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Shaftesbury Area Dark Sky Bid Depends On New Streetlights

Campaigners hope that the Shaftesbury area could soon be recognised for its dark night skies. But the project team has been told not all the area is dark enough yet. Alfred heard about plans to meet the target. Most Shaftesbury area visitors love seeing our stunning slopes and scenery...

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Mampitts Lane ‘Bus Gate’ Divides Councillor Opinion

Pound Lane residents have told Shaftesbury Town Council why they want the controversial Mampitts Lane bus gate installed. They shared their safety concerns at Tuesday’s Planning and Highways Meeting, but not all councillors back blocking this route to through traffic.

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Showers Affect Show Numbers But Shaftesbury Attendees Seem Happy

The outgoing secretary of the Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show estimates that Wednesday’s wet weather reduced attendance figures. Alfred attended and spoke with stallholders, who still seemed happy with their level of trade.

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Shaftesbury Hospital League Of Friends Sign-Up Influential New Member

Volunteers from Westminster Hospital League of Friends have recruited Shaftesbury’s Member of Parliament as a new, paying member.

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Why Aircraft Lovers Should Visit A Shaftesbury Gallery This Week

The Arts Centre Gallery has an unusual exhibition of artwork this week. Alfred meets the Shaftesbury artist who specialises in painting aircraft.

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Stunning Scenery And Social Interaction Is The Goal Of Shaftesbury’s New Cycle Group

A keen Shaftesbury cyclist is planning regular group bike rides to help people make friends and keep fit.

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Matt And Steve Appleby Present The Carnival Show – Episode 7

Steve and Matt Appleby are back with their essential guide to what’s going on in the world of carnival.

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Parish Council and Dorset Council Reflect On This Month’s Melbury Abbas Jams

Shaftesbury-area drivers using the C13 have faced significant disruption over recent weeks. Large vehicles have blocked the road through Melbury Abbas, just months after work to address lorry jams was completed.

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Why Repairing Shaftesbury’s £300,000 Ceremonial Mace Requires Special Precautions

A valuable piece of silverware, used during Shaftesbury civic occasions for centuries, will be repaired after Town councillors recognised its historic importance.

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Shaftesbury TIC Boss Explains Significance Of Opinion-Splitting Paint Colour

Shaftesbury Tourist Information Centre’s new colour scheme is what you might refer to as ‘Marmitey’. Some people are positive about the yellow paint job. Others hate the hue and are seeing red.

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Shaftesbury Area Publican Calls Time On Throwaway Culture

The landlady of The Rising Sun pub hopes to set up a repair café to reduce the number of malfunctioning gadgets we bin, assuming they are too difficult to fix.

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Stylish Social Media Influencer With 272,000 Fans To Open Shaftesbury Shop

Marte Marie Forsberg has gathered an impressive 272,000 Instagram followers, who love her stylish landscape and food photography images and stories. Expect to see more visitors in town from this autumn, when Marie encourages her loyal fans to visit her new Shaftesbury High Street business.

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