Month: September 2018

Crowds Cheer Sam In Cancer Charity Head Shave

For most people, a visit to the hairdresser is a relaxing, personal pampering experience, sitting quietly in front of the mirror. But when Sam Allmark changed her hairstyle on Friday evening, it certainly wasn’t a peaceful experience! Read More

Shaftesbury Carnival The Culmination Of A Year Of Hard Work

It’s Shaftesbury Carnival this weekend and for the 141st time, townspeople will be treated to a colourful procession of stunning, highly decorated vehicles and eye-catching outfits. Read More

Shaftesbury Shop Windows Add To Carnival Atmosphere

Shaftesbury’s shop fronts are filled with vibrant Venetian masks, colourful streamers and ‘Day of the Dead’ skulls this week as town centre businesses embrace the Shaftesbury Carnival window dressing competition. Read More

Silhouette Sculpture At Town Hall Will Remember WW1 War Dead

Shaftesbury Town Council has set aside £2,500 to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. Read More

Listen To Alfred – Life In Shaftesbury – Episode 17

This time on Alfred, the podcast for Shaftesbury, The Vale and Chase areas of North Dorset and West Wiltshire: Dorset buttons will feature in a Hollywood Blockbuster. Alfred chats with Shaftesbury artist Anna McDowell. / Shaftesbury Carnival’s Rich Mullins talks about his ‘eye-opening’ discovery on taking on the co-chair role. / Lose pounds with adult playground games as Rabble comes to Shaftesbury. / Writer Myra McDadd offers a sneak peek of the pantomime, The Nutcracker. / The Grosvenor Arms’ new boss Kirsty Schmidt reveals future plans for the hotel and shares a spooky cellar story. Read More

The Reverend Doctor Will See You Now

The Church of England’s Shaftesbury Team Rector has a new title from, today. The Reverend Helen Dawes is now also a ‘Doctor’. Read More

New Manager At Shaftesbury’s Historic Grosvenor Arms Hotel Is Looking To The Future

If you watch TV programmes like ‘The Hotel Inspector’ with Alex Polizzi, you’ll know that many hotels struggle to remain solvent, with only around 20% of their rooms booked. That’s something that Shaftesbury’s iconic Grosvenor Arms Hotel doesn’t have to worry about. Read More

Experienced Local Playwright Pens Shaftesbury’s Winter Panto

As the nights draw in and Shaftesbury gets ready for the colder, darker days, there is one event that’s set to brighten up the bleak midwinter. Even though the kids have just returned to school, a team of Arts Centre volunteers is already preparing for this winter’s pantomime. Read More

Shaftesbury Carnival Must Be Supported For Future Generations Says Co-Chair

Shaftesbury’s streets will be filled with sound and colour again this Saturday, as the two parades of the 141st Shaftesbury Carnival pass through town in the afternoon and evening.

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Free Fitness Fun For Shaftesbury Adults With New Playground Games Sessions

Rob Marsh wants to help Shaftesbury residents get fit and forge friendships using an innovative new way for locals to work out.

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