Month: March 2020

The Alfred Daily – 31st March 2020

On today’s show: Alleged COVID-19 assault in Shaftesbury | Shaftesbury MP wants Boots Chemist to do better | Can you help an East Stour animal rescue champion relocate to Shaftesbury? | ‘Where in Shaftesbury?’ with Amber Harrison | Shaftesbury Arts Centre’s plans for self-isolation fun | Richard Foreman’s Shaftesbury poetry | Gardening with Dirty Nails | Sounds of the River Sturkle

The Alfred Daily – 30th March 2020

On today’s show: Mel Costas calls for better mental health support during COVID-19 crisis | Clouds House fundraising motorbike ride postponed | Donheads celebrant Lizzie Tricks on rescheduling weddings | A guide to plants with the Potting Shed’s Nick Andrew | Bill Sherriff’s poem for healthcare workers | Cath Toogood’s Shaftsbury memories

The Alfred Daily – 29th March 2020

On today’s show: Maltings resident brings the community together with a lockdown disco | Dorset health advice for vulnerable residents | Shaftesbury singer Samantha’s live comedy song concerts | Shaftesbury car parks now free | Shaftesbury Baguette Bar battles on | COVID-19 is making us kinder says Shaftesbury charity boss | Brigit Strawbridge watching bumblebees from her window | Open House remains open for food parcels

The Alfred Daily – 28th March 2020

On today’s show: Shaftesbury garage closes for first time since 1965 | Paul Merefield’s quiz | Cleaning Breach Common ponds to aid rare reptile’s return | Shaftesbury gadget help at hand with new phoneline | Tom Clements’ Saturday live gig | Kate Pickard and Karen Burkett – friends chat over their fence | The relaxing sounds of Melbury Abbas stream

Listen To Alfred – Life In Shaftesbury – Episode 94

On this week’s podcast: Reaction as NHS staff applauded in Shaftesbury | Helping rare species return to Breach Common | Shaftesbury author Karen Dickson | Revisit Cranborne Chase in 1975 | Shaftesbury businesswoman is on a magazine front cover

Volunteers Encouraging Rare Reptiles Back To Shaftesbury’s Breach Common

A team of volunteers and professional ecologists has been clearing ponds at Breach Common, to encourage great crested newts. It is hoped that regular maintenance activity could increase the range of wildlife present. Alfred went along last Friday, before the lockdown restrictions.

The Alfred Daily – 27th March 2020

On today’s show: Shaftesbury-born ambulance worker ‘overwhelmed’ by applause | Shaftesbury’s new deli may shut during crisis | Dorset chief constable James Vaughan on COVID-19 policing | Sara Jacson on the St Edwards Way pilgrimage | North Dorset National Trust ranger Clive Whitborn’s nature tips for kids | Shaftesbury Arts Centre takes its art online | Poetry with Richard Foreman | Shaftesbury dawn chorus recorded by Nick Crump.

The Alfred Daily – 26th March 2020

On today’s show: Shaftesbury hospital staff thank community for COVID-19 support | Why a Shaftesbury woman finds delivering food to self-isolating locals satisfying | Travel to London will become troublesome | Are your pets a coronavirus risk? Shaftesbury vet offers advice | Shaftesbury fair-trade determined to continue supplies | Shaftesbury author Karen Dickson | Psychotherapist Judith Barton on coping with lockdown | A stroll with Heather Whitehead

The Alfred Daily – 25th March 2020

Your daily round-up of urgent Shaftesbury information and announcements, all fact-checked by our team. Plus listen to our new daily radio show – The Alfred Daily (click on the date above).

On today’s show: High Street Thursday market cancelled after backlash | Shaftesbury businesswoman featured on a magazine cover | Video captures Cranborne Chase life in 1975 | Dirty Nails shares his wildlife friendly gardening tips | John Cluett reads Dorset poetry | Relax with Castle Hill birdsong

The Alfred Daily – 24th March 2020

Your daily round-up of urgent Shaftesbury information and announcements, all fact-checked by our team. Plus listen to our new daily radio show – The Alfred Daily (click on the date above).

On today’s show: Chief Constable of Dorset on COVID-19 gathering crackdown | Send a card to keep Shaftesbury care home residents connected | Restrictions on Shaftesbury recreation areas | Household waste changes | Bella West | David Griffin-Shepherd starts takeaway service | A walk with Andrea Jenkins | Spring lambs in Ashmore