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Campaign revived for safer A4 west of the College and more cycle-ways

16-01-2018

Accusations of people driving at excessive speed - sometimes with the result shown above - and evidence of poor safety provision for pedestrians along the Bath Road/A4 west of the College, were discussed by the Town Council's Planning Committee of Monday (January 15).  

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Nursery Administrator - Little Saints Nursery, St Francis School

16-01-2018

  Nursery Administrator   Part Time (15hrs per week), Annual (52 week) contractRequired February 2018   Little Saints Nursery, at St Francis School, is currently recruiting a Nursery Administrator to join our caring, passionate and professional team.  The successful candidate will work with the Nursery Manager, taking responsibility for the financial and administration aspects of...

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Hockey: Marlborough men's first team back on form - a clean sheet & eight goals

16-01-2018 Matt Way

Marlborough started the second half of the season - with their home game against Bristol UWE (January 13) - knowing they needed to get back into the rhythm that saw them win their six opening games.   And reassuringly that was exactly what happened. 

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Town Council's plea to Wiltshire Council as decision on sale of Rabley Wood View open space nears

16-01-2018

The controversy over the sale for a housing development of the well-used and safe open space and amenity land off Rabley Wood View, is about to move to County Hall, Trowbridge.  The deadline is approaching for the final decision by Wiltshire Council's cabinet on their plan to sell the land.

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George Lane and London Road to be re-surfaced in April

16-01-2018

Now for some welcome news:  Members of Marlborough Town Council's Planning Committee were told on Monday (January 14) that Wiltshire Council is to re-surface George Lane and London Road in April - the first month of the new financial year.

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Popular Friendship and Mobility Group receives grant from Friends of Savernake

16-01-2018 Sue Round

Great Bedwyn Friendship and Mobility Group has received a £1,000 grant from the Friends of Savernake Hospital and the Community, which will make a substantial contribution towards operating costs. 

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Nursery Assistant (maternity cover) - Lower Nursery (2-3 year olds) - Stepping Stones Nursery

16-01-2018

Nursery Assistant (maternity cover) - Lower Nursery (2-3 year olds)   Stepping Stones Nursery (Froxfield) is a private day nursery based in a beautiful rural location between Hungerford and Marlborough.  We are currently seeking a Nursery Assistant (maternity cover) for our Lower Nursery (2-3 year olds).  Candidates should ideally have a minimum level...

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General Assistant: Catering - Marlborough College

16-01-2018

General Assistant - Catering   We are looking for a reliable and enthusiastic person to join the catering team at Cotton Boarding House.   Applicants will be required to assist the House Chef with the service of food and all aspects of the kitchen operation, including the cleaning duties to ensure a high...

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Great Western Hospital's supplier of meals and services - Carillion - has gone into liquidation

15-01-2018

The construction and services company Carillion has gone into compulsory liquidation - leaving thousands of jobs at risks and vital srvices to be maintained. 

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Tottenham House could become a family residence again - with £3million annual upkeep costs

15-01-2018

A planning application lodged with Wiltshire Council at the end of last month, reveals how the owners want to restore Tottenham House and its Estate and turn it into a very, very up-market and very large residence for a single family - and their entourage.  The House has 240 rooms.

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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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