You might expect videos of Gold Hill to encourage visitors to Shaftesbury. But some people have been drawn to our town after watching tutorials produced by a Shaftesbury businessman and computer expert. Graham Lord’s ‘how to’ videos have attracted so many viewers, YouTube is now paying him.
Pupils of Shaftesbury’s Abbey Primary School will face a physical test this spring. There’s an additional climb to their Three Peaks Challenge, now in its third year. Parent and fundraiser Sarah Junor spoke with Alfred’s Keri Jones.
Shaftesbury’s youngsters will be able to study for a qualification that could help them pursue football, sports management or sports media careers. It’s part of a series of community projects launched by Shaftesbury Football Club.
Shaftesbury Town Silver Band could soon have new headquarters in a different location. Shaftesbury Town councillors have agreed, in principle, to lease land near Tesco’s entrance road, so the band can build a new hall.
Social isolation is an issue for many people in rural areas surrounding Shaftesbury. Last Friday, Alfred joined Stour Row residents to celebrate the first birthday of a project which brings the community together – a pop-up pub in the village hall.
The proportion of your council tax that funds Shaftesbury Town Council, won’t increase from April. But the overall bill for 2020-2021 is likely to rise by around 4%. Dorset Council, Dorset Police and the Fire Service need more of our money.
A new Shaftesbury fitness facility opens next month. Ansty businessmen Chris Garrett became passionate about CrossFit after the exercise regime changed his life. He showed Alfred ‘the ropes’ at his new gym.
Shaftesbury’s new police constable is committed to maintaining our town’s low crime status. Rob Hammond intends to ‘walk the beat’ and be ‘visible’. He discusses his approach to policing in conversation with Alfred’s Keri Jones.
Shaftesbury will be discussed on BBC Radio Four Extra on Friday. Two BBC reporters have visited our town to learn more about ThisIsAlfred.com for the national broadcaster’s weekly programme about podcasts.