Just when is a voluntary payment not voluntary?

11:00am Sunday 20th April 2014

I know many parents reading that question will instantly know what I’m talking about.

Don’t let chickens ruffle your feathers, says expert

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Martin and Anne Perdeaux with two of their chickens at home in Upavon           (DV1240) PICTURE BY DIANE VOSE

10:00am Sunday 20th April 2014

When Anne Perdeaux turns 60 next month, she’ll be celebrating a year of amazing achievements – becoming a published author, losing four stones in weight and planning for the holiday of a life-time.

Spring’s coming into bloom

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: The main picture shows a field of oilseed rape on Manor Farm

10:00am Sunday 20th April 2014

An overcast, drizzly start to the week has given way to some drier, sunnier days, although the wind coming from a northerly direction is rather chilly.

Murder investigation after woman's death in Durrington

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Swindon police advice after two girls fall foul of internet

9:55am Sunday 20th April 2014

A murder investigation is continuing in Salisbury following the death of a woman in Durrington yesterday.

Wind power project rules must change

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

7:00pm Saturday 19th April 2014

Green energy campaigners are celebrating after the Government inspector ordered Wiltshire Council to delete its wind farms policy from the Core Strategy.

Tasty treat for lawyers

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Staff at Forrester Sylvester Mackett Solicitors, from left, Hannah While, Richard Coates, Jonathan Watts and Helen While with their free hot cross buns                               (DV1245)

4:00pm Saturday 19th April 2014

The Gazette & Herald teamed up with Sainsbury’s to a give one firm or organisation free hot cross buns each week before Easter.

Family rescued in Longleat lions enclosure as car bursts into flames

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Longleat's lions paw over the new Deadly-themed signage

2:05pm Saturday 19th April 2014

A family were rescued from the lions enclosure at Longleat Safari & Adventure Park yesterday after their car overheated and caught fire.

A history lesson in pure hate

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Memorial  candles are lit at Auschwitz II at the  end of the visit                     (49250) BY GLENN PHILLIPS

12:00pm Saturday 19th April 2014

MOST of the students admitted to being nervous as they boarded the aircraft to Krakow for a visit to the notorious Second World War death camps in Poland, not knowing how they would react to the horrors that awaited them.

Major improvements to A350 starting soon

4:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

A £2.7m scheme to improve traffic flow on the congested A350, north of Chippenham, starts later this month.

Wiltshire's wind farm proximity policy blown away

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Rowena Quantrill and Sophy Fearnley-Whittingstall, of the Clean Energy Alliance, have welcomed a ruling that a council could not impose a 1.2km separation distance between wind turbines and homes

6:00am Friday 18th April 2014

Green energy campaigners are celebrating after the inspector ordered Wiltshire Council to delete its policy on wind farms from the Core Strategy.

Cathedral’s popular Director of Music to give organ recital

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Salisbury City Race 2013

8:22am Friday 18th April 2014

David Halls, Salisbury Cathedral’s Director of Music, gives the second recital in this year’s organ recital series on the Cathedral’s Famous Father Willis organ on Wednesday 30 April at 7.30pm, performing the exciting programme he recently recorded with Priory Records on the organ at St Wilfrid’s Church, Harrogate, where he had been Assistant Organist for a few years before attending university. It includes works by English, French, German and Spanish composers dating from the 17th century through to the present day.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sid's phonebox costume was one of London Marathon's most bizarre sights

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Sid Keyte ran the London Marathon as a telephone box for the charity Mind

9:58am Tuesday 15th April 2014

Among the bizarre spectacles in the London Marathon was father of three Sid Keyte running as telephone box.

Would-be auction dealers wanted for new TV series

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: David Dickinson

6:00pm Monday 14th April 2014

RDF Television, makers of David Dickinson's The Real Deal, Secret Dealers and Wheelers Dealers and Del Boys is starting a new series Storage: Locked & Loaded, a new primetime auction series.

Every town must have more homes than expected, as part of Wiltshire Core Strategy

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Coun Toby Sturgis

4:46pm Monday 14th April 2014

Wiltshire Council says every town will have to find room for more houses than they expected under changes to the county Core Strategy revealed today.

Running duo cross London Marathon finish line arm in arm

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: John Hayter hopes to have raised £1,800 for the Leonard Cheshire home Greathouse at Kington Langley by running the London Marathon

3:54pm Monday 14th April 2014

Running duo John Hayter and Joanne Lumb crossed the line arm in arm as they finished the London Marathon yesterday.

Police plea after man, 36, attacked in Melksham

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

11:25am Monday 14th April 2014

Police are appealing for information following an attack on a 36-year-old man in Melksham.

New ambulance response times to be set in Wiltshire as targets missed

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: The new South Western Ambulance Service arrives today

8:20am Monday 14th April 2014

New response time targets will be set for South Western Ambulance Service (SWAS) in rural areas including Wiltshire.

No reply to Honda Task Force’s offer of support for agency staff facing axe

5:00am Monday 14th April 2014

WORKERS under threat of redundancy at South Marston Distribution Centre and TS Tech are not in line to benefit from the Honda Task Force.

Smurfing around Wiltshire to raise cash

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Level 2 Health and Social Care students Lucy Mayo and Kaisha Tyler dressed up as Smurfs to raise money for RAG week

6:00pm Sunday 13th April 2014

RAG week proved a huge success with Wiltshire College staff and students, raising £5,000 for charity.

Wiltshire Freemasons’ charity support

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Phillip Bullock, assistant provincial grand master of Wiltshire and Arthur Bierschenk,        worshipful master of the Lodge of Loyalty, Marlborough, presenting a cheque to the trust

3:00pm Sunday 13th April 2014

Wiltshire Freemasons have boosted the funds of the Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust by presenting a £500 cheque.

Welcoming new life to Manor Farm

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Matt helps to unite lambs with their mothers

12:00pm Sunday 13th April 2014

Another warm, sunny weekend to start the week deteriorated into a mixture of dull, damp and chilly weather once again.

Driver’s plea for better treatment on school trips

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Driver’s plea for better treatment on school trips

11:00am Sunday 13th April 2014

One other powerful speaker at the road safety conference was coach driver Marc Skinner. He took two days’ holiday to attend the conference as he felt it was important to speak out about the conditions faced by coach drivers who transport teachers and children on longer school trips.

Focus on bullying

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: ON FILM: The footage which sparked outrage

11:00am Sunday 13th April 2014

This week I make no apology for focusing on bullying. It’s an issue close to my heart as I was persistently bullied for months by two girls in my first year of secondary school.

Gran’s artwork goes on show

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Gran’s artwork goes on show

10:00am Sunday 13th April 2014

Grandmother and professional artist Sue Townsend will be exhibiting some of her work at Westonbirt Arboretum in May.

Just how happy is your child on the bus to school?

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Paul and Caroline Vodden feel their family was let down by everybody

9:00am Sunday 13th April 2014

In December 2006, Paul and Caroline Vodden’s 11-year-old son Ben committed suicide.

Marlborough and Grittleton House prove inspiring settings for author's first novel

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Author Christine Coltman is celebrating the publication of her debut novel

12:00pm Saturday 12th April 2014

Author Christine Coltman is celebrating the publication of her debut novel, inspired by Victorian fiction and local places such as Grittleton House and Marlborough.

MP in talks over controversial road and bridge closures with Network Rail bosses

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: James Gray

11:17am Friday 11th April 2014

MP James Gray has met Network Rail bosses to discuss controversial road and bridge closures.

Dauntsey Lock 'rat run' closures leaving us isolated, say traders and residents

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Lyneham Farm Shop owner Tim Webb, front centre, with business people and residents unhappy with road closures caused by the shutting of Dauntsey Lock railway bridge

10:04am Friday 11th April 2014

Traders who are losing business and home owners who have been ‘marooned’ by road closures caused by the shutting of Dauntsey Lock railway bridge are calling for compensation.

Big increase in scarlet fever cases reported by Public Health England

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: An increase in scarlet fever cases - with numbers more than doubling in Wiltshire, Avon and Gloucestershire - is being reported by Public Health England

4:04pm Thursday 10th April 2014

An increase in scarlet fever cases - with numbers more than doubling in Wiltshire, Avon and Gloucestershire compared to usual - is being reported by Public Health England.

There is a vendetta against Tale of Spice, says boss

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: We have done nothing wrong, says Shippon Rahman

12:19pm Thursday 10th April 2014

Restaurant chain Tale of Spice claims the business is the victim of a vendetta after three restaurants were raided by Home Office immigration officers on Friday.

Union to protest over Next's pay offer after £695m profits

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Simon Wolfson, chief executive of Next

11:31am Thursday 10th April 2014

The GMB union is planning protests over the pay rise offered by Next - which has branches in Chippenham, Trowbridge, Swindon and Bath - to staff after achieving profits of £695 million.

Unions to protest over snub by Wiltshire's highways contractor

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Unison members protest at County Hall, Trowbridge, before the vote over senior councillors' allowances in January

8:38am Thursday 10th April 2014

Trade unionists are planning to campaign against Wiltshire Council’s highways contractor Balfour Beatty’s decision to ignore them.

Children get creative with their Easter bonnets in seasonal events

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Pupils at Heddington School celebrate Easter with a visit from Francis the donkey (DV1212)

4:00pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

The county’s schools finished the term in true Easter style by donning traditional bonnets last week, doing a sponsored Easter bunny hop and even welcoming a donkey in a Palm Sunday re-enactment.




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