Malmesbury Newspapers

A “SMALL scale Bath Christmas Market” will materialise in the heart of Malmesbury tomorrow night – and the organisers are hoping for a touch of frost to top it off.

The town’s now traditional late-night shopping event will see four streets closed to make way for a string of festive stalls and huts along with fairground rides, a Christmas parade and, for the first time, a nativity feature.

Several animals including a donkey, a Shetland pony, a goat, an alpaca and some lambs will be in St Aldhelm’s churchyard to add to the proceedings.

Kate Wareham, secretary of the Malmesbury Chamber of Commerce, which organises the event, said: “It’s always a really fun night that people look forward to....

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A THIRD sell out event for Malmesbury Community Choir took place on December 6 in Malmesbury Abbey....

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Simon and Hayley Blake and their children Molli, 13, Rylee, 10, Tobie, four, and Megan, 15, fear they will never get the house they want....

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Pictures of the coins courtesy of The Athelstan Museum....

A GANG of thieves escaped with more than £900 worth of scented candles after calmly strolling around Malmesbury Garden Centre loading them into bags and a rucksack.

One member of staff chased the raiders from the premises before climbing into his car and scouring the area in a spirited though unsuccessful bid to find them....

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LOCAL politician Simon Killane has set his sights on toppling North Wiltshire’s long standing Conservative MP James Gray.

Father-of-three Mr Killane, a Malmesbury town and Wiltshire councillor, is using a website to stake a claim as the next member for what is a traditionally Tory constituency....

NEARLY £10,000 is being sought by museum chiefs in Malmesbury to buy an “amazing and significant” hoard of Roman coins found by a metal detectorist two years ago.

An appeal has been launched by Malmesbury’s Athelstan Museum after it was given the opportunity to buy the 1,266 coins held at the British Museum.

Athelstan Museum spokesperson Maria Marsh said: “The Malmesbury Coin Hoard is an important and unique discovery in this area.

“We were excited and pleased when Athelstan Museum was given the option to purchase the hoard.

Metal detectorist Tony Mims, a retired Army warrant officer of Colerne, uncovered the hoard while searching a field in Milbourne in 2012....

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Alison Cross-Jones with some of the donated shoeboxes....

A PETITION to keep Sergeant Martin Alvis as the leader of the neighbourhood policing team in Malmesbury has been launched by residents of the town....