WILTSHIRE LEAGUE: Melksham settle in for the second half

This Is Wiltshire:

6:00pm Thursday 18th December 2014

MELKSHAM Town Reserves manager Steve Burns is full of festive cheer as his side head into the Christmas break right near the top of the Premier Division tree.

Is Ben a 10? The boss wants to nail down his best position

This Is Wiltshire:

6:00pm Thursday 18th December 2014

MARK Cooper knew from the first time he saw Ben Gladwin that the man they plucked from non-league had the talent to make it at Swindon Town, though the manager still does not know Gladwin’s best position.

Santa stars at Hillworth party in the park

This Is Wiltshire:

5:00pm Thursday 18th December 2014

Father Christmas was the star attraction on Sunday as Devizes Town Council held its Christmas in Hillworth Park celebration.

We must save £3m as government grant is cut, warns Wiltshire Chief Constable

This Is Wiltshire: Chief Constable Pat Geenty chased a suspected shoplifter in Chippenham yesterday

4:10pm Thursday 18th December 2014

Wiltshire Chief Constable Patrick Geenty has issued a statement after the government announcement of the Police Grant Settlement 2015/16 saying that there are tough times ahead for the force.

Beer brings in good sum for Devizes charity

This Is Wiltshire:

4:00pm Thursday 18th December 2014

DEVIZES Beer Festival organiser Don Jones was the toast of the town’s opportunity centre when he popped in to present a cheque.

Devizes students just jumper to it

This Is Wiltshire:

3:37pm Thursday 18th December 2014

Sixth formers and staff at Devizes School got into the Christmas spirit and helped raise money for a charity trying to bring cheer to youngsters living in poverty and war torn countries.

Toffolo remains a doubt for Doncaster

This Is Wiltshire:

3:00pm Thursday 18th December 2014

HARRY Toffolo is the only ongoing injury concern for Swindon Town ahead of their meeting with Doncaster Rovers this weekend.

Breaking news VIDEO: Police start new search for items belonging to Sian O’Callaghan

This Is Wiltshire: Sian O’Callaghan got into Halliwell’s taxi outside Suju nightclub in Swindon and was killed in Savernake Forest

11:28am Thursday 18th December 2014

POLICE are today continuing to search for property belonging to murder victim Sian O’Callaghan in a field six miles east of Swindon. 

CROSS COUNTRY: Rob rules the county

This Is Wiltshire:

1:17pm Thursday 18th December 2014

ROBERT Howorth sprinted to a thrilling victory in the U15 boys’ race at the Tri-Counties Cross Country Championships, writes KEVIN FAHEY.

Cooper: 'Defenders must be a threat at both ends'

This Is Wiltshire:

1:00pm Thursday 18th December 2014

TOWN boss Mark Cooper is calling for his defenders to start chipping in with goals to support the work of the front men.

Warminster penny sells for double estimated price

This Is Wiltshire:

12:53pm Thursday 18th December 2014

A rare 1,200-year-old coin found by a metal detectorist near Warminster sold for £7,800 at an auction this morning, nearly double the £4,000 it had been expected to fetch.

Last orders at Oliver Cromwell: Pub landlord must quit to make way for curry house

This Is Wiltshire:

10:37am Thursday 18th December 2014

ALL Christmas cheer has been lost for pub landlord Tony Okun, who was told he must leave by January 6 so his pub can become a curry house, just days after he signed a tenancy agreement with Enterprise Inns.

Mosque bid withdrawn after Devizes residents object to London Road location

This Is Wiltshire:

3:19pm Thursday 18th December 2014

TWO Muslim businessmen, who wanted to build a mosque in the garden of a house in London Road, Devizes, have withdrawn the plan.

Knife crimes lowest in the country, says Ministry of Justice

This Is Wiltshire:

5:30am Thursday 18th December 2014

THE number of reported knife crimes in Swindon and Wiltshire is the lowest in the country after dropping more than 60 per cent in the past five years.

UPDATE: Now Royal Mail says it's OK to use red envelopes for Christmas cards

This Is Wiltshire: The Royal Mail has pleaded with householders to avoid using red envelopes because they cannot be recognised by scanning machines.

3:47pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

THE Royal Mail has revised earlier advice that those posting letters and cards should not use red envelopes this Christmas.


This Is Wiltshire:

9:00am Thursday 18th December 2014

TOUCH wood, Adrian Foster is hoping that he’s easing towards finally having a fully-fit Frome Town squad to choose from.

UPDATE: New Branco deal set to be signed

This Is Wiltshire:

9:15am Thursday 18th December 2014

A NEW contract extension for Swindon Town defender Raphael Rossi Branco is on the verge of being completed, the Swindon Advertiser understands.

Brighter lights in Wiltshire than Blackpool

This Is Wiltshire:

5:00pm Thursday 18th December 2014

Who needs to go to Blackpool? When it comes to festive illuminations, the residents of west Wiltshire are not averse to a bucket-load of glitz and sparkle.

Tree time rocks in Westbury

This Is Wiltshire:

4:00pm Thursday 18th December 2014

Hundreds of visitors enjoyed Westbury’s Christmas tree festival at All Saints Church over the weekend, with the four-day event including musical entertainment from the Steeple Rocks Choir.

Six arrested after £400 of Jack Daniels and vodka stolen from Sainsbury's

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

4:00pm Thursday 18th December 2014

POLICE made six arrests after Jack Daniels and vodka worth £400 were stolen from Sainsbury’s in Chippenham.

Stars shine along route

This Is Wiltshire:

3:43pm Thursday 18th December 2014

Children aged from two to four carried lanterns from their nursery school to a village church to mark Christmas in a special way.

Police appeal for witnesses to come forward after Westbury bin fire

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

3:36pm Thursday 18th December 2014

Police are appealing for three witnesses to come forward after a bin fire in the High Street, Westbury.

Waste and recycling collection changes over the festive period

This Is Wiltshire: A recycling lorry doing the rounds on the streets of Swindon

2:18pm Thursday 18th December 2014

RESIDENTS affected by changes to rubbish and recycling collections over the festive period have been informed.

Battle to stop Range gathers pace as 240 sign petition

This Is Wiltshire:

2:04pm Thursday 18th December 2014

OPPOSITION is growing to The Range’s plans to site its southern distribution centre in Chippenham.

Milton Lilbourn family add a dwinkle to the Christmas sky

This Is Wiltshire:

1:18pm Thursday 18th December 2014

A festively decorated home in Milton Lilbourne is a family affair with everyone getting involved in putting up the Christmas lights display.

Bambi applies for pub licence and 11 other news snippets

This Is Wiltshire: Bambi Violet

1:26pm Thursday 18th December 2014

Nathan Tiley, known as drag queen Bambi Violet, has applied for a new premises licence for the Rose and Crown, Market Place, Chippenham, to sell alcohol to 12.30am daily and play music until 1am.

Gazette's £500 winner treats himself to new camera

This Is Wiltshire:

1:00pm Thursday 18th December 2014

CHRISTMAS has come early for David Runnalls, who has won £500 to spend on anything he chooses.

Dismay over TK MAXX’s part-time jobs offer

This Is Wiltshire: COMPETITION: Win £100 to spend at Kidderminster TK Maxx

12:00pm Thursday 18th December 2014

TK MAXX has announced it will open in Chippenham in the New Year and is recruiting 40 staff.

Santa’s visitors make wishes at Woolborough

This Is Wiltshire:

12:00pm Thursday 18th December 2014

A magical wish tree has been created at Woodborough Garden Centre, in aid of the Finlay Foundation.

Staverton School’s nativity

This Is Wiltshire:

11:42am Thursday 18th December 2014

Mary (Amelia Lusby), Joseph (William Purdy) and Oliver the donkey greet the audience at Staverton School’s traditional nativity

Nick Clegg in Swindon to sign 'historic' £129m Growth Deal

This Is Wiltshire:

10:41am Thursday 18th December 2014

The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg visited Swindon this morning to sign the Growth Deal.

More misery for Wiltshire train travellers

This Is Wiltshire: Commuters arriving at Westbury station. A new franchise could see their journey delayed

9:10am Thursday 18th December 2014

There has been more morning misery for train travellers with signalling problems and overrunning engineering work causing delays.

Passengers stranded as Marlborough roadworks overrun

This Is Wiltshire: Trading conditions have been challenging for Thamesdown Buses

7:00am Thursday 18th December 2014

BUS passengers were left stranded when a service had to change its route due to roadworks that overran.

Swindon Town supporters seek to get club on the road

This Is Wiltshire:

4:50pm Thursday 18th December 2014

SWINDON Town could soon be on the move in the near future – after club historian Dick Mattick and the supporters’ trust revealed their vision for a mobile museum.

400 miles of roadworks to cease over Christmas and New Year

This Is Wiltshire:

3:32pm Thursday 18th December 2014

Almost 400 miles of Highways Agency roadworks will cease over Christmas and the New Year to help festive journeys go smoothly.

Volunteers needed to help manage three Wiltshire Wildlife Trust reserves

This Is Wiltshire: Neil Pullen

12:38pm Thursday 18th December 2014

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust is looking for volunteers to join a new group helping to manage three of the trust’s nature reserves.

Fire crew tackles Mondeo blaze and other news snippets you may have missed

This Is Wiltshire:

10:00am Thursday 18th December 2014

A car was on fire in Preshute Lane, Manton, at 10.10am on Thursday. The engine compartment of a Ford Mondeo caught light and a fire crew from Marlborough used two hose reel jets to extinguish the flames.

Indecent exposure arrest and other news snippets

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

6:00am Thursday 18th December 2014

A 19-year-old man who has allegedly been indecently exposing himself from a bedroom window has been arrested and released on police bail pending further inquiries.

VIDEO: Christmas Wish appeal - caring Jada, 10, rewarded with iPad Mini for looking after grandmother

This Is Wiltshire:

5:30am Thursday 18th December 2014

A DEVOTED girl who has cared for her beloved grandmother ever since she could walk was rewarded tenfold for her kindness – with an iPad Mini no less.

THE WASHBLOG: There is no ‘i’ in team

This Is Wiltshire:

5:30am Thursday 18th December 2014

WHAT a season Andy Williams is having. His 12 goals have made him Town’s joint-top scorer, his team five-time winners, and his boss manager of last month.

TRUST MATTERS: Getting schools and their pupils involved is vitally important

This Is Wiltshire:

5:30am Thursday 18th December 2014

THE TrustSTFC School’s Working Party met at the County Ground last week to discuss our next steps following the success of the “Trust Family Day’, which took place during the Fleetwood Town match at the end of November.

Jail warning to teenager in out-of-town shopping centre attack

This Is Wiltshire: Katherine Applegate did not enter a plea at Swindon Crown Court

6:16pm Thursday 18th December 2014

A teenager who assaulted another youth at an out-of-town shopping centre has been warned he could be jailed.

Nationwide passes Bank of England stress test

This Is Wiltshire: Nationwide's HQ in Pipers Way

4:58pm Thursday 18th December 2014

Nationwide, which employs 6,500 people in Swindon, has been given a 100 per cent pass rate in the Bank of England stress test.

The Killers to judge national music competition

This Is Wiltshire:

12:35pm Thursday 18th December 2014

One of the biggest rock bands in recent history The Killers has signed up to judge this year’s Unsigned Only Music Competition.

Dogs Trust charity shop welcomes VIP visitors

This Is Wiltshire:

11:00am Thursday 18th December 2014

MARLBOROUGH was visited by some VIPs on Friday during the grand opening of the new Dogs Trust charity shop.

New information boards for Diamond Jubilee Plantation project

This Is Wiltshire:

9:00am Thursday 18th December 2014

NEW information boards have been unveiled at the Diamond Jubilee Plantation to mark the Marlborough Community Orchard’s ‘town in orchard’ project.

Motorcyclist breaks leg in crash with car

This Is Wiltshire:

5:30am Thursday 18th December 2014

A MOTORCYCLIST broke his leg during a collision in the rush-hour yesterday morning.

Final - and festive - quiz of the year a winner for good causes

This Is Wiltshire:

4:53pm Thursday 18th December 2014

A MONTHLY quiz has raised more than £1,600 for good causes this year – and competitors celebrated at December’s event with festive fancy dress as they tackled their teasers.

Thamesdown Drive extension put on hold again

This Is Wiltshire:

5:20am Thursday 18th December 2014

THE issue of the Thamesdown Drive extension has been put on hold for several months while a plan to breathe life into the Cheney Manor Industrial Estate is developed.

Petrol prices still falling

This Is Wiltshire:

5:30am Thursday 18th December 2014

PRICES at the petrol pumps are falling in Swindon - and motorists could be looking at even greater reductions in the new year, according to the RAC.

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