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Shaftesbury Mum Excited By Supportive New Running Forum

A Shaftesbury mum has created an online community for runners to share their routes and advice. Laura Langley says she’s ‘excited’ at how quickly her Faceboook forum has developed, since its launch earlier this month.

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Second National Award Win For Shaftesbury Family Business

A Shaftesbury business has been voted the Best in Britain by readers of a national magazine.

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How Refurbishing Shaftesbury’s Loos Is Reshaping Lives

Shaftesbury’s public loos will be open for the start of the tourism season The work is being undertaken by a one-woman social enterprise, determined to help men leave Guys Marsh Prison with increased options for their future employment.

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Shaftesbury Filmed Today For Major New BBC Series

A new BBC series and an accompanying book should boost Shaftesbury tourism because part of the story is set on Gold Hill.

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‘I’m A Celebrity’ Star To Podcast Live Show At Shaftesbury Fringe

Comedian, TV presenter and late night radio host Iain Lee will be one of the star attractions at this year’s Shaftesbury Fringe.

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The Father And Son Photographing Shaftesbury’s Changing High Street

An ambitious project to document Shaftesbury’s High Street is in its second year and St James photographer, James McMillan, is now being assisted in his work by a young, up-and-coming Dorset photographer – his son Finn.

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Commercial And Community Support Will Help Shaftesbury FC Thrive Says Chairman

The Chairman of Shaftesbury Football Club says he’ll relinquish his role if a new chairman, prepared to invest in the club, came forward. Steve Coffen has also outlined how SFC hopes to achieve future league success by following a new commercial strategy and by encouraging more volunteer involvement.

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New Shaftesbury Pub Team Promise Friendly Local and Greek Food

St James pub, Ye Olde Two Brewers, will open this weekend with a new landlord and landlady, Dimitrios and Lynne Damalitis. The husband and wife team are in listening mode and they’re keen to hear what locals would like from ‘the pub down the hill.’

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Fontmell Magna Mum’s Nature Blogs Bring Families Together

In the current climate it’s easy to forget that the internet can be a force for positivity and good, in the right hands. And when Kim Master’s fingers hit her keyboard, she’s working to share stories and experiences that bring families together, enrich childhoods and celebrate the hidden treasures...

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Shaftesbury Residents Challenged To Fit Monthly Waste Into A Jam Jar

When Gary Mantle, Chief Executive of the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, told the inaugural Planet Shaftesbury meeting that one of his team had reduced her monthly waste to fit a jam jar, there were audible gasps inside the Town Hall.

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‘Statement Trees’ Planted At Entrance To Town – With More To Come

Trees are being planted across Shaftesbury this week in a joint initiative between the Town Council and Shaftesbury Tree Group.

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A Snowdrop Stroll To Start Shaftesbury Snowdrop Season

Shaftesbury Snowdrop Season is underway and there’s an easy way to take in the spectacle of some of these seasonal flowers in bloom. Shaftesbury’s Walking For Health group is hosting guided snowdrop spotting walks.

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