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Wiltshire's bluebells flowering much earlier than last year, says Woodland Trust

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: A good showing of bluebells in West Wood, Lockeridge, in 2012

12:10am Friday 18th April 2014

Bluebells are flowering much earlier than in last year's cold spring, with peak displays expected in time for Easter, the Woodland Trust said today.

Devizes choir will sing out to aid charity

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: A picture posted online of the scene outside the Corn Exchange, Devizes, early on Sunday morning

7:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

silver-haired songsters in Devizes will be raising money for a good cause when they perform a concert in the Corn Exchange next week.

Coffee fans’ double shot in Devizes

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Market Place Costa staff with Mayor Pete Smith and manager Matt Coulthard, right of the mayor                    (VS289) By VICKY SCIPIO

5:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

The boss of Costa Coffee is confident Devizes can sustain two shops.

Inquiry ends with a note of caution

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Rowde Parish Council is supporting calls for a crossing on the Caen Hill dual carriageway

5:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Opponents of Mactaggart and Mickel’s proposed 350-home development on the outskirts of Devizes say it should not go ahead as it will increase traffic congestion and air pollution.

Come forward, war animals wreath layer told

4:30pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Devizes Royal British Legion is appealing for a mystery wreath layer to join them on Remembrance Sunday.

Sixties stars will play gig at Devizes blues club

4:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

The hit 1960s band The Move, best known for numbers like I Can Hear The Grass Grow and Flowers In The Rain, are bound for Devizes this month.

Devizes goes bananas for Fairtrade

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Peter Tolhurst, co-ordinator Antonia Tolhurst, Jasper Selwyn, mayor Pete Smith and Sonia Smith                     (VS290) By VICKY SCIPIO

3:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

DEVIZES built on its reputation as one of the first Fairtrade towns in Wiltshire with a produce fair at the Corn Exchange on Saturday.

Book lovers wanted for new Corsham library

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Developer tries second appeal on disputed site in Malmesbury

2:07pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Corsham library is looking to recruit book-loving volunteers as it prepares to move into a new modern home as part of the town's new community campus.

Corsham Farmers’ Market shuts down

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Corsham Farmers’ Market shuts down

2:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Dwindling stall numbers and the loss of vegetable producers have forced the monthly Corsham Farmers’ Market to close.

Suspended jail sentence for three-strikes Royal Wootton Bassett burglar

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Trio jailed for fraud to tune of £800,000

1:12pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A three-strikes burglar who was caught when he tried to sell stolen furniture to a friend of the victim has walked free from court.

Ex-national player forms team to cycle America in youngster’s memory

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: from left, James Fuller, Dave Shephard, Jeffrey Thomas, Martyn Grant and John Hall

1:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Former England and Bath rugby star John Hall is hoping his competitive spirit serves him well this summer when he leads a team of Corsham cyclists on a gruelling race across America.

Derry Hill are home’s high praise

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Kingston House

1:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Derry Hill care home manager Carol Grainger won recognition for her dedication and hard work at an awards ceremony held at The Oval in London on March 25.

Devizes choir sings out for fifth anniversary

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Urchfont Scarecrow Festival committee members, from left, Frances Wood, Rob Pendry, Jean Thomas, Keith Brockie and June Turnbull prepare for the festival with some of last year’s creations

12:44pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A Devizes choir, which welcomes all singers regardless of previous experience, will celebrate its fifth anniversary with a three-day visit to twin town Waiblingen.

Devizes mum will have head shaved to raise cash and face her own condition

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: ou can do your bit to help the Gazette’s Give us a chance appeal

12:10pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Devizes mum Anita Gidley, whose son Reece was more than a year old before he was allowed home from hospital, still misses the special relationship she had with staff and parents at Devizes Opportunity Centre.

The family fun day for our Give Us A Chance appeal finds a bigger venue

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: ou can do your bit to help the Gazette’s Give us a chance appeal

12:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

The family fun day planned for July 26 to raise money for our Give Us A Chance appeal has become so big it has found a new venue.

Approved, controversial plan for 750 homes on Chippenham green field site

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Approved, controversial plan for 750 homes on Chippenham green field site

12:02pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A controversial development of 750 houses on a site in Northern Chippenham, mainly of undeveloped green fields, was approved in principle at a Wiltshire Council strategic planning meeting yesterday.

Win a £1,000 stay in Jane Austen's former home in Bath

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Jane Austen's former house in Bath

11:58am Thursday 17th April 2014

A fantastic luxury mid-week break in Jane Austen’s Bath house is a star prize being offered by Wiltshire's Sales Coaching Solutions at one of the south west’s leading business exhibitions.

Body of man, 40, found by dog walker in Melksham

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Trio jailed for fraud to tune of £800,000

10:13am Thursday 17th April 2014

The body of a 40-year-old man was discovered by a dog walker in a field in Melksham last Thursday.

Case of Poppy Appeal collection box theft from Devizes' Bear Hotel fails

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Marcus Pocock

10:06am Thursday 17th April 2014

A man alleged to have stolen a Poppy Appeal collection box from the Bear Hotel in Devizes during Remembrance Week last year has had the case against him dropped after he failed to turn up for his trial.

Ready for scarecrow Urchfont show

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: From left are Harry, Mike and Will Noel-Smith with their bicycles                    (DV1229) By Diane Vose

10:15am Thursday 17th April 2014

Residents of Urchfont are putting the finishing touches to their creations for the annual scarecrow festival.

We'll appeal against refusal of 80-hectare Melksham solar farm, say developers

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Members of different groups including Clean Energy Alliance at County Hall, Trowbridge, to support plans for a solar farm near Melksham

9:33am Thursday 17th April 2014

The developers behind plans for a major solar farm near Melksham say they will appeal against Wiltshire Council’s decision to reject planning permission.

Rowde farmer will increase educational visits once barn refurbished

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Braeside educational centre in Devizes

9:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

Rowde farmer John Butler hopes to increase his educational work, if he gets consent to refurbish a barn.

Police appeal after Calne cat shot with airgun

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Trio jailed for fraud to tune of £800,000

8:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

Calne police are looking for the person who shot a four-year-old ginger cat called Poppy with an airgun pellet late on March 29 in the Wessington Park area.

13 jobs to be created when new Screwfix store opens in Devizes

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Staff prepare for the opening of a Screwfix DIY on Hopton Park industrial estate next week which will create 13 jobs

6:30am Thursday 17th April 2014

The opening of a new Screwfix DIY on Hopton Park industrial estate next week will create 13 jobs.

Frogs and squirrels regularly seen in west gardens, finds RSPB survey

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: A common frog in a garden by Matthew Hazleton. SP.

12:10am Thursday 17th April 2014

Almost half of people in the south west see frogs in their gardens regularly, according to the second round of results from the world’s biggest wildlife survey, run by the RSPB.

Two women convicted of harassment after putting up 'cheat' posters

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Christine Lynch

5:40pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

TWO women have been convicted of harassment for putting up posters in Royal Wootton Bassett containing a series of derogatory assertions about a retired teacher.

Friends pitch in to Chippenham help boy walk again

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Comedian Russell Howard pays a surprise visit to fan Ben Conolly at Bristol Children’s Hospital

12:58pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Friends of a paralysed 16-year-old will take to the pitch and raise funds to help the football fan walk again.

Royal Wootton Bassett author reading his take on Easter story in Trafalgar Square

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Martin Coleman who has written his take on the Easter story for the Bible Society

5:30am Thursday 17th April 2014

AUTHOR Martin Coleman will be reading his take on the Easter story in front of 20,000 people in Trafalgar Square tomorrow.

Pink Floyd musician in kitchen for cake auction at charity garden party

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: The Duchess of Cornwall with Nick and Annette Mason at last year’s Middlewick event

6:00pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

PINK Floyd drummer Nick Mason will beat cake batter, ahead of a charity auction in a garden party at his home in Corsham, to raise money for two Wiltshire causes.

80-hectare solar farm bid thrown out by Wiltshire councillors

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: How the solar panels would look - with plenty of room for sheep to graze beneath

3:35pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

Plans for an 80-hectare solar farm on Sandridge Hill, east of Melksham, were thrown out by Wiltshire Council’s planners today in a vote of seven against and four for the development.

Crash blocks road between Hullavington and Norton

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Trio jailed for fraud to tune of £800,000

2:35pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

Emergency services are attending a two-vehicle accident north of Hullavington which has blocked the minor road between Hullavington and Norton.

Chippenham artistic students among county’s best

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Chloe Windle with her polysterene print             (49308) By GLENN PHILLIPS

2:00pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

TWO promising students from Sheldon School in Chippenham have been honoured among the best young artists in the county after their work was displayed at a Corsham gallery.

Murderer Michael Chudley suffered cardiac failure, inquest told

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Michael Chudley pictured after his arrest

1:46pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

The inquest into the death of murderer Michael Chudley was told that he suffered cardiac failure.

Day at Langley Fitzurse spiced up by Indian culture

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: At the back cooking up some food are Byron, Harry, Leon, Sophie and Ollie. Front are Maddie, Ben, Amelie                                                                                                                    (PM1165) By PAUL MORRIS

1:00pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

Langley Fitzurse Primary School travelled across Europe and the Middle East for a day in India.

Pitches at Wiltshire markets for business ideas

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Devizes Market

12:52pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

Budding entrepreneurs are being offered the chance to test out their business ideas with a free pitch at Wiltshire Council-run markets next month.

Fewer Wiltshire children win first choice places in primary school this year

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Richard Gamble

11:48am Wednesday 16th April 2014

The  number of children who have been granted their first choice primary school in Wiltshire from September is slightly down on last year.

Record employment level of 2.62m in South West

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Esther McVey MP

11:31am Wednesday 16th April 2014

UK unemployment has dropped below seven per cent for the first time since the recession and employment has seen the biggest annual jump in a generation, figures published by the Office for National Statistics today show.

Firm cuts back ‘bad’ 999 calls in Wiltshire

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: IN THE FRONTLINE: Ambulance workers and paramedics are coming under increasing threats of violence

9:40am Wednesday 16th April 2014

Harmoni, which operates the 111 non-emergency health telephone line in Wiltshire, says additional training of its call handlers has led to fewer emergency ambulances being despatched.

Chippenham student's arresting portrait at Corsham

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 18-year-old Artur Pogorzelski of Trowbridge with his prizewinning artwork on show at the Pound Arts Young Open Exhibition

10:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

A-level art student Artur Pogorzelski isn’t yet a Constable, but the trainee police officer has been commended for his artistic skills.

Cancer survivor runs alongside daughter in London Marathon

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Mum and daughter Marie and Teresa Coupland with their race medal

9:37am Wednesday 16th April 2014

MUM-OF-TWO Marie Coupland has completed the London marathon a year after undergoing chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer.

Bishop Ed spends night in Wiltshire Downs hut to show solidarity with world's displaced

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: The Bishop of Ramsbury, the Rt Rev Ed Condry, at the shepherd’s hut on the Wiltshire Downs he spent last night in

11:18am Wednesday 16th April 2014

The Bishop of Ramsbury, the Rt Rev Ed Condry, spent a night in a shepherd’s hut on the Wiltshire Downs yesterday to raise the profile of those around the world fleeing conflict and living in poverty and fear.

Do you know three men caught on CCTV in Calne shop?

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Wiltshire Police have issued three CCTV images of three men they want to speak about a theft from a One Stop shop in Calne

12:09pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

Wiltshire Police have issued three CCTV images of three men they want to speak about a theft from a shop in Calne

Calne woman runs London Marathon in memory of friend's husband

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Calne ladies run in memory of friend's husband

9:33am Wednesday 16th April 2014

Admin assistant Sarah Markley ran her first London Marathon in four hours 12 minutes in memory of her friend’s husband Paul Beament, who died of mouth cancer.

Devizes runner Andy Coombes thrilled to see Mo Farrah during London Marathon

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: ou can do your bit to help the Gazette’s Give us a chance appeal

9:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

Devizes accountant Andy Coombes had double Olympic medallist Mo Farrah in his sights as he ran the London Marathon yesterday.

Families have fun at Calne Barnardo’s Sure Start centre

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Lily Pietralczyk, Charley and Harriet Makepiece have fun at Barnardo’s Sure Start Children’s Centre, Calne

8:41am Wednesday 16th April 2014

A fun day to raise awareness of the emergency services at Barnardo’s Sure Start Children’s Centre in Calne attracted more than 150 families last Thursday.

Missing Chippenham father and son found safe

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Trio jailed for fraud to tune of £800,000

8:20am Wednesday 16th April 2014

The father and son reported missing from their home address in Chippenham yesterday have been located safe and well.

Police plea over missing Chippenham father and son

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Geoffrey Tomlinson's glasses were left behind at home

8:07am Wednesday 16th April 2014

Wiltshire Police are appealing for the help in locating a missing father and son from Chippenham.

Wiltshire villages urged to enter 'best kept' competition

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: The Council for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) standard which winning villages exhibit

6:30am Wednesday 16th April 2014

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) is urging villages to enter the Wiltshire Best Kept Village Competition.

Grenade found in Bratton safely dealt with

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: The training grenade found near the roadside in Bratton

7:57pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

Trowbridge Road in Bratton has now been reopened after a discarded military grenade was discovered in a field.

Canoeists gear up for gruelling challenge of Devizes to Westminster race

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Devizes to Westminster race start organiser Keith Bennett

6:28pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

More than 600 people will take on one of the world’s most gruelling sporting challenges when they set off on the 125-mile Easter route of the Devizes to Westminster canoe race.





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