Listen To Alfred – Life In Shaftesbury – Episode 13

This time on Alfred, the podcast for Shaftesbury, The Vale and Chase areas of North Dorset and West Wiltshire: We meet the couple behind a Semley business with a bright future. Sylvie create stunning wooden veneer lightshades. / Shopkeepers and shoppers can win money to spend in Shaftesbury in a carnival-themed shop window contest. / Shaftesbury Arts Centre is hosting an art auction. / A Motcombe photographer’s picture is commended in a national competition. / The creative workshops designed to improve wellbeing and reduce stress. / Bavaria comes to Barton Hill for 2 nights of Oktoberfest.

Full details of this week’s podcast:

We tour a business with a bright future, creating stunning wood veneer lightshades. Arabella and Dom Parish’s designs will be exhibited at a Tisbury art gallery soon. Alfred visited their Semley HQ to hear about their inspiration and the couple’s plans for the future. (00:24)

Shopkeepers and shoppers can win money to spend in Shaftesbury in a carnival-themed shop window contest. Alfred speaks with both Chamber of Commerce Chairman David Perry and Derek Beer from the Shaftesbury Carnival committee, to learn about this year’s flamboyant window dressing theme. Shops can win one of two prizes for their efforts and members of the public need to spot a mistake to win a prize. (09:54)

Shaftesbury is hosting creative workshops designed to improve wellbeing and reduce stress. Alfred meets artist and social worker Sue Gibson and learns about her twice-monthly sessions, where you can learn arts skills, socialise and enhance your mental health. (16:14)

A Motcombe photographer’s picture is commended in a national competition. We meet Jenny Forward and hear about her efforts to track down the woman in her enchanting, winning photo. (21:20)

Bavaria is coming to Barton Hill as Shaftesbury celebrates two nights of Oktoberfest. Alfred speaks with event organiser Tim Messinger about the oompah bands, beer choices and German sausages, which will create an authentic atmosphere. Don’t worry. It’ll all be indoors, inside a massive marquee. (26:54)

Shaftesbury Arts Centre is hosting an auction of art. And when you pay for the pictures, you’ll help fund a planned extension, which will create more space for extra shows and performances. There will be mini scarecrows on display, too. Fundraising Director, Sue Cadmore, explains. (30:00)