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Just another Aldbourne Christmas? Lights, camera, action - but not before that cross is covered

15-12-2018

Aldbourne Parish Council got just 24-hours notice: please could the village Green be used to make an advertisement for Vodafone?  The answer was 'yes'.   And the production company making the advert was paying - but it was not going to be an easy ride.

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Bethlehem today: Baroness Tonge visits Marlborough

14-12-2018 A Correspondent

At a packed meeting in St. Peters Church last Thursday evening, Baroness Jenny Tonge talked about the situation in Bethlehem today.

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Rabley Wood View residents soon to lose play area to developers: Uncertainty as to replacement

13-12-2018

At Monday's (10 December) full meeting of the Town Council it was announced that Wiltshire Council had given advance warning that the children's playground will have to close very soon.

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Dispensary Receptionist - Ramsbury & Wanborough Surgery

13-12-2018

Dispensary Receptionist 23.5 hours per week    We are looking for a receptionist to join the Dispensary Team.   Excellent communication, organisational and accuracy skills are required.  The successful applicant will be expected to be friendly, approachable and maintain a high level of confidentiality at all times.   For an application pack please contact the surgery...

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Dispenser - Ramsbury & Wanborough Surgery

13-12-2018

Dispenser 16 hours per week    Excellent customer service, communication, organisational and accuracy skills are required.  You will be required to work alongside our Dispensary Team members providing dispensing services to our patients.  Your duties will include preparing prescriptions, liaising with all prescribers, dealing with queries face to face or on the...

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Mid-Day Supervisory Assistant - Marlborough St Mary's

13-12-2018

  Mid-Day Supervisory Assistant     The Governing Body of St. Mary’s School is seeking to employ a Mid-Day Supervisory Assistantto work 1 hour per day, from Monday to Friday, supporting the children at lunchtimes. As an Mid-Day Supervisory Assistant (MDSA) you will be responsible for setting up/clearing the hall for lunch, encouraging and supporting the children in the...

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"Power to the people!" Lucy Gomes on Wiltshire Council cabinet's decisions on outdoor education

12-12-2018

At the meeting on Tuesday (December 11), Wiltshire Council cabinet agreed that outdoor education will continue in the county.  The details of this decision were outlined in marlborough.news' earlier report on the proposals going before the cabinet meeting.

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Town Councillors pledge support for the Ogbourne St George speed limit campaign

12-12-2018

Councillors unanimously expressed their support for the campaign to extend the 50 mph speed restriction on the A346 between Ogbourne St Andrew and Ogbourne St George to include a notoriously dangerous stretch covering two minor junctions.

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Cause of Brimslade fatal air crash remains a mystery - but instructor was not licenced for the type of aircraft

12-12-2018

The Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) have published their report about the crash on 13 July 2017 of a two-seater aircraft at Brismlade Farm near Wootton Rivers which killed the two pilots aboard. The report comes to no definite conclusion as to the cause of the crash.  

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When will the bins be emptied over Christmas? Wiltshire Council announce changes for the holiday period

12-12-2018

Wiltshire Council have just announced the waste and recycling collection date changes for the Christmas / New Year period.  

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Secret Adventures of Rolo - Book 4: Debi Evans launches 'Jewel Dog and the Dragons' at St Peter's

Debi Evans with RoloDebi Evans with Rolo

 

 When Debi Evans, who lives in Marlborough, rescued a Jack Russell dog from the Dog’s Trust five years ago little did she think that he would become her inspiration for a series of children’s books.

 

Named Rolo because of his toffee, chocolate coloured face, Debi’s dog tells of his time travelling adventures in The Secret Adventures of Rolo.

 

At a book signing for the fourth book in the series entitled Jewel Dog and the Dragons, Debi told marlborough.news :  “When I rescued Rolo he took a while to settle and he didn’t like spending the night in the kitchen.  Then he suddenly settled and I realised he had a secret – there was a trap door under the kitchen sink that takes him out at night.”

“He discovered a tree dragon in the Savernake Forest who tells him he is the chosen one and he can use the time tunnel.  He is then able to make things happen in history.”

'Jewel Dog and the Dragons' alongside book 3 in the series, 'The Dragon's Pram''Jewel Dog and the Dragons' alongside book 3 in the series, 'The Dragon's Pram'Debi, who also runs creative writing workshops for primary age children, loves history.  “I am slightly concerned that the National Curriculum doesn’t give primary aged children the opportunity to study the exciting bits of history, hence Rolo.”

In her books Rolo is able to make things happen in history.  Apparently Rolo was present at the signing of the Magna Carta and ran off with the quill leaving King John to use the seal from his ring instead !

In the latest book we find out about King Alfred of Wessex and what really happened to the burnt cakes.  There are also exciting mythical creatures held captive in Silbury Hill.  “But I don’t want to give too much away,” added Debi.

Many of the ideas in the books come from the children she meets at her creative writing workshops.

The books are written from the point of view of Rolo and aimed at 7 to 12 year olds.  “There is”, says Debi, “plenty of humour, and through my talks to WI groups adults are also enjoying the books.”

Rolo has his own Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram accounts.  Fans can sign up for a newsletter from Rolo which often contains an original short story.

“He is a wonderful dog and very happy.  I wonder why he sleeps all day and yawns. He has obviously been up all night on an adventure.  There will definitely be a Book 5.”

Debi Evans can be contacted through her website

 

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