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Why The C13 Melbury Abbas Road Closure Is Being Extended

The closure of the C13 road through Melbury Abbas will be extended until the end of May.

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Shaftesbury Choir Performs Songs That Helped Change British Life

‘The pen is mightier than the sword’, according to the saying. But the power of the protest song could be considered even more potent in demonstrating discontent, uniting activists and bringing about change.

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‘Urban’ Appearance Of New Shaftesbury Estate Disappoints

In November, Shaftesbury Town Council turned down Redrow’s plans for 170 homes at Littledown because they thought the development was ‘mundane’. Last night, councillors backed amended plans for the estate but there was disappointment voiced at its ‘urban’ appearance and concern that requested sustainability measures are not included.

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How Dark Skies Could Boost Shaftesbury’s Tourism Businesses

If you operate a tourism business in the Shaftesbury area, you could start cashing in on our dark skies. An expert in stargazing tourism will share inspiring case studies during a talk at the Royal Chase Hotel.

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Volunteers Improving First Impressions Of Shaftesbury

A team of Shaftesbury in Bloom volunteers has started their 2019 programme by tidying the Royal Chase roundabout. It’s a big job.

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Guys Marsh Prison Staff Praise Life-Changing Loo Project

Shaftesbury’s refurbished Bell Street toilets are open for business. The project run by social enterprise Build Love offered on-the-job skills training to Guy’s Marsh prisoners reaching the end of their sentences. And it was completed within budget and almost on schedule.

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Proud Shaftesbury Town Silver Band Members Celebrate Contest Result

Members of Shaftesbury Town Silver Band say they are ‘ecstatic’ following their success in a regional band competition last Saturday.

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Listen To Alfred – Life In Shaftesbury – Episode 40

Marma-Fest comes to Shaftesbury | Motcombe’s quirky recording studio | Local shopkeeper Rob Neely on his Arts Centre exhibition | Improvements planned for Shaftesbury’s Oasis Pool | Mayor shares his vision for the town’s new Lidl store

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‘Better Than The Original’ Fleetwood Mac Tribute Plays Shaftesbury

A highly acclaimed Fleetwood Mac tribute band plays at Shaftesbury Arts Centre this weekend.

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Electronic Traffic Speed Indicator Sites Chosen But ‘Speeding Rat Run’ Ineligible

Shaftesbury locations for mobile electronic indicator boards, which flash up the speed of passing vehicles, have been approved by Dorset County Council Highways.

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Mayor Has Strong Views On How New Lidl Should Look

Shaftesbury Mayor doesn’t want the town’s new Lidl store to resemble the supermarket’s Blandford outlet.

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Owner Outlines Angola ’76 Plans But Objector Wants Compromise

A planning application made by local business Angola ’76 has broadly divided opinion between Shaftesbury locals who value the live music venue and residents who object to noise disturbance.

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Bums And Vatican Mini Bars – Shaftesbury Shopkeeper Prepares A Quirky Art Show

You will never have a boring conversation with Shaftesbury businessman Rob Neely. He became friends with Roxy Music when he lived in a commune. He jammed with the Sex Pistols and spent six weeks creating art in the dark. Now the co-owner of The Dorset Store is staging a Shaftesbury Arts Centre Gallery exhibition, where...

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How To Take Great Photos And Help Change Children’s Lives

A digital photography course with a difference is launching in Shaftesbury.

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Shaftesbury Men Claim Top Marmalade Awards In First Marma-Fest

Do men make better marmalade? The judges and members of the public attending Shaftesbury Arts Centre’s Marma-Fest fundraiser thought so! ThisIsAlfred’s Keri Jones joined the tasters, judges and winners to find out how to master the art of marmalade making.

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Motcombe’s Vintage Vehicle Recording Studio Attracting The Stars

Rock and pop royalty could be in North Dorset this weekend. Few people are aware that there’s a recording studio that attracts household names, tucked away in Motcombe.

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Listen To Alfred – Life In Shaftesbury – Episode 39

The relaunch of youth theatre In Shaftesbury | Pop-up performance events at a Shaftesbury farm | Ciel overcomes racial and domestic abuse to open a new bar | Take in the best view in Dorset from the top of Trinity Tower | A spring clean is being planned for Shaftesbury

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Improvements And New Exercise Sessions For Shaftesbury Pool

Shaftesbury’s Oasis Swimming Pool will be ‘massively refurbished’ before it opens in the spring.

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New Shaftesbury Pop Up Performance Venue Reveal Plans

Could a redundant farm barn just outside Shaftesbury become North Dorset’s coolest new entertainment venue?

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Experience North Dorset’s Best View On Your Special Day

If you’re planning a wedding, get-together or social event in Shaftesbury you’re being offered the chance to take in North Dorset’s finest view during your special day.

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Shaftesbury Will Be Spring Cleaned By Volunteers – Call For National Chains To Do More

Litter will be removed from Shaftesbury’s streets and public spaces during a community clean-up day this spring.

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How Ciel Overcame Abuse And Opened Her Dream Bar In Shaftesbury

Shaftesbury’s new cocktail bar has opened and owner Ciel Taylor says that having her name above the door of ‘Ciel’s La Dolce Vita’ shows the world how far she’s come.

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New Shaftesbury Youth Theatre Group Plans To Stage A Musical

By this time next year, Shaftesbury’s secondary school-age pupils could be staging their own musical.

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Stourhead Head Gardener Reveals ‘Dream Garden’ Ahead Of Shaftesbury Talk

Alan Power has been Garden and Estate Manager at Stourhead since 2004. During his career he’s worked in many of Britain’s most prestigious gardens. Alan will be sharing his experiences during Shaftesbury Abbey Museum’s spring lecture, My Journey Through Great Gardens, at Shaftesbury Arts Centre at 7.30pm on Wednesday 13th March.

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The Men And Westcountry Women Who Helped The Suffragettes

Just over 100 years ago, the suffragette movement achieved its first victory. The ongoing programme of civil disobedience, direct action and hunger strikes brought the vote for some property-owning women aged over thirty. It wasn’t until 1928 when all women aged over nineteen were given voting rights.

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