Malmesbury Abbey lit up purple on Thursday 16th November to mark World Pancreatic Cancer Day and shine a light on this silent killer - only 5% of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer survive after five years with around 9,600 people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the UK each year.

 

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November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and the act of lighting up a focal point in a village, town or city symbolises a way to remember loved ones who have sadly died of the disease, as well as celebrate the lives of those that have survived. Other landmarks lit up in addition to Malmesbury Abbey included Glasgow Cathedral, the Fountains in Trafalgar Square, HMS Nelson in Portsmouth, Enniskillen Castle and many more.

Purple Lights for pancreatic cancer is supported by the charities Pancreatic Cancer UK, Pancreatic Cancer Action, Pancreatic Cancer Scotland, Planets and CORE. Members of Pancreatic Cancer UK were invited with other guests to drinks and canapes provided by The Old Bell Hotel after the light up with an opportunity to hear from the charity.

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Please click here to view the temporary bus timetable that will run during the closure of Abbey Row from the 29th-31st May and spread the word; if you are aware of any neighbours or relatives who use the town bus please share this information with them. Hard copies of the timetable are in the Information Centre in the Town Hall.
The sunny weather that is anticipated this coming Saturday will be a most welcome feature at the St Aldhelm's Fair celebration here in Malmesbury. There will be a variety of stalls in the Cloister Gardens to browse whilst the Companions of the Longbow will be providing a Longbow experience for youngsters free of charge.
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