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Shaftesbury’s Health Centre To Offer Childminding For Smear Test Mums After Community Event Success

A Shaftesbury childminder’s offer of free childcare to help mums attend smear tests will be adopted by our town’s health centre.

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The Coolest Jazz – Coming to A Village Hall Near Shaftesbury

The Dave Brubeck Quartet was arguably the coolest jazz group in history. Their music will be faithfully reproduced in Ashmore Village hall on 30th January. Alfred found out more.

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Shaftesbury Councillors In Deadlock Over Angola 76 Plans

Planners in Dorchester will decide the immediate future of Angola 76. Shaftesbury Town Council is unable to agree on what guidance to offer Dorset Council.

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Shaftesbury Council Approves Of Lidl Store Following Amended Design

Shaftesbury’s councillors have supported plans for a Lidl store on the Cattle Market. The Town Council had objected to the store’s design in June. Lidl has amended its proposal, and if Dorset Council backs this application, the store could open by autumn.

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New Shaftesbury Guided Walks Programme Starts With Snowdrops

A programme of themed Shaftesbury walks will launch in February. The organiser aims to guide visitors and residents around our stunning viewpoints, and the first monthly event will showcase the impressive snowdrop displays around the town.

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Positive Response To Plans For A Safer Cycling Circuit Of Shaftesbury

Proposals for making Shaftesbury a cycle-friendly town have been shared with Planet Shaftesbury. On Thursday night the environmental group’s members learned that a cycling circuit could be in place by summer.

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Civic Society Re-Assessing Town Forum Idea After Shaftesbury Council Declines Participation

Shaftesbury Civic Society is considering how to proceed after the Town Council rejected its proposal for a quarterly forum of community groups and decision-makers to discuss residents’ concerns.

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Shaftesbury Town Council Supportive Of Westminster Memorial Hospital Plans

Shaftesbury Town Council has supported plans to convert a house on Abbey Walk into a workspace for the Westminster Memorial Hospital. And councillors did not object to plans for a road linking the main hospital and staff car parks.

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Free Child Minding To Assist Shaftesbury Mums Attending Cervical Smear Tests

A Shaftesbury mum has joined-up with a fellow childminder to encourage women to take the cervical smear test. Sammi Shah of Bluebells Childminding told Alfred why she’s keen to support Cervical Cancer Prevention Week.

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Shoppers Flock To Help Woman Following Four-Car Incident In Shaftesbury

Onlookers rushed to help a pedestrian who became stuck between two parked cars on the High Street this morning.

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Popular BBC TV Show Is Coming To Film In Shaftesbury

BBC1’s Countryfile is coming to Shaftesbury next month to feature our town’s snowdrop celebrations. Business and community leaders say that promotion on a programme watched by 4million viewers could provide a welcome boost to our visitor economy.

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Dorset Council Planning New Link Road To Relieve Shaftesbury Traffic

Dorset Council staff are now working on detailed proposals for a new road to divert extra traffic from Shaftesbury. Alfred heard why the Enmore Green Link Road project is unusual.

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