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April 2021

12 12 Charlie Bigham Charlie Bigham

16 16 Bells of St Martin’s Bells of St Martin’s

20 20 Philip Blake-Jones Philip Blake-Jones

22 22 Katherine Huskie Katherine Huskie

26 26 Wolfe Frank Wolfe Frank

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

38 38 Lick the Spoon Lick the Spoon

40 40 Vaccinations bring hope Vaccinations bring hope

FEATURES My Wiltshire: Jamie Balls MBE


Wiltshire will always be home to the former Tidworth garrison commander In conversation with Charlie Bigham 12 Mary-Vere Parr meets the pioneering mastermind behind the Bigham brand Church bell restoration 16 Simon Heptinstall talks to the tower captain of St Martin’s church, which leads to discovering the work behind bell restoration across the county The health benefits of singing 20 Opera singer Philip Blake-Jones shares his tips and advice on singing for our wellbeing The art of neon glass blowing 22 Anne Holland meets the creative Trowbridge based artist Katherine Huskie Mere’s Nuremberg hero 26 Wolfe Frank, the chief interpreter at the Nuremberg Trials Rosemary Squires 30 Salisbury’s girl with the golden voice Seend’s industrial past 36 Michael Marshman looks at a lost business opportunity Lick the Spoon 38 We re-visit Wiltshire Life 2008 award winners and discover why sustainability is a key element of their success Reflections from Salisbury cathedral 40 The dean of Salisbury shares his message of hope Take time to read 42 A dozen classic books for all the family Maud Heath 46 One woman’s legacy that paved the way for future generations School Noticeboard 48

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Cover: Wiltshire spring meadow Image: Adobe Stock

April 2021



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