Listen To Alfred – Life In Shaftesbury – Episode 59

We meet the man shot at Shaftesbury Town Hall | Work starts on the £100,000 Shaftesbury Arts Centre makeover | Shaftesbury Town Council declares a climate emergency and starts its plastic-free journey | Shaftesbury’s zero waste shop doubles in size | Three key Shaftesbury organisations join forces for a £1 million town centre enhancement bid

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

A pensioner returns to Shaftesbury to visit the scene of a horrific accident. At the age of 13, Eric Coombs was shot when a gun went off in a military exhibition inside Shaftesbury Town Hall. (00:26)

Work begins on a £100,000 Shaftesbury Arts Centre makeover but there’s been a surprise. The sprung dance floor will cost more than originally anticipated. We chat to Chairman Jenny Parker and meet one of the architects undertaking this and a much bigger potential future building project. (06:50)

Shaftesbury’s zero plastic shop expands and its owner, Lucy Barfoot, tells Alfred how she knows she made the right choice by starting her business in Swans Yard last December. (14:12)

Shaftesbury Town Council declares a climate emergency and backs plans to make our town plastic-free. (20:41)

Three key Shaftesbury organisations join forces for a £1 million town centre enhancement bid. Alfred discovers how the project will tackle empty shops, promote our heritage and keep the town centre vibrant, if the grant application is successful. (26:34)