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Shaftesbury Singer And Artist Creates New Look For Fringe 2020 Programme

Shaftesbury Fringe has unveiled the vibrant new look to its publicity material. Shaftesbury artist and Fringe performer, Anne-Louise Richards, told Alfred what inspired her makeover of the festival’s programme cover.

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Fourth Shaftesbury Hill Added To Abbey School Pupils’ Three Peaks Challenge

Pupils of Shaftesbury’s Abbey Primary School will face a physical test this spring. There’s an additional climb to their Three Peaks Challenge, now in its third year. Parent and fundraiser Sarah Junor spoke with Alfred’s Keri Jones.

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Fashion, Fast Food And Flying To Feature In Climate Emergency Author’s Shaftesbury Talk

A low-carbon campaigner is visiting Shaftesbury to share his thoughts on tackling the climate emergency. Guardian and Independent writer Chris Goodall will explain how fashion and fast food consumers are making a difference. He has ideas on how to discourage unnecessary flying without penalising package holidaymakers, too.

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The Owner Of Shaftesbury’s New Deli Explains How She Intends To Excel

Shaftesbury’s new deli is opening soon and Alfred met the experienced retailer behind this new venture. The shop will bring both essential goods and luxury treats back onto our High Street and add a new choice of tearoom.

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Man Found Dead On Shaftesbury Bank Premises

Shaftesbury’s Lloyds Bank has been closed today, following the tragic discovery this morning of man’s body in the lobby of the High Street branch.

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Football Academy To Teach Full-Time Sports Students At Shaftesbury FC

Shaftesbury’s youngsters will be able to study for a qualification that could help them pursue football, sports management or sports media careers. It’s part of a series of community projects launched by Shaftesbury Football Club.

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Gillingham And Shaftesbury Show Announce 2020 Plans With ‘Early Bird’ Ticket Price Cut

It’s six months since James Cox was appointed secretary of the Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show. James says his plans for the 2020 event include more local producers, performing pigs and reduced-price tickets for early online bookers.

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Respected Travel Writer To Share Stories Of Siberia In Shaftesbury Talk

Dorset-based travel writer Sophy Roberts often reports from destinations that Brits are advised not to visit. In her forthcoming Shaftesbury talk, Sophy will explain how a series of chance encounters helped her uncover a special story from Siberia.

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The Shaftesbury Couple Mixing Travel Tips With Original Tunes

Two performers from West Melbury have found a unique way to showcase their music. Tony Dean and Una Walsh are making YouTube programmes that mix their original song writing with travel guides to destinations in the Shaftesbury area.

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Council Identifies Land For Shaftesbury Town Band’s New Hall

Shaftesbury Town Silver Band could soon have new headquarters in a different location. Shaftesbury Town councillors have agreed, in principle, to lease land near Tesco’s entrance road, so the band can build a new hall.

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Birthday Celebration For Stour Row’s Pop-Up Pub That’s Tackling Rural Isolation

Social isolation is an issue for many people in rural areas surrounding Shaftesbury. Last Friday, Alfred joined Stour Row residents to celebrate the first birthday of a project which brings the community together – a pop-up pub in the village hall.

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No Shaftesbury Town Council Tax Increase – Money Set Aside For The Maltings

The proportion of your council tax that funds Shaftesbury Town Council, won’t increase from April. But the overall bill for 2020-2021 is likely to rise by around 4%. Dorset Council, Dorset Police and the Fire Service need more of our money.

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