Local News from South Wiltshire & North Dorset

Team tackles flood threat

Team tackles flood threat

Plans to protect Salisbury from flooding involved testing erection of flood defences and pumping equipment involved the Environment Agency, and 1st Battalion Yorkshire Regiment, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, Wiltshire Council and Flood Wardens from...

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Grants offer to help improve lives

Grants offer to help improve lives

Cultural, sporting and community organisations can apply for grants from Dorset Council’s Leisure Development Fund. Cllr Tony Alford, Dorset Council Portfolio Holder for Customer, Community and Regulatory Services, said: “Dorset Council is supporting efforts to enrich...

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Robbery in underpass

Robbery in underpass

Police have made an appeal for information after a robbery in Salisbury yesterday, October 9. A man in his 30s was walking from Waitrose towards Ashley Road at about 7.30pm, when he was approached by four men in the middle of the underpass. The men grabbed the...

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Island evacuees were so young

Island evacuees were so young

Being a refugee in war-torn Britain was not an easy option, but it was one that many people from Guernsey opted for in 1940. Children aged five and above were shipped to this country, without parents, and were found accommodation. Imagine the scenes at St Peter Port...

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Fitness open day raises money for charities

Fitness open day raises money for charities

An open day raised £600 for the charities, Salisbury Stars Appeal and South Wilts Mencap at Lifestyle Fitness Avon Valley in Salisbury on September 7 More than 300 attended, celebrating expansion at the facility, and they had free use of all facilities, including...

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‘County Hall water refill station first of many’

‘County Hall water refill station first of many’

Water is on tap at County Hall, Trowbridge, thanks to a partnership initiative with Wiltshire Council. Visitors to the council offices can refill their bottles at the water station just inside the entrance to the atrium reception area. Wessex Water provided the new...

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Students on Safe Drive Stay Alive scheme

Students on Safe Drive Stay Alive scheme

Wiltshire students can learn from a hard-hitting road safety presentation between now and Christmas. Safe Drive Stay Alive uses powerful personal testimony and dramatic video footage to make the audience aware of the tragedy and suffering caused by road traffic...

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Plan well-aired

Plan well-aired

More than 800 Shaftesbury residents visited the dedicated pop-up shop to learn more about the draft Shaftesbury Neighbourhood Plan between August 1 and September 26. They were able to study the proposed policies and projects and 226 responses and 473 comments are...

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Cautious welcome for more police officers

Cautious welcome for more police officers

Dorset and Wiltshire Police and Crime Commissioners Martyn Underhill and Angus Macpherson have cautiously welcomed the government’s new officer recruitment targets. The target announced for Dorset is 50 new officers, in addition to those hired to fill existing...

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Metal collector shells out £3.7k

Metal collector shells out £3.7k

An Amesbury man has been ordered to pay £3,754 in fines and costs after being prosecuted by Wiltshire Council. Steven Dickel, 35, formally of Antrobus Road, Amesbury, was found guilty at Salisbury Magistrates Court on October 7 of two offences under the Scrap Metal...

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Pets join Chatty Bus

Pets join Chatty Bus

Salisbury Reds bus company’s Chatty Bus is in Guildhall Square, Salisbury, between 10am and 3pm, marking World Mental Health Day, on Thursday, October 10. This time, the company is teaming up with Pets As Therapy to introduce local people and visitors to some loveable...

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Salisbury Plain careers on display

Salisbury Plain careers on display

Jobseekers are invited to a recruitment open day to learn about the range of job opportunities available on the Salisbury Plain Ministry of Defence Training Estate. The open day, hosted by Landmarc Support Services, is at Tilshead Village Hall on Wednesday, October 16...

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Investment in The Maltings steps forward

Investment in The Maltings steps forward

Buying more land and property and funding for further development in The Maltings area, Salisbury, was given the green light by Wiltshire Council’s cabinet today, October 8. The council’s objective is to regenerate the Maltings and Central Car Park site to improve...

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Affordable houses hurdles cleared

Affordable houses hurdles cleared

A controversial plan to build 100% affordable rented two- and three-bedroom houses, and bungalows for disabled occupants, on a brownfield site in Amesbury was at last given approval by Amesbury Town Council, on October 2, despite a storm of opposition and outrage. It...

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Bluff was called

Bluff was called

A 'Call my Bluff' fundraiser evening raised £380 for the Trustees of The Rosemary Goddard Centre in Mere on Saturday, October 5. Day centres help older, isolated people by providing a nutritious hot lunch and activities in a social setting. They have been attributed...

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New sports facility opens in city

New sports facility opens in city

Acrobatic and athletics skills will be put to the test at a new leisure spot in Salisbury. A new parkour park project by Salisbury City Council in partnership with Wiltshire Council  will provide a great opportunity to get outdoors, get active and healthier in a fun...

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Toad patrol adds up death toll

Toad patrol adds up death toll

The  ‘State of Nature Report’ published in early October by Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, World Wildlife Fund and other conservation organisations points out how amphibians are threatened worldwide by a fungal disease. The emerging infectious chytrid fungus could be...

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Fund gives £66,000 in arts support

Fund gives £66,000 in arts support

Six performing arts projects in the county have been supported by grants from Dorset Performing Arts Fund, established by local philanthropist Alasdair Warren. The fund, managed by Dorset Community Foundation, was set up recently to fund performing art projects in...

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Children in vital flu jab scheme

Children in vital flu jab scheme

Public Health England is urging parents and guardians to take up the offer of a free childhood flu vaccination in school this year. Every winter, around September/October parents will be asked to sign, or electronically complete, a consent form allowing their child to...

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‘Pick up after your dog’

‘Pick up after your dog’

Dog walkers in the Best Kept Village in Wiltshire have been told by a Council Leader to pick up their pets’ poo! Wiltshire Council leader Cllr Philip Whitehead has been picking up other people’s dog poo on his regular walk with his pet dog Rocco in Urchfont. He made...

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It’s just not cricket

It’s just not cricket

Umpires are to have separate changing rooms at a village cricket club – to save the girls’ blushes. The problem is at 30-year-old Bishops Cannings Cricket Club, Wiltshire, which stages a lot of girl’s matches But the umpires are always MEN. It got so embarrassing that...

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Parish council to obey parish poll

Parish council to obey parish poll

The combined villages of Heytesbury and Knook have voted to give the parish council powers to save their playing fields. After a Referendum/Parish poll in the joint parish, the Sassoon Trust, the owner, confirmed it was prepared to consider an approach from the...

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Not such Oddfellows

Not such Oddfellows

An independent YouGov study was commissioned by the Oddfellows ahead of its annual Friendship Month awareness campaign in September, celebrating the power of friendship. The study showed that a huge majority (79%) of people in the South West make new friends during...

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Action Fraud action

Action Fraud action

Call handlers working for the organisation Action Fraud were trained to mislead victims of fraud into thinking their cases would be investigated when they knew most would never be looked at again, according to a press report. Some managers were reported to have...

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