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Cats on a hot roof

Firefighters saved the lives of four cats trapped in a burning house in the huge flames in Tidworth. The couple who live in the house have been left homeless after the inferno. The terrified cats were scattered all over the burning house – including under the... read more

Biking through India

Sixteen regulars of Wilton’s community pub, The Bear Inn, left on Friday, February 17, to tour India by motorbike. Led by Nick Rowe, who has spent a lot of time in the area, the group picked up their Royal Enfield bikes in New Dehli and plan to tour Shimla and other... read more

Cancer trust opens to assist whole community

By Will Bradley A new Wessex Cancer Trust drop-in centre opened at Beckett House, Bridge Street, Salisbury, on February 7. “Our vision is to provide effective, local support and information for all people affected by cancer,” Jackie Newman, Support Centre Manager told... read more

Pensioner’s death ‘unascertained’

A 70-year-old pensioner was found with a plastic bag over his head and a tube attached to a canister of nitrogen gas. Michael Rowles’s body was partly decomposed before police found him sitting in a chair in his home in Salisbury. An inquest at Salisbury, Wiltshire,... read more

Chief Constable hits back at report

Wiltshire Chief Constable Mike Veale has hit back at a Sunday newspaper report about the ongoing investigation into allegations against former Prime Minister and Salisbury Close resident Sir Edward Heath. “Speculation continues and is of huge concern to me as I... read more

Seven arrested accused of shoplifting

Police were called to Sports Direct, Churchill Way West, Salisbury, shortly before 3pm on February 6. A 40-year-old man and 15-year-old girl were arrested on suspicion of theft and taken into custody at Melksham Police Station. Security alarms were activated and staff... read more

Station boost

Wilton’s proposed railway station has taken a huge leap forward, residents heard at a well-attended special meeting on Thursday, February 16, in the Baptist Church community room. Funding has been made available from Wilton Estate and the town council for the... read more

Council hikes tax by 4.99%

Dorset County Council is to increase its tax charge by 4.99%, claiming it is to help bridge the gap in funding for adult social care. On February 16, councillors agreed to raise council tax by 1.99% – the maximum permitted without triggering a local referendum – plus... read more

Salisbury hit by more crime

On February 13, a theft in Salt Lane, Salisbury involved an offender stealing a grey ‘Scott’ Aspect mountain bike left outside the pub for short time. There was no love lost on February 14, Valentine’s Day, when a ‘Btwin’ Rockrider 2014 mountain bike, grey with white... read more

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Snowdrop weekends throughout February

Saturday, 25 February @ 10:00 - 16:00
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Snowdrop weekends throughout February

Sunday, 26 February @ 10:00 - 16:00

Bishopstrow Hotel & Spa Wedding Show

Sunday, 26 February @ 12:00 - 16:00


Tumble dryer

Vented tumble dryer. White knight tumble dryer, hardly used. £30. 01747 631096.


Dishwasher. Bosch. 2 years old. Excellent condition. Selling as new house has built-in dishwasher. £95. 01794 884979.


Little used Wessex UBGT 53, 5′ x 3′ unbraked 14″ sides. Price: £275. 01722 790508


Spotlight. Powerful, adjustable on tripod. Suitable for hall. £110. 01722 742902.


Churchill – Roy Jenkins and Churchill – a life. Two books. £9. 01722 742902.

Carrying basket

Carrying basket, bed, litter box; would suit medium-sized animal. £40. 01722 742902.

Jobs For You

Stores Assistant

LWS Irrigation Ltd require a stores assistant to work with their small, friendly team in Dinton.

No experience necessary, training will be given.

Hours – Monday to Friday 8.00am to 5.00pm.

Please send CV by email.

Salary: Negotiable

Name: Mick Regan

Email: mick.regan@mjabbott.co.uk

Tel: 01722 716361


Full-time Garden and Landscape staff

JCB Garden/Landscape require additional staff to join a friendly team to maintain quality gardens in the South.

The applicants will hold a full, clean driving licence. Duties will include total grounds maintenance to include grass cutting (tractor and pedestrian), strimming work, hedge cutting and general plant care, as well as other related tasks.

Ideally holding three years experience, the right applicant can progress within this team.
Excellent rates of pay, depending upon experience.

Full-time, based in Salisbury.

Please send CV by email to jonathan@jcbgardenlandscape.co.uk

Part Time Rural Assistant Postmaster

The award-winning Chalke Valley Community Hub in Broad Chalke which includes a village shop, sub post office, coffee shop and meeting room, is looking for a part-time assistant to run the post office counter on Friday mornings from 9am to 1pm, with a view to taking over for 4 or 5 mornings a week on the retirement of the current postmaster in March 2018.

Applicants should preferably have previous post office or banking experience and be self-employed. In-house training will be given and the successful applicant will be required to pass Post Office and DBS checks.
Applications in writing by February 10 2017 to Caroline Dutson c/o CVCH, URC Chapel, High Road, Broad Chalke SP5 5EH.

Experienced Beauty Therapist

Beauty Matters ( in Warminster ) are looking for an experienced therapist to join our friendly team. If you’re looking for a new challenge in 2017 then please get in touch.

Salary: Dependant on experience

Email: kirstylgilmour@hotmail.com. Tel: 01985846373


Wilton House assistant

A part-time Gift Shop Assistant is required for the 2017 tourist season.

The position is expected to last approximately five months, three days a week – Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays.

For more information and application form: www.wiltonhouse.co.uk/vacancies/ or telephone 01722 746728.


Groom/farm worker

Groom/farm worker for full or part-time work to join small family team in Teffont. General duties with the horses, two brood mares and young-stock. Also general duties around farm, help feeding chickens, sheep and paddock care. For more details please call Mary on 07799 768887.

F/T Chef

Experienced chef required for busy learning and conference centre serving varied, freshly cooked food to hotel standard. Good working environment.

Salary: £17,675.

Richard Amey

Email: ramey@sarum.ac.uk

Tel: 01722 424809



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Cats on a hot roof

Firefighters saved the lives of four cats trapped in a burning house in the huge flames in Tidworth. The couple who live in the house have been left homeless after the inferno. The terrified cats were scattered all over the burning house – including under the... read more

More floor space for extended stock

By David Parker Brexit may be bothering some businesses, but one local specialist retailer is doing so well, its display space and stock range has been expanded to cope with growing demand. A mezzanine floor has been added to the existing upstairs area of Nadder... read more

Equipment and styling refreshed

By Dominic Parkes If you live up a rutted country lane and occasionally need the traction of a four-wheel drive but don’t wish to face the opprobrium of owning a Chelsea Tractor, maybe the Peugeot 2008 is for you. The recent facelift of the Peugeot 2008 is just that.... read more

A lot can change in nine months

By Dominic Parkes Such was my eagerness to review another Kia product I forgot it had only been about nine months since I’d previously caressed a Kia steering wheel. A lot can change in nine months, as we all know. But not here. Another chance to witness the enormous... read more

New Den for Molly in Salisbury

Troves of vintage and antique treasures are now in Salisbury at a new Molly’s Den and a Mini Molly’s Den and toasted café open in Winchester. Full to the brim with furniture, clothing, accessories, collectables, homeware and much more, there is something for everyone... read more

Young carer: ‘I wish I’d known…’

By Vaida Tamkiene Hundreds of thousands children and teenagers struggle in one way or another, faced with a need to care for a disabled or chronically ill family member, forced to grow up early and miss out on childhood opportunities. But the experience, mostly... read more

Banish memories of previous incarnation

By Dominic Parkes I have to admit that I was kind of hoping that Westover Fiat would have had to do some major work to the review Fiat Tipo, and have no option but to replace it with the Fiat Spider instead. But no such luck. The two-seater sports car was not coming... read more

Festive focus on Fisherton Street

Long-known for its diverse range of independent shops and retailers, Fisherton Street has continued to expand in 2016, providing an exciting alternative to the chains that dominate our high streets, and a broad range of gift ideas for all the family this Christmas.... read more

Your guide to a super special Christmas

Don’t you just love Christmas? One of the best things about this magical time of year is gift-giving, but it doesn’t come without its stresses – and that’s why we’ve eased up the load with a special guide. So get your Christmas all wrapped up with the Valley News... read more

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