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Marlborough People Today

MARLBOROUGH PEOPLE TODAY: Roger Grant - travelling far to find a home

Another in the occasional marlborough.news series profiling MARLBOROUGH PEOPLE TODAY - taking our cue from the book published to mark the Millennium:  'Marlborough People'.   Susan Litherland meets the organiser of MantonFest.

 

What makes a music festival successful?  An intriguing line-up, in a good location, with bonuses like tasty food vendors and toilets that don’t freak out the guests.  The real beating heart of a music festival, though, is the people who make it happen.  One of the organisers of our local festie - MantonFest, which this year takes place on July 1 - is Roger Grant.

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MARLBOROUGH PEOPLE TODAY: Town Crier Tuppers tells it like it is

Mike Tupman in civvies & in his garden...Mike Tupman in civvies & in his garden...Another in Marlborough.News' occasional series of profiles about people and their roles in the life of the Marlborough Area - taking our cue from the book published for the Millennium:  MARLBOROUGH PEOPLE

He may not tweet, Snapchat or post on Facebook, but Mike Tupman knows a thing or two about sending a message. Give him a fancy uniform, a brass bell and plenty of air to draw breath and he’ll make sure everyone on the High Street gets the message loud and clear.

 

For Mike Tupman is Marlborough’s Town Crier and is enjoying the job mightily.  Appointed by Marlborough Town Council, he took up the unpaid post in March following the retirement of Alfie Johnson after his 21 years as Town Crier.

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MARLBOROUGH PEOPLE TODAY: God, physics…and cake

Rev Dr Janneke BloklandRev Dr Janneke BloklandMarlborough.News is picking up again on our occasional series of profiles about people and their roles in the life of the Marlborough Area - taking our cue from the book published for the Millennium: MARLBOROUGH PEOPLE

If, while you are out and about, you fall into conversation with a female mountain biker wearing specs, a hi vis jacket and a dog collar, you could be in for a thought provoking, wide ranging chat about ‘life, the universe and everything’ (as Douglas Adams put it). And all delivered in a light Dutch accent at a fairly rapid speed.

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Marlborough People Today: fifteen years on Susan Ho is back - with her husband & children - in the town where she was brought up

 

Susan HoSusan HoEllen Prockter, who wrote the original Marlborough People book to mark the millennium, talks to Susan Ho (Sau Yee) who was one of the youngest people featured in the book.  How has her relationship with Marlborough changed since 2000?  She was photographed for the book by David Uttley holding a portion of fish and chips from her parents’ shop in The Parade…

Wow, looking at that photo [see below] of me from fifteen years ago – that’s a real blast from the past.  I looked so young – well I suppose I was young.  I was eighteen and in my first term at university when I did the interview for the millennium book Marlborough People.  

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MARLBOROUGH PEOPLE TODAY: Steve Ennis – hairdresser at The Hair Company

 

Steve EnnisSteve EnnisFifteen years ago, to mark the millennium, a book was published called Marlborough People – portraits in their own words of some of the people who made Marlborough tick. Now, for Marlborough News Online, the interviewer and editor of those portraits, Ellen Prockter, is revisiting some of those featured in the book - and also finding new subjects for Marlborough People Today.  

For her first portrait of this series Ellen interviewed hairdresser Steve Ennis who had featured in the millennium Marlborough People – this is what he told her:


I can’t believe it is fifteen years since Marlborough People – does everyone say that?  I’ve had a quick look at the original piece and am quite pleased from the photo that I don’t seem to have changed much – or perhaps I looked older than my years back then.  

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MARLBOROUGH PEOPLE TODAY: Hilda Moore - serving up tennis to the town

Hilda MooreHilda MooreAnother in Marlborough.News' occasional series of profiles about people and their roles in the life of the Marlborough Area - taking our cue from the book published for the Millennium: MARLBOROUGH PEOPLE


Thwack, scuffle, cheers… Saturday mornings at the Preshute tennis courts are alive with children bashing balls, running through drills and having a good time.   Most of this activity is largely due to Hilda Moore, Chair of Marlborough Tennis Club and its Head Coach.

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MARLBOROUGH PEOPLE TODAY: Major Kate Philp is a relative newcomer to Marlborough - and she just loves the town

Major Kate Philp Major Kate Philp Ellen Prockter, who wrote the original Marlborough People book to mark the millennium, hears Major Kate Philp's own account of her life since Afghanistan - and how she's putting down roots in Marlborough


I’ve been an army officer for thirteen years and this August I return to civvy street.

That hadn’t always been the plan.  Before I was posted to Afghanistan in 2008 I resigned my commission – I thought that role would be the most challenging I’d ever done and the end of my tour would be a good time to go.

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MARLBOROUGH PEOPLE TODAY: meet Carole Walker - stalwart manager of the town’s Jubilee Centre

 

Ellen Prockter, who wrote the original Marlborough People book to mark the millennium, talks to a relatively ‘new’ Marlborough person, Carole Walker manager of the Jubilee Centre – one of the town’s essential services…

I was born in Johannesburg 1959, but by the time I was eleven we were living in Kloof, a predominantly white, English-speaking suburb of Durban.  My ancestry is British – grandparents and great-grandparents coming from England, Scotland and Wales.

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MARLBOROUGH PEOPLE TODAY: a series of portraits featuring some of the town’s personalities

Today Marlborough News Online launches a series of occasional feature articles under the title Marlborough People Today.  Ellen Prockter picks up where the millennium publication Marlborough People left off – catching up with some of those who were featured in the book and seeking out some of the newer inhabitants of Marlborough and the surrounding villages. Here is her introduction to the series.

As the twentieth century came to a close the book Marlborough People was published.  It was the brainchild of Nick Maurice, who invited  David Uttley to take what turned out to be some stunning photographs and offered me the privilege of interviewing and writing the articles.  

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