Listen To Alfred – Life In Shaftesbury – Episode 45

Oasis Pool upgrade underway | Lidl reveals Shaftesbury store plans | First Shaftesbury Spring Clean is a success | Historic church to host party night | How lunches and breakfast beat loneliness for Shaftesbury sole traders

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

Two Syrian refugee brothers are voluntarily helping the refurbishment work at Shaftesbury’s Oasis pool, to show their gratitude for the townspeople. Social enterprise Build Love has been awarded the pool makeover contract and that also means more opportunities for Guys Marsh prisoners to learn new skills. (00:24)

Shoppers welcome the Lidl plans for a store on the former Cattle Market, but their ‘waste of space’ is challenged. People seem to like the idea of competition from a cheaper store in Shaftesbury but many potential shoppers would prefer the supermarket to be sited elsewhere in town. The Civic Society thinks that the single storey design means that the supermarket is not making the most of scarce town centre space. (08:59)

The first Shaftesbury Spring Clean is hailed as a success. We talk with the Hilltop Litter Pickers and some of the young volunteers who helped with the tidy-up. (14:36)

Music, dance and Prosecco are planned for a party in a historic Shaftesbury church. Emma Smith previews this fundraiser. (23:26)

No Shaftesbury businessperson should feel that they are working on their own says Dr Karen Janes from Shaftesbury Chamber of Commerce. Karen tells Alfred why she started the networking lunches and breakfasts and she explains how the social contact can benefit sole traders and homeworkers. (26:06)