July’s BV is here!


We have a long slow delicious read full of treats for you this month.

Child Okeford’s most famous resident celebrates his 75th birthday. He started life as a simple holiday purchase in Blackpool, but the little yellow hand puppet became a national treasure.

Editor Laura has fulfilled a lifetime ambition interviewing renowned ethologist, passionate conservationist and inspiring activist Dr Jane Goodall – who answers this month’s Random 19 questions. Spoiler alert – Lord of the Rings and a controversial biscuit-dunking policy lay in store.

A retrospective at Sladers Yard gallery celebrates the remarkable career of Philip Sutton RA – an artist who has never followed fashion. Fanny Charles interviewed the 94-year-old painter who lives in Dorset and looked back at his life’s work

Sophie Giles swapped working on an industrial estate for life as an island girl – Tracie Beardsley met Brownsea Island’s youngest ranger, and hears how working on the land has entirely transformed her life.

On the first day of his first archaeological dig, CPRE’s Rupert Hardy made a major – though grisly – discovery and uncovered a sad mystery.

All this plus you could win tickets to the Cheese Festival, farming, wildlife, food and drink featuring the Crown at Marnhull, Smash Burger Tacos and officially the best wine retailer in the UK.

Come on now, where else would you get all that for FREE?


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