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New Approach To Shaftesbury Tourism Promotion – Two Contracts Awarded

Shaftesbury Town Council has signalled the start of a new approach to tourism promotion. They’ve awarded two contracts.

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The YouTuber Teaching Global Professionals To Speak English From Shaftesbury

Benjie Dudgeon has spent lockdown on the internet, helping overseas professionals learn how to speak English.

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East Green Locals Will Be Consulted Over Proposed Play Area Fence

Residents of The Maltings will be asked whether they want a four-foot hedge or fence erected alongside the East Park’s green, which is used as a play area.

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Marmalade In Demand As Shaftesbury Country Market Returns

Shirley Asbury and Linda Young tell Alfred of their delight at reinstating the Shaftesbury Country Market.

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Council Promises Ends To Dorset Council Planning Application Delays

The councillor who oversees planning for Dorset Council explains why there have been delays in determining planning applications.

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North Dorset Farming Expert David Kerswell On Cereal Crops

Alfred’s North Dorset farming expert, David Kerswell talks about changes within cereal farming.

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Sweet Dreams Are Made Of Mugwort – East Stour Herbalist Julie Wood Explains

East Stour medicinal herbalist Julie Wood talks about a herb that can alter your dreams – mugwort.

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The Alfred Daily – 10th July 2020

On today’s show: Boost for Shaftesbury tourism promotion | Consultation planned over Maltings ‘safety’ hedge | Dorset Council to handle planning applications faster | Shaftesbury resident teaching everyday English worldwide | Marmalade proves popular as market returns | Herbalist Julie Wood on mugwort | A mystery pond noise in Semley

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Shaftesbury High Street Pedestrianisation – Compromise Proposed

Shaftesbury business owner Shirley Allum has objected to the daytime High Street road closure, introduced on 15th June. Shirley says she is losing trade because people can’t park outside her...

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Volunteers Needed For The ‘Rebirth’ Of Breach Common This Weekend

Friends of Breach Common founder John Rutter is hosting a working party at 2pm on Saturday to remove an invasive weed.

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Shaftesbury Council Agree To ‘Put The Phone Down’ On Abusive Calls From Public Or Councillors

Recent allegations of bullying have prompted two Shaftesbury councillors to propose a system for logging complaints about aggressive or offensive email or telephone communications.

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Volunteers Transform Abbey View Medical Centre Outdoor Space Into A Community Garden

The health champion volunteers at Shaftesbury’s Abbey View Medical Centre have created an outdoor space for local people to enjoy.

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Wiltshire Wildlife Trust Chief Backs Plan To Boost Insect Numbers

Insect numbers are in rapid decline. Gary Mantle, the CEO of Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, explains the reason behind the downturn and why it presents a serious problem.

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Shaftesbury History – Claire Ryley Tells Us How Parson’s Pool Got Its Name

Claire offers a fascinating insight into some of the previous occupants of this long-established town centre street.

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The Alfred Daily – 9th July 2020

On today’s show: Shaftesbury pedestrianisation opponent offers concession | Shaftesbury Council agrees policy for abusive calls | Volunteers needed to ‘reclaim’ Breach Common | Encourage insects by reducing pesticides says Wildlife Trust | The history of Parson’s Pool | Abbey View’s Community Garden | David Kerswell’s North Dorset Farming diary – cereal crops | Sounds of the waterwheel at Cann Mill

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Shaftesbury High Street Shop Closes Permanently Because Of COVID

A Shaftesbury High Street shop will cease trading this weekend because of coronavirus.

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Shaftesbury Lorry-Ban Campaigners Demand Action After Ambulance Is Delayed By Blockage

Since 2004, HGVs have frequently become stuck on St John’s Hill. There have been complaints about inappropriately fast driving along the B3091 between St James Church and Guys Marsh, too.

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A Unique Resource For North Dorset Residents Seeking Mental Health Support

There’s a new resource for Shaftesbury and North Dorset residents seeking information about mental health support services.

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Carnival Crew Quiz Shoppers About Shaftesbury High Street Closure

Matt and Steve Appleby are known for presenting ‘The Carnival Show’ on Alfred. The Kipling Carnival Club members have been volunteering as marshals on the High Street pedestrianisation barriers.

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Shaftesbury’s Ladies FC Seeks Funding To Improve Their Game

Shaftesbury’s women footballers have launched a crowdfunding appeal.

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Mary Myer’s Annual Sheep ‘Stocktake’ On Her Wardour Smallholding

Listen to Alfred’s weekly visit to Mary Myers’ Wardour smallholding.

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The Alfred Daily – 8th July 2020

On today’s show: Shaftesbury lorry-ban campaigners demand action | COVID causes Shaftesbury shop closure | North Dorset’s new mental health resource | Carnival crew quiz shoppers on pedestrianisation | Crowdfunder for Shaftesbury womens football | ‘Stocktaking’ on Wardour smallholding | Poetry from Catherine Simmonds | Day breaks at Ludwell’s watercress beds

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Shaftesbury Park Run Planner Needs Your Help

All across the UK, people congregate for Park Runs – highly social off-road running events. Now Laura Langley wants to bring this Saturday morning movement to Shaftesbury.

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Pedestrianisation – Shaftesbury Shopkeeper Demands Free Parking But MP Is Unconvinced

Shaftesbury’s Member of Parliament, Simon Hoare, shares his verdict on our town’s temporary High Street pedestrianisation.

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Dorset Agricultural Shows Launch Joint Campaign To Explain Farming To Non-Farmers

A new information service, designed to help nonfarmers understand what’s going on in the fields around Shaftesbury and across Dorset, launches today.

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