Congratulations to Town Councillor and former Mayor, Nick Fogg, on being awarded an MBE in the New Year's Honours list for his work for Marlborough’s International Jazz Festival and for the community.
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Citizen of the Year 2013
Marlborough’s Citizen of the Year 2013 is Viv Lucas. She’s a very special lady and has spent many years working with Scout groups and in other voluntary roles in the community. A close runner-up was Janet Louth who has done so much for Savernake Hospital. Well done to them both.
Well done to all those children from St Peter’s, St Mary’s and Preshute Schools who entered the competition to design a Christmas card for the Mayor. We received so many entries that it took the Mayor and Mayoress a long time to choose the winners. The three winning designs have been printed as the Mayor’s Christmas Cards for 2013. The winners were Charlie O’Shaughnessy (St Mary’s), Cooper Wilson (St Peter’s) and Florence Gibbon (Preshute). There were some excellent entries – we have some really talented young artists in Marlborough.
The Mayor congratulating winner, Cooper Wilson, at St Peter’s School
What a wonderful night with so many coming along to watch the Christmas lights being expertly switched on by Emily Barnett of St Peter’s School. Emily was chosen from those school choirs performing in the Christmas Choir Competition at St Mary’s Church. All sang beautifully. After some wonderful musical entertainment on the steps of the Town Hall, the Mayor, his Mayoress and Father Christmas helped Emily to do her magic and turn on the lights for Christmas 2013.
4 Military Intelligence Battalion hold Afghanistan operational medals parade in historic Marlborough
80 soldiers of 45 Company, 4 Military Intelligence Battalion (4MI Bn) who have recently returned from a challenging and successful six month deployment in Afghanistan received their operational medals at a parade in historic Marlborough today (Thursday 28 November 2013).
They were joined by over 100 of their fellow soldiers from the Battalion and marched from Marlborough College into the High Street to be presented with their medals by The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), General Sir Nicholas Houghton GCB CBE ADC Gen The Colonel Commandant of the Intelligence Corps and the Mayor of Marlborough, Mr Guy Loosmore.
They were led in by The Band of the Grenadier Guards, one of the world’s premier military bands and The Battalion's adopted greyhound "Blue". 4 MI Bn also exercised its Freedom of Marlborough by marching with fixed bayonets and flags flying. This was granted to the battalion in June 2011 making it the first Army unit to have been awarded Marlborough’s Freedom of Entry since 1204.
4MI Bn as it is known today, was formed on 3 September 2001 but can trace its roots back to the D-Day landings of the Second World War. 4 MI Bn’s mission is to deliver intelligence and counter intelligence support to the Army. In Afghanistan, the Battalion provided vital information to the Chain of Command in order for tactical decisions to be made.
General Houghton addressed the troops saying:
“I think the links that exist at a local level in towns such as Marlborough and units of the Army and the Armed Forces are fundamental in helping those units when they deploy on operations and the knowledge that they have that close association and close support. ”
Major Jim Holl, the Officer Commanding the recently returned 45 Company said:
"What a day! The towns folk turned out in huge numbers. A huge and proud day for the battalion and great for my soldiers - just fantastic."
The parade was watched by both Marlborough Town Council dignitaries and families and friends, and hundreds of school children turned out to wave and cheer. The close ties between the town and the Battalion is underlined by the Battalion’s use of the greyhound as its emblem as illustrated in the Town’s coat of arms.
photo's courtesy of Cpl Daniel Wiepen RLC
Campus proposals are being developed across the county and will help deliver services which are value for money, tailored to local needs and influenced by the local community. Now it’s Marlborough’s turn. The campus could be new buildings or improved and developed existing buildings for use for different purposes and by a variety of people and organisations. Local input is key to this. Wiltshire Council is looking for keen members of the community to sit on a Community Operations Board to help bring it all together. If you are interested in being part of this please open this document.140.5 KB