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New playground adventures at St Mary’s

24 May 2019 Sue Round

The playground at Marlborough St Mary’s is buzzing with excitement as pupils try out the new equipment that has just been installed.  In fact, it’s so popular that the school has had to draw up a rota allocating each year group one day a week to play on it.

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Digging to reveal more about Aldbourne's Band of Brothers

24 May 2019

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Marlborough's youth protest demands action from politicians regarding climate change

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Young Pewsey artists create mural for Vale Community Campus

23 May 2019 Sue Round

A wall mural designed to reflect Pewsey’s community spirit has been created for the foyer of The Vale Community Campus.  Students from Pewsey Vale School’s Year 7 and Key Stage 2 pupils at Pewsey Primary have collaborated over its creation.  

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Marlborough’s new rector returns to his roots

23 May 2019 Sue Round

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Heritage board celebrates Ogbourne St Andrew’s ancient landscape

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A new Heritage Information Board has been erected next to the Norman church of St Andrew’s in Ogbourne St Andrew to inform visitors of the plethora of ancient sites in the vicinity. 

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Special Needs Education: Larkrise, St Nicholas and Rowde schools to be merged after 2023

23 May 2019

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A4 Closure: Stuck Truck causes Manton Mayhem

23 May 2019

Manton came to gridlock last night (Wednesday 22 May) after a large lorry with trailer carrying 'concrete sheets' got stuck having taken a short cut to avoid the A4 road closure.

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Claire Perry takes ministerial leave of absence

23 May 2019

Claire Perry MP is taking a break from her responsibilities as Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth to look after a family member who is unwell.

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LITFEST 2019: children's programme revealed - with wizards, naughtiness, magic, bears...Cressida Cowell, David Baddiel, Chris Riddell an' all

22 May 2019

Marlborough LitFest aims to promote a love of books and reading in its younger audience and this year’s children’s line-up is more packed than ever, with a host of headlining children’s authors including Cressida Cowell, David Baddiel and illustrator, Chris Riddell, as well as events and new outreach programmes to...

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Feedback from MantonFest 2018 - what the fans thought.......

 

Below are some of the fans' comments picked up from social media:

 

"Thank you to everyone who organised such a fabulous event - see you next year!"

"They were up and dancing after this shot. Thank you for organising such a wonderful family friendly event, that gives these little ones these opportunities. X"

"I sat in my garden a mile away and listened to the great music x"

"Ice cream was in big demand!"

"Absolutly great day !!"

"Mantonfest 2018. Just fantastic. Great music, great food/beer, great friends and to top it off, amazing weather. Thank you and massive respect to Stuart Whant, Roger Grant, Becky Banning and the rest of the Manton organisers for a superb event."

"Thank you Mantonfest another spectacular day, a wonderful atmosphere and great music, can’t wait till next year."

"So have we got a date for next year yet ???"

"Absolutly great day!!"

"Fabulous day! Best one yet! Thank you to all of the organisers it was just amazing!"

"Thankyou - great fun and really well organised. Happy friendly people everywhere!"

"Such an amazing day and evening; an enormous thank you to the whole of the MantonFest team who have you on your incredible hard work in putting together this fabulous fun event. We look forward to enjoying it all over again next year "


I don’t think there is anywhere on earth where you pay £20, have 11 (ish +) hrs of awesome live music, where it’s child friendly, dog friendly, you don’t get frisked for taking your own food/drink, have massively talented bands and just the perfect atmosphere.


"If you missed this, then on your own foolish head (there’s always next year)"


"Well done everyone who had anything to do with Mantonfest"

"Utterly brilliant day out"

"I think everyone has covered it !! What a fabulous fabulous fest !! Marvellous Mantonfest for those that find it difficult to stand for hours or financially simply cannot afford big ticket prices plus buying water food as you can’t take it in & miss out on concerts & the buzz & inner lift live music has the ability to do .. you’ve not just created a festival you’ve created life moments unforgettable ones .. please keep it going it’s very special .. what a way to round off June with a bit of Katrina in the heat waves !! Everyone was walking on sunshine & yes it did feel good !! "

"Genuinely can not wait for next year. Fantastic, great value day out, whoever came up with this idea is a genius and needs a knighthood (or local equivalent)"

"Great day thanks to all the organisers for all your hard work. This is our fourth year and each one gets better. Well done looking forward to next year already."

"First time at Mantonfest amazing day great choice of food and drink (not over priced) young and older having a great time as for the music excellent, Katrina really rocking it , swinging blue jeans brought back good memories. Congratulation to everyone that organised it I will definitely be back next year"

"Well done to everyone at manton fest ,a brilliant day ,wonderful music ,great atmosphere.weather couldn't have been better for you .you all done an amazing job .looking forward to next year .we both loved it .& it was great to meet up with friends & have a wonderful day .thank you x"

"A fabulous 1st MantonFest for me last year and an even better 2nd year for me this year. Hats off to all that are involved in organising such a fantastic event "

"Brilliant day music and atmosphere! Can't wait till the next one very well organised"

"Thank you to everyone who organised such a fabulous event - see you next year!"

"We had a wonderful time as always. Thank you for organising this great little festival x"

"Great to see......"


"And to see all the grass cleared up...... thank you"

 

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