Wiltshire

Make the world better with a sweater!

Make the world better with a sweater!

On December 14th make sure to wear your ugliest Christmas jumper to school or work for Christmas Jumper Day! In case you don’t know – Christmas Jumper Day is an annual event that helps raise money for Save the Children. It’s basically a celebration of ugly Christmas themed jumpers, while also helping fundraise for a… Read More…

Waste and recycling changes over the Christmas period

Waste and recycling changes over the Christmas period

Waste and recycling collection dates will change over Christmas and new year.   There will be no collections on Christmas Day (Tuesday 25 December), Boxing Day (Wednesday 26 December) and New Year’s Day (Tuesday 1 January). There will be catch-up collections on Saturday 29 December, 5 January and 12 January. Garden waste collections will stop… Read More…

Awards ceremony for Healthy Schools Programme

Awards ceremony for Healthy Schools Programme

Twelve schools which have recently achieved Wiltshire Healthy Schools status were recognised at a special event yesterday (Thursday 6 December) at County Hall. At the event, schools were presented with a special plaque marking their achievements. The programme recognises schools that have provided evidence to show how their provision supports the health and wellbeing of… Read More…

Rail fares to rise in the new year

Rail fares to rise in the new year

The Rail Delivery Group has said that UK rail fares will rise by 3.1% in January. This could amount to hundreds of pounds being added to commuters’ annual travel and follows from a fare rise at the beginning of this year. Regular rail passengers have demanded a freeze after widespread disruption over this year after… Read More…

Consultation launched over TV licence fee

Consultation launched over TV licence fee

The BBC has launched a consultation to decide how licence fees for over-75s should be paid for. Currently, over-75s don’t pay for their TV licences, as they are financed by a government scheme, though this is due to end in 2020. According to the BBC, the cost of free licences to the over-75s will total… Read More…

How do touchscreens affect toddlers’ play?

How do touchscreens affect toddlers’ play?

Local toddlers are being sought for a new research project looking into how touchscreens affect young children’s play, learning, and social skills. Dr Elena Hoicka, a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Bristol, is inviting parents to bring their two or three-year-olds into the University to take part in a… Read More…

Mells cabaret show in aid of We Hear You

Mells cabaret show in aid of We Hear You

Local performer Rosie Miles is organising a cabaret in Mells Tithe Barn on 15th December in aid of Frome-based counselling charity We Hear You. This is the second time Rosie’s cabaret has come to Mells and the event ruffled some local feathers the last time it was held in 2011. Described by Rosie as ‘a… Read More…

Proposals for vision for special education in Wiltshire outlined

Proposals for vision for special education in Wiltshire outlined

Plans to invest around £20m to ensure every child or young person with special educational needs and or disabilities gets a first class education are being put forward for Wiltshire. After three years of consultation with families, schools and communities, Wiltshire Council is proposing a vision of two schools which will be centres of excellence… Read More…

Love our High Streets £10m investment

Love our High Streets £10m investment

Up to £10m is set to be invested in boosting our region’s high streets thanks to the West of England Combined Authority (WECA). Regional Mayor Tim Bowles met with Toby Savage, Leader of South Gloucestershire Council; Cllr Tim Warren, Leader of Bath & North East Somerset Council, and Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol on Friday,… Read More…

Budget causes anger for parents and teachers

Budget causes anger for parents and teachers

Teachers and parents have reacted with anger on social media to the Chancellor’s budget claims that schools are to receive a one-off payment of £400m for “little extras.” Schools in England will receive the sum to spend on “little extras they need” the chancellor, Philip Hammond, said when delivering the budget in parliament yesterday. The… Read More…

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