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People Lisa Farrell Mayor Elect

Local News Features Summer School wins award

Tax planning All change


FREE Issue 119 . March 2018

Edit or’s Letter A community stalwart… I’m very lucky in my job as I get to meet a wide variety of interesting people. A lot of them are involved in the community in some way, either through business or volunteering, and all of them have fascinating stories to tell. This month I met Lisa Farrell, who many people remember campaigning for an affordable supermarket to come to town, and subsequently working hard on the Town Council to make a difference, particularly for young people. I find her a real inspiration, as she is dogged and determined, and makes things happen – she’s a great role model for the kids that she looks after at the Youth Centre on a Friday evening, and does her best to speak up for residents in the area whose views might not otherwise be represented. The Marlborough Area is lucky to have Lisa and others like her who give up their time for their community – all of them say they find volunteering rewarding. More and more volunteers are needed for all sorts of things – if you have some free time, why not consider it? There’s bound to be something you’ll enjoy, where you can also meet new people and make a difference. Hope you enjoy the magazine this month,


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Lisa Farrell Lisa Farrell is Mayor Elect of Marlborough Town Council. The driving force behind the re-opening of the Marlborough Youth and Community centre, Lisa was born and grew up in Marlborough. She lives in the town with her partner Paul, and cat Chloe. She has a grown-up son, Bryan, who is a policeman in Swindon. Her day job is at Marlborough College where she is Hospitality Manager in the Catering Department. When we first met in 2009, you were campaigning for a more affordable supermarket for the town, a successful campaign which saw Tesco open at the business park in Marlborough. Did you imagine then that you would be on the Town Council? No, I didn’t, but joining the Council was a natural follow on from the Tesco campaign. During that time, I talked to a lot of people in the town, and realised that somewhere to shop wasn’t the only issue that was affecting people. I’d got involved in that campaign after I realised that I had become so focused on my job and family that I wasn’t aware of what was going on in the community. I felt bad about that and decided I wanted to help. That has carried on, and being a Town Councillor means that I often get the chance to represent the views of people that might not otherwise be heard. The Youth Group has been a success, culminating in the refurbishing and re-opening of the Youth and Community Centre building. Tell us about that? It has been a passion of mine to give young people somewhere to go that is a safe place, where they can relax and be themselves. Somewhere that isn’t school or home, where they can have a bit of independence. We started the Youth Council first, and they have been absolutely fantastic helping get the Youth Club up and running. It’s free to attend, so its vital that funds are raised to support it – we have had support from the Area Board, and the token schemes at Tesco and Waitrose, and the Youth Council have come up with


I’m really looking forward to it, but I’m a bit nervous too. I hope people will find me an approachable Mayor. some good ideas such as bag packing and cake sales etc. Over time more people have started to come to the club on a Friday – the kids know they will be treated with respect, and they appreciate the trust we put in them to behave appropriately. I feel that kids can be misunderstood – just because they’re wearing a hoodie doesn’t mean they are badly behaved. If people take the time to say hello and have a chat, they’ll find the vast majority of youngsters are perfectly nice. They know that there are boundaries – in the second week of the group, I had to ban a couple of kids for rowdy behaviour, but they came and apologised and were allowed back in, and we’ve had no problems since. It has been great to get the building from Wiltshire Council (who were originally going to close it down altogether). The refurbishment has made it a great space with plenty of facilities for hire – which once fully established should pay for the running costs. What ambitions have you got going forward? The priority now is to be able to employ a Youth Leader. We need to find both the money, and

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People the right person, as it has to be someone the kids get on with and respect. This will enable us to do more – I still want to be able to run a Playscheme for the school holidays for instance. I’ve had lots of support and advice from Aldbourne, where they have had a strong youth council and centre for a good few years. In time I’d like to see the facilities at the rec expanded – floodlights for the skate park, a shelter, and maybe a basketball court. We’re never short of ideas! You need more volunteers though? Yes – we always need more volunteers. Even if you can only spare one or two hours a month you’d be welcome. I find working there and interacting with the kids really rewarding – they are a great bunch and I enjoy talking to them and hearing about their ups and downs. Sometimes all they want is a friendly ear. It’s quite a big building, so we need around 5 or 6 volunteers for each session. Training and DBS checks are provided. If anyone is interested just come along on a Friday evening for a chat, or give me a call. You’ve been on the council a few years now, have you enjoyed it? It’s been a steep learning curve for me, and I have learned a lot in that time. I can’t say it has always been fun, but I feel like I have achieved things and made a difference along the way. The current council which has a few new faces on it is fantastic – it feels like we are working together more effectively. We listen to each other, and I hope we listen to the community too. There is a good cross section of people on it which is good.

Shelley Parker our Town Clerk has been a huge help to me, she has a lot of experience and has always been very supportive, and shown me the ropes where necessary. What would you like to see more of? I would love to see more people come along to council meetings and get involved. The public are welcome to attend, but it is rare that we get more than a couple of people. I know it can be a bit intimidating, but we are trying to make more effort to listen to what the community want. I would love it if more people could get involved in the Community even when an issue does not directly affect them. We would have much more clout with Wiltshire Council then. Also, it is better to have your say before decisions are made rather than just moan on social media afterwards. It’s important to hear from every part of the Marlborough area too, not just the town itself. What do you think are the main issues facing the town? Affordable housing, traffic issues, parking are three that come to mind. I also don’t want to see the Police Station closed down. Sometimes it feels like the town is getting bigger and the services are shrinking. Although I’m not directly involved in it The Neighbourhood Plan should help identify the key issues and give us evidence to support plans of action going forward. How do you feel about being Mayor? I’m really looking forward to it, but I’m a bit nervous too. I hope people will find me an approachable Mayor. I was quite shocked when I was put forward to be Mayor, but very pleased. My first

thought was that my mum and son would be so proud of me. I come from a low income background, and have Dyslexia so it hasn’t been easy. I like to think that I can show some of the kids at the youth club that you can achieve things, despite setbacks, if you put your mind to it. When I was young it would never have occurred to me that I would one day be Mayor. I am looking forward to my Mayoral year, and have had great support form Marlborough College where I work. What do you get up to in your spare time? (If you have any!) I enjoy Zumba – I’ve just started again after a bit of a break. I go along to Studio Movida with Penny Ann Lang. It is the most fantastic stress buster – Penny makes it such a laugh, and it’s great exercise. I’ve also started classes with Lau Costantini who has just started Sass Republic at Café 38 – she’s great fun too. I also like listening to live music at the local pubs – The Lamb and The Bear are two of my favourites, they are great local pubs with really friendly landlords and staff. What do you love most about Marlborough? I love all the traditional activities – I would love to see the Carnival back, but you are back to the volunteer problem again, it’s hard to get people involved as they have such busy lives. I love the Mops, the Jazz Festival (which is becoming a new event, Marlborough Rising). Marlborough is a great place to live – I hope we can get even more community involvement going forward.

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Summer School celebrates Award success Now in its 44th year, Marlborough College Summer School has gone from strength to strength, and can now lay claim to be the largest multi-generational Summer School in Europe. From 8 July to 4 August 2018 around 4,000 customers from home and abroad will arrive in Marlborough to enjoy over 500 fascinating courses, eclectic evening entertainment and possibly the best school dinners anywhere in the world! For the last couple of years, The School of English and Culture has run alongside Summer School providing 13-17-year olds from abroad with brand new experiences. The aim of this unique programme is to develop the student holistically while they develop their language skills, critical-thinking, creativity and ability to work collaboratively with people from all over the world. Visitors also get to spend their afternoons mixing with British teenagers on a wide range of Summer School activities.

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Awards. Marlborough College’s Summer School won Silver in the category of Artistic, Cultural and Learning Experience while The Marlborough College School of English and Culture won the Silver award for International Visitor Experience of the Year. The top organisations in the South West Tourism industry were celebrated at a ceremony held in the Arena at the Riviera International Conference Centre in Torquay in February. The event was hosted by BBC news presenter Victoria Graham, with an inspiring opening address by travel journalist and Chair of The Family Holiday Association, Alison Rice. With a record of 647 entries for this year’s Awards, Marlborough College underwent a rigorous judging process which included a ‘mystery shopper’ visit. The judges described Summer School as “Action packed – something for everyone”. Director of Enterprises, John Blake, says he is delighted with the two awards. “For Summer School to achieve a Silver award for the second time and the School of English and Culture to win after only our second year of operation, is a wonderful reflection of all the hard work the team put in to giving our customers the best experience possible. We are now looking ahead to summer 2018 and will be going for gold!” For more information on Summer School courses, or the School of English and Culture, contact 01672 892388 or visit, or

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The Great British Spring Clean – 2 - 4 March 2018 The Town Council and Marlborough in Bloom will be joining other organisations across Wiltshire in a national drive headed up by the Keep Britain Tidy campaign and aim to clean up Marlborough with a community litter pick. We will be taking a zoned approach to the town and going out on all 3 days so that we make a real impact. This way those who would like to help have a choice of the Friday, Saturday and Sunday. More information about how to get involved is on our website at Wiltshire Council spends more than £2m each year collecting litter across the county and our own Grounds Team spends a huge amount of time clearing litter from our parks, play areas and other open spaces - time that could be better spent on other work. All of us (and of all ages) need a more responsible attitude to keeping our neighbourhoods litter free and a better respect for our public spaces. It would be really good to see lots of people joining our litter pick over that first weekend in March.

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Veterinary Hospital, a poster campaign to remind people to clear up after their dogs. The vast majority of dog owners are responsible and bag and bin waste and we are trying to encourage everyone to follow their example. These posters will be displayed in all Town Council-owned open spaces. There are legal and health implications around dog fouling which are very well set out by Veterinary Surgeon, Emma Coles, on page…..

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Bound for History Since the local government reorganisation in 1974, most of the minutes of Town Council meetings have been sitting in storage in Swindon. Last year, Councillors took the decision that these should be accessible to everyone and kept in conditions suitable for historic documents. The loose leaf minutes have now been bound and will be available at the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre in Chippenham for all to see. They’ll join the Marlborough Borough Council Minute Books, going back more than 100 years, which are really useful in looking back at land and ownership issues and other details about the town’s history. The History Centre is well worth a visit and staff there are very helpful and knowledgeable too - you’ll find yourself immersed

Marlborough’s Allotment Association will be holding its AGM and an open meeting in the Council Chamber on Thursday, 1 March 2018 at 6.30pm. Everyone is welcome to come along and discuss the future of the Association and the town’s 3 allotment sites.

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All Change! We are approaching the time of year when the supermarket shelves are rammed with all things Easter (not great if, like me, you are trying to lose a pound or three following the Christmas break). It led me to wonder whether I have become a lot bigger or whether the cream eggs have shrunk over the years. Don’t get me wrong, I am a fan, so, certainly won’t turn down a Crème Egg if offered. I just hope that they aren’t shrinking away to oblivion. So many household names have either changed – Jif to Cif or Marathon to Snickers for example, or have simply disappeared completely. Thinking back, where did Spangles go? Cola Spangles were, to me, as a child, the best sweet hands down, then they went -although I don’t remember noticing. Listening to the radio the other day I heard that regular Irn Bru is being shelved as it has too much sugar. Fans are not convinced that the new low sugar and have been stockpiling the original. It’s not something that I’ve tried much (probably a sin as I am half Scottish after all) but it is sad to see another major change. Mind you, it’s not just the household products that are changing. Another memory challenge, who remembers the police car sirens going from the “brrriing” trill of a bell to the low, slow “hee-haw” (which I grew up to), to the piercing “wooo wooo” that we hear today? I assume that there is a scientific reason for this – perhaps something to do with our ability to hear them coming. Likewise, have you seen an original Mini recently? Last summer, whilst on holiday, I pulled up in a beach car park in my Mini next to a classic Mini. Well, quite honestly it could have parked on my front seat. The size difference was astounding. It’s funny how our concept of a modern day small car would probably be represented by a family saloon car of the 70’s. Then there’s the advert where the lady asks a girl what she’s doing on her computer. The girl,


holding a tablet replies, “what’s a computer”. Worse still, my children will never share the joys of making or being given a mix tape by a young suitor! (Let alone the joys of listening to the Top 40 with their tape decks trying desperately to record the songs without recording the voice of the DJ.) Instead, they send each other pouty face pictures over Snap Chat. It makes me think of the teams of scientists sat in labs around the country making decisions on little tweaks to our everyday lives. You often hear of the latest think tank studies on the news “scientists say that you should put milk at “x” degrees on your corn flakes and the optimum time for the best soggy to crunchy balance is “y” minutes”. Are they developing the optimum corn flake, and will this mean the end of the ones that we know and love? Who on earth decided to research that and why? I am sure that it is all in the name of progress and “for the best”, so, I won’t moan. Instead, I look forward to the iron which simply gets itself out of the basket and irons and puts away, as well as the self cleaning car; but hands off the Creme Eggs please. Fiona Kellow Fiona Kellow is a working mum of two. When she isn’t running around after her family she is a Partner at Thrings Solicitors, specialising in family law.

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Learning for Wellbeing The definition of Wellbeing is: A state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy. There are many tools which can help us to achieve this state. For example, energy work, managing our emotions efficiently and finding coping strategies to every day stressors. The Wellbeing Clinic in Marlborough runs workshops and courses throughout the year which focus on just that. Enhancing the wellbeing of body, mind and spirit and providing you with practical tools for everyday living. Reiki courses Reiki is a popular course worldwide and we have been teaching it here in Marlborough for over 20 years. Reiki is a popular healing treatment, where the client will lay on a coach fully clothed and the therapist will place their hands on or off various parts of the body. The ‘life force energy’ is transferred through the palms and into the client’s cells, producing a cleansing, light, like an antidepressant, allowing the client to feel relaxed, calm and providing the ability for his body, mind , or soul to self-heal. It can be a profound and relaxing experience like ‘mindfulness with meaning’. It covers all religions and non-religions and is suitable for all. Anyone can learn this magnificently selfempowering tool for themselves, friends, family, animals, plants and children. It is used in hospices to ease the end of life experience and can be combined with other therapies for healing body, mind and spirit. All Reiki courses are offered at the Wellbeing clinic so look at our website or call for more information. We are proud to offer our community sessions on Monday evenings, see opposite for details. One day Workshop - ‘Manage Your Emotions’ – Reduce your stress and anxiety. 24th March 10.00am – 4.30pm Course leader: Ivan Brownrigg Life Coach and NLP Practitioner Stress has rightly been called the ‘great modern-day plague.’ And unfortunately, far too many people battle on alone, not sure what they can do, often resorting to masking the symptoms with alcohol, prescription or recreational drugs, or just suffering in silence. It can be a living hell!


However, developments in Neuroscience, aided by powerful Magnetic Resonance Imaging has enabled us to see and understand much more clearly what is happening in our brains and mind when we think or worry. They reveal the patterns of electrochemical impulses and the pathways they repeatedly follow in our neurology. The good news is that Neuroscientists are also discovering the brain’s ‘plasticity,’ or ability to create new pathways for these impulses to follow, is far greater than previously believed. In other words, real changes to the ways we have ‘programmed’ our thinking and the resulting emotional patterns and responses can be achieved. While some mental health conditions require psychological interventions, for stress and feelings of anxiety, the Marlborough Wellbeing Clinic now offers a one day open workshop. It provides some simple yet highly effective techniques and processes to create new, positive thinking patterns, feel back in control and experience the great relief of alleviating stress and anxiety. The more you practice them the greater the results. Book yourself on this workshop and claim back your peace of mind. Access Bars courses Here you can learn to release stuck thoughts, feelings & emotions, laying on a couch with healing hands working on 32 points on and around the head. You can have a treatment or learn this valuable tool for yourself and others. One day workshop - ‘States of Being’ 29th April 9.45am - 5pm Course leader: Léonie Clark BSc (Reiki and ‘Egyptian Sekhem’ teacher). The way to Truth is through knowing ourselves. During this course we will use movement, meditation, guided visualisation and ceremony to consciously connect to each of our five bodies. Techniques will be taught to better control responses to everyday events. This course is for those who want to learn more about themselves from the physical to spiritual through practical experiences with life and those who wish to learn new ways to replenish their energy. Anyone drawn to Egyptian history and legend will enjoy and benefit from this workshop. For more information on any of the above courses contact the Wellbeing Clinic 01672 513583

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What’s On March 2018 Marlborough Onscreen Events Hampstead (12A)


Date: Thursday 8 March, 7 for 7.30pm Venue: Marlborough Town Hall

Marlborough Onscreen Events- The Winter’s Tale – live screening Date: Wednesday 28 February 7.15pm (doors 6.45pm) Venue: Marlborough Town Hall

Christopher Weeldon, Artistic Associate of The Royal Ballet, created his adaptation of Shakespeare’s late great romance The Winter’s Tale for The Royal Ballet in 2014. Building on the success of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Winter’s Tale received ecstatic parise at its premiere, acclaimed by critics and audiences alike for its intelligent, distinctive and emotionally powerful story, told through exquisite dance. It is now widely judged to be a modern ballet classic. Tickets £15 in advance marlboroughonscreen. events Sound Knowledge and The White Horse Bookshop, Marlborough. £17.50 on door. Licensed bar.

Ramsbury Roxy Churchill (PG)

Date: Friday 2 March, 7.15 for 8pm Venue: Ramsbury Memorial Hall 96 hours before the World War II invasion of Normandy, British


Prime Minister Winston Churchill struggles with his severe reservations with Operation Overlord and his in-creasingly marginalised role in the war effort. Tickets £4 from Ramsbury Post Office until 1pm on film night or £4.50 on the door. Contact

Marlborough Folk-Roots presents - Steve Knightley

Date: Friday 2 March, 8pm Venue: Marlborough Town Hall, High Street, Marlborough, Wiltshire SN8 1AA Show of Hands star Steve Knightley returns with stories and songs in a solo show that has been packing village halls up and down the land. Tickets £18 from 01672 512465, Sound Knowledge at Hughenden Yard, Marlborough, or online at

Raspberry Jamming

Date: Sunday 4 March, 10- 4pm Venue: Marlborough Town Hall An event for the Raspberry Pi computer enthusiast will feature demos and workshops. Aimed at all ages but particularly the under-18s More info at

Diane Keaton stars as an American widow left in debt by her unfaithful husband, who finds a man living on Hampstead Heath where he has been for 17 years. He is a surly off-the-grid loner who avoids all trappings of modern life by living in a quaint shack built from other people’s rubbish. They form an unlikely alliance against unscrupulous property developers in the neighbourhood. Tickets £5 in advance

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Elgar Piano Quintet Date: Sunday 11 March at 7.30pm Venue: St Peter’s Church Marlborough

London’s Bridge String Quartet returns to Marlborough with another exciting programme of music: Howells’ Phantasy Quartet; Mozart’s String Quartet; Elgar’s Piano Quintet with Michael Dussek at piano. Tickets at £12 on the door or in advance from Sound Knowledge and the White Horse Bookshop

The Merchant’s House Spring Study Series The English Aristocracy

Date: Wednesday 14 and 21 March, 10am – 12.30pm Venue: The Merchant’s House The second lecture in the Spring Study Series “Aristocratic Patronage” will be given by

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What’s On David Evans on 14 March, and the third “Palladio Revisited” by Christopher Rogers on 21 March. Tickets £15 (£12 for Friends) per lecture, available from The Merchants House Shop. Contact Victoria Egerton 01672 511491 or email

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Date: Thursday 15 March at 7.30pm Venue: St Peter’s Church Marlborough Military historian Alan Turton lectures on the History of the Mary Rose. Non-members £4 on the door.

Ramsbury Roxy Fences (12A)

Date: Friday 16 March, 7.15 for 8pm Venue: Ramsbury Memorial Hall Denzel Washington and Viola Davis star in this story of an African American father struggling with race relations in the United States while trying to raise his family in the 1950s and coming to terms with the events of his life. Tickets £4 from Ramsbury Post Office until 1pm on film night or £4.50 on the door. Contact (please note this is a change to the original programme)

Annual General Meeting Date: Tuesday 20 March at 6.30pm Venue: St Peter’s Church Marlborough

The Trust which runs St Peter’s Church and which celebrates its 40th birthday this year holds its Annual General Meeting for members only.

Aldbourne Community Heritage Group Heritage Weekend

Date: Sat 24 and Sun 25 March Venue: Aldbourne Heritage Centre/Memorial Hall To coincide with the re-opening of the Heritage Centre 2018 Saturday - themed walks around the village starting from the Centre Sunday - family history day in the Memorial Hall Activities start at 11.00am and continue to 4.00pm on both days! For more details look at our website or contact Liz Dymond on 01672 540371

Marlborough Onscreen Events Bernstein Centenary

Date: Tuesday 27th March 6.45 for 7.15 Venue: Marlborough Town Hall The Royal Ballet celebrates The Centenary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth with an all-Bernstein programme from choreographers Wayne McGregor, Liam Scarlett and Christopher Wheeldon.

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Further afield The Winds and Words of War: WW1 posters and prints from the San Antonio Public Library Collection Date: Until 22 April2018 Venue: Wiltshire Museum, Devizes

The only UK venue for this international touring exhibition of original First World War American propaganda posters. The colours are so vibrant, they could have been printed yesterday! The posters are something very special, displayed alongside a Lusitania Medal and copies of selected documents from the Zimmermann Telegram files on loan from GCHQ Normal Museum admission prices apply. The exhibition closes on 22 April 2018.

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Local Societies and Groups Air Cadets (2293 Marlborough Squadron) Marlborough Air cadets welcome all young people aged 13-18 who are interested in Aviation and Adventure: Parade nights Tues and Fri 1900-2130 Follow us on Facebook 2293MarlboroughAirCadets Email 01672 516811 Dance Classes in Marlborough Ballroom and Latin American dance classes, and for those with no partner Dancersize sessions. Please contact Amanda on 07882-882030 or email for more info Depression Alliance The Marlborough and District SELF-HELP GROUP meets the first Tuesday of every month. If you’ve got depression, or know someone who might benefit from being part of our group, please get in touch. Call 0845 123 23 20 for location details. Stained Glass Lessons. Wed.& Thurs morning 9.30-11.30. Mon.Tues.& Wed evening 7-9. Suitable for all, learn stained glass or kiln-formed glass. Held at; Ogbourne St. George. Contact jeannette 07977 053363 or Girl Guides Meet Tuesdays during term times at Manton Village Hall 1st Marlborough Rainbows, 4.45-5.45pm, Contact 1st Marlborough Guides, 5.45-7.15pm Contact Jubilee Centre Day Centre (Mon, Tues and Fri) and Drop-in Centre (Wed and Thurs - Lunch served 12.30pm £5.00) for over sixties. For more information phone Carole Walkeron 01672 513087 Kennet Accordion Orchestra Meets on Monday night from 7.30pm, in Froxfield and has a wide playing base of players from Swindon through Marlborough to Newbury and encourage accordion players of all standards to join and enjoy a varied selection of music from pop through to classics. The current Southern Area Champions and established throughout the region for its diverse repertoire. Contact Nigel Pasby A.B.C.A.(t.d.) L.B.C.A. on 07894032757 or email For more information go to


Kennet Badminton Club We are a friendly club fielding six teams in the Swindon and District Badminton League. We have accredited coaches, a competitive player base and a friendly social aspect. Club nights are held on Mondays from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm throughout the winter at St. John’s Academy, Marlborough. New members are welcome. For more information please visit or contact Kennet Badminton Club Secretary on 01672 515526 Kennet Community Transport KTC runs a minibus with tail lift for people for whom normal transport is impractical. Contact the driver on 07850 356572 or Alexander Kirk Wilson on 01672 513861 Kennet Valley Driving Group RDA carriage driving for adults (16+) with physical disabilities. New volunteers and participants welcome. Sessions on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at Rockley. For more info call the Secretary, Maggie Lewis, on 0846 241 5396 or email Kennet Valley National Trust Association Monthly meetings with speakers on a variety of subjects, summer outings to interesting places and social events. For more information please call Ann King (Chair) on 01380 727130 or Rhona Wilkinson (Membership Secretary) 01380 726433 Learn To Play Bridge Lessons for Absolute Beginners & Improvers Friendly club sessions also available Marlborough Area, No Partner needed Friendly relaxed atmosphere Please contact Andy Hill for further details and availability 01380 724725 Line dancing Meet every Tuesday (except August) at St John’s School, Marlborough Class runs 7-10 pm and covers beginners through to advanced Contact Tessa on 01672 520336 or Marlborough Accordion Orchestra Rehearsals on Monday in Wesley Hall Marlborough. Training Orchestra 6.30p.m. / Main Orchestra 7.30 p.m. New and experienced players of all ages welcome. M.D. David Watson. Contact 01672 512634 Marlborough and District Link Scheme Marlborough Link is a charity dedicated to assisting the disadvantaged members of our community, whether because of age, physical or mental disability, poverty or absence of public transport.If you need us, or if you would like to help please telephone 01672 288007. Marlborough Brandt Group MBG is best known for its 30 year link with and support for the Muslim community of Gunjur in The Gambia, West Africa. If you are interested in becoming a friend, volunteering or visiting Gunjur for an extraordinary experience please contact us 01672861116, or or visit

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Community Information Marlborough Choral Society Rehearses on Monday 7.45 to 9.30pm in Christchurch, New Rd, Marlborough. New members welcome, for more information Tel 01793 812175. Marlborough Concert Orchestra Rehearsals take place on Tuesday evening at Christ Church, New Road, Marlborough, 7.30 pm Anyone wishing to join is invited to make contact with the orchestra through the website Marlborough Gardening Association Welcomes anyone with an interest in gardening. Meetings or visits most months throughout the year. For more information call Tricia Hayllar on 01672 512435, Marlborough & District Farming Club Meets every third Thursday of the month, September through to June, with a Ploughman’s Supper and a varied programme of interest to members. Meetings in Oare Village Hall 7.30 pm and four times in the winter at All Cannings. Open to anyone interested in country life Secretary Diane Strong 01672 563371 email Marlborough and District Concert Club Marlborough and District Concert Club was founded in 1980 in order to take advantage of some of the many first-class professional musical events available within coach distance of Marlborough. We arrange visits to concerts in Basingstoke, Bristol, Bath, Cheltenham, Southampton and Reading and occasionally London and Birmingham. We normally go to 11 concerts each year: orchestral, chamber music, recitals and opera. For more information call Tom Massey, 01672 516610. Marlborough and District Dyslexia Association The MDDA is a small, independent charity which has for the last 22 years supported local schools, hundreds of dyslexics and their families. Helpline 07729452143, website Marlborough and District Rotary Club Rotary is an International Organisation of professional and business people who meet every week for fellowship and service. Meetings every Monday evening at Marlborough Golf Club. For more information visit Marlborough Big Band Rehearsals on Fridays 7pm to 9pm at Mildenhall Village Hall. We play a wide range of popular, swing and jazz music and have members aged 16 to 80+. New members of all ages welcome. For more information contact David on 07500 635870 or email: Marlborough Bowls Club Tel: 07747 833436 Secretary Mrs A. Watts 01672 511335 Outdoor season April - October. New members always welcome, coaching and advice available Monthly networking breakfasts, see for more info.


Marlborough & District Lions Lions serve the local community by organising events to raise funds for local and national deserving causes. If you would like to join or need support please ring John Edmunds 01672 512650 or Karen Hilditch 01672 513282 Marlborough Floral Club. Please come and join us....we meet at 2pm the first Thursday of each month at Mildenhall Village Hall. Guest demonstrators, and the arrangements are raffled at the end of the meeting. For more info please call Mary Throup - 01672 861279. Marlborough Freemasons Meet once a month in the Masonic Hall in Oxford Street. Far from the myth of being a “secret” organisation, members are openly proud of their membership, and of the work that the Lodge does to support local organisations and charities. More details from Secretary Steve Aubertin on 01672 513316 or e-mail him Marlborough History Society Founded in 2001 the Society celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2011. Meetings are held at St. Peter’s at 7.30pm on the third Thursday of most months. New members are always welcome. For more information call 01672 519338. Web site: Marlborough Penguins Amateur Swimming Club. Swimming teaching/training for ages 5years to Masters. Tues/Thurs/Sun at Marlborough Leisure Centre. Please contact Alan Crook 01672 512757 for details. Marlborough Police Station Enquiry Office is now only open Tues 0900 - 1700 (closed 1245 - 1315), Weds 0900 - 1230 and Thurs 0900 - 1700 (closed 1245 - 1315). Please call in to check if your lost property has been handed in, as well as report crime, traffic collisions, produce driving documents, and much more. Marlborough Tennis Club Based at Preshute Tennis Courts.New members welcome for social and league play. Coaching for children and adults. Contact Barbara Jones 516635 Marlborough WI Meetings take place on the 1st Wednesday of every month at Wesley Hall, Oxford St from 7.30-9.30. New members very welcome. For further details call 01672 514177 Mildenhall Gardening Club - New, very informal and friendly group, currently meeting at the Horsehoe in Mildenhall on the 3rd Wednesday every month at 7.30pm. For more information contact Milly on 07876 230 540 or

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Community Information Pewsey Tennis Club A friendly club with first class facilities and coaching groups for all ages and abilities. Private coaching available. For more info please see our website or contact Martin Wright Head Coach 07855 887 568 Phoenix Brass Band Rehearsals twice weekly in Froxfield. Training Band on Saturday mornings. New and experienced players of all ages welcome. Contact Musical Director David Watson 01672 515176 Pilates classes Pilates classes for all levels around the Marlborough area. Please contact Caroline McCord on 01672 511360 or 07817503546 or Angie Sanders - Classes are held in Aldbourne. 1:1 tuition available, or 01672 540176 Pottery Lessons Adults:Mon.7-9pm, or Thurs.7-9pm Children’s: Wed. 3.45-5.15. Beginners and more experienced welcome. At Wagon Yard Artists, off London Rd, Marlb. Contact Jacqui 07773 271572 or Sarsen Songmen A small male voice choir rehearsing in Aldbourne (1st, 3rd and 5th Thursdays 7.30 pm), wide repertoire including Barbershop, occasional performances in the local area. New members welcome: contact MichaelReynolds on 01672-511199. Savernake Badminton Club Savernake Badminton Club is a small friendly club that is long established and affiliated to Badminton England. We meet on Tuesday evenings between 7.00 and 9.00pm at the Sports Hall at St John’s School, Granham Hill, Marlborough. For further details telephone Roy Turner on 01672 810208 or Barbara Jones on 01672 516635 School of Tae Kwon Do (P.U.M.A.) Classes are held at Marlborough Leisure Centre on Tuesday evening (7 - 8 pm), and Friday evening (6 -7 pm), and are suitable for all ages from 7 years upward. Please phone John or Carol on 01793 850410 / 07799 566805 for further information. Scottish Country Dancing Manton Village Hall - Wednesday evenings Beginner session followed by more experienced dancers.Contact Jennifer Parker 01672 515151 St Peter’s Church Marlborough A redundant church now managed by a Trust, featuring a Coffee Shop and a Craft Shop. The church is open daily 10 am - 5 pm, except Saturdays when it opens at 9 am, and on Sundays from March to December 11 am - 4pm The church is available for hire for exhibitions, meetings, lectures and concerts. For bookings please contact David Du Croz on 01672511725 or email at T’ai Chi at Burbage Tai Chi is an excellent exercise designed to strengthen the back and improve general well-being. Open to


men and women. New members and beginners are most welcome. Sessions every Thursday, 10-11am and 11.30-12.30 in Burbage Village Hall More details contact Louise on 01672 810421 or email The Friends of Savernake Hospital and the Community – A local charity helping people with health-related issues both at Savernake Hospital and in the Marlborough Community Area by providing grants of up to GBP10,000. For information on applying for a grant or on becoming a volunteer at the Friends’ Shop at Savernake Hospital, visit the Friends’ website at or contact the Friends’ Chairman, Janet Louth, on 01672 513868. The Merchant’s House This historic 17th century silk-merchant’s house at 132 High Street is being refurbished by a charitable trust. Regular lectures and concerts are held and there are opportunities for local people to work as volunteers or house guides. The House and garden are open to visitors from 1st of April to the end of October on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10.30am-3pm and by appointment at other times. Become a ‘Friend’ and enjoy enhanced membership benefits. For more information contact Sophie Costard 01672 511491 Web site: Transition Marlborough aims to inspire and motivate people to work together, and support each other, in reducing their reliance on fossil fuels, building a stronger sense of community and so increasing our communities’ resilience. This will strengthen the local economy to create livelihoods for local people and provide a greater level of wellbeing for all. Our Hub group meets on the second Thursday of the month, usually at the Green Dragon, at 7:30pm. Do join us. For more information, contact Alexandra on 07771 347 379 email, University of the Third Age U3A provides learning and leisure opportunities in the Marlborough Area for those who are retired or semi-retired. For information on interest groups and membership please visit or email or call the Membership Secretary, Nick Swan, on 01672 519331. Watercolour Painting Classes Classes on Wednesdays 10.30am – 12.30pm and Tuesdays 7.30pm – 9.30pm With professional artist Colin Palmer at his studio in central Marlborough. Suitable for beginners and the more experienced. Call Colin on 07835 039 812 or for more details. Yoga classes for all abilities. Enjoyable Yoga classes in and around the Marlborough area. Please contact Lizzy Hawnt on 01672 841553, 07821 396 430 or e-mail Yoga for Men Tuesday evenings 7.30pm -9.15pm for all abilities including beginners at Minal Village Hall,

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Aldbourne Village Green A voluntary organisation managing a community orchard and running a twice yearly market for local bakers, makers and growers on the Green. New volunteers and traders welcome. For details contact Lesley on 01672 540180

Manton Preschool. Based in the heart of the beautiful village of Manton our well-established friendly Preschool provides exemplary education for 2-5 year olds. We are a “Good” Ofsted setting providing Rising Fives sessions as well as healthy snacks, crafts, singing, story time, French, outdoor play and much more. For more details, please ring 01672 516675.

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Chilton Chicks Toddler Group Join us for a variety of crafts, toys, snacks, a cuppa and a chat. New faces are always welcome. Mondays 9.30-11.30am in the Chilton Foliat Village Hall (Next to the Wheatsheaf pub). Adults £1, Toddlers £1 & under 6 months are free. Call Liz on 01488 684526 for further details. Creepy Crawlers meet Fridays 10 – 11.30am at the Scout Hut, Marlborough Tel: 01672 811495 The Corner House Children’s Centre offering information, support, advice and activity sessions to families with children 0-5 in Marlborough and the community area. George Lane Car Park Tel 01672 513010 Great Bedwyn Playgroup Ofsted Outstanding Playgroup for 2 to five year olds, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday during term-time. Toddler group for 0 - 5 years olds, every Wednesday during term-time. Sessions include crafts, snack, story and music time, and outside play area. Great Bedwyn Village Hall, Frog Lane, Great Bedwyn, near Marlborough SN8 3PB Tel. 01672 870 179 or visit Home-Start Calling all volunteer parents....Could you help make a difference for young families? Many parents need help, friendship, advice or support during those early years when children are young. Your experience as a parent can help others. For more details contact Home-Start Kennet 01672 569457 Junipers Creative and sensory play for babies to preschoolers. 01672 890829, Little Dabchicks Parent and Under 4’s group, meets Thursday mornings 9.30 - 11.30 Term time.In the Aldbourne Methodist Hall, Lottage Road Zoe - 01672 540439 Little Dragons Pre School Ogbourne St George Village Hall All children aged 2 - 5 years welcome at our well established pre-school held in a quiet village setting in Ogbourne St George. It is a warm, friendly environment where we are open Monday to Friday for mornings 9.05am to 12.05pm or 1.05pm (if staying for lunch) and all day Wednesdays until 3.05pm. For more information email or


Marlborough and District NCT We have an active group in Marlborough, with courses, events and ‘Bumps and Babes’ cafes. The cafes are an opportunity to meet other parents, grandparents and parents-to-be for a coffee and a chat. For more information contact or go to Ramsbury Parent and Toddlers meets Wednesdays 10 – 12 in the Memorial Hall Tel: 01672 520961 Sunflowers at Grafton is a Nursery & Pre school for children aged 0-5 situated in beautiful East Grafton. Open from 8am-6pm, 51 weeks each year, morning & afternoon sessions are available. Sunflowers is community run on a not-for-profit basis. For more information see or call 01672 810478


Ramsbury Surgery Tel:01672 520366 The Marlborough Surgery Tel: 01672 512187 Wiltshire Out of Hours Service Tel: 0300 111 5717


Herongate Leisure 01488 682000 Marlborough Leisure Centre 01672 513161

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Marlborough Town Council 01672 512487. See for full details of council meetings Wiltshire Council 0300 456 0100


Ogbourne St. George & St. Andrew C of E Controlled Primary School Tel: 01672 841318 St Michael’s CE Aided School, Back Lane, Tel: 01672 540434 Ramsbury Primary School Back Lane, Tel: 01672 520244 St Mary’s Infant School Tel: 01672 513101 St Peter’s Junior School Tel: 01672 513158 Preshute Primary School Tel: 01672 512754 St John’s School and Community College Tel: 01672 516156 Stepping Stones Pre-Prep School Tel: 01488 681 067

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Year-end tax planning ideas With just a little time until the end of the tax year, I thought it would be a good idea to outline some of the key ‘use it or lose it’ tax advantages that may be of benefit for you to consider. Income Tax For most people the Personal Allowance, on which no income tax is payable, is set at £11,500 this year. If married and one spouse is a basic rate tax payer and the other has no income, or their income is below this threshold, it is possible to transfer some of the unused personal allowance to benefit the one that is paying tax. For those individuals earning in excess of £100,000, the personal allowance is reduced by £1 for every £2 of income above that level. If this is you, making a lump sum payment into a pension now may move the threshold upwards to allow you to win back the personal allowance and could have the effect of giving up to 67% tax relief on the contribution. Capital Gains Tax The first £11,300 of capital gains per person per year on the sale of assets are exempt. Consider ownership and the ability to transfer assets between spouses without any tax implications before any sales to maximise this exemption. If you have made capital losses on sales this year, it is important to register them with HMRC so you can carry forward these losses to offset against future gains. This registration is usually done via your self-assessment tax return. People with more than one home will usually pay Capital Gains Tax on at least one of those when sold. A big property exemption is on your principal residence, the one you call your main home. If you own two properties you may, within certain time frames, be able to nominate one of them as the main home. As long as you have lived in both at some stage, you may be able to swap the nomination between them to better plan the tax implications of a sale. Gifting If you are concerned about inheritance tax,


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Vet’s Column

Dog Fouling – The importance of cleaning up after your dog With 8 million dogs owned in the UK, it is fair to say that we are still a nation of dog lovers, but with ownership comes responsibility, and a mounting issue for many people is the offensive mess sometimes left in public places, otherwise known as dog fouling. There are multiple issues surrounding dog fouling, but crucially, by law, it is an offence for any person who is responsible for a dog not to remove and correctly dispose of any faeces in any public open space. This carries with it a fixed penalty of £75, but fines for serious cases can reach £1000.

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More about correct disposal later, but firstly; why is it illegal? There are several diseases both humans and dogs can catch from dog faeces, even from a healthy pet. Campylobacter, salmonella, giardia and worms can affect humans quite seriously, and in addition parvovirus may be fatal in dogs. All of these are spread from infected faeces. However, the law is in place specifically for a disease called Toxocariasis. This is caused by the eggs of a dog roundworm, which are found in contaminated soil or sand. They last for many months and if we inadvertently eat this soil/sand then we can become ill. Children are at greatest at risk due to their increased likelihood to place dirty hands in their mouths. Symptoms are rare, but can be very severe if the eggs enter the liver, lungs, eyes or brain. Regular worming of dogs will reduce the production of these eggs, but unfortunately only 1 in 4 dog owners do this regularly enough. Diseases aside, who hasn’t had a pleasant outing marred by a shoe, pram or bike wheel being caked in the foul stuff? As a mum of small children I have resorted to a special brush stored outside, such is the regularity of such a disaster. Finally, disposal: In an ideal world there would be dog bins on all walks for the easy disposal of the bags, unfortunately this is not always


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