At least 1 in 14 people aged over 65 have developed some form of dementia. That’s a surprising statistic, isn’t it? It was just one of many facts shared by volunteers from the Alzheimer’s Society’s ‘Dementia Friends’ initiative, at Shaftesbury Town Hall on Wednesday night.
North Dorset is isolated and that can make accessing mental health support services difficult, especially if you don’t have a car. Finding people who understand what you have being going through can be problematic.
It’s obvious why people in this country have such a strong affection for the NHS – most of us who were born in Britain don’t remember life before the health service. Events to mark its 70th birthday have been held all over Britain and in Shaftesbury, the Westminster Memorial Hospital team needs your help in making their celebration special.
Paul Eaton and Helen Caines get the keys to their new house in Chilmark Glade at the end of the month. And they’re looking forward to moving in. Paul knows how he wants to personalise their new place.
A group of eight Buddhist monks has left Shaftesbury to continue on their cultural tour of the UK. And the organisers of the trip say that locals were so hospitable, the monks would like to return to the town in the future.
The people of Shaftesbury could be given the legal right to bid for the Westminster Memorial Hospital building if it is put up for sale in the future. Shaftesbury Town Council is applying for an asset of community value designation for the hospital.
A group of Buddhist monks is in Shaftesbury this week. And they’re inviting you to learn about their beliefs, their traditions and to view them creating beautiful art.
Most people who live here know that Shaftesbury is special. But it’s good to be reminded! And Thursday’s Civic Day events left locals in no doubt over the strong sense of local pride here.