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Rick Stein's Marlborough unveiled as new sponsor for the MYFC U14 team strip

17-10-2017

Coinciding with the first anniversary of Rick Stein's Marlborough restaurant opening, the new Rick Stein sponsored strip for the Marlborough Youth Football Club (MYFC) under 14 team was unveiled on the steps of the restaurant.  

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Hockey: Marlborough ladies first team’s seven goals and a clean sheet - the thirds draw

17-10-2017 Jess Davis

  Marlborough Ladies     7         Swanage & Wareham     0   The first lie-in of the season for Malborough Hockey Club Ladies Firsts with a late pushback against Swanage and Wareham at home (October 14).  The game saw a stunning Marlborough win : 7-0.   The first half started really well with constant shots on goal and...

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Hockey: Marlborough men's first team keep their unbeaten record - and depleted seconds travel a long way for a draw…

17-10-2017 Matt Way

Marlborough     2      Swindon     1   Marlborough Hockey Club's first men's team maintained their one hundred per cent start in the Conference North league with an impressive victory over fellow table toppers - Swindon (October 14).   The game started at a frantic pace with Swindon enjoying the best of the early exchanges. Marlborough took...

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Housing Needs for Marlborough - A Public Meeting at the Town Hall on Tuesday next week

17-10-2017

Hard on the heels of one of Marlborough's perceived major problems - parking - is the other - housing needs, especially for young people.   On Tuesday evening next week (24 October) at 7pm there will be another public meeting at the Town Hall, this time with consultants Cobweb Consulting...

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Curtain Maker / Soft Furnisher - Blakeney Interiors (Oare)

17-10-2017

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Political whitewash hides complacency

17-10-2017

  There is optimism - there is unwarranted optimism - there are fake views and faked news - and there are slippery words.  The public relations industry deals in all of them.  And so do politicians.They use shifty and partial stories to give a gloss - often totally unwarranted - to...

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Newbury Racecourse: Worthington's Armed Forces Raceday - with free entry for serving military and British Legion members

17-10-2017

For the tenth consecutive year, Newbury Racecourse will welcome members of the Armed Forces and Royal British Legion on Saturday, October 28 for its final Flat meeting of the season. Worthington’s Armed Forces Raceday will also see the launch of the local 2017 Poppy Appeal.  

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Evidence proves that Marlborough does have a parking problem - now this can be addressed

17-10-2017

OK….. we all know that Marlborough has a parking problem, don’t we?  We don’t need anyone to tell us this, it’s as clear as the sky is blue and sun is yellow?  But the study conducted by an independent consultant commissioned through the Marlborough Area Neighbourhood Plan (MANP) and presented...

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Chilton Foliat Primary School purchases cutting-edge IT equipment

16-10-2017 Jessica Henman

  Chilton Foliat Primary School has purchased a range of new, cutting-edge IT equipment for each of its classrooms to ensure that its facilities are above and beyond the current Government guidelines.The new IT equipment, which includes laptops, chrome books and touchscreen ‘whiteboard’ monitors for each classroom, were purchased following extensive...

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Fat Face the High Street clothes shop is to close

16-10-2017

  The Marlborough branch of Fat Face - at 95 The High Street - is to close on November 26.

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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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