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Town Council's robust letter to Wiltshire Council on their parking consultation

21-11-2017

  At the Marlborough Town Council planning committee meeting on Monday (November 20), town councillors had before them a letter drafted by the Town Clerk, Mrs Shelley Parker, to Adrian Hampton, Wiltshire Council's Head of Local Highways, about their consultation on raising parking charges - which ends this Thursday.

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Carers Rights Day: Does your employer care? That’s the £30,000 question

21-11-2017 Jules Stanbridge

On Carers Rights Day, which this year is on November 24, Wiltshire's Working for Carers scheme is urging people to ask their employer a straightforward question:  'Do you care?'

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Putting names onto the new part of Marlborough's street map

20-11-2017

  As required by Wiltshire Council, Redrow Homes, the owner and developer of the Salisbury Road housing site, has asked Marlborough Town Councillors to suggest ten street names for the new development.

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New Head, New Vision for Pewsey Vale School

20-11-2017 Sue Round

Neil Pritchard, the new headteacher at Pewsey Vale School, is experiencing a very busy first term. As well as the pressures of a new job, his son, baby Austin, was born only weeks ago! 

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Drugs arrest in Aldbourne

20-11-2017

  A man was arrested on possession with intent to supply class B drugs following a warrant in Aldbourne. The 41-year-old man was arrested on 15 November after officers conducted a warrant at the address in Whitley Road, under Section 23 Misuse of Drugs Act on 15 November. ...

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REVIEW: Small earthquake in Wiltshire - two beheaded

20-11-2017

  SMALL EARTHQUAKE IN WILTSHIRE - Seventeenth-century conflict and its resolution - by Eric L Jones (The Hobnob Press - 2017 - £9.95)

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Man arrested following report of burglary in Pewsey

20-11-2017

  Officers responding to a 999 call reporting a burglary in progress at a bakery in Pewsey arrested a man in the early hours of this morning (November 20).  

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BREXIT: there are issues specific to people in our area that will have to be addressed - and that process…

19-11-2017

Marlborough.news has steered clear of the Brexit debate - a largely national and for now, some would say, even a Westminster and Whitehall matter.   We are not going to make a habit of reporting on Brexit pros and process or cons and constraints.But we will keep a watch out for...

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Great Bedwyn: another community in need of affordable homes - but what about its social housing?

19-11-2017

The only additional homes to be built in Great Bedwyn ought to be "small 'affordable' ones".  

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Marlborough St Mary's Primary School and the new crossing point over George Lane: "An accident waiting to happen"

18-11-2017

The opening of Marlborough St Mary's Primary school has - as was expected -  brought changed patterns of movement as parents and children walk to school.  

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REVIEW: music critic Fiona Maddocks brings a classical Desert Island Discs to LitFest

Genevieve Clarke (left) with Fiona Maddocks at the LitFest event in the White Horse Bookshop (Photo copyright Ben Phillips) Genevieve Clarke (left) with Fiona Maddocks at the LitFest event in the White Horse Bookshop (Photo copyright Ben Phillips) The lovely new gallery space at the back of the White Horse Bookshop was full for Fiona Maddocks’ event at Marlborough LitFest on Saturday afternoon (September 30).  It took the format of Desert Island Discs, with Genevieve Clarke, who is a member of the LitFest committee and the programme manager of the Reading Ahead scheme at the Reading Agency, as a suitably sympathetic interviewer.


 

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REVIEW: Flagging up rising nationalism - capacity LitFest audience hears about flags' enduring power & their politics

 

LitFest:  Tim Marshall - and flag (Photo copyright Ben Phillips - with thanks)LitFest: Tim Marshall - and flag (Photo copyright Ben Phillips - with thanks)If you've ever wondered why there are twelve stars on the European Union flag (it's actually the Council of Europe's flag) or mused over why there is a chakra wheel centred in the Indian flag or even why there is an AK 47 rifle on the Mozambican flag, then Tim Marshall's latest book Worth Dying For: the Power and Politics of Flags will provide you with all the answers and lots more too.

 

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REVIEW: LitFest's Golding Speaker Will Self enthrals, delights & astonishes - but leaves some a bit baffled or even unsettled

Will Self addresses a packed Town Hall  (photo copyright Ben Phillips - with thanks)Will Self addresses a packed Town Hall (photo copyright Ben Phillips - with thanks)It was certainly not without some trepidation that I undertook the task of reviewing the talk given by novelist and public intellectual Will Self, on Friday evening (September 29) - this year's Golding Speaker at the start of Marlborough LitFest 2017.


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Younger - and younger - readers took centre stage at Marlborough LitFest 2017

Bravo! Harry Murrell from Woodborough School points to his winning entry in the Wild Things competition (Photo copyright Ben Phillips) Bravo! Harry Murrell from Woodborough School points to his winning entry in the Wild Things competition (Photo copyright Ben Phillips) Marlborough LitFest takes special care to involve the children of the town and surrounding villages.  They believe in a variation of a famous claim: give me a child that likes reading, and I will give you the adult who's still reading when they are old and grey.

Marlborough LitFest 2017 was no exception with a great variety of events and happenings for younger readers - of all ages.

 

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LitFest: William Golding's daughter talks about his 'Marlborough book' - The Pyramid - in its fiftieth anniversary year

Judy Carver in Kingsbury Street - which was Miss Dawlish's house?Judy Carver in Kingsbury Street - which was Miss Dawlish's house?William Golding's daughter, Judy Carver was born in Marlborough: "I've had", she told marlborough.news, "a huge affection for Marlborough all my life."   The company that looks after her father's works and legacy, of which she and her brother are directors, has been supporting the town's LitFest from its early days.

 

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Town Council wins Lottery grant towards Marlborough Community & Youth Centre refurbishment

The Town Mayor (with his granddaughter) and Town Councillors celebrate the Big Lottery grantThe Town Mayor (with his granddaughter) and Town Councillors celebrate the Big Lottery grantMarlborough Town Council is delighted to have won a £9,011 grant from the Big Lottery under its Awards for All Scheme.  The money will go towards works at the Marlborough Community & Youth Centre which it took on under a seven year lease from Wiltshire Council in June.

 

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Was September in Marlborough a wet month? Yes, it was - very wet - and here's the proof

 

The beech trees of Savernake Forest (photo: Eric Gilbert) The beech trees of Savernake Forest (photo: Eric Gilbert) If you got the impression that September was a wet month, you were correct. The statistics prove it was a very wet month with total rainfall amounting to 75.0mm, which was 13.5mm above the 33-year average and the wettest September since 2008. The maximum fall was 8.7mm on September 24.

 

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Green token Community Support scheme raises £360 for Marlborough Tennis Club's new courts appeal

Hilda Moore receives the Community Support Cheque for £360 from Lisa Wakeham of WaitroseHilda Moore receives the Community Support Cheque for £360 from Lisa Wakeham of Waitrose

Marlborough Tennis Club’s new courts are well on their way to completion.  Last week Hilda Moore, chair of the club and head coach was presented with a cheque for £360 by Waitrose’s Lisa Wakeham.  The money raised was as a result of Waitrose’s green token community support scheme.

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REVIEW: LitFest audience entranced by opening night's poetry & dance performance by Kayo Chingonyi & Sean Graham

Kayo Chingonyi, with dancer Sean Graham performing at The Ellis Theatre, Marlborough College on Thursday evening.   Pic:  Ben PhillipsKayo Chingonyi, with dancer Sean Graham performing at The Ellis Theatre, Marlborough College on Thursday evening. Pic: Ben Phillips

I was in Waitrose the other day taking advantage – yet again – of their delicious sushi samples.  They are so carefully crafted, made according to accepted conventions, with combinations of colours and subtle flavours that may be challenging.  Rather like poetry in many ways. Sushi is not to everyone’s taste - again like poetry, or like improvised dance …  But how about poetry AND dance together?!

 

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