Local News from South Wiltshire & North Dorset

Ladies wot knit – baby blankets

The ladies of Wilton's Friday 'Busy Fingers' craft group and Wilton Mothers' Union joined a new project after a request from the Maternity Unit at Salisbury District Hospital. Although many new mums take in a cot blanket for their new babies, the unit needs a stock...

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Parking talks are positive

Talks are progressing well to resolve the problem of serious abuse of car parking at Wilton Shopping Village. Businesses and their staffs have been unable to use the shopping centre car park at certain times because the area was being taken up by non-users of the...

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Warming Morning for charity

Shaftesbury residents are invited to join Churchill Retirement Living a special Warming Morning to raise funds for Cancer Research UK at 10.30am on Tuesday, February 12. Everyone will be treated to coffee and cake in return for a small donation. All money raised goes...

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Caring café calls for more support

Shaftesbury’s Memory Cafe, run by the Alzheimer's Society, is in danger of closing because of low attendance. To attract new visitors and to promote the cafe, the organisers are embarking on a publicity drive. The cafe is run by the Alzheimer's Society and meets twice...

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Choir boys make their mark

Salisbury Cathedral have admitted four boys as full choristers after just five months as probationer choristers. Jack Maltby, who attended Pitton Primary in Salisbury before gaining his chorister scholarship to the Cathedral School, Rory Law from Warminster, Theo...

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Salisbury Council budget: no increase

Salisbury City Council has decided not to increase the 2019-2020 precept, the part of the council tax collected by Wiltshire Council but paid to the city council. The budget includes funding for play area equipment, refurbishing some public toilets, funding the second...

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Ambulance costs soar

WILTSHIRE Air Ambulance needs help to meeting soaring costs if it is to continue saving lives. The running costs increased by 15% to £3.75 million due to staffing from the NHS working for the charity, including advanced training and masters degrees in critical care...

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Car park ban could close club

Bowls club members, tennis players and others who enjoy outdoor activity are fuming about the sudden decision by Eagle One, who operate the Wilton Shopping Village, to ban them from parking in its open car parks. For more than 20 years, Wilton Bowls Club members have...

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Film director dies after fall from church tower

A well-known television documentary director plunged ‘about 30 feet’ to his death from an ancient village church tower as he was ‘filming the dawn’. The tragedy left Ebbesbourne Wake, near Salisbury, ‘absolutely devastated’. Matthew Pelly, 41, was found by a dog...

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Driver to get road repair bill

A get-tough Highways England is to bill a lorry driver for thousands of pounds for wrecking 170 yards of the central reservation of one of the country’s busiest trunk roads. The agency worked around the clock for three days to repair the horrific damage on the A303 at...

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Disability football returns

Younger sports players aged 12-16 can join a game of football in a new scheme launched by Salisbury City Council and Salisbury Rovers. The council wants those with disabilities to have the chance to get involved in playing football. The scheme is open to all...

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Shaftesbury tax relief

Householders in Shaftesbury can feel some relief that Shaftesbury Town Council has set its budget for the coming year with no increase in the council tax precept. The council met on January 8 to set its budget for the coming year and draw up a five-year budget...

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Five arrested in Warminster area

Five arrests and wide range of items were seized after a Police sting operation targeting drug use in West Wiltshire last week (January 17). Class A drugs and related drug paraphernalia, a firearm, a large quantity of cash, mobile phones and suspected stolen bank...

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Show-stopping snowdrops

Someone should tell the snowdrops that the worst may be yet to come. At Kingston Lacy, a National Trust property near Wimborne, one of the best snowdrop displays in Dorset stretches through the 40-acre garden for 1.5 miles and is at its best throughout early February....

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Shop burglaries – sledgehammer used

Two shops were broken into in the early hours of Tuesday, January 15. Significant damage was caused to both premises and the police would like to hear from anyone who can help. At about 2.15am, a burglary was reported at the Nisa shop in Winterslow Road, Salisbury. A...

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Local MEP speaks out

Julie Girling,  MEP for South West England and Gibraltar, has criticised MPs and blamed them for the Westminster chaos. In a statement she said: “The gap between what Brexit promised and what the Government can deliver is finally obvious to everyone. Westminster is in...

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Sleeping bags needed urgently

The a cold snap has brought a call for help to support local homeless charities running low on necessary items for rough sleepers. Sleeping bags are among the top needs, and woolly hats, gloves  scarves and thermos flasks, but not warm clothing or coats, as all...

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Village halls week

Dorset’s touring arts charity Artsreach is backing a national campaign celebrating village halls to celebrate village halls and the people who work hard to sustain them. From Tuesday, January 22,. Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) and the ACRE Network,...

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Step up to Walk for Parkinson’s in the South West

Walkers are being asked to step up and  join their local Walk for Parkinson’s event this year. Parkinson’s UK launched its annual Walk for Parkinson’s fundraiser, and is urging people of all ages and abilities UK to sign-up to step closer to a cure for Parkinson’s....

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Man threatened with knife in Amesbury

A man was threatened with a knife by another man in Amesbury on January 16 in the car park of a distribution centre in Meridian Way at 2am. Police say the 25-year-old was approached by another man who started shouting and swearing. He pulled out a knife out, making...

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City’s new river festival promises a big splash

The first ‘Five Rivers Festival’ celebrates the city’s famous water courses on May 27. The festival includes two river events, one for families and one competitive, in which participants float down the River Avon using inflatables. Two land-based events are also...

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30 month driving ban after pursuit in Amesbury

Salisbury man Robert Martin, 33, of Whatcombe Brow, Orcheston, was given a 30 month driving ban and a nine-month prison sentence suspended for 24 months, after pleading guilty to dangerous driving by Salisbury Crown Court on January 10. At 9pm on March 6, 2017, police...

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Independents hold first public meeting.

Dorset’s fledgling grass-roots political independent movement, All for Dorset, is holding its first public meeting at the Colliton Club, Dorchester, on Thursday, January 24 at 7.30pm. The steering group want to gather support to field candidates in the town and...

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Video: UTC Students join the Army for a day

Salisbury’s UTC invited the British Army’s professional communicators to engage students in various STEM-related activities to develop ‘employability skills’. On Wednesday, January 16, the Royal Signals worked with students on team-building, critical thinking, code...

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