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June 2019


National Armed Forces Day

14 Rick Stein, Marlborough

16 Dr Rebecca Johnson

46 Corsham

20 Chalke Valley History Festival

32 Hen harriers

FEATURES 28 28 Staff Editor-in-Chief/Publisher: Mark Allen

28 Anita Taylor

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, Frances Rasch, Simon Heptinstall, Georgie Green, Lucy Rouse, Alex Hippisley-Cox, Morag Walker, Bernadette Hewitt, Adam de Jacot Photographers Tom Askew-Miller, Russell Sach, Martin Cook, Peter Thompson, Andrew Chorley, Raissa Page, Ed Barber 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

FEATURES My Wiltshire: Patrick Cordingley


The retired Major General has returned to his Salisbury roots following a highly distinguished military career. A Taste of Cornwall at Rick Stein, Marlborough 14 Visit Rick Stein, Marlborough as they celebrate the county where the culinary journey began back in 1975. We Meet: Dr Rebecca Johnson 16 Dr Rebecca Johnson, guest curator of Festival of Ideas, which forms part of Salisbury’s International Arts Festival, speaks to Geraldine Faulkner about her life’s work. Where history really does comes alive 20 The Chalke Valley History Festival is the largest of its kind in the world, and this year’s event promises to be bigger than ever, says Alex Hippisley-Cox. Flying the flag for our military personnel 24 This year’s event will be focused on Salisbury and it promises to be a memorable celebration, says Bernadette Hewitt. Championing the classic art of drawing 28 Simon Heptinstall visits a leading proponent of an undervalued art form. Rare bird of prey to be reintroduced 32 Following a lengthy battle against extinction, a new project looks set to throw a lifeline to the breeding population of hen harriers, says Morag Walker. Village life: Ramsbury and Chilton Foliat 42 Michael Marshman visits two beautiful border villages. Down your way: Corsham 46 Celebrating the best of this resurgent and beautiful town. Wiltshire Life Awards 2019: Celebrating excellence 54 The 2019 awards were the best yet. In this 52-page special feature you can you read all about the shortlisted nominees and find out who won. Eating out: Howard’s House Hotel 108 A perfect place to get away from it all and to enjoy some of the finest food in Wiltshire.

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Cover: Chalke Valley History Festival 2018 © Martin Cook

June 2019



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