Listen To Alfred – Life In Shaftesbury – Episode 56

A new curriculum could improve the life chances of Shaftesbury Primary pupils | The Shaftesbury Swifts Group share their plans to keep the birds coming back to our town | A new Shaftesbury pop-up art gallery opens | A Shaftesbury mums plans ‘forest school’ style workshops for young schoolchildren | The quirky choral group, The Sylvafield Singers

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

Shaftesbury Primary School has a new approach to teaching that could improve pupils’ life chances. We chat to Headteacher Paul Lavis and members of the PTA who are backing this new initiative. (00:27)

Alfred hears how the town’s new Swifts Group wants to ensure that these birds, which have been here since King Alfred’s time, remain a feature of Shaftesbury’s summertime into the future. We chat with Enmore Green swift spotter Catherine Simmonds. (08:17)

Alfred pops in to meet the artists behind Shaftesbury’s newest pop-up shop. John and Ruth share their ideas for making our town an arts destination. (18:53)

Three Shaftesbury mums are planning ‘forest school’ style workshops for local schoolchildren. Alfred hears about their idea for half-term sessions. (22:30)

We call into the rehearsal of a quirky choral group, which formed especially for Shaftesbury Fringe. Alfred talks with Ed Bersey of The Sylvafield Singers. (28:44)