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Listen To Alfred – Life In Shaftesbury – Episode 20

This time on Alfred, the podcast for Shaftesbury, The Vale and Chase areas of North Dorset and West Wiltshire:

There was a full turnout for Dorset’s toughest running event. We brave the rain to chat with runners and volunteers at Shaftesbury’s Gold Hill 10k. (00:30)

A Shaftesbury herbalist launches her plant-based facial oil and it’s already attracted top celebrity attention. We learn about Enchanted Plants’ partnership with Dorset farmers to provide the thirteen plants needed for the formula. (09:21)

The Mayor throws out a Christmas challenge to find Shaftesbury’s best dressed home. Piers Brown says there will be prizes for the most impressive decorations. (16:31)

Want to be a firefighter? See whether you have the skills and the stamina at Shaftesbury Fire Station’s Have-a-Go night. We’re on station talking to the crew and debunking myths about recruitment requirements. (20:19)

A classic Ealing comedy comes to the Arts Centre. Take a front row seat to hear why you’ll love The Ladykillers. And we discover what the cast think about director Bryan Farrell’s choice of play. (26:49)

Listen To Alfred – Life In Shaftesbury – Episode 19

This time on Alfred, the podcast for Shaftesbury, The Vale and Chase areas of North Dorset and West Wiltshire:

A Shaftesbury artist wins an award with his eco-message ash tree painting. Alfred chats to West Melbury man Gary Cook about his distinctive and beautiful Dorset landscapes. (00.32)

Debbie Simmons needs volunteers with vehicles to help socially isolated Shaftesbury residents. Alfred learns more about the Car Link transport service and why it is in such demand. (06:16)

A Shaftesbury hotel has been named as one of the best boutique properties in Dorset. (13:56)

The Wilderness, a much-loved area of Shaftesbury green space, will go under the hammer. The owner reveals his plans. (17:35)

The Abbey View Medical Centre’s staff now call you back for a chat before they’ll book an urgent appointment. Find out why this new approach is being hailed as a success. We chat with Clinical Services Manager Richard Broad. (25:20)

Listen To Alfred – Life In Shaftesbury – Episode 18

This time on Alfred, the podcast for Shaftesbury, The Vale and Chase areas of North Dorset and West Wiltshire: The story behind the Kipling Club’s award-winning Carnival entry. | Choosing Shaftesbury’s most creative windows in the Chamber of Commerce contest. | Ashmore – home of Screenbites – the film and Dorset produce festival. | The Shaftesbury area could attract stargazing visitors and an observatory. | Vocal coach Rebecca Chambers helps singers around the world. | Shaftesbury barber Geoff Coward is running the London Marathon after witnessing the bravery of a friend’s daughter. Read More

Listen To Alfred – Life In Shaftesbury – Episode 17

This time on Alfred, the podcast for Shaftesbury, The Vale and Chase areas of North Dorset and West Wiltshire: Dorset buttons will feature in a Hollywood Blockbuster. Alfred chats with Shaftesbury artist Anna McDowell. / Shaftesbury Carnival’s Rich Mullins talks about his ‘eye-opening’ discovery on taking on the co-chair role. / Lose pounds with adult playground games as Rabble comes to Shaftesbury. / Writer Myra McDadd offers a sneak peek of the pantomime, The Nutcracker. / The Grosvenor Arms’ new boss Kirsty Schmidt reveals future plans for the hotel and shares a spooky cellar story. Read More

Listen To Alfred – Life In Shaftesbury – Episode 16

This time on Alfred, the podcast for Shaftesbury, The Vale and Chase areas of North Dorset and West Wiltshire: Apple pressing in The Donheads. How to make sure your juice tastes great. / Free car parking for Shaftesbury’s Christmas shoppers. / A new IT and web marketing business launched by two mates who met playing cricket. / A robin delays the Gold Hill Hovis loaf refurb. / Your pooch could win you prizes at Shaftesbury’s biggest dog show. / Shepherd huts are trendy again – and Shaftesbury was prime location for these structures. We preview a talk by the UK expert. Read More

Listen To Alfred – Life In Shaftesbury – Episode 15

This time on Alfred, the podcast for Shaftesbury, The Vale and Chase areas of North Dorset and West Wiltshire: The future vision for Shaftesbury’s Sunday market. / Meet the craftsman creating handcrafted leather bags named after Shaftesbury area villages. / Walkers keep joining Shaftesbury’s fastest growing community group. / We’ll find out why clipboard-bearing volunteers are questioning visitors. / A Shaftesbury artist can’t always get a full night’s sleep. We meet Karren Burkett as she opens her Shaftesbury Arts Centre Gallery exhibition, soon after the well-attended Town Hall Art Fair. Read More

Listen To Alfred – Life In Shaftesbury – Episode 14

This time on Alfred, the podcast for Shaftesbury, The Vale and Chase areas of North Dorset and West Wiltshire: We go ‘speed dating’ in Shaftesbury with the North Dorset Business Group. / A TV archaeologist shares his theory on where Shaftesbury’s original abbey lies. / Another pop up shop for the High Street. How the Chamber of Commerce is tackling empty shops / Shirley Allum previews her charity fashion show. / We look ahead to a talk on yew tree myths and legends. / A Shaftesbury student treks to Everest base camp for charity. / We debunk an urban myth about a king who died in Shaftesbury.

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Listen To Alfred – Life In Shaftesbury – Episode 13

This time on Alfred, the podcast for Shaftesbury, The Vale and Chase areas of North Dorset and West Wiltshire: We meet the couple behind a Semley business with a bright future. Sylvie create stunning wooden veneer lightshades. / Shopkeepers and shoppers can win money to spend in Shaftesbury in a carnival-themed shop window contest. / Shaftesbury Arts Centre is hosting an art auction. / A Motcombe photographer’s picture is commended in a national competition. / The creative workshops designed to improve wellbeing and reduce stress. / Bavaria comes to Barton Hill for 2 nights of Oktoberfest.

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Listen To Alfred – Life In Shaftesbury – Episode 12

This time on Alfred, the podcast for Shaftesbury, The Vale and Chase areas of North Dorset and West Wiltshire:

A designer whose work is seen on TV opens a colourful new Shaftesbury store. Alfred meets Georgie Faulkner Bryant on the eve of her opening ‘Decor By Georgie’ on Salisbury Street. (00:25)

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Listen To Alfred – Life In Shaftesbury – Episode 11

This time on Alfred, the podcast for Shaftesbury, The Vale and Chase areas of North Dorset and West Wiltshire:

Gold Hill Museum’s Ray Simpson shares the story of a Shaftesbury family who found fame, fortune and infamy in the New World. Ray has researched the Upjohn’s. Some of the family built important public buildings in the USA. The Upjohns helped found a major pharmaceutical company. And one Upjohn executed a notorious outlaw. (00:32)

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