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Residents' Permit Parking Charge rise - Daylight Robbery!

18-10-2017 Patrick Fox

  Sirs,Looking through letters I am surprised no one has complained about the daylight robbery to be perpetrated on resident parking.It is planned to rise from £394 which is already larger than parts of London to a staggering £720.  It really is daylight robbery with captive victims who have no option...

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White Christmas in Marlborough features on Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s cards

18-10-2017

  The popular ‘Christmas in Marlborough’ card is once again being sold to raise funds for Wiltshire Air Ambulance.Following the success of the card last year, the charity is selling it as part of its 2017 range of Christmas cards - and they can be bought at the St Peter's Church...

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Rick Stein's Marlborough and Crown Water & Coffee unveiled as new kit sponsor for the MYFC U14 and U9 teams

17-10-2017

Coinciding with the first anniversary of Rick Stein's Marlborough restaurant opening, the new Rick Stein sponsored strip for the Marlborough Youth Football Club (MYFC) under 14 team was unveiled on the steps of the restaurant whilst the U9 team secured sponsorship for their new kit from Crown Water & Coffee...

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Hockey: Marlborough ladies first team’s seven goals and a clean sheet - the thirds draw

17-10-2017 Jess Davis

  Marlborough Ladies     7         Swanage & Wareham     0   The first lie-in of the season for Malborough Hockey Club Ladies Firsts with a late pushback against Swanage and Wareham at home (October 14).  The game saw a stunning Marlborough win : 7-0.   The first half started really well with constant shots on goal and...

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Hockey: Marlborough men's first team keep their unbeaten record - and depleted seconds travel a long way for a draw…

17-10-2017 Matt Way

Marlborough     2      Swindon     1   Marlborough Hockey Club's first men's team maintained their one hundred per cent start in the Conference North league with an impressive victory over fellow table toppers - Swindon (October 14).   The game started at a frantic pace with Swindon enjoying the best of the early exchanges. Marlborough took...

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Housing Needs for Marlborough - A Public Meeting at the Town Hall on Tuesday next week

17-10-2017

Hard on the heels of one of Marlborough's perceived major problems - parking - is the other - housing needs, especially for young people.   On Tuesday evening next week (24 October) at 7pm there will be another public meeting at the Town Hall, this time with consultants Cobweb Consulting...

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17-10-2017

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Political whitewash hides complacency

17-10-2017

  There is optimism - there is unwarranted optimism - there are fake views and faked news - and there are slippery words.  The public relations industry deals in all of them.  And so do politicians.They use shifty and partial stories to give a gloss - often totally unwarranted - to...

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Newbury Racecourse: Worthington's Armed Forces Raceday - with free entry for serving military and British Legion members

17-10-2017

For the tenth consecutive year, Newbury Racecourse will welcome members of the Armed Forces and Royal British Legion on Saturday, October 28 for its final Flat meeting of the season. Worthington’s Armed Forces Raceday will also see the launch of the local 2017 Poppy Appeal.  

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Evidence proves that Marlborough does have a parking problem - now this can be addressed

17-10-2017

OK….. we all know that Marlborough has a parking problem, don’t we?  We don’t need anyone to tell us this, it’s as clear as the sky is blue and sun is yellow?  But the study conducted by an independent consultant commissioned through the Marlborough Area Neighbourhood Plan (MANP) and presented...

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Recreating Jane Austen’s World - Aldbourne couple feature in BBC Documentary

 2017 marks the two hundredth anniversary of Jane Austen’s death. However, her world is very much alive today.  

 

Aldbourne couple Ros and Chris Oswald love all things Jane Austen and are featured in a BBC documentary – “My Friend Jane” - which will be shown on BBC One South on Monday July 17 at 7pm.

This is the eve of the anniversary Jane Austen’s death (July 18th 1871).

 

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Matt Prior - Marlborough Downs' "Mr Tree Sparrow" - keeps tabs on another new generation of chicks

 

During a very hot late afternoon and evening - one of June's record breakers - I watched Matt Prior ring 73 tree sparrow chicks from sixteen broods.  A five-hour shift after his day's work.

His conservation work on the Marlborough Downs centres on the tree sparrow, which is on the Red List of endangered birds and was almost extinct in North Wiltshire when he began taking an interest in them.

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National Trust buys Avebury's historic chapel

The former United Reformed Church chapel in the centre of Avebury has been bought by the National Trust as a space to highlight their conservation work and to engage people with the landscapes within the World Heritage Site.

 

The Chapel had ceased to be a place of Christian worship and its role as a Tourist Information Centre ended when Wiltshire Council withdrew its funding in 2011.  The sale was concluded early in May - as marlborough.news reported.  But the buyer has only now been revealed.

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Together again - and again: two reunions & celebrations mark historic St Peter's final days as a school

 

Crowds flocked to the Marlborough Grammar School/St. Peter’s Junior school reunion and celebration on July 1 to mark the end of an era of Marlborough education on The Parade. The building will close at the end of the summer term as staff and students move to the very new - still being built - Marlborough St Mary’s School in September.

Meanwhile friends of St Mary’s (Girls) Junior School from its days in the Herd Street building which closed in 1962, were holding their reunion at Marlborough Bowls Club.

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Refurbishment of the former Youth Centre starts - Town Councillors get to work

 

Marlborough Town Mayor Councillor Mervyn Hall, Councillor Noel Barrett-Morton, Susan Barrett-Morton and Martin Phipps (relief caretaker) have started work on the former Youth Centre building owned by Wiltshire Council and now in the hands of the Town Council.  (Seen l to r in the photo.)

On Monday, June 12 Marlborough Town Council signed the lease on the former Marlborough Youth Centre and has taken over its running and maintenance.  Wiltshire Council had no further use for the building.

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Toyah wows MantonFest's biggest ever crowd

 

Roger Grant, the organiser of Saturday's (July 1) MantonFest 2017, is emphatic: "How did it go?", we asked.   "MantonFest 2017 was the most successful yet.”

"We had twice as many people as last year, the weather was good and the atmosphere was electric.  It was a complete family occasion with adults and children playing and enjoying themselves, listening to music and relaxing in the fine summer weather in amazing surroundings."

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The search for the real Wolf Hall (or Wolfhall) - concert launches Friends' appeal

 

Archaeological work at Wolf Hall, near Burbage, is revealing hidden pieces of the old Wolf Hall puzzle - how much of the house at which King Henry VIII wooed Jane Seymour still exists as part of the present Wolf Hall Manor?

A Friends of Wolf Hall organisation has been set up to raise funds to restore the Manor and a Lottery grant is being sought to continue archaeological work.

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Barbury International Horse Trials welcome the world’s best event riders - as Andrew Nicholson targets sixth consecutive win

 

New Zealander eventer Andrew Nicholson, who is based at Lockeridge, has his sights set on a sixth Barbury CIC*** title in a row.  Nicholson, seen here at home in Lockeridge with Nereo, is currently ranked the world number two event rider.  

 

He is bringing eight horses for the four days of competitions at the St. James’s Place Barbury International Horse Trials - 6-9 July. 

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