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May 2021

1010 Annette Lynton Mason Annette Lynton Mason

16 16 RBL at 100 RBL at 100

20 20 Wylye Valley Art Trail Wylye Valley Art Trail

40 40 Grow a wildflower meadow Grow a wildflower meadow

42 42 Keeping bees Keeping bees

Staff Editor-in-Chief/Publisher: Mark Allen Editor: Georgie Green 01722 717025 Publishing Director: Jane Kennedy 01722 717018 Circulation Director: Sally Boettcher Subscription Manager: Bethany Foy Page Design: Mary Holmes Advert Design: Dan Bevan Production Manager: Carolyn Allen Production Director: Richard Hamshere Managing Director: Paul Geoghegan Chief Executive Officer: Ben Allen Contributors Simon Heptinstall, Rose Eva, Gary Lawrence, Mary-Vere Parr, Anne Holland, John Wright, Morag Walker, Michael Montagu, Clarissa Reilly, Lucy Cook, Sophie Chambers, Grant Berry Photographers Tom Askew-Miller, Phil Selby, Netflix, Peter Thompson,VisitWiltshire

Part of 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

48 48 Tis the Future Tis the Future

50 50 Wiltshire convicts bound for Australia Wiltshire convicts bound for Australia

FEATURES My Wiltshire: Bishop of Swindon

Right Reverend Dr Lee Rayfield discovers the county by getting on his bike In conversation with Annette Lynton Mason 10 Mary-Vere Parr meets this multi-talented actress who has found a home in Corsham Issues that matter 14 The crisis of those facing spiralling debt The Royal British Legion 100 years 16 Simon Heptinstall reviews a century of service Chalke Valley History Festival 19 The UK’s biggest history festival is open for business Wylye Valley Art Trail 20 The popular art trail is back on track Rushall Organics 22 Anne Holland talks to the fifth generation of a pioneering organic farming family


INDOORS AND OUTDOORS Bridgerton interiors with Digger and Mojo

How to create the elegant Regency style in your own home John Julian Pottery

The potter creating contemporary kitchen classics Restoration

Restoring and sourcing antique clocks with an expert Sustainable flowers





Lucy Cook shows how flowers from your garden can mark a lasting tribute Create a wildflower meadow 40 Wiltshire Wildlife Trust show how to plant a haven for wildlife in your garden Bees 42 Sophie Butcher explains how anyone can be a beekeeper Tis the Future 48 How Tisbury is delivering the change in food shoppping History: the fate of Wiltshire’s convicts in Australia 50 John Wright looks at the lives of people who were transported down under Wiltshire Life Awards 2021: Celebrating excellence 53 Find out more about exceptional finalists and winners

REGULARS Moonraker


The Allotment Year

Food and Drink





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Cover: Bluebells in woodland Image: Adobe Stock

May 2021



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