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Bidders flock from across UK to field where it all began

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Fifty-two years after they sold a Cotswold farm, rural land agents Moore Allen & Innocent returned to the same field to auction the farm machinery of the man who bought it.

John Peel purchased the 1,000 acre Dudgrove Farm, near Fairford, at the sale in 1961. And when he decided to contract out his land, he asked Moore Allen & Innocent to conduct the sale of 84 pieces of farm machinery – ranging from ploughs and cultivators to tractors and a combine harvester – from the very same field. Read the rest of this entry »

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October 21, 2013 at 3:43 pm

Growing pains? Not for expanding physio practice

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A popular firm of physiotherapists is celebrating its 10th anniversary by increasing the capacity at its Marlborough practice by 50 percent.

The addition of a third treatment room at James Hatt & Associates means even more patients can have their aches and pains treated by its top class clinicians.

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October 14, 2013 at 9:21 pm

Comedy duo take an Antiques Road Trip to Cirencester

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Goodies Graeme Garden and Tim Brooke-Taylor auctioneer Philip Allwood, for the filming of the Antiques Road Trip in Cirencester on Friday

Goodies Graeme Garden and Tim Brooke-Taylor auctioneer Philip Allwood, for the filming of the Antiques Road Trip in Cirencester on Friday

Two thirds of veteran comedy troupe The Goodies swapped their famous three-seat ‘trandem’ for an Austin Healey and drove into Cirencester during a Antiques Road Trip on Friday.

Graeme Garden and Tim Brooke-Taylor who, along with Bill Oddie, ruled the airwaves during the 1970s with their surreal sketch show were filming for the popular BBC antiques show, which sees rival celebrities paired up with industry experts to buy antiques and turn the greatest profit at auction.  Read the rest of this entry »

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June 19, 2013 at 4:18 pm

Hundreds of farmers gather for machinery auction

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One of the most important events in the Cotswolds agricultural calendar attracted hundreds of farmers to an abandoned airfield this week.

The 850 lot collective machinery auction at Southrop Airfield, between Lechlade and Fairford, is a chance for farmers to buy and sell implements, tools and requisites – anything from a wheel barrow to a flat bed lorry. Read the rest of this entry »

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June 17, 2013 at 5:11 pm

Business coach helps manufacturer’s sales to soar

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ActionCOACH Nigel Scott with James and Dawn Boaden of Midas NDT Systems in front of a massive ultrasound machine. The machine will be dismantled and exported to Malaysia, where it will be used to check for faults in jet engine covers

ActionCOACH Nigel Scott with James and Dawn Boaden of Midas NDT Systems in front of a massive ultrasound machine. The machine will be dismantled and exported to Malaysia, where it will be used to check for faults in jet engine covers

A Marlborough business coach has helped a niche manufacturing company scoop a major European business award.

Herefordshire-based aerospace specialist Midas-NDT Systems was a finalist in the Manufacturing category of the 2013 ActionCOACH Business Excellence Awards, after business coach Nigel Scott helped the company to put in place strategies to manage soaring sales. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 24, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Devizes law firms agree merger deal

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Nicky Morris and Stuart McGregor-Johnson

Nicky Morris and Stuart McGregor-Johnson

Two Devizes law firms, which pride themselves on traditional values and high professional standards, are to merge.

Solicitors from Morris Goddard & Ward (MGWLaw) will join forces with Wansbroughs on Friday, May 17. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 16, 2013 at 9:05 am

Social Seminars will help businesses get to grips with social media

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Marcus Lilley of FutrSocial

Marcus Lilley of FutrSocial

A series of free workshops aims to give Wiltshire businesses and organisations a better understanding of social media.

The informal courses will be led by social media entrepreneur Marcus Lilley, whose Marlborough-based firm, FutrSocial, helps people across the UK get to grips with an ever-changing array of communications technology. Read the rest of this entry »

Filling station to make way for prestige housing development

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Alex Dean of Bridge Homes with plans for the Bridge Garage site, in front of the filling station forecourt, with the listed buildings in the background

Alex Dean of Bridge Homes with plans for the Bridge Garage site, in front of the filling station forecourt, with the listed buildings in the background

A Marlborough filling station could be demolished to make way for a prestige housing development that will “enhance the gateway to the town,” under ambitious plans unveiled by its owner this week.

Alex Dean, who owns Bridge Fuels on London Road, plans to flatten the filling station – one of two serving the town – to create a riverside housing development. Read the rest of this entry »

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April 24, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Skate firm is on a roll, winning two awards in two months

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Charlie Allen of Shiner and Nigel Scott of ActionCOACH with Shiner's award for Best Customer Service Results

Charlie Allen of Shiner and Nigel Scott of ActionCOACH with Shiner’s award for Best Customer Service Results

Bristol-based action sports goods distributor Shiner has scooped a major European business award for customer service.

And the importer of skateboards, roller skates, scooters and BMX bikes is on a roll – having bagged two trophies in as many months.

The company’s success is also good news for Wiltshire business mentor Nigel Scott, of ActionCOACH, who has been helping Shiner to ramp up its operations over the past three years. He’s been presented with the ActionCOACH award for Best Client Results. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 28, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Joanna’s Jumbo stomps at the Savoy

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The magical relationship between humans and animals, from Disney to David Attenborough, are celebrated in a new exhibition by Wiltshire artist Joanna May.

The Iconic Animals of London Zoo will be opened at The Savoy hotel in London on Saturday (November 24) by TV wildlife presenter Michaela Strachan.

Animals residing at ZSL London Zoo, beloved to the UK public in their lifetimes, became immortalised in some of the nation’s – and indeed the world’s – favourite stories, such as Jumbo the elephant, who became Disney’s Dumbo, and Winnipeg the bear who became A. A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh.

And Joanna, who had a gallery in Marlborough for eleven years and now lives and works at her gallery home in Keevil, has had exclusive permission from Disney to incorporate the images of Dumbo and Winnie-the-Pooh in this work.

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