Archaeologists excavating Shaftesbury’s Abbey grounds are hopeful that clues, which could reveal the Abbey’s layout, still lie undisturbed beneath the gardens.
Chubbs Almshouse has provided affordable accommodation for Shaftesbury’s elderly citizens since the 17th century. Now, the locally-based charitable trust needs to find a source of affordable finance to update their rooms to meet today’s expectations.
A Shaftesbury councillor has called for traffic calming and reduced speed limits on the eastern development, but he’s unconvinced that plans to block Mampitts Lane to through traffic with a ‘bus gate’ will be beneficial.
Shaftesbury residents seeking peace and solitude are being offered an escape within 375 acres of gardens and woodland at Wincombe Park. Co-owner Phoebe Fortescue has listed her estate in the Quiet Garden Movement register.
25,000 people follow Brigit Strawbridge’s Twitter posts about the environment and, in particular, bees. Now the Shaftesbury-based campaigner is getting ready to launch her first book and it’s set to put our town in the spotlight.
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Some features of the Great Ground sensory garden, built by teenage volunteers last year, will be removed. Residents living near the green space attended Shaftesbury’s Town Council meeting on 2nd July to urge councillors to restore the space to its previous state.
Dorset Council planners approved Redrow’s controversial planning application for a new housing development opposite Wincombe Business Park last month. And on Tuesday evening, Shaftesbury Town councillors discussed names for the four proposed streets.
Thousands of locals and visitors filled Shaftesbury High Street, Park Walk and the Abbey Gardens on Sunday for the annual Gold Hill Fair. The event ran in tandem with the fourth Shaftesbury Fringe Festival. Alfred was there.
Pupils at Shaftesbury Abbey Primary School hope to create a peace garden, if they are awarded cash from Shaftesbury Town Council’s environmental challenge.
This weekend’s fourth Shaftesbury Fringe has been the most successful in terms of attendance, the number of shows and atmosphere. Keri Jones from Alfred spoke to organisers and artists.
A giant pink dodo and a New Orleans-style funeral procession were used to warn Shaftesbury that climate change could wipe out entire species. Alfred’s Keri Jones watched Saturday’s Extinction Rebellion procession and ‘die in’ on Gold Hill.
Shaftesbury Fringe-goers queued for the chance to see former Shaftesbury School pupil and BBC TV ‘QI’ regular, Cally Beaton, perform her latest stand-up show at St Peter’s Hall last night.
A new curriculum could improve the life chances of Shaftesbury Primary pupils | The Shaftesbury Swifts Group share their plans to keep the birds coming back to our town | A new Shaftesbury pop-up art gallery opens | A Shaftesbury mums plans ‘forest school’ style workshops for young schoolchildren | The quirky choral group, The...
Orkney-based singer songwriter Jo Philby has a loyal following. Her fans love her folk, roots and country influenced songs that tell her stories of the sea and island life. And visitors to Shaftesbury Fringe 2019 are in for a treat. Jo is performing an impromptu, and unplugged, gig tonight (Friday) at the Grosvenor Arms at...
Shaftesbury is the place to be this Sunday, 7th July. The traditional Gold Hill Fair promises a range of fun events to complement a busy Shaftesbury Fringe weekend programme of over 170 shows.
Could an outdoor art gallery, similar to Bournemouth’s Pine Walk, work well on Shaftesbury’s Park Walk? Alfred’s Keri Jones calls in on the husband and wife duo behind the High Street’s latest pop up shop.
Climate change protestors will stage a ‘mass funeral’ on Gold Hill on Saturday. Natalie Carr from Shaftesbury’s Extinction Rebellion group told Alfred’s Keri Jones what her group is planning and why.
Shaftesbury’s swift colonies have probably been here since Saxon times. Modern construction means there are fewer gaps and spaces where the birds can nest. Now, a new Shaftesbury-based project hopes to secure the future of swifts in our town.
Three parents, who are passionate about wildlife and the environment, hope to launch an outdoor learning experience for Shaftesbury-area youngsters.
A new Fringe app, sustainable fashion, improved car-parking arrangement and a chance to win cash with your photos are new additions to Shaftesbury Fringe.
Shaftesbury Town Council will meet with traders and Dorset Highways to discuss High Street traffic problems caused by unloading, inconsiderate or illegal parking.