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March 2021

30 30 Lisi Ashbridge Lisi Ashbridge

52 52 Canal Walks Canal Walks

12 12 Minette Batters Minette Batters

48 48 Forest to Home Forest to Home

28 28 Anne Baker MBE Anne Baker MBE 24 24 Annette Mason Annette Mason

44 44 Silbury Hill Silbury Hill

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

FEATURES My Wiltshire: Shelley Rudman

The Winter Olympian owes her adventuous streak to the slopes of Marlborough


Women of Wiltshire: We celebrate International Women’s Day by sharing some remarkable stories of women who through achievements and outstanding endeavours, have helped put this county on the map Sarah Troughton: You have made me proud 9 The lord-lieutenant pays tribute to some remarkable women Minette Batters: First lady of British farming 12 Anne Holland meets the president of the NFU The witches of Wiltshire: 16 Simon Heptinstall looks at the fate of witches here in the county Edith Olivier: Wilton’s first lady mayor 20 Margaret Brecknell discovers more about the author and first lady mayor of Wilton Annette Mason: How terror came to BA775 24 Mary-Vere Parr reveals the high-jacking ordeal of a family flight in the 1970s Anne Baker: Picking up an MBE at the grand old age of 106 28 Gary Lawrence talks to the remarkable charity fundraiser Lisi Ashbridge: Carving a name for herself 30 Lucy Rouse meets a stonemason carving her name in a man’s world Jane Lamb: How Jane turned tragedy to charity 36 Through the loss of her sport loving son a charity in his memory provides support and funding to young sports people

Forest to Home


The inspiration behind a young company creating stunning sustainable furniture Top five Kennet and Avon canal walks 52 Take to the towpath and beyond for a family walk

REGULARS Moonraker


Food and Drink

The Allotment Year







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Cover: Kennet and Avon canal Image: VisitWiltshire

March 2021



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