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Trinity’s Transformation Can Benefit Shaftesbury Says Trustee

The former Trinity Church is a Shaftesbury landmark, its tower standing high above the town’s skyline. But many people are unaware of the role that this building now has in the community.

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Three Artists Host Pop Up Art Show In Shaftesbury This Week

There’s a new, pop-up art gallery in Shaftesbury this week.

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Crowds Arrive For Shaftesbury’s Late Night Christmas Shopping Event

Hundreds of locals and visitors flocked into Shaftesbury for late night shopping and the Christmas light switch on last night. The streets were filled with festive music from the Shaftesbury Town Band and Community Choir. Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee Member James Thrift acted as MC and introduced the star...

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MP Breaks Ground At Site Of New Hall For ‘Special Motcombe’

Building work on Motcombe’s new community hall, at the side of the current Memorial Hall, has begun.

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Eco Entrepreneur Reveals Plans For Shaftesbury’s New Plastic-Free Shop

22-year-old Lucy Barfoot is very excited. She believes that she is about to change the way people in Shaftesbury shop.

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A Shaftesbury First – Singing The Countdown To The Christmas Light Switch On

Shaftesbury’s Christmas lights will be turned on during a special ceremony on Monday evening. Popular close harmony trio Belle Street will add some seasonal sparkle to the occasion, when they lead the crowd’s countdown to the big switch on from the Town Hall balcony.

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Shaftesbury Fringe 2019 Registration Opens With A Discount To Encourage Locals

Online registration has opened for the 2019 Shaftesbury Fringe. The weekend event is England’s third largest open performance festival and will run between 5thand 7thof July 2019.

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Shaftesbury Chain Store Could Close As Local Indie Shop Announces Opening

Shaftesbury’s Edinburgh Woollen Mill shop has announced its closing down event. But the Chamber of Commerce hopes that posters suggesting the business will soon cease trading may not reveal the full picture. The closure news came on the day that a new, sustainable store announced its Shaftesbury opening.

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How Brexit Uncertainty Has Focussed Shaftesbury Businesses

ThisisAlfred visited the Wincombe Centre to hear how many Shaftesbury entrepreneurs use the business units to establish their new ventures. Keri Jones learned heard about the centre’s expansion and why its manager believes Brexit uncertainty is encouraging local businesses to determine what they do best.

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Discover The Real William Shakespeare In The Shaftesbury Area On Thursday

William Shakespeare is considered to be the greatest playwright of all time although it’s fair to say that not everybody is a fan of his work. But one actor is promising to give his audience an insight into the life of the Bard.

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The Shaker Box Maker Exporting To The States From Shaftesbury

The Shaker movement reached its peak in the Victorian era. The sect, famous for their beautiful woodworking, migrated to the USA from Northern England. They considered that making simple, perfectly handcrafted furniture was an act of worship. You might be surprised to learn that a Shaftesbury craftsman is creating...

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Shaftesbury Mums Plan Child-Free Christmas Craft And Pampering Party

Christmas can be chaotic, especially if you have kids. That’s why two Shaftesbury mums are arranging an event where women can relax, buy unique stocking fillers and become inspired by some of our town’s most creative craftspeople.

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