Local News from South Wiltshire & North Dorset

£8 million to support local towns

The 12-month programme of improvements to local highway maintenance includes repairing potholes, improving white-lining, weed removal, improving kerbs and pavements, verges and road signage. Wiltshire Council will use £8 million of new Government funding and some of...

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Special event to mark new day for trees

A special event in Dorset wood marks a new national day for trees. Hundreds of activities and events in the UK, –including here in Dorset - mark the first national day dedicated to trees and people. Saturday, November 24 is the new Charter for Trees, Woods and People,...

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Council sounds out Project Belle

Project Belle is out for public consultation – but hurry. Shaftesbury Town Council may want to buy the former Budgens store. Do you agree with the proposal? As part of the feasibility process, the council want to hear from the community. At this stage of the process...

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Elephant statues stolen from Broadchalke garden

Two unique large bronze elephant statues were been stolen from a garden on Knighton Road, Broadchalke on November 16. Now police want help in hunting the whereabouts. PC Graham Briant said: "The elephants are of great sentimental value and have been in the owner's...

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Appeal about wanted man Darren Jones

Police are appealing for information about a Salisbury man wanted for a number of offences. Darren Jones, 33, from Salisbury, is wanted in connection with common assault, burglary and recall to prison. Police believe he may be staying in the Bournemouth area, but have...

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Council U-turn on Sunday parking charges

Wiltshire Council's Cabinet has finally seen sense and dropped Sunday parking charges, according to Wiltshire Liberal Democrats, reacting to the council's last minute U-turn on car parking charges due to start on Sunday. Leader of the Opposition and Lib Dem Group...

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Get a grant and get ahead

Salisbury City Council wants charities, community and voluntary groups to apply for a grant to support their projects. The project must be completed within a year and benefit the local Salisbury city area community. Maximum amount under the General Grant scheme is...

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MP digs in Motcombe

North Dorset MP Simon Hoare digs the first piece of turf to mark start of a new villager hall for Motcombe, the thriving village in North Dorset with a population of 1,600 with a strong community spirit. The current memorial hall, opened 90 years ago, has 28 regular...

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Burglary in Whiteparish – appeal for information

A house in Moor Lane, Whiteparish, was broken into last week, Between 4.55pm and 5.25pm on November 12, and many valuable items stolen. They include A 32" Sharp television, 13" Macbook, Nikon D750 camera, Nikon D7000 camera, GoPro camera, HP laptop, Jewellery, Stihl...

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Black Friday bargains at your leisure centre

Wiltshire Council offers cost-cutting of health and fitness at their sports and leisure centres. From November 23 to 25, a deal on charges includes 12 months for the price of nine on annual Life Zone, Fitness Zone and Swim Zone memberships: No admin fee and...

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MP goes back to school for a good meal

North Dorset MP Simon Hoare had a hot school meal when he visited  Downlands School on Blandford Army Camp at the start of the week and enjoyed baked fishcake with buttery potatoes and peas, followed by a chocolate crispy cake. Schools have been celebrating the 25th...

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Get cracking on the festive trail and win £250

Families can take their children on a magical walking trail to name 10 giant Nutcrackers, each more than 6.5 ft tall, around the city centre. To win a £250 Salisbury Gift Card to spend in businesses in the city centre, they must collect the names of each Nutcracker...

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City to host Armed Forces Day

The countdown to the 2019 National Armed Forces Day National Event officially started today as soldiers, councillors and singers gathered in the Guildhall Square. The Royal British Legion Band and Sticky Toffee Jazz provided entertainment on Friday, November 16, when...

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Two-wheel safety campaign launched

Road Safety Week, November 19 to 25, focuses on the two wheelers and encourages riders to be ‘Bike Smart’. Cyclists and motorcyclists are among the most vulnerable road users in the UK, with more than 100 riders injured every day in needless, preventable crashes,...

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MP digs in

South West Wiltshire MP Dr Andrew Murrison dug himself out of the Brexit debate for a couple of hours to dig into tree planting. Andrew  join 508 other MPs to plant trees as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, a network of forest conservation initiatives to mark...

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Olympian lights up city

The former Olympian and decorated sprinter Colin Jackson loves everything Christmas and was delighted to do the lights switch-on for Salisbury this year, he told Valley News. He was pleased to be in to Salisbury to turn on the lights as it is such a special event,...

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Mayor of Wilton Peter Edge met local writer Chris Matthews to mark the publication of her new book 'A Small Town in the Great War', an exclusive extract from which appeared in 'Valley News'. Standing at Wilton's War Memorial to the servicemen of WWI, Chris, who lives...

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Riversmeet free-for-all

Riversmeet Leisure Centre Open Day has activities for young and old on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. British Downhill Urban Mountain Bike champion Ben Moore will be there with his bike as the guest of honour. Ben shows his skills and entertains children and adults with...

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Play paradise plan

A new Junior Multiplay Unit Victoria Park is planned. The new junior unit, for older children, replaces an old wooden unit and includes a climbing wall, hoop bridge, rope climb and drag ramp. Transfer decks and side entry/exit slides enable access for children with...

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Train service on big match day

Rugby fans attending the England Quilter International rugby match against Japan on November 17 are advised to plan travel in advance and allow extra time for journeys as services will be busier than usual. SWR advises customers travelling to Twickenham from Reading...

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Village traffic focus

South West Wiltshire Area Board‘s next meeting on Wednesday, November 21, at 6.30pm, Nadder Centre, Tisbury, will focus on traffic in villages. Presentations from local groups look at what has and hasn’t worked in the parishes, including 20mph schemes and Community...

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Air ambulance is flying high

Wiltshire Air Ambulance won two prestigious awards at the Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence, run by the Association of Air Ambulances, at a ceremony in London on Monday, November 12. Colin Smith, of Chippenham, Wiltshire, was crowned Charity Volunteer of the Year and...

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Lib Dems await details of special education plans

Proposals for special education in Wiltshire outlined by the ruling Conservatives met an icy reception from the opposing Liberal Democrats on the council. Wiltshire Council has been offered backing by a major education provider for its proposals to invest £20 million...

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Play areas pepped up

Bemerton Heath and Bishopdown play areas have been given a lick of paint by volunteers, and more open spaces are destined for similar refurbishment during the Winter months. Behind the work is Richmond Fellowship, part of Recovery Focus charities which support people...

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