In this issue
We meet actor Stephen Tompkinson ahead of his appearance in Educating Rita at Salisbury Playhouse. We talk to Tim Tatton-Brown about Salisbury Cathedral ahead of his appearance at Chalke Valley History Festival. Marc Allum takes us behind the scenes at the Antiques Roadshow. Gary Lawrence reveals the history of Heywood House. We talk ancient history with Mike Pitts ahead of the Marlborough LitFest. Jane Gifford revels in the roses at Bowood. Mary-Vere Parr explores the chalk downlands with two historic films. Geraldine Faulkner meets artist Duncan Shoosmith. Helen Roberts relates the story of the restoration of the Australia chalk badge. Chris Coles takes us down memory lane with the filming of the Titfield Thunderbolt. Dan Eatherley warns us of invasive species threatening Wiltshire’s countryside. We head off to Marlborough and Limpley Stoke on our travels. We eat out at The King’s Head in Whiteparish and find out what jobs there are to do in the garden in July.
From the editor
We have a wonderful mix of features this month that really showcase the best of the county, from art to history, the natural world to theatre. It was lovely to get out of the office and head to Marlborough to talk history with Mike Pitts, specifically about his forthcoming book and his appearance at the Marlborough LitFest in September, and to meet Terry Gilmour, who shares his journey from his school days in Australia to his coaching and development role as head of rugby at Marlborough College. I hope you enjoy reading the issue as much as we have putting it together.