Tim Chappell is not afraid of challenges. As a young man, he motorbiked around Brands Hatch. And later this month, the former GCHQ ‘spook’, naval officer and Dorset policeman is heading to Cape Town, bound for Perth in the Clipper Yacht Race.
Some Shaftesbury residents have expressed disappointment at the reduced numbers of stalls at the monthly Sunday markets. That has prompted the Chamber of Commerce and the Town Council to recruit award-winning market experts to help shape a plan for a unique street-shopping experience for our town.
Local farmers and landowners will explain how the agricultural sector is responding to the climate emergency. Planet Shaftesbury has invited four experts to a Town Hall debate later this month.
Christmas is supposed to be the season to be jolly, but if the pressure of the preparations make you feel stressed, a Shaftesbury meditation expert is offering help. Dr Karen Janes of Natural Healing Energy is hosting three sessions to help locals relax in the run-up to December 25th.
Three Shaftesbury environmental projects have been given £1,000 in the Town Council’s ‘Wild About Shaftesbury’ competition. During Tuesday’s award event, it was revealed that the developer of a new Shaftesbury housing estate will support one of the group’s biodiversity goals.
This month’s Shaftesbury Remembers session has been the best attended to date. Alfred squeezed into the packed library, viewed the pictures and heard residents share their personal memories of old Shaftesbury – stories that you won’t find in the history books.
Shaftesbury Town Council has revealed how much of our council tax it needs to deliver its services next year. And at last night’s public meeting, council officers outlined the council’s planned community, environmental and economic development projects covering the next five years.
Staff at Shaftesbury’s Abbey View Medical Centre hope to improve patient well-being through their newly launched ‘Health Champions’ initiative. Project volunteers have started working to address social isolation and potentially reduce the demand for GP’s time.
Shaftesbury Library has offered residents an insight into different beliefs and cultures from around the world. On Thursday, Dorset Race Equality Council presented their inaugural multi-cultural awareness session. Alfred attended the Diwali themed event.
A unique Shaftesbury souvenir has gone on sale again, over a decade after supplies last sold out. Sue Clifford, of Shaftesbury’s Tree Group, tells Alfred why she has arranged a reprint of a bag featuring our iconic landmark hill.