The new Chairman of Shaftesbury Civic Society has a goal. Roy Mitchell wants his organisation to help find a new use for the former Budgens store on Bell Street.
Most village halls struggle to raise cash for repairs by holding coffee mornings. But Motcombe has found that Puccini and Faust bring in the funds they need to maintain their beautiful Arts and Crafts style building.
Luckily for Elaine Barrett, she isn’t superstitious. It’s just as well. Because a combination of events earlier this month might have made her rather nervous! “It was Friday the 13th, and there was a thunderstorm,” recalled Elaine. And, at that very moment, Elaine had to act quickly and do something that would terrify most people. She had to deliver her ninth grandchild!
A group of thirteen Shaftesbury teenagers will transform an area of open space at Great Ground, off Wincombe Lane, this week.
It’s exciting when you receive a package sent by special delivery. Helen Lawes has been asking locals for memories and pictures featuring Shaftesbury’s Westminster Memorial Hospital. As hospital Matron, she was hoping for some special memorabilia. But the parcel that arrived from the Midlands on Friday morning offered more than Helen had wished for.
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.