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    Shopmobility refurbished

    Councillors and the Shopmobility team attended the official opening of Salisbury's Shopmobility Centre yesterday (Wednesday 4 December) to celebrate its successful refurbishment.

    The opening began with the cutting of the ribbon by the Mayor of the City Council, Cllr John Walsh. Councillors were then given tours of the new Centre by the Shopmobility team.

    The refurbishment was carried out over the course of a year and brings The Centre to a high standard and gives it a refreshed modern look.

    The refurbishment included:

    • New windows
    • A larger reception area
    • New decor with addition of the logos
    • A new accessible reception desk
    • Bespoke software
    • A new till

    Shopmobility is a scheme that enables people with temporary or permanent mobility difficulties to get about in Salisbury city centre and shop independently. Members of the scheme can hire vehicles and walking aids that allow them to access the shops and facilities that Salisbury offers.

    For more information, please contact The Shopmobility Centre on 01722 328068.

    Reindeer Trail in Churchill Gardens, Tisbury

    Families can enjoy a Reindeer Trail in Churchill Gardens from Saturday 30 November bringing extra festive fun to the Salisbury park.

    Organised by Salisbury City Council's Communities Team, it gives families the opportunity to explore the park and enjoy the festive spirit.

    The trail involves searching for 12 reindeer that are dotted around the park; 9 of which are Santa's reindeer and 3 are their friends. Tell us the names of the 3 friends playing in the park for a chance to win a crocheted Rudolph.

    The leaflet, which will be needed to complete the trail, can be found at Salisbury's Information Centre or Shopmobility.

    Post your answers in the special red letter box in Salisbury's Information Centre by Saturday 21st December for a chance to win.

    The winning entry will be selected at random on Sunday 22nd December.


    A Very Vintage Christmas Fair returns to The Guildhall

    Treat your loved ones to wonderful vintage gifts this Christmas from the Very Vintage Christmas Fair. The Fair is free to enter and will open on Sunday 1 December from 10am until 4pm in Salisbury Guildhall.

    The Salisbury City Council run event showcases a range of stalls selling fabulous antique, vintage, bric-a-brac and upcycled items from across the decades. From handmade jewellery to beautiful home items, the Very Vintage Fair is the perfect place to find a unique Christmas gift or a delightful addition to your home.

    Fans of Sandy Ince are also in for a treat while they browse the stalls as Sandy performs her Sticky Toffee Jazz repertoire with some festive numbers and classic sounds.

    There is still time to apply as a stall holder at A Very Vintage Christmas Fair. Click here for details:


    Get your skates on in Salisbury this Christmas

    Salisbury City Council is delighted to confirm the return of the ice rink as part of this year's festive offerings - and tickets are now available! Opening on the Guildhall Square from Saturday 30 November 2019 and running until Sunday 5 January 2020 it will be complemented by a traditional Christmas Fayre.

    The all-weather ice rink is perfect for your Christmas party or fun on the ice with family and friends and skate aids will be available making it suitable for those 4 years and upwards. Visitors can also look forward to themed events including mother and toddler sessions and disco ice skating.

    Standard prices are as follows:

    • £25 for a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children)
    • £18.50 for either 2 adults and 1 child or 1 adult and 2 children
    • £9 for an adult
    • £7.50 for a child aged 8 - 15
    • £6 for a child 7 and under

    Each session will last one hour, with 45 minutes on the ice. Skating aids for children are available to hire on the day of your skate for just £3 each.

    We are pleased to offer a special midweek offer for all Monday to Friday sessions from Monday 2 December to Thursday 19 December.

    The midweek offer includes £20 for two adults and 2 children or £15 for either 2 adults and 1 child or 1 adult and 2 children. Individual discounted midweek tickets are also available at £7 for an adult, £6.50 for a child aged 8 to 15 years and £5 for children 7 years and under. All tickets include skate hire.

    The ice rink is a lovely addition to the festive offerings in Salisbury and along with other initiatives will help to increase footfall in the City bringing much needed support to the town's shops and restaurants. 

    Visit the Christmas in Salisbury website for T&C's and further information on how to book:


    Festive Sunday Markets to return this December

    Salisbury's Sunday Markets are back this December with lots of festive stalls in the lead up to Christmas. The markets will be held every Sunday from 1st December until 22 December in the Market Place between 10am until 4pm.

    Local traders will offer an enticing and varied range of goods and produce. Choose from craft and gift items; perfect for a unique Christmas gift or a fabulous addition to your home. There will also be tasty treats and street food to enjoy whilst browsing.

    The Salisbury City Council run event will showcase more than 20 stalls every Sunday and promises to add extra festive spirit to the Market Place and give your Christmas shopping a unique offering.

    These Festive Sunday Markets will be running alongside Salisbury's Christmas Fayre, Santa's Grotto and Ice rink. The traditional wooden chalets, joyful atmosphere and Christmas aromas make this a must do part of your Christmas build up.

    Stall holder and food vendor pitches are still available; please visit the following link for details:


    Remembrance Sunday Parade and Service in Salisbury

    The city of Salisbury is set to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country at its Annual Remembrance Sunday Service at the War Memorial in Salisbury Market Place on Sunday 10 November from 11am.

    The ceremony will be led by the Salisbury Branch of the Royal British Legion and supported by Salisbury City Council.

    Everyone will gather at the War Memorial for a 2 minute silence at 11am followed by prayers.

    Following this, the parade will march along New Canal, where Deputy Lieutenant Mr Peter Pleydell-Bouverie accompanied by the Mayor Cllr John Walsh, will take the salute. The parade will then process to St. Thomas's Church for the Sunday Service at 11.40am. All are welcome to attend this service.

    Blue Boar Row and other roads along the parade route will be shut to traffic between 10.15am and 11.45am and again at 12.15pm until 1pm approximately to ensure crowd safety and traffic diversions will be in place.

    2019 marks the eightieth anniversary of the arrival of the first wave of World War 2 evacuees in Salisbury. They began to arrive here on 1st September 1939, two days before war was declared. As part of Salisbury's celebration of Remembrance, Bemerton History Society will be hosting an exhibition in Salisbury Guildhall on Sunday 10th and 11th November. It will tell the story of the arrival of children and their teachers from Portsmouth and the welcome they received.

    On Monday 11 November there will also be a small ceremony in the Guildhall Square at 11am to mark Armistice Day, which all are also welcome to attend.


    Exciting new sports facility opens in Salisbury

    Parkour enthusiasts will soon be able to test their acrobatic and athletics skills at a new leisure spot in Salisbury. Salisbury City Council in partnership with Wiltshire Council has been working on a project to develop a new parkour park in Salisbury.

    The parkour park at Churchill Gardens will provide the community with a great opportunity to get outdoors, get active and healthier in a fun and social way.

    The £50,000 parkour park has been funded by grants from Sport England – Community Asset Fund, the Landfill Community Trust, Salisbury City Council and Wiltshire Council's Salisbury Area Board Community grant. The park is for all ages and abilities.

    The decision to look at creating a new parkour park came after interest from a group of young people in Salisbury, who were keen on parkour but had no suitable sites to practise in the area. The idea of parkour is to go from one randomly chosen place or object to another as nimbly as possible. Typical parkour moves include jumping, overcoming and passing under obstacles, climbing and hanging, and some acrobatic moves.

    An opening event will take place on Saturday 19 October at 1pm and introductory coaching sessions will be delivered in the coming weeks by fully qualified parkour coaches to provide the basic skills needed to use this new facility.

    Local parkour coach, Kieran Coombes said: "This facility is an amazing addition to the city and the Salisbury Parkour community has been extremely excited for this park. It means that young people can take part in a safe and secure environment. We encourage people of all ages to come along and give it a go! Parkour is for everyone and I know the guys at the Kiwi Parkour club in Salisbury can't wait to start using it!"


    Spooky Ghost Tours in The Guildhall, Salisbury - October 2019

    Join us this Halloween for the return of the FREE ghost tours in The Guildhall, Salisbury from Sunday 27 October until Thursday 31 October.

    Kickstart your Halloween celebrations at our Ghost Tours and get a fascinating insight into the spooky history of the Guildhall, Salisbury. The tours will run on the following dates and times:

    Family tours – suitable for all ages

    Sunday 27 October 2.00pm and 3.30pm
    Monday 28 October 5.00pm
    Tuesday 29 October 5.00pm
    Wednesday 30 October 5.00pm

    Fright after 5, adults only tour:

    Thursday 31 October 5.00pm and 6.30pm

    Visitors will hear spine-chilling tales involving death sentences, trials and tribulations dating back to the very beginning of The Guildhall in 1795.

    Visit the website to book your FREE tickets:



    Mental Health Awareness Roadshow in Salisbury - October 2019

    Deputy Mayor Caroline Corbin would like to announce the 'Go Forward Be Positive' Mental Health Awareness Roadshow. Hosted by Salisbury City Council, the event will be held in Salisbury Guildhall on Thursday 10 October from 10am until 4pm.

    The event aims to bring together a selection of the many mental health services available. Ranging from self-help, mental health first aid, help accessed via a GP and secondary care the event will showcase a whole host of private and charitable providers who can signpost. Cllr Corbin said “We need to be ending the stigma and encouraging people to be mentally healthy, identify when they need help and access the most appropriate resource to get it.

    There will be plenty of stalls and speakers from The Samaritans, Bullies Out, PTSD 999, Serve On; as well as author Lewis Jefferies who has written two books entitled Mental Health and Me! Attendees will also be able to hear of the wellbeing affect that comes from being outside as well as an opportunity to take part in a singing for wellbeing workshop with Liv McLennan.

    Deputy Mayor Caroline Corbin, hopes that this event with normalise discussion around Mental Health and looks forward to raising awareness and promoting healthy attitudes to mental health for the future.

    Enjoy fun at the fair in Salisbury - October 2019

    Salisbury City Council is pleased to announce the return of Salisbury Charter Fair on Sunday 20 October until Wednesday 23 October in Salisbury Market Place and Guildhall Square.

    In 1227 - seven years after the building of Salisbury Cathedral began - King Henry III granted a Charter to the Bishop of Salisbury to hold a fair on the third Monday in October. The Mayor of Salisbury, Councillor John Walsh, will officially open the Charter Fair on Sunday 20 October at 4pm alongside fellow Salisbury City Councillors and members of the Showmen's Guild Western Section.

    The Charter Fair will bring plenty of fun for all the family with fair favourites including the carousel, dodgems and waltzer as well as other exciting rides for the thrill seekers. Look out for competitions run by Salisbury Reds and Spire FM who are giving you the opportunity to win free ride tickets in the lead up to the event.

    The Fair will open from 4pm until 9pm on Sunday, and then 11am until 10pm Monday through to Wednesday.For more details please visit

    Get involved in Salisbury Carnival - October 2019

    Salisbury's spectacular illuminated Carnival will be returning this year on Friday 25 October between 7.30pm and 9pm. This highly popular event draws in crowds by the thousands across the city's streets with floats, music and walkabout acts with something to entertain the whole family. Celebrating its 10th year, Salisbury Carnival will raise funds for the Mayor of Salisbury's charity - South Wilts Mencap.

    The event starts from midday to get residents into the Carnival spirit with entertainment, food vendors and fair rides. The procession departs at 7.30pm from the Central Car Park Coach Park and weaves itself through the City along the following route: Castle Street, Blue Boar Row, Queen Street, New Canal, High Street, Bridge Street, Fisherton Street and then back into Central Car Park.

    To be involved in Salisbury Carnival and for full details and application please visit


    Salisbury's last Teenage Market of 2019

    Join Salisbury's Communities Team in the Guildhall Square on Saturday 12 October for the last Teenage Market of 2019.

    The market will be held alongside the Charter Market from 10am until 3pm and provides a FREE platform for entrepreneurial young people under the age of 21 to showcase their business ideas, promote their skills and sell creative products. The Council provides gazebos, tables and insurances so that the young stallholders can have the opportunity to gain business experience and display their talents.

    The Guildhall Square will be packed with over 20 creative stalls showcasing handmade craft items such as beaded jewellery, street photography, badges, paintings and magnets. There will also be a range of sweet treats to enjoy including cakes, biscuits and cookies. In addition to the stalls there will be live performances from local acoustic musicians Daisy Morgan-Smith and Daisy-Mai and rock cover bands Empty Space and British Revival. Local community acts Elevate and Panthera Dance Company will also be treating us to fantastic dance performances.

    The market is an excellent first opportunity for traders. Some of those who have attended previous Teenage Markets have gone on to become established business owners and market traders across the County and further afield.

    Performer space is still available; for more information and to apply please visit:


    The French and Vintage Markets return in September 2019

    Salisbury's French and Vintage Markets will be returning to Salisbury Market Place on Friday 27 September from 10am until 4pm

    The French Market gives visitors the opportunity to sample traditional French food with items such as crepes, cheeses, fresh bread and paella due to be on sale in the Market Place; perfect to liven up your food cupboard or as a tasty snack.

    There will also be a wide selection of unique gift items to choose from with stalls offering vintage music for music fans as well handbags, basketware, scarves, Provencal soaps and hand crafted items.

    Salisbury City Council's delightful Vintage Market will be running alongside the French Market on Friday 27 September. Visitors can enjoy listening to live retro music whilst browsing the vintage and bric-a-brac stalls, with items including jewellery, homeware, clothing and antiques. The Vintage markets will run every last Friday of the month in the Guildhall Square until October. For more information on Salisbury Markets please visit:


    Salisbury's older residents invited to a Vintage Tea Party next month

    Salisbury City Council's Communities Team will be bringing the older residents of Salisbury a Vintage Tea Party. This will celebrate the end of this year's Silver Salisbury on Sunday 13th October from 2pm until 4.30pm held at The Guildhall, Salisbury.

    As part of the Vintage Tea Party celebrations, the Communities Team will be offering an opportunity to sing along with the Gershwin Gang, a 1920's Gatsby style band subscribing to the principle that the old songs really are the best. This jazz and swing band specialises in the well-known jazz/swing songs from the 1920's and 1930's written by the Gershwin brothers, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin and made popular by Fred Astaire, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole and Sinatra, and the band also play more modern songs with a jazzy twist.

    The Wellington School of Dance will be providing a demonstration and hopefully inspiring those attending to join in as well. The Dance School was founded over fifty years ago and is run by Zoe Tucker. They host classes for adults covering all Ballroom and Latin American dances. For more information visit their website,

    There will also be the opportunity to take a photo from the "˜All Parties & Events" photo booth with vintage style props to give you a fab memento of the day.

    The afternoon tea will be served midway through the celebrations in vintage china and will include sandwiches, patisseries/cakes and scones with lashings of hot freshly made tea. The Communities Team are very pleased to have Mayor Walsh attending the event.

    Silver Salisbury is a two week long initiative full of activities and events offered to the older members of Salisbury City. It is a chance to sample new groups and experiences with a view to joining in longer term therefore increasing overall mental and physical health and wellbeing and social inclusion.

    The Team would love for you to come and join in with the fun. Limited tickets are available from Salisbury Information Centre at a cost of £5.00.

    There is limited transport available for those who are not on the main bus route. Please contact Dawn Beauchamp direct for transport enquiries on Salisbury 01722 417100.


    Salisbury's Food and Drink Festival

    Foodies can enjoy an all-day food and drink extravaganza on Sunday 29 September from 10am until 4pm as the popular Food and Drink Festival returns to the Market Place. Featuring a wide selection of local food producers and suppliers in the Market Place and Guildhall Square the event will also showcase food demos, talks and samples galore.

    Three celebrities will appear in the Demo Marquee on the Guildhall Square – Nick Nairn, Paul Rankin and Coronation Street's Sean Wilson

    Nick Nairn's television career began on Ready Steady Cook which launched him as a household name in 1995. Nick is now a regular presenter on Landward, a guest on BBC 1's The One Show and Saturday Kitchen, and James Martin's Saturday Morning on ITV. Now, he owns, teaches at and bases his business at the acclaimed Nick Nairn Cook School. Foodies will enjoy his relaxed demo and pick up lots of tips and techniques.

    Chef Paul Rankin who changed the face of culinary Northern Ireland when he opened Roscoff, is best known for being one of the longest standing and most successful chefs on Ready Steady Cook and has appeared in Paul and Nick's Big Food Trip, with fellow chef Nick Nairn. He has also appeared on Step up to the Plate (BBC1), Local Food Heroes (UKTV), Ten Mile Menu (ITV1), and Paul regularly appears as a guest chef on Saturday Kitchen (BBC1).

    Coronation Street actor and celebrity chef Sean Wilson will also be live in the main demo marquee. Sean Wilson is best known for his 21 years starring in the national flagship soap opera, Coronation Street. Since 2005, Sean has followed his passion into the world of food and cheese, where he has created his own range of multi-award winning Lancashire cheeses and worked in Michelin star restaurants. Presenting the lauded "˜Great Northern Cookbook" for Channel 5 brought Sean back into our living rooms, reaching 1.2 million viewers. Sean's Saddleworth Cheese Company makes six artisan cheeses, with provenance as their byword, celebrating Lancashire. All have been British Cheese Award favourites with Gold medals both nationally and internationally.

    In the Guildhall there will be fantastic demos and tastings from Vaughan's Kitchen, Winchester Distillery, Stone Circle Mead Company and Charter 1227. Plus ABC Cook are doing exciting cookery workshops for kids in the Market Place.

    The event will also host a large variety of food vendors and catering for all tastes including vegan and gluten free options. Visitors can enjoy pasta, curries, Thai, Mexican food and sample an assortment of sweet treats including pancakes, waffles, crepes, ice cream and more. Once you've worked up a thirst don't forget to stop and enjoy a tasty tipple from one of the fantastic bars in the Market Place.

    There will also be street entertainers and live music throughout the day from Marina E, Just Because, Evolution Pop Choir, Cam & Nichole, The Duskers and Off the Cuff.

    Food demos are set to be extremely popular, please book your free place via our website

    Ditch the car for National Car Free Day

    Salisbury City Council is encouraging residents of Salisbury to ditch their cars for National Car Free Day on Sunday 22 September.

    Organised events are taking place across the country in a bid to tackle air pollution and carbon emissions caused by motor vehicles. New research has warned that even electric cars produce pollution through their tyres and brakes. Salisbury City Council is encouraging motorists to find alternative and sometimes more economical ways of travelling; perhaps by walking, cycling or bus to help the UK meet its climate change targets.

    Salisbury Information Centre have a number of walking and cycling maps to browse through which can help you to beat congestion, improve your health and benefit the environment.

    Councillor Jeremy Nettle, the Leader of the Council said "This is a great opportunity to cycle into Salisbury as a family using the many designated cycle pathways into the city or walk along by the river and enjoy the views".

    Please take part and consider what you can do to reduce air pollution and carbon emissions for National Car Free Day.

    The Guildhall Cells and Tunnel Tours

    Tickets are now available for The Guildhall Cells and Tunnel Tours running from Thursday 19th September until Saturday 21st September.

    Salisbury City Council are hosting the tours as part of the Heritage Open Days, an annual celebration of England's architecture and culture. They allow visitors free access to historical landmarks that are either not usually open to the public, or would normally charge an entrance fee to visitors. It also includes tours, events and activities related to architecture and culture.

    This year, The Guildhall's prison cells and lower tunnel will be open, giving you the opportunity to look around areas which are not usually open to the public. The tours will be running at 10am and 2pm each day by the superb Salisbury Blue Badge guides.

    All tours need to be booked in advance due to limited numbers via the following links:

    For full details go to

    Salisbury Car Fest to return - September (2019)

    Following the huge success of last year's event, Salisbury Car Fest is returning on Sunday 8th September from 11am until 4pm in the Market Place and Guildhall Square!

    This year, Salisbury City Council is working in partnership with Detailed Moments to bring you the FREE event. Visitors can look forward to a fantastic celebration of motor vehicles which will include classic cars, sports cars, rally cars and more; perfect for motor enthusiasts of all ages.

    There will also be the chance to win a driving experience with British racing driver and television presenter, Tiff Needell, courtesy of Thruxton Motorsport Centre.

    Visitors can enjoy live music from energetic three piece band Tom and the Clementynes throughout the day as well as delicious street food from local traders and walkabout entertainment.

    Spaces are still available to display a car at the event. Please contact for further information.

    Don't forget that all Wiltshire Council car parks are FREE on Sundays.

    Issued on: 14 August 2019


      Redevelopment of 30-36 Fisherton Street
      At the meeting of the Salisbury City Council's Planning Committee on Monday 12 Aug 2019, the City Council was pleased to consider a new planning application for 30-36 Fisherton Street.

      After some debate this application was supported by the majority of the Committee. The Committee believe that this latest iteration of the application is more in keeping, given the height and mass of the proposed development, which reflects a number of buildings within Fisherton Street.

      The Committee were also pleased to note that some thought has been given to space between the neighbouring buildings for example the Salisbury United Reform Church.

      The City Council welcomes the possibility of a new library and cafe that will benefit local residents of all ages and an affordable hotel to encourage more visitors to visit Salisbury for more than just a few hours. Furthermore, securing this investment in the city is beneficial to the City's long term viability, and crucially, our Library service is recognised as a very important asset for the residents of Salisbury and to our neighbouring towns and villages.

      Issued on: 14 August 2019




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