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Town Mayor opens new clothing shop in Hilliers Yard

24-05-2018 Sue Round

In one of her first official duties, Town Mayor Councillor Lisa Farrell has opened the new Rohan shop in Hilliers Yard (May 24).

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Scouts honour twenty-five years of service - & encourage more volunteers to join the team

24-05-2018 Sue Round

At their AGM on Monday (May 21), the 2nd Marlborough Scout Group showed their appreciation of Andrew Barnett, who has volunteered as a leader with the group for more than twenty-five years.

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The NHS goalposts are on the move again - how will Wiltshire's NHS be affected?

23-05-2018

You wake up one morning to hear the BBC's Laura Kuenssberg telling her sleepy-eared audience that the government are about to 'unpick' some of or some parts of the Conservative-led Coalition's great NHS restructuring. 

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Marlborough St Mary’s gymnasts vault into second place

23-05-2018 Sue Round

What a result! Marlborough St Mary’s Year 4 gymnasts have come second in the Wiltshire Level 3 School’s Gymnastics Competition held at West Wilts Gym in Trowbridge.

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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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savernake forest

 

View of Tottenham House fom the Grand Avenue of Savernake ForestView of Tottenham House fom the Grand Avenue of Savernake ForestAt 4,500 acres, the Savernake is the largest privately-owned forest in Britain. Owned by the Earl of Cardigan and his family, since 1939 the running of the forest has been undertaken by the Forestry Commission on a 999-year lease.

The forest is mostly open to the public, although visitors are encouraged to stick to footpaths when crossing farmland, and there are a number of private residences.

The Savernake is an ancient forest. The Saxons called it the Safernoc. Aroyal forest was established in the 12th century, when it extended to an area of some 150 square miles.

King Henry VIII used to visit the forest warden, Sir John Seymour, for a spot of deer hunting, and it was on one such expedition that he met Jane Seymour.

The high point for the forest is considered to be the period between 1741 and 1814 when Charles Bruce and his nephew Thomas Bruce-Brudenell were custodians of the forest.

Lord Thomas Bruce, the Earl of Ailesbury, governor to the King George IV, employed Capability Brown to plant great beech avenues in Savernake Forest, which was then some 40,000 acres, nearly ten times its present size.

These included the Grand Avenue, running through the heart of the forest, and which at 3.9 miles stands in the Guinness Book of Records as the longest tree-lined avenue in Britain.

The Grand Avenue runs from the outskirts of Marlborough to Tottenham House. The Grade I listed building has 100 rooms and dates from around 1820, where it was built on the site of previous homes.

For much of the 20th century, the house was rented to Hawtreys Preparatory School, a feeder school for Eton. The school buildings were requisitioned by the War Office during the Second World War, and during the early stages of the war the forest became an ammunition dump, where up to 22,000 tons of high explosives and other ammunition was stored.

In 2006, Tottenham House, with its stable block, outbuildings and some farmland, was leased for 150 years to a consortium of Euro Property Holdings, Conduit Investments and the Buena Vista Hospitality Group of Tampa, Florida, to become a luxury hotel and golfing centre, although the economic downturn seems to have brought a temporary halt to proceedings.

In 2008 the band Radiohead recorded their album In Rainbows at the house.

Although the house and parkland are not open to the public, a public footpath from the hamlet of Durley to the pretty forest church of St Katharine's – built in 1861 as a chapel of ease to Great Bedwyn – runs closer to the building that views from the main road would allow.

 

 

 

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