Business News from South Wiltshire & North Dorset

An historic day for Wilton

It was not only a ground-breaking occasion but also an historic day for the ancient capital of Wilton. Many local community leaders gathered to watch a digger cut the first ground for a new unique project. Work has started on the  former Erskine Barracks site to build... read more

Taste of Istanbul in heart of the city

By Will Bradley Malik Ozbelek is welcoming customers to a new Istanbul mezze bar in Rollestone Street, Salisbury. “Visitors love the food and love the place, but they don’t know we are open,” Malik told Valley News. The large Turkish restaurant has room for 50 covers... read more

Headliners return to Southampton Common

Common People the ultimate bank holiday bonanza is back on Southampton Common May 27 and 28. DJ legend Pete Tong will top the bill on Saturday and king of the dancehall, Sean Paul will headline The Common Stage on Sunday night bringing Common People 2017 to a close.... read more

Book sales boost for Community

Dorset Community Foundation received a £10,000 donation from proceeds of the sale of ‘Deepest Dorset’, a book commissioned by Lord Rothermere and written by local authors Fanny Charles and Gay Pirrie-Weir. Jon Yates, foundation chief executive accepted the... read more

Insulin overdose

A patient was given an overdose of insulin at Salisbury District Hospital. The horrific mistake occurred because an ‘incorrect device’ was used. Yesterday the hospital stressed the patient did not die. “The patient has been informed. The matter is under review,” said... read more

City hit by string of burglaries

Salisbury has been hit by a string of burglaries this week. On May 17, a theft in Harnham Road resulted 19 laurel plants being stolen from a front garden. The next day, during a burglary overnight  at Cactus Jack, Water Lane, a fire door was forced and cash stolen.... read more

Inn landlords scoop £1million jackpot

By Will Bradley Nick and Zoe Hoare, landlords of The White Horse Inn in Quidhampton scooped the EuroMillions Millionaire Maker top prize on May 9. They received the £1million prize on May 19 in the gardens of the traditional village pub with a huge morning gathering... read more

Villagers ‘slap in the face’

By Fanny Charles Villagers joined a protest to improve traffic on the main road through the community. Local people have dubbed Melbury Abbas the “Village of the Jammed” and they took their protests to town, with a demonstration beside the electric sign by the Tesco... read more

Four candidates contest Dorset North

Four candidates contest the Dorset North seat in the General Election on June 8. Simon Hoare became the division’s MP at the 2015 election – but there will be no candidate for the UK Independence party, runner-up in 2015. The list, when nominations closed on May 11,... read more

Drug danger warning to teenagers

A 15-year-old local boy has been arrested on suspicion of the supply of Class C Drugs (Xanax). He was taken to Melksham Police Station for interview but released under investigation. The police have repeated their warning of the dangers of taking prescription drugs... read more

Turf is cut at new airbase

Work has started on the new airbase for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance. At a ceremony on the site of the new airbase at Outmarsh Farm, Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire, Mrs Sarah Rose Troughton, and High Sheriff of Wiltshire, Lady Marland, joined Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s... read more

Sam’s set on super show

By Fanny Charles Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show secretary Sam Braddick has set his sights high for the 2017 event on Wednesday, August 16. He hopes to improve on last year’s record-breaker. “The show broke many records, with the big crowd, glorious sunshine and the... read more

Summer bike and hike treks planned

Warminster Community Hub Summer programme has added cycle rides to a guided walks programme. Colin French has organised the Warminster Wobble, the town’s successful two day cycle festival, for the past nine years. He leads four rides on the Saturdays leading up to the... read more

Bridge re-opens with warm welcome

By Will Bradley Rural pub-restaurant The Bridge Inn, Upper Woodford, is under new management. The Woodford Valley village pub on the picturesque River Avon, will serve fresh local produce, local ales and fine wines, in a relaxed atmosphere. The family-run business has... read more

History sweeps into Mere

A new state-of-the art educational visitor centre opened on April 10 at Hillbrush, Mere, just off the A303. The family-run business, now exporting wordwide, launched the new visitor destination ‘with a difference’ which has an artisan coffee bar, restaurant and museum... read more

Drunken Downton man disqualified

A 28-year-old man was disqualified from driving for 16 months after being charged with failing to provide a breath specimen. Dane Hutley, of Commodore Close, Brooklands, Milton Keynes, appeared at Salisbury Magistrates Court on April 28. At approximately 5.30pm on... read more

Man found hanged

A man was found hanging in his exclusive home in Salisbury’s Cathedral Close. Today the huge house was deserted – but it is up for sale. Christopher Miesner, 41, was found by a relative at the house, and a stunned neighbour said: ”It is pretty horrible. That is all I... read more

New menu to celebrate a year in business

Nadder Valley Pizzas, a pizza takeaway delivery service based in Dinton, is celebrating its first year in business. The service delivers from Hindon to Wilton, Wylye to Tisbury, Broad Chalke, and everywhere in between. “After a year of making many, many pizzas,... read more

Antiques shop clocks up its first five years

Walton House Antiques held its fifth anniversary party on, April 22 to thank all who contributed to the on-going success of the business. Many friends descended on the shop in the centre of Mere to share in a pleasant afternoon of music, canapés and Yapp Brothers... read more

Cycling circus rides again

A group of Salisbury FC fans successfully cycled 140 miles to Bideford, North Devon, to raise money for ‘Children With Cancer UK’. The group of fans cycled to Salisbury FC’s last league game of the season, setting off 7am from the Raymond McEnhill Stadium on April 21.... read more

Wheatsheaf sows its seeds in new bid for success

By Will Bradley Dan and Tia, new owners of The Wheatsheaf Wilton, are looking forward to welcoming visitors to the recently renovated pub, restaurant and B&B on the A36. The ambitious couple took over the premises in September last year and have completed... read more

Boutique’s bark matches its bites – and coffee

By Will Bradley Monty & Mabel’s, a new dog-friendly coffee lounge and luxury pet goods shop will open in Wilton, North Street on April 29. Wilton-based Corinne Roberts, who has 16 years’ experience as a midwife, admits the unique new venture will be a steep... read more

Sample strikes at both elections

Putting himself in the front line at the local elections on May 4, and the General Election on June 8, local born-and-bred business owner Paul Sample has taken on a mammoth task. His top priority is to represent the electorate by putting them above political... read more

Dark clouds threaten the future of Stones access

English Heritage stands accused of running rings around the council’s planning authority with its latest request for a variation to plans for the permissive path alongside the Stones. Local Wiltshire Councillor Ian West said: “The whole saga of the... read more

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