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Renishaw hosted a royal visit to present the firm’s 16th Queen’s Award in the company’s 40th year. Prince Edward toured the Wotton-under-Edge site and met young apprentices.

Renishaw hosted a royal visit to present the firm’s 16th Queen’s Award in the company’s 40th year. Prince Edward toured the Wotton-under-Edge site and met young apprentices.

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Yasmin Richards was another tragic victim of Gloucestershire’s roads. Her friends and family paid tribute to an ‘angel’.

Yasmin Richards was another tragic victim of Gloucestershire’s roads. Her friends and family paid tribute to an ‘angel’.

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Some macro photography, playing with a new lens add-on. 

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I spoke with a Berkeley family who were counting the cost of council cuts - having to fork out around £700 just to get one of their sons to school.

I spoke with a Berkeley family who were counting the cost of council cuts - having to fork out around £700 just to get one of their sons to school.

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The fallout from the shocking Winterbourne View abuse scandal continued as one of the nurses involved was struck off. Kelvin Fore was deemed unfit to practice. 

The fallout from the shocking Winterbourne View abuse scandal continued as one of the nurses involved was struck off. 

Kelvin Fore was deemed unfit to practice. 

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A stretch of road near Wotton-under-Edge is fast becoming a real accident blackspot. Campaigners have called on Gloucestershire County Council to lower the speed limit, but as yet, no progress has been made on introducing traffic calming measures. 

A stretch of road near Wotton-under-Edge is fast becoming a real accident blackspot. Campaigners have called on Gloucestershire County Council to lower the speed limit, but as yet, no progress has been made on introducing traffic calming measures. 

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I’ve got some new freelance SEO and social media projects at a Bristol marketing agency. As well as plenty of blog writing for a diverse portfolio of clients, I’m also contributing to the Creation Media blog. 

I’ve got some new freelance SEO and social media projects at a Bristol marketing agency. As well as plenty of blog writing for a diverse portfolio of clients, I’m also contributing to the Creation Media blog

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As austerity continues to bite, it is startling to discover the levels of food poverty in otherwise apparently affluent areas. I can’t shout about the fantastic work of food banks enough, who are quietly and patiently providing for those in real need while preserving a modicum of dignity. I’m particularly proud of this piece celebrating the Dursley ‘big society’ in action. 

As austerity continues to bite, it is startling to discover the levels of food poverty in otherwise apparently affluent areas. I can’t shout about the fantastic work of food banks enough, who are quietly and patiently providing for those in real need while preserving a modicum of dignity. I’m particularly proud of this piece celebrating the Dursley ‘big society’ in action. 

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Battlelines drawn in fight to save a rural pub - an issue which is dividing developers and locals. Reporting on council meetings, planning applications and in the community. 

Battlelines drawn in fight to save a rural pub - an issue which is dividing developers and locals. Reporting on council meetings, planning applications and in the community. 

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The death of a local footballer and father has shocked the Wotton community over the past weeks. It has been touching hearing the tributes pour in, and I hope my coverage has done him justice.
News of the death, tributes to Mike Rodman and reporting on a very emotional funeral.

The death of a local footballer and father has shocked the Wotton community over the past weeks. It has been touching hearing the tributes pour in, and I hope my coverage has done him justice.

News of the death, tributes to Mike Rodman and reporting on a very emotional funeral.

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Fly-tipping is a major problem in and around Slimbridge and Cambridge, especially down rural farming lanes.
In this case, once the rubbish is off public pathways, it is no longer the council’s responsibility, so the landowner has to deal with tonnes of mixed waste - not quite what he wanted for Christmas!
More detail online at the Gazette here. 

Fly-tipping is a major problem in and around Slimbridge and Cambridge, especially down rural farming lanes.

In this case, once the rubbish is off public pathways, it is no longer the council’s responsibility, so the landowner has to deal with tonnes of mixed waste - not quite what he wanted for Christmas!

More detail online at the Gazette here. 

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I covered the scandalous news that a primary school was set to lose its beloved lollipop lady because there had been too few accidents outside the school to warrant her salary. 
Well I’m pretty pleased to announce that a few weeks down the line, the council has guaranteed her contract for another six months, with the hope of extending that further - power to the people!

I covered the scandalous news that a primary school was set to lose its beloved lollipop lady because there had been too few accidents outside the school to warrant her salary. 

Well I’m pretty pleased to announce that a few weeks down the line, the council has guaranteed her contract for another six months, with the hope of extending that further - power to the people!

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Turbine turmoil continues in Gloucestershire… here we have a controversial application from Ecotricity to build four giant turbines in the Berkeley Vale. 
Opinion is naturally polarised, and the planning inspectorate is still making up his mind. My story about the Stinchcombe turbine inquiry.

Turbine turmoil continues in Gloucestershire… here we have a controversial application from Ecotricity to build four giant turbines in the Berkeley Vale. 

Opinion is naturally polarised, and the planning inspectorate is still making up his mind. My story about the Stinchcombe turbine inquiry.

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Lots of wind turbines on the go (or not, in this case) in my patch at the moment.
An exclusive on the friction which caused a school’s wind turbine to be removed.

Lots of wind turbines on the go (or not, in this case) in my patch at the moment.

An exclusive on the friction which caused a school’s wind turbine to be removed.

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It’s certainly not what you expect to find when visiting your father’s grave. The relatives who discovered a towering mound of earth on top of their dad’s final resting place were naturally devastated, although it is a fairly common graveyard practice.

My front page story was picked up nationally, including in The Sun and the Mirror.