In this issue
May is perhaps the most inspiring month of the year. Our May issue encapsulates the very heart of the month that leads to summer with a quick guide to 10 of the best places in Wiltshire to see bluebells. Inside, we meet new High Sheriff Nicky Alberry, who has big plans. My Wiltshire is by Mark Dawson from Salisbury, who writes tales of assassins but leads a quiet life… We also meet the father of Maisie Sly, star of Oscar-winning film The Silent Child. For May merriment, we bring you 18 special events and preview six festivals, from food and antiques to folk and literature. Salisbury Cathedral is set to appear on TV, so we bring you the latest from presenter Sir Tony Robinson and the film crew. Elsewhere, we visit Pewsey’s satellite villages, and Salisbury; discover the private lives of those heralds of summer, swifts; and speak to people with royal links ahead of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding day in May.
From the editor
This month it was a great pleasure to meet the miniature donkeys of Bratton who have saved a smallholding couple from despair. I met artist Anna Mazzotta too, whose portraits of her heroine Diana Dors will be exhibited in Swindon in May. Our feature on the swifts of Bradford on Avon, Hilperton and Lacock offers a wonderful insight into these incredible birds, while Chris Cole’s history of hedgerows and Nicholas Fogg’s feature on First World War nurse Elsie Knocker are both eye-openers. Gary Lawrence’s look at the RAF Lyneham exhibition at the REME Museum is a great read too. And that’s what we think we’ve achieved in this issue: a great read. We hope you think so too.