Local News from South Wiltshire & North Dorset

Fairy trail comes true

The Avon Valley Fairy Trail has been opened for people to explore the Avon Valley Nature Reserve down by the River Avon at Ashley Road. The vast reserve is inhabited by more than 70 species of different plants and animals, so the free trail is a chance to explore the...

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Wilton remembers

Wilton will be represented at the Royal British Legion’s recreation of the Post WW1 Pilgrimage to the battle fields and cemetery's of Belgium and France. Two RBL members from each branch in the UK will attend the Great Pilgrimage 90 from August 5 to 9, ending in a...

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Wilton Carnival Queen crowned

Wilton Carnival Queen was crowned the on July 6 by the town mayor Cllr Peter Edge and Mayoress Pam Edge at the start a jam-packed weekend of activities. Queen Hollie Jones, her two Attendants, Tia Browning and Keeley Blackman, and the two Carnival Princesses, Natalie...

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Wiltshire is Cornwall bound

Wiltshire’s next match in the Western Division of the Unicorns County Championship is against Cornwall at St Austell on Sunday/Monday/Tuesday July 22/23/24, starting at 11am each day. Wiltshire's team SPONSORED BY WADWORTH & CO, includes Luke Evans (South Wilts), Tom...

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Maltings at your service

Funding for work on the Salisbury Shopmobility Centre at the Maltings was approved at a Salisbury City Council Finance & Governance Committee meeting held on July 16. The refurbished office will house the SCC’s public-facing customer service team. The team is expected...

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Wiltshire dubbed capital of walking netball

Since its launch in 2016, more than 200 people have tried walking netball in Wiltshire. The sport has developed so quickly in the county it has been dubbed ‘The Capital of Walking Netball’, according to Wiltshire Council. Now the council is ‘spreading the net wider...

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More Stones bypass consultations

Three changes are proposed to the Stonehenge/A303, Amesbury and Berwick Down scheme, and Highways England wants public views on them. The plan is to remove the link between Byways 11 and 12 in the Stonehenge World Heritage Site; to widen the green bridge near the...

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Gillingham is green

The public open spaces in Gillingham are recognised as one of the UK’s best green spaces This week, among a record number of parks and green spaces collecting a Green Flag Award, Gillingham have been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as having some of the best...

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Mayor praises town and firefighters

Piers Brown, Mayor of Shaftesbury  has praised the residents for their resilience. In a statement to Valley News, he said: “As acrid black smoke billowed over Shaftesbury, last week, I was reminded  just what an amazing, supportive and caring community we have. A pile...

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Are The Stones rolling away from free sight

Wiltshire Council has been condemned for ‘stopping anyone getting a free close up view of Stonehenge’. The council has been accused of ‘flouting’ an Inspector’s decision by closing all byways ‘to motorised traffic’ by the internationally famous stone circles, visible...

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Mums and babies to join sing-along

Mums and babies are invited to join a sing-along with Thula Mama group. Thula Mama is named after  a traditional South African lullaby ‘Hush, Be Quiet, Don’t Cry’. The mums sing  to soothe their babies aged from newborn to pre-crawling, and  some yet to be born. Mums...

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Carnival royals chosen

Tisbury Carnival Royals Disco spun out the Carnival Queen, Princesses and Prince crowned by Wiltshire Army Cadets (Tisbury Branch) at a Cake Bake-Off Afternoon Tea in June. Jody Courts is this year’s Queen, with two Princess attendants Amelie Stopps and Chloe Hall,...

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Teddies soak up the Summer sun

Newton Tony Primary School hosted its annual teddy bears picnic and summer fayre on a sunny July 11. The event was organised by the Schools Council to raise funds towards forestry practice, a vital cause that encourages children to adventure outdoors and interact with...

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Bacon, Freud and Hockney art benefit for city

Salisbury’s Young Gallery hosts a new exhibition that shows the work of significant and celebrated British figurative artists up to August 25. “The 26 works on show focus on innovators such as Auerbach and Kossoff, through to Freud, Bacon and Hockney. The works which...

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City’s history to be explored

Salisbury’s historic past is to be explored during the first-ever Fisherton History Society festival at venues across the city. “This is one of the most exciting local history events I have been involved in,” said organiser Cllr Frogg Moody. The research everyone...

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Library plans forest map

Gillingham Library has launched ‘a truly unique experience’ and invites residents to join Julian Stocks, artist in residence, to explore their concept of Gillingham’s Ancient Forest. “You don’t need to be an artist to participate – come and try something different,”...

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Good response to Neighbourhood Plan

A well-attended public meeting in the Sports Pavilion on Castle Meadow, Wilton, on July 10, ended with a steering group being formed. The well-publicised meeting was said to be a good response from the local community. The meeting lasted for about an hour. Town...

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LIFT OFF! – a four day celebration

By Katrina ffiske Fireworks fly over Salisbury Cathedral on Friday August 28 when Wiltshire Creative is being launched with a bang. Hetty Shand has been helping to set up a weekend of events to launch the landmark moment for the arts in Salisbury – bringing together...

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Community farm is a learning hub for all

River Bourne Community Farm in Laverstock, just outside Salisbury, is the perfect destination to visit during the summer holidays, according to farm manager Jane Wilkinson who welcomes tourists, locals, and all age groups. “We have a wide-range of livestock including...

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Town council challenges district council

Shaftesbury Town Council is challenging the district council over the sale of Shaftesbury Cattle Market site. The town council held an extraordinary meeting on  July 11 to response to a letter from Shaftesbury Civic Society and the Parish Meeting called by six...

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Hot weather heats up tempers

Young teenagers can enjoy the run of hot weather and swim in a local river despite some neighbours getting hot under the collar about them. A meeting of Gillingham Town Council on  July 2, considered complaints from residents about youths swimming in the River Shreen....

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Cathedral meditation to remember

The continuing devastating impact of the attack on the Skripals and the death of Dawn Sturgess have given added poignancy and importance to a service of meditation at Salisbury Cathedral. on Sunday July 15, from 3.30pm to 4pm. Acting Dean Canon Edward Probert said:...

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Colour canopy afloat over city

A dazzling canopy of colour will greet locals, shoppers and tourists in Salisbury city centre. From Wednesday, July 17 until the autumn, a spectacular art installation of 90 umbrellas will be suspended in the air above the High Street. The multi-coloured brollies...

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Warm weather for warm occasions

Bespoke Ceremonies for Every Occasion went to London for Julie's latest Bespoke Ceremony. The football, Wimbledon and London Pride made the City busier than usual in the fabulous weather. Emily was in Manor Barn, Winterbourne Stoke. Both ceremonies were very different...

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