The results are in!

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Happy Bloomers came along to take part in our photo shoot on Monday, 8 October.  There was plenty to celebrate!  The community awards scooped by Marlborough were Alma Place - Outstanding.  The Merchant's House - Outstanding.  Old Victorian Cemetery - Outstanding.  Waterfront Garden - Outstanding.  Community Orchard - Outstanding.  Stonebridge Wild Reserve - Outstanding.  Preshute School - Thriving.  St Peter's Churchyard - Thriving.  Plume of Feathers - Improving.  The Mead - Improving.  Coopers Meadow - Outstanding.  Marlborough College - Outstanding.  And for the whole town - Gold! and South West Travel Association Trophy together with Sponsor's Cup for the most meritorious entry. We've added some celebratory photos to the galler below.  Read more...

Judging Day

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On Tuesday morning, 10 July, we welcomed RHS South West in Bloom judges Martin Abrahams and Sue Maddocks to Marlborough.  There's more than ever for them to see this year, and we wish Marlborough in Bloom the very best of luck in the competition.
 (L-R: MiB Chairman Steve Pascall, Town Clerk Shelley Parker, RHS judge Su Maddocks, Town Mayor Cllr. Lisa Farrell, Grounds Manager Nigel Weatherly, RHS judge Martin Abrahams and Bloomers Anne Crawley, Val Compton and Anna Forbes)

There was a real feeling of "everyone's a winner" in the Town Hall on the afternoon of Tuesday, 10 July at the end of a glorious day that really helped show our lovely town off at it's best to the RHS judges. Our thanks go to the Polly Tearooms for generously providing lunch for the judges and to Waitrose for the wonderful cakes.  As well as refreshments, in the afternoon there were awards for the Henry George Garden Competition entrants, help from the extended family with Cathy and Pat Weatherly and Jenny Pascall behind the cake table, a rendition of 'happy birthday' to our Mayor led by MiB chairman Steve Pascall, and we even managed to film the BBC film crew, caught on camera with Anna Forbes and Val Compton, IYN entrants and MiB stalwarts... and Geoffrey the Otter. Well done everyone - now for the long wait until October when the awards will be announced.

We thought we'd share some of the pictures of the celebrations, judging day, as well as the work in the lead-up to it.

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On a beautifully warm summer Sunday, 24 June 2018, invited dignitaries and Wiltshire Mayors, community groups and our local parishioners joined Town Mayor Lisa Farrell and Town Councillors in a service of celebration led by Rev. Canon Andrew Studdert-Kennedy at St Mary's Church.  Dr Janneke Blokland, Assistant Chaplain at Marlborough College and students from our local schools took part in the service, with a song - 'Genies and Rainbows' from Preshute Primary School Choir, a reading by Ellie Slater, Head Girl of St John's Academy with student Frankie Griest playing a piano piece, Marlborough St Mary's choir's rendition of 'Why We Sing' and pupils reading a prayer.

The congregation and guests were then invited back to the Town Hall to see a display put on by the schools and Marlborough College showing how education has changed over the years, with some fascinating pictures and documents loaned by Rob and Angie Dickens looking back at the history of education in Marlborough.  Refreshments and some fabulous cakes were provided by Sandra Bull and her wonderful team from Macmillan Cancer Support.

Those attending included Councillor James Sheppard, Vice Chairman of Wiltshire Council, Deputy Lieutenant Mr Deepak Gupta and Mrs Gupta, Under Sheriff of Wiltshire, Mr David Lewis, Lt. Col. Simon Puxley from 4MI Battalion, and Mayors and their consorts from Malmesbury, Swindon, Salisbury, Devizes, Royal Wootton Bassett, Chippenham, Calne, Warminster, Highworth, Westbury and the Deputy Mayor of Amesbury.  Representatives from the Rotary Club, Marlborough & District Lions Club and Marlborough & District Dyslexia Association came along together with the Master of Marlborough College, Jonathan Leigh and his wife, and head teachers Anne Schwodler from Marlborough St Mary's, Claire Graham from Preshute Primary and Tom Nicholls, Assistant Vice Principle from St John's.

Our thanks go to everyone who helped prepare for and take part in the service.

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Here's a chance to look back at some of our community events - click any image to open the article/photo album

Marlborough in Bloom 2018

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Civic Service - June 2018
A celebration of schools & education

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Mayor Making - May 2018

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Civic Dinner - February 2018

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Christmas Lights Switch-On 2017

Christmas Lights Switch-on Event 2017

  

Armistice Day & Remembrance Sunday - November 2017

Remembrance Events 2017

Re-Opening the Marlborough Community & Youth Centre

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Marlborough Puppetry Festival - July 2017

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Mayor Making - May 2017

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Christmas Lights Switch-On 2016

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Armistice Day & Remembrance Sunday 2016

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Marlborough in Bloom 2016 - the year of the bee!

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Welcome Reception - September 2016

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Civic Service - June 2016

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Remembrance Events 2015

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Marlborough in Bloom 2015 - the Citrus year

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Christmas Lights 2017!

This year’s Christmas Lights Switch-on took place on a clear, cold and crisp moonlit night and was even in line with Advent Calendars opening on 1 December.  A great start to the festive season.

Plenty of warm cheer was available at the Christmas Market, lots of children received gifts from Father Christmas in his Grotto and there was great entertainment in the build-up to the big Switch-on.  Mark Jones did an excellent job as our compere, keeping the crowd entertained and introducing our fabulous acts - St John’s Academy Band, Marlborough Academy of Dance & Drama, Eleanor Williams, Marlborough Community Choir and Phoenix Brass – thank you everyone! 

Santa and his reindeer chauffeured the Mayor to the stage just in time to announce Alec Light as our Citizen of the Year before BBC Wiltshire’s Breakfast Show host Ben Prater and two of his children helped with the countdown to the Switch-on at 6.30 pm. 

Our thanks go to all those involved – the Christmas Lights Committee, the Rotary Club, Lions Club, Showmen’s Guild, the Community Policing Team, 4th Military Intelligence Battalion, St John’s Ambulance, Reflex Ltd, Wheelers of Westbury,  5 Star Security, volunteer stewards and our staff who all worked hard to make the event such a success. A special acknowledgement goes to our Lead Sponsor, Now! Vauxhall Marlborough as well as to our other supporters -  the Forestry Commission, T H White, Marlborough Building Supplies, Awdry Bailey & DouglasDavid Owen & Co, Pino's RistoranteValentiner Designs and Daniel Claridge.  

Enjoy our gallery and have a very happy Christmas!

More photos at Marlborough.News

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This is a gallery of photographs taken on Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday 2017. Click any image to expand it.

To read more about Marlborough's memorials and remembrance events, see our War Memorials page

 

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At the Community First award ceremony at Devizes Town Hall on 11 October 2018, our Mayor collected the winner’s trophy for the best Local Council Community Project from Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire, Mrs Sarah Rose Troughton. This was awarded to recognise the work done by our community and its local council towards taking on the Marlborough Community & Youth Centre.  Well done to everyone who made this happen

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Marlborough Community & Youth Centre - What’s it all about?

click for photosIn Marlborough, after April 2016 we had no community centre for local groups to use or where sports clubs can practice and, more importantly, nowhere for our young people to meet and socialise since the Youth Centre at St Margaret’s Mead was closed and services withdrawn by our Unitary Authority. The building was about to be boarded up and mothballed but, led by community demand and championed by Councillor Lisa Farrell, the Town Council took it on in June 2017 and is working hard to re-open it as a Community Centre before the end of the year.

This project has united the community – older people remember using the building as a youth club in the 1970s with some going on to volunteer to run youth groups in the same building as adults. When it was shut in 2016, local volunteers rented the building and ran a youth group along with others, including a Barnardo’s group, renting it too. When the notice to quit arrived in 2017, local young people with placards attended Town Council meetings to ask that it took the building on. Councillors agreed and have now entered into a 7 year lease with Wiltshire Council which will lead to a transfer of the building into its ownership well within that time. 

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With no capital budget in place for the refurbishment work, we applied for grants and are reliant on these and funding contributions. So far, this is going well with grants worth just under £20,000 already confirmed, goods and cash totalling £15,000 from McCarthy & Stone, a generous contribution from the Lions Club of £1,000 and anonymous donations too. Our local Tesco and Waitrose have supported us through their community tokens schemes.

 

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Timeline

2017

December

15th - Launch party!

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Smart new signs in place

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An early Christmas present, thanks to McCarthy & Stone's generous donation of goods and cash

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Tesco Bags of Help

November

Marlborough TESCO shoppers can vote for the project in-store until the end of December - BagsofHelp

October

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Voting open for the Aviva Community Fund 24 October - vote up to 10 times at https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/17-6355 

25 Oct 2017 sanding

The hall floor, previously covered, is in the final stages of restoration

Thank you Marlborough Lions!

A generous donation from Marlborough Lions Club

Thank you Big Lottery!

Thumbs-up from Councillors on winning a grant of £9,011 from the Big Lottery Fund – this will be used for CCTV, access control and intruder alarms to ensure the building is secure for the community. Read more...

September
General refurbishment work begins!

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Early September – Asbestos removed

Link to Marlborough.News articleLate June – staff and councillors roll up their sleeves to clear the building ready to make way for the builders - and fill 2 skips!

July - Grant funding obtained from the Area Board (£10,000) and other contributions are pledged (£2,000)

12 June – The building is taken on by Marlborough Town Council on a 7-year lease

Lease agreedWiltshire Council gives notice to all users of the Youth Centre: the youth worker is withdrawn when budget cuts cause it to reduce the number of youth workers from 150 to 18 across the county.  Local groups are able to rent the building on a ‘per use’ basis but need their own volunteers to run activities.

2016

Volunteers fight to save centreApril 2016 – the building is closed by Wiltshire Council: and will be mothballed completely after the May 2017 elections

 

Hope for the future


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Keep up to date with the work in progress!

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Some photos from the Mayor Making event held 15th May 2017

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