Chalke Valley History Festival

The Chalke Valley History Festival includes over 110  literary events for all ages from children through to adults, a vast look through history through-the ages encampment, a stunning air show is one of the biggest events of the week, the Penguin Chalke Valley History Prize, and a Schools Festival all over the course of a 3 day period. This was CVHF's fifth year of holding the history festival and a huge success it was too! It is the largest festival dedicated entirely to british history, and is designed to inspire, excite and inform all ages. Taking place in the heart of the beautiful Wiltshire countryside, 12 miles outside of Salisbury, it offers a unique mix of talks, discussions and debates, alongside the very best Living History activities around. Whether young or old, the CVHF provides entertainment for all the family.

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When visiting the CVHF you are immediately thrown back into history with force, enlightened with new facts and reenactments everywhere you turn. 2015 saw a  new living history arena for longbow demonstrations, French firepower displays, WW2 firing demonstrations, cavalry displays and much more for the mind! The visual aspects of being involved enhanced the whole experience and lifted history from the pages of books; putting the sights and sounds before your very own eyes.

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As a photography business we thrive upon capturing that one moment that can't ever be seen again, in this case, our favourite photo of CVHF is of the battle between the red coats and the colonials shown in the arena; where we managed to capture a photo in a split second of a Colonial soldier firing his weapon at the Red Coat opposition. This photo grabbed our immediate attention as it was a true and tough challenge to shoot. We wanted to capture the image just as the gunpowder ignited, giving the flame kickback, there was a split second to capture this one shot and we managed it!

Sir John Major delivers inaugural lecture in Salisbury.

On 17th June 2015 Sir John Major, former prime minister delivered an inaugural Sir Edward Heath Lecture at Salisbury’s very own Guildhall. With Salisbury holding the 800th year celebrations of the Magna Carta this year at the Cathedral, the topic of lecture was to be ‘The meaning and lessons of the Magna Carta Today’ and would be delivered directly to an invited audience of over 200 local people including Dame Shirley Williams and David Steele both ex MP’s.

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Foundation trustees established the lecture as an upcoming opportunity for respected speakers to explore the subject of importance to Sir Edward and to his personal interests in the legacy of the Magna Carta itself.

Sir John Major spoke about why he delivered the first ever Edward Heath Lecture, commenting “I was delighted to be invited to deliver the first Edward Heath Lecture in Salisbury, the City that he loved and made his home, and in the fiftieth anniversary year of his winning the Conservative Party leadership. As our first leader to come from a non-privileged background, his election marked an important step change for our Party.

 As Prime Minister, at what was a very difficult time for Britain, Sir Edward’s central legacy was entry into the European Common Market.  But his administration was also marked out by his courageous, albeit ultimately unsuccessful, attempts to reform Britain's destructive industrial relations and to bring power sharing to Northern Ireland.  I, myself, was especially impressed by his honorable and civilized decision to face down opposition, and to fulfil Britain's obligation to admit the Ugandan Asians.”

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Sir John’s visit to Salisbury commenced in the afternoon, with a tour of Edward Heath’s former home, Arundell’s. Sir John was welcomed into the outstandingly beautiful house by a recital by the senior boys of Bishop Wordsworth Grammar School, played using Sir Edwards very own piano.

We were employed by Arundell’s to carry out the photography of the Edward Heath lecture and Sir John Major’s visit to Salisbury and were very honored and more than happy to take on the privilege of working with Arrundell’s ensuring Sir John’s visit to be as pleasant and welcoming as could be. We spent 5 hours in the company of Sir John and the trustees of Arundell are working closely with them to capture the magical significance of the delivery of the first every Edward Heath lecture.

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 Although hired by Arundell’s to photograph the event, we were also honored to be present and hear Sir John speak on the history. We found ourselves drawn to his voice as he spoke regarding the Magna Carta and Edwards Heath’s passion and drive for the subject, although under pressure for such a high VIP event we found that the atmosphere surrounding ourselves as commercial photographers to be pleasant and easy to work with, all aspects covering our photography were easily handled and in return received good quality and true to life pictures of the glowing atmosphere that surrounded me whilst Sir John Major delivered his lecture.

 

Taylor Family Portrait Shoot

Recent visitors to the John Rose Photography studio were the "Taylor Family" for their fun family portrait shoot. What a great time we all had with lots of laughter and giggling not just from the children but dad too. The nerves went very quickly once John started making them laugh which made posing very easy and the time just raced by.

A week or so after the portrait shoot, we invited the family back to view their images to be told "all of the images were wonderful, making it very difficult to choose which of them to choose and where they would be put"

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Opening of the Pembroke Arms at Wilton

The Pembroke Arms at Wilton opened its doors on 23 April 2013, following a comprehensive six month refurbishment. Situated in the small town of Wilton on the beautiful Pembroke Estate, it has been very carefully and beautifully furnished with, colonially-themed furniture from Rajasthan, supplemented with items from local suppliers and antique dealers.

This hotel is a part of the Hillbrooke Hotels collection, which offers luxurious bedrooms, a restaurant & bar that offer exceptional choice, plus elegant function rooms which are perfect for weddings or conferences.

"we have an unconventional style which won't fail to impress as you step through the door; a passionate and obliging style of service that exceeds customer expectations."

John Rose Photography were invited to attend and photograph the launch on behalf of Neylon Associates, and Salisbury Life Magazine. Capturing images of special guests Lord Pembroke and John Glenn MP along with many local business owners from in and around Wilton and Salisbury.

Guests were permitted to wander freely around the hotel, whilst being treated to a three course sampler of fantastic food, with ingredients sourced locally.

The hotel really is a welcome addition to the local area with great comments already being left including:

"We are delighted that Hillbrooke Hotels have taken over The Pembroke Arms and we wish them every success."

The Earl and Countess of Pembroke

 

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Cranes Wine Cafe, Crane Street, Salisbury

A beautiful little restaurant Cranes Wine Cafe situated at 92 Crane Street, Salisbury between The Complete Artist and The Old Ale House. Serving good food and fine wine it is the newest eatery in Salisbury. They opened their doors to family and friends last night and this Salisbury photographer was there to capture the event for Salisbury Life Magazine.

 

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