Listen To Alfred – Life In Shaftesbury – Episode 25

Good news for stargazers – Shaftesbury has reduced light pollution | Shaftesbury’s newest estate agent on why the town remains popular | Shaftesbury Council could purchase The Wilderness | Tony Hawkins – the 93-year-old Shaftesbury dancer starting monthly tea dances | Motcombe should not become a Shaftesbury suburb says draft Neighbourhood Plan

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

Good news for Shaftesbury’s stargazers – LEDs have reduced light pollution. Alfred visits Ansty Farm Shop for the Cranborne Chase AONB stargazing evening with our local astronomy experts. (00:27)

Shaftesbury’s newest estate agent says the town is in demand. Matt Boatwright shares his views on future expansion of Shaftesbury and he says where he thinks he believes you can buy a bargain. (11:20)

Shaftesbury Town Council could purchase The Wilderness. Locals want to protect the ancient woodland above French Mill Lane from development. Listen to hear how you could help. (17:10)

A 93-year-old Shaftesbury dancer is starting monthly tea dances. Tony Hawkins tells his incredible story about being spotted for his dancing skills in Egypt, after the war. (26:00)

Motcombe should not become a Shaftesbury suburb says draft Neighbourhood Plan. Villagers have been clear about how they want Motcombe to develop. (30:16)