Salisbury & Avon Gazette - Issue 42

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IN COMMAND King hands over role to Prince William Pictures: P14 & 15 WELCOME MAYOR! Council elects city’s 763rd leader Page 3 WE DID IT! Stars Appeal trekkers complete gruelling journey through mud and more to reach lost South American city TOYS ‘R’ US Famous chain set for Salisbury branch Page 4 Edition 42 May 20, 2024 Salisbury & Avon Gazette FULL STORY: PAGE 22 TANDOORI NIGHTS Fully Licensed Indian Restaurant & Take Away Tel: 01980 626260 / 626126 26 High Street, Amesbury, Wiltshire SP4 7DL £10 OFF OFFER Indian Cuisine Cooked by our award-winning Chef. Minimum spend £26 per person. Dining in only. Open 7 days a week.

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Salisbury has a new mayor - the 763rd to take on the duties!

SALISBURY has a new mayor - the 763rd person to assume the honour.

Councillor Sven Hocking (Con, Harnham East) has been elected to the role by Salisbury City Council and will represent the city for 2024/25 as The Right Worshipful the Mayor of the City of Salisbury.

A mayor-making event on Saturday, May 11, was attended by more than 180 civic dignitaries, including Mayors from neighbouring towns and cities.

After assuming the role, Cllr Hocking said: “It is truly an honour to be elected as mayor of our amazing city.

“As mayor, I will continue to represent you, the residents, promote Salisbury’s businesses and attractions to the best of my ability wherever the opportunity arises, without fear or favour, as I have endeavoured to do over the past eleven years as a city councillor.

“Locally, I will be as public facing as I am able, so stand by for pop up ‘Meet the Mayor’ events, where you will be able to

come and talk to me, and don’t be surprised if I turn up on your street, in your shop or in your pub.”

The Mayor’s Charity for 2024/25 will be the Wiltshire Air Ambulance, which provides an emergency service to the people of Wiltshire, Bath and surrounding areas.

Donations to the charity can be made via, or through BACs payment using the details below.

Cllr Hocking will be supported during his mayoral year by the mayoress, his wife, Marcia Gould-Hocking.

The mayor’s chaplain will be The

Arrest after ‘large number of people fighting’ in street

A TEENAGER was arrested after police responded to reports of a “large number of people fighting” in Amesbury.

The incident happened in the Boscombe Down Road area at around 10pm on May 4.

One man sustained an injury to his head and shoulder during the incident.

Police said a 17-year-old male has been arrested on suspicion of GBH and affray.

He was taken to Gablecross custody for questioning and has since been released on conditional bail while further enquiries are completed.

Insp Russell Griffin, of Wiltshire Police, said: “We understand this incident would have caused concern in the local community – please be reassured that an arrest has been made and we are continuing with our investigation today.

“Local neighbourhood officers will be carrying out patrols in the area – if you have concerns or would like to report anything related to this specific disorder, please do approach them.”

Anyone with information about the incident should contact police on 101 and quote crime reference number 54240051368.

They can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The mayoral Scout will be Ryan, with Lottie as the reserve mayoral Guide, and Isabelle as the reserve mayoral Scout.

The Deputy Mayor for 2024/25 is Cllr Ed Rimmer.

Donation details: Account name: Salisbury Mayor’s Appeal, bank: Lloyd’s Bank, account number: 67253360, sort code: 30-99-50.

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Terrifying moment youth hurls a brick through a Salisbury house window caught on CCTV camera

POLICE have released video footage of the terrifying moment a youth hurled a brick through the window of a house in Salisbury. The incident happened at a property in Woodside Road at just before midnight on Friday, May 3.

“A suspected adolescent male, in the company of another person, is seen on CCTV throwing a brick through a window of a property in Woodside Road, Salisbury,” a Wiltshire Police spokesperson said. They urged anyone with information

regarding the incident, or who recognises the person pictured, to contact them on 101, quoting log number 54240051085. They can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via

Toys ‘R’ Us branch set to open in

LEGENDARY store Toys ‘R’ Us is returning to Salisbury.

Plans have been submitted for signs for the outlet, within WH Smith, at the Old George Mall.

The chain has returned to UK high streets through concessions at the stationery firm, offering a limited range of toys.

It comes after the original Toys ‘R’ Us chain filed for bankruptcy in 2017, shutting all 100 stores in the UK.

In 2022, it was announced it would retun to the UK, with nine new stores.

Now, Salisbury is among the latest tranche of outlets being opened in WH Smith shops across the country.

In neighbouring Somerset, a store is set to open in the Fore Street WH Smith, Taunton.

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Coffee Shop vs Coworking

Coffee shop working used to be a novelty - almost a naughty delight to get out of the office, but times have changed, especially with Covid. There is not a standard set of rules of where and how to work.

The Enterprise Network was set up over 10 years ago, to provide flexible working space for businesses or those of you who just need a space. We have evolved over the years and can offer facilities such as a business address through to a large office space and meeting rooms. All of these are offered on a flexible basis and give you the ability to expand as required or equally reduce office space if needed.

Here at Castledown Enterprise Centre based between Tidworth and Ludgershall on Castledown Business Park we just might have the ideal combination. Consider being a Co-Worker – this offers you a desk, Wifi, a professional but relaxed working environment. Coffee shops do offer you space but also noisy

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Easter appeal saw a tonne of food donated to projects helping those in need

A PROJECT to garner food donations for those in need in Salisbury saw more than a tonne handed over by charitable residents before Easter.

Ahead of the holiday Salisbury Radio, supported by the Salisbury Journal, launched an appeal to help food support projects in the city.

Among those to benefit were Salisbury Foodbank, the city council-run Salisbury Pantry, and the community-led Longhedge and Old Sarum Pantry.

Andy Munns, from Salisbury Radio, said he was delighted with the response.

“We collected around 500kg in the Tesco donations, around 200kg at the football club and a further 500kg on the final collection from schools and businesses,” he said.

Collections were hosted by Salisbury FC, Tesco Extra and more, and were collected - for free - by Ozweld International.

Maria Stevenson, manager at Salisbury Foodbank, said: “The Salisbury Radio Easter appeal has brought more to us than just food. It’s forged connections.

“By the power of radio, struggling

people with nowhere turn heard about us, and the pantry projects. They learnt they didn’t need to struggle, they didn’t need to go hungry anymore.

“The Easter appeal took some pressure off us as a charity in the short term.

“We need to find ways to maintain that momentum. The number of people accessing Salisbury Foodbank is at an all-time high, food donations do not match demand.”

Abi Blake, manager of Salisbury Pantry, part of the community development team at the city council, added: “This support has kept shelves of Salisbury Pantry full this April, while we have been supporting around 400 households.

“Our core values at the Pantry are dignity, hope and choice. These donations gave our members the opportunity to pick up the things that most meet the specific needs of their families and also brought a real sense of hope, leaving the members feeling supported by their community rather than on the edges of it.”

From the Old Sarum and Longhedge Pantry, Gemma Phillips said: “What a

wonderful appeal. It’s so humbling to see the people of Salisbury coming together to help others when things are so tough for us all.

“It was also really good to raise awareness that we are here to help.”

Annie Riddle, of the Council Leadership Group at the city council, added: “Our city has learned how to come together in a crisis and this appeal is a wonderful example of how business, media, local charities and the city council can work together to make Salisbury a better place. Long may such collaborations continue.”

Anyone in need of food in the Salisbury area should contact these food projects: Salisbury Foodbank – info@ – 01722 580173 Salisbury Pantry – salisburypantry@ – 01722 417100 Old Sarum and Longhedge Pantry – – 01722 335 349 php?id=100093811466997

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More than 150 works of art on show at village exhibition

MORE than 300 people turned out to see the dazzling display at the Avon and Bourne Valley Art Exhibition.

A total of 180 exhibits were on show from up-and-coming artists as part of the 12th edition of the exhibition.

“We were delighted to welcome over 300 visitors who enjoyed the high standard of the art work and commented on the friendly atmosphere at the exhibition,” said a spokesperson for the event.

“Overall, the total raised for the Stars Appeal charity from collection buckets, a raffle, 10% of sales, refreshments and some generous donations, came to £1,400.

“Well done to the artists for the ever increasing quality of their work.

“A massive thank you to the ladies on the front desk, the kitchen crew, the raffle team, all the village friends who donated cakes etc or came to set up and clear up in the hall, Trevor and Frank for all their ongoing support.

“Finally, a really big thank you to you, the viewing public for making this such a special annual event.”

The best in show prixe went to Stephen Trodd for his picture, Above the Sea.

The Sue Woodbridge Memorial Raffle, of an original picture by Richard Horner, was won by Jo Thwaites from Haxton.

Meanwhile, planning is already underway for next year’s exhibition, organisers said.



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Stephen Trodd, right, with organiser Richard Horner and his winning picture, Above the Sea Richard Horner with raffle winner Jo Thwaites, from Haxton

CCTV probe after shoplifting in Fordingbridge

POLICE are keen to trace this person in connection with alleged shoplifting at a Fordingbridge shop.

The incident happened at the Co-op, in the High Street, at between 10.25am and 10.40am on Tuesday, April 29, when around £80 worth of goods were taken.

The man is described as; White, around 30 years old, around 5ft 9ins tall, with ginger hair and a ginger beard. He was wearing a navy jumper, black jogging bottoms and black trainers.

“We believe the man in this image can help us with our investigation and would urge

him, or anyone who knows his identity, to get in touch with us,” a Hampshire Police spokesperson said.

“Also, if you witnessed the incident, saw anything suspicious in the area at the time, or have any CCTV, mobile phone, dash cam or doorbell camera footage which could aid our investigation, please contact us.”

Anyone with information should contact police online via the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Constabulary website, quoting incident number 44240180949. They can also call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Youths sentenced over football club break-in

THREE youths have been sentenced after breaking into Raymond McEnhill stadium – home of Salisbury Football Club.

The trio, who cannot be named for legal reasons, forced their way into the Old Sarum ground on April 6 last year.

They pleaded guilty to burglary and criminal damage at Salisbury Youth Court on April 30.

They were given referral orders of between four and nine months and ordered to pay £200 each in compensation.

The court heard that

during the incident, the clubhouse was broken into and damage was caused to many rooms, resulting in more than £2,000 in repair and cleaning bills.

Det Con Martyn Powell said: “The result from court will cause the three involved to work with key workers so that they can be steered away from further criminality.

“The compensation will provide at least some compensation towards the damage caused.”

The sentences came in the days before the club secured promotion after a successful season.

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CCTV being deployed to catch litterbugs in the act

LITTER BUGS beware - new technology is being deployed to catch you in the act.

Wiltshire Council is investing in three mobile CCTV cameras, which it intends to install at litter hotspots in a bid to prevent littering and catch offenders.

The three, highly-visible towers will be installed in laybys that have been identified as litter hotspots across the county.

Anyone who is caught on video littering in one of these laybys will receive a fixed penalty notice (FPN) of £500.

Cllr Dominic Muns, cabinet member for waste and environment, said: “Laybys are often litter hotspots, where thoughtless and careless people throw rubbish from vehicles, damaging the environment and generally making Wiltshire a

less pleasant place.

“But we are fighting back with these CCTV cameras that will both help to prevent littering and catch culprits in the act.

“Anyone we catch littering in these laybys will receive a £500 fixed penalty notice which we hope will make them think again the next time they considering littering.”

The CCTV crackdown is part of the council’s Don’t Mess with Wiltshire campaign, which

aims to reduce littering in the county.

The campaign is part of a £510,000 extra investment the council has allocated to fund litter enforcement, adding to more than £1.5m that the council currently spends on cleaning up litter each year.

“We have committed to take responsibility for the environment as part of our Business Plan, and we will take action to reduce, prevent and - where required - take action against littering in Wiltshire,”

Cllr Muns added.

“We are fortunate to live and work in a beautiful county, rich in wildlife and environmental wonders - and we want to keep it litter free and wonderful.”

To report high volumes of litter or to find out more about the campaign, visit www.

Cat killed in catapult attack Quick news

A CAT was killed after being hit by what police believe was an object shot from a catapult.

The cat was found dead on Wednesday, May 8, near Bemerton Heath Harlequins site, in Western Way, Salisbury.

It had suffered a wound to its side.

The incident is thought to have occurred sometime between 7pm on May 7 and 4pm the following day.

“Our enquiries into the incident are ongoing,” a Wiltshire Police spokesperson said.

Anyone with information, or any CCTV or dash cam footage which could assist with the investigation, should contact police on 101, quoting reference 54240052848.

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Police appeal after women attacked in Salisbury street as child watched

A WOMAN was thrown over her attacker’s shoulder and dumped on the ground and another person thrown into a bush during an attack in Salisbury.

A young child looked on as the incident unfolded at around 9.30pm on March 18 in Westwood Road, by the junction with Rambridge Crescent.

A Wiltshire Police spokesperson said a man “lifted one of the women over his shoulder and thrown them onto the ground”.

“When her friend tried to help she was grabbed by the neck and thrown into a bush,” they added.

One woman was taken to hospital to be treated for her injuries. The assaults were carried out in front of a young child.

An 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assault, harassment and engaging in controlling/ coercive behaviour. He has been released on bail.

“We believe a man stopped his vehicle to check on the welfare of the women,” the spokesperson added.

“We are keen to speak to him, or anyone else who saw what happened.”

Anyone with information that could help with the investigation should contact police on 101, quoting reference number 54240031561.


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King Charles hands Army Air Corps role over to Prince William

THE King handed over the title of colonelin-chief of the Army Air Corps to the Prince of Wales this month.

Charles III and the Prince William were at the Army Aviation Centre, in Middle Wallop, on Monday, May 13 for the ceremonial handover of the role.

The King became colonel-in-chief 32 years ago and said it was fitting to hand over the role to his eldest son, as “he’s a very good pilot indeed”.

Prince William was an RAF search and rescue pilot, spending three years based at RAF Valley, in Anglesey.

During a speech to mark the Hampshire handover, the King said it was an occasion “tinged with great sadness after 32 years of knowing you all”.

“I do hope you’ll go from strength to strength in the future with the Prince of Wales as your new colonel-in-chief,” he added.

“The great thing is he’s a very good pilot indeed. So that’s encouraging.”

The pair appeared alongside an Apache helicopter - the type piloted by the King’s youngest son, Harry, in Afghanistan - on display at the Army Flying Museum.

The King later left the site, leaving Prince William to observe training and getting a briefing on the current work of the Army Air Corps in his new role.

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The King and Prince William were at Middle Wallop for the handover - and for briefings on the Army Air Corps
The pair met service people and their families during the day
Pictures: Royal Family

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Travels: People and Places

A new exhibition to explore how Edward Heath’s passion for travel shaped the eclectic collection at Arundells

May to July 2024

Jane Austen’s Persuasion

Too many characters and not enough actors see this much-loved novel brought to life in comedic fashion!

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Where Might UK-EU Relations Go?

John Peet (Europe Editor, The Economist) will offer insights into the key challenges and opportunities

Wednesday 29 May 19:30

Queen Elizabeth II: Life, Legacy & Service to Britain

Ceilidh in the Garden

Ceilidh Factor’s music is guaranteed to get you up and dancing, with their friendly caller to guide you

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Gyles Brandreth will host a world-class line-up of speakers to honour the late Queen

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Sherlock & Watson: A Murder in the Garden

This brand-new adaption is an outrageous comedy full of slapstick, and pumped full of live music

Thursday 27 June, 19:30

A Life of Firsts: Valerie Amos in conversation

Politician and diplomat, former UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator

Tuesday 9 July, 19:00

Jazz in the Garden: The Schmoozenbergs

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Poetry marks celebration military children in Wiltshire during special event at Tidworth Garrison Theatre

THE Month of the Military Child was marked in Wiltshire during a special day of events.

A celebration of children and young people from the Armed Forces community was held at Tidworth Garrison Theatre, raising awareness of the unique experiences of children whose parents serve.

Around 60 children from county primary and secondary schools met to explore and celebrate what being a service child means to them.

The event was a partnership between Wiltshire Council, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the national charity Never Such Innocence.

At the theatre, young people took part in a poetry workshop led by local poet, Clive Sanders. They wrote poems reflecting on their personal experiences and were encouraged to enter their poems for the national poetry competition, Life as a Dandelion.

During the event school staff were able to talk with representatives from various support services, including the council SEND team, about support for families and schools.

During lunch Operation Ice

visited the venue providing free ice creams for everyone.

After lunch, children performed their poems to guests including Cllr Laura Mayes, the council’s cabinet member for children’s services and Cllr

Cllr Mayes said: “We have a long and proud association with the military in Wiltshire and have a clear commitment to ensure all our children and young people have the

opportunities to excel and thrive.

“It was a special moment to hear the experiences of our children from Service families and I want to thank everyone involved for making this a great occasion.”

Pensioner landlord preyed on vulnerable women

A 73-YEAR-OLD Tidworth man used his position as a landlord to prey on vulnerable women, a court found.

Frederick Allard, of Nepaul Road, was found guilty of sexual assault and causing/ inciting prostitution following a trial at Winchester Crown Court on Tuesday, May 7.

The offences took place between February 2019 and January 2023. Allard has been remanded in custody and is due to be sentenced at Winchester Crown Court on June 21.

Complex Crime Investigator at Wiltshire Police, Elly Moxom, said: “The victims in this case, contacted Wiltshire Police following encounters with Tidworth landlord Frederick Allard.

“After enquiring about rooms to rent within Mr Allard’s property, they were subjected to sexual assault, and grossly inappropriate and offensive behaviour from him, including requests of performing sex acts in exchange for a reduced rate of rent.

“Allard’s actions had a significant impact on the female victims who all showed

bravery and resilience throughout the investigation and trial.

“Wiltshire Police wish to send a strong message to those who perpetrate harm to women and girls.

“We will show zero tolerance to crimes like those committed by Mr Allard who sought to exploit perceived vulnerabilities in his victims for sexual gratification.”

Anyone who believes they have been a victim of a crime should contact police via, on 101, or 999 in an emergency.

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More than £12 million to help young people stay near family and friends

MORE than £12 million has been approved to provide accommodation and residential care homes for young people and asylum seekers in Wiltshire.

Wiltshire Council has voted to undertake procurement exercises to identify providers to operate the new supported accommodation.

The step comes after capital investment of £10.560m to provide housing for 68 care experienced and asylum seeking young people and £1.6m to provide children’s residential homes for children with complex needs in Wiltshire was approved in February.

And at its meeting on May 7, the council’s cabinet agreed to undertake two procurement exercises to commission external Ofsted-registered providers with both contracts, in place for five years, with the option to extend for a further five years.

“The additional capacity in supported accommodation will enable more care experienced young people and unaccompanied young people seeking asylum to stay within Wiltshire, close to their communities and support networks,” a council spokesperson said.

“The additional residential children’s home capacity will also meet the current and future demand to support children with complex needs.”

They said as well as providing a stable and supportive environment for young people, the investment in additional capacity will also save on costs, as many young people are currently being placed in a variety of accommodation, which is more costly than necessary.

Laura Mayes, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “This additional investment for care experienced young

Cllr Laura Mayes, cabinet member for children’s services

people, unaccompanied young people seeking asylum, and residential home accommodation for young people within these groups with complex needs, means we can provide stable and supportive accommodation to meet current and future demand.

“This investment will improve outcomes for young people through enhanced accommodation close to communities, education, transport links and workplace opportunities.

“It also forms part of our preventative approach to council finances, investing money now to save on higher costs in the future from expensive private and out of county placements.

“This investment will empower our young people to live full, healthy and enriched lives which is a key priority in our successful business plan approach.

“It also follows our guiding themes which are woven throughout the approach we take to delivering services of ‘prevention and early intervention’ and ‘improving social mobility and tackling inequality’.”

She said the move would mean more young people can stay in Wiltshire, close to their communities, friends and established support networks with council services.

“This continuity is key to young people being successfully independent in terms of their health, wealth and emotional wellbeing,” Cllr Mayes added.

“We are passionate about our role as corporate parents and this investment in high quality accommodation will help us to ensure care experienced young people have the springboard they need to achieve their full potential as they reach adulthood and leave their care settings.”

Man jailed after being clocked at 103mph on M4

A MAN drove at 100mph on the M4 through Wiltshire with six passengers in a car – all of whom were not wearing seatbelts.

Sasho Yankov, of Penrhiwceiber Road, Mountain Ash, appeared at Swindon Magistrates’ Court on April 22 charged with causing a danger of injury due to the manner in which his passengers were carried, driving while disqualified, driving without insurance and excess speed. The 44-year-old was jailed for three months.

The charges came after on August 27, 2022, at around 2.30am, Yankov was spotted driving a black Audi A4 between junctions 15 and 16 of the M4 at 103mph.

He was subsequently pulled over, where it was discovered there were six passengers in the vehicle, all not wearing seatbelts, including a girl aged around six-years-old sitting unrestrained on

the lap of the front passenger.

It was also discovered Yankov had been disqualified from driving previously and wasn’t insured to drive the vehicle.

Yankov was reported to court and the vehicle seized.

After the hearing, Roads Policing Officer Steve Harding, said: “Yankov’s actions were incredibly dangerous – the stretch of the motorway which he was seen was unlit at the time and he was driving at more than 100mph.

“If he had come across anything in the carriageway he would have had no time to react to take any kind of avoiding action.

“With the number of unrestrained passengers in the vehicle, especially the young girl in the front seat, the consequences of any kind of collision could have been catastrophic.”

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Oliver Bonas store set for Salisbury

FASHION and homewares chain Oliver Bonas is set to open a new store in Salisbury, if plans are approved.

The firm has submitted a planning application to create a branch at 33-37 New Canal, formerly home to Clarks, Russell & Bromley and currently House of Tweed, which adjoins the Old George Mall.

Ahead of a possible opening, the plans detail changes to the store, including renovating shopfronts and signage.

The scheme also includes plans to repaint the existing façade, timber shop front, facia panel, stall-riser, timber panelled pilasters and timber panelled entrance doors.

“It is proposed to lower the shop windows on this façade to achieve greater visibility into the shop,” it said.

“Number 33: new shopfronts are proposed on both sides of the building’s façade (New canal and the pedestrian ‘Old George Mall’), replacing the existing metal framed glazing for a design that unifies the two shops visually making these appear as one.

“This visual synchronicity is achieved by creating new window frames that are very similar to those on the other façade in shape, size and colour, to bring the two different shop fronts together as one.

“This will enhance the high street offer and visually integrate the two spaces as one.

“The proposal includes changing the location of the current single entrance door from ‘Old George Mall’ pedestrian walkway to a double entrance door to be under the archway into the mall.

“This will offer better access into the shop.

“Replacement of all signage to be fret cut signage for new brand ‘Oliver Bonas’ on the shop fronts both the High Street and the pedestrian walkway into the Old George Mall.”

Founded in 1993 by Oliver Tress and Anna Bonas – cousin of Prince Harry’s former girlfriend Cressida Bonas – Oliver Bonas now has more than 80 stores across the country.

The plans are for 33-37 New Canal

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How the new-look Oliver Bonas store could look if plans are approved Picture: Tanner/Wiltshire Council Picture: Google

People being urged to teach people to swim as summer approaches

PEOPLE in Salisbury are being urged to dip their toe into the world of teaching as part of a national swimming campaign.

Swim England research has revealed an estimated 667,000 children across the UK will miss out on lessons due to an instructor shortage.

Now, Wiltshire Council is working with the organisation to support the campaign and encourage people to become swimming teachers.

As the summer approaches, water safety becomes a concern, with an expected further influx of people wanting to learn to swim ahead of the Olympics and Paralympics.

As a result, the leisure and aquatics sector has come together to highlight the essential contribution of swimming teachers in keeping communities safe, happy and healthy.

The Love Swimming campaign calls on people to consider the benefits of switching career paths and taking on a more fulfilling profession.

Emma Garnett is a swim teacher with Wiltshire Council.

She said: “In the spring of 2023 I was looking for a complete career change when I decided I might like to become a swimming teacher.

“I did some brief online research into what qualifications I would need and how long it would take me to get trained upand that’s when a friend of mine spotted Wiltshire Council’s Recruitment Academy programme. The stars were aligning.

“I believe swimming is an essential life skill, particularly if you live near lakes, rivers or the coast.

“Swimming is also super beneficial for fitness, to carry you through a long and healthy life, and I think that really needs to

be instilled in you from a young age. But it’s never too late to get started.

“Moreover though, swimming is incredibly fun. I love to see the smiles on the faces of swimmers while we’re playing pool games or when they realise they’ve improved a skill or stroke since their last lesson.

“To see that as a teacher reminds me that I’ve made the right choice in changing to a career that allows my personality to shine through and that makes me feel that I’m playing a positive role in the world.”

Cllr Ian Blair-Pilling, cabinet member for leisure at the council, said: “Swimming is one of the most important life skills that a person can learn and we employ some amazing swimming teachers in our pools across Wiltshire already.

“However, we are always looking out for more and with our swim schools growing, we are keen to also grow our team to meet the demand.

“A priority in our business plan is provide sporting opportunities and encouraging people to lead healthier lifestyles.

“Alongside this, another important responsibility is safeguarding our residents from harm - participation in swimming lessons is key in doing this. If you’re interested in teaching swimming, we would love to hear from you.”

Swim England business engagement director, Rebecca Cox, added: “This is a hugely important campaign for us and a chance to celebrate the incredible work swimming teachers across the nation do.

“Being able to swim safely at the beach with your family and friends, or confidently take your children to the local pool is only possible thanks to the amazing support from teachers.

“Our research has shown the need for more swim teachers to ensure everyone has access to lessons, and we can keep everyone safe to enjoy being in the water.

“We all know that swimming is an essential life skill - but for so many across the nation it is the gateway to creating amazing memories with your family, becoming healthier and happier, and achieving full confidence in the water.

“Our research has also shown this is a really fulfilling career option, with those who teach reporting a higher level of happiness compared to other careers. If you love making a positive difference in your community, this could be the perfect opportunity for you.”

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Bus passes can now be used from 9am in boost to travellers

BUS passes are now being accepted on Wiltshire routes from 9am - allowing holders to travel earlier.

Until now, holders of a concessionary bus pass in the county were only able to use them on local bus services from 9.30am on weekdays.

But now, Wiltshire Council has agreed with bus operators to amend the restriction to 9am until further notice for all journeys that start in the council area.

Pass holders will still be able to use their bus pass at any time to travel at weekends.

Cllr Tamara Reay, cabinet member for transport, said: “We often get asked if we can allow pass holders to use their passes earlier on

weekdays and so we are delighted to offer this extension to the scheme which gives those with concessionary bus passes more flexibility to get around.

“A key priority in our Business Plan is a commitment to having vibrant, well-connected communities, and to increase the use of public transport. This scheme is a great example of the work we’re doing to make this a reality.

“I’d like to thank our bus operators for their continued support, which means we can implement schemes like this for our communities.”

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Stars Appeal trekkers battle mud, rain and daunting slopes to reach ancient Lost City in South America

AN 80-year-old fundraiser led the way as trekkers completed a gruelling journey to the Lost City of Teyuna, in Colombia.

The effort, in aid of Salisbury District Hospital’s Stars Appeal, saw 33 walkers, aged from 22 to 80, faced days of torrential rain as they hiked to the 1,500-year-old South American city.

They walked between six and 12 hours a day, staying in simple communal bunkhouses each night, before getting up at 4.30am to start again.

Grace Prince, from South Newton, whose first Stars Appeal trek was along the Great Wall of China in 2019, is believed to be the oldest woman to have completed the trek to the Lost City with Magic Tour Colombia.

“I’ve never had much confidence so this just shows what you can do if you put your mind to it,” she said.

To reach the Lost City, the trekkers had to climb 1,200 near-vertical ancient stone steps.

“The most challenging moment of this year’s trek was the mud and keeping your grip while walking in it,” Grace said.

“The 1,200 steps were a challenge, you just looked at them and thought, ‘There’s no way you can do that’.”

Praising her fellow trekkers, she added: “Everybody is amazing and achieved it.

“We’ve all found it a challenge in one way or another, from slipping in the mud or having sore feet, to not having enough

socks, or sleep, and the cold showers.”

In total, the trekkers hiked more than 50 miles and ascended more than 3,400m –more than the combined height of the UK’s highest mountains; Ben Nevis, Snowden, and Scafell Pike.

First-time trekker and GP Dr Helena

McKeown, from Harnham, said: “It was the most physically and psychologically demanding challenge I’ve ever done.

“Seeing the Lost City was a real privilege, but what was most special was the camaraderie and support from everybody in the group. It was a lifechanging experience and something I will remember for the rest of my life.”

Three-time cancer survivor Colin Ford, from Salisbury, who also did the Stars Appeal trek to Petra in 2022, also completed the trek.

“It was just incredible,” he said. “The torrential rain and mud was really tough.

“Everyone that has supported you helped you to keep going. You know you’re doing it for them and everyone using the hospital.

“The Stars Appeal helped me when I was going through treatment and raising money for the charity will help continue that support for others at Salisbury Hospital.”

When they reached the Lost City the trekkers received a blessing from the spiritual leader.

Colin added: “It’s such an amazing place, very serene. It is something I will never forget.”

For Wendy Christie, also from Salisbury, who was trekking for the first time with her daughter Hermione, the walk was a challenge unlike anything she had

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The trekkers celebrate reaching the Lost City of Teyuna, and below, Grace Prince makes a crossing on the journey

attempted before.

In 1991, while living in Hong Kong, she sustained a spinal injury after a skydiving accident - resulting in paralysis from the waist down.

She underwent spinal surgery and intense physical therapy which helped her to walk again.

However, she still has significant loss of feeling in her right leg and weakness down that side due to damage to her spinal cord.

“There was more mud than you knew what to do with,” Wendy said. “There were rivers of water running down the hills that we were trying to get up.

“The first two days of the trek the rain was just relentless.

“It was the biggest physical

challenge I’ve undertaken.

There was an element of proving to myself that I could achieve this because once upon a time I thought I would never walk again.

“It was a very special experience. Reaching the Lost City felt like you had just finished a marathon, or three marathons.”

All of the trekkers paid their own trek costs, with money raised set to fund projects providing extra care and equipment across Salisbury District Hospital.

A special presentation will be held in June to announce the group’s fundraising total.

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Trekkers Grace Prince and Oli Binns, above left, and right, Wendy Christie with daughter Hermione Grace makes a wet crossing, right, and left, Colin Ford, with Dr Helena McKeown, below right

‘What better protest vote than for a protestor?’

JOHN Glen MP said to me shortly after he was elected to Parliament: “If the Hustings were anything to go by, you’d be sitting here, and I’d be standing there ”

You could be forgiven however in thinking of me as an ‘also ran’.

It may surprise you to know some of my past involvement in British Politics.

The first time I ran, (embarrassing the BNP into last place) I was in fact a member of the Green Party, but as I don’t believe in party politics, I stood as an Independent.

As most of you are aware, or were reminded by the front page of the previous issue, I have had past dealings with the leader of the Labour party. I was also arrested in Scotland on

a demonstration with George Galloway, the leader of The Workers Party, and have stood against the leader of the Monster Raving Loony Party, who sidled up to me at the count stating that his claim to fame, was that “he had never come last”, to which I replied, “You will this time.” And to my great relief, he did.

It’s not about the past, however, it’s about the future and what kind of person you

King Arthur Pengragon Independent Parliamentary candidate for Salisbury

want to represent you.

For now, it’s a Conservative MP, one who wanted to fly the Israeli flag over the Guild Hall, and banned my partner from his social media site for challenging his claim that the whole of Salisbury supported the Israeli Government, killing so many innocent women and children - a sentiment since echoed across the world.

Censorship or what?

But do you really think any

of the other parties could, or would, do anything differently?

You only have to look at the way all they all behave; leaders and former leaders under investigation for party funds; tens of millions given to them from very dubious sources; and let’s not forget all the companies they own or work for outside Parliament; and don’t even start me on the sexual depravity in parliament.

We deserve better. Only an Independent, free of the party whip, can support a good idea and oppose a bad onewhichever side of the house it comes from - and only an Independent can soley represent the people of Salisbury.

If it’s a protest vote you’re after, who better to vote for, than an accomplished protester?

Conservative Philip Wilkinson returns as Wiltshire PCC

CONSERVATIVE Philip Wilkinson has been reelected as Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire – but with a much smaller majority.

In 2021, Mr Wilkinson won with a majority of 7,367.

However, after the vote on Thursday, May 2, it emerged he had won, but by 2,233 votes.

Labour’s candidate, Stanka Adamcova, came in second place, pushing independent Mike Rees into third.

The full result in the Wiltshire PCC election was:

Philip Wilkinson (Conservative and Unionist Party) – 38,578

Stanka Adamcova (Labour and Cooperative Party) – 36,345

Mike Rees (Independent) – 29,035

Alan Hagger (Liberal Democrats) –20,485

The result was declared at City Hall in Trowbridge, with turnout at 22.72% across Wiltshire and Swindon, with 125,927 verified votes cast.

Terence Herbert, Police Area Returning Officer for Wiltshire, said: “Congratulations to Philip Wilkinson on being re-elected as Wiltshire Police and Crime Commissioner.

“I’d like to thank everyone for coming out to vote, and to my staff and everyone involved for their professionalism in running such a smooth election.”

The result was welcome news for the

Philip Wilkinson has won a second term as Wiltshire PCC

Conservatives, who had seen Labour increase its majority on Swindon Borough Council to 25, having taken nine of the 20 seats up for election off the Tories.

And in the Avon & Somerset Police area, Labour’s Clare Moody defeated Conservative Mark Shelford to become the new PCC.

After his win in the vote Mr Wilkinson – who will now serve in the role until 2028 - thanked residents for the trust placed in him to continue as the Wiltshire PCC, promising to “continue to be their voice in policing and hold Wiltshire Police accountable for an effective and efficient police service”.

He added: “It is an absolute honour to

continue as your Police and Crime Commissioner for the next four years.

“My promise remains the same – to be your voice in policing and to hold the Chief Constable to account for the effective and efficient police service that residents deserve - and Wiltshire Police are delivering under our outstanding Chief Constable.

“For me, this election has been about public service – security and protecting people is what I dedicated to – and will continue to do.

“This has never been about self-service.

“Now it is time for my office, and that of Wiltshire Police, to continue against our aim of Making Wiltshire Safer.”

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Government shame in rise of homeless children

AMID the chaotic leadership turmoil within the Conservative party in the past five years it is hardly surprising priorities have changed, or even been simply forgotten.

The country is currently under the increasingly fragile leadership of a fourth Prime Minister over that period.

While this populist government struggles desperately to cling on to power there is one significant priority which had simply slipped off the agenda has re-surfaced five years later in election year.

A lot has happened in the past five years, but housing secretary Michael Gove’s pathetic apology following the release of figures this month, highlighting the appalling rise in the numbers of homeless children, jogged my memory.

Back in April 2019 Theresa May spoke passionately about tenants having the right to feel secure in their home, settled in their community, and able to plan for the future with


May pledged to consult on abolishing Section 21 evictions in England meaning private landlords would no longer be able to evict tenants from their homes at short notice and without good reason.

She said: “Millions of responsible tenants could still be uprooted by their landlord with little notice, and often little justification”, adding: “This is wrong – and today we’re acting by preventing these unfair evictions. This important step will not only protect tenants from unethical behaviour, but also give them the long-term certainty and the peace of mind they deserve.”

Shelter acclaimed May’s proposed plans as “an outstanding victory” for renters, in effect creating open-ended tenancies and giving tenants more reassurance that they will not face snap evictions if they complain about the poor quality of their accommodation.

This month, exactly five years later, figures published by the government at the end of April show nearly 112,000 households were in temporary accommodation on December 31, 2023, a 12.1% increase from the previous year.

Of those, 63% included dependent children, hitting record levels in 2023.

“I can’t look at those figures

with anything other than regret,” said the housing secretary on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

“The biggest issue overall is that whether it’s in the private rental sector, the socially rented sector, or homes to buy, we still need to increase the supply of homes.”

The remarks come as the Conservative Government’s long-promised legislation to scrap section 21 notices, which allow landlords to end tenancies at will with just two months’ notice, is expected to come within “a matter of months”, according to Gove, who was unable to give an exact timetable. Too late anyway, the damage has been done.

It is hard to trust this Government has the political will, or now possibly, even the time, to achieve that plan.

It makes Rishi Sunak’s persistent sneering jibe at the Labour front benches about the opposition “not having a plan…” sound rather hollow.

Stand for council yourself and create change

EACH week, I knock on doors and speak to people about issues that are affecting them. While the state of the NHS and the economy come up time and time again, people also talk about issues right on their doorstep.

This week, I have spoken to a parent who needs work done to her council house, a woman who is frustrated with the lack of decent cycle provision in south Wiltshire, and a gentleman who is fed up with the endless potholes littering the roads.

While the GP waiting lists and mortgage increases are the results of 14 years of chaotic Conservative government, the issues more local to home fall under the remit of Conservative-run Wiltshire Council and your local councillors.

Two weeks ago, other parts of the country had their local elections.

Liberal Democrats had a spectacular set of results winning 522 seats and 12 councils.

In fact, the Lib Dems have won more seats than any other party in the last five years, largely in the south west.

Victoria Charleston Lib Dem Parliamentary spokesperson for Salisbury constituency

This is because people know that, in a Lib Dem councillor, they get a committed local champion focussed on doing their best to represent their residents.

Lib Dems are committed to consultation (I am sure you have received leaflets and surveys from us!), committed to tackling the climate crisis, and committed to enabling people to live full lives, free from interference.

Lib Dem councils across the south west are doing innovative projects on behalf of their residents.

In Portsmouth, the Lib Dems

have created an award-winning system using streetlamps to house electric vehicle charging points for on street parking.

In Somerset, the Lib Dem run council has built a unique and innovative partnership to co-design a brand new model of care for the most vulnerable looked after children.

In Wiltshire, we did not have local elections. We have ours next May.

The Liberal Democrat team across Wiltshire is committed to winning big and improving our communities.

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Wiltshire man behind bars for role in £5.7 million online scam with victims in 26 different countries

TWO men – including one from Wiltshire – have been jailed after stealing more than £5.7 million of cryptocurrency in an online fraud.

Jake Lee, 38, from Charlcombe in Bath and 42-year-old James Heppel, of Staverton in Wiltshire, both pleaded guilty to three counts of conspiracy to commit fraud.

Lee was sentenced to four years and Heppel to 15 months behind bars at Bristol Crown Court on Friday, May 3.

The pair carried out the fraud by spoofing the domain of online cryptocurrency exchange to access victims’ Bitcoin wallets, stealing their funds and login details.

A total of 55 victims have been recorded, in 26 different countries, during an investigation by the South West Regional Organised Crime Unit (SWROCU).

The operation seized £835,000, including a suitcase containing £551,000 in cash voluntarily handed over by Lee in January, as well as £64,000 worth of cryptocurrency, a Banksy print worth £60,000 and three vehicles.

A confiscation order for nearly £1m was made against Lee, which will be used to compensate the victims.

DS Matt Brain, from SWROCU’s Regional Cyber Crime Unit, said: “Our investigation started back in 2018 after colleagues at Avon and Somerset Police arrested Lee on suspicion of money laundering.

“As well as £24,000 cash, officers from the force seized digital devices and three laminated Bitcoin wallet recovery seeds.

“At the same time, our unit had started an investigation into a cryptocurrency scam reported

by a Wiltshire victim who had £11,000 worth of Bitcoin from his Blockchain wallet.

“We took on the investigation into Lee and when we analysed his devices, we established he was a central figure involved in a sophisticated domain spoofing fraud and worked to identify numerous victims.

“Mapping out Lee and Heppel’s offending and links to other suspects and cryptocurrency exchanges all over the world was complex work, but the fact they both pleaded guilty to all counts, negating the need for a sixweek trial, shows the strength of evidence we secured against them.”

Pamela Jain, a specialist prosecutor with the Serious Economic Organised Crime International Directorate of the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “Jake Lee and James

Heppel defrauded people in 26 countries, including 11 victims in the UK, by diverting Bitcoin into wallets over which they had control.

“This was a complex and time-consuming prosecution which involved enquiries with numerous victims and prosecuting authorities all over the world.

“A substantial sum of money and assets have been seized. In addition to his prison sentence, the court also ordered Jake Lee to pay almost £1 million by way of a confiscation order which will enable the victims to be compensated. Confiscation proceedings against James Heppel are ongoing.

“Compensation orders force criminals to handover available money and assets or face having time added onto their prison sentence.”

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Jake Lee, of Somerset, and Wiltshire man James Heppel, right, have been jailed Picture: Wiltshire Police

City Hall lease is now on market

ESTATE agent Savills will be marketing Salisbury City Hall to potential leaseholders.

Wiltshire Council has confirmed the company will be overseeing the procurement of a long-term leaseholder for the venue.

Savills UK will support in identifying organisations that are best suited to enter a lease in excess of 25 years, the council said.

A stipulation for prospective operators is that City Hall remains as an entertainment venue.

Should appropriate operators be recommended and one appointed, after this process they would be responsible for the running of the venue, but the council would retain overall ownership.

Cllr Richard Clewer, leader of the council, said: “We’re pleased to be working with Savills UK on this project and their expertise over the next few months will prove vital as we look to secure a provider to take City Hall into a new era on our behalf.

“We’ll be in regular contact with them throughout this process and will provide further updates when we can.

“As we’ve stated all throughout this work, we want City Hall to be a thriving entertainment venue that complements the city, and we look forward to working with Savills UK to help identify a provider that shares this vision.”

For more details on City Hall, log on to salisbury-city-hall.

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Police issue warning to drivers over ponies on New Forest roads

DRIVERS are being warned to be aware of horses on the roads of the New Forest as summer approaches.

Hampshire Police said it expects to see more people getting back to riding their horses as the warmer weather arrives.

And officers are urging motorists to remember to pass wide and slow when they encounter a horse on the road.

Some of the key points to remember when you come across a horse in the road are:

n Slow down to a maximum of 10mph

n Be patient – don’t sound your horn or rev your engine

n Pass the horse wide and slow – at least two metres

n Drive slowly away

More guidance from the British Horse Society is available at go-riding/riding-out-hacking/ riding-on-roads/advice-formotorists.

If horse riders need to report an incident to police and have Go-Pro footage, they can report it within seven days of the incident via www.hampshire. hampshire-constabulary/areas/ hants-snap/hantsnap/hantssnap—report-an-incident.

“Feral or semi-feral ponies are found in areas such as the New Forest and require the same consideration as ridden horses when approaching or passing,” a police spokesperson said.

“In the event of a collision with a free-roaming animal in the road, it’s important to stop your vehicle, check on the animal if safe to do so, identify your location and call the police.

“It is worth downloading the What3Words app on your phone to help you identify exactly

where you are – this information can then be passed to a police call handler to help track you down.”

Failing to report a collision with an animal is an offence under Section 170(8) of the Road Traffic Act 1988, they added, with animals including horses, cattle, asses, mules, sheep, pigs, goats and dogs.



Notice of application for the GRANT of a PREMISES LICENCE

Proposed licensable activities: Sale of alcohol

Name of applicant: Wincanton Cricket Club

Address of Premises: The Richard Carswell Cricket Pavilion, Recreation Ground, Cemetery Lane, Via Cavalier Way, Wincanton, Post Code: BA9 9ED

Date by which Responsible Authorities and other persons may make representations: Thursday 23rd May 2024

A record of the application made to the Licensing Authority will be kept on a register at the address given below and the register may be inspected during normal office hours. All representations regarding this application MUST BE IN WRITING and sent to: Somerset Council Licensing Department, The Council Offices Brympton Way, Yeovil Somerset BA20 2HT

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80s music legend Barbara is back!


Dickson will being her extensive back catalogue of classic hits to Salisbury next month.

The singer and actress will be at the Playhouse on Saturday, June 8, for an “intimate” evening looking back through her repertoire.

“In these special acoustic performances, Barbara and her pianist Nick Holland explore her catalogue of songs at an intimate level,” a spokesperson said.

“The pair let the words and melodies take centre stage as they perform a wonderful range of material drawing on her folk roots, contemporary greats and some of her classic hits.”

The show gets underway at 7.30pm and tickets, costing from £35, are available via

Nice night of laughs

BRITAIN’S Got Talent semi-finalist Mrs Barbara Nice is set to bring her latest show to Salisbury.

The housewife superstar, Edinburgh Fringe Festival regular and 2019 Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist is promising “a laugh-outloud joyful get together” at Salisbury Arts Centre on May 31.

“A loveable force of nature and a perfect antidote to doom and gloom, if you’re in need of a comedy pick-me-up Barbara’s your woman,” a spokesperson said.

“Like your favourite aunt at a family wedding, she’ll get you going with her unique comic insights and her celebrations of daily life.”

Tickets for the performance, which starts at 7.30pm, are available via, or on 01722 320333.

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CHILDREN can unearth the past during a special event at Stonehenge.

On Saturday and Sunday, July 20 and 21, the landmark will be runnng a drop-in Kids’ Dig between 10am and 6pm.


Open to all visitors, and included in the admission price, a range of special sandboxes will be ready, containing historical artefacts to be discovered.

“Artefacts from across the centuries are ready to be excavated, giving children the chance to learn more about the history of Stonehenge through the things that have been left behind,” a spokesperson said.

For more details, and to book in advance, log on to www.

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Poet Laureate to blossom in talk at Salisbury Cathedral

POET Laureate Simon Armitage will be discussing his latest work during a special event in Salisbury this month.

Blossomise, a collaboration between poet Simon and illustrator Angela Harding, is a Sunday Times bestseller probing the timeless poetic subject matter.

“From a crashed Ford Capri wrapped around the immovable trunk of a cherry tree, to saplings flourishing among skyscrapers and urban sprawl, the fizz and froth of the annual blossom display is explored as an exuberant emblem of the natural world and a nervous marker of our vulnerable climate,” a spokesperson said of Blossomise, which was commissioned by the National Trust.

As well as being named Poet Laureate in 2019, Simon is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry and has also received an Ivor Novello for his songwriting.

There will be a book signing after the event, at Salisbury Cathedral on May 29, which starts at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £15 for adults and £5 for children and young people (under 18) and are available via the cathedral website.

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More unemployed as vacancies fall

UNEMPLOYMENT in the UK rose between January and March, new figures show.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) data showed the number of people without work increased to 4.3%, the highest level since May to July last year.

However, wage growth remained strong, the figures showed, at 6%, while the number of job vacancies also fell.

Taking inflation into account, the data showed wages rose by 2.4%.

Liz McKeown, director of economic statistics at the ONS, said: “Real pay growth remains at it highest level in well over two years.”

The number of jobs available in the UK dropped to 898,000, the figures show, a fall of 26,000.

Ms McKeown added: “With unemployment also increasing, the number of unemployed people per vacancy has continued to rise, approaching levels seen before the onset of Covid 19.”

The data showed, in the first three months of the year, the number of unemployed people per vacancy rose to 1.6, compared to 1.4 unemployed people for every vacancy between October and December 2023.

“Although this ratio remains low by historical standards, it does demonstrate a slight easing in the labour market, with vacancies falling alongside rising unemployment,” an ONS spokesperson added.

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Formula 1 great’s watches make millions at auction

BIDDERS raced to buy watchesowned by Formula 1 great Michael Schumacher.

Eight watches owned by the 55-year-old motoring legend went under the hammer at aucton house Christie’s, in Geneva, on Tuesday, May 14.

And the lots sold for a whopping total of around 4 million Swiss francs ($4.41 million).

Timepieces by Rolex, FP Journe and Audemars Piguet were among those up for sale in Switzerland.

A custom made FP Journe watch with an engraved

message given to Schumacher as a Christmas present by his Ferrari team principal Jean Todt sold for 1.5 million Swiss francs.

It was estimated to reach up to 2 million francs.

A second customised watch, a Royal Oak by Audemars Piguet, was sold for 415,800 Swiss francs, beating its 150,000 to 250,000 francs estimate.

“Collectors were so happy to discover these timepieces filled with history,” said Christie’s head of watches in Europe, Remi Guillemin.

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Salisbury hospital launches new website for those affected by cancer

INFORMATION is now available online for people affected by cancer, thanks to Salisbury District Hospital.

New webpages aimed at supporting patients, families and carers affected by the illness have been launched.

Developed in collaboration with patient and public voice partners (PPVs) and people with lived experience, the new cancer services information pages cover specific cancers.

Topics include symptoms, treatment options and ongoing care, as well as guidance on preparing for appointments, support services and resources available and accessible information.

The new site also includes a section covering information for all cancer patients, families and

carers which highlights a range of resources to ensure patients, and those who are important to them, have access to information about their diagnosis.

This was identified as a suggested improvement within the National Cancer Patient Experience Survey.

Chief nurse Judy Dyos, pictured, said: “We understand that receiving a cancer diagnosis, or undergoing treatment and care can be a difficult and worrying time.

“In collaboration with our patients, departments across the hospital have been working hard to improve the information on our website to support patients, families and carers.

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“Delivering high quality, safe and person focussed care through teamwork and continuous improvement is something we are absolutely committed to, and I’d like to send my personal thanks to everyone who has helped to contribute to our new cancer services webpages.”

Kris, a spokesperson from Patient and Public Voice, said: “It’s been great to be involved with this collective project between the NHS and patients that have been through or going through treatment.

“The new cancer services webpages will provide people and their loved one’s access to look up information, in their own time, putting them in a better position to understand their diagnosis.

“It’s felt satisfying to give people some knowledge and hopefully feel in a bit more of control about their situationsomething we all felt strongly


Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust (SFT) provides cancer care to a population of approximately 250,000 people across Wiltshire, Dorset and Hampshire.

The hospital receives around 12,000 suspected cancer referrals per year and diagnoses approximately 2,000 new cases.

The Trust has a dedicated Cancer Support Team who are on hand to provide holistic, practical support, advice and guidance to people affected by cancer, including families and friends.

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Q: I have fallen in love with wisteria, but I don’t have a big wall or fence to grow it on, is there a way to keep it small and still flower?

A: This time of year is wonderful for experiencing the heady scent of the start of summer that wisteria signals. It is a true classic, and looks stunning on walls, fences, pergolas and houses of all styles and ages.

Fortunately, with modern breeding, there is now a multitude of cultivars suitable for every situation and in a variety of shades.

Two strong contenders for small wisterias are W Amethyst Falls and W Domino.

Amethyst Falls is a compact violet flowered variety from America which is well suited for the UK garden.

This cultivar will flower after its first year, unlike most varieties, which take up to five years to flower. It has an eventual height of 5m, spread of 3m, although with regular pruning it can be maintained at half its size and still yield masses of flowers. It’s also small enough for a large container.

Domino is an RHS awardwinning Japanese Wisteria producing masses of long, drooping clusters of pea-like flowers in two tone pale lilac and deep violet with a yellow spot. Height: 6m, spread: 3m.

Domino will flower after its first couple of years too, but to be sure of flowering in the first season in your garden make sure you buy a grafted wisteria, no matter the variety you choose.

Seed-raised wisterias flower less reliably and also take

longer to come into bloom.

You should be able to see the graft union as a bulge near the base of the stem. Grafted plants will be more expensive, but the trade-off is flowering in the year of planting!

To grow and train your wisteria, make sure you have something for it to climb around as it is not self-clinging. Wisteria naturally twines around its supports, but you may need to guide it initially. It can be a heavy plant when it matures, so make sure your supports are strong.

Gently wrap the vines around the structure, tying them in loosely if necessary until they start to climb on their own.

Q: How often should you feed containers?

A: It depends slightly what’s in it, but generally if it’s a shrub or perennial that you aren’t cropping from in terms of food or pick your own flowers, a good feed in the spring and again in the late summer with a slow-release fertiliser will be perfectly fine and your plants will perform well.

If it’s a fruit, veg or herb, then feed it according to what you are harvesting.

If it’s the foliage you eat, such as herbs, choose a slow release general purpose higher nitrogen plant feed and feed late spring and mid/late summer, and possibly again if the plant is looking tired and not performing as well.

If it’s the flowers or fruit of the plant you are after – feed a general plant food in early spring, then a high potash and potassium feed when the first fruits/flowers start to form.

Tomorite is a classic example of a high-potash and potassium plant food for increased fruit

and flower production.

Once it has finished fruiting, consider a small dose of a general feed to help the plant recover before winter, if appropriate.

Make sure any plant food you use is suitable for edibles if you intend to eat the plant.

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FOLLOWING on from the huge success of last year’s first Great Verwood Grow Off, the Verwood & District Horticultural Society are launching the growing competition for 2024 with three new horticultural challenges, writes Ollie Greensmith.

This year, we are asking children in Verwood and surrounding towns and villages to try to grow the heaviest pumpkin, the tallest sunflower and the prettiest vase of calendula flowers!

The competition is open for children aged from three to 15 years old and there is a chance to win one of three £20 Smyths vouchers along with a trophy and, most importantly of all, 2024 growing glory!

The society have provided free seeds which are available to collect from Verwood Library.

Alternatively, entrants can use their own seeds.

Winners will be announced at the society Autumn Show on Saturday, September 14, where measuring, weighing and judging will take place.

For more information and for easy-tofollow growing instructions, please visit or call Ollie on 07508 577114.

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Campaign targets middle-lane hoggers

A NEW campaign aims to highlight - and change - bad behaviour behind the wheel.

National Highways has launched the ‘Little changes, change everything’ initiative, hoping to motivate motorists to “transform their own journeys and those of fellow road users”.

As a part of the campaign, the Government agency stated that safety was the number one priority and that they are aiming to at least halve the number of people killed or seriously injured on roads across the country by the end of 2025.

They also revealed that the longer-term target is to achieve a “zero-harm network”.

In this part of the campaign, National Highways is looking to raise awareness of two driving behaviours that can make a big difference.

The first is that drivers should drive in the left-hand lane when driving conditions allow.

The second is that drivers should keep at least a twosecond gap between themselves and the vehicle in front.

The campaign mission statement said: “By keeping left and staying at least two seconds behind the vehicle in front, you can help to reduce congestion and collisions.”

When traffic conditions allow, drivers should always drive in the left-hand lane. This is because the middle lane should be used for overtaking, letting traffic onto the road and when traffic conditions do not allow for driving in the left lane.

After overtaking, drivers should return to the left-hand lane when it is safe to do so.

Middle-lane hogging can have a negative impact on the road network, by disrupting the flow of traffic and resulting in congestion, National Highways said.

The second goal of the campaign looks to target drivers who are travelling too close to the vehicle in front of them.

The Highway Code says a driver should “allow at least a two-second gap between you and the vehicle in front on high-speed roads and in tunnels where visibility is reduced”.

That time needs to be doubled when it is raining or in challenging conditions.

RAC road safety spokesperson, Rod Dennis, said: “Middle lane hogging and tailgating aren’t just irritating driving habits; both are illegal and dangerous, which is why we’re in full support of National Highways’ campaign.

“Drivers that trail the car in front leave themselves no time to react if the vehicle ahead brakes suddenly, while those that hog the middle lane prevent others from overtaking which can cause longer queues of traffic.”


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Government confirms it will extend seasonal worker scheme to 2029

SEASONAL worker visasintroduced to make it easier for people to come to the UK for farm work - are to be extended, the Government has announced.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has introduced a number of measures after John Shropshire’s Independent Review into Labour Shortages.

The measures include extending the seasonal worker visa route for five years, until 2029, providing up to £50 million to fund new technology to support fully automated packhouses and robotic crop pickers, and creating a comprehensive strategy to enhance skills provision and attract domestic workers to the sector.

Environment Secretary Steve Barclay said: "We have a world-class food and drink sector, and the measures announced today will strengthen this by boosting funding for the cutting-edge technology that will reduce reliance on migrant labour in the long term.

"Businesses do best when they can plan effectively for the future, which is why we’ve extended the seasonal worker visa route until 2029 to give farmers and growers the certainty they need to thrive."

NFU president, Tom Bradshaw, welcomed the news.

He said it “will be a huge relief for the horticulture and poultry sectors that rely on seasonal workers and is a brilliant win for the NFU, which

The scheme makes

has been campaigning for a long-term plan for seasonal workers for some time”.

He added: "We have seen in the past how damaging shortages of workers have been."

Recent NFU survey data

showed 41% of respondents reduced the amount of food they produced due to being unable to recruit the essential workforce needed, with approximately £60 million worth of crops lost during 2022 due to labour shortages.

NFU calls for bluetongue vaccine over spread warning

FARMING body the NFU has urged the Government to introduce a bluetongue vaccine in the UK.

The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) has warned of a “very high probability” the disease, known as BTV-3, will reach the UK from northern Europe.

NFU president, Tom Bradshaw, said the government and livestock industry must work swiftly to introduce a bluetongue vaccine, with one already approved in the Netherlands.

The Government said it is yet to have authorisation in the UK and is not expected imminently.

“It is imperative that Defra, vaccine manufacturers and the livestock sector work together to ensure a vaccine is authorised and available as soon as possible to help minimise the impact of this disease,” said Mr Bradshaw.

“The impact of BTV3 in the Netherlands has been devastating for many farmers, especially in sheep flocks.

“Here in the UK, livestock farmers are

anxious to protect their livestock as the risk of midge incursion increases with the warmer weather.

“While we all know that a vaccine provides the long-term solution it is becoming increasingly clear that the Dutch BTV-3 vaccine won’t be authorised for use in the UK quickly enough to protect

livestock this summer.

“Defra’s own risk assessment shows that bluetongue is highly likely to spread widely across the UK, therefore it’s imperative that Defra, vaccine manufacturers and the livestock sector work together to ensure a vaccine is authorised and available as soon as possible to help minimise the impact of this disease.

“Farmers should remain vigilant for signs of the disease and ensure their holding details are correctly recorded with Defra or the APHA.”

Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr Christine Middlemiss, said: “Our robust surveillance systems show we have now entered the period where biting midges are more active, and we know that the likelihood of bluetongue virus entering Great Britain is increasing.

“Despite the increase in midge activity, the current risk of transmission has not changed, but I would urge farmers to remain vigilant and report any suspicions to the Animal Plant Health Agency.”

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Changes to Agricultural Permitted Development

The Government have announced the latest round of amendments to The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development etc.) (England) which have made sweeping changes to permitted development rights on agricultural units. These amendments broadly expand on existing rights and allow more floorspace to be converted or created this leads to some exciting new opportunities for agricultural units. Andrew Tregay of Symonds & Sampson outlines the key changes.


Class Q:

• Inclusion of ‘former’ agricultural buildings

• Allowance of rear single-story extensions for Class Q development of up to 4m

• All new dwellings limited at 150sqm.

• New maximum number of dwellings at 10 rather than 5.

• New maximum floorspace limit increased to 1000sqm.

Class R:

• New maximum floorspace limit increased to 1000sqm (previously 500sqm).

• Allowance to convert to class F2 (outdoor sport and recreation)

• Allowance to convert to class B2 (general industrial for processing of raw goods that are produced on site)

• Allowance of change of use to agricultural training AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT

Class A

• New agricultural buildings increased from 1000sqm to 1500sqm.

• Limit on engineering operations to 1000sqm.

Class B

• Cubic content of buildings can increase by 25%, previously 20%.

• Cannot do works within curtilage of a scheduled monument.

• Whilst many of the changes expand on existing rights there have been more subtle changes that need to be considered such as space standards and access.

There are some negatives, the ability to create larger homes has been removed any you are limited to dwellings of 150sqm. Also, there was hope that Class Q would be expanded into National Landscapes however this has not materialised under these changes. Nevertheless, the changes provide an exciting opportunity for agricultural redevelopments, diversification or expansion of existing facilities.

Symonds & Sampson can offer advice on all aspects of agricultural development including Class Q conversions, farm diversification and new agricultural buildings. If you have any questions or wish to discuss opportunities for your property please do get in touch with Andrew Tregay, Head of Planning at our Sturminster Newton Office 01258 472244 or our planning experts in your nearest office.

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Tips on Preparing your House for Sale

Once you have the made the decision to sell your house it is worthwhile taking time to prepare your home for the market, as first impressions for a potential buyer are all important. If you have lived in your home for several years, it is a good idea to spend time seeing if you can declutter by removing personal items, excess furniture and anything that makes the space look crowded. Do have a spring clean throughout so the house, including windows, looks clean and fresh.

Have a look at any minor repairs that you feel need doing; a well-maintained home gives a positive impression. You may wish to consider staging to showcase the best features of your home, as well-placed furniture and décor can help buyers visualise the potential of each space.

Kitchens and Bathrooms are often focal points for buyers, so ensure that they are clean and well-lit.

Buyers will often look at storage spaces, so do organise your cupboards and storage areas to make them look as spacious and well-maintained as you can. Lighting is important and natural light is preferred, so open curtains and blinds for viewings - a room can look more welcoming with sun light streaming in through clean windows. If you feel there are certain rooms that would benefit from a coat of paint, then redecorate and use neutral colours to appeal to a broader range of buyers. Prior to viewings, it is worth eliminating unpleasant odours in the home, such as cooking smells which can be off-putting.

If your home has energy-efficient features, make sure to highlight them, mentioning upgraded insulation, energy-efficient appliances or solar panels. Initial impressions matter, so enhance your home’s kerb appeal by maintaining the lawn, trimming bushes and shrubs and if required adding some colourful flowers. Clean the exterior of the house, consider areas that may benefit from power washing to give a fresh appearance.

Look out all necessary documentation relating to the house, so that once a sale is agreed these can be handed to your solicitor without delay. You may wish to instruct a solicitor prior to a sale being agreed to speed up the process.

Downsizing to a more practical and convenient property is a decision that most people must make at some point. It can be a very emotional time and the whole process can appear terribly daunting, especially if you have been in your house for decades. There are initial steps in the downsizing process and having helped many clients with this particular type of move, we can share some of these with you.

The first task is to decide where you want to move to and what sort of house you would like to live in. Ask yourself searching questions: do you want to be closer to your children or friends, in a town with amenities on your doorstep or in a village with a shop and a good bus route? Are your priorities to do away with stairs, having less maintenance to worry about or preferring a more manageable sized garden?

You obviously also need to do your sums. Seek advice on what you can expect your house to sell for and the costs involved in the moving process. You can then factor in how much capital you might want to release and the net result will provide you with an idea of what you can afford to spend on your next purchase.

Armed with this knowledge you can start to look out for specific properties, get your eye in on value and visualise the sort of space that you can expect to move to.

It is never too early to start de-cluttering. Although sometimes cathartic, many people find that one of the most emotive things is deciding which pieces of furniture and possessions are to go with them. Family members might be able to help, and if not you may have to be ruthless and call in the local saleroom.

Gradually, the process will begin to look less daunting, because once you start the ball rolling, it is amazing how the rest falls into place. There is always the question of find first or sell first, but that is where a good agent will help.

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Easy ways to save money – and help save the planet

SPRING cleaning your life? As new shoots are blooming, you might be looking at ways to join the green revolution.

Armishaws Removals claims to have impressive ecocredentials – it’s planning to grow 50,000 trees to combat carbon emissions – and suggests simple ways for home-owners wanting to save money and help save the planet.

Wrap it up

POOR insulation is one of the greatest causes of heat loss in our homes. Lag pipes, insulate draughty rooms and loft spaces. Stopping drafts will improve your home’s energy performance. Make it a double

RIDDING your home of single

glazing and switching to double glazing – even secondary glazing – can reduce heat loss and bills.

Big butts

RATHER than using water from the mains, collecting water in water butts can help prevent the depletion of our reservoirs.

Simply by harnessing rainwater, you can make your garden even greener and save money if you’re on a water meter.

Bang up to date

OLDER appliances tend to be less efficient, meaning greater fuel consumption and greater fuel costs. Is it time you upgraded your old machines?

Have a refill

REFILL shops are cropping up everywhere. As well as organic,

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Bulk up

IF you can’t find a refill shop, buy in bulk, larger containers means less packaging waste and lower costs.

Add some greenery

HOUSE plants like bromeliads remove more than 80% of nasties from the air, and they look good.

Plants have also been shown to reduce anxiety and depression.

Roll with it

THE average, four-person household uses 1.1 toilet rolls a

day. Have you ever checked to see how green your loo rolls are? A number of eco-friendly brands use recycled paper or even bamboo.

Say goodbye to greetings cards

THE UK sends more than 800,000,000 greeting cards every year!

The environmental impact from the production, waste and transportation of cards to our homes, has led to more and more families ditching traditional cards and finding other ways to send the love. Why not shoot a fun Tik-Tok style video instead?

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