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Could this be the first Christmas jumper for a cow?

Gloria looks very festive in her jumper - but it's also carrying an important message Credit: Send A Cow

Christmas jumpers - in varying degrees of tastelessness - have become fashionable festive wear but a charity based near Bath has come up with what it believes is the first to be worn by a cow.

Gloria, the mascot of Send a Cow, has had a jersey knitted for her (with natty Velcro straps) to highlight the charity's alternative gift catalogue. People are invited to come up with presents that can change the lives of families in Africa.

A local cow would set you - or your group - back £205 and would provide a farming family with milk and manure to keep their land fertile.

This year we’ve taken the idea of the quirky Christmas jumper one step further, to encourage people to think differently about the gifts they buy this Christmas.

Instead of buying chocolate for a friend, why not buy something unusual - for as little as £5 you will greatly improve the lives of poverty-stricken families in Africa.

This is our 13th year of the Christmas catalogue and over the years we’ve raised over £8 million to help poor families.

– Simon Barnes, CEO of Send a Cow

For more information go to the charity's website

Bath brought to a standstill on one of its busiest days

The lorry got stuck on the bend of Milsom Street Credit: Lizzie Heffer

An articulated lorry has become stuck in the centre of Bath.

The huge vehicle was unable to turn a corner at the bottom of Milsom Street causing long delays and traffic jams on the surrounding roads.

It comes on one of Bath's busiest days as the annual Christmas Market gets underway in the city centre.

The lorry has now been moved onto a side street where it remains stranded.

It's a busy day in Bath - let alone with stuck lorries Credit: Lizzie Heffer
Traffic backing up Milsom Street behind the lorry Credit: Lizzie Heffer
The lorry was moved to Quiet Street but remained stranded Credit: Lizzie Heffer


Bath hospital has lowest level of complaints in UK

Bath's mineral water hospital has come top in Britain's first hospital complaints league table.

The Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases NHS Foundation Trust had just 12 complaints in 2013 to 2014 while some trusts attracted thousands of grievances.

The figures were revealed by the ombudsman's office, which investigates complaints in the NHS.

The Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases in Bath, also known as the Mineral Water hospital Credit: PA


Bath's George Ford to make first England start

England Fly Half George Ford (centre) during an England training session earlier in the week. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Bath fly-half George Ford will make his first international start as England take on Samoa tonight (7pm).

He's among 5 Bath players in the starting line up for their 3rd Autumn International at Twickenham.

Anthony Watson, Rob Webber, Davey Wilson and Dave Attwood will be hoping they can end a 5 match losing streak for the home side.

Gloucester's Jonny May, Ben Morgan and Billy Twelvetrees are also in the squad.

Sam Burgess at The Rec last month. Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Meanwhile, Bath's new star signing, Sam Burgess, has taken to Twitter to wish his team-mates luck for this afternoon's Premiership match at London Irish (3pm).

The 25-year-old, who has swapped rugby league for union after helping South Sydney win the Australian Grand Final with a fractured cheekbone, is expected to make his club debut next month.

VIDEO: time lapse footage shows Kelston road repair

Timelapse footage has been released showing the final stage of rebuilding the A431 Kelston Road.

The road opened this morning after a landslip caused it to close nine months ago.

Repair work has cost around £2.6 million. Work has involved drilling concrete piles down as far as 15 metres to stabilise and support the road surface.

Kelston road opens to traffic after landslip repairs

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