Local News from South Wiltshire & North Dorset

Shaftesbury blow to the Rifles Monument re-siting

Shaftesbury residents who took part in a vote on possible locations for the Rifles Monument, at a consultation event at the town hall on Wednesday, voted for option 6, “none of the above.” In effect, they are saying they did not want the monument, erected last... 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

Uproar over boundary change plans

By Fanny Charles An extraordinary general meeting of Warminster Town Council on October 14 will “discuss the methodology” of possible revisions to the town’s settlement boundaries. The decision to hold a special meeting follows chaotic scenes when... 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

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

City Church on the move to Academy

Since 2003, Salisbury City Church has grown from a handful of adults to about 150 people meeting each Sunday morning. After meeting at a local grammar school for several years, City Church has moved to Sarum Academy. The main meeting is in its 308-seater state of the... read more

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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

Christian values mark school’s goal

The SIAMS Inspection issued last term makes encouraging reading, according to head teacher of Wilton and Barford Church of England School Mrs Jan Nook. The inspector reported: Wilton and Barford Church of England School is a smaller than average semi-rural primary... read more

MP wants planning restriction lifted

Lib Dem rural MP Nick Harvey (North Devon) has asked the government not to limit new affordable homes in small communities. He wants a serious re-think on a proposal to remove Section 106 planning obligations from developments of 10 dwellings or fewer. The aim is to... read more

Stones visit stirred some imaginations

By Francis Howard, UKIP Salisbury How human to find that President Obama wanted to see Stonehenge. I am sure he was not disappointed by the new centre and all the amazing archaeological discoveries surrounding the site. It may have been the only thing he did, during... read more

Magic and half-term family fun at theatre

salisbury Playhouse has a range of shows and activities for all ages this October half-term as part of the 2014 Family Arts Festival.   The UK-wide Family Arts Festival’s second year has award-winning writer Michael Morpurgo as the 2014 patron, and a major... read more

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