There may be some sore hands in Shaftesbury this morning due to the amount of clapping at last night’s Shaftesbury In Bloom Awards at the Town Hall.
History has almost forgotten the wheelchair-bound Suffragette, May Billinghurst. But actress and playwright Phoebe Kemp hopes to change that.
The Chairman of Shaftesbury’s Royal British Legion Branch says he is grateful to townspeople for their strong support of the charity.
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
Plans for a new Shaftesbury housing estate were turned down last night (Tuesday). Shaftesbury town councillors didn’t like the design or the orientation of the 170-home development proposed for Littledown, opposite the entrance to Wincombe Business Park.
Few people who walk past the grave of General Henry Rawlinson, in the Dorset village of Trent, will be aware of the significant role he played in British history. But Shaftesbury-based author, Rodney Atwood, describes him as, ‘the Dorset soldier who won the First World War’.
Shaftesbury will enjoy an additional festive market in the run-up to Christmas. The Mitre Inn has announced that they’re hosting their first seasonal celebration on the 8th and 9th of December.
Many scientists believe that recent extreme weather events such as freezing winters, hot summers, storms and floods are warning signs that the world is facing an environmental crisis. And on Thursday, a national eco-activist group will address Shaftesbury residents to encourage them to take action.
At the end of the First World War, most of Shaftesbury was sold – three times! And next year, Gold Hill Museum and the Shaftesbury Chamber of Commerce will mark the centenary of this major event in our town’s history with a special exhibition.
A group of Shaftesbury area children will represent England in a European dance festival in Germany in July. But they need our help to get there.
Compton Abbas residents have been celebrating a special anniversary. St Mary’s Church is 150 years old. But, as ThisIsAlfred discovered, villagers have many historic events, customs and characters to talk about.
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...
You might expect Shaftesbury, one of England’s oldest and most historic towns, to be overrun with ghosts – or at least stories about apparitions. But as Keri Jones discovered, very little regular paranormal activity has been reported. It’s just the occasional phantom sighting.ThisIsAlfred toured some of our town’s haunting hotspots.
Most people who live in Shaftesbury love our Saxon hilltop town. Landscape architect Bernard Ede does, but the Bimport resident believes there’s always potential to make things better.
You won’t get lost in Motcombe – thanks to a dedicated bunch of village volunteers. Residents have almost completed a year long project to repair and restore four historic signposts and a mile marker.
Shaftesbury Town Council has committed to refurbishing the Bell Street public toilets. And councillor Tim Cook says that smarter, refreshed facilities should be ready for early in 2019.