Month: August 2018

Volunteers Keep Shaftesbury In Bloom During Heatwave

If you’ve walked around Shaftesbury during the last month you will have noticed the beautiful floral displays. And you can help to maintain the array of baskets, troughs and borders filling public spaces like Angel Square, The Bell Street car park and The Commons with colourful flowers. Shaftesbury In Bloom organisers would like you to donate your cash or time.

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Get Closer To The Land With Shaftesbury’s Community Farm

For just over a decade, a dedicated group of Shaftesbury locals has been spending their free time running the town’s community farm. Alfred’s Keri Jones headed to Breach Lane, between St James and Enmore Green, on a sweltering, sunny Sunday morning to catch up with the handful of helpers who were enjoying a brief break from tending to the crops and livestock.

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Motcombe Author Launches New Medieval Mystery Novels

A new series of medieval murder mystery novels will feature Shaftesbury, Enmore Green and Motcombe.

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New Civic Society Chairman Wants Action Over Empty Supermarket

The new Chairman of Shaftesbury Civic Society has a goal. Roy Mitchell wants his organisation to help find a new use for the former Budgens store on Bell Street.

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Residents Against New Homes On Enmore Green Site

You might have noticed a group handing out leaflets outside the Town Hall this morning. They were standing next to a banner that read ‘Save Shaftesbury – Save Our Saxon Town’.

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Opera And West End Theatre Have Given Motcombe’s Hall Financial Security

Most village halls struggle to raise cash for repairs by holding coffee mornings. But Motcombe has found that Puccini and Faust bring in the funds they need to maintain their beautiful Arts and Crafts style building.

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Parish Chairman Highlights Melbury Abbas Traffic Campaign Achievements

Melbury Abbas Parish Council recently raised over £7,000 towards a legal review of Dorset Council’s decision to advise lorries to pass through the village on the way to Poole. Plans for this judicial review were dropped because of concerns over escalating legal costs. But the villagers’ actions have already resulted in some small changes.

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Shaftesbury Carnival Changes Will Make A Difference

On 29th September, thousands of people will line the town’s streets to take in the spectacular sight of the floats and walking entries in the 141st Shaftesbury Carnival. For many locals, the grand illuminated evening procession provides the highlight of the day. But putting on this huge show requires a massive amount of planning, coordination and volunteers.

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Listen To Alfred – Life In Shaftesbury – Episode 09

This time on Alfred, the podcast for Shaftesbury, The Vale and Chase areas of North Dorset and West Wiltshire:

News to cheer Shaftesbury cheese lovers! A much-loved cheesemonger is coming back to town – and this time she’s going mobile! Alfred talks with Carolyn Hopkins, former manager of Turnbull’s, about cheese choices and the town’s passion for Gorgonzola. (00:25)

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Shaftesbury Flint Tool Is Older Than Thought Says Museum

A prehistoric hand axe, considered to be the oldest item found in Shaftesbury, is even older than first thought. The ancient flint, displayed in Gold Hill Museum, was uncovered in the Castle Hill area of the town.

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