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New Arts, Crafts and Design Enterprise Transforms Empty Shaftesbury Shop

Shaftesbury now offers even more for shoppers who love unique art and craft items. This morning, Cath Henson and Anita Horak opened their second Kit and Kaboodle shop in the former Superbooks on Shaftesbury’s High Street.

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Become A Town Councillor And Help Decide Shaftesbury’s Future

Shaftesbury Town Council is holding two information events designed to encourage residents to stand for Council.

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New Manager Of Squires Says Why The Job Suits Him Perfectly

Shaftesbury clothes shop, Squires, has a new boss. And while a 31-year old former teacher may initially appear to be an unusual choice for manager of this long-established gentleman’s outfitter, ThisIsAlfred discoveredtrainee tailor, Ben Denham, is switching careers to take on his ‘dream job’, running this iconic shop.

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Fifty Years As A Shaftesbury Greengrocer – Abbotts Boss Shares Memories

Paul Rowe has served the Shaftesbury public his last parsnip, potato or pomegranate. The owner of long-established Abbotts Greengrocers handed over the keys to employee Ross Townsend today.

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New Shaftesbury Shop Owner Promises Less Plastic And Online Offer

A long established Shaftesbury shop has a new owner from today. And High Street gift and card retailer, Cranbornes, has been sold to someone who arguably knows the business better than nearly anyone else.

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Retired Estate Agent Richard Keenlyside Shares Feelings About Gilyard Scarth Closure

Shaftesbury High Street estate agency, Gilyard Scarth, has closed. The company has shut its Gillingham and Sherborne offices too, but for many Shaftesbury people, Richard Keenlyside was the face of the business.

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Working Together For Shaftesbury Bees- Bee Group Workshop Announced

Brigit Strawbridge of Shaftesbury’s Bee Group is hoping that their February workshops will create a buzz around town. Many locals have been trying to help bees thrive by avoiding pesticides and growing pollen-rich plants.

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Shaftesbury Council Discusses Buying An Empty Shop For ‘Pop Ups’

Shaftesbury Town Council has been debating the challenges faced by our High Street. Councillors will pursue government grant money for town centre regeneration – and they could buy an empty retail unit to rent out cheaply, as a temporary ‘pop up shop’ or display.

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Carnival AGM Recognises Hard Work And Funds Shaftesbury Good Causes

Shaftesbury’s Carnival Committee members hope to continue their 2018 successes this year and the group is planning to put fun at the heart of their fundraising.

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Developer Responds After Council Rejects Shaftesbury Housing Estate Plans

North Dorset District councillors have rejected a plan to build a small housing estate of up to 55 homes alongside Shaftesbury’s Higher Blandford Road.

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Shaftesbury Group Reveals Extent Of Fair Trade Choices

Shaftesbury has been a Fair Trade Town since 2008 and Bimport resident, Arthur Simmonds, has been one of the main drivers of this initiative.

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Shaftesbury’s Shopkeepers Consider Challenges Posed By Two New Supermarkets

Lidl is coming to the Cattle Market site and Aldi will soon open a new store at Kingsmead, on the Shaftesbury side of Gillingham. ThisIsAlfred asked local traders how they felt about two new discount retailers on our doorstep.

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