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February 2020 - Malmesbury: bringing the past into the present

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In this month's issue we find out what Wiltshire means to David Waters, who helped re-introduce the great bustard into the county. We meet floral artist Endellion Lycett-Green. Barney Norris explains how he adapted Lorca's Blood Wedding and why he set it in Edington. Geraldine Faulkner finds out how vintage films and songs help to engage Alzheimer sufferers. Mary-Vere Parr meets three people who have been recognised as emerging leaders in farming and agriculture. Dene Bebbington explores the life of Alfred Williams, the hammer man poet. Mark Hemsworth's journey has taken him from the world's conflict zones to roasting coffee. The National Hedge-laying Championships took place in Pewsey recently. The history of Chippenham Town FC is more than just a story about football it is a social history of the town. Sean Crampton's Stations of the Cross in Calne are among the greatest works of art in Wiltshire, says Nick Fogg. Mike Marshman uncovers our villages that have been lost to time.

From the editor

I visited the wonderful hilltop town of Malmesbury to visit the renovated Moravian Church. What a wonderful success story the project has become and what a testament to the Friends of Athelstan Museum who are expertly and sensitively guided the project from ruined shell to multi-purpose community venue. The Moravian Star sculpture outside of the building is another wonderful work of art by the talented Melissa Cole. Both church and star have been nominated for the Wiltshire Life Awards 2020, and you can read the shortlists in the first five categories in this month's issue. Our travels have also taken in village life in Collingbourne Ducis, Collingbourne Kington and Everleigh. Our furry friends also get a mention this month in our list of the best dog-friendly places to visit in the county, while we head to a dog-friendly cafe for our eating out pages, a real gem! Also this month, the magazine comes with a free Retirement Living and Care Guide.