Month: February 2019

Stourhead Head Gardener Reveals ‘Dream Garden’ Ahead Of Shaftesbury Talk

Alan Power has been Garden and Estate Manager at Stourhead since 2004. During his career he’s worked in many of Britain’s most prestigious gardens. Alan will be sharing his experiences during Shaftesbury Abbey Museum’s spring lecture, My Journey Through Great Gardens, at Shaftesbury Arts Centre at 7.30pm on Wednesday 13th March.

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The Men And Westcountry Women Who Helped The Suffragettes

Just over 100 years ago, the suffragette movement achieved its first victory. The ongoing programme of civil disobedience, direct action and hunger strikes brought the vote for some property-owning women aged over thirty. It wasn’t until 1928 when all women aged over nineteen were given voting rights.

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Listen To Alfred – Life In Shaftesbury – Episode 38

Handmade paper lanterns mark the end of Shaftesbury’s Snowdrop Season | Decorating the High Street with new bunting | Cash on offer for Shaftesbury environmental projects | A designer clothes charity shop comes to town | Flamenco guitarist Juan Martin returning to Shaftesbury Read More

Shaftesbury FC Report – Salisbury Hospital Cup Quarter Final

Penalty shoot-outs in extra time decided last night’s match between Shaftesbury FC and Salisbury City.

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Fire Eating, Dragons and Lanterns – The Finale Of Shaftesbury’s Snowdrop Season

Thousands of visitors come to Shaftesbury every February to view the beautiful white, seasonal blanket of snowdrops. The Snowdrop Season’s main event, the Study Day of expert speakers and specialist bulb sales, draws snowdrop lovers, or galanthophiles, into our town from all across the country. But for many youngsters and proud parents, the snowdrop lantern procession that ends the event is a highlight.

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Wilderness Campaign Inspires Major Shaftesbury Environmental Challenge

Shaftesbury Town Council is launching an environmental competition to ‘create a sense of excitement’ and ‘enhance Shaftesbury as a beautiful and interesting place to live’.

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Designer Clothes Instead Of Cats At Shaftesbury’s Newest Charity Shop

A shop selling second-hand designer clothes could draw style-conscious bargain hunters into town. The Dorset hospice charity, Julia’s House, which helps county children facing life-limiting conditions, is opening a new store on Shaftesbury High Street.

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Want To Grow Your Own? New Shaftesbury Allotments Available From May

More Shaftesbury residents could be able to grow their own fruit and vegetables from this spring. Tomorrow night, town councillors will be asked to approve a plan to create allotments on a 1.6 acre plot of land on the main Salisbury Road, opposite the Persimmon estate.

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Colourful Bunting Will Boost Shaftesbury Town Appearance This Summer

Shaftesbury Chamber of Commerce is spending ‘a four figure sum’ on bunting to enhance the appearance of our town centre. And as the Chamber chairman explains, the traders and business organisation has been keen to source from a local supplier and to avoid decorations that use plastics.

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One of The World’s Greatest Flamenco Guitarist Plays Shaftesbury

Juan Martin has been named as one of the top three flamenco guitarists in the world by America’s bestselling guitar magazine. Closer to home, The Times has described Juan as a ‘giant of the flamenco tradition’. And he’s coming back to perform at Shaftesbury Arts Centre on Saturday 9th March.

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