JUST days after the Queen's visit to his Malmesbury factory, James Dyson has shed 118 of his 282 temporary workforce, blaming the cuts on the strength of the pound.
TRAIN operator First Great Western will be bringing back its family carriage for the Christmas holidays.
COUNTY council leader Peter Chalke is urging people to fight the decision made by the Magistrates Courts' Committee to close courts in Devizes and Trowbridge.
Wiltshire Police fraud squad is warning people to beware of a bogus Canadian lottery company promising riches.
FAMILIES who felt the sentencing of Army Major Giles Stibbe was too lenient have been told they cannot take the case to the Court of Appeal.
Many smaller voluntary organisations are breaking the law by not providing employment contracts and paid holiday for their employees, according to Voluntary Action Kennet. It says that all employers are obliged, according to employment law, to provide a written statement of terms and conditions to all employees within two months of their starting employment. There is also a legal right to four weeks' paid leave a year for full-time staff and the pro-rata equivalent for part-timers and casual staff.
THE biggest surprise of the day was Second Division Westbridge United's defeat at the hands of First Division Gladstone Liberal Club in the PPL Presto Print sponsored Eric Hughes Memorial Knockout Cup.
The Workers' Educational Association has just published its list of new courses for spring 2002, containing information about courses on everything from bird watching to parish churches. For more information, contact the association on (0117) 935 1764.
PEWSEY Vale slipped to defeat at one of their main Hellenic League Division One West promotion rivals despite dominating throughout on Saturday.
FA VASE: MELKSHAM Town's FA Vase dream came to a heartbreaking end on Saturday, when a late goal from visiting St Neots condemned Robbie Lardner's men to a 3-2 defeat.
The Council for the Protection of Rural England has warned that new proposals being developed by the Highways Agency could result in damaging proposals to widen existing roads or turn them into dual carriageways.
CHERRY RECORDS HELLENIC LEAGUE: HIGHWORTH Town kept up their recent run of victories with a 3-2 success over neighbours Wootton Bassett.
CUTS totalling more than £4 million to social services and road maintenance are planned by Wiltshire County Council next year.
JOHN Tremlett of Ballington Manor Farm, Wylye, is this year's winner of the FWAG Farming and Wildlife Award, sponsored by Strutt and Parker.
TOURISM officials in Wiltshire are fighting to attract more visitors from Britain and abroad to the county next year, fearing there could be a fall in tourists following the September 11 terrorist attacks.
ALMOST £27,000 has been spent repairing and renovating Wiltshire churches by the Churches Conservation Trust, according to the organisation's annual report, entitled Juxtapositions, out this week.
CHEF Richard Bowden has made mincemeat of 18 talented opponents to win a national cooking award.
TALENTED teenage cricketer Jack Humphrys' progress at the Somerset Academy has been boosted after he received a £1,000 scholarship from the club's registered charity.
The Wiltshire and Swindon Economic Partnership (WSEP) has elected Tim Boucher as vice chairman.
Swindon continues to see a month on month drop in unemployment although November's jobless rate is up 10 per cent on the same month last year as major redundancy programmes start to take effect.
Christmas has come early for Nationwide as it celebrates its millionth online banking registration.
St Bartholomew's Church choir welcomes additional singers for Carols by Candlelight and the Midnight Mass. Anyone who would like to be involved can phone the choir leader (01793) 853870, or call in at the church tomorrow evening for a choir practice at 7pm.
A bring and buy sale, cakes and raffle in aid of Headway and the Prospect Foundation will be among attractions at 5 Branscombe Drive from 10.30am -2.30pm. Admission is 50p and includes coffee and biscuits.
Everyone interested in Wiltshire and its history will be welcome at the library this afternoon at 2pm, to meet Helen Shalders, of the heritage department. She will talk on Timescape Wiltshire, and give puzzles t
The Christmas bazaar at Noremarsh Junior School on Friday and an earlier table sale together raised almost £400, which will be used by the Friends of Noremarsh to benefit the school.
Tickets for the Christmas concert by town's orchestra on December 20 at the Memorial Hall at 7.30pm are available now, at Brian Taylor Music in High Street at £3.50.
St Bartholomew's School pupils from Years 5 and 6 have produced their own newspapers with well illustrated reports on their recent adventurous weeks in Wales.
A NEW charity shop in Wroughton will be helping to raise money for the Prospect Foundation which has its hospice in the village.
ARTHRITIS sufferer Darren Smith spent years realising his dream of riding a bike but within months his specially-adapted cycle had been stolen.
Happy Birthday, Jesus, a costumed production by 120 charmingly costumed Key Stage 1 children, won warm applause from parents and friends at Longleaze School, Wootton Bassett, on Monday 10 and Tuesday 11 December.
SKURRAY'S WILTSHIRE LEAGUE: WOOTTON Bassett United won the battle of the giants in the Junior Division when they defeated Swindon Eagles 1-0 despite playing with just nine men for 70 minutes.
Friends and supporters saluted Penny Noad as she stepped down as president of the Wiltshire branch of the British Red Cross after nine years of service.
The district council has once again made arrangements to have Christmas trees recycled after Twelfth Night. From January 3 to 9 residents can have their trees shredded as garden mulch at Focus DIY Store, Hambleton Avenue, Devizes; Townsend Garden Centre, Bath Road, Devizes; Everleigh household recycling centre, or the George Lane car park, Marlborough.
Margaret West has taken over as chief officer of the Pewsey-based Voluntary Action Kennet. Her predecessor, Barbara McDonald, has taken up a post with the Shaftesbury Society.
A DEVELOPER has pulled out of plans to revamp the centre of Pewsey following the collapse of an agreement with Kennet District Council.
BATH skipper Dan Lyle has been ruled out of the televised Powergen National Cup clash with London Irish at the Rec on Saturday (2pm).
A MEETING to save Pinehurst People's Centre from demolition has been arranged for Monday night.
THREE years ago Swindon's twin Nicaraguan town of Ocotal was ravaged by Hurricane Mitch.
TWO of Swindon's talented band of chess players will be taking a week off school and winging their way to the former Soviet state of Estonia in the New Year.
A PRE-SCHOOL playgroup is facing closure because after three months of advertising for a new supervisor it has had no applicants.
AN ALBUM compiled by the first photography club in the world has landed a Swindon auction house its biggest ever sale.
SWINDON Council leader Mike Bawden today revealed that he has been fighting prostate cancer since August.
STRIKING benefits agency staff were on the picket line in Swindon this morning.
PEOPLE living in Swindon could have to fork out an extra £70 in council tax in April because local schools and social services have been "stuffed" by the Government.
SWINDON Council has finally revealed the victims of swingeing cuts it expects to make as it desperately attempts to balance its budget.
Plucky Cirencester and District League outfit Eastend Boys have conceded a century of goals in the Under 15 Division already this season.
SCREWFIX DIRECT LEAGUE: DEVIZES Town were left to rue two goalkeeping errors from stand-in Daryll Smith as they were hammered 4-0 at home by fifth placed Backwell United on Tuesday night.
WILTSHIRE police are warning residents to be aware of a telemarketing scam which claims people have won money but in order to claim their 'prize' they have to pay a fee.
YOUTH FOOTBALL: CHIPPENHAM Town completed the double over Westbury Youth side in the under 11s division of the Wiltshire Times and News Mid-Wilts Youth and Minor League.
The Crown Prosecution Service is to take a tougher line on domestic violence following a new nationwide directive.