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Country Life 10-Jun-2020

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Published by TI Media Limited Country Life, the quintessential English magazine, is undoubtedly one of the biggest and instantly recognisable brands in the UK today. It has a unique core mix of contemporary country-related editorial and top end property advertising. Editorially, the magazine comments in-depth on a wide variety of subjects, such as architecture, the arts, gardens and gardening, travel, the countryside, field-sports and wildlife. With renowned columnists and superb photography Country Life delivers the very best of British life every week.

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
51 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
the field of cloth of gold

TO the roar of gunfire in the late afternoon of June 7, 1520, the Feast of Corpus Christi, Henry VIII rode through the gates of Guînes in the Pas de Calais with a great retinue of 3,500 men on foot and horseback. He was travelling to meet Francis I, King of France, who set out from nearby Ardres to arrive with a similarly brave—some said braver—show at exactly the same moment. The two monarchs met midway on what was then English soil, riding forward to embrace each other on horseback. Their meeting was the opening episode in an exactingly choreographed 18-day encounter amid tents and temporary buildings familiarly known as the Field of Cloth of Gold. The splendours, celebrity and drama of this event exactly 500 years ago captivated contemporaries; accounts of…

8 min.
town & country

Clear up the chaos LAST week, leading rural organisations called on Defra Secretary George Eustice to return the wildlife-licensing system back to central Government control. Wildlife licences, currently run by Natural England, are required to enable land managers to ‘undertake work to conserve species and habitats’, say the organisations, which have labelled the current system as ‘chaotic’. A new paper, titled Wildlife Licensing in England: Chaos, Crisis and Cure, catalogues what its authors describe as a ‘litany of errors and delays by Natural England, brought about by an unwieldly wildlife-licensing system that must change to become more efficient, effective and cheaper’. The paper was written jointly by the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation, the Moorland Association and the Countryside Alliance. The authors say it includes examples of flawed licences issued by Natural England, how…

1 min.
good week for

Scilly swimming Christopher Woodward, director of the Garden Museum, is undertaking a 50-mile sponsored swim from Newlyn, Cornwall, to Tresco on the Isles of Scilly. The route follows a journey made by one of the museum's ‘patron saints', Cedric Morris (who travelled by boat), and aims to raise money to support the museum through the pandemic Cricket fans England will play the West Indies in three Test matches in July. The three-Test series will take place behind closed doors between July 8 and July 28, with two matches at Old Trafford and one at the Ageas Bowl in Hampshire Smelling the roses NGS members are re-opening their gardens, just in time for summer. Vsitors must pre-purchase tickets and a timeslot (www.ngs.org.uk).All proceeds will go to the Help Support Our Nurses campaign Bad week for Winning Ascot The prize…

1 min.
country mouse

ONE of the pleasures since the mild reductions to the state of lockdown has been a slight relaxation of the authority that one’s own children have imposed on so many of us parents. They should all be commended for the seriousness with which they have taken the pandemic—especially as they are at much less risk than us of becoming seriously ill—but many friends have been murmuring that it was worse than being at school. Having to explain to your teenage son or daughter why you went to Waitrose to buy some gin is at least as terrifying as any trip to the headmaster’s office. When it comes to birthdays, there seem to be four stages of life: when you are a child, to be aged seven seems so much better and…

1 min.
town mouse

THE easing of the lockdown has unleashed a mini social whirl. For several nights in a row, in both warm and cold weather, we have found ourselves sitting in different squares, parks and gardens catching up with old friends at a social distance. It feels slightly artificial not to greet each other with an embrace or a kiss and to sit apart, but there is great joy in simply being in company after such a long period of separation. The children express their delight with disarming and touching openness. Meeting a school friend after 12 weeks, one of them simply stood smiling for several minutes and nodded dumb agreement at anything and everything that was said. At home, by contrast, life continues seemingly unchanged. The daily negotiations about homework, music practice and…

1 min.
town & country notebook

Quiz of the week 1) The equator lies at how many degrees of latitude? 2) Which month is used in the NATO phonetic alphabet? 3) Gypsy cuckoo, ruderal, red-shanked and bilberry are all species of what? 4) ‘Prom', referring to a concert, is an abbreviation of which word? 5) Which modern-day country was formerly known as Ceylon? Time to buy Men’s Tailored Fit Linen Shirt with soft collar in aqua, £54.95, The Oxford Shirt Company (01993 822298; www. oxfordshirt.co.uk) Regatta Necker Orange cotton/silk neckerchief, £55, Laslett England (01424 532484; www. laslettengland.com) Balsamic Sugar and Salt, £5.95 each, Burren Balsamics (07802 566029; www. burrenbalsamics.com)…