Staff, volunteers and supporters of Shaftesbury’s Hope charity have met to celebrate the opening of a ‘community front room’ at their Longmead HQ. It offers a safe place where anyone aged 18 and over can receive face-to-face support and advice if they are experiencing a mental health crisis.
A stunning night-time image of Shaftesbury will be mailed all over the country and abroad this festive season. Shaftesbury Tourist Information centre has picked a picture of Gold Hill, taken by Nick Bull of Stonehenge Dronescapes, as its charity card this year. And it’s selling fast.
Shaftesbury Arts Centre is launching its live streaming events at the end of this month. Many smaller venues across the country have started screening theatre or pop concert performances from major concert halls of theatres. Richard Lloyd tells Alfred why his team have backed ballet, rather than boy bands, with the new service.
Do you have experience of how organisations can reduce their carbon footprint? The Town Council is recruiting residents for a new climate emergency working group. Alfred spoke with Cllr Alex Chase, who is leading this project.
Runners taking part in this morning’s Gold Hill 10k race overcame an unexpected obstacle. They had to wade through a pool of floodwater that had collected during the last three days of downpours.
Shaftesbury residents have offered overwhelming endorsement of the town’s Neighbourhood plan proposals. Each policy has been backed by at least 84% of respondents, but some locals want High Street pedestrianisation, stronger climate emergency action and a ban on more estate-building included.
During Jo Burt’s stellar career in music, he’s shared stadium stages with Freddie Mercury, Black Sabbath and The Troggs. The Dorset singer, songwriter and guitarist will tell stories of his time with these stars and perform unplugged interpretations of their classics in a candlelit concert at Fontmell Magna Church this Friday.
Radio 2’s Johnnie Walker talks to Alfred | Shaftesbury Town Council turns to residents to tackle the Mampitts Lane bus gate issue | Shaftesbury’s popular hand car wash has reopened in a new location | Tim Pears, one of Britain’s best rural writers, will speak in Shaftesbury
The Times and The Guardian suggested Tim Pears’ ‘The Redeemed’ as a recommended read for 2019. Some reviewers believe he’s the new Thomas Hardy because of his pictorial scene-setting. He will share his influences and inspirations during a talk at Shaftesbury’s Grosvenor Arms Hotel.
The hand car wash has returned to town. The businessman behind the much-missed Cattle Market facility has opened on Coppice Street.
Shaftesbury was well-represented in Sturminster Newton last night as MP Simon Hoare answered constituents’ questions on environmental issues. Alfred went along.
Shaftesbury Town Council is encouraging residents to apply to join a working party to help find ‘an interim solution’ to the Mampitts Lane bus gate issue and address concerns over Pound Lane speeding.