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Life-threatening emergency at Salisbury Burns Unit

Expertise at the world famous burns unit at Salisbury District Hospital was summoned into action on Wednesday evening, December 17, when another hospital called with a life-threatening emergency. A man suffered horrific burns from an explosion in a camper van. The man... read more

MPs’ Christmas cheer

Salisbury MP John Glen spread a chunk of Christmas cheer on December 16 with the latest unemployment statistics in the area. The number of Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants in Salisbury constituency in November 2014 was 366, or 0.8% of the economically active... read more

Householders warned to beware of rogue traders

Wiltshire residents are being urged to do their bit to help prevent fly-tipping and avoid possible prosecution by checking the credentials of businesses offering to remove waste from their properties. From June to November this year 949 fly-tipping incidents were... read more

Wiltshire pupils make good progress

More Wiltshire primary school pupils are achieving expected levels for reading, writing and maths, according to the latest government figures. Performance tables from the Department for Education, released on December 11, show an increase in the number of 11-year-olds... read more

Sad death of local resident

A woman’s funeral was postponed because her heartbroken husband hung himself just a day before the service. Father of two Michael Hopper, 68 – who was ‘utterly devoted’ to his 65-year-old wife Christine – was discovered by police at his home in Warminster. Dispensing... read more

Salisbury small shops are having a happy Christmas

Salisbury’s independent shops are busy celebrating their £1,500 Christmas Giveaway and Small Business Day. This Christmas many of the 170 local independents say they have already recorded a busier than normal December so far. Louise Thatcher from Framemakers... read more

Special council treat for children

Wiltshire Council is giving all children under 16 a special Christmas present – free swimming over the festive season. Youngsters can make the most of the swimming sessions at every council-run pool in the county during the Christmas school holidays. The... read more

110,000 dogs could have their chips

With 110,000 dogs in the south west going around unchipped, People’s Postcode Lottery is in help to fund the Dogs Trust charity’s microchipping campaign to keep dogs and their owners together. Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity and has ambitious... read more

Bishop welcomes hunger report

A report by MPs and Peers on hunger in Britain asked ‘fundamental questions’ about the society we are choosing to be in today’s Britain, according to the Bishop of Salisbury. The Right Revd Nicholas Holtam gave evidence to the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into... read more

New plan for ancient sites

Local people are being invited to 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 will be considered and any relevant changes made before... read more

Valley Features

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Husband and wife team has 16 years of motoring success

Husband and wife team Elaine and Martin Carter have been running Tisbury Motors for more than 16 years, and have transformed the garage into a modern diagnostic centre for Bosch, serving a wide area of South Wiltshire. Elaine believes in investing in her staff and has... read more

Liberty of London – fashion made in Fovant

Rebecca Clayton, from Fovant, has successfully pitched to world-famous London department store Liberty, and is now starring in the Channel 4 TV show ‘Liberty of London’. Rebecca attended Liberty’s open call day on August 30 alongside 900 others, and was lucky enough... read more

National award for city favourite

The coveted chef of the year award at the Curry Life awards, hosted in London on October 19. Was won by chef Tohur Ali from the Shah Jahan, in South Western Road, Salisbury. The Shah Jahan is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and Tohur Ali is delighted to receive... read more

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

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