New mayor of Shaftesbury                       

New mayor of Shaftesbury                       

New Mayor of Shaftesbury Cllr Tim Cook accepted the role at a Civic Ceremony on  June 7. Civic dignitaries from Gillingham, Blandford and Sherborne attended with councillors and invited guests and the public was also welcomed. The Mayor’s wife, Mrs Margaret Cook is...
Train Delays expected due to strikes

Train Delays expected due to strikes

Train passengers are strongly advised to plan their travel in advance as services are likely to be busier than usual because of the strike action next week A South Western Railway spokesperson said: “Despite having dates in the diary for what we hoped would be...
Wiltshire FA and Crimestoppers charity join in campaign

Wiltshire FA and Crimestoppers charity join in campaign

Wiltshire FA and Crimestoppers charity are joining forces to promote active and safe communities to ensure people feel safe wherever they live. Wiltshire FA says it is driven by the principles to educate, develop and support the community by offering professional...
Ship-sails as Pub of the Year

Ship-sails as Pub of the Year

Pub of The Year 2019 is the Ship Inn, Shaftesbury. Against, as always, excellent competition. The Heart of Wessex Branch of CAMRA named the pub as their star, chosen from around 90 pubs in the branch area. The pub is now competing in the Wessex Regional Championship...
Share offer to support schools and hospitals

Share offer to support schools and hospitals

Dorset Community Energy (DCE) is seeking new members to raise £445,000 by the end of July to install 700kWp of rooftop solar panels on 10 schools and hospitals in Dorset. It already has 420kWp of solar panels operating, and targets paying interest at 5.5% over 20...
LIB DEM LEADER CHALLENGES NEW WILTSHIRE LEADER

LIB DEM LEADER CHALLENGES NEW WILTSHIRE LEADER

Wiltshire council’s new leader is not yet in place but has already been challenged by the Lib Dem opposition group on the council. Ian Thorn, group leader has challenged the three prospective Tory candidates for Wiltshire leader on five key areas: wholeheartedly...
Police appeal after man assaulted in city centre

Police appeal after man assaulted in city centre

Police are appealing for witnesses a man was assaulted in Salisbury just after 4pm on Monday, June 10 near Allum & Sidaway jewellers shop. A 30-year-old local man was punched on the head and face several times causing him to fall and then he was kicked. The...
Runner unite to raise awareness

Runner unite to raise awareness

More than 950 participants of all ages, abilities, shapes and sizes men, women and children took part in Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life at Hudsons Field, Salisbury, on June 9. Vicki Turner, Cancer Research UK’s Salisbury Events Manager, said: “The atmosphere was...
Probe into patient’s sudden death

Probe into patient’s sudden death

An NHS Trust has launched an investigation into the death of a patient in the early hours in a top psychiatric hospital. The patient’s tearful mum demanded ‘justice’ after her only child’s death. She said the ‘big question’ for her was ‘why she died’. Voluntary...
LIB DEMS SHADOW WILTSHIRE TEAM chosen

LIB DEMS SHADOW WILTSHIRE TEAM chosen

Liberal Democrats on Wiltshire Council have a new shadow Cabinet following their group annual meeting on June 8. Ian Thorn was re-elected leader of the opposition on Wiltshire Council. Cllr Thorn said, “With less than two years to go until the next Wiltshire...
Anyone for croquet?

Anyone for croquet?

Mere Croquet Club started the 2019 new season with an open day, hoping for more members and more appeared. The club feels it can now ask Mere Town Council to renew its lease.  They celebrated the open day with a glass of wine, nibbles and a raffle and new and existing...
Bottoms Up

Bottoms Up

More than 70 walkers walked four miles with a climb of 370ft around Great Bottom, to the North of Mere.  In great weather, splendid views and a display of kites, after crossing the finish line, they were rewarded with a goody bag containing the highly valued ‘A...

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