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VE Day Celebrations



Friday 8th May will be a Bank Holiday next year as villages and towns across the country celebrate the 75th anniversary of Victory Europe day. 
There will be fun and games for the whole family on the sports field followed by live music with old favourite singalongs. More details to follow later.
We need a PIPER, BUGLER, or TRUMPETER to open the event. Please contact Clive Scholefield atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.if you know anyone. We need to book fast! 







Village Book Drop


 Don't forget our landmark telephone box "book drop" and library.  Pop in to either pick up any of the wide choice of books that other villagers have donated.  Or, if you have any books that you have possibly finished with, then donations to the library are also welcome.


P1010040Our Village Library

The red telephone box,  designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, was a familiar sight on the streets of the United KingdomMaltaBermuda and Gibraltar.

Despite a reduction in their numbers in recent years, the traditional British red telephone kiosk can still be seen in many places throughout the UK, including our own on the Greenways and Leaze junction.

From 1926 onwards, the fascias of the kiosks were emblazoned with a prominentcrown, representing the British government. The red phone box is often seen as aBritish cultural iconthroughout the world. In 2006 the K2 telephone box was voted one of Britain's top 10 design icons, which included theMini,Supermarine Spitfire,London tube map,World Wide Web,Concordeand theAEC Routemasterbus.Although production of the traditional boxes ended with the advent of theKX seriesin 1985. 


Minal Book Club


The Minal Book Club meets in The Horseshoe at 8pm on the last Tuesday in the month.  We take turns to choose books, and have read a wide variety in the past year - including Dodie Smith, Margaret Drabble and Elizabeth Strout-, and covering settings (often crime scenes) ranging from scorching Australia to freezing Iceland!  New members are welcome.  Please contact: Deirdre Watson on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or tel 512729.
February's book (on Tuesday 25th) is The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte:




The novel is framed as a series of letters from Gilbert Markham to his friend about the events connected with his meeting a mysterious young widow, calling herself Helen Graham, who arrives at Wildfell Hall, which has been empty for many years, with her young son and a servant. Contrary to the early 19th century norms, Helen pursues an artist's career and makes an income by selling her pictures. Mrs Graham's strict seclusion soon gives rise to gossip in the neighbouring village and she becomes a social outcast. Refusing to believe anything scandalous about her, Gilbert befriends Mrs Graham and discovers her past. In the diary she gives Gilbert, Helen chronicles her husband's physical and moral decline through alcohol and debauchery in the dissipated aristocratic society. Ultimately Helen flees with her son, whom she desperately wishes to save from his father's influence.


Marlborough Neighbourhood Plan


Notes of the second informal consultation regarding possible housing sites held in Minal on 9 September 2019


Informal public consultations were made during  July 2019 in Marlborough and in the parishes participating in the Neighbourhood Plan regarding the proposed approaches to be made in the Plan, and to specified sites that could be earmarked for stated community needs.    Following the Minal consultation on 24 July 2019, in which two potential sites for housing were discussed, two further sites were offered.  The Steering Group felt that this merited further consultation, so a second public session was set up on Monday 9 September, in which maps were made available showing all four sites.

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Minal Munch



Even 'though Bake Off is now off our screens, come along and taste some of the offerings available at the Minal Munch. A cup of tea, a piece of home made cake and a chat with your friends and neighbours. Yes, the Minal Munch is back at the village hall. 

Pictured left to right are some of our Minal star bakers: Lucia Mutch, Anna Whitehead, Mamta Canning and Emma Gagen.

While other of our village bakers include Lisa Coomber, Sarah Foard, Ann Evans.

The Munch was run by Gilly and Derek Price for many years and all of us enjoyed going to it. When the Price’s decided to stop we asked them if we could run it instead, and they happily agreed. We have now been going over a year. Everyone in the village is very welcome to come and pop in at anytime whilst the Munch is on for a free cuppa and a piece of cake. 



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