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Members of St Mary’s Church in Marlborough to help people take control of their finances

18-10-2017

  Members of St Mary’s Church in Marlborough wanted to help people from the Marlborough area who are suffering a squeezed household income and in danger of getting into financial difficulties to get on top of their household finances.   So in conjunction with members of the Gorse Hill Baptist Church in Swindon, who...

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Residents' Permit Parking Charge rise - Daylight Robbery!

18-10-2017 Patrick Fox

  Sirs,Looking through letters I am surprised no one has complained about the daylight robbery to be perpetrated on resident parking.It is planned to rise from £394 which is already larger than parts of London to a staggering £720.  It really is daylight robbery with captive victims who have no option...

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White Christmas in Marlborough features on Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s cards

18-10-2017

  The popular ‘Christmas in Marlborough’ card is once again being sold to raise funds for Wiltshire Air Ambulance.Following the success of the card last year, the charity is selling it as part of its 2017 range of Christmas cards - and they can be bought at the St Peter's Church...

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Rick Stein's Marlborough and Crown Water & Coffee unveiled as new kit sponsor for the MYFC U14 and U9 teams

17-10-2017

Coinciding with the first anniversary of Rick Stein's Marlborough restaurant opening, the new Rick Stein sponsored strip for the Marlborough Youth Football Club (MYFC) under 14 team was unveiled on the steps of the restaurant whilst the U9 team secured sponsorship for their new kit from Crown Water & Coffee...

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Hockey: Marlborough ladies first team’s seven goals and a clean sheet - the thirds draw

17-10-2017 Jess Davis

  Marlborough Ladies     7         Swanage & Wareham     0   The first lie-in of the season for Malborough Hockey Club Ladies Firsts with a late pushback against Swanage and Wareham at home (October 14).  The game saw a stunning Marlborough win : 7-0.   The first half started really well with constant shots on goal and...

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Hockey: Marlborough men's first team keep their unbeaten record - and depleted seconds travel a long way for a draw…

17-10-2017 Matt Way

Marlborough     2      Swindon     1   Marlborough Hockey Club's first men's team maintained their one hundred per cent start in the Conference North league with an impressive victory over fellow table toppers - Swindon (October 14).   The game started at a frantic pace with Swindon enjoying the best of the early exchanges. Marlborough took...

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Housing Needs for Marlborough - A Public Meeting at the Town Hall on Tuesday next week

17-10-2017

Hard on the heels of one of Marlborough's perceived major problems - parking - is the other - housing needs, especially for young people.   On Tuesday evening next week (24 October) at 7pm there will be another public meeting at the Town Hall, this time with consultants Cobweb Consulting...

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17-10-2017

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Political whitewash hides complacency

17-10-2017

  There is optimism - there is unwarranted optimism - there are fake views and faked news - and there are slippery words.  The public relations industry deals in all of them.  And so do politicians.They use shifty and partial stories to give a gloss - often totally unwarranted - to...

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Newbury Racecourse: Worthington's Armed Forces Raceday - with free entry for serving military and British Legion members

17-10-2017

For the tenth consecutive year, Newbury Racecourse will welcome members of the Armed Forces and Royal British Legion on Saturday, October 28 for its final Flat meeting of the season. Worthington’s Armed Forces Raceday will also see the launch of the local 2017 Poppy Appeal.  

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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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