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Bartender - Royal Oak, Pewsey

21-10-2017

  Bartender - Royal Oak, Pewsey   We are currently looking for Bartenders to join our team at the Royal Oak in Pewsey. If you are interested and meet the following requirements then we would like to hear from you.Do you have the following skills?Training or Experience with Bartending is a plus.  You...

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Saturday market cancelled tomorrow due to expected high winds

20-10-2017

  Wiltshire Council have cancelled Marlborough's Saturday street market (October 21) because forecasters are predicting very high winds across the area.

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Horse racing: future of training at famed Manton yard secured

20-10-2017

  The trainer of many successful horses for flat racing, Brian Meehan is to buy Manton's famous yard and equally famous gallops and intends to be there "...for the duration".

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Domestic Cleaner & Facilities Support - Marlborough College

20-10-2017

  Domestic Cleaner & Facilities Support    We are looking for a reliable and enthusiastic person to join our team in General Services.  Reporting to the Domestic Services Manager, you will provide roaming assistance (as required for all areas) including: cleaning services around the College campus as well as driving for deliveries and...

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House Domestic Cleaner – B1 (Term Time plus Spring Cleaning) - Marlborough College

20-10-2017

  House Domestic Cleaner – B1   (Term Time plus Spring Cleaning)   We require a reliable and enthusiastic person to join our team of Domestic Staff.  Working within B1 (a boy’s Boarding House), and reporting to the Dame, you will be required to assist with the day to day cleaning operation of the House....

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Marlborough Area Foodbank to relaunch next month with a new vision

19-10-2017 Sue Round

Marlborough Area Foodbank distribution centre at Christchurch will re-launch on the morning of Friday November 17.   With the support of Marlborough Area Poverty Action Group (MAPAG) it is hoped to offer a home distribution service as well as raise awareness of what the Food Bank can offer and who...

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Cheap cigarette fraud - do you recognise this man?

19-10-2017

Do you recognise this man?  Police are appealing for information following an incident of fraud which took place in Marlborough. At 2pm on 25 September, a couple met a man in the Bear Hotel who told them he had a discount code and could get them cheap cigarettes from a wholesalers.  ...

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Nomads come home: Marlborough Nomads reunite on the pitch with Rosslyn Park Nomads after a gap of 107 years

19-10-2017

The Nomads team from Marlborough RFC, the club's second XV keeps alive the name and spirit of the original Marlborough Nomads.  Marlborough, along with several other clubs still in existence such as Blackheath were synonymous with the early development of Rugby as a sport in the latter nineteenth century.  The...

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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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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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