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Belles Of The Ball – Shaftesbury’s Singing Trio Host A Halloween Event

Joni Clowrey, Susan Grant and Charlie Greenwood are ‘Belle Street’. The women have quickly established themselves as one of Shaftesbury’s much-loved musical assets.The trio were the most talked about act at this summer’s Shaftesbury Fringe, with their close-knit harmonies, sassy performance and sparkling stage presence. 

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Shaftesbury Area Artist Wins Top Award In Prestigious National Contest

A West Melbury based environmental artist has won the top prize at a London art competition, entered by some of Britain’s best artists.

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Pop Up Theatre Celebrates WW1 Peace At Shaftesbury Library

Shaftesbury Library will host pop-up theatre on Thursday afternoon, when actors will perform excerpts from a play that recounts how North Dorset celebrated the end of the First World War.

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Shaftesbury Council Wants to Know Which Footpaths Require Improvement

Many Shaftesbury residents love walking along our wooded slopes, ancient hollow ways and sunken lanes. And Shaftesbury Town Council want’s you to tell them which ones aren’t good enough.

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The Lifeline Transport Service Helping Isolated Shaftesbury Residents

Debbie Simmons is looking forward to a quieter time this winter. The phone in her St James Street cottage has been ringing both day and night for four years!

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Shaftesbury’s Grosvenor Arms Judged One Of Dorset’s Best Hotels

There are hundreds of hotels in Dorset – TripAdvisor lists 1,305 properties and not every accommodation provider is featured on that website. So it’s easy to understand why the team at Shaftesbury’s Grosvenor Arms Hotel is celebrating after being singled out as one of the best hotels in the...

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Quilting Group’s 20th Anniversary Exhibition Inspires New Members

The North Dorset Quilters should be pleased with their 20th anniversary exhibition after it inspired new members to join.

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Shaftesbury Farmer Selling Land Promises No-Build Clause

A Shaftesbury farmer who is selling a much-loved area of fields and woodland says that he’ll make sure that the land isn’t built on.

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New Approach To Shaftesbury GP Appointments Is Working

Let’s face it, most of us don’t want to talk about medical matters on the phone. Nevertheless, since April, when you call to book a GP appointment in Shaftesbury, you have to explain why you want to see a doctor. Depending on your symptoms, this could prove rather uncomfortable.

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Call For ‘Humanitarian’ Repairs To Historic Shaftesbury Yard

Residents living in a secluded and historic part of Shaftesbury want the Town Council to take on their road maintenance because of safety concerns.

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Children’s Cancer Charity To Benefit From Shaftesbury Barber’s Marathon Run

Geoff Coward spends his entire working day standing on his feet. So you wouldn’t expect him to want to run for miles before and after work every day, training for the London Marathon.

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Less Light Pollution Could Boost Melbury Abbas Tourism

Melbury Abbas is one of the best places in the country to view the Milky Way and residents are being asked to help keep it that way.

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