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Persimmon injects £24,000 into regional good causes

A leading regional housebuilder has today announced the launch of a £24,000 community fund to support local groups and charities. Malmesbury-based Persimmon Homes Wessex, which has developments across Salisbury, Swindon, Trowbridge and Didcot, is launching Persimmon... read more

Tackling the tax problem

View from the constituency By John Glen MP for Salisbury Tax avoidance has been top of the agenda over the past month – both in the House of Commons and in my postbag. I share the view of the vast majority of my constituents that tax avoidance is morally... read more

Community group supports curriculum

In Salisbury last year there were no deaths as a result of drugs such as cocaine, herroine, and crack, however alcohol related deaths numbered 768. This is according to Sara from Alcoholics Anonymous who recently came to speak to pupils in Year 10 at Sarum Academy. As... read more

Rare Eric Hebborn oil in sale

Webbs of Wilton, Fine Art Auctioneers, hold their next auction on Wednesday, March 4, at 10am. The Auction House is in North Street, Wilton. Viewing is on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday between 10am and 4pm, and before the auction. Webbs of Wilton was set up by Justin... read more

North Dorset Parliamentary hopefuls line up

Five major parties are contesting the North Dorset constituency for the seat vacated by long-serving Conservative MP Robert Walter, retiring after four terms, since first elected in 1997. The line up is: Richard Barrington, Green, Kim Fendley, Labour, Simon Hoare,... read more

Hollow promises

By Fanny Charles Dorset County Council has withdrawn its two applications to North Dorset District Council to fell trees along Dinah’s Hollow, on the C13 Shaftesbury to Blandford road, currently closed north of Melbury Abbas, because of fears of a landslip. The effect... read more

Dogs days here

Wiltshire-based Animal Friends Insurance has given £5,000 to the Dogs Trust and joined TV personality Eamonn Holmes to support the Love Rehoming campaign. Founder and Managing Director of Animal Friends Insurance, Elaine Fairfax presented the cheque to the Dogs Trust... read more

Town hall: good news

Warminster residents are preparing for the final stage of returning the Old Warminster Town Hall to its former glory. The Warminster Preservation Trust is working with the owner, Devo Developments, and a local builder to restore the building and bring it back into... read more

Pub re-opens to restore former good reputation

The Ship Inn, Burcombe, will reopen on March 6, at 7pm to welcome visitors back to the picturesque pub, and see what changes new owners Scott and Iveta have made. The pub, which has been closed for six months, offers home-made traditional food in comfortable... read more

Tory candidate was not ‘parachuted in’

Simon Hoare, Conservative prospective parliamentary candidate for North Dorset, has responded to accusations from LibDem and UKIP opponents that he is a “Cameron crony parachuted in” from West Oxfordshire and that local Tories were in disarray because of a delay in... read more
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Rare Eric Hebborn oil in sale

Webbs of Wilton, Fine Art Auctioneers, hold their next auction on Wednesday, March 4, at 10am. The Auction House is in North Street, Wilton. Viewing is on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday between 10am and 4pm, and before the auction. Webbs of Wilton was set up by Justin... read more

Hollow promises

By Fanny Charles Dorset County Council has withdrawn its two applications to North Dorset District Council to fell trees along Dinah’s Hollow, on the C13 Shaftesbury to Blandford road, currently closed north of Melbury Abbas, because of fears of a landslip. The effect... read more

Market towns set out their stalls

Representatives from Wiltshire towns were among 63 people at the Michael Herbert Hall, Wilton, on January 29, attending the Wiltshire Market Towns Network. The conference united representatives from neighbouring towns, and guest speakers shared ideas and advice on... read more

Love is in the air at Howard’s House

Seeking an intimate, quintessentially English venue for Valentine’s celebrations? Look no further than Howard’s House, recently handpicked by Delicious magazine as Britain’s top ‘romantic’ getaway. Howard’s House also holds the Good Hotel Guide’s César Award for... read more

New-look Solstice Bar & Grill at the Holiday Inn

The Solstice Bar & Grill at the Holiday Inn, Solstice Park, near Amesbury re-opens its doors after a total refurbishment this month. The award-winning restaurant and bar just off the A303 near Stonehenge and Countess Roundabout has been expanded to a 118-seat... read more

‘Eat out, Eat well’ award to Toran

Toran Indian Cuisine of Codford, Warminster, received the ‘Eat out, Eat well’ Gold award from Wiltshire Council for on December 2. In 2009, Toran started a new era in Indian cuisine by serving healthy foods, freshly prepared with no artificial colouring,... read more

Cycling to bus stops in south Wiltshire now made easier

Bus services in the south of the county are more accessible with people now able to park their bikes at a number of stops. Five bus stops in the south Wiltshire area have had cycle parking hoops installed by Wiltshire Council with funding from the government’s Better... read more

A hollow threat?

The landslip at the Beaminster tunnel, in which two people died when their car was engulfed in mud and rocks was a shocking tragedy. It was inevitable – and responsible – that the result would be risk assessments of similar tunnels or steep-sided narrow lanes where... read more

Local MP donates blood stem cells in lifesaving match

After signing up with Love Hope Strength Foundation / Delete Blood Cancer UK as a willing blood stem cell donor, John Glen MP has recently been matched with someone in need of a lifesaving donation. There are just under a million people registered as potential donors... read more

Udderly fantastic!

A North Dorset farm shop, begun as a diversification project for farmer’s wife Jane Down, celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2015. Udder Farm Shop, on the A30 west of Shaftesbury near the East Stour cross-roads, is one of the success stories of the area. It has won... read more

New plan for ancient sites

Local residents can comment on the new Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site Management Plan as part of the wider public consultation process which runs to March 1, 2015. Comments on the Plan and any relevant changes must be made before the final version is... read more

Traders say town is now looking up

Wilton traders are looking forward to 2015 after flooding and road works combined to cause four months of business disruption in the historic town in 2014. “Last year was unfortunate with the flooding and the road works, effectively closing Wilton, at different times.... read more

Tunnel plan hit by new stone age discoveries

The ground-breaking discovery of a late Mesolithic encampment in the Stonehenge World Heritage Site has raised concerns over plans to build a road tunnel under the stones. The only known Mesolithic Homebase in the World Heritage Site could be obliterated if plans for... read more

Food waste to be tackled

View from the constituency By John Glen MP for Salisbury This month, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger and Food Poverty launched its landmark strategy for a ‘zero hunger Britain’ by 2020. We took evidence from more than 150 people at regional evidence... read more

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