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Hockey: two victories and a good draw for Marlborough ladies with the first's win judged as 'magnificent'

25-11-2017 Vicky Moxham

  Gillingham         0       Marlborough     2   The squad set off at the crack of dawn for an early push back away in Dorset. Not having met Gillingham before and teams level on points in the league, the scene was set for a competitive match neither side wanted to lose.

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Wiltshire charity named UK’s best dementia care team

24-11-2017

A Wiltshire charity is celebrating after being told it has the best dementia care team in the United Kingdom.  The Support at Home team run by Alzheimer’s Support has won the Best Team category at the prestigious Dementia Care Awards 2017.

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Naming of names

23-11-2017 David Sherratt

Sirs, Marlborough's Town Mayor is right in advising his fellow councillors to reconsider their well-intentioned suggestion that roads on the new Redrow development off Salisbury Road should carry the family names of those Marlborough men who returned home at the end of the First World War after serving with British forces.In...

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What is the real price of a parking space? A share of £25,000?

23-11-2017

With all the discussion in Marlborough about parking - its availability and especially its cost - and Wiltshire Council’s consultation on its intention to raise parking charges,  it was to say the least interesting to spot this estate agent's board in North Street Pewsey.  

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St John’s is Alive with the Sound of Music!

23-11-2017 Sue Round

Over 150 students from Years 7-13 have been busy rehearsing to perform at St John’s Autumn Concert, Theatre on the Hill on Thursday 23 November.  Open to family and friends, the programme is an eclectic mix of classical, jazz, folk and popular music, from Beethoven to Bernstein and Handel to...

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Hockey: a hat-trick of wins for Marlborough men - with two teams finding four goals

23-11-2017 Matt Way

Marlborough Men   4     Bristol & West     1Marlborough needed a win against Bristol and West if they were to maintain their position in the table and keep in contention for promotion - especially after two defeats without any goals scored.

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A Marlborough Christmas – Lights, Music, Markets and Much More

22-11-2017 Sue Round

Marlborough High Street welcomes advent on Friday 1 December.  At 6.15pm, Mayor Mervyn Hall, will board Santa’s Sleigh to be escorted to the stage outside Lloyds Bank.   

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From Little Acorns Great Oaks Grow

22-11-2017 Sue Round

St Katharine’s C of E(VC) Primary School, situated in the Savernake Forest next to St Katharine’s Church, is looking for some ‘little acorns’ to join its reception class in September 2018.

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Is Marlborough about to be joined with Swindon in a new development area?

22-11-2017

  Now with additional information:  Another Wiltshire Council consultation is underway to gather views on changes it wants to make to the Wiltshire Core Strategy that was adopted in 2015.

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Town Council's robust letter to Wiltshire Council on their parking consultation

21-11-2017

  At the Marlborough Town Council planning committee meeting on Monday (November 20), town councillors had before them a letter drafted by the Town Clerk, Mrs Shelley Parker, to Adrian Hampton, Wiltshire Council's Head of Local Highways, about their consultation on raising parking charges - which ends this Thursday.  

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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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