Organisers of a paranormal investigation at one of Shaftesbury’s oldest buildings will host additional events after their first evening sold out in 24 hours. Alfred met the Stranger Nights team and heard about their scariest experiences so far.
The Town Council has welcomed plans for Shaftesbury’s new literary festival. During Tuesday’s meeting, they heard that the programme for November’s event reads like a ‘who’s who’ of British countryside and nature writing.
A group of professional musicians hope to encourage new talent with regular jazz, soul, Latin and funk jams in Shaftesbury. The organisers told Alfred that the monthly Father’s House sessions should appeal to both performers and the public.
Do you find it difficult to switch off and take a break? Award-winning broadcaster and psychology lecturer Claudia Hammond will offer tips from her book, ‘The Art of Rest’, in the first of the Grosvenor Arms Hotel’s spring talks series.
A Motcombe man will share personal reflections on his military peacekeeping duties as a fundraiser for the village church this Saturday evening.
Shaftesbury in Bloom hope to extend the town’s floral displays this year. And the volunteers will be better equipped to maintain the town centre flowers after the Town Council donated time-saving equipment.
Plans to reinstate ‘Music in the Park’ in Shaftesbury have been postponed until 2021. The organiser says he has received significant interest in his proposed daytime music and performance event, which will now form part of next year’s Shaftesbury Fringe.
The director of the Yorkshire Arboretum is the headline speaker at next month’s Shaftesbury Snowdrops Study Day at the Arts Centre. Dr John Grimshaw has featured the flowers in several of his gardening books. He spoke with Alfred.
A new rambling route between Wareham and Shaftesbury will be launched with a series of special events in March. Shaftesbury Town Council has supported the initiative after some councillors recognised the walk’s tourism potential.
Shaftesbury is famous for the iconic Gold Hill view. Now, with the launch of two comedy nights and dozens of stand-ups appearing at Shaftesbury Fringe, two comedians believe we could soon be known for humour, as well as the Hovis ad.