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  • Article: May 19, 2019
    By NFU

    Hundreds of farms up and down the country are opening their gates on Sunday 9 June for this year's Open Farm Sunday.

    It's a great chance to see for yourself what goes into producing the food that you eat and enjoy every day. You can expect lots of different activities for the whole family, from tractor rides and farm walks, to demonstrations and a chance to meet the animals.

    So what are you waiting for?


  • Article: May 15, 2019
    By WC

    Apologies for the ambiguity in the headline, which is the product of WC's very expensive PR department. It's not the pupils who are going to cabinet but the proposals. The press release below is partly disingenuous, in that it talks of three-school solutions though still two of those schools are to close. The good news is that the new school won't be a nationalised academy. Under government rules new schools have to be nationalised: someone has realised that if you pretend not to close the existing schools you can get round that. The bad news though is that for all practical purposes special needs education based in Trowbridge and Chippenham will cease, and everyone will have to travel to Rowde. This is still a financial and educational cut by WC Conservatives.

  • YP
    Article: Apr 30, 2019

    Young people are being encouraged to make sure they're registered to vote and have their say in the upcoming European Parliamentary Election.

    The election takes place on 23 May and people only have until 7 May to register to vote, if they aren't already registered.

    This will be the first major election people born in the 21st century will have the opportunity to vote in, and members of Wiltshire's Youth Parliament (MYP) don't want young people to miss their chance.

  • Article: Apr 16, 2019
    By Your WC (edited)

    354 Wiltshire families have not got their primary school preference for this September with only 93% being offered their first preference.

    Parents who applied online can see which school their child will attend by going to

    Terence Herbert, Wiltshire Council executive director children and education said: "Preparing your child to start their school days is a big milestone for every family and I'm pleased that once again we are able to provide so many with one of their preferences.

  • Article: Apr 14, 2019
    By Trevor Carbin

    The British Government keeps failing to meet air quality targets and has been taken to court on a number of occasions by the EU. Of course if we leave the EU we'll be able to be as filthy as we like without anyone telling us otherwise. Wiltshire Council also has been trying to clean up its air, and is considering an updated Strategy.

  • Article: Mar 28, 2019

    Yet a further climb-down by Jane Scott's disturbed administration. This time it's the Calne to Chippenham cycle path which was scheduled for closure, but has now been saved following a public outcry. The pattern is that each U-turn is accompanied by a self-congratulatory press release saying, "How wonderful we are for not closing this facility which we wanted to close before the public got in the way." And here it is:

  • Article: Mar 25, 2019

    Here's a WC press release:

    Wiltshire Council has submitted 'expressions of interest' for the government's Future High Street Fund to boost the town centres in Chippenham and Trowbridge.

    The Future High Streets fund is a £675m central government hand-out that is open for applications from towns and cities throughout England. The fund recognises the continuing importance of high streets as places where commerce and community meet, and aims to support high streets as they change to meet the needs and expectations of communities now and in the future.

  • Article: Mar 25, 2019

    Faced with a legal challenge to their proposal to shut Larkrise School in Trowbridge and St Nicholas' in Chippenham, Wiltshire Council Conservatives have backtracked on the scheme and agreed to do some more effective consultation.

    Here's the WC release (edited):

    A group of families had taken a case to court about the process and had been granted a hearing to consider elements of the case, scheduled to be heard next month.

  • Article: Mar 19, 2019

    Real Madrid, one of the world's best football clubs, is giving young English football players the opportunity to experience top-class coaching this summer.

    The Real Madrid Foundation Clinic will be at the Nadder Centre, Tisbury from 26-30 August.

    Coaching sessions will be available to boys and girls aged 6-16 of any footballing ability. The once-in-a-lifetime experience offers an educational programme with top quality coaching, both on and off the pitch.

  • Article: Mar 14, 2019

    20mph speed limits are to be introduced to Studley Green and Drynham. Wiltshire Council wants to increase road safety and reduce vehicle intimidation in the areas. Here's a list of the roads affected:

    Alderton Way


    Ashmead Court

    Baydon Close

    Blair Road

    Buckleaze Close

    Burderop Close

    Burnett Road

    Campion Drive

    Carlton Row

    Cheverell Close

    Chirton Place

    Clydesdale Close

    Collingbourne Close

    Dunford Close

    Dursley Road

    Eastview Road

    Elcombe Close

    Elmdale Road

    Everleigh Close

    Frampton Court

    Gainsborough Rise

    Glebe Road

    Harmony Place

    Inglesham Close

    Liddington Way

    Lockeridge Close

    Lydiard Way

    Mallow Close

    Manton Close

    Marden Walk

    New Road

    Pembroke Close

    Ramsbury Walk

    Rutland Crescent

    Shrewton Close

    Sorrell Close

    Southview Road

    Speedwell Close

    Stanton Close


    Talbot Road

    The Croft

    Westfield Close

    Westfield Road

    White Horse Close

    Wilcot Close

    Wilton Drive

    Woodborough Close