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Warwickshire Guides group's loom band record bid

A Guides group has been taking part in a world record bid to make the longest loom band for charity Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A Warwickshire Guides group has been taking part in a world record bid to make the longest loom band for charity.

The girls from 3rd Southam Guides worked together to make a loom band which measures just over 108 metres.

The band has been sent to the Loom to the Moon fundraising campaign, part of the Blue Skye Thinking charity, which was set up to raise money and awareness for Brain Tumour Research.

Five-year-old Skye Hall, from Oxford, died in August last year from complications of his treatment for an aggressive brain tumour but wanted to raise money to "help doctors make other children better".

Before Skye died, he launched the fundraising campaign to break the record for the longest loom band. This idea was inspired by his favourite past-time whilst sitting in the Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber (which mimicked a space ship) for hours each week, looming.

The band was sent to Blue Skye Thinking and it will be joined to Skye's master loom band which currently measures more than 25,600m. The group also sent a #10 donation to the campaign.

"As part of their work towards a Craft Badge, our Guides had an evening looming in the summer term.

"During this they decided that they wanted to beat the world record for the world's longest loom band. Coincidentally the next day, a friend of mine posted a link to Loom to the Moon on her Facebook page as her daughter went to the same school as Skye, and I thought this was the ideal opportunity for the girls to achieve their goal and also raise awareness for a good cause. "The girls continued with the Loom in their own time from summer to Christmas and everyone really enjoyed being part of the process."

– Guide leader Louise Beale

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40 children escape Stratford bus crash unharmed

Over 40 school children avoided escaped uninjured from a bus crash outside Stratford this morning.

The accident happened on The Ridgeway at 9:10am this morning, when the bus skidded off a country road and ended up in a ditch.

“On arrival, the ambulance staff found a bus that had left the road to the nearside and was at an angle in the ditch."

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesperson

£20m pledged to reduce flood risk in Severn and Wye area

A postwoman struggles through the flooded River Severn Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Over £20 million of public investment has been pledged to reduce the flood risk across the English Severn and Wye area over the next six years.

Members of the Environment Agency's Coastal Committee pledged around £6 million to help pay for flood alleviation works across the area.

National Grant in Aid funds were announced by the government last month.

The extra money will pay for the following schemes:

  • A £1.2 million flood alleviation scheme in Much Wenlock which will involve creating flood storage to reduce the risk of flooding to 142 properties
  • The £3 million Badsey Brook Flood Alleviation Scheme will reduce the risk of flooding to approximately 290 properties along Badsey and Bunches Brook in Broadway, Childswickham and Murcot
  • The £1.6 million surface water flood alleviation scheme to reduce flood risk to up to 159 properties in Whaddon, Cheltenham
  • The £300,000 Bedworth Flood Alleviation scheme, which reduces the risk of flooding to 40 properties in the Delamere Road area of Bedworth

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M6 Southbound blocked - heavy traffic due to crash

The M6 Southbound is blocked and traffic is stationary due to an accident involving a lorry and a van. Recovery work is taking place between J4A of the M42 and J4 of the M42 / A446 (Coleshill).

There's also congestion on the M6 to J5 A452 (Castle Bromwich).

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