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Garden party in mayor’s honour at Savernake View Care Home

24-06-2018 Sue Round

Savernake View Care Home held a garden party on Saturday June 23 to welcome Marborough's new mayor, Councillor Lisa Farrell and to celebrate the two year anniversary of the opening of the home.

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Embroiderers’ Guild Summer Exhibition reels in the crowds

24-06-2018 Sue Round

Life’s rich tapestry was on display in the Marlborough and District Embroiderers’ Guild Summer Exhibition, held in Kennet Valley Hall this weekend, June 24, 25.

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Wiltshire's Town Mayors join Marlborough's Mayor Farrell to celebrate education in Marlborough over the years

24-06-2018

Marlborough's Mayor Councillor Lisa Farrell hosted Mayors from many other Wiltshire Towns this morning (Sunday 24 June) at Marlborough'a Annual Civic Service, this year themed as a celebration of education in Marlborough.  

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“Full Circle Half Knowledge” - review of Julia Schuster's Exhibition at the Mount House Gallery

24-06-2018 Vincent Stokes

  This exhibition marks the end of Julia Schuster’s year as artist-in-residence at Marlborough College.  Expect a challenging show that seeks a willingness from visitors to engage with the works on display.  It’s an exhibition that asks for some of your time – but if you are prepared to give that...

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New table tennis table for Marlborough's Youth Centre, courtesy of Rotary

23-06-2018

Yesterday, Friday 22 June, Marlborough's recently rejuvenated Youth Centre on St Margaret's Mead took posession of a new table tennis table, fully equipped with a stock of bats and table tennis balls.  Provided by Marlborough's Rotary Club, President Cedric Hollinsworth was there to hand the bats, balls and table over...

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Marlborough Rugby's promotions-winning 1st XV applauded by Mayor Lisa Farrell for last season's outstanding achievement

22-06-2018

Marlborough Rugby Club's 1st XV will next year be rubbing shoulders with some of the bigger clubs in the South West.  Last night (Thursday 21 June) their achievement in gaining promotion to a new level of competition was recognised by Mayor Councillor Lisa Farrell when she publicly thanked the team...

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All change on the High Street - sign of regeneration?

22-06-2018 Sue Round

The Rohan store opened a few weeks ago and now a new independent retailer, Willow & Wolf is coming to Marlborough at 95 High Street, the site formerly occupied by FatFace.

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New Sponsor for Marlborough Rugby Club - Vets4Pets

20-06-2018

Marlborough's Vets4Pets, locally owned veterinary practice located on Marlborough Business Park alongside Tesco and Budgen have committed to a 3 year sponsorship arrangement with Marlborough Rugby Club, which will include new kit for the Junior Team.

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Service Delivery Assistant - Full Time - Foregenix Ltd

20-06-2018

Service Delivery Assistant Full Time    Foregenix Ltd is a leading global independent information security consultancy, headquartered in the United Kingdom with additional offices in South Africa, South America, Australia, continental Europe and the United States, and we support a wide range of organisations across the globe. We are growing rapidly and from...

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Police raid Marlborough address and seize a number of vintage firearms

20-06-2018

  Police last night (Tuesday 19 June) raided an address just off Kingsbury Street and siezed a number of vintage firearms.   No arrests were made and no-one was injured.  

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Marlborough is among the most expensive places in the UK to buy a house

Marlborough is one of the most expensive places in the UK to live, when compared to average wages.

That’s according to figures from the National Housing Federation - the body that represents housing associations - and a little leg work by Marlborough News Online.

The NHF today (Tuesday) published a list of the 62 ‘most expensive’ places to live in the UK, relative to average wages.

Although properties might cost less than those in London, when compared to the average wage properties in those 62 Local Authority areas were less affordable, according to its report, Rural Housing: Countryside in Crisis.

The report focussed on four main areas which, said the authors, are “making our rural areas increasingly unaffordable for many”: house prices, the prevalence of second homes, fuel poverty, and an ageing population.

South Buckinghamshire was found to be the most expensive place to live, with the average house costing £563,032 – just over 20 times the annual wage of £27,903.

The Cotswolds - which borders the northern boundary of Wiltshire - was at number two, with an average house price of £344,614 - slightly more than 19 times the average wage of £18,075.

At 37th on the list, house-hunters - especially the young - might breathe a sigh of relief that Wiltshire finds itself mid-table, with an average house price of £242,967 - 12 times the average wage of £20,129.

But that fails to take into account the disparity in the housing market between different Wiltshire towns.

According to figures from property portal Rightmove, the average house price in Marlborough is £309,445 - the third highest in the county after Box and Malmesbury - while in Pewsey the average house costs £285,013.

And although they are much harder to find, the latest salary figures from the Devizes constituency - which includes Marlborough and Pewsey - seem to peg the average wage at around £24,000.

That would put Marlborough 24th on the list, with a house price to wages ratio of 12.8.

And typically a couple with a 20 percent deposit (just under £62,000 for that average home), stable employment prospects, and good credit rating could be offered four times their joint salary by a mortgage lender - leaving them around £50,000 short if they both earn the average salary.

By comparison, the cheapest places in the county to live are Tidworth (£148,571), Westbury (£168,892) and Warminster (£169,636). The average house price in Swindon is £165,658.

See the full report at http://www.housing.org.uk/publications/browse/rural-housing-countryside-in-crisis/

What will my £309,445 get me?

Assuming you have £309,445 to buy a house at Marlborough’s average price, here are some properties at which you could be measuring for curtains today.

Ironmonger LaneIronmonger LaneFive Alls CourtFive Alls CourtThe GreenThe Green

A two bedroom semi-detached house in Ironmonger Lane for £295,000 with Humberts

A three bedroom terraced house at Five Alls Court for £285,000 with Carter Jonas

A two-bedroom terraced cottage on The Green for £285,000 with SLCA

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