Local News from South Wiltshire & North Dorset

Kitchen fire in village

Ten fire fighters raced to a tiny close in an idyllic village late last night (July 18) to tackle a kitchen blaze. They were called to a house in Collyer’s Rise, Fontmell Magna, on the Wiltshire-Dorset border, just before 8pm. It took more than 30 minutes to get the... read more

World War Two soldier chokes to death

A 93-year-old soldier who escaped from Arnhem in a boat on his 21st birthday in the Second World War has died from choking. When he escaped from Arnhem, Neville was reported to have said: “Today, I am going to die.” Neville – known as Bill – got out on a... read more

Mere Railway Modellers extend their base

A model railway exhibition by Mere & District Modellers at  Blackmore Vale Revival Classic Vehicle and Vintage Show, Henstridge Airfield, included aircraft flying over. A scheduled Lancaster Fly By, from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight plus many other... read more

Hundreds join Salisbury Race for Life

Nearly 1,000 women took part in Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life at Hudson’s field, Salisbury. Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, with Tesco, is a women-only series of 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy, marathon and hiking events raising millions of pounds every year to find... read more

Dame Mary Peters opens Olivier Place, Wilton

Dame Mary Peters – Mary P – travelled from her home in Belfast on her 78th birthday to open Olivier Place, a new McCarthy and Stone independent retirement living development on the former Erskine Barracks, Wilton. Olympic Gold Medallist at the 1972 Munich Games in the... read more

Rotary turn

Rotary Club of Salisbury’s new President Andy Williams has been a member since 2008. He has taken over from Bob Dunster. He told club members: “It is an honour to be the 97th President of the Rotary Club of Salisbury. Rotary is where neighbours, friends, and... read more

No-one ducked out

Chalke Valley Duck Race, in aid of Chalke Valley Playschool on July 7 raised £500 for Chalke Valley Playschool.  Winners were Orly Eastmond 1st, Evie Goodier in 2nd, and George Welch 3rd. Thanks went to all who sold ducks, especially Chalke Valley Stores, Bowerchalke... read more

Salisbury suffers from petty crime spree

Salisbury police have had to deal with a spate of petty crime in the past few days, ranging from break-ins to a shed and a van, a caravan and bike stolen, and criminal damage. On July 4, in  the city’s Priory Square a shed was  forced on at rear of business premises... read more

Skoda Superb review

By Dominic Parkes Skoda has broken new ground by introducing a seven-seater to its range. The Kodiaq may run the risk of joining in the ‘silly-sounding names club’ but that matters not a jot as it is, if you will pardon the pun, quite Superb. It clearly... read more

Big haul from pub break-in

Police want information about a burglary at a the Haunch of Venison pub in Minster Street, Salisbury. Between about 3.10am and 3.45am on  July 5, a man walked from the direction of Boots the Chemist, down the alleyway behind Carter and Son Jewellers, and broke in to... read more

Ambassador extends ‘hand of friendship’

In front of a packed audience at the White Hart Hotel, Salisbury, one of Germany’s most experienced foreign policy thinkers – today, July 4, spoke of the intense negotiations that gave rise to the European Community in the first place. In the city where former Prime... read more

On-call ambulance stuck at problem pinchpoint

AN ambulance on an emergency call-out with its blue light clearly flashing was jammed in and hit by a heavy goods vehicle on the narrow C13 through Melbury Abbas. The ambulance was stuck for 30 minutes on Monday lunch-time jammed against the roadside trees by a lorry... read more

Officers hurt in early morning fracas

Salisbury CID want information about an incident in Amesbury they are investigating. In the early hours of the morning at about 2.45am of July 1, a police officer suffered a serious leg injury. Officers were driving along Mill Green Road when they stopped to speak to... read more

Fund raising in style

The major fundraising event of Wilton & District RNLI – the annual Summer Garden Party at Wilton House (by kind permission of the Earl and Countess of Pembroke) on June 22 – attracted about 150 guests to enjoy the exquisite gardens. Drinks and canapés... read more

Cyber man

An A Level computer science student from South Wiltshire UTC beat tough competition for a place on a prestigious CyberFirst Advanced course this summer. Keelan Baines (17) from Andover will join Edinburgh Napier University in August. The course is expands the... read more

Porton expands

New multi-million pound pharmaceutical laboratories were opened by Baroness Jane Scott, Leader of Wiltshire Council for Porton Biopharma. The facility was named the Atkinson Development Centre (or ADC) in tribute to Professor Tony Atkinson, former laboratory director,... read more

Decade of success for Solstice hotel

Samantha Skinner Maintenance Supervisor, Karen Ross Front of House manager, Matthew Bills Chef Director(behind) Clair Allison Receptionist, Kim Marsland Housekeeping & Maintenance Manager, Mokeeda Irving Reservations & Revenue Manager. Front; Merlin Mills Food... read more

Burpees for miles

Salisbury-based Personal Trainer Andreas Beirne pushed his body to the limit in searing temperatures on June 17 to complete two miles of burpees, raising more than £5,500 for charity Combat Stress, the UK’s leading veterans’ mental health charity. It gives... read more

Special greeting for city visitors

Coach ambassadors will welcome and assist visitors in coaches, group organisers, and drivers to Salisbury to help them enjoy their visit, and promoting events and local businesses, attractions, restaurants and shops. Two coach ambassadors to the City again for the... read more

Salisbury pupils have unique day out

Although too young for uni, 30 pupils from two primary schools, part of Salisbury Plain Academies, spent a day at Bath Spa University. The 30 Year 6 children from Bulford St Leonard’s and St. Michael’s looked around the campus accompanied by student ambassadors, as... read more

Car ploughs into new house

A terrified couple were in shock after a car ploughed at high speed into their new £700,000 home late at night in a picture postcard hamlet. The 42-year-old Audi driver somehow skewed 40ft off the road across the tidily-kept lawn and careered into the house at... read more

Doggone good day

Dogwise training school put on a free family fun day on Sunday, June 25, at Mere, when the dogs stole the... read more

Disabled to be welcomed to country park

Moors Valley Country Park has been awarded a share of more than £.5 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund to improve access for disabled visitors. The Dorset park, near Ringwood, is one of 18 sites to benefit from funding. Moors Valley Park was awarded ‘Gold’ for... read more

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