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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 to...

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Behind the cracked mirror

Review by Fanny Charles AGATHA Christie dedicated her novel The Mirror Cracked to Margaret Rutherford, who brought her character Miss Marple to vivid life on the cinema screen. But what was the relationship between these two grandes dames? Did they only meet once, as...

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Salisbury arts scene to become Wiltshire Creative

From 1 February 1, Salisbury Playhouse merged with Salisbury Arts Centre and Salisbury International Arts Festival to form Wiltshire Creative: but not everyone is happy about the title. After many years of expensively promoting and marketing Salisbury as a city of...

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Young people do have a vote

Young people can vote on their phone during the youth elections involving 15 candidates from all over Wiltshire aged from 12 to 17, who are standing for the UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) elections. The election ends on February 11 and those aged 11 to 18 are eligible to...

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Upgraded A303 plans go on show

Details of refined plans for major improvements to the A303 near Stonehenge go on show on Thursday, February 8. Highways England is developing the design for the £1.6 billion scheme. The A303 Stonehenge upgrade, including a tunnel at least 1.8 miles long, a...

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Robin makes his nest in the City

The heart-warming and utterly hilarious winter production of Little Robin Red Breast has landed in Salisbury. The musical play directed by Gareth Machin is a roaring success, not only for the little ones but for parents too! The Christmas story of Robin Red Breast...

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Town plan submitted

Gillingham Town Council has submitted a neighbourhood plan to North Dorset District Council. The plan sets out a wide range of planning policies that the community suggested should  be used to protect and enhance the character of Gillingham. It has been submitted to...

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Public meeting to discuss Police funding increase

Wiltshire and Swindon Police and Crime Panel is to meet in the Alamein Suite at the City Hall, Salisbury at 10.30am on  January 18 to hear Police and Crime Commissioner Angus MacPherson outline his plans for an increase of £1 per month in that part of the Council Tax...

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Local Plan under scrutiny

Gillingham Town Council has reminded residents can have their say on  the North Dorset Local Plan Review - Issues & Options Consultation. North Dorset District Council is producing a new Local Plan to replace the North Dorset Local Plan Part 1, adopted in January...

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Have your say on dogs

Is it a  dog’s life? Residents, visitors and organisations in North Dorset are invited to give their opinions about rules concerning dogs. What do you think about dogs in public places - like parks - and also when they should be on a lead. After considering people’s...

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From the editor – September

By David Parker In the Valley News office, we are often asked about alleged money-wasting or services not provided, and about how Wiltshire council came up with the slogan 'Where everybody matters'. To be sure, whoever dreamed up the slogan must have meant well but......

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What a load of rubbish

Fly tipping and rubbish on the streets a serious problem around Amesbury, according to Helen Holdsworth. The problem has escalated since the opening hours were cut at the local recycling centre. Helen Holdsworth, Liberal Democrat councillor candidate for Amesbury...

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Sample strikes at both elections

Putting himself in the front line at the local elections on May 4, and the General Election on June 8, local born-and-bred business owner Paul Sample has taken on a mammoth task. His top priority is to represent the electorate by putting them above political...

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NHS poster urges nurses ‘come to Dorset!’

Dorset’s Clinical Commissioning Group wants to close beds at Shaftesbury’s Westminster Memorial Hospital – but nobody told the NHS in London where jobs for nurses in Dorset are being advertised on the Underground. A sharp-eyed friend spotted this poster urging nurses...

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MP urges caution over greenfield development

Exclusive interview with Dr Andrew Murrison, MP for South West Wiltshire since 2001. By David Parker Before the government recently announced plans for new towns and villages to be built across the country, housing development pressure in green belt areas was raised...

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Tunnel vision

By David Parker Local residents and regular users of the traffic-blighted A303 are accusing the government and Highways England of suffering from tunnel vision. They believe the tunnel is the government's vision and that no alternative is being considered, despite the...

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MP urges caution over greenfield development

Before the government announced plans for new towns and villages to be built across the country, housing development pressure in green belt areas was raised in Parliament by Dr Andrew Murrison, MP for South West Wiltshire. He used his constituency as an example, and,...

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