A programme of themed Shaftesbury walks will launch in February. The organiser aims to guide visitors and residents around our stunning viewpoints, and the first monthly event will showcase the impressive snowdrop displays around the town.
Proposals for making Shaftesbury a cycle-friendly town have been shared with Planet Shaftesbury. On Thursday night the environmental group’s members learned that a cycling circuit could be in place by summer.
Shaftesbury Civic Society is considering how to proceed after the Town Council rejected its proposal for a quarterly forum of community groups and decision-makers to discuss residents’ concerns.
Shaftesbury Town Council has supported plans to convert a house on Abbey Walk into a workspace for the Westminster Memorial Hospital. And councillors did not object to plans for a road linking the main hospital and staff car parks.
A Shaftesbury mum has joined-up with a fellow childminder to encourage women to take the cervical smear test. Sammi Shah of Bluebells Childminding told Alfred why she’s keen to support Cervical Cancer Prevention Week.
Countryfile is coming to Shaftesbury | Tim Chappell on his Round the World Yacht Race adventure | Shaftesbury Arts Centre’s new dance studio opens | Plans for a link road near Enmore Green are announced | BV Dairy hosts its first recruitment day | Britain’s funniest joke writer to headline Shaftesbury Fringe
BBC1’s Countryfile is coming to Shaftesbury next month to feature our town’s snowdrop celebrations. Business and community leaders say that promotion on a programme watched by 4million viewers could provide a welcome boost to our visitor economy.
Dorset Council staff are now working on detailed proposals for a new road to divert extra traffic from Shaftesbury. Alfred heard why the Enmore Green Link Road project is unusual.
The Academy Trust operating four Shaftesbury area schools has been given permission to merge with its larger Sherborne-based counterpart.
Railway passengers are driving 21 miles from Shaftesbury for a better train service. Now our town’s residents, unhappy with rail reliability from Gillingham, are being urged to complain.
One of Shaftesbury biggest employers is opening its doors to potential new staff who want to find out more about the expanding business. Alfred heard why BV Diary is hosting its first recruitment open day.
A Shaftesbury man has returned safely from the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. 71-year-old Tim Chappell sailed the 5,200 nautical miles between Cape Town and Perth. He tells Alfred how the experience has changed is life.
Shaftesbury Arts Centre volunteers celebrated the opening of their new dance studio on Saturday. A buffet reception and open day marked the completion of this latest phase of a £1million plan to improve the Bell Street building.
On Friday, villagers debated traffic and speeding issues that some parents fear are putting Motcombe Primary pupils at risk. And proposals to put a new Academy Trust in charge of the school could add to the challenge of finding solutions.
The comedian who won the award for the funniest joke at Edinburgh Fringe 2019 will return to headline at Shaftesbury Fringe in July. Swedish stand-up Olaf Falafel has been recognised for his comedy material for three years in a row.
We visit Shaftesbury’s recycling site | Shaftesbury hairdresser appears on TV’s ‘First Dates’ | Proposals for managing Park Walk, Pine Walk and St James Park are announced | Shaftesbury Library extends its hobbies month
Alfred toured Shaftesbury’s Household Recycling Centre. We heard how Dorset’s waste differs from other areas and how some locals visit regularly to hunt for bargains.
A Shaftesbury couple have launched a weekly YouTube series to help singers who want to make a living from their voices. Andy Tebbutt-Russell and Samantha say that a former Shaftesbury Town Councillor inspired them to launch this video venture.
A nature reserve on Park Walk, feature trees to ‘frame’ views from Jubilee Steps and a more natural children’s play park are ideas proposed for Shaftesbury’s southern slopes. Alfred found out more about the Town Hall’s plan.
You’re being encouraged to discover new pastimes at Shaftesbury Library. Last year’s inaugural Hobbies Month has been expanded because staff understand how it helps to combat social isolation.
Around two million people watched Shaftesbury hairdresser Suzy Allum on Channel Four’s ‘First Dates’ on Christmas night. Suzy gave Alfred behind-the-scenes insight into the popular dating programme.
Shaftesbury Town Council has approved a new process for assessing residents’ traffic or parking concerns. Town clerk Claire Commons told Alfred how requests for speed bumps and restrictions or yellow lines will now be considered.
Shaftesbury Fringe 2020 vision is for more street art and performers | Shaftesbury League of Friends buys a house to help safeguard hospital services | Traders react to surprise closure of popular High Street shop | Shaftesbury to Gambia three-wheeled drive postponed
Registration has opened for Shaftesbury Fringe, with performers being offered a new, discount booking deal. And this year, organisers hope to transform the High Street into a space for public performance with artists displaying their creativity.