February 2020 Drownings
This year's public drownings were as popular as ever, and we even some reasonable weather! 
That's TV Wessex were on hand to cover the day's events, and we're grateful to them for the coverage.  
You can view the piece, and their many other interesting films, here.
Wiltshire Life Awards 2020
We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the Wiltshire Life Awards in the catgeory of Conservation Project of the Year. 
The award ceremony will be held on Friday 20th March.
Please see the link for more information about the awards and the other categories and contestants.
---  The Navy Larks  ---
On Sunday 15th September Rose Cottage was host to sea shanty singing group the Navy Larks.
Visitors enjoyed the beautiful weather with a cream tea, and listened to the wonderful shanties. 
The Navy Larks raise money for  the RNLI and Parkinson's Society.

---  Art Day  ---
The meadows were open to the public on 8th June. Artists enjoyed a choice of locations offering exclusive views of the meadows and cathedral.

Although the weather wasn't quite as hoped for, those who attended had a productive time, and feedback was good.


More art days will be planned in the future.

---   The Rural Crafts Project   ---
Saturday the 18th of May saw a very successful rural crafts open day at the Harnham Water Meadows. There were demonstrations of rural crafts including bee keeping, wool spinning, and scything, to name just a few. 

There was a very popular sheep dog and shearing demonstration by Rob Hawke, our resident grazier, with the lovely weather and refreshments being enjoyed by a very good turnout of people of all ages. Photos are available on our social media sites. 
The project was made possible by funding from Wiltshire County Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund, which promotes events to raise awareness and appreciation of important cultural practices. 
If you are a craftsperson and would like to hold an event at Rose Cottage, or on the meadows, please get in touch. Details are on the contact page.  
---  Coast and Country - BBC Radio 4  ---
Open Country's Helen Mark interviewed Jan Fitzjohn, Tim Tatton-Brown, and Rob Hawke, to discuss the workings of the meadows and their impact on Salisbury from the Middle Ages into modern times.
Coast and County Podcast - BBC - Unknown Artist
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