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...
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...
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...
Visit Tisbury 2017

Visit Tisbury 2017

Recently on a Times list of the top 10 best places to live in the UK, Tisbury is home to a number of brilliant services and shops, many of which feature in our 2017 Visit Tisbury Feature. In March 2017, Tisbury featured in a Sunday Times list as one of the UK’s best...
Focus on Education 2017

Focus on Education 2017

Find the dates of local schools’ open days, latest news stories and personalised editorials in the September edition of Valley News. Click here to read or download the full four-page education feature Featured: Chafyn Grove School(Pictured above) Moyles Court School...
Excellence comes of age at The Sharp Practice

Excellence comes of age at The Sharp Practice

18 Years ago, Becky Faithfull and Matt Cook opened The Sharp Practice on Winchester Street in Salisbury. Soon after, they outgrew the Winchester Street shop and moved to Catherine Street, where they remain to this day. In the early days, Matt was in charge of...
‘Getting good exam grades is not a ‘make or break’ moment’

‘Getting good exam grades is not a ‘make or break’ moment’

As young people across Hampshire get their AS and A Level results, Childline is offering support to those worried about their results. The service, provided by the NSPCC, provided 1,133 counselling sessions to young people concerned about exam results in 2016/17 – a...
Foodies are in for a treat at The Romsey Show

Foodies are in for a treat at The Romsey Show

Food aficionados are in for a treat with a souped up food offering at The Romsey Show this year. The Show Society has brought all the catering in-house and has gone back to its roots as it celebrates The Show’s 175thanniversary, with a strong emphasis on artisan local...
Road-train workhorse is well-equipped

Road-train workhorse is well-equipped

A FIAT pick-up? No, never. Fiat is the home of good-value family cars, cute city cars and zesty convertibles. Honestly, it is true, Fiat have produced a pick-up. Well, sort of. The new Fiat Fullback is a re-worked Mitsubishi L200 which means it is about as dependable...
Summer Garden Trends 2017

Summer Garden Trends 2017

The UK is experiencing its hottest summer in decades. In fact, when the season officially began last month, reports from ITV specified that the peak temperature recorded was almost 34deg. C. All throughout the summer, the UK is expected to have much warmer...
Perfect pooch pinches top prize

Perfect pooch pinches top prize

On June 25, Dogwise Training School, Mere, held its annual dog show to help raise funds for Battersea Dogs Home and Happy Landings animal shelter, based in Shepton Mallet. The owner of Dogwise Training School, Tina Hazzard, was delighted to announce that this year’s...

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