IT’S been a busy 12 months for news in Salisbury and, as we head into a new year, the Journal looks back at the events of 2023. 

This is part one, covering January to April.  


Salisbury Journal: Raymond Nash’s funeral in Imber. Photo by David Clarke/Solent News & Photo AgencyRaymond Nash’s funeral in Imber. Photo by David Clarke/Solent News & Photo Agency


Salisbury Journal: Connor PoolConnor Pool (Image: Wiltshire Police)


  • Salisbury residents were advised that the City Hall would still open as an entertainment venue following the close of its role as a vaccination centre on Saturday, January 8 with the NHS formally vacating the building by mid-February.  Wiltshire Council stated they were looking for a suitable third-party organisation to bring a new lease of life to the venue with leader of Wiltshire Council, Councillor Richard Clewer, telling the Journal that invitations to tender would be open “imminently”.
  • A special parish meeting was called to discuss the controversial council tax increase set by the Salisbury City Council. The motion was to establish whether Salisbury residents supported a limit on any proposed increase in the parish precept by five per cent per year and whether an administration wanted to increase the precept by more than five per cent. A parish poll would then be required. 

Salisbury Journal: The parish meeting in Salisbury GuildhallThe parish meeting in Salisbury Guildhall


Salisbury Journal: The Princess of Wales at the Salisbury Plain Training AreaThe Princess of Wales at the Salisbury Plain Training Area


Salisbury Journal: Salisbury's Annual Charter ServiceSalisbury's Annual Charter Service


Salisbury Journal: Snow in SalisburySnow in Salisbury (Image: Spencer Mulholland)


  • THE Poultry Cross reopened following repair work. The Grade I listed structure was damaged in 2022 by a car that crashed into it while the driver was fleeing from police and repair works started in October 2022. Brandon Luke Gamblin, 20, of Chamberlayne Road, Eastleigh, was charged with a string of driving offences after the incident.

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