April 2017 - Come on you blues!

April 2017 - Come on you blues!

In this issue

Forsythia and a bright and cheery blue tit greets readers of Wiltshire Life's April issue. Inside, we ask: what is Wiltshire's favourite garden bird? It's a question that's harder to answer than you may at first think. Elsewhere, history comes to the fore. Read about the expansion of the county's museums; the story of postboxes; and how W. Carter & Son, clock and watchmaker, silversmith and jeweller, came to be the oldest family business in Wiltshire. You'll also find out about the launch of Wiltshire Life's heritage tours, in partnership with Wiltshire Museum in Devizes. If you're hatching plans for Easter, there are two passion plays to see - one in Marlborough and one in Salisbury, plus a recipe for probably the best-ever lamb dish. The villagers of Berwick St James also reveal their A303 road rage, while new series My Home Town visits Swindon, Down Your Way discovers Chippenham's heritage and Village Life goes cuckoo in Downton. Finally, the tulips and the primulas are looking lovely...

From the editor

With a four-page pull-out guide to Easter food by Juanita Hennessey, our Fosbury Foodie columnist, this is a particularly delicious issue. A new article called My Home Town looks at the town Jenny Groves knows. As chair of the Place Board for Switch on to Swindon, she tells us much that even we didn’t know. We also feature our garden birds with some glorious photography and find out more about a former BBC journalist’s passion for ‘posh’ primulas. Last but most definitely not least, take a look at Michael Marshman’s article on Downton, which is accompanied by the stunning photography of Tony Braime…Enjoy! Claire Waring, Editor, Wiltshire Life