Students have designs on Selfridges

Pupils from Malmesbury School in Wiltshire have spent a day at Selfridges in London. Not shopping but having some hands-on science lessons

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Stadium development hits the High Court

Bristol Rovers has issued a writ with the High Court in London over a planned development for its ground with Sainsbury's.

The supermarket giant had planned to build a store on the site of the current ground in Horfield - helping to foot the 40 million pound bill for Rovers' new stadium development. But the club says the firm is "dragging its feet" over the scheme.

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Cheltenham's GCHQ endorses university courses

A general view of GCHQ in Cheltenham
Cheltenham's GCHQ endorses university courses Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Government's top secret listening centre based in Cheltenham is taking a new and much more public approach to recruiting staff -- by endorsing university courses. Government minister Francis Maude announced this week GCHQ will be actively supporting six credited degrees in Cyber Security.

The move is a steer away from the traditional stereotype of gifted mathematicians getting a tap on the shoulder from in-the-know Oxbridge dons acting as recruiters for MI5 and MI6.

Nigel Smart, Professor of Cryptology at the University of Bristol has been appointed as Independent chair of the panel that assessed applications.

"I am delighted to have been appointed as Independent chair of the panel that assessed applications and am excited that GCHQ has introduced this rigorous standard for judging general Cyber Security Master's Degrees."

– Professor Nigel Smart

The six universities taking part are Edinburgh Napier University, Lancaster University, University of Oxford, Royal Holloway University of London, Cranfield University and University of Surrey.

Bristol credit card firm wins Queen's Award

Mrs Mary Prior MBE JP, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Bristol presents Creditcall CEO Peter Turner with Queens Award for International Trade 2014
Mrs Mary Prior MBE JP, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Bristol presents Creditcall 's Chief Executive, Peter Turner, with a Queens Award for International Trade 2014 Credit: Creditcall

A Bristol firm has been presented with the Queen's Award for International Trade..

Creditcall began in the city in 1997 and now employs more than 60 staff.

The firm provides safe technology for people to make payments - whether using a smartphone, vending machine, parking meter, ticket machine or desktop PC.

Creditcall's promotional video gives an idea about what the firm does.

Salisbury coach firm takes over some Hatts' routes

Salisbury Reds has announced additional bus services in the region - with news that Hatts Coaches has ceased trading. Following discussions with Wiltshire Council, the operator will run buses across the following routes from today

7 and 8A - Devizes Road/Quidhampton to the city centre 12 - Stratford Bridge, Devonshire Road and Wyndham Road to the city centre 14 - Milton Road, Harvard Heights and Harnham Hill to the city centre 44 - Salisbury, Odstock, Downton, Redlynch, Woodfalls 66 - Salisbury to Tidworth via Shipton Bellinger

Another service, the 29 from Shaftesbury to Salisbury - via the Chalke Valley villages - will be run by sister firm Damory Coaches.

More information about the new services - including detailed timetables

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Memories of 86 year old travel firm that's gone bust

Hatts coaches has been in business in Wiltshire since 1928 until today, when it had to call in the receivers. The administrators say it simply ran out of cash.

Many of you will have memories of the company, which has provided school services, coach trips and holidays for many years.

You can post your thoughts on our Facebook page or email us at westcountry@itv.com

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@itvwestcountry not affected per se, but without Hatts Coaches, I would never have made school. Lacock to Chippenham 1983-1990.

Travel firm customers should contact card providers

Customers of Wiltshire firm Hatts Travel, hit by the company going into administration, who paid by credit or debit card they should contact their card providers.

It is deeply regrettable and sad for all concerned that the majority of Hatts operations should have to stop trading. The businesses simply ran out of cash. We are acutely aware of the distress and hardship many holidaymakers and day trippers will be suffering right now particularly as so many of these are of an “older generation”. Our priority right now is to contact and provide dedicated helpline support for those members of the general public who have paid for holidays, day trips and other private hire with Hatts.

– Andrew Sheridan, Joint administrator

Those affected can contact the helpline on 0800 4704633

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