On Monday, 12 November the One Show's BBC Children in Need Rickshaw Challenge is passing through Marlborough. Times are approximate, but they expect to be in town around 3pm. They will come in to Marlborough along the London Road, take a lap of the High Street, then head off via Kingsbury Street and across Frees Avenue towards Royal Wootton Bassett. There'll be a live tracker running on the day so you can keep an eye on progress, but do cheer them on if you can!
Saturday 10 November, 7 pm - Roll of Honour
Over the last few months, Marlborough Town Council has been working towards a special commemorative event as a tribute to the people of Marlborough and the part they played in the Great War. A number of families of those who served, so many of whom lost their lives, have been involved in bringing together details of their loved ones and piecing together their brave journeys and special stories. The event is being held in the Town Hall on Saturday, 10 November 2018 between 7pm and 9.30pm. There will be exhibitions from Marlborough History Society and other local collections, songs from the era sung by children performing with the Marlborough Academy of Dance & Drama as well as a ‘Roll of Honour’ where the names of the fallen will be read out by members of the Town Council, the Royal British Legion and the 4th Military Intelligence Battalion. Read more...
Sunday 11 November, from 10 am - Remembrance Parade and Service
The parade will form up in the High Street from 10 am, moving to the War Memorial for the 11 am observance followed by a service at St Mary's church.
Please note there will be a number of temporary road closures between 10am-11.30am to ensure the safety of the large numbers of people expected to attend this event.
Sunday 11 November, 7pm - Battle's Over Beacon Ceremony
Marlborough & District Rotary Club and Marlborough Town Council are playing their part in Battle’s Over, an international commemoration marking 100 years since the guns fell silent at the end of World War I.
At 6.55pm a bugler will sound the Last Post at Marlborough's Battle's Over Ceremony on The Common and with buglers at more than 1,000 other locations, at 7pm a beacon will be lit, in a tribute called Beacons of Light, signifying the light of peace that emerged from the darkness of four years of war. Then at 7.05pm bell ringers at St Mary’s Church will join other churches across the country ringing their bells as part of Ringing Out for Peace and Marlborough's Town Crier, Mike Tupman, with more than 100 other Town Criers up and down the country and around the world, will perform a specially-written Cry for Peace Around The World. Finally, as the bells continue ringing in the background, the names of the fallen from Marlborough will be remembered. The Frees Avenue gate to The Common will be open from 6pm and parking will be available inside. Hot drinks and soup will be on sale. Everyone is encouraged to bring along torches. Read more...
For photos of the beacon being installed: click here
We have a page summarising these and other events - Click here for more information...
Many thanks to Simon Coxwell from TH White and Nigel and our grounds team for all their efforts today to install the beacon on The Common ready for Sunday's "Battle's Over" commemoration - it's huge!
On Sunday, over 1,000 Beacons of Light will be lit symbolising an end to the darkness of war and a return to the light of peace
You can read more about the national campaign at https://www.brunopeek.co.uk/
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Published Thursday 8 November 2018
11 November 2018 marks 100 years since the Armistice that ended the Great War, and this year Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday both fall on the same date. Marlborough's Remembrance Parade will take place as usual on Sunday 11 November. There are also a number of other events planned for the town to mark this significant year, including music, poetry, the lighting of a beacon on The Common and more. Click here for more information...
Our Mayor, Cllr. Lisa Farrell, was very happy to meet Ewa Sojka of Revitialise to hand over a Town Council grant cheque for £708 which will be used towards a respite holiday for disabled people from Marlborough. Ewa explained the range of respite options available to both people with disabilities and carers, which include holidays themed for young people, for couples, with evening entertainment and trips to the continent and the Isle of Wight. They also offer less obvious breaks, such as stays to include Christmas shopping trips so that people can go shopping without their usual carers in order to make sure there’s a surprise for everyone under the Christmas tree.
Revitalise is a national charity providing respite care in a holiday setting for disabled people and carers for over 50 years. Revitalise also offers inspirational opportunities for volunteers through one of the largest and most diverse volunteering programmes of any UK charity. Read more….
At the Community First award ceremony at Devizes Town Hall on Thursday 11 October, 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! Read more...
Thank you to all the Bloomers who were able to come 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. See our gallery for more photos. Read more...
A ‘have a go’ event is being held at Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service’s training centre at Hopton Industrial Estate, Devizes on Saturday 20 October between 10am and 3pm to encourage local people to become on-call firefighters across east and west Wiltshire.
To be on-call, you will need to be able to respond to your local fire station in around five minutes once your pager goes off. This can be from home or work, and employers can benefit from a firefighter’s training – such as first aid, manual handling, a greater understanding of health & safety in the workplace, and enhanced team spirit.
The nomination window is open for our annual Citizen of the Year award.
There are many unsung heroes across our community working hard as volunteers to support others or to help bring community projects to life. Do you know one? Please tell us - we'll announce the 2018 Citizen of the Year at the Christmas Lights switch-on on Friday 30 November. The nomination window closes on 26 October. Read more...
Advance notice of road closures for Christmas Lights event
Please click here to read a consultation letter concerning a road closure application for the Christmas Lights event on 30 November. The road closure will take place between 3pm-9pm and the letter explains how you can comment on the application should you wish to do so.
Advance notice of road closures for Remembrance Day Parade
Please click here to read details of road closures in Marlborough on Sunday, 11 November between 10:00-11:30 during the Remembrance Day Parade. The consultation letter explains how you can comment on this application should you wish to do so.