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Better ‘Bee Hotels’ Could Be Made In Shaftesbury – Now Sponsor Is Sought

A Shaftesbury kitchen company has offered to donate its craftsmen’s time to make improved bee hotels, if a sponsor can fund the materials.

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From Scythes To Rat Poison – The Unusual Ways Of Dying In Tudor Dorset and Wiltshire

An Oxford academic will soon share stories of the strange ways in which Wiltshire and Dorset people died during the Tudor years.

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Vote For Your Favourite Shaftesbury Carnival Entry With A New App

You’ll be able to vote for your favourite Shaftesbury Carnival entry on a mobile phone app for the first time this year.

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The Shaftesbury Business Dressing Dogs All Over The World

Dog clothes and harnesses handmade in the Shaftesbury area are being exported all over the world. Alfred visited Dorset Dog Togs in Shearstock to hear what well-dressed dogs are wearing and how rugby-loving dog owners are styling their pets.

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How A Comment On Twitter Changed A Shaftesbury Man’s Life

You can only type 280 characters in a Twitter post. But that was enough to change the course of a Shaftesbury man’s life. Newspapers from Paris to Brazil have featured Christopher Oram’s story.

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How Olive Tins Are Helping Semley Eco Coffee Roaster’s Recycling Revolution

Back in 2009, Justin and Chanel Cornelius launched their 918 Coffee Company. The business has developed the world’s first eco-roasting technology, that uses coffee waste as fuel when roasting the beans

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Make Money By Writing A Novel – Successful Author Shares Tips in Shaftesbury

Next month, million-selling author Mark Dawson will encourage Shaftesbury’s would-be novelists to make money by self-publishing their work.

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The Unexpected Wildlife Challenge Facing Dorset Thatchers

If you are thatching the roof of a cottage on Gold Hill – one of Britain’s most photographed views – you’ll attract more attention than most workers. Alfred caught up with Motcombe thatcher Ed Coney who answered the questions he has been most frequently asked during this job.

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Author Of New Book On King Alfred Shares Shaftesbury Discoveries

A new book about Alfred The Great highlights how important Shaftesbury was to the most famous Anglo-Saxon king. On a visit to our town, author Dr Paul Kelly offered his theories about the founding of our abbey and revealed a little-known local Alfred connection.

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Port Regis School Shares Ambitious Plans To Become Carbon Neutral

Staff and pupils want Port Regis school to become carbon neutral by 2025. Alfred visited and heard how this ambitious project could benefit other local schools, the village of Motcombe and could safeguard some of Britain’s rarest trees.

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Shaftesbury Prepares For Ride And Stride – The Countywide Church Chasing Challenge

You’re being encouraged to explore Dorset’s churches on bike, foot or horseback next Saturday (14th September) to raise cash for their future repair. Many make ‘Ride and Stride’ a team challenge.

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Former ‘Black Rod’ Shares Stories Of Parliamentary Life At Shaftesbury Military Fundraiser

For seven years, all eyes were on Lieutenant-General David Leakey at the state opening of Parliament. David was Black Rod, the officer who traditionally bangs on the House of Commons door during the ceremony. David offers an insight into life at the heart of Parliament later this month as...

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