Community

The Kind-Hearted Worker Who Helped Save A Shaftesbury Sculpture

‘Blessing’ is a Shaftesbury town centre sculpture that hundreds of residents and visitors pass each day. Alfred heard how a kind-hearted workman repaired this artwork and lifted the spirits of its creator when she was at a low ebb.

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Shaftesbury Almshouse Seeks Support For Accommodation Upgrade

Chubbs Almshouse has provided affordable accommodation for Shaftesbury’s elderly citizens since the 17th century. Now, the locally-based charitable trust needs to find a source of affordable finance to update their rooms to meet today’s expectations.

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Lower Speeds Needed On The Maltings And Bus Gate ‘Won’t Help’ Says Shaftesbury Councillor

A Shaftesbury councillor has called for traffic calming and reduced speed limits on the eastern development, but he’s unconvinced that plans to block Mampitts Lane to through traffic with a ‘bus gate’ will be beneficial.

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Glorious Shaftesbury Gardens Offered As A Tranquil Retreat

Shaftesbury residents seeking peace and solitude are being offered an escape within 375 acres of gardens and woodland at Wincombe Park. Co-owner Phoebe Fortescue has listed her estate in the Quiet Garden Movement register. Read More

Shaftesbury Stories Are At The Heart Of Bee Campaigner’s New Book

25,000 people follow Brigit Strawbridge’s Twitter posts about the environment and, in particular, bees. Now the Shaftesbury-based campaigner is getting ready to launch her first book and it’s set to put our town in the spotlight. Read More

Tyres Removed From Shaftesbury Play Space To Encourage Toddlers To Return

Some features of the Great Ground sensory garden, built by teenage volunteers last year, will be removed. Residents living near the green space attended Shaftesbury’s Town Council meeting on 2nd July to urge councillors to restore the space to its previous state.

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Can You Suggest Street Names For A New Shaftesbury Estate?

Dorset Council planners approved Redrow’s controversial planning application for a new housing development opposite Wincombe Business Park last month. And on Tuesday evening, Shaftesbury Town councillors discussed names for the four proposed streets.

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Shaftesbury Rotary Claim Record Crowds For Gold Hill Fair

Thousands of locals and visitors filled Shaftesbury High Street, Park Walk and the Abbey Gardens on Sunday for the annual Gold Hill Fair. The event ran in tandem with the fourth Shaftesbury Fringe Festival. Alfred was there.

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Shaftesbury Pupils Want To Win Funding For A Peace Garden

Pupils at Shaftesbury Abbey Primary School hope to create a peace garden, if they are awarded cash from Shaftesbury Town Council’s environmental challenge.

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Organisers Delighted By ‘Best’ Shaftesbury Fringe And Confirm 2020 Dates

This weekend’s fourth Shaftesbury Fringe has been the most successful in terms of attendance, the number of shows and atmosphere. Keri Jones from Alfred spoke to organisers and artists.

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