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mayor-1christmas lights switch on 2018Here are some photos from the Christmas Lights switch on event on Friday 30 November

Our thanks to MCs Mark Jones & Nigel Kerton for introducing the wonderful entertainment from St John's Band, Marlborough Academy of Dance and Drama, Eleanor Williams and Kirsty McLean, the Community Choir and The Vooz.  Andrew Barnett was announced Citizen of the Year 2019 for his longstanding and committed dedication to Marlborough Scouts, and he joined Town Mayor Cllr. Lisa Farrell and Paul Martin and his children to lead the countdown to the switch-on. 

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Sunday, 11 November 2018 marked the centenary of the end of the Great War, World War 1 (1914-1918) and a number of events took place in Marlborough to commemorate 100 years since the Armistice.
More permanent commemorations include streets on the new Salisbury Road development to be named after local people who served, and a commemorative wood to be planted on the Common.
In 2014, to mark 100 years since war was declared, the Duke of Kent unveiled a plaque on the town's war memorial.  Read more here...

Remembering the 7th Wiltshire Regiment

On Friday, 9 November representatives from St John's Academy, Royal British Legion, 4 Military Intelligence Battalion and Town Councillors laid wreaths at the 7th Battalion Wiltshire Regiment Memorial in London Road. This Memorial  was erected in 1919 by the 7th Battalion of the Wiltshire Regiment to its 360 fallen during 1915-1918. These men, and many others, were also commemorated at a 'Roll of Honour' event in the Town Hall on Saturday 10 November.

Roll of Honour

Programme coverOn Saturday night, 10 November, a special tribute to the people of Marlborough was held in the Town Hall.

The evening told the story of the Great War and the part Marlborough people played in it, overseas and at home. Each man who lost his life was acknowledged and it was particularly poignant to have relatives of the fallen with us on the night - and we'd like to thank them for sharing their stories and family photographs with us. These included Shelia Hale, Angela O'Keefe, Andy Stone, Laurie Dobie, David Chandler and several generations of the Garside family, including Mark, Rosalind and James. 

Our thanks to representatives from the Royal British Legion, 4th Military Intelligence Battalion and Town Councillors for reading the names of the fallen.

There was an exhibition of photographs and memorabilia kindly loaned by the Marlborough History Society, local archivists Rob and Angela Dickens, and from The Merchant's House collections. Guests joined in to sing songs from the era performed by young singers from Marlborough Academy of Dance & Drama. 

Click here to open the programme for more information about the event and to read some of the stories of the Marlborough men who took part, as well as the names of the fallen.

Remembrance Parade

In this special year, and in glorious autumn sunshine, more people than ever turned out to take part in, and watch, Marlborough's Remembrance Parade.

Led by Phoenix Brass, members of the Parade marched to the War Memorial for the usual observances and 2-minute silence.  After the laying of wreaths a Service of Remembrance was held at St Mary's Church.

Wreaths were laid on behalf of the Town Council, Claire Perry MP, Wiltshire Council, 4MI Battalion, Royal British Legion, Royal Navy Association, Wiltshire Regiment, Household Division, Army Cadets, Marlborough College Army Cadet Force, Air Training Corps, Wiltshire Constabulary, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue, Wiltshire Ambulance Service, Marlborough Churches Together, Rotary Club International, Lions Club, Phoenix Brass, Marlborough Scouts, Guides, Brownies, Rainbows, Lodge of Loyalty and local Funeral Directors.

Battle's Over - Beacons of Light

On Sunday 11 November, Armistice Day and exactly 100 years since the end of WW1, the Last Post was sounded and at 7pm our Mayor, Lisa Farrell, lit a beacon on The Common to signify lights coming back on after the darkness of war.

As the bells of St Mary's Church rang out, Town Crier Mike Tupman read a Cry for Peace and the names of the Marlborough men who fell in the Great War were read out. There was a great turnout from the people of the town who ended the event with a rousing verse of 'God Save the Queen'. 

Our thanks

Many thanks to the Rotary Club and the Rugby Club for their help in organising the Beacon event, along with TH White who helped us put the beacon safely in place and Redrow Homes for their contribution. Angus MacLennan of the White Horse Bookshop deserves a special mention for his part in our Roll of Honour event, along with Cheryl Houston the young singers from Marlborough Academy of Drama & Dance, exhibitions loaned by Rob and Angie Dickens, the Marlborough History Society and the Merchants House, and David Du Croz, relatives of soldiers from the Great War and members of Marlborough Lions. 4 Military Intelligence Battalion, the Royal British Legion, Wiltshire Police, Phoenix Brass, local churches, organisations and schools and our own staff worked hard to organise and support all of these events. And our thanks go especially to the people of Marlborough who always turn out in great numbers to mark our annual Remembrance Parade. 

Thank you to Duncan Strutt for sharing his stunning photos of the beacon and to Ian Wyld for the photo of the bell ringers who did such a wonderful job throughout the weekend and across three churches

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On Friday, 2 November and appropriately during the half term holiday, our Town Mayor, Councillor Lisa Farrell, used a pair of golden scissors to cut a bright red ribbon and declared our upgraded play area at Coopers Meadow open. Lots of children and their parents and carers dashed in to try out the new exciting equipment which includes swings, a jungle climber, a firefighter’s pole, climbing ladder, slides and more.

The winter sunshine added to it all and it was clear that our young customers gave their new play area the big thumbs up. It was all the more enjoyable for children and their families with free face painting and goody bags to take away.

Coopers Meadow has strong connections to the Cooper family and Cllr Mark Cooper, Chairman of the Amenities & Opens Spaces Committee, played in the meadow himself when growing up. His parents, Maurice and Rosemary Cooper came along to watch the opening ceremony too.

The Town Mayor, who has been working with Cllr Cooper towards this upgrade for some time, said: ”I‘m delighted that the Town Council was able to secure funding for this exciting and much-needed refurbished play area. Cooper’s Meadow is a wonderful open space for our community and having a fabulous play area for young families and their children to have fun in has been a real ambition of ours.”

The play area cost just over £50,000 and has been mainly funded through developers S106 contributions and payments from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). Creative Play (UK) Ltd, through a competitive tendering process, won the contract to build the play area under the guidance of Project Manager, Michael Carter of Sports and Play Consulting Ltd.

You can read more about the Meadow here


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The results are in!


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


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

Christmas 2018


Remembrance 2018

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Opening the Cooper's Meadow Play Area - November 2018


Marlborough in Bloom 2018


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

Centre 21 Dec 2017

Marlborough Puppetry Festival - July 2017

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Mayor Making - May 2017

Mayor Making 2017


Christmas Lights Switch-On 2016

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Armistice Day & Remembrance Sunday 2016

Remembrance 2016


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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