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.
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.
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.
Three 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.
The 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!
Abbey 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.
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.
The Malmesbury Squadron of the Air Training Corps will be collecting for the Royal Air Force Association's Wings Appeal this coming Saturday 17th September.
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.
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.
Malmesbury has WON its bid today to become a 'Neighbourhood Planning Front Runner', gaining £20,000 funding towards the cost of preparing its Neighbourhood Plan.
It's easy to think you can check your receipt when you get home after the weekly shop but how do you know when the price on the shelf ticket doesn't exactly match the price you've paid?
My name is SUE POOLE, and I want you to vote for me in the election for MALMESBURY TOWN COUNCIL ON THURSDAY 8th SEPTEMBER 2011.
I "came home" to Malmesbury 17 years ago, and care passionately about the wonderful and unique town in which we all live. The character of our town means there can be no easy answers or quick fixes to our modern problems, but I would appreciate the opportunity to work towards a secure and prosperous future for the town.
DEVELOPMENT is obviously one of the most pressing concerns for the town.
HOUSING – We do need some new housing, particularly that which can be afforded by our youngsters trying to get their first foot on the ladder. Young families need to be attracted to and sustained in the town, but this has to be planned very carefully so as not to swamp the infrastructure of the town.
RETAIL – We must sustain a viable and vibrant High Street if the whole town is to thrive. Ways must be found to attract both regular shoppers and visitors to spend money in our local shops and businesses; but we cannot ignore the commercial pressures from the larger supermarkets and retail chains. These need very careful thought and management if we are to turn them to our advantage.
INDUSTRY – If the town is to prosper, we must be able to offer employment. Existing industrial employers must be supported, and, if possible, other appropriate employment needs to be attracted to our area.
I have the time, the energy and the determination, so I hope very much that you will vote for me, and allow me to represent you on our Town Council on 8 September.
BIOGRAPHY: I was born in Cardiff in 1948 and finally "came home" to Malmesbury 17 years ago, having lived all over the UK, in Kenya and Canada.
FAMILY: I married my second husband, John, in 1998 and between us we have 4 adult children and 7 grandchildren ranging in age from 23 to 6 years. Most of them live here in, or very near, Malmesbury.
WORK: I retired from teaching ICT and Sociology at a comprehensive in Cheltenham 3 years ago, where I was also responsible for organising all the school's work experience and industrial links. Since retiring, I have become a volunteer at the museum, as well as caring for my husband who sadly passed away in May. I have also maintained my contact with the education establishment by working as an invigilator at Malmesbury School.
HOBBIES: I have been an active member of the Athelstan Players since 1991, appearing in, or helping with, most of their productions since then. I am secretary to Malmesbury Jazz Society and Clerk to the Warden & Freemen of Malmesbury.
EXPERIENCE: My husband was a Town Councillor right up to his death. Our proudest year was 2006-7 when I was privileged to support my husband in his role as Mayor. He was born and bred in the town and his fierce pride in the place, its character and history has certainly rubbed off on me!
I have already some experience of the workings of the Town Council, and I understand many of the constraints within which it has to work. However, I believe obstacles are there to be overcome when they interfere with what is in the best interests of our community.
I want to continue to work to protect and improve the unique character of our town and sympathetically move forward into the future.
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If elected, I will work to protect and strengthen Malmesbury – which is facing unprecedented threats – and to keep our town a great place to live and work.
I am standing as "Malmesbury Resident" because I am an independent candidate, devoted only to the town's welfare.
I have lived in Malmesbury for 18 years, mostly on the Lower High Street. This year I was elected to the Committee of the Residents' Association, at a time of changing planning law and constant pressure from house‐building companies. I believe we now face a critical period if we are to protect our unique and beautiful town from assaults from all directions. I would be proud to sit on the Council to tackle these challenges as well as residents' and employers' day‐to‐day issues.
My career is in psychology and over the past 15 years I have built up my own international training business. Previously I worked in the public sector and in large and small companies. I can bring this broad experience, a reputation for clear thinking and an appetite for hard work to the service of the town.
There are six candidates for four seats so each voter has four votes. Please make me one of your four. If you would like to support my campaign, please display my leaflet (download here). Thank you, John Gundry
My name is Maggie Dennis and as a candidate to be one of your Town Councillors I would embrace the opportunity to represent you and your concerns.
My husband, Mark, and I live on the High Street. I previously worked as a Nurse and I now work for a company involved in Medical Sales and Training. I cover the Southwest of England and Southern Wales which keeps me in tune with current issues associated with the NHS.
My priorities for Malmesbury are:
• Listening to the Voice of the Community. As I believe people are what makes a community thrive, we need to hear and take into consideration the voices of both young and old and balance needs.
• Robust Neighbourhood Plan. I will work to assist the development of a robust Neighbourhood Plan to control future development in and around our historic town.
• Balance our Conservation. I believe we should strike a balance between our needs for conservation and having housing fit for purpose and a vibrant High Street.
• Solution to Parking. I am fed up with the shortage of parking spaces and will work to find a solution.
• Embracing the Localism Bill. I am a proponent of the Localism Bill, particularly, the proposals for using referendums for some local issues and more decentralised control.
The election is on Thursday 8th of September 2011 and I do hope you will vote for me. Many thanks, Maggie.
PLEASE VOTE FOR ME FOR MALMESBURY TOWN COUNCIL.
I WILL WORK FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO MAKE MALMESBURY EVEN BETTER!
NO MORE LARGE HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS!
I strongly campaigned against the inappropriate development of 77 houses off Park Rd, which has been now been refused permission. I will continue to work to prevent any developer from spoiling our town or overloading our local services in the future. I very much support the creation of a NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN for Malmesbury so that residents and groups will be able to have their say about our town. LOCAL PEOPLE KNOW BEST WHEN IT COMES TO NEW HOUSING NEED!
PARKING SOLUTIONS, INCLUDING RESIDENT PERMIT PARKING
I will campaign for a whole town parking survey with a view to improving existing parking and sourcing new sites. I will also promote better use of public transport.
AFFORDABLE PARKING RATES FOR RESIDENTS & WORKERS IN TOWN
I support our High St. Shops, businesses and residents shouldn't have to struggle to pay excessive parking charges.
MORE TRAINING & WORK OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR YOUNG PEOPLE
I lead The Town Consultation Group with a view to spending £100,000 on better facilities for Youth in Malmesbury, inc. training, apprenticeships, transport and social facilities.
OLDER & DISABLED RESIDENTS SHOULD RECEIVE OUR RESPECT & CARE INCLUDING HELP WITH MOBILITY & PARKING ISSUES
I support the retired and disabled Glovers Court residents' campaign for dedicated parking space for Carers, Doctors and others.
KIM POWER - ABOUT ME
I've lived in Malmesbury for 28 years and care very much about what happens to our town and to the people who live here. I manage St. Mary's Hall as a community centre for local groups Cubs, Scouts, Brownies, Guides, Cross Hayes Preschool, Malmesbury Carnival & Athelstan Players amongst others. I lead the Town Consultation Group re £100,000 for Youth Facilities, Elizabeth Hodges Trust (for educational funding) and am Chair of Malmesbury Scouts!
I am married with one son.
For more information about me please see www.kimpower.co.uk
Lea Fest, a free music festival is taking place at the Rose & Crown in Lea on Sunday 28th August. The lineup includes bands, duos and soloists playing in the garden and a 'big sound system'.
Residents and staff of Glover's Court have reached breaking point over access to their premises and presented a solution to Malmesbury Town Council at a meeting on Tuesday night.