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Marlborough's Mill Wheels Turn a Corner!

Mill Wheels at Rope Works

Over the weekend of 22nd & 23rd July, Marlborough's former mill wheels were taken from where they were being stored to a new temporary home at The Ropeworks in Kennet Place, closer to their original riverside home.  The Town Mill ceased operations in 1922 and was demolished in the 1980s to make way for a housing development of the same name.

This is all thanks to a small group of local volunteers - Rob and Angie Dickens, Val Compton, Adrian and Tom Burton, Malcolm Lampard (of R J Lampard who delivered it free of charge) and Mike Fernley who has agreed to store them for safekeeping.  Read more...

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Good luck to Marlborough in Bloom!

RHS judges, Jon Wheatley and Denise James, visited Marlborough on Thursday, 13th July as part of the town's entry into the Champion of Champions category in the South West in Bloom competition.  They were met on the steps of the Town Hall by our Mayor and Town Cryer and members of the Marlborough in Bloom Committee, including its Chairman, Anne Crawley.  At the end of the day, there was very positive feedback about what the judges had seen during their tour of the town.  The very best of luck to the In Bloom team as it awaits the results which will be revealed at a special event on 5 October in Torbay.

Meeting the judges

 

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Pelham Puppets

The March of the Marionettes 

Pelham Puppets came home to Marlborough over the weekend of 8-9 July to celebrate 70 years since the firm was founded in the town by Bob Pelham.

Our gallery of photos is now available with pictures of the Marlborough Puppetry Festival and the Civic Service which took place on the Sunday. The festival was the brainchild of David Leech to celebrate 70 years since Bob Pelham founded Pelham Puppets here in Marlborough. A wonderful exhibition was put on in the Town Hall by Richard Gaunt and Nick Carver - the majority of the puppets coming from Richard's vast collection - and Will McNally brought the original, 84-year old, Muffin the Mule along.

As well as those mentioned above, our thanks and congratulations also go to the Events Committee headed up by Amba Chawla and all her hardworking, committed volunteers, students at St John’s, The Rotary Club, our Special Constables, Wiltshire Council, The Merchants House, St Peter’s Trust, the Marlborough Academy of Dance & Drama, the Revd Canon Andrew Studdert-Kennedy and many more. There's a video of the opening March of the Marionettes in our gallery and on our Facebook page - and the festival was featured on BBC Points West on Monday, 10th July

Muffin the MuleOne of the many puppet displays

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Public Art Project

Priory fish sculpture

The Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre's Creative Wiltshire project is looking for help to locate, record and photograph public art. Workshops are planned throughout the county to help prepare, organise and collate material and volunteers are encouraged to register their interest. There's a workshop taking place at Marlborough Library on 20th July at 6 pm. 
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St John's and the Dragon!

Students at St John’s have been working really hard towards creating a magnificent dragon as part of the lead up to the Marlborough Puppetry Festival this weekend. We are hoping that it will be part of the Puppet Parade in the High Street on Saturday, 8th July at 10am which kicks off the whole weekend festival. Another example of how talented our young people are. Click the yellow banner above for more information and see our gallery for more photos.

dragon in action

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Welcome to our New Town Councillor

Councillor Donald Heath

At the Full Council meeting of 26th June, Councillors selected Mr Donald Heath to join them as part of the Town Council team. Don has lived in Marlborough with his family for more than 18 years and is a semi-retired businessman dealing in specialised steel supply at home and overseas. Over the years he has built up an extensive knowledge of business and contracting as well as health and safety and employment law. He is looking forward to representing his local community in the West Ward and has already been appointed to the Planning, Property and Staffing Committees.

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