Listen To Alfred – Life In Shaftesbury – Episode 58

A Shaftesbury bee expert launches a new nature book that could put our town on the map | The history of Shaftesbury’s Chubbs Almshouse | Hear about the latest archaeological dig at Shaftesbury Abbey | Discover a private retreat garden at Wincombe Park | The story behind the Shaftesbury Library garden sculpture

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

We chat with the local author of a new nature book that will put our town in the spotlight. Brigit Strawbridge gives us an insight into her first publication and reveals how Shaftesbury will be featured prominently. (00:24)

Why charity trustees need cash to transform an historic Shaftesbury almshouse. We learn about the history of Chubbs Almshouse and future plans on our tour with Tony Morgan. (06:11)

Archaeologist Julian Richards shares the latest news from the Abbey’s archaeological dig. After a fortnight of excavation, he is now more hopeful that previous digs haven’t destroyed clues to the Abbey’s layout. (15:55)

Alfred visits Wincombe Park and hears how you could use this private garden as your own relaxation retreat. Co-owner Phoebe Fortescue has listed her estate in the Quiet Gardens Movement register. (23:56)

Alfred meets the artist who gifted her sculpture to one of our town’s quiet spaces. Janet Swiss tells us about ‘Blessing’, a piece of art on display in the Bell Street Gardens. (30:06)