Laline Paull Marlborough LitFest in partnership with The Reading Agency has chosen author Laline Paull for their 2017 Big Town Read.
The Big Town Read is back for this year's festival by popular demand - giving local book clubs the chance to read the chosen author's book in advance of the LitFest (28 September-1 October) so it can be discussed in a Q&A session with the author.
New Marlborough Rugby Club Director of Coaching, Elias Vunipola with nephew and MakoElisi Vunipola, uncle of England and current British Lion brothers Mako and Billy has been appointed as Director of Coaching for Marlborough Rugby Club.
He joins Marlborough from a successful period coaching in Somerset for the last few seasons earning consecutive promotions into Western Counties West for Burnham RFC.
Masts don't all come like the one in the middleThe pre-application plans for the Vodafone / 02 mast to cover the villages along the western Kennet Valley has raised a major objection from the Fyfield & West Overton Parish Council.
The 17.5 metre tall mast, to be sited behind the ‘Bell’ pub on the A4 would provide ‘good coverage’ for West Overton but only partial coverage for nearby East Kennett and ‘Limited Outdoor Coverage’ for Lockeridge, which is exactly how the current ‘coverage’ is described.
These three villages have been notorious mobile signal blackspots and the Parish Council objected to its siting on the following grounds:
- The mast would be situated in the Avebury World Heritage Site.
- If we are to have a mast we want it to service the whole parish and all of East Kennett (this could be achieved if the mast were to be placed on higher ground).
- We would not want to be in a situation where a second mast would need to be installed to cover the other areas.
- Proper consideration was not given to other locations listed in the application which could have been more suitable locations and contact was not made with all the landowners listed.
The statement issued by the Parish Council added that it “is not against the idea of a telecommunications mast but feel proper consideration needs to be given to location and coverage, the council feels this application does neither.“
Lockeridge resident and long-time Vodafone customer Neil Goodwin commented: “Mobile phones have been a feature of life in this country for well over thirty years, we live barely twenty miles from the World Headquarters of Vodafone but still our coverage on any network is non-existent, worse than almost anywhere else in the world, developed or otherwise, and this mast will make little difference.”
“If Vodafone and 02 are serious about serving their customers they should find a location that offers coverage throughout the valley. The Parish Council is absolutely right to object to this ineffectual proposal”.
The planning application number is 17/03498/PNTEL, and can be viewed on the Wiltshire Council website. Comments are due by 25th May.
The full plans will be discussed a Parish Council planning meeting to be held on Monday, May 22 - immediately after the AGM at around 8.30pm.
Nominations closed at 4pm on Thursday (May 11) for candidates wanting to stand in the General Election on June 8.
In addition to the four candidates we have already reported as putting their names forward for the Devizes Constituency Parliamentary seat, there are two more:
Timothy Page of Trowbridge is standing for the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) and Jim Gunter of Broad Hinton is standing as the Wessex Regionalists candidate.
They are in addition to the candidates previously announced who are representing the Conservative, Green, Labour and Liberal Democrat Parties.
The details of the nominations are to the right - they can be enlarged by clicking on the image.
Marlborough Churches Together are organising a hustings for Marlborough on May 30 at 7.30pm in St Mary's Church - the Town Hall was not available. It will be an opportunity for the candidates to make their pitch and to answer questions from voters.
Dr Trevor Tiplady Trevor Tiplady was born in 1931 in Sidcup, Kent - the only child of Albert & Gladys Tiplady. His early schooling was characterised by frequent moves due to the war - with class sizes varying from six to 81.
In 1942 he passed the entrance exam to the City of London School and then another move, this time to Marlborough College where the two schools operated in tandem during the war.
The Hospital Barge BitternA free talk at Crofton Beam Engines, alongside the Kennet & Avon Canal, will examine how women changed their behaviour to fill the void left when their menfolk had to leave home to join frontline forces during the First World War.
The talk, by Emma Shelley, will focus on some of the roles played by women, and how they began to flex their muscles in the theatre of war. What new skills did they have to learn, what pressures did they face, and what lessons did they take from it? Women paid a price for the war raging in Europe – what legacy did that leave?
Kier Site Manager Neil Thomson shows a group around the new building sizedThe new £7m Marlborough St Mary’s School, which will provide places for 420 children from reception to age 11 (Key stages 1 and 2), will open on September 6th. Wide eyed pupils are being given tours and are eagerly anticipating moving into their spacious new school.
The playing field has been seeded, trees and bushes planted, and the playground and pedestrian walkways created, complete with submerged rainwater tank for drainage.
Bat BoxNew homes for the bats, currently residing in the roof of the existing school have been provided with strategically placed bat boxes in the new building. Four log piles will provide homes for a variety of wildlife, including any remaining slow worms, of which 311 were relocated when work began on the building last August!
All the classrooms, which are centred around a resource centre allow access to outside spaces, complete with sun canopies, to encourage learning beyond the classroom.
The Junior wing of the school has a blue colour scheme and will be called Kennet. The reception and Years 1 and 2 wing will be called Savernake and have a green colour scheme. All the classroom names will be selected by the children to reflect either river or forest creatures respectively.
Mark Thomas, chair of the governors told Marlborough.News: “ I come here once a fortnight and every time I come there are massive steps forward. I am really proud of what we are achieving for the children of Marlborough.”
Fundraising has begun in earnest and the school has set a target of £75,000 to fully equip the new school. The school has been very pleased to receive £4,944 from the Lions Club for audio/visual equipment for the school hall and £4,000 from Friends of Savernake to equip the Sensory Room. Other sponsors include Earthline - £2,000, Tonic Construction - £2,000, George Estates LLP - £500.
Friends of Marlborough St Mary’s raised over £1,000 from a Curry and Quiz evening on May 7th at Marlborough Rugby Football Club. Marlborough College donated £100 towards the food and Marlborough College chef, Chris Wyatt, cooked it.
The Mayor’s Cricket Match on July 5 will fundraise for PE equipment.
The school hopes that the various bids it has submitted will be successful in contributing a further £35,000. ,They are grateful for the help and support received from councillors.
Parent, Jennifer Horton told marlborough.news: “We are all very excited. The new school is something the community has been working towards for a very long time. We’re working very hard to make the school the best it can possibly be.”
Janneke Blokland, governor in charge of fundraising, said: “We are very encouraged by the donations already received. However, we are still looking for funding for furniture and IT equipment. It would be such a shame to have to use the old furniture in such a lovely new building.”
Further donations and/or sponsorships however small are welcome. Local groups who would like to contribute to fundraising are also encouraged to make contact.
New Hall dining areaThe Kitchen where all the School Dinners will be prepared
Burbage Primary School's team of intrepid SkyDivers practice on terra firmBurbage Primary School Headteacher Nicola Coupe, reception class teacher Bev Thompson and parent Anita Campbell are preparing to jump out of a plane at nearly three miles above the ground on June 17 to raise money for their school.
They hope to raise a minimum of £8500 from sponsorship to equip Burbage Primary School’s new reception classroom and to further develop the school’s grounds as an outside classroom.
The intrepid trio will sky dive from 15,000 feet with Goskydive, Salisbury. After one minute in freefall at 125 mph, a parachute will be deployed, reducing the speed of descent to 40 mph. The whole experience will take 12 minutes and the trio will be treated to outstanding views of Salisbury cathedral and the iron age hill fort of Old Sarum.
Nicola, who has a fear of heights, told marlborough.news: “I can’t think about it too much as I am utterly terrified at the prospect. A whole minute feels like a long time to be falling through the sky! But, at Burbage Primary School we encourage our children to challenge themselves and that is exactly what I am doing in agreeing to jump out of an aeroplane! It’s a real moment of facing my fear!”
Bev and Anita will be offering Nicola their support. Skydiving has been on Bev’s ‘bucket list’ for some time and ex-professional dancer and national gymnast, Anita, says, “I am not worried about heights.”
Burbage Primary School has Growing Schools/Countryside Classroom status which means there is a strong focus on outside learning, growing flowers and vegetables, looking after animals and encouraging wild-life.
The money raised will provide a butterfly friendly wild-life area, fencing for the school’s chickens, more vegetable and flower pots and a mud kitchen! Part of the butterfly friendly area will become a garden of reflection in memory of Mikey Britten who recently died following a brave fight with cancer.
The school team believe that learning outside the classroom and gaining real-life experience enable students to become global citizens. Nicola says: “It’s not only about what the children learn but how and where they learn. Outdoor lessons add value to classroom learning, helping to raise achievement and supporting development of key life skills such as problem-solving, co-operation and communication. The children at Burbage Primary School love our outdoor spaces as they offer opportunities for them to explore their creativity and sense of adventure!”
The PTA have already raised £1,270 from their Christmas and Easter Produce Fairs. The Summer Fair will be held on July 1, at the start of Burbage Gala Week. The school is also grateful to receive £1,000 from Burbage PCC.
A Just Giving fundraising page has been set up. If you would like to donate, please click here.
Jane Leighton, Trusts Fundraiser (left), for Brighter Futures with Catherine Newman, Head of fundraising (centre) receive the grant award cheque of £10,000 from Friends of Savernake Committee Member, Pat HarperLast night (Wednesday 10 May) at the Friends of Savernake AGM three grant awards were made to local organisations.
Brighter Futures Raadiotherapy Appeal received the largest grant award of £10,000 - which will be increased by matched funding from the Greenham Common Trust to £20,000. The money raised will help equip the new radiotherapy centre based at Great Western Hospital in Swindon, which is due to take it’s first patients in April 2019.
Jane Leighton, Trusts Fundraiser for Brighter Futures, said: “We are so grateful to the Friends of Savernake Hospital and the Community for their second generous grant towards our Radiotherapy Appeal. “Each year almost 700 cancer patients from Swindon and North Wiltshire, including Marlborough and Pewsey, travel to Oxford for daily treatment. This gift will help patients to receive radiotherapy just down the road at Great Western Hospital instead of facing a difficult 70-mile journey to Oxford.”
Marlborough St Mary's Head Teacher, Anne Schwodler (left), accompanied by Chair of Governors, Mark Thomas receive the grant award cheque from Pat Harper of Friends of SavernakeThe second grant awarded last night went to St Mary’s Primary School, an award of £4,000 to assist assist with the purchase of equipment for a sensory room for the St Mary’s Primary School Resource Base in its new building. The Resource Bases house up to twenty children up to Year 6 who have a range of Special Educational and Complex Needs. The items to be purchased with the grant will support the mental and physical health of the children, and enhance and encourage the children’s social and communication abilities.
Head teacher Anne Schwodler, thanked the Friends for this welcome award, saying “the Resource Base staff are very excited and are busy making plans for what will be a fantastic resource for our very needy children”.
Jean and Alan Mayston, along with Julia McNeill from Arts Together receive the grant awards cheque from Pat Harper of Friends of SavernakeThe third and final grant was awarded to ‘Arts Together’ Wellbeing Service in Marlborough and Pewsey and was for £4,250. ‘Arts Together’ has worked with very frail, isolated older people to counteract the damaging effects of social isolation and extreme loneliness. The aim of Arts Together is to improve members’ health and wellbeing using a variety of professional art projects to provide that all-important stimulation and social interaction.
The award was received by Jean and Alan Mayston, two regulars in the Marlborough Group who thanked the Friends for the donation.
Dr Anna Collings of the newly-formed Kennet and Avon Medical Practice was the Guest Speaker at the meeting, bringing all present up to speed with the advances made since the two separate practices - Marlborough Medical Practice and Pewsey Surgery joined together a couple of months ago. Great progress has been made enabling a better service to be provided for patients across the enlarged area but still a long way to go with regard to integrating systems and recruiting key staff. Still 'work in progress' but progress is being delivered.
Friends of Savernake are a charity set up to support individuals and organisations involved in healthcare both at Savernake Hospital and in the wider community, with the aim of enhancing the quality of life of those affected by ill health and or disability, and supporting their care and wellbeing.
Zoe Tonks & Elley-May Timmins with the Young Listeners report - ready to present it to the Wiltshire Health & Wellbeing Board (Photos: Tim Gander)A group of Wiltshire young people are on a mission to change the way mental health services are run for their peers and will be presenting a report to Wiltshire’s Health and Wellbeing Board next Thursday (May 18).
Young Listeners from Healthwatch Wiltshire spoke to 174 children and young people in the county to find out how they felt about using health and care services.