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Explorer John Blashford-Snell On Saving The Planet And His Love Of North Dorset

Motcombe explorer John Blashford-Snell CBE shares thoughts on climate change, Motcombe’s voles, Shaftesbury’s shop workers and how a joke shop purchase could save your life in the jungle.

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Santa and Free Gifts For Children At Shaftesbury Christmas Lights Switch On

Shaftesbury Chamber of Commerce volunteers are looking forward to launching the town’s countdown to Christmas with their traditional evening of festive food, singing and seasonal surprises. Late Night Shopping is on 2nd December.

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Motcombe’s Black Pig Retreats Nominated For Two Awards

The owner of Motcombe’s Black Pig Retreats says she is ‘very excited’ at being nominated for two awards. Alfred’s Keri Jones visited Carolyn Bourchier to see how the glamping business has creatively embraced sustainability measures.

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Shaftesbury Singer Chosen As Voice Of Coca-Cola Christmas Ad

Many Shaftesbury residents know local singer Samantha from her sell-out performances at the Shaftesbury Arts Centre and Shaftesbury Fringe. She is also known as one of Britain’s most accomplished vintage music artists, from her impeccable recreation of Vera Lynn’s wartime performances. Now Samantha will be heard across Europe.

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Pictures Showing Transformation Of Major Shaftesbury Landmark Sought

The hunt is on for photos of the work to redevelop of one of Shaftesbury’s landmark buildings. Trustees of the Trinity Centre are keen to uncover images of the former church being converted, ahead of a milestone anniversary next year.

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The Shaftesbury Businessman Using Army Skills To Identify Heat Loss In Local Homes

A former soldier has applied his army training to help the environment and diagnose medical issues in animals. Alfred’s Keri Jones visited Anthony Walker of Thermosurvey at Shaftesbury’s Wincombe Business Park to see how drones aid his diagnosis.

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Shaftesbury Residents Claim That Nordic Walking Has Enhanced Their Health And Wellbeing

Alfred strode along Shaftesbury’s streets with the Nordic Walking group and heard how the activity has changed local lives for the better. One group member says she no longer needs an inhaler before she tackles our town’s inclines.

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Shaftesbury Singer-Songwriter Strikes Gold On The Hill

Gordon Haskell’s six-decade music career includes a ‘Top of the Pops’ appearance. Few Shaftesbury residents can claim that. Gordon tells Alfred’s Keri Jones that he hated the fame and didn’t find his fortune but feels richer from the experience of recording his new album.

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Why Shaftesbury’s New Vicar Felt ‘Drawn’ To Our Town

The Reverend Kirsty Clarke took up her Team Vicar position with the Church of England in Shaftesbury in September. She chatted with Alfred’s Keri Jones about engaging with the community, inclusivity, Dawn French and her special skill for jumping off buildings!

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Ashmore to Zig Zag Hill – New Book And Shaftesbury Talk Featuring Old Dorset Postcards

There is huge interest in old photos that reveal how our area has changed over time. David Burnett is coming to Shaftesbury to talk about his ‘Lost Dorset’ book, a selection of 350 rural Dorset postcards, picked from a collection of over 10,000.

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How Berwick St John’s 1,000 Year History Was Brought To Life In 45 Minutes

In October, locals filled Berwick St John’s church to hear what sounded like a radio play starring one-third of villagers. The ‘soundscape’ recounted the village’s rich history. ThisIsAlfred discovered that the project leader’s story is as fascinating as Berwick’s.

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Shaftesbury High Street Business Named ‘Best Shop’ In National Awards

Shirley Allum says she is ‘on cloud nine’ after her business was awarded a lingerie industry ‘Oscar’ on 14th November.

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