Some schools stay closed as Wiltshire makes icy return to work

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A total of 19 schools across Wiltshire and Swindon remain closed today as the county returned to workafter Friday's heavy snowfall.

Low and sub-zero temperatures over the weekend saw much of the snow turn to ice and brought extra pproblems to the roads of Wiltshire.

The Wiltshire Council highways team were busy gritting throughout last night, covering many ice-bound estates and minor roads as well as the main routes.

Among the schools closed today are the primary schools of Crockerton and Horningsham, near Warminster, and The Trinity, Devizes.

Wylye Valley Primary School at Codford was opening later, at 9.30am.

Bus services are now running again on their normal routes and timetables where possible, but those that pass through housing estates and small villages may have to stay on the main roads if the roads through those communities are still too icy for buses to negotiate safely.

For more information on individual bus services ring the council’s passenger transport unit on (01225) 718080.
For other council services ring the main switchboard on 0300 456 0100.


Pavements in the county have not been treated and many are extremely slippery. Pedestrians are advised to take extreme care.

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9:19am Mon 21 Jan 13

DevizesOldDuffer says...

Well, they're collecting recycling as usual in Devizes this morning. They've done both lots already and it's only just gone 9am!
Well, they're collecting recycling as usual in Devizes this morning. They've done both lots already and it's only just gone 9am! DevizesOldDuffer
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9:33am Mon 21 Jan 13

cght36 says...

If they had gritted all the roads they wouldnt have this problem!!
If they had gritted all the roads they wouldnt have this problem!! cght36
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5:24pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Doc Peters says...

Well I'm not going out until I can find out who to sue if I slip and hurt myself.
Well I'm not going out until I can find out who to sue if I slip and hurt myself. Doc Peters
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7:08am Tue 22 Jan 13

old 'arry says...

Where can I get a copy of the teachers' favourite book, "365 excuses to close the school"? I went to Chippenham Grammar School for 7 years by bus from Melksham and NOT ONCE was the school closed. Sometimes if it started to snow during the school day, the kids from Colerne would get their buses early, but that was all. These idle teachers are setting an appalling example. And don't quote health & safety - I never saw a single child at school injured due to snwo and ice.
Where can I get a copy of the teachers' favourite book, "365 excuses to close the school"? I went to Chippenham Grammar School for 7 years by bus from Melksham and NOT ONCE was the school closed. Sometimes if it started to snow during the school day, the kids from Colerne would get their buses early, but that was all. These idle teachers are setting an appalling example. And don't quote health & safety - I never saw a single child at school injured due to snwo and ice. old 'arry
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4:00pm Tue 22 Jan 13

beetawix says...

old'arry wittered "These idle teachers are setting an appalling example"

There is no such thing as an idle teacher. Many jobs can shield idlers but teaching aint one of them.
old'arry wittered "These idle teachers are setting an appalling example" There is no such thing as an idle teacher. Many jobs can shield idlers but teaching aint one of them. beetawix
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5:12pm Tue 22 Jan 13

old 'arry says...

beetawix wrote:
old'arry wittered "These idle teachers are setting an appalling example"

There is no such thing as an idle teacher. Many jobs can shield idlers but teaching aint one of them.
They're idle for about 14 weeks a year - their unbelieveable holidays!
[quote][p][bold]beetawix[/bold] wrote: old'arry wittered "These idle teachers are setting an appalling example" There is no such thing as an idle teacher. Many jobs can shield idlers but teaching aint one of them.[/p][/quote]They're idle for about 14 weeks a year - their unbelieveable holidays! old 'arry
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8:26pm Tue 22 Jan 13

beetawix says...

Now you are being silly. Firstly teachers work beyond end of school day checking work and planning lessons all of which puts them well over the standard 7-8 hour day over the course of 3 terms. Any idling here and the lessons and pupils work progress would fall apart. When the summer holidays come there is plenty of time in the bank already.
Why do you think school holidays are unbelievable? They have existed for many many years.
Do you think the teachers should continue to go to school and sit in empty rooms daily during these holiday times or should the children not have holidays?
And what was the apalling example of idleness before you switched to holidays.
Now you are being silly. Firstly teachers work beyond end of school day checking work and planning lessons all of which puts them well over the standard 7-8 hour day over the course of 3 terms. Any idling here and the lessons and pupils work progress would fall apart. When the summer holidays come there is plenty of time in the bank already. Why do you think school holidays are unbelievable? They have existed for many many years. Do you think the teachers should continue to go to school and sit in empty rooms daily during these holiday times or should the children not have holidays? And what was the apalling example of idleness before you switched to holidays. beetawix
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11:13pm Wed 23 Jan 13

Mrs Donnyfly says...

old 'arry wrote:
Where can I get a copy of the teachers' favourite book, "365 excuses to close the school"? I went to Chippenham Grammar School for 7 years by bus from Melksham and NOT ONCE was the school closed. Sometimes if it started to snow during the school day, the kids from Colerne would get their buses early, but that was all. These idle teachers are setting an appalling example. And don't quote health & safety - I never saw a single child at school injured due to snwo and ice.
What were the teachers at Chippenham Grammar School doing then 'Arry while you were having your holidays from school?
[quote][p][bold]old 'arry[/bold] wrote: Where can I get a copy of the teachers' favourite book, "365 excuses to close the school"? I went to Chippenham Grammar School for 7 years by bus from Melksham and NOT ONCE was the school closed. Sometimes if it started to snow during the school day, the kids from Colerne would get their buses early, but that was all. These idle teachers are setting an appalling example. And don't quote health & safety - I never saw a single child at school injured due to snwo and ice.[/p][/quote]What were the teachers at Chippenham Grammar School doing then 'Arry while you were having your holidays from school? Mrs Donnyfly
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10:27pm Thu 24 Jan 13

lordbuckethead says...

teaching - best paid part-time job in the world...
teaching - best paid part-time job in the world... lordbuckethead
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10:41pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Mrs Donnyfly says...

lordbuckethead wrote:
teaching - best paid part-time job in the world...
I doubt it.
[quote][p][bold]lordbuckethead[/bold] wrote: teaching - best paid part-time job in the world...[/p][/quote]I doubt it. Mrs Donnyfly
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6:42am Fri 25 Jan 13

notscot says...

lordbuckethead wrote:
teaching - best paid part-time job in the world...
Not a teacher - obviously doesn't know any, either. Usual tripe.
[quote][p][bold]lordbuckethead[/bold] wrote: teaching - best paid part-time job in the world...[/p][/quote]Not a teacher - obviously doesn't know any, either. Usual tripe. notscot
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