New school for Wilton – at last

New school for Wilton – at last

St. Peter’s CE Primary Academy, just outside Wilton, is a new primary school for the area, the first to be built for many years Due to the huge expansion of new housing developments to the west of Salisbury, work has begun on the new academy at St Peter’s Place, and...
History festival invest in the future

History festival invest in the future

Wilton’s first-ever History Festival raised nearly £2,000 for local charities and left people asking: “How can we create a Wilton Museum?” During a week of festival events inspired by the feisty St Edith of Wilton, a wealth of historians highlighted Wilton’s key role...
Councils and community unite over hospital beds decision

Councils and community unite over hospital beds decision

Shaftesbury Town Council and Gillingham Town Council joined forces to comment on the formal decisions of Dorset Clinical Services Review of Dorset Health Service provisions. The councils and other interested parties believe the Dorset County Clinical Services Group...
Citizen’s arrest pair fined £90 each

Citizen’s arrest pair fined £90 each

Two thieves detained by a 69-year-old grandfather in a citizen’s arrest have each been fined £90 Fixed Penalty Notices by Wiltshire Police. Fred Winter was ticked off by the police for taking the law into his own hands after he detained the couple in their 40s fleeing...
From the editor – September

From the editor – September

By David Parker In the Valley News office, we are often asked about alleged money-wasting or services not provided, and about how Wiltshire council came up with the slogan ‘Where everybody matters’. To be sure, whoever dreamed up the slogan must have meant...
‘Homeless need more understanding’

‘Homeless need more understanding’

Guest speaker at September’s Wilton and District Business Chamber breakfast was John Proctor of Alabaré Christian Care. It was hosted by Monty and Mabel’s, the dog-friendly café and bar on North Street, Wilton. Alabaré works with homeless and vulnerable people,...
Monty and Mabel’s after dark

Monty and Mabel’s after dark

Monty and Mabel’s, the dog-friendly café in Wilton which opened in April 2017, has launched a gin and cocktail bar, open every Friday and Saturday evening. Owner Corinne Roberts had the idea for a new evening destination early in 2017 and applied for a permit to sell...
Cafe commits to bigger space

Cafe commits to bigger space

Café Blend in Wilton celebrated moving premises on Wednesday, September 13. Wilton mayor Peter Edge cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony. Owner Kenan Sen told Valley News the reason behind the move was to improve the service they provide. “We needed more space...
Hospital beds to stay?

Hospital beds to stay?

Shaftesbury’s Westminster Memorial Hospital beds will be saved from closure, if  the governing board of the Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) agree the proposals on September 20. The recommendation that in-patient’s beds would be removed were revised due...
A303 eastbound closed this weekend

A303 eastbound closed this weekend

The eastbound A303 near Thruxton, from the A338 Parkhouse Cross junction to the A343 Hundred Acre junction will be fully closed all weekend, from 9pm on Friday, September 15, to 6am on Monday, September 18. Essential maintenance is needed on the bridge over Thruxton...
Big revival planned for carnival

Big revival planned for carnival

Wilton Carnival Week is being planned  with a three-day event again in Castle Meadow. The carnival annual meeting is on Wednesday, September 27, in Wilton Town Council Chamber, Kingsbury Square at 7pm, and the carnival committee is looking for representatives from the...
Landmark dementia centre planned

Landmark dementia centre planned

Planners have approved Wiltshire charity Alzheimer’s Support‘s innovative Dementia Centre in Warminster. The charity will start building work to convert The Old Silk Works in Beech Road into a day club and resource centre to open early next year. The Victorian...

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