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"Brilliant Young International Musicians in St Peter's Church" current series - note from organiser Nick Maurice regarding rearrangements of concerts

31 Mar 2020

  Nick Maurice writes:   I very much regret that, owing to the coronavirus pandemic, we have had to cancel our next two recitals in the "Brilliant Young International Musicians in St Peter's Church" series.  However, as I have written to Judith Choi Castro and JP Ekins who were to have played for...

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Tribute to Tony Millett

31 Mar 2020

  Sirs,   I am sure we are all sorry to hear that Tony Millett has stood down as a Director of Marlborough News (onetime Marlborough News Online).  While he will be continuing to support the agency intermittently his intense involvement over the past 9 years, since MNO was founded by the late...

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Disturbance in Shalbourne: man arrested on suspicion of two counts of attempted murder

31 Mar 2020

At approximately 7:30pm last night (Monday 30 March) Police and the ambulance service were called to an address in Shalbourne, near to Marlborough following a disturbance.  A man was arrested and taken into custody on suspicion of two counts of attempted murder.  

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GWH has a new Chief Executive Officer

30 Mar 2020 A Correspondent

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has appointed Kevin McNamara as its new Chief Executive Officer.

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GWH prepares for the COVID-19 peak: restricted visits, free parking, staff support & great support from the local community

26 Mar 2020

There have been major changes at GWH as preparations build to meet the expected peak of COVID-19 cases - and NHS staff are getting some good support from the Swindon community.  

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Grand Dinner and Auction raises bumper funds for Marlborough's Jubilee Centre

24 Mar 2020 Sue Round

A fundraising charity dinner and auction held in the Town Hall on Saturday March 7 (pre-Lockdown) has raised a staggering £9,500 for Marlborough’s Jubilee Centre. 

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With live music performances cancelled, pianist Yulia Chaplina aims to cheer us up - via the internet

23 Mar 2020

With coronavirus lock downs in force, in continental Europe singers and musicians have been taking to their balconies and roof tops to perform solos - in an effort to cheer everyone up and keep themselves busy now their concerts have been cancelled.  Yulia Chaplina can't take her piano onto a...

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Coronavirus: changes to Bedwyn rail services

20 Mar 2020

With staff shortages due to Covid-19 and fewer people travelling, changes are coming soon to GWR’s rail service between Bedwyn and Paddington.

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Support Workers - White Horse Care Trust

19 Mar 2020

  Support Workers     The White Horse Care Trust delivers award winning residential, supported living and nursing care to adults with learning and physical disabilities. We are seeking dedicated Support Workers to join our Team in our beautiful homes in Marlborough, Shalbourne, Devizes, and Pewsey.Our Support Workers enjoy the following benefits - Competitive pay...

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While Coronavirus ends church services a National Day of Prayer is planned for Sunday

18 Mar 2020 Sue Round

The Bishop of Salisbury, the Rt. Revd Nicholas Holtam has written to clergy and churches in the Diocese in light of the latest guidance that all public worship should be suspended. “Public worship will have to stop for the time being but our churches will remain open for prayer.

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Marlborough LitFest launches ‘Love Books’ competition

Just in time for World Book Day, Thursday March 5, Marlborough LitFest has announced a new national competition entitled ‘Love Books’.  The competition will run in association with the Department of English at Bath Spa University and aims to celebrate a love of reading amongst teenagers and adults.

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Knitting + nattering = funds for Prospect Hospice

Some of the Prospect Hospice Knitters:  LH  -  Glen Mathias, Helena Weston, Nora Curnick ,Judy Winterbottom;   RH:  Sally Lanfear, Kay Arthur Some of the Prospect Hospice Knitters: LH - Glen Mathias, Helena Weston, Nora Curnick ,Judy Winterbottom; RH: Sally Lanfear, Kay Arthur In the last six months the Prospect Hospice Knitting Group have raised a staggering £1760 for Prospect Hospice.  The group, who meet fortnightly in St Peter’s Church, use any unwanted wool that has been donated to the Marlborough Prospect Hospice shops.  They turn it into colourful and stylish items to be sold in the Prospect Hospice shop.

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Living Books burst into life at St John's for World Book Day

Living Books - l-r: Rav Babbra, Elisi Vunipola, Shelley Rudman, St John's students and Ben Prater with World of Narnia and Snow Queen in the backgroundLiving Books - l-r: Rav Babbra, Elisi Vunipola, Shelley Rudman, St John's students and Ben Prater with World of Narnia and Snow Queen in the backgroundThe National Literacy Trust 2019 research reveals that only 26% of children now read daily compared with 43% in 2015.  However, according to Anne Stokes, St John’s Manager of Learning Resources and librarian, “St John’s bucks this trend, especially with boys.”

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St John’s students join Greta in Bristol

St John's students march with Greta in BristolSt John's students march with Greta in BristolNo more coal, no more oil, keep our carbon in the soil.  Whose future ? Our future.  St John’s academy student climate change group joined the voice of thousands at the Youth Strike 4 Climate event in Bristol last Friday February 29. L ed by Greta Thunberg they marched through the streets of Bristol undeterred by the appalling weather - in itself indicative of global warming.

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New Artist in Residence at Rabley Drawing Centre

Lucy Farley in the studio at Rabley Drawing CentreLucy Farley in the studio at Rabley Drawing CentreMeryl Ainslie, Director of Rabley Drawing Centre has just announced that the Artist in Residence for 2020 will be Lucy Farley MA RCA.  Lucy trained at the Royal College of Art 2007-2009 will be making the most of the space and studios at Rabley, looking to inspire others along the way during her four visits to Rabley across the year.

 

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Danny Kruger MP - Monthly Column - 25 February

Two weeks ago the Government introduced a Bill to give compensation to victims of the Windrush scandal. This was when thousands of British residents with every right to live here, many of whom had come to this country from the Commonwealth decades ago, were falsely treated as illegal immigrants by a bureaucracy that couldn’t do simple common sense. I spoke in the debate to support the compensation and to argue for more human and flexible public services across the board. See my short speech here.
 
 

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New rules on logs and coal - what can you use?

Banned?  No, not if stored, seasoned and allowed to dry before burning in the stoveBanned? No, not if stored, seasoned and allowed to dry before burning in the stove'Coal and wood to be banned' was the sensational message from Government that appeared to hit at the end of last week.  Will we all have to get rid of our open fires and wood stoves, as the announcement appears to imply?  Answer - no, but what we can buy will be more limited and more environmentally friendly.

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