I’m now longing for a coffee with my sister
ROYAL WOOTTON BASSETT
BRADFORD ON AVON
Georgie Green says there is a sense of hope across the county as more people receive their vaccinations.
SPRING ALWAYS heralds a sense of hope and regeneration with the arrival of flowers in the garden, through woodlands and across countryside. Their arrival reconfirms our belief that Mother Nature continues regardless of what is happening in our world.
After what feels like a very long winter, there is a warmth in the spring sunshine which carries with it a feeling of hope and at the same time lifts the spirits, as we start to see a light at the end of the very long tunnel.
We still need to tread carefully. There is wisdom in the saying “ne’er cast a clout till May be out.” Now, more than ever it is a metaphor for where we find ourselves.
Some people think it is referencing the month of May, but it is referring to the blossom of the hawthorn, which flowers through April and into May.
To me this saying has a relevance to our lives moving forward, in that we should not throw caution to the wind and feel that all is well. There is still a long way to go until we make our way out of this pandemic. We all need to exercise patience and wait a little longer so that we are safe to get together once again.
BERWICK ST JAMES
theatre at Salisbury Playhouse, go to the Teffont village show, meet friends at any of the county’s fine pubs, wander along the high street in Malmesbury or Marlborough, pop into shops in Devizes or Corsham. I want to take time to support and treasure what we have here on our doorstep.
On location for the awards One way to get a glimpse at all the positive activity that has continued to happen across the county, is to join in with our celebrations online on March 19, when we reveal all the winners of the 2021 Wiltshire Life awards.
BROAD CHALKE TOLLARD
Above: Wiltshire Life keeps you in touch with what’s going on, wherever you are in the county.
When it comes to vaccination centres the county is more diverse than most. In this issue Nick Papadopulos, the dean of Salisbury cathedral, explains how there is a true sense of hope being felt within the walls of the cathedral.
Tom Askew-Miller, our in-house photographer and I managed to film at a few local outdoor locations close to home. We followed all the government advice and safety precautions, which created its own challenges. I think it is safe to say we climbed hills and forded streams to capture the beauty of the place we call home and to ensure we were well and truly socially distanced.
Our ceremony was to be held at the STEAM museum, in Swindon. Although we are sad not to be there, this impressive former Great Western Railway building is now one of the more unusual vaccination centres in the county.
Where ever you receive your vaccination, whether it is in a landmark building or a village hall, it will be a moment to remember.
We want to take this opportunity once again to thank everyone for playing their part in making this happen, from volunteers to NHS - thank you.
From everyone at Wiltshire Life we wish you a happy and safe Easter. WL
Below: STEAM museum, which is now being used as one of Swindon’s vaccination centres.
My vaccination time is booked. Like most people I do not relish the idea of an injection. However, this is one injection that I am eagerly anticipating.
But I am in no hurry to book a flight and head off to a sunny destination. What I am really looking forward to is heading just a few miles down to the road to see my younger sister for a coffee in her kitchen on a Sunday morning, or driving to the north of the county to see my elder sister for an overnight stay and a walk by the river. Then, the most daring of all adventures, to cross the county border and into Hampshire to the New Forest to see my brother.
For now, overseas and far away destinations are not for me. I simply want the freedom of seeing friends and family and spending much missed time with them. I want to watch live