Local News from South Wiltshire & North Dorset

RDA donation aids club room project

By Will Bradley Wilton Riding for the Disabled Association received a cheque for £150 from St. Francis Church, Salisbury, on March 22. The popular riding stable is a local charity dedicated to providing riding therapy to local children and adults with physical and... read more

Visible police presence at Ray Mac

Police will be visible in the city this weekend when Hereford FC play Salisbury FC at the Raymond McEnhill stadium on March 25. Concerns have been aired about the behaviour of a small minority of Hereford supporters and some online speculation has signalled potential... read more

Hospital defies ban

Salisbury’s showpiece hospital is defying a call to ban patients and staff smoking on its premises. The 455-bed District Hospital has ruled that ‘people can still smoke in six dedicated areas’. But Public Health England has requested all of its buildings and grounds... read more

PCC admits error but is unrepentant

After making an astonishing error, Wiltshire and Swindon Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson has admitted it was based on wrong figures supplied by Wiltshire Police. The Conservative’s choice of Police and Crime Commissioner had slammed the Liberal Democrats over an... read more

Bass on the ball for Salisbury FC

By Will Bradley Young Alex Bass, 18, has commanded his position as first choice goalkeeper at Salisbury FC and is now targeting promotion in this, his debut season for the club. The highly-rated energetic keeper is currently on a season-long loan from Portsmouth FC.... read more

Council’s 50k grant is labelled ‘unfair’

Warminster Town Council has voted narrowly to back proposals to grant £50,000 to local radio station WCR over the next five years. Six councillors backed the proposal but three opposed, and four members abstained. The vote on March 20 was the first opportunity for the... read more

New play’s true tale

A play by agricultural story editor of The Archers Graham Harvey and AJ Kroon, former producer of The Archers, brings to the stage the true tale of an unlikely Cotswold hero, a West Country Land Army girl in an enduring romance. No Finer Life is set in the Oxfordshire... read more

Hermitage Ensemble welcomed to Wilton

A powerful atmosphere added to the enjoyment of a concert of Russian Orthodox church music and Russian folk songs on March 17 in the splendid surroundings of Wilton’s immaculate Italianate Parish Church. On behalf of the town, Cllr Phil Matthews warmly welcomed the... read more

New campus traffic warning

No objection was raised by Warminster Town council members to plans for a new hotel resort, water park, business conference facility and an immersive animal experience at Longleat. But members warned Wiltshire Council of ‘the potential for serious traffic congestion... read more

Auction of promises to aid popular riding camp

By Will Bradley Wylye Valley Disabled Children’s Charity, is holding an auction of promises on April 29 at Codford Village Hall and is calling for donations of pledges. The charity established in 1970, has the objective of supporting disabled, ill or disadvantaged... read more

Police prepare to close Heath investigation

Wiltshire Police expect to end their investigation into Operation Conifer child abuse later this year. A statement reads: “As this remains a live ongoing investigation, unless there are operational reasons to do so. we will not be commenting any further on the... read more

Brewery supports Salisbury Live

Local beermakers Hop Back Brewery is sponsoring Salisbury Live during the Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival fortnight. Salisbury Live is three weekends of four nights of free gigs in pubs and other venues in the city, and live music in the Market Square on... read more

Volunteer cadets achievements recognised

The group of 18 cadets, aged 13 to 18, from the new Wiltshire Police Volunteer Cadets group in Salisbury have been recognised for achievements. The unit received certificates of attestation after each cadet had completed the basic level training to swear their oath... read more

Re-leaf for green fingered gardeners

By Fanny Charles Staff at Orchard Park Garden Centre, Gillingham, started a 24 hour Plantathon at lunchtime on Thursday March 16 – planting out baskets, containers and planters with foliage plants and spring flowers. The marathon planting session is raising funds for... read more

Apprentice winner offers advice

Students are helped to ‘Make the Wright Choice’ at an event at Wellington Academy, Tidworth later this month. The presentation is led by Mark Wright, the winner of The Apprentice in 2014. “I’m joining Be Wiser Insurance again in 2017. The company provides a range of... read more

Harry to hit the 500 match milestone

By Will Bradley Loyal football fan Harry Newton, 26, will watch his 500th Salisbury football match on March 25 against Hereford FC. Popular Harry, who lives in Dinton, has cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair, yet still travels to matches at home and away to... read more

Fresh and very stylish Toyota

Pictures and words copyright Dominic Parkes ‘Inspired by the multifaceted precision of a diamond with a sculptured look and powerfully expressive lines’ reads the hyperbole in the sales brochure. For a moment, I thought I was reading one of those stuttering, confused... read more

Wilton pops up for a wild week

Seven days of pop-up shops and restaurants is promised in Wilton town centre from June 12 to 17 for the first-ever ‘Wilton Week.’ Any empty shops available in the town centre, could be offered for short term hire to aid regeneration in the town and improve evening... read more

Wilton works to be dementia friendly

Picture: Martin Starke, Spire FM and Steve Harris at The Wilton Event By Will Bradley Wilton could soon become the latest in a growing list of dementia-friendly communities. Guest speaker Steve Harris, Community Engagement Manager, presented the Safe Places Scheme to... read more

Town’s pipe down

The half-pipe in Warminster’s skatepark is being pulled down. It will take up to two weeks to dismantle and is currently surrounded by safety fencing. The town council said users will be disappointed to lose the pipe but it had tried to preserve it for as long as... read more

Laura brings album tour to city

British folk singer-songwriter Laura Marling brings her UK spring tour to Salisbury City Hall on March 18. Laura is touring her highly anticipated new album ‘Semper Femina’, released on March 10. The Brit Award winner recorded her sixth album in LA in late 2015, and... read more

Ticket-only for top of the table clash

It’s an ‘all ticket’ match for the Salisbury FC Evo-Stik Southern League Division One South & West match at home to Hereford on March 25. Salisbury Football Club has followed advice from Southern Football League and all tickets have to be purchased by March 24.... read more

Former mayor re-elected

By Fanny Charles Tim Cook, former mayor of Shaftesbury, who stepped down from the council a few years ago, was re-elected on Thursday March 9, one of three new councillors elected in two by-elections. But former mayor and mayoress Richard and Karen Tippins, whose... read more

Something old, something new(ish) at Studio Theatre

By Fanny Charles You always know you are in for a treat when you go to one of Salisbury’s Studio Theatre productions and the combination of talented actors, playwrights JM Barrie (of Peter Pan fame) and Alan Bennett, and director Lesley Bates certainly delivered on... read more

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