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...]

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...]

Reviewing a Sunday spent in the garden


Gardening - a term which fills me with dread. I've always hated gardening and everything that goes with it. Don't get me wrong, I don't dislike gardens, I appreciate the effort which goes into a garden but I just don't want to bother with all of … [Read more...]

Child benefit, Leveson – a 2012 rant from a Wiltshire mum

Image of a five pound note

As journalists, we are not often able to express opinions about political things - and many of us just don't want to - but today is different. Today I feel the need to say what I think both as a journalist and as a mum - and it's two gripes here: … [Read more...]

Disabled? In receipt of benefits? Need social care?

Are there any thorny questions around these laws?

This is a different sort of blog for me - it's my journalist head trying to get at the truth of the matter, so this will be particularly relevant to you if you are disabled, in receipt of benefits or in need of social care. Two important pieces of … [Read more...]

First day back at school – what’s it like for you? From one Swindon mum.

First day at school can seem like a long, uphill slog

Today many children went back to school - as a mum of three, I have three of these days to deal with this year as all three children are at different stages. Today will possibly be the most long-winded and it reminded me of the trauma that many … [Read more...]

Should we put sports’ day photos on social media sites?

school playing field running track

Today was sports day at my children's school. It was a fun day and they did really well. I took some great pics and was all ready to publish them in action on Facebook - didn't really think about it being a problem.   Then a text … [Read more...]

Road users who drive me mad!

picture of a car, side view with one wheel showing

This morning as I drove down a dual carriage way in Swindon - a cyclist, making his way out of town on the other side of the road, crossed the very wide green verge and then crossed in front of two lines of cars on my side of the road. Luckily … [Read more...]