February 2018 - A new dawn

February 2018 - A new dawn

In this issue

Wiltshire Life’s February issue is a great companion to the start of a new dawn, where the world will look back 100 years to commemorate the momentous events of 1918 and the end of the First World War. Find out what’s on at Salisbury Cathedral, which has themed its programme around this message, plus read our 2018 what’s on guide. My Wiltshire is by Lord Weymouth of Longleat; we meet Shelley Rudman, former Winter Olympics medalist in skeleton bobsleigh; plus find out more about ash dieback, literary Swindon and the Wiltshire Life Awards 2018 nominees. We also look back at Wiltshire’s Italian POWs, some of whom made their life here, plus head gardener Paul Alexander writes of the first signs of spring at The Courts. Down Your Way is in Bradford on Avon, while Village Life looks at the villages of the far south-west, plus we bring you a special treat in the form of a spotter’s guide to the birds of Langford Lakes.

From the editor

The dawn of a new year is always exciting and I hope this issue reflects that feeling of anticipation. I was fascinated to get a sneak peek into the programme of events at Salisbury Cathedral to commemorate the end of the First World War. As usual, we have some great photography, with some of our best landscape photographers telling us how they took some of their most inspiring Wiltshire shots, and Wiltshire Wildlife Trust providing a guide to Wiltshire’s wetlands and their avian visitors. I was also pleased to read of former Commando pilot James Newton DFC and it was a pleasure to find out more about how Wiltshire has influenced Lord Weymouth of Longleat. Enjoy!