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contents Published by Wired Publishing Editor Lisa Rockliffe Contributors Craig Gates-Mutton, Phil Rockliffe, Andy Diffey Advertising Enquiries Lisa Rockliffe e: t: 01225 807775 General Enquiries e: t: 01225 807775 Address 20 Azalea Drive, Trowbridge, Wiltshire BA14 9GG This magazine is printed on paper sourced from sustainable forests. Please recycle it when you are done, or pass it on! The publishers shall not be held liable for any loss occasioned by the failure of an advertisement to appear, or any damage or inconvenience caused by errors, omissions or misprints. Reproduction of this magazine in whole, or in part is strictly prohibited wihout prior permission of the publishers. Front Cover: The Devil’s Passion at Salisbury Cathedral

March/April 2017 // issue 46


elcome to the March/April edition of The South Wilts Magazine. As usual it’s crammed full of things to do over the coming weeks, including must see exhibitions and performances, to getting out into the garden to enjoy the first flush of spring. With a new season on the way, many of us are heading outside to start a new gardening year or looking to make some important home improvements - if that sounds like you then you’ll enjoy our 8-page special this edition (p19). As well as a list of some helpful local businesses we have also enlisted Northwood UK (p24) to give us some tips on moving house as well as how to save on those energy bills. Foodies should head to our delicious seafood recipes on pages 14 and 15 and read up on events over at Salisbury Cathedral this Easter, including our cover this edition, The Devil’s Passion, starring playwright and actor Justin Butcher. With that to read up on and all your usual favourites, this issue has plenty for you to get your teeth into. Enjoy!



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Inside & Out


Northwood Sales & Lettings


The Mitsubishi L200


The Body Harmony Clinic


The Bath ART Fair



Mother’s Day Falconry Days


Quiz, wordsearch & sudoku

Events at Salisbury Cathedral


Bubble Rush


Seafood Recipes

COMMENT The Last Word






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Malthouse Lane, Salisbury, SP2 7TU Box Office: 01722 434434 For full listings go to the website. GILBERT O’SULLIVAN IN CONCERT 9 March, 7.30pm Tickets: £29.50 - £34.50 One of the industry’s true legends, 2017 will mark an astonishing 50 years since Gilbert O’Sullivan made his first foray into the music business with the release of his debut single ‘Disappear’. SALISBURY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 11 March, 7.30pm Tickets: £10 & £18 Tragic Overture (Brahms) Clarinet Concerto (Mozart) Nicholas Carpenter (Clarinet) Symphony No 8 in G Major (Dvorak) AN EVENING WITH LEVISON WOOD 22 March, 7.30pm Tickets: £19.50 Best-selling author, photographer and TV presenter Levison Wood is coming to City Hall this spring, sharing his experiences and exploits as a modern day explorer.



RUSSELL KANE: RIGHT MAN, WRONG AGE 23 March, 8pm Tickets: £19 Russell Kane unleashes another blisteringly-funny, award-winning stand-up performance about growing up and growing down. LET’S HANG ON 25 March, 7.30pm Tickets: £22 & £23.50 This award-winning production, endorsed by Frankie Valli himself, celebrates the music of one of popular music’s most successful bands of all time. MIKE & THE MECHANICS 28 March, 7.30pm Tickets: from £35.50 Following on from their 82 dates performed last year in the USA, Europe and the UK, the ‘Word Of Mouth Tour 2017,’ will include their massive 80s hit single ‘The Living Years’ which became a No. 1 hit in the US.

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Wiltshire’s largest group of young musicians brings a truly spectacular weekend of music making! NAOMI WILKINSON – WILD & SCARY 6 April, 7pm Tickets: £19.50 Children’s TV presenter Naomi Wilkinson is embarking on a nationwide tour in spring 2017. THE SOLID SILVER 60s SHOW 7 April, 7.30pm Tickets: from £30 Over 30 years, the Solid Silver 60s Show has entertained the nation and celebrated history’s most successful decade of music. PURPLE RAIN: A CELEBRATION OF PRINCE 11 April, 7.30pm Tickets: £24.50 Purple Rain are a world class celebration of the life, legacy and music of Prince. THE SAW DOCTORS 18 April, 7.30pm Tickets: from £27 Rescheduled from 7 December 2016. ENGLISH YOUTH BALLET 21 & 22 April, 7.30pm Tickets: £22 & £24 A glittering double bill brought to you by an exciting and progressive company with eight professional principal artists and 80 of the most

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RUSSELL BRAND 27 April, 8pm Tickets: £29.50 The new show from Russell Brand, Re: Birth.

SALISBURY PLAYHOUSE Malthouse Lane, Salisbury SP2 7RA Box Office: 01722 320333 For full listings go to the website. THE VERDICT 6 – 11 March, 7.30pm + matinees Tickets: £10- £25 Clive Mantle, Jack Shepherd and Richard Walsh star in the powerful best-selling courtroom thriller that inspired a multi Academy Awardnominated film. FROM LITTLE ACORNS 7 March, 7pm Tickets: £5 Students from Exeter House School will perform Stories from Nature. THE MISFITS ANALYSIS 10/11 March, 7.45pm + matinee Tickets: £13.50 (under 25s £9) The Misfit Analysis takes us through a world of wheelchairs and blow up dolls in an unconventional exploration of an autistic mind. RORY BREMNER: PARTLY POLITICAL 15 March, 7.30pm Tickets: £22 Britain’s best-known satirical impressionist comes to Salisbury! JONNY & THE BAPTISTS: EAT THE POOR 16-18 March, 7.45pm Tickets: £13.50 A riotously funny epic about friendship, inequality and betrayal from the multi-award-nominated musical comedians.



TANGOMOTION 16 March, 7.30pm Tickets: £22 Four world class tango dancers and tango quartet Tango Siempre combine in this virtuoso display of traditional tango dance and music of 1930s Buenos Aires and the powerful Nuevo Tango music of Astor Piazzolla. A SWINGIN’ AFFAIR 17 March, 7.30pm Tickets: £22 Join internationally renowned vocalist and BBC Radio 3 presenter Claire Martin, legendary saxophonist Ray Gelato and a trio of world-class musicians as they explore The Great American Songbook.

brought to the stage. AS THE CROW FLIES 28 March – 8 April, 7.45pm + matinees Tickets: £13.50 A heart-warming story of friendship, healing and kindness from awardwinning playwright Hattie Naylor. ECHO’S END 29 March – 15 April, 7.30pm + matinees Tickets: £9.50 - £25 Echo’s End is a story about two Wiltshire families and the seismic changes which altered their lives and the identity of their country forever.

A STRANGE NEW SPACE 10 April, 11am & 2pm Tickets: £9 A completely original one woman THE REDUCED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY, WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S show without words. Ideal for 3+. LONG LOST FIRST PLAY (ABRIDGED) OYSTER BOY 18 March, 7.30pm 11 April, 11am & 2pm Tickets: £18 Tickets: £9 The play, mercifully abridged by the Oyster Boy is a multi-award-winning, RSC from its full 100 hour running time to a more palatable 90 minutes, international production mixing physical storytelling, clowning, live embarks on its debut UK tour. singing, dance and puppetry. Ideal for 8+. THE GIANT JAM SANDWICH 25 March, 11am & 2pm TOM THUMB Tickets: £9 12 April, 11am & 2pm Join the villagers in their giant sandwich-making plan to defeat the Tickets: £9 wasps and help save the day as their This epic tale of the smallest hero in the world is told with superb favourite children’s picture book is Send your listings to

events | puppetry, music and fantastic design. Ideal for 4+. GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR 20 – 22 April, 7pm + matinee Tickets: £12 Join Stage 65 Youth Theatre for a hilarious trip around corrupt leaders, foppish buffoons and sinister dealings in a comic masterpiece given an edgy new retelling. SHOWSTOPPER! THE IMPROVISED MUSICAL 20 – 22 April, 7.30pm + matinee Tickets: £10 - £19 A brand new musical comedy is created from scratch at each performance as audience suggestions are transformed on the spot into an all-singing, all-dancing production with unpredictable and hilarious results.

23 March, 6pm Tickets: £12 (incl glass of wine) As the ‘Constable in Context’ draws to a close, join this ‘last chance to see’ Private View and glass of wine, followed by a talk from Nicholas Alfrey. RENA GARDINER: ARTIST AND PRINTMAKER Until 13 May Rena Gardiner (1929-99) is best remembered for her guidebooks to historic places, buildings and the countryside which she wrote, illustrated and printed in her cottage in Dorset.

MET: LA TRAVIATA 11 March, 5.55pm Tickets: £17 (Concs £15) Sonya Yoncheva sings one of opera’s most beloved heroines, the tragic courtesan Violetta, a role in which she triumphed on the Met stage in 2015. I, DANIEL BLAKE (Cert 15) 16 March, 7.30pm Tickets: £8 Ken Loach explores the Kafkaesque bureaucracy of the modern benefits system.

ALLAN YN Y FAN: ST. PATRICK’S DAY TWMPATH BRITISH ART: ANCIENT LANDSCAPES 17 March, 8pm 8 April – 3 September Tickets: £12 (Concs £10) The British landscape has inspired A Welsh band playing for a Twmpath artists across the centuries; in England on St Patrick’s Day – what’s particularly the landscapes marked by not to like? our distant ancestors. The megaliths, stone circles and chalk-cut hill figures DAVID STARKEY: HENRY VIII that survive from Neolithic and 18 March, 7.30pm VENTOUX Bronze Age times have stimulated Tickets: £16 (Concs £14) 27 - 29 April, 7.45pm + matinee many artists to make a response. In David Starkey draws on his unique Tickets: £13.50 this major new exhibition curated by knowledge of Henry’s reign on Join 2Magpies as they restage Professor Sam Smiles, these unique the one hand, and his insights as a the race – up the most fearsome artistic responses have been brought leading commentator on modern mountain in cycling - using breathtogether to create a new discussion. politics on the other, to illuminate taking video accompaniment and a both the Tudor age and our own. pair of road bikes, asking the question SPOONS - A STIRRING TALE... – how far will we go to succeed? 8 April – 3 September RUSTY SHACKLE This unusual exhibition of 24 March, 8pm SALISBURY MUSEUM spoons, is the result of a project Tickets: £8 65 The Close, Salisbury SP1 2EN working in collaboration with the Welsh indie-roots band Rusty Shackle Tel: 01722 332151 NFWI Craft Committee. have been tearing up stages around the world since 2010. CONSTABLE IN CONTEXT: SALISBURY SALISBURY CATHEDRAL FROM THE ARTS CENTRE MEADOWS IN PERSPECTIVE Bedwin Street, Salisbury, SP1 3UT Until 25 March Box Office: 01722 321744 This September, the museum will open a major exhibition with Constable’s stunning painting at its NT LIVE: HEDDA GABLER heart. For Salisbury Museum, this 9 March, 7pm is an opportunity to put Salisbury Tickets: £16 (Concs £14) Cathedral from the Meadows 1831, in Tony Award-winning director Ivo van its historical and artistic context. Hove (A View from the Bridge at the Young Vic Theatre) returns to National TURNER, CONSTABLE AND THE Theatre Live screens with a modern Hedda Gabler, Salisbury Arts Centre FRENCH IMPRESSIONISTS IN BRITAIN production of Ibsen’s masterpiece. Send your listings to



| events FRIGG (FROM FINLAND) 1 April, 8pm Tickets: £15 (Concs £13) Frigg, a leading act on the Nordic scene, play their blistering Nordgrass, a mix of Nordic folk and American bluegrass.

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NT LIVE: TWELFTH NIGHT 6 April, 7pm Tickets: £14 (Concs £14) Tamsin Greig is Malvolia in a new twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity. HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE (Cert 12A) 20 April, 7.30pm Tickets: £8 This heart-warming odd couple comedy follows an unruly teenager and a grouchy bushman who unwittingly find themselves the subject of a national manhunt. AFTERNOON TEA WITH WENDY COPE 29 April, 3pm Tickets: £12.50 with tea & cake A completely fresh and entertaining setting for a poetry reading from the quiet phenomenon who has proved quality can be popular!


13 Bell Street, Shaftesbury SP7 8AR Box Office: 01747 854321 For full listings go to the website. BRIDGET JONES’S BABY (Cert 15) 10 March, 2.30pm & 8pm Tickets: £7 Bridget’s focus on single life and her career is interrupted when she finds herself pregnant, but with one hitch … she can only be 50% sure of the identity of her baby’s father. MARTIN BELL OBE 11 March, 7.30pm Tickets: £25



An evening with Martin Bell OBE, former BBC journalist, independent politician and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. THE VERA LYNN STORY 15 March, 7.30pm Tickets: £15 Experience Dame Vera Lynn’s remarkable story from her time performing in working men’s clubs at the age of seven, through to her incredible wartime popularity and beyond to the 50s, 60s and 70s. SWALLOWS & AMAZONS (Cert PG) 18 March, 2.30pm Tickets: £5 adults, £4 children The new film version of Arthur Ransome’s classic tale set in the Lake District of the 1930s. It tells the story of the children who sail their boats Swallow and Amazon. SIMON BLAKE’S STARTLING SONGS 18 March, 7.30pm Tickets: £7 Fast furious flamenco inspired fingerstyle set against the sparkling absurdities of our West country legends and anecdotes. Expect the quirky stuff! RAVENSBRÜCK SO THEATRE 25 & 26 March, 7pm + matinee Tickets: £15 After the amazing success of Spring

Awakening and Carrie, SO Theatre return to Shaftesbury Arts Centre with a new piece for spring 2017. ANNIE BY ABOP: THE JUNIOR COMPANY 31 & 1 April, various times Tickets: £12 Based on the popular comic strip, with equal measures of pluck and positivity Annie is one of the world’s favourite musicals. ROOM (Cert 12A) 21 April, 8pm Tickets: £7 A mother, held captive for 7 years, finally escapes with her 5-year-old son from the only world he has known – a one-room shed.

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It’s healthy, inexpensive and we don’t eat enough of it! Bring more seafood into your diet with the help of these recipes from Waitrose.

Sea bream with thyme butter and leek & potato mash

Serves 2

Ingredients 40g unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing 2 large white potatoes, peeled and cubed 75g frozen peas 4 sprigs fresh lemon thyme 1 small clove garlic, crushed 2 sea bream fillets 2 slices lemon 2 leeks, very thinly sliced Method Preheat the oven to 220ºC. Lightly butter a small ovenproof dish. Cook the potatoes in a large pan of boiling water for 10 minutes until almost tender. Add the peas to the potatoes and cook for 2-3 minutes until both are tender. Drain well, return to the pan and mash roughly. Meanwhile, strip the leaves from 2 of the thyme sprigs and mash with 25g butter and the garlic. Lay the fish in the dish and dot over the herb butter. Lay a lemon slice and a sprig of thyme on each and bake for 8-10 minutes until cooked through. Melt the remaining butter in a large frying pan and cook the leeks for 5 minutes until softened. Beat the leeks into the potato and serve with the fish, drizzling over the buttery juices.



Cook’s tip Vary the flavourings used in the herb butter. Try swapping the thyme for chives or dill, or adding some finely chopped chilli for a fiery kick.

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Haddock & leek bake Serves 2 Ingredients Knob of butter 2 leeks, sliced very thinly 200g tub Waitrose Watercress Sauce (from the chiller cabinet) 25g grated Gruyère cheese 3 tbsp Panko breadcrumbs 2 x 150g haddock fillets, skinned Mashed potatoes and steamed green veg, to serve Method Preheat the oven to 200ºC. Grease a small ovenproof dish. Heat the butter in a small frying pan and add the leeks. Cook for 5 minutes until softened. Meanwhile, heat the sauce in a pan or microwave according to the packet instructions.

Zesty salmon & parsley risotto Serves 4

Ingredients 1.5 litres hot vegetable stock 2 Salmon fillets 1 tbsp olive oil 1 onion, finely chopped 350g Arborio rice 1 clove garlic, finely chopped 25g pack flat-leaf parsley, leaves and stalks chopped Grated lemon zest and juice of 1 lemon Knob of butter 2 tbsp finely grated Parmigiano Reggiano, plus extra to serve

Method Pour the stock into a wide saucepan and add in the salmon fillets. Simmer gently for 8–10 minutes until cooked through,

then lift out the fish and transfer to a plate, reserving the stock in the pan. Heat the olive oil in a separate large saucepan and cook the onion for 5 minutes until softened. Stir in the rice and garlic and cook for 1 minute. Ladle in a third of the reserved stock and cook, stirring until it absorbs the liquid. Continue to cook and add the remaining stock, stirring regularly until the stock has been absorbed and the rice is tender — this should take about 20 minutes.

Stir together the Gruyère and breadcrumbs. Spoon the leeks into the bottom of the dish and lay the fish fillets on top. Pour over the warmed watercress sauce then scatter over the breadcrumb and cheese mixture. Bake for 15 minutes until the fish is cooked through and the breadcrumbs are golden brown. Serve with mash and your favourite steamed green vegetables.

Remove from the heat and stir in the parsley leaves and stalks, the lemon zest and juice, butter and cheese. Break the salmon into large flakes and carefully fold through the risotto. Divide between bowls and serve with extra cheese and a good grinding of black pepper. THESOUTHWILTSMAGAZINE


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Easter: a time for Reflection & Passion at Salisbury Cathedral As one might expect, there is a lot going on over the coming weeks at Salisbury Cathedral, including fantastic, if contrasting, events. counter-terrorism operation by diabolical security forces. By turns comic, gripping, poetic and heart-stirring, The Devil’s Passion offers a radically fresh perspective on the timeless narrative, an audacious hell’s-eye view of the Passion from a master storyteller. Tickets for this unique performance on Wednesday 12 April at 7pm are available online and on the door.



n addition to all its regular services, Salisbury Cathedral is hosting two events over Easter - The Devil’s Passion, a performance by actor/writer Justin Butcher and a solo exhibition by Bradford on Avon based artist Eleanor Bartlett.


Justin Butcher’s new show, The Devil’s Passion is full of fire and brimstone. Set in 33 AD Jesus enters Jerusalem to fulfil his destiny. Satan ascends from Hell to stop him. A battle begins – for the soul of humanity. Framed satirically against a “War on Terror” backdrop of heightened security, fear and surveillance, with Satan as selfstyled Intelligence Chief fighting “extremism” in the Middle East in defence of our “freedoms”, the last days of Christ are presented as a



results in eventual subsidence, melting into a residue of absence and loss. It also reflects the solace and austerity present in the cloister and seeks to engage the visitor on a contemplative level. “Whilst we associate candles with light, hope and warmth, this installation speaks to us of something lost, perhaps striving to be remembered, as in the title, Requiem, a mass or musical composition for a deceased person. The wax tablets possess a purity. They are soft and yielding to the touch, in contrast with the two large tar reliefs. Tar by distinction has an industrial beauty, suggestive of fire, heavy hot work. Thick and sticky with darker connotations of ‘tar and feather’.”

Eleanor Bartlett’s installation entitled Requiem comprises of eighteen wax covered canvases supported on a hidden metal structure, arranged at varying angles in a line along the floor of the South Cloister, reminiscent of memorial slabs against a wall in a mason’s yard. Two large Requiem is installed in the and powerful tar panels complete Cathedral Cloisters and runs from the narrative. 10 March – 23 April. The wax tablets create a pleasing, rhythmic flowing sequence, perhaps suggestive of music. The white candle wax is applied carefully, layer upon layer, as in the layers of meanings, alluding to toil, patience and endurance. Some of the wax used comes from the lost wax of our cathedral candles used during the Darkness to Light services. Jacquiline Creswell, Salisbury Cathedral Arts Advisor & Curator said: “Eleanor’s installation addresses the poignancy of human effort and endurance over time, which

• Eleanor Bartlett’s Requiem

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Playwright and actor Justin Butcher

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Sydenhams Maiden Bradley has a new landscaping centre that offers everything you need to spruce up your garden. They stock domestic and agricultural fencing including professional lap panels, round, half round and square treated posts. You’ll also find wooden gates and catches, hinges and clasps plus a range of outdoor timbers and sleepers.

store is now so much more to local residents, and currently operates 10 departments over three floors, covering: kitchenware, DIY, ironmongery, tools, electrical, gardening, camping, locks and key cutting, sugarcraft and gifts. As an independent firm, they are renowned for their helpful and cheerful staff, their knack for problem solving and their ability to source unusual items quickly. Right now, at the beginning of spring, their gardening department is the place to head for everything from seeds to secateurs, furniture to tomato feed – everything the gardening enthusiast needs to get the gardening year off to a flying start! Tel: 01985 212115 Cordens has everything the gardener needs

Supplying both trade and retail customers, they have wire fencing, staples, nails and other fixings plus timber treatments to protect and extend the life of your fence. Alongside this they stock paving slabs and block paving, decorative gravels, pebbles and bark in mini and bulk bags, topsoil, sand, ballast, cement and even coal to keep you warm through the last days of winter! What’s more, new in this spring… a range of sheds and summerhouses! With so much to offer why not pay them a visit and have a look around? You’ll find the centre behind the village shop in the centre of Maiden Bradley with vehicular access on Bruton Road, and they are open from 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday, with staff happy to provide no obligation quotations. Tel: 01985 844771 Sydenhams has a new landscaping centre


SYDENHAMS TIMBER CENTRE MAIDEN BRADLEY NEW THIS SPRING... SHEDS & SUMMER HOUSES! ALSO STOCKED… Capping Rail Fence Posts Fence Panels Railway Sleepers Pegs Raised Bed Timber Engineered Oak Flooring Wheelbarrows Wood Preservative Flooring Accessories Carcassing Timber

Backing Rail Gravel Boards Wire Fencing Decking Scaffold Boards Hardwood Timber Vinyl & Laminate Flooring Safety Equipment Hand Tools MDF & Plywood Sheets Pine & Oak Panels

Arris Rail Featheredge Sand, Cement & Gravel Decorative Gravels Green Oak Roofing Felt Gates PAR/Joinery Softwoods Paint Brushes Skirting & Architrave Ironmongery

Tel: 01985 844771 Email: Bradley Lane, Maiden Bradley, Wiltshire BA12 7JR

| home & garden

Tips on choosing a removal company

Property expert MARYAM CALVERT from Northwood Salisbury, talks you through making moving day run smoothly...


nce you have had an offer accepted or you have a deposit paid on your new rental home, the hard work of packing and sorting your furniture out begins and an endless to do list has to be drawn up. One of the most important jobs to consider will be moving day, and choosing a reliable and trusthworthy removal company is paramount. Choosing a removal company sounds like a simple task, but you shouldn’t just choose the first company you see – what if they break Great Aunt Mavis’s vase?! Here are Northwood’s top tips for choosing the right removal company for you and your family.

PRICE Your items are valuable and should be handled with care. You should be confident that your worldly possessions are treated with the utmost care and are kept safe.



Price will inevitably influence your decision but research the companies you are considering, read reviews online, most companies have a Facebook page or a Google review. Ring around a few firms to compare quotes, and try to negotiate – you don’t know unless you try! And when you are comparing be sure you are comparing like with like, knowing what is included with each option.

WHAT MAKES A LEGITIMATE REMOVAL COMPANY? A legitimate removal company will conduct a home survey and take a detailed description of the requirements you have. They should have a website and online reviews is always an added bonus. They should provide a comprehensive and understandable quote with no hidden extras – don’t ever be afraid to ask a question if you don’t understand the quote.

All legimite companies will have trained staff to ensure customer service levels are high and they will have insurance in place to cover the true value of a customer’s belongings.

ADDITIONAL SERVICES Not everyone has the time to organise and pack a home, many removal companies will offer additional services for people including supplying packing materials such as boxes, tape, bubble wrap and wardrobe boxes. Some will keep your items in storage for a period of time if required, whilst there are also firms that will pack your belongings for you! Alternatively they may offer an unpacking service, or will dismantle large furniture for you. If these options appeal, there will be companies out there who will oblige you! •

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10 ways to keep your utility bills down MARYAM CALVERT from Northwood Salisbury gives her top ten tips on reducing your energy bills in 2017.


o help keep the rising costs of heating bills and low temperatures here is our top tips to keep your home warm and your costs lower:

1. CLOSING YOUR CURTAINS Definitely the best place to start! According to research closing the curtains can immediately reduce the total heat loss by 15-17%.

2. DOOR CURTAINS Hanging a curtain over an external door will stop any draughts – you’d be surprised how much cold air can sneak in, sausage dog excluders are also a great idea.

3. INVEST IN A RUG Many of us these days have wooden flooring, which is great for keeping clean but can be cold on the feet.

6. CLOSE OFF UNUSED ROOMS There is no point heating an unused room that no one uses. Turn off the radiator and shut the door.

7. PUT ON A JUMPER When tempted to turn the heating up a notch try wearing a jumper first, it may sound scrooge like but it works!

average household’s electricity bill. Energysaving bulbs can knock £55 a year off your bills, last ten times longer and use 80% less energy. Each bulb replaced can save you around £120 over its lifetime, according to the Energy Saving Trust.


Most energy companies reserve their best deals for online customers, so if you can, use it. They 8. GET IN A FIX will also give you a better deal if you With bills only looking like rising, sign up to a dual fuel tariff and if it pays to pick one of the better you can, paying by monthly direct fixed rates than to stay on a more debit can save £75 a year. Just be expensive standard tarriffs. Even if sure to keep a tab on your usage, you don’t switch suppliers, it takes a matter of minutes to do and can save and make sure it is accurate so you are not paying more a month than you hundreds of pounds a year. you should be.

9. TURN OFF THE LIGHTS Lighting accounts for 19% of the


4. RADIATORS Heat from your radiators not only goes into the room, but a significant percentage is absorbed into the wall. Radiator reflector foil, easily applied behind a radiator, can stop this by up to 50%.

5. USE YOUR OVEN A little unusual but free – after you have finished cooking and the oven is off, leave the door slightly open to allow the warm oven air to leave – be careful not to do this is you have small children or pets – only if it is safe to do so. THESOUTHWILTSMAGAZINE


| motoring

The award-winning L200 The L200 Series 5 is the pinnacle of the pick-up truck. Rugged, capable and powerful, it can handle anything and is available now from Salisbury Mitsubishi.


alisbury Mitsubishi is currently offering the L200 Series 5 Titan (price from £21,249+VAT) on contract hire for only £199 per month plus initial rental and VAT at 20%. The Titan range comes with a 178bhp diesel engine, super select 4WD, rain and dusk sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control air conditioner, lane departure warning, front fog lamps, multi-info display, chrome sports grille, door handles and mirror covers, keyless entry and push start button, 17” alloy wheels, privacy glass, six speakers and a DAB radio. As well as a fantastic financial package, the Mitsubishi L200 has recently secured yet another major award, this time for Best Pickup at the 2017 Carbuyer Awards at the Curzon Bloomsbury Cinema, The Brunswick, London. The panel of judges for the 2017 Carbuyer Awards were particularly impressed with the latest Mitsubishi L200, saying it is



‘better than ever’ thanks to its combination of impressive off-road capabilities with car-like on-road dynamics, while also offering competitive pricing and high standard specification.

Lance Bradley, Managing Director of Mitsubishi Motors UK, commented, “Tough and rugged vehicles like the L200 and Shogun are what the Mitsubishi name has been built on over the past 100 years and our engineers continually strive Stuart Milne, Editor of Carbuyer to ensure our 4X4 vehicles remain commented: “The Mitsubishi L200 the benchmark in their segments. name has been with us for more We’re delighted that Carbuyer has than 30 years and the latest model recognised the qualities that have is better than ever. It delivers on its made the Mitsubishi L200 a critical promise of rugged ability with some and commercial success.” neat detailing and an impressive amount of equipment, while it To arrange a test drive of the L200 packs a strong 2.4-litre four-cylinder call Salisbury Mitsubishi today on diesel engine that allows you to tow 01725 550720. over three tonnes. It’s also the most car-like pickup to drive on-road • and extremely capable off-road. “Tough and rugged Despite all this, it can return more than 40mpg. Combine that with vehicles like the L200 competitive pricing and a number are what the Mitsubishi of desirable high-spec models name has been built on and it’s clear why the L200 is our best pickup.” over the past 100 years”

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Tea Break Teasers What/who is missing from the grid?





WIN A £10 NEXT VOUCHER! Email your answers to these trivia questions to by 15.04.17 to be in with a chance of winning a £10 Next Voucher. Good luck!

Q1: When was Rome founded? Q2: Which emperor completed the Colosseum in Rome? LAST MONTH’S SOLUTIONS Wordsearch missing word: HOOVER Quiz answers: 1: Daniel D Tompkins 2: Millard Fillmore 1850-1853 3: Woodrow Wilson 4: The first lady/gentleman 5: President of the United States



Q3: Who was the first emperor to convert to Christianity? Q4: Vespasian’s youngest son became which emperor? Q5: Which emperor was killed by his own Praetorian Guard on 24 January 41 AD? Be sure to include your contact details so we can get in touch with you if you are our winner!

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Salisbury Bubble Rush

Salisbury Hospice is bursting with excitement to introduce a brand new fundraising event for 2017 - Bubble Rush.


o celebrate 30 years since Salisbury Hospice opened its doors, the charity will be hosting Salisbury’s first ever Bubble Rush. Taking place on Saturday 24 June at Hudson’s Field, Salisbury, this bright and bubbly event is set to be a great day out! A family friendly 5k fun-run, the frothy and foamy circuit will take you through four coloured bubble stations where high-powered foam cannons will cover you from top to toe in bright, frothy bubbles! There are no age restrictions, so why not get the whole family on board to run, skip, hop or jog their way through the foam? All participants in the Bubble Rush will receive a free T-shirt and a medal. The Bubble Village will be bursting at the seams with lots of exciting

activities from warm up routines, live entertainment, children’s activities to yummy food and drink stalls for everyone to enjoy, so even if you’re not taking part in the fun run, come along and enjoy all that’s on offer. Organisers are running a limited EARLY BIRD offer, places are £7.50 for children (0 – 16) £20 for adults (17+). Once early bird is full, places will be £12.50 Children and £25 Adults. Places are limited so book now to avoid disappointment via the website.

with not only nursing care but also emotional and practical support. The Hospice costs £2.3 million each year to run and with less than 50% funding from the NHS, Salisbury Hospice Charity aims to raise £1.5 million of these costs. To help towards this, and to celebrate 30 years of outstanding care provided at the Hospice they are challenging all participants to raise an additional £30 sponsorship for this vital cause. •

Salisbury Hospice provides vital support in the local community to people with life limiting illness. Their aim is to provide the best possible quality of life to patients and support to their families, carers and friends. Each year the Hospice helps 1000 patients and their families THESOUTHWILTSMAGAZINE


| last word


Le Jog hits the skids

am currently confined to quarters, more specifically to my bed so am writing this in a supine position whilst my every whim is pandered to. Let me explain. As I’m undertaking the challenge of cycling from Lands End to John O’Groats (Le Jog) in May I thought it wise to start to do some long distance cycling in preparation. It’s all about time on the bike you see - you have to physically prepare your undercarriage for the onslaught. I had prepared an 80km

and bird food or something equally glamorous blissfully unaware that I was slowly going into shock at my parent’s house and making the decision that I needed to go to the hospital. When she eventually turned up at my parents I was halfway down the path and “as close to tears as I have ever seen anyone without actually crying” apparently, and possibly a little bit shouty as well! Once my lovely wife had driven me to the RUH (braking too sharply in

“Only I could go into a hospital and come out worse than I went in!” course around and through some of the lovely Wiltshire countryside and had completed around 40km of this when, between Keevil and Bulkington, I came, what can only be described as, a cropper. I fell off going 15mph around a corner and hit the ground heavily. I knew straight away I wouldn’t be able to cycle home so I did what any grown man would do in my position and called my daddy to come and pick me and my bike up. In fairness I did call my wife first but she had just gone into a yoga class and I had to leave a message. The message I left, I have been told, was altogether too low key. I didn’t want to cause any alarm so just said, “I’ve fallen off my bike, I’m fine but could you pick me up from my parents house as I didn’t take my keys with me”. Unfortunately the message was so low key that when she heard it, apres yoga, she assumed she had time to do a bit of shopping before coming to get me and so carried on errand running, buying light bulbs



traffic and hitting every pothole on the way obviously) I was decanted into a wheelchair, booked in and taken through to see a nurse who would assess my injuries. It was mainly the hip area and also a very small pain in one of my ribs. When I had left the house that morning it had been a tad nippy so I had quite a few layers to lose before she could see what was going on. What she wasn’t prepared for I don’t think was the bib shorts - things cyclists wear so your shorts don’t fall down that unfortunately make you look like one of those 19th century moustachioed strongmen. Usually it doesn’t matter, members of the public won’t see you after all, not today. Google ‘bib shorts’ then click on ‘images’. The pictures you see are of perfect human specimens. Imagine, if you will, the same gear but on a 52 year old, overweight, slightly hairier than average person and you can see why this particular nurse’s Valentine’s Day did not get off to a great start… I hope she could get that picture out of her head later on!!!

They decided I needed an X-Ray on my hip and pelvis to rule out any fractures, so off I went. At the X-Ray department a very nice young man asked me to lay back on the bed. Easier said than done. As I lowered myself I heard, and definitely felt, my rib pop. So as well as whatever was going on with my hip/pelvis area I also now had a cracked rib. Only I could go into a hospital and come out worse than I went in! It turns out I didn’t have any fractures just very severe bruising to the hip, pelvis and groin area (kind of annoying really as the pain levels definitely justified some sort of break I thought). As well as the rib lesser injuries included grazing to my left knee and elbow, bruising to my left shoulder and upper chest and a massive dent to my dignity. They sent me away with painkillers and ‘scrutches’, as my four year old calls them, and said I should make a full recovery in a few weeks. I’d like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to the staff at the RUH, especially the nurse who saw me in my bib shorts (and who now, no doubt, cannot unsee me in my bib shorts). They once again, have come up trumps. Actually a huge thank you to all NHS staff who are all, I think we can agree, amazing.

Phil Rockliffe




The South Wilts Magazine - March/April 2017  

The South Wilts Magazine is a local lifestyle title that caters for Salisbury, South Wiltshire and beyond!