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Volunteers Encouraging Rare Reptiles Back To Shaftesbury’s Breach Common

A team of volunteers and professional ecologists has been clearing ponds at Breach Common, to encourage great crested newts. It is hoped that regular maintenance activity could increase the range of wildlife present. Alfred went along last Friday, before the lockdown restrictions.

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North Dorset Train Service Reduced ‘Substantially’ And Payment Changes For Shaftesbury Bus Passengers

The government says you should not travel unless it is essential but Shaftesbury area residents who need to get to London will face extra challenges from tomorrow, Monday.

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Alfred Launches Daily Shaftesbury ‘Radio’ Programme 

ThisIsAlfred is launching a new, daily podcast to keep residents of Shaftesbury and the surrounding villages up-to-date during the current COVID-19 restrictions.

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Happy Mothering Sunday Shaftesbury

Shaftesbury resident and Alfred team volunteer, Adrian Ryder, has written a poem about mums and parenting.

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Free Drinks For Delivery Drivers And Queue-Free Coffee In Semley

Semley’s 918 Coffee Company is rewarding local delivery drivers with hot drinks. They’ve opened an outdoor ‘honesty-box’ for people who don’t want to queue in supermarkets and who can’t afford to pay the full price for tea and coffee supplies.

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Shaftesbury’s Biggest Summer Events Cancelled

The organisers of Shaftesbury Fringe have decided not to go ahead with this summer’s event, which was due to take place on the 3rd, 4th and 5th of July.

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Shaftesbury’s Morning Worship Will Be Broadcast To The World

In a first for the Shaftesbury area CofE churches, Sunday’s service will be streamed online with no members of the congregation present. Alfred’s Keri Jones found out more.

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Collaborating Over COVID-19 Crisis – Shaftesbury Independent Traders Rise To Challenge

Shaftesbury shopkeepers are working hard to ensure that self-isolating customers in the town and surrounding villages receive vital supplies. Alfred met retailers determined to match the ease of supermarket online shopping with the personal service of independent retailers.

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New Shaftesbury Online Forum Tackles Coronavirus Shopping Shortages

A Bimport resident has created an online forum to help locals facing shopping and supply chain challenges caused by COVID-19 disruption. Tim Scrivin has launched the ‘If I Can Spare It I Will Shaftesbury’ Facebook group by offering to donate spare nappies.

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Street Decorations To Lift Shaftesbury’s Spirits During Coronavirus Disruption

Vibrant knitted sleeves have appeared on bollards, signposts and streetlamp columns in Shaftesbury town centre. Each morning, shoppers and workers have noticed more of the creative covers appearing. Alfred spoke with the artist behind the project.

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Shaftesbury Accountant Says Grants And Support Available For Town Businesses

Kim Upshall of Shaftesbury’s Ward Goodman Accountants gives advice on grants or financial benefits from Dorset Council and government, being offered to our town’s traders, shopkeepers, restaurants and tourism businesses.

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You Are Not Alone – Self-Isolating Residents Of Shaftesbury And Villages Will Be Supported

Shaftesbury area residents are being assured that they will receive help and support with everyday activities if they need to self-isolate. Alfred learned how Shaftesbury, Donhead St Mary and Motcombe locals are planning to respond to the coronavirus crisis.

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