Local News from South Wiltshire & North Dorset

Bishop Welcomes Landmark Foodbank Report

The Bishop of Salisbury, the Right Revd Nicholas Holtam, has welcomed a landmark report into foodbanks by the Church of England and a coalition of charities. He said its finding that many people in work are forced to use foodbanks due to problems with tax credit... read more

Wiltshire’s young people are finding work

Latest figures show more of Wiltshire’s young people are succeeding in education, work or training and more people are in work in the county. The Office for National Statistics shows the number of people unemployed across the UK has fallen to fewer than two million... read more

GMB members vote to accept improved pay offer

1.5 million council workers and school staff have taken a pragmatic decision to accept a two-year deal which is worth around 2.35% on average and up to 9.6% for the lowest paid says GMB GMB members in local government and schools in England, Wales and Northern... read more

We will always remember them

On November 11, memories were stirred and silences held all over the Valley News area to remember those who fought and fell in two world wars. This year, the anniversaries of the Armistice signing and the surrender of Germany ending The Second World War, was very... read more

Social housing tenants want to buy own homes

A new study from a survey of social housing tenants in the UK reveals almost a third (29%) hope to move onto the property ladder and buy their own home. The Social Housing Tenants Study 2014 involving more than 1,000 social housing tenants in the UK was carried out by... read more

Frozen assets

The fish and chip shop ‘Down At The Chippy’, in Ludgershall, had to unlock frozen assets when its potato peeler, a reservist firefighter, was called out to an incident while preparing the chips. The shop proprietor was forced to rely on frozen chips for... read more

Soldier’s inquest to be re-opened

An inquest is to be re-opened by Wiltshire Coroner David Ridley into the death of a soldier who died after a ‘barbaric beasting’ by three of his colleagues more than eight years ago. Gavin Williams, 22, of the Second Battalion of the Royal Welsh Regiment stationed at... read more

Witness appeal following assault in Salisbury

Wiltshire Police are appealing for witnesses following an assault on a parking warden in Salisbury. The incident took place at approximately 12:30pm on Saturday November 1 2014 in the service road adjacent to St Pauls Roundabout, off Devizes Road. The parking warden... read more

Wiltshire is a great place to live if you can afford it

Wiltshire has one of the lowest crime rates in the country and a strong economy compared with other areas of the UK however two areas within the Wiltshire Unitary Authority are in the 5% most deprived in the country, Trowbridge Adcroft and Salisbury Bemerton. Nearly... read more

Yeovil Football Club takes a breather in Warminster

Members of Yeovil Town Football club were treated for sports injuries at the Wessex MS Therapy Centre in Warminster in October. Keiffer Moore and Ben Nugent are currently being treated for muscle and ligament strain, and are receiving pure oxygen on a daily basis. It... read more

Wiltshire College gears up for graduation celebrations

Wiltshire College will enjoy a red letter day on Friday, November 7, when its Higher Education students gather in Salisbury for the annual celebratory graduation ceremony. Around 200 graduates will attend the event, held at City Hall to mark their achievements, having... read more

Correction: Antiques at Racecourse

In November’s Valley News the date of the Antiques Fair was incorrectly printed as November 20, rather than November 16. Valley News would like to apologise for the confusion caused. Salisbury racecourse is home to more than 120 stalls of antiques, collectables... read more

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Everything from Business to Sport and Food & Drink to Health & Beauty

Bonmarché comes to town

A queue of more than 50 customers lined up to welcome the new women’s clothing retailer Bonmarché to Wilton Shopping Village on November 18. Wilton Mayor Cllr Phil Matthews controlled the crowds and officially opened the new store. Each early guest received... read more

Paddington bear explores Wiltshire

VisitWiltshire’s marketing activity has attracted yet another high profile visitor this week. In response to the company’s ‘Time for Wiltshire’ campaign, Paddington Bear has decided to journey around the county, taking in the delights of Wiltshire. Paddington... read more

National recognition for Bassets

Local estate agent, Bassets Sales & Lettings, a member of Salisbury’s Chamber of Commerce, have been awarded the ‘Community Champion of the Year’ award at the national Negotiator Awards 2014. The evening of November 4, saw the annual event,hosted by comedian... read more

Season of goodwill to all equines and riders

With Christmas almost upon us, as the rest of the world wake up to excited children and a cheeky morning brandy, equestrians will be over in the yard at the crack of dawn to deal with the horses and make the most of the quiet winter dawn. After the re-launch of their... read more

Best place to live in UK?

By Mark Matthews Rural View Property Sales & Lettings The publication by Lonely Planet, the World’s largest publisher of travel guides, of its list of best cities to visit in 2015 ranks Salisbury as No.7, the only UK destination to make the Top 10. This will come... read more

Furniture lay-out can be a buyer attraction

By David Clayton Most of us are likely to have more furniture than we actually need and what our rooms need. When selling your property, it is vital to understand how best to arrange your furniture for photos and viewings. The most important thing to emphasise is the... read more

Joe really stole the whole show

Orchard Park opened its doors to a very special guest – one of Europe’s top floral artists Joe Massie. Joe is just 26 and already has a number of prestigious awards and accolades under his belt, including winning five gold medals and four ‘Best in Show’ awards... read more

Correction: Antiques at Racecourse

In November’s Valley News the date of the Antiques Fair was incorrectly printed as November 20, rather than November 16. Valley News would like to apologise for the confusion caused. Salisbury racecourse is home to more than 120 stalls of antiques, collectables... read more

Dive write new history of the sinking of a war ship

By David Gilby The tragedy of the Mendi is not well known in Great Britain, despite it being amongst the worst disasters at sea in British waters during the 20th Century. The ship had been chartered by the British Government in 1917 to bring 800 black men of the South... read more

Allington bonfire bonanza

In a competition for the finest bonfire in the county, few would surpass the efforts of Allington and Boscombe village. Ten residents, under the guidance of Dave Willis, built the Tower of London over a five month period. On Saturday evening, November 1, 425... read more

The great big huge Dorset feast returns

With a bigger marquee than ever before and a strong list of local food producers Olives Et Al are set to celebrate their 21st birthday in style at this year’s Great Big Huge Dorset Feast on Saturday November 22. The Oliveers will be ready to welcome visitors to their... read more

Men, their fashion and motorbikes in the mix

Men’s fashion has often been associated with motorbikes; James Dean, Steve McQueen, and more recently Brad Pitt or David Beckham. Two custom-built classic-style motorbikes became the stars of the show for the day. Two local businesses worked together to... read more

We made friends with a Kia Sorento

By Tim Saunders What’s the best way of transporting six people in comfort? The Kia Sorento, of course! A road trip to the west of France puts the Kia through its paces. It clocks up more than 1,500 miles on a variety of terrains while carrying six occupants, including... read more

Soldiers’ charity comes to Wilton

The ABF Soldiers’ charity now has a fund-raising committee based in Wilton – one of several throughout the Wessex Area. Nick Hingston, of Hingstons Antiques, Wilton, offered his premises for the committee’s first event in October – a wine-tasting evening... read more

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