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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 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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