Local News from South Wiltshire & North Dorset

Free music lessons on Learn to Play Day

Music shops, teachers, venues and schools in Wiltshire are being asked to support a free national event to encourage everyone in the UK to start making music. Supported by Jools Holland OBE, and run by charity Music for All, the 2019 Learn to Play Day is on Saturday,...

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Make a difference in Gillingham

Gillingham Town Council seeks people interested in making a difference and who are passionate about their community. The council invites anyone to the next Town Council Meeting on Monday, March 4, and holds an Open Evening on Thursday, March 7 at 7.30pm where you can...

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Dog law covers public places

New rules about dogs in public places come into force in North Dorset on March 31. More than 850 people had their say about where and when dogs should be allowed in public places. North Dorset District Council considered the views of dog owners, and concerns of other...

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Community hall project progresses

Gillingham Scout Group thank all the supporters who voted in the Aviva Community Fund Competition. A judging panel awarded more than £4,800 to buy tables and chairs for the new community hall being built in Milton on Stour. The new building will be a valuable asset...

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MP wants better college funding deal

Chancellor Philip Hammond is being urged to fund a better deal for Further Education colleges like Wiltshire College. South West Wilts MP Andrew Murrison joined 164 MPs to lobby the chancellor. “Over the past decade, school and university spending has been protected...

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Famous musicians tragic death

Father of two David Coram, 42, from Salisbury, was found hanging at a farm in Downton, Wiltshire, where he had a workshop, seven miles from his home. The locally-famous musician and organ builder who was director of music at a well-known London church is suspected to...

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Putting views forward on green area

Warminster Town Councillors are asking for views on the use of the putting green area in the Lake Pleasure Grounds. At a meeting of the Devolved Services and Assets Committee, councillors unanimously agree that the council would review the future of the putting green...

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Friends charity gives almost £40k

Wiltshire Air Ambulance received a cheque worth £20,583.73 and Bobby Van Trust £18,200 at the WAA airbase in Semington February 12. Emily Tulloch and her small team organised a massive fundraising venture at the Hillbrush Company in Mere at the end of last year for...

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High Streets funding bid to help businesses

The government’s £675 million Future High Streets fund could help to regenerate Salisbury's city centre. The fund is open for applications from towns and cities in England. It recognises the continuing importance of high streets as places where commerce and community...

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Fire service to cost more

Fire and Rescue Services for the year starting on April 1 will cost £74.87, an increase by 2.99%, or £2.17, on last year. Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Authority Chief Fire Officer Ben Ansell said: “We lobbied for the freedoms and flexibilities to increase...

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Bemerton man gets 20 months for city robbery

Matthew Derrick, aged 32, of Pullman Drive, Bemerton Heath, appeared at Salisbury Crown Court for sentencing today and jailed for 20 months after pleading guilty to the robbery of 74-year-old woman in Salisbury. During the robbery, on the morning March 8 last year,...

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Move to oust party politics from local councils

As Dorset county moves from separate district councils to a combined unitary authority, prospective candidates are being urged to stand in the May elections. A new group of independents,  ALL for Dorset, is looking for non-party political candidates for the unitary,...

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Plan ’violates four core policies’

Violating four Wiltshire Council core planning policies and lack of clarity about the master plan were given as reasons for opposing a planning application for 30-36 Fisherton Street, recently vacated by the British Heart Foundation and the Original Factory Shop....

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Charity Box thefts warning

Charity boxes were stolen from businesses in Salisbury city centre, last week. CCTV has helped provide police with evidence of possible suspects. The city’s BID says it is work closely with Salisbury CityWatch, police and businesses to gather evidence and advise how...

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Pothole pot tops £1 billion

Potholes come and go or remain, but now - Groundhog Day –the Asphalt Industry Alliance’s (AIA) Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) surveys show that, during the past decade, cash-strapped local authorities have spent more than £1 billion on just filling in...

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It’s that blooming time again

National Trust garden teams in the South West go out into the gardens on Monday, February 11, to count blooms for the annual Valentine’s Day Flower count. Spring is just around the corner and winter is on its (br)exit. But there’s some confusion in the flower world:...

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Policing precept passed

The police and crime element of council tax for 2019-2020 goes up by £2 a month for the average property (band D), from £15.19 to £17.19 a month in April. The increase, supported by the Police and Crime Panel today, February 7, will help to protect community policing...

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For cattle market, read supermarket

Dorset’s last livestock market site has been sold. North Dorset District councillors welcomed the controversial sale of the Shaftesbury site to Lidl. The supermarket chain plans to build a  new store on the site. The council believes the development will 'provide more...

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Gillingham Town Council Annual Town Assembly

Public invited to hear about the council’s achievements over the past year, and to ask questions. Wednesday, March 13, 7.30pm, Jubilee Room, Town Hall, School Road, Gillingham, SP8 4QR More details,: 01747 823588 or email: GTC@gillinghamdorset-tc.gov.uk

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Airport runway run takes off

A thousand runners booked in for Southampton Airport’s annual Runway Run within two weeks of it being launched. The airport’s charity partner, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, is accepting applications for a waiting list, with about 100 runners already in...

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City development plan process re-starts

Residents and businesses in Salisbury have been invited to the launch of a Neighbourhood Development Plan in The Guildhall, on Wednesday, February 27, from 6.30pm until 8.30pm. Light refreshments are available. Salisbury City Council started preparaing its...

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Shaftesbury has a plan

Shaftesbury’s Neighbourhood Plan for the next 12 years has taken a significant step towards completion, according to a council report. Housing and employment, open green spaces, including landscape, town centre, design and heritage, and community facilities, form the...

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Birthday boy Petty in the cash

Salisbury resident Derrick Petty, from Stratford sub Castle, has won Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s Superdraw lottery. He was walking on air after cashing in on the top prize of £25,000 in the charity’s Superdraw in January. Life-long Salisbury resident Mr Petty, 79,...

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