Don't miss Wiltshire's five-minute chess championship

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Never be board again with new St Albans club

1:08pm Thursday 24th April 2014

The end of season Wiltshire five-minute chess championship takes place tonight.

Appeal against decision on huge Melksham solar farm confirmed by developers

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: St John Hughes, director of Sandridge Solar Power

9:40am Thursday 24th April 2014

The would-be developers of a huge solar park near Melksham have confirmed they are to appeal against the decision to refuse planning permission.

Thanks for those who gave views on future of Wiltshire's youth services

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Laura Mayes, cabinet member for Children's Services

5:00pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Wiltshire Council is thanking the hundreds of people who took part in a consultation which asked communities for feedback on how youth activities should be delivered in the future.

Wiltshire's leisure services to stay with Places for People until 2018

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Coun Jonathon Seed, Devizes Leisure Centre manager Dan Webb and gym users Keith Moore, Anna Villette and Elyne Williams

4:28pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Wiltshire Council leaders have agreed to extend Places for People Leisure Management Ltd’s - previously DC Leisure Management - contract to run 11 of the 23 council leisure centres across the county until 2018.

Police officer unlawfully Tasered naked man in Melksham police station, court hears

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Pc Lee Birch arriving at Bristol Crown Court

3:06pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A police officer unlawfully Tasered a naked man who threw a pair of underpants at him during a strip search in Wiltshire, a court heard.

Wiltshire golden girl Jemima aims to inspire at Trowbridge careers fair

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Jemima Duxberry

11:15am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Under-21 judo champion Jemima Duxberry and other inspirational role models will be encouraging young people to think of their futures at a special careers fair next week.

Bail for men arrested in Wiltshire over fuel theft from Esso pipeline

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: The Esso refinery at Fawley in Hampshire

10:11am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Two men arrested on suspicion of the theft of thousands of litres of fuel believed to have been stolen from one of the UK's main underground oil pipes which runs through Wiltshire have been released on bail.

Center Parcs ad banned for encouraging parents to take children on holiday in school time

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: A family has fun at Centre Parcs during the school holidays

8:35am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

An advert for Center Parcs resorts has been banned for "irresponsibly" encouraging parents to take their children on holiday during term time.

Family and friends pay tribute to 'amazing' Doreen Webb

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Doreen Webb

11:24am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Family and friends of Doreen Webb, 64, who died on Friday in Durrington paid tribute to her today in a statement released by Wiltshire Police.

Plea by police after car attacked in Malmesbury

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

6:00am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Wiltshire Police are appealing for information after someone dented a door panel and smashed a window of a Kia Picanto parked in Barley Close, Malmesbury, on Saturday night or early on Sunday.

More than 20 jobs being created in Melksham as Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems expands

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Karen Davison, managing director of C&D Group

3:26pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems is creating more than 20 jobs at its works in Melksham and further posts are in the pipeline.

Retired Army major charged with murder was familiar sight in Devizes

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Leonard Webb, the 68-year-old retired Army colonel who has been charged with the murder of his wife, ran a stall on the regular antiques market in the Shambles market hall in Devizes

10:16am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Leonard Webb, the 68-year-old retired Army colonel who has been charged with the murder of his wife, ran a stall on the regular antiques market in the Shambles market hall in Devizes.

It would have been irresponsible to continue, says Devizes-Westminster canoe race veteran

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Bob Norbury, 71, sets off on the Devizes to Westminster canoe race

12:55pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

First away in the 2014 Devizes to Westminster canoe race was former special forces soldier Bob Norbury, 71, from Burbage who was entered in the senior singles category.

Livery for new Wiltshire Air Ambulance unveiled

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: The striking livery for the new Wiltshire Air Ambulance was unveiled today

11:53am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

The design for Wiltshire’s new Air Ambulance was unveiled today by the Wiltshire Air Ambulance Charitable Trust’s board of trustees.

Race record for Devizes Canoe Club members

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Competitors in the Devizes to Westminster canoe race

8:38am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Local canoeists were this week basking in the glory of success in the Devizes to Westminster canoe race, described as the canoeists’ Everest.

Wiltshire Air Ambulance has plenty of drive thanks to Chippenham's Blade Honda

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Wiltshire Air Ambulance clinical team leader Richard Miller, Blade Honda Chippenham general manager Simon Hawker and air ambulance paramedic Luke MacCallum

8:00am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A Chippenham car dealership has donated a new car to help Wiltshire Air Ambulance (WAA) raise awareness of its life-saving service across the county.

Teachers set to strike again

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Image from PictureGalleryModule_ID:3180758

10:22am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

TEACHERS have voted to stage further strikes, starting with a summer walkout, in a long-running dispute over pay, pensions and conditions, leaving schools facing the prospect of widespread disruption.

Wiltshire tour for Lib Dem MEP

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Sir Graham Watson, Lib Dem MEP for the South-West and Gibraltar.

12:38pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Wiltshire’s Liberal Democrat MEP Sir Graham Watson is visiting the county today as part of the South West MEP’s campaign for the European elections.

Bank holiday bluebells admired as flowers bloom early

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Max enjoys a display of bluebells at the weekend

8:51am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Walkers made the most of the Easter bank holiday sunshine by admiring the carpets of bluebells over the weekend.

Gruelling Devizes to Westminster canoe race takes toll on senior competitors

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Contestant Bob Norbury

10:28am Monday 21st April 2014

Despite almost ideal conditions a quarter of the entries in the senior doubles section of the Devizes to Westminster canoe race were forced to retire before reaching the finish line at Westminster Bridge yesterday.

Man, 68, appearing before Chippenham magistrates charged with murder of woman, 64

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

9:33am Monday 21st April 2014

Wiltshire Police have confirmed that Leonard Webb, aged 68, of Avondown Road, Durrington, has been charged with the murder of a woman, aged 64.

Union hopes delay scuppers Melksham Post Office move

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Ealing Broadway post office now open on Sundays

8:00am Monday 21st April 2014

The union for Melksham postal workers is hoping that whatever has delayed the relocation of the town’s Post Office has scuppered the plan.

Do you have a better deal?

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: The Argus could pay your gas bill for a year

12:00pm Sunday 20th April 2014

I would say I’m quite savvy when it comes to switching energy suppliers. I’m not afraid to shop around.

Arrest after unprovoked stabbing in Melksham

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Knife raid on Chippenham newsagents

11:00am Sunday 20th April 2014

A 20-year-old man has been arrested after an unprovoked stabbing on Granville Road, Melksham, on Friday.

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, April 30, at 7.30pm.

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.

Police appeal over West Ashton road rage incident

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Police have issued this picture of the driver and passanger of a Vauxhall Corsa after a road range incident

3:16pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Wiltshire Police are appealing for witnesses to a road rage incident.

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 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.




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