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New Shaftesbury Guided Walks Programme Starts With Snowdrops

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.

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Positive Response To Plans For A Safer Cycling Circuit Of Shaftesbury

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.

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Civic Society Re-Assessing Town Forum Idea After Shaftesbury Council Declines Participation

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.

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Shaftesbury Town Council Supportive Of Westminster Memorial Hospital Plans

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.

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Free Child Minding To Assist Shaftesbury Mums Attending Cervical Smear Tests

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.

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Listen To Alfred – Life In Shaftesbury – Episode 84

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

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Shoppers Flock To Help Woman Following Four-Car Incident In Shaftesbury

Onlookers rushed to help a pedestrian who became stuck between two parked cars on the High Street this morning.

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Popular BBC TV Show Is Coming To Film In Shaftesbury

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.

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Dorset Council Planning New Link Road To Relieve Shaftesbury Traffic

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.

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Sherborne Takes On Shaftesbury’s Local Academy Trust

The Academy Trust operating four Shaftesbury area schools has been given permission to merge with its larger Sherborne-based counterpart.

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Poor Reliability Forcing Shaftesbury Rail Passengers To Drive To Salisbury

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.

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Major Shaftesbury Employer Announces New Staff Recruitment Initiative

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.

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How The Round The World Yacht Race Has Changed A Shaftesbury Man’s Life

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.

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Shaftesbury Arts Centre’s New £100k Dance Studio Opens

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.

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Meeting Hears How Motcombe School’s Popularity Has Led To Road Safety Issues

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.

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Britain’s Funniest Gag Writer Will Headline At Shaftesbury Fringe 2020

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.

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Listen To Alfred – Life In Shaftesbury – Episode 83

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

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Why Shaftesbury Residents Love Bargain Hunting At The Wincombe Waste Site

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.

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Former Shaftesbury Councillor Inspires ‘How To Make Money From Singing’ Video Series

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.

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Nature Reserve And Better Play Facility Suggested For Shaftesbury’s Slopes

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.

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Shaftesbury Library Offers Five Weekends Of Free Hobby Tasters

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.

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Shaftesbury Hairdresser Suzy Shares Her ‘First Dates’ TV Experience

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.

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Council Agrees New Way To Address Shaftesbury Traffic Issues

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.

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Listen To Alfred – Life In Shaftesbury – Episode 82

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

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Shaftesbury Fringe’s 2020 Vision Is For More Art and Street Performers

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.

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