Listen To Alfred – Life In Shaftesbury – Episode 42

A sensory garden for Shaftesbury Hospital | Lionel Blair visits Shaftesbury | The hunt for the missing Shaftesbury church| Church organists wanted for St James’ | The Americans promoting Shaftesbury Stateside

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

We meet the League of Friends volunteers transforming the Shaftesbury Hospital gardens for staff, patients and wildlife. And they are making sure that all the plants are bee-friendly. (00:26)

A ‘national treasure’ entertains Shaftesbury with his showbiz stories. 90-year-old veteran entertainer Lionel Blair was in town to open the new Churchill development. (07:06)

An interesting radar survey find in the hunt for the missing a Shaftesbury landmark. We meet Pete Ryley from Shaftesbury Abbey to learn about what’s been found in the Bury Litton churchyard, thought to be the site of the now disappeared St John Baptist church. (16:14)

A Shaftesbury church asks potential organists to ‘pipe up’. David Grierson and Chris Mahon share stories of the odd musical requests that they have performed in church. (25:50)

The American Midwest podcasters who fell in love with Shaftesbury. Alfred meets Jonathan and Jackie who blog about our town from their US home. They are writing a book about their experiences. (30:43)