Buglife Oil Beetle Survey

Have you seen any of these amazing beetles this year? If so, Buglife would like to know for their 2012 Oil Beetle Survey. The beetle pictured above was seen a few days ago in Swallowcliffe but there are other places in Wiltshire where they can be seen. Last year, Buglife ran their first national oil […]



Olympic Torchbearers in Wiltshire

Today the Olympic torchbearers were announced and many inspirational people in Wiltshire will get to carry the flame through the county. The Wiltshire torchbearers (and their home towns) are: Trowbridge 22nd May James Threlfall, 18 (Melksham) Jack Howard, 12 (Weston Super Mare) Jason Daniels, 40 (Swindon) Marcia Vowles, 48 (Bristol) Philip Elkington, 39 (Radstock) Richard […]



Arundells to re-open on 24th March

Arundells, the former home of ex Prime minister Sir Edward Heath will re-open to the public for another three years from 24th March. Wiltshire Council’s planning officers granted permission for the house and gardens to open in time for the Easter holidays. The Friends of Arundells will now be allowed to trial a free-flow system on […]



First Salisbury Plain Military Wives Choir Concert

The Salisbury Plain Military Wives Choir will give their first concert on 15th March at 7pm at St George’s Church, Bulford. They will be singing for their men before they deploy to Afghanistan next month and they will be raising money for Help for Heroes with donations on the door. Local school choirs and a […]



Digital Switchover

Digital switchover has begun in Wiltshire and it will continue to be rolled out across the county. When the switchover is completed for a transmitter, the analogue signals are permanently switched off . If switchover hasn’t already happened in your area you will need digital TV capability and if you are already using digital TV […]



Marlborough Downs selected as Nature Improvement Area

The Marlborough Downs has been selected as one of 12 Nature Improvement Areas. The 12 regions were chosen from 70 that were bidding against each other to gain a share of £7.5 million over three years. The funding has been awarded to the Nature Improvement Areas  by the Government to help local groups carry out […]



New Gargoyle to be carved for Salisbury Cathedral

A new gargoyle is to be carved for Salisbury Cathedral Chapter House by Matt Barton, one of Salisbury Cathedral’s skilled stonemasons. The word Gargoyle comes from the French word ‘from the throat’ because water is discharged through the mouth, and it is partly the water discharge that causes weathering. Matt has been given the rare opportunity to […]



Olympic fun for children at Salisbury Cathedral this summer

Salisbury Cathedral is running four different Olympic inspired summer activities for children and their families this summer: Sporting storytime  Monday July 30th – Friday August 3rd and Monday August 6th – Friday August 10th. 12.15pm – 12.30pm under the tree opposite the Cathedral visitors’ entrance (in cloisters if wet). Junior Craft: London 2012 Monday 30th July  […]



Snowdrop Walk at Heale House

The Snowdrop Walk at Heale House is looking great. Although the bulbs have flowered earlier than usual this year the drifts of snowdrops (in places interspersed with bright yellow aconites) still look a wonderful sight. Follow the duckboard walkway as it winds through the woodland next to the River Avon and admire the view as […]



Largest Meteorite to Fall in the UK was Used as Door Stop

A meteorite so heavy that it would have taken 4 people to move it was used as a door stop at a house in Wiltshire. Since the early 1900’s successive owners  at Lake House in Wilsford-cum-Lake (near Salisbury) had paid little attention to the  90kg meteorite but it is now believed to be the largest […]