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The Semley Tree-Climbing Expert Touring England’s Summer Festivals

Mark Hawes quit the London rat race and moved to the Shaftesbury area to pursue his dream. He wanted to work with trees. His Semley-based tree-climbing business now operates across England and at prestigious summer festivals.

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Water Based Workouts Proving Popular At Improved Shaftesbury Pool

A new programme of income-generating activities has been launched at Shaftesbury Town Council’s Oasis swimming pool. Keri Jones from Alfred learned about the benefits of Aquafit, being offered for the first time.

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Get Expert Advice And Make New Contacts At Shaftesbury’s First Business Expo

A brand-new business event will offer Shaftesbury business people the latest information on tax and employment law and will share tips on making the most of an online presence.

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‘Togetherness’ Is The Theme Of Second Shaftesbury Civic Day

Shaftesbury’s second annual Civic Day takes place on Wednesday 12th June. The event, which starts at 10am in the Town Hall, will recognise local heroes and showcase the best of Shaftesbury.

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Shaftesbury’s New All-Youth Drama Group Ready For Debut Show

At the end of February, a group of Shaftesbury youngsters met in the Arts Centre to discuss forming a youth drama group. This week, the cast of secondary school-age actors is getting ready for their first production, ‘Sherlock Holmes and the Emerald of Alcazar’.

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The Special Rock And Pop Stars Appearing At Motcombe Fete

You might spot some rock and pop stars in Motcombe this month, but don’t expect an autograph. They are made of straw!

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Enmore Green’s Playing Field Permanently Protected From Development

Shaftesbury Town councillors have blocked any future moves to build on Enmore Green’s playing field.

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Shaftesbury Council Debates New Areas For Nature And Cow Parsley Cutting

There are many issues that divide Britain. Whether we should leave or remain. Do you put the jam or cream on a scone first? But Shaftesbury opinion is split on the cow parsley question. Should it stay or should it be strimmed?

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Poo Bag Dispensers To Tackle Shaftesbury’s Dog Mess

Shaftesbury Town Council has joined forces with local dog walking service ‘Mooches with Pooches’ to provide free dog poo bags for pet owners.

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Shaftesbury Advert Is Part Of National Heritage Says Hovis Boss

There’s no denying that the classic 1973 Hovis ‘boy on the bike’ advert has encouraged visitors to come to Shaftesbury. But there might now be additional interest in Gold Hill and our town. The TV commercial has been remastered and will be played on national television for a month.

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Classic Gold Hill Hovis Ad Digitally Restored For TV Relaunch Tonight

A commercial that made Shaftesbury famous will be featured on national and regional TV tonight. The Hovis ‘boy on the bike’ advert from 1973 has been digitally enhanced ready for its re-release, this evening.

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Queens Award For Voluntary Service For Shaftesbury’s Steps In Time

The Steps In Time dancers are a familiar sight at summertime events in and around Shaftesbury. The group has been teaching under 16-year-olds traditional English dances for 30 years. Now their work has been recognised through a prestigious award.

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THISISALFRED IS APPLYING FOR A COMMUNITY RADIO LICENCE FOR SHAFTESBURY

If we’re successful, the radio station will be based in Shaftesbury and will be broadcasting on FM next year.

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