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ABOVE: An event in the glorious gardens of Wilton House (page 6); BELOW: Pretty purchases for a perfect picnic (page 34)


ave you visited the dreamy Palladian Bridge pictured here on our front cover? Have you marvelled at the beautiful horses at the annual trials, or whiled away a few hours in the quirky, and mammoth, charity shop (which, at the time of writing, had a horse-drawn plough imported from France listed as one of their items for sale?) Well, these are just some of the things you can see and do in the wonderful on-our-doorstep- town of Wilton. And in this issue, we go exploring in the area (page 10); we chat to the Wilton business owners and entrepreneurs to discover what makes this thriving community such a special place to live. This is also a special properties and interiors-themed issue where we we nosy around some of the most exciting properties in Salisbury. We check out the new builds in town (page 50), which prove it’s not just the oldies that have the charm; we also look at the retirement villages in the area that are popping up (page 40) – check out the one that holds Strictly Come Dancing nights. Elsewhere we interview the interior designer of Wilton Place, a gorgeous Georgian house that’s just had a magnificant makeover. What else? We chat to the director of music at Salisbury Cathedral and we look ahead to the life-affirming summer solstice event happening at Stonehenge. Enjoy! COVER The Palladian Bridge in the grounds of Wilton House. Photo by Corinna Fisher/ Instagram: @little_ moments_tml

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Issue 272 / June 2019

cover feature

10 WILTON The town punching well above its weight

the arts

17 INTRO Art made out of cardboard? Yup. 18 WHAT’S ON Art, theatre, festivals and more 24 SUMMER SOLSTICE Stonehenge – where else?



Food & drink

28 RESTAURANT We try the Salisbury Thai 31 Food & drink news All the local

culinary stories


33 shopping intro A chair to remember 34 ed’s choice All the pieces for a picnic 37 remarkable retail Meet the Wilton

family business


40 retirement Living spaces that shine


47 business insights Who’s winning in the local

corporate world


50 new builds Dreamy modern homes 56 WILTON PLACE A Georgian property all done up 61 showcase A picture perfect cottage


6 Spotlight The BBC’s Antiques Roadshow comes

to town

38 scene Openings and funky supper clubs 65 salisbury lives We chat to David Halls, the

director of music at Salisbury Cathedral

Editor Harriet Noble Managing Editor Deri Robins Senior Art Editor Andrew Richmond Graphic Design Megan Allison Cover Design Trevor Gilham Editor’s photo John Rose Contributors Josephine Wilde and John Rose Advertising Manager Dan Nichols dan.nichols@ Production/Distribution Manager Sarah Kingston Deputy Production Manager Kirstie Howe kirstie.howe@mediaclash. 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 www.mediaclash. @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

SPOTLIGHT “And on my left is...”

There’s no such thing as being overdressed if you’re the Mayor



ANCIENT HISTORY Locals turned out en masse recently to discover the heritage and evaluation of their family heirlooms, as Fiona Bruce and the team of experts descended on Salisbury Close to film the popular BBC Antiques Roadshow. It is believed around 5,000 people attended on the day; the crew filmed around 50 items that will make two shows, and they will be broadcast later in the year or early next year. As well as the high-drama evaluation moments, Fiona had time to meet Salisbury Cathedral’s archivist Emily Naish and visited the Works Yard on site. “We had the most wonderful day



in glorious sunshine at Salisbury Cathedral and welcomed thousands of visitors,” says Pamela Parkes, publicist at the Antiques Roadshow. “Our experts appraised items non-stop from 9.30 in the morning until 8.45pm, which is the latest we’ve ever been on site and just shows how popular Antiques Roadshow is – even after 42 years. “We don’t want to spoil the surprise but we filmed some extraordinary items with incredible stories. The two programmes we will make from Salisbury Cathedral will be something really special.” For more:

Salisbury City Council has just announced the election of Councillor Mr John Walsh as the 759th The Right Worshipful the Mayor of the City of Salisbury. “Salisbury’s citizens have made me and my family very welcome and in a small way I hope to repay that kindness by celebrating and promoting the city in every way I can in my Mayoral year, ” says John. The Mayor’s Charity for 2019 – 2020 will be South Wiltshire Mencap. “I have been associated with this marvellous local charity, which was founded by local parents 60 years ago, for more than 20 years and have been involved in several ways over that time,” says John. The Deputy Mayor for 2019 – 2020 is Councillor Caroline Corbin. For more:

The giant red smarties went down a treat




Forget the art – how about the stylish chaps donning panama hats

Wilton House: not too shabby a venue for a garden party


ONE FOR THE DIARY This year marks 50 years since Parkinson’s UK, formerly Parkinson’s Disease society, was founded in a one-room office in Putney, London. The charity continues to strive towards finding a cure and improving life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s. To celebrate the half a century anniversary, an event will take place in the grounds of Wilton House on 21 June. “This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate not only the 50th anniversary of Parkinson’s UK but also our own Salisbury and district branch for Parkinson’s and the great work and support that is given to people with parkinson’s and their carers,” says Helen Dibden Parkinson’s UK committee member. “We are very lucky to be able to use this wonderful venue Wilton House grounds courtesy of Lord Pembroke for this celebration.” For more:


Troops from The Royal Artillery band in all their finery

The Armed Forces Day National Event is taking place between 28 – 30 June and will see a myriad of military events take place around the city. Salisbury’s city centre will play host to a military parade, while the line-up at Hudson’s Field includes military demonstrations, live entertainment, fireworks and internationally renowned band Björn Again headlining. Also joining the military will be Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, and the world famous Royal Air Force Red Arrows who will make a spectacular moment when they fly overhead. “I am delighted HRH The Princess Royal will be attending Armed Forces Day on 29 June in Salisbury,” says Baroness Scott of Bybrook OBE, leader of Wiltshire Council. “I look forward to welcoming her to the county and demonstrating what a proud military county we are. The whole weekend promises to be a spectacular and important military occasion.” The Sunday focuses on veterans and young people – those who have served and those who may serve – with a commemoration and drumhead service, supported by the Royal British Legion, with the Bishop of Salisbury



and padres leading the service. There will also be the opportunity to help the event attempt to break a record by creating the world’s largest human poppy in the main arena. The local radio station will create the BBC Wiltshire Village, which will have local acts on stage between 3pm and 6.30pm on the Saturday and Sunday. There will also be the interactive BBC bus on which people can have a go at being a presenter. For more: I SALISBURY LIFE I 7

The Wonder of Wilton We chat to the retailers and entrepreneurs making their mark By Harriet Noble

Wilton Shopping Vilage hosting a gin festival




ilton is often called the quintessential English market town; the pretty spot three miles west of Salisbury does indeed have traditional pubs, a weekly market in the square and a thriving community which appeals to locals and visiting tourists alike. But what other towns can boast the beauty of Wilton House and its phenomenal gardens, or the array of local businesses to be found in Wilton Shopping Village? Here we chat to the people making Wilton the hub that it is.

Cobbs market café, Wilton Shopping Village

The cosy, tranquil café has been open for four years now serving homemade breakfast and lunch seven days a week, including dishes such as cheese and watercress scones, fish pie, burgers, salads and fry-ups. “We are part of a bigger group of independent farm shops and cafés all serving delicious home-grown food, produced from our 55 acre farm. Our most popular product at the moment without a doubt is our Marshfield’s Farm ice cream. They produce a whole range of flavours from vanilla, to bubble-gum, even ice cream for dogs.” “The first thing that will catch your attention when you walk in is the wonderful smell of the café,” says Amy Kempster. “Popsies Gifts, a local company, have a beautiful display of handmade soy candles and wax melts right opposite the front door. The smell of lemongrass and lavender can often be teamed with the smell of freshly baked scones and pastries. “I think everyone at Cobbs has one thing in common – we love to chat! No two days are the same and I think that is one of the many reasons why we all have chosen to work for Cobbs.”

Wilton House, Wilton

“We aim to bring a little modern urban inspiration to Salisbury”

Built on the site of a 9th century nunnery with beautiful gardens – including the Palladian Bridge featured here on our cover – Wilton House has been regularly open to the public since the time of the 8th Earl at the beginning of the 18th century. It is not just a thing of beauty though, it has been important in the art history of England for its artistic patronage, its unique architecture, and for its fine collection of Old Master paintings and classical sculpture. Fortunately, it avoids being an austere spot. “In spite of its size and grandeur, Wilton is first and foremost a family home which feels welcoming and friendly as soon as you enter the front hall,” says Louise Vincent, tourism team manager at Wilton House. “One of the fun things about Wilton is I SALISBURY LIFE I 11

Wilton Horse Trials, Wilton Park (at Wilton House)

The Wilton Horse Trials were established in 1976 and have run every year bar two since then, (foot and mouth and floods being the only exceptions) exhibiting the best of dressage, show jumping and cross country in the area. Taking place in the grounds of Wilton Park, at Wilton House, the horse trials are the only sport where beginners, male and female, and Olympic champions can compete on equal terms. It’s also known as a very family and dog friendly event, with a good choice of trade stands and hot and cold food and drink. The event has been run for 22 years by Anthony Ffooks. “I look after all the sponsors, advertising, emergency services and over 100 volunteer helpers, ” says Anthony. “I enjoy creating interesting jumps like mermaids, turtles, ladybirds and a teckle (long haired daschund) and try to have bright coloured jumps.” The next Wilton Horse trials are on 27 – 28 July.

AlabarÉ Charity, The Wilton Emporium, Wilton

To call this business a charity shop is a bit of an understatement; it could more accurately be described as a department store as the premises are made up of 6000sq ft split over two floors. The myriad of products sold includes furniture, homeware, electricals, bric a brac, and furniture, and bicycles. And it’s not just your run of the mill stuff either. “We have a trader who comes over from France once a month who brings interesting things, like at the moment, we have a 1925 horse drawn plough!” says Lynn Ireland, retail manager at Alabaré Christian Care & Support. What else is hot at the moment? “People are thinking about life outdoors so the garden things are going well, plus bikes and clothing” says Lynne. Alabaré is keen on bringing community spirit to the area with an array of events. Recently they held a 1950s style rock n roll dancing class and later in the summer they are hosting a motor bike show and a steampunk fair.


Horsing around at Wilton Horse Trials

Wilton House is owned and lived in by The Earl and Countess of Pembroke

© Sam Pelly

that due to its age, one can find old parts of the original building incorporated into the later fabric of the house. In the lower cloisters behind the stairs the bases of some 12th century columns from the old abbey can be seen through a glass floor panel, while the eastern jamb of the doorway into the single cube is part of a mediaeval window.” And nowadays the appeal of the house is much broader with a diary full of events taking places there, such as the Wessex Country Fair, the Wilton Wake Ups for car and motorcyclist enthusiasts, held on the 4th Sunday of every month and the newly opened café on site.

© Wilton Horse Trials


“We have a trader who comes over from France who brings interesting things – currently we have a 1925 horse drawn plough”

What’s wonderful about Wilton? “Wilton is a thriving market town which boasts a really good mix of traditional and specialist retail outlets, restaurants and cafés which is wonderful for local residents, local employees as well as visitors.” Louise Vincent, tourism team manager at Wilton House “It’s a lovely community to work in, and where we are parking is very easy and free.” Lynda Ireland, retail manager at Alabaré Christian Care & Support “Wilton is a great place to live and work – we bump into friends and customers when we’re walking the

dog or we’re in the pub for a pint after work. Independent business owners support and recommend one another.” Russell and Lindsay Hudson, owners of Coffee Darling

‘Wilton Park is the most beautiful parkland area which has the backdrop of Wilton Hose, the Palladian Bridge and the River Nadder.’ Anthony Ffook, manager Wilton Horse Trials

“We have a great rapport with most shops but mainly with Annie’s Out of House Wool Shop who are our shop neighbours and also with Cobbs who have been very welcoming towards us and they are also very supportive using our products on their menu.” Wendy Ellen, co-founder of The Courtyard Marketplace

“The best thing about working in Wilton is the community spirit. We often see the same friendly faces and love getting to know our customers. We love to put on community events, and currently run a knit and natter group every Thursday.” Amy Kempster, café manager at Cobbs Cafe

way back in Wilton…

“Our shop is housed within a listed building set on an historical courtyard. The building opposite used to be Wilton Carpet Factory and there are even pictures around showing that they used to lay the huge carpets out in the courtyard which would’ve been made for a grand house.” Wendy Ellen, The courtyard MarketPlace

One can only wonder how long it takes to mow the lawn at Wilton House

“This is a very old building, it used to be a train shed, goods loading shed. The trains drove in one end of the building and out the other! We have an old photo of the building as part of the railway.” Lynn Ireland, retail manager at Alabaré Christian Care & Support

Coffee Darling 2 Silver Street, Wilton

© John Rose

Da-da! The gang at Cobbs Market Café

The family-run café in the heart of Wilton has been open since 2016 and was set up by passionate foodies Russ and Lindsay Hudson, who met when working together in a butchers and deli where they instantly bonded over a love of fresh local produce. Their first foray into catering was a food truck, selling southern states BBQ at food fairs and festivals in the Midlands. They pride themselves on making most of the food from scratch themselves – including sausages, bacon, quiche, cakes, tray bakes – even the brown sauce, and using local and seasonal produce as much as possible. “Fluffy buttermilk pancakes with crispy bacon are always popular at the weekends,” says Lindsay. “We have a lovely courtyard garden which is a real suntrap – a great place for a glass of wine and brunch with friends.”

Fill up the larder with these goodies

© John Rose

Dream Doors, Wilton Shopping Village

Wendy is in charge of all things creative at The Courtyard Marketplace

The showroom in Wilton is a local family business, owned and run by Gill and Geoff Noble, which has been going for over seven years and specialises in creating kitchen designs. A peruse around the showroom reveals all sorts of looks, whether you are after something classic, or traditional and they offer a bespoke made to measure kitchen service. I SALISBURY LIFE I 13


Wendy Ellen makes a plethora of different crafts, which she then sells at The Courtyard Marketplace, which she co-founded with her father. “If I have an interest in something then I will teach myself how to make it – that’s how I got into sewing, metal stamping, lampshade making and quote frames,” says Wendy. “I sometimes take orders but largely I fall in love with a fabric and decide what I’m going to make after I’ve got it. “The quote frames have proved very popular but so have my hand stamped key rings and bookmarks. Each product has a personal touch whether it be a fabric that I love or humour I have added to quote frames or hand stamped in a key ring or bookmark, in that way my products are unique. “Customers say they love the shop and the layout. We love to talk to our customers and are always happy to offer advice or help or just to leave them to browse if that’s what they are after. We are very friendly and welcoming.” For more about Courtyard MarketPlace see page 37.

© Corinna Fisher

The Courtyard Marketplace, Wilton Shopping Village

Wilton house gardens: time to put on a twirly dress, skip over the bridge and break into song

“The smell of lemongrass and lavender can often be teamed with the smell of freshly baked scones and pastries” Coming soon to Wilton Company: Moe & Co. Who are they? Moe &Co are Michelle Baxter and Zoe Cupit are the founders What’s all about: “Finding ourselves shopping further afield for our home and our clothes, looking for a more unique, sustainable and locally made feel, we now aim to bring a little modern urban inspiration to Salisbury,” says Michelle. “Living in an iconic natural landscape, and our roots in the countryside, we are keen to combine the richness this brings with the modern, urban cool, using simple, natural colour block designs scattered with funky botanic and floral designs.”


What will they sell? “We have curated a capsule range of homewares initially and will be layering on a clothing and jewellery range in the autumn,” says Michelle. Expect handmade porcelain dinnerware and vases, handmade wood boards and platters, textiles, handmade cards, notebooks and wrapping paper. This will sit alongside locally sourced wines, oils, condiments and groceries. When will they open? The online business kicks off in July, via their own website shop and the full range will be available when they open their Wilton shop in September.

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the arts s n a p s h o t s o f SA L I S B U R Y ’ s c ult ur a l li f e

ATTENTION TO DETAIL Cardboard is the preferred medium of Melbourne-based artist Daniel Agdag. With it, he creates a paradox of fragility and strength with structures that resemble architectural forms and machines by utilising a medium that is essentially paper, preserving them under glass vitrines or bell jars. His inspiration? The overlooked, concealed mechanisms and systems that enable the industrialised world to function, which act as a gateway to the playful, fantastical realms of invention and imagination. His recent stop motion film The Lost Property Office, pictured above, was shortlisted for an Academy Award in 2018 and won the Jury Prize for Best Animated Short at Newport Beach Film Festival in 2019. Daniel will show this nine minute film ahead of a Q&A on his work as both an artist and film-maker at 11.30am on 15 June; his solo work runs from 15 – 30 June as part of the In Focus Fortnight: Architecture & the Environment exhibition; Messums Wiltshire; Place Farm, Court Street, Tisbury, Salisbury; I SALISBURY LIFE I 17

What’s on 8 – 30 June

Small Island will be on at Salisbury Arts Centre

Exhibitions Until 9 June BETWEEN ORDER & CHAOS

Jordi Raga Frances has spent more than a decade working on heritage restoration in different European countries At the moment his interests are widening towards the landscaping possibilities of sculpture, focussing on the ideas of integration between art, nature and architecture. Messums Wiltshire;

Until 9 June

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;

Until 13 July

Until 29 June

Until 29 September

Plain Arts Summer Exhibition Plain Arts is the leading arts organization for local artists in and around Salisbury. This exhibition sees the work of nearly 50 members, with work ranging from painting and illustration through to photography. Salisbury Library;


Insatiable Mind This exhibition is inspired by human curiosity and the urge to challenge accepted norms. Exploring the past, present, and future, it features work from an international selection of artists. Salisbury Arts Centre; 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;

Until 24 November

Linda Brothwell: Conversations in Making This is the first contemporary art exhibition at Stonehenge and features 40 vessels in silver and copper inspired by the monument, by the Neolithic tools found in the landscape around it and by conversations with present-day trades and crafts people living and working nearby. Stonehenge Visitor Centre, Stonehenge, near Amesbury;

8 June – 23 June

Gina Hawkshaw

what’s on Exhibition Gina Hawkshaw, one of the most talent wildlife artists in the UK, will be personally showcasing her work. She can be followed on social media experimenting with scale and subject in preparation for her exhibition. On the 8th there is a chance to discuss commissions and have a drink with the artist herself. Gallery 2;

above: Gina Hawkshaw's art is being displayed at Gallery 21 left: John Walker's art can be seen at Messums Wiltshire below: Messums Wiltshire are hosting the exhibiton of art from Jordi Raga Frances

Theatre/ Dance/Film

Music/ Comedy

8 June

Cosmic Voyage with neil brand Mixing live action with exquisite model and stop framework, this 1936 film was created to inspire Cosmonauts with the story of an elderly scientist who builds his own rocket and flies to the moon and back. This silent film is accompanied by acclaimed composer Neil Brand. £15; Salisbury Arts Centre;

8 June

17 – 22 June

Educating Rita Married hairdresser Rita and her borderline alcoholic, frustrated poet and teacher Frank strike up an unlikely friendship when Rita enrols on a university course to broaden her horizons. This comedy won the Olivier award when produced by the RSC in London’s West End and stars one of our bestloved actors Stephen Tompkinson. £13-25; Matinees at 2.15pm on Thursday and Saturday, others at 7.30pm; Salisbury Playhouse; www.

19 June

Further Education Showcase: The Play’s the Thing In their final work, Wiltshire Creative students have chosen to explore an area of practice that has inspired them over the last ten months. This showcase promises to be an artistic feast abundant with skills, thrills, and spills, in more ways than one. 2pm, 7.30pm; £10; Salisbury Arts Centre;

27 June

three intricately connected stories. Hortense yearns for a new life away from rural Jamaica, Gilbert dreams of becoming a lawyer, and Queenie longs to escape her Lincolnshire roots. Hope and humanity meet stubborn reality as the play traces the tangled history of Jamaica and the UK through the Second World War to 1948. A company of 40 actors take to the stage in this timely and moving story. 7pm; £15; Salisbury Arts Centre Main Space;

National Theatre Live: Small Island Based on the Orange Prize-winning novel Small Island, the play follows

Pavel Haas Quartet The Pavel Haas Quartet has been showered with praise and prizes, including the Gramophone Awards Recording of the Year. After Beethoven’s sunny third ‘Razumovsky’ quartet, pianist Boris Giltburg and double-bass player Enno Senft for Schubert’s irresistible ‘Trout’ quintet will join the quartet. 7.30pm; £22; Wilton Italiante Church;

8 June

Clare Teal and her Big Mini Big Band Award-winning jazz vocalist and Radio 2 presenter Clare Teal and her Big Mini Big Band go from strength to strength. Bringing you more exhilarating swing and sparkling melodies, they celebrate the Great American and British Song books as well as contemporary writers creating the standards of today. £23; 7.30pm; Salisbury Playhouse;

9 June

Al Murray: Landlord of Hope and Glory Tour 2019 For over twenty years TV favourite Al Murray has been delivering comedy that has been described as a unique blend of satire and surrealism inspired by the world today. In this show, he calls to his audience with the tagline ‘Citizens of Hope and Glory! Our new tomorrow beckons. A new tomorrow that smells reassuringly of yesterday, but with wifi’. 7.30pm; £29.50; suitable for audiences over 16 years; Salisbury City Hall; I SALISBURY LIFE I 19

What’s on 12 June

South Transept Recital Series: William Byrd – My Lady Nevells Booke Alex Palotai, an organ scholar, will perform what is considered to be one of the most important collections of Renaissance keyboard music on the chamber organ. 7.30-9pm; £12.50; Salisbury Cathedral;

15 June

The Salisbury Chamber Ensemble The delightful Salisbury Chamber Ensemble will perform a selection of early classical music including quintets by J C Bach and I J Pleyel. Refreshments and the opportunity to visit the Augustus John Exhibition will follow the performance. 2:30-4pm; £8 Members, £10 NonMembers; Salisbury & South Wiltshire Museum;

16 June

Celebrate Salisbury Concert The Rotary Club of Salisbury proudly presents the Celebrate Salisbury Concert to support the Rejuvenation of Salisbury initiative. Performances will include the Wiltshire Police Band,and The Military Wives Choir. Money raised will be donated providing musical instruments and tuition in Salisbury schools and the Salisbury Schools Art Exhibition. 2.30pm; £8; Malthouse Lane, Salisbury;

20 June

Evening of Jazz in the Garden James Emmett’s Ragtime Revellers will be providing an evening of jazz set in the stunning Arundell gardens. Watchers are invited to bring a picnic hamper, rugs, and low backed chairs to enjoy some outdoor entertainment. 7pm; £15; Arundells; www.arundells. org

22 June

Haydn Nelson Mass and Vivaldi Gloria Choral Concert The Salisbury Musical Society and Salisbury Symphony Orchestra will be performing some major classical works in the magnificent setting of Salisbury Cathedral. 7.30pm; £10-25; Salisbury Cathedral;

22 June

Jack Dee’s ‘Work in Progress’ Jack Dee will be performing new material from his forthcoming UK tour. Work In Progress will deliver bundles of laughter as he thinks ‘in these difficult and uncertain times people need hope – a ray of sunshine to brighten their day. And that’s very much where I come in.’ 8pm; £15; Salisbury Arts Centre;

29 June

A Summer’s Night at the Opera The Celebrate Voice Festival is hosting a fundraising summer opera gala. Audiences can picnic with the entire family while enjoying the music of opera’s greatest hits, accompanied by the community choir, orchestra, and children’s chorus. £30; Little Durnford Manor;

above: Stephen Tompkinson stars in Educating Rita left: Chloe Rainer by Vicky Slater can seen at the plain Arts Summer Exhibition below: Dorelia and Child will be exhibited at Salisbury Museum

29 June

Zimbe! This 45 minute cantata by Alexander L’Estrange, has rocked the choral world since its premiere in 2008, cementing L’Estrange’s reputation as one of the UK's most popular choral composers of the 21st Century. The music for Zimbe! combines African song and jazz in an exciting and joyous blend. 7.30pm; £18; Salisbury Playhouse;

7 July

Music in the Park This annual musical performance hosted by Salisbury City Council allows for the family to picnic and enjoy live music, while surrounded by the beautiful greenery of the outdoors. 2-4pm; Queen Elizabeth Gardens;

Family Fun 8 June

Mini BSO: Up In The Air Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra will be delivering beautiful classical music, but with a twist. They will explore popular film and animation songs to appeal and introduce a younger audience to the genre. 11.30am; £11-13; Salisbury Playhouse;

30 June

Big Day Out!


The River Bourne Community Farm will be hosting a display of fun activities for all the family, including a dog show, archery, tractor trailer rides, and a climbing wall. 11am-5pm; River Bourne Community Farm, Salisbury;

Other 8 June

Macro Photography Workshop Spend a day photographing nature reserves under the guidance and teaching of photographer Ian Green. £45; Hanging Langford, Salisbury;

what’s on

9 June

Cancer Research UK Race for Life Walk, jog, or run either 5k or 10k to raise money in aid of Cancer Research UK. Thousands of people unite with one purpose – to raise valuable funds to life-saving research. 11am; Hudson’s Field, Castle Road, Salisbury;

9 June

Horatio’s Garden Salisbury Fabulous Summer Tea Party Embrace the summer spirit with tea, cake, and all of the other joys surrounding tea parties. The money goes towards Horatio’s Garden charity to create outdoor spaces for those in spinal injury centres, so that they can enjoy the beauty of nature. 2-5pm; £5 child £10 adult; Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre, Salisbury;

15 June

Bee Day at Mompesson House Mompesson House are opening up the secrets of the working beehive in their very own garden. With local beekeepers, you can see bees in action, learn about their fascinating lives, and taste their honey. 11am-4.30pm; Mompesson House, The Close, Salisbury;

19 June

Conversations on Art: ‘From Caravaggio to Freud’ Lucy Whitaker will be delivering the Young Gallery’s conversation of the month. The senior curator of Royal Collection will be discussing and delving into her varied and rich personal selection from the Royal Collection of art. 7pm; £5; Young Gallery, Salisbury Library, Market Place Salisbury;

20 June

Augustus John: His Place in Portraiture: A talk by Nicholas Beer Nicholas Beer, a portrait painter and teacher of 25 years, will be giving an insightful and informed talk on the British portrait tradition with a focus on John’s place in it. Salisbury Museum;

20-21 June

Stonehenge Summer Solstice Observe the summer solstice while being positioned amongst the magnificence of this extraordinary World Heritage Site and its surrounding countryside.

21 June

Tackling Crime in the Modern Age Ian Dyson, commissioner of the City of London police began varied career in the police force in 1983 and has been awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in 2016. His talk will use his extensive experience and current position as the lead for both information technology and economic and business crime. 12.30pm; £28 tickets include a two course set lunch with tea and coffee; White Hart Hotel, Salisbury;

28 – 30 June

Salisbury Armed Forces Day The day celebrates military past, present, and future with army charity stalls, workshops, and street food. An impressive, formal parade will take place on the morning 29 June through the city centre. Salisbury Market Place, Blue Boar Row, Salisbury;

7 July

Walk for Wards 2019 In aid of Salisbury Hospital, crowds will be taking part in a sponsored walk around Wilton Estate with a choice of the 3k, 5k, or 10k walk. Approx. 10.30am start; Wilton House, Wiltshire;

above left: above:

Linda Brothwell's art can be seen at the Stonehenge Visitor Centre; Ian Hislop will be chatting at the Chalke Valley History Festival


In and around Salisbury this June Until 9 June

Salisbury International Arts Festival This year's festival marks two global anniversaries – the 1969 moon landings and the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall – so expect a thrilling mix of music, spoken word, film, dance, circus, theatre, comedy and family events on these themes.

14 – 15 June

Beerex 2019 The annual beer and cider festival promises pints of bubbles and good times with more than 50 ales and 15 ciders on offer and, for those who’d rather a different tipple, there will be a bar. Various times; £12.50; Salisbury Arts Centre;

18 – 23 June

Farley Music Festival The 18th year of this festival promises an array of musical delights. Set in the picturesque Wiltshire village of Farley a variety of young international musicians will showcase their talent, including the winner of the Liszt competition, Riyad Nicolas, and the globally acclaimed Ayoub Sisters. 7pm; £10, Friends of Farley Music £15; All Saints’ Church, Church Road, Farley;

24 – 30 June

Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival In amongst the beautiful 70-acre surrounding is the largest UK festival entirely dedicated to history. The festival incorporates over 150 talks, discussions, debates, and interactive living history. Topics discussed range from ancient to modern, cookery to warfare, and proceeds will go towards the Chalke Valley History Trust. Church Bottom, Broad Chalke, Salisbury; I SALISBURY LIFE I 21

Father’s Day Sunday 16th June 3 course carvery buffet Adults £19.50, under 12’s £9.50 and under 5’s £5. Free Pint of Stonehenge ale for Dad!

Abba Tribute! Friday 13th Sept The name of the Game A Stunning Tribute to the World’s most loved Pop Group £38pp includes a delicious 3 course meal An ABBAsolutely spectacular evening! Booking Essential call 01980 677467 Holiday Inn Salisbury-Stonehenge Solstice Park, Amesbury SP4 7SQ

Here comes the sun

Stonehenge will host the annual summer solstice event on 21 June. We caught up with the head of historic properties at Stonehenge Jennifer Davies to find out more


or many of us, we don’t give the longest day in the year much more than a passing thought. But considering our long and, sometimes dour winters, surely this is an event we should definitely be celebrating? People from different cultures have held solstice celebrations for thousands of years, to commemorate anything from the hope of a good harvest, to fertility, to the beginning of summer. Today people around the world still honour the day – with outdoor feasts, singing, dancing, and bonfires. And where better to head for a positive and life-affirming celebration than the mecca for solstice gatherings – Stonehenge.


The summer solstice at Stonehenge is a big event – what can people expect?

Lots of people from around the world for who solstice at Stonehenge is special. You may come across druid ceremonies, acoustic music, handfastings – really people celebrating and having a good time in their own way. No two Solstices are the same. What do we know about historical solstice celebrations?

Stonehenge is an ancient prehistoric world heritage site, which we think has been a place of worship and celebration at summer and winter solstice for thousands of years.

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summer solstice

What are your highlights of the event?

It has to be the sunrise! Standing together in a crowd, all anticipating that special moment is just fantastic. We have to hope for a clear morning. What is the mood like?

A peaceful, celebratory atmosphere. Solstice is an alcohol free celebration and there are always lots of families, which really contributes to the safe and uplifting feeling.

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What about the practicalities…?

above, and opposite: Go with the glow – people stay

up all night to celebrate the longest day opposite page: Jennifer Davies says there is a peaceful, celebratory atmosphere

“Standing together in a crowd, all anticipating that special moment is just fantastic”

We always encourage people to travel to solstice sustainably and recommend arriving by public bus, bike, or car share. Traffic can be heavy and parking is very limited. Access begins at 7pm on Thursday evening but there is no hurry to arrive on the dot – there’s a long night ahead! They should come prepared for a long night on Salisbury Plain and dress accordingly with lots of layers, strong shoes and a waterproof/windproof layer too. People often get caught up in the heat of a June day and forget they will be outside in the open in the early hours of the morning. Even if it doesn’t rain over night the ground will be wet in the morning. Make sure you only bring along a small bag though, and be prepared for a security check, as you would have at any large event. We have catering and welfare facilities on hand to see people through the night, and visitors can expect small celebrations throughout the night, culminating in sunrise at 04.51am.   Where do people sleep and what happens if the weather is bad?

Nothing will stop solstice! We have plans for all sorts of inclement weather but people should understand that they will be out in the elements all night – come rain, come shine. And don’t plan to sleep – that’s not what you’re there for! You don’t have to stay all night however,

some people will just come for sunset on the Thursday and others will arrive just in time for the sunrise.   What kind of people come to the event?

All sorts of people attend solstice, all ages and backgrounds are drawn to Stonehenge. It is special to many people for many different reasons and that’s what makes it such a unique experience. We ask that visitors remember that this is a spiritual occasion for many in attendance and, as such, we ask people to please respect the stones. This means not standing, sitting or climbing on them. Stonehenge is vulnerable despite being made up of huge stones and earthworks. Each stone has been worked and tooled and placed in position some have very rare prehistoric carvings on them – many of which cannot be seen by the naked eye. The stones also support rare lichens, which can easily be damaged. Why do you think summer solstice is an important thing to celebrate?

One of the remarkable features of Stonehenge is the alignment of the stones with the midwinter sunset and midsummer sunrise. At the summer solstice the sun rises behind the Heel Stone and its first rays shine into the heart of Stonehenge. Solstices mark the turning of the year, and this one marks the beginning of the summer – a cause for celebration. If people can’t get to Stonehenge, how do you think they should celebrate the longest days of the year? 

We are planning to livestream the occasion so people will be able to enjoy solstice at Stonehenge from the comfort of home! For more: I SALISBURY LIFE I 25

Giggling Squid Tasty tapas dishes hit all the right notes in this laid-back Thai eaterie By Harriet Noble


like a roast as much as the next person, but when you’ve finally seen the back of a relentless no-vitamin D-in-sight English winter, it’s not necessarily what you want for your Sunday lunch. Less starch and stodge and more colour and zing are what my heart is hankering after. And so it is a blustery spring day in Salisbury when my friend and I visit Giggling Squid. To be honest, it is still pretty chilly but I’ve ditched the heavy winter coat because winter is over. End of story. Seated with a refreshing ginger beer and whopping bowl of prawn crackers we soon warm up. Looking around at the decor reveals a steady base of earthy and muted greys, wooden floors, exposed wine racks and the vibe is chilled and decidedly non-chainy. If you’re new to the restaurants, they were set up by Thai-born Pranee Laurillard and her husband Andrew back in 2002. Giggling Squid is the nickname of one of their three children and they opened up their first restaurant in the basement of a tiny fisherman’s cottage, now the Brighton restaurant. The aim has always been simple – to create fresh Thai food, with an emphasis on tapas dishes. Due to its success,


more and more restaurants have popped up around the country, the Salisbury site opened in March 2015, but they’ve manage to retain an independent feel to them. The one here in Salisbury, for example, has a mammoth bookshelf at the back crammed with books and the staff here tell us this is a favourite spot for diners to come and delve into a good read and a dish or two. Speaking of which, we peruse the menus; due to much to-ing and fro-ing of the procrastination variety, we opt for their lunch tapas dishes, which comprise of four dishes in one. I go for one called One Giggling Squid, which is made up of sleeping honey duck, chicken stir fried with ginger, and Thai spring rolls. My friend goes for chicken massaman curry, salt and pepper squid, lime and chilli beef. Both come with jasmine rice. The tapas dishes arrive with a precision that is really pleasing; there’s no annoying, yet familiar, scenario where there’s a million plates on the table, you don’t have enough room for anything and you live in fear of an elbow-in-a-curry situation. No, the four different dishes are all neatly occupied in four bowls that all sit on one china plate.


“The duck is a blush pink and tender piece, accompanied by a warm, gooey honey sauce” First up is the duck, which is hands-down my favourite of the mains. It’s a blush pink and tender piece, accompanied by a warm, gooey honey sauce, married with crunchy cashews. The stir-fry chicken is fresh and light, perching on a bright rainbow mix of veg and a smattering of spring onions for good measure; the Thai spring rolls are exactly as they should be – crispy on the outside, with a good dollop of spice warming through the vegetables and soy sauce. My chum is most audibly enthusiastic about her squid, oohing and aahing and saying she would come here again for this dish alone. The chicken massaman curry and lime and chilli beef also goes down well, the beef being particularly fiery. We are pretty full by the time we devour the contents of our bowls, but a look at the dessert menu makes us think again. The choice of puddings is indeed impressive, appealing both to the healthy and gluttonous among us; prosecco and muddled berry cheesecake, caramelised mango cake, and lychee yoghurt ice cream are just some of the the offerings. Looking at the still blustery, nippy day outside, I know there is only one dessert I can have – the molten chocolate dessert. This is a really sexy dessert, worthy of its own TV advert; my spoon slides down through the dense but silky spongy-mousse and a fat, glossy pool of chocolate sauce spills out of the middle. If you go for this gorgeous treat, I recommend eating in slow motion, possibly with your eyes closed. The on-trend black sesame ice cream is the more unusual fare that my friend opts for. This charcoalcoloured pud is a subtle, nutty affair, not everyone’s cup of tea for sure, but great for those who don’t have a sweet tooth and want something to gently cleanse the palate without ploughing through something too rich. Leaving the restaurant, I feel nourished, comforted and rather sleepy. It seems vibrant Thai tapas dishes and a corker of a pudding can produce the identical effects of a Sunday roast. n

Dining details Giggling Squid; 32 Market Walk, Salisbury SP1 1TL; 01722 341871; w Opening hours Monday-Thursday 12am10pm; Friday- Saturday 12am- 10.30pm; Sunday 12am-9.30pm Prices Starters/small mains; £2.95-£4.95; mains £5.50-£15.95; lunch tapas set £9.95£11.95; desserts £4.95 for ice cream / sorbet; £5.95 for all other desserts Drinks choice variety of cocktails, including virgin cocktails, plus the usual white, red, and rose, spirits, beer and cider Service Friendly, helpful, can-do staff Atmosphere Relaxed and welcoming Anything else? Outdoor space, separate veggie/vegan/children’s menus, and disability access I SALISBURY LIFE I 29

Good food, good people, good times The Cartwheel Inn is renowned by locals and visitors alike, for serving high-quality food with a modern twist, real ales, and a warm hospitality. We are family and dog-friendly and offer many outstanding facilities, such as a beautiful beer garden.

For bookings please contact

01725 518362

Opening hours

Thursday to Friday: 11am-3pm & 5pm-11pm

Saturday: 11am – 11pm

Sunday: 11am – 5pm | The Cartwheel Inn, Whitsbury, Fordingbridge, Hampshire, SP6 3PZ

Relax in an authentic French inspired brasserie, whilst soaking up the beautiful views overlooking Salisbury Cathedral and surrounding architecture. Whether you’re looking for a leisurely breakfast, a casual dining experience or to celebrate a special occasion with friends and family, the team are always ready to welcome you.

If you prefer to dine earlier in the day, enjoy our Lunch and Early Evening Menu from 12 noon to 7pm. With 2 courses for just £11.50, and 3 courses for £13.50 this menu offers fantastic value and is the perfect introduction to some of our most popular dishes, including our Crème Caramel. This traditional set vanilla pod custard with dark caramel and cream makes for a perfect finish to your meal. For those that are looking to dine after work, or just a little later, our Prestige Set Menu is available from 12 noon to 11pm (and 7pm on Friday). Enjoy 2 courses for £15.95,

or 3 courses for £18.95 and sample some of the highlight dishes of this menu, like Roasted Pork Tenderloin, pan roasted pork tenderloin with celeriac purée, pearl onions, bacon lardons and a veal and thyme jus.

Father’s Day Looking for somewhere special to celebrate this Father’s Day? Why not visit Côte Brasserie and enjoy our June Specials, created with Dad in mind.

8 ST THOMAS SQUARE, SALISBURY, SP1 1BA Book at or call 01722 335 164



The terrier popping in for his usual double G&T

“Ooh, don’t mind if I do!”

ESPECIALLY FOR SHOE A traditional inn, which has been run by the same family for almost half a century, has been voted Country Pub of the Year by members of the Salisbury & South Wilts branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). The Horseshoe at Ebbesbourne Wake is run by Tony and Pat Bath, who have been running the pub for 33 years having taken over from Tony’s parents and they have now been joined by their daughter Jayne. Branch chairman Ian Turner presented Tony with their winner’s certificate during a visit to the Chalke Valley pub by CAMRA members. The pub has featured in nearly every edition of CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide and Ian congratulated Tony and Pat for their tireless efforts to support real ale.

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OPEN DOOR The former bowls club in the city’s Victoria Park has been transformed into a new venue – a working kitchen for the Pantry Partnership enterprise, who recently held an open day to celebrate their new cooking spot. The local organisation, brings people together through communal cooking activities; its new venue will be where the charity processes, makes and delivers food and they will also host pop up events. “The bowls club has previously been a great source of happiness to many in the community,” says The Pantry Partnership’s founder Fiona Ollerhead. “We hope that we can restore some of that joy in the park again. We cannot thank local people enough for supporting us over the years. Thanks must go to Salisbury City Council for facilitating our move, which will give us somewhere to call home, to cook together and learn together and ultimately enable us to benefit even more people than before. We cannot wait to get started in our new location.” For more:

LET IT BEE A popular seasonal ale is making a welcome return this summer. Brewer’s Bee, a golden tawny brew made by Badger Beer, has been brewed in Dorset since 1777 and contains real honey, which comes through in a floral aroma. Fans of the beverage can sip it with the knowledge that they are contributing to the environment as Badger are going to donate 5p from every pint sold to Dorset Wildlife Trust’s summer campaign ‘Get Dorset Buzzing’. The campaign focuses on the plight of declining pollinators by asking everyone in Dorset to do at least one thing in their garden to help bees. The beer is available exclusively on cask in select Hall & Woodhouse public houses across the south of England until July 2019. “We are delighted to be bringing back our popular Brewer’s Bee seasonal ale for the summer,” says Sarah Pace, brand manager for Badger Beer. For more:

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Tucked away just off the A303 in the beautiful village of Fonthill Bishop, The River Barn is the perfect place to come and enjoy a quick bite to eat to break up a long journey or relax in the gardens enjoying a long lazy lunch or dinner.

The River Barn, Fonthill Bishop, Salisbury SP3 5SF  01747 356026

Delicious Indian street food in relaxed surroundings Enjoy Rasheed and Dipender’s exciting menus along with Chef Kumar’s 25 years of experience. Ever-changing menus made with locally sourced ingredients and fine craft ales.

90 Crane Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1 2QD 01722 329700

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Bouncing Hare Creations repair and restore unique antique chairs, armchairs, and chaise lounges using traditional upholstery, materials, and techniques to bring beautiful gems back to life. Enter this 1930’s Art Deco rocking chair: an unusual oak piece sporting a rare full round design, simple geometric lines and comfy sprung seat. The chair has been fully restored in berry red Harris Tweed.

Art Deco rocking chair; £950; Bouncing Hare Creations, Salisbury; available to purchase online at www. I SALISBURY LIFE I 33

MOSNEY MILL NAPKINS, £26 SET OF 4 Blend in with nature with these sweet blue tit and blossom napkins. From Fisherton Mill; 108 Fisherton Street, Salisbury; FITTED PICNIC BASKET, £56 This light double steamed willow fitted picnic basket comes with a tan real leather handle, stainless steel cutlery, removable cooler bag, china plates and a bottle opener. From The Willow Basket; based in Winterslow, Wiltshire; items can be bought online at www.


SMIDGE 7 PIECE SCOUT SET, £19.99 This set is an all-round winner; made from 100 per cent natural materials, it is biodegradeable, is suitable for heating contents in the microwave, and is dishwasher safe. The cutlery's bright colours also means you’ll never lose them in the grass. From Harts of Stur; Station Road, Sturminster Newton, Dorset, DT10 1BD;



National Picnic Week runs from 21 – 30 June. Do it in style with these beautiful, and practical, picnic accessories

DONHEAD ENGLISH SPARKLING CIDER, £12 The people at Donhhead St Mary grow the apples on their on site orchard and use the method tradionelle to make this summery beverage. After a slow fermentation over several months the cider is bottled with a little champagne yeast and rested for a further 9-12 months to develop its sparkle and toasty notes. From the Donhead Apple Company; Donhead St Mary, Shaftesbury, SP7 9DQ;

ED’S CHOICE STRAWBERRY FOOD UMBRELLA, £3.95 Don’t let flying foes or creepy crawlies descend on your Victoria sponge – use this quaint strawberry-decorated food umbrella. From Vines Country; Sturminster Marshall, Dorset, BH21 3RW;

CORAL SUN HAT, £29.99 It’s crucial to protect yourself from the glare of the sun but do it proudly, and with style, with this eye-catching hat. From OSOboutique; 2 St Thomas’s Square, Salisbury;

JOHN HANLY CASHMERE AND MERINO BLANKET, £129 Made in Tipperary, this luxury blanket’s bold colours are sure to elevate any picnic. Its chunky, soft feel provides the perfect place to rest your head for a much-needed post-lunch nap under the summer skies. From Casa Fina, 62 High street, Salisbury;

ASSORTED CORKSCREWS, £96 There’s nothing worse than arriving at your picnic destination and realising you’ve forgotten the corkscrew. These sturdy but beautiful handcrafted corkscrews are available in olive wood, buffalo horn and antler. From The Artisan Studio, Fisherton Mill, 108 Fisherton street, Salisbury;

SOPHIE ALLPORT OILCLOTH PICNIC BAG, £32 This large cool bag boasts a 25 litre capacity which means it's spacious enough to carry a picnic for the whole family. It's packed with extra thick insulation that will keep food and drink cool and fresh for hours and is covered with mini bees – what’s not to love? From Dinghams Cookshop, 28 Market Place, Salisbury;

JUNGLE SEAT PADS Keep your behind all comfy with this pair of vibrant seat cushions perfect for al fresco nibbling. The bang-on trend botanical pattern depicts florals and birds of paradise, that will ensure you are the envy of Salisbury. From Orchid Furniture; The Old Barn, Sandy Down, Stockbridge SO20 6BY; I SALISBURY LIFE I 35

remarkable retail

Wendy and Andrew relish the opportunity of working together


The Courtyard Marketplace in Wilton is a family business where everyone mucks in

Photos by John Rose


hese days it’s not unusual to switch careers; many of us jump around, adding to our skill set and gaining valuable and diverse experiences. It is particularly impressive though, when someone jumps from one industry to a completely different one, say someone who goes from being a ballet dancer to an interpreter, or a chartered surveyor to a florist, or working in the motor trade to owning a boutique food and giftware business, like co-owner of The Courtyard Marketplace, Andrew Payne. If you haven’t stepped inside the quaint shop, that is also owned by Wendy Ellen (Andrew’s daughter), expect a delightful range of artisan foods, handmade cards, bunting, bags, cushions, lampshades, jewellery and more. So, how did he get from one another you may ask? “My daughter Wendy and her husband ran a café near Warminster, The Courtyard Café, where we decided to add a range of jams, chutney etc. to compliment the menu. We were lucky enough to find The Hawkshead Relish company who make a stunning range of products and who grew out of adversity themselves starting life in a café in the village of Hawkshead in the Lake District. After foot and mouth hit, wiping the café out overnight they decided to go into chutney making and have

gone from strength to strength winning well over 60 great taste awards, including family business of the year in 2017, amongst other awards. “After losing my job in the motor trade after 30 years I decided to help out at the café and shortly into this my daughter asked me if I would like to take over as chef. Having no experience I was very hesitant but decided to give it a go and thoroughly enjoyed it, using a variety of Hawkshead products in our menu which proved popular with our customers. After eighteen months in the café, we had to cut it short that and not wanting to give up decided to take our products on tour doing Christmas fairs etc. before deciding on a shop at Wilton Shopping Village in March 2018. The company is a full-on family business, with everyone bringing something different to the table. “My daughter Wendy loves to make an eclectic mix of gifts, my grandson also chips in making powercord bracelets and my other daughter Helen does our range of handmade cards so it’s a truly family business. “We also have Ernie our miniature schnauzer who has become a firm favourite at the shop and within the Village.” n Unit 8, Studio 2, Wilton Shopping Village, Salisbury;

Quick-fire questions

Where are you from? I originated from Northampton moving to Salisbury 15 years ago to marry Gillian Who or what is your inspiraton? My daughter – if it wasn’t for her I wouldn’t have had the chance or confidence Do you have a philosophy? Just to enjoy what we do How would you describe the ethos of your business? Quality products and a friendly service Any celebrity clients? We did have the original Daleks in the café  Your first sale? Local honey to our very first customer at Wilton Your own personal favourite item in store? Black garlic ketchup & pickle The types of clients you get? We have a real mix from young mums, foodies and the elderly to anyone who recognises quality The highs? Positive feedback and returning customers I SALISBURY LIFE I 37

SCENE AC ROSS SA L ISBU RY, O N E SH I N D I G AT A T I M E Former Councillor Mike Osment, Mayor of Salisbury and Mayoress Nikki Savage

Julie Richardson and Keith McAllister Lorraine Stapley, Fiona Ollerhead and Carey Blackburn

Tara Purcell, Catherine Sachdev and Mollie Cannon


Mate Szeverenyi, Nicolas Heath and Maria Stevenson

Pantry Partnership recently celebrated the opening of their kitchen at Victoria Park. A speech was made by Fiona Ollerhead, the director of Pantry Partnership, to thank all involved in helping with the refurbishment and also the charities, churches and community groups they have worked so hard as well as the Pantry Volunteers. For more information go to page 31. Photos by Duncan Soar photography

Jill Sutton and Eleanor Browne Sally Walden, Moira Packer, Tim Packer and Nicolas Heath


Craig Pickersgill, Ali Cooper, Karen Kelly and Sue Roach

Jenny Revelle, James Blake and Ira Blake

Annette Mansfield, Jan Ashton, Sarah Snell and Mel Hardingham


Dinghams Cookshop recently hosted one of their regular supper clubs, which sees them inviting local chefs from Talk Eat Laugh to make a seasonal menu from as much local produce as possible. On the menu for the May supper club was pea, mint and spring onion soup with cheesy croutons; a main course of Spring chicken or mushroom wellington with white wine and tarragon jus; and a pudding of rhubarb and gingernut cheesecake with toasted pistachios and lime and stem ginger sauce.

Peter Hardingham, Keith Smith and Nigel Snell

Linda Buckley, Carina Buckley and Kate Nettell


The new addition to the Wilton Estate is officially open.The on-site café held their launch party recently with guests enjoying an array of summery drinks. The café is run by the catering event company Ministry of Food Hampshire and they are serving up a locally produced and homemade menu, plus a special children’s menu and – perfect for this time of year – an ice cream parlour.

Susie Hirst and Louise Hall

Lois Smart and Lindy Wegerif

Alex Drewitt, Louise Vincent, Liz Morris and Phillipa Swayne

Dean Martin and Rosa Martin

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Frolicking in a fountain is positively encouraged at the Chapters village

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Easy Living Retirement villages have changed beyond recognition. Here’s a taster of the ones making their mark locally By Josephine Wilde


etirement living has continues evolve at a tremendous speed. Thankfully, the dour care homes of yesteryear with a one-size-fits-all template are diminishing as new property spots open up more fitting of today’s older generation. So what’s out there? We’ve taken a look at the new crop of retirement-specific property offering boutiquestyle properties,ones with real communities to integrate with – putting freedom, independence and social interaction at the forefront.

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David Hines, chief operating officer

Tell us a bit about your retirement village…

Just over six acres of land has been transformed into an urban retirement village called Chapters. It consists of 197 new homes with apartments, cottages and larger houses – a rare combination among retirement living providers – and all are within easy walking distance of Salisbury’s city centre. Elegance meets contemporary design, as we bring a new age of independent retirement living to Salisbury. Who can live there?

“Elegance meets contemporary design, as we bring a new age of independent retirement living to Salisbury”

It will house a vibrant community of about 300 people, enjoying pleasant and elegant dwellings for over 55s. It’s affordable too, as prices start at £120,000 on a shared ownership basis. What kind of facilities do you offer?

The on-site bistro will serve meals throughout the day, and the communal private lounge is ideal for meeting for coffee or an after-dinner drink. We also have a treatment room, fitness/ activity room and extensive gardens. I salisbury LIFE I 41

Ever fancied your own Romeo and Juliet-style balcony? Check out the Castle Gate properties McCarthy and Stone offer balconies and benches and more:

What support do residents and their families get?

Chapters is purposefully situated next to the Salisbury Medical Practice and pharmacy, which makes it convenient and stress-free to collect medication or receive care. Our lifestyle managers are also on hand to provide reassurance to residents and families. What are the fears that some people have when moving into a retirement property and what do you do to reassure them?

Our guiding principle is to help older people live independently in their own homes for longer. Most importantly, we make moving easy for the residents with our part exchange scheme. We can manage the sale of their old property and make sure they receive the full market value. How have residents’ homes changed in the last few years? 

There’s a misconception in the UK that retirement is something you have to worry about. We’re adamant we can show a new generation of retirees it’s quite the contrary – by drawing on expertise to design homes people want to move into, we can offer a unique opportunity: a new home that comes with a new wealth and health perspective.

MCCARTHY AND STONE Ciara Hilley, divisional marketing manager

Tell about your retirement property…

Currently under construction on Endless Street in Salisbury, McCarthy and Stone’s Castle Gate development will offer 24 one- and two-bedroom retirement living apartments.


“Homeowners can expect a varied programme including everything from Strictly Come Dancing evenings to cheese and wine tastings” Who can live there?

Castle Gate has been exclusively designed for the over 60s and is perfect for those looking to downsize to a thriving new retirement community in a prime Salisbury location. When will it open?

Apartments are expected to be released for off-plan sales in the summer. First completions are scheduled for early 2020. What kind of facilities do you offer?

A spacious club lounge – perfect for socialising with friends and new neighbours – stunning landscaped gardens in which to relax, and a hotel-style guest suite for when friends or relatives come to stay. What about activities?

Homeowners can expect a varied programme including everything from regular coffee mornings and fish and chip suppers, to Strictly Come Dancing evenings and cheese and wine tastings. Homeowners are invited to participate in the activities provided as much or as little as they want.

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What support do homeowners and their families get?

A house manager will take care of the day-to-day running of Castle Gate. A security entrance system and 24-hour emergency call points will also provide added reassurance for homeowners and their families. What is done to ensure mental and physical wellbeing for residents?

Many of McCarthy and Stone’s customers report feeling as if a weight has lifted once they move in to their new apartment, and many say they wish they had downsized sooner. What do you do to tackle the issue of loneliness?

Living in a specialist retirement development such as Castle Gate enables older people to tackle loneliness more effectively, because they are surrounded by a community of like-minded retirees and they have the opportunity to enjoy activities and trips – and to make new friends.


A WORD WITH THE HOME CARE PROVIDERS Bluebird Care Anita Dyball, recruitment and marketing manager Tell us a bit about your company… We are a home care provider, committed to providing quality care to support people within their own homes and help them maintain their independence. What kind of services do you offer? We offer house calls from 30 minutes to full on 24 hour live-in care. During this time we assist our customers with anything from personal care, meal preparation, domestic tasks, assistance with medication, trips out shopping to appointments. How do your visits make a difference to people? By helping people with the support they need, it allows them to maintain their independence and remain in their own homes and community with their pets and things that they hold dear around them.

Many of your carers are retired people themselves – are there benefits to this? Absolutely. Great carers in our experience have great listening skills and are patient and kind. Mature carers also have a natural empathy for many of our customers. They are able to relate and have the benefit of experience on their side. Loneliness amongst the older generation is well documented. What The cat is determined to play Twister do you do to combat this? even when there’s no board laid out If we can provide companionship for those that are unable to get out and bring a little of the outside world in we find What’s the best feedback you get from this really helps. For customers that are still the people that you help? mobile but need support, we can arrange Generally people talk about how grateful they companionship visits where we can assist are to be able to remain in their own homes them to get out and meet people at events or and retain their sense of identity. groups, or simply enjoy some time shopping together. I salisbury LIFE I 43

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“a very proud moment for a small butchers like ourselves” Which local butchers has just won a handful of food awards? Turn to page 48 to find out

The Big Number

£2.3m What went under the hammer for this amount in Salisbury? Turn to page 49 to find out

Hare we are Development plans are under way for more new homes and a school at Fugglestone Red


ork is in progress to build hundreds of homes in a new phase of a development

in Salisbury. Persimmon Homes is building a further 345 homes at St Peter’s Place, providing a mix of two, three and four-bedroom properties. The homes are all part of the new village setting that is being created at Fugglestone Red, which

saw work begin in 2016. The new homes will be launched this autumn with a three-bedroom Clayton showhome due to open towards the end of the year when the first occupants are also expected to move in. It is hoped that the building works will create more than 1,000 local jobs, including direct staff, contractors and the wider supplier network. “This development is certainly attracting some interest, as it will

appeal to a wide cross-section of buyers,” says Graeme Cole, head of sales at Persimmon Homes South Coast. “A new school is already on the development which is attracting families to the area.” The development also includes artwork by sculptor Julieann Worrall Hood which celebrates the legend of the city’s dancing hare. According to South Wiltshire folklore, seeing a hare dancing under a full moon will bring good

fortune to those lucky enough to witness it. Three stainless steel hare sculptures have been constructed at St Peter’s Place, off Devizes Road. “The hares have been placed in the wonderful park that runs the length of the development, amongst wild flowers and trees with a fantastic view to Salisbury Cathedral,” says Julieann. For more: 115

Movers and shakers etc

All suited and booted: the gang at Whites

More than all white The winner of the independent Estate Agent of the Year 2019 for Wiltshire has been announced, with the accolade being awarded to Salisbury estate agent Whites. The award scheme is run by Acquisition International and has been given to Whites after receiving an independent nomination and then undergoing rigorous research by a panel of five judges. This panel was led by a veteran academic leader who assessed Whites against other Wiltshire estate agents on their merit and client dedication, as well as innovation, business growth, longevity, online reputation, client feedback and business performance. “At Whites we place huge importance in looking after our clients to a high standard and I am thrilled our team has been recognised for just this,” says managing director at Whites Marcus Shepherd. “A big thank you must go to all the team for continually delivering above and beyond. At Whites we constantly strive to offer clients the best service. With this in mind we have recently refreshed our website, adding a new news section. We have also re-structured our lettings team and with more property managers we hope that this will offer better continuity of service. For more:

Meat and greet

Sausages and smiles in Salisbury


A local family-run butchers has recently been recognised for their outstanding products. Pritchetts Butchers in Salisbury have been awarded with three silver awards and one bronze award at the 2019 Great British Butchers Awards. Every product that entered the awards was evaluated by a team of expert judges, consisting of chefs, consumers, industry experts and food technologists. The Fish Row based butchers won silver for their local Hereford sirloin steak; pork, herb and cracked black pepper sausages; beef, red onion and herb burgers; and bronze for their traditional pork sausages. “We are understandably delighted with the awards, to receive such accreditation against competitors from all around the UK is amazing,” says Charles Aldridge, co-owner of Pritchetts Butchers. “A very proud moment for a small family butchers like ourselves, it makes all the hard work worthwhile!” For more:

The new kids on the block at Alabaré

All aboard

Salisbury-based homeless charity Alabaré has appointed Richard Holman as their new chairman of the board of trustees. Richard had previously been vice-chairman of the board of trustees and will succeed Alabaré founder Reverend John Proctor, who stepped down from the role at the end of April. Richard has been involved with Alabaré for a number of years, having previously enjoyed a successful career as an engineer and developing large power stations across the UK. In addition to the appointment of Richard Holman, Phil Davis has been appointed the new vice-chairman of the board of trustees. Phil joined as a trustee in 2015, having worked at senior levels within further education and private training providers. For more:

A good run

Baroness Scott of Bybrook OBE has confirmed that she will step down as Wiltshire Council leader following 16 years in the role. “As you would expect in local government it’s been challenging at times but what has got me up early every morning, and the reason I got into politics in the first place, is the drive and determination to try my absolute best on behalf of the people and communities of Wiltshire,” says Baroness Scott. She has said that she will step down from her role on 9 July 2019. The new leader will be elected on the same day. For more:


LEGAL Q&A MARIANA CRAWFORD of Trethowans answers frequently asked property questions Buying your first home? What you MUST ask your solicitor: Do I need to meet my solicitor in person? This is not a requirement. Each aspect of the conveyancing process can be done remotely, via post and email. However, it is crucial to establish if your solicitor is available to speak on the phone. What is the difference between conveyancing and a survey? Conveyancing is the legal process of transferring ownership of a property. As part of the conveyancing process, your solicitor will confirm factors relating to the land that the property is built on, such as boundaries and whether there is a chance from flooding or subsidence. A survey relates to the actual building whereby a surveyor will inspect the structural soundness and condition of the house, flat, outbuildings etc. When should you instruct a solicitor? Your solicitor will be able to recommend a mortgage broker and surveyor, so as soon as you decide to purchase. There is no need to wait until your offer has been accepted. Having already instructed a solicitor will show that you are serious about moving and might sway the seller to accept your offer. Why are legal fees more expensive if I buy a flat? Houses are freehold. Flats are leasehold. Due to the nature of this type of a leasehold title, i.e. you are only buying the remainder of the lease term, your solicitor will check through all the various aspects of the lease, maintenance and repair of the building, service charges and ground rent. All of these aspects are in addition to what checks need to be carried out if you were buying a freehold property. For more: Trethowans Solicitors, 1 London Road, Salisbury; tel 01722 412512;

Not a painting you’d want to keep in the spare room with the mouldy walls

RECORD BREAKER A painting by an artist known as the Chinese Picasso has just sold at auction in Salisbury for a record price. Few in the Western world are familiar with the work of China’s most prolific 20th century artist, Zhang Da Qian, yet he was a contemporary of Pablo Picasso and, in 2011, surpassed him to become the most expensive artist in the world. On the bicentenary of his birth, Salisbury auctioneer’s, Woolley and Wallis broke the record for Da Qian’s work sold at auction in the UK by a substantial amount. The previous record was £218,000 (held by Sotheby’s), but Grand View of Chao Mountain sold for £2,641,000 including buyer’s premium (a hammer price of £2.3m). “Despite his prolific output,

Zhang Da Qian’s paintings are highly sought after by collectors, and those that feature his splashed-ink technique, like this scroll, are particularly desirable,” says head of Chinese paintings at Woolley and Wallis, Freya Yuan-Richards. “Several exhibitions have been organised in the East to celebrate the bicentenary of his birth, and this is all adding to his status as one of the top artists from the last century.” Seven phone bidders battled against three Chinese bidders in the room, with one determined phone bidder opening the bidding at £500,000 – five times the painting’s starting price. The scroll has become the saleroom’s 11th lot of over a million pounds, out of just 15 sold outside of London in the UK. For more: I SALISBURY LIFE I 49


The Orchards Development: Yes, we promise it really is a new build

Homes on the horizon Think new buildings lack character? Think again as we take a peek inside the latest properties in Salisbury By Josephine Wilde 50 I SALISBURY LIFE I


ew residential buildings don’t have to be soulless blocks; the new ones popping up over the city offer something for those after both functionality and a bit of character. Think stylish Scandi interiors with soft furnishings; the latest mod cons with expansive views of rolling countryside. Here, we chat to the property experts to get a closer look.

Pennyfarthing Homes Ltd. Joanna Kennedy, marketing coordinator

Tell us about your company…

Established in 1977, Pennyfarthing Homes is a new home developer, which has remained a family-run business. Tell us about a recent local project…

The Orchards is a bespoke development of 28 new homes comprised of 3, 4 and 5 bedroom detached, semi-detached and mid-terrace houses from £280,000. Situated just five miles from Salisbury, The Orchards lies in the small hamlet of Whaddon, the perfect location for anyone looking for a relaxed village lifestyle, but also not wishing to compromise on the conveniences of city life. Tucked away, surrounded by farmland and open countryside that leads to the River Avon. Talk us through the interior of the show home…

Interior designer Charlotte Cann, from Claude Hooper, designed the stylish interiors of the new show home, the four-bedroom

A word with the joinery experts

The Orchards: the ski scene bedroom – the children’s bedroom is pretty nice too

“We created a mural in bedroom three which was inspired by a vintage ski scene”

And the exteriors?

They have been carefully designed and are in keeping with the existing architecture

There’s a window of opportunity when designing a new home

Hawker Joinery Mitchell Thomas, director What do you do... We are a joinery company specialising in windows and doors with over 100 years’ experience. What are the dos and don’ts of joinery? It’s very easy to buy joinery cheap, but you pay the price with quality. Getting the right timber is so important, not just for the overall look but also suitability and durability of the product. Appreciate the natural beauty of wood. Don’t assume that all timber needs painting, there’s nothing better than the quality of a good piece of timber. Painting can look

Whaddon, and shares her inspiration for the interior design of the home, as well as current interior trends. “My inspiration for this design was modern Scandinavian with an eclectic twist,” says Charlotte. “We created a mural in bedroom three which was inspired by a vintage ski scene, then we styled the room using ski accessories. In terms of the colours used, the teals and strong green blues with accents of ochre that I have used throughout the whole house are very much on trend at the moment.

beautiful, however if you are going to paint, we strongly advise a spray shop finish. Tell us about some current design trends? Accoya timber is really popular at the moment because not only does it look

great, but it also stands the test of time with a 50-year guarantee against rot when above ground. We find a lot of our clients are adding glazing bars to their windows to give properties extra detail and a traditional feel. For some time now, most properties have matched the colour of internal doors. We have noticed recently that our clients are colour co-ordinating doors to the interior of a particular room. I SALISBURY LIFE I 51

style found in and around Salisbury. With variations of brick colour and roof coverings throughout the development, The Orchards is an attractive site featuring block paving and a breathtaking landscaping scheme, again in keeping with existing local ecology and the environment. This is done intentionally to both seamlessly integrate the new home development within the village and to encourage the local wildlife to thrive. Any special features?

The new homes benefit from garages and professionally landscaped gardens to the outside and our stunning gold specification to the inside. Each beautifully laid out kitchen features brand new integrated appliances including a fridge/freezer and dishwasher with ceramic floor tiling and LED ceiling downlights. The bathroom and en suites also feature ceramic floor tiling alongside the contemporary white sanitary ware and chrome fittings. Who would this property suit?

Bartely Cross Farm: the real pull of the Silverwoods property is the stripy lawn

Growing families, looking for more space inside and out, and downsizers, looking to downsize without the compromise. What did the site use to be?

Previously it was open grassland with farm buildings to the south. How would you summarise the site?

Innovative, contemporary yet classic.

Silverwoods Construction Ltd,

Mark Doncom, project director

Tell us about a recent local project…

Bartley Cross Farm was a rural farmhouse cottage in the New Forest that was demolished to make way for the new farmhouse cottage. A nod to the nostalgia of the old but with new technologies and ideas.

Talk us through the interiors...

Inside there is a staircase to your right, the lounge area to your left. In front of you is the downstairs toilet with access to the rear door, and then behind the staircase to the right is the full length kitchen/diner. Upstairs there are two double bedrooms, a family bathroom and the master bedroom with en suite. The master bedroom

A word with the lighting experts Light My Space Ira Blake, Director Tell us about your company… We are lighting design specialists based near Salisbury. We assist home owners and property owners in the planning, design, selection and installation of innovative lighting solutions. Any advice for lighting a new home? The earlier you plan your lighting, the more options you will have to get the lighting you really want. That way you can ensure that all your cabling, controls and power sources are in the right place so that when you are ready to choose the lights themselves, it’s a simple task to fit them. This will avoid any costly and inconvenient remedial work such as chasing out newly plastered walls or ceilings. What if you live in a small property?

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Large pendant lights and low-hanging lights will make your rooms feel smaller. Go for flush or semi-flush ceiling lights that are above your sight line and opt for glass or shiny finishes to bounce the light around as much as possible. Minimise the number of table and standard lamps as these take up space and make a room feel more cluttered. Tell us about some lighting trends – what is really popular at the moment? Integrated lighting where light is incorporated into furniture, artworks, staircases, radiators and almost anything else. Concealed lighting where you see the effect of the light but not the source or fixture creating it. Bio-dynamic lighting that mimics natural daylight and promotes wellbeing and productivity.

You’ll never feel blue with this lighting

NEW BUILDS stretches the entire span of the first floor, giving a wonderful view over the surrounding countryside. And the outside area?

would be suitable for a family. Although a professional couple would like the space and calm that this property provides.

windows, high ceilings, flooring included, contemporary fitted kitchens by Stormer with integrated appliances, underfloor heating throughout, lift access and the option to purchase an allocated parking space in the secure courtyard. Apartment 17 benefits from the enhanced feature of views of Salisbury Cathedral. The majestic landmark can be seen from the bedrooms and living areas.

The exterior of the property is rendered although hand made bricks are used for the first few rows at the base of the property to connect with the property’s New Forest heritage. The front garden is laid to lawn with a gently sweeping path which leads from the picket fence to the front door. To the side of the property is a double garage providing an abundance of storage.

Acorn property group

Any special features?

Apartment 17 at Chequers House is a wonderful top floor apartment which offers superb views of Salisbury Cathedral. The home features two double bedrooms, with the master bedroom complete with en-suite.

The homes at Chequers House are ideal for anyone looking for city centre living, only a 10-minute walk to Salisbury station. The size of the apartments would also suit downsizers looking for two bedrooms and first time buyers, with the ability to reserve with just a 5 per cent deposit using the government backed Help to Buy scheme.

What are the special features of this property?

How would you describe the property in three words?

The special features of the property are the oak porch and the air source heat pump heating system. Underfloor heating has also been installed along with a traditional log burner. The property benefits from maximum insulation. Who would this property be perfect for?

The luxury three bedroom home which

Cassie Perkins, group marketing co-ordinator Tell us about your company…

We are an independent development and regeneration specialist that has, for many years, successfully created a range of residential-led refurbishment and new build schemes. Talk us through the interior of the house…

This contemporary city home at Chequers House offers stunning open-plan living, large

Who would this property be perfect for?

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Wilton Place

To renovate and furnish a 10-bedroom stately home, a Georgian property no less, is a mammoth undertaking. So how do you do it in six months when your clients – a family of five – live half way across the world? Photos by David Guest

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hen Claire and David Hughes purchased Wilton Place, they knew they wanted it to be their family home. The couple, originally from Salisbury but living in Dubai, wanted to move back to the area with their three children. Built in 1875, the property – though structurally sound – needed a complete renovation. So they enlisted the help of Rebecca Coady of Beckley Interiors to transform the property, to make it their dream family home. If you’re an interior designer, the idea of renovating a wonder such as Wilton Place must be the dream job. But the project clearly didn’t come without its challenges. The sense of size and stature are clear but how do you honour the history and tradition of the place while breathing new life into it? How do you ensure that the property is a cosy, liveable family home while simultaneously showcasing its splendour? We chatted to Rebecca to find out…

Tell us a bit about what Wilton Place looked like before you started work on it… Wilton Place is a stunning period home and you can tell it was much loved throughout the years. Structurally it was like all properties of that era – built to last. It just needed updating cosmetically. The house remained full of character, but it was clear that previous work had been done throughout its time to keep up to date with the trends. I remember when I first visited the house, driving through the impressive gates to the 18th century Grade II listed Georgian property; it was breathtaking. When you’re working with such beautiful foundations, which already have a wow factor, it makes my job very easy. I also loved that both the front and the rear of the property were totally different, it looked like two entirely different houses, which is testament to the original architect. What was your brief? Claire, David and their three young children were based in Dubai. They had made the decision to move back over to the UK, and combine their belongings from two homes into one. I was briefed to complete the interior renovation of their sizeable property in six months. This included refurbishing windows, doors and shutters alongside the interior changes. Every single feature of the home needed to be re-considered. With the family continuing to reside in Dubai until the property was finished, they also needed me to take control. With individual tradesmen on site I relished my role as project manager, ensuring the project ran smoothly. With the distance between us, they needed to be able to trust me with their home and be confident I could stick to the budget.

Was there a particular look that David and Claire wanted to go for? Claire had a clear idea of what she wanted – what’s wonderful is that we both have the same style, so she was confident giving me free rein of the house. She’s very traditional and prefers to choose timeless pieces of furniture whilst nodding to modern day trends, so the house wouldn’t feel dated. They wanted a luxurious feel to the home, which complemented the property’s rich sense of history. As a result furniture and ornaments were reminiscent of the era – but with comfortable family rooms appropriate for life with young children. With your clients abroad, how did you manage to communicate ideas efficiently?  Today’s technology is phenomenal, we kept in constant contact via Pinterest, Whatsapp and Facetime. Claire felt like she was here, and I felt like I was taking her to work with me each day. She would provide me with numerous images via Pinterest and I collated mood-boards which I sent back to her for confirmation. The property is clearly very large. Where do you start on such a sizeable property?  Structurally the property was already wonderful, so there wasn’t a challenge in that respect. I always prefer to start from the top floor and work my way down, because you start from the roof – the most important part of the house, which must be secure enough to protect all that lies below it. Because I was only given a six-month turnaround the key was to project manage time, with all trades present and most work happening simultaneously. We all started together and finished together. I truly believe no matter what size a property

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INTERIORS is, every home should tell its own story and not feel overwhelmed by scale, whether big or small. Talk us through the transformation of the kitchen... Having been accustomed to the Middle Eastern lifestyle in which the kitchens are small quarters and there are separate rooms for dining, the couple were happy to remain with a small kitchen at Wilton Place. I suggested it might be worthwhile extending the kitchen and allowing it to become the family hub. Just to the side of the kitchen and out of view were two large Georgian windows overlooking the breathtaking landscape. Light poured in through these windows and it seemed natural to build the kitchen around this focal point. The previous owners had obviously paid for a quality kitchen but it was visually quite dated. We worked together in reconfiguring the cupboards, reusing all the cabinetry, which, if this can be done, should always be done. I’ve always believed you get what you pay for and a good quality kitchen will last. Neptune, in Wiltshire, came in to do a custom-made centre island and breakfast area. This naturally would allow the kitchen to become the heart of the home and provide an informal place for school work and catch-ups. How about some of the other rooms... For the living room and music room, there were already two large formal rooms and Claire wanted to bring them together as much as possible. We received planning permission to remove the doors and widen the walls so they could flow as one space. The music room

Going bold with blushraspberry furnishings


is great for entertaining; it has an enclosed bar and grand piano and acts as the more formal room. This opens into the living space, which holds a 16-seat sofa and is a more relaxed area. We enclosed the TV and I designed a frame to match the décor and panelling throughout the house. Family and friends are extremely important to David and Claire, and everyone close to them has a place on their living room wall, an art gallery of their faces takes centre stage in the living room. And the kids’ bedrooms? For their daughter, we created a bedroom, which was stylish, yet a perfect room for a young girl. A small stage area was built with a canopy curtain, which could become the ultimate childhood escape teepee. Lighting was fitted to give that magical glow. Their eldest son had a top floor bedroom. A huge football fanatic, I made him a sleek goal and fixed his signed shirts onto the sloping ceilings. To give that magic touch, his bedroom was accessed via a secret bookcase door. A brand-new nursery was created for their baby. I used a subtle three-tone colour palette and provided a cot and furnishings, which were playful, yet in keeping with the aesthetic of the home.

What were the difficulties of this project? A particular challenge in this project was the location. A four-hour round trip from Worcestershire to Wiltshire whilst ensuring I was also present enough for my two children, was challenging at times. The builders gradually got used to the sight of me looking more and more dishevelled. However, the project became our mission, we rallied together day and often most of the night to produce a finished home for the family. I’ve definitely learned that I thrive under pressure and enjoy the demands of project managing.

“The builders gradually got used to the sight of me looking more and more dishevelled”

clockwise from top left: Interior designer Rebecca Coady at work; time for a supper party in the dining room; the light and airy bedroom; the kitchen leads out onto the garden

What did you enjoy about doing this project? I loved that I was solely in charge of implementing somebody’s dream. I had free rein and compete trust. To walk away from a project leaving the client more than satisfied is the most rewarding part of my job. When I asked David and Claire’s children, which was their favourite room, they hadn’t got one – they loved each room. I also adored that part of the world, Salisbury and especially Wilton is such a magical place. I don’t know any other city that offers so much in such a stunning location. Wilton itself has beautiful properties, I passed Wilton House to arrive at Wilton Place and it never ceased to amaze me. Wilton will always have a special place in my heart. Which room to you like best? My favourite room would be the kitchen – I can’t believe how much it transformed while we still re-used the former kitchen. Every time you see the garden from the large Georgian

windows, it’s magical. It feels as though you’re in the middle of nowhere but in reality two minutes away lies Salisbury. My favourite piece of furniture has to be the dining room table and chairs. Claire and David bought the dining room off the previous owners and I can see why. The craftsmanship evident is stunning and I struggle to find that kind of quality nowadays. The upholstery fabric was very dated so we updated the fabric and had them monogrammed, with a design made especially for the house, which added a personal touch. What was the reaction from David and Claire when they first saw the house? As they returned to walk into their new home for the first time, David and Claire were very emotional. With three young children they’d been living in limbo for six months, with all their belongings in storage. They were glad to come home to their house, and I handed back over the keys they’d left with me six months ago. To my relief, it was love at first

sight. They were finally able to see and touch everything they’d been talking about. In the garden myself and the team awaited their response with a bottle of Champagne at the ready. Their visible emotion touched my heart and I felt incredibly proud of how they, all the tradesmen and myself worked together to produce a beautiful family home. Finally, what do you want people to feel when they walk into the house? I want them to feel at home. Although Wilton Place is very elegant and sophisticated it’s made for living in. Walking into any stately home comes with its stigma but I wanted the house to express whom Claire and David really are as people. They are both filled with a lot of love and a lot of happiness, and although the home is impressive from the outside to the inside, it’s all about family. n For more: I SALISBURY LIFE I 59

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COZENS HOUSE Dreaming of the perfect white house? We’ve found it in Orcheston By Josephine Wilde I SALISBURY LIFE I 61

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ouses, like people, can be pretty, handsome or beautiful. Something even more winning than these attributes, of course, is charm. Is there anything more difficult to cultivate? Peter O’Toole oozed it in What’s New Pussycat, while Joanna Lumley embodies it wherever she goes. Another strong contender in the most charming category is this property – Cozens House. Boy, does this place have charm. It just makes you smile. As you approach through the wooden gate, through the gravelled drive, you are met with the oh-so-pretty white exterior. When children draw a picture of their perfect house, complete with a smiley-faced sunshine and sheep-shaped clouds, it is not far off this abode. Gaze round the grounds and take in the dear cottage, the hobbity thatched granary, and flagstone terrace with steps that lead down to the lawn. There’s more: paddocks, ornamental trees, shrubs – including three mature Yews – and two paddocks with a water trough to complete the rural scene. The period village house is believed to date back to the mid 18th century with later additions; the older part of the house is built of cob under a tile roof and is listed as Grade II property. All too often period houses can wow people with their countrysidecosy exteriors but their dark, gloomy interiors can disappoint. Not so in this case. The current owners completed an extension in 2011, which cleverly provided a fantastic new kitchen/ breakfast room and boot room – both with under floor heating. This dream kitchen is bright, sunny and heavenly spacious – perfect for those who love to cook and entertain, and offers a two-oven oil fired Aga, Brazilian slate work tops and a



whopping central island. The handy boot room next door has been fitted with newly fitted cupboards and a Belfast sink. Additional ground floor rooms include the sitting room, dining room, study and conservatory. Throughout the house, you’ll find a wealth of period features including tiled floors, open fireplaces, exposed beams and period doors – yet the design and interiors feel fresh, light and roomy. On the first floor is a master bedroom suite with dressing room and en suite bathroom comprising roll top bath, double basins and a shower and there are a further three bedrooms and a family bathroom. There’s also room for growth as planning permission has been granted to create a large orangery on the southern side of the house with a link from the kitchen and relocation of the downstairs cloakroom. What else? Situated to the north of the grounds is a cottage, comprising of a kitchen, dining room, sitting room, WC and shower, two bedrooms, bathroom and study, while on the eastern end is an outbuilding. The magic of this place is that inside it combines the old with the new, making it a breeze to live in but one bountiful with character. On the outside however, it is something out of a storybook. For those, who want to jump in this fairytale, and see where their story takes them, get to it – the property is not likely to be on the market for long. n

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DAVID HALLS The director of music at Salisbury Cathedral chats organs, keeping a calm head and sporting talents David Halls first came to Salisbury Cathedral in 1985, when he was just 22, to take up the role of director of music at the Cathedral School and assistant organist at the cathedral. He came to his present role as director of music at Salisbury Cathedral in 2005; here he oversees all the associated choirs, selects and trains choristers, and is responsible for maintenance of all Cathedral instruments. Being director of music at Salisbury Cathedral with its

900-year-old choral tradition is a marvellous job. It’s a real privilege to direct a world-class cathedral choir and to pass on that ancient tradition to the children, who will carry it with them for the rest of their lives. These youngsters are talented ‘professionals’, who sing to a very high standard, whilst having loads of fun, I hasten to add. The job can be stressful because we are always in the

public eye and strive to maintain a very high standard of singing, whether at an intimate evensong in the Quire, or in front of a congregation of 1,700 at one of our large services or a major concert. I am also conscious that we are part of a wider European musical heritage; church music is part of the broader classical music world.

up the organ at the age of fifteen. I was chasing a girl – Nicola, who is now my wife and who was learning organ at the same time. I went to Oxford on an organ scholarship and then spent a year at Winchester Cathedral as organ scholar whilst doing my Post Graduate Certificate of Education. I got a very lucky break at 22 when I got the job at Salisbury Cathedral School and became an organist here.

As director of music and a performer you need a calm head in a crisis – it is an absolute

must. You need to be able to adapt to each and any situation as it happens. Obviously, you need to be a good musician, and you need to get on well with kids and understand them. I suppose that, as an organist, good co-ordination helps because you play with both your hands and your feet.

Organisation is another vital skill in this job because you are constantly managing deadlines and co-ordinating rehearsals, services, concerts, recordings, broadcasts and even choir tours. We may look calm on the surface but beneath the water a lot of hard paddling goes on. Skills are being passed on to others all the time, whether as

part of choir practice or working with our organ scholar. We offer a place every year to a young organist to give them experience of working in a cathedral. I have seen generations of organ scholars come and move on, forging a career in music and generations of children go through our choir and go on to enjoy both musical careers and non-musical careers, where music remains an important part of their lives. Restoration can be difficult

when it comes to keeping the Father Willis organ in good working order; I have all the responsibility and few of the skills. It is a national treasure and we need to keep it in good

The cathedral holds evengsong every evening

Looking after our famous Father Willis Organ is another

important part of my job, shared with our assistant director of music John Challenger. Not only is it a historic instrument that has not changed tonally since being installed in 1877 but it is absolutely integral to our worship. It provides us with an ‘orchestral capability’ within a single instrument. On the console there are stops labelled oboe, clarinet, viola, trumpet and so on, meaning that the organist can select from a range of sounds by using different ‘ranks’ of pipes. It means that at evensong, when you need a quieter more intimate sound, you can draw upon one set of pipes and at other times I SALISBURY LIFE I 65


“We’re just passionate about music and we love performing” David always conducts himself in a professional, yet smiley, manner

order. Restoring and maintaining an organ is highly specialised, and our work is being done by organ makers Harrison and Harrison, who have taken care of it since 1978. The deterioration is down to environmental factors. There’s always lots of building work going on in the cathedral, and as air is drawn in – along with other stuff including the odd pigeon – it gets into the instrument’s workings. Improvements in cathedral heating are another factor. Nice for us humans but it create lots of humidity which the organ doesn’t like. The Cathedral Choir is always busy. Recently we went on tour

to Austria and two choristers are taking part in the Cathedral Choristers of Britain concert at Liverpool Cathedral on 13 June. We’re also preparing for a Three Choirs Concert in St Albans Cathedral, part of the St Albans International Organ Festival, on 15 July and taking part in the Southern Cathedrals Festival in Chichester from 18-21 July. You could say we don’t let the grass grow under our feet but in reality we’re just passionate about music and we love performing.

Life goes on at the cathedral,

with evensong every evening,

seven days a week and regular Sunday services. The choir has been out and about performing in the diocese and later this month ( June) we’ll be singing a service in Beaminster.

The oldest thing I have ever played on was an instrument

in Germany that was played by Bach, my musical hero, and an instrument that was played by Handel. Probably one of the loveliest organs I have played recently was in St Bartholomew’s in New York, which is a classic American Organ built in 1918. It’s a fabulous instrument, the largest in New York City, and just purrs as you play it. The most rewarding job is the one that I have got. No two

days are the same and the range of music and musicians I am privileged to work with, day-today day, for concerts and recitals is astounding. When it goes well, it is such a pleasure. My idea of perfect happiness is all of my family and

under pressure and I always aim for high standards. Surprisingly, I am shy though not many people realise that. My biggest inspiration is the man who appointed me to Salisbury in 1985, Richard Seal.

He showed me to what I needed to aspire. An instinctive and consummate musician.

Spy’. I was given the DVDs of the original series and had forgotten how wonderful Alec Guinness was as George Smiley.

My desert island disc would be

The thing that may surprise you about me is that behind a

The last time I ate out in Salisbury was a very agreeable

tennis playing wasn’t bad either.

somewhat grumpy, intimidating persona is someone who likes children and enjoys working with them. That’s just as well if you think about it.

get annoyed by pettiness and disappointing behaviour. I thrive

My most prized possession is the full score of one of my


The last TV series I have really enjoyed was Tinker, Tailor, Soldier,

I used to be a pretty useful footballer and cricketer. My

friends enjoying good health and relationships.

I think I am reasonably straightforward but can

favourite works, Elgar’s ‘Dream of Gerontius’, given to me by Richard Seal on his retirement. I use it when I conduct this masterpiece of English music.

J S Bach’s ‘Mass in B minor’.

lunch at Côte with an old friend. My ‘secret’ Salisbury is

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Salisbury Life - Issue 272  

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