9:09am Thursday 23rd July 2015
9:09am Thursday 23rd July 2015
9:08am Thursday 23rd July 2015
9:07am Thursday 23rd July 2015
JUSTIN Tomlinson’s desire to stamp out illiteracy is very commendable. However, the actions he speaks about in order to achieve this are questionable. I am intrigued to know how he thinks introducing tests in spelling, punctuation and grammar will help those that cannot read and write. I am an educator with several years of experience and I have come across two acute cases where children were unable to read the simplest words. This was not however due to poor teaching or lack of care in any way by the school they attended.
9:06am Thursday 23rd July 2015
9:06am Thursday 23rd July 2015
9:05am Thursday 23rd July 2015
I AM sure Twigmarket has done its homework in coming to the decision to build a hotel on the Broome Manor Golf Complex site, and I wish them all the very best in their endeavours (Adver, July 21). However, I do take issue with their statement that the golf course was losing money which was why they were handed a long lease by Swindon Borough Council.
5:47pm Wednesday 22nd July 2015
I DO believe that all citizens, irrespective of their political persuasion, expect the government of the day to act in a grown up manner and maintain a sense of equality in its treatment of people. However, I am not sure this is true today as we witness such childish, vindictive and partisan behaviour from the Tory administration. Even Mrs Thatcher, for all the errors she made, drew the line that today’s "sons of Thatcher" have gone beyond.
5:44pm Wednesday 22nd July 2015
5:43pm Wednesday 22nd July 2015
I WAS confused by the letter from Ms Jenny Crawford, Christie Close, July 18. She may be correct when she accuses Swindon Borough Council of not completing certain works but I fail to see what that has to do with her getting a parking ticket.
5:42pm Wednesday 22nd July 2015
5:41pm Wednesday 22nd July 2015
MRS P LAWTON has highlighted the very problem I was discussing with my 93-year-old father-in-law. He also wanted to go into the town centre with his friend and visit the Regent Circus development. Living in Haydon Wick there is no longer a service which allows this to happen.
5:40pm Wednesday 22nd July 2015
12:13pm Tuesday 21st July 2015
SWINDON Guide Dogs for the Blind held a collection at Tesco, Ocotal Way, Swindon on Friday, July 17 and through the generosity of the Tesco customers we raised £465.73p which will help to support one of our guide dog partnerships in the Swindon area for 93 days as it costs £5 a day to support a partnership.
12:12pm Tuesday 21st July 2015
12:11pm Tuesday 21st July 2015
PERHAPS the vocal gentleman in the rear passenger seat of the car that passed me around 4.40pm on the A3102 Wootton Bassett Road on Thursday, July 16 and who called me a 'pervert' would like to know that the absence of a crossbar on my bicycle was as a result of my inability to ride a bicycle in the conformable male configuration; it being an electric bicycle of an upright design which accommodates my muscular disease.
12:09pm Tuesday 21st July 2015
12:08pm Tuesday 21st July 2015
10:11am Tuesday 21st July 2015
I HAD a bad health diagnosis in April and thought I might get some peace and clarity of thought so on the Sunday morning of April 19 I set off to Avebury and arrived at 8am with not one car in the car park.
11:31am Monday 20th July 2015
11:30am Monday 20th July 2015
11:29am Monday 20th July 2015
11:28am Monday 20th July 2015
WOULD people with out of control dogs please keep them on a lead. People are too scared to go to the green via Cricklade Road with their dogs and the people responsible don’t even have the decency to call their dogs off if they attack.
11:27am Monday 20th July 2015
11:26am Monday 20th July 2015
AS a follow-up to your article about Squadron Leader Harold Starr, I just thought we might pay tribute to another adopted Swindonian of the RAF, Group Captain Rhys Henry Thomas. I believe he was originally from Southampton but the family moved to Swindon due to work commitments. The family home was at 101 Dean Street, originally the Thomas’s home. Grp Capt Thomas joined the RAF in 1938 and became a pilot flying fighters. At the start of the war he was promoted to Squadron Leader of 129 Squadron and went on to serve in many other squadrons, including 66, 92, 266 and became one of the senior officers on the 2nd Tactical Air Force. He was awarded the DFC in May 1942 followed by the DSO in September 1942. He was promoted to Wing Commander of Leigh Mallory`s Big Wing operating out of Tangmere.
11:25am Monday 20th July 2015
THANKS to Mr and Mrs Davies for such a lovely letter in today’s Advertiser. The members and staff at Open Door want to thank everyone who took part, and all those who helped and supported us on Sunday. We raised over £830 which brings our 30th anniversary fundraising total to £11,480. Special thanks to Lynette Corengia who co-ordinated the event and Carol Gibbon our fundraising ambassador who kept things running smoothly. We were delighted that everyone seemed to enjoy the day, in spite of the rain, and if we can get enough support we hope to do it all again next year.
11:20am Monday 20th July 2015
11:18am Monday 20th July 2015
11:17am Monday 20th July 2015
11:11am Monday 20th July 2015
11:10am Monday 20th July 2015
WHAT is the council spending our money on? Recently my daughter was performing at the Little Big Festival at the Old Town Bowl. With parking very limited and with little time to get there, I parked in Quarry Road (which I have done on previous occasions).
11:08am Monday 20th July 2015
11:07am Monday 20th July 2015
11:06am Monday 20th July 2015
WHAT is democracy? The Greeks, whose country cradled the concept, must now be very confused about that matter, especially so, because their country was relatively recently occupied by the Nazi army of what is now the most powerful voice in the EU.
11:05am Monday 20th July 2015
11:04am Monday 20th July 2015
10:25am Monday 20th July 2015
10:15am Monday 20th July 2015
10:14am Monday 20th July 2015
10:13am Monday 20th July 2015
RE: Thanks be to God from Jane Le Coyte of 6 July. She writes: ‘I am surprised by the detailed knowledge that J Adams professes to have about homosexuals and their practices. This is clearly a deep and enduring interest.’ She gave exactly the same venomous response verbatim to two other letters of mine on a similar theme a few years ago and it’s starting to wear thin. In one of the letters during that period she accused me of being a homophobic bigot and in this latest one, cowardly hints of being a covert homosexual.
9:53am Monday 20th July 2015
AS the CEO of national charity The British Polio Fellowship, I was delighted to discover the All England Club has announced that Wimbledon will now feature a wheelchair tennis singles event for men and women, from 2016.
9:51am Monday 20th July 2015
9:50am Monday 20th July 2015
SUFFERING a stroke must be one of the worst things that can befall any beloved family member, whilst at the same time being traumatic for the rest of the family, as it is totally unpredictable as to whether the person concerned will make a full recovery.
10:47am Thursday 16th July 2015
QUELLE surprise! Welshman Mark Sampson leads England to third place in the Women’s Football World Cup. Mark must surely be named Coach of the Year in Sports Personality 2015. England, resplendent in Welsh red, beat eight-time European champions Germany for the first time ever in 21 matches. England beat Norway, then the hosts Canada, before coming unstuck against Japan. After the Hammer Horror last minute own goal catastrophe England proved their mettle by battling to beat Germany. In essence this was as good as winning the World Cup!
10:45am Thursday 16th July 2015
THE difficulties in the Middle East and the debt issues in Greece seem to overshadow events closer to home. Also with any government winning a second term in office, one could almost be forgiven if local happenings failed to get on the radar.
10:45am Thursday 16th July 2015
CONGRATULATIONS to Open Door for their inspired and inspiring idea to invite local choirs to help celebrate 30 years of their work with adults with learning difficulties. Seventeen choirs braved the showers to perform in the Town Gardens Bowl. The programme started at 2.15pm and finished around 9pm. Some hardy music lovers stayed throughout and heard a great selection of choral music. Be good to hear that lots of funds were raised too.
10:44am Thursday 16th July 2015
CONGRATULATIONS are due to the coalition of faith groups, trade unions and community activists who have successfully created a consensus that has persuaded George Osbourne to introduce a living wage. The argument that low pay equates to low productivity and is bad for individuals and the economy alike, is now accepted by all major political parties. We now need to ensure that the rates match those of a genuine living wage, in particular the cuts announced on Wednesday in tax credits undermine the principle of the living wage. There is a growing awareness that cuts of up to £50 a week in tax credits due from April next year will do little to help working families cope with ongoing financial pressures.
10:33am Wednesday 15th July 2015
10:32am Wednesday 15th July 2015
YOUR article “Summer holiday reading dip averted by Macarena” reminded me of my shock at witnessing what I took to be the library’s manager browbeating unwilling staff into participation in this flash mob.
10:30am Wednesday 15th July 2015