Sally

Preston, Lyneham, Wiltshire UK

Who are you and what do you do?
'My name is Sally Smith. I work at a local campsite and nature reserve. I also love walking the lanes, fields and woods around my home and I write a lot.'

Why do you choose to live in Preston?
'I live just outside Preston in the village of Lyneham. I moved here 18 months ago because I love the area.'

What's your favourite place in Preston and why?
'I love the outdoors and there are some beautiful walks around Preston and surrounding villages.'

What is Preston proud of?
'I think it would probably be it’s link to Lyneham which has the RAF airfield and REME (Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers) Museum.'

Tell us something about Preston that people won't know?
'Preston itself is a tiny hamlet surrounded by North Wiltshire countryside., however it is one of the parishes of Lyneham. Much agricultural land within the parish was purchased by the Air Ministry during the period 1940–58 for the initial establishment, and later enlargement, of R.A.F. Station Lyneham, which, since its establishment in 1940–1, has been the largest employer of labour in the parish.

The chief function of R.A.F. Lyneham during the Second World War was the dispatch of most outward-bound, non-combatant aircraft from Britain. In 1942 an Air Dispatch and Reception Unit began to function and since that time many distinguished people have flown from Lyneham.'