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Alabaré appeals for volunteers to befriend Armed Forces veterans

Homelessness charity Alabaré is appealing for volunteers to join its new Befriending Scheme for veterans to help them adapt to independent living and civilian life more easily. Alabaré is recruiting volunteers to befriend veterans in its supported homes and afterwards when veterans move to independent accommodation. Befrienders will receive formal training which starts later this […]

Loss of RMS Titanic felt in Wiltshire

When RMS Titanic sank on 15th April 1912, the loss was felt in Wiltshire. Passengers and crew had connections with the area and families lost their loved ones. Amongst the dead was Bert W. Lacey, 21. His last residency was in Salisbury and he boarded the ship in Southampton as an Assistant Saloon Steward. His […]

Marlborough Downs selected as Nature Improvement Area

The Marlborough Downs has been selected as one of 12 Nature Improvement Areas. The 12 regions were chosen from 70 that were bidding against each other to gain a share of £7.5 million over three years. The funding has been awarded to the Nature Improvement Areas  by the Government to help local groups carry out […]

New Gargoyle to be carved for Salisbury Cathedral

A new gargoyle is to be carved for Salisbury Cathedral Chapter House by Matt Barton, one of Salisbury Cathedral’s skilled stonemasons. The word Gargoyle comes from the French word ‘from the throat’ because water is discharged through the mouth, and it is partly the water discharge that causes weathering. Matt has been given the rare opportunity to […]

Olympic fun for children at Salisbury Cathedral this summer

Salisbury Cathedral is running four different Olympic inspired summer activities for children and their families this summer: Sporting storytime  Monday July 30th – Friday August 3rd and Monday August 6th – Friday August 10th. 12.15pm – 12.30pm under the tree opposite the Cathedral visitors’ entrance (in cloisters if wet). Junior Craft: London 2012 Monday 30th July  […]

Largest Meteorite to Fall in the UK was Used as Door Stop

A meteorite so heavy that it would have taken 4 people to move it was used as a door stop at a house in Wiltshire. Since the early 1900’s successive owners  at Lake House in Wilsford-cum-Lake (near Salisbury) had paid little attention to the  90kg meteorite but it is now believed to be the largest […]

Salisbury Cathedral’s Epiphany Procession

Salisbury Cathedral’s Epiphany Procession, the third and final of its popular processional services celebrating Advent, Christmas and Epiphany, takes place on Sunday 15 January at 4.30pm. A marvellous service of words and music it commemorates the journey of the Magi travelling from the East to worship the infant Jesus, and then follows His life through to […]

Four new Canons to be installed in Salisbury Cathedral

Four new Canons will be installed in Salisbury Cathedral by the Bishop of Salisbury, the Right Revd Nicholas Holtam, during Evensong at 5.30pm on Thursday 12 January 2012. Mrs Marcia Headon and Mr Gil Williams have accepted the Bishop of Salisbury’s invitation to be installed as Lay Canons of the Cathedral, and the Revd Andrew […]

New Year’s Honours

Amazing people connected to Wiltshire have received New Year’s honours. Amongst them is PC Laurence Brown, a police officer who was instrumental in organising repatriations through Royal Wootton Bassett.  He has been awarded the MBE. Wendy Hall of Wanborough was also made an MBE for her services to the voluntary sector in Wiltshire as former […]

Salisbury Christmas Lights Switch On

Thousands turned out to watch the event, both young and old. Music was provided by Salisbury Rock Choir, Jamie Eldridge, Steph Murray and The Deloreans and a spectacular firework display lit up the Market Square, starting the festive season off with a bang. Keith Chegwin had the honour of turning on the Christmas lights in […]