THE Government may have to rethink its expectations of local councils if it continues to pile on cost pressures and cut budgets, according to Swindon Borough Council leader David Renard.

Breaking news Thanks as missing teenager found safe and well in Swindon

This Is Wiltshire: Trio jailed for fraud to tune of £800,000

9:35am Thursday 3rd September 2015

POLICE have confirmed that Melissa Bowles, 14, who was reported missing from North Wales last week has been found safe and well.

MP Justin calls in as barber brothers’ salon launch

This Is Wiltshire: The Cut a new barbers at Greenmeadow is opening. Pictured  Gianluca Mazzotta, Domenico Mazzotta and MP Justin Tomlinson in the chair..01/09/15 Thomas Kelsey. (37136637)

9:22am Thursday 3rd September 2015

BARBERSHOP brothers Domenico and Gianluca Mazzotta were snip-happy at the launch of their new family-run salon this week.

Woman treated for leg injuries after five vehicle accident on A36

This Is Wiltshire:

9:16am Thursday 3rd September 2015

A FEMALE motorist was taken to hospital with minor leg injuries after a five vehicle accident on the A36 near Warminster.

Seven-year-old Melksham biker sets the pace at Silverstone

This Is Wiltshire: Race ace in the making  seven year old Ryan Hitchcock  who set fastest lap at Silverstone on his Mini Moto at the weekend.. Pics Trevor Porter TP51825-7

9:05am Thursday 3rd September 2015

MELKSHAM could be home to the next Valentino Rossi after seven-year-old Ryan Hitchcock took part in a special Moto GP Weekend race at Silverstone.

Stone-throwing yobs force Queens Drive bus evacuation

This Is Wiltshire: Peter Oliver, of Thamesdown Transport, says CCTV video of the incident will be passed to police

8:54am Thursday 3rd September 2015

PASSENGERS had to be transferred from a Thamesdown Transport bus when stones being thrown on Queens Drive broke a window and put it out of service.

Bus driver attacked and robbed in Melksham

This Is Wiltshire: Police step up patrols after damage at Malmesbury beauty spot

11:16am Thursday 3rd September 2015

A FEMALE bus driver in Melksham was attacked and robbed by a passenger yesterday evening.

Nurses praise Macmillan as inspiring nursing service celebrates 40th birthday

This Is Wiltshire: Nurses (l-r) Gail Daley, Jane Douglass (CORR) and Sally Black

10:21am Thursday 3rd September 2015

A TRIO of Macmillan nurses who have dedicated their lives to helping cancer patients have spoken about the importance of specialist care as the iconic service celebrates its 40th anniversary.

Money worries 'biggest strain on relationships'

This Is Wiltshire: Money worries are the biggest strain in a relationship, a survey has found

10:16am Thursday 3rd September 2015

A RELATIONSHIP charity in Swindon is calling on the government to consider the impact new policies have on family relationships, after it was revealed that money worries are the biggest strain for couples.

Pottering about for a lesson in magic at Chiseldon Primary School

This Is Wiltshire:

10:09am Thursday 3rd September 2015

THE end of the summer holidays could not come soon enough for pupils at Chiseldon Primary School as they prepared to journey to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

VIDEO: Eyes to the skies for flypast during Swindon's Battle of Britain tribute

This Is Wiltshire: A Spitfire and a Hurricane fly over North Weald

9:47am Thursday 3rd September 2015

Fighter planes of the Second World War will make a flypast over Swindon on Battle of Britain Day.

New town centre post for officers as force cuts front counter services

This Is Wiltshire: Gablecross police station

9:31am Thursday 3rd September 2015

A RESTRUCTURE of Wiltshire Police’s front counter services will see opening hours slashed across the county, but a boost for Swindon with a new town centre point.

Author Shanta Acharya drops in to Central Library

This Is Wiltshire:

10:34am Thursday 3rd September 2015

Writer and poet Shanta Acharya will be giving a talk to Swindon literature fans at the Central Library in Regent Circus, on September 22 from 7.15pm until 8.30pm.

Delays on the M4 after vehicle fire

This Is Wiltshire:

7:54am Thursday 3rd September 2015

A VEHICLE fire on the M4 eastbound near junction 15 is causing delays for drivers this morning.

Children's services need to be more consistent admit Wiltshire Council

This Is Wiltshire: Ofsted social services. Carolyn Godfrey( seated) and Laura Mayes at work at Wiltshire Council council to improve the Ofsted report. Pics Trevor Porter 51818 3. (37209712)

6:01am Thursday 3rd September 2015

CABINET member Laura Mayes has defended Wiltshire Council's children's services after it was branded as requiring improvement by Ofsted.

First Great Western hopeful agreement will be reached without further strike action

This Is Wiltshire: First Great Western hopeful agreement will be reached without further strike action

11:59am Thursday 3rd September 2015

TRAIN operator First Great Western has said it is hopeful an agreement will be reached with union RMT to avoid any further strike action following a three-day walk-out over the bank holiday weekend.

Changes in law needed to prevent lorries getting stuck on country lanes

9:52am Thursday 3rd September 2015

LORRY drivers could be forced to use specialist HGV Sat Navs to prevent them getting stuck in country lanes after the issue was raised with Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin.

New photo of missing Swindon teenager Melissa Bowles released by police

This Is Wiltshire:

12:00pm Wednesday 2nd September 2015

A NEW photograph of Swindon teenager Melissa Bowles, who went missing from North Wales last week and may have been seen in the town, has been released by police.

Police arrest six teenagers following incident in Trowbridge on Saturday night

6:07pm Wednesday 2nd September 2015

POLICE arrested six teenagers in The Down area of Trowbridge on Saturday night (Aug 29), following reports from members of the public about criminal damage and a chase.

Gambling addict banned from shops for phone scam

This Is Wiltshire: Jamie Symonds appeared at Swindon magistrates after committing fraud..Pic - Jamie Symonds.Date 2/9/15.Pic By Adver photographer. (37349837)

5:58pm Wednesday 2nd September 2015

A GAMBLING addict has been told he cannot enter any betting shops after pleading guilty to defrauding victims out of several thousand pounds to pay off huge debts.

'Sophisticated and determined' cocaine gang jailed for total of 59 years

This Is Wiltshire:

2:02pm Wednesday 2nd September 2015

EIGHT people have today been sentenced to a total of nearly 59 years in jail for their part in a conspiracy to supply class A drugs in Swindon.

Opera super-fan meets idol Andrea Bocelli

This Is Wiltshire: Grace Jones was left shocked when she met her idol Andrea Bocelli in Italy

10:00am Wednesday 2nd September 2015

AN opera super-fan was rendered speechless when she met global singing sensation and her idol Andrea Bocelli last month.

Wiltshire Council and Balfour Beatty agree to end troubled £150m highways contract early

This Is Wiltshire: Balfour Beatty contracts.The Wiltshire Council depot at Melksham where meetings were taken place . Pics Trevor Portet 51824 3. (37350560)

4:28pm Wednesday 2nd September 2015

WILTSHIRE Council has confirmed it has come to an agreement with Balfour Beatty Living Places to end the heavily criticised £150m contract to maintain the county’s roads and streets two years early.

Marlborough LitFest hoping to create a buzz about books for youngsters

This Is Wiltshire: Chippenham author Sarah Singleton who is taking part in Marlborough LitFest's Big School Read

3:34pm Wednesday 2nd September 2015

MARLBOROUGH LitFest is hoping to inspire a new breed of bookworms with a host of events just for youngsters.

Teenage girl hurt in late night Devizes assault

This Is Wiltshire: Sgt Vincent Logue

1:27pm Wednesday 2nd September 2015

A TEENAGE girl is recovering after she said she was attacked by a man with a metal pole during the early hours of Sunday morning, as she and her boyfriend returned home from a night out at the Corn Exchange in Devizes.

Westbury mum wins fight against parking fine at St Stephen's Place in Trowbridge

This Is Wiltshire: Mum Naomi Paterson from westbury with her children Alfie and Megan at St Stephens Place Trowbridge Car park. She was given a parking fine but she had displayed a Free Three hour ticket in her car. .Pics by Diane Vose DV2494/04. (36562207)

11:31am Wednesday 2nd September 2015

WESTBURY mum Naomi Paterson has received an apology from parking enforcement company UK Parking Control, after being given a parking fine during a visit to the Odeon Cinema in Trowbridge.

Taste of Asia as celebrity chef visits Melksham

This Is Wiltshire: Celebrity Chef Ken Hom at Leekes. Pics Trevor Porter TP51817-2

10:38am Wednesday 2nd September 2015

MASTER of Asian cooking, Ken Hom, stopped off in Melksham this week to give avid fans a flavour of his culinary skills with a special wok demonstration.

Wogan has Devizes eating out of his hand

This Is Wiltshire: Terry Wogan and Mason McQueen filming in Devizes

10:30am Wednesday 2nd September 2015

IRISH charmer Terry Wogan had the people of Devizes eating out of his hand when he and London cabbie Mason McQueen spent the day in town for the new show Terry & Mason's Great Food Trip.

Malmesbury gets set for Saturday's carnival spectacular

This Is Wiltshire: Paul Lewis, Helen Chapman and Mark Lewis on The Whole Hog pub's float at last year's Malmesbury Carnival

9:36am Wednesday 2nd September 2015

FINAL preparations are being made for the biggest day of the year in Malmesbury on Saturday when the carnival procession parades through the town.

Dorothy House Hospice receives almost £2k from Monahans' Trowbridge staff

This Is Wiltshire: Dorothy House community fundraiser Steph Cox, left, receives cheque from Monahans' Nicola Heath

8:49am Wednesday 2nd September 2015

DOROTHY House Hospice Care has thanked the customers and staff at the Trowbridge office of Monahans, after receiving a cheque for almost £2,000 from the chartered accountants.

Unveiled: Vision to make Swindon feel more like a city

This Is Wiltshire:

6:45pm Tuesday 1st September 2015

A NEW vision for the town has been developed by Swindon Borough Council as it seeks to redefine its role in the face of huge budget pressures.

Trowbridge Rugby Club's family fun day defies the rain

This Is Wiltshire: Trowbridge Rugby Club hold a Family Fun day at the Club. .Pictured are Harvey and Nathan trying their hand at being Gladiators. .Pics by Diane Vose DV2506/01. (37014503)

6:22am Wednesday 2nd September 2015

GLADIATORIAL competitions and rugby taster sessions were among the activities on offer at Trowbridge Rugby Club’s Family Fun Weekend at the Doric Park ground in Hilperton.

Shambles revamp to be officially opened

This Is Wiltshire: Devizes Shambles indoor market trader Tony May is upset at changes imposed by Wiltshire Council.Siobhan Boyle (SMB415/1). (20667615)

6:09am Wednesday 2nd September 2015

A CONTROVERSIAL revamp of The Shambles Market Hall in Devizes will be officially opened tomorrow (Thursday) but one of the main objectors to the scheme says the jury is still out on its success.

Children's services have to be improved, Wiltshire Council admits

This Is Wiltshire: Laura Mayes, cabinet member for Children's Services

1:27pm Tuesday 1st September 2015

MORE needs to be done to improve children's services, Wiltshire Council has admitted, while emphasising that Ofsted says the authority is on the right track.

Town's historic buildings open their doors to public

This Is Wiltshire:

6:21pm Tuesday 1st September 2015

PEOPLE will have the chance to visit some of Devizes’ most historic buildings on September 12 as part of heritage open day.

Bonnie babies star at Devizes show

This Is Wiltshire: Devizes baby competition.  Pictured are the winning babies with mayor Roger Giraud-Saunders and their mums. L-r are 0-6 mths winner Megan Sealy with mum Amy Sealy, 6 - 12 mth winner Annabella-Rose Mitchell with mum Bonnie Wright, mayor Roger Giraud-Saunde

5:44pm Wednesday 2nd September 2015

MUM Kate Wells thought her little girl had come third in her age group in the Devizes Mayor's Baby Show yesterday but instead walked away with the cup for overall winner.

Wetter than average August forecast to be followed by wet autumn

This Is Wiltshire:

4:29pm Wednesday 2nd September 2015

AUGUST was wetter and cooler than average, according to the latest data collected by amateur weatherman Geoff Witts on behalf of Wiltshire Council.

Opening hours at police front counters to be slashed in bid to save money

This Is Wiltshire:

1:45pm Wednesday 2nd September 2015

AS part of a bid to save £10 million over the next three years, front counter services at police stations in Swindon and across Wiltshire are set to be slashed.

Charity runners make final preparations for Chippenham Half

This Is Wiltshire:

12:30pm Wednesday 2nd September 2015

RUNNERS will be raising money for a mix of national and local charities on Sunday when they take part in the Chippenham Half Marathon.

Drug dealing personal trainer back in jail

This Is Wiltshire:

12:04pm Wednesday 2nd September 2015

A PERSONAL trainer who was dealing drugs while on early release from prison has been jailed for four years.

Lib Dems call for Wiltshire Council leader to resign over peerage

This Is Wiltshire: Jane Scott

11:55am Wednesday 2nd September 2015

THE leader of Wiltshire Lib Dem’s has called for Wiltshire Council chief Jane Scott to resign after it was announced that she is set to join the House of Lords as a life peer.

Lib Dems call for Wiltshire Council leader to resign over peerage

This Is Wiltshire: Jane Scott

11:55am Wednesday 2nd September 2015

THE leader of Wiltshire Lib Dem’s has called for Wiltshire Council chief Jane Scott to resign after it was announced that she is set to join the House of Lords as a life peer.

Devizes skate ramp parking row resolved

This Is Wiltshire: Devizes Bowmen celebrate their new facilities with an Agincourt 600 fun day at Green Lane Devizes. .L-R Manon Mitchell, Geneviere Mitchell and Karien Winfield.dress in Chic French attire. .Pics by Diane Vose DV2443/15. (34576942)

11:19am Wednesday 2nd September 2015

FORMER Devizes deputy mayor Albert Wooldridge, who resigned over a parking row at the town's skatepark, says he has now got victory in the dispute.

We need more detail on how Swindon's 'revolution' will be achieved

This Is Wiltshire: Haydon Wick Parish council join organisations litter picking around Orbital. Pictured Carl Room, Kerry Switzer, Amanda Adam, Paul Booth and Jamie Turner (front )with group involved in the litter pick.26/08/15 Thomas Kelsey. (36702184)

10:53am Wednesday 2nd September 2015

FOR a long time we have known Swindon Borough Council was facing a tough future, with millions of pounds in savings needed over the coming years, writes MIKE BENKE









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