Local News from South Wiltshire & North Dorset

Blues go green

Blues go green

Local residents could join a litter-pick in Salisbury this weekend as part of a regional clean-up campaign. The Big Clean, organised by South West Conservatives, brings out MPs, councillors and volunteers on Friday, September 20, Saturday 21, and Sunday 22. Nabil...

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Suspicious incident in Amesbury

Suspicious incident in Amesbury

Police are investigating after a suspicious incident in Holders Road, Amesbury, last night. Officers expressed concern that unofficial photographs of vehicles have been circulated on local social media pages. At about 9pm on Monday, September 16, a 14-year-old boy was...

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An artist’s view of 19th century Britain

An artist’s view of 19th century Britain

A fascinating presentation on 19th century artists was given by Felicity Herring BA MA (Fine Art Valuation) (pictured) and is a well-known specialist on the subject. During her talk to the English Speaking Union (ESU) annual meeting on September 16 at the White Hart...

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Super skatepark opens

Super skatepark opens

The eagerly anticipated new skatepark  – said to be one of the best in the region - opens the Lake Pleasure Grounds, on Saturday, October 5 with a party from 12noon to 4pm. The state-of-the-art skatepark is expected to attract enthusiasts from far and wide. Mayor Cllr...

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Half-price bus travel on offer

Half-price bus travel on offer

For World Car Free Day on Sunday, September 22, Salisbury Reds bus company is offering half-price travel in-and-around the city for passengers using mobile ticketing apps. Salisbury Reds is offering 50% off an adult Dayrider ticket, bought via the operator’s mobile...

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Obituary – Robin Rhind-Tutt, 1941-2019

Obituary – Robin Rhind-Tutt, 1941-2019

Robin Rhind-Tutt 1941-2019 - a South Wiltshire man who became a legend in sidecarcross worldwide. Charles Norman Rhind-Tutt (known as Rob or Robin) was born to Charles and Maggie (Petty) at Berwick St James in March 1941. He was their only child as his father...

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Bypass plan back in sight

Bypass plan back in sight

A new simple survey, backed by the Department for Transport, asks a few questions to assist in fact-gathering for Wiltshire Council and John Glen, Salisbury MP to assist with bids for RIS Futures. Many Salisbury business owners are likely to support the initiative....

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Have your say on Shaftesbury’s Neighbourhood Plan

Have your say on Shaftesbury’s Neighbourhood Plan

The final day for the Shaftesbury community to have their say is the formal consultation for the Shaftesbury Neighbourhood plan is Thursday, September 26. More than 500 members of the Shaftesbury community have visited the pop-up-shop, 37 High Street and information...

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Wildlife on show in city centre

Wildlife on show in city centre

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust (WWT)’s annual Country Comes To The City is a free open-air event from 10am to 4pm in Guildhall Square. It features a range of family-friendly, wildlife-inspired activities such as animal face-painting, basket-weaving, and pole-lathing, sheep,...

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Market mania returns to city

Market mania returns to city

French and Vintage Markets return to Salisbury Market Place on Friday, September 27, from 10am until 4pm. A French Market obviously means traditional French food with items such as crepes, cheeses, fresh bread and paella for tasting and on sale. Unique gift items...

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Firefighters hold charity car wash

Firefighters hold charity car wash

A charity car wash is being held in Wilton this Saturday (September 21) in aid of the Fire Fighters Charity and local fundraiser Love For Louis. The event, organised by firefighters at the fire station off Minster Street, by the shopping village, runs run between 10am...

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Chamber hears John Glen’s views on connecting business

Chamber hears John Glen’s views on connecting business

A large gathering of business leaders at a networking breakfast in Churchfields Industrial Estate discussed the topic of “Connecting Churchfields”. Minister and Salisbury MP John Glen gave a presentation and Salisbury Chamber of Commerce president Andy Rhind-Tutt took...

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Suspicious incident in Amesbury

Man arrested after incident in West Winterslow

Police are appealing for witnesses and dash cam footage to assist with investigations into an incident in West Winterslow at about 9.45pm on Wednesday, September 11. A group of men in a BMW were been seen driving down The Street causing damage to a Ford Transit. It is...

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Swimming pool reopens

Swimming pool reopens

Durrington Swimming Pool is re-opening on Monday, September 16, after extensive refurbishment works costing £230,000, with improvements to the fitness suite, swimming pool and boiler room. Complete re-lining of the swimming pool, surround tiling replaced with modern...

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Lead thefts at churches across the county

Lead thefts at churches across the county

Church roofs across Wiltshire are being targeted by lead thieves and everyone should be vigilant and report suspicious activity immediately to the police. In recent weeks, churches of all sizes across the county have been hit, including Malmesbury Abbey and Salisbury...

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Pensioner found dead by wife

Pensioner found dead by wife

A pensioner was found by his wife hanging in the garage at their home. Alan Blackman, 69, from Amesbury, was discovered on September 2. Medics confirmed he was dead at the scene. An inquest in Salisbury, adjourned to a date to be fixed, was told the cause of death was...

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Maltings planning application approved

Maltings planning application approved

The Maltings redevelopment has taken another step into the future. The revised planning application for a hotel, gym and library in the controversial Salisbury city centre makeover was approved by Wiltshire Council’s Strategic Planning Committee on September 11....

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Council considers community lottery

Council considers community lottery

Dorset Council wants residents, community groups and local charities to give their views on setting up a Community Lottery for good causes in the Dorset council area. “We want people to complete a short online survey taking only five minutes. No decision to run a...

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World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day

An Action for Happiness Get-Together in Fordingbridge meets at Avonway Community Centre on the first Friday of the month. The movement encourages everyone to act to increase happiness and decrease misery. The Get-Togethers are based on the Exploring What Matters...

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Baking gets a lift

Baking gets a lift

Cookery classes run by Shaftesbury & District Carers Association supporting vulnerable residents for more than 10 years. Co-operative Funeralcare staff in Shaftesbury donated £300 to support Hope 2 Bake, one of several projects run by the charity working for the...

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Edward Jacson, obituary

Edward Jacson, obituary

The Rev Edward Jacson, who has died in Shaftesbury at the age of 80, was a much-loved vicar living in North Dorset for nearly 40 years. He was vicar of Motcombe before moving with his wife Sara to Grove Farm House in Melbury Abbas where the couple hosted many...

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Warminster skatepark launches

Warminster skatepark launches

The Mayor of Warminster, Cllr Paul Macfarlane officially opens the new skatepark in Warminster on October 5. Maverick Industries continue the launch party with demonstrations and music if the weather allows. Parking is available in the pay and display car park next to...

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Churchill letter discovered at Salisbury Antiques Roadshow

Churchill letter discovered at Salisbury Antiques Roadshow

An undiscovered letter from Churchill himself is only one of the surprises in the Salisbury episodes of the Antiques Roadshow. Viewers of the upcoming show can expect to find out all about a mysterious object linked to the Titanic, a well-used watch with connections...

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