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From the Editor: Councils become community-minded

By David Parker, Editor. Residents in Amesbury, Durrington, Mere, Salisbury, Shaftesbury, Gillingham and Warminster should be thankful their respective town councils get involved with their respective communities. The councils all co-operate with local business owners...

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Letter to the editor

Thanks so much for sending these - It’s a great paper- So much more positive, with a stronger community vibe than our local weekly paper! Katie Sargent, Founder & Creator of Utta Nutta

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Second referendum marches

Dear Sirs, Could anything be more stupid than going on a march to demand a second referendum so that one can vote to stay in the EU and lose one's vote as a result! Yours faithfully Jeremy  Wraith, Salisbury

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Moving on in the Maltings

View from the constituency by John Glen Mp I heard the news that the latest 'poisoning' incident at Prezzo in Salisbury may have been a hoax, with a mixture of relief and anger. Quite apart from costing our hard-working police, ambulance technicians an medics time and...

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My first experience in publishing

By Elizabeth Kernick As my first work experience, Valley News was an excellent choice. I had a general interest in writing and publishing, but beyond that, I wasn't sure what to do as a career. Looking back, I believe I made the right decision on where to go. On the...

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Council could keep its size

Wiltshire council will keep its 98 members if a review by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England is adopted. Wiltshire Council made a case to the Local Government Boundary Commission for England that the it was essential to retain its area boards as...

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Best buy now as rents are on the up, agents forecast

By Louie Kalvis Estate agents in and around Salisbury were asked in July by Valley News for their views on the future of the housing market in the area. Of those contacted, the consensus was that property prices most likely will remain static for the rest of the year....

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Play areas survey – views needed

Warminster Town Council is urging residents to complete an online questionnaire on the Town Council website and on Survey Monkey. With just a few days left to comment on local play areas, the council is keen to get views from as many residents as possible. People...

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New move to build affordable housing

The first public meeting of the new Nadder Community Land Trust is on Wednesday, September 12, 7pm at The Nadder Centre, Tisbury SP3 6HJ. Key speaker is Ian Crawley from the national CLT Network. Key subject is affordable houses in the Tisbury area, and everyone is...

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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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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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Strength in Salisbury pull-out and keep feature

This special pull-out souvenir edition captures Salisbury's resilient attitude towards a tricky four months and its positive outlook with moving forward and enhancing Salisbury's reputation as a wonderful city to visit, stay and enjoy! The feature is now avaliable in...

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The (House of) Lord’s prayer

By David Parker- Editor of Valley News In answer to an email from me about a petition signed by more than 150,000 people nationwide, South West Wilts MP Dr Andrew Murrison replied: "I voted for a fully elected Lords but an elected second chamber will be more...

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NHS funding has two paths to tread

View from the constituency By John Glen,MP At the time of writing, I was looking forward to one of my regular catch-up meetings with the leadership of Salisbury District Hospital. This is a chance to raise questions and casework issues that individual constituents...

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Sitting is believing

Car Tested: RXL 450h Luxury Price as tested £54,095 CO2 136g CO2/km 3.5 Litre petrol hybrid Copyright Dominic Parkes 2018 With Thanks to: Lexus Poole, West Quay Road, Poole BH15 1JF. 01202 974044. By Dominic Parkes Are you sitting comfortably? No, I am not about to...

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The Importance of Being Earnest

Produced by Split Second productions and directed by Jaq Bessell and Bryan Hodgson. A well-to-do and quintessentially British play, written by Oscar Wilde and performed by a cast of two young gentlemen, you can expect a performance like no other. The impressive...

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Super Sunday festival

On behalf of Shaftesbury Town Council, I thank all of the organisers of last Sunday's Food and Drink festival. It was a fantastic success, there must have been thousands of people in the town centre enjoying Dorset’s best home-grown products, with the variety of...

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Paper doves bring community spirit

I went to the installation in the cathedral on Saturday - paper doves flying down the aisle - linked in with other cities, and lots of shops have doves hanging in windows. People being asked to fold their own doves, celebrating the end of WW1. Katrina...

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How to grow old but disgracefully

An all-star line-up performs in the theatrical comedy 'Quartet' by Ronald Harwood. By Lucy Spittle The red curtains are drawn back and the audience finds itself transported back to the late 20th century in a country house in Kent. The curtains reveal a grand music...

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Unique facial injects instant glow

By Vaida Tamkiene Your skin constantly suffers from air pollution and other environmental factors, and each season brings different challenges. Wintry winds and drying central heating can have an extremely harsh effect on your complexion. Now is the time to have a...

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Nightclub nighmare

Amesbury town councillors and residents voiced mixed feelings about the proposed plan to convert the former HSBC bank building on the High Street into a weekday venue for live entertainment, theatre, cinema and live music, and a weekend cocktail bar. A representative...

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Reputation, reputation, reputation…. two gone

By Fanny Charles Everyone in Othello starts out with a clearly-defined reputation: Othello is noble and brave, Desdemona is virtuous, Cassio is honourable, Emilia is loyal, Iago is honest. At the end, two reputations are shattered, three people are dead, one will soon...

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Valentines day top tips

For that special day in mid-February, Relate Dorset & South Wilts has compiled tips on finding time for sharing. Dates can be cheap or free. It could be a walk in the park, a bike ride or a trip to the museum. Keep it fair. Write one list each of things you’d like...

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