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Children say thanks

Wiltshire Times:

3:00pm Sunday 19th October 2014

We would like to thank all those people who kindly donated to the Save the Children collection held at the Tesco Extra store in Trowbridge on Friday, when the splendid sum of £218.62 was raised.

Not just the drains

Wiltshire Times:

3:00pm Sunday 19th October 2014

On October 6, there was a flood meeting held in Shaw School. It was attended by over 200 people from Atworth, Whitley, Shaw and Shurnhold, all concerned or affected by the recent storms.

Money well spent?

Wiltshire Times:

3:00pm Sunday 19th October 2014

I had to smile when I saw last weeks’s headline, County Hall nominated for Building Design Award. Is it any surprise when the council has spent £23m plus without any consultation with the council tax payers who are footing the bill.

Fascinating insights

Wiltshire Times:

3:00pm Sunday 19th October 2014

I had the pleasure to attend the Trowbridge MENUNITED civic breakfast at the Civic Centre on Saturday, commemorating the First World War.

Generous dancers

Wiltshire Times:

3:00pm Sunday 19th October 2014

I would like to thank all the wonderful people who supported our country and western night in aid of the charity CICRA, supporting research into a cure for Crohns and colitis in children.

Isn’t it our turn now?

Wiltshire Times:

3:00pm Sunday 19th October 2014

As Scotland is to have maximum devolution in the next couple of years, is it not time for English regions to have proper devolution as well?

Shame on China

Wiltshire Times:

3:00pm Sunday 19th October 2014

I applaud John Kerry for telling China to show restraint over Hong Kong. I thought it was outrageous of China to tell everyone to mind their own business, for it is China who have reneged on their obligation in the 1984 Handover Treaty to recognise democratic autonomy in Hong Kong.

Keep on baking

Wiltshire Times:

3:00pm Sunday 19th October 2014

We hope readers enjoyed the final of the Great British Bake Off and seeing Nancy win was just the icing on the cake.

Volunteers needed

Wiltshire Times: Carol singing at the Rising Sun pub raised £400 for Doorway

3:00pm Sunday 19th October 2014

Friends of Doorway would like to thank everyone who donated to our recent street collections. On September 19 in Corsham we raised £183.05.

Please slow down

Wiltshire Times:

3:00pm Sunday 19th October 2014

At last the fact that there are more deaths and injuries on country roads than on motorways and trunk roads has been acknowledged by the authorities, which many of us of the rural community have been banging on about for decades.

Beginning of the end

Wiltshire Times:

3:00pm Sunday 19th October 2014

The majority of the residents of Chapmanslade are up in arms at the proposal to build a nearly 90m gigantic wind turbine only 0.7 km. from the edge of the village.

Let’s embrace change

Wiltshire Times: GREEN: A wind turbine

3:00pm Sunday 19th October 2014

I celebrate the growth in renewable energy in Wiltshire. The recent planning approval for the solar farm at Cockhill in Trowbridge is a testament to that growth.

Help is at hand

Wiltshire Times:

3:00pm Sunday 12th October 2014

I read Trudy Houke's letter in last week’s Wiltshire Times with surprise and frustration. The reason: there is help available locally for young people looking for work.

Wind’s not worth it

Wiltshire Times:

3:00pm Sunday 12th October 2014

The Prime Minister recently announced that he would aim to produce £7.2 billion worth of savings which would cover the cost of the proposed tax cuts etc. after 2015. Apart from the £9plus million to be dispensed in foreign aid it is reported that £16.6 billion has been given in subsidies to offshore wind farms and other green energy projects and that the budget for green energy subsidies in 2020 is £7.6 billion.

Generous shoppers

Wiltshire Times:

3:00pm Sunday 12th October 2014

May I thank all those members of the public who contributed last weekend to the collection that Trowbridge White Ensign Association held at the Castle Place Shopping Centre in Trowbridge.

It’s council’s job

Wiltshire Times:

3:00pm Sunday 12th October 2014

At a recent meeting Wiltshire Councillor Jonathon Seed said it’s not what your council, can do for you, but it’s what you can do for your council.

Oxfam says thanks

Wiltshire Times:

3:00pm Sunday 12th October 2014

On behalf of the Bradford on Avon Oxfam group I would like to thank everyone who contributed to our street collection on September 27.

Helping animals

Wiltshire Times:

3:00pm Sunday 12th October 2014

I would like to thank the people of Warminster for raising £172.76 during my street collection on September 27 in aid of The Brooke Hospital For Animals, a charity helping to improve the quality of life of working animals in some of the world’s poorest communities.

Watch what you buy

Wiltshire Times:

3:00pm Sunday 12th October 2014

If ever evidence were required, that in this day and age, profit reigns supreme over an ethical trading policy for many multi- national, multi-million pound organisations, then I have seen that evidence.

Collectors wanted

Wiltshire Times:

3:00pm Sunday 12th October 2014

The end of September saw the close of Poppy Appeal 2013 during which Trowbridge and surrounding villages raised an incredible £30,400 for this vital charity.

Nominate star worker

Wiltshire Times: Letter: They’ll always find a way

6:00pm Sunday 5th October 2014

The National Autistic Society is calling on local people affected by autism to nominate individuals and services that have made a difference to their lives for the third annual Autism Professionals Awards.

Sales aid helicopter

Wiltshire Times: Letter: They’ll always find a way

6:00pm Sunday 5th October 2014

Thanks to all the people who helped to make the car boot sales in aid of Wiltshire Air Ambulance on Marlborough Common such a success.

Oppose fracking plan

Wiltshire Times: Letter: They’ll always find a way

6:00pm Sunday 5th October 2014

The Government has just concluded a public consultation on fracking. This included the possibility of allowing drilling for fracking to extend up to 300 metres under private property without the consent of the owner. More than 40,000 responses were received and it seems that more than 99 per cent (yes, really) opposed this particular proposal. So what does the Coalition government now intend to do? Go ahead as planned, taking no notice. Small wonder people are disillusioned with public consultations and party politics.

Air fire merger views

Wiltshire Times: Letter: They’ll always find a way

6:00pm Sunday 5th October 2014

 On October 20 a public consultation on a matter that is literally one of life and death ends. The consultation is on the merging of Wiltshire and Dorset Fire Services.

Celebrate new unit

Wiltshire Times: Letter: They’ll always find a way

6:00pm Sunday 5th October 2014

For those readers of the Marlborough Gazette & Herald last week, who were confused by the headline “Joy as cancer unit moves to site in town”, perhaps I could clarify one or two points. Friends of Savernake Hospital supported the charity Hope for Tomorrow and a mobile chemotherapy unit had regularly been stationed at Savernake Hospital to treat patients where possible. Many local organisations have raised money for this excellent cause. This service commenced in May 2013, although there have been breaks due to technical hitches.

Too much slanging

Wiltshire Times: Letter: They’ll always find a way

3:00pm Sunday 5th October 2014

October 20 sees the end of public consultation on a matter that is literally one of life and death. The consultation is on the merging of Wiltshire and Dorset Fire Services.

Protest may follow

Wiltshire Times: Letter: They’ll always find a way

3:00pm Sunday 5th October 2014

Reading that the Wiltshire Music Centre has had a lovely new sign and a refurb done for themselves, does leave residents in Churches angry that parking and disruption to us is being ignored by the council.

Fear of more floods

Wiltshire Times:

3:00pm Sunday 5th October 2014

Residents in Kitchener’s Court in Trowbridge, flooded out by sewage, must have found Cllr Jonathon Seed’s defence of the cuts his party have imposed and his assertion that frontline services have been maintained as laughable as I did especially as he is Cabinet member for flooding.

Care needs attention

Wiltshire Times: Letter: They’ll always find a way

3:00pm Sunday 5th October 2014

Recently my attention at Wiltshire Council has turned from the failures of its major contractor, Balfour Beatty, to the pressing matter of adult social care.

What’s up with T1?

Wiltshire Times: Letter: They’ll always find a way

3:00pm Sunday 5th October 2014

As a normally happy bus user, I have to report the utter chaos that is the new T1 service. It is bewildering to say the least.

Sponsoring blooms

Wiltshire Times: Letter: They’ll always find a way

3:00pm Sunday 5th October 2014

I would like to thank the retailers and sponsors following a very successful South West in Bloom Awards hosted by Trowbridge on September 18 at the Civic Centre.

Job Centre advice

Wiltshire Times: Letter: They’ll always find a way

3:00pm Sunday 5th October 2014

What is the Job Centre for? After visiting Trowbridge Job Centre with my 18-year-old daughter on Thursday, I was left feeling disheartened.

Parallel parking

Wiltshire Times: Letter: They’ll always find a way

11:00am Sunday 5th October 2014

Can I please ask you to include on you letter page my appeal to all driving schools and driving instructors.

Nominate now

Wiltshire Times: Letter: They’ll always find a way

3:00pm Sunday 28th September 2014

The National Autistic Society is calling on local people affected by autism to nominate individuals and services that have made a difference to their lives for the third annual Autism Professionals Awards.

Remember tragedy

Wiltshire Times: Letter: They’ll always find a way

3:00pm Sunday 28th September 2014

The HMS Bulwark, Albion & Centaur Association is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the disaster of HMS Bulwark, which blew up and sank in 1914.

Someone has to lose

Wiltshire Times: Letter: They’ll always find a way

3:00pm Sunday 28th September 2014

It has been suggested that some importance should be given to the 1.6 million Scots who voted for Scottish independence. The referendum was conducted in accordance with pre-determined rules and the result was in accordance with those rules.

Rules for cyclists?

Wiltshire Times: Letter: They’ll always find a way

3:00pm Sunday 28th September 2014

It has always seemed to me that bicycles with 20-inch wheels and over were made to be ridden on the road, but looking at the latest pavement markings at the roundabout at the junction of Wingfield Road and Bradford Road, Trowbridge, they are telling the cyclist to use the walkway or pavement.

Why stop at waste

Wiltshire Times: Letter: They’ll always find a way

3:00pm Sunday 28th September 2014

I have been informed by a number of my friends that they have been “consulted” by Wiltshire Council on the future of the green bins and if they would accept an annual charge or a reduced service. I have visited the consultation on the council website, interesting as it does not give you an option to disagree.

Shame on dog pair

Wiltshire Times: Letter: They’ll always find a way

3:00pm Sunday 28th September 2014

I have to say that I agree with the public disgust at the weak sentence that those two dog killers received.

Grant means so much

Wiltshire Times: Letter: They’ll always find a way

3:00pm Sunday 28th September 2014

May I take the opportunity to thank the mayor, councillors and people of Warminster for the generous annual grant awarded to us on September 15.

Get the name right

Wiltshire Times: Letter: They’ll always find a way

3:00pm Sunday 28th September 2014

Reference the article on page 7, September 19, re the appeal for development on the tennis court, Clarendon Road.

Underpass fiasco

Wiltshire Times: Letter: They’ll always find a way

3:00pm Sunday 28th September 2014

Back in the early to mid-80s I watched the construction of the underpass linking West Ashton Road to Polebarn Road, Trowbridge. I got into conversation with a friendly engineer chap and I asked how flooding would be prevented, given that the drains were below the level of the Paxcroft Brook. He reassured me that it was a separate system and that it fed into the River Biss further downstream.

Charity’s thanks

Wiltshire Times: Letter: They’ll always find a way

3:00pm Sunday 28th September 2014

I would like to thank the following for their contributions to the recent BCUSG charity bingo evening, at the Wesley Road Club in Trowbridge, which raised £325.75 towards funding for the new Positron Scanner: Julie and Steve at the club; Aroma of Bengal; Tesco (Frome Road and County Way); Trowbridge Garden Centre; Nando’s; Sue Perry; Viv Gliddon; Asda and Brenda Mason. Also, for getting it mentioned in the Wiltshire Times, Alison Phillips. Sorry if I’ve missed anyone.

We were right

Wiltshire Times: Letter: They’ll always find a way

3:00pm Sunday 28th September 2014

The several 20sPlenty community campaigns in Wiltshire have faced, in recent years, intransigent opposition at County Hall from councillors and officers. It is intriguing to note the successful 20sPlenty campaign by Limpley Stoke's residents – carried by your newspaper some five years ago – has since been well-vindicated by changes in attitudes nationally, and that we were so far ahead in our sensitivity to expressed community needs. It compensates in large measure for the derision and denigration of community volunteers by those who ought to have listened then to communities’ voices, and who are still covering their ears.

Empty bins, please

Wiltshire Times:

3:00pm Sunday 28th September 2014

I regularly catch the early bus to Trowbridge from the Churches bus stop on the Winsley Road, Bradford on Avon. Over the last three weeks the litter bin has not been emptied and being so full, litter is falling out onto the pavement. As you can imagine in the warm weather the smell is not very pleasant. I feel sorry for the people who are catching the bus later when the day is warmer and there are flies around the bin.

Make louts help

Wiltshire Times: Letter: They’ll always find a way

3:00pm Sunday 28th September 2014

I walk my dog on a regular basis around several Wiltshire towns with my poo bags, so make the effort to know where all the bins are for dogs and people alike. What I see is litter everywhere and of course fouling from dogs which makes it bad for the responsible dog owners.

A quiet library's needed

Wiltshire Times: Letter: They’ll always find a way

3:00pm Sunday 21st September 2014

Which people designed and approved a library with no doors and placed it beside a noisy cafeteria and a climbing wall just outside its entrance? This is where the new library in the Corsham Community Centre is still under construction.

When Tour of Britain came to Bradford

Wiltshire Times:

3:00pm Sunday 21st September 2014

When Tour of Britain came to Bradford.

Come join the fun

Wiltshire Times: The Children's Trust (7350822)

3:00pm Sunday 21st September 2014

I would like to tell your readers about a fun children’s charity event I am supporting again in October.

Attend to suffering

Wiltshire Times: Letter: They’ll always find a way

3:00pm Sunday 21st September 2014

There are crossbench Members of Parliament doing as their voters ask them to do, trying to doing something to address the suffering inflicted on other species for profit, puppy farms and the fly grazing and tethering of equines which is part of the horsemeat trade. But as usual any government formed does what seems best for its own and certain vested interests and not what is for overall good.


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