The end of January brings the bills from spending on festive fun, food and gifts. This is the serious outcome, the downside of Christmas - and Citizens Advice Wiltshire is preparing for what's expected to be their busiest day of the year as people seek help with their debts: January 31.
Vale of Pewsey archaeology: six thousand year old decoration on chalk blocks from the Cat's Brain dig
These two blocks of chalk (photo above) were found buried in a very, very old posthole near Marden, in the Vale of Pewsey. But wait - these are really amazing blocks of chalk. They are decorated. They give us a privileged - if somewhat tantalising - glimpse into the lives of our ancestors of long ago - six thousand years ago.
Pluses and minuses: what did 2017 do for Marlborough - from shops to housing and, of course, the school?
2017 has seen some pretty positive developments for Marlborough. Foremost was the long awaited primary school opened in a fine new building - Marlborough St Mary's Primary combining St Mary's Infants and St Peter's Junior schools.
BREXIT: there are issues specific to people in our area that will have to be addressed - and that process does need watching
Marlborough.news has steered clear of the Brexit debate - a largely national and for now, some would say, even a Westminster and Whitehall matter. We are not going to make a habit of reporting on Brexit pros and process or cons and constraints.
But we will keep a watch out for some of the less visible Brexit issues that may affect people in our area. Here, in brief, are three: Honda's future in Swindon, the free movement of horses and policies towards the disabled...
Marlborough.news asked a random list of people among the many who have helped us in the past year, for their choice of 2017 book, film, television or radio programme. We asked for a hundred words from each of them - it's an intriguing and varied list:
Read all about it! 1772 Marlborough Journal given for Merchant's House Museum - an election, scandals, crimes, readers' letters
The copy of The Marlborough Journal is dated Saturday, 29 August 1772 - its type is clear although the printers were still using 'f' for 's', making long reports a bit of a challenge. It was given to the new and yet to be opened museum by the Marlborough History Society - among a bundle of old books and documents.
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- Following in the footsteps of a 1920s expedition to the Arctic
- As the three year Pewsey Vale investigation of Neolithic Marden ends - the Cat's Brain site still holds many secrets
- Marlborough’s historic mill wheels moved closer to home
- Drive electric! - all you need are some solar panels and a three-pin plug
- Matt Prior - Marlborough Downs' "Mr Tree Sparrow" - keeps tabs on another new generation of chicks
- Vanessa Lafaye's new novel tells of a woman's struggle against violent racism - Vanessa too has a major struggle to confront
- Read all about it! Fallout from a nuclear bomb attack on London - in a debut novel
- Aldbourne's Scarecrow Trail returns again - for a third year
- Fairy fun comes to Pewsey
- A varied selection of Easter Weekend events for those who like all kinds of egg hunts - and other entertainments
- Elliot Lassiter - future Triathalon star awarded Wiltshire Council Grant
- A Shepherds Hut - a traditional local and desirable addition to any garden
- Friends set up business recording precious life memories
- Kids let Let It Go go as songs from the movies come to the stage
- The last working windmill in Wessex is working again
- Walking the police puppy: dog unit looks for volunteers to help with young canine recruits
- What is it like being homeless in Marlborough?
- Document offers insight into life in Marlborough
- Local people help chose new priorities for Area Board
- Democracy returns to The Gambia: new President meets Marlborough link delegation
- Sparks fly as repair work starts on Crofton’s boiler
- Swindon press headline: "Housing developers to help fund social projects" - that's how Section 106 should work
- Brownies become official water quality testers on the River Kennet
- Mayor pays tribute to carers at launch of £25,000 appeal
- Marlborough’s hidden poverty problem to be discussed by Area Board
- Marlborough's loss of affordable housing money was just the edge of a multi-million pound hole in housing policy
- Need a kitchen knife that's sharp and balanced just for you? Savernake Knives will make it for you
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- Has the British government turned its back on young refugees now moved away from Calais?