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May/June 2017 // issue 47


elcome to the May/June edition of The South Wilts Magazine. As usual it’s full to bursting with the biggest and best happening over the coming weeks, including one of the real highlights of the year, the Ageas International Arts Festival. The festival takes place this year from Friday 26 May to Saturday 10 June and we’ve all the highlights from p18.


Another favourite fixture in the arts calendar is The Wylye Valley Art Trail - a biennial event that gives visitors the chance to meet local artists and find out more about what they do. Its great fun and it starts at the end of May (p10). There’s plenty on the foodie front this edition as we find out more about the new landlords at The Benett Arms in Semley (p11), a Master Veg Food Tour at Riverford, a new destination for eating at Visit Hillbrush (both p12) and some great summer events over at Howard’s House Hotel (p16).


With that to read up on and all your usual favourites, this issue has plenty for you to get your teeth into. Enjoy! Lisa Rockliffe, Editor


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in this issue... LOCAL LISTINGS What’s on in May/June


LOCAL NEWS Salisbury Cathedral Exhibition The Wylye Valley Art Trail

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New management at Benett Arms 11

Chelsea Flower Show


Lakeside Garden Centre


Moving Day Checklist


FEATURES Salisbury Arts Festival


The Mitsubishi L200




Quiz, wordsearch & sudoku


Visit Hillbrush


Win tickets to Yeovilton Air Day


Meals in Minutes Recipes



Master Veg tour at Riverford

Summer at Howard’s House Hotel 16

The Last Word




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listings MAY & JUNE

CITY HALL Malthouse Lane, Salisbury, SP2 7TU Box Office: 01722 434434 For full listings go to the website. JON BODEN 12 May, 7pm Tickets: £22 Jon Boden is delighted to announce Painted Lady tour, Part Two. SHAKIN’ STEVENS 16 May, 8pm Tickets: £24.50 - £37 Shakin’ Stevens is to embark on his biggest ever UK tour visiting 34 towns and cities across England, Scotland and Wales in 2017. LIVE ON MARS: TRIBUTE TO DAVID BOWIE 17 May, 8pm Tickets: £24.50 A bold new stage production celebrating iconic pop hero David Bowie; his music, artistry, style and showmanship. SALISBURY COLLECTORS’ SHOW 19 & 20 May FREE After a very successful fair in 2016, Salisbury Collectors Fair returns to City Hall for two days this May.



JOOLS HOLLAND & HIS RHYTHM & BLUES ORCHESTRA 25 May, 7.30pm Tickets: £37 & £45 As always, Jools continues to dazzle audiences across the UK with his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra and their exuberant live performances. THAT’LL BE THE DAY 26 May, 7.30pm Tickets: £23.50 - £25.50 After an incredible three decades of touring, the UK’s No.1 Rock & Roll variety production That’ll Be The Day returns with another new show! SOMEWHERE IN TIME 7 June, 7.30pm Tickets: £24 & £26 An audience with Ian Waite and Natalie Lowe. Strictly’s favourite couple are back with a bang after their first successful UK Tour.

Jools Holland, City Hall

SONS OF PITCHES 10 June, 7.30pm Tickets: £26.50 & £31.50 The Sons of Pitches hit the road again with a brand-new specially themed touring show.

MAGIC OF MOTOWN 24 June, 8pm Tickets: £24.50 & £25.50 Join the party as this scintillating show celebrates its 10th birthday. THE CARPENTERS SHOW 7 July, 7.30pm Tickets: £21.50 & £23.50 The award-winning Carpenters Story celebrates the music of one of the most successful pop duos in music history, Richard & Karen Carpenter.

SALISBURY PLAYHOUSE Malthouse Lane, Salisbury SP2 7RA Box Office: 01722 320333 For full listings go to the website.

BEFORE THE PARTY 4 – 27 May, 7.30pm + matinees Tickets: £9.50 - £25 Before the Party is based on a short story by Somerset Maugham. Ackland’s hilarious adaptation is a sizzling portrayal of the upper middle classes adjusting to post-war life. WHILE WE’RE HERE 15 – 17 June, 7.45pm + matinee Tickets: £13.50 (under25s £9) Alice Hamilton’s productions of Barney Norris’s plays Visitors and Eventide for Up In Arms have been described as ‘heartbreaking’ (New York Times) ‘outstanding’ (Evening Standard) and containing ‘all the still, sad music of humanity’ (Guardian).

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WHERE IS HOME? 10 May, 8pm Tickets: £12 (Concs £10) A new twist on a 1000 year old fable, presenting great music and dance from South Africa, mixed with urban culture from London and Los Angeles.


NT LIVE: OBSESSION 11 May, 7pm Tickets: £16 (Concs £14) Jude Law stars in the stage production of Obsession, broadcast live from the Barbican Theatre in London. Ivo van Hove (NT Live: A View from the Bridge, Hedda Gabler) directs this new stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti’s 1943 film.

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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.

MISBEHAVIN: ELEMENTAL 12 May, 8pm Tickets: £12 (Concs £10) Drawing upon the band members’ BRITISH ART: ANCIENT LANDSCAPES eclectic and diverse journeys across Until 3 September musical frontiers, Misbehavin’ have The British landscape has inspired created an exciting body of work artists across the centuries; inspired by the elements. particularly the landscapes marked by our distant ancestors. The MET: DER ROSENKAVALIER megaliths, stone circles and chalk13 May, 5.55pm cut hill figures that survive from Tickets: £17 (Concs £15) Neolithic and Bronze Age times Renée Flemingplays the Marschallin have stimulated many artists to and Elīna Garanča stars as Octavian in make a response. In this major new Strauss’s grandest opera.



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PHIL BEER BAND SUPPORTED BY THE HAWTHORNES 18 May, 8pm Tickets: £19 (Concs £17) The Phil Beer Band performs a unique blend of folk and roll trawled from Phil’s treasure trove of traditional tunes and American country rock. A UNITED KINGDOM (12A) 24 May, 7.30pm Tickets: £8 Amma Asante follows Belle with another little-documented true story from our colonial past. PUGILIST SPECIALIST 26 May, 7.30pm Tickets: £10 (Concs £8) Triple Fringe First winning, Pugilist Specialist won every major award at the Edinburgh Festival with this soaring and timely play dissecting the American military’s hunt for evil in foreign lands. NT LIVE: SALOME 22 June, 7pm Tickets: £16 (Concs £14) Internationally acclaimed theatre director Yaël Farber (Les Blancs) draws on multiple accounts to create her urgent, hypnotic production on the stage of the National Theatre. RICHARD DIGANCE 24 June, 7.30pm Tickets: £18.50 (Concs £17.50) Richard Digance is a rare performer in that he’s respected by comedians for his original material and by musicians for being an accomplished performer/guitarist.

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events | MOONLIGHT (15) 29 June, 7.30pm Tickets: £8 Winner of Best Picture at the Oscars, Moonlight is an intimate and deeply affecting coming of age story set against the backdrop of a deprived Miami neighbourhood.

that have characterized the output from this popular Orkney based singer/songwriter.


CABARET: TAP YOUR TROUBLES AWAY 26 & 27 May, 7pm Tickets: £27.50 Come and be entertained with a cabaret evening filled with songs and dance from the musicals!

VIVA NEIL DIAMOND 6 May, 7.30pm Tickets: £14 (Under 18s £12) Celebrating 50 years of hits!

TONI ERDMANN (15) 3 June, 8pm Following the death of his pet dog, Winfried Conradi, a retired man fond of practical jokes, decides to visit his workaholic daughter, Ines, in Bucharest. The critics’ favourite at Cannes in 2016.

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LA LA LAND (12A) 12 & 14 May, 8pm Tickets £7 (18 & under £5) Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and Mia (Emma Stone) are drawn together by their common desire to do what they love. But as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their affair. JO PHILBY 13 May, 8pm Tickets £12.50 (under 18s £8) Jo returns with a streamlined line up, concentrating on the core elements

OTHERS SALISBURY GROUP OF ARTISTS SUMMER EXHIBITION 5 - 27 May Salisbury Library, Salisbury SP1 1BL FREE Following last year’s successful exhibition SGA artists will be showing exciting new works depicting diverse subjects of interest to all. A Meet The Artist event will be held on the afternoon of Saturday 6 May. Find out more at the website,

Nt Live: Obsession, Salisbury Arts Centre

MOVIES UNDER THE SPIRE: ASHES (15) 10 May, 6.30pm Salisbury Cathedral Tickets: £9, incl soft drink & nibbles Frank (Ray Winstone) is confined to a residential home, stricken with Alzheimer’s – past, present and future steadily disintegrating. Then his son James (Jim Sturgess) appears, wanting to reconnect with his father. James springs Frank from the home and pair go on the run. VINTAGE NOSTALGIA FESTIVAL 2 – 4 June Stockton Park, Stockton Weekend ticket: £39 adult, £12 child With live bands, Ringwood fine ale bar, cocktail bar and dance troupe, Vintage Village and traditional children’s entertainment it’s not to be missed! HATCH HOUSE OPEN GARDEN 4 June, 2pm - 5pm Entry: £5 adults, £1 children Idyllic Hatch House in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside will hold its annual Open Garden on Sunday 4 June. This is a great event for all the family and a chance to see the 17th Century walled Dutch garden with amazing views over the Vale of Wardour, enjoy teas with family and friends and browse a wide variety of stalls. There are second-hand books, jewellery, bric-a-brac and Lady Rumbold & Mrs Vernon’s famous clothes stall packed with amazing finds, a magnet for bargain hunters. All proceeds to the Salisbury Hospice Charity. AMESBURY CARNIVAL & SHOW 17 June, from 11am Holder’s Field, Amesbury Entry: £2.50 adult Various events including marching bands, stone age games, fun fair, dog show, strong man contest and much more!

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Dispersing the Night ANNA MARIA PACHECO’S new show runs until 23 July at Salisbury Cathedral and forms part of a year of events exploring identity and memory.


s part of its year-long memory and identity themed events and activities, a new exhibition that explores the human condition is being held at Salisbury Cathedral. Anna Maria Pacheco’s solo show, Dispersing the Night runs until 23 July. Salisbury Cathedral is also exploring different aspects of dementia starting with a screening of the film Ashes (Cert 15) in which the son (Jim Sturgess) of a one-time hard man now suffering from Alzheimer’s (Ray Winstone), springs his dad from his care home and the unlikely duo take to the road. Ashes is showing in the Cathedral Refectory on Wednesday 10 May, and will be followed by a panel discussion led by Canon Dr Robert Titley. Doors open at 6.30pm. Tickets are £9 including a soft drink and tapas nibbles. All seats unreserved. On 16 May at 5.30pm Evensong entitled Celebrating Age is followed by a panel discussion, Dementia: Past, Present and Future, including writer Keggie Carew, winner of the Costa Book Award for Biography and author of Dadland, the story of her extraordinary, enigmatic father and his Alzheimer’s. Keggie is joined on the panel by Dr Lesley Collier, Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy and Professional Lead for Occupational Therapy at Southampton University and Dr Claudia Cooper, Reader in Old Age Psychiatry UCL. Dementia: Past, Present and Future is a free event and part of the Cathedral’s contribution to the Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Week (14-20 May). It takes place in the North Transept at 7pm.



Another joyous contribution to Dementia Week is Come and Sing, a sing-along for those with dementia, their family or carers, or anyone who enjoys music, hosted by members of local Singing for the Brain groups on Thursday, 18 May at 2pm in the Spire Crossing. All are welcome to this free showcase. My Favourite Bloom workshops on Monday 19 and Thursday 22 May (10am - 12pm) are drop in art sessions for all living with dementia and their carers. These are simple hands-on sessions which focus on talking about and creating favourite flowers. On Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 June the Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Community

Roadshow is in the Close from 10am until 4pm. The Roadshow aims to increase local awareness of Alzheimer’s, offering free information and advice to people who currently living with dementia, who are worried about a friend or relative’s memory or who just have questions about the condition. The Roadshow vehicle is easy to spot. No appointment is needed, just drop in. Finally Salisbury Cathedral’s dementia-trained Refectory staff are taking part in the Alzheimer’s Society Cupcake Day on Thursday, 15 June. All proceeds from cakes sold on the day go to this very deserving charity. •

Dispersing the Night forms part of a year of memory and identity themed events at the Cathedral

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Wylye Valley Art Trail

The 2017 Wylye Valley Art Trail returns this year from 27 May until 4 June.


he wait is nearly over: the 2017 Wylye Valley Art Trail is upon us. Painters, sculptors, potters, glass artists, jewellery and furniture makers, photographers and even a milliner are throwing open their studio doors to the art-loving public from 27 May until 4 June. The Wylye Valley Art Trail is the largest and most diverse open studios event in Wiltshire, and takes place in some of the most gorgeous countryside this beautiful county has to offer. There are 73 venues in locations from tiny rural outposts to bustling market towns, all within

“The Wylye Valley Art Trail offers visitors the chance to meet the artists and discuss their creative world” a ten-mile radius of the centre of the Wylye Valley in south Wiltshire. Some artists are exhibiting in their own studios, others have grouped

together to show in larger spaces, such as village halls and even galleries. There are award-winning artists with an international clientele exhibiting close by others who are only just starting out along their creative path, traditionalist landscape painters near abstract digital artists, glassblowers not far from scrap metal sculptors, potters hard by jewellers: there’s something to suit every taste and, if you’re in the market to buy, every budget.

Artists are, in the If you can’t get out to find a main, a fairly brochure, there’s reclusive bunch, always the working as website, they often do which will in splendid have all the isolation; brochure bumf, the Wylye plus links to Valley Art artists’ websites and Trail offers both the the Wylye Valley Pauline Dawkins visitor the chance to Venue 49 Art Trail Facebook meet the artist and discuss their page. Need any further creative world, and the artist the encouragement to go out and hit chance to get direct and hugely the Trail? It’s free! helpful feedback on their work. Many artists will be demonstrating • Geraldine McLoughlin Venue 59



their working techniques, and may even be encouraging visitors to have a go themselves in ‘take pArt’ sessions. It’s easy to find out where you can ‘take pArt’ and how to plot your route around the venues: attractive brochures, available free from many locations (April onwards) from Tourist Information Centres to shops and pubs, list all the venues and artists, giving directions, opening times and an illustration of what’s on view where.

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The Benett Arms Changes Hands


ull of character, complete with charming snug bar, wood burning stove and cosy seating area, The Benett Arms in Semley, a traditional 16th century inn, is the kind of place you want to pile into to enjoy a pint of good ale and a read of the papers. It has recently been taken over by new landlords Lee and Lena Rose, who are intent on making it one of the best family-friendly pubs in the area.

three-course feast. All food is cooked to order using fresh local ingredients wherever possible. Lee and Lena have recently introduced a brand new children’s menu – making The Benett Arms ideal for stopping off after a family adventure over at nearby Longleat, Old Wardour Castle or Shaftesbury and Gold Hill. When

the weather is good enough you can also take your drinks outside to the large garden area to enjoy in the sunshine. To find out more, or to book (Sunday lunch can get very busy so advanced booking is advised) call 01747 830221. •

The Benett Arms is now more family friendly with a new children’s menu

A regular in the Good Beer Guide, and winner of Heart of Wessex CAMRA Pub of the Year 2015, The Benett Arms serves excellent, well kept real ale with at least three to choose from at any one time. If you have come for food, their delicious and revamped menu is served seven days a week and offers something for everyone, whether you are after a light meal, a quick sandwich or a

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Riverford Master Veg Tour


iverford Organic Farmers and Hampshire Fare have teamed up to bring you lunch with a difference! On 3, 6, 10 & 14 July head to Riverford Norton Farm in Winchester for a Hampshire Fare and Riverford Master Veg tour and cooking class.

inspire them to eat more of the green stuff! The menu, which is subject to seasonal change - and which will be suitable for vegans - includes roasted cauliflower with smoky red pepper romesco, shredded raw pad Thai salad with Thai dressing and cauliflower, chickpea and coconut curry.

The day, which costs £25 per person, is ideal for anyone considering life with a veg box; the event will give you the chance to ask questions and sample loads of great produce!

Once prepared, you’ll sit down with the other guests and your instructor to enjoy your creations. After lunch there will be a short tour of Upper Norton Farm to show guests more about Riverford and its organic farming ethos. The day will wrap up around 2.45pm. There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and receive guidance on making the most of your veg. The cost of the class includes a copy of Riverford’s Spring & Summer cookbook and your first medium sized veg box,

The day will begin with refreshments at 10am before a cookery demo using the best seasonal organic vegetables. The focus of the class will be an introduction to ‘life with a veg box’, with guests learning a number of techniques to make the most of the their veg boxes and hopefully

which will be delivered to your house the following week. •

Join a Riverford Master Veg tour for just £25 this July

Shop, Eat, Discover at Visit Hillbrush


isit Hillbrush, a top new destination for eating, shopping and learning in Mere, opened in April after a £9million investment into a Visitors Centre and purpose built manufacturing and distribution. Hillbrush, a brushware and hygienic cleaning tools manufacturer, has created Visit Hillbrush to provide a community hub for locals as well as a welcome alternative for travellers wanting a break from the busy A303 road. The Visit Hillbrush restaurant serves delicious locally sourced food and drink, as well as ‘grab & go’ meals’ while members of the public can also purchase high quality Hillbrush products. The company’s rich 95-year history is also celebrated with a



stimulating and educational museum. Exhibits include How Many Brushes in your Home? Fibres from Around the World, historic videos and restored antique brush machines.

Based in Norwood Park, just minutes from the A303, the Royal Warrant holders have come a long way since Hillbrush was founded in 1922. The company is now headed up by the Visit Hillbrush is a unique new third and fourth generation of the venue on the outskirts of Mere Coward family and employs over 100 people. “Visit Hillbrush is a contemporary, yet warm and comfortable venue. Commercial Director Charlie Coward The Visitors Centre is about giving said: “We hope members of public local people a personal experience will come and enjoy what Visit they’ll want to enjoy again and Hillbrush has to offer; be it a tasty again, as well as establishing lunch, a lovely coffee or a chance to ourselves as a key destination on learn about the Hillbrush company one of the UK’s busy tourist routes.” and the many quirky stats and facts about the making of brushes. •


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Enjoy tasty dinners in a flash thanks with these delicious recipes from Waitrose – each is ready in 20 minutes or less!

Gnocchi with Dolcelatte



Method Cook the gnocchi in a large pan of boiling water for 1 minute. Add the peas and cook for a further 2 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a small saucepan and add the garlic. Cook gently for 1 minute, but don’t let the garlic brown. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Drain the gnocchi and peas and tip into a large serving bowl. Stir in the garlicky oil and some freshly ground black pepper. Pile the rocket on the gnocchi, break the Dolcelatte into pieces and arrange on top. Scatter over the pine nuts and toss together before serving.

Ingredients 500g pack Waitrose Gnocchi 125g frozen peas 3 tbsp olive oil 1 clove garlic, finely chopped 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley 45g rocket 75g Galbani Dolcelatte 2 tbsp pine nuts, toasted

Serves 4

Mediterranean lamb & butter bean salad Serves 4 Ingredients 2 tsp olive oil 1 clove garlic, crushed ½ tsp dried oregano 4 lamb steaks 275g baby plum tomatoes, halved 400g butter beans, drained & rinsed 100g watercress 2 tbsp balsamic & olive oil dressing 25g pack fresh mint leaves, torn Crusty bread, to serve Method Stir together the olive oil, garlic and oregano and brush over the lamb. Cook in a griddle or frying pan for 3–4 minutes on each side until nicely browned but still a little pink in the centre. Transfer to a warm plate and leave to rest for 3–4 minutes.

Quick Salmon Kebabs with Cucumber & Dill Salad Serves 4 Ingredients 4 Waitrose salmon fillets 2cm piece fresh root ginger, peeled and finely chopped Juice of 1 lemon 1 tsp sunflower oil 1 cucumber 2 tbsp sugar 20g pack fresh dill, chopped 2 tbsp white wine vinegar Method Cut the salmon into 4cm cubes and place in a bowl. Add the ginger, lemon juice, oil and seasoning, cover and set aside to marinate for 10 minutes.

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Slice the cucumber very thinly using a sharp knife or mandolin. Place in a colander and sprinkle with salt. Leave to stand for 10 minutes. Thread the salmon onto skewers and set aside. Preheat the grill. Rinse the cucumber under cold water to remove the salt, then pat dry. Place in a bowl and add the sugar, dill, vinegar, seasoning and 2 tbsp cold water. Set aside.

Meanwhile, lightly toss together the tomatoes, butter beans, watercress, dressing and mint. Slice the lamb and add to the salad, giving it a quick toss. Divide between 4 plates and serve with crusty bread, and extra dressing on the side.

Grill the kebabs for 6–8 minutes, turning occasionally, to cook on all sides until cooked through. Pour the liquid off the cucumber salad and discard. Serve the salad with the salmon kebab. Chef’s Tip For a more substantial meal, serve with new potatoes and mayonnaise. THESOUTHWILTSMAGAZINE


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Summer at Howard’s House Whatever season of the year you choose to visit, Howard’s House Hotel in Teffont Evias is a wonderful destination for diners.


hen the team at Howard’s House say their food is fresh, local and seasonal, they really mean it! Nick Wentworth’s menus are designed to showcase the finest flavours of every season, and the

hotel’s recently extended kitchen gardens yield an impressive array of produce. If the vegetables taste fresh, that’s because they’re just picked - selected in their prime by the kitchen team. What they can’t grow, they source locally, working Enjoy champagne service in the wonderful garden

with only the best suppliers of fish, meat, and other fresh ingredients.

“The picturesque terrace and gardens are designed to capture and celebrate the English summer.” LIFE AL FRESCO The picturesque terrace and gardens are designed to capture and celebrate the English summer. Whether you fancy an al fresco lunch or tasty sandwich, a classic afternoon tea or pink grapefruit G&T; a hearty breakfast with the newspapers or a candlelit dinner by the fountain… this peaceful garden terrace awaits.


Local English strawberries, miniature meringues, black pepper yoghurt and basil

Elegant private room ‘The Coach House’ and the hotel’s peaceful country gardens are both ideal for summer events. Party menus are available from £30 per person.

SUMMER LUNCH WITH MUSIC On 8 July, Howard’s House are hosting A Summer Lunch with Live Music.The perfect summer lunch: drinks and canapés, a seasonal feast from the grill, and live music from folk/country duo Hummingbird. £35 per person. Howard’s House Hotel is open 7 days a week.Call 01722 716392 or email to make a reservation. •



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Returning for its 45th year, the Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival (26 May-10 June) is delighted to announce its eclectic 2017 programme. oasting a vibrant mix of music, comedy, film, theatre, talks and dance over 16 days, the festival offers an array of exciting new talent featured alongside established favourites in an annual celebration that sees the ancient city of Salisbury resound with artistic encounters.


This is the final year of Director Toby Smith’s four-year journey tracing the cardinal points of the compass, and looks westwards to the Canadian province of Québec, a region with a contemporary image boldly defined by its rich history and arts. The festival will delve into Québécois culture with a curated mix of dance, theatre, film, music and literature hailing from the French Canadian province. In addition, this year the new MouthPieces strand comprises a series of events giving voice to artists with lived experience of mental health.



Music is always a highlight of the festival, this year offering a lavish line up from Bollywood to baroque. Chineke! Orchestra, the most culturally diverse orchestra working in Europe, gives a rare out-of-London performance with a programme that includes music from the 18th century black composer Joseph Bologne. Vocal ensemble I Fagiolini mark their 30th anniversary year with a performance celebrating 450 years of Monteverdi: The Other Vespers, performing against the backdrop of Salisbury Cathedral. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra return with Christian Kluxen and Kari Postma featuring works by Mendelssohn, Berlioz and Tchaikovsky. Radio 2 favourite Clare Teal will serenade with Ella Fitzgerald classics, a centenary tribute to the great jazz diva. Sharing their rich palette of influences pop/folk band The Fair Rain perform whilst Le Vent Du Nord, one of the leading names in Québécois folk, promise to delight crowds with their dynamic performance style.

Celebrating literary luminaries is one of the festival’s hallmarks. This year welcomes Louise Doughty, author of Apple Tree Yard and Girl in the Red Coat author Kate Hamer. Philosopher and author AC Grayling discusses The Age of Genius, an account of the 17th century. In Jane Austen’s bicentenary year, Oxford professor and author Freya Johnston debuts Jane Austen: The Early Years, unveiling three surviving notebooks from Jane Austin’s teenage years. Plus, the In Conversation programme features a rich array of guest speakers including former MP Ann Widdecombe, comedian Mark Steel, humanitarian Terry Waite CBE, journalist John Simpson and Countdown’s resident lexicographer Susie Dent. Artist Viv Gordon’s curated MouthPieces strand explores the

events | power of art to activate empathy and pose questions about how society views mental health. The programme spans dance, theatre, film and talks, including artist Aidan Moesby’s interactive Periodic Table of Emotions. Lives on The Edge, a film double bill featuring shorts from Carol Morley and Tarnation by Jonathan Cauoette, joins the diverse film

alfresco performance of Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors. In a more contemporary vein, Two Destination Language brings Manpower, a powerful and complex commentary on the shifting identity of Britain’s working men over the past 40 years. Immersive theatre company Paper Birds perform the spine-tingling Mobile, an intimate magical theatre experience set inside a mobile caravan, whilst Québécois Théâtre de la Pire Espèce performs quirky object theatre on a table top. Dance and circus take centre stage with Symphonie Dramatique from Québécois dance company Cas Public injecting

Ballet Black return with a brand new triple bill

programme. And Alistair Campbell talks frankly about his time at Number 10 and his campaign for our better understanding of mental health. The festival this year also features indoor and open-air theatre. The Lord Chamberlain’s Men treat us to an

inventiveness and athleticism to the story of Romeo and Juliet, and Ballet Black also return with a brand new triple bill. Barely Methodical Troupe will be effortlessly blending circus skills, dance and parkour with more than a touch of humour, and The Hogwallops from Lost in Translation Circus promises to be a treat for the whole family.

and absurdist comedy-king Rich Hall pops by with his Hoedown, performing with his band of virtuoso music mates. Other highlights include a vibrant family programme including performances from Lyngo Theatre, Long Nose Puppets and Lost In Translation Circus, as well as the return of the much-loved free Play Day on Bank Holiday Monday. While art exhibitions include Hommage à Salisbury Plain from award winning French-Canadian artist Catherine Farish, British Art: Ancient Landscapes curated by Professor Sam Smiles at the Salisbury Museum and Dispersing the Night featuring work by Ana Maria Pacheco. The festival closes with Voices of the Whale, an immersive and joyful celebration of the oceans. Featuring the Festival Chorus and a range of instrumentalists, and directed by Howard Moody, it combines voice and visuals transforming Salisbury Cathedral into an underwater, aural wonderland.

Festival Director Toby Smith said: “This year the Festival’s compass points westwards, as we complete our current four-year journey with an exploration of the arts and culture of Québec. Le Vent du Nord, one of the leading Québécois folk bands, leads the charge, amongst highlights that span circus, dance, classical music, folk On the comedy front Live at the and jazz. We are delighted to unveil Apollo star Simon Evans our full programme which is set to displays his own brand of bring Salisbury ablaze with artistic life.” “jokenomics” in his show In The Money. With Tickets for all events are available to cello strings still hot buy now from the website. Follow the from his critically festival on Twitter (@AgeasSalisFest) acclaimed Soho and Facebook (SalisburyArtsFestival) Theatre run, for all the latest news. Kieran Hodgson manages to make Mahler funny in his show Maestro, • THESOUTHWILTSMAGAZINE


| gardens

Chelsea Flower Show

The world’s most prestigious flower show returns this year from 23 - 27 May. visitors to discover new plants to transform their homes. The show runs this year from 23 - 27 May and tickets are available from the website. •

OTHER RHS SHOWS Malvern Spring Festival 11 – 14 May 2017

Chatsworth Flower Show 7 – 11 June 2017


hen it comes to garden inspiration, there are few places better than RHS Chelsea Flower Show, undoubtedly the pinnacle of the gardening calendar. Highlights this year include Professor Nigel Dunnett’s RHS Greening Grey Britain Garden with its view on planting in urban development spaces; within the Artisan Garden section is a design from 2016 winner of Best Fresh Garden, Gary Breeze, who has



Hampton Court designed a garden which features the replica of an 800 year old boat which was discovered in the Norfolk Broads. Meanwhile, Ishihara Kazuyuki returns for his 12th year with Gosho No Niwa inspired by the Kyoto emperors of Japan, and the work of Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí is the focus of Sarah Eberle’s Viking Cruises Garden of Inspiration. As well as the show gardens, there are over 100 floral displays, allowing

4 - 9 July 2017

Tatton Park

19 – 23 July 2017 •

“As well as the show gardens, there are over 100 floral displays, allowing visitors to discover new plants to transform their homes.”

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| gardens

Lakeside Garden Centre With a fantastic selection of plants, stunning setting and great range of furniture and sundries, Lakeside is a real treat for local gardeners... for the veg plot, a selection of fruit and vegetable plants including tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash and even aubergine. If you prefer there is also a great range of seeds from Sutton Seeds and Thompson & Morgan. If it’s garden furniture you need, see their new season range of outdoor furniture as well as a selection of charcoal and gas Weber barbecues - it’s starting to seem like summer already!


ith the recent spell of warm weather our gardens are bursting into life and with bank holidays on the way garden centres and nurseries across the country are in for a very busy few weeks. Two that promise both expertise and value are Lakeside and Fonthill Garden Centres, part of a family owned business that has been serving gardeners in the west of England for over forty years.

setting to help make a day of it too. As the name suggests, Lakeside Garden Centre is based on the water’s edge, and no visit is complete without a stroll around the lake and a chance to meet the ducks and geese that have made their home there. The café provides a stunning spot from which to enjoy a cup of freshly brewed coffee and slice of homemade cake. This popular on-site venue offers other homemade treats too, plus

“If it’s garden furniture you need, see their new season range of outdoor furniture as well as a selection of charcoal and gas Weber barbecues” Fonthill is in Bitton so we’ll concentrate on Lakeside, which is based at Crockerton Shopping Centre on the outskirts of Warminster. A large site, they have everything you could need for your garden and a beautiful



soups, light bites and a full range of refreshments to cater for whatever the weather may bring! Back in the garden centre, you can get summer bedding, trees, shrubs and,

Lakeside is situated on the A350 on the edge of the Longleat Estate. To find out more call 01985 217413. The centre is open Monday to Saturday 8.30am-5.30pm and on Sundays from 10.30am-4.30pm. •

| house & home

Moving Day Checklist

Take the stress out of moving into new rental accommodation with the help of this helpful checklist from MARYAM CALVERT at Northwood Salisbury.


bags, coffee and milk. • Get as much of your packing done as possible and label all the 3 WEEKS BEFORE... boxes so both you and the removal • Start collecting packing cases, firm know what they contain. wrapping and generally organising • Do any washing or other your belongings. tasks you need to do and get it • If you are not using certain items packed away. of furniture or things like books and • If your rental agreement includes clothes or ornaments, you can start giving the property a clean, the last Here’s a quick checklist to help you packing these now. Don’t leave your week is a good time to get someone keep control in the weeks before packing until the last minute as it in or make sure you do it yourself. you head off to your new property: can raise those stress levels. • Check with your current landlord • Finalise any arrangements with that everything has been covered 4 WEEKS BEFORE... your chosen removal company and and when you should expect the • Confirm the date of your move make sure everything is in place return of your deposit. with your new landlord. and ready to go. • Then confirm the date with your THE LAST FEW DAYS... existing landlord. 2 WEEKS BEFORE... • Finish the last of your packing • If you have contents insurance, • Start notifying relevant and put together your survival kit. contact your provider so they know organisations and people of your • Arrange to return the keys to your you are moving and arrange cover change of address. This can include landlord. when you change address. • Change any online shopping your bank, building society and • If you are intending to use a anyone else who regularly sends details so that your new address is professional removal firm, contact included. you mail. Don’t forget friends and several for quotes, check their family. references and make a decision who • If you are moving out of the area MOVING DAY... you are going to employ. • Record the utility readings and you will need to tell your doctor, • If you are using friends and family dentist and optician. make sure you give these to your to help, make sure they are available • You can arrange to have mail gas/electric company. for the day you intend to move. forwarded to your new address • Make sure your phone is fully • Contact your utility company to by paying a quick visit to the local charged. tell them that you are moving out • Check all windows and doors are post office or going online. and arrange to give a final meter secure before you leave and have • Contact your estate agent, reading. letting agent or landlord to arrange a last check round to make sure • Have a clear out and get rid of a time to pick up the keys for your nothing is left behind. things that you don’t want to take new property. with you when you make your At Northwood our staff are fully move. 1 WEEK BEFORE... trained in helping you find the • If you are • Put together a list for perfect home. To find out more planning to a survival kit for you call 01722 330066 or pop into see us buy furniture moving day on 56 Castle Street, Salisbury. including for your new home, it’s a good idea to order it now and kettle, tea • oving house can be a stressful experience but you can certainly help things move a little more smoothly if you plan your approach. Of course, a lot will depend on how much furniture and contents you need to move to your new home and how far you are going.



arrange for it be delivered once you move in.

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“Don’t leave your packing until the last minute as it can raise those stress levels.”



| motoring

Great offer on the L200


The L200 Series 5 Titan is rugged, capable, powerful and more affordable than ever at 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

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 recently secured another major award, this time for Best Pickup at the 2017 Carbuyer Awards.

“In a marketplace chock-full of competition the Mitsubishi L200 sets the bar very high for its rivals” climate control air conditioner, lane departure warning, front fog lamps, multi-info display, chrome sports grille, door handles and mirror



In a marketplace chock-full of competition, in terms of its driving refinement, efficiency, performance and load capacity, the Mitsubishi

L200 sets the bar very high for its rivals, thanks to its undeniable style, practicality and competitive pricing, not least with the latest offer on the Series 5 Titan. To arrange a test drive of the L200 call Salisbury Mitsubishi today on 01725 550720. •


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| puzzles





WIN A £10 NEXT VOUCHER! Email your answers to these trivia questions to by 15.06.17 to be in with a chance of winning a £10 Next Voucher. Good luck!

Q1: On what date is the next General Election? Q2: Who is the only Prime Minister to be born outside The British Isles? LAST MONTH’S SOLUTIONS Wordsearch missing word: NERO Quiz answers: 1: 753 BC 2: Titus 3: Constantine 4: Domitian 5: Caligula



Q3: Which MP for Bewdley was Prime Minister on three separate occasions? Q4: Who was the last Prime Minister to be an armed forces veteran? Q5: Who was the last non-graduate Prime Minister? Be sure to include your contact details so we can get in touch with you if you are our winner!

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WIN TICKETS TO YEOVILTON INTERNATIONAL AIR DAY! The Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton International Air Day will open its gates on Saturday 8 July 2017 to 40,000 visitors, just as it did at its first Open Day 70 years ago. We have three pairs of tickets to the 2017 event to give away!

Over five hours of incredible flying displays with pyrotechnics will feature fast jets, historic warbirds, helicopters and formation display teams. Leading the flying display will be rare naval heritage aircraft such as the Sea Vixen, Swordfish and Sea Fury. Their modernday counterparts will perform spectacular role demonstrations to reflect the contribution made by naval aviation to Protect Our Nation’s Interests. Airshow favourites from the RAF - the Red Arrows, Typhoon, Chinook and

“LEADING THE FLYING DISPLAY WILL BE RARE NAVAL HERITAGE AIRCRAFT SUCH AS THE SEA VIXEN, SWORDFISH AND SEA FURY.” Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will also be in attendance whilst foreign military participation will include roaring displays from the Belgian Air Force F-16, Czech Air Force Gripen and a rare and dazzling appearance by the Swiss Air Force national

display team – The Patrouille Suisse. Other allied nations will provide static displays offering visitors an opportunity to meet the aircrew and view the aircraft up close. Throughout the day, families will have the chance to enjoy plenty of ground entertainment including discounted entry to the Fleet Air Arm Museum, interactive military displays, an engineering fair, performances from military bands, classic and military vehicle exhibitions, funfair, simulators, French Navy Rafale at helicopter Air Day 16

pleasure flights, trade stalls and much, much more!

Whether you’re a wide-eyed first timer or a seasoned air show veteran, be prepared for a wonderful day out! Adavance tickets to the show (available now until 3 July via the website) cost £22 for adults (16+) and £7 for children (5-15yrs). Tickets on the day will cost £28 for adults, £10 for children. •


We are lucky enough to have 3 pairs of tickets to giveaway to our lucky readers. For a chance to win all you need to do is email your answer to this question to, remembering to include your contact details so we can dispatch your tickets if you win!


B) 1957

C) 1967

Email your answers now. Good luck! Closing date for entries is 10.06.17. Entrants must be 18+. Entrants may be added to our mailing list. If you would prefer not to be added please state NO INFO on your entry.


image © Kevin Wills


s one of the South West’s largest one day events, this award-winning Somerset air show offers an actionpacked day out for all the family with thrilling flying displays and amazing ground attractions.


| last word


Step away from the tweezers

very now and then, as with most households, we have something to celebrate and one of the ways we might mark the specific special occasion is by going out to eat. If the celebration is along the lines of “Yay….it’s Thursday….it’s almost the weekend” you may find us queueing up in the drive-thru at Maccy D’s. If, however, it is a birthday or anniversary then we might push the boat out and actually go somewhere nice and, rather than

to Michelin starred cooking in my own kitchen with a four year old at my side asking if they can help every 30 seconds.

We were at one of these places recently. The experience started pretty well. The front of house staff were welcoming and attentive, ensuring we were comfortable, had menus, heard the specials etc etc. It was then the pretentiousness began. Asking if we could have some water for the table proved to be a mistake as we then had to wait while the

“Asking if we could have some water for the table proved to be a mistake as we then had to wait while the young girl who sat us went through a list of about 15 waters we could choose from… We opted for ‘tap’, which didn’t go down too well!” sit in a dodgy car park next to an overflowing bin, sit at a table, on chairs that aren’t nailed to the floor, with metal cutlery and everything! I should start by saying I have been to a few Michelin star restaurants in my time and they have all been fantastic. Tom Kerridge’s Hand of Flowers in Marlow served up a piece of pork crackling so sublime that it actually changed the shape of my face as I ate it. No, it is not these genuine culinary masters that are going to be the subject of this month’s musings, but rather the establishments, or perhaps chefs, that think they are that good when really they are nothing more than pale imitations. Frankly, given a decent apron and a KP to shout at when things go wrong, I’d be closer



young girl who sat us went through a list of about 15 waters (I might be exaggerating a smidge) we could choose from… We opted for ‘tap’, which didn’t go down too well! The food when it came looked lovely but gave you the impression you were paying for the space on the plate not the ‘meal’ presented on it. You could just tell that there was someone in the kitchen plating up dishes with a pair of tweezers. Here is a clue…if you need tweezers to put something on a plate it’s too small and far far too fussy. Tweezers are for stamp collectors or for people taking care of eyebrow business (don’t get me started on that - maybe next month!) Once we had finished our ‘main course’ we decide to have a cheese board, big mistake. It took a good 15

minutes for the chap to tell us about the cheese. Not just the name but which farm it was from, the farmer’s name, the cow’s name and which udder the milk came from. I’d have been happy with some Dairylea Dunkers and a bit of Cathedral City to be honest - this is the only time in my life I have regretted wanting some cheese. The worst was yet to come though…the bill. I am not a mean person, if something is worth the money I’ll pay for it. A Chicken Legend with BBQ Sauce is worth £3.49 of anyone’s money surely?! I can’t bring myself to tell you how much it was - it’s still too painful - suffice to say it was more than a Big Mac meal but less than a two-bedroom house… but not by much. We paid the bill, and the service charge, and left with a spring in our step - my wallet was about a pound lighter!

Phil Rockliffe




The South Wilts Magazine - May/June 2017  

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

The South Wilts Magazine - May/June 2017  

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