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Covid volunteer group supported by Wiltshire Community Foundation could continue after pandemic

30 June 2020

​Volunteers who joined a town’s Covid-19 response group and helped feed and befriend more than 2,000 people could continue their work after the pandemic. The Royal Wootton Bassett Covid-19 Mutual Aid Group, which mobilised almost 400 volunteers at the height of the lockdown, used a £2,000 grant from the Wiltshire Community Foundation’s Coronavirus Response Fund to help supply food boxes to isolated pensioners and low-income families.

Wiltshire's Link Schemes need your help

29 June 2020

There are 43 Link Schemes across the county. These voluntary groups offer a transport and good neighbour service to local people who are in need, perhaps because they are elderly, disabled, isolated and lonely, single parents, or perhaps temporarily in need because of illness and they are desperately seeking more volunteers.

Malmesbury shoppers are keeping it local

24 June 2020

Retailers in Malmesbury have welcomed the return of shoppers to the High Street and town centre following recent re-opening of non-essential shops. Many have reported an increase in customer confidence following the social distancing measures put in place by retailers and the combined efforts of Malmesbury Town Team, Malmesbury Town Council and Wiltshire Council in time for the first day of trading.

Wiltshire Community Foundation grant helps hospital’s garden overcome Chelsea Flower Show blow

24 June 2020

A garden charity that provides inspiration and comfort to spinal injury patients has been helped to stay open by a Wiltshire Community Foundation grant. Horatio’s Garden at the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Injury Centre at Salisbury District Hospital, the county’s only spinal injury centre, has been awarded £4,098 from the Swindon and Wiltshire Coronavirus Response Fund to help pay the salary of head gardener Stephen Hackett.

Village shop rings up success thanks to Wiltshire Community Foundation grant

24 June 2020

Older people and young families living in a remote village have been able to shop on their doorsteps thanks to a Wiltshire Community Foundation grant. Villagers in Minety have been campaigning for their own store for more than two years and when the county went into lockdown, the committee behind the campaign set up a pop-up shop, which has been given £1,200 from the community foundation’s Coronavirus Response Fund to help it keep going.

New welcome signs installed in Salisbury

22 June 2020

Salisbury City Council is pleased to announce that visitors and residents will now be greeted by new welcome signs when arriving at our city. The new signs show silhouettes of iconic Salisbury buildings and monuments including the Cathedral, Poultry Cross, the War Memorial and some of our major churches.

Best selling author is supporting Wiltshire children's charity

22 June 2020

​Best-selling author Minette Walters wants children and young people to share their lockdown experiences for a summer short story competition in aid of Julia’s House Children’s Hospice. The free to enter Julia’s House Summer Shorties competition will have two categories, age five to nine and ten to 16, and will be judged by a panel, chaired by the author. She has been a patron of the children’s charity, which cares for life-limited children in Wiltshire and Dorset, for more than 20 years.

Salisbury Cathedral re-opens for private prayer as lockdown guidelines ease

12 June 2020

On Monday 15 June, following government and Church of England guidance, Salisbury Cathedral will open daily for private prayer between 10.00 and 14.00 Mon to Sat and 11.30 to 14.00 on Sunday.

Luther Actress, Ruth Wilson delivers PPE to residential care home in Mere

12 June 2020

​A group of medical, ex-military and procurement experts have come together to donate over 1,000 pieces of PPE to a Care Home in South-West Wiltshire. UK Mask Force (UKMF), along with one of their ambassadors, renowned actress Ruth Wilson (whose parents live in Mere) delivered the PPE to Caroline Nicholson, Manager of Bramley House Residential Care Home.

Malmesbury’s retailers welcome customers back - #shoplocal #shopsafe

12 June 2020

From Monday 15 June, many of Malmesbury’s unique retailers and businesses will re-open for customers to shop local in the safe environment of the new social distancing scheme being installed in Malmesbury.