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Marlborough named one of UK’s Top 10 retail destinations

28-06-2017

Vibrant Marlborough has been named one of UK’s Top 10 retail destinations.The town was placed at number nine in the Harper Dennis Hobbs 2017 Vitality Index, ahead of Bath, Sloane Street, and London’s West End.It was a new entry in the chart, which was topped by Cambridge, and the only...

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Criticism of Wiltshire Council's lack of spending in the Marlborough area

27-06-2017

  Councillor Nick Fogg told the full Town Council meeting on Monday (June 26) that it appears that Wiltshire Council will not be re-surfacing George Lane until 2018-2019 - that is sometime after April next year.

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Vacant town council seat filled after secret ballot

27-06-2017

  There was no election in Marlborough for 2017's new Town Council - and the number those who put themselves forward to be councillors left one vacancy in the town's West Ward.Two candidates to fill this vacancy were considered by councillors at Monday's Town Council meeting (June 26.)  Former Town Councillor...

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Aster Housing get a roasting from town councillors

27-06-2017

  At the full meeting of Marlborough Town Council on Monday (June 26) Deputy Mayor Councillor Lisa Farrell asked fellow councillors whether they knew that Aster Housing were selling off their properties as they become vacant.  The homes are believed to be handed over to be sold on by a local...

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Marlborough College - Senior Sous Chef

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Temporary House Chef (Preshute) - Marlborough College

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Casual General Assistants – Catering- Marlborough College

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  Casual General Assistants – Catering (Commencing September 2017) We have two vacancies for Casual General Assistants to join our Catering Department (one based within Cotton Boarding House). You will assist with the day to day catering and hospitality services provided to pupils, staff and events. You may be requested...

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Domestic Cleaner – Facilities (Evenings) - Marlborough College

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  Domestic Cleaner – Facilities (Evenings) (Commencing September 2017) We require a reliable and enthusiastic person to join our team of Domestic Staff in General Services. Working within Facilities/Offices and reporting to the Domestic Services Manager, you will be required to assist with the day to day cleaning operation. You should...

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Events Assistant - Marlborough College Enterprises Ltd

26-06-2017

Marlborough College Enterprises Ltd   Events Assistant(Commencing September 2017)   An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced administrator to work in our Events team. You should have excellent IT, communication and administration skills, and an eye for detail.  With a proven ability for organisation and planning, you should be happy...

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Marlborough named one of UK’s Top 10 retail destinations

Marlborough High StreetMarlborough High StreetVibrant Marlborough has been named one of UK’s Top 10 retail destinations.

The town was placed at number nine in the Harper Dennis Hobbs 2017 Vitality Index, ahead of Bath, Sloane Street, and London’s West End.

It was a new entry in the chart, which was topped by Cambridge, and the only Wiltshire town to make the top 50.

The chart was compiled by retail property advisors Harper Dennis Hobbs for Retail Week. They judged 1,000 shopping districts on how well the store mix suited local needs.

They also looked at vacancy rates, and at the number of proportion of up-market shops versus the number of ‘undesirable’ shops like pawnbrokers, betting shops, pay-day loan shops, e-cigarette shops, and bingo halls.

Harper Dennis Hobbs also published a list of the 50 worst retail destinations, with Newcastle-Upon-Tyne’s Shields Road in Byker propping up the bottom. There were no Wiltshire towns in this list.

The survey - the first to be published since 2014 - found an increase in ‘downmarket’ stores – including charity shops – of 2.7 percent over the past five years, and an increase of ‘undesirable’ shops of 1.6 percent over the same period.

 

Bob Holman, of Marlborough’s Retail Forum, welcomed the news:

“It’s bloody amazing – good for us!” he said. “It feels pretty bouyant on High Street at the moment. At The Food Gallery, footfall is slightly up on last year, and so are takings – despite the fact that we haven’t increased our prices.

“The story from other independent retailers is the same.”

Mr Holman said the number of independent retailers – the owner-managed businesses that make up the Retail Forum, and which counted in the town’s favour in this survey – added to Marlborough’s attractiveness as a retail destination.

“We have a distinct retail offering, and service always comes with a smile,” he said.

Jonathan De Mello, head of retail consultancy at Harper Dennis Hobbs said: “By popular demand from both retailers and investors, HDH have incorporated additional small towns and high streets, which gives a greater range to the ranking, and allows for comparison of local high streets with major retail destinations.

“Smaller centres are of increasing interest to retailers, given rents are often highest in the largest centres. So a small centre with a high vitality score – and the right shopper profile – could potentially yield strong profits.”

Britain's top 10 retail locations are:

  • Cambridge
  • Westfield, London
  • Knightsbridge
  • Chelsea
  • Bluewater
  • Wimbledon Village
  • Richmond
  • Canary Wharf
  • Marlborough
  • Bath


And the worst are:
  • Shields Road, Byker, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • Harrow Road, Paddington, London
  • Stretford, Greater Manchester
  • Tonypandy, Wales
  • Walton Road, Liverpool
  • Burnt Oak, north London
  • Gateshead
  • Kirkby, Merseyside
  • Selly Oak, Birmingham
  • Shettleston Road, Glasgow

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Aster Housing get a roasting from town councillors

 

At the full meeting of Marlborough Town Council on Monday (June 26) Deputy Mayor Councillor Lisa Farrell asked fellow councillors whether they knew that Aster Housing were selling off their properties as they become vacant.  The homes are believed to be handed over to be sold on by a local estate agent.

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NHS nursing crisis: Lili is from Romania & works at GWH - but the flow of EU nurses has now dried up

Lili Baleanu is a Romanian nurse working at Great Western Hospital - one of the steeply declining number of EU nurses to arrive since the Brexit referendum.

Lili graduated as a nurse in Romania in August last year and arrived at GWH in late November. She passed the obligatory English language test (the IELTS - more of which later) and will become a fully registered nurse in a matter of days - getting her Pin number from the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC).

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The Third Policeman reports for duty on the Ogbourne Maizey beat - has a bicycle gone missing?

 

Transposing an iconic comic novel full of surreal lunacy into a play is one giant step for Irish literature - quite another step is bringing the play for one performance only to a beautiful garden in Ogbourne Maizey - a couple of miles north of Marlborough.  

The novel is Flann O'Brien's The Third Policeman and the Miracle Theatre Company from Cornwall brings this dramatised version to Maizey Lodge next month.  How lucky can Marlborough people be to have such a side-splitting rest from Nordic noir and all those grim cop shows on the telly?

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Wiltshire Council's radical step towards running Wiltshire's NHS

 

A plan outlining changes in the senior management structure of Wiltshire Council sprang a surprise by including - in a statement from Council leader Baroness Scott - a radical alteration to the provision of NHS services for the county.

The Council's new corporate director for adult social care will also take over the role of Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group's accountable officer - the CCG's most senior post.

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Marlborough's hottest June day : and then another new record is set

 

The record for the hottest June day since the Marlborough “Windrushweather” station was established in 1984, was set on June 30 1995. But ….. no more!  It's been a week of tumbling records.

Monday's record-breaking temperatures were overtaken on Wednesday (June 21) with a maximum of 32.2 degrees centigrade.  And in 'old money' that temperature tipped Marlborough over the 90 degrees fahrenheit mark.

 

On Monday the thermometer soared steadily from dawn reaching a peak at 16.05 with a reading of 31.0C.  But this was not the end of the extreme heat.

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STP WATCH: Did anyone notice? NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plans have become Partnerships - and permanent

 

There was a bit of noise during the election campaign around the government's latest move in the continual and discreet reorganisation of the NHS - the STPs aka Sustainability and Transformation Plans.  This noise of protest centred on rumours of cuts some STPs are going to make.

This kind of noise will get very loud indeed as the plans of some of England's 44 STPs focus on money saving closures of services and buildings - all in the name of sustainability with reduced funding.  But in case we got frightened by 'plans', the STPs have had their 'P' changed to the cosier and much more user friendly 'Partnership'.

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Marlborough Tennis Club’s new courts begin to take shape as fundraising gathers pace

 

The first phase of Marlborough Tennis Club’s six new all weather tennis courts has been completed in record time.

Situated behind trees, protected from the southwest wind, and allowing far-reaching views over the Marlborough Downs, the new courts will provide a stunning new facility for Marlborough and its two hundred tennis club members.

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