Listen To Alfred – Life In Shaftesbury – Episode 47

On this week’s podcast: History is made at this year’s Ansty May Day ceremony | Craftsmen thank community after devastating Melbury blaze | A Shaftesbury business is helping to beat anxiety | London Marathon run raises thousands for a Shaftesbury school | Shaftesbury folk group Tattie Bogle on their upcoming appearance at Fringe

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

A groundbreaking move for Ansty’s May Day event. Alfred is there for the celebrations as the village crowns its first May King in 400 years. (00:26)

Two craftsmen thank their supporters after their workshops were destroyed in Easter Sunday’s fire at Melbury Business Park. We speak to Darren Wheeler and Peter Port who lost everything but received a huge and ‘humbling’ amount of support. Now a crowd sourcing appeal is helping the men rebuild their businesses. (8:58)

You can tackle anxiety issues when you keep a journal, according to Rebecca Bingham. The Shaftesbury-based creative writer has launched Doodly, an online business to help others beat the mental health issues which she experienced when she became a mum for the first time. (17:57)

Alfred meets the mums who had fun running the London Marathon – and they raised thousands for a Shaftesbury school in the process. (24:08)

Margaret and John Cluett are the Shaftesbury folk music couple set to perform at their first Shaftesbury Fringe. We talk to the husband and wife duo behind Tattie Bogle. They reminisce about their Crown Pub music nights that they claim were the forerunner of the festival. (29:56)