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Pewsey Parish Council's campaign to lessen use of plastics

21-09-2018

On Saturday (September 22) Pewsey Parish Council is launching a campaign to encourage people in their area to use less plastics.

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Marlborough Rugby: Nomads sweep Corsham 2nds aside with a thirteen try performance

21-09-2018 marlborough.news rugby correspondent

Nomads 85 - 5 Corsham 2nd XV   The Nomads - Marlborough 2nds - assembled a large squad on a perfect day for playing rugby for the first home league fixture on the Common and delivered a result against Corsham 2nd XV with a score that wouldn't have been out of place...

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The Man Booker Prize is 50 years old - you can help choose the best ever winner at Marlborough LitFest…

20-09-2018

For authors, publishers and readers alike, the Man Booker Prize is probably the most prestigious prize in English literature. This year it is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary - but which is the best of all the Booker winning titles?

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Tourism: the Great West Way is already being marketed by international travel agents

20-09-2018

The Great West Way, the tourist initiative that is being led by VisitWiltshire, launches officially in November - but travel agents such as the Dutch company House of Britain, are already marketing tours Great West Way tours - so long as their tours start after launch date.

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'Englisches Frühstück' in Westphalia, courtesy of Marlborough's Sumblers butchers

19-09-2018

Like carrying coals to Newcastle, taking british sausages back to Germany, the land of the Wurst is an unlikely concept.  But this is exactly what Uli Offerman from Westphalia is now doing since he discovered the delights of the sausages and bacon created by longstanding Marlborough family butchers, Sumblers.

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Modern Slavery: Two arrested in a High Street Nail Bar following proactive patrols by Police

19-09-2018

  Two people were arrested in Marlborough yesterday following patrols relating to modern slavery.  Officers have been conducting patrols of the High Street over the past day looking out for signs of exploitation.  At 5pm yesterday, 18 September, they attended a nail bar on the High Street and located a 17-year-old...

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Author William Boyd at the Marlborough LitFest: his reading list gives extra context to his new novel

19-09-2018 Angus MacLennan

To celebrate the publication today (September 20) of his new novel Love is Blind and his imminent appearance at the Marlborough LitFest, we asked William Boyd to offer a list of suggested reading on the themes and places which appear in the book - and he kindly obliged.

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Why leave the bus diesel engine idling when stopped at a main bus stop for a long time? Turning…

18-09-2018

Diesel engines, especially the large ones that power the buses around here do emit plenty of noxious emissions including particulates and nitrogen dioxide, and when left running in a confined location those toxic emissions build up and become a health risk.  Transition Marlborough have been campaigning for the past two...

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Administrator (Maternity Cover) - Omicron Research (Hungerford)

18-09-2018

  Administrator   (Maternity Cover)     We are a small company in Hungerford looking for a part time Office Administrator to support the team in the office. Preferred hours are approximately 30 per week, Tuesday to Friday, dependent on candidate availability. This is a fixed term maternity cover post of one year.The purpose of the...

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Marlborough Rugby: Three out of three for impressive Marlborough away at Wimborne

18-09-2018 Mike Banfield

Wimborne 21 - 51 Marlborough   Marlborough continued their good start to the season with an impressive performance away to Wimborne.  The visitors showed no effects from the long travel to the South coast and started the game well.  They were soon on the attack and winning some good ruck ball, a...

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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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