• Debut beer and music bash for canalside pub

    A canalside pub held its first beer and music festival at the weekend featuring local bands and around 20 real ales on sale. The Barge Inn at Seend Cleeve held the festival over three nights from Friday, and as well as serving real ales, they

  • Busy week for Alworths store after launching in Warminster

    After months of standing empty and desolate, the former Woolworths store in Warminster is once again brimming with life, as hordes of people attended during the opening week of the new ‘family favourite’ store. Several ex-Woolworths staff have been re-employed

  • Tattoo parlour to open in former Melksham bookshop

    A Melksham tattoo artist is hoping to expand his business when he moves into a former bookstore across the road from his current shop. Stewart Fish, who has run South of Heaven body art in Church Street for three years, is currently waiting for planning

  • Festive Swing

    Four of the South West’s most dynamic jazz musicians will come together at the Arc Theatre in Trowbridge on Friday, December 4, to get the Christmas season off to a swinging start. Vocalist Helen Barrett, known for touring the UK with her Lady Loves

  • Assured performance

    REVIEW: Trowbridge Symphony Orchestra Civic Hall, Trowbridge This was a thoroughly enjoyable concert which represented a real achievement for this orchestra. It consisted of performances of Englebert Humperdinck’s Overture Hansel and Gretel,

  • Wonderful acoustic deserves more concerts like this

    REVIEW: John Paul Ekins (piano) and Michal Cwizewicz (violin) Athenaeum, Warminster A capacity audience at the Athenaeum in Warminster on Sunday was treated to a splendid concert by the partnership of John Paul Ekins (piano) and Michal Cwizewicz

  • BOXING: Edwards shines at academy show

    Trowbridge Academy of Boxing held its second club show of the season at the Westbury Country Parkin front of a sell-out crowd. There were 17 Amateur Boxing Association of England bouts, of which seven included boxers from the Trowbridge Academy. First

  • New-look Melksham carnival committee in call for volunteers

    Pople interested in helping out at next year’s Melksham carnival are being asked to come along to the town’s Christmas Fair on Saturday to confirm their support. Support for the event had dwindled over the past few years, but a new committee

  • GOLF: Tour dream ends for Surry

    Trowbridge ace Steve Surry’s bid to reach the main European Tour in 2010 was ended at the second qualifying round stage on Monday. The Cumberwell Park pro shot a final-round 76 at the Hacienda Del Alamoto club to drop out of contention for a place at

  • New threat for Wiltshire leisure centres

    Poorly used leisure centres in towns across Wiltshire could face closure as a review of the county’s 23 leisure centres gets under way by Wiltshire Council. The findings will develop a strategy that will identify short and long term plans for leisure

  • SWIMMING: Steph ready to brave Brazil

    Stephanie Millward admits she is “feeling good and feeling fast’’ as she prepares to take on the world in Brazil. The Corsham swimmer, winner of five gold medals in the European Paraylympic Championships in Iceland last month, jetted out to

  • CROSS COUNTRY: Young twins dominate

    HILPERTON twins Robert and John Howorth claimed and first and second place respectively in the second Gloucestershire Cross-Country League race of the season. The nine-year-olds, competing for Team Bath Athletics Club in the U11s age group,

  • DIVISION THREE PREVIEW: Lion set to take over number one spot

    WITH leaders Steeple Ashton Rangers devoid of a game this Sunday, if Danny Thompson’s British Lion side beat Eastlands they reclaim the number one spot they previously held at the end of October. The formbook would suggest that the Lion will have few

  • DIVISION ONE PREVIEW: Bottom two set for showdown in Atworth

    MILLER Sports may not have won a single match all season but Tim Knight’s Melksham side, who are bottom, make the short trip to Atworth United for a match that they have a realistic chance of winning. their hosts have managed just one win from their

  • DIVISION TWO PREVIEW: In-form Benger hope to silence Bell

    WHEN the 44th season of the league kicked off back in September, no one would have thought that three months on the words Sutton Benger and second place would have appeared in the same sentence. But, come Sunday afternoon, if Benger have pulled off a

  • The Angel Inn, Upton Scudamore, Warminster

    The Angel Inn, Upton Scudamore, Warminster, BA12 0AG. (08721) 077077 Who could refuse the temptation of a cosy burner fire warming cold fingers and toes after a brisk stroll around the delightful village of Upton Scudamore and throw

  • TABLE TENNIS: Youths show promise in draw

    Wiltshire’s U15 team continued to show promise after taking on Somerset and Dorset at John of Gaunt School in Trowbridge. Against Somerset, the young team managed a 5-5 draw, with Lee Phillips and Ryan Marvell both winning two matches and Sam Neale winning

  • MID WILTS YOUTH: Chippenham lose record

    FC Chippenham Youth slipped to their first U11 Blue Division defeat of the season against a Warminster team who outplayed them with some great football. An early goal from Warminster unsettled Chippenham and although they pulled one back through a well-finished

  • Engineers to draw up rival footbridge design for Bradford

    Engineers will draw up an alternative design for a footbridge linking Bradford on Avon town centre to the Kingston Mill development put forward by campaigners. At a crunch meeting yesterday, between the town council, the town’s Preservation Trust, protest

  • WILTSHIRE SENIOR CUP: Warminster Town 1 Corsham Town 2 AET

    CORSHAM TOWN needed extra-time to book their place in the quarter-finals of the Wiltshire Senior Cup. Mel Gingell’s side ran out 2-1 winners over Warminster Town on Wednesday night. There was late drama aplenty on a wet and windy Warminster night and

  • SNOOKER: Lee says "I'm still here!"

    TROWBRIDGE snooker star Stephen Lee is hoping to make his mark on the upcoming UK Championship – so people can stop asking him whether he is still playing the game. The 35-year-old cueman will play either Martin Gould or practice partner Robert Milkins

  • Westbury cadets flying high with success

    The 68 Westbury Squadron Air Training Corp held its annual presentation at the Conservative Club in Westbury to celebrate its 20th anniversary on Saturday. The squadron, which meets at the cadet centre in West End on Wednesdays and Friday evenings

  • Mela, Swindon

    AFTER scrubbing my flat from top to bottom for four hours we’d worked up a healthy appetite as we sat perusing the takeaway menu for Mela. We ordered some onion bhajis (£2.20), chicken green Goan curry (£6.50), chicken tikka tapeli (£6.50)

  • Chutneys, Swindon

    AS IT’S National Curry Week, a visit to an Indian restaurant seemed to be in order. Having spotted a sign for “Swindon’s only pure vegetarian restaurant” - a claim I wouldn’t dispute - we headed for Chutneys in Gorse Hill, an area which

  • World Cafe, Swindon

    AS they walk out of the door of the World Cafe, every customer says the restaurant is just the kind of venue that Swindon needs. Owner Paul Studholme is the first to agree but his big task is getting them to realise what’s on offer.

  • HOCKEY: West Wilts Ladies 3rd 2 North Wilts Ladies 2nd 3

    A DISAPPOINTING final score didn’t reflect the balance of the game, as an improving West Wilts side failed to overcome mediocre opposition due to the outstanding form of the visitors’ goalkeeper. Despite retaining 75 per cent of the possession in the

  • Mothers stage protest over speeding concerns in village

    Worried mothers from a village near Warminster have staged a protest to highlight problems of speeding. Mother-of-two Virginia Neal, 45, is worried about speeding traffic coming through Chitterne and on Friday gathered more than 30 mums in the village

  • HOCKEY: West Wilts C 12 West Wilts E 0

    WEST Wilts C moved up to third in West of England League Wilts & North East Somerset Two with an easy 12-0 victory over their own E team. The first half saw the C team play some well structured hockey with Sam Creedy and Owain Mumford controlling the


    CALNE TOWN boss Kelvin Highmore has revealed that he is in talks to bring a joint-manager to the club. Former Malmesbury Victoria boss Tommy Dryden could join to share the managerial duties and Highmore says it would be a real boost: “It would ease

  • Former MP's valuables stolen in £21k raid at Beanacre

    Burglars escaped with a £21,000 haul of jewellery and silverware which once belonged to a Chippenham mayor and MP following a raid at a house in Beanacre. The valuables, which have been in the family of David Awdry for generations, included

  • Trust applies for £100k loan to fund Laverton refurb

    Work to transform the historic Laverton Hall in Westbury could start as early as Christmas if a £105,000 loan can be secured by the building’s trust. The Laverton Trust, the charitable organisation responsible for the building’s management and development

  • HOCKEY: Plymouth Marjon A 2 Westv Wilts 2

    SECOND-PLACED West Wilts extended their unbeaten run to seven matches with a draw at Premier Division Three leaders Plymouth Marjon. The visitors made the perfect start when slick passing allowed Phil Jeffreys the chance to slip in at the far post and

  • Pupils make festive tree decorations in time for school fair

    Creative pupils at Dilton Marsh Primary School near Westbury held a festive competition yesterday to make decorations for the school’s Christmas tree. The judges, the Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire, John Bush, and Wiltshire Councillor Katrina Kulanski,

  • Children's author to attend book signing in Bradford shop

    Children's author Ruth Walton will be signing copies of her book Let’s Bake a Cake at a Bradford on Avon shop on Saturday. Customers will be able to sample the book’s recipe for a Fairtrade and organic chocolate cake from 9.30am at ethical food store

  • HOCKEY: West Wilts Ladies 8 Wick 1

    A GOOD team effort resulted in West Wilts confidently taking all three points. In contrast to recent weeks, Wilts got on the score-sheet early. Easy flowing passes and good structure led to the first goal from Fiona Pridham, as play made its way across

  • Rail boost for Melksham as council snaps up land for £500k

    The future of rail travel in Melksham is looking brighter after Wiltshire Council revealed it had bought up land next to the existing station so it can expand if more trains are timetabled to run through the town. A former goods yard, between