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Review: from Mozart to Bernstein - Ryan Drucker's piano recital at St Peter's Church

21-03-2019 Christopher Rogers

Pianist Ryan Drucker performed the latest recital in the Saint Peter’s Brilliant Young Musicians series (Sunday, March 17). Ryan graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music with a first class degree and was awarded the Alfred Clay Scholarship with the highest mark in an undergraduate recital. He is currently...

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2…4…6…8… save our planet, it’s not too late St John’s students join youth climate strike and march

21-03-2019 Sue Round

Last Friday, March 15, six St John’s Year 12 students missed school to join the second #Youthstrike4Climate in London.  More than fifteen thousand students gathered in Parliament Square and marched via Downing Street to Buckingham Palace. 

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‘Wish me luck as you wave me goodbye’… baby trout released into the Kennet

21-03-2019 Sue Round

This week it was the turn of Baydon St Nicholas Primary School to release the baby trout they had cared for since January into the River Kennet.  The children and teachers donned waders to join Anna Forbes and Sean Dempster from Action for the River Kennet in the river at...

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Bank building to get a shop window

19-03-2019

Here is another example of the changing face of Marlborough High Street:  NatWest who own No. 14 on the High Street's south side, have applied to change the frontage of the building so it is easier to sell as a retail shop.

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The Hundred Tonne Diet

19-03-2019 Professor Dave Waltham

  Don’t take my word - or anyone else’s - for anything. Y ou don’t need to.  The data is so clear that you can see - see for yourself - the reality of human-induced climate change.The graph shown below has two curves.  The first, in blue, shows the cumulative amount of carbon dioxide...

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If you dream it…you can do it at the Primary Schools’ Dance Festival

19-03-2019 Sue Round

Over two hundred children from ten local primary schools participated in the Marlborough Dance Festival, held at St John’s on Saturday March 16.  They were joined by students from  St.John’s Year 10 BTEC Dance group.

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One-way traffic round The Green gets the elbow - but there is still a problem of parking & access

19-03-2019

Following the decision in January to back double yellow lines around The Green, Marlborough Town Council's Planning Committee (March 18) were faced with a further proposal - to make the route round The Green into a one-way road.

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Area crime update - 11 - 18 March

19-03-2019

  Below are details of the latest crimes committed in Marlborough and surrounding villages.  If anyone has any information as to these offences please contact the Police on 101,  or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111   Area:   MarlboroughType:    Burglary Residential (Dwelling)Time/Date:  11/03/2019  21:11:00Details:     Marlborough, Isbury Road  -  Unknown suspect(s) have...

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Local schools raise money for Comic Relief

18-03-2019 Sue Round

Preshute Primary School and Marlborough St Mary’s have raised several hundred pounds for Comic Relief and had lots of fun in the process.

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Triple sporting success for Ramsbury Primary School

18-03-2019 Sue Round

During the last few weeks Year 5 and Year 6 pupils at Rambsury Primary School have won the Primary Schools Cluster Competitions for hockey, netball and swimming.

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Claire Perry riles Tory bloggers with call not to imprison girls

Marlborough MP Claire Perry has got herself embroiled in another rumpus with her suggestion that “Prison for girls is not the answer”. This time the critics are within the Conservative Party, many apparently from its ‘prison works’ wing.

In a long article on the ConservativeHome website, Mrs Perry claimed that the youth justice system was ‘built with boys in mind’ and that using ‘inappropriate and unnecessary criminal justice interventions for girls’ low level behaviour is like using a sledgehammer to crack a nut.’

Her views – which originate in an inquiry by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Women in the Penal System – have prompted about one hundred and seventy comments on the Tory website. As the Prime Minister and other senior Ministers move to appease the more right-wing conservatives who’re fed up with working to what they see as a LibDem agenda, Mrs Perry seems to have roused the anger of many Conservatives – and some of them women.

She relates a story told to the Group by a magistrate about a girl with ‘a chaotic family background and her mother [who] was drug and alcohol dependent’. But the magistrate had no powers to invoke a care order and had to impose a community order.

“They [magistrates] are wholly unable to use basic common sense to help these girls out of trouble…The youth justice system should not be expected to deal with child welfare issues. That is the job of councils.” Mrs Perry does not say how councils which are facing significant cuts to their budgets, should fund this care.

Mrs Perry’s mention of ‘compassion’ in the treatment of girl offenders has raised the hackles of some of those adding comments to the article: “This one is a floor crossing defector to Labour waiting to happen.” Another states: “I am afraid this is the result of the A-List” – David Cameron’s method selecting only centrally approved candidates before the last election.

Someone signing himself Jim writes: “This left wing kumbaya piece was made even more nauseating for me to read knowing it was written by a conservative party politician.” But not all Mrs Perry’s critics were male. ‘Sarah G’ wrote: “I just want to cringe reading this. Does the author actually know or understand anything about politics/crime/judiciary?”

People posting comments (who may not all, of course, be members of the Conservative Party) have questioned the logic of singling out girls for special treatment and bringing gender discrimination into the judicial system. “Wow, what an amazingly sexist article” and “This anti-male feminist Liberal twaddle is straight from the Guardian.”

Her article has even given one of her own constituents the opportunity to raise a more general gripe. Robert Eve writes: “Claire Perry, who is my MP, has been disappointing me since the election.”

Mrs Perry has recently been in some at least warm water over her ‘gaffes’ – such as the remark Marlborough News Online reported last week: “I think Kate Middleton is pregnant – and that would be good for the economy.”

This remark was picked up by two generally very Conservative-supportive newspapers, the Daily Mail and the Telegraph. Both newspapers sought views on her remarks to create stories for their websites that were critical of Mrs Perry.

Today’s Mailonline (July 29) carries a report by Brendan Carlin headlined “Tory donors tell Cameron to create ‘true blue’ Cabinet without his cronies in autumn reshuffle.” Tory ‘grass root’ members apparently have no problem with some Cameron and Osborne loyalist first elected in 2010 ‘being given ministerial red boxes.’

These, the Mail on Sunday says, include “Devizes MP Claire Perry – although her outspoken reputation, including last week speculating whether the Duchess of Cambridge was pregnant, may count against her.”

Only time will tell. But the effect was all rather spoilt when Mailonline captioned their photo of Mrs Perry as being the “Conservative Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Devizes”.

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