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A New Career as a Teacher? Excalibur Teaching School Alliance’s first Cohort of trainees are in the classroom!

l to r:  Oscar Hird, Emma Playfair, James Allen, Julie Gordon, Lauren Sankey, Elena Ramos, Justine Holmes (Professional Tutor), Francis Klememcicl to r: Oscar Hird, Emma Playfair, James Allen, Julie Gordon, Lauren Sankey, Elena Ramos, Justine Holmes (Professional Tutor), Francis KlememcicThe one year graduate School Direct scheme run by the Excalibur Teaching School Alliance (TSA) is off to a flying start.  Based at St John’s, Marlborough (a National Teaching School) and Bath Spa University, the course offers a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) as well as the possibility of gaining 60 credits towards a Masters.

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With the Big Give Christmas Challenge donations to local charity Action Through Enterprise can be doubled

Action Through Enterprise (ATE) is a small Ramsbury-based charity fighting poverty in Upper West Ghana.  From next Tuesday (November 26) and for the following week, donations ATE needs to help these children and to help their parents start enterprises to earn money, can attract match-funding that doubles their value.

 

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MantonFest Pedals for Pudsey!

Team MantonFest whizz past......Team MantonFest whizz past......Earlier this evening (Monday 13 November) members of the MantonFest organising committee headed by Chairman Roger Grant (resplendent in a bright yellow Pudsey Onesie) turned up at the North Swindon Orbital Centre to do their bit for Pudsey and Children in Need.

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ARK's work for the River Kennet to flow further downstream

 

ARK Chairman Richard Clarke with Judy Pitts & with Dr Rodney Owen JonesARK Chairman Richard Clarke with Judy Pitts & with Dr Rodney Owen JonesAt the AGM of Action for the River Kennet (ARK) its director, Charlotte Hitchmough, announced that, in line with their strategy to become more active in the middle and downstream reaches of the Kennet, they will soon be recruiting a new member of staff to run projects between Hungerford and Reading.

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Huge increase in threats to England’s celebrated landscapes from major housing developments

Local residents' campaign at Harwell to stop the proposed 1,000 house development within the North Wessex Downs AONBLocal residents' campaign at Harwell to stop the proposed 1,000 house development within the North Wessex Downs AONBNew independent research [see below*] shows there has been an 82 per cent  increase in new housing units given planning permission in England’s 34 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in the past five years, despite the fact that national planning policy gives them 'the highest status of protection' from damaging development.

 

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Back to Fitness with Buggybabes

The Buggybabes watched by the babies The Buggybabes watched by the babies Buggybabes, the brainchild of Dominique Oughton, is an exercise class for new mums.  When Dominique, who is a Senior Sports Consultant with Wiltshire and Swindon Sport, wanted to get fit after giving birth to son Noah, she couldn’t find what she was looking for in the local area. So she decided to start her own back to fitness class specifically aimed at new mums.

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