Listen To Alfred – Life In Shaftesbury – Episode 54

Bill Ridgewell, a Shaftesbury D-Day veteran, returns to Normandy after 75 years | Shaftesbury Chamber of Commerce’s new chairman shares her vision | A plaque honours a Motcombe couple’s service to the village | A free business opportunity for Shaftesbury’s under 30s

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

The Shaftesbury D-Day veteran hailed a hero, 75 years since he last set foot in Normandy. We meet Bill Ridgewell and hear why he felt guilty about the Allied action in northern France until he returned to the area earlier this month. (00:27)

Shaftesbury Chamber of Commerce’s new Chairman reveals her vision for a vibrant hilltop town. Virginia Edwyn Jones wants a conversation with landlords and more events to ensure that our town remains a great place to shop. (14:20)

We meet the Motcombe couple praised for their community spirit with a new plaque. Tom and Brenda Crabbe have raised tens of thousands of pounds for good causes and the couple have made a real difference to life in the village. (22:09)

We hear about a new business opportunity for under 30-year-olds. The manager of the monthly Shaftesbury High Street Sunday market wants to encourage more young entrepreneurs to trade and he’s got an unbeatable offer! (31:00)