Month: November 2018

Shaftesbury Author Recalls ‘The Dorset Soldier Who Won The First World War’

Few people who walk past the grave of General Henry Rawlinson, in the Dorset village of Trent, will be aware of the significant role he played in British history. But Shaftesbury-based author, Rodney Atwood, describes him as, ‘the Dorset soldier who won the First World War’. Read More

An Extra Market For Shaftesbury This Christmas Period

Shaftesbury will enjoy an additional festive market in the run-up to Christmas. The Mitre Inn has announced that they’re hosting their first seasonal celebration on the 8th and 9th of December. Read More

Shaftesbury Meeting Suggests Civil Disobedience To Tackle Climate Change

Many scientists believe that recent extreme weather events such as freezing winters, hot summers, storms and floods are warning signs that the world is facing an environmental crisis. And on Thursday, a national eco-activist group will address Shaftesbury residents to encourage them to take action. Read More

A Hundred Years Since The Sale Of Shaftesbury – The Town They Sold Three Times

At the end of the First World War, most of Shaftesbury was sold – three times! And next year, Gold Hill Museum and the Shaftesbury Chamber of Commerce will mark the centenary of this major event in our town’s history with a special exhibition.

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The Shaftesbury Artist Selling Falcon Fashion

Think back to your school days. How inspiring was your work experience placement? Former Shaftesbury School student Jack Lewis’ insight into employment was career defining.

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Shaftesbury Dancers Need Your Help To Get To Festival

A group of Shaftesbury area children will represent England in a European dance festival in Germany in July. But they need our help to get there.

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A Tale Of Two Churches – Compton Abbas Celebrates 150 Years Of St Mary’s

Compton Abbas residents have been celebrating a special anniversary. St Mary’s Church is 150 years old. But, as ThisIsAlfred discovered, villagers have many historic events, customs and characters to talk about.

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Listen To Alfred – Life In Shaftesbury – Episode 22

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

Alfred uncovers the spooky side to Shaftesbury. We tour the passages under Britain’s fifth most haunted hotel and talk with the landlady of the Ship Inn about her resident spirits. (00:30)

Signs that the community cares – Motcombe locals restore the village’s historic Dorset finger signposts and road markers. (13:07)

We chat with the retired Bishop who will honour a priest who opposed the Nazis. Learn more about this special talk. (17:17)

Would a King Alfred statue enhance Shaftesbury’s High Street? Open Spaces Group member Bernard Ede believes so and he tells ThisIsAlfred why. (21:40)

The Bell Street public loos will be refurbished by spring. Councillor Tim Cook tells Alfred why it is important. (24:34)