Community

Poor Reliability Forcing Shaftesbury Rail Passengers To Drive To Salisbury

Railway passengers are driving 21 miles from Shaftesbury for a better train service. Now our town’s residents, unhappy with rail reliability from Gillingham, are being urged to complain.

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How The Round The World Yacht Race Has Changed A Shaftesbury Man’s Life

A Shaftesbury man has returned safely from the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. 71-year-old Tim Chappell sailed the 5,200 nautical miles between Cape Town and Perth. He tells Alfred how the experience has changed is life.

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Shaftesbury Arts Centre’s New £100k Dance Studio Opens

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.

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Meeting Hears How Motcombe School’s Popularity Has Led To Road Safety Issues

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.

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Why Shaftesbury Residents Love Bargain Hunting At The Wincombe Waste Site

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.

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Former Shaftesbury Councillor Inspires ‘How To Make Money From Singing’ Video Series

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.

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Nature Reserve And Better Play Facility Suggested For Shaftesbury’s Slopes

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.

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Shaftesbury Library Offers Five Weekends Of Free Hobby Tasters

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.

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Shaftesbury Hairdresser Suzy Shares Her ‘First Dates’ TV Experience

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.

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Council Agrees New Way To Address Shaftesbury Traffic Issues

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.

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