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Shaftesbury Archaeologist Hopeful That Previous Abbey Digs Haven’t Disrupted Historic Evidence

Archaeologists excavating Shaftesbury’s Abbey grounds are hopeful that clues, which could reveal the Abbey’s layout, still lie undisturbed beneath the gardens.

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Shaftesbury Almshouse Seeks Support For Accommodation Upgrade

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.

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Lower Speeds Needed On The Maltings And Bus Gate ‘Won’t Help’ Says Shaftesbury Councillor

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.

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Glorious Shaftesbury Gardens Offered As A Tranquil Retreat

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.

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Shaftesbury Stories Are At The Heart Of Bee Campaigner’s New Book

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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World Class Organist To Play In Shaftesbury

World class organist Jonathan Vaughn is playing in Shaftesbury on Sunday 21st July. The performer, who now lives and works in the United States, has added our town to his UK tour dates because he maintains strong Shaftesbury connections.

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Listen To Alfred – Life In Shaftesbury – Episode 57

Shaftesbury Fringe –the biggest ever | Help name Shaftesbury’s new estate streets | Why Extinction Rebellion held a funeral on Gold Hill | The Shaftesbury pupils hoping for a peaceful place in school | Why Great Ground locals want their play area restored

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Award Winning Dorset Folk Duo Play Shaftesbury Area On Sunday

Ninebarrow, Dorset’s own multi award winning folk duo, perform their second gig at Fontmell Magna this Sunday, 14th July.

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Tyres Removed From Shaftesbury Play Space To Encourage Toddlers To Return

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.

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Can You Suggest Street Names For A New Shaftesbury Estate?

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.

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Shaftesbury Rotary Claim Record Crowds For Gold Hill Fair

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.

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Shaftesbury Pupils Want To Win Funding For A Peace Garden

Pupils at Shaftesbury Abbey Primary School hope to create a peace garden, if they are awarded cash from Shaftesbury Town Council’s environmental challenge.

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Organisers Delighted By ‘Best’ Shaftesbury Fringe And Confirm 2020 Dates

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.

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Shaftesbury Climate Protest Reveals Extent Of Extinct Species

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.

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Shaftesbury TV Comedy Star Cally Organises Surprise Second Gig

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.

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Listen To Alfred – Life In Shaftesbury – Episode 56

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...

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Jo Philby Performing Unexpected Pop-Up Show At Shaftesbury Fringe Tonight

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...

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Perfect Forecast For Shaftesbury’s Gold Hill Fair On Sunday

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.

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We Meet The Artists Behind Shaftesbury’s New Pop Up Shop

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.

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Residents To Decide Future Use Of Land On The Maltings

Residents of The Maltings will be asked what they want the Town Council to do with the land on the eastern side of Mampitts Square.

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Dozens Of Protestors To ‘Play Dead’ In Shaftesbury On Saturday

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.

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How A New Group Is Trying To Save Shaftesbury’s Swifts

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.

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‘Forest School’ Style Nature Workshops Planned For Shaftesbury Schoolchildren

Three parents, who are passionate about wildlife and the environment, hope to launch an outdoor learning experience for Shaftesbury-area youngsters.

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Final Countdown To This Weekend’s Biggest Shaftesbury Fringe Yet

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.

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Better Enforcement Of Parking Restrictions Could Address High Street Safety Concerns

Shaftesbury Town Council will meet with traders and Dorset Highways to discuss High Street traffic problems caused by unloading, inconsiderate or illegal parking.

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