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Villagers heartbroken as thieves target four local churches

16-10-2018 Sue Round

In the last week, lead from the roofs four local churches - St. Michael’s, Tidcombe, St. John’s, Pewsey, St. Nicholas, Baydon and All Saints, All Cannings - has been stolen in the dead of night.

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1918 - the last year of the 'Great War' - with bleak Marlborough footnotes

15-10-2018 David Du Croz

A timely event at Marlborough LitFest 2018 was Peter Hart's talk about his book book The Last Battle - Endgame on the Western Front, 1918.  This tells the story of the First World War's last ten months mainly through the words of those who fought through them.  Marlborough historian David...

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A Quick Mop...........

15-10-2018

The Mop Fair normally lasts between Friday lunchtime and Sunday morning.  Above is the whole weekend in less than four minutes, from Friday mid-day when the cars are still on the street through to Sunday morning when the High Street gets back to normal and the fairground environment is jsyt...

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Mid-Day Supervisory Assistant - Marlborough St Mary's

15-10-2018

  Mid-Day Supervisory Assistant     The Governing Body of St. Mary’s School is seeking to employ a Mid-Day Supervisory Assistant to work one hour per day, from Monday to Friday, supporting the children at lunchtimes. As an MDSA you will be responsible for setting up/clearing the hall for lunch, encouraging and supporting the children in the dining...

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Therapist (full-time) - Rejuvenesce

15-10-2018

  Therapist - full-time     ‘Rejuvenesce’ beauty salon has been located in Marlborough since 1978.  Set up and run by the same family, we have a exemplary reputation for offering an exceptional quality of service in a professional, friendly atmosphere. Our team is small, cohesive and client focused.     We are a Clarins Gold...

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New car parking regulations & charges come into force - sometime soon?

14-10-2018

Following the lengthy consultations and meetings, Wiltshire Council has slipped through the decision - made by the cabinet member, Councillor Bridget Wayman - to implement the changes to car parking regulations and charging - including the introduction of Sunday and Bank Holiday charges.

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Ramsbury's Remembrance Wood & plans to commemorate two centenaries and two world wars

14-10-2018 A Correspondent

Claire Costello, of Froxfield, was a Parish Councillor when she heard the Woodland Trust was offering free trees to plant in 'Remembrance woods' to mark the centenary of the Armistice that ended the First World War. 

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Changes to planning law to boost fracking brings out protestors in Devizes

13-10-2018

The Brittox in the centre of Devizes became a miniature - if noise and pollution free - fracking operation on Saturday (October 13) as people gathered to protest against proposed changes in planning laws which would make it as easy to set up an exploratory fracking rig as to put...

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NHS England fail to explain Marlborough's dentist crisis

13-10-2018

In an attempt to discover why Marlborough is going to be without an NHS dental service for the first months of 2019, marlborough.news contacted NHS England South's offices.

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Lead stolen from roof of Pewsey parish church

12-10-2018

Wiltshire Police are appealing for information from witnesses following the theft of lead from the roof of Pewsey's parish church. 



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A Quick Mop...........

The Mop Fair normally lasts between Friday lunchtime and Sunday morning.  Above is the whole weekend in less than four minutes, from Friday mid-day when the cars are still on the street through to Sunday morning when the High Street gets back to normal and the fairground environment is jsyt a memorny for another year.

 

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Day out on the canal for the elderly of Bedwyn

In this current environment of tight budgets, cuts and the squeezing out of all but the essential across the whole health and social care arena, it is increasingly frequent that the 'softer' issues such as social inclusion and engagement with the community of those less able to get out and become involved suffer.  

 

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1918 - the last year of the 'Great War' - with bleak Marlborough footnotes

In September 1918, the Allied offensive was making it very 'hot' for the Kaiser & his armies [Marlborough Times, 25 September 1918]In September 1918, the Allied offensive was making it very 'hot' for the Kaiser & his armies [Marlborough Times, 25 September 1918]A timely event at Marlborough LitFest 2018 was Peter Hart's talk about his book book The Last Battle - Endgame on the Western Front, 1918.  This tells the story of the First World War's last ten months mainly through the words of those who fought through them. 

Marlborough historian David Du Croz kindly wrote an introduction to Peter Hart's talk for marlborough.news - emphasising the cost of 1918's fighting to men from Marlborough College and from the Parish of St Peter. 

By 1918 it was clear, even if it had not been so earlier, that the outcome of the First World War would be determined on the Western Front. The story of the fighting in France and Flanders during these 10 months contains some dramatic twists and turns.  And despite the fact that it had become a war of movement again with troops on both sides no longer quite literally banging their heads against impenetrable entrenched defences, casualty figures continued to climb. 

It was the year in which the British and French nearly managed to lose the war and then just managed to win it, both approximations reflecting the near-total exhaustion of all combating armies.

It is a year that lacks the high profile tragic stories of the Battles of the Somme (1916) and Passchendaele (1917), but its events were nevertheless of crucial importance in deciding the endgame. 

In a sequence of five ferocious offensives between March and July the Germans desperately sought the key to crushing the British and French armies, but despite losing large numbers not least as prisoners of war, both armies managed to hold their ground in a series of fighting retreats. 

Having exhausted themselves in the process, the Germans then became the object of four major counter-offensives by British, French and American forces in late July and August recovering all the land lost earlier in the year. This was followed in late September by a further four planned and integrated Allied attacks which broke the back of the German defensive lines and their morale.

 It was at 6pm on September 28 that Ludendorff went to Hindenburg - the two were jointly running the German war effort - and told him that Germany must sue for peace.

The story of these dramatic months is reflected in the experiences of those from Marlborough who lost their lives in 1918. Out of the 112 former members of Marlborough College who died in that year, 80 lost their lives on the Western Front, twelve of those in a period of ten days during the opening phases of what the Germans called the Kaiserschlacht (the Kaiser's Battle), and an identical number during a similar period in late August as their own army went on the offensive. 

The much smaller statistics of the parishioners from St Peter's who died in 1918 likewise tell a similar story.   All bar one of the twelve deaths of men from the Parish occurring on the Western Front, seven of them dying on those same battlefields of previous years, identified by the names of the rivers which defined the combat zones - Somme, Lys, and Aisne.

David Du Croz has co-authored Marlborough College and the Great War in 100 Stories - available online from shop.marlboroughcollege.org

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Marlborough Rugby: this time local rivals Chippenham to make it six out of six

Joe Visei breaks through an attempted tackle supported by Semisi Rasivo, Jake Williams and Henry WebsterJoe Visei breaks through an attempted tackle supported by Semisi Rasivo, Jake Williams and Henry Webster

Marlborough 36  -  21 Chippenham

 

Marlborough continued their excellent start to the season with a sixth win in a row and against another local rival, this time Chippenham.  The whole Club is enjoying their first ever time in Level Six and every week brings a new challenge and a Club that they've either never faced or not faced in a very long time.  As they go into each game, the squad know how much respect every team deserves and the physicality they bring, but are confident in the style of rugby they are trying to play.

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Marlborough achieves a Community First award for transforming the Youth Centre

Mayor Lisa Farrell receives the very first Local Council Community Award from Community First's president, Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire, Mrs Sarah Rose TroughtonMayor Lisa Farrell receives the very first Local Council Community Award from Community First's president, Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire, Mrs Sarah Rose TroughtonOn behalf of the Marlborough Town Council Mayor Lisa Farrell was presented with the inaugral Local Council Community Award from Community First at their AGM and Award Ceremony held last night, Thursday 11 October in Devizes.

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ARMISTICE 1918: a special reading of Wilfred Owen's poems & letters exactly one hundred years since he was killed in battle

On Monday, 4 November 1918 Second Lieutenant Wilfred Owen was killed in action during the crossing of the Sambre-Oise Canal.  On Sunday, 4 November 2018 Marlborough Town Hall will host War, And The  Pity Of War - a programme of Owen's poetry and letters read by distinguished actors Dame Janet Suzman and Alex Waldmann.

 

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