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.
Month: August 2018
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.