Podcast

The Alfred Daily – 1st May 2020

On today’s show: The first ‘healthy’ food parcels are picked up in Shaftesbury | Shaftesbury Primary staff make video to show they miss pupils | Where Dorset’s police chief wants officers checking journeys | Ansty’s alternative mayday | VE Day celebration advice from councillor | Brigit Strawbridge’s new publishing project on ponds | Herbalist Julie Wood discusses dandelions

The Alfred Daily – 30th April 2020

On today’s show: New events and fundraisers for Shaftesbury Carnival after 2020 cancellation | Better protection during blood tests at Abbey View Medical Centre | One of Britain’s best drives on Shaftesbury’s doorstep | Self-isolation is boosting Shaftesbury bike riding | The Grosvenor Arms Hotel helps Shaftesbury families in need | David Kerswell on the increase in tractors locally | A pest attacks Andrea Jenkins’ veg project | Wood pigeons and wind in St James’ poplars

The Alfred Daily – 29th April 2020

On today’s show: Shaftesbury remembers fallen NHS heroes | Dorset Council’s helpline for parents worried about kids during lockdown | Huge fabric drop-off for volunteers making Shaftesbury scrubs | St James youngster inspires a Shaftesbury photography project | Reeves the Baker to open daily again | Reduced traffic could boost North Dorset bird numbers | Where in Shaftesbury? | A poetic Tribute to Win Green by Bill Sherriff | Wildlife-friendly gardening with Dirty Nails | Nick Crump records a female blackbird bathing

The Alfred Daily – 28th April 2020

On today’s show: The new team opening Semley’s pub for takeaways | The crisis doubles trade for two Shaftesbury area producers | Stour Row befriender on beating lockdown loneliness | Shaftesbury Abbey update their revamp | Dorset dialect with John Cluett | Neil Adlam’s Shaftesbury Tree of the Week | Ambition – A poem by Richard Foreman | Early morning sounds at Margaret Marsh

The Alfred Daily – 27th April 2020

On today’s show: Shaftesbury project to collect 10 tonnes of material for hospital scrubs | The lockdown has brought Linden Park locals together | Semley’s bluebells feature in video | Which Shaftesbury area places need a new bus service? | Shaftesbury’s wonderful wisteria | New flock members at our Wardour smallholding | Jon Corry’s Enmore Green garden | Dusk at Rolt Millennium Green

The Alfred Daily – 26th April 2020

On today’s show: Appeal for unwanted toys for Shaftesbury kids | Motcombe Major Andy’s wheelchair marathon | Shaftesbury computer workshop owner surprised by the reaction to the lockdown | Shaftesbury COVID-19 group reaches new milestone | More Pedal Talk cycling tours with Tom, Steve and Matt Appleby | Kate and Karren chat over the garden fence | A ghostly gold hill story

Listen To Alfred – Life In Shaftesbury – Episode 98

On this week’s podcast: Healthy food parcel service to launch | Shaftesbury families’ lockdown days being photographed | A Donheads gran launches horse-themed online education | Gary Cook’s paintings are keeping people positive | How Shaftesbury’s farming landscape has changed since Hardy | The Victoria Street squatters remembered

The Alfred Daily – 25th April 2020

On today’s show: Shaftesbury tourism businesses urged to complete questionnaire | Shaftesbury fire crew support key workers with video | West Melbury musician makes recording to remember Anzac soldiers | Dorset Police issue fines for breaching lockdown driving rules | Shaftesbury planning applications | Amber Harrison finds bluebells at Kingsettle | Heather hikes around Castle Green | Shaftesbury chef Philippa Davis on crisis cooking | A song thrush at Duncliffe

The Alfred Daily – 24th April 2020

On today’s show: Shaftesbury is one of England’s lowest crime areas | The Grosvenor Arms offer use of their hotel | Police seek collision witnesses | Coronavirus costing Dorset Council millions | How Donhead St Marys is tackling the crisis | The Shaftesbury butchers driving new ways to work | Where in Shaftesbury? | National Trust ranger Clive shares family nature adventure ideas | Medical herbalist Julie on the magic of nettles | A white-tipped bumblebee recorded at Duncliffe

The Alfred Daily – 23rd April 2020

On today’s show: Healthy food parcel service to launch next Thursday | Shaftesbury’s Car Link provides some locals’ only contact | Motcombe’s wildlife videos go weekly | Dorset Council consults over dogs on leads | Cath Toogood on Shaftesbury’s former shoe shops | Dirty Nails’ wildlife gardening | A blackcap on Breach Lane