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Salisbury athlete to international star

By Will Bradley Schoolgirl swimmer to elite athlete: Hannah Drewett, from Salisbury, graduated from the University of Leeds on July 22, and is now a professional triathlete, competing in pro-events worldwide. Hannah grew up in Salisbury and has ambitions to be one of... read more

Plain alert

Military camps were placed on ‘lockdown’ at Salisbury Plain in a terrorist alert after three people were spotted on the ridge of a nearby hill with a suspected rifle. Armed police and a helicopter dashed to the scene and searched the area while families were advised... read more

Tesco’s ‘every little helps’ day centre

By Will Bradley Jo Benson Day Centre for the physically disabled in Salisbury received a welcome boost from Tesco Extra on July 18, leading a community makeover event. The centre needed generally refreshing, and new equipment. Located in Miller Road, the centre has 70... read more

Development proves a catch with Pokemon Go fans

Players of the Pokemon Go app have been flocking to an Amesbury housing development after the site became an unlikely hotspot for Pokemon characters. Persimmon Homes’ Abbey Green site in Boscombe Road, Amesbury has seen fans of visit the showhome after ‘Poke-addicts’... read more

Community-run centre keeps Gillingham fit

By Will Bradley RiversMeet Leisure Centre is celebrating five successful years as the only community-owned and managed asset in the UK. North Dorset District Council, the Gillingham Town Council and the newly formed Gillingham Community Leisure Trust lead by John... read more

Graduation ceremony planned at cathedral

Local students gaining a higher or advanced level apprenticeship will have a special graduation ceremony to mark their achievement this autumn. The graduation ceremony is at Salisbury Cathedral from 2pm on October 6. All training providers, colleges and employers... read more

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A Curious Day Inside Warminster Library – 28/07/2016 11:00

Location: Warminster Library, Three Horseshoes Walk, Warminster, BA12 9BT

Pop along to this FREE day of arts and crafts for children aged 4 – 11, 11am – 3pm (children must be accompanied by a parent/carer) led by artist Megan Clark-Bagnall.

To book your place contact Warminster Library on 01985 216022

Great Dorset Chilli Festival 2016 – 30/07/16 – 31/07/16 10:00 – 17:00

Location: St Giles Park, Wimborne St Giles, BH21 5ND

The festival will be held on the last weekend in July 2016 and we are looking forward to another great day out for chilli enthusiasts, food lovers and families. To be held with the kind permission of the Earl of Shaftesbury at St Giles Park, we’re lining up a glorious weekend of “chilli fiesta”, with stalls selling all things chilli, from pepper plants to cayenne condiments; seeds to ceramics; plus cooking demonstrations; talks on growing chillies; artisan food producers; music; spicy street food; local ice creams to cool the mouth; local beers to slake the thirst.

We have some of the most dedicated independent sauce manufacturers and retailers booked in to attend already and some of the country’s best specialist chilli growers to showcase their plants and seeds to thousands of visitors at what is sure to be 2016’s hottest event in Dorset. The development of the Dorset Naga, at one time reputed to be the world’s hottest chilli, has really put Dorset on the map for chilli enthusiasts. Come and join us at this fun, friendly festival!

Advanced reduced tickets go on sale in June. Well-behaved dogs welcome. Do NOT leave dogs in your car. Disabled access: the site is flat (no hills) but it is a field so a little bumpy for wheelchairs; disabled toilets available. Free parking. See website for more information.

Event URL: http://www.greatdorsetchillifestival.co.uk/

Event email: info@greatdorsetchillifestival.co.uk

Event Tel: 01258 447 040

Hall & Woodhouse team take on challenging 900-mile stationary bike cycle for charity ‘Together for Short Lives’ – 04/08/16 11:00

Location: The Milk Churn

A team from The Milk Churn in Melksham will be taking on the challenge of a 900-mile stationary bike cycle, riding the equivalent of John O’Groats to Lands End without leaving the bar, for charity partner Together for Short Lives, with the target to raise £1,000.

To celebrate the completion of the cycle challenge on Saturday 6 August, The Milk Churn will be hosting a family fun day for everyone, including face painters, competitions, super-heroes plus many more activities for people of all ages.

Event URL: http://themilkchurn.co.uk/

Event email: milkchurn.melksham@hall-woodhouse.co.uk

Event Tel: 01225 706496

SALISBURY JAZZ CLUB – 12/08/16 20.00

Location: Stockman’s Lounge, The Livestock Market, Netherhampton Road, Salisbury, SP2 8RH

SALISBURY JAZZ CLUB has been keeping jazz alive in the Salisbury area since 1979 and continues to present good quality jazz of the New Orleans/Traditional style.

On 12TH AUGUST 2016 we welcome back THE GOLDEN EAGLE JAZZ BAND who last played at the club for our Mardi Gras night.

Join in the dancing or just sit back and listen – the choice is entirely yours.

Doors open 19.00 Music 20.00-23.00

Admission: £10. Students £5. Pay at door.

Large car park – bar – tea/coffee – excellent dance floor – raffle.

Hot food available – order before 20.00

For more information contact:

Joe 02380 869720 email joecroll@sky.com or

Wendy 01672 564241 email lawrence@jazz4us.fsnet.co.uk

or visit our website.

Event URL: http://www.southwilts.com/site/salisbury-jazz-club

Event email: joecroll@sky.com

Event Tel: 02380 869720


Fish tank

Juwel Bow Fronted Fish Tank, 48″ x 12″ on Oak effect cabinet with all accessories VGC. £50. 01722 714747.

Housing exchange

Two bed good sized flat in Gillingham Dorset. Wet room, new kitchen, GCH,DG, open working fireplace with log and coal storage in garden.

Enclosed mature gardens, patio area, two brick sheds with electricity.  Good neighbours mostly bought properties this end street. One senior lady above bought. Two mins from fishing lakes and fields, 5 mins town, train, buses. Seeking two bed bungalow within 15 miles max of Gillingham Dorset, Villages only. 01747 825132.

Commemorative Coin

Rare £2 coin celebrating the tercentenary of the Bill of Rights 1689 – 1989. In new condition in original wrapping. £10. 01980 610790.

Honda Civic 2009 Milano Red

Honda Civic 2009 Milano Red. 1.8 SE vtec. Manual. 70000 miles. Full service history. 4 new tyres. Very good condition. SP3. £4000. 07852879799.

Jobs For You

Homecarers, healthcare assistants, nurses and support workers

Nurse Plus: Homecarers, healthcare assistants, nurses and support workers wanted. Jobs in Andover, Winchester, Stockbridge, Amesbury, Tidworth, Devizes, Pewsey, Fordingbridge, Shaftesbury, Gillingham, Warminster, and East Knoyle. For more information 01722 331139 – salisbury@nurseplusuk.com / www.nurseplusuk.com

Horticultural mechanic/engineer

Salisbury Garden Machinery. Horticultural mechanic/engineer wanted. For more information visit: www.salisburygardenmachinery.co.uk. Please send CV to roger@salisburygardenmachinery.co.uk

Care and/or support workers

Bailey Care Services. Care and/or support workers to join our teams in Salisbury, Trowbridge and Warminster to deliver high-quality care and support to our clients in local and surrounding area. Contact Neat or Peggy on 01225 767848.

Chef for Casual Dining Bar – Central Salisbury

Working with a great cool independent brand in the centre of Salisbury, we’re looking for a chef to join their small team serving popular home made burgers, wings, sharers and salads.

Ideally you’ll be confident enough to take control some days and would typically be working 40 – 45 hours a week over a 5 day rota, although part time is a possibility. You MUST be able to work weekends and evenings, though, and have recent checkable work experience in a commercial kitchen.

Please get in touch by phone or email asap – immediate start available

Salary: £8.25 per hour +

Name: Alex

Email: alex@cedarbrookassociates.co.uk

Tel: 07973 427719

Chef de Partie

Chef de Partie required for busy City centre restaurant with fresh food menu and very good reputation.

Hours will include weekends and evenings on a flexible rota, working with a small team of staff producing excellent quality food, giving you the opportunity to work in all areas of the kitchen.

Friendly busy working environment with a great reputation !

Please apply by email with a CV asap as we’re interviewing now

Salary: £8.25 / hour +

Name: Alex

Email: alex@cedarbrookassociates.co.uk

Tel: 07973 427719

Dog/Housesitter required

Dog/Housesitter required to stay in Tisbury, for professional couple travelling with work. 10 year old male pointer dog.

Price: By arrangement

Tel: 07990 972650

Publicity Officer

This could be a home based position although attendance at monthly committee meetings would be preferable.

It is a vital volunteer position, to promote awareness about MS, and publicise the work of the MS Society and the branch within the community.

Candidates should be computer literate, preferably with knowledge of Facebook and Twitter.

Salary: Volunteer Position – expenses paid

Name: Sue Chilcott
Email: ndorset@mssociety.org.uk
Tel: 01747823062

Support Officer

Establish contact with, and support, local people with MS, their families and carers

Help people with MS and their families and carers to access services that meet their needs Liaise with, and make referrals to, local health and social services and other agencies concerned with the provision of services to people with MS. Provide information about and access to individual welfare grants available from the Branch and the MS Society. Assist with grants applications. Establish and maintain links with other organisations concerned with meeting the needs of people with MS. Take telephone calls from and visit people newly-diagnosed with MS and support those people ongoing. Work with the branch committee and other volunteers to ensure that the welfare needs of local people with MS are identified.

Salary: Volunteer Position although expenses paid

Publicity Officer

This could be a home based position although attendance at monthly committee meetings would be preferable. It is a vital volunteer position, to promote awareness about MS, and publicise the work of the MS Society and the branch within the community.

Candidates should be computer literate, preferably with knowledge of Facebook and Twitter.

Salary: Volunteer Position – expenses paid

Name: Sue Chilcott

Email: ndorset@mssociety.org.uk

Tel: 01747823062

Trainee Field Sales

We are a rapidly expanding office equipment and solutions provider and have become successful by delivering some of the most innovative IT and Digital Print Solutions to the South-West region.

Expansion plans means they are looking for ambitious individuals who are keen to develop high-earning Sales Career in a growth industry with an OTE of £30,000.

Joining their winning team, majoring on Toshiba, Sharp and UTAX hardware solutions, you will be seeking Business opportunities by Telephone canvassing, appointment-setting, Client visits, and Customer Relationship duties.

We have comprehensive Training and Development programs in place to ensure that you realise your full potential, and develop into full Account Management.

If you have the following we want to hear from you:  – Drive, enthusiasm, hunger and hard-work ethic – Excellent Communication and Interpersonal skills – Good at listening, and prepared to learn – Some sales experience preferable, but not essential

Salary: 15,000 basic + bonus

Name: Justin Evans

Email: justin.evans@direct-tec.co.uk

Tel: 01722 346446


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Burnbake Trust

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