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Archaeologists Uncover ‘Find Of The Dig’ As Shaftesbury Abbey Summer Excavations End

Volunteer archaeologists working on the SAVED project have made an exciting discovery, three days before the end of their six-week Shaftesbury Abbey excavations.

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Significant Development In Campaign To Secure Shaftesbury Hospital Beds

There is good news for supporters of Shaftesbury’s Westminster Memorial Hospital. Dorset Healthcare’s board has voted to retain the existing fifteen hospital beds there. Additionally, Shaftesbury Town Council has secured a ‘first refusal’ opportunity for the community to bid for the hospital site if it is ever put up...

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Could A Shaftesbury Fountain Help To Reduce Single Use Plastics?

A retired Civil Servant is spearheading a campaign to install a drinking fountain and water refill points in Shaftesbury.

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Why Soul Music Fans from Across Britain Will Visit Shaftesbury This Weekend

Gary Cee organises regular soul music evenings in Shaftesbury. Gary’s event this Saturday has gained national radio coverage and that’s encouraged people to book tickets and travel from as far away as Scotland.

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Shaftesbury Hospital Services ‘Safe’ Says Matron As Staff Celebrate Inspection Result

Staff at Shaftesbury’s Westminster Memorial Hospital say they are proud that their work has contributed to Dorset Healthcare achieving the top rating from the healthcare watchdog.

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Trade Space Sold Out – A First For Next Week’s Gillingham And Shaftesbury Show

The Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show is being held at Motcombe Showground next week, on Wednesday 14th August. As Alfred’s Keri Jones discovered, this year’s event is already a record-breaker and its organisers are confident that the varied mix of agricultural entries, crafts, food, entertainment and shopping opportunities will ensure...

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The Maltings Outdoor Events Reveal Need For Community Facility On Estate

Every Monday, volunteers from St Peters Church have been hosting an outdoor social get-together for young people and families on the green alongside Mampitts Square. Alfred’s Keri Jones went along and heard that the group wants to establish a year-round facility, perhaps by releasing money promised for amenities on...

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Shaftesbury Business Moving After 64 Years – And New Owner Wants Your Ideas

Abbotts Greengrocers is moving to new premises. Alfred’s Keri Jones spoke with its new owner about his first six months of operating the business and his future expansion plans.

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Second Tree Walk Map Reveals Shaftesbury’s Hidden Curiosities

Shaftesbury Tree Group published its second self-guided tree walk map and leaflet on Thursday. It suggests a tree-spotting trail around the foot of our town’s green slopes.

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The Future Development Of Shaftesbury Is Now In Your Hands

Shaftesbury’s draft Neighbourhood Plan was launched online and in hard copy at selected town centre locations today. The blueprint proposes guidelines for the town’s development, up until 2031. Alfred spent the morning in the project’s High Street pop-up shop to find out which issues interested and engaged locals. “It’s...

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From Boardroom To Bookstores Nationwide – Fantasy By BV Dairy Director Is Published

The Commercial Director of Shaftesbury’s BV Dairy is celebrating the launch of his first novel. ‘Zeelandia and The Gateway Stone’ impressed a publisher so much, they signed-up part-time author Harry Cowan.

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Shaftesbury’s New Literary Festival Launches Volunteer Recruitment Drive

Have you the skills or experience needed to help put on Shaftesbury’s new literary festival? Plans have been announced for a weekend event, starting in Autumn 2020. Rosie King is steering the project and she told Alfred’s Keri Jones that she wants more residents to get on board. “Something...

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