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Permanent Sales Assistant - Quality Stationers

16-08-2017

  Permanent Sales Assistant Saturday 9am - 2:30pm   We are looking for a responsible, reliable person who works well as part of a team and is also confident to work by themselves.Retail experience would be useful but full training can be given.Possibility of extra hours available for holiday cover to the right candidate...

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Two sent to prison following a Marlborough burglary

14-08-2017

Two men were sent to prison today (14 August) following ‘guilty’ pleas to their involvement in a burglary in Marlborough earlier this year. Simon Charles Hinton, age 48 of Heanor, Derbyshire, pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods and Stuart Alexander Barker, age 41, of no fixed abode, Swindon pleaded guilty to...

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Marlborough teenagers learn river restoration and conservation thanks to ARK

14-08-2017

Marlborough teenagers were given hands-on instruction in the art of river restoration and conservation by volunteers from the charity ARK (Action for the River Kennet) at Stonebridge Wild River Reserve in Marlborough on Saturday (12 August) afternoon.  

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Why are stuck HGVs like buses?

11-08-2017

  Because you wait a couple of weeks for one, then two come along on the same day.After the saga of the HGV that blocked Elcot Lane for twenty-four hours, comes another example of HGVs not coping with the town's roads or, perhaps, the town's roads not coping with some of...

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An accident waiting to happen?

10-08-2017 David Thornton

Sirs,Your picture of the overturned truck on the corner of Barnfield and Elcot Lane in Marlborough is a demonstration of an accident that has been waiting to happen.  And it did yesterday afternoon.The truck driver was delivering 26 tons of seed in a 40 ft truck to an address in...

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Fraser's Budgens petrol station plans for electric cars

10-08-2017

Owners of the BP petrol station at the Fraser's Budgens site by the Salisbury Road roundabout are planning to install two rapid electric vehicle charging stations.

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Improvements to Marlborough's infrastructure are not a priority - says Wiltshire Council

10-08-2017

The Salisbury Road development of 175 dwellings and a hotel has helped take Marlborough off the list of places in the county that need more new homes - some in substantial numbers - to meet Wiltshire Council's required strategic housing target.  After taking account of house building already planned, the...

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Marlborough's Elcot Lane blocked as HGV's trailer tips over

10-08-2017

  Residents at the far end of Elcot Lane have been blocked in since Wednesday afternoon (August 9) after the trailer of an articulated truck tipped over.

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Part of Hyde Lane to be closed for three days

09-08-2017

  To allow roadworks needed to bring an electricity supply to a new development, part of Hyde Lane will be closed for at least three days from August 14.  Hyde Lane runs north from the High Street between the Library and The Marlborough.  Diversions will be in place. [Click on notice to enlarge...

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After legal challenge, waste collection & recycling contracts will bring changes

09-08-2017

  In January 2016 Wiltshire Council's cabinet awarded two main contracts for waste and recycling to Hills Waste Solutions. This meant the company had secured all five of the waste collection and management contracts for the county  - as announced in this Hills press release.

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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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