Aldbourne Parish Council got just 24-hours notice: please could the village Green be used to make an advertisement for Vodafone? The answer was 'yes'. And the production company making the advert was paying - but it was not going to be an easy ride.
Marlborough History Society are pleased to announce that their 2018 War Memorials project - to gather all local research available on WW1 village war memorials and publish on our website - is now complete. Please go to www.marlboroughhistorysociety.co.uk and follow the link to 'histories'. All eighteen villages in our area plus Marlborough College have replied, and current photos of all war memorials in the area are included.
Some villages went to a lot of trouble to find and send detailed research on the names on their memorials, and even contributed a few fascinating contemporary photographs of the scenes at the dedication services. We have located memorial halls, church plaques, stone crosses, two lychgates and a clock!
The project can now provide a wonderful opportunity for WW1 research and analysis in the future, both genealogical and straight historical, of the whole of our area. Further relevant data can always be incorporated.
It has given us great pleasure to make contact with other keen local historians, representing the local villages surrounding Marlborough, to enable this to happen. We should be very happy for our website to be used to publish other village history projects in the future.
OBITUARY: Brian Davies a pioneer in work on radiation and long time Marlborough resident has died aged 88Brian Davies, who lived for forty-seven years at Ballard's Piece, Forest Hill on the edge of Savernake Forest with his wife Joan, died at home on 27 October 2018. He was 88.
Last night on Armistice Sunday (11 November) at exactly 7pm two beacons erupted into controlled infernos to commemmorate the 'Battle's Over' for the people of Marlborough and of Rockley.
We are very fortunate to have two obituraries for Michael Gray, one of - as Nick Fogg describes - Marlborough's great characters, who passed away on Saturday 24 November.
ARMISTICE 1918: Marlborough area's home front begins to get back to a sort of normality - very slowly
In the days after the Armistice, there were celebrations in Marlborough. On Wednesday, 13 November 1918 a committee of ladies, headed by Mrs W. E. Free, held a dance with an American theme in the Town Hall - pictured above. The music was provided by ‘Jazz’ Thomas and his American Band.
The sun shone for Marlborough's Armistice Centenary Remembrance Parade. Mayor Lisa Farrell led today's wreath-laying ceremony at the War Memorial adjacent to the Barn Street roundabout.
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- Pewsey remembers the 33 fallen with trees, plaques, and poppies
- Remembrance Commemoration at 7th Wilts War Memorial in Salisbury Road and at Marlborough's Cemeteries
- The Armistice centenary raises wider issues - and a chance to hear first hand responses to the war's horror
- Kennet Valley community to honour the fallen at the Kennet Valley Hall on Armistice Sunday
- Marlborough Remembers – ‘Battle’s Over’ beacon installed on The Common
- St Francis School armistice centenary commemoration day – poppies, posters, role play, and much more
- A poet who knew war considers the lasting hold of the First World War - the Great War - on our minds
- 'Roll of Honour Event': a tribute to the people of Marlborough and the roll they played in the Great War
- New Great War engravings: Rabley Gallery commemorates centenaries of Wilfred Owen's death & the Armistice
- 11 NOVEMBER 1918 - ARMISTICE DAY: how the 'glad tidings' came early to Marlborough - and how the town reacted
- National Trust volunteers stitch their way into history at Avebury Manor
- The 'Battle's Over' beacons of Marlborough and Rockley, marking the end of the Armistice Centenary
- ARMISTICE 1918: Marlborough on the eve of the end of the Great - and terrible - War
- Celebrating and Remembering - The Memorial Hall Festival 2018
- Centenary of the gift of Stonehenge to the nation sees growth in opposition to A303 tunnel
- Autumnal launch for 'The Lucky, Lucky Leaf' at the White Horse Bookshop
- Photographs ‘From Wiltshire woods to the Cornish coast’: a White Horse Gallery exhibition
- Armistice centenary exhibition: 'Wiltshire Remembers: Aftermath of the First World War'
- 1918 - the last year of the 'Great War' - with bleak Marlborough footnotes
- ARMISTICE 1918: a special reading of Wilfred Owen's poems & letters exactly one hundred years since he was killed in battle
- ‘Lead at Speed’ – purpose and pace in today’s world – a new book from author whose roots are in Marlborough
- LitFest Reviews - Chapter Six: Jon Stock's writing workshop for the next generation of thriller writers
- Litfest Reviews – Chapter Five: How motorcyclist Lois Pryce found out that “Iran is a nation of extroverts”
- LitFest Review (& news) - Epilogue: Marlborough's favourite winning Booker novel - and LitFest's new chair
- LitFest Reviews - Chapter 4: William Boyd – "I’m a realistic novelist"
- LitFest Reviews - Chapter Three: How Alan Johnson missed out on rock stardom - but his life has been full of music
- Chapter Three-and-a-half - David Walliams in Marlborough : a ‘totally awesome’ LitFest occasion
- LitFest Reviews - Chapter Two: Rose Tremain and Amy Sackville
- LitFest Reviews - Chapter One: Michael Symmons Roberts' poetry reading
- GPs working together to form the county's first Wiltshire-wide GP Alliance