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Band get £7,000 grant to blow their own trumpet

The Aldbourne BandThe Aldbourne BandThe Aldbourne Band will be blowing their own trumpet, after receiving more than £7,000 of National Lottery cash to tell the story of their organisation.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded Aldbourne Band Heritage Project £7,700 to secure and publish the 153 year history of the band, which was originally formed in 1860 and is currently ranked at 48 in the world.

The project will digitise photos and documents, collect reminiscences and deposit them at the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre and in the village of Aldbourne for future generations to access.

Summaries will also be published online and made available for presentations, events and for schools’ local history work as part of the All Our Stories project, a new small grant programme, launched during April 2012 in support of BBC Two's The Great British Story.

TV presenter and historian Michael Wood said: "We British love our history, and no wonder: few nations in the world, if any, have such riches on their doorstep, and so much of it accessible to all of us.

"It is really tremendous that the people of Aldbourne have been inspired to get involved to tell their own story and to dig deeper into their own past."

Gavin Dixon, secretary of the Friends, said “We are delighted to have been awarded this grant and we can’t wait to get started.

"The Aldbourne Brass Band is now 150 years old and there are many stories to be told. We know that artefacts, documents and photographs exist and our aim is to gather and capture the history and stories of the band to ensure they are available for future generations."

Anyone with memories, old programmes, photographs, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, old instruments, notices or banners should contact the Heritage Project Manager, Gavin Dixon, secretary of the Friends of Aldbourne Band, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Friends of Aldbourne Band have also organised a Memories Open Day on Saturday, April 27, from 10am to 1pm at the Aldbourne Memorial Hall at which people can share their memories.

Meanwhile, the Aldbourne Band will be in concert at the Theatre on the Hill, St John's Marlborough on Saturday April 20, playing music with Italian connections. 

For more information about the band, log on to www.aldbourneband.org.uk or join the Friends of Aldbourne Band on Facebook at www.facebook.com/friendsofaldbourneband

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Singing group seeks volunteers

Volunteers are being sought for a Singing for the Brain group at Lockeridge.

The friendly group meets at Kennet Valley Hall every Thursday morning and is for people in the early to mid stages of dementia and their family carers.

It has been meeting for two years and now needs more volunteers to provide a friendly welcome, serve refreshments and join in with the singing, which is led by a trained teacher. It also has spaces for more members.

Angela Munn, who has been taking her mother Doreen to the group since it started, said: “It is absolutely brilliant. It is the one thing my mother really likes to do. She loves coming along and singing and seeing everyone.

“She doesn’t really recognise the faces but she recognises the atmosphere of the group and loves being a part of it. She used to sing in a choir so singing has always been important to her, although you don’t need to be a good singer to enjoy the group. Everyone joins in as much as they like.”

The group is run by independent Wiltshire charity Alzheimer’s Support and is funded by Wiltshire Council.

To volunteer, or to find out more, contact Caroline on 07546 496457 or Annie on 01380 739055.

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Groups join forces to make Christmas in Marlborough even better

We Love Marlborough's We Love Christmas event and Marlborough Communities Market's Lights Night promise fun and locally-produced gifts for all the familyWe Love Marlborough's We Love Christmas event and Marlborough Communities Market's Lights Night promise fun and locally-produced gifts for all the familyTwo not-for-profit community organisations are joining forces to make Marlborough's Christmas lights extravaganza bigger and better than ever.

We Love Marlborough will run its fourth annual Christmas arts market and Santa's Grotto in the Town Hall on the night of the Christmas Lights switch-on.

Meanwhile, Marlborough Communities Market will be replicating its popular monthly local produce market in Marlborough High Street.

We Love Christmas will start at 3pm on Thursday 29 November, with Santa and his helpers arriving at his grotto in the Town Hall assembly room to meet children straight out of school or nursery.

Also in the assembly room, artist James Aldridge will be helping children to make Christmas Crowns..

Meanwhile, downstairs, local artists and crafts people will be selling sell original and affordable Christmas gifts.

Outside, traders from Marlborough Communities Market – which has become a highlight of the town's social calendar since the first event in July – will offer local and seasonal produce from 3pm to 8pm at their special Lights Night event.

Organisers will also be giving away a free Marlborough Communities Market jute bag to 500 lucky shoppers.

The event will also feature late night shopping organised by Marlborough Chamber of Commerce, live music, and the all-important Christmas Lights switch-on, organised by the Town Council, at 7pm.

For updates and event times, look out for leaflets during November or log on to www.welovemarlborough.co.uk or http://marlboroughmarket.org.uk

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Community orchard a-peels for a 'core' of volunteers

Children from St Mary's Infants celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee by planting an apple tree as part of the Community Orchard projectChildren from St Mary's Infants celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee by planting an apple tree as part of the Community Orchard projectMarlborough Community Orchard is a-peeling for a 'core' of volunteers to help with various activities on and around the next Marlborough Apple Day.

The project needs volunteers to help run a number of events – including the exhibition of apple-themed art at the Town Hall –  on Apple Day (Sunday, October 14) and also to act as fruit buddies, tending the apple tress that have already been planted.

Marlborough Apple Day is a fundraising event for The Marlborough Community Orchard project, conceived in 2010, with the aim of creating 'a town in an orchard'.

The vision of this scheme is to bring English apple varieties, especially local varieties, back to the attention of the public and to return them to the landscape for all to enjoy.

Thirtyfive saplings have been planted so far and pledges for 91 more have been made. The majority are rare varieties of apple native to Wiltshire that were in danger of dying out.

To join the apple core, email your contact details to Kate Hosier at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Marlborough Choral Society’s rousing Jubilee concert at St Mary's

Choral Society at St Marys on Saturday evening 19th MayChoral Society at St Marys on Saturday evening 19th MaySt Mary’s church was packed on Saturday (May 19) for a special concert to celebrate Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee.  Marlborough Choral Society sang a selection of appropriate songs – and the flag waving audience joined in some of the choruses.

The church had been decorated for the event and extra chairs had to be found. The choir was conducted by Gill Mortimer who has been with the choir for ten years, and accompanied by Marlborough College organist Ian Crabbe.

The concert included two of Handel’s anthems composed for the coronation of George II – Zadok the Priest (which was a central feature of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953) and The King shall Rejoice.  Vaughan Williams’ Oh Taste and See.  The Old Hundreth (the hymn “All people that on earth do dwell”.)  The Sprig of Thyme - a selection of English folk songs arranged by John Rutter.  Songs from Merrie England by Edward German – including The Yeoman of England, O Peaceful England and The English Rose.

And the audience joined in enthusiastically with Thomas Arne’s Rule Britannia and Elgar’s Land of Hope and Glory, and Parry’s Jersualem.

It’s estimated that at least 200 people crammed into the church for this concert –  including  Mayor Edwina Fogg and Councillor Nick Fogg.

[Photographs kindly provided by Rob Harris – a member of the Marlborogh Choral Society.]

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