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Inside the December 2021 issue

This month we celebrate the festive season - from finding the perfect gift and finest food to tracking down a tree and decorating your home, we discover all that is on offer here on our doorstep.

The National Trust team at Avebury Manor share their guide to making traditional tree decorations; Vaughan’s Kitchen have a delicious recipe for making edible gingerbread tree ornaments; In his festive message, Rt Revd Dr Andrew Rumsey, Bishop of Ramsbury, urges us to spare ourselves from some of the traditional pressures; Jen Gale, author of The Sustainable(ish) Living Guide, has top tips for a planet-friendly Christmas; with rising energy and food costs, Wiltshire Community Foundation explain why their Surviving Winter campaign is needed more than ever; we step back into the past and look back at December 1946 through the first Christmas issue of Wiltshire Life; Robert Key Salisbury’s former MP reflects on his roles in government and a lifelong love of music inspired by the city; when Elizabeth Cartwright-Hignett first discovered Iford Manor in 1965 it was in a sorry state, this passionate owner tells Mary-Vere Parr how she has breathed new life into the manor; we meet self-taught artist Alexander Kai who at just 19 has already won a clutch of awards; Chris Cole buckles up and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the M4 motorway; we have delicious recipes for Christmas with family and friends; Grant Berry from Yapp Brothers wine merchants looks at seasonal wines to mull over and enjoy; We have a guide to books for all the family and VisitWiltshire share five top walks, perfect for getting out into the fresh air and working off festive excesses.

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