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July/August 2017 // issue 48


elcome to the July/August edition of The South Wilts Magazine. With summer here, and six weeks of school holidays stretching out in front of us we’ve some great ideas on things to do including Salisbury Museum’s Festival of Archaeology, the one day Gillingham & Shaftesbury Agricultural Show, to twilight opening at the stunning Roman Baths. As usual our comprehensive listings pages will ensure you have everything you need to know about the what’s and where’s if you are planning to attend and our summer activities guide is full of options too. One of the highlights of the calendar is sure to be Salisbury Cathedral’s ‘Sharing Memories’ weekend of nostalgia. Taking place from 3 to 6 August there’ll be children’s activities, a picnic, swing band and much more - see p8 for details.



If the start of summer is anything to go by, it looks set to be a hot one. So head to p16, rustle up a cooling cocktail and turn the page to enjoy the edition in full. Enjoy! Lisa Rockliffe, Editor

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in this issue... LOCAL LISTINGS What’s on in July/August LOCAL NEWS Sharing Memories weekend Sublime Feeling for Studio 65 Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show


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Twilight at the Roman Baths


Summer Activities


The Mitsubishi Special Edition Outlander LATER LIFE

FOOD & DRINK Summer drinks recipes 16 Al fresco dining at Howard’s House 18 The Benett Arms 18

Michael’s Wood

HOMES & GARDENS Improve to move?




COMPETITIONS & PUZZLES Quiz, wordsearch & sudoku

The Last Word





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listings JULY & AUGUST


Malthouse Lane, Salisbury, SP2 7TU Box Office: 01722 434434 For full listings go to the website. 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. THE ELO EXPERIENCE 26 July, 7.30pm Tickets: £22 With a sensational string section, a stunning light show and large screen projection to further enhance the experience, come along and enjoy this incredible show from the world’s foremost tribute to the Electric Light Orchestra.

SALISBURY PLAYHOUSE Malthouse Lane, Salisbury SP2 7RA Box Office: 01722 320333 For full listings go to the website. INTO THE WOODS 3-8 July, 7.30pm + matinees Tickets: £18 - £22 Into the Woods captures the imagination of the young and old by intertwining classic fairy tale characters we know and love with the musical talents of Stephen Sondheim.



MIND THE GAP AND STAGE 65 PRESENT... 18 July, 7pm Tickets: £5 The Playhouse’s over 50’s theatre group, Mind the Gap, and older Stage 65 Youth Theatre members collaborate for one night only. AN EVENING WITH DANCE SIX-0 AND FRIENDS 20 July, 6.30pm Tickets: £8 SP’s resident contemporary dance company for men and women aged over 60 years presents a mixed bill of dance performance, featuring a guest performance by maverick choreographer Liz Aggiss. BETRAYAL 7-23 September, 7.30pm + matinees Tickets: £11.50-£27 Harold Pinter’s clever and witty portrayal of deception and desire was inspired, in part, by the writer’s affair with BBC presenter Joan Bakewell.

SALISBURY MUSEUM 65 The Close, Salisbury SP1 2EN Tel: 01722 332151 BRITISH ART: ANCIENT LANDSCAPES Until 3 September The British landscape has inspired artists across the centuries; particularly the landscapes marked by our distant ancestors. The megaliths, stone circles and chalk-cut hill figures that survive

from Neolithic and Bronze Age times have stimulated many artists to make a response. In this major new exhibition curated by Professor Sam Smiles, these unique artistic responses have been brought together to create a new discussion. SPOONS - A STIRRING TALE... Until 3 September This unusual exhibition of spoons, is the result of a project working in collaboration with the NFWI Craft Committee. FESTIVAL OF ARCHAEOLOGY 2017 22-23 July Entry: £2 Talks: £8 Bringing the fascinating and famous to Salisbury, the Festival of Archaeology offers a unique weekend of heritage, archaeology and living history at Salisbury Museum. In the grounds, Dr Phil Harding will be trying to rediscover the museum’s long-lost gatehouse. The showground of living history will include the chance to try out real bows and arrows, meet the Romans and take part in hands on activities. The Maritime Archaeology Trust will

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Bedwin Street, Salisbury, SP1 3UT Box Office: 01722 321744

TONI ERDMANN (Cert 15) 13 July, 7.30pm Tickets: £8 An audacious twist on the screwball comedy – here the twosome is an ageing hippie prankster father and his corporate-ladder-climbing daughter. In German with subtitles.

AYESHA HAZARIKA: THE STATE OF THE NATION 14 July, 8pm Tickets: £14 (Concs £12) LION (Cert PG) Ayesha Hazarika started her career as 6 July, 7.30pm a stand-up comedian. After a stint as Tickets: £8 Special Adviser to the Labour Party Slumdog Millionaire meets Philomena she’s left politics and returned to her in this life-affirming true life quest for stand-up roots. identity. Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’s Dev Patal plays Saroo, a young man SALISBURY CONCERT BAND who sets out to find his lost family. 15 July, 7.30pm Tickets: £8 (u16s £4) GERMAINE GREER: WOMEN FOR LIFE Join Salisbury’s sixty-five piece ON EARTH concert windband for an evening of 7 July, 7.30pm music from shows to the classics and Tickets: £15 (Concs £13) windband repertoire. Germaine can, and will, discuss any subject under the sun in her own FENCES (Cert 12A) distinctive and combative style 19 July, 7.30pm and she will not fail to entertain. Tickets: £8 Recommended age 14+ Denzel Washington and Viola Davis reprise their Tony winning stage NT LIVE: PETER PAN MATINEE roles in this big screen adaptation of 8 July, 2pm August Wilson’s acclaimed Broadway Tickets: £12 (Concs £10) production. A recorded performance of JM Barrie’s much-loved tale screens this summer. NT LIVE: ANGELS IN AMERICA When Peter Pan, leader of the Lost 20 July (part 1), and 27 July (part 2), 7pm Boys, loses his shadow, headstrong Tickets: £16 (Concs £14) Wendy helps him to reattach it. In America in the mid-1980s. In the midst return, she is invited to Neverland, of the AIDS crisis and a conservative where Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily Reagan administration, New Yorkers and the vengeful Captain Hook await. grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell.Andrew Garfield NT LIVE: WHO’S AFRAID OF plays Prior Walter alongside Denise VIRGINIA WOOLF? Gough, Nathan Lane, James McArdle 12 July, 7pm and Russell Tovey. This new production Tickets: £16 (Concs £14) is directed by Marianne Elliott. Sonia Friedman Productions present Imelda Staunton, Conleth Hill, Luke BARBARA NICE: RAFFLE Treadaway and Imogen Poots 21 July, 7.30pm in James Macdonald’s critically Tickets: £12 (Concs £11) acclaimed production. Join the Edinburgh Fringe’s favourite



Lion (Cert PG), Salisbury Arts Centre

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housewife Barbara Nice for an evening of proper good fun. Entrance includes a complimentary raffle ticket! MOANA (Cert PG) 22 July, 11am Tickets: £5 Moana is the only daughter of a chief in a long line of navigators. When her family needs her help, she sets sail for a fabled island. Joining her on the adventure is her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui. THE GIRL & THE GIRAFFE 29 July, 11am Tickets: £7.50 (Family £24) Charming puppetry, an enchanting soundscape and beautiful storytelling combine in this sensitive show about wellbeing and friendship, told from a child’s perspective. Suitable for children aged 3 - 6 years. HIDDEN FIGURES (Cert PG) 5 August, 7.30pm Tickets: £8 A rousing Oscar nominated true story of a group of brilliant female AfricanAmerican mathematicians who were the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit.

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events | A MONSTER CALLS (Cert 12A) 18 August, 11am Tickets: £5 13 year old Connor sees the world differently. Troubled my nightmares, bullied at school and refusing to accept his mother is terminally illness, he retreats into a fantasy world. One night a mysterious yew tree turns into a monster and comes to his window with some sage advice to help him deal with his fears.

Mole, smart Ratty, wise Badger and of course the obnoxious, yet lovable, Mr. Toad.

NERUDA (Cert 12A) 25 August, 7.30pm Tickets: £8 Acclaimed Chilean director Pablo Larrain directs this entertaining “anti-biopic” inspired by his country’s most celebrated literary and political figure, Pablo Neruda. In Spanish with subtitles.


NT LIVE: YERMA 31 August, 7pm Tickets: £16 (Concs £14) Billie Piper returns in her Evening Standard Best Actress award-winning role. A young woman is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child in Simon Stone’s radical production of Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece.


WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY 28 & 29 July, 7pm & matinee Tickets: £12 (Concs £10) Performed by the ABOP Youth Theatre Junior Company this is a perfect end of term treat for children and their grown ups.

HAMPSHIRE FARE & RIVERFORD MASTER VEG Upper Norton Farm, Winchester 3, 6, 10, 14 July Cost: £25, incl a veg box Riverford Organic Farmers and Hampshire Fare have teamed up during Hampshire Food Festival to bring you lunch with a difference! The day will consist of a farm tour and cooking class at Riverford Norton Farm, Winchester. The cost includes a copy of Riverford’s spring and summer cook book and your first medium sized veg box delivery ARTIST’S EYE EXHIBITION 19 - 30 July, 6am-10pm FREE Several members of The Salisbury Group of Artists are displaying their

work at the Artist’s Eye exhibition at Five Rivers Leisure Centre, Hulse Road, Salisbury this summer. For details call 01722 743577 or go to the website. RICHARD III Salisbury Cathedral 27 & 28 July, 7.30pm Tickets: £25/£35 Following the successful performance of Henry V Antic Disposition returns to Salisbury Cathedral to perform Richard III. WILTON HORSE TRIALS Wilton House, Wilton 29 & 30 July Entry: £15 per car Fantastic three-day eventing in Wilton House. For information call 01749 812994 or visit WESSEX COUNTRY FAIR Wilton House, Wilton 6 August, 10am-5pm Tickets: £7 (Family Ticket £20) 2017 sees the 5th Wessex Country Fair take place in the beautiful parkland of Wilton House. Bring along the whole family – there is something for everyone! From archery and a birds of prey display to dog agility and Jumparoo for the kids, you can be sure to keep everyone entertained.

13 Bell Street, Shaftesbury SP7 8AR Box Office: 01747 854321 For full listings go to the website. MRS CALDICOT’S CABBAGE WAR (Cert 12A) 18 July, 2pm Tickets: £3 Seniors screening. After the death of her boring hubbie Pauline Collins seeks independence. THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS 11-22 July, 7.30pm Tickets: £12 (Concs £10) Welcome to the idyllic world of timid

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Sharing Memories

Join in a weekend of nostalgia at Salisbury Cathedral this summer. anyone who wishes to contribute to the Last Seventy Years research project, a Memories Booth is being set up in the North Transept. Volunteers will be gathering memories between 10.00 and 12.00 in the morning and 13.00 and 15.00 in the afternoon. There are families activities in the West Cloister on Saturday 5 August, with special spire building and art-based workshops running from 10.00 to12.00 and 13.00 to 15.00 in which youngsters can make their own spire creation. Just turn up and take part.

restoration and maintenance of this Wiltshire landmark. The exhibition is open from Wednesday 2 August to Sunday 3 September. The Library and Archives volunteer team will also be running a series of talks and participation sessions on Saturday 5 August, as part of a special Archive Discovery Day starting with a Welcome at 10.00

“The weekend ends with the Swing Unlimited Big Band. Bring your own picnic, blankets or chairs and settle down to listen to golden oldies, old time jazz and some modern classics on the West lawn.”


to-visit exhibition mounted by the cathedral’s archivist Emily Naish and volunteers will cover the last seven decades in our famous Spire’s history.

from Emily Naish, cathedral archivist in the North Transept. Individual Spire volunteer talks follow at 10.30, 11.15, 13.30 and 14.15.

Salisbury Spire: The Last Seventy Years will include original photos, documents from the archive and footage of the spire, recalling the

A special Share our Spire session at 15.00 in the North Transept provides further time and space for people to share their spire memories and for


Those wishing to experiment with a clinometer, or instrument used for measuring tall buildings, can collect their DIY folder at the welcome desk and get experimenting. The challenge will be available to enter between 10am and 12pm and 1pm and 3pm and those who submit their results could win a trip to the cathedral library. The weekend ends with the Swing Unlimited Big Band. Bring your own picnic, blankets or chairs and settle down to listen to golden oldies, old time jazz and some modern classics on the West lawn. If you want to make the event really special, go VIP in our private, roped off area. Book in for a private BBQ lunch supplied by the cathedral’s catering team, waitress served cream tea and Pimms, plus a private bar. Tickets £40 per person or £100 for a family ticket. Book your place online via the Cathedral website. •

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alisbury Cathedral is holding a Sharing Memories weekend from Thursday 3 to Sunday 6 August with children’s activities, a picnic on the West lawn with Swing Unlimited Big Band entertainment and a special day of talks, displays and activities looking back at the last 70 years of the cathedral’s most famous attribute, its spire. In the North Transept a new free-

The Sharing Memories event promises to be one of the highlights of the summer

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A ‘Sublime Feeling’ for Stage 65


alisbury Playhouse’s Stage 65 Youth Theatre will perform its latest production in the beautiful surroundings of the garden at Salisbury Museum, inspired by the Museum’s current exhibition British Art: Ancient Landscapes.

British Art: Ancient Landscapes runs at Salisbury Museum until 3 September and includes work by John Constable, JMW Turner, Eric Ravilious, John Piper and others, focussing on how our surroundings have been a continual inspiration to artists across the centuries.

in the garden at Salisbury Museum in The Close, Salisbury.Tickets cost £12 or £9 for under 16s. For more information or tickets contact the Ticket Office on 01722 320333 or visit the website. • Alan Sorrell’s watercolour of a restored Stonehenge

A Sublime Feeling runs from Thursday 17 to Saturday 19 August

Photo © Ash Mills

The production is particularly inspired by Wiltshire landscapes, including Stonehenge. The performance follows the course of the longest day of the year, with the rising and the setting sun portrayed on a specially constructed set. The young people in the production will be encouraged to respond to the exhibition through various roles: those of a scientist, an archaeologist, a punk hippy and a 21st century teenager.

‘A Sublime Feeling’ is a special theatre performance produced in association with Kazzum, a London-based arts organisation whose tagline is “playful theatre, unusual spaces”. Kazzum specialises in devising productions in non-traditional venues for young people using playful and inclusive methods.



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Roll up, it’s show time!

The Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show returns on Wednesday 16 August, and this year organisers are trying to top last year’s event - the most successful in its history! The Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show is one of the largest one day agricultural shows in the south

producers will tempt you with delicious fresh food and drink. The Horticultural & Handicraft marquee always attracts big crowds so must be rated as a major highlight. There is a huge range of classes including vegetables, flowers, floral decoration, cookery, wine making, needlework, wood work and photography, with a specialist section for bee keepers and a whole section to encourage the younger exhibitors – all classes need to be entered in advance. In the art marquee, many local amateur artists compete and sell their works after judging.


ow do you follow the most successful show ever – by trying harder to stage an even better event! This year the feature event in the main ring will be the amazing Jason Smyth with the Adrenaline Tour Quadbike Stunt Show. This unique display is crammed full of tricks, jumps and spectacular stunts on a freestyle quad, with jumps of over 30ft in height. New to the main ring is the Dorset Polo Club from Lytchett Matravers,

One of the most popular areas of the show is the Turnpike Countryside Ring where there will be a full day of exciting displays including the fantastic birds of prey from Mere Down Falconry. If you are looking for a surprise you will want to see Terry Moule’s racing ferrets; you never know which end of the pipe they’ll appear from! For a laugh a minute the Dog & Duck display takes some beating, do the ducks really know how to fool the dog?

“This year the feature event in the main ring will be the amazing Jason Smyth with the Adrenaline Tour Quadbike Stunt Show.” who will be playing two chukkas of this exciting game. Organisers hope to have a unique parade of champions from the racing stable of Colin and Joe Tizzard at Milborne Port. Plus the Private Driving and Light trade classes, Heavy Horse Turnout & Ladies Driving classes and the massed Parade of Hounds & Beagles.



If you need to sit down for a few minutes you should visit the Homemaker Cookery Theatre where two very skilled local chefs will entertain and educate you, presenting a day of live demonstrations. Many of their ingredients will be sourced from the exhibitors in the Harts of Stur Food Hall where over 50 local

With so much to do and to see, make sure you don’t miss the Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show! Advance tickets cost £12 for adults, £3 for children (age 5-16 years) and a family ticket (2 + 3) costs £29. •

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Torchlit Tours of the Roman Baths

Enjoy an atmospheric evening visit to the Roman Baths this summer thanks to its special late night opening hours...


ocated in the heart of Georgian Bath, the Roman Baths is one of the finest spas of the ancient world. Visitors can walk around the Great Bath, explore the new displays and projections in the East Baths, see the ruins of the temple of Sulis Minerva, where Roman worshippers gathered, and wander around the Roman Baths museum.

disappear and the flickering torches are lit. Beneath the torches visitors can walk on the 2,000 year old pavements and experience the Romans in a new light.

to book. The Roman Baths Kitchen offers a more informal setting with alfresco dining. Reservations can be made on 01225 477877 or email

From 17 June until 31 August (two weeks earlier than last year) the Roman Baths are open until 10pm (last entry 9pm), with a reduced ticket price of £15.50 for adults arriving after 5pm.

Visitors can make the most of their evening with a combined dining package. Choose from a Torchlit Visit and Dinner at the Roman Baths Kitchen (£42.50), From Romans to Georgians at The Pump During the summer months the Room (£50) or a Spas Ancient and Roman Baths stay open until 10pm, The Pump Room restaurant will be Modern Package (£81 midweek & allowing visitors to experience open late for dinner and drinks, with £84.50 weekends) which includes something truly magical. On live music every evening. Last orders bathing in Thermae Bath Spa. these Torchlit Summer Evenings are at 9pm. Please call 01225 444477 the daylight fades, the crowds or email •

“On these Torchlit Summer Evenings the daylight fades, the crowds disappear and the flickering torches are lit.” THESOUTHWILTSMAGAZINE


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Enjoy a Forest Falconry experience


or those who love the grace and power of birds there could be few better gifts than a falconry experience. Whether it’s a barn owl flying through the woodland glade to land silently on your gloved hand, or a hawk flying with extreme speed and agility along the woodland paths you will feel the wonder of being up close and personal with nature’s finest creations. An ideal gift for any bird lover, or a perfect family outing for

older children during the summer, Forest Falconry’s adventures are ideal for everyone, as there is no experience necessary. Unlike many experiences, Forest Falconry offer a good amount of handling time with the birds, which include barn owls, eagle owls, peregrines and golden eagles. You can book the half day or full day experiences online or call 01794 323310 for details. •

Have a Cholderton Charlie’s adventure


holderton Rare Breeds Farm, also known as Cholderton Charlie’s Farm, is a fantastic Rare Breed Survival Trust (RBST) registered farm offering a fabulousvalue, fun filled family day out. There are loads of animals to meet, most of which are rare breeds! The enclosures are accessible so all ages can see and touch the animals! Activities run throughout the day, giving guests plenty of opportunities to interact with the animals. During peak times and weather permitting, the farm also

offers Tractor-Trailer Rides around the Grazing Field, which is a great experience!

There is plenty more to keep little ones entertained; including the indoor Playbarn, a BRAND NEW 500ft long, 32ft high Tree Top Trail, Adventure Play areas, Treehouse, Zip-Line and Nest Swing! Plus there are climbing frames, trampolines, sandpit, swings, a nature walk, water gardens and much more!

delicious homemade food, drinks and cakes. Call in advance on 01980 629438 to ensure your desired activity is taking place and avoid disappointment! •

Conveniently located on site is the Ewe Tree Café & Bar, serving

Roam the plains at Bush Farm


ee bison, elk, raccoons and guanacos at Bush Farm Bison Centre, a working farm tucked away at the southern end of the little village of West Knoyle (near Mere), just over a mile from the A303. As well as seeing the beautiful animals it is also a lovely venue for a summer walk that takes the visitor through the tree gardens. There are some 30 acres of mature oak woods with mown paths, secret gardens and wide grassy clearings for you to wander or just sit in and enjoy



glimpses of the wonderful wildlife that surrounds you. There are also woodland camp pitches with fire pits to enjoy too.

The Bison Centre is open 10am - 5pm Wednesday to Sunday, including Bank Holidays, until the end of September. Plus there is also the 23rd Annual Pow Wow to look forward to on 15 & 16 July, with music, drums, stalls and great fun to be had. Call for details on 01747 830263. •










Native American Pow Wow 15 & 16 July Enjoy a day out at Bush Farm and see elk, raccoons, guanaco, rhea and chipmunks as well as the bison! Wander around 30 acres of oak woodlands with picnic & play areas and woodland camp pitches with fire pits. REFRESHMENTS & LIGHT MEALS AVAILABLE West Knoyle,Wiltshire BA12 6AE 01747 830263 | Open until end of September Wednesday-Sunday & Bank Holidays, 10am-5pm

| recipes

SUMMER coolers Keep cool in the heat of summer (we hope!) with these tasty and refreshing offerings from Waitrose‌ Some are strictly for over 18s!


Method Place the ice cubes in a large jug and stir in the tequila and the juice of 2 limes. Thinly slice the remaining lime and add to the jug with a large handful of fresh mint leaves. Pour in the ginger beer, stir and serve in tumbler glasses.



Ingredients Crushed ice 100ml raspberry & pear cordial 2 lemons 200g fresh raspberries 1L ginger beer

Serves 4

Method Half fill a large jug with crushed ice, and stir in the cordial and the juice of 1 lemon. Thinly slice the remaining lemon and add to the jug with the raspberries. Pour in the ginger beer, stir and serve.


Ingredients Ice cubes 120ml tequila 3 limes Fresh mint leaves 1L ginger beer

Serves 4

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Elderflower vodka & tonic Ingredients 4 strawberries, sliced Ice cubes 30ml vodka Elderflower tonic water

Method Fill a highball glass with sliced strawberries and ice, and pour over the vodka. Top up with elderflower tonic and serve swiftly.

Floral mint fizz


Ingredients 8 fresh mint leaves, finely chopped 6cm piece cucumber, thinly sliced lengthways Crushed ice 100ml pressed apple juice Elderflower tonic water

Serves 1

Serves 1

Method Place the mint and cucumber in a tall highball glass and add a scoop of crushed ice. Pour in the apple juice, stir well. Top up with elderflower tonic and serve.




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Summer dining at Howard’s House


his year, the garden at Howard’s House is positively bursting with life, making the prospect of al fresco dining more inviting than ever. There’s a relaxing new seating area, a potager garden overflowing with fresh produce, and tempting new seasonal menus. When the team at Howard’s House say their food is fresh, local and seasonal, they really mean it. Every menu is designed to showcase the finest flavours of the season. The hotel’s kitchen gardens have been transformed over the winter, to yield an impressive array of fresh, seasonal produce. If the vegetables taste fresh, that’s because they’re just picked, selected in their prime by the kitchen team. What the team can’t grow, they source locally from the best suppliers. Each morning, the chefs handpick the

finest herbs, vegetables and fruit for lunch. You can’t say fresher than that! You can sample these delicious ingredients at their ‘Summer Lunch’ on 8 July. A delicious meal will be served on the terrace alongside drinks and canapés, a seasonal feast from the grill, and live music from folk/country duo Hummingbird. Book your spot today by calling 01722 716392. The hotel’s brand new summer seating area is perfectly placed to enjoy views of the surrounding garden and fields beyond. It’s just the spot for relaxing with a drink or two. How about treating yourself to a grapefruit G & T? It’s made with intensely flavoured home-dried pink grapefruit, delicious! •

New landlords at the Benett Arms


ull of character and charm, The Benett Arms in Semley, right on the Wiltshire/Dorset border, is a traditional 16th century inn. It is the kind of place you’d want to have as your local, and ideal for

stopping by to enjoy a pint of good ale and a read of the papers. It has recently been taken over by Lee and Lena Rose, who are intent on advancing its reputation as one of the best country pubs in the area. A regular in the Good Beer Guide since 2010, first and foremost The Benett Arms prides itself on serving excellent and very well kept real ale. Alongside their regular Ringwood Best Bitter they have two guest ales from local breweries. The guest ales change with every barrel so there is always something new to try – a great excuse to pop back in regularly! If you have come for food, their summer menu is served seven days a week and offers something for everyone, whether you are after a light meal, a quick sandwich or a three-course feast. All food is cooked



to order using fresh local ingredients wherever possible. Lee and Lena have also introduced a new children’s menu – making The Benett Arms ideal for stopping off after a family adventure over at nearby Stourhead, Old Wardour Castle or Shaftesbury and Gold Hill. When the weather is good you can also take your drinks outside to the large garden area on the village green and enjoy the sunshine. To find out more, or to book (Sunday lunch can get very busy so advanced booking is advised) call 01747 830221. And be sure to follow them on Facebook for the latest goings on and news on upcoming special events and fundraisers over the summer. •

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| motoring

Special Edition Outlander The Mitsubishi Outlander Keiko Special Edition adds extra connectivity, comfort and value, and it’s available now at Salisbury Mitsubishi.


itsubishi Motors has announced the Mitsubishi Outlander Keiko – a special edition version of its all-wheel drive SUV that significantly enhances convenience, refinement and value. Available to order now and priced from £27,999, the new special edition is based on the already generously equipped Mitsubishi Outlander 3. For only £550 more than the Mitsubishi Outlander 3, the Keiko



adds leather seats and the featureladen Mitsubishi Global Navigation (MGN) unit. The MGN unit supports Apple CarPlay, the smarter, safer way to use your iPhone in the car*1, and also Android AutoTM, which

features also include a wide 6.5-inch touchscreen LCD display, DAB radio, TomTom satellite navigation and CD/DVD player. Other highlights of the Keiko’s impressive standard specification include dual-zone air conditioning,

“As with all Mitsubishi Outlander diesel variants, the Keiko is backed by a five-year, 62,500-mile warranty.” provides voice-controlled operation of Google MapsTM, Google PlayTM music and other apps*2. Key

privacy glass, keyless operation with a stop/start button, seven seats with split/folding third row, 18-inch alloy

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wheels, rear parking sensors, seven airbags, electronic parking brake (auto only) and Brake Auto Hold (auto only).

The Mitsubishi Global Navigation unit

Power is provided by a technologically advanced, 2.2-litre diesel engine, which is available with automatic and six-speed manual transmissions. The on-demand 4WD system improves stability, traction, fuel economy and emissions. Manual versions return 53.3 mpg on the combined fuel economy cycle with CO2 emissions of 139g/km, while automatic versions are capable of 48.7 mpg and produce 154g/km. As with all Mitsubishi Outlander diesel variants, the Keiko is backed

by a five-year, 62,500-mile warranty. For an additional £700, customers can purchase the Mitsubishi Service Plan, which covers scheduled maintenance for the first three years. To test drive the Outlander call Salisbury Mitsubishi on 01725 550720, or pop into the showroom at The Headlands in Downton. • *1: Apple CarPlay and iPhone are trademarks of Apple Inc. registered in the United States and other countries. *2: Android Auto, Google Maps, and Google Play are trademarks or registered trademarks of Google Inc.



| house & home

Should I renovate or just de-clutter when selling?

Should you speculate to accumulate when selling? If you need advice here are some interesting stats from MARYAM CALVERT at Northwood Salisbury.


very home owner wants to achieve the maximum possible selling price when they put their property on the market.

In contrast to the ‘big spend’ options, more recent research by Big Yellow Storage highlighted much simpler, quicker and cheaper options for gaining a higher sales price.

RESEARCH REVEALED: It’s tempting to do some extra work • 95% OF ESTATE AGENTS AGREE in order to add additional value, that a de-cluttered property will however research conducted by sell for more HSBC makes for some very interesting • 66% OF SELLERS who reading about the average cost vs de-cluttered believe they returns achievable when various received a higher offer projects are undertaken: – on average £4,811 for BIG SPEND OPTIONS their efforts • 43% OF BUYERS claimed they LOFT CONVERSION made a higher offer if the AVERAGE COST: £10K - £30K property was de-cluttered VALUE ADDED: £20,876 A NEW BATHROOM AVERAGE COST: £1500 VALUE ADDED: £3351




* according to a study by HSBC






• Placing a mirror to create the illusion of space and light (£947) • Removing a door (£930) • Taking down family photos (£921) • Removing a sofa (£826) • Removing a dining table (£812)


1. Evidence of smoking in the house (32%) 2. A cluttered array of ornaments on display (26%) 3. Pet smells (26%) 4. Kitchen appliances cluttering work tops (22%) The list of recommended tasks is 5. Rooms crowded with furniture pretty intuitive, but can sometimes be (22%) forgotten in the excitement of getting 6. Dirty dishes / food left out (19%) the property on the market. Ideally 7. Unmade beds (15%) home owners should de-clutter 8. Pets living in the house (15%) before they get an estate agent in so 9. Overflowing wash basket (12%) you can agree a sensible asking price 10. Overflowing wardrobes/ based on what you have done rather storage cupboards (12%) than what you intend to do. Strategically placed mirrors bounce light around a room

So when it comes to selling your home, the old adage of “less is more” really does appear to hold true when presenting your house to potential buyers. At Northwood our staff are fully trained in helping you sell your home for the best price. To find out more call 01722 330066 or pop into see us on 56 Castle Street, Salisbury. •

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“In contrast to the ‘big spend’ options, more recent research highlighted simpler, quicker and cheaper options for gaining a higher sales price.”



| later life

A natural burial ground

For those wanting a different option for their funeral and burial, Michael’s Wood in Cholderton offers a beautiful, natural alternative to traditional cemetaries.


ichael’s Wood is a beautiful woodland burial ground for both pets and people and is part of the Cholderton Estate, an organic working farm on the Hampshire/Wiltshire border. The burial ground is a truly beautiful alternative to a traditional cemetery or graveyard. A woodland burial is the ideal choice for those seeking somewhere more natural and

Michael’s Wood offers a beautiful setting and a choice of plots

All religions, faiths and cultures are accommodated, and each funeral is as unique as the individual person or pet. You can choose a full service or have a private intimate gathering at the plot side. You can use a funeral director or work with them directly. You may choose to have a reading, poems, music, a bugler or even a picnic. Whatever you decide you are encouraged to do what feels right for you and the staff can give

“A woodland burial is the ideal choice for those seeking somewhere more natural and beautiful to hold a funeral” beautiful to hold a funeral and remember a loved one or pet. The owners are passionate about dispelling myths and empowering everyone who wants to have the best experience possible when it comes to making arrangements for a funeral. They offer full burial plots, ashes burial plots or the scattering of ashes within the woodland grounds.



advice and examples of celebrations they have had at the woods. There is the capacity to put up gazebos if the weather dictates and they offer chairs if required. There is also disabled access. Whether you choose a burial or interment of ashes, they prepare the grave for you and back-fill afterwards.

As with all graves you can choose to leave it as is, place a wooden or portland stone memorial, or plant a living memorial. They are unique in that they also allow joint human and pet interments. At Michael’s Wood there is also the option of choice of plot location. Some people prefer an open sunny area, others prefer being under the canopy of trees. They want you to feel the area is right for you. They also offer advance reservation of plots, which enables you to specify your wishes and gives peace of mind for you and your loved ones. To find out more or to arrange a visit to Michael’s Wood call 01980 629203. •

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Feelin’ hot, hot, hot!

am writing this, sat on a garden chair, with my feet in a paddling pool. (note to self, do not drop tablet!) It is, without question, hot. Not a bit warm or sticky or humid or unseasonably balmy. No, no this is proper scorchio. The water in the paddling pool isn’t even very cold, it has been out all day and has warmed up enough so that it is a little like putting your feet in soup; garnished with bits of grass and insects obviously!!

allowed to water it you see, and parks and gardens everywhere suffered in the constant heat. It was so hot for such an extended period of time that even mad dogs and Englishmen decided to stay in and wait until it got a bit cooler in the early evening before going outside.

people who have air conditioned houses or can just disrobe and slip into a nearby pool without a care in the world….if it’s too hot when we are on holiday I even have to keep my t-shirt on in the pool!

One of the things that always happens when we get a mini I must admit though today, through heatwave is that the media always the mists of a 40 year time gap, start comparing the temperature does seem like it might be up here with how hot it is in holiday there temperature-wise. A lot of destinations around the world; people seem to think it is wrong to ‘WARMINSTER HOTTER THAN CORFU’...’ TROWBRIDGE, SUNNIER “A lot of people seem to think it is wrong to THAN DUBAI‘. They pitch it as though, despite already living complain about such lovely weather but I think there you might think “Why am I it’s OK to have a bit of a moan. There is a limit to bothering to go away when I have what I can take and don’t forget we are Northern all the sunshine I need right here?” European and just aren’t built for such heat.” They never mention the fact that you when you go away you head Being a survivor of the “Summer of complain about such lovely weather to an air conditioned villa with ‘76” you would think this might be but I think it’s OK to have a bit of swimming pool, or that there’s a water off a duck’s back to me. We a moan. There is a limit to what I lovely restaurant in a little fishing are not even into the situation of can take and don’t forget we are village where you order your food having to collect water at the end Northern European and just aren’t as they land the catch. They forget of the street in whatever utensils built for such heat. I come from Irish to mention that the closest you will you can find, yet, so have a long stock and am about as light skinned get to that is being there when the way to go before we challenge as you can get….my wife says I‘m so fish delivery turns up from Brixham that behemoth as a hot summer. white I’m blue. Consequently I have at your local pub and that the It’s funny but if you were there you to absolutely slather myself in factor nearest you get to a private pool is always use it as a benchmark for 50 sun cream if there is a break in dangling your feet in a lukewarm hot summers, whilst people who the clouds in December let alone paddling pool that may or may not weren’t there don’t understand how a full on summer’s day in June. This have been wee’d in by the kids that hot it was. We lived in Southwick at means I am currently donning long were using it yesterday!!! the time and I can remember the shorts, a t-shirt, a fetching sun hat tarmac on the pavements behind with a neck protection thingy and our house, not melting exactly, but generous amounts on factor 50. Phil Rockliffe certainly becoming sticky enough Having to be so covered up in hot so that we weren’t allowed in the weather is pretty uncomfortable I house without taking our shoes can tell you. off in case we ruined the carpets. Everything was dry and dusty, our I am sure the ones who complain grass was no longer green, not about the complainers are the same




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