Shaftesbury Arts Centre volunteers celebrated the opening of their new dance studio on Saturday. A buffet reception and open day marked the completion of this latest phase of a £1million plan to improve the Bell Street building.
The comedian who won the award for the funniest joke at Edinburgh Fringe 2019 will return to headline at Shaftesbury Fringe in July. Swedish stand-up Olaf Falafel has been recognised for his comedy material for three years in a row.
A Shaftesbury couple have launched a weekly YouTube series to help singers who want to make a living from their voices. Andy Tebbutt-Russell and Samantha say that a former Shaftesbury Town Councillor inspired them to launch this video venture.
Registration has opened for Shaftesbury Fringe, with performers being offered a new, discount booking deal. And this year, organisers hope to transform the High Street into a space for public performance with artists displaying their creativity.
Shaftesbury artist Darren Wheeler’s equipment and art was destroyed when his West Melbury Business Park unit burned to the ground on Easter Sunday. Alfred heard how Darren is rebuilding his life.
Ludwell Primary School will be more colourful when kids return for the winter term. Des Alner has helped pupils create a fish mosaic. Alfred spoke with the artist at his Higher Green Farm studios in Twyford.
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.
Cellist Emily Burridge has played with the biggest names in pop music. Outside of her professional work, Emily is a passionate supporter of Brazil’s Xavante people. On Saturday, she’s hosting a Shaftesbury concert, fundraising for the tribe.
Throughout summer, John Cockle and Richard Lonnon have entertained locals and visitors with lunchtime jazz on Park Walk. Alfred attended one of their Friday sessions last month, learned what motivates the men and heard about their experience of playing Glastonbury.
Many Shaftesbury residents know local singer Samantha from her sell-out performances at the Shaftesbury Arts Centre and Shaftesbury Fringe. She is also known as one of Britain’s most accomplished vintage music artists, from her impeccable recreation of Vera Lynn’s wartime performances. Now Samantha will be heard across Europe.