Salisbury Life - Issue 270

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ISSUE 270 / MAY 2019 / £3










Editor’s letter

above: A Larmer Tree Festival

suggestion (page 10)

below: This royal flush from Regent

is golden (page 48)


his festival issue is actually one of my favourites to put together (page 10). I love a festival. I love the music, the mud, the sleeping in tents, the lack of clock-watching. I don’t care if it rains, I love eating a fish curry while sitting on the grass and thinking maybe I do like freestyle jazz after all (I don’t, it’s the wine talking). But what I love mainly is that collective spirit – that we’re all here for a common purpose – to have fun come what may. It’s this same collective spirit that helps shape our region and was cited in the recent Sunday Times report as just one of the many reasons Salisbury is the best city to live in the UK (page 6). This comes as no surprise to most of us. It’s a message I’ve had the honour of conveying and doing justice to via this magazine for the last two years. I may be moving onto professional pastures new, and I leave you in the wonderful hands of your new editor Harriet Noble, but I’ll see you down the front sometime, wine in hand, and we can collectively enjoy the freestyle jazz. Have fun and stay spirited!

Cover Larmer Tree Festival by Lindsey Harris

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Issue 270 / May 2019

cover feature

10 FESTIVALS From vintage cars to classical music,

with rock, pop and arts along the Wiltshire way

the arts

21 INTRO Fiona Forbes exhibits at Fisherton Mill 22 WHAT’S ON Arts, gigs, festivals and family fun. It’s

time to update your diary

26 Exhibition Arundells’ latest exhibition puts

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Salisbury in the frame


34 MENTAL health How exercise can improve your

frame of mind


40 recipeS Sunny Sin’s light lunch suggestions 42 SHAFTESBURY The town’s renowned food and

drink festival returns, with the bonkers cheese races

45 food news Wyndham Arms wins award plus chef

Mark Young’s Food for Thought


47 intro With this ring, we do want 48 ed’s choice It’ll be a gold rush to the Indies when

you see these precious accessories

52 Remarkable retail Wave hello to Gary

Nutting in his bathroom showroom


57 business insider News, views and interviews

from the region’s professionals


62 showcase A New Forest home with a history that

will set you alight


6 Spotlight Salisbury is named best place to live in

2019 by The Sunday Times

31 COLUMN Martin Starke on how to get the most out

of doing festivals the one-day way

54 scene A Salisbury Business Expo special 66 salisbury lives Barney Norris on tractors,

cactuses, and his Salisbury schooling

Editor Sarah Moolla Managing Editor Deri Robins Senior Art Editor Andrew Richmond Graphic Design Megan Allison Cover Design Trevor Gilham Editor’s photo John Rose Contributors John Rose, John Mather, Loraine Sherlock and Elsie Chadwick Advertising Manager Dan Nichols Production/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 © All rights reserved. May not be reproduced without written permission of MediaClash. We’re a Bath-based publisher, creative agency and event organiser Magazines Our portfolio of regional magazines celebrates the best of local living: Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter and Salisbury. We also publish foodie mag Crumbs (, @CrumbsMag). Agency From the design and build of websites to digital marketing and creating company magazines, we can help. Events We create, market, promote and operate a wide variety of events both for MediaClash and our clients Contact: I SALISBURY LIFE I 5

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Artist Ann-Marie James at work


BRIGHT SPARKS A unique art exhibition goes on display in Wiltshire from May onwards, opening at the Wiltshire Museum in Devizes, then travelling to The Salisbury Museum in September. Ann-Marie James was invited by Wessex Museums to delve into the collections of its four partners – Wiltshire Museum, The Salisbury Museum, Poole Museum and Dorset County Museum – and choose an object from each museum that would inspire a series of 24 new artworks, called Alchemy. At Wiltshire Museum, AnnMarie chose a gold lozenge, found in the burial site of the Bush Barrow Chieftain, near Stonehenge. It’s made of sheet gold decorated with engraved lines, and is believed to have fastened the chieftain’s cloak. Ann-Marie explains, “What interested me about the lozenge was the precision of its incised lines, which suggest a detailed knowledge of geometry that seemed mysterious given that it was made during the Bronze Age. The abstract nature of my paintings reflect this ambiguity, bringing an artefact from the past, in altered form, into the present.” From The Salisbury Museum, she found inspiration in the barbed flint arrowheads from the grave of the Neolithic Amesbury Archer. Using rubber stamps in the shape of the arrowheads, she printed designs in white and gold, then completed the artworks with acrylic paint and 24-carat gold leaf. The 24 finished pieces, all in gold or white, will be displayed alongside the museum objects. For more:


Archer (above) was inspired by the Amesbury Archer skeleton at Salisbury Museum

This gold lozenge from Wilsford inspired Ann-Marie’s Chieftain painting (left)

spotlight Everybody’s talking about… Salisbury in Wiltshire has been crowned the best place to live in the UK, according to the annual 2019 Sunday Times guide. The report put a real focus on community spirit along with convenience and culture stating, ‘This cathedral city is divinely attractive, has a distinguished history and offers top-class schooling, but this year we’re honouring its resurgent community spirit — and its glorious surrounds.’ Salisbury has topped the list for showing ‘real collective spirit’ in the wake of the Novichok poisoning attack which thrust our resilient city into the global spotlight last year. Helen Davies, Sunday Times home editor, says, “Salisbury has shown real collective spirit in dealing with a chemical attack that saw the cathedral city become the centre of world headlines for all the wrong reasons. “There are still parts of the city where the clean-up continues, but to bounce back and be even stronger is a sure sign of a very special community, which is one of the reasons we have chosen Salisbury as the best place to live in Britain in 2019. “It remains a divinely attractive and welcoming place. It’s handy for coast, countryside and London, has some of the best schools in the Southwest, a great market and it’s very strong culturally, too.” For more:

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On reflection, there isn’t a better place to live than Salisbury




One of the survey team on Castle Hill with the ground penetrating radar tractor

Shaftesbury Abbey, which was founded by King Alfred in AD888, and acted as the catalyst for the prosperity of the town and surrounding area, is still giving up its secrets more than 650 years later. The SAVED community project, in part supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, has helped facilitate a laser-scanning and ground-penetratingradar survey of the Abbey grounds and surrounding properties. Annabel Turner of Shaftesbury Abbey Museum explains, “The images show hard features at different levels under the ground which bounce back the radar beams. Some features are of a size and shape that indicate they are probably graves, others appear to be areas of flooring (perhaps tiled), and yet others are circular so may be fonts or the foundations of spiral stairs: excavations to test these ideas are being planned.” There have also been test pits dug

by archaeologically trained volunteers, “The first few test-pits along Bimport have found unexpected pre-historic worked flint, pottery dating to the 11th century, and three medieval silver coins,’ says Annabel. “In the summer we also began our main historical research activities. 35 volunteer researchers began scouring the archives for new information about Shaftesbury Abbey and its people. They continue to discover more and more about the Abbey’s people, the abbesses, nuns and those who worked alongside them. Teams of researchers have visited Winchester, Romsey, Malmesbury, Salisbury and London. Their research continues. Meanwhile we commissioned Dr Jonathan Foyle to be our architectural historian and review the stonework that we hold at Shaftesbury.” For more: I SALISBURY LIFE I 7

ACCESS ALL AREAS SARAH MOOLLA has a field day exploring all the amazing festivals this area has to offer

We all love a festival, as demonstrated here at the Larmer Tree Festival




“Festivals are so much more than music in a muddy field these days” I SALISBURY LIFE I 11



clockwise from top left: Salisbury International Arts Festival brings family-friendly theatre; Will Mary Portas go shopping when she calls into the city?; Just flagging up how beautiful the Larmer Tree Festival is



estivals are so much more than music in a muddy field these days. You have festivals that cater for the young, the old, the ravers, the readers, the heavy metal rockers and beard-stroking poets. But the variations, the eclecticism and the diversity doesn’t end there. Within each event, there are layers of choice – gastro grub, line dance workshops, massages, lectures, book readings… you name it, you can probably find it on our Wiltshire doorstep.

SALISBURY INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL When: 24 May – 9 June Where: Various venues in Salisbury

Two-week multi-arts festival with visual arts, music, dance, circus, theatre, spoken word, comedy and family events. Main headliners include Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, queen of the indie scene Mary Portas, journalist and newscaster Mark Austin and The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, with local talent such as Wiltshire farmer Helen At the Vintage Nostalgia Festival, looking the part is essential to have the most fun Browning and violinist Harriet Mackenzie. There’s a few hi-tech offerings on the bill, too, with the brand new audio and film experience, Imber: You Walk Through offering a unique VERVE opportunity to encounter Salisbury Plain’s most intriguing site. Also on When: 7 – 8 September offer is the virtual reality film Collisions from the homeland of the Martu Where: Manor Farm, Ebbesbourne Wake, Wiltshire tribe in remote Western Australia. Forget hedonism, caning it, and falling face down drunk in the mud; If you fancy a festival-style boogie, there’s an introduction to Verve, set in the beautiful Chalke Valley, is all about health, wellness flamenco on 26 May and a tap dance workshop on 27 May, and Baby and nature. Set on a picturesque farm, the programme includes yoga, Disco Dance Hall is for accompanied children under five and their meditation, pilates and woodland exercise classes. Speakers will cover grown-ups. For visual arts, Insatiable Mind at Salisbury Arts Centre is a range of topics including sleep, nutrition, habit breaking, confidence an exhibition inspired by human curiosity and the urge to challenge building and sex and relationships. accepted norms. Also look out for graffiti art around Salisbury from The Zest Spa is offering facials, hot stone treatments, sports massage local groups sharing their hopes, challenges and dreams for the city. and more. You can also indulge in some boutique shopping, enjoy For more: delicious local food and drink, then dance Saturday night away under the stars with a cocktail in your hand. If you want to bring the little ones, kids are free and can be occupied Vintage Nostalgia Festival with a whole range of activities such as bushcraft, mindfulness, art When: 31 May, 1 June and 2 June classes and storytelling. Where: Stockton Park, Wiltshire For more: Like a super sunny episode of Heartbeat come to life, time travel your way to a festival celebrating all things vintage. Visitors are encouraged to dress up and look the part, but if you’re feeling under confident LARMER TREE FESTIVAL about nailing that 1940s look, call into Pearl’s Pin Up Parlour to When: 18 – 21 July help with the transformation – then you can fully look the part while Where: Larmer Tree Gardens, Tollard Royal, Salisbury learning to jive and swing. Along with a brilliant bebop, toe-tap line-up This family-friendly festival manages to capture the spirit of being with music from every era including Miss Annie & The Midnight Shift, sparkly and big-name, but also friendly, local and a little bit bonkers. Salisbury Big Band and rockabilly masters The Retrobaits, thousands There’s pop-up surprises all weekend, from a late-night hula disco of vintage motor enthusiasts will be in attendance to view the hundreds to improvised Shakespeare performances. You can make your own of classic cars on display. festival knickers, try out origami and learn how to paint the moon at the For more: twilight workshops. The festival is also teaming up with Fisherton Mill to offer Pavilion Arts and Crafts activities, and guests can also try their hand at experiences as diverse as aerial yoga, life-drawing and African folk songs. There’s an author panel discussing the importance of the classics in literature, plus there’s a child-friendly workshops to explore the big questions of politics. And let’s not forget the music: it’s a stellar line-up with main headliners to include Kate Tempest, Jack Savoretti, Let’s Eat Grandma, The Cat Empire, Gomez, The Shires and KT Tunstall. For laughs, there’s stand-up comedy from Josie Long, Nish Kumar and Stuart Goldsmith. For more:

“The programme includes yoga, meditation, pilates and woodland exercise classes” I SALISBURY LIFE I 13

Fireworks at night at the Chalke Valley History Festival; inset: Community arts and street music at Frome Festival in July

CHALKE VALLEY HISTORY FESTIVAL When: 24 – 30 June Where: Church Farm, Bury Lane, Broad Chalke

This is the largest festival in the world entirely dedicated to history. Spread over 60 acres, it’s a unique combination of lectures, discussions and topical debates, plus a vast living history encampment. Over 150 talks will be delivered by eminent historians, writers and commentators including Victoria Hislop, Niall Ferguson, Martin Bell, Mariella Frostrup, Neil Oliver, Kate Williams, Elif Shafak, Harry Enfield, Dan Snow, Suzannah Lipscomb and Ben MacIntyre. This year, to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the festival is creating a giant scale replica of the Hawker Typhoon aircraft, which will be perched on the top of the hill overlooking the fields. As well as acres of living history encampments, the Live History programme will feature over 50 interactive events such as learn to speak Tudor and Saxon, World War II cookery lessons, and how best to shear sheep. There’s live music in the bar area all weekend and Saturday night is party night, with festival goers dancing to songs from the fabulous 1940s, sung by The D-Day Darlings from Britain’s Got Talent, For more:

THE FROME FESTIVAL When: 5 – 14 July Where: Frome, Somerset

The Frome Festival, which began in 2000, is a community arts festival held over ten days every July and boasts top headliners, with over 200 events including the Hidden Gardens and Open Studios. Big name attractions this year include Judge Jules live with a ten-piece band, The Coral, Scouting for Girls, the Moscow Drug Club and Jethro. For



“There are over 50 interactive events such as learn to speak Tudor and Saxon, World War II cookery lessons, and how best to shear sheep”

FESTIVALS a plethora of local talent check out Cornerhouse Pub which has some amazing bands on throughout the week, with free entry. And make sure you don’t miss the famous Food Feast on the Saturday in the Market Yard by the river with grub, booze and music. There are also opportunities to learn about beekeeping, jewellery-making and ukulele playing at the many workshops, and if you wanted to stay over there is camping at Vallis Veg Campsite and the Critchill Manor estate campsite, both walking distance from the Frome venues. For more:

FARLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL When: 18 – 23 June Where: All Saints’ Church, Farley

The annual festival has grown a loyal following by showcasing talented international young musicians, performing classical music of the highest quality in a charming and intimate setting. A world-class line-up of music performers such as cellist Réka Adorjáni and current winner of the coveted Liszt competition in Budapest, Riyad Nicolas, makes this a powerhouse of an event. Other acclaimed artists include Jane Kim, who made her violin debut at just 12 years of age with the Hungarian Debrecen Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Ayoub Sisters, who were discovered by the late Amy Winehouse’s producer Mark Ronson and recorded their first album with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, reaching No.1 in the Official Classical Artist Albums Chart. For more:


When: 29 August – 1 September Where: Larmer Tree Gardens, Tollard Royal, Salisbury

See the Ayoub Sisters at Farley Music Festival

The spiky yet winsome Metronomy play at End of the Road

After stealing the summer last year, End Of The Road returns with another exceptional, progressive and expansive line up. This festival is a major player nationwide with A-list credentials including Michael Kiwanuka, who happens to have an Ivor Novello award and two Mercury nominations to his name after just two records; Beirut with their only UK festival this year; lo-fi funk masters Metronomy, and Spiritualized with their defiantly experimental and poignant space rock. But it also delivers on the rest of the billing with first-class comedy, music, literature, workshops involving circus tricks, songwriting sessions, yoga, origami and films filling the entire Larmer Tree Garden space. Returning food favourites include the Tea Stop, Café Dish, Luardos, The Cheese Truck, and the Pizza Tabun. For more:

Camp Bestival

When: 25 – 28 July Where: Lulworth Castle, Dorset

Not to be confused with Bestival, this is the cute little sister event targeted at families with small children. The line-up is smartly inclusive with the type of artists all the family can get down to, from the poptastic Jess Glynne to disco royalty Nile Rodgers & CHIC, from the electro sounds of Human League to ’90s chart toppers East 17. There are also appearances from the legendary Mr Tumble; Aardman model making workshops; Annie Mac DJ’ing; a Bollywood area, plus tipis, yurts and Bedouin tents if you want to up your camping game. For more: I SALISBURY LIFE I 15


“WOMAD is a glorious melting pot of music, dance, food, art, spoken-word, poetry, science and more”

above: WOMAD makes hanging about in a field child’s play; inset: The phenomenal

Jess Glynne is performing at Camp Bestival; opposite page clockwise from top left: It’s Good Times with Nile Rodgers & CHIC at Lulworth Castle in July; see Ed Balls at the Winchester Festival; Iain Lee and Katharine Boyle will be live podcasting from Shaftesbury Fringe; the eccentrically poppy Let’s Eat Grandma

Shaftesbury Fringe

When: 5 – 7 July Where: Venues across Shaftesbury

Thousands of visitors and locals will fill the streets and cobbles of this Saxon hilltop town and take their pick from dozens of arts, comedy, theatre, poetry and musical performances. Confirmed shows include Tesco! The Opera, a BBC weather presenter performing stand up, a swing band playing Lindy hop and I’m A Celebrity finalist Iain Lee and Katharine Boyle recording a podcast with a live audience. There’s also live music in a hair salon – a true ‘fringe’ event – and events are being held in the grounds of the 9th-century Abbey gardens. Look out for the world’s oldest performer who is an impressive 92 years old, and stand-up comedy from the man who played Peppa Pig’s dad for two years. Turn to page 42 for news on more Shaftesbury celebrations. For more:

Winchester Festival

When: 5 July – 13 July Where: venues across Winchester

This multi-arts festival features 30 performances in venues across Winchester, including concerts, talks, walks, drama and the visual arts. Headliners include Michael Palin, Royal Choral Society with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and Ed Balls. Former Telegraph editor Sir Max Hastings will be discussing the Vietnamese War, Charles Spencer, brother of Princess Diana, will be talking about Charles II, and Andrew Marr will explore the history of Modern Britain. There’s also an abundance of local talent such as Winchester Cathedral Chamber Choir, Wessex Sinfonietta, and Hampshire County Youth Orchestra. For more:



When: 25 – 28 July Where: Charlton Park near Malmesbury, Wiltshire

Now celebrating its 37th year, WOMAD is a glorious melting pot of music, dance, food, art, spoken-word, poetry, science and more, embracing the joys of diversity and tolerance. Attending this vibrant and friendly festival is like being invited to the best ever global party. Along with dramatic virtuoso guitarist Anna Calvi from the UK, who brings her unique, beautiful and thunderous sounds, there’s five-time Grammy award-winning reggae Jamaican superstar Ziggy Marley, and Dhafer Youssef from Tunisia who combines mystical and jazz influences with Arabic lyricism and electronica, to create funky grooves. There’s also the World of Wellbeing, with hundreds of therapies to heal your mind, body and soul, and, for the younger ones, a whole universe of cosmically themed fun and games at the World of Children. For more: n

A few more FesTivals coming to A PLACE near you soon Who needs Glastonbury when we can get in tents with these alternative and eclectic multi-arts events?

@home festival, 1 June. Cabaret, bands and dancing brought by the @home community hub; Bournemouth Air Festival, 29 August – 1 September. The UK’s biggest air festival; Celebrate Voice, October 2019. Salisbury’s award-winning festival with opera, folk and jazz; Five Rivers Festival, 27 May. A new festival celebrating Salisbury’s five rivers; Marlborough LITERATURE Festival, 26 – 29 September. Ten years of books, beautiful books; Teddy Rocks Festival, 3 – 5 May. A great line-up, and for a great cause at Charisworth Farm Cottage; the grange, 6 June – 6 July. World class opera in the heart of Hampshire; I SALISBURY LIFE I 17

31st May, 1st & 2nd June 2019 Vintage Nostalgia at its best...Have you got your ticket? Stockton Park, Stockton, Wiltshire BA12 0SP Sponsored by Ringwood Brewery


FORBES LIST Fiona Forbes will be showing nearly 90 paintings in what is her first solo show in Wiltshire. She lived abroad for many years before moving back to the UK ten years ago and her vibrant oil work, reminiscent of the Impressionist style, includes scenes from France and Central America, as well as some inspired by Salisbury, such as a view of the Cathedral from the water meadows and the Market Square on a busy Saturday. Fiona says, “Salisbury is a lovely city with fantastic buildings and is now in a state of revival after the sad and tragic incidents last year.” For more: Revival, an exhibition of paintings by Fiona Forbes, can be seen at Fisherton Mill, Salisbury, from 11 May until 8 June; I SALISBURY LIFE I 21

What’s on 27 April – 31 May

Jimmy comes to Salisbury City Hall on 8 May to light up our lives by being terribly funny


of the artists’ work. Arundells;

GARY HUME: CARVINGS Hume, who is better known for his paintings on aluminium panels, demonstrates his skill as a sculptor. The carvings are of legs and arms, sensual and sleek, they protrude at jaunty angles. Anatomised from the rest of the human body, they hover somewhere between abstraction and figuration. NewArtCentre;

Until 15 September

Until 12 May

Until 21 May

PICTURE SALISBURY Arundells provides the perfect setting for the Salisbury Group of Artists’ latest exhibition, which depicts the city and the surrounding countryside so loved by the former Arundells resident, former PM, Sir Edward Heath. Turn to page 26 for a gallery

PETER THURSBY: THE POWER OF LINE AND FORM Thursby is best known for abstract sculptures that challenged semiabstract and figurative work. During his career, his work evolved from brutal totemic forms to elegant and poised aluminium sculptures. Along with his preparatory sketches, the exhibition also includes a small number of sculptures. The Salisbury Museum;

Until 29 September

Creative Wiltshire: A Celebration of Art in Wiltshire The aim of this exhibition is to continue to tell the story of Wiltshire’s creative community and


showcase the best art this county has to offer, including the 1971 screenprint and collage by Joe Tilson, Let a Thousand Parks Bloom and work by the sculptor Patricia Volk. The Salisbury Museum;

Until 29 November

THE BRUTAL BURMA CAMPAIGN This exhibition commemorates the gallant part played by the two regiments in an often forgotten campaign three-quarters of a century ago. Three battalions of the Royal Berkshire Regiment and the Wiltshire Regiment fought in crucial battles which turned the tide of war against a seemingly invincible Japanese enemy in the brutal Burma campaign and saved India from invasion. The Rifles Berkshire and Wiltshire Museum;

Until 30 November

STANDING BY MY DARLING’S SIDE Subtitled a Victorian experience of life, love and loss, this tells the story of Jinny Townsend, a resident of Mompesson House, who kept an almost daily diary from the age of 15 in 1859 until 1882, writing up to just a couple of months before her death, aged 38, providing a fascinating insight into Salisbury life in this era. Mompesson House;

27 April – 11 May

BEN JEFFREY From Stranger Things and Game of Thrones to Lion King and Dirty Dancing, the artist’s use of vivid, bright colours creates a unique, distinctive and modern style, which comes alive in his portraiture work. Ben will be staging a live studio in the gallery on 27 April. Gallery 21;

what’s on 11 May – 8 June

REVIVAL An exhibition of Fiona Forbes with nearly 90 of her vibrant and impressionistic-style paintings in what is her first solo show in Wiltshire. Turn to page 21 for more. Fisherton Mill;

4 May – 9 June

BETWEEN ORDER & CHAOS Jordi Raga Frances has spent more than a decade working on heritage restoration in different European countries before settling in Oxford as a full time sculptor, where he is currently based. At the moment his interests are widening towards the landscaping possibilities of sculpture, focusing on the ideas of integration between art, nature and architecture. Messums Wiltshire;

4 May – 9 June



Gary Hume’s The Beach can be seen at the NewArtCentre until 12 May Salisbury Museum is exhibiting the work of the post-impressionist Augustus John

JOHN WALKER John Walker, who has been referred to as one of the standout abstract painters of the last 50 years, was one of the most influential and imitated painters working in the UK; he exhibited alongside Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, represented his country at the 1972 Biennale, had extensive survey shows at both the Tate and Hayward galleries and was short-listed for the first Turner Prize in 1984. Messums Wiltshire; www.

3 May – 19 May

Loud & Clear Three talents – Vincent Poole, Perish the Thought and Nicola Wallis – deliver a fabulous exhibition of mixed media artworks with collages, simple plays of geometry and the merging of graphics, fine art, and pop art. Beaumont Gallery;

18 May – 29 September

Augustus John: Drawn from Life This collection of art by Augustus John looks in detail at his work, particularly in the decades between the two World Wars. At his peak, John’s reputation as one of the towering figures in British art was based upon his extraordinary talent, both as a draughtsman and portraitist, as well as his bohemian lifestyle. Salisbury Museum;

18 - 27 May

WYLYE VALLEY ART TRAIL This, the 10th Wylye Valley Art

Trail, is the largest and most exciting yet. There are 87 venues scattered across South Wiltshire, including Warminster, Westbury and Tisbury, presenting an eclectic patchwork of art and craft by over 390 exhibitors, ranging from award-winning artists with international reputations, to those just starting out on their creative journeys.

Theatre/ Dance /Film 30 April – 11 May

The Remains of the Day 2017 Nobel Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro’s literary masterpiece has entranced generations as both the novel and an acclaimed Merchant Ivory film. Now transformed for the first time into an exquisite stage play by one of Britain’s most exciting young writers, former Salisbury resident, Barney Norris (turn to page 66 for more with Barney), it stars Niamh Cusack and Stephen Boxer as the butler and housekeeper who revisit a past of class conditioning and lost loves. £27-£13 Salisbury Playhouse;

9 May

NT LIVE: ALL ABOUT EVE Ivo van Hove directs Gillian Anderson and Lily James in this new adaptation of All About Eve, a razor-sharp, unsettling exposé of the eternal obsession at the heart of showbusiness, with music from double Mercury Prize winner, PJ Harvey. 7pm, £17. Salisbury Arts Centre;

20 – 25 May

NORTHANGER ABBEY The bookish and naïve Catherine Morland is taken to Bath by her aunt, where she encounters a social whirl in which the lower classes can mingle with the rich and fashionable. Her imagination soon starts to get the better of her as she becomes embroiled in the manipulations of her new friends. £12. Studio Theatre;

Music / Comedy 27 April

PUCCINI IN FORDINGBRIDGE Rising star and former Salisbury Cathedral chorister Xavier I SALISBURY LIFE I 23

What’s on Hetherington joins Fordingbridge Choral Society in Puccini’s youthful and exuberant Messa di Gloria, together with the well-loved Italian opera arias and choruses of Verdi, Donizetti and excerpts from Pagliacci. Xavier, a Royal College of Music scholar, makes his Glyndebourne debut later this year. 7.30pm, £6-£12. St Mary’s Church, Fordingbridge;

30 April

JOOLS HOLLAND Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, return to the city, featuring powerhouse Gilson Lavison on drums, and guest vocalists, Ruby Turner with her breathtaking gospel, soul, rhythm and blues sound, and Louise Marshall bringing her beautiful soul and jazz tones. There are also appearances by extra special guests, the wonderful Pauline Black and Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson, from the legendary ska band The Selecter. 7.30pm, £45-£37. City Hall Salisbury;

2 May

SING-A-LONG-A THE GREATEST SHOWMAN Singalonga Productions will be screening the smash hit film musical that everyone can’t stop singing, The Greatest Showman, with a live host who teaches everyone a unique set of dance moves, shows how to use the interactive prop bags, and encourages cheers, boos and wolf whistles. 7pm, £17. City Hall Salisbury;

affected you or people you know and love. But they’re just jokes – they are not the terrible things. If you miss the chance to see him this time round, Jimmy is back at City Hall in September. 8pm, £31.50. City Hall Salisbury;

16 May

THE CHURCHFITTERS TRIO A folk band like no other: heartwrenching vocals accompanied by a musical saw or a glass harp; foot-stompingly fast fiddle mixed with infectious funk-rock rhythms; traditional tunes reinvigorated with mesmerising jazz sax. A high energy, uplifting show that leaves audiences cheering. 8pm, £14.50. Salisbury Arts Centre;

10 May

LET’S HANG ON The world’s first and longest-running tribute to the music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons celebrates ten years at the top with breathtaking vocal performances and outstanding musicianship. The show features an amazing live horn section performing hits such as Grease, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Working My Way Back To You, Walk Like A Man, Big Girls Don’t Cry and a spectacular finale of Let’s Hang On. 7.30pm, £26. City Hall Salisbury;

5 May – 1 June

SALISBURY LIVE Four weekends of free live music all over the city with Rolling Stones tribute band The Stones launching the event on the bank holiday Sunday in the Market Square. There are also performances from local bands and national talent including Subgiant, Sisteray, Break Cover, Davey Jones’ Locker and G¥psy Jukebox, over the month at various venues. For full details and times visit

8 May

JIMMY CARR: TERRIBLY FUNNY Having political correctness at a comedy show is like having health and safety at a rodeo, so Jimmy’s brand new show contains jokes about all kinds of terrible things. Terrible things that might have


top: My my! Abba’s Angels are performing Live@The Farm on 26 May; above: John Walker's abstract work is coming to Messums Wiltshire; below: Lily James and Gillian Anderson in NT Live: All About Eve

Niamh’s confession of lust is keeping in character

12 May

MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL Following multiple sell-out UK and Irish Tours, the ultimate girls-of-acertain-age night out is embarking on more dates with an all-star cast. Starring EastEnders Cheryl Fergison, singer Maureen Nolan, Casualty’s Rebecca Wheatley, and Irish award-winning comedian Katherine Lynch. Stories of night sweats, hot flushes and memory loss are backed by an instantly recognisable and nostalgic soundtrack of pop classics. 7.30pm, £32. City Hall Salisbury;


LIVE@THE FARM Music from One Step Behind, the Madness tribute band, and Swedish pretenders, Abba’s Angels, are just part of the Salisbury Live farm fun with food stalls and children’s entertainment. 3pm-10pm, £5. River Bourne Community Farm;

other 5 – 6 May

VINTAGE BROCANTE With over 40 vintage, artisan and food stalls at Larmer Tree offering decorative, interior and seasonal food as well as artisan workshops and music in the gardens. 10am4pm, £5.

FESTIVALS 24 May – 9 June

2019 SALISBURY FESTIVAL The festival, which marks global anniversaries with a packed 16-day programme, features more than 120 events across 16 days, and includes an ambitious mix of music, spoken word, film, dance, circus, theatre, comedy and family events. Turn to page 10 for our comprehensive festival round-up.

31 May / 1 June / 2 June

VINTAGE NOSTALGIA FESTIVAL Vintage cars, fun fashion, dance tents, cocktail bars and traditional children’s entertainment, this is a festival for all ages. Turn to page 10 for more.


Niamh is about to appear in Barney Norris’s adaptation of The Remains of the Day performing at Salisbury Playhouse, having just finished playing Lady Macbeth at the Barbican opposite Chris Eccleston in Macbeth. Born in Ireland to a family with deep roots in the performing arts, Niamh originally trained as a professional flautist before training as an actor. As well as serving with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Niamh, who is married to fellow actor Finbar Lynch, also starred as Dr. Kate Rowan in the long-running ITV series Heartbeat LUST: Who or what do you find yourself lusting after today?

Well as it’s a two-show day I should, as Miss Kenton, be lusting after Mr Stevens the Butler (played by Mr Stephen Boxer) in The Remains of the Day – but please don’t worry Mrs Boxer it’s only acting.

WRATH: What or who makes you angry?

Jacob Rees Mogg and his other cohorts in the European Research Group (ERG).

ENVY: Who are you jealous of ?

Egg mayonnaise sandwiches.

The décolletage of Sadie Shimmin, who plays Mrs Taylor and Madame DuPont in our production. Also her zest for life – Sadie is always happy, always full of fun. I LOVE sharing a dressing room with her.

GLUTTONY: What one thing would you happily eat or drink until you burst?

PRIDE: What to date has been your proudest achievement or moment?

GREED: What should you really be cutting down on?

Egg mayonnaise sandwiches.

SLOTH: What should you be putting your back into right now?

Doing my make up instead of writing these answers – it’s 15 minutes before curtain up.

Having our son Calam in the early hours of the morning on 7 November 1994.

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“ My painting Salisbury Market Day was a passionate response to the Novichok poisonings”


PAINTING A PICTURE OF SALISBURY The current exhibition at Arundells is dedicated to the UK’s best city By Elsie Chadwick 26 I SALISBURY LIFE I


t’s easy to see why our city was recently crowned the UK’s best place to live in 2019 by The Sunday Times when you look at the artwork of the Salisbury Group of Artists. They have put together an exhibition specially for Arundells – which was the home of the former Prime Minister Edward Heath – entitled Picture Salisbury, and is a visual celebration of the city and surrounding countryside. Here is a gallery of just a few of the 50 images you can see at Arundells until 21 May, with some of the artists talking us through their Salisbury inspiration.


IRENE COLQUHOUN, lives in Amesbury and has spent 30 years participating with local artist groups “My painting Salisbury Market Day was a passionate response to the Novichok poisonings. I remember the personal need to express my own shock and sadness that this could happen in our beautiful city by creating a painted representation of Salisbury, offering hope and a happier future.”



ANNIE GEORGE, music teacher and choral conductor, who lives at Ford, Salisbury “For anyone who has visited The Old Mill at Harnham this is a very famous ‘sneaky peek’ anyone can take, through the garden gate of Rose Cottage, as you turn left towards the Town Path. I have often passed by the cottage and enjoyed looking across the meadows towards the cathedral in every season.”


FIONA FORBES, lives Winterslow, Salisbury, and runs the Laverstock Art Club in Salisbury “I live very close to Bentley Woods and love walking there, especially in the spring when the bluebells come out.”

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KAREN WELSH, from Salisbury is a full-time artist “The inspiration for this painting of The Cloisters, Salisbury Cathedral came from the contrast of light and shade created by the sunlight pushing through the cloisters.”


LORAINE SHERLOCK, from Laverstock, Salisbury, is retired but acts as publicity officer for the Salisbury Group of Artists and is a member of the Exhibitions Committee “Across To Laverstock Downs was inspired from my daily walks there where I sketch and observe the patterns of the landscape. I enjoy working with fabrics and the way stitching transforms the texture of the materials.”


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“I just love the changing colours and moods of the surrounding landscape”

Sandra Hammer lives in Porton “This is West Winterslow during a summer walk. The inspiration comes from constant changes in the countryside, seasons, light, weather. It’s always different.”


Merilyn Cooper lives in Salisbury “This is of The West Walk in The Close and I wanted to capture the tonal drama of the snow scene.”


Paul Ryder lives in central Salisbury “I was inspired to paint the picture of Salisbury racecourse to combine and blend the excitement of a colourful horse race with the iconic Salisbury Cathedral nestling in the background.”



Caroline Curtis lives in Woodford Valley and also paints with the Lemon Timers “I was inspired to paint because I walk most days with my beloved dog around the valley, and I just love the changing colours and moods of the surrounding landscape.”


Sally Pond lives in Salisbury and is a botanical artist and teacher “This willow can be seen in the grassy patch between New Bridge and the Water Meadows on the southern bank of the river. I have always loved this particular tree the exhibition gave me a good reason to do it.”



Carolyn Ferguson Afternoon Flight, acrylic

Catherine Ducksworth Spire Reflection, acrylic

Jane Taylor Early June – Museum Garde, watercolour

Jane Walker Shady Bower, oils

Kathy Gevaux Top Of The Hill, acrylic

Lyn Ryder Snow On Salisbury Market Square, watercolour

Margaret Gill Morning – Salisbury Floods, oils

Martin Webster Cathedral Across Snowy Meadows, oils

Pam Gregory The River Nadder Rising At Donhead, watercolour

Pamela Leatherland Hidden Areas, Old Salisbury, acrylic

Loraine Halsey St Anne’s Gate, acrylic

Terry Kemp Stonehenge Sky, acrylic I SALISBURY LIFE I 29


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He’s a day tripper

Martin reveals his secret to having a field day at a festival – the one-day ticket


’m sure the mere mention of a summer music festival will conjure up one of two images in your head. You’ll either be transported to a sunny field with a cold drink in your hand, enjoying the music you know from an artist you love and gently swaying from side to side as they work their way through all your favourite tunes. Or you immediately need to reach for the hand sanitiser as you

Martin Starke at Isle of Wight

recall images of people knee-deep in mud, dodging the flying half-full pints of beer (or worse), queueing for a toilet which hasn’t been flushed for three days and not listening to a band you’ve never heard of playing ‘something from the new album’. If the thought of pitching a tent in the rain, wading through the puddles to find it again after a long day searching for your friends and not having a decent shower for three days isn’t your cup of tea then don’t worry, because you can still get in on the act. There is an alternative which is well worth a look; a growing trend possibly born out of festivals no longer selling out. My music festival option of choice for the past few years has been… the day ticket. Sure, every festival organiser would want you to buy the top price ticket and camp all weekend, but if it’s not for you this popular alternative will still allow you arrive at work on Monday with a trendy-looking wrist band to show off to jealous colleagues while you furnish them with ‘you should have been there’ stories. In the last ten years I’ve

“Just because my access is for one day only, doesn’t mean I won’t be having a complete blast” enjoyed watching top-drawer sets from legends like Paul McCartney, Liam Gallagher and Tom Jones, plus firm favourites of mine Pulp, Pink and Paloma Faith. Best of all, I’ve never had to pitch a tent or queue for a shower. Once inside a festival you can spot the fellow day-tripper a mile away – they’re the one confidently using their phone. Snapping away, taking videos, uploading pictures to Instagram and checking in on Facebook, sharing the vibe on Twitter, they’re safe in the knowledge that their phone had a full charge when they left home and will be back on full charge in a few hours. No need to save the battery for the best bands or break the bank to get it charged. Of course there are other advantages of doing the one-day music festival – I’m at the age now where four days of partying would need another four days of recovery, minimum, and that’s never possible. Doing the one-dayers means I can now fit in a few festivals. I’m already looking forward to the Isle Of Wight Festival where

a Saturday ticket will get you in to see George Ezra, Fat Boy Slim and Rick Astley – the sort of combined line-up you can only witness together at a festival, and all utterly brilliant. In Salisbury we’re spoilt for choice this year with so many amazing events just a short trip away including Lamer Tree (my insider top tip – British country duo The Shires will be returning to Larmer Tree Festival and they are well worth seeing), Camp Bestival and Isle of Wight, perhaps the most recognisable. But look out for some good headliners at Let’s Rock, Boomtown and Reading – all of which do the day ticket option. Just because my access is for one day only, doesn’t mean I won’t be having a complete blast. It’s about escaping work, soaking up live music with friends, drinking and eating, meeting people, dressing up, singing and dancing, laughing and smiling, enjoying life and having fun. And then getting to have a shower and my own bed at the end of the day. Peace out! For more: I SALISBURY LIFE I 31


Thai food sensation Restaurant founder, Pranee Laurillard tells us all we need to know about GIGGLING SQUID


ranee Laurillard and her husband sat in the basement of a tiny, tiny fisherman’s cottage (now their Brighton restaurant!) way back in 2002 and pulled together their first Thai tapas menu. The idea was to cook simple, rustic, fresh Thai food. They wanted a menu that people could eat like they do at home, and that’s exactly what they did... Tell us what brought you to start Giggling Squid as a restaurant business. I was keen to create the ultimate Thai experience. Alongside the traditional sharing food culture of Thailand, it was also important for me to focus on beautiful décor, somewhere where customers will enjoy the surroundings as well as the food. Can you tell us what inspired you when creating the dishes? My mum and the travels we made together in Thailand when I was growing up. Some

dishes are inspired by coastal towns and others from the vibrant night markets. We are always evolving and excited by new ingredients; I’m always learning, and I go back to Thailand every year to continue to be inspired. What dishes can be found on the menu that you wouldn’t find anywhere else? Our tapas sets are really unique and a great way of trying a bit of everything when you can’t decide! We also have a brand new menu launch coming soon, with some exciting dishes such as the Chubby Pork Cheek (slow cooked, sticky pork cheek which melts in your mouth) and our Ocean and Greenery Earth (Asian betel leave wrapped salmon with shallot, lime cubes, ginger and a chilli dressing). Where do you usually get your ingredients from? Do you import it directly from Thailand? We import fresh Thai herbs and vegetables directly from Thailand, however we do make use of the abundance of British produce, like meat, fish, fruit and vegetables, when in season.

What would be your top tips on running a successful restaurant chain? Great food offering, charming interior and an eye for detail. Giggling Squid is such a unique nickname for a restaurant, would you mind sharing the story behind it? It’s actually the nickname of one of our lovely three children! Is Giggling Squid just for adults? Not at all – we offer little tapas for little people, including Thai classics such as Pad Thai Noodles, Pork Dumplings and Spring Rolls; guaranteed to ensure smiles all round. What’s next for Giggling Squid? My goal has always been to make brilliant restaurants, and the rest will follow! ■


Giggling Squid Salisbury, 32 Market Walk, Salisbury SP1 1TL 01722 341871 32 I SALISBURY LIFE I

The foundations of this once influential Abbey, founded by King Alfred the Great, lie in a peaceful walled garden with medieval herb garden and orchard. The museum brings to life the story of the Abbey and its inhabitants.

Opening Times

31st March - 31st October 2019 10am to 5pm daily Coach and car parking in town car parks a few minutes’ walk away


Adults £4, Concessions £3, Children FREE (16 and under, accompanied)

Discounted tickets for groups by arrangement The museum and garden are accessible to disabled visitors, and families are welcome.

Park Walk, Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7 8HQ Tel 01747 852910 • email

Group activities, like the Bookcamp UK Salisbury, can help with motivation

FIGHTING FIT Local experts share their advice on how to exercise your way to good mental heath By Elsie Chadwick




ver noticed that light, positive feeling after exercise – and an altered, more optimistic outlook? While it can be hard to motivate ourselves to exercise when we’re feeling down, inactivity can be a contributory factor to depression. While a game of tennis, a jog around the park, a boogie with pals, playing ‘fetch’ with the dog – can deliver the perfect wellbeing balm. We spoke to Salisbury-based exercise experts to learn how you can sprint to a healthier and happier lifestyle.


“Exercise is well known to stimulate the body to produce endorphins and enkephalins, the body’s natural feel-good hormones, which can make problems seem more manageable,” explains Tom James. “The simple act of focusing on exercise can give us a break from current concerns and damaging self-talk.” Tom, a Salisbury personal trainer, says, “When these chemicals are released they immediately help improve mood and reduce stress, with many experiencing a natural high during and straight after exercise.” But, as Tom suggests, it is important to regularly exercise to maintain the positive effects. “One exercise session will not permanently eliminate the negative symptoms associated with mental illness. I encourage clients to form positive habits around exercise. This is essential as regular activity improves symptoms related to mental health problems on a more permanent basis.”

Yoga helps combat feelings of stress and anxiety

“Mental health does not discriminate on age, gender, wage bracket or physical ability”

Alongside improved mental well being, exercise has a myriad of related benefits, as Tom explains: “Just some of the long-term effects related to mental health include reduced symptoms of depression, anxiety and ADHD. People who take care of their fitness also benefit from increased levels of self-esteem and confidence, higher levels of concentration and lower levels of fatigue.” Discussing other advantages he continues, “Physical benefits include reduced body fat percentage, strengthening of the cardiovascular system, and it can reduce the risks of common 21st-century medical conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, hypotension and obesity.” Susan Stephenson, a Salisbury yoga teacher, confirms the link between exercise and good mental health. Susan recently attended a conference, which brought together medical professionals and yoga teachers. “Yoga can help with a whole range of physical and mental health problems,” she says, “such as back pain, respiratory disease, cardiovascular illness, insomnia, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. Practising yoga won’t guarantee perfect health all the time but it gives us resources to face life’s challenges.”


Andreas Beirne, who runs Bootcamp UK Salisbury at Hudson’s Field, says, “No matter what your age, gender or size, 45 minutes of physical activity a few times a week can boost a positive change in your mental state.” “Being part of a larger exercise group, like a bootcamp, means there are also benefits from the added social aspect, increasing your confidence and gaining more friends for moral support. There is a sense of community and support which provides a big boost to your emotional health.”

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FITNESS Rugby Team agrees: “Playing rugby can help you get in shape and stay that way, but it is also a great way to connect with people from different backgrounds and become part of a larger community. At the end of our training sessions and games, the women are buzzing.”


“The body needs to move, breathe freely and rest well to maintain wellbeing,” explains Salisbury yoga teacher Susan Stephenson. “Many of my students begin yoga because they have aches and pains, but also because they are feeling anxious and stressed. Yoga recognises these problems are intertwined. “Yoga puts us back in touch with our bodies, enabling us to understand where we hold tension and how to release it. It teaches us how to find true peace of mind and we begin to feel empowered to bring about positive changes in our physical and mental wellbeing.” Ron has a reason to get out of bed thanks to walking with his new best friend


Richard Gilbert of Sarum Physio Centre specialises in musculoskeletal and spinal conditions, acupuncture, spinal manipulation and sports massage. “An existing physical problem may deter someone from trying to get fit,” he comments. “If they visit a physiotherapist, the mental benefit can be immediate – even due to the simple act of someone listening. Following their advice on managing the condition and pain, combined with some hands-on therapy, can affect a hugely powerful and positive result on someone’s mental frame of mind. It’s about helping someone move forward.”


“Zumba combines two things that are proven to help relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety – exercise and music,” says Zumba instructor Kirstie Pugh who specialises in Seated Zumba Gold (chair exercise) and Zumba Gold (low impact) dance fitness classes. She says, “My classes combine Latin and International music with easy-to-follow Zumba choreography that has been adapted to the ability and range of motion of the participants creating an effective workout. The focus is on all elements of fitness but the main aim is about inclusivity and having fun, which instantly lifts anybody’s mood.” Recent studies have also found that those playing team sports are healthier – and more satisfied with life. Being a part of a team gives people a sense of belonging. The social interaction produces strong feelings of self-identity, which increase happiness. Laura Nicholson of Salisbury Women’s


“Focusing on exercise can give us a break from current concerns and damaging self-talk” All types of dance can lift the mood


The benefits of walking have long been documented, but we all know it can be hard to put one foot in front of the other if you’re feeling unfit and emotionally low. Joining a walking group can be an incentive, or you can find yourself a fourlegged friend to inspire you to get into the great outdoors – just as Ron Lightfoot from Salisbury did. “The back end of 2017 was not a good time,” admits Ron. “My state of mind suffered after a bereavement and a relationship breakdown. I felt I had no reason to get up and out of the house. I had also suffered from


Exercise is a fantastic way to combat mental health issues

Type 2 diabetes since 2011 and my doctor urged me to do something about both my diet and activity levels to try and reverse it.” After a visit to a Dogs Trust rehoming centre in Newton Tony, Ron met and fell in love with Charlie, an eight-month-old Lurcher. Ron says, “We walk for around ten miles a day and even though I’ve always liked the idea of walking to improve my health, the thought of doing it alone never appealed.” Less than two years later, the impressive results speak for themselves – there has been a reversal in his diabetes, a loss of four stone

in weight and a huge mental lift for Ron. He says, “Without a shadow of a doubt, Charlie has done wonders for my physical health, and having a reason to get up has improved my state of mind. Now my days are full of walking and talking. I’m a better person since he came into my life. He has helped my soul.”

WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? Many of us go through periods when we feel exercise isn’t for us – we won’t enjoy it, it’s a struggle, or we’ll ‘do it wrong’. This negativity can be amplified when we aren’t mentally

strong, but this is exactly when we should be considering using exercise even more. Start off with small steps to gain confidence. “Doing nothing because you think you won’t be able to, or you think you aren’t fit enough is honestly the worst thing to do,” says Ron. “Mental health does not discriminate on age, gender, wage bracket or physical ability. It affects anyone and everyone, therefore do not discard a drugfree way to help combat it. Exercise is a fantastic way to combat mental health issues and is available to us all.” ■


ANDREAS BEIRNE Bootcamp UK Salisbury;

RICHARD GILBERT, psychotherapist at Sarum Physio Centre; www.sarumphysio.

TOM JAMES Tom James Fitness Training;

LAURA NICHOLSON, manager for Salisbury Women’s Rugby Team;

KIRSTIE PUGH Zumba and Fitness with Kirstie Pugh; www.kirstiepugh.

SUSAN STEPHENSON yoga teacher; www.susanstephenson I SALISBURY LIFE I 37

YOGA CLASSES Transform your health and wellbeing Woodgreen Village Hall, Near Fordingbridge, SP6 2AJ Monday Evenings: 7.10pm – 8.30pm Taken by a well qualified and experienced teacher. Come along and enjoy this happy and well established class.

For further information Tel: 01425 652324



unny Sin is head chef at the Messums Wiltshire café, The Mess. Having grown up and learnt to cook in Bangkok, Sunny Sin moved to London in her teens and graduated with a BSc in Nutrition and Health. After spending a gap year travelling and learning different cuisines in South America, New Zealand, Australia and South East Asia, she decided on her return to settle in Wiltshire and follow her passion for cooking. Sunny’s aim is to introduce new cuisines and flavours from her homeland and her travels. Of her pearl couscous dish below, Sunny says, “This colourful salad is great on its own, or with roasted lamb or grilled meat. Wild garlic is readily available this time of year, and you can make a lot of chimichurri dressing and keep it in the fridge for up to a month. Pearl couscous is a great alternative to rice or pasta.”

Pearl couscous with beetroot and wild garlic chimichurri dressing Serves 6

Ingredients 250g giant couscous 6 medium size beetroot 2 medium size sweet potato, cut into big cubes Purple chicory for garnish Salt and pepper For the wild garlic dressing 120g wild garlic leaves 1 bulb roasted whole garlic 240ml olive oil 30ml red wine vinegar 1 red chilli, finely chopped Salt and pepper


Method 1. Preheat the oven to 200ºc/gas mark 6, wash the beetroot under cold running water and pat dry. 2. Place the beets in a large spacious roasting tin, roll them in olive oil and season with salt and pepper, bake for 40-45 minutes or until they are soft. 3. Roast the sweet potato in the different tin for 20-25 minutes. When done remove from the oven and let cool. 4. Meanwhile, cook the pearl couscous in boiling hot water for 6-8 minutes until tender.

When cooked, cool the couscous down quickly under cold running water and set aside. 5. Rub off the skin from the beets. Set one aside to purée in a food processor. Cut the others into cubes. 6. To make the wild garlic dressing, squeeze all the garlic flesh off the bulb then place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse to a fine chopped consistency. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 7. Forming the salad, mix all the beetroot including the purée into the pearl couscous, add the dressing as much as you desire just before serving, then garnish the salad with roasted sweet potato and purple chicory.


Smashed avocado and homemade chorizo jam on toasted focaccia Serves 1

Sunny says, “Sweet and spicy chorizo jam is delicious on toast or paired with pâté, cheese and egg. This jam can be kept in the fridge for up to one month.” Ingredients For the chorizo jam – one jar 450g cooking chorizo, finely chopped 2 red onions, finely chopped 5 cloves garlic, minced 75g dark brown sugar 2 tbsp maple syrup 1 tbsp paprika 1 tbsp whole allspice

For the zesty smashed avocado 1 ripe avocado, peeled and stoned Juice of half a lime Sea salt 1 pinch of chilli flakes Fresh coriander, chopped for garnish Method 1. Heat a large frying pan on high heat, add the chorizo and fry until it releases the red, peppery oil, taking care not to burn the chorizo. 2. Add the onion and garlic, cook until softened, then add the rest of the ingredients.

Stir until everything is combined, then lower the heat and slowly cook the jam for 30-40 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 3. Remove from the heat and leave to cool. Put the jam into a clean, sterilised jar, cover with a lid and store in the refrigerator. 4. Place the avocado in a bowl with the rest of the ingredients. Mash with a fork unit smooth, then season and add chorizo jam to taste. At The Mess Restaurant, we serve this on toasted focaccia bread, topped with free range poached eggs. For more: mess-restaurant I SALISBURY LIFE I 41

That’s one heck of a fireman’s lift

SAY CHEESE! John Mather in praise of those who go running up that hill (with no problem) at the Shaftesbury Food & Drink Festival Pictures by James Thrift 42 I SALISBURY LIFE I

Totally crackers!


Live cooking demonstrations will be taking place outside Shaftesbury Town Hall on the hour from 10am to 4pm, with local chefs David Bant, Mark Hartstone and Steve GriffinShepherd cooking up an array of dishes of fish, meat, savoury and sweet using the finest quality local produce. Steve Bant, who will be presenting a fish and meat cooking demo, is a freelance head chef who works in high-end hotels all around the country. Steve is currently working in London for the Guild Of Fine Foods and has previously worked at the Watch House Cafe, West Bay and as development chef at the Lesley Waters Kitchen in Yeovil. Mark Hartstone is chef proprietor of La Fosse Restaurant in Cranborne. He recently won Dorset Chef Of The Year and Restaurant of the Year. Mark and his wife Emmanuelle have been running La Fosse for the past 11 years and have also won Dorset Food and Drink Business of the year. Mark intends to talk about pigeon cuisine at this live demonstration.


nce a year, Dorset’s beautiful hilltop town bursts with a variety of sights, sounds, smells and tastes. It’s that special day in May when the Shaftesbury Food & Drink Festival, rolls into town. There are stalls the length of the town, featuring the fabulous Anonymous Travelling Market on Park Walk, as well as producers from The Dorset Farmers Market and Dorset Food and Drink in the High Street, plus the much-loved live cooking demonstrations. Swans Yard and the Shaftesbury Abbey gardens will be hosting live music as well as showcasing some of the best in local art and crafts. But it’s the legendary Gold Hill Cheese Run that holds a special place in the nation’s heart. Declared a tribute to a millennia of cheesemaking in the area, and introduced as an alternative to cheese-rolling, the participants race with huge truckles of locally-

made cheeses up a massive hill. Gold Hill was originally made famous by a Hovis bread television advertisement filmed by Ridley Scott in 1973 in which a young lad struggled to push his bike while delivering bread – a worthy reputation to have but now eclipsed by the worthier pastime of cheese running by people of all shapes and sizes. The race was introduced in 2012 by Charlie Turnbull, cheese aficionado and original founder of the festival. “We have all the stuff that make people smile: kids doing Maypole dancing and people running up Gold Hill with 25kg cheeses – that’s one of my ideas. We often get the front page on BBC online because it’s a good food story on a beautiful day, and for a few years the race was won by the same guy – a cyclist with incredibly strong legs. We’re trying to steal a bit of Cooper’s Hill thunder and say, ‘Come and grab a 25kg cheese and run up Gold Hill, one of the most picturesque views in the whole of the West Country’. When people think of cheese, we want them to come to Shaftesbury.”

“When people think of cheese, we want them to come to Shaftesbury”

Last one to the top gets the wine in

David GriffinShepherd shares his knowledge about the merits of local game and how best to prepare the meat. He is chef proprietor of the two AA Rosette, multi award-winning restaurant with rooms, La Fleur de Lys in Shaftesbury, which he runs with wife Mary and business partner Marc. For the past 27 years they have been dedicated to using only the best quality fresh food found in the local area and using local suppliers. For more: Shaftesbury Food & Drink Festival is on 12 May, 10am – 4pm; I SALISBURY LIFE I 43

Delicious Indian street food in relaxed surroundings

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For a French dining experience in the heart of Salisbury, look no further than Côte Brasserie. Whether you’re looking for a leisurely breakfast, a casual dining experience or to celebrate a special occasion, our team look forward to welcoming you.

At Côte Brasserie we’ve been passionate about the food, drink and dining experiences we offer since the very first day we opened on the 16th August 2007. Côte Brasseries has been inspired by the brasseries of Paris and offer all-day dining, serving a wide range of authentic French classics made only from the highest-quality, fresh ingredients. The brasserie is an establishment that is glamourous yet affordable; a perfect place for a date, a special occasion, a business lunch or just a quick steak and a glass of wine after a long day. We have recently updated our vegetarian menu to include vegan options and now have a large gluten free menu. For the

little ones, we have a dedicated children’s menu available, with smaller sizes of Côte favourites. Perhaps they’d like a Ham and Gruyère Croque Monsieur, served with frites, or our Roast Chicken Breast with gratin potato and green beans? With lots of choices, it’s a menu guaranteed to put a smile on their faces.

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food & drink news Head chef Mark Young

FOOD FOR THOUGHT In this occasional mini-series, we ask foodies to share their good taste. Here, head chef Mark Young of The Bell Inn, New Forest talks dishes to us… Your desert island dish, the food you couldn’t live without: It

has to be quality beef like the amazing Hereford beef from Tom Hordle’s herd of New Forest steers. I love steak, whether its rump, fillet, ribeye or sirloin, and the rich casseroles made using shin and oxtail, not to mention a juicy burger.

Best ever food memory as an adult…?: The lunch I

had at The Fat Duck in Bray, it was like going to Disneyland for chefs. Heston’s team delivered 14 courses that blew my mind, a true inspiration.

…and as a child?: Going to my grandmother’s for Sunday tea time really did hold dear to me. We were allowed to have our pudding, usually trifle and ice cream, before the main course which was a strange but lovely treat.

Brothers and sisters in arms

CHEERS TO THE BEER The Wyndham Arms in Salisbury has been voted Pub of the Year by members of the Salisbury & South Wilts Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). It is the fourth time in a decade since Lisa Saberton took over as landlady that the Wyndham has been chosen as the best pub in the area by CAMRA members. Lisa says, “The whole team at the Wyndham work very hard to keep the beer good, the service friendly and the atmosphere right. It is a proper ‘local’ and it’s great that CAMRA appreciates our efforts.” Ian Turner, chairman of the Salisbury & South Wilts branch of CAMRA, adds, “At a time where we are, sadly, seeing a decline in people visiting their local pubs, it’s just great to see such a thriving example. Lisa has been at the helm for the past ten years and, in that time, has won the award four times – competition rules prevent the same pub winning in consecutive years.”

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Your secret fast food recipe: I love a guilt-free version of southern fried chicken. First I marinade the Noah’s Ark Farm chicken in buttermilk for 12 hours, next roll it in a spicy herby dredge, and then deep fry until crispy. Serve with coleslaw.


Your dinner party staple: I try not to get stuck in the

kitchen as having friends round is a rare treat, so a Thai curry with sticky rice and prawn crackers gives me the opportunity to spend some time at the table, However, if I was looking to show off my skills, then a Beef Wellington would be my go-to dish.

Guilty pleasure: Peanut butter – I could eat it from the

jar, and since finding the Nut Butter Company in Dorset my consumption has reached new heights.

What’s something you’d never eat?: Battery farmed chicken, I cannot abide the thought of it. I feel quite strongly that there should be a balance between our meat consumption and animal welfare. For more:

Deborah shares news of the new look, Gallery Café

The refurbishment of the food counter of Fisherton Mill has now been completed in time for the new spring programme. Owner Deborah Fox explains, “We have a lovely new marble-effect counter, shiny coffee machine, new furniture and have just a few final touches of decorating to do. “Chef Michael is working on a new menu, there are more English wines on the menu, and plans are afoot for a wide selection of wines for tasting evenings.” For more: I SALISBURY LIFE I 45

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We’ve fallen in love with this hand-carved, floral gold band set with diamonds and yellow sapphires with attached handengraved sides. So while Beyoncé might have once sang, “If you liked it then you shoulda put a ring on it”, we’re no ladies in waiting, and these sisters are buying it for themselves. Gold ring, £3,190 from W. Carter & Son, 3-5 Minster St, Salisbury. tel: 01722 324340; I SALISBURY LIFE I 47

SOKORIA EARRINGS, £45 Long stud earrings, with 24C gold, nickel-free plating From OSOboutique (jewellery shop), 2 St. Thomas’s Square, Salisbury. tel: 01722 323465;

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TENDRIL RING, £235 Handmade to order using recycled 9C gold, and entwined by a delicate tendril makes the perfect I-love-you ring From Elinor Cambray Jewellery Design, 75 New St, Salisbury. tel: 07892 684676; I SALISBURY LIFE I 49

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WAVE BATHROOMS is riding the crest of success as John Mather finds out

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id you know it was Apple that caused a huge resurgence in the colour rose gold? Nope, nor me. But once Gary Nutting, co-owner of Wave Bathrooms, explains this, it makes absolute sense. A few years ago, this metallic hue was nowhere to be seen; then 2015 saw the release of the rose gold iPhone, and now the world, from jewellery to interiors, is awash with this pink sheen. See those huge standalone baths with clawed feet? This trend dates back to the early 2000s when boutique hotels, which couldn’t be judged by the criteria for five-star ratings (such as ironing service and 24-hour room service)


due to their small size, went for opulence and style in their bathrooms. The approach and look was such a success that people now want to replicate it at home. And another thing, the old-fashioned toilets with high level cisterns with the long chain handles are making a comeback in private bathrooms because, Gary tells me, they’ve been spotted in upmarket city restaurants. Spending time with Gary in his Salisbury showroom is like experiencing a fascinating history and socio-economic lesson, told through the medium of metal and ceramics. He’ll not only sell you a bathroom, he’ll tell you why you’re drawn to it. Much of what people want in their homes is driven by what they see in places they may associate with luxury, relaxation and recreation – which is why the

main image: Gary in his Wave Bathrooms showroom; below: Gary can help guide your choices

“We supplied the washrooms for Jamie Oliver’s two Russian restaurants in Moscow and St Petersburg”

showroom showcases and sells high-end, beautiful looking bathrooms and accessories. From the towel rail that looks like a work of art and costs thousands to the copper bath worth nearly £3,000, Wave Bathrooms is a cut above your lock, stock and kitchen sink supplier. Gary, who studied interior design in Chelsea, explains why: “I was involved in designing a large new build in Surrey’s Virginia Waters, when the property was featured in Home & Garden magazine, and the bathroom received rave reviews. A colleague commented that I had such spectacular bathroom designs I should concentrate on designing just bathrooms, and the idea for Wave was born. The company came into being 16 years ago, founded by myself and my business partner David Waddington.

CLOCKWISE: Find out why rose gold taps are all the rage; the demand for luxury bathrooms has risen; among the units you can see reports about Wave’s many awards; Gary and his team specialise in high-end products

“Our ethos is to bring quality, elegant bathroom designs to South Wiltshire, so we specialise in unusual and inspirational products to make bathrooms look that extra bit special. We want our customers to enjoy the whole experience from initial design through to the installed designer bathroom.” Another aspect of Wave’s service that Gary is particularly proud of is their exceptional customer service. Of course, every business says that but Gary’s assertions are backed by several national awards. “Customer service is everything to Wave, and in 2015 we were awarded the Best Customer Service in the UK from a leading national home magazine.” The company has also achieved national recognition for their designs, scooping Kitchen, Bedrooms & Bathrooms Magazine’s Bathroom

Designer of the Year awards in both 2017 and 2018. Their bathrooms have also appeared on Channel 4’s Grand Designs. While some businesses are worrying about going down the plughole, the future is also looking extremely rosy (gold) for Wave Bathrooms, as Gary explains: “We already do a fair amount of work overseas with our commercial hotels and restaurant business, and our international business is growing. I have just designed several ski lodges in Val d’lsere, and we supplied the washrooms for Jamie Oliver’s two Russian restaurants in Moscow and St Petersburg.” ■ For more: Wave Bathrooms, 9 Edison Road, Churchfields, Salisbury, SP2 7NU. tel: 01722 333553; I SALISBURY LIFE I 53

SCENE AC ROSS SA L ISBU RY, O N E SH I N D I G AT A T I M E Kirsten Gamet and Andrew Coombes of Geosight

Chris and Matt of Tech B

Dan, Emma and Gemma from HJS Human Resources

Michael McGarry and Paul Howe of Venture Security


The South Wilts Business Expo 2019 opened its doors at Salisbury’s Guildhall on 3 April, with more than 50 stands both inside and out. Hundreds of people visited the event which showcased a broad range of businesses, from tech to recruitment and from design to motors. Photos by John Rose

Abby Bryant and Maddy Gilbert of Wessex Archaeology Louise Compton of Salisbury Hospice


Becky and Alex of Wiltshire College Rotary’s Aubrey Steele

Purple Panda’s Lucy Jackson and Lucy Thornber

Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s Valerie and Des

Salisbury Racecourse’s Emma, Harriett and Alexina Live Escape Salisbury

Rosie and Beverley from Leehurst Swan School

Sprout’s Carl and Jack

Linden Hire’s Nicola Deacon Dillon and Wilbur of Qinetiq

Julie Cooper of Skydive Netheravon Rosie and Jon of Grounded

Alison and Miranda from Real Employment Law Advice Rachel and Gina from Focus I SALISBURY LIFE I 55

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“Dogs accompanied their owners for the night” Four-legged friends joined their owners for an outdoor sleepover to help raise money for the Alabaré charity. Turn to page 58 for the full story

The Big Number Salisbury District Hospital, main entrance; inset: Nick Marsden

£1.5m The amount raised by the Stars Appeal for Salisbury District Hospital. Turn to page 59 for more

THE HEAT IS ON The project to regenerate the Salisbury District Hospital is launched


he Health, Education and Technology (HEAT) Project Salisbury – the programme set to regenerate the Salisbury District Hospital site – recently held a series of exhibitions in order to demonstrate how it intends to create a modern, sustainable, environmentally-friendly

healthcare centre to serve the local community’s changing needs. Led by the Salisbury Foundation Trust, the events held in Salisbury and Britford, on 14 and 16 March, officially launched the project and helped to gather initial feedback from the public. Nick Marsden, Chairman at Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust, explains, “This hospital-led project is about ensuring we invest in our future, not in maintaining the past.

The public exhibitions were an important first step, allowing us to talk to people face-to-face and understand the priorities for the community. “People were wholeheartedly enthusiastic, with the vast majority of attendees expressing support for the project. We will be conducting a thorough analysis of the comments and will consider the many topics and ideas that people discussed at the events.”

The current plans are to integrate the existing hospital facility to offer a potential range of other services designed to complement health care. These could range from education and training to research and development.

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David has gone for gold

Hannah and Tina from St Mary’s Shaftesbury

SMART THINKING David’s winning design

Two St Mary’s Shaftesbury pupils, Hannah and Tina, received silver and bronze awards in the UK’s Chemistry Olympiad. The competitive examination, run for A-level students, is one of the most highly respected, leading national competitions. Hannah plans to read Biomedical Sciences with a professional training year at Cardiff University, and Tina plans to read Economics at UCL.


GOOD AS GOLD A local jeweller has won two gold awards at recent awards ceremony. David Dade-McTigue who is from East Knoyle, picked up the first prize in the ‘3D Finished Pieces: Precious jewellery in gold/platinum/palladium’ in the design category and a second gold in one of the Special Patron Awards – The Brown and Newirth Award, which highlights and celebrates fine craftsmanship. David, whose workshop and studio is based in Shaftesbury, says, “Every year the competition is inspiring to attend and an honour to be invited to be part of. It’s a fantastic opportunity to observe the very best of British artists within the trade as well as the exciting new emerging talent.” His winning piece, which will be exhibited at Olympia, London, later this year, is an articulating pendant, brooch and hairpiece, made of 18-carat white gold, featuring white diamonds on one side and black diamonds on the reverse. For more:


A Grade-II* listed aircraft hangar at Old Sarum Airfield, which dates back to the World War I, has been put up for sale at £800,000. It acted as a base for the formation of three new bomber squadrons which would ultimately be sent across the Channel, and is currently used as a factory and workshop building.


Children of First Friends Day Nursery in Barford St. Martin recently visited the residents of Braemar Lodge. Jane Andrews, area manager for the nursery says, “We all spent a lovely afternoon painting, sticking and gluing, while singing a range of nursery rhymes with the residents. I can’t recommend this mix of generations more highly. The inter-generational buzz is palpable and it provides an opportunity for energy, stimulation and interest.”

Mr Dabke, consultant orthopaedic surgeon, Dr Tim Wells, consultant cardiologist, Dr Katie Peace, consultant radiologist, Miss Roanne Fiddes, consultant breast surgeon, Penny Brown, Stars Appeal fundraising committee chairman, Lord Pembroke, Stars Appeal president, Miss Melissa Davies, consultant urologist, Mr Graham Branagan, consultant colorectal surgeon and Chairman of the MRI Scanner Campaign, and Mr Roger Humphry, eye surgeon celebrate the Stars Appeal MRI scanner campaign reaching its target

PROPERTY Q&A Mariana Crawford of Trethowans answers frequently asked property questions When does my signature go on the deeds? If not already done so before exchange, you must sign the deeds, transfer and mortgage before completion. If you’re buying as a couple, you must sign the transfer deed to confirm how you wish to hold your beneficial interest in the property, i.e. joint tenants or tenants in common.

STARS IN THEIR EYES After 16 months of fundraising for new equipment at Salisbury District Hospital, the target of £1.5 million has now been reached. The money will go towards a new MRI scanner as well as the infrastructure needed to house the equipment.

Stars Appeal chair, Penny Brown, says, “Almost every department of the hospital will also be able to make use of the scanner – from young children, right through to elderly patients, as well as stroke and cardiac patients.” For more: Participants and their doggy chums sleep out

What practical issues must I attend to before completion? You may wish to remain with the current providers or choose to compare the cost of suppliers for gas, electric, water, satellite and cable, and switch providers. It’s recommended that you attend to this as soon as possible to avoid any issues before moving in. You must take readings of all utility meters as close to moving as possible in order to avoid any later disputes. Who needs to be told about the move? Don’t forget to inform TV licensing, Post Office, DVLA and your bank of your new address. It’s recommended that you’re 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 and collect your keys from the estate agents. For more: Trethowans Solicitors, 1 London Road, Salisbury. tel: 01722 412512;

A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP A record number of more than 220 participants, along with a selection of their furry friends, slept out at Salisbury Cathedral on 8 March for local charity Alabaré. Rebecca Mullen, Alabaré’s fundraising and development manager, explains, “This was the 13th time the event was held despite this year’s wet and windy conditions. “We are grateful to the participants who helped raise vital funds for our work with the homeless

and vulnerable within the local community. “Dogs accompanied their owners for the night as we again sought to acknowledge the link between those who are forced to live on the streets and their canine companions.” Among those sleeping out was John Glenn, MP for Salisbury, who says, “Alabaré is a fantastic local charity that does a massive amount of good work in supporting the homeless in Salisbury.” For more: I SALISBURY LIFE I 59




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AN EXPLOSION OF LOVE A former gunpowder factory set in the New Forest offers a lot of bang for your buck By Elsie Chadwick




yeworth Lodge, in the picturesque surroundings of Fritham in the New Forest, was once a royal hunting lodge that went on to become a world-renowned gunpowder factory. The site, which dates back to the Domesday Book and is set in seven acres of land, became the site of the Schultze Gunpowder Factory in 1860. Although work on it started in 1860 after a businessman and an explosives expert bought the land, the company’s namesake, Captain Edward Schultze, did not become involved at the site until his original factory in Potsdam caught fire and burnt to the ground in 1868. Luckily no such fate happened to the second home for the world’s first smokeless gunpowder. By 1896 the factory employed more than 100 people in 60 buildings, and at its height supplied three-quarters of the world’s annual consumption of gunpowder for sporting guns. The business went into decline around the time of the First World War and the factory closed in the 1920s. The main house was owned by the Forestry Commission until they sold it after the Second World War. Since then the house has been thoughtfully refurbished, staying true to the building’s original features. On entry, an attractive wooden porch over the front door leads to the entrance hall, off which are doors to the double aspect sitting room with two bay windows, marble surround

fireplace and French doors to the terrace. Adjacent is the drawing room with exposed oak beams, large bay window, open fire, wooden surround and cabinets to either side. Steps lead down to the dining room, which features a corner fireplace with decorative tile surround and doors through to the conservatory, where double doors lead out to the terrace and garden. From the entrance hall is the double aspect study with bay window, and wall of fitted shelves and cupboards. The second study (to the west end of the house) has glazed cabinets. The rear hall with cloakroom opens out to the skylit family room, which has a seating area with wood burning stove plus an informal dining area and door to the north terrace. The kitchen is made up of cream painted wood wall and base units, part beech and part granite worktop, central island unit with seating for four, Aga, electric conduction hob and Miele appliances, double stainless steel sink, integrated steam oven and space for a fridge freezer. The larder to the side provides further storage and space for a chest freezer and American-style fridge freezer. A door from the kitchen leads to a back hall and boot room with plenty of coat and boot storage space, WC and basin. From the family room is the first large utility room with space and plumbing for washing machine and tumble dryer, with storage, double butler sink and steps down to the temperature-controlled cellar. A previous owner of the house was a wine importer who ensured the static temperature and installed a pulley system to lower wine boxes from the terrace. The second utility room has further storage cupboards, butler sink and tool racks. I SALISBURY LIFE I 63


Stairs from the entrance hall lead to the first floor. The master bedroom faces south over the gardens and west over paddocks and leads on to the first dressing room with a wall of fitted wardrobes and cloakroom. A large, beautifully fitted bathroom has standalone bath, double sink with cupboards and separate double, fully tiled shower cubicle. From here, a door leads to a second dressing room with a door and stairs leading to the north terrace and also onto the gym with wood flooring and stairs to the attic. Bedrooms two and and three have fitted wardrobes and French doors to balconies taking advantage of the southerly aspect and views over the formal garden and paddocks. Bedroom four is to the front of the house. Bedrooms two, three and four have access to a family bathroom, cloakroom and newly fitted shower room. From the first floor inner landing are double doors to a roof terrace. Stairs lead up to the second floor landing with exposed beams, and there are three double bedrooms – all with built-in storage – and a family bathroom. In the extensive grounds and well-maintained gardens there are two cottages, a stable block, paddocks, a swimming pool and a tennis court. The village of Fritham is considered one of the prettiest part of the New Forest, with wonderful walks, riding and a popular pub – all guaranteed to make the new owners’ life go with bang. ■




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“I was once offered a job driving a tractor, which tempted me” their maximum potential. That was a remarkable gift to be given. I had no talent whatsoever for rugby, but gave it my all,

and ended up very proud of my role as reserve forward for the Bishop Wordsworth’s First XV and occasional captain of the Second XV.

I once won and then retained the title of Wiltshire’s best speaker of Latin verse, and have

Barney Norris The writer and artistic director of Up In Arms theatre company talks rugby, poetry, and being a barista on Market Square Barney Norris was born in Sussex in 1987, and grew up in Salisbury. Upon leaving Oxford University he founded the theatre company Up In Arms. He won the Critics’ Circle and Off West End Theatre Awards for Most Promising Playwright for his debut fulllength play Visitors. He is the Martin Esslin Playwright in Residence at Keble College, Oxford and his much-acclaimed debut novel, Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain, which is set in Salisbury was a Times bestseller. His second novel, Turning for Home, cemented his reputation as a major literary talent, with his third novel The Vanishing Hours being published in the summer. Barney, who now lives in London, recently adapted the Kazuo Ishiguro classic The Remains of The Day for the stage, which is now on a major national tour and can be seen at Salisbury Playhouse from 30 April to 11 May.

We moved to Salisbury when I was ten, in 1997. I stopped

living in the city in 2005, but have continued to stay as involved as I possibly can, working at the Playhouse, touring plays there and speaking at festivals and so on.

My very first job was a paper round in Harnham; after that,

I became an usher at Salisbury Playhouse. Since then I’ve been a barista – working on and off at the Costa on the Market Square until 2010 – a barman, a university administrator, and done most available jobs in the theatre. I wrote a poem out when I was about seven and I recall feeling

it was magical that words could be made to rhyme and scan. I liked the sense of rhythm. I loved school. I was very lucky, and went to a very good school, and had wonderful

teachers and wonderful friends. We were all encouraged to develop our extracurricular interests to


performed in a play in Ancient Greek – which I’m proud of, being a hopeless linguist.

I was once offered a job driving a tractor, which tempted me. I

also wanted to be an actor, then a theatre director. I wanted to be in a band. I think I’d have set myself with relish to anything creative. My parents are musicians, so it’s all my family know, creative work.

The proudest day of my life was undoubtedly my wedding day. Professionally, every time Up

In Arms opens a show, I think my heart will burst. It’s different when someone else pays for it, but when we put the show together, and put it on, when it’s us who’s done it our way and made no compromises to anyone else’s process that’s what makes me proud. I celebrated my first book advance by drinking champagne

with my wife. It was very unexpected, and didn’t feel real.

I’m going to read a lot of Richard Jefferies this year, a

great Wiltshireman, so I have a copy of The Story of My Heart I’m about to get stuck into. One very important moment for me was having the opportunity

to meet the poet Seamus Heaney. We talked about football.

I’ve had a cactus since I was ten

that’s now several cactuses. More recently, I planted two apple trees

on my allotment, a russet and a James Grieve, which are my pride and joy as they begin to flower. I’m a West Ham fan, and hate

them passionately as a result. Music’s very important to me. I’d recommend that everyone should listen to the Esbjorn Svensson Trio and Sun Kil Moon – great artists whose work is important to me. And more people should know about the paintings of David Inshaw, who lives in Devizes, and makes wonderful pictures.

I like to be outside. I walk my dog and spend as much time as I can on my allotment. I like visiting the places where I feel at home – Salisbury, Oxford, Hay – and I like visiting new places, travelling when I can, though I’m not an intrepid traveller. I fall in love with almost anywhere I go on holiday, but that’s being on holiday, isn’t it? You could do a lot in a day in Salisbury. I’d start with Lizzy

Gardens and the water meadows, maybe the Old Mill or the Rose and Crown. It’s nice to be near water. Walking over the fields from Harnham to Odstock, or over to Britford, is my secret Salisbury. My motto is two lines from D.H.Lawrence – ‘as much

happens for you as happens for other people’; and with a little paraphrasing, ‘bite down and don’t let the bastards shake you off till the money starts flowing like blood’. The best piece of advice I’ve ever received and would share

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