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New Town Mayor's call for openness and public participation

23-05-2018

Councillor Lisa Farrell took the chair at her first full council meeting as Town Mayor (May 21) and called for the Council to welcome the public to its meetings.

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Marlborough Golf Club Ladies Captain's fantastic fundraising for Julia’s House Children’s Hospice

23-05-2018

Sue Lyon presented a cheque to Julia’s House at the hospice in Devizes to mark the end of her year as Ladies Captain at Marlborough Golf Club.

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An open letter in response to Wiltshire Council’s increases in parking charges for Marlborough

23-05-2018

David Dudley has written an open letter about the parking situation in the town - with special reference to the large increase in annual parking permit fees which will affect people coming into the town to work.  He has copied his letter to the Town Council.  Here it is in...

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Burbage school mud larks raise money for Cancer Research UK

22-05-2018 Sue Round

Year 6 pupils at Burbage Primary School took part in the ‘Pretty Muddy Kids Race for Life’ held by Cancer Research UK at Lydiard Park, Swindon last Saturday (May 19).

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Will Wiltshire Council listen to "the voice of thousands of children"? Council votes for "every best effort" to keep…

22-05-2018 Sue Round

Lucy Gomes’s petition opposing the closure of Braeside and Oxenwood Outdoor Education Centres was presented and discussed at Wiltshire Council’s meeting at County Hall, Trowbridge (May 22). The petition, she said, was, “the voice of thousands of children.”

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Jobs: Medical Receptionist - Kennet & Avon Medical Practice

22-05-2018

  Medical Receptionist       Hours: Part-Time and Full-Time positions available - shifts will include some 7.15 am starts and 7pm finishesSalary: £7.38 - £9.33 per hour depending on qualifications and experienceThe Kennet and Avon Medical Partnership (KAMP) is a newly formed GP partnership, caring for around 18,000 patients and operating across two purpose...

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Scouting for Girls to headline the debut Marlborough Rising music festival

21-05-2018

The organisers of the first Marlborough Rising music festival have announced the first bookings for the line-up of the inaugural event - over the weekend of 7-9 September.

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A student reports on the miniature wonders of Marlborough Area Makerspace’s second Raspberry Jam day

21-05-2018 Scott Granger

Organised by the Marlborough Area Development Trust, the town's second Raspberry Pi day (Sunday, May 20) saw fifty people coming to grips with coding workshops - all the way from how to get started with your raspberry pi through to robotics and image taking.

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Outdoor Education Centres: how Wiltshire Council acquired Oxenwood

21-05-2018

Tomorrow (Tuesday, May 22) the petition started by Lucy Gomes calling on Wiltshire Council not to close the outdoor education centres at Oxenwood (near Marlborough) and Braeside (in Devizes), is to be presented at a meeting of the full Council.

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Review: Brilliant Young Musicians recital brings ‘fireworks’ to St Peter's Church

18-05-2018 Christopher Rogers

The latest concert in this ever-popular series was an astonishing performance of music for violin and piano given by two young musicians Brieuc Vourch (violin) and Gamal Khamis (piano). 

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mop fairs

 

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Wiltshire's last remaining Mop Fair takes over Marlborough High Street for two Saturdays each October..

The High Street will be closed to traffic from noon on the preceding Fridays, allowing the Showman's Guild to set up the rides and sideshows that have been a familiar sight to generations of Marlborough people.

Mop fairs were originally held as hiring fairs where farm and rural craft workers came to find jobs. Housemaids carried a mop to signify their trade – hence the name.

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They are held on the closest Saturdays to St Michaelmas Day, on October 11.  If St Michaelmas Day falls on a Saturday, the fairs are held two weeks apart.

Marlborough's Mop Fairs are thought to date back more than 250 years, with the transformation from hiring fair to leisure activity taking place during the 1800s

 

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