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Wiltshire Council is using public health funds for the county's youth grants

21-07-2018

When tax rises are suggested as a way to pay for the necessary increase in funding for the NHS, you will hear the cry "Why don't they spend more on prevention, then the NHS wouldn't need so much money?"

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Bedwyn Bus Cuts - affecting more than just Marlborough residents

20-07-2018 Jo Carroll

  Sirs,   Following on from Dr Sam Page’s letter regarding the cuts to buses with links to Bedwyn, I’d like to point out that this doesn’t only affect residents of Marlborough.   I lived in Marlborough for many years before moving to Newbury last summer.  I have no car, and rely on public transport...

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Ready for the rain – when it comes... Ramsbury Primary School’s new rain garden

20-07-2018 Sue Round

Action for the River Kennet’s rainscapes project to improve storm water management in towns and villages along the River Kennet has now spread to Ramsbury. Ramsbury Primary School has an innovative new rain garden. So when the downpours finally arrive not a drop of water will be wasted.

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Oare burglary - Police appeal for witnesses

20-07-2018

Burglars broke in to a house in Oare, just off the Marlborough - Pewsey road (A345) between 3pm on Wednesday 18 July and 9am the next morning and made off with a large amount of high value items.    

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Brexit watch....and listen carefully to the words

20-07-2018

  After two years Brexit is still just a matter of words.  We can take our pick - we can even cherry-pick:  Chaotic?  Confused?  Treacherous? ( Trump-style) treason?  Constructive conversations?  The EU's 'founding principles'?  Or the famous 'Brexit means Brexit'.'Brexit means Brexit' is not the kind of definition you will find in Dr Samuel Johnson's great...

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Mayor Lisa leads from the from the front at the annual Mayor's XI v Marlborough Cricket Club match at Savernake

20-07-2018

There is no such thing as 'RBW', or 'Robes Before Wicket' so Mayor Lisa Farrell was probably quite safe from getting bowled out in the warm-up to Wednesday's annual Mayor's XI v. Marlborough Cricket Club match at the beautiful setting of the Cricket Club's Savernake ground.

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Users get a say in the design and layout of the upgraded Cooper's Meadow Play Area

20-07-2018

Coopers Meadow play area will be improved and upgraded, turned into a contemporary place for children to play in safety that is in the heart of the Town. 

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Administration Assistant: Reception - Marlborough College

20-07-2018

Administration Assistant: Reception       We are looking for an Administration Assistant, to provide a professional and welcoming first point of contact to visitors to the College, both in person through Reception and on the telephone.  You should have excellent interpersonal, communication, IT, administrative and organisational skills.  The ability to work under pressure, with...

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Recreational cyclist sets out to ride the 'Ride London' 100 miles challenge for Alzheimer's around the 2012 Olympic course.

19-07-2018

Self confessed 'not particularly fit person', 47 year old Mark Waring-Jones will take on the 100 mile challenge on Sunday week - 29 July - in aid of Alzheimer's Society.

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'Bigger & better' trains but a cut & worse bus service: can that be sensible?

19-07-2018 Dr Sam Page

Sirs,  In January 2019, Great Western Railways will be introducing new, five-car, bi-mode, Intercity Express Trains (IETs) running between Bedwyn station and London Paddington. These new trains, capable of running on both diesel and electric, will mean that GWR is able to continue to operate direct services to Bedwyn, Hungerford and...

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the merchant's house 

 

Time to visit the historic Merchant’s House, Marlborough’s most cherished historic site

The Merchant's HouseThe Merchant's House
On the north side of Marlborough’s famously wide High Street stands one of the town’s most cherished buildings – The Merchant’s House.

Over three hundred and fifty years old, the historic property is an extremely rare old gabled house rebuilt after the Great Fire of Marlborough in 1653 by silk mercer Thomas Bayly.

Its interior is rich with wall paintings, panelling and a magnificent oak staircase with a rare survival of painted fictive balustrading on the walls. The dining room features unusual and unique, painted vertical stripes on the walls flowing over doors, hinges and down the sides of the stone fireplace, thought to represent striped silk hangings.   

In a far-sighted decision, the house was purchased by Marlborough Town Council for the town in 1991.   A charitable trust was set up with the objective of raising the funds necessary to restore the property and open it to the public now in its 20th anniversary year.   

The Merchant’s House is the most thoroughly documented and researched building in Marlborough and is now a very special visitor attraction, and it features in Simon Jenkins’s book England’s Thousand Best Houses.  

Room by room, the interior has been painstakingly restored by experts enabling visitors to step back in time and appreciate what life was like for Thomas Bayly, his family and servants in the mid seventeenth century.   

More restoration work is planned as and when funds become available.

The Trust relies on more than 100 volunteers to keep The Merchant’s House running smoothly.   In total they donate 240 hours of voluntary effort every week, serving in the shop, giving conducted tours of the house, organising fund-raising events, costume making, working on the turkey work dining chairs project, restoration work and maintenance in the 17th century style garden situated behind the house.

A visit to The Merchant’s House is not complete without browsing round the stylish shop, open every day from 9.30am to 5pm, selling high quality merchandise, the profits from which continue to underpin the project.

The Merchant’s House and the garden are open to visitors from 1 April to 31 October, on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11am to 4pm for guided tours or by appointment at other times for groups.   

Entrance £5 for adults.   Under 16s £1.   More information on The Merchant’s House and ‘Specialist Day’ visits for groups, is available on the websitewww.themerchantshouse.co.uk

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