Local News from South Wiltshire & North Dorset

Time to give back, say lottery winners

Lottery millionaires Nick and Zoe Hoare delivered a gold lottery playstation to the shop where they bought their £1 million winning ticket 18 months ago. The former owners of The White Horse, Quidhampton, unveiled the limited edition playstation at Waitrose &...

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Children in Need Sparathon by local Taekwon-Do students

Children and adults from Amesbury-based Stonehenge Taekwon-Do School raised money for Children in Need on Remembrance Sunday. (November 11). White Belts, as young as 5, and senior Black Belts joined for a one-hour sparathon in which they swapped sparring partners...

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Schools promise for SEND young people

Every child or young person with special educational needs and/or disabilities in the county is promised a first class education by Wiltshire Council. After three years of consultation with families, schools and communities, the council is focussing a on centres of...

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Pothole fund announced

Wiltshire council has been allotted more than £71 million for road repairs from the £420 million announced in the Budget. The money from the Local Highways Maintenance and Integrated Transport Block funds will go towards repairing roads and investing in small safety,...

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Colin sprints to Christmas lights switch-on

Colin Jackson will perform the annual Christmas Lights Switch-On in Salisbury Market Place on Thursday, November 15. The event runs from 6pm to 8pm. Colin Jackson was a sprint and hurdling athlete, winning multiple gold medals and setting world records. Colin went...

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BAFTA winner talk supports Cancer Research

BAFTA winner Kate Edgar spoke in support of the Salisbury local fundraising committee of Cancer Research UK, last night, Thursday, November 8. It was a lovely and cheerful atmosphere at Coombe Bissett Village Hall where guests enjoyed a meal of fish ‘n’ chips from...

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Break-in but no burglary

Police want information about a burglary in Durrington at bout 1pm on Thursday 8 November 8, when an address in Pickernell Road was entered through an insecure door. A search of the ground floor was disturbed by the homeowner and the intruder fled empty-handed. Now...

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Uninsured drivers targeted

Drivers of uninsured vehicles are being warned about Operation Drive Insured next week, November 12 to 18. Wiltshire Police are using automated systems to identify whether vehicles on roads hold correct documentation. If no insurance is found, registered keepers are...

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Rotary donates to cancer research

Shaftesbury Rotary Club invited two local charities to one of their Partners Evenings to receive donations raised through the Club’s main events. The Club was joined by David Whetton of Prostate Cancer to receive a £3,500 cheque having been nominated as the main...

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Huge village display honours heroes

Local residents Sandie Smith, Joy Wagstaff and Susie Bale have covered Quidhampton village, near Salisbury, in poppies ahead of the 100th anniversary in remembrance of the servicemen who fought in WW1. “It’s to say thank you to, and remember, those who lost their...

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Be an MP in the YP

Getting the voice of young people heard in Wiltshire is the primary aim of the UK Youth Parliament. It gives 11-to-18-year-olds the chance to make a difference in their area by representing their age groups and making their voices heard. Young people are being...

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Grants awarded to city groups

A Literary Festival, an academy  and a live music event have been awarded grants by Salisbury City Council. Salisbury Literary Festival, run by a dedicated team of local volunteers from October 17 to 22, covered events for all ages and levels of mobility and...

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Rail line closed by bad weather

Passengers in the South West are advised to check before they travel this morning as no services are running through Dawlish and Teignmouth in Devon due to expected extreme weather. The line between Exeter and Newton Abbot needs to be closed for safety reasons, with...

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Community teamwork saves the day at Mere School

On the last day of half term, in the midst of cooking lunch for a special ‘Fish & Chip’ Friday, a brief power cut in Mere knocked out the gas system in the school’s kitchen. The fish was ready to go in the oven, and the vegetables and chips prepared. Despite...

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Ice is nice at Christmas

Get your skates on at the ice rink in Salisbury this Christmas. That’s the invitation from leaders on the councils and BID, the city’s improvement group. Christmas in Salisbury includes a new all-weather ice rink addition to the Christmas market in the Guildhall...

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Boy, 13, in court after Amesbury stabbing

A 13-year-old boy charged with wounding with intent and possession of a bladed article after an incident in Amesbury appeared in court. The boy, who cannot be named, was remanded in a youth detention centre until  November 29 when he will appear again at Salisbury...

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City centre clean-up cleans up

Salisbury City Council launched an Environmental Enforcement Campaign at the end of July, since then Fixed Penalty Notices have been issued to those who drop litter or fail to clean up after their dog. In the first three months of the trial, 409 fixed term penalty...

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Zizzi re-opens with a fizz

Zizzi, the restaurant at the centre of the March spy intrigue, has been completely refurbished and re-opened for the first time today, Tuesday, November 6. Diners are invited to try the new Autumn menu and pay what they think their food is worth. The payments will be...

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Landowner loses footpath ‘battle’

Wealthy landowner Henry Pelly was ordered to re-open a footpath by his £1.25 million mansion after locals won a planning appeal case brought against him. Mr Pelly, whose family have links with Prince Harry, caused uproar two years ago when he shut the footpath after...

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Wine-tasting raises £5k for spinal injuries

About £5,000 was raised to support the Duke of Cornwall Centre of Spinal Treatment, especially outpatients living with spinal injuries, when Southern Spinal Injuries Trust held a fundraising event at The Guildhall, Salisbury on Friday, November 2. Southern Spinal...

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Lib Dems launch Drop the Charges campaign

Wiltshire Council’s Liberal Democrats are sending out a county-wide petition calling for a full council debate and vote on controversial new car parking charges. The new charges for Sunday and Bank Holiday parking in Wiltshire Council car parks are due to come into...

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Hero Hodge has head shaved and poppies on display

Until his hair grows again, Tony Hodge is trying out hats to keep his head warm, and a knitting group has decorated his property in remembrance of fallen WW1 soldiers. On October 31, the Olivier Place house manager in Wilton had his head shaved by his wife Judy to...

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Another prestigious win for Salisbury Reds

Salisbury’s bus services are bucking the national trend, according to the parent company’s managing director, Andrew Wickham. Salisbury Reds celebrates this week after its owner Go South Coast won the title Large Bus Operator of the Year in the RouteOne awards. The...

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Council and business ring the Belle

At the newly-formed Economic Development Advisory Committee’s inaugural meeting on  October 31, Shaftesbury Town Council formed a partnership with the Shaftesbury business community. During the summer, the committee worked with the town council’s business manager,...

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