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Keep politics out of it

Wiltshire Times: FIRE TALK: Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service has assured county councillors that a move to Bridgend would have "no impact" on the use of Welsh.

3:00pm Sunday 20th July 2014

The issue of whether or not Wiltshire and Dorset fire services should merge seems to be getting ever more politicised. As the Independent member of the Wiltshire authority I have two observations to make.

Firefighters’ view

Wiltshire Times:

3:00pm Sunday 20th July 2014

Let me share with you some facts: facts that James Gray and Jane Scott have no idea about. Facts the Chief and Deputy Fire Officers won’t tell you. Facts Graham Payne and a few others on the Fire Authority (that aren’t in Jane Scott’s cabal) I suspect fully realise already. These facts give some indication of the dangers that lay ahead following Scott’s/Gray’s unwelcome and ill-informed political intervention with the Wiltshire and Dorset Fire merger.

Merger case is clear

Wiltshire Times: FIRE TALK: Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service has assured county councillors that a move to Bridgend would have "no impact" on the use of Welsh.

3:00pm Sunday 20th July 2014

Congratulations to the Wiltshire Times for publishing the contrasting views on the future of the Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service from James Gray MP and Councillor Graham Payne.

Sign up for bus pass

Wiltshire Times: Bus pass expiry date

3:00pm Sunday 20th July 2014

I’m writing to invite all readers, old and young, to sign the Love the Bus Pass petition, and help the campaign reach 100,000 signatures by the end of August (currently we’re on 44,950). They’ll be delivered to Downing Street on September 10, when we will also lobby MPs.

Join the darkness

Wiltshire Times: Warning after Wirral house fire caused by unattended tea light candle

3:00pm Sunday 20th July 2014

“The lamps are going out all over Europe, and we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.” This famous statement is attributed to Sir Edward Grey, who was Foreign Secretary on the eve of the first World War and has inspired a remarkable opportunity for commemoration on Monday, August 4.

Honour for Eddie

Wiltshire Times: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

3:00pm Sunday 20th July 2014

The Beeb has launched the BBC Music Awards. A request has been made to include special posthumous awards to pop stars killed in car crashes while on tour of the UK.

Plan ‘a disaster’

Wiltshire Times: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

3:00pm Sunday 20th July 2014

I read with interest the letter from John Medlicott concerning the granting of planning permission for Spurt Mead in Warminster. Mr Medlicott is absolutely right in his analysis of the ecological disaster that confronts this untouched river-fronting meadow.

Stop mowing litter

Wiltshire Times: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

3:00pm Sunday 20th July 2014

Will someone in authority please stop the grass cutters from cutting the litter on roadside grass verges and other grassed areas?

Shaming litter louts

Wiltshire Times: NEGATIVE FEEDBACK: Litter on the verges of the  Dorset Way in Poole near the Fleetsbridge turn-off

3:00pm Sunday 20th July 2014

I have recently moved to Westbury and love it here, but it is ruined by the few who drop their litter, sometimes within two metres of a bin; if you ask them politely to pick it up you are met with profanity.

Thank you, Bradford

Wiltshire Times: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

3:00pm Sunday 13th July 2014

Such joy, I have been reunited with my watch thanks to the Wiltshire Times. Subsequent to the publication of my letter, I had two responses.

Pledge on heart care

Wiltshire Times: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

3:00pm Sunday 13th July 2014

As Medical Director for Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, I feel extremely privileged to lead a team of highly skilled and compassionate health professionals delivering highly complex care to hundreds of patients every day. Nowhere is the complexity of the work we do more apparent than in the children’s heart unit, which provides specialist care to children born with congenital heart disease. In 2013/14 we treated more than 900 children, around two-thirds of whom were from the South West: 46 were from Wiltshire. We also work closely with local District General Hospitals in Wiltshire and across the region, whose doctors refer their patients to us to provide expert advice and support.

Naval tales wanted

Wiltshire Times: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

3:00pm Sunday 13th July 2014

We are still looking for those who served on HMS Ocean, the shore base, HMS Collingwood, HMS Relentless and many more, with some lovely stories. Who are you looking for? Which Royal Navy ships or shore establishments and when? And let’s have a story.

Bonfire ruined party

Wiltshire Times: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

3:00pm Sunday 13th July 2014

Dear resident of The Common in Holt, you will know who you are.

Boots better than RUH

Wiltshire Times: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

3:00pm Sunday 13th July 2014

On Saturday, the small clear tube from my ear piece to the hearing aid broke, so on Monday I went to the RUH Bath, first by train at £7.20 return from Trowbridge, then by bus to the hospital – no return ticket anymore but instead an all-day ticket for £4.

Well met, Mr Gray

Wiltshire Times: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

3:00pm Sunday 13th July 2014

Well met, Mr Gray It was amusing to read James Gray’s comments in your last issue regarding the debate over the future of the Fire Service. For a son of the manse – as he is – to state, almost in exasperation, that “he does not know Graham Payne from Santa Claus” is disingenuous in the extreme.

All records broken

Wiltshire Times: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

3:00pm Sunday 6th July 2014

Through the generosity of the people of Bradford on Avon and its surrounding villages, a massive £8,070.56 has been raised during Christian Aid Week in support of Christian Aid projects around the world. The focus this year was on rebuilding the lives of people struggling in countries devastated by war, hurricanes and other natural disasters.

Help block bullies

Wiltshire Times: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

3:00pm Sunday 6th July 2014

Throughout 2014, BullyingUK celebrates its 15th anniversary. We are conducting a national survey for parents, professionals and children to share their experiences of bullying and how it affects us all.

Wartime memories

Wiltshire Times: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

3:00pm Sunday 6th July 2014

With regard to the article about the Grover couple from Canada: I live in the area where the plane came down in 1944. Before our estate was built it was a field, and when the plane came down, the Vicar from Christ Church came to see if he could help.

Keep standards up

Wiltshire Times: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

3:00pm Sunday 6th July 2014

Following the food scandals of recent years, people are becoming much more aware of what goes into our food.

Knight of the road

Wiltshire Times: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

3:00pm Sunday 6th July 2014

I would like to give the biggest thank you to Sean of Westbury for helping two stranded pensioners with a very flat tyre after midnight, on June 21. You are a true gentleman. With grateful thanks.

Hunt for lost watch

Wiltshire Times: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

3:00pm Sunday 6th July 2014

My lovely day sightseeing in Bradford on Avon on June 26 has been marred by the loss of my gold coloured, Rotary watch. Not of great value but it is to me, for sentimental reasons.

Generous shoppers

Wiltshire Times: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

3:00pm Sunday 6th July 2014

We would like to say a big thank you to all the people who donated when we were collecting recently.

Poignant party

Wiltshire Times: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

3:00pm Sunday 6th July 2014

On June 28 we held a garden party with a cake stall, tombola, raffle, handmade cards, craft table and barbecue to raise funds for the RUH Cancer Care Campaign. This event was also in memory of our daughter Nicola who died of cancer in March 2013; June 28 would have been her 30th birthday. At 12.01pm (the time she was born) we marked the occasion with birthday cake and Nic’s favourite, Malibu and coke.

What a transformation

Wiltshire Times: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

3:00pm Sunday 6th July 2014

As a dog walker who uses Biss Meadows regularly, I often found myself grumbling at the unsightly graffiti at the underpass there but this week it has been wonderfully transformed.

Mad bad planning

Wiltshire Times: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

3:00pm Sunday 6th July 2014

A protected breeding colony of threatened water voles will collapse, say national mammal experts, if the controversial, mostly executive, housing development at Boreham’s Spurt Mead goes ahead.

Pointless vandalism

Wiltshire Times: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

3:00pm Sunday 6th July 2014

Why would some mindless pleb kick the door of a car in just because it was parked on the road with a for sale sign in it?

Why was parade early?

Wiltshire Times: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

3:00pm Sunday 6th July 2014

How disappointing to arrive at the Town Hall at 10.40am expecting to see the march past only to find it was all over. Your itinerary stated 11am. It was an effort to get there with a carer and disappointing.

The Fallen

Wiltshire Times: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

3:00pm Sunday 6th July 2014

Yes we should commemorate the fallen in war

Memorable weekend

Wiltshire Times: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

3:00pm Sunday 6th July 2014

Congratulations to the many organisations who helped make the Armed Forces Weekend in Trowbridge so memorable.

They’ve tried to talk

Wiltshire Times: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

3:00pm Sunday 6th July 2014

On July 10, thousands of public sector union members across Wiltshire will be on strike over pay, and as Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Chippenham I will be supporting them, and joining the rally outside County Hall at 10.30am.

Open letter to Wiltshire Council: Laura Mayes replies

Wiltshire Times: Laura Mayes, cabinet member for Children's Services

4:00pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

Dear Mr Fox

Open letter to Wiltshire Council: Young people are being marginalised

Wiltshire Times:

4:00pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

Dear Councillor Mayes

Food, glorious food

Wiltshire Times: Melksham Food & Drink Festival 2014

3:00pm Sunday 29th June 2014

I attended both the recent local Food Festivals in Melksham and Corsham and was again impressed by the turnout. Luckily there was no chilli eating competition at the Melksham one this year, so I did not need to defend my title.

Who is he kidding

Wiltshire Times: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

3:00pm Sunday 29th June 2014

In the Wiltshire Times, June 20, Mr Thomson, boss of County Highways, dismissed claims that the lawns outside County Hall had special treatment.

Cemetery a disgrace

Wiltshire Times: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

3:00pm Sunday 29th June 2014

I joined my friend who walks my dogs for the last 15 minutes of her walk this evening. I was so shocked at the state of the cemetery, much worse than before, very distressing. This is the main cemetery in Wiltshire’s county town.

But is service safe?

Wiltshire Times: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

3:00pm Sunday 29th June 2014

Something strange and unsettling is happening at Potterne, HQ of the Wiltshire and Swindon Fire Authority. There is a very real danger of our well respected and vital life saving fire service becoming engulfed by internal politics.

Well done after fire

Wiltshire Times: Reader Will Harris took this shot of the plume of smoke from Saturday’s fire in Trowbridge from Bromham, about 12 miles away

3:00pm Sunday 29th June 2014

I am writing as chairman of the Trowbridge Area Board to express our appreciation to the Wiltshire & Swindon Fire and Rescue Service for containing and extinguishing the fire at the Shanley’s scrapyard, Trowbridge over the weekend.

Appeal to launch

Wiltshire Times: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

3:00pm Sunday 29th June 2014

Readers will recall that in March the Trowbridge & District White Ensign Association announced that we were proposing, on behalf of the ex-Service community in the town, to raise funds for the restoration of the Grade-II listed war memorial at Holy Trinity Church in Trowbridge.

Baker family hunt

Wiltshire Times: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

3:00pm Sunday 29th June 2014

I am involved with a military charity in creating some exhibits for various fundraising events or, possibly, for permanent display.

Calling Old Boys

Wiltshire Times: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

3:00pm Sunday 29th June 2014

Are you a former pupil of Trowbridge Boys High School from the intake year 1956, (i.e. O-level year 1961)? By chance, a few of us made contact recently, and felt that it might be interesting to meet up casually over a pint, and look at the different paths we have taken over the years. A few surprises have already come to light, and sadly we have so far learned of three pupils from that year group who have failed to make our impending three score years and ten.

A real pet hate

Wiltshire Times:   Primates are to be taught how to use computer touch screens in a study to better understand their memory, communication and emotions.

3:00pm Sunday 22nd June 2014

How typical of the smug over-paid John Humphrey’s of the BBC's Radio Four's Today programme, June 10, to make a joke of the cruel practice of keeping primates as pets, many in locked up cages and or taken from the wild, to be seen as just another object to be use or abused, as those hard working animal charities are familiar with, when such animals belong in the wild which we should be doing more to protect.

Magnificent, Odeon

Wiltshire Times: Odeon

3:00pm Sunday 22nd June 2014

From Maleficent to Magnificent. This is how I’d describe my visit to Trowbridge Odeon a week ago Tuesday. I left Sainsbury’s and was about to enter the multi-storey car park when the radiator on my Peugeot decided to burst.

NHS centre is credit

Wiltshire Times: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

3:00pm Sunday 22nd June 2014

We hear so frequently of the failings of the NHS, but rarely do we give credit for the excellent service they can and do perform on such a regular and ongoing basis.

Thanks for your cash

Wiltshire Times: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

3:00pm Sunday 22nd June 2014

Many thanks to all those who donated when we were collecting in Melksham at the Sainsbury store on May 31. We raised the great amount of £394.35. This will help a great deal into the research of Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

A waste of our money

3:00pm Sunday 22nd June 2014

I have just thanked a neighbour for cutting the extensive grassed play area behind Cornbrash Rise. I hope that this disclosure will not offend health and safety regulations. Needless to say previously it looked like a meadow.

Boost for the forces

Wiltshire Times: 70 Squadon Air Cadets fundraising event for SSAFA

3:00pm Sunday 22nd June 2014

On Saturday, June 7, street collections were carried out in Chippenham and Corsham in support of the work of The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association North Wiltshire Division.

Here’s our bill for you

Wiltshire Times: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

3:00pm Sunday 22nd June 2014

To Kevin Craven, CEO, Balfour Beatty Services: We have been having terrible trouble with grass cutting all around Bradford on Avon. On one occasion the crew could not find a five-acre site in Poulton, Trowbridge Road or Sladesbrook Park. Perhaps they found the same difficulty with Westbury Gardens, even though it is in the centre of town?

Cut back nettles

Wiltshire Times: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

3:00pm Sunday 22nd June 2014

The excessive vegetation on the footpath in Monkton Park, Chippenham, near the river is a major health and safety issue.

Where’s our rebate?

Wiltshire Times: The team has previously turned up to find the grass has not been cut

3:00pm Sunday 22nd June 2014

I have to respond to the letter (Wiltshire Times, June 13) entitled Don’t blame the workers.

Common sense lacking

Wiltshire Times: Developer tries second appeal on disputed site in Malmesbury

3:00pm Sunday 22nd June 2014

I read that the county council now employs corporate directors at salaries of £130,000 plus. It was presumably one of these who signed the contract for grass cutting with Balfour Beatty. The lack of commercial nous and even common sense in the people running our affairs is very worrying.




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