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Laurie Lee's 'Rosie' dies

Author Laurie Lee Credit: PA Archive

Rosie Buckland, thought to be Laurie Lee's Rosie Green, has died just days before her 100th birthday.

Rosie, who lived in Cheltenham, died on Saturday. She said she was never sure whether she was in fact the 'Rosie' in Cider With Rosie, but would be proud to be.

Mrs Buckland’s maiden name was Gleed and was cousin to Laurie Lee, who died in 1997.

Aardman favourites help children learn English

Aardman have teamed up with the British Council to create educational films for children Credit: Aardman Animations

Bristol-based Aardman animation's well-loved characters Shaun the Sheep and Timmy are to help children across the globe learn English.

The British Council has teamed up with the animators to create stories and films for children under six-years-old. They'll start being used in Singapore and Chile later this year.


Crews have extinguished Marshgate fire after eight weeks

Fire crews have put out the Marshgate fire after 8 weeks Credit: ITV West Country

A fire in Swindon that has been burning for eight weeks has been put out.

The fire at the Averies Recycling Centre in Marshgate, Swindon, has been fully extinguished following the successful implementation of a multi-agency plan.

Fire crews and the Environment Agency, who have maintained a 24-hour presence at the site since the 21 July, will leave tomorrow. Businesses and residents will be thanked for their cooperation. The Environment Agency will continue to monitor the situation.

Bumper crop of piglets at Puxton Park

13 piglets is the biggest drove the park have seen Credit: Puxton Park

Puxton Park have welcomed a new drove of piglets, leading to a record breaking year for the number of pigs born at the farm.

The 13 new piglets are the biggest batch the Somerset attraction has seen. This year the park has already seen a record breaking year for lambs.

Our visitor numbers have been higher than ever with visitors flocking to see our baby lambs and baby donkey, Raggles.

Now we have another new drove of 13 piglets at our park, resulting in us achieving a record year in terms of the number of piglets born here at Puxton.

All the piglets are doing really well and are looking forward to meeting all of our visitors over the coming months.

– Puxton managing director Alistair Mead


NHS England work to keep Bristol GP Practice open

St Martin's Surgery had faced closure earlier this year. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

NHS England are in the final stages of agreeing temporary contract to keep a GPs Practice in Bristol open. St Martin's Surgery in Knowle faced closure after partners there resigned. Now Doctors from Concorde Medical Centre, based in Stoke Gifford, could take sessions. NHS England says opening hours and services will remain the same.

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