Listen To Alfred – Life In Shaftesbury – Episode 38

Handmade paper lanterns mark the end of Shaftesbury’s Snowdrop Season | Decorating the High Street with new bunting | Cash on offer for Shaftesbury environmental projects | A designer clothes charity shop comes to town | Flamenco guitarist Juan Martin returning to Shaftesbury

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

Alfred enjoys fire eating, dragons and handmade lanterns at Shaftesbury’s Snowdrop Season finale. We chat to some of the youngsters who were making lanterns before Saturday’s procession and talk with their instructor, local artist Des Alner. (00:30)

Bunting will make Shaftesbury look even better this year. A ‘four figure sum’ is being spent on colourful flags and pendants, which will be draped along the side of the High Street and perhaps Bell Street. Chamber of Commerce Chairman David Perry explains why they are funding these decorations. And Salisbury Street-based bunting maker Georgie Faulkner-Bryant tells us that the bunting will be sustainable. (09:08)

There’s cash on offer if you can come up with a campaign to enhance Shaftesbury’s wildlife or green spaces. Cllr Andy Perkins talks about his ‘Wild About Shaftesbury’ competition that will encourage the public to vote for the project they believe will make the biggest difference. Andy says that the recent movement to buy ‘The Wilderness’ and an Enmore Green pond inspired him. (13:40)

Shaftesbury’s new charity shop promises shelves and rails filled with designer clothes. Alfred talks with Tracy Stanley of Julia’s House about the Dorset hospice charity’s plans for the town centre store that we had expected Cats Protection to occupy. (19:39)

One of the world’s greatest flamenco guitarists is returning to Shaftesbury. Juan Martin tells Alfred why he enjoys performing at our Arts Centre. And he tells us what to say if we enjoy his concert. (24:54)