February 2021 - 5 top places to see snowdrops

February 2021 - 5 top places to see snowdrops

In this issue

Inside this month we delve in to the past with Windrose Rural Media Trust who save archive film from Wiltshire, Somerset and Dorset, and work with rural communities on educational and creative projects; we meet Swindon ENT consultant Deepak Gupta, who explains how he became a deputy lord-lieutenant of the county; Simon Heptinstall meets Emmanuel Olympitis, a man whose life story reads like a Hollywood film script; the creative Kent sisters from Great Somerford discuss their diverse art work with Anne Holland; Nick Fogg finds out about a floating charity on the county’s waterways; 180 years down the line, Margaret Brecknell looks back at how the Swindon Railway Works shaped the town; why we should take Malmesbury’s flying monk more seriously; where to discover carpets of snowdrops on your doorstep.

From the editor

As the vaccine programme rolls out across the country, it is wonderful to see Salisbury cathedral transformed in to a vaccine centre. The building has witnessed deadly pandemics in its 800 year history from the Black Death to the influenza outbreak in 1918. In dark times, it is to many people a place of hope. I am sure it is one of only a few places where jabs are administered to the sound of Bach and Handel. I wish you and loved ones well and look forward to getting out and about in the county once again.