Wiltshire family share an amazing love story…

A love story

This article first appeared in the Wiltshire Gazette & Herald in early February 2014. Today mum Liz Badcock is a loving mother, doting wife and fledgling entrepreneur. As she turns 40 this year and enjoys watching her 20-month-old son … [Read more...]

Grandparents inspired to take action after daughter-in-law’s traumatic pregnanc

This article was first published in January 2014 in the Wiltshire Gazette & Herald. Grandparents Bruce and Bev Bodio are on a mission to help expectant mums deal with difficult pregnancies. The couple, who live in Stockwood Road, Devizes, … [Read more...]

Fracking – is it on your radar yet? Coming to the south west in 2014….

This is an article which appeared in the Wiltshire Gazette & Herald on January 2 2014 and includes an interview with mum Becky Martin, a scientist by profession. As 2014 dawns, it could be a very important year for one campaigning mum from … [Read more...]

Wiltshire artist takes on his greatest challenge – being a dad.

Wiltshire, street art, Banksy, Syd

This article was first published in the Wiltshire Gazette & Herald on Thursday November 14 2013 and it's reproduced here by request.  Ever heard of the artist Syd? Or the Stencil Shed? If you live in the Malmesbury area, these names should be … [Read more...]

Wiltshire mum breaks free of corporate trap

This article was first published in the Wiltshire Gazette & Herald's family column, written by me, in October 2013. Due to requests from various sources, I'm reproducing it here.   The day I met Holly Scott-Donaldson from Pewsey, she was … [Read more...]

Showjumping is in this family’s DNA – meet Rosie Pyle

Rosie & Saint are riding high - and hoping for more!

(this article was first published in the Wiltshire Gazette & Herald on October 17 2013, this content may be slightly longer due to the newspaper editing process) TALENTED horsewomen Rosie and Sam Pyle have an exciting personal challenge ahead … [Read more...]

The police, young people and mental health…in Wiltshire…

Today I'm reproducing an article I wrote for my family column in the weekly newspaper, The Gazette & Herald, which covers much of the county of Wiltshire. It was published on Thursday August 29 2013  and I'm reproducing it here at the request of … [Read more...]

Review my new column – out in Wiltshire on Thursday!

Family pages for Gazette & Herald

It's with some pride that today I can shout about my new FAMILY column in the local weekly newspaper in Wiltshire. Rush out and buy it on Thursday! Or even better buy a subscription. The Gazette & Herald, which covers Chippenham, Malmesbury, … [Read more...]

A levels – isn’t it wonderful that teenagers will pass or fail in three hours?

A mum's view of changes to the A level

The Government has announced A levels are changing. Qualifications will now be based solely upon the ability to pass or fail within a three-hour window of time after two years' of study. When I'm writing for anyone else, I would write about … [Read more...]

Calling all Americans – give up your guns!

Time to change - and bring the Constitution up to date....

Do you ever wonder how many more people will have to die in America before that country wakes up to its lunatic attitude to guns?  As the awful news unfolded last week about the shooting of children and teachers at a school in the USA - we all … [Read more...]