Wiltshire News

Reading challenge hits the record books

Reading challenge hits the record books

Wiltshire Council’s summer reading challenge had a happy ending with a record number of children taking part. The annual promotion attracted 9,398 readers – and between them they completed more than 37,000 books. More than 250 volunteers helped run the scheme in Wiltshire Council libraries across the county. John Thomson, Wiltshire Council’s cabinet member for… Read More…

Flu Jab being offered to over-65s

Flu Jab being offered to over-65s

People aged over 65 living in Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire will receive a new type of flu jab this year, which is considered to be more effective than other available vaccines. The new vaccine is one of three flu jabs that are available for the different groups of individuals who are… Read More…

RUH in Bath shortlisted for three prestigious national excellence awards

RUH in Bath shortlisted for three prestigious national excellence awards

Three pioneering projects from the Royal United Hospital in Bath have been named as finalists in the Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards. The national awards celebrate excellence and innovations throughout the health service. Dr Lesley Jordan, Consultant Anaesthetist and Patient Safety Lead and her team have been shortlisted for two awards – one for introducing… Read More…

Living with the Heartbeat of the Land

Living with the Heartbeat of the Land

A new programme of events in a magical Wiltshire woodland celebrates the eight ancient festivals of the Celtic Wheel of the Year, starting with Mabon and Samhain. ‘A Dance of Balance’ marks Mabon (Autumn Equinox): 21-23 September and ‘Celebrating our Ancestors’ inaugurates Samhain (Halloween): 2-4 November at Hazel Hill Wood, Farley, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP5 1AA. An innovative… Read More…

Library announces new ebook and audio book service

Library announces new ebook and audio book service

LibrariesWest, the group of council-run libraries across the south-west have announced a new ebook and audiobook loan service. The new LibrariesWest shared E-Book and E Audio Book services are now live – available as websites and apps (for iOS, Android & Kindle Fire). The resources of 8 local authorities in the South West have been… Read More…

Healthy Me course for kids – applications open now!

Healthy Me course for kids – applications open now!

Wiltshire Council is launching a new series of dates in its healthy lifestyle programme for children and their families. Healthy Me offers 10 free weekly sessions run by qualified leaders, featuring information on nutrition and health. The 90-minute get-togethers include lots of fun physical activities and games for all ages, as well as plenty of… Read More…

Bowlore Medieval return to the Palace for August Bank Holiday Weekend

Bowlore Medieval return to the Palace for August Bank Holiday Weekend

This August Bank Holiday prepare to be wowed in true medieval fashion by the daring antics of historical re-enactors Bowlore Medieval. With stunning sword and archery displays, this skilled troupe will keep visitors enthralled, entertained and just a little bit nervous as they demonstrate the ancient art of sword-fighting, weaponry displays and William Tell-type archery… Read More…

Figures on officer assaults revealed

Figures on officer assaults revealed

Figures outlining the violence that police officers face in the line of duty have been revealed. Over the space of a year, there were 655 noted assaults against Avon and Somerset Police officers, for the first time, the extent of those assaults have been announced, with data from the Home Office showing that 236 of… Read More…

“Treasure Island” – Outdoor Theatre at The Bishop’s Palace

“Treasure Island” – Outdoor Theatre at The Bishop’s Palace

Spend an evening in the glorious grounds of The Bishop’s Palace in Wells enjoying Boxtree Production’s adaptation of well-loved family classic “Treasure Island”. When Jim Hawkins discovers a treasure map amongst the possessions of the late ‘Captain’ Billy Bones, it hurtles him into a cat and mouse game with dangerous pirates, taking him across the… Read More…

South West Ambulance Figures Improve

South West Ambulance Figures Improve

Ambulances are beginning to reach critically ill and injured people more quickly, but less sick people are still seeing long waits. South Western Ambulance Service has been struggling to get to C1, those deemed to have the most life-threatening conditions, patients within the national seven minute target. In March, paramedics were taking an average of… Read More…

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