Friday, 16 October 2015

Can you help with the Bradford on Avon Competitive Positioning Project?

Bradford on Avon Town Council and Visit Wiltshire invite you to participate in a survey which will form an important part of the Bradford on Avon Competitive Positioning Project.
The purpose of the project is to develop a positioning and narrative for Bradford on Avon that will help us improve our competitiveness and build our reputation as a place to visit, invest and live. The idea must resonate with the people and stakeholders in the town so that they adopt and support the idea and ensure it helps to underpin and strengthen any communications and marketing for Bradford on Avon.

As an important member of the community we would be grateful if you could complete a 'Citizens Survey' to help us to shape a solution which will make a real difference in the perception and understanding of our town's offer and boost the local economy.

You can find the survey online here.
Visit Wiltshire have been working with, Heavenly, a specialist brand consultancy to refresh the destination brand for Wiltshire. They now want to help shape the offers of individual towns in Wiltshire. So Visit Wiltshire have asked Heavenly to develop ideas for Bradford on Avon as part of County wide initiative. Roger Pride the place marketing specialist for Heavenly will spend a number of days here to discover what make it special. The recommendations will be developed and agreed within a week – so no long drawn consultation exercises. 

Please can you help by completing the online survey, to be found at by 5pm on Tuesday 3rd November 2015.

Many thanks

Emma Sylvester
Deputy Town Clerk

BOA Fireworks – More Volunteers Needed to Set Up

Many thanks to those people who have already volunteered to help at this year’s event. We are still quite a way short of having enough volunteers to ensure that the setting up goes smoothly. Most gaps are for the daytime on Saturday. Can I urge people to visit and follow the link to volunteer. We will then get back to you and let you know which job you have been allocated.

Many Thanks

BOA Joint Fireworks Committee

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Christmas Light Switch On and Late Night Opening

Join the Mayor of Bradford on Avon and special guests on Friday 27th November in Westbury Gardens for the Christmas Light Switch On.

Lights switch on at 7pm
Shops open until 8pm

The Christmas lighting will stretch much further this year and include Market Street, Silver Street, St Margaret's Street and Church Street.  This year will also see the introduction of sparkling Christmas globe lights hanging outside many of the shops and cafes.  Trees will be erected in Westbury Gardens, Lamb Yard and outside the Station, with the tree in Lamb Yard designated as a ‘Giving Tree’ to collect donations for Dorothy House and Batch Cats and Dogs Home.

Bar and food in Westbury Gardens with children’s rides, choir and samba band which will ‘lead’ crowds over footbridge into Church St, along Market St, through the Shambles and over to Lamb Yard where there will be food and entertainment.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Town Council Assists in Biggest Paper Bag World Record

On 23 September, Jon Marling, Director of Wiltshire based Paper Bag Co, a market leading supplier of eco and paper bags to retailers, achieved a world record for making the biggest paper bag in history. He and his team did it on the grounds of Fitzmaurice Primary School in Bradford on Avon with help from the children there. The Paper Bag Co record breaking bag measured a huge 22.50 metres long, 15.41 metres wide and 3.36 metres deep. Materials needed included almost a mile of brown paper, three miles of paper tape and a mile of paper string.

A second world record, which is still pending authentication was attempted for the most amount of people in a paper bag. A total of 272 children stepped into the open end of the bag for this record. Assisting in these world record attempts as witnesses were Town Councillor, Mike Roberts and Town Clerk, Sandra Bartlett.

The bag was quickly cut up and recycled into smaller bags after the record was recorded so the children could take home a memento from the event. Mr Marling’s intention was to show how paper bags are strong and easy to recycle, to demonstrate they make a great alternative to plastic bags at the till, which currently cost customers 5p each due to a new law.

Watch a video of the event in high speed in this stop-frame motion film:  or find out more about Paper Bag Co here:

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