Mum's the word

This Is Wiltshire:

10:26am Monday 16th March 2015

This Mother's Day I am supporting Rainbow Trust Children's Charity's ‘Moment for Mum’ campaign, to honour all the mums across England who are caring for a terminally ill or life threatened child.

Heartfelt thanks

This Is Wiltshire:

10:25am Monday 16th March 2015

On Friday 6 February, thousands of people around the UK took part in “Wear it. Beat it.” for the British Heart Foundation and joined us this Heart Month in the fight for every heartbeat.

Epilepsy appeal

This Is Wiltshire:

10:24am Monday 16th March 2015

National charity Epilepsy Action is seeking readers’ help to celebrate those doing a brilliant job of supporting children and young people with epilepsy.

No longer arrogant

This Is Wiltshire:

10:22am Monday 16th March 2015

In reply to Steve Nibbs’ letter “No apology given” of 20 February, you are spot on and I was arrogant but your accusation is about 60 odd years too late.

Not enough room

This Is Wiltshire:

10:21am Monday 16th March 2015

Re Agree on Homes, from Steve Halden of 5 March.

Letters were sexist

This Is Wiltshire:

10:20am Monday 16th March 2015

In his letter ‘Out of Order’, March 10, Bill Williams tells me to get my facts right. The facts are that on three separate occasions Mr Williams has written to the Advertiser making sexist jokes.

A loving response

This Is Wiltshire:

10:19am Monday 16th March 2015

There are several problems with the letter from Bill Collins entitled “Muslims to blame”. I think we have to understand where he gets these ideas from.

Pupils being failed

This Is Wiltshire:

10:18am Monday 16th March 2015

It is interesting that Councillor Foley’s response to the Education Ofsted Report seems to come to the conclusion that rather than Swindon Secondary Schools requiring improvement, it is the Ofsted Inspectors who need to “catch up with the Government’s academy process”.

Text-drive concern

This Is Wiltshire:

10:08am Monday 16th March 2015

Boko Haram could launch attacks in the UK warns a Nigerian minister. It’s not so much that which concerns me but the ever increasing numbers of drivers I witness with heads down as they speed along, either texting or reading the latest news on their phones.

Euro song flop

This Is Wiltshire:

10:07am Monday 16th March 2015

It’s that time of the year again when we all lose part of our licence fee which the BBC likes to pour away to cover the costs for another entry into one of the most biased and political minded contests in Europe.

Nominations please

This Is Wiltshire:

10:06am Monday 16th March 2015

We would really love to hear from your readers about their favourite National Lottery projects and the great work they do for their community.

Wren Wilson 42359

This Is Wiltshire:

10:05am Monday 16th March 2015

Thousands of people from all over the country, including many of the readers of this newspaper, served at the Royal Navy Shore Training Establishment H.M.S.Collingwood.

Negative attitude

This Is Wiltshire:

10:04am Monday 16th March 2015

Re Roger Lack’s letter of 6 March, ‘Explanation please’. He says, “I feel no need to research any religion, as it is all ridiculous.’’ You’ve answered your own question, so what’s the point of replying, especially with such a negative attitude?

Build a future

This Is Wiltshire:

10:03am Monday 16th March 2015

MJ Warner’s letter of 11 March raises some interesting points about Britain’s trading position in the world.

Build a future

This Is Wiltshire:

10:03am Monday 16th March 2015

MJ Warner’s letter of 11 March raises some interesting points about Britain’s trading position in the world.

1000 Jobs Club call

This Is Wiltshire:

10:02am Monday 16th March 2015

Restoring Swindon as an economic powerhouse is a key part of my Positive Plan for a Better Swindon. And that’s why I am calling for creation of a Swindon 1000 Jobs Club – to recruit 1000 companies and get 1000 people into work.

Cold War alarm?

This Is Wiltshire:

10:00am Monday 16th March 2015

It was particularly nippy around the Swindon town hall as someone had left the door open to Siberia, and on closer inspection there was a crowd of menacing bearded men, complete with sabres and snow on their boots, parading around. The guys seemed friendly enough to me, or had I dreamt it all up by chance?

Answers in Quran

This Is Wiltshire:

9:55am Monday 16th March 2015

Roger Lack wrote a letter on 24 February entitled “There is no God”. Mr Lack correctly pointed out the vicious murder of three young Muslims in North Carolina in February. I am sorry to disappoint him. The killer was an atheist according to the police, who hated Muslims and Islam.

Shades of dismay

This Is Wiltshire:

9:52am Monday 16th March 2015

In his letter of 9 March Mr Bahjad vilifies the book and movie 50 Shades of Grey. Of course the book and film is a load of rubbish, but Mr Bahjad it seems takes it very seriously.

Keep open space

This Is Wiltshire:

9:51am Monday 16th March 2015

I’m not sure what evidence Elizabeth Mackley has that the proposal by the New College Corporation in relation to Buckhurst Field has been “well received”.

Abortion query

This Is Wiltshire:

10:14am Thursday 12th March 2015

I read your piece on the campaign for exclusion zones around abortion clinics (Letters, March 5), and noticed one of the campaigners who is leading the Back Off campaign, Erika Garratt, said, “Having an abortion can be an extremely emotional time for a woman”.

I wish to complain

This Is Wiltshire:

10:14am Thursday 12th March 2015

Re: Yobs Rule OK from Jeffery Adams of March 5, two things come to mind.

Book help thanks

This Is Wiltshire:

10:13am Thursday 12th March 2015

My friend Peter Timms and I have just had a book published called Swindon Works Through Time, and we would like to say thank you to the many people who helped us promote it.

Ukraine is step one

This Is Wiltshire:

10:11am Thursday 12th March 2015

don’t know where G A Woodward got the idea that Ukraine is pro-Nazi. Has he been listening to Russian propaganda?

Racist opinions

This Is Wiltshire:

10:10am Thursday 12th March 2015

Mr A Curtis complains that the Human Rights Act prevents perpetrators of sex crimes from being deported, but does not give one instance of this happening. Come on Mr Curtis, give examples.

A cone zone too

This Is Wiltshire:

10:09am Thursday 12th March 2015

I totally agree with your comments, Karen Pollard, of March 6.

Racist nonsense

This Is Wiltshire:

10:01am Wednesday 11th March 2015

It is disappointing to see letters now regularly appearing in the SA demonising Muslims.

People = pollution

This Is Wiltshire:

10:00am Wednesday 11th March 2015

I read with interest the article on page 4 of the SA of March 5, “Greens blitz town’s poll in bid for seats”. The Old Town candidate Rae-Louise McKellar said: “I believe in transparency, fairness and honesty, values I see time and time again in the Green Party”.

I did not say that

This Is Wiltshire:

9:59am Wednesday 11th March 2015

‘Churchill’s troops’ from Helen Thompson of March 6: “As for Steve NIbbs saying that he (Churchill) was a mass murderer, well I would not expect anything else from him.”

Sail with dolphins

This Is Wiltshire:

9:58am Wednesday 11th March 2015

Conservation charity Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust is recruiting volunteers from across the UK to join our 2015 marine research expeditions on board our specialised yacht Silurian – previously used in the filming of the BBC’s The Blue Planet.

Control violates

This Is Wiltshire:

9:57am Wednesday 11th March 2015

As Women’s Day was honoured and commemorated, it has been very enlightening to read of the terrible plight of women in controlled marriage and that such treatment warrants imprisonment in a civilised society.

Tory dogma SOS

This Is Wiltshire:

9:56am Wednesday 11th March 2015

In Robert Buckland’s column of March 4 he praises Swindon’s employment statistics, but in a recent report on towns and cities with the highest and lowest growth between 2004 and 2014 Swindon was in the lowest group, with a deficit of 6.5 per cent. With Britain having the lowest productivity in the developed world, 30 points below the USA, Germany and France, we have nothing to brag about.

Thanks for help

This Is Wiltshire:

12:23pm Tuesday 10th March 2015

Please may I through your letters page, thank the lovely people who helped me when I fell at the No. 16 bus stop at Great Western Hospital on Wednesday February 25. I broke my nose and needed nine stitches in my forehead!

GWH is too small

This Is Wiltshire:

12:22pm Tuesday 10th March 2015

The Great Western Hospital seems to be in crisis. With 141 non-emergency operations being cancelled in January, there is clearly an urgent problem that needs sorting out.

Long term problem

This Is Wiltshire:

12:21pm Tuesday 10th March 2015

While all the major parties are extremely keen to get foreign investment into Britain they have not considered how this might affect our balance of payments long term.

Out of order

This Is Wiltshire:

12:20pm Tuesday 10th March 2015

To be honest, after I declared my colours to the mast regarding UKIP, I was prepared for the vitriolic attacks that would appear on the letter pages regarding my political opinions.

Please stand up

This Is Wiltshire:

12:19pm Tuesday 10th March 2015

Will Mr Axmed Bahjad please stand up and let us know whether he considers himself to be a true British citizen.


This Is Wiltshire:

12:18pm Tuesday 10th March 2015

It has been announced that Wiltshire Council wants all its community areas to go down to Salisbury on the 15 June to celebrate Magna Carta. The link between Magna Carta and Salisbury is actually tenuous.

Name speculation

This Is Wiltshire:

12:17pm Tuesday 10th March 2015

It has been brought to my attention that people are speculating on why a large percentage of local Green Party candidates have double barrelled names.

Election predictions

This Is Wiltshire:

9:34am Tuesday 10th March 2015

t will not be long now before the General Election so let me join the band of soothsayers making predictions of the outcome.

Come to our meeting

This Is Wiltshire:

9:33am Tuesday 10th March 2015

Better Swindon wishes to extend a cordial invitation to all readers to attend its next public meeting, on Wednesday, March 11 at 7pm in the North Swindon Library at the Orbital Centre. There will be presentations on the Consultation Policy and the Thamesdown Drive extension, using these examples and that of the newly established Swindon Transport Infrastructure Working Group as positive examples of the concept of public engagement being put into practice in Swindon. Anyone is welcome to come to this non-political event; there will be plenty of time for interactive discussion.

A big thanks to all

This Is Wiltshire:

9:32am Tuesday 10th March 2015

Swindon Guide Dogs for the Blind would like to take this opportunity to say a very big thank you to everyone who attended the Great British Classics Charity Night at The Crown Inn, Stratton, on Wednesday, March 4. Through the diners’ generosity we raised an excellent £877.

Degrading to women

This Is Wiltshire:

9:31am Tuesday 10th March 2015

THE book and the movie Fifty Shades of Grey is pure pornography.

Throw out criminals

This Is Wiltshire:

9:30am Tuesday 10th March 2015

I have just seen the report on the news that 10 men of Pakistani and Somali origin have been arrested and charged with the rape and other sexual offences against young girls, some as young as 11.

We are so easily led

This Is Wiltshire:

9:28am Tuesday 10th March 2015

Well said, Frank Avenell (Letters March 4), in that Cameron casually informs the British public he has authorised the involvement of UK armed forces in the Ukraine conflict, thus emulating his predecessor Blair in totally ignoring the wishes of the British people.

Boy racers in Regent Circus

This Is Wiltshire:

9:25am Tuesday 10th March 2015

RE the boy racers in the car park at Morrisons (as highlighted recently by prospective parliamentary candidate Anne Snelgrove). I live at the bottom end of Princes Street and on a Saturday and Sunday night we have boy racers going down the street from 11pm onwards. It’s very noisy, with youngsters outside cheering them on. I think they must go through the lights to get the speed they go to. The cars are souped up bangers by the look of them.

Sad Bill Collins

This Is Wiltshire:

9:23am Tuesday 10th March 2015

Unfortunately it is people like Bill Collins (Letters, February 3) who make our world a much sadder place to live. He says: “Muslims have got a lot to answer for”, and “any bad press they get is of their own making”. What a blinkered and narrow-minded view he appears to hold. In 2014 it was said that over 2.08 billion, or 28.26 per cent, of the world’s population were Muslims. I wonder how many of these individuals he thinks support the minority, violent fanatics who have hijacked this religion? People like him can’t see past the headlines to consider the individual rather than labelling a group of people. I think it is very dangerous for the Advertiser to print such propaganda and I do hope educated and sensible people will continue to speak out against such foolishness.

Predictable, really

This Is Wiltshire:

9:22am Tuesday 10th March 2015

I have no bone to pick with the Webb brothers. However, in reply to their remarks of March 5 about my opinions, with all due respect to Mandy Rice Davies, “Well, they would say that, wouldn’t they?”

Islam not to blame

This Is Wiltshire:

9:21am Tuesday 10th March 2015

Steve Halden wrote a letter in which he implies that Islam needs reformation. He wrote: “The complicated process of the reformation of the Islamic religion.” In that sentence he omits the causes of the problems in the wars in some Muslim countries.

Wilful neglect

This Is Wiltshire:

9:20am Tuesday 10th March 2015

Both sloth and this zombie parliament have restricted my desire to comment on political matters of late. However, the wonderful interview with the Tory leader of the council recently caught my eye.


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