Thursday 19 May 2022

Scroll down for local events and activities and news from your local councils.

This week’s news

• The BBC reports that there were 419 CV-19 cases in Wiltshire in the week 9 to 15 May, down 175 from the week before. This equates to 83 cases per 100,000. The average area in England had 83 (108 last week). See also this map from which enables figures at a more local level to be obtained.

 This weekend Marlborough’s 2nd Scout Group will be hosting a charity fun run this Saturday 21 May on Marlborough Common to raise money for their Scout Hut. The Hut requires essential refurbishment work, repairing the floors, disabled bathroom and insulatiion. The run will be from 8am and there will be refreshments available. Everyone is welcome to join in and if you cannot attend but would still like to make a donation you can do so here.

• English teaching volunteers wanted to help Ukrainian refugees adjust to life in the UK. If you would be comfortable teaching English online, as a volunteer, Nastia would love to hear from you. She is looking for people who can teach at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Please contact her at:

• If you own your own home, or have permission from your landlord to install solar panels, you can register for the group-buying Solar Together scheme for discounted solar panels and batteries for Wiltshire and Swindon residents. Small and medium-sized enterprises (non-domestic) and Commonhold Associations meeting this requirement can participate as well. It is free to register by 14 June and there is no obligation to go ahead with an installation. For more details see here.

The Marlborough Literature Festival has announced its key authors for this autumn’s event. This line-up includes multi-award winning children’s author Jaqueline Wilson, perhaps best known for her book The Story of Tracy Beaker. She will be giving writing tips, as well as talking abo9ut her new book The Fairy Project. Joining her will also be novelist Patrick Gale, discussing his lasted book Mother’s Boy, inspired by the life of Cornish poet Charles Causley, and local historian Max Hastings, who will be promoting his upcoming book about the Cuban Missile Crisis. For more information about these events and how to get tickets visit the Marlborough Lit Festival website.

• For more details of the Jubilee plans please visit Marlborough Town Council’s website. The current schedule includes: a High Street Party, Festival of Flags and Flowers at St Peters Church, ceremonial tree planting at Priory Gardens, Beacon lighting on the Common, Family afternoon tea at the Recreation ground, a Family Festival at The Parade, The Great Marlborough Bake-Off and a Royal Picnic on the Common.

• Keep your eyes on the skies on Thursday 2 June for the spectacular military flyby in celebration of the Jubilee. Over 70 aircraft will be participating, including the Red Arrows, Spitfires and Hurricanes, taking off in the east of the country, flying over Buckingham Palace, London and then heading the South and West. If all goes according to plan, we should see the aircraft overhead roughly between 12:50pm and 1:30pm – so keep your eyes peeled. More information can be found here.

Marlborough Fire Station is currently looking for new on-call recruits, ideally those who live or work within 5 minutes of the station. On-call firefighters are paid but they are not based at the station like full-time firefighters. They can have other jobs and commitments, only responding to emergencies when their alert goes off. Anyone is welcome to apply, so long as they are over 18 and have a good standard of physical fitness. If you or anyone you know would be interested, follow this link to the Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue to find out more and fill out and application.

• The lovely Aldbourne Café and Deli in the heart of the village has a vacancy for a part-time Commis Chef. Prior experience is essential but training will be provided. The position would suit someone who wants to learn from a top London chef and to acquire new skills and techniques.  There is also an opportunity for a waitress/barista.

• A reminder that Marlborough Town Council is appealing to dog owners to keep dogs on leads in Coopers Meadow to help protect the local wildlife. The nesting season runs between 1 Mar and 31 July and there are currently lots of swan families with young babies. Please help protect protect our local wildlife, by making sure your dog is leashed until nesting season is over.

Community notices

 The next bunting workshop will be this Friday 20 May from 10am to 2pm.  Everyone is invited, sewing skills and machines are a bonus, all other materials are provided. For more information, please contact

• Would you like to be part of the next chapter in the future of The Merchant’s House Trust? The Trust was established 30 years ago to conserve and preserve the Grade II* listed home of Thomas Bayly, a silk merchant who built the house in 1656. Today the Trust is managed by a Board of Trustees, supported by an office-based team and volunteers. There are vacancies for new Trustees to join our Board. Please see here for details. Closing date is Monday 30 May.

Marlborough Community Fridge, located in the Community Room in the George/Figgins Lane Car Park (just behind the public loos) is open 9am to 11am on Thursdays and Fridays and 9am to 12pm on Saturdays. The fridge is free to access, there are no criteria that have to be met and it is a good way to use up surplus food from supermarkets and businesses that would otherwise go to waste. Please see their facebook page for more details.

• Marlborough Town Council has exciting plans for Marlborough’s Festival of Flowers and Marlborough in Bloom, with an option Jubilee-theme, through June and July. Visit their website here to find out how you can get involved.

• Anyone in the Marlborough area wanting to host or support Ukrainian refugees are invited to join this Facebook page: Ukrainians and their sponsors in Marlborough and surrounding areas.

• Calling wildlife friendly gardeners in Aldbourne: if you would like to open your garden for Carbon Neutral Aldbourne’s Open Gardens on Sunday 26 June please email From minimal effort, hands-off gardens to high-maintenance showstoppers they want to show how beautiful, diverse and satisfying wildlife gardens can be.

Wilton Windmill is now open to the public on Sundays and Bank Holidays, until the end of the season in September. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own picnics, hot and cold drinks, ice creams and cakes will be available in the shepherd’s hut. See more on the Wilton Windmill website here.

The Stroke Association runs monthly drop-in support sessions at The Jubilee Centre for stroke survivors, their families and carers. The next one will be held 9 May from 10.30am to 11.30am. See here about future dates. Contact Katie Fielding, from the Stroke Association on 07908 952740 or at

• Local runners might be tempted to sign up for the 20 mile Marlborough Downs Challenge through Avebury and beautiful landscape on Saturday 7 May. Sign up details are here.

• For the latest information changes to rail services between Bedwyn, Newbury and Paddington we recommend following the Bedwyn Train Passenger Group.

Local events and activities

For more information on events and activities across the Penny Post area, see the website calendar.

• Dates for the diary

• Fri 20 May Jubilee Bunting Workshop Town Hall, 10am-2pm.

• Tue 31 May Queen Victoria’s Fashion the Assembly Room, Marlborough Town Hall, from 1.45pm.

Thu 2 June Jubilee Street Party, High Street 2pm to 5pm.

• Sat 4 June Summer Ball hosted by Marlborough Rugby Club, on the Common, from 7pm.

• Regular events

• The Transition Marlborough Hub Group meet on the second Thursday of the month at 7.30pm currently by zoom. To get involved please email

• Marlborough Park Run is a free, weekly, timed five km walk, jog or run at 9am every Saturday. Open to all ages and abilities. Organised entirely by volunteers. Click here to see their Facebook page.

• Marlborough Floral Club meets 2pm on the first Thursday of the month at the Mildenhall Village Hall. For details please see here or call Micky Graham on 01672 514301.

The Menopause Matters Marlborougfacebook group provides a forum for women in Marlborough and the surrounding areas to access information and support relating to menopause.

The White Horse Bookshop is offering workshops until the end of the year, click here for the full list.

News from your local councils

Note: “the most recent meeting” refers to the most recent one for which minutes (in some cases draft) or some other summary is available. Other meetings may have taken place since. Some councils publish minutes more promptly than do others.

• The most recent full meeting of Marlborough Town Council took place on 11 April and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: a report from the police; tenancy problems at York Place; two length-of-service awards; a councillor vacancy; a statement from Forestry England (see also sections above); the Christchurch Methodist Church and Church Hall; the Salisbury Road Recreation Ground workshop; corporate identity; Swindon 105.5; the climate emergency working party; the jubilee; financial matters; and committee reports. (The meeting lasted three hours and six minutes: not a record, but quite impressive.) To see the dates and agendas for future Town Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. Click here for the latest on Marlborough’s neighbourhood development plan.

• The most recent meeting of Aldbourne Parish Council took place on 4 May and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: the election of the Chair and Deputy; formal business; financial matters; planning matters; village responsibilities; committee reports; faulty speed indicator devices; verge cutting; street lights; a dropped kerb; the neighbourhood development plan roads and rights of way; a leaking pond; various other maintenance issues; traffic and speeding; and the wilding area. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. Click here for more information on Aldbourne’s neighbourhood development plan.

• The most recent meeting of Ogbourne St Andrew Parish Council took place on 23 March and you can read the minutes here.

• The most recent meeting of Ramsbury & Axford Parish Council took place on 21 March and you can read the minutes here. To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Great Bedwyn Parish Council took place on 10 March and you can read the minutes here. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. There was also an extraordinary meeting on 28 February, the minutes of which you can read here, to vote on the contractor to install the memorial bench at Spaines.

• The most recent meeting of Ogbourne St George Parish Council took place on 10 March and you can read the minutes here. To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• Click here for a list of current consultations being run by Wiltshire Council.

• Marlborough area council contacts

Parishes: Marlborough Town CouncilAldbourne Parish CouncilRamsbury & Axford Parish Council, Great Bedwyn Parish CouncilOgbourne St George Parish Council and Ogbourne St Andrew Parish Council.

Wiltshire Council: click here to visit the website.

News from other areas

Penny Post area – please see the following separate sections: Hungerford area; Lambourn ValleyNewbury area; Thatcham area; Compton & DownlandsTheale area; Wantage area; Swindon area.

News and views from across the area and beyond: please see the most recent Weekly News with Brian column.



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