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  • Fovant Church
    Article: Aug 27, 2016

    Wiltshire Council has agreed to a 20mph speed limit through the village. This follows a consultation which attracted no objections to the scheme, though a couple of residents did suggest extending the limit further along Dinton Road from the proposed beginning of the limit at Middle Ground. The council say this isn't possible at the moment but could be considered in future.

  • Article: Aug 27, 2016

    Sunday 11th September will see the 5th annual George's Marvellous Bike Ride take place, starting and finishing at The Boathouse in Widbrook, Bradford-on-Avon.

    All of the details can be found at www.georgesmarvellousbikeride.org.uk. It's a great family ride along the canal, through the two tunnels and back through Bath. It can be short and limited to the canal, or for those who like a challenge you can try to complete up to four loops during the day.

  • Article: Aug 27, 2016

    As of Thursday September 1st Monkton Farleigh villagers will take over the day to day running of their village pub. The pub will revert to its previous name of The Kings Arms and in a unique experiment will be staffed by volunteers as a community facility.

    The 'opening night' will be on Thursday from 7.30pm. It's hoped over the winter to hold events such as quiz nights. The pub won't be serving food.

    Here's a message previously circulated to Monkton Farleigh villagers:


    The King' Arms

    Village takeover

    From the beginning of September, The Muddy Duck will be handing the keys of the King's Arms to the village for the remainder of the lease.

    If you fancy a shift or two, have some ideas for pub nights or would like to help out in any other way, please contact Joy Spiers on 07816220591 or joyspiers94 @gmail.com



  • Article: Aug 27, 2016

    An investigation by campaign group 38degrees has uncovered Jeremy Hunt's secret plans for our NHS. [1] So far, these plans - drawn up for every single area across England - have been kept under wraps. Here's the 38degrees release, including a link to their petition (note 3):


  • Canal Road clog-up
    Article: Aug 26, 2016

    The stupidity of the Wiltshire Council administration in cutting front-line services, targetting especially those most valued by residents such as buses and recycling facilities, is manifest on Canal Road during those limited times when the Household Recycling Centre (HRC) is open.

    Unless you want to get to the HRC the area is best avoided if you don't want to end up stuck in the queue. If you do want to take stuff to the tip allow plenty of time for your journey.

  • Article: Aug 24, 2016

    Tisbury area residents can now access a state of the art fitness suite, fitted with the latest smart technology to record and track progress, since the new Nadder Centre opened on 23 August.

    The centre also hosts start-up business units, which are available to view and rent. The units provide business space and support for people looking to launch a new business or take the first step into their own office space.

  • Article: Aug 15, 2016

    Three of the eight 'Help to Live at Home' (HTLAH) contract areas in Wiltshire were recently tendered as a result of one provider giving notice of their intention to relinquish the contract and one provider not being given an extension due to poor performance. Leonard Cheshire gave notice in two areas across the north and east of the county covering Malmesbury, Calne, Royal Wootton Bassett and Marlborough. MiHomecare's contract in Trowbridge and Melksham was not extended following missed visits and a Care Quality Commission (CQC) report which identified them as inadequate.

  • Article: Aug 14, 2016

    A new driving theory test centre in Frome will be open from September.

    Bookings for the new centre are now open.

    DVSA Theory Test Centre

    The Library,

    Justice Lane,


    BA11 1BE

  • Article: Aug 12, 2016

    The outline application from PlanningSphere Ltd to build up to 60 houses on the site of the former Westbury Hospital went to planning committee on Wednesday August 10th. The scheme has attracted strong criticism in the town, both over the loss of the site as a potential health facility and over its suitability for housing.

  • Article: Jul 22, 2016

    Tarmac has announced the date for the demolition of its Westbury site's 400 foot chimney. Weather permitting, it will be brought down by controlled explosion on Sunday 18th September at about 06.45: the exact time will be announced nearer the date.

    Cement production at the site ended in 2009. The distribution operations at the site remain unchanged.