Listen To Alfred – Life In Shaftesbury – Episode 07

This time on Alfred, the podcast for Shaftesbury, The Vale and Chase areas of North Dorset and West Wiltshire:

Alfred visits a new Shaftesbury business, The Botanical Candle Company. Amalia Pothecary has combined a High Street retail space for her beautiful candles with an international online sales operation. Alfred spoke to the young entrepreneur and learned why she is a role model for young people in Shaftesbury who have a business idea but don’t know how to make their dream a reality. (00:22)

Shaftesbury could become a dementia-friendly town. What changes could you make now, to help locals who have dementia? If you have a business or manage a public space, you can start by simply changing your floor colour! Alfred attended the Alzheimer’s Society’s ‘Dementia Friends’ meeting at the Town Hall. You can hear more advice on the podcast. (13:18)

Eleven judges assess the Shaftesbury Fringe shows according to stage presence, originality of interpretation, skill and audience engagement. Find out which Shaftesbury performers have won awards. And Alfred talks to the act judged to be ‘Best in Fringe’. (20:32)

Popular Shaftesbury singer Samantha is embarking on a world tour. We chat to Samantha and her manager Andy Tebbutt-Russell about the places where Samantha will perform and the challenges involved in planning an international show. (23:40)

Do you know about the spiritual link between Shaftesbury and Glastonbury? Alfred learned more about the so-called ‘Shaston Eagle’ from Clive Carter. Clive, and his wife Nicola, own crystal and gem shop ‘Nature’s Treasures’. A national magazine has declared it one of the top five in the UK. Now, you can help the couple win the ‘Best in Britain’ title. (30:38)

A new peer support group has been set up for locals who are experiencing mental health difficulties. It’s already making a difference in our area, where geographic isolation makes it hard to access support services. Its organiser tells us why she is pleased when group members call to say they can’t attend a meeting. (36:23)