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GWH prepares for the COVID-19 peak: restricted visits, free parking, staff support & great support from the local community

26 Mar 2020

There have been major changes at GWH as preparations build to meet the expected peak of COVID-19 cases - and NHS staff are getting some good support from the Swindon community.

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Grand Dinner and Auction raises bumper funds for Marlborough's Jubilee Centre

24 Mar 2020 Sue Round

A fundraising charity dinner and auction held in the Town Hall on Saturday March 7 (pre-Lockdown) has raised a staggering £9,500 for Marlborough’s Jubilee Centre. 

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With live music performances cancelled, pianist Yulia Chaplina aims to cheer us up - via the internet

23 Mar 2020

With coronavirus lock downs in force, in continental Europe singers and musicians have been taking to their balconies and roof tops to perform solos - in an effort to cheer everyone up and keep themselves busy now their concerts have been cancelled.  Yulia Chaplina can't take her piano onto a...

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Coronavirus: changes to Bedwyn rail services

20 Mar 2020

With staff shortages due to Covid-19 and fewer people travelling, changes are coming soon to GWR’s rail service between Bedwyn and Paddington.

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Support Workers - White Horse Care Trust

19 Mar 2020

  Support Workers     The White Horse Care Trust delivers award winning residential, supported living and nursing care to adults with learning and physical disabilities. We are seeking dedicated Support Workers to join our Team in our beautiful homes in Marlborough, Shalbourne, Devizes, and Pewsey.Our Support Workers enjoy the following benefits - Competitive pay...

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While Coronavirus ends church services a National Day of Prayer is planned for Sunday

18 Mar 2020 Sue Round

The Bishop of Salisbury, the Rt. Revd Nicholas Holtam has written to clergy and churches in the Diocese in light of the latest guidance that all public worship should be suspended. “Public worship will have to stop for the time being but our churches will remain open for prayer.

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Marlborough St Mary’s pupils raise money for eco projects

18 Mar 2020 Sue Round

The Year 5 Otter class at Marlborough St Mary’s have raised over £777 for the Rainforest Trust UK and World Wildlife Fund.  Their interest in these charities and the work that they do has been encouraged by studying eco issues and South America in school.

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Coronavirus: Rotary Easter Fayre cancelled

17 Mar 2020 Sue Round

Marlborough & District Rotary Club have cancelled their Easter Fayre planned for Saturday 28 March in the Bouverie Hall Pewsey because of the Coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak.   The Fayre was being held in support of Wiltshire Air Ambulance.  In making the announcement President Martin Luxford said that he "hoped conditions will allow for a...

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St Katharine’s pupils plant dormice hedge corridor

17 Mar 2020 Sue Round

Pupils at St Katharine’s Primary School, a forest school, are today, March 17, busy planting a field hedge to link Savernake Forest with the school’s own spinney.  It is hoped that the endangered Hazel Dormice who live in the forest will then be able to find their way through the...

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Kennet Valley School raises funds for Sports Relief

15 Mar 2020 Sue Round

Kennet Valley School pupils have raised £104 for Sports Relief.  Events organised to celebrate Sports Relief Day, Friday March 13, included attending school dressed in sportswear, taking part in a fun run around the playground, organising a healthy tuck shop at playtime and contributing a pound towards Sports Relief. 

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Latest from Marlborough - Saturday 28 March

Greengrocers stall on Marlborough market earlier this morningGreengrocers stall on Marlborough market earlier this morningIn Marlborough's normally bustling High Street there was little activity earlier this morning on the first Saturday of near-full lockdown.  The Post Office was closed (probably for the duration) but the market was open, albeit without the normal greengrocer's canopy due to the strong winds.

 

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Statement from the Town Council regarding what's open, closed, volunteering and who to contact

Marlborough Town Council's Town Clerk, Shelley Parker issued a statement earlier this afternoon (Friday 27 March) explaining the impact current restrictions and advice from central Government is having on the Council's operation in the town.  The statement (below) lists what is open, what's closed, the volunteering service currently in operation and how to get in contact with members of the Town Council.

 

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MantonFest falls to Coronavirus, but moves to August Bank Holiday weekend

Headliners 'Mercury' at MantonFest '19Headliners 'Mercury' at MantonFest '19MantonFest is being postponed.  Originally scheduled for 27 June it has been provisionally moved to the weekend of the August Bank Holiday, Saturday 29, assuming the current crises has subsided sufficiently by then.  If not, then along with just about every other event or activity planned for this year, 2020 becomes 2021.

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Coronavirus crisis: message from Danny Kruger MP

Danny Kruger MP at the recent Question and Answer even at St Mary'sDanny Kruger MP at the recent Question and Answer even at St Mary'sOn Monday evening the Prime Minister announced the closure of all places where people can gather.  This is a deep blow but a necessary one.  We are now required to do what, until today, was simply advised: stay home, except to fetch the essentials, to exercise, or to go to work if you can't work from home.  It's very simple and stark and no-one can misunderstand. 

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The High Street - the new normal for Marlborough?

Marlborough High Street 3.30pm Tuesday March 24Marlborough High Street 3.30pm Tuesday March 24Marlborough High Street at 3.30 pm yesterday afternoon - Tuesday March 24.  A young boy carrying a football, a couple walking purposefully with bags towards Waitrose and a handful of cars - that’s all.  It’s as if we’ve time travelled back to the 1950s.

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With live music performances cancelled, pianist Yulia Chaplina aims to cheer us up - via the internet

Yulia Chaplina Yulia Chaplina With coronavirus lock downs in force, in continental Europe singers and musicians have been taking to their balconies and roof tops to perform solos - in an effort to cheer everyone up and keep themselves busy now their concerts have been cancelled.  Yulia Chaplina can't take her piano onto a rooftop, but she has a scheme to help many of us here in the United Kingdom - via the internet.

 

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From the front line - what's happening elsewhere: rural Alsace, France

Ed's home in AlsaceEd's home in Alsacemarlborough.news brings you the first of a series of articles where we hear personal accounts from different people around the world about how they are coping in the current crisis.

Today’s reflections are from Ed, a Brit who lives in a small village in the Alsace, France just over the border from Basel, Switzerland.  The Alsace is currently the worst hit area of France for the Coronavirus.  The schools have been shut for four weeks and rules about movement and social contact have also been in place for this length of time.

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Marlborough Rugby Club help key workers relax from their daily strain with a donation of free draught beer

Waitrose beer donation in Waitrose milk bottles and crateWaitrose beer donation in Waitrose milk bottles and crateA steady stream of key workers took advantage of the Rugby Club's offer of free draught beer, lager and cider on Sunday (22 March) afternoon.  Recipients included nurses, ambulance drivers, key retail staff and a GP.  The club also sent round a large quantity of beer to the residents of Merlin Court care home and Waitrose sent up a representative to collect over 30 pints on behalf of their staff.

 

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Marlborough Charities benefit from early College closure

'Every cloud has a silver lining', and in this case the 'cloud' is the unplanned closure of Marlborough College due to the Coronavirus crisis, and the 'silver lining' is the donation of their surplus food to Marlborough charities supporting the vulnerable and elderly, which took place earlier this morning, Friday 20 March.

 

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