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.
A former soldier has applied his army training to help the environment and diagnose medical issues in animals. Alfred’s Keri Jones visited Anthony Walker of Thermosurvey at Shaftesbury’s Wincombe Business Park to see how drones aid his diagnosis.
Alfred strode along Shaftesbury’s streets with the Nordic Walking group and heard how the activity has changed local lives for the better. One group member says she no longer needs an inhaler before she tackles our town’s inclines.
Gordon Haskell’s six-decade music career includes a ‘Top of the Pops’ appearance. Few Shaftesbury residents can claim that. Gordon tells Alfred’s Keri Jones that he hated the fame and didn’t find his fortune but feels richer from the experience of recording his new album.
The Reverend Kirsty Clarke took up her Team Vicar position with the Church of England in Shaftesbury in September. She chatted with Alfred’s Keri Jones about engaging with the community, inclusivity, Dawn French and her special skill for jumping off buildings!
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.
If you walked into Copenhagen’s equivalent of Waterstones, you’d quickly spot three books about North Dorset. Authors Hanne Tang Christensen and Liv Bentsen have delighted Danish readers with stories of Shaftesbury life. Alfred’s Keri Jones met ‘The Danish Ladies’ at their home in our town.
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Shaftesbury Town councillors have decided they can’t take on and develop the Rotary Club’s cycle speedway track, proposed for Wincombe recreation ground. But councillors want to discuss working with the fundraisers to create a non-specialist community cycling facility in The Maltings area.
A free outdoor daytime music and performance festival will be held in St James Park as part of next year’s Shaftesbury Fringe. It is hoped the event on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th July will boost attendance of England’s third largest fringe.
If a local politician’s response to the climate emergency influences your general election vote, you might want to book a seat at a Shaftesbury Town Hall debate on 21st November. Four men, each hoping to become Shaftesbury’s next Member of Parliament, will share their environmental credentials and answer questions.
Donheads-based environmental campaigner, Richard Ecclestone, has appeared on Sky News and BBC2’s Victoria Derbyshire Show recently. He has joined Extinction Rebellion’s action, trying to ensure police and protestors behave within the law. His previous job as a Police Inspector, has interested the media.
An experienced Shaftesbury-based musician is hoping to encourage fresh talent with his new, regular acoustic nights. Paul Maryon told ThisIsAlfred that he has chosen a venue offering a supportive environment for fledgling performers who are finding their feet.
The creator of an eco-friendly modular building system, favoured by prestigious British companies, is making Shaftesbury his research and development base.
Shaftesbury’s Hospital League of Friends helpers have devised an innovative way of raising funds for two new electric vehicles. The volunteers want locals to purchase the transport piece-by-piece.
A group of Shaftesbury residents wants the Town Council to call a public meeting to discuss concerns over the introduction of 5G mobile networks. Opponents claim that 5G could cause cancer, but public health agencies say UK safety standards are met.
A Motcombe outdoor leader is helping visitors discover the stunning scenery of Shaftesbury and the Cranborne Chase on two wheels. Dan French is applying his experiences from his award-winning Exmoor Adventures to his new North Dorset-based adventure business.
More people are choosing non-religious services to mark life’s milestone events. Alfred meets Shaftesbury’s own celebrant, Elizabeth Tricks, who explains how she started in this career and how a celebrant can enhance your special occasion.
The first authors have confirmed attendance at Shaftesbury’s first Literary Festival next year. Organisers have chosen a name and date for the nature-writing themed weekend event. Now they’re keen to find funders.
Shaftesbury’s Abbey Museum is preparing for more non-English speaking tourists next season. Their Chairman has taken action after noticing increased numbers of overseas visitors. The TIC Manager has recognised a similar pattern. Alfred reports.
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A professional storyteller will captivate her audience during the final autumn talk of 2019 at the Grosvenor Arms Hotel. Jane Flood’s stories will reveal a little-known aspect of the Arthurian legend – how powerful women supported King Arthur and his knights.