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Food/Arts/Entertainment/Shopping/Property ISSUE 249/FEBRUARY 2018/£3








perspectives WOMEN, ART & SALISBURY



An artistic celebration of International Women’s Day

Fine art The art world was once seen as a snobby world, populated by men in bow-ties telling us what we should and shouldn’t like. (I’m still scarred by the time such a person roared with laughter when I mispronounced Edvard Munch’s surname, not knowing it should rhyme with skunk, which is what this charmer was). This is why I particularly love this issue’s arts feature special on page 18. It’s a true, unpretentious celebration of the influence of females in the art world, and it’s no accident it coincides with both100 years of votes for women and next month’s International Women’s Day. Another reason to be proud of Salisbury is how many beautifully fair-minded, fair-trading and forward thinking organisations there are, a few of whom you can meet on page 33, all striving to make the world a better place. Not least of all the inspiring and driven Dana Burton, founder of the ethical retail store Goodfayre (page 38). There’s also Fairtrade coffee recipes on page 44 and a visit to the new Maul’s Wine & Cheese Bar (page 42) which helps to champion local produce. Keep doing the right thing and see you next issue!

Tiffany on the Chalk by Paul Kidby

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13 Arts intro The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour comes to Salisbury

Managing editor Deri Robins Senior art editor Andrew Richmond Graphic design Megan Allison Cover design Trevor Gilham Contributors: John Rose, Mal Rogers and Matt Bielby Editor’s photo Chris Daw Advertising manager Hillary Thompson Production and distribution manager Sarah Kingston Deputy production manager Kirstie Howe Production designer Gemma Scrine Chief executive Jane Ingham Chief executive Greg Ingham Salisbury Life, MediaClash, Circus Mews House, Circus Mews, Bath BA1 2PW 01225 475800 @The MediaClash

14 What’s on Arts, gigs, festivals and family fun – it’s time to update the events diary

SHOPPING 28 Fashion When blue meets red, a violet clash ensues

30 Editor’s choice Winter beauty remedies as recommended by local experts

33 Fair trade Meet the Salisbury organisations who trade fair and keep it green

38 Remarkable retail

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Dana Burton and her right-minded, delightful Goodfayre store

FOOD 42 Restaurant Sweet cheeses meet divine wines at Maul’s Wine & Cheese Bar

44 Recipes Delicious coffee treats from the team at Borough café

BUSINESS 47 Business insider News, views and interviews from the region’s professionals

48 My desk


62 Property showcase

58 Travel

The White House is a West Dean family home with stature

You’ll find coves, chips and Chaucer on this Dartmouth trip

The working space of Andrew Hodder from Whitehead Vizard Solicitors



Malcolm White of Ewe Move advises how to sell your home

56 Car review Gawd bless us, it’s a Lexus

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Spotlight Scene Salisbury Lives On the cover Andrea Eardley with her Salisbury Cathedral oil painting photographed by John Rose. Turn to page 18 to see the bigger picture...

S A L I S B U R Y: I T S L I F E A N D T I M E S



Ah, we see what you did there…

In 1913, a barrister called Cecil Chubb bought Stonehenge at an auction for £6,600 (equivalent of £485,000 today) as a gift for his wife Mary. Sadly for Cecil, but great for us, Mary was underwhelmed by the gesture of a pile of rocks as a present prompting Cecil to donate the Neolithic ruins in 1918 to the nation on the condition, “that the public shall have free access to the premises.” This public spirited decision marked a turning point in the history of Stonehenge and its fortunes, with a programme of restoration beginning almost immediately, and the care and conservation continuing to this day. To celebrate this 100-year-anniversary English Heritage is hosting a series of special activities, such as the creation of this special centenary photo (right). PR manager Jessica Trethowan says, “We gathered hundreds of local people at Stonehenge including families, schools and the military, accompanied by a brass band and morris dancers, for this image.”

“Darling, when I said I wanted a stunning rock…”

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Dug is small and Stonehenge is far away

SCHOOL OF ROCK Stonehenge and Old Sarum have teamed up with filmmakers Aardman and Studiocanal to mark the release of their latest animation film, Early Man. English Heritage’s head of events Jenny Davies explains, “To celebrate, we’re inviting visitors between school half term 10-18 February to embark on an Early Man quest, solving clues and creating their own adventures along the way.” The family movie, which tells the story of 6 I SALISBURY LIFE I

courageous caveman Dug (Eddie Redmayne) and his rebel friend Goona (Maisie Williams) battling the Bronze Age villains, is retold with fun trails at the two Wiltshire sites. Those who successfully complete the challenges will be rewarded with an Early Man model making kit plus the chance to win tickets to an exclusive outdoor screening of Early Man at Stonehenge in May. For more:

English Heritage is looking for volunteers to help at Stonehenge to join the team and help with a wide range of activities. Volunteer manager Sue Martindale explains, “Volunteering at Stonehenge is a chance to meet people, learn new skills, have an amazing experience and share a passion for the past with visitors of all ages, from across the world. “Opportunities range from running workshops for school children, answering visitors’ questions in the exhibition to demonstrating in the reconstructed houses how Neolithic people lived at the time Stonehenge was built. What really adds to the visitor experience is the role played by the volunteers who give up their time to bring the history of the stones alive. “No experience is necessary as full training is given. The only qualifications required are enthusiasm and reliability.” For more:

“No, you can’t have fries with that”




Barney looks to his roots for inspiration

The Salisbury-born author and playwright Barney Norris has just published his second book, Turning for Home. “It is a story about a family party that happens every year, for 40 years, in a house on the Wiltshire and Hampshire border” explains Barney, whose bestselling award-winning debut novel Five Rivers Met On A Wooded Plain was set in Salisbury. “But this year he has to do it himself because his wife has died.” Barney, who now lives in London and was declared by The Times as “one of our most exciting young writers”, admits he still finds inspiration from his home county. “Wiltshire is still the land of heart’s desire for me, the landscape in which I formed my understanding of what life’s like, the place I always dream back to. Giving voice to that world I know well is a way of arguing that every quiet, unassuming, out of the way corner of the world is the centre of the world for someone, and therefore of equal value to everywhere else.” For more:

Adventures in party-going

Clarissa Reilly and Jonathan Powell


Ruth Wilkinson

FIRST EDITIONS Digger & Mojo recently held a book launch for Antiques Roadshow: 40 Years of Great Finds attended by author Marc Allum. £5 of each signed copy was donated to ABF The Soldiers’ Charity. Champagne and nibbles were also served while guests got the chance to tour the huge Woodborough antiques emporium and its workshop spaces. Pictures by Adrian Harris

Richard Hubbard, Louise Tinker, Mike Cox and Narindar Young

Josh Reilly and Digger Gail O’Keeffe

Marc Allum, Sue Owen, David Harrison and Phil Regan

Peter Deck, Jill Reeve, Judith Deck and Neville Burrell


Sara Hicklin, James Gosling and Bill Perrins


PICTURE PORTRAITS Young Gallery was the venue for a talk by Frances Carey on 12 January. The former British Museum senior consultant was discussing the gallery’s exhibition, Portrait of the Artist: Käthe Kollwitz. Drinks and canapés were served during the evening, and John Glenn, MP for Salisbury, was the guest of honour. Denise Curtis and Gill Horitz Pictures by John Rose Rob Pretorius, Jake Spicer and Scarlett Tierney

Ian Hyde and Victor Fauvelle

Gillian Hamshaw, Hilary Sharp and Viv Swindells

Roma Piotrowska and Gary Sangster Judy Adam, John Maine, David Ward and Lucy Salisbury

Steve Neville, Tonia Donnelly and Debra Sweeney


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Street, owner, Kate Stacey, explains, “We are extremely excited by our new venture as an independent studio, and have chosen our new suppliers carefully to suit our clients' style and investment costs. We will be installing five brand new kitchen displays, all designed inhouse, which push the boundaries of creativity – offering an ‘out of the box’ way of thinking about your new kitchen.” The first display to be installed in their refurbishment project will be the window display from Scottish supplier, AshleyAnn. It will feature a contemporary take on the traditional ‘Shaker’ style kitchen by combining handleless shaker with in-frame highlights in contrasting colour Mountain Heather, which was announced to be the Dulux colour of the year 2018. This display is being installed at the beginning of February and the studio will remain open during this period so feel free to browse the products as normal. SL

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The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour returns with footage of expeditions from some of today’s most incredible adventurers. The shorts are so powerful in their content and so beautifully shot, just the experience of watching from the safety of City Hall Salisbury is an adrenaline rush. Inspiring highlights include Doing It Scared, which tells the story of Paul Pritchard who, 18 years after a terrible accident left him partially paralysed, returns to the Totem Pole in Tasmania to finish the climb. The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour comes to Salisbury City Hall on 8 March; I SALISBURY LIFE I 13

10 February – 10 March

Sienna Miller scorches in the NT performance of Cat On a Hot Tin Roof being streamed to the Salisbury Arts Centre on 22 February; Rebecca Ferguson does it like a boss at City Hall Salisbury on 14 February; No Petticoats Here according to Salisbury lass Louise Jordan when she performs her show on 15 February

Exhibitions U N TI L 1 4 F E B RUARY

SOLSTICE Bridget McCrum is the creator of the stunning sculpture gracing the Wessex Plinth at the front of the Salisbury Museum. Bridget, who lives in Devon, is a sculptor who works in stone and bronze, and whose pieces she says are inspired by “ancient remains, fragments of carving and standing stones in lonely landscapes.” Salisbury Museum;

by barefaced image making, cherishing imperfections through printmaking and hummus.” Fisherton Mill; U N TI L 1 1 MA RC H

KÄTHE KOLLWITZ Käthe Kollwitz, who died in 1945, was notable for the emotional power of her drawing, printmaking and sculpture. This exhibition celebrates the life and work of the German artist who wasn’t afraid to challenge society. Turn to page 14 for more on her and other artists. Young Gallery;


SESAME DRAWING CLUB These guys are a collective of visual artists based in London who take on “untold storytelling, subtle observational accounts


MATERIAL EARTH II: MYTHS AND METAMORPHOSES This exhibition, which includes


some early works by Grayson Perry, promises it will be ‘an ode to all those that are magical, fantastical and ever-changing.’ The collection draws on the animals of ancient Greek and Roman fables, Scandinavian and Germanic fairytales, as well as the archaic paganism of European cultures. Messums Wiltshire: UNTIL 12 MAY

CAVE OF SOUNDS Cave of Sounds features up to eight, bespoke musical instruments arranged in a circle for visitors to play. This innovative installation represents a collaboration between eight artists, each of whom has designed and produced one of the instruments. Salisbury Museum;


TOWARDS MUSIC Exhibition of the work of artist Brian Graham, representing a unique interpretation of the evolution of music and dance. By creating a series of 40 painted reliefs, Brian takes us on a visual journey, exploring how he imagines the beginnings of music-making and dance to have happened. £7.50. Salisbury Museum; UNTIL 26 AU G U S T

SALISBURY SNAPPED A photographic journey depicting both major events and the changing face of our city. Salisbury Museum;

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1918: WAR AND PEACE A fascinating new exhibition tracing the events of the last year of World War I from the perspective of both Wiltshire and Berkshire regimental soldiers. By bringing together personal soldier diaries and letters, photographs and unique objects, it examines the realities of life on the front line, what it was like to be a prisoner of war, those at home witnessing a change of events in the war and what happened during and after the ceasefire. Rifles Berkshire and Wiltshire Museum;

Theatre/ Comedy/Film UNTI L 2 4 F E B RUA RY

MURDER, MARGARET AND ME A co-production between Salisbury Playhouse and York Theatre Royal, telling the story of Christie’s close friendship with Margaret Rutherford, the actress who played Miss Marple in a series of 1960s films. A shocking truth buried in Rutherford’s past is unearthed causing huge repercussions. Turn overleaf to read actress Kate Brown confess her sins. £11.50-£27. Salisbury Playhouse; UNTI L 2 4 F E B RUA RY

THEATRE FEST WEST Now in its seventh year, Salisbury Playhouse joins forces with Salisbury Arts Centre, The Pound Arts Centre, Corsham and Trowbridge Hall Arts to celebrate theatre from all corners of the South West, with performances, talks, workshops, and lots of special events for families during the half term holiday. Salisbury Playhouse; 9 F E B RUARY

NO KIDS A personal and moving exploration by real-life couple and co-artistic directors of Theatre Ad Infinitum, Nir Paldi and George Mann, who pose the question as a gay couple, should we go out of our way to reproduce? 7.45pm, £13.50. The Salberg;

Four cleaners find themselves at the heart of The Great Train Robbery at Salisbury Playhouse on 22 February

WHEY DOWN SOUTH The Little Curdlington age-old tradition of cheese-rolling as a sport needs to be saved. But will Jenny defy the expectations of friends and family, risk severe bodily harm and face probable legal action in order to do so? 8pm, £12. Salisbury Arts Centre;

a Southern family gather at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell in this Benedict Andrews’ thrilling revival of Tennessee Williams’ 20th century masterpiece starring Sienna Miller. 7pm, £16. Salisbury Arts Centre;




NO PETTICOATS HERE Louise Jordan brings to life inspirational females who challenged expectations, including the woman who dressed as a soldier on the Western Front to the women football players banned by the FA. 8pm, £12. Salisbury Arts Centre; 1 7 FE BRUA RY

HUNDRED WATT CLUB A seductive, sublime and ravishingly ridiculous evening of burlesque entertainment, showcasing a bevy of glittering showgirls, award-winning vaudeville acts and circus stars. 8pm, £17. City Hall Salisbury; 2 2 FE BRUA RY

CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF: NT LIVE On a steamy night in Mississippi,

A BRAVE FACE Award-winning Vamos Theatre brings its trademark, wordless, full-mask style to tell the powerfully moving story of unrest in Afghanistan in 2009. It explores the unseen injury of war post-traumatic stress and the awful impact it can have on everyone including friends and family. 8pm, £12. Salisbury Arts Centre; 8 MAR C H

BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL WORLD TOUR Experience an extraordinary collection of short films from the world’s most prestigious mountain film festival. Follow the expeditions of some of today’s most incredible adventurers, see amazing footage of adrenaline-packed action sports and be inspired by thoughtprovoking pieces shot from the far flung corners of the globe. 7.30pm,

£13.50. City Hall Salisbury;

Music/Dance 14 F EB RUARY

REBECCA FERGUSON After being a runner-up on the seventh series of The X Factor, Rebecca Ferguson is proving herself to be a singer-songwriter to be reckoned with, with four critically acclaimed bestselling albums under her belt. 7pm, £24.50-£62. City Hall Salisbury; 22 F EB RUARY

THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY Based on true events, this story follows the madcap adventure of four sassy cleaners who are implicated in notorious 1963 heist. 7.45pm, £13.50. The Salberg; 23 F EB RUARY

DANCE TO THE MUSIC Kristina Rihanoff, Robin Windsor, and Oksana Platero bring a toetapping extravaganza, whirling the audience through the evolution of dance including tap, the Charleston, the Argentine Tango, jive, rock-n-roll, funk, waltz, disco, breakdancing and traditional ballet. 7.30pm,  I SALISBURY LIFE I 15




W H AT ’ S O N

A Brave Face tells the moving tale of the unseen injuries caused by war

£26-£30. City Hall Salisbury; 3 M ARC H

THE SELECTER AND THE BEAT FEAT. RANKING ROGER Renowned for their energetic live shows, longevity has not diminished either bands’ ability to put in a performance and get everyone in the room 2-Tone moving and stomping to hits such as The Selector’s Three Minute Hero and On My Radio, and The Beat’s Mirror In The Bathroom and Hand’s Off She’s Mine. 7pm, £29.50. City Hall Salisbury;

Family fun U N TI L 3 0 S E P T E M BE R

FEAST! A special exhibition about the food that fed the builders of Stonehenge, with talks, events and hands-on activities throughout the year. Price is included with standard Stonehenge admission. 13 – 1 4 F E B RUARY

THE GINGERBREAD MAN Imagine being born in an oven and the first person you meet wants to dunk you in his tea? Run! £9. Salisbury Playhouse; 15 F E B RUARY

JOURNEY TO THE IMPOSSIBLE By means of bicycles, bandanas and neural space travel, three

kids go on an incredible intergalactic adventure in this coming-of-age quest, featuring epic songs, cinematic storytelling and hip-hop dance. 2.45pm & 7.45pm, £13.50. The Salberg; 1 6 FE BRUA RY

LEGO BEACH In 1997 a freak storm exposed a containership of LEGO® to the power of the tide, scattering the pieces across the ocean floor. For the last 20 years, these pieces have continued to haunt one small community, causing secrets to be uncovered and memories to resurface. 8pm, £12. Salisbury Arts Centre; 1 7 FE BRUA RY

GLISTEN An interactive performance for babies and their grown-ups as once the performance is over, the theatre then becomes a sensory landscape ready to explore. £12. Salisbury Arts Centre;

Other 2 8 FE BRUA RY

ANT MIDDLETON Ant, the adventurer, survival expert, TV presenter and ex elite forces soldier, shares his experiences and exploits as a modern day explorer and expedition leader. 7.30pm, £24.50. City Hall Salisbury;


SEVEN DEADLY SINS Kate Brown plays Agatha Christie in Salisbury Playhouse’s production of Murder, Margaret and Me which runs until 24 February. Kate studied drama and music at the University of Cape Town, Trinity College and The Actors’ Company, London. She recently completed an MA in Text and Performance at RADA/Birkbeck. Here she reveals the workings of her soul… LUST: who or what do you find yourself lusting after today? Light. I do love cold, crisp winter cosiness, but oh for some brightness. Not fussed about temperatures, but I do yearn for glorious big blue sky energy. Happily the Playhouse stage lights make a truly delightful sun substitute. GREED: What should you really be cutting down on? Procrastinating. Given half a chance I’ll greedily over-think everything and anything. Time waits for no woman – less procrastinating and more carpe diem this year methinks. GLUTTONY: What one thing would you happily eat or drink until you burst? and every day. I’m a great believer in celebrating – the great, the small, the seemingly insignificant. And there’s nothing that does it better than sharing a bottle of gratitude fizz to mark a ‘hooray’ moment of any kind. SLOTH: What should you be putting your back into right now? Decluttering.It seems to be the hip thing to be streamlined, minimalist

and very Zen, but I’m a sentimental hoarder, happiest in slightly chaotic clutter-comfort. Whatever is needed I’ve probably got it somewhere in a drawer or in my imagination. It’s my worthiest contribution to recycling. WRATH: What or who makes you angry? Technology. I have a love-hate thing with computers. Techno gobblydi-gook plus my unwillingness to learn about it properly equals outrageously petulant outbursts and alarmingly violent tendencies when computers betray my pathetic middle-aged ineptitude in this department. ENVY: Who are you jealous of? Anyone who manages to seriously multi-task life by ‘doing it all’ effortlessly, creatively, quickly and stylishly. I know too many of them. Please tell me how they do it? PRIDE: What to date has been your proudest achievement? I am mighty proud of the women my daughters are. They give me so many reasons to drink that champagne.


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We asked Salisbury’s artists and art experts to choose works they feel best encapsulate the spirit of International Women’s Day (8 March). The results are eclectic, thought-provoking and inspirational, and include Tracey Emin, a Victorian watercolour of Salisbury and the narrative illustrations of Paul Kidby By SA R A H MOOL L A


Selected by Rebecca Maddox of Rum’s Eg “I love the laid back modern femininity of the artist’s subject which, when painted in this classical fine art way, demonstrates how women’s style and allure has evolved through time. Caroline, who originally worked as a multi-media designer, is now a full-time artist living and working in Salisbury. Her still life, figurative work and portraiture have their roots in the classical painting style but feature very modern objects and subjects.” 18 I SALISBURY LIFE I

Crucifixion (Construction) by Dame Barbara Hepworth

Selected by Salisbury Cathedral’s Jacquiline Creswell “Dame Barbara Hepworth, born in 1903, was instrumental in founding art movements that influenced generations of artists. Her Crucifixion, recently restored and installed in Salisbury Cathedral’s Cloister Garth, exemplifies her pioneering work and is a must-see for those looking to understand her contribution to the art world. Dame Barbara took the lead in the path to modernism in sculpture, being the first to sculpt pierced forms, inviting the landscape to be viewed as part of the figure. She was one of the few female artists of her generation to achieve international prominence, a leading figure in the St Ives art colony in the 1930s, and a pioneer in the male world of sculpture.”  I SALISBURY LIFE I 19



Selected by The Minster Gallery’s Ines Graham “The Minster Gallery is managed by a team of women including myself, Fiona Waters, Sol Illis and Claire Allerton. We represent an important number of women artists and felt this bronze by Christine Charlesworth, who is also a member of the Society of Women Artists and was selected to be one the official artists for the 2012 Olympics in London, reflects the focus and perseverance required to achieve the challenges we set ourselves as women. Sprint is about movement, energy, confidence and determination.”

WEIBLICHER RÜCKENAKT AUF GRÜNEM TUCH (Female nude seen from the back with green shawl) BY KÄTHE KOLLWITZ Selected by Peter Riley of Young Gallery

“Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945) was one of the leading artists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, notable for the emotional power of her drawing, printmaking and sculpture. She lived an intensely examined life, expressed in her numerous selfportraits, diaries and correspondence; at the core of this existence was her work as an artist and a mastery of graphic art which quickly established her reputation in Germany, then further afield as her influence spread internationally after the First World War. Establishing herself in an art world dominated by men, Kollwitz developed a vision centred on women and the working class.”




Selected by the illustrator himself “Terry Pratchett was at the forefront of championing the fully rounded central female role, which was previously somewhat lacking in the genre – where damsels in distress were more the norm. Therefore it is always a delight to draw his female characters as they are strong and three-dimensional. Through the stories Tiffany is trained and mentored by the elder witches including Granny Weatherwax who inspires a fearful respect from people. I based Granny Weatherwax’s facial expressions largely on my own stern Welsh mother, who was so fearless that in 1939 at 14 she left home in Wales for London to work in a dairy where she stayed throughout the blitz.”  I SALISBURY LIFE I 21

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The Wykeham Gallery is one of the country’s leading contemporary art galleries exhibiting paintings of all media, an extensive selection of bronze sculptures as well as ceramics. The gallery has an enviable reputation for offering a vibrant programme of solo and group exhibitions throughout the year. We are located in Stockbridge, midway between Winchester and Salisbury, on the River Test in Hampshire.

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(pictured below) Selected by Gallery 21’s Rose Currens “After being nominated for the Turner Prize nearly 20 years ago, Tracey became a household name, synonymous with the idea of the artist who couldn’t give a damn what you think and was prepared to mine every sordid detail of her own life and femininity for art. Although there is truth in her wry commentary on the still-apparent sexism in the art world – she is one of only two women professors to be appointed at London’s Royal Academy of Arts - her work is now demanding more money than most male artists can ever dream of.”

OLGA STALIN BY SHENDA AMERY (pictured left) Selected by Arundell’s Wendy Read

“Shenda Amery is a British sculptor and painter and member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors. Shenda initially studied to be a chemist but following a move to Iran started painting in 1970. She trained under Iranian and American painting masters, as well as the Chinese artist Ling Po. Her figurative and abstract sculptures are emblematic of her Anglo-Iranian life and of the various Iranian, Islamic and Eastern influences in her life. Shenda has sculpted many well-known people, including Margaret Thatcher and John Major, and has painted a portrait of Tony Blair. This cast at Arundells was modelled from life and depicts the granddaughter of Stalin, Olga.”  I SALISBURY LIFE I 23


Selected by Fisherton Mill’s Deborah Fox “Being a full-time artist in 2017 is not an easy option but printmaker Sarah Ross-Thompson has been successfully doing it for many years and we are full of admiration for her continued dedication and enthusiasm to her work. We love the stunning, evocative collagraphs she creates depicting both the Dorset landscape, an area close to her heart because it’s where she trained and then lived for 20 years, and now the wonderful rugged Scottish scenes of her new home on the West Coast.”

HIGH STREET, SALISBURY BY LOUISE RAYNER Selected by Louise Tunnard of The Salisbury Museum

“Louise Rayner, who was born in 1832 and taught to paint by her father, is fascinating, partly because she was a woman artist working and exhibiting in mid-Victorian times – a huge achievement in itself, but more because she chose to paint everyday street scenes in watercolour, a notoriously tricky medium to work in. This painting, believed to date from around 1870 or 1880, is a visual time-capsule teeming with life, characters and detail, all beautifully observed. You can see St Thomas’ Church in the distance, and the architectural bones of a street that we would recognise today. She died at the age of 92 in 1924 and had a wonderfully productive and creative life.” 



9. MUM’S BURNING HAIR BY SELINA SNOW Selected by Judith Rodgers of Plain Arts Salisbury

“Selina, who is a member of Plain Arts Salisbury, represents the tenaciousness of women artists who continue to pursue the making of art through the precariousness of life experiences and use them to bring colour, flavour and humour to their work. The Snow Story series is based on memories and foods, and contains 24 pictures from Selina’s birth in 1965 to the demise of both her parents in 2008. This portrait is of her mother, who had suffered a terrible accident after falling onto a fire whilst attempting to light a cigarette. It depicts a very proud woman, resilient after losing all of her hair.”


Selected by The Wykeham Gallery’s Nickie Forsyth “Anita Mandl is an extraordinary woman for all that she has achieved over the years, and all that she is still achieving at the age of 92. She was born in Prague and came to England in 1939, and originally trained at Birbeck College as a zoologist. She gained a Ph.D and a D.Sc for her biological research, as well as doing evening classes at Birmingham College of Art. Her work eliminates detail to show off the natural materials and her bronzes are made from carvings, not clay models, which is unusual. It draws you in so that you find yourself forming a connection, not only because of their wonderful simplicity, but because she gives each sculpture a character all of its own.”


Cathedral by Andrea Eardley

Selected by the artist Andrea Eardley, both seen on our cover “Expression is a basic human need fashioned in many different ways. As a contemporary female artist, my work is my expression evolving from my perspective on events and says something that is my own. I have chosen this painting because The Cathedral, The Close and Salisbury have been an integral part of my life for a number of years and it reflects the emotions invoked as part of the creative process. Pigment applied impasto for deep texture with a palette knife gives me the ability to be free in moving across the canvas, culminating in my expression of a world I want to be a part of.� I SALISBURY LIFE I 27



The COLOUR PURPLE Why we’re going round the mulberry bush for this vivid, resplendent shade


hen I am an old woman I shall wear purple; With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.” said the poet Jenny Joseph in her 1992 poem, Warning. And in saying so, managed to deter a whole generation from donning the lavender, lilac and mauve shades for fear we’ll look ancient before our time. Fortunately Pantone have come to the rescue of the beleaguered hue and named the deep, powerful and almost fragrant Ultra Violet, its Colour of The Year 2018. They say this purple (number 18-3838) is “a provocative and thoughtful purple shade that embodies individuality and spirituality.” Also, apparently, it ‘alludes to the mysteries of the cosmos and the unknown. From exploring new technologies and the greater galaxy, to artistic expression and spiritual reflection, intuitive ultra violet lights the way to what is yet to come.’ Okay, okay, you had us at ‘provocative’. We’ve turned to Salisbury’s leading fashion lights to help us filter a little purple into our wardrobe. See their choices opposite – and long may purple reign.


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1. Striped triped cardigan, £54, from Bay Window Gift Shop; 2. Smith & Canova clutch, £67, stockists Casa Fina; 3. Cashmere scarf from Anokhi, £39.95; 01722 349399 4. Ring by Chalfen, £6,995 from Tribbecks; 5. Charoite hare necklace, £152, 6. Dents leather gloves, £75, 7. Pandora charm, £45, stockists Allum & Sidaway;; 8. Boots by Ross, £155, stockists Raffinee; 9. Striped socks, £12, from Regent 10. Owen Barry bag, £165, stockists OSO Boutique; I SALISBURY LIFE I 29




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Davines, The Spotlight Circle, £7.90 For unbeatable gloss, this highly conditioning quick-fix hair mask is enriched with moringa oil for a shineboosting, mirror-like finish. From Colour Rooms; www.

iS Clinical Active Serum, £65 This potent botanical serum generates a cool tingling sensation on application as it penetrates the skin and not only smooths and softens, but diminishes the appearance of hyperpigmentation and acne. From Dr Claudia Morley;

Dr Hauschka Almond Soothing Bath Essence, £16.50 Free from synthetic fragrances, dyes, preservatives, mineral oils, parabens and silicone, and full of warm, sweet scent. From Well Natural;

Juvilis Cosmetics, Concentrated Revitalising Beautifying Serum, £111 Contains the absorbable transdermal filler phosphatrans to deliver deep-acting ingredients. From Dr Joanna Lovatt;

Dermalogica Hydrablur Primer, £41 The H2O release complex and Abyssinian oil help provide intense, sustainedrelease moisturisation that locks in optimum hydration levels. From Vita Skin Spa;




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L’Oreal Professionel Mythic Oil, £17 A nourishing hair oil, infused with vitamin-rich avocado oil and antioxidant grape seed, to provide the ultimate frizz protection. From Wendy Stevens Salisbury; www. wendystevenssalisbury.

Neal’s Yard Remedies, Frankincense Nourishing Face Cream, £30 This best seller with rejuvenating frankincense and myrrh essential oils, replenishes and nourishes. From Suzanne Rawle Therapies; SuzanneRawleTherapies

Caudalie VineActiv 3-in-1 Moisturiser, £32 Anti-pollution, anti-wrinkle, this has been formulated to limit the quantity of pollutant particles deposited on the skin, visibly smoothing wrinkles and restoring its natural healthy glow. From Lime Tree Spa;

BiodrogaMD Even & Perfect CC Cream, £36 The tripeptide ingredient supports skin during the new formation of collagen, and fatigued skin looks smooth and plumped. From Santé et Beauty;

Urtekram Organic Shampoo, £6.60 Each bottle is packed with nature’s own organically farmed moisturisers – aloe vera and glycerine – for gentle care of your hair, and the planet. From Goodfayre; I SALISBURY LIFE II 31 I CLIFTON LIFE 69



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THE ONLY WAY IS ETHICS JOHN MATHER learns there’s a right way to shop thanks to Salisbury’s fair-minded businesses and organisations w I SALISBURY LIFE I 33



airtrade Fortnight starts 26 February and is a time when campaigners, schools and businesses show their support for the farmers and workers who help make the things we love to eat, drink, wear and use. Fortunately there are also many principled, well-informed and socially-smart people in our region who make it their all-yearround work to keep trade fair and make green and sustainable issues a way of life. So where do we start if we want to make an ethical difference to the way we shop? As Dana Burton of Goodfayre, advises, “It can be quite overwhelming at first, but it is important to know you don’t have to do everything at once – small changes can make a big difference.” (turn to page 38 to find out more about Dana’s inspiring retail philosophy). That little step could begin with your cup of coffee as Penny Marshall, co-owner of the Borough Café in Downton, points out, “Our coffee is sourced from the Eastern Highlands Province in Papua New Guinea. It is supplied through a co-operative Fairtrade movement who support about 12,000 families in 32 villages. Coffee is the only cash crop for these people and the coffee they supply us is grown organically with no chemical pesticides or fertilisers.” We can even reconsider the receptacle for our coffee as we re-examine our relationship with waste. Student Amy Phillips, head of Godolphin School’s Green Group, explains, “We have been




Clockwise from below left: Hand-sourced crafts from The India Shop; Workers like Nasir from Indonesia are guaranteed a fair wage through Fairtrade; High Ross of the Fair Trade Furniture Company; The Borough Cafe team use Fairtrade coffee; Amy Phillips’ Godolphin coffee cup is good to go, and return; Goodfayre spices; Ann Wyles founder of The India Shop; Sanjay Patel in his Well Natural health store

working on a number of initiatives throughout the academic year to help reduce the impact the school has on the environment and, from the recent focus on single-use plastics, we have made and branded our own reusable mugs which can be used again and again.” Such is the wave of collective change that our city is about to see its first ever Vegan Festival on 29 April with exhibitors promoting a huge range of ethical, organic and vegan products. Organisers Julia Tregellas and Lynne Davies say, “It’s wonderful how many people are coming round to veganism which is living in global harmony with animals, preserving the resources of our planet and co-existing in peace with our fellow humans. “This is in part thanks to people like Lewis Hamilton, Mo Farrah, Beyoncé, Nick Knowles and Russell Brand helping to promote this thinking and lifestyle choice.” Someone who made these principles the foundation of his organic farming business and home delivery service more than 30 years ago is Riverford’s Guy Watson. “We aim to sell flavoursome, fresh, ethically-produced food, while giving a fair deal to farmers, animals, customers, staff and the environment,” he explains. “Prices and volumes are set well in advance, and we stick with our growers, providing a level of income security that is far from how many of the supermarkets operate.” Knowing the provenance of where our




goods come from has played a huge part in raising awareness of the exploitation and poor working conditions that’s been happening. Hugh Ross, managing director of the Salisburybased Fair Trade Furniture Company explains, “Fairtrade was built into the company’s DNA from the outset. We joined the World Fair Trade Organisation early on, and in 2016 became the first furniture company in Europe to achieve guaranteed Fairtrade product status. When people buy from us they very much appreciate knowing who has made their furniture, and how they have benefited from the Fair Trade arrangements. “Our partners in Indonesia enjoy regular orders and consistent monthly payments from us in advance of their orders being fulfilled. This allows them to pay their carpenters and weavers decent wages.” The India Shop in Salisbury’s High Street is also a long-term supporter of trading fairly, and has been hand-sourcing crafts from India, Vietnam and Cambodia for more than 30 years. Founder Anne Wyles says, “Certain groups that we support are able to create additional benefits for their employees as well as their community. Projects have included building and funding schools, supplying clean water filters, offering micro-financing to small artisan groups and even building a hospital.” Whether it be on the world stage or our community’s front door, it seems Salisbury’s commitment and dedication to a compassionate and considerate way of living and trading is here to stay. As Sanjay Patel, director of the Queen Street health food store and café, Well Natural, says, “Long term, if we look for the healthier, natural and sustainable options, we are also helping future generations.” For more:;;;;;;;; I SALISBURY LIFE I 35

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MY FAIR LADY SARAH MOOLLA visits Goodfayre founded by Dana Burton, and finds a beautiful store with admirable values P ic t u r e s by Joh n Rose


ack in the day, when people thought vegan was a star sign and a healthfood shop was full of dusty seeds, stores like Dana Burton’s Goodfayre didn’t exist and the world was a poorer place for it. Full disclosure here: I’m not vegan, nor a vegetarian, I have no known allergies and I don’t food-fad, and I utterly love this shop. There’s vitality, inspiration and a life-affirming vibe in every corner of her colourful and welcoming Cross Keys unit. It’s here I’ve discovered cheese made from organic cashew nuts, water, probiotics and Himalayan pink salt; vegan blue cheese dressing that actually tastes like blue cheese; an ecofriendly, chemical-free pink fizz and grapefruit diffuser; and a fairly traded Malawi rice. All are divine and now staples in my household, a list that expands with every Goodfayre pop in. Dana, who worked as a professional singer in London before relocating to Salisbury, has an almost magical talent for ensuring her shop looks enchantingly different on every visit. Every purchase feels positive, not just for the feel-good factor for yourself but also a hope you might be 38 I SALISBURY LIFE I

doing good for others and the planet. And it’s this ‘be kind’ attitude that has driven Dana’s retail mission. “When did it become acceptable to support the slave labour trade, to eat products that are made from artificial chemicals, and stop caring about the impact we have on the planet?” asks Dana. “As a conscious consumer, I was becoming frustrated at the lack of information about where the products I was buying came from. “My vision was a shop that stocked everyday ethical alternatives – I wanted to make it easy for customers to fully embrace a cruelty-free lifestyle.” Her dream was realised in September 2016 with Goodfayre, and with it came impeccable ethical credentials. Her food and household shop is run as a social enterprise, the vast majority of the stock is produced by small start-ups Dana knows personally, and there is a zero waste policy in place. “We are actively reducing our environmental impact by using renewable energy, sending zero per cent to landfill, and creating a shop interior from reclaimed materials. We buy everything secondhand, and reuse and recycle our packaging materials.”

Clockwise: Owner and founder Dana is an inspiration; vegan and tasty treats, plus hamper ideas; cruelty-free beauty products; locally sourced drinks; Dana knows most of her suppliers; a bright and welcoming space; dispensers demonstrate the shop’s commitment to zero waste and zero packaging





It’s clear there’s a worthy ethos shaping the shop, but its success and ability to keep evolving is thanks to Dana’s smart, imaginative and agile business acumen. While she is softly-spoken and never ever preachy, Dana is clearly driven by her passion and commitment to thinking globally and living local. She says, “In a world where we are growing further apart, connecting less as a society and spending more time in front of our computers, rather than meeting people, we are losing sight of our community. “My long terms plans include expanding to a larger shop so we can include a 100 per cent vegan cafe, and holistic venue. I want to keep the connections alive, and not just with the products we buy, but with the people too. “One of the wonderful aspects of Goodfayre for me, is it has been a pleasure connecting and communicating with customers and Salisbury residents.” Dana, just so you know, the feeling is mutual.

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Maul’s Wine & Cheese Bar SARAH MOOLLA finds the latest Salisbury eaterie to be a very big cheese indeed P ic t u r e s by JOH N ROSE


nt and Dec. Posh and Becks. Cheese and wine. Age old pairings that have worked together in perfect harmony for many years. Cheese and wine are about to reassert their compatibility in Salisbury with the Maul’s Wine & Cheese bar that just opened in December. But before we talk contents, let’s talk packaging because this place is worth a visit for the laid-back, villagetaverna, no-rush holiday vibe alone. It kind of glitters a bewitching and warm welcome – loops of twinkling fairylights over wooden beams, hanging vines, barrels for tables, the waft of wine and the whiff of cheese. The effect is quite magical – there are even little stars cascading into a wine bottle on each table to act as candlelight. We shouldn’t really have been there so late as to see this given that we entered at 3pm, but found ourselves so comfortable, so contented and oh-so let’s-have-thatsecond glass, we couldn’t quite bring ourselves to leave. One thing that can be slightly offputting about a place as dedicated to cheese and wine as this is ‘what are the rules?’ Will a meaty red go with a mild brie? Or a citrus white with a complex Stilton? Luckily Maul’s prides itself on being user-friendly, unpretentious and happy to assist. In fact co-owner Andy Maul is effusive in his help and guidance. He suggests a sharing slate for two people, which consists of three cheeses and three meats. The presentation is cute with each component hand labelled





on the board – there’s an intimacy to food being served and shared this way. Andy reveals they’re also planning a chocolate sharing platter, which sounds utterly divine and ideal for courtship, friendship and romance. Maybe this is because the concept of the wine bar was born out of love, as Andy explains, “Myself and my wife Ellen set Maul’s up after getting inspiration from the cheese board and delicious Montepulciano wine we enjoyed on our first date. From there our love affair with wine and cheese grew.” Andy is a big talker and passionate about every aspect of Maul’s, from Salisbury’s Henderson’s bread to the artisan charcoal crackers, to not offering wi-fi “because we want people to start talking again.” He loves to champion all things local – even the buttery, sparkling wine I choose, Coates & Seely Britagne Brut Reserve, is from Hampshire. So to the slate – first up the cheeses: the Burwood Bole is a lemony, nutty and almost sweet, hard cheese that works with everything; Isle of Wight blue is a deep, creamy, tangy blue-veined number that you’ll immediately want more of; and then there’s the scene stealing rosary goat with garlic and herb that’s made in Salisbury. It has a mouth-watering mousse like texture with the delicate but distinctive lift of rosemary, underpinned by soft waves of pungent, but not overpowering, garlic drifting in. This cheese results in a genteel but determined clash of knives as we battle for the last smudge. The meat is equally good: the smoked duck breast is silky and tender with a soft smokiness that doesn’t smother; the pork paté is an Andy recommendation and it doesn’t disappoint – smooth, slightly bacon-y, and a tasting triumph with the cornichons, little pickled onions, tart sundried tomatoes and chutneys. Causing a slight cutlery tussle once again is the smoked mutton – it has the supple, soft, and slightly chewy texture of Parma ham but with a richer, more profound meatier taste. It’s not something I’m familiar with, but now I am, it’ll be revisited. Just like Maul’s itself.

DINING DETAILS Maul’s Wine and Cheese Bar, 3 Fish Row, Salisbury. tel: 01722 416575; Opening times Tuesday-Saturday midday11pm, Sunday 11am-9pm and closed Monday Type of food served Cheese, charcuterie and chocolate Covers 60 Vegetarian choice Yes and a vegan slate Disabled access No as the toilets are upstairs Prices Nibbles from £3.50, mains £15-£30, and the chocolate slate £17.50 Drink choices Extensive and well-researched choices including one beer by the bottle from a local microbrewery called Devitera Atmosphere Lazy holidays with good friends in pretty tavernas I SALISBURY LIFE I 43



THE BOROUGH CAFÉ The Borough Café in Downton collectively claim credit for this delicious bake. “We work well together and all our recipes are group efforts,” says co-owner Caroline Bromilow

COFFEE CAKE “This cake has a lovely coffee flavour, being neither too strong and bitter or too bland. In the café we finish off by putting real coffee beans on top or, for some added luxury, some chocolate coated coffee beans from the New Forest Chocolates range.” Ingredients 4 large free range eggs 250g caster sugar 250g self-raising flour 250g Stork 2 x ristretto extractions (or your favourite Fairtrade instant coffee dissolved in a small amount of boiling water so it becomes a loose paste) Buttercream ingredients 175g unsalted butter 175g icing sugar 2 x ristretto extractions (see above) Method 1. Grease and line 2 x 8in sandwich tins and pre-heat oven to 180ºC. 2. Put the eggs, caster sugar, self- raising four, Stork and coffee into a large mixing bowl, beat well using either a hand-held electric mixer or a stand mixer. 3. When fully mixed and lightened in colour, divide the batter between the two tins and smooth the tops flat with a palette knife. Place in the oven on the middle shelf and bake for around 28 mins. The cakes are fully baked if a skewer poked into the centre of the cake comes out clean. 4. Remove from oven and leave to cool in tins for 5 minutes. Run a palette knife around the edge and turn out onto a wire rack. Remove the baking parchment and leave to cool. 5. To make the buttercream, add all the ingredients to a large bowl and beat until light and fluffy. When the cakes are completely cool, spread half the buttercream on the top of one cake, place the other cake on top and spread the top of this cake with the remaining buttercream. 6. To finish, decorate with coffee beans. 44 I SALISBURY LIFE I



ICED MOCHACCINO “The milk in a latte, cappuccino or flat white should not be too hot or it ruins the flavour of the coffee extraction. A perfect latte shouldn’t have large air bubbles – just a thin layer of ‘stretched’ milk, ideally finished off with a flourish of latte art.” Ingredients A double shot of espresso 5 ice cubes 1/2 pint of full fat milk (You can use skinny milk, soya or almond if preferred) 2 tsp hot chocolate powder A generous topping of good quality squirty cream Method 1. Put all of the above except for the squirty cream into a blender and whizz for about 30 seconds. 2. Pour into a large glass and top with the cream. 3. Finish off with a dusting of chocolate powder. For more: I SALISBURY LIFE I 45

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FLY THE FLAG Salisbury is confirmed a safe place to visit in the evening for the seventh year in a row For the seventh year in a row, Salisbury has secured prestigious Purple Flag status. The award reflects the quality and safety of the city’s evening and night-time economy. Amanda Newbery, chair of the Purple Flag steering group, explains, “This is very much the equivalent of the beach Blue Flag scheme for inland towns and cities and we are proud to shout about it. “We have Salisbury BID team members Steve Godwin, Richard Goodman, and Sarah Murphy to thank for their hard work once again in securing this achievement for Salisbury. Also the support of Salisbury BID has been vital in ensuring that our city remains one of the longest holders of the Purple Flag award in the country.” Awarded by the Association of Town and City Management (ATCM), the flag scheme aims to raise standards and broaden the appeal of town and city centres between 5pm and 5am. These places then benefit from more visitors, lower crime and anti-social behaviour, improved perceptions of centres and is very important to the continued success of the area’s businesses. John Hume, operations manager of the Cathedral Hotel and The Old Mill, Harnham adds, “The Purple Flag for Salisbury is incredibly important to the vitality of the city’s business.” For more:

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“CARS ARE SOMETHING THAT MOST PEOPLE HAVE IN COMMON” Turn to page 53 to find out who finds car talk a great conservation starter


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The cheese plant was given to my wife Sue and myself as a wedding present in 1978, and it outgrew the house

The photos show my family including my two-year-old grandson Ben who has an encyclopedic knowledge of Thomas The Tank Engine


The cricket ball is from when I took a hat-trick for Steeple Langford against Bishopstrow in 2003, and a golf ball from a hole in one in 2011. Such is my vanity, I made them into trophies

Andrew is with the solicitors Whitehead Vizard, a firm that can trace its origins back to 1830. He is the current senior partner whose work tends to revolve around issues such as commercial property, business and company sales, and purchases and agricultural matters. Here he talks us through his office space. For more: Whitehead Vizard Solicitors, 60 High St, Salisbury. tel: 01722 412141;


My brother was working in Berlin when the wall came down and he brought me back a piece, which I use as a paperweight

This is Nagaland by Jonathan Glancy, about the author’s exploration of the Northeast Indian state, which I have recently visited



ALICE KINGDOM Alice is founder of Body and Brows, which specialises in permanent make-up, microblading and fat freezing. A former financial advisor and trainer, she reveals how a bad beauty treatment was her business inspiration and how bold brows are here to stay…. When did you move to Salisbury? Just recently, but I already know I am going to be very happy here. It has such a lovely feel to it, and I’m really enjoying exploring the city. Tell us a little about Body & Brows –what is the company’s background? I have directed (and still do!) an award-winning aesthetics clinic in Cardiff. Moving away from the clinic has given me the opportunity to concentrate on the treatments that I really love to do, like the semi permanent make-up, and be more customer facing again. What was the inspiration? I had some bad semi permanent make-up done treatment a number of years ago but it did spark a passion to be able to offer better. I also love the science behind the more advanced treatments like skin pigmentation, microblading and fat freezing. What were you doing before going into beauty? I was a financial advisor and trainer. Then, seven years ago while on maternity leave, I helped a friend with her business plan for a salon. I remember thinking, ‘I could do this’, and soon after I retrained, and then my first clinic was born. Pensions to eyebrows was a big leap but a happy one.

Is there someone in business that you admire and try learn from? Working alongside Theresa in her Salisbury clinic has been really inspiring. She has a great reputation locally and internationally as a semi permanent make-up artist – that someone of her calibre is supporting me means a lot. What are your beauty trend predictions? Semi permanent lips, done with natural colours are going to be big and of course the brow obsession will continue. Ombre, and powdered brows remain a favorite, alongside hair stroke techniques.


What are the highs and the lows you’ve experienced in setting up and continuing the business? It’s an incredible feeling to be able to enhance the way someone looks. I am always thrilled to get another review, a thank you card or gift. It’s humbling. I’ve been blessed to be able to demonstrate my work at Olympia Beauty Show. The only lows was leaving behind clientele in my previous location – it was harder than I thought as I had made some good friends through the business. Is working on your own hard? As an independent, you are free to make your own choices. I really like that, but of course it can get lonely sometimes. So bringing Body 50 I SALISBURY LIFE I

and Brows to Theresa Wild’s clinic has been great as it’s given me another professional to bounce ideas with.

Any memorable moments with clients? One client will always stick with me – it was a young teen suffering with total alopecia. After seeing my work she waited for months for her 18th birthday so that she could have semi permanent make-up done. She was so happy and overwhelmed with the result that we both cried afterwards. It was emotional.

Any personal memorable beauty disasters you can share?! I totally cringe when I look back at pictures of my skinny brows in the 90s. Thankfully I doubt we are ever going back to the era of wispy thin eyebrows. What is it about brows that are so important…? The eyebrows are the most important feature on any face. That’s why it’s worth going the extra mile to have them done by someone who truly understands what it means to shape one’s brows. What’s one thing about you that would surprise people? I used to have a phobia of needles! I had hypnotherapy a number of years ago which was great. Without that, I’d definitely have found it difficult to train in semi permanent make-up. For more: Body and Brows, Upper Floors (within Theresa Wild’s Clinic), 46 Silver Street, Salisbury. tel: 01722 685114;

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SANDOWN MERCEDESBENZ Jo Golden, the group aftersales manager at Mercedes-Benz of Salisbury, talks motor trends, car colours and how her career unexpectedly took the right turn… Tell us a little about how you ended up living in Salisbury… I was born in North West Wales and brought up in Kent from the age of two. But after a day trip to Salisbury during a New Forest camping trip, we loved the place so much we decided to move here. How did you start in the motor trade? Due to lack of funding my Salisbury College course, an HNC in Field Archaeology, was cancelled in 2002. It was a shock at the time but has clearly worked out for the best because I found my ideal career. What is Sandown Mercedes-Benz background? The Sandown Group is privately owned by the McAllister family, originally routed from Sandown Motors, and was established in South Africa in 1982. The focus was on Mercedes-Benz passenger cars and commercial vehicle franchises, as well as all of the other Daimler brands. Sandown Motors went on to become the largest Mercedes-Benz retailer in South Africa. When did the company come to the UK? Sandown Group moved here in 2006 and now represents the Mercedes-Benz and smart brands in two market areas and across six retailers in the south of England. With the phenomenal growth of the company and over 30 years of experience selling and servicing Mercedes-Benz, this means we can genuinely call ourselves experts of this iconic brand.

Is there someone in business that you admire and try learn from? My biggest influence throughout my career so far would have to be Carl Winston – aftersales manager at Mercedes-Benz of Poole. Carl originally employed me at Mercedes-Benz of Salisbury back in 2003 and has imparted his experience and knowledge to me since, I don’t think he realises how much of an influence he has been on my career and life choices.



What do you enjoy about your job? I love everything about the motor trade. Cars are something that most people have in common so it’s an easy conversation starter. The team here are like my family, in fact, some of them even are my family! Our company motto, ‘Sandown – a friend of the family’ says it all. Any downsides? The only disadvantage is being born on 31 August, one day before September new registration, which is the busiest event in the motor trade calendar. It means all celebrations are put on hold.

How has the Mercedes-Benz brand changed over the years? It is definitely becoming more affordable to the masses and, although still very much an aspirational brand, it is fantastic to see so many more on the road. The ventures into electric vehicles and the current hybrid ranges are all very exciting. What are the predicted trends in the motor industry? Trends are changing all the time, the most noticeable of trends of course are colours. We saw a resurrection of white a few years back, which all the models look great in. In the past 10 years the technology advancements have been amazing, not least of all in safety features.

What is your own personal favourite vehicle to drive? I have to be honest here – it is my Suzuki SV650 motor bike. If it’s not really bad weather I choose a bike every time. Any memorable moments with clients? Probably the best would be about seven years ago when I sold a car to Eleanor, a client’s daughter. Eleanor and I then became best friends and later she became godmother to my eldest daughter. We talk almost every day, despite her travelling the world for work. For more: Mercedes-Benz of Salisbury, Southampton Road, Salisbury. tel: 01722 411555; I SALISBURY LIFE I 53


NEWS STORIES Our pick of the most exciting, intriguing or important local business stories happening right now

MOVERS, SHAKERS, ETC WHODUNNIT? Three Salisbury names have made it to the illustrious pages of Who’s Who, the invitation-only list of the world’s most famous, powerful, and influential people. The thrip are: Alexander Thorpe, a barrister who took the silk as a QC this year; Alice Bentinck, the co-founder of Entrepreneur First, a company that advises and assists start-ups – Alice says of her listing, “It’s great to see the establishment becoming more interested in technology and start-ups.”; And Lord Talbot of Malahide, a landowner and a former Deputy-Lieutenant of Wiltshire. For more: Alexander Thorpe

Alice Bentinck A wooden doll said to have been dressed by an imprisoned Marie Antoinette in 1790

Carved wooden pedlar doll is called Kate Honesty and dates from 1871

DRESS IT UP The Salisbury Museum has been granted an award of just over £115,000 from the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund. Katy England, learning project officer at The Salisbury Museum explains, “Over the next two and a half years the museum will be working with the local community to reinterpret and re-display its nationally significant collection of costume and textiles dating back to the 16th century. “Currently our costume collection is being re-catalogued by a team of volunteers from The Arts Society and they are discovering many forgotten gems in the collection. This project, which will include an afterschool 54 I SALISBURY LIFE I

club and workshops, will forge links between the generations and help to tell the fascinating stories hidden in the pieces.” The current collection contains more than 5,000 individual items including fashion and military dress from the 18th and 19th centuries; samplers, quilts and accessories including gloves, shoes, sunbonnets and buttons. The museum also has one of the largest collections of smocks in the UK. This is part of a series of awards to museums across the UK for projects to help develop collections to achieve social impact. For more:

Lord Talbot of Malahide



Alabaré Homes for Veterans launch their new service

Top Day Nursery, which has a branch in Salisbury, recently received international coverage, following their decision to ban the use of glitter because of the harmful effects it has on the environment. To raise further awareness about this, the Dorset nursery teamed up with Bournemouth University and organised a December beach clean. Led by Cheryl Hadland, managing director of Hadland Care Group and Professor Rick Stafford, professor of Marine Biology and Conservation, around 20 volunteers of staff, parents and children, gathered to help collect plastic, bottles and litter washed ashore near Bournemouth Pier. Parent Katherine Wilcox says, “I’m so happy and proud that Top Day Nursery has decided to take action on this very important and urgent matter. It’s about the future of this planet, hence the future of our children. It has become pretty evident that our plastic consumption is far beyond sustainable, and that something drastic needs to be done to change that.” For more:

HOME HELP The Salisbury charity Alabaré Homes for Veterans has recently launched a new at-home support service for the over 65s. Aged Veterans Support will provide help for ex-servicemen and women who are experiencing problems with finances, accommodation, physical or mental health, or loneliness and isolation. Anne Williams, Alabare’s care and support manager, says, “Through

Even Tops Day Nurseries’ mascot, Marty The Mouse was on hand to help out

our existing work with homeless and vulnerable veterans we have recognised that older veterans can benefit from specialised support. “Many have lived independently in their own homes for many years, but there may come a time when they start to struggle. We can step in to give them support that can make a world of difference.” For more:

1 Who is responsible for the buildings insurance? The buyer, unless it is specifically agreed that the seller will continue to insure the property until completion takes place. Where a mortgage is required, this is a condition of the mortgage offer.

LEGAL Q&A MARIANA CRAWFORD, solicitor at Trethowans answers questions on what happens between exchange of contracts and completion

2 What does my solicitor need from me before completion? Money. Your solicitor will confirm the funds required to complete the transaction. Arrange for your solicitor to have cleared funds at least two working days before the completion date to avoid any unnecessary delays. Never rely on an email from your solicitor about a late change of the firm’s bank details. Always phone your solicitor, or visit the office in person, to confirm the correct bank details. Cyber fraud is a very real threat and you must be vigilant. Also if not already done so before exchange, you must sign the deeds, transfer and mortgage, before completion. If you are buying as a couple, you must sign the transfer

deed to confirm how you wish to hold your beneficial interest in the property. 3 What practical issues must I attend to before completion? You may wish to remain with the current providers for gas etc, or choose to compare the cost of suppliers, and switch providers. It is recommended that you attend to this as soon as possible to avoid any issues before moving in. On the day you collect keys, take readings of all utility meters in order to avoid any later disputes. Also inform TV licensing, DVLA and your bank of your new address. It is recommended you are fully packed up and ready to move early on the completion day, and make sure your mobile phone is in easy reach. Your solicitor will keep you informed of progress on the day and confirm when you can go an collect your keys from the estate agents. For more: Trethowans; tel: 01722 426916; I SALISBURY LIFE I 55

Lex appeal Faster, wilder and more fun to drive than almost any Lexus before it, the remarkable new LC 500 shows the company’s mad streak happily in the ascendent



loomin’ heck, what a striking thing. The Lexus LC has classic coupé proportions – it’s a sleek wedge with absolutely massive wheels – but it’s a hard shape to get your head around. Challenging, even. (Schoolkids attempting to draw one on the back of notebooks would get confused and give up, we reckon.) There’s just so much drama to the sharply-angled sheet metal and intricate details that you don’t know quite where to look, save – perhaps – for that huge mesh grille that makes it seem part-basking shark, partelectric razor, and all crowd-stopper. In the bright colours of the two test cars we tried – a 3.5 V6 hybrid LC500h version in the brightest of yellows, and the 5.0 V8 LC500 model in the richest of reds – it provides real street theatre. This is a deliberately (and outrageously) magnetic beast that

will remain rare enough in the foreseeable future to turn heads wherever it goes, and one designed to force passers-by to reconsider everything they thought they knew about Lexus. Lexus, of course, is Toyota’s luxury car division and, since it launched 28 years ago, it’s built an enviable reputation for great quality, high comfort levels, good customer service and restrained design. In recent years its become something of a hybrid specialist, too; one day, it’s been suggested, Lexus will become a hybridonly marque, in Europe at least. What Lexus has always lacked, though, is soulstirring glamour, and part of the new LC’s job is to bring that in abundance. Current Toyota chairman Akio Toyoda is on a mission to make the company’s cars more exciting across the board, and to that end has appointed a former car designer – not the usual engineer or marketing guru – to run Lexus.

In some markets, where they don’t demand a front number plate, this unbroken gob has been known to gobble up cats


The rear, like the front, is a riot of strange angles and intricate details; inside, prominent grab handles tell you that this thing is fast

The LC is a key building block in the company’s new, sportier, shoutier incarnation, designed to bring glamour to the entire range – but the guys at Lexus can’t help themselves, and they’ve made it practical, comfortable and easy-to-live-with, too. It’s certainly easy to drive. The seating position is excellent, and the leather and woods inside of the highest order – though there are as many flashy bits of design inside the car as out, giving it a flamboyance old Lexus owners would find hard to recognise. (That the boot isn’t the biggest, and the back seats only suitable for short journeys, is par for the course with this sort of car.) Though it’s very cleverly put together – using lots of aluminium and composite panels over a superrigid steel chassis – the LC is not light, so needs some fairly meaty engines to pull it along. Enter your two identically priced but very different choices: a clever 3.5 litre V6 petrol hybrid, making 354 bhp (about two thirds from the V6 and a third from an electric motor), or a brutish 5.0 litre/471bhp V8 for the full muscle car experience. Both have a 10-speed auto with flappy magnesium paddles if you want to make gear changes yourself – it sounds like too many gears, but proves delightfully decisive in the flesh – and do the 0-62mph dash in under five seconds. The V8, though, is the sportier choice – and makes the more thrilling roar.


To drive, it’s one of those cars – thank numerous driving modes, running from Eco to Sport+ – that can be whatever you want it to be, from relaxing grand tourer to hunkered-down sports car. I found it poised (and even crisp), with precise, delicate steering and a tactile road feel, while the cleveras-you-like suspension soaks up the worst our abandoned tarmac can throw at it. The Lexus LC is a special car, then, but it’s also up against some pretty special competition – the Porsche 911 and Jaguar F-Type at the sportier end of the spectrum, of course, but also the BMW 6 series and assorted Mercedes. The 911 is still the great driver’s car of this bunch, but it wouldn’t be pushing things to suggest that the Lexus might have its other rivals licked in this regard, and if the looks are a bit love-it-or-hate-it, then I suspect that’s just the way they wanted it. There’s a fun story about Lexus that tells how their top production line guys are tested on their ability to make an origami cat – using just their non-dominant hand. It’s a great party trick, and demonstrates their top-notch craftsmanship – but it also gives them an eccentric sort of cool. And now they’re making a car to match. For more:


AT A GLANCE Car Lexus LC Prices From £75,595, rising to around £85,000 for the fully-loaded model we tested Under the bonnet Either a clever 3.5 litre V6 petrol hybrid in the LC500h, making 354 bhp, or a brutish 5.0 litre V8 in the LC500, making 471bhp. Both come with a 10-speed auto Equipment specs Very high-end, and packed with gadgets and kit; the base model gets 20” wheels, a glass roof with sun-shade and a 12-speaker audio system; the Sport Pack adds the bigger wheels, a (lighter) carbon roof and yet posher front seats; and the Sport+ Pack gives Limited Slip Differential, real-wheel steering and more. (We say go for the Sport+ Pack.) Performance Top speeds are a limited 155mph (hybrid) and 168mph (V8); 0-62mph comes up in 4.4 seconds with the V8 (the hybrid isn’t much slower on paper, but is a less sporting device in the real world); and mpg is where the big difference comes in (44mpg plays 24mpg, or thereabouts.) In a nutshell A bold, striking, in-your-face luxury sports coupé, with bags of comfort and remarkable road manners; Germany, watch out. Dealer Lexus Hedge End, Snows House Botley Road, Southampton. tel: 01489 222900; I CLIFTON LIFE I 43 I SALISBURY LIFE I 57

Vintage port

A wintry trip to Dartmouth is guaranteed to blow away the cobwebs – and we have the perfect cosy hideaway for you. You can even bring the dogs... By m al rogers



ROCKFISH Mitch Tonks, chef and owner of Rockfish, fish-and-chip diner par excellence, has a simple philosophy: do as little as possible to the freshest of ingredients. Today, three-quarters of all seafood eaten in Britain is cod, haddock, salmon, tuna and prawns. The Mitch mission is to broaden this scope – at Rockfish, the just-hauledout-of-the-water catch features herring, mackerel, sea bream, plaice and sea bass. Not only does this give grand variety to the menu, it also helps sustainability. The day’s specials are pointed out and described in some detail by friendly waiters. You can draw on the paper tablecloths while you wait for your meal – if the pix are good enough, they’re featured on an early version of Instagram; that is, up on the wall of the café. The food is perfect. We had crisp- fried tempura vegetables (asparagus, broccoli spears, onions and carrot) to accompany our Jersey rock oyster starters. Main courses were battered brill and chips, and grilled hake and chips. The portions were gargantuan – piled high like a Dandy comic book meal for Desperate Dan – but the quality was superb. The important thing about fish and chips is that if the fish is done properly, it isn’t fried. Get the batter consistency just right, and cook it at the correct temperature; this seals the fish inside, and it is effectively poached. Precisely how my brill was presented – pearly white flesh, beautifully light, moist and full of flavour. Rockfish is a fine, laidback caférestaurant, the staff are charming, they serve first class-food, and you don’t have to pay through the gills. Rockfish, 8 South Embankment, Dartmouth, Devon TQ6 9BH; Tel: 01803 832800,


f nautical is your thing, you’re probably already a fan of Dartmouth. The town, perched on the lip of the Dart Estuary, has claims to being Britain’s most seafaring place. Steeped in maritime history, the town is dotted with ship’s chandlers, fishermen’s cottages and marine workshops; along narrow laneways, dimly-lit, halftimbered inns seem designed especially with smugglery assignations in mind. On Higher Street, the Cherub Inn has been hosting leglessness, in all its senses, for 500 years, aye Jim lad; nearby, the Dartmouth Arms boasts what could be the world’s greatest view from a beer garden: a lagoon-like estuary leads onto meadows and woodland on the far bank while all manner of boaty things (technical term) go on in the foreground. Today, of course, Dartmouth has gone proper bijou, with the posher kind of sportswear boutiques and upmarket restaurants interspersed among the ancient inns and victuallers, and the odd muscular fortification. Bayard’s Cove Fort was built in the early 16th century to protect vessels seeking safe anchorage in the estuary; the bastion was completed early in Henry VIII’s reign. So it’s entirely possible that the old monarch strolled down Harbourside – seamless link coming up – passing by the very place where we were to stay for two nights. At the very centre of Dartmouth’s ancient quarter, Bayard’s Cove Inn is exactly what an old hostelry should be: comfortable, cosy and creaky in the nicest possible way. You find yourself praying that a gale might roar up the channel; wind howling, horizontal rain lashing the windows type of thing. There can scarcely be a better place to hunker down and ride out any meteorological extreme. Home-made cakes, coffee, wine and local craft beer will fortify you in the snug and inviting bar; as the isobars tighten up in all sea areas for Fastnet to Land’s End, bag a leather sofa in front of the woodburner, and once you’ve finished your book (reading it or writing it) contemplate dinner. Bayard’s is renowned for its elevated cuisine — two Gold Taste of the West awards, if you please. Almost uniquely, they welcome dogs of all shape, size and number in all the bedrooms, furnishing them with their own snacks and comfy beds. Despite this canine invasion, the rooms are immaculate. Ours overlooked the old fort; it was exactly what Sir Walt would have wanted for us.


Four hundred years ago, just below Bayard’s Cove Fort, The Mayflower anchored up on the first leg of its journey to the New World. In fact,

it moored just below our room, although the Pilgrim Fathers weren’t necessarily to know that. Privateers, buccaneers, smugglers and general ne’er-do-wells congregated in the town from medieval times onwards. Sailors and soldiers bade poignant farewells here, and the port was involved in many a skirmish; young sailors probably strode down the cobbled streets to the waiting ships shouting, “Bye, Mum! I’m off to the Hundred Years War...” The town can claim involvement in many expeditions: knights heading off to the Crusades, the defeat of the Spanish Armada, the D-Day landings. Even Geoffrey Chaucer gave the town a namecheck (although not a spellcheck) in his Canterbury Tales. “A schipman was ther, wonyng fer by weste; For ought I wost, he was of Dertemouthe.”


If you only take one historic coastal train journey a year, let it be on the Dartmouth Steam Railway. In a combined boat and rail tour, you’ll chug past Kingswear and Dartmouth Castles, Dittisham Village, Sir Walter Raleigh’s Boathouse, Greenway Quay, Agatha Christie’s house and the beach huts of Tor Bay. All the while, steam billows above your 1920s carriage. It costs around £17 — time travel never came cheaper.

TRAVEL DETAILS Bayard’s Cove Inn 27 Lower Street, Dartmouth, Devon TQ6 9AN; Tel: 01803 832800; Double rooms from around £70 I SALISBURY LIFE I 59




MALCOLM WHITE Keeping you up to date with issues that affect the local property market

KEEP ON MOVING MALCOLM WHITE from the estate and letting agency Ewe Move, discusses how to fight back against a slow house sales market


t’s something we’ve been told, and have been living with, for the last year or more; that the volume of property sales, on the whole, is down. For the coming year, predictions aren’t much better. Low price growth is going to be a positive result for some and low sales are predicted by a number of experts. We also undertook our own survey of homes on the market in the Salisbury and SP postcodes, at the end of last year. There are a number of ways that estate agents and homeowners are trying to make their properties more appealing, a common approach being to drop the price to make them more attractive. In the survey, we see a typical drop of five per cent of the asking price – about £17,000. This is great for buyers but it makes things harder for sellers looking for their next home. That said, it’s not all bad, at least from what we can see. Properties are selling, some for more than the asking price rather than below it. That shows a disparity between what the experts and our market analysis is saying, against what is actually happening – certainly with properties we’re working with. Upon deeper inspection, and after a lot of conversations with homeowners, we found that when it comes to house valuations there is a tendency for vendors to go with

the agent with highest valuation. This might make sense at the time but it puts off buyers and results in slower sales. Further down the line, the agent suggests dropping the asking price and we find ourselves in the situation that the property has become ‘stale’ on the major portals, Rightmove and Zoopla. The first and easiest solution to this is to think long and hard about the correct valuation for a property. We don’t mean that it should be the highest, but the truest. This will attract more interest and offers and, in some cases, at even higher levels than the asking price. Home staging can play a big part in this. We see properties that are sensibly priced and well presented attracting much more interest and offers. The aim is to accentuate the best parts of a property that will appeal to buyers, without going through the full expense and effort of a renovation or refurbishment. It is also important to bring out the ‘lifestyle’ attractions of living in the house and the local area. Great photography and descriptions are key. While there may be a cost involved in dressing a home, it can bring a much greater reward when the offers come in for a property, so it’s not something to be ruled out without careful thought. Good estate agents can certainly offer you advice on

how to present your home, both in marketing materials, as well as how to dress and light a property to sell. There are professionals who specialise in these areas

PROPERTIES THAT ARE SENSIBLY PRICED AND WELL PRESENTED ATTRACT MUCH MORE INTEREST AND OFFERS and it’d be wrong to ignore their advice and services. By balancing these factors, and more, we can ensure that you present and price your home effectively, attract the right buyers to your property and you will be able to move on with your sale and your next dream home. For more: I SALISBURY LIFE I 61



ELSIE CHADWICK uncovers a real sense of history with a West Dean family home







here’s a certain gravitas to knowing your square footage of abode has appeared in the Domesday Book. To learn your little patch came to the attention of the tax-seeking king William the Conqueror all those centuries ago causes a little swell of pride. Turns out the village of West Dean (aka Duene in 1086; Westdone in 1265, and as Westdune in 1270), has records as far back as 880 when this former Roman villa site, which straddles the present-day Wiltshire/Hampshire border, was then known as Deone. By comparison then, the four-bedroomed White House, thought to date from the late 19th century, is a relative baby on the landscape. Situated on a no-through lane at the top of Dean Hill, between the villages of West Tytherley and Whiteparish, the views are as old as the hills and simply breathtaking – on a clear day it is reported you can see as far as the Isle of Wight. The original house, which has both stature and grace as if it knows the provenance of the grounds on which it has been built, has been significantly and sympathetically extended over the decades. In the last 15 years or so, there have been further well thought-out enhancements such as a conservatory, refurbished kitchen, updated bathrooms and practical and stylish investment in the gardens, grounds and superb outbuildings. Most inviting of all, in our longing eyes, is the outdoor pool. Back to the house and starting with the snug sitting room, accessed from the kitchen with its own cosy wood burning stove and summer-time double doors to the gardens. The kitchen itself has a four oven AGA, granite 64 I SALISBURY LIFE I

Above, clockwise: Spacious and bright reception room; the conservatory creates a picturesque dining space; a wellappointed kitchen with a high-end finish; English country garden-style lawns surround; Opposite, top to bottom: a woodland welcome through the grounds; a secluded private swimming pool



reception rooms


swimming pool

£1.650M guide price

11 acres

work surface, bespoke cabinetry in a beautiful sage-green and an oak-topped kitchen island. Following on to the study which enjoys views to the north and south, with open fireplace and literary-pleasing bookshelves. On the first floor there is a magnificent master bedroom with more of those far-reaching panoramic views, and two sets of double doors to a balcony. Immediately around the house are well-kept gardens laid out in such a way as to take advantage of the impressive surrounding acres. In the south-east corner is that swimming pool – heated and with its own pool house – while to the west is a double-bay car port, saddle store, double stable block, tractor barn, open-sided barn and field barn. There is also beech woodland and paddocks found in the extensive and postcard pretty grounds. The location, while picturesque, also offers a practical and convenient way of life with West Tytherley offering a range of local amenities including a shop, post office, church, a village primary school, pub and recreation ground. Whiteparish has two pubs, post office, school, church, riding school and doctors. West Dean is also close to the village of Stockbridge which is home to a deli, art galleries, boutique and specialist shops and several awardwinning restaurants. With Salisbury on the doorstep, there’s a regular train service to London Waterloo. If William the Conqueror was compiling his book now to assess the value of the land and its resources, the White House would be a significant listing. For more: Knight Frank, 14 Jewry Street, Winchester. tel: 01962 850333;




ina first picked up a paintbrush in 2010 and initially wanted to become an equestrian artist. She joined the Society of Equestrian Artists, and exhibited with them in 2011 at the Mall Galleries, London, in 2012 at the Menier Gallery, London, and in 2013 again at the Mall Galleries – during 2013 she was awarded Associate membership with the SEA. After a few successful years of painting commissioned pieces of horses, dogs and cats, Gina widened her subject field and discovered a love for painting wildlife. Many of her paintings including those of big cats and British wildlife can be seen at Salisbury’s Gallery 21. I was very fortunate to have parents who indulged my pony habit, so a great deal of time was spent riding my pony Holly, and later, Bonnie – although I spent more time on the ground and in the air than I did in the saddle. I was not one of the popular girls at school and had an unhealthy obsession with ponies and mud above everything else. I was l quiet and shy with moments of incredible and unrepeatable naughtiness, then went on to go to South Wilts until I’d finished my A levels. I was very indecisive about my career plans – a vet or an actor were the most regularly revisited choices, except I was dismal at science and a terrible actor so neither of those were ideal choices. I spent many years drifting aimlessly between a diverse range of jobs, none of which I was good at, or committed to. The last job I had was at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton, which despite my enjoying it, I was dreadful. I’ve also worked for the police, a dog kennel, a racehorse sales yard, an event yard, a sculpture park, a mortgage broker and a scientific typesetters.

GINA HAWKSHAW Gina is an artist specialising in acrylic paintings of animals. She lives in a cottage in Pitton with her husband, their 12-year-old son, four cats, four chickens and German Shepherd dog The first painting I was really proud of was of a horse. Just 12 months after picking up a brush, it was accepted, after a tough selection process, into a juried exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London in 2011. That first painting was sold through the Fisherton Mill gallery and I remember being astonished that people liked my art enough to buy it. I celebrated with wine – I still celebrate each and every sale with wine. I am notoriously bad at painting human faces and avoid doing so where possible. Recently I have become obsessed with big cats, especially tigers. I love the level of detail you can achieve with their faces. As an artist, you have to get used to people offering very frank and forthright opinions of your work – which is sometimes less than favourable - and to be strong enough to listen to the critique and take the positives from it is incredibly difficult. I admire and am inspired by those who don’t allow such selfdoubt to creep in. I was at a very low point confidence-wise, and because I felt I had nothing to lose,


I approached Gallery 21 in Salisbury to see if they would represent me. It was through them that I ended up working with Buckingham Fine Arts, a fine art publisher, and I was then lucky enough to have had my first solo exhibition in the summer. My biggest regret is buying a stick-on bra. They don’t do what they say they do on the label. On a hot summer day in a gallery full of people who have turned up to see you and your work, an underwear malfunction is less than ideal. My husband Christopher works in Abu Dhabi, doing risk consultancy for the new airport terminal. I like to think this is not because he feels the need to retreat almost 5,000 miles away from me. I’m a closet thespian and have joined my local drama group although I’m not especially good – I think I am usually only cast in roles due to the fact I’m the only one in the group under the age of 50. For more: Gina Hawkshaw; A number of originals and prints are available at Gallery 21;

Salisbury Life - Issue 249  
Salisbury Life - Issue 249