Local News from South Wiltshire & North Dorset

Rebuild fills “higher-level skill gaps”

As scheduled, Salisbury’s Wiltshire College & University Centre moves into phase two of its £15 million redevelopments, which include the demolition of the existing central building and the construction of a new three-storey building. It will house new science and...

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Free speech café launched

The first Bemerton Heath Democracy Café is in St Michael’s Community Centre on Saturday, June 1. The event is the latest venture by Salisbury Democracy Alliance after the launch nearly two years ago of Salisbury Democracy Café, which, the organisers say, continues to...

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FSB questions fuel duty hike

"Smarter incentives and investment are the way forward, not more levies,” is the message from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) after fuel prices have soared to their highest point since November 2018. Latest weekly road fuel prices show average cost per litre...

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Villagers demand speed camera to be switched back on

Locals in a picture postcard village have demanded that a prolific 20-year-old speed camera is switched on again as soon as possible. Although it was turned on again last year, it had been dormant for five years because it was covered by an overgrown hedge. But now...

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All eyes on tower nest for egg hatch

As the time for hatching approaches, eyes are skinned for the appearance of a chick or two in the tower nest. This year, a dramatic tussle over Salisbury Cathedral tower’s peregrine nest resulted in resident peregrine Sally being ousted and another pair moving in....

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South Newton care home closes

Glenside Manor Hospital, a purpose-built large care home in South Newton is closing and all the staff, reportedly, are being made redundant. Staff have told their union they are devastated and regret the loss of faith in the healthcare system causing the situation to...

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Family day raises more than £14k

This year’s Fabulous Family Fun Day at Salisbury Rugby Club on Saturday, May 11 was again a major success as it raised more than £14,000 for Salisbury Hospice. The sixth annual event had live bands on stage, a 16-team...

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Free tickets for Armed Forces Day

Free tickets for the three-day Armed Forces spectacular in Salisbury can be booked online. Tickets for the event at Hudson's Field can be booked for single days or all three at www.wiltshire.gov.uk/salisbury-afd but limited to a maximum of six per person. Saturday 29...

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A crowning collection

On Wednesday, June 19, between 7pm and 8.30pm, visitors in the city can view one of the largest and most important art collections in the world.

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Pupils take great grannies antique medal to roadshow

Lily and Jessica (Pictured with Antiques Roadshow Valuer Adam Schoon) from Salisbury Cathedral School, took a precious 'School Attendance Medal' which belonged to their Great Grandma to the Antiques Road Show, today, May 14. The medal was awarded for 100% school...

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Audacious move in tower nest battle

After the drama in the struggle for control of Salisbury Cathedral’s nest box, latest picture shows another audacious move. Just before 5.30pm, Sally the peregrine returned to the tower, disrupting the incubation of four eggs that had been going smoothly. Staff were...

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Salisbury Museum brings rare automotive history home

An historic 100-year-old Scout car takes pride of place outside Salisbury Museum on Tuesday. The car, first built in Salisbury in the early 1900s, has been kept in the museum's offsite store for several years, but is unveiled to celebrate the BBC Antiques Roadshow...

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World-class village classic

Farley Music Festival, this year from June 18 to June 23 is the 18th and is in the iconic Wren-style All Saints’ Church in the village. It features, among others, Scotland’s globally acclaimed Ayoub Sisters and current winner of the coveted Liszt competition in...

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Attempted robbery in Harnham

A 37-year-old local woman walking on the footpath between St George's Church towards Netherhampton Road was approached by a man holding a small knife who demanded money. She got away unharmed and the attacker ran off towards Town Path empty-handed. Police are...

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Sports Roadshow plan for May half term

FREE multi-sport sessions from May 29 until May 31 are planned for at three locations in Salisbury; Bishopdown Sports Field, Harnham Recreation Ground and Bemerton Heath. The three-hour sessions are for youngsters  aged seven to 14 and cover a range of sports,...

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Cheesy event pays homage to fromage

In celebration of Eurovision, said to be the cheesiest event in the world, SpareRoom is launching a unique free pizza topped with 41 different cheeses from the 41 nations competing in this year’s song contest. The ‘Quarantuno Formaggi’ is topped with a cheese sourced...

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Free family travel for half-term

Two free train tickets are on offer when children are travelling with adults who buy a promotional Off-Peak or Super Off-Peak ticket. South Western Railway (SWR) offers free children’s travel to any destination on its network during Off-Peak hours in its...

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MP back in government

South West Wiltshire MP Dr Andrew Murrison has been appointed Minister of State at the Foreign Office and at the Department for International Development. Dr Murrison also joins the Privy Council. He will have special ministerial responsibility for Middle East and...

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Tower battle threat to babies

Another dramatic chapter played out in the struggle for control of Salisbury Cathedral’s celebrity nest box last night, May 10. Just before 5.30pm, Sally the peregrine returned to the Tower, disrupting the incubation of the four eggs being brooded. Staff were alerted...

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Ancient landscape given new life

A grant of £1.68 million from the National Lottery Heritage Fund has been awarded to Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). A largely forgotten, ancient landscape will be brought back to life thanks to the grant for the Cranborne Chase and Chalke...

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Troops are special guests for special weekend

Armed Forces Day National Event in Salisbury in June thanks UK troops for all they do to protect and keep the country safe. Troops are invited to join in as special guests for a free evening barbecue at Hudson’s Field on Friday, June 28, from 5pm. Serving members and...

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