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Listen To Alfred – Life In Shaftesbury – Episode 23

An exhibition to mark 100 years since the sale of Shaftesbury | The Shaftesbury artist selling fashion for falcons | The secrets of Compton Abbas Church | Another festive market for Shaftesbury | Why a new Shaftesbury housing estate was refused planning permission Read More

Listen To Alfred – Life In Shaftesbury – Episode 22

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

Alfred uncovers the spooky side to Shaftesbury. We tour the passages under Britain’s fifth most haunted hotel and talk with the landlady of the Ship Inn about her resident spirits. (00:30)

Signs that the community cares – Motcombe locals restore the village’s historic Dorset finger signposts and road markers. (13:07)

We chat with the retired Bishop who will honour a priest who opposed the Nazis. Learn more about this special talk. (17:17)

Would a King Alfred statue enhance Shaftesbury’s High Street? Open Spaces Group member Bernard Ede believes so and he tells ThisIsAlfred why. (21:40)

The Bell Street public loos will be refurbished by spring. Councillor Tim Cook tells Alfred why it is important. (24:34)

Listen To Alfred – Life In Shaftesbury – Episode 21

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

‘Project Belle’ announce plans for Shaftesbury’s empty Co-op building. ThisIsAlfred speaks to Jackie Upton King, the group’s Acting Chairman about the community-led bid for the site. (00:35)

Alfred spends an evening with Tiffany Longley-Wolff to hear some of the success stories from her Shaftesbury performing arts school. And we visit her brand new, bespoke building to discover what a difference the new facilities make. (04:02)

Shaftesbury is getting electronic vehicle speed indicators, but which streets will have them? And why? ThisIsAlfred asks the Mayor. (12:21)

Alfred meets Keith Bunting, the Shaftesbury man making real sundials, not mass-produced factory fakes. Keith creates outdoor timepieces for clients all over the world. (16:12)

Have you got a well? Then Gold Hill Museum wants to know about it. Janet Swiss will explain what she wants to find out as she plans her 2019 exhibition. (25:06) Read More

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) Read More

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) Read More

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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