General News

Saturday, 17 September 2011 12:09

Philosophytown’s 2011 October festival

Written by Ruth Jeffrey

The Philosophytown’s 2011 October festival is to be held in the Old Bell Hotel, Malmesbury Abbey and Abbey House Gardens from 14th - 16th October.

Saturday, 17 September 2011 11:55

Malmesbury Community Trust

Written by Ruth Jeffrey

A new charity, the Malmesbury Community Trust, has been set up to provide assistance to vulnerable individuals in the community. The trust is primarily aimed at helping the elderly and other vulnerable individuals at times of crisis and difficulty.

Friday, 16 September 2011 16:26

Free seminars to support new businesses

Written by Ruth Jeffrey

A group of Wiltshire based businesses, which have joined together to establish the Wiltshire Business Forum, are running two free seminars on 28th September and 23rd November with the aim of providing practical support and assistance to new and developing businesses.

Thursday, 15 September 2011 12:42

Malmesbury cadets experience life on RAF base

Written by Justin Jeffrey

Cdt-James-McGough-on-High-RopesThree cadets from 992 (Malmesbury) Squadron ATC, rounded off their summer holidays, having the time of their life by attending a Dorset/Wilts Wing Summer Camp at RAF Cosford in Shropshire, a Tri Service training base.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011 14:22

DNA results released in Sherston

Written by Justin Jeffrey

sherston-cliffhanger-sept-2011-small-270px-wideThe success of a new ‘SMS texting service’ at Sherston's surgery has dramatically reduced ‘Did Not Attend’ figures. Wouldn’t it be great to see this service offered in Malmesbury – hint, hint, Primary Care Centre people!

Wednesday, 14 September 2011 11:35

Abbey House to host Wedding Open Day

Written by Ruth Jeffrey

abbey-house-wedding-6Abbey House will open its doors on 6th November to reveal itself as a unique setting for a magical wedding, along with exhibits on show from a handpicked selection of local wedding suppliers.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011 13:45

Developer appeals against council's 'no' to 77 homes off Park Road

Written by Ruth Jeffrey

Residents are expected to rally against an appeal lodged by White Lion Land, the developers who were turned down by Wiltshire Council to build 77 new homes on land off Park Road; land which falls outside of the settlement boundary.

Thursday, 08 September 2011 15:59

Malmesbury ATC squadron collection for RAFA

Written by Justin Jeffrey

RAF-wings-campaignThe Malmesbury Squadron of the Air Training Corps will be collecting for the Royal Air Force Association's Wings Appeal this coming Saturday 17th September.

Tuesday, 06 September 2011 16:45

No time like the past for Wiltshire's Vintage Tea Party!

Written by Ruth Jeffrey
lavinias-tea-partyOn Sunday 9th October, Lavinia Drake will be hosting the Wiltshire Vintage Tea Party and pamper afternoon, with 1940's and 50's inspired cabaret and burlesque entertainment at Malmesbury Town Hall.
Monday, 05 September 2011 10:10

Fran Vandelli's Profile

Written by Ruth Jeffrey


My name is Fran Vandelli and I moved to Malmesbury in 2003 with my family. I quickly became committed to the community that welcomed me so warmly and I have grown to love the things that bring us together, like the Carnival and events at the Abbey. I've always been eager to give something back to the town: I volunteer as a youth arts worker and my husband and I run the annual carnival drumming workshops. Now I want to use this opportunity to protect our community from the dangers inherent in short-term economic growth and ad-hoc, unsustainable development.

I've been listening to concerns expressed by local people and the biggest fears seem to relate to the impact of government policy on the town, particularly at a time of financial stagnation and increasing environmental pressures. While I can't promise to change national trends, I will promise to stand up for what is right for Malmesbury – for what strengthens the town and adds to the wellbeing of all its residents.

Malmesbury's future

Common sense tells us that infinite growth in a finite world just isn't possible, so we need a sound evidence-based neighbourhood plan that increases our resilience and allows Malmesbury to evolve in a way that doesn't add to existing infrastructure problems, such as parking, transport, flood risk, school places, health care facilities, or occupation for young people.

What can I offer?

As an independent candidate I'm offering my honest allegiance to the town, along with experience from my recent Masters degree in sustainability, corporate social responsibility and community engagement, and previous work in conflict resolution. My day job is in dementia care training, so I am also mindful of issues relating to services for, and using the wisdom of, our elders. Young and old, we all need to work together in increasingly difficult times, and cooperation is something we can do.

If you choose to elect me I will work to support development that adds value to our whole community.