At around midnight on Monday night, a Shaftesbury family’s world was shattered when arsonists burned down the barn on their treasured smallholding. John Massey and Sophie Forward told ThisIsAlfred why their initial desperation has been replaced with a feeling of thankfulness.
A volunteer who helps put up the town’s festive decorations says he is heartened by the support received after adults damaged the Christmas tree at Angel Square. James Thrift was alerted to the vandalism by nearby neighbours and the incident has been caught on camera.
Shaftesbury School staff have noticed an increased level of students and parents with some form of mental health issues. That is why they’ve arranged an advice evening for both adults and children next Tuesday. Alfred found out more.
Cann’s award winning and historic flour mill | Shaftesbury’s Little Giants supporting children with special needs | The anti-terrorism cop who switched to Christmas tree sales | Shaftesbury cellist Emily Burridge and her fight for an Amazon tribe
Cellist Emily Burridge has played with the biggest names in pop music. Outside of her professional work, Emily is a passionate supporter of Brazil’s Xavante people. On Saturday, she’s hosting a Shaftesbury concert, fundraising for the tribe.
A former Metropolitan Police officer is selling Christmas trees outside Shaftesbury Town Hall. Alfred’s Keri Jones spoke with Simon Burge and heard why he switched from the police force to firs – and picked up some tree care tips.
Mills have operated in Cann, near Shaftesbury, for over 900 years. Alfred learned how Stoate and Sons’ traditional approach has made their award-winning flour the toast of artisan bakers at home and abroad.
Shaftesbury Chamber of Commerce aims to make it easier for pop-up shops to fill empty town centre premises. They have created pop-up lease paperwork, which should meet landlord requirements and help locals who want to try out new retail ideas.
Shaftesbury boasts an impressive range of businesses for a rural community with under 8,000 residents. Now our town can add a ‘loctician’ the range of services. Alfred met the marketing expert who is swapping her computer keyboard for a crochet needle as she offers a little-known professional skill.
Each month, children with special needs from all over our area meet at Shaftesbury Youth Club for fun and activities. Alfred’s Keri Jones called in on the Little Giants and heard how these Saturday sessions are important for parents, too.
Enmore Green residents regularly share stories from the days when their community felt like a village, separate from Shaftesbury. Alfred attended ‘Tea and Memories’ as locals reminisced about a pop-up chip shop, more relaxed pub rules and a visiting Hollywood star.
Clare Martin discovered astrology by chance in her thirties, but the Shaftesbury resident has now become a well-known and highly respected figure within astrological circles. Alfred heard how she teaches the ancient practice to students from her home in our town.