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The Wiltshire Challenge is back for 2014

People are being encouraged to take part in this year’s Wiltshire Challenge following its success last year. More than 1,800 people took part in the challenge in 2013, which was organised as part of Wiltshire’s 2012 Legacy programme, and Wiltshire Council and its partners DC Leisure, Calne, Downton and Cricklade Leisure Centres, are hoping that […]



Spring arrives early for Bowood’s Rhododendron Walks

Due to the  mild winter, Bowood’s spectacular Rhododendron Walks are nine days ahead of themselves. So Bowood is delighted to announce that this stunning woodland garden – which was originally scheduled to re-open for its annual six week season on Saturday 26 April – will now be opening this Thursday 17 April instead…just in time […]



New High Sheriff for Wiltshire and Swindon

Wiltshire’s new High Sheriff was sworn in on Saturday, March 29 2014 in a ceremony which dates back to Saxon times. Mr Peter Addington undertook his declaration and acceptance at the Town Hall, Devizes, taking over from Mr. William Wyldbore-Smith, DL. He will be responsible for a number of ceremonial duties during his year of […]



Devizes Computer Club reaches milestone

A Wiltshire computer club, which supports people to learn the basics of computers and the internet, is celebrating its first anniversary. Devizes Computer Club, run by Wiltshire Council’s Wiltshire Online volunteers and supported by Devizes School students has been helping learners since it first began in March 2013. The club takes place at Devizes Library […]



New species spotted in Wiltshire – Box Bug

Following on the heels of last summer’s discovery of a coastal sea fern-grass thriving along a main road in Wiltshire, experts are now abuzz with yet another first for the county. A rare squash bug, commonly known as a Box Bug (goncerus acuteangulatus), has been spotted. Its common name comes from its main food source, […]



Bowood wins 2014 Garden of the Year

The beautifully nurtured English gardens of Bowood House, nestled in the scenic Wiltshire countryside, have won the 2014 Garden of the Year Award, sponsored by the Historic Houses Association and Christie’s. Now in its thirtieth year of celebrating some of the country’s most spectacular gardens, this prestigious national award is designed to recognise the importance of gardens with […]



Tick Awareness Campaign

Countryside lovers in Wiltshire are being advised to be “tick aware” this summer so they know what to do should they come into contact with the insects. A joint campaign by Wiltshire Council and local scientists from Public Health England based at Porton Down is being launched next week with information on how to prevent […]



Wylye Hoard officially declared treasure

An extraordinary hoard of jewellery has been found in the Wylye valley near Warminster and has been officially declared treasure today. Salisbury Museum, where the new Wessex Gallery of Archaeology is due to open in late spring, has registered their intention of acquiring it. The hoard of 41 startlingly beautiful objects from the Middle Bronze […]



First wedding at County Hall

A Trowbridge couple have made history by being the first to be married in the brand new wedding venue at County Hall. Berni Crowley and Jonathon Perry tied the knot in the new ceremonial room in the refurbished County Hall building in Trowbridge on Saturday, February 8 2014. The couple are the first of almost […]



Agencies and communities work together to tackle flooding

The last two weeks of wet weather and flooding has seen communities and partners come together to help minimise the impact on local residents and businesses. Although drier weather is expected over the coming days, river and groundwater levels are still high, and more freezing conditions could see some roads become hazardous. Jonathon Seed, Wiltshire […]