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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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At Crofton Beam Engines: Wiltshire & World War One...home life & women's role

The Hospital Barge BitternThe 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?

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OBITUARY: Dr Trevor John Tiplady - Ramsbury's long-serving & much loved GP - and Aldbourne resident

Dr Trevor Tiplady 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.

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Aldbourne's Scarecrow Trail returns again - for a third year

A 2016 scarecrow: Why on earth isn't that bird scared?  Perhaps it's not a crow...A 2016 scarecrow: Why on earth isn't that bird scared? Perhaps it's not a crow...Scarecrows will once again be appearing all over Aldbourne this year as the village prepares for its Scarecrow Trail - taking place over the weekend of May 20-21.  This will be a third annual outing for scarecrows - this time matching a new theme.

Building on the trail's successful track record, residents, community groups and businesses have come forward to create a fantastic array of scarecrows. This year's chosen theme is Fairy Tales & Musicals.

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A unique exhibition: Katharine House Gallery hosts Peter O’Toole's eclectic collection

Chris Gange holding the Sican Gold Mask - with other items including the Luristan Bronze Short SwordChris Gange holding the Sican Gold Mask - with other items including the Luristan Bronze Short SwordAn exhibition of many works of art and ancient artefacts from Peter O'Toole's unique private collection is coming to Marlborough's Katharine House Gallery - the sixteenth century building at the bottom of The Parade.

Chris Gange, owner of the gallery, told Marlborough.News: "I have been dealing for over 25 years in the unusual mixture of Twentieth Century British paintings, sculpture and ceramics alongside antiquities, tribal art and curios from around the world."

"The opportunity to exhibit these splendid and eclectic pieces from Peter O’Toole’s collection came as a delightful surprise, fitting my Gallery like a glove.”

Award winning actor, Peter O’Toole, who died in 2013, is perhaps best known for his role as Lawrence of Arabia in the David Lean film of 1962.

It was during the shooting of this film (one of the longest shooting schedules in cinema history) in Jordan, Egypt and Morocco that O’Toole’s passion for collecting antiquities began.

The exhibition, which opens on May 13, includes over 70 items ranging from a Luristan bronze short sword (dated eighth to tenth century BC) to a Sir Jacob Epstein bronze portrait bust entitled Third Portrait of Deidre (1942) which used to sit in the drawing room of the O’Toole family home.

Photo by Ken Danvers (1911-1980): Peter O’Toole with Alec Guinness on the set of ‘Lawrence of Arabia.’ (1961/62)  Original vintage photograph. Production stamps on the back signed by Danvers - David Lean’s regular stills photographerPhoto by Ken Danvers (1911-1980): Peter O’Toole with Alec Guinness on the set of ‘Lawrence of Arabia.’ (1961/62) Original vintage photograph. Production stamps on the back signed by Danvers - David Lean’s regular stills photographerEarthenware dog effigy vessel, Colima, Mexico. 1st C BC - 3rd C ADEarthenware dog effigy vessel, Colima, Mexico. 1st C BC - 3rd C ADSeveral items of the collection reflect O’Toole’s fascination with Pre-Columbian art and culture which began when he was filming Murphy’s Law in 1971. Chris Gange has chosen his favourite piece in the exhibition: “I am most impressed by the Colima Dog effigy (circa 100 B.C-300 A.D). Dogs were indigenous to the ancient Americas. They served as companions, hunting partners, underworld guides and even sources of food.”

O’Toole was indefatigable in adding to his collection. “He used to like to go off with local people to archaeological sites, a bit like Indiana Jones! He donated several minor archaeological artefacts to the British Museum.”

The exhibition also includes paintings by Patrick Oliver, a lifelong friend of O’Toole, who was tutor to Damien Hirst and Marcus Harvey, together with numerous curios and souvenirs.

Peter O’Toole’s daughter, Kate, who will be attending the opening of the exhibition on May 13 is delighted Katharine House Gallery is exhibiting part of her father’s collection of art and antiquities: "One of his great joys in life was to study and collect works of art from the many cultures and countries that he visited during his long film career. This exhibition will give people a unique opportunity to see and appreciate this little known aspect of my father’s personality.”

These items from the collection are for sale with prices ranging from £50 to £9500.  Some have been sold prior to the exhibition's opening.  The catalogue can be seen on the Katharine House website.

The exhibition runs from May 13 to June 24, Monday to Saturday 10.00 - 5.30.  Entry is free.

Teotihuacan ‘Portrait Heads’ - £60-£95 eachTeotihuacan ‘Portrait Heads’ - £60-£95 each

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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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The Bees are coming: author announced for Marlborough LitFest’s Big Town Read

Laline Paull 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.

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Young people want better access to mental health services in Wiltshire 

Zoe Tonks & Elley-May Timmins with the Young Listeners report - ready to present it to the Wiltshire Health & Wellbeing Board (Photos: Tim Gander)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.

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St Peter's Church recitals: fifth series welcomes a truly brilliant young duo

On a chilly Sunday evening, Yume Fujise (violin) and Maria Tarasewicz (piano) joined the ranks of the brilliant young musicians who have played in Saint Peter’s church (April 30).

Yume Fujise is a Japanese violinist who began to play the violin at the age of three. Aged 10 she was invited to study at the Juilliard School of Music in New York before coming to Britain as a pupil at the Yehudi Menuhin School. She is currently studying at the Royal College of Music, has made her debut at the Wigmore Hall and is currently living in London.

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Fairy fun comes to Pewsey

Twenty one little doors appeared around the bases of treesTwenty one little doors appeared around the bases of treesChildren were given the keys to a magical kingdom on Sunday, as Pewsey first Fairy Trail came to the Scotchel nature reserve.

Twenty one little doors to fairy homes – made and decorated by local children – appeared around the bases of trees, while wirework sprites and insects danced from the branches.

And the fairy theme continued in the Bouverie Hall, where a stallholders at a Fairy Fayre sold fairy-related gifts.

Donations for the Brighter Futures Radiotherapy Appeal were collected in a wishing well at the end of the trial.

Brighter Futures launched the Radiotherapy Appeal at Great Western Hospital in 2015, in a bid to raise the £2.9 million needed to make radiotherapy treatment available in Swindon, meaning local cancer patients no longer have to make the daily 70-mile round trip to Oxford.

Wirework fairies danced from the branchesWirework fairies danced from the branches

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