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Residential Care Worker - Esland Group, Devizes

20-07-2017

  Residential Care Worker    About The Esland Group With 35+ years of residential childcare experience between the two legacy organisations, Esland has over 20 residential children’s homes and one school, our portfolio is spread across the Midlands, Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire, Wiltshire, Kent & London regions of England.At Esland, we have a clear mission of...

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Chilvester Financial sign up as long term sponsor for Marlborough Rugby as Elisi Vunipola joins as Head Coach

19-07-2017

   Marlborough Rugby Football Club have just announced two very important signings:   firstly, Elis Vunipola, former Tonga international fly half, and uncle of England internationals Billy and Mako joins as Head Coach, and secondly, Chilvester Financial commit to a long-term five year sponsorship deal which will provide funding to support...

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Wiltshire Museum's new gallery space to attract exhibitions from national museums

19-07-2017

  The Wiltshire Museum in Devizes is creating a new Special Exhibition gallery that will be suitable to take exhibits from national museums.

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Refurbishment of Marlborough Youth Centre wins £10,000 Area Board Grant

19-07-2017

  Marlborough Town Council's decision to turn the deserted building that once housed Wiltshire Council's Development Centre for Young People into a working Community and Youth Centre, got a boost from the Marlborough Area Board with a £10,000 grant towards refurbishment.

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Marlborough Golf Club Junior Captain hands £850 cheque to St Mary’s Under Fives

18-07-2017

Alex Jewell chose St Mary’s Under Fives as his Junior Captain’s charity for his year in office.

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Brimslade air crash - a tribute to one of those who tragically died

17-07-2017

  The wife of one of the men who tragically died in a light aircraft crash near Marlborough has asked Wiltshire Police to release the following tribute. Kirsty Boazman said: “In the early evening of Thursday 13 July my precious and outrageously talented husband, Paul Gunnell (PG to most),...

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Brennan winner at Hills Wiltshire Professionals’ Golf Championship

17-07-2017

Nick Brennan of Tony Valentine Golf Centre was the winner of the 37th Hills Wiltshire Professionals’ Golf Championship held at Marlborough Golf Club on Thursday, July 6. Brennan scored an overall three under par. Despite a forecast of heavy rain and thunderstorms, perfect conditions prevailed throughout the day and 19...

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Marlborough networkers can discover how to prevent paper panic

17-07-2017

Paper panic and how to prevent it is the topic of conversation at the next Marlborough Chamber of Commerce business breakfast. Guest speaker Sammy Ryan will explain how her company, Strictly Organised, helps clients get to grips with piles of paperwork.The event takes place at Marlborough Golf Club from 7.30am on...

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Big crowds at Marden Open Day as time runs out for archaeologists working on the Cat's Brain long barrow

16-07-2017

  Six hundred and seventy-three people went to Marden for the Open Day on Saturday (July 15) to see Reading University's final explorations there - and to see the major discovery of a long barrow at nearby Cat's Brain.

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Marlborough Golf Club Seniors Open attracts record entry

16-07-2017

Marlborough Golf Club has hosted its annual Dick Lovett BMW Seniors Open - with a record 139 golfers taking part.

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Marlborough St Mary’s the main winner at the Area Board

Cabling already in place for the installation of the new White Board interactive technology

The new Marlborough St Mary’s school was awarded a grant of £11,638 from the Community Area Grants Scheme at last night’s (23 May) Area Board meeting to go towards the purchase of interactive white boards.  This represents approximately one-third of the overall cost of this equipment.

According to Cath Black, Head of IT at the new school, introduction of these new energy-efficient white boards will enable teachers to create eye-catching teaching materials and will promote a style of active visual-based teaching and learning that will make the classroom fun for both teacher and student.  The new boards will be installed in time for the opening of the new school in September.

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New Town Council agrees lease for the Youth Centre

Now that Wiltshire Council have no use for Marlborough's Youth Centre - after, that is, it becomes a General Election polling station on June 8 - the new Town Council agreed at its first full meeting (May 22) to sign a lease on the building.

The lease from Wiltshire Council will be for a peppercorn rent and the idea is that eventually Wiltshire Council will transfer the building to the town council for good under its Capital Asset Transfer scheme - which is currently in abeyance.

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“The Doctor will see you now’”…but in the future? Maybe not

The general election brings - as usual - a wealth of promises and opinions about the NHS.  There is not, however, much talk about the GP crisis.  

About ten per cent of NHS doctors (not all of them GPs) are EU nationals - so unless the post-Brexit status of EU nationals to remain is not fixed soon, the shortage of GPs could get a lot worse.  A poll in February found that nearly two out of three EU doctors in the NHS were considering leaving the UK.

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With twenty years experience Marlborough LINK says "Volunteering with us is fun and rewarding!"

The Rev. Canon Henry Pearson cuts the anniversary cake

The Marlborough & District LINK Scheme have been celebrating their twentieth anniversary with an Afternoon Tea Party (May 13) at the Wesley Hall - which was decorated with balloons galore. 

LINK is a team of volunteers who assist residents - in the town and in the surrounding villages - who are elderly or incapacitated and so cannot use public transport.   They take people to the shops, to GP appointments and to hospitals, opticians, dentists, chiropodists - and to visit sick relatives and friends.

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New Master announced for Marlborough College

Louise Moelwyn-Hughes, newly appointed Master of Marlborough College

Mrs Louise Moelwyn-Hughes has been appointed as the new Master of Marlborough College, taking over from Jonathan Leigh when he retires in August 2018 after six years of service.

The Council of Marlborough College announced her appointment this morning, 18 May, and she will be moving from St Edmund’s in Canterbury where she is currently Head.

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Leicester City man promoted to Premier League position as Marlborough's 707th mayor

Marlborough's new Mayor, Councillor Mervyn Hall, dons the red robes of office for the first timeMarlborough's new Mayor, Councillor Mervyn Hall, dons the red robes of office for the first time"It's gone by so quickly" outgoing Town mayor Councillor Noel Barrett-Morton told marlborough.news.  Indeed it had - and here we were at another Mayor Making ceremony.

Marlborough's new Deputy Mayor, Councillor Lisa FarrellMarlborough's new Deputy Mayor, Councillor Lisa FarrellCouncillor Mervyn Hall was elected and sworn in as Marlborough's 707th Mayor and donned the red robes.  And Councillor Lisa Farrell was elected and sworn in as his Deputy - donning the blue robes.  Among the audience in the Court Room of the Town Hall were Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant Mrs Sarah Rose Troughton, and the High Sheriff of Wiltshire, Lady Marland.

Also present were family, friends and colleagues of the new Mayors, as well as notable Marlborough residents - including many former Town Mayor's.  Attempts to count them kept failing - but we certainly reached seventeen.

Among the former mayors were Tony Gray, who was given a Lifetime Achievement Award (see separate story - coming soon), and Stewart Dobson, who has stood down as a town councillor after forty-six years service to the town. He received a special award.  At the recent elections, he retained a seat on Wiltshire Council.

Councillor Hall's election as mayor was proposed by the outgoing mayor.  He praised Councillor Hall's 'integrity and knowledge', mentioned his career as an engineer told the audience about his invention of an electronic finger print scanner which should give potential criminals pause for thought.

Seconding the election, Councillor Nick Fogg (another former Marlborough mayor) dwelt on new mayor's upbringing in Leicester and had apparently caught Councillor Hall watching Leicester City on his iPad during a committee meeting.  Surely not!

Councillor Fogg was a bit nonplussed to find - after considerable research among mottos around Leicestershire - that the town's world famous football team had no motto whatsoever.  The City itself has the motto Semper Eadem - Ever the Same...a very conservative [sub editor: please note small 'c'] and surely not one that would fit Marlborough.

Former mayor Councillor Andy Ross proposing Councillor Farrell as deputy mayor for 2017-2018, recalled how she came into local politics through her successful campaign for an 'affordable supermarket' in the town.  He recalled that as mayor he had accompanied her when she cut the ribbon to open the Tesco supermarket.

He said that her family would, of course, be proud of her: "We're all proud of you - you'll look great in blue!"  And indeed she did.

Seconding her, Councillor Loosmore (a former mayor) talked about her 'passion for the town and its people'. He asked everyone to support her this year in preparation for her mayoral year: "She will do it her way."

After his election, Councillor Hall thanked his colleagues and mentioned that he was not the first Marlborough Mayor to hail from Leicester - Graham Francis had preceded him as a Leicester lad. 

The new Town Mayor emphasised there was a lot of work to do in the coming year - taking over the Youth Centre, completing the Neighbourhood Plan and trying to solve "with our limited powers" some of the town's main problems: the lack of affordable housing, the poor parking provision and the high levels of air pollution in parts of the town.

"It is," he said, "very satisfying to be able to put something back into the town - especially for my grandchildren."   And they, most appropriately, had seats in the front row.

L to R - Sarah Holden (Home Start), Mayor Mervyn Hall, Jo Owen-Jones (Chair of Home Start Kennet)L to R - Sarah Holden (Home Start), Mayor Mervyn Hall, Jo Owen-Jones (Chair of Home Start Kennet)Mayor Hall has chosen Home-Start Kennet, who work with vulnerable families in the area, and Julia's House new children's hospice in Devizes which will have a team of outreach nurses.  The outgoing mayor had raised £3,500 for his two charities - the Wiltshire Air Ambulance and Swift Medics.

Councillor Fogg, on his feet again to pay tribute to the outgoing mayor, emphasised his Anglo-Irish heritage - he had to the same school as Oscar Wilde.  He quoted Anglo-Irish poet Yeats' pessimistic lines - "Things fall apart..." - but said that Noel Barrett-Morton was a great and cheerful optimist.

Councillor Fogg mentioned that the new Town Council had just one named Conservative councillor - though, he added, others may be on that side of the party divide: "There will be no discrimination against this minority group."  But Councillor Barrett-Morton would have to be his party's leader, chief whip and back bencher.  Quite a task! 

The outgoing mayor told the Town Hall audience that he was glad he had been able to work with a 'harmonious' council during his year in office.  He thanked his wife Susan for her support - and thanked "her wardrobe mistress in Mayfair." He had gifts and thanks for his Chaplain, Rev Dr Janneke Blokland and for the council staff.

He ended with good wishes and for everyone - in Irish - with, of course, a Barrett-Morton smile.

Mayor Hall flanked by his wife Kath (left), Deputy Mayor Lisa Farrell (right), Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant Mrs Sarah Rose Troughton, and the High Sheriff of Wiltshire, Lady MarlandMayor Hall flanked by his wife Kath (left), Deputy Mayor Lisa Farrell (right), Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant Mrs Sarah Rose Troughton, and the High Sheriff of Wiltshire, Lady MarlandNew Mayor, Councillor Mervyn Hall being robed for the first timeNew Mayor, Councillor Mervyn Hall being robed for the first timeNew Mayor, Councillor Mervyn Hall addressing the assembled throngNew Mayor, Councillor Mervyn Hall addressing the assembled throngOutgoing Mayor Councillor Noel Brett-Morton making a (surprise) presentation to former Mayor, Tony GaryOutgoing Mayor Councillor Noel Brett-Morton making a (surprise) presentation to former Mayor, Tony GaryTown Crier and Beadle, Mike Tupman MBE leads the party out to the steps of the Town HallTown Crier and Beadle, Mike Tupman MBE leads the party out to the steps of the Town HallOutgoing Mayor Noel Barrett-Morton thanks former Councillor Alec Light for his many years of service on the Town CouncilOutgoing Mayor Noel Barrett-Morton thanks former Councillor Alec Light for his many years of service on the Town CouncilOutgoing Mayor Noel Barrett-Morton thanks former Councillor Marian Hannaford-Dobson for her many years of service on the Town CouncilOutgoing Mayor Noel Barrett-Morton thanks former Councillor Marian Hannaford-Dobson for her many years of service on the Town CouncilOutgoing Mayor Noel Barrett-Morton thanks former Councillor Margaret Rose for her many years of service on the Town CouncilOutgoing Mayor Noel Barrett-Morton thanks former Councillor Margaret Rose for her many years of service on the Town CouncilOutgoing Mayor Noel Barrett-Morton thanks former Councillor and twice Mayor Stewart Dobson for his many years of service on the Town CouncilOutgoing Mayor Noel Barrett-Morton thanks former Councillor and twice Mayor Stewart Dobson for his many years of service on the Town CouncilNew Mayor Councillor Mervyn Hall with former twice Mayor Tony and Mrs Grey at the reception after the Mayor Making ceremonyNew Mayor Councillor Mervyn Hall with former twice Mayor Tony and Mrs Grey at the reception after the Mayor Making ceremonyNew Mayor Councillor Mervyn Hall with his family at the reception after the Mayor Making ceremonyNew Mayor Councillor Mervyn Hall with his family at the reception after the Mayor Making ceremonyMayor Mervyn Hall with Jan Burns from one of his chosen Mayoral Charities - Julia's House - along with Town Crier Mike TupmanMayor Mervyn Hall with Jan Burns from one of his chosen Mayoral Charities - Julia's House - along with Town Crier Mike TupmanFormer Mayor Councillor Noel Barrett-Morton with Town Clerk Shelley Parker and Rev Dr Janneke BloklandFormer Mayor Councillor Noel Barrett-Morton with Town Clerk Shelley Parker and Rev Dr Janneke BloklandNew and New - new Mayor Mervyn Hall with new Councillors Edward Northeast (left) and Harry ForbesNew and New - new Mayor Mervyn Hall with new Councillors Edward Northeast (left) and Harry ForbesFormer Councillors Stewart Dobson and Marian Hannaford-Dobson with new Councillor Mark Cook, Stewart's nephewFormer Councillors Stewart Dobson and Marian Hannaford-Dobson with new Councillor Mark Cook, Stewart's nephewOutgoing Mayor Noel Barrett-Morton, with outgoing Mayoress Susan and former Councillors Stewart Dobson and Marian Hannaford-DobsonOutgoing Mayor Noel Barrett-Morton, with outgoing Mayoress Susan and former Councillors Stewart Dobson and Marian Hannaford-Dobson

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New town council to meet for first time - they're one councillor short

The first meeting of the new council will take place on Monday (May 22).  It will be made up of nine councillors who served on the last council and six councillors new to town council work.

Under the chairmanship of the new Town Mayor, Councillor Mervyn Hall, and with his Deputy, Councillor Lisa Farrell, the 'old guard' will be Councillors Peggy Dow, Bryan Castle, Nick Fogg, Andy Ross, Guy Loosmore, Alexander Kirk Wilson and Noel Barrett- Morton.

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Marlborough Downs Space for Nature scheme is in it for the long haul

Farmers in the Marlborough Downs Space for Nature group have marked the scheme's fifth anniversary with a pledge to continue their work.

As evidence of this intent to continue, they have launched a new website to give the clearest possible account of their work to people in the Marlborough area.

The scheme - which now covers 25,000 acres - began in 2012 as one of the government's Nature Improvement Areas.  The Marlborough Downs one was unique as it was led by farmers. 

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Marlborough Jazz returns with a Gala Event at the Town Hall in July

Organiser Nick Fogg declaring last year's event openOrganiser Nick Fogg declaring last year's event openIn a different form maybe, but Marlborough Jazz is resoundingly back in town with a gala of non-stop, all-star music in Marlborough Town Hall over the weekend of July 14th-16th. 

The huge volume of support the organisers received after the 2016 Festival convinced them that the best way to thank their loyal followers would be to stage a top-drawer programme featuring the quality and variety of performances that they came to expect in former years.

Maintaining the International edge to the programme, top performers from the USA, Sweden, Italy, Spain and France will be playing alongside home-grown stars.

The USF Jazztet from Florida has played at some of the world’s most prestigious jazz festivals, including Montreux, Umbria, the North Sea and Jazz a Vienne.  Rhode Island Saxophonist Greg Abate who has played lead alto with Ray Charles and the Artie Shaw Orchestra will be here again with his quartet.

Organisers Marlborough Arts Association are proud to present Debbie Bond, who has dedicated her musical life to preserving and promoting Alabama’s rich blues heritage.

Home-grown talent numbers Old Marlburienne, Gabby Young back with her acclaimed quintet, and Claire Teal returns to pay tribute to another great star, Ella Fitzgerald, as 2017 marks the original first lady of song’s centenary.

There will be a chance to learn the art of Gospel singing at St. Mary’s Church on the Saturday morning.  All done in two hours flat.

Two great local choirs also feature in St. Mary’s.  Mother’s Jam is an A Cappella group of six women, performing an impressive repertoire, ranging from jazz, to gospel, to world music, and The Marlborough Community Choir is a stunning local effort under the direction of Vanessa Lafaye, who comes all the way from Florida.

“This is a one-off”,  commented Festival Trustee, Nicholas Fogg,  “But one of the highest possible calibre.  “We’re dedicating this to all those who’ve loyally supported us over the years.  We’ll be looking into the many creative suggestions we have received for our future.  Tickets for out Gala weekend will be limited in number, so early booking through our website is advisable. ”

Tickets may be booked online through www.marlboroughjazz.com, or, over the counter, from Sound Knowledge, Hughenden Yard, or the White Horse Bookshop, 136, High Street.

For further information, please contact Nicholas Fogg on 01672 514690, e-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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A Lifetime Achievement Award for former Mayor Tony Gray

Tony Grey addressing Mayor Making audience accompanied by outgoing Mayor Noel Barrett-MortonTony Grey addressing Mayor Making audience accompanied by outgoing Mayor Noel Barrett-MortonBefore the Mayor Making ceremony proper got underway on Monday evening (May 15), the outgoing Town Mayor, Councillor Noel Barrett-Morton, had an important duty:  he presented former Marlborough Mayor Tony Gray with a Lifetime Achievement Award - in the shape of a fine engraved crystal bowl.

Tony Gray had been Mayor when Marlborough was a Borough and then again as Mayor under the Town Council regime.  He had also served as Chairman of Kennet District Council.  He is fondly remembered by many as the owner of Marlborough High Street's famous Ducks Toy Shop - a family-run business now closed.

Mr Gray was brought up and educated in Marlborough and did his National Service in the Wiltshire Regiment.  He was a school governor for both St Mary’s and St Peter’s schools and Chairman of the Marlborough Round Table. 

His many achievements in local government include working with the Showmen’s Guild to ensure the future of the Mop Fairs, negotiating the lease of Cooper’s Meadow to the town rather than being sold to developers, and he was the driving force behind the town's purchase of the Merchant's House and establishing its Trust.

He helped to raise many thousands of pounds for charity and organised many community events including the memorable celebrations around the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977.

Councillor Noel Barrett-Morton said he was honoured to make the Award to someone who has given so much and so generously to Marlborough: "Many of his achievements are largely unknown and it’s right that we have had a chance to acknowledge him and them properly by presenting him with this award.”

Thanking the Mayor and Councillors, Tony Gray said he was pleased to see the young members of the new Town Council and urged them to play their part: "I started when I was 27 - and I was told I was too young and I should go away and learn something!" 

Luckily for Marlborough he did not go away and, by chance, was instrumental in saving the office of mayor when, in the 1970s, under local government 'reforms' Marlborough was about to cease being a Borough.

He persuaded Lord Brooke to move an amendment in the House of Lords enabling former Borough and City Councils to retain the office of Mayor - without this intervention the historic tradition of Marlborough's mayors may have not have continued. 

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