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No excuse for the Postman: New street to be named after Marlborough hero commemorated on a special WW1 stamp

11-12-2017

One of the ten names have selected by the Town Council for the new street names within the Salisbury Road development is of WW1 nursing hero, Elsie Knocker, who has been commemorated along with fellow nurse, Mairi Chisholm by the Royal Mail on one of their First World War –...

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Savernake Death Crash: Ramsbury man sentenced to six years for causing death by dangerous driving

11-12-2017 Court Reporter

  A Wiltshire man has been jailed for six years for killing a female pedestrian while speeding on the A4 out of Marlborough. A jury at Salisbury Crown Court today (11 December 2017) found Alexander May, 28, from Ramsbury, guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.  He was jailed...

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Tony Skittrall: Marlborough Town Clerk between 1983 and 1998

11-12-2017 Nigel Kerton

Marlborough is mourning the death of former Town Clerk Tony Skittrall who died peacefully at his George Lane home on Monday 4 December, surrounded by his family.

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As Home-Start Kennet celebrates its thirtieth birthday - there's a call for new trustees

11-12-2017

Local charities like Home-Start Kennet cannot exist without a strong and committed board of trustees.  After thirty years helping families in the area, they have extended their reach and need new trustees to help support this work.  

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Marlborough Hockey Club - weather wins

11-12-2017

None of the Marlborough Hockey Club's six adult teams were able to play on Saturday (December 9).

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How will winter's chill test the health of the Great Western Hospital's finances and staff?

11-12-2017

Executives at Great Western Hospital have been working hard for several months with the Clinical Commissioning Groups the hospital serves to prepare for the winter pressures.  But whether or not there is a serious flu outbreak, the hospital is already hard put to it to cope with the spring, summer...

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Secretarial Assistant to the Deputy Head (academic) - Marlborough College

11-12-2017

  Secretarial Assistant to the Deputy Head (academic)     An opportunity has arisen to work in this interesting and demanding role at the College assisting the Deputy Head (Academic).  You should be an experienced secretary, with excellent IT, communication and administration skills, with an ability for complex organisation and prioritisation.  8.30am to 5pm,...

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Teacher of Psychology (Full or Part Time) - Marlborough College

11-12-2017

  Teacher of Psychology (Full or Part Time)   April - December 2018     We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic, ambitious and well-qualified graduate, for two terms, capable of teaching Psychology across the A level course, and preparing those pupils wishing to study the subject, and related disciplines, at university.  The successful candidate will...

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Trustees Wanted - Home-Start Kennet

11-12-2017

  We’ve won another Big Lottery grant – now we need you! Trustees Wanted   Home-Start Kennet is a long-established local children’s charity, based in Pewsey. Our MissionHome-Start Kennet offers support, friendship and practical help to parents with young children in our local communities. Our trained volunteers visit families at home and offer them informal,...

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Town Councillors to debate sale of amenity land off Rabley Wood View for housing

09-12-2017

Marlborough Town Councillors will discuss Wiltshire Council's plan to sell off the amenity and playing field land off Rabley Wood View for a housing development , at their Full Council meeting on Monday (December 11).

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st peter's church

 

St PetersSt PetersMarlborough High Street is flanked at each end by a church. And every Saturday, the church of St Peter's at the western (Devizes) end of High Street opens its tower to tourists – for those happy to climb the 138 steps to reach the top.

The tower affords pretty much unparalleled views over Marlborough town centre, but also reveals one of its best-kept secrets – Britain's widest high street is kinky.

From ground level you wouldn't know it, but from the tower you can see that High Street has a definite curve. The reason? High Street was laid out by Norman town planners, back in the days when the town had a castle.

To the south of High Street curves the River Kennet, which was prone to seasonal floods. The high street is laid out at the point nearest the river which is not on the flood plane – hence the curve.

There's been a church on this spot since 1100, although the present St Peter's was rebuilt in 1460. It is best known as the place where Cardinal Thomas Wolsey – one of the most powerful men in the land under Henry VIII – was ordained.

In 1974 the church was declared redundant and a few years later Wiltshire Council proposed a super new roundabout for the town, which would have required the demolition of the building.  From the public outcry the St Peter's Church Trust was born, and thanks to their efforts the historic church still stands – although we never got our roundabout, which we're sure would have been equally impressive.

 

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