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.
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! Read More
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.
Alfred headed to a quiet Shaftesbury residential street to see why a home-made Christmas decoration has become a star attraction.
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.
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.
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.
A volunteer who helps put up the town’s festive decorations says he is heartened by the support received after adults damaged the Christmas tree at Angel Square. James Thrift was alerted to the vandalism by nearby neighbours and the incident has been caught on camera.