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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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kennet and avon canal

 

Sunset over The Kennet Avon CanalSunset over The Kennet Avon CanalThe canal was constructed between 1974 and 1810 to connect the River Avon at Bath and the River Kennet at Newbury, creating a water transitway between Bristol and London.

The canal section is 57 miles long, and the navigable stretch, including the rivers, is 87 miles. 

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the canal gradually fell into disuse after the opening of the Great Western Railway.

In the latter half of the 20th century the canal was restored in stages, largely by volunteers. After decades of dereliction and much restoration work, it was fully reopened in 1990. The Kennet and Avon Canal has been developed as a popular heritage tourism destination for boating, canoeing, fishing, walking, and cycling, and is also important for wildlife conservation.

There are more than 100 locks on the canal, the most famous being at Caen Hill near Devizes, which has 29 locks, and takes between five and six hours for barges to navigate. 

Locally, the canal passes by or through Pewsey, Wootton Rivers, Burbage, Crofton, Great Bedwyn, Little Bedwyn and Froxfield. At Burbage the canal passes though The Bruce Tunnel, the only tunnel on the entire route.

At 502 yards long, the tunnel – which took three years to construct - is named after Thomas Brudenell-Bruce, 1st Earl of Ailesbury and warden of the Savernake Forest, who would not allow a deep cutting through his land and insisted on a tunnel instead.

There is no towpath through the tunnel, and walkers and cyclists must walk across the top of the hill. When canal boats were still pulled by horses, the boatmen had to haul boats through the tunnel by hand, pulling on chains that ran along the inside walls.

 

 

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