Stories Of Rock Royalty And Acoustic Versions Of Their Hits – Jo Burt In Fontmell Magna

During Jo Burt’s stellar career in music, he’s shared stadium stages with Freddie Mercury, Black Sabbath and The Troggs. The Dorset singer, songwriter and guitarist will tell stories of his time with these stars and perform unplugged interpretations of their classics in a candlelit concert at Fontmell Magna Church this Friday.

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Share An Evening In Shaftesbury With One Of Britain’s Best Rural Novelists

The Times and The Guardian suggested Tim Pears’ ‘The Redeemed’ as a recommended read for 2019. Some reviewers believe he’s the new Thomas Hardy because of his pictorial scene-setting. He will share his influences and inspirations during a talk at Shaftesbury’s Grosvenor Arms Hotel.

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Why Trinity’s First Wedding Fair Will Offer The Wow Factor

It’s an incredible venue with some of North Dorset’s best views. And the trustees of Shaftesbury’s Trinity Centre want to showcase the former church’s qualities when they host their first wedding fair on 20th October.

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Shaftesbury’s Johnnie Walker Talks About A Lifetime In Radio and Life After Death

Shaftesbury’s-own Radio 2 legend, Johnnie Walker, will share stories from his 53-year career at St James’s Church on 18th October. The former pirate radio DJ tells Alfred how The Sex Pistols and Mrs Thatcher got him sacked. And Johnnie explains why he’s convinced that there’s life after death.

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Matt And Steve Appleby Present The Carnival Show – Episode 9 – Shaftesbury And Frome Special

Steve and Matt Appleby are back with the Carnival Show. Episode 9 features coverage from Frome and Shaftesbury Carnivals. Read More

Shaftesbury MP To Chair Climate Change Ideas Forum On Wednesday

Shaftesbury’s MP says he will be listening to locals’ ideas on how to address climate change during a meeting he will chair on Wednesday.

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Shaftesbury Schoolboy Impresses Dad With Poignant Performance in Arts Centre Production


A small audience gathered in Shaftesbury Library on Saturday morning to watch scenes from the Arts Centre’s autumn play, adapted from the first world war-set novel, ‘Private Peaceful’. Alfred saw how one of our town’s talented young actors has tackled a demanding lead role.

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Ambitious Shaftesbury Event Might Be Scaled Back After Council Halves Budget

Shaftesbury Town Council is planning a major event to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day next May. The music of the 1940s will feature prominently but a proposed fly-past of planes letting off fireworks could be canned, after the Council voted to halve its funding contribution.

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Moroccan Fun And Mountain Climbing To Help Fund Shaftesbury Guides’ Hall

Casablanca comes to Coppice Street on Friday when Shaftesbury’s Girl Guides host a Moroccan themed evening at the Football Club as a final fundraiser for their new hall. Alfred met the event organisers.

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Former Shaftesbury Singer Returns For Solo Concert And Vocal Coaching Workshop

Helen Porter, vocalist with local jazz quartet Misbehavin’, will sing thought-provoking songs at her concert on the 5th October.

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