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Not speaking for all

Wiltshire Times: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

3:00pm Sunday 17th August 2014

Surely I am not alone in being irked by minority groups claiming to speak for the people of Wiltshire?

Open letter to the PM

Wiltshire Times: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

3:00pm Sunday 17th August 2014

Dear David Cameron,

In praise of Warsi

Wiltshire Times: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

3:00pm Sunday 17th August 2014

As the Labour Party’s parliamentary candidate for Chippenham, it is not often that I have praise for the actions of a Conservative, but I was impressed by the act of personal integrity by Baroness Warsi, who recently resigned from the government over the inadequacy of David Cameron’s response to the slaughter in Gaza. The military actions of the Israelis have been disproportionate, and in their disregard for civilian life, I believe criminal.

Preserve our land

Wiltshire Times: solar farm

3:00pm Sunday 17th August 2014

There was a great swell of disapproval concerning the spread of wind farms on agriculture land, led by campaigns in the press.

High praise for RUH

Wiltshire Times: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

3:00pm Sunday 17th August 2014

Having just returned home after having a total hip replacement operation in the Royal United Hospital, Bath, it was very reassuring to read the hospital came out very well after recent CQC inspections.

Weary of war talk

Wiltshire Times: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

3:00pm Sunday 17th August 2014

We have lots of media, political and establishment hype telling us when and what we should be sorry, happy or sad about, like the current hype about World War One, with Cameron and BBC droning on about how they are putting the lights out at 11pm etc, the politicians, royal family, media, all getting on the bandwagon about how we had to fight.

Home is very caring

Wiltshire Times: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

3:00pm Sunday 17th August 2014

With reference to your article concerning The Old Parsonage (Wiltshire Times, August 2).

What about workers?

Wiltshire Times: Pensioner campaigners hit back at calls to scrap bus passes

3:00pm Sunday 17th August 2014

I would like to draw to the attention of residents of Wiltshire to the latest consultation by Wiltshire Council that could see bus passes only being able to be used after 9.30am.

Sully: an apology

Wiltshire Times: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

3:00pm Sunday 17th August 2014

I am writing as chairwoman of the Bradford on Avon French Twinning Association to point out that our twin town is Sully-sur-Loire, not Soisy-sur-Seine as it says in your report last week ‘War memorial is rededicated’. This is embarrassing for us and deeply insulting to our twin town. I trust you will quickly print an apology, and recognise the important part the twin towns played in the ceremony.

A taste of Spain

Wiltshire Times: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

3:00pm Sunday 10th August 2014

I read your review of Los Amigos in Chipenham and I agree with it entirely. Myself and a friend were sitting outside the front, on the same night I believe, and the atmosphere, along with the night’s temperature, did make you almost feel as if you were in Spain.

Disgraceful stains

Wiltshire Times: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

3:00pm Sunday 10th August 2014

Last Thursday walking along Market Street from the post office, as I approached the old town hall I noticed all the stains on the wall. Are they caused by gentlemen urinating against them?

Best foot forward

Wiltshire Times: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

3:00pm Sunday 10th August 2014

I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to everyone who popped some money in the bucket when I was on the treadmill outside the Co-op store on Blackmore Road on Saturday.

Murder, not accident

Wiltshire Times: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

3:00pm Sunday 10th August 2014

As the father of a son who is an air traffic controller, I do hope Mr GF White was not referring to others of his trade when he apportions blame for the shooting down of the Malaysian plane over Ukraine.

Hope for youths

Wiltshire Times: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

3:00pm Sunday 10th August 2014

Congratulations, and good luck to Bradford on Avon Town Council, who are hoping to step in and save the vital youth services within the town, that have been so cruelly axed by Wiltshire Council.

Scoop dogs’ poop

Wiltshire Times: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

3:00pm Sunday 10th August 2014

In the last few years we've all come to enjoy pristine pavements and footpaths.

Doing it for Dot House

Wiltshire Times: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

3:00pm Sunday 10th August 2014

We couldn’t have picked a worse day weatherwise on Saturday, July 19 for our coffee morning, but in spite of floods and thunderstorms, the Tin Church at Horse Road was packed with cheerful people who had braved the elements.

Sad cafe move

Wiltshire Times: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

3:00pm Sunday 10th August 2014

I read with interest Chris Auckland’s letter in the Wiltshire Times, Save our Centre. Trowbridge Cyber Cafe (Disabled On Line) is one of those groups, mentioned but not named, that use Court Mills. We are very sad to be leaving there as it has had a nice community feel using the centre alongside other valuable organisations.

Bypass good news

Wiltshire Times: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

3:00pm Sunday 10th August 2014

We were delighted to read the statement from Wiltshire Council in response to our petition for the landscape of the White Horse to be protected as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (Call to defend White Horse) last week.

Stand up, speak out

Wiltshire Times: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

3:00pm Sunday 10th August 2014

The debate over the future of Wiltshire and Swindon Fire and Rescue Service rumbles on. The case for a merger with Dorset Fire Service is the only option that can save the £3.9 million that the Coalition government is demanding, by dispensing with a number of senior, highly paid, uniformed officers and combining a whole range of support services.

Another mistake?

Wiltshire Times: Letter: Everyone loves a takeaway

3:00pm Sunday 10th August 2014

To support Chris and Sue Ager, of Hawkeridge (letters, August 1), I live in North Bradley and it is too late for us.

Praise for youth

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

10:43am Wednesday 6th August 2014

On behalf of the Bath Cancer Unit Support Group (BCUSG) Trowbridge, I would like to publicly thank Sean and Liam Brereton, for what has become an annual event (this is their third year),in organising the open air five-a-side football tournament, held at John of Gaunt School playing fields on Sunday.

Respect the insects

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

10:39am Wednesday 6th August 2014

I have to say I felt most uncomfortable with the children from St John’s Catholic Primary School being encouraged to eat dung beetles, wichetty grubs, crickets, and grasshoppers at their recent Go Wild experience.

Flooded – with grass

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

10:37am Wednesday 6th August 2014

On July 17 and again on July 19 my driveway, garage and covered passageway at the side of the house were badly flooded.

Riders say thanks

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

10:36am Wednesday 6th August 2014

Thank you to Mr and Mrs Morris of Petticoat Lane, Dilton Marsh, for all the efforts they have made over various years to raise money through the garden parties they have held for both local and international charities.

What a super store

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

10:33am Wednesday 6th August 2014

Last Saturday during the storm we found Tesco had lost electricity and had to close, so we went to Sainsbury’s in Trowbridge instead.

Fight business park

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

10:31am Wednesday 6th August 2014

We would like to voice our strong feelings against the way the vote was taken and also the end result, after the Wiltshire Council Strategic Planning committee meeting in Trowbridge which, by a majority vote, gave permission to the proposed Hawkeridge Business Park development, Mill Lane, Hawkeridge.

Accidental tragedy

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

10:24am Wednesday 6th August 2014

I can tell you who was responsible for the passenger plane crash in Russia. The person or persons responsible are whoever routed a passenger aircraft over Russia, when military aircraft had been shot down. The aircraft was then shot down by accident.

Please support Gaza

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

10:19am Wednesday 6th August 2014

I would like to thank the people who so generously donated £220 to Medical Aid for Palestinians at the demonstration held in Westbury Gardens, Bradford on Avon, last Thursday. The lives of people living in Gaza are made harsh and unsustainable by the state of siege in the tiny area in which they have been forced to live since 2006.

A simple solution

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

10:17am Wednesday 6th August 2014

Cllr Thomson, supposedly responsible for important decisions at the Highways Dept of Wiltshire County Council, after some six years of debating, has yet again stalled the decision on the HCZ project for Bradford by ordering a parish poll.

Hope for the future

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

10:11am Wednesday 6th August 2014

I am writing to encourage people to visit the excellent Hope Nature Centre, Southwick. I had my birthday party there last Thursday and all of my family, friends and committee members of Trowbridge Central Group were delighted.

Steaming success

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

10:08am Wednesday 6th August 2014

The Wessex Midsummer Vintage Gathering over the weekend of June 21 and 22 was blessed with wall-to-wall sunshine, close to 4,000 vintage exhibits were on show at Semington including a variety of living history displays, birds of prey, and the only Mann patching steam roller known to exist anywhere in the world.

Thank you all

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

10:06am Wednesday 6th August 2014

I would like to thank the people of Devizes for raising £112.57 during my street collection on July 12 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.

Stop hidden agenda

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

10:04am Wednesday 6th August 2014

There is indisputable evidence that we do not need GM to feed the world. Taking the main excuse being put for GM, “that there is growing human population”.

Stay safe this summer

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

10:02am Wednesday 6th August 2014

Last year, during a two-month period of unusually warm weather, six people drowned in former quarry lakes across the UK.

We’re second rate

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

10:00am Wednesday 6th August 2014

At last we have the grass cut in my area that we have been waiting for all year, only after so many of us have had to complain, but it is not a patch on other areas.

Save our centre

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

9:57am Wednesday 6th August 2014

I recently attempted to launch a community asset transfer to save Court Mills as a vital community facility for Trowbridge. The value that Court Mills provides, be it as part of Spark, the Learning Curve’s Prince’s Trust TEAM Programme, or other community groups, is one that will be greatly missed by the people of Trowbridge. We risk losing these services altogether in Trowbridge, as neither the Civic Hall nor the Town Hall are able to provide the same level of community service that Court Mills does.

Flooding is a fiasco

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

9:55am Wednesday 6th August 2014

When I worked for Wiltshire County Council in the 1970s and ’80s, it was a progressive council whose philosophy was pro-active rather than reactive.

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.




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