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Shaftesbury Town Council Supportive Of Westminster Memorial Hospital Plans

Shaftesbury Town Council has supported plans to convert a house on Abbey Walk into a workspace for the Westminster Memorial Hospital. And councillors did not object to plans for a road linking the main hospital and staff car parks.

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Free Child Minding To Assist Shaftesbury Mums Attending Cervical Smear Tests

A Shaftesbury mum has joined-up with a fellow childminder to encourage women to take the cervical smear test. Sammi Shah of Bluebells Childminding told Alfred why she’s keen to support Cervical Cancer Prevention Week.

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Shoppers Flock To Help Woman Following Four-Car Incident In Shaftesbury

Onlookers rushed to help a pedestrian who became stuck between two parked cars on the High Street this morning.

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Popular BBC TV Show Is Coming To Film In Shaftesbury

BBC1’s Countryfile is coming to Shaftesbury next month to feature our town’s snowdrop celebrations. Business and community leaders say that promotion on a programme watched by 4million viewers could provide a welcome boost to our visitor economy.

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Dorset Council Planning New Link Road To Relieve Shaftesbury Traffic

Dorset Council staff are now working on detailed proposals for a new road to divert extra traffic from Shaftesbury. Alfred heard why the Enmore Green Link Road project is unusual.

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Sherborne Takes On Shaftesbury’s Local Academy Trust

The Academy Trust operating four Shaftesbury area schools has been given permission to merge with its larger Sherborne-based counterpart.

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Poor Reliability Forcing Shaftesbury Rail Passengers To Drive To Salisbury

Railway passengers are driving 21 miles from Shaftesbury for a better train service. Now our town’s residents, unhappy with rail reliability from Gillingham, are being urged to complain.

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Major Shaftesbury Employer Announces New Staff Recruitment Initiative

One of Shaftesbury biggest employers is opening its doors to potential new staff who want to find out more about the expanding business. Alfred heard why BV Diary is hosting its first recruitment open day.

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How The Round The World Yacht Race Has Changed A Shaftesbury Man’s Life

A Shaftesbury man has returned safely from the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. 71-year-old Tim Chappell sailed the 5,200 nautical miles between Cape Town and Perth. He tells Alfred how the experience has changed is life.

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Shaftesbury Arts Centre’s New £100k Dance Studio Opens

Shaftesbury Arts Centre volunteers celebrated the opening of their new dance studio on Saturday. A buffet reception and open day marked the completion of this latest phase of a £1million plan to improve the Bell Street building.

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Meeting Hears How Motcombe School’s Popularity Has Led To Road Safety Issues

On Friday, villagers debated traffic and speeding issues that some parents fear are putting Motcombe Primary pupils at risk. And proposals to put a new Academy Trust in charge of the school could add to the challenge of finding solutions.

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Britain’s Funniest Gag Writer Will Headline At Shaftesbury Fringe 2020

The comedian who won the award for the funniest joke at Edinburgh Fringe 2019 will return to headline at Shaftesbury Fringe in July. Swedish stand-up Olaf Falafel has been recognised for his comedy material for three years in a row.

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