December 2019 - Stonehenge: new perspectives

December 2019 - Stonehenge: new perspectives

In this issue

Wiltshire Scene revisits Marlborough LitFest, The Early Early Christmas Fair, and the launch of Celebrate Voice; Jacquiline Cresswell talks about Downton in My Wiltshire; Chris Cole concludes his three-part look at the county's historic bridges; Dominic Bernard explores the history of Grovely wood with Roy Wilde; three experts share new perspectives on Stonehenge; Mary-Vere Parr talks to Annabel Venning about the research that went into her book, At War with the Walkers; Jane Gifford explores Westwood Manor; Gary Lawrence finds out about the important work carried out by the STEP project in Swindon; find out how to tackle Ash dieback disease; Nick Fogg begins a short series on Rotten Boroughs, starting with Old Sarum; Fanny Charles and Gay Pirrie-Weir discuss Monks Chapel and its history; we visit Ashton Keynes, the first village the Thames meets on its journey; we taste delicious food at The Beckford Arms, near Tisbury; garden jobs for December.

From the editor

Christmas tends to dominate at this time of year and we have put together our very own Wiltshire Christmas section for our readers. We head Down Your Way to find out what festivities are planned in Corsham and Devizes; we look ahead to 20th December and the star-studded Christmas Carol Concert at Salisbury Cathedral in aid of Help for Heroes and ABF – The Soldier's Charity; for last minute gift ideas and inspiration we have both a gift guide and round-up of the best Wiltshire-related books published in 2019; we also focus on the traditions and customs associated with the festive season in Wiltshire; no Christmas issue is complete with a recipe and we have two for you: Chippy from George & Rowde shares his favourite Christmas Day starter, and we have a partridge and pear puff recipe that would work just as well for a dinner party, as a Boxing Day treat or even a Christmas Day starter. To add a little something special, we have got two festive cocktail recipes with which to wow your guests, courtesy of Joel from The Beckford Arms. It just remains for all of us at Wiltshire Life to wish you a very merry Christmas.