An absolute beauty

An absolute beauty

By Fanny Charles Salisbury has had an awful year, no question – you don’t need reminding. What you DO need is a dose of unabashed, gloriously colourful, warm-hearted, hilarious, touching and just plain wonderful pantomime. Oh yes, you do! Believe me! When Salisbury...
In history: fire at the Cattle Market

In history: fire at the Cattle Market

On July 22, 1911, the Salisbury & Winchester Journal reported a fire in Station Road, Gillingham, which had occurred in the early hours of Sunday, July 16 at Messrs. Senior and Godwin’s Repository. The enclosed cattle ring in the centre of the market was burned to...
Spinning gold from old stories

Spinning gold from old stories

By Fanny Charles There’s no clutching at straws in Bumblefly’s 2018 Christmas show for children. The three-strong company spins pure gold (as well as puns) from the tale of Rumpelstiltskin, which opened at Greyfriars at Ringwood and will be touring, Dorset, Wiltshire...
What Katie did in Mere

What Katie did in Mere

Mere Amateur Dramatic Society (MADS) presented Katie’s Party from Thursday, November 22 until Saturday 24. The poignant village tale by local author Adrienne Howell linked two World Wars. Katie, whose son in law has a Bentley, turns up at a local country pub for...
Service to the community awarded

Service to the community awarded

Muzib Rahman, owner and manager of Agra, the Indian restaurant in Warminster, was awarded the 2018 Civic Award on Saturday, October 20, for his services to Warminster community. He took over the restaurant on East Street in 1984, he has raised thousands of pounds for...
Mysterious object found at Bishop’s House

Mysterious object found at Bishop’s House

Katrina ffiske chats with Robina Hattersley During the Summer heatwave, the gardener at The Bishop’s House, in The Close, Salisbury, spotted a mysterious object laying on the river-bed. “While I was cleaning the river I saw something shiny and covered in...
Abigail’s Party, but we weren’t invited

Abigail’s Party, but we weren’t invited

By Katrina ffiske. Arriving at Salisbury Playhouse for Abigail’s Party was strangely comforting but also cringe-inducing. Lee Newby’s set instantly transported us to that strange era, the 70s: brown bookcases, beige and cream flock wallpaper, shag pile rug, lava lamps...
Breakfast with Giant Peach

Breakfast with Giant Peach

By Katrina ffiske What better way to get the creative and business brain cells going than attending one of Giant Peach’s Higher Growth Collective breakfasts? At Bird and Carter, Wilton a group of diverse companies gathered over bacon sandwiches, croissant and...
Chalke Valley Stores celebrates five years

Chalke Valley Stores celebrates five years

By Katrina ffiske The award-winning Chalke Valley Stores is celebrating its fifth birthday. I went to meet manager Ellen Smets (pictured below), we sat in the Coffee Shop behind the main shop, where there is a buzz of chit-chat, cyclists arriving for coffee and cake,...
Carnival illuminated Salisbury

Carnival illuminated Salisbury

By Chloe May Oh, what a show. Many local organisations and clubs putting on ‘quite the show’ when Salisbury carnival danced through the city on October 19. The procession started at 7:30pm and went on until 9pm. Local cheerleaders Phoenix stars were cartwheeling and...
Welcome return of old-fashioned musical

Welcome return of old-fashioned musical

By Katrina Ffiske For instant escapism, run to Salisbury Playhouse to see Salad Days, a wonderfully nostalgic, magical musical. Bryan Hodgson’s production is almost perfect in every way. “I am thrilled to be able to stage Salad Days again this autumn,” Bryan...
Salisbury favourite is back as pantomime dame

Salisbury favourite is back as pantomime dame

Salisbury favourite Richard Ede is back as the Dame in this year’s Salisbury Playhouse pantomime Beauty and the Beast – and more than 12,000 tickets have already been sold. Richard returns to Salisbury, having previously appeared as Widow Twanky in Aladdin...

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