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Will Wiltshire Council take action on new primary school’s crossing?

15-12-2017

Claire Perry MP wants Wiltshire Council to take 'urgent action' on the traffic and parking issues at the new Marlborough St Mary's primary school.

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Spate of thefts of caravans in Wiltshire - including the Marlborough area - brings police warning

15-12-2017 Crime Correspondent

    On Thursday (December 14), Wiltshire Police issued this notice:  "We are urging caravan owners to be vigilant and take steps to improve security following a number of thefts across the county.""Between 3 and 4 November, two caravans were stolen from a storage yard in Marlborough Road in Swindon after the...

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The best kind of early Christmas present! Friday is unwrapping day for the new look Marlborough Community and Youth Centre…

14-12-2017

Friday (December 15) is the big day - the unwrapping of the refurbished and newly equipped Marlborough Community and Youth Centre.  And it has all been done in just less than six months.

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Claire Perry draws the winners for Pewsey Vale's Small Business Saturday prizes

14-12-2017

Claire Perry MP pulled the winning names out of the Santa sack for the Free Prize Draw run by the Pewsey Vale Tourism Partnership which celebrates Small Business Saturday.

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Witness to historical facts

13-12-2017 David Sherratt

Sirs,With reference to a recent obituary read on marlborough.news:Lest it become established fact and some antiquarian or historian of 2097 refers to marlborough.news as their source of information on Marlborough's twentieth century, could I mention that no copy King John's 1204 is currently known to exist and so it could...

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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.

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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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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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