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.
On Friday, villagers debated traffic and speeding issues that some parents fear are putting Motcombe Primary pupils at risk. And proposals to put a new Academy Trust in charge of the school could add to the challenge of finding solutions.
Alfred toured Shaftesbury’s Household Recycling Centre. We heard how Dorset’s waste differs from other areas and how some locals visit regularly to hunt for bargains.
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.
A nature reserve on Park Walk, feature trees to ‘frame’ views from Jubilee Steps and a more natural children’s play park are ideas proposed for Shaftesbury’s southern slopes. Alfred found out more about the Town Hall’s plan.
You’re being encouraged to discover new pastimes at Shaftesbury Library. Last year’s inaugural Hobbies Month has been expanded because staff understand how it helps to combat social isolation.
Around two million people watched Shaftesbury hairdresser Suzy Allum on Channel Four’s ‘First Dates’ on Christmas night. Suzy gave Alfred behind-the-scenes insight into the popular dating programme.
Shaftesbury Town Council has approved a new process for assessing residents’ traffic or parking concerns. Town clerk Claire Commons told Alfred how requests for speed bumps and restrictions or yellow lines will now be considered.
The Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner is hosting events to find out if residents support a £15 increase in annual Council Tax bills to pay for more police. But Shaftesbury has been left off the list of consultation venues.