BBC1’s Countryfile is coming to Shaftesbury next month to feature our town’s snowdrop celebrations. Business and community leaders say that promotion on a programme watched by 4million viewers could provide a welcome boost to our visitor economy.
Dorset Council staff are now working on detailed proposals for a new road to divert extra traffic from Shaftesbury. Alfred heard why the Enmore Green Link Road project is unusual.
The Academy Trust operating four Shaftesbury area schools has been given permission to merge with its larger Sherborne-based counterpart.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.