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Schoolchildren to launch 2018 Marlborough LitFest with pop-up fairy tales in the High Street

25-09-2018

To launch this year’s ninth Marlborough LitFest (September 27-30), three local primary schools will be performing their own version of a fairy tale in a ten minute pop-up tableau drama on the High Street at 11am on Thursday, (September 27).

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Dispensary Receptionist - Ramsbury & Wanborough Surgery

25-09-2018

GP Surgery seeks:   Dispensary Receptionist   35 hours per week   We are looking for a receptionist to join the Dispensary Team.    Excellent customer service, communication, organisational and accuracy skills are required.  The successful applicant will be expected to be friendly, approachable and maintain a high level of confidentiality at all times.   For an application pack please...

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Theatre Director - Marlborough Players

25-09-2018

  Calling all would-be Directors!     The Marlborough Players are looking for Directors for our 2019 Season, performances to take place in Marlborough Town Hall during the weeksMarch 16th – 23rd and November 11th – 16th 2019Would you be interested in directing a play for us, for either of these dates?  If so,...

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Marlborough Rugby: Marlborough's perfect start continues with victory over Banbury and the weather

25-09-2018 Mike Banfield

Marlborough 21 - 12 Banbury    Marlborough made it four wins from four to start their first ever season at level 6 and in terrible wet and windy conditions.  As most people know the weather can be bad on the Common and this was certainly one of those occasions.  The team like...

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School Business Manager - Ramsbury Primary School

25-09-2018

  School Business Manager     We have been rated as Outstanding by Ofsted and have recently been appointed as a National Support School.  In these exciting times for our school, we are looking for a tenacious, proactive and highly organised School Business Manager to join our dedicated team.  This role is integral to...

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TA and Assistant Cook - Ramsbury Primary School

25-09-2018

  TA and Assistant Cook      Ramsbury Primary School is looking for a TA to work in Year 3 in the morning and as an Assistant Cook at lunchtime.We have been rated as Outstanding by Ofsted and have recently been appointed as a National Support School.  In these exciting times for our school, we...

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Marlborough care provider rated 'Good' by regulator

24-09-2018

After an inspection by the Care Quality Commission, the Marlborough based care provider Innovations Wiltshire Limited have been rated overall as providing a 'Good' service.

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Temporary Finance Officer - Marlborough St Mary's Primary School

24-09-2018

  Temporary Finance Officer   Marlborough St Mary's Primary School     The Governors of Marlborough St Mary’s are seeking to appointa highly motivated and capable, temporary Finance Officer to join the team in our happy, successful school.  You will be responsible for maintaining the school budget and contracts as well as day to day running...

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Hockey: Gold medal player Laura Unsworth's visit to inspire Marlborough Hockey Club's teeming teams of juniors

23-09-2018

Marlborough Hockey Club's juniors turn out for their Sunday training sessions - by the score and, quite obviously, whatever the weather.  This Sunday (September 23) was special - it was the Club's Open Day and they were welcoming a very VIP visitor.

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Pewsey Parish Council's campaign to lessen use of plastics

21-09-2018

On Saturday (September 22) Pewsey Parish Council is launching a campaign to encourage people in their area to use less plastics.

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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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