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The Volunteers Helping Shaftesbury’s ‘Significant’ Number Of Homeless People

Up to twenty-five people rely upon Shaftesbury’s Open House for emergency aid, food parcels or benefits advice each Tuesday. Alfred visited and heard how the service makes a difference and why organisers would like additional funding.

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Shaftesbury Under 7’s Share Their Ideas On Making Our Town Better

Britain’s new MPs could pick up some good policies from our local Rainbows group. For their communication badges, each of the 5 to 7-year-old girls shared ideas for a better Shaftesbury. Suggestions ranged from reducing plastic to a radical relocation plan!

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Planning Inspector Rejects Developer’s Appeal Over Housing Estate On Shaftesbury Slopes

A new estate of ‘up to 23 houses’ will not be built on Shaftesbury’s lower slopes near Enmore Green.

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Matt And Steve Appleby Present The Carnival Show – Episode 12

The Alfred Carnival Show with Matt and Steve Appleby brings you the latest carnival news, information and events.

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Festive Tunes To Fund New Trees For Shaftesbury

Trees can play an important role in addressing the climate emergency. A ten-year-old tree can absorb up to 22kg of carbon dioxide each year. Next week, a Christmas concert will raise cash for more trees for Shaftesbury.

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Micro-Donkey And Music Planned For Sunday’s Seasonal Procession In Motcombe

Motcombe residents and their friends will have a new way to celebrate the countdown to Christmas this Sunday as a donkey leads singers and musicians through the village. Barney Mauleverer told ThisIsAlfred that he’s excited to have organised this brand-new village event.

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Massive Street Market And Festive Shopping This Sunday In Shaftesbury

Shaftesbury town centre will be the place for seasonal shopping and festive fayre on Sunday. Some shops are opening especially, to coincide with the large Christmas market.

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Home-Built Christmas Decoration Attracts Sightseers To Shaftesbury Close

Alfred headed to a quiet Shaftesbury residential street to see why a home-made Christmas decoration has become a star attraction.

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Cha Cha Cha And A Cuppa – Why Locals Love Tony’s Shaftesbury Tea Dances

A Daily Telegraph interview with Miriam Margoyles is posted on the Shaftesbury Tea Dance Facebook page. The headline reads ‘Old People Are Despised, Overlooked and Forgotten’. Tony Hawkins’ Saturday socials aim to ensure that’s not the case in Shaftesbury. Alfred’s Keri Jones went along on Saturday.

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World Famous Novelist To Attend Shaftesbury Charity Fundraiser

A globally recognised author will be the special guest at a fundraiser in Shaftesbury on Wednesday. Alfred spoke with John le Carré about his award-winning spy novels, his Dorset connection and Julia’s House Hospice.

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Motcombe’s Santa Fundraising Run Beats Target With Increased Turnout

Motcombe was filled with Christmas colour today. 500 people ran or walked a 3km or 6km circuit of the village wearing Santa hats. Alfred joined the school fundraiser and heard how the second Santa Run has been more successful than last year’s.

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Shaftesbury Family Thank Community For Support Following Smallholding Arson

At around midnight on Monday night, a Shaftesbury family’s world was shattered when arsonists burned down the barn on their treasured smallholding. John Massey and Sophie Forward told ThisIsAlfred why their initial desperation has been replaced with a feeling of thankfulness.

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