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Book sales boost for Community

Dorset Community Foundation received a £10,000 donation from proceeds of the sale of ‘Deepest Dorset’, a book commissioned by Lord Rothermere and written by local authors Fanny Charles and Gay Pirrie-Weir. Jon Yates, foundation chief executive accepted the... read more

Insulin overdose

A patient was given an overdose of insulin at Salisbury District Hospital. The horrific mistake occurred because an ‘incorrect device’ was used. Yesterday the hospital stressed the patient did not die. “The patient has been informed. The matter is under review,” said... read more

City hit by string of burglaries

Salisbury has been hit by a string of burglaries this week. On May 17, a theft in Harnham Road resulted 19 laurel plants being stolen from a front garden. The next day, during a burglary overnight  at Cactus Jack, Water Lane, a fire door was forced and cash stolen.... read more

Inn landlords scoop £1million jackpot

By Will Bradley Nick and Zoe Hoare, landlords of The White Horse Inn in Quidhampton scooped the EuroMillions Millionaire Maker top prize on May 9. They received the £1million prize on May 19 in the gardens of the traditional village pub with a huge morning gathering... read more

Villagers ‘slap in the face’

By Fanny Charles Villagers joined a protest to improve traffic on the main road through the community. Local people have dubbed Melbury Abbas the “Village of the Jammed” and they took their protests to town, with a demonstration beside the electric sign by the Tesco... read more

Social satire is a hit at Salisbury Playhouse

By Fanny Charles Rodney Ackland, once known as the English Chekhov, is now being enjoyed by new audiences after years of neglect and the latest revival, of Before the Party, is a triumph for Salisbury Playhouse. Like his contemporary Terence Rattigan, Ackland’s... read more

Four candidates contest Dorset North

Four candidates contest the Dorset North seat in the General Election on June 8. Simon Hoare became the division’s MP at the 2015 election – but there will be no candidate for the UK Independence party, runner-up in 2015. The list, when nominations closed on May 11,... read more

Vape battery fires up

A motorist ended up in hospital with burns after an e-cigarette battery exploded while she drove along the fast lane of the A303. Terrified IT consultant Ellie Petty, 32, from Salisbury, said ‘she was on fire’ but managed to extinguish the flames with her bare hands... read more

My horse for a kingdom

The second Art in Motion artists and experts talk at Messums Wiltshire is on June 14. ‘Looking at Horses’ is an evening in conversation with a trainer, a painter and a sculptor. International sculptor Mark Coreth leads a master class for all ages. Join eight... read more

Events for week of 22 May 2017

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Tue 23rd

Bath Society of Artists Annual Open Exhibition 2017

Saturday, 20 May @ 10:30 - Saturday, 15 July @ 17:00

Summer Courtyard Cinema Club : Stranger Than Fiction

Tuesday, 23 May @ 20:00 - 00:00
Wed 24th

Bath Society of Artists Annual Open Exhibition 2017

Saturday, 20 May @ 10:30 - Saturday, 15 July @ 17:00
Thu 25th
Sat 27th

Bath Society of Artists Annual Open Exhibition 2017

Saturday, 20 May @ 10:30 - Saturday, 15 July @ 17:00

Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival

Friday, 26 May - Saturday, 10 June
Sun 28th

Bath Society of Artists Annual Open Exhibition 2017

Saturday, 20 May @ 10:30 - Saturday, 15 July @ 17:00

Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival

Friday, 26 May - Saturday, 10 June

International Market

Sunday, 28 May @ 10:00 - Monday, 29 May @ 18:00


Jig Saws

3 x original Wasjig 1000 piece puzzles by Falcon. Complete, vgc. Numbers 3, 5, & Destiny three. £2 each. Tel: 01980 611716.

High Chair

High Chair. VGC. Grandchildren now too old, no longer needed. £15. Tel: 01980 611716

Yamaha T-35

Yamaha T-35. Digital piano stool and pedal. Almost new. £250. 01722 410932.

Pocket spring mattress

Pocket spring mattress. 3ft. Excellent condition. Spotless. Collection only. Free. 01722 340130.

Piano stool

Adjustable height single piano stool. Wood, well built, VGC. £45.00. 07787394602


Tumble dryer

Vented tumble dryer. White knight tumble dryer, hardly used. £30. 01747 631096.

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Headliners return to Southampton Common

Common People the ultimate bank holiday bonanza is back on Southampton Common May 27 and 28. DJ legend Pete Tong will top the bill on Saturday and king of the dancehall, Sean Paul will headline The Common Stage on Sunday night bringing Common People 2017 to a close.... read more

Humble beginnings to heady heights

By Dominic Parkes From humble beginnings manufacturing bicycle parts, Kia reached the heady heights of selling nearly three million units a year, and the South Korean brand seems to be powering ever forward. The 2017 Rio model is in the Clio and Polo super-mini pool... read more

Nick Andrew and Wylye Valley Art Trail

By Fanny Charles Nick Andrew, who was one of the founders of Wylye Valley Art Trail, will be opening his studio at Bull Mill, Crockerton, for this year’s trail from May 27 to June 4. But Nick is also looking for a London gallery to show the paintings he has been... read more

A car you buy with your emotion

Pictures and words copyright Dominic Parkes 2017 I think the Fiat media co-ordinator was on the verge of changing her number and email address such was my dogged pursuit of reviewing the Fiat Spider. Almost weekly, I could be heard whining and pleading to secure the... read more

Racecourse gallops to success

By Will Bradley Significant investment for another premier season at the popular track is giving Salisbury Racecourse a good run into the new season. The racecourse team are gearing up for another successful summer of 16 flat-race meetings and live-music events at the... read more

New play’s true tale

A play by agricultural story editor of The Archers Graham Harvey and AJ Kroon, former producer of The Archers, brings to the stage the true tale of an unlikely Cotswold hero, a West Country Land Army girl in an enduring romance. No Finer Life is set in the Oxfordshire... read more

New campus traffic warning

No objection was raised by Warminster Town council members to plans for a new hotel resort, water park, business conference facility and an immersive animal experience at Longleat. But members warned Wiltshire Council of ‘the potential for serious traffic congestion... read more

Fresh and very stylish Toyota

Pictures and words copyright Dominic Parkes ‘Inspired by the multifaceted precision of a diamond with a sculptured look and powerfully expressive lines’ reads the hyperbole in the sales brochure. For a moment, I thought I was reading one of those stuttering, confused... read more

Salisbury duo bring Salisbury Plain to centre stage

By Will Bradley Echo’s End, set on Salisbury Plain in 1915 and written by local playwright Barney Norris, runs in Salisbury Playhouse main theatre from March 29 to April 15. Barney and director Alice Hamilton grew up in Salisbury and met through Salisbury Playhouse’s... read more

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