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Criticism of Wiltshire Council's lack of spending in the Marlborough area

27-06-2017

  Councillor Nick Fogg told the full Town Council meeting on Monday (June 26) that it appears that Wiltshire Council will not be re-surfacing George Lane until 2018-2019 - that is sometime after April next year.

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Vacant town council seat filled after secret ballot

27-06-2017

  There was no election in Marlborough for 2017's new Town Council - and the number those who put themselves forward to be councillors left one vacancy in the town's West Ward.Two candidates to fill this vacancy were considered by councillors at Monday's Town Council meeting (June 26.)  Former Town Councillor...

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Aster Housing get a roasting from town councillors

27-06-2017

  At the full meeting of Marlborough Town Council on Monday (June 26) Deputy Mayor Councillor Lisa Farrell asked fellow councillors whether they knew that Aster Housing were selling off their properties as they become vacant.  The homes are believed to be handed over to be sold on by a local...

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Marlborough College - Senior Sous Chef

26-06-2017

  Senior Sous Chef (Commencing September 2017) We have an opportunity for a passionate, dynamic and creative Senior Sous Chef to join our brigade of Chefs, delivering a high quality service to our c.930 boarding pupils, and College events.This role requires a motivated and pro-active Senior Sous Chef with excellent communication,...

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Chef de Partie - Marlborough College

26-06-2017

  Chef de Partie (Commencing September 2017) We have an opportunity for a Chef de Partie to join our Catering Team, working closely with the Head Chef and Sous Chefs to produce quality food for all catering activities at this prestigious College.To fulfil this role you must be City & Guilds 706/1&2 qualified...

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Temporary House Chef (Preshute) - Marlborough College

26-06-2017

  Temporary House Chef (Preshute) (Commencing September 2017) We require a Temporary Chef to join our team to cater for the pupils (approx. 60) at Preshute (a mixed pupils’ Boarding House). This is a temporary role from the beginning of September for approximately 6 months. You must have the ability to...

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Casual General Assistants – Catering- Marlborough College

26-06-2017

  Casual General Assistants – Catering (Commencing September 2017) We have two vacancies for Casual General Assistants to join our Catering Department (one based within Cotton Boarding House). You will assist with the day to day catering and hospitality services provided to pupils, staff and events. You may be requested...

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Domestic Cleaner – Facilities (Evenings) - Marlborough College

26-06-2017

  Domestic Cleaner – Facilities (Evenings) (Commencing September 2017) We require a reliable and enthusiastic person to join our team of Domestic Staff in General Services. Working within Facilities/Offices and reporting to the Domestic Services Manager, you will be required to assist with the day to day cleaning operation. You should...

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Events Assistant - Marlborough College Enterprises Ltd

26-06-2017

Marlborough College Enterprises Ltd   Events Assistant(Commencing September 2017)   An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced administrator to work in our Events team. You should have excellent IT, communication and administration skills, and an eye for detail.  With a proven ability for organisation and planning, you should be happy...

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Coming in July: the twenty-second Marlborough Open Studios Art Trail

25-06-2017 Sue Round

Fifty six artists in forty studios, workshops and exhibition spaces will be opening their doors to the public free of charge for the first four weekends in July. The studios stretch over the wider Marlborough area from Calne to Hungerford, from Pewsey to Wroughton.

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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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