Dorset-based charity, Butterfly Conservation, arranged a tour of Fontmell Down recently. Alfred joined the search for the rare silver spotted skipper and learned why nature lovers had driven over 100 miles to visit this exceptional National Trust site on Shaftesbury’s doorstep.
Karen Cole is arguably Shaftesbury’s best-read resident. A primary school teaching assistant by day, Karen fills her spare moments with a novel in her hands. She’s developed a following as an online book reviewer, fairly critiquing the latest crime releases.
A new Shaftesbury environmental group, which focuses on making lifestyle changes rather than protests and politics, has started regular meetings. Alfred attended the Shaftesbury Buttons Saturday afternoon get-together – Green Teas.
A Shaftesbury kitchen company has offered to donate its craftsmen’s time to make improved bee hotels, if a sponsor can fund the materials.
An Oxford academic will soon share stories of the strange ways in which Wiltshire and Dorset people died during the Tudor years.
You’ll be able to vote for your favourite Shaftesbury Carnival entry on a mobile phone app for the first time this year.
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Dog clothes and harnesses handmade in the Shaftesbury area are being exported all over the world. Alfred visited Dorset Dog Togs in Shearstock to hear what well-dressed dogs are wearing and how rugby-loving dog owners are styling their pets.
You can only type 280 characters in a Twitter post. But that was enough to change the course of a Shaftesbury man’s life. Newspapers from Paris to Brazil have featured Christopher Oram’s story.
Back in 2009, Justin and Chanel Cornelius launched their 918 Coffee Company. The business has developed the world’s first eco-roasting technology, that uses coffee waste as fuel when roasting the beans
Next month, million-selling author Mark Dawson will encourage Shaftesbury’s would-be novelists to make money by self-publishing their work.