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May 2019

22 Kate Allberry

58 Village life: Seend

26 Owen Morse-Brown

18 Wiltshire Horn sheep

14 David Scott

Staff Editor-in-Chief/Publisher: Mark Allen Editor: Neil Henty Features Editor: Georgie Green 01722 717020 Publishing Director: Jane Kennedy 01722 717018 Circulation Director: Sally Boettcher Subscription Manager: Chris Hoskins Page Design: Sam Meaden Advert Design: Dan Bevan Production Manager: Carolyn Allen Production Director: Richard Hamshere Chief Executive Officer: Ben Allen Contributors Michael Marshman, Geraldine Faulkner, Gary Lawrence, Frances Rasch, Simon Heptinstall, Nick Baxter, Georgie Green, Maddy Gilbert, Dugald McNaughton, Rose Chapman, Lucy Rouse, Bob Berry, Fred Briars, Claire Pitcher, Tim Saunders, David Baler Photographers Tom Askew-Miller, Russell Sach Wiltshire Life is published by MA Music Leisure & Travel Ltd, Unit A Buildings 1-5, Dinton Business Park, Catherine Ford Rd, Dinton, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP3 5HZ

ISSN: 1358-0582 Printed by: Pensord Press Ltd, Blackwood, NP12 2YA

48 Down your way: Salisbury

70 David Baker

FEATURES My Wiltshire: David Scott

Meet the High Sheriff of Wiltshire for 2019. From teaching to Save the Children

Nick Baxter reveals the story behind Eglantyne Jebb’s lasting legacy. The no-shear sensation




Wiltshire Horn sheep are enjoying a resurgence, as Julie Harding reports. Bringing the tiger back from the brink 22 Gary Lawrence talks to Kate Allberry about how work in Peninsular Malaysia The blocks that shape a nation’s hats 26 Simon Heptinstall meets Owen Morse-Brown to discuss his craft. A good breakfast can give you the best start 28 As Gary Lawrence discovered The Big Breakfast Plus provides more than hot food. Forty years of revealing our rich archaeology 30 Maddy Gilbert looks back on Wessex Archaeology’s impact over the years. The very real effects of climate change 34 Dugald McNaughtan explains how Wiltshire Wildlife Trust is fighting back. From Sutton Benger to Carnegie Hall 46 Geraldine Faulkner finds out how a village choir was invited to sing in New York. Down your way: Salisbury 48 Help throw a lifeline to Wiltshire families 56 Julia’s House, the Dorset and Wiltshire children’s hospice charity offers a crucial service. What I would save in a disaster…’ 62 Claire Pitcher asks the county’s museum curators to make a tough choice. Sculpting nature to the power of nine 64 Caroline Bromley-Gardner is an artist with an eye for a project, says Tim Saunders. Suppressing the Nile Basin slave trade 70 David Baker reveals the extraordinary story of his great great grandfather.

FESTIVALS SPECIAL Salisbury Arts to mark global anniversaries

Lucy Rouse introduces the 2019 International Arts Festival programme. The return of the Wylye Valley Art Trail 36 The Royal Bath & West Show 39 Chippenham Folk Festival 42 Devizes delights in arts and literature 43 Cuckoos, maypoles and a princess fair 44


REGULARS Moonraker




Around the County


Village Life: Seend




Eating out: Sign of the Angel 68 The Garden Year 74

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Cover: Wiltshire Horn sheep, photo by Russell Sach

May 2019



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