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PULLING ALL THE STRINGS

Back in July, the market town of MARLBOROUGH in Wiltshire held its first ever Puppetry Festival in celebration of the 70th anniversary of Pelham Puppets, a company founded in the town in 1947. The two-day event included a Puppet Parade along the High Street, exhibitions and shows and a special civic service where visitors watched puppet shows and learnt about the company’s history.

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POPPY MILE FOR ARMISTICE DAY

WITNEY in Oxfordshire is planning to commemorate the end of WWI on Armistice Day 2018 with a “poppy mile” of handmade poppies. The town’s heritage is based on the wool trade, and residents are being encouraged to knit, embroider or crochet poppies to line the route that its young men would have taken as they left for the war (actually about a quarter of a mile). Cllr Chris Holliday, chairman of the WWI working party, said: “We will be unveiling a new memorial to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War.”

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NEVER TOO OLD TO PARTY

Each year for the UN International Day of Older Persons, YATELEY Town Council in Hampshire challenges itself and its partners to “mythbust” stereotypes of older people. In 2016 it held a graffiti workshop for older people, and then ran an inter-generational community art project. This year the council is joining with a local theatre company to bring Madame Manocchio’s Magnificent Museum Of Mysteries to the town.

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SUCCESSFUL GARDENERS REAP THEIR REWARDS

For the seventh consecutive year, FARNHAM won Gold for its town centre floral displays in the South and South East in Bloom competition. It also won Gold in the Large Town category for the fifth year running and beat off stiff competition to win the County Award for Surrey.

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RESIDENTS CELEBRATE
FOOTPATH LINK

Residents of MALMESBURY in Wiltshire have welcomed the opening of a new footpath that links the town centre with housing at Cowbridge on its southern outskirts. The footpath provides walkers and cyclists with a safe route that follows the River Avon.

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OUTDOOR GYM EQUIPMENT

SWANSCOMBE and Greenhithe Town Council in Kent has recently installed its second set of outdoor gym equipment, this time in Broomfield Park in Swanscombe. The mayor, Cllr Lorna Cross, is seen trying it out with the help of local youngsters.

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HIGH STREET GETS A BRUSH-UP

GREAT DAWLEY Town Council has brightened up its High Street by painting shop shutters in keeping with Victorian shop frontage designs. The town has many independent shops with period features, and a local artist was commissioned to create a welcoming atmosphere.

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FLYING THE FLAG
FOR GREEN SPACES

SEVENOAKS Town Council in Kent has been celebrating the award of a Green Flag to The Vine, its town centre park. The national award scheme recognises it as one of the best in the UK; this year a record-breaking 1,797 UK parks and green spaces received a prestigious Green Flag Award. A council spokesman said: “Sevenoaks is absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for the first time. This award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining The Vine to such a high standard.”

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David Atkins (left) was made an alderman last year, and celebrated his retirement with a river cruise

 

VETERAN CLERK SAILS
INTO SUNSET

David Atkins, one of East Devon’s longest-serving parish clerks, has retired from his role at NEWTON POPPLEFORD AND HARPFORD Parish Council after nearly 25 years. He took up the position in 1992 and worked with many chairmen and councillors over the years ,providing advice and support well beyond the normal range of a clerk’s duties. An informal party celebration was held in, when he and around 40 guests cruised up the River Exe on a special charter boat.

 

 

 

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