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Over 40 per cent of Wiltshire is designated as an area of outstanding natural beautyWiltshire has a long relationship with the military which is set to continue as more than 4,300 Service personnel will be settling into the county over the next five years.

The Army Basing programme is a key development for the county as Service personnel and their families settle there. 

Alongside key partners, Wiltshire Council is preparing the way to make the transition as smooth as possible.

But as well as welcoming newcomers, the council and partners are keen to hold onto those already here who are preparing to retire from Army life. 


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Army band aims for Christmas No 1

Firing Blanks – the Army band from Arborfield are aiming for the Christmas No1 slot this yearAn Army rock band based in Arborfield have released an original Christmas single and hope that support from the wider military community will help them land the festive Number One.

Firing Blanks are serving soldiers who have written and recorded their own upbeat Yuletide song, Rockin’ at Christmas.

The single, now available on iTunes and Amazon, has been recorded to raise money and awareness for charity, with profits being split equally between The Royal British Legion and The National Foundation for Youth Music.

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Redcaps in the dock over vile 'initiation' drink

Four Royal Military Police corporals have been acquitted of assaulting two rookie Redcaps by pressuring them to drink vast amounts of alcohol at alleged initiation ceremonies in a Gütersloh mess.

The four defendants were cleared of any wrongdoing after a court martial found that the newcomers had consented to drinking yard glasses of mixed booze before they collapsed and became ill.

Prosecutors had claimed that LCpl Chelsea Memmott effectively had no choice when she downed a ‘welcome drink’ containing 1.5L of a “hideous” alcoholic concoction.

She was hospitalised for five days and almost died, having been admitted with a blood-alcohol level almost six times the drink-drive limit.

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