Thank you to those who came along to the Cemetery Clear-up at The Common on Sunday, 13th April. A successful morning and lots of progress made. In addition, a war grave was uncovered which will now be registered. Look out for details of another community gardening session in the coming months.
Residents will be pleased that a new footpath now runs along the edge of The Common. This has been a long held aspiration for the Town Council and it’s good to know that everyone will now find it easier to walk to the Diamond Jubilee Plantation, the Rugby Club, onto the Cemetery and then back into town.
This year Brownies are 100 years old! Girls from the 1st Marlborough Brownie Pack have been enrolled at an unusual venue – the Town Hall Cells! On Tuesday, 1st April they left their usual meeting at St Mary’s Church Hall to walk to the cells for a tour and watch a Promise Ceremony where new Brownies made their promises for the first time. This is all part of a special Big Brownie Birthday Challenge to mark the centenary where new recruits are making their promises in more unusual places. Well done to Brown Owl, Karen Dobie, her small team of helpers and Marlborough’s latest fully-fledged Brownies.
The shape of Wiltshire Council’s youth services is changing and it’s important that Marlborough’s young people have their say. Find out more on this and how to share your views by following this link.
Action for the River Kennet is arranging a night time Moth Meet at Stonebridge Meadow on Tuesday, 15th April. It's a chance to learn more about these fascinating nocturnal insects. Everyone to gather at the Elcot Lane Football Club entrance. Dress in warm clothing and bring a torch. For more information, call 01672 511028 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Read more340.15 KB
Our Grounds Team is working hard to tackle the overgrown area in the Old Cemetery at The Common and needs some help returning it to the dignified and respectful place it was always meant to be. Our last Community Clear-up there had to be cancelled due to very wet and windy weather. It will now take place on Sunday, 13th April at 10am. Depending on the weather, volunteers might need warm clothing but, certainly gloves and stout shoes or boots. Some tools will be provided but extra rakes, shears, loppers or secateurs will be welcome. Most importantly, sunshine or showers, a flask of something hot (or cold) to drink! Read more370.3 KB
Congratulations to Councillor Fogg following his Investiture at Windsor Castle where he received the MBE from the Queen for services to the community. Cllr Fogg, a former Mayor and long serving Town Councillor as well as a Wiltshire Councillor, is also a founder member of the Jazz Festival and played a key role in initiating the Literary Festival.
Arriving in Marlborough in the 1970s with his wife Edwina, herself a former Mayor, Nick is also an expert on Shakespeare's life and works and has lectured widely on the subject. A big well done to a man who is a real asset to Marlborough and who continues to work hard for the town.
Under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act, 1990, contributions can be sought from developers for the costs of providing community and social infrastructure around certain developments. Local community and voluntary organisations are reminded that there is a contribution in
connection with housing built at Orchard Road of just under £50,000. Strict criteria about how this funding can be used are set down by Wiltshire Council and these centre on outdoor activity and recreation. Funding is for capital projects only. Please contact the Town Clerk if you have a proposal for a project that could be of real community benefit.
Wiltshire’s Air Cadets marched through Marlborough High Street on Sunday, 9th February 2014. Each year a different squadron hosts the parade and this year it was the turn of our own 2293 (Marlborough) Squadron which is celebrating its Diamond Jubilee. A proud moment - even the sun came out to salute!
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Following the theft of the Mayoral Chain, Councillors have decided to return what was taken in the best way they can. Marlborough’s historic insignia worn by the town’s First Citizen since 1911 is being replicated by Royal Warrant holder, Thomas Fattorini Limited in Birmingham. This will be worth the value of the original chain as agreed by the Town Council’s insurers.
The Town Mayor, Cllr Guy Loosmore and Deputy Mayor, Cllr Marian Hannaford-Dobson, have just visited Fattorini’s Head Office in Regent Street, Birmingham to see for themselves how the chain will be crafted. The company which was founded in 1827 is a real mix of the very modern and reassuringly traditional where the latest I.T. and manufacturing technology sits comfortably alongside highly skilled goldsmiths and craftsmen.
Sales Manager, Michael Moore, toured the workshops with the Town Councillors who were able to learn more about how the chain will be made. They started by meeting the graphic designers who have studied pictures of the original chain and have been able, with the latest graphics technology, to re-create it incorporating the beautiful enamelled work and precious stones. Then they moved on to look at machinery which will be used to form certain chain link and pendant components. From there, they visited the enamel workshop, where the chain will be hand embellished with vitreous enamel and finished by meeting the goldsmith who will craft the 18 carat gold pendant and chain, piece by piece.
For well over 100 years, Fattorini has designed and created pendants, chains of office and other fine regalia for parish, town, city and district councils, associations, and universities - nationally and internationally. This isn’t the first time that Fattorini has been involved with Marlborough – the company designed the Mayoress’s badge in 1935.
The Mayor’s Chain was first worn in 1911 by six times Mayor, Councillor Thomas Free and paid for by subscription. His son Councillor Eric Free, MBE was also Mayor on five occasions. The Free family were saddened by the theft and have taken a real interest in the new commission prompting Cllr Free’s great great granddaughter, Lucy, aged 15 years, to visit the Town Hall a few weeks ago learn more about the history of her family.
Following his visit to Fattorini, the Mayor said “This is the first chapter in the story of the how Marlborough is determined put back in place its stolen heritage. I have every confidence that Fattorini will create an exceptional and exquisite replacement for the original chain and one which Thomas Free himself would have been proud of.”
The Town Council will be following the story of making of the Mayor’s Chain with more updates right up to when it is completed in May 2014.