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Platinum awards for Wiltshire GP practices supporting unpaid carers

22 Jul 2019 A Correspondent

GP practices in Wiltshire going above and beyond for unpaid carers were recognised at the Carer Support Wiltshire (CSW) Investors in Carers GP Accreditation Scheme Awards at Devizes Town Hall (July 17) - pictured above.

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Pewsey Vale School student’s art work chosen for Royal Academy Young Artists Summer Show

22 Jul 2019 Sue Round

An art work produced by Jessica Blundell, a GCSE Textiles student at Pewsey Vale School has been chosen to be exhibited in the first ever Young Artists Summer Show at the Royal Academy in London.

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Judgement Day beckons for Marlborough in Bloom (tomorrow, Tues 23 July)

22 Jul 2019

Marlborough's success in this year's South West in Bloom competition will be determined tomorrow (Tuesday 23 July) when the panel of RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) judges, accompanied by Lady Emma Fellowes, patron of SWiB, decends on the town to cast keen and experienced eyes over overall the floral excellence of...

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Nursery Nurse - Baby Room - Sunflowers at Grafton Nursery

22 Jul 2019

Nursery Nurse - Baby Room   Sunflowers at Grafton Nursery   Sunflowers at Grafton has been shaping the hearts and minds of little ones since 2011.  Our children have easy access to outdoor play and adventures every day, whatever the weather, in our beautiful natural surroundings in East Grafton.  We are a registered charity run...

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Swindon's Haydon Artists' Society breaks fresh ground - exhibiting at St Peter's Church

21 Jul 2019 A Correspondent

Monday (July 22) sees the opening of an art exhibition in St Peter's Church showing all week works by members of the Haydon Artist's Society

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Wiltshire bucks the national trend as reported crime shows decrease

19 Jul 2019

  Crime in Wiltshire is down - according to the latest ONS (Office of National Statistics) data just released (18 July).  Wiltshire Police is one of a few forces nationwide where the number of overall reported crimes has fallen.

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Ian Rankin is coming to Marlborough LitFest: a firm fan of Messrs Rankin & Rebus explains their lasting appeal

19 Jul 2019 Tim Thurston

I have always been a fan of crime and espionage novels, cutting my teeth on Len Deighton and John Le Carre. So, it is somewhat surprising that I came late to Ian Rankin.

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Neighbourhood Plan disappoints

19 Jul 2019 Peter Morgan

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Local NHS changes: introducing the East Kennet Primary Care Network

18 Jul 2019

The latest change to the organisation of the NHS at the local level is the creation of Primary Care Networks.  In April we reported the general ideas behind this new initiative.

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Are there really no Syrian refugees settled in Marlborough?

17 Jul 2019 Jim Fletcher

Sirs  Some weeks ago our Link co-ordinator contacted drivers to ask if we could help Syrian families get to a meeting/get-together in Potterne Wick.

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Butterflies and Blooms – Marlborough St. Mary’s striking competition entries

 

“Butterflies Are Important” that is the message from this year’s Marlborough in Bloom. Members have been working with Butterfly Conservation in local schools and have organised an art competition on the theme for the students at Marlborough St. Mary’s.



Anne Crawley, chair of Marlborough in Bloom, told marlborough.news: “Sadly, butterflies are far less common than they were 50 years ago.  Since the 1940's, 97 per cent of wildflower meadows have been lost. Seventy per cent of UK butterfly species have declined since the 1970's.”   

“We want to help preserve these lovely creatures.  In May, Maurice Avent, former Chairman of Butterfly Conservation, entertained and inspired the Marlborough St Mary's children with his illustrated talk about the life cycle of butterflies.”

Victoria Jinivizian (left), judge of the butterfly art competition, with Anne Crawley, chair of Marlborough in BloomVictoria Jinivizian (left), judge of the butterfly art competition, with Anne Crawley, chair of Marlborough in BloomThe art competition required students to create butterflies as paintings, sculptures, collages or crochet.

Slade graduate, professional painter and Shalbourne resident, Victoria Jinivizian, judged the competition: “I have been very impressed with the high standard of work. The range of interpretation is very creative.  It has been very difficult to pick winners."
The first place prizes went to Eva Stansby's painting in the Key Stage One category, and to Parker Wilson in Key Stage Two category for his butterfly made out of pages from an atlas.

 

Pupils with runner-up places or with judge's commendations were Poppy Deane, Harvey Hepworth, Macy Manning-Rooney, Will Palmer, Tom Baker, Megan McGrath, Ruby Waters, Phoebe Smith, Jack Baker, Charlie O’Shaughnessy, Archie Guarneri, Spenser Whiting and Eleanor Holford-Wright.

 

Prizes were donated by The White Horse Bookshop and the art work will be on display in High Street shop windows from July 10 in time for the Britain in Bloom judging day on July 13.

The Britain in Bloom competition, organised by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is an annual nationwide campaign.  The campaign focuses on community action to improve and regenerate local environments in the three key areas: horticultural achievement, community participation and environmental responsibility.

Marlborough’s success in the 2016 Britain in Bloom competition, winning a Silver Gilt, has given the town the honour of entering in the 2017 Champion of Champions class.  The judge will be Jon Wheatley, Chair of South West in Bloom.

Members of the community are encouraged to meet on Wednesday mornings at 10am at the back entrance of Waitrose to help tidy up the Bloom tubs and boxes around the town.

Anne Crawley commented, “This will be a challenging year for Marlborough in Bloom but I feel sure the townsfolk and businesses will rise to the occasion on Judging Day (July 13). We are going for gold in 2017, so let’s make Marlborough blooming marvellous.”

There is more information on the Marlborough in Bloom website.




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