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A BRITISH Legion standard bearer who sexually abused a vulnerable young girl has been jailed for 12 years for what a judge called "acts of gross depravity and wicked exploitation". Martin Gardiner, who was also on the committee at the Stratton branch of the legion, groomed the youngster when she was 14 or 15, and took advantage of her low intelligence.
THE children of Mike and Nikki Sly, stalwarts of the Swindon drama scene, are proving to be chips off the old block as they tread the boards alongside their parents. Max and Annie Sly are taking part in the autumn production of Oh! What A Lovely War by the Phoenix Players at Swindon's Arts Centre , in Devizes Road, Old Town , from Wednesday, September 24 to Saturday, September 27. The players' new season starts with their own tribute to the centenary that marks the start of the First World War.
COMMUNICATION is key to the relationship between the three schools involved in Clifton Diocese's new build in Queens Drive, according to the man in the middle, Peter Bradshaw. Swindon Council granted the diocese and Holy Rood Catholic Junior School planning permission for the new school in July, after plans were initially submitted in April 2013.
EIGHT weeks to the day since it started, the Averies Recycling fire was finally put out yesterday, much to the relief of residents and businesses neighbouring the Marshgate site. The blaze started on July 21 and burned continuously, with the fire service and Environment Agency expected to leave Averies' base today.
Of all the bands that emerged from the British post-punk scene, XTC has been one of the hardest to pin down. You could peg them as an '80s dinosaur whose most recognizable tracks pop up on cut-rate compilations of new wave or classic alternative rock.
THE Archbishop of Canterbury made a visit to one of Swindon's best kept secrets when he viewed the famous St John Polyptych in St Mary's Church. The Most Rev Justin Welby visited the church, in Lydiard Tregoze, as part of his whistle-stop tour of the Diocese of Bristol on Saturday.
MARK and Elisabeth Lambert were given a new mountain bike as a reward for their fundraising efforts for Macmillan Cancer Support. The pair were the top fundraisers in a challenge collecting thousands of pounds for the charity and were handed the bike by Mitchell Cycles, based in Shrivenham Road, Swindon.
PAUL Butler has criticised Swindon Council after binmen spilled rubbish across his road while on their rounds yesterday - and he claims he was told it would take 10 days for someone to clear it up. But after calls from Mr Butler and the Adver, the waste was eventually cleared up yesterday morning.
The annual event, hosted by the Rotary Club of Swindon, the Adver and the Marriott Hotel in May, raised A 22,953 for seven local charities and projects. On Tuesday, the money was handed over to each of the good causes in a presentation event at the Swindon Marriott.
A 38 year-old man has appeared in court in connection with a sex assault on a woman in Swindon on Tuesday last week. Barry John Norris, of Huddleston Close, Swindon, admitted a charge of sexual assault when he appeared before the town's magistrates today.
SWINDON is a railway town. We owe a great deal to Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the Great Western Railway and the generations of Swindonians who worked there.
MORE than 100 positions at Honda in Swindon are being redistributed and contracted to an agency, in a move branded 'immoral' by one insider. A senior source within the material logistics department at the Highworth Road site said the 107 associates working in their department had been told last week there would be changes.
Updated: Tue Sep 16, 2014 10:54 pm
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