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Message to Claire Perry - why keep on fracking?

10-12-2018 Jo Ripley

Sirs  Our MP, Claire Perry, also Minister of State for Energy, acknowledges climate change to be a very real threat and that she feels a sense of responsibility to deliver more rapid progress on emission reductions in the wake of the recent IPCC report warning of escalating climate-related risks.

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‘Deck the hall’…‘tis the season to be jolly’ and join in Marlborough’s Christmas Day lunch

10-12-2018 Sue Round

Now in its sixteenth year, the Christmas Day lunch in the Town Hall has become a Marlborough tradition.  It all began in 2002, when Joy and Nigel Kerton, hearing how a local lady would be alone on Christmas Day with a can of fish, decided to remedy the situation.

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Town Hall to resound to the Sounds of Christmas on 20 December

10-12-2018

Marlborough Town Hall will be filled with the magical sounds of Christmas on the evening of Thursday 20 December when a group of experienced singers stage ‘Sing a Song of Christmas’ to raise money for Manton Village Hall Refurbishment Fund.

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GWH to get £30 million of capital funding for expansion and new approaches to treatment

08-12-2018

Great Western Hospital has been successful in their bid for major natonal funding for capital projects to help expand its capacity.   GWH is now far too small for the large growth of Swindon's population - a growth that is still continuing - and the ageing population of the wide area...

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Pewsey Tennis Club wins top 2018 award as best club in Wiltshire

07-12-2018

At the annual meeting of the Wiltshire Lawn Tennis Association (a branch of the national organisation) Pewsey Tennis Club achieved two notable awards - Pewsey Tennis Club was named 'Club of the Year' and Keith Hampson was named volunteer of the year. 

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Dental Nurse / Treatment Co-ordinator - Savernake Dental Practice

07-12-2018

  Dental Nurse / Treatment Co-ordinator   (part time to support endodontics, orthodontics, restorative and implants)     Salary:    Salary will depend on qualifications and experience. Our offer to you: A competitive starting salary and the opportunity to increase this through training and development Fully funded CPD training, GDC registration, DBS and Professional Indemnity Progression and development Contributory pension scheme Modern...

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SEND school closures: parents right to be concerned

06-12-2018 Sylvia Card

Sirs    In response to Jo Waltham’s article on the closure of the three schools for children with special education needs and disabilities, I can understand why some parents are pleased that the proposed new school will  be built on the Rowdeford site.  Rowdeford is an excellent school and parents and staff campaigned...

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Radiotherapy appeal for GWH unit reaches target - thanks to Rotary Clubs

06-12-2018 A Correspondent

Brighter Futures, the charity for the Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has successfully closed its £2.9 million Radiotherapy Appeal thanks to the continued generosity of the community and a final pledge from the Rotary Clubs of Swindon and surrounding area. 

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Sentence extended for thieving cleaner after he intimidated a juror

05-12-2018

  A thieving cleaner who intimidated a juror minutes after he had been found guilty following a trial has had a month added to his jail term.Danny Avis was on the phone standing outside Swindon Crown Court as members of the panel who had just convicted him left the building.As they...

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Mulled wine, fizz and mince pies galore for Marlborough’s late night Christmas shoppers on Thursday December 13

05-12-2018 Sue Round

Many of Marlborough’s High Street shops will be staying open until 7.30pm on Thursday December 13.  There will be mulled wine, glasses of fizz, mince pies and in-store promotions to put shoppers in a festive mood.

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Mermaid's tail wows audience

Triton, Ariel and MermaidsTriton, Ariel and MermaidsCreating the illusion of the seabed in the theatre is simple – hang some strands of shiny material from the top of your set, scatter seashell props around the stage, bathe the lot in blue and green light and bingo, Neptune's Kingdom.

Or, if you have the vision and ambition of Curious Company's director Louise Rennie, you start looking for a venue with thousands of gallons of water and a dry performance space, then add synchronised swimmers and persuade your leading man to take a tumble – fully clothed – into The Drink.

That's how children and adults alike were captivated when East Kennet-based Curious Company brought their own unique take of a classic fairytale to the pool at Marlborough Leisure Centre.Ariel and the PrinceAriel and the Prince

Inspired by the ethos of the Cultural Olympiad – a place where the arts and sport mix to celebrate each other – and recalling the Busby Berkeley aqua shows of the early 20th century, actors and synchronised swimmers from the Calne Four Aqua Swim Team brought an aquarian fairytale to life over three sell-out performances in The Little Mermaid Aqua Show.

Based on Hans Christian Andersen's tale  of a young mermaid who gives up her life under the sea to gain a human soul and win the love of a handsome prince, The Little Mermaid Aqua Show featured  a talented cast including Paul Bradley as Triton, the owner of a booming opera voice and a revolving throne that would turn the judges of The Voice sea-green with envy; Russel Boodie as the Prince, who delivered a physical performance that was at times acrobatic and at times slapstick, while still managing to maintain the dignity of a romantic lead; and Jazz Mutch as Ariel, whose mesmerising presence in the pool was matched by her acting ability on dry land.

In a brave move, company director Louise Rennie chose to follow the Dane's original dark plot, rather than the saccharine version offered by Disney in 1989, and more familiar to the majority of the younger members of the audience, many of whom had come dressed as Disney princesses.

Synchronised mermaids Synchronised mermaids It was a gamble that paid off though – testament to which was the number of Disney princesses queuing after the show to have their photographs taken with Ariel, Triton, the Prince and even the evil Sea Witch Ursula (Emily Campbell).

The Little Mermaid Aqua Show, which also played to capacity audiences in Devizes, may well be going on the road again soon, if further funding can be secured. Flippers crossed, eh?

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