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Tottenham House development plans: it's the new buildings that are stirring up objections

17-02-2018

The planning applications for the restoration of Tottenham House and for the extensive developments on the estate that surrounds it, have raised fears among local residents about the scale of new building that is planned and its effect on surrounding villages.

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Police appeal for information after Marlborough burglary

16-02-2018

Police would like to hear from anyone who could help following an unsuccessful burglary attempt at a business in Marlborough on Monday of this week (12 February).   

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Marlborough Rugby youngsters achieve call-up to England squad

16-02-2018

Two of Marlborough Rugby Club's up and coming young players have been selected for the England Under 18s squad to tour France this coming Summer.

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Electrician Team Leader - Marlborough College

16-02-2018

  Electrician Team Leader     An excellent opportunity has arisen for an Electrician Team Leader to lead our existing small team of Electricians, undertaking appropriate repairs, maintenance and improvements in a variety of interesting College buildings, set in a pleasant environment. Ideally, you will come from a multi-site background with experience of electrical...

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Yet more of the High Street's independent retail sparkle is extinguished - Lighting of Distinction to close after more than…

15-02-2018 Sue Round

Lighting of Distinction, with its vast range of lamps and light fittings as well as all things electrical from toasters and kettles to radios and clocks, will close no later than May.  Following hard on the heels of East it is the latest casualty in Marlborough’s High Street.

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Future of the Three Horseshoes in Burbage

14-02-2018 Gary Rawlinson

Sirs,  You are correct in saying that any new owner of the Three Horseshoes in Burbage could seek to run the business down and that permission for 'change of use' can be given if it can be shown that the pub is unviable (Wadworths are selling the Three Horseshoes, Jan...

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Brexit tales: disguising EU funding

14-02-2018

  Next month Brexit will be a year away - how have we got to this position?  Partly it is simply a matter of the British Government's failure to acknowledge and explain the benefits the EU has brought us over the years.It is still happening.  Claire Perry MP sends out a...

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An invitation to join the Raspberry revolution...in Marlborough

14-02-2018 Geoff Brickell

Marlborough's first 'Raspberry Jam' is being held on Sunday, March 4 - part of worldwide celebrations to mark the sixth birthday of the Raspberry Pi mini computer. 

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Marlborough in Bloom 2018 - going for gold again

14-02-2018 Sue Round

Having achieved Gold in the 2017 Royal Horticultural Society’s ‘South West in Bloom’ competition this year’s Marlborough in Bloom Committee are not going to rest on their laurels.  

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Dates for your diary: rail services suspended as electrification work approaches Newbury

13-02-2018

The electrification of the line from Paddington as far as Newbury - but no further - means temporary closures of the line between Pewsey and Theale with train services from and to Pewsey and Bedwyn suspended for various four-day, mid-week periods during the year. 

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One empty chair as Marlborough's Jazz Gala launches tonight

 Whilst this year's Marlborough Jazz Gala is all set to launch this evening with Beki Brindle, Sticky Wicket and Friends in the Assembly Room at the Town Hall at 6pm, there will be one face missing - David Draper, possibly the most fervent and loyal of all the Jazz Festival supporters having attended every one of the 30 events since it's inception back in 1986.

 

"Everyone who came To Marlborough Jazz knew David", commented Nick Fogg. "I'm sure he was desperately disappointed that the festival as he knew it was no more.  Like many other people from around the world he would have been incredulous that an internationally renowned event that gave such pleasure to so many and brought 100s of thousands of pounds into the town could be sabotaged in the way this one was.

"Yet I know he would have been here for our gala event in the Town Hall this weekend.  He would not have missed his favourite Clare Teal and he would have found performers like Russell "Hitman" Alexander from New York, who knows the words to over 1,000 songs: Alabama's top blues singer, Debbie Bond and ex-Ray Charles saxophonist, Greg Abate and all the other top acts, to be irresistible."

"There will still be a few tickets left on the door for anyone who wants to join us in raising a glass to David's memory."

 

David's passing was noted by Gilly Glover of Chiseldon who sent Nick a card with the following message:

"I was deeply saddened when I opened the post today and found a funeral card for David Draper. He came from South Wales and, as far as I can recall, came to every single jazz festival over its 30-year history"

"This card says it all.
As Marlborough Jazz Festival comes round I remember David.  The event was the highlight of his year.  He often spoke of you and others, the committee, stars and friends.  His funeral music was chosen from CDS (some signed by Clare Teal) found in his flat after he died. I am sending you this as it would be sad not to mark his passing at this time
Yours sincerely,
Gilly Glover"

 

The Jazz Gala will feature many of the regular Jazz Festival performers, Claire Teal will be back performing a special Ella Fitzgerald session at the Town Hall Assembly Room on Sunday afternoon between 2 and 4pm, Greg Abate is over again to play the Assembly Room between 9 and 11pm this evening and many more.  Details of the acts, where and when they are playing can be found here.

 

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