Local News from South Wiltshire & North Dorset

Dog theft alert, out and at home

Two dogs were stolen in October. One was taken from a kennel on a farm in West Knoyle. The second was taken while the owner was walking it in Sedgehill! The owner called Police and put an alert on Facebook, and someone found the dog at the other end of Sedgehill. The... read more

Half marathon test for Salisbury runners

Runner from all over the British Isles took part in the Salisbury Half Marathon on October 19. Greeted by clear blue skies and near perfect running conditions, the athletes left the start on Ashley Green, accompanied by the tunes of a Gurkha Piper. The Mens Race was... 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

Hindon celebrates shop’s birthday

Hindon Village Stores celebrated five years as a successful business, thriving community shop and, most importantly, as a Post Office with our longstanding Postmaster Kelvin Watts. The stores opened in September, 2009, after a year-long ‘save our shop’ campaign. It... read more

Charities prop up the government

Comment from the editor This is not a recession. Hence the recent street marches. It’s time taxpayers entered the real world! National focus is currently on the future of the NHS. Locally, we have a hospital with a reliance on appeals for money to buy extra... read more

New office attracts more new clients

A new spacious office in Burcombe, near Wilton, is now the home of ReQuire Recruitment run by Louise Howard and Liam McConnell. The recruitment company, established in 2006 and becoming very successful, has swapped the busy city for the relaxed feel of the Wiltshire... read more

International exposure for new auction house in Wilton

Webbs of Wilton gained international attention on October 22, when it held its first auction of fine art. The auction house, based in North Street, Wilton, put under the hammer a private collection of 234 drawings in ink, crayon and watercolours by master forger Eric... read more

Fair deal for whole of UK

View from the constituency. By John Glen MP for Salisbury A month after the historic Scottish referendum vote, I was appointed to the No.10 Policy Board, with the constitutional affairs brief. Much of my time in London has been taken up by considering the next steps... read more

Key to success is ‘blue ocean’ thinking

A packed Wyndham Arms was treated to an inspiring talk from publisher Mark Allen on October 14. Mark, founder of the Mark Allen Group, was guest speaker at Wilton and District Chamber’s monthly business breakfast. More than 30 members and guests were told the... read more

Mystery of vanishing builders

By David Parker National house-building company Redrow suddenly deserted its major development site in Wilton, amid local speculation. From being a hive of industry, Redrow ceased building work on the Wilton Hill site, the former Mod UK Land Forces headquarters, where... read more

Who owns the Rifles Monument?

Controversy still dogs the Rifles Monument, and Shaftesbury residents have called for a town meeting to challenge the actions of the Mayor, Cllr Win Harvey, after she used her casting vote to site the monument at Castle Hill. This was in opposition to the public... read more

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Dog theft alert, out and at home

Two dogs were stolen in October. One was taken from a kennel on a farm in West Knoyle. The second was taken while the owner was walking it in Sedgehill! The owner called Police and put an alert on Facebook, and someone found the dog at the other end of Sedgehill. The... read more

Half marathon test for Salisbury runners

Runner from all over the British Isles took part in the Salisbury Half Marathon on October 19. Greeted by clear blue skies and near perfect running conditions, the athletes left the start on Ashley Green, accompanied by the tunes of a Gurkha Piper. The Mens Race was... 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

Charities prop up the government

Comment from the editor This is not a recession. Hence the recent street marches. It’s time taxpayers entered the real world! National focus is currently on the future of the NHS. Locally, we have a hospital with a reliance on appeals for money to buy extra... read more

Fair deal for whole of UK

View from the constituency. By John Glen MP for Salisbury A month after the historic Scottish referendum vote, I was appointed to the No.10 Policy Board, with the constitutional affairs brief. Much of my time in London has been taken up by considering the next steps... read more

Winners announced at Wiltshire Sports Awards 2014

Athletes, sports clubs, volunteers and coaches across Wiltshire were recognised for their exceptional achievements at the fifth Wiltshire Sports Awards on October 22. The 2014 Wiltshire Sports Awards were jointly hosted by Wiltshire Council, Wiltshire Health... read more

Who are West Country Farmer?

Launched in the Summer of 2014, West Country Farmer is the online meat box and hamper website from the farming family behind The Udder Farm Shop, based in the heart of the Blackmore Vale in Dorset. Husband and wife Brian and Jane run the farm, owned by the family... read more

Care company warned about service failures

The Care Quality Commission has slapped a Warning Notice on a company responsible for the care and welfare of 700 people in their own homes. Wiltshire Council, responsible for providing care to the elderly and others in need, claims ‘all necessary actions are... read more

‘Bedroom tax’ bungle reversal

by Tom Corbin, Labour Parliamentary Candidate Salisbury Constituency Hundreds of lives in the Salisbury Constituency are directly affected by the ‘bedroom tax’, or the spare room subsidy. The tax restricts housing benefit to allow one bedroom for each... read more

Ayckborn farce delights

by Fanny Charles Alan Ayckbourn is an absolute master of the one-liner and a brilliant (if not always kindly) observer of human nature. He has, over his long and distinguished career, pushed the boundaries of set design to the limits. One of his funniest and cleverest... read more

Who is right about the city’s real prospects?

By David Parker, Editor of Valley News I’ve always wanted to know the true answer to the question ‘who owns Salisbury?’ I’ve watched the changes as what was a staid Cathedral city became a hive of coffee cafes and other food and drink hostelries. As... read more

War correspondents share experiences of battle blight

A new play based on the personal experiences of war correspondents comes to Salisbury Playhouse from Thursday, October 23 to Saturday 25. ‘War Correspondents’ explores all aspects of the journalists’ vocation, from being held at gunpoint to the necessity... read more

Wiltshire’s own superfood

To find Wiltshire’s very own superfood, look no further than the acres of bright green leaves growing beside the River Wylye just off the A350 south of Warminster. Tucked away off the road through the Deverill valley, the production line of John Hurd’s Organic... read more

The Bell rings again

The Bell Inn Wylye is ringing again under new ownership. From July 1, Nick Else and his staff got off to a flying start with what seemed to be another dormant pub. With something always going on, Nick and his team are not the typical temporary pub management –... read more

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