• The Alfred Daily – 2nd April 2020

    On today’s show: Shaftesbury business is well-placed for tourism opportunities when the crisis ends | How new store Pamplemousse has adapted | Food relief for Semley and Donheads residents facing hardship | Poetry inspired by ‘Clap For Our Carers’ by Janet Swiss | How the current events saved Fontmell Magna’s shop | Stoates’ Flour Mill is so busy, they are hiring! | Bella West encourages us to forge new business friendships | Heather Whitehead hikes along Breach Lane | Kate Pickard and Karren Burkett chat over their garden fence | Nick Crump’s daybreak bird song


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Shaftesbury School To Support Healthcare Workers During COVID-19 Emergency

The headteacher of Shaftesbury School is offering to help healthcare workers dealing with the coronavirus if their children are his pupils. Tim Farrer says he remains committed to keeping parents...

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Covid Panic Won’t Deter Shaftesbury Thursday Market Traders

Shaftesbury shoppers are being encouraged to ‘keep calm and carry on’, with news that the town’s two Thursday markets will go ahead as planned.

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All CofE Church Services In The Shaftesbury Area Suspended

There will be no public Church of England services in the Shaftesbury area for the foreseeable future. Rev Dr Helen Dawes says alternative solutions are being investigated and she explained...

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Shaftesbury Arts Centre Closes – Chairman Would Like You To Waive Ticket Refunds

Shaftesbury Art Centre closed at midday due to coronavirus advice and is unlikely to open until the end of May. But there’s a warning that the closure could push this...

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It’s A Wrap! How A Shaftesbury Student Is Making Sandwiches More Sustainable

A schoolgirl from Shaftesbury has been adding colour and sustainability to local lunchboxes. Alfred met the 13-year-old entrepreneur who has started upcycling unwanted fabrics to make reusable sandwich wraps.

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Shaftesbury Food Festival Cancelled And Spring Talks Postponed Due To Coronavirus

The Shaftesbury Food Festival and Gold Hill Cheese Races have, sadly, been postponed because of coronavirus.

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Shaftesbury Man Wins Marmalade Contest For Second Year In A Row

A keen Shaftesbury cook has retained his crown as the town’s Best Marmalade Maker. Two professional chefs declared Andy Hollingshead’s preserve the tastiest in Shaftesbury Arts Centre’s second Marmafest event.

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North Dorset Villager Shares Advice Following A Week Of Self-Isolation

A Fontmell Magna man is advising Shaftesbury area residents to carefully consider what food they’ll need during coronavirus self-isolation, if they don’t usually shop online. Alfred spoke with Dick Stainer...

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‘We Can Get Through This’ – Shaftesbury’s Health Centre Makes Changes To Protect Staff And Patients From Coronavirus

Blackmore Vale Partnership operates Shaftesbury’s Abbey View Medical Centre and surgeries in Fontmell Magna, Sturminster Newton and Marnhull. Managing partner Jane Dawes explains how your services will change from Monday,...

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Shaftesbury Fringe Joint Chairmen Make Coronavirus Statement

It’s currently business as usual for Shaftesbury’s annual Fringe Festival. And the event’s joint chairmen have offered words of assurance for any performers who wish to register their show for...

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Matt And Steve Appleby Present The Carnival Show – Episode 16

The latest edition of the ThisIsAlfred Carnival Show is all about the Associates Gangs and Features Presentation which was held on the 22nd February at Edgar Hall in Somerton.

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One Of Britain’s Biggest Selling Classical Artists Is Coming To Shaftesbury

The Times has described Emma Johnson as ‘Britain’s favourite clarinettist’. Alfred chatted about her forthcoming Shaftesbury concert, where she’ll offer inspiring chats with fellow clarinet players.

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