If you walked into Copenhagen’s equivalent of Waterstones, you’d quickly spot three books about North Dorset. Authors Hanne Tang Christensen and Liv Bentsen have delighted Danish readers with stories of Shaftesbury life. Alfred’s Keri Jones met ‘The Danish Ladies’ at their home in our town.
First speakers announced for Shaftesbury’s new literary festival | The Shaftesbury invention that saved a professional singer after the financial crash | Shaftesbury hospital gets creative crowdsourcing cash for new vehicles | New acoustic nights to encourage emerging local musicians | More overseas tourists seem to be visiting Shaftesbury
Shaftesbury Town councillors have decided they can’t take on and develop the Rotary Club’s cycle speedway track, proposed for Wincombe recreation ground. But councillors want to discuss working with the fundraisers to create a non-specialist community cycling facility in The Maltings area.
A free outdoor daytime music and performance festival will be held in St James Park as part of next year’s Shaftesbury Fringe. It is hoped the event on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th July will boost attendance of England’s third largest fringe.
If a local politician’s response to the climate emergency influences your general election vote, you might want to book a seat at a Shaftesbury Town Hall debate on 21st November. Four men, each hoping to become Shaftesbury’s next Member of Parliament, will share their environmental credentials and answer questions.
Donheads-based environmental campaigner, Richard Ecclestone, has appeared on Sky News and BBC2’s Victoria Derbyshire Show recently. He has joined Extinction Rebellion’s action, trying to ensure police and protestors behave within the law. His previous job as a Police Inspector, has interested the media.
An experienced Shaftesbury-based musician is hoping to encourage fresh talent with his new, regular acoustic nights. Paul Maryon told ThisIsAlfred that he has chosen a venue offering a supportive environment for fledgling performers who are finding their feet.
The creator of an eco-friendly modular building system, favoured by prestigious British companies, is making Shaftesbury his research and development base.
Shaftesbury’s Hospital League of Friends helpers have devised an innovative way of raising funds for two new electric vehicles. The volunteers want locals to purchase the transport piece-by-piece.
A group of Shaftesbury residents wants the Town Council to call a public meeting to discuss concerns over the introduction of 5G mobile networks. Opponents claim that 5G could cause cancer, but public health agencies say UK safety standards are met.
A Motcombe outdoor leader is helping visitors discover the stunning scenery of Shaftesbury and the Cranborne Chase on two wheels. Dan French is applying his experiences from his award-winning Exmoor Adventures to his new North Dorset-based adventure business.
More people are choosing non-religious services to mark life’s milestone events. Alfred meets Shaftesbury’s own celebrant, Elizabeth Tricks, who explains how she started in this career and how a celebrant can enhance your special occasion.