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October 2019

30 Emma Leith

22 Before Stourhead

16 Major Victoria Flood

56 Alton Barnes White Horse

36 Caring for our rivers

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28 Maud Heath vineyard

42 Ashley Truluck

FEATURES My Wiltshire: Ken Rogers

From Salisbury Plain to commanding the troop



Bernadette Hewitt talks to Major Victoria Flood, commanding officer, The King’s Troop, and only the second ever female holder of the office. Plain speaking: before the houses are built 20 Si Cleggett, Wessex Archaeology’s project manager for the Army Basing Programme, offers an insight into some of the discoveries made during pre-building excavations. Living in Stourton before Stourhead 22 Stuart A. Raymond shares his research into what came before the Stourhead estate. Our Top 10 ‘lit picks’ for 2019’s Marlborough LitFest 26 Quality wine with a real sense of place 28 Dominic Bernard talks to Dominic Bateman and fiancé Kate, from Maud Heath Vineyard, about the challenges and joys of making quality wine in Wiltshire. The crochet queen born of creative spirit 30 Rachel Holtom talks to Emma Leith, member of the Peacock Arts Trail Committee, about how her eclectic and inspiring upbringing shaped her career. Volunteers who help the Avon to thrive 36 Samantha Stork, manager of Wiltshire Wildlife Trust’s Water Team, celebrates 20 successful years of the Wessex Chalk Streams Project. Sidney Herbert: Wilton’s most worthy 38 R.E. Foster reclaims Herbert’s status as a pre-eminent man of his times, and ‘one of the most worthy Wiltshiremen who ever lived’. From empire’s end to community foundation 42 Ashley Truluck’s years have been filled with boy’s own adventures and service to the community. He has become chairman of the Wiltshire Community Foundation. Celebrate Voice will take centre stage 47 There are big plans for the 2019 event, as festival director Lynsey Docherty reveals. Down your way: Calne 48 Salisbury Literary Festival 2019 54 Tom Bromley introduces some of the highlights of this year’s event Alton Barnes chalks it down to experience 56 How much effort does it take to give one of the county’s iconic White Horses a facelift? Much more than you might think, as Susie Brew explains. Shopping haven that supports our soldiers 58 The Early, Early Christmas Fair is a flagship event as ABF The Soldiers’ Charity Bridging the gap from clapper to packhorse 60 In the first of a three-part series, Chris Cole sets out on an historical quest. Village life: A tale of three Winterslows 64

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8 Spookiest Hostelries 46 Jewellery 52 Wiltshire Life Awards 2020 68 The White Horse Inn 72 The Garden Year 74

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Cover: Stourhead by Rachael Baker

October 2019



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