If you enjoyed Countryfile’s aerial shots of our town, you’ll love ‘Shaftesbury Abbey – The Movie’. The Arts Centre will screen the story of the recent archaeological digs in a film that features stunning drone footage and captures the most exciting local discovery in decades.
An expert in historical architecture has made two discoveries that have excited Shaftesbury Abbey volunteers. Jonathan Foyle has moved pieces of stone fragments and this work has altered previous opinion about the Abbey’s appearance.
As Britain considers its future relationship with Europe, a University of Southampton historian will discuss cultural links between London and Paris during a Gold Hill Museum talk.
In March 2015, Gold Hill Museum was awarded a £6,700 lottery grant to research the WW1 dead listed on 23 Shaftesbury area war memorials. Alfred heard how the project has evolved to study the stories of returning survivors.
Mills have operated in Cann, near Shaftesbury, for over 900 years. Alfred learned how Stoate and Sons’ traditional approach has made their award-winning flour the toast of artisan bakers at home and abroad.
Enmore Green residents regularly share stories from the days when their community felt like a village, separate from Shaftesbury. Alfred attended ‘Tea and Memories’ as locals reminisced about a pop-up chip shop, more relaxed pub rules and a visiting Hollywood star.
In the 1960s and early 1970s, a café on the A30 near Shaftesbury was one of the coolest late-night destinations in our part of the Westcountry. Alfred heard why the famous, and the infamous, stopped at the café on Sherborne Causeway.
The hunt is on for photos of the work to redevelop of one of Shaftesbury’s landmark buildings. Trustees of the Trinity Centre are keen to uncover images of the former church being converted, ahead of a milestone anniversary next year.
There is huge interest in old photos that reveal how our area has changed over time. David Burnett is coming to Shaftesbury to talk about his ‘Lost Dorset’ book, a selection of 350 rural Dorset postcards, picked from a collection of over 10,000.
In October, locals filled Berwick St John’s church to hear what sounded like a radio play starring one-third of villagers. The ‘soundscape’ recounted the village’s rich history. ThisIsAlfred discovered that the project leader’s story is as fascinating as Berwick’s.