Listen To Alfred – Life In Shaftesbury – Episode 75

First speakers announced for Shaftesbury’s new literary festival | The Shaftesbury invention that saved a professional singer after the financial crash | Shaftesbury hospital gets creative crowdsourcing cash for new vehicles | New acoustic nights to encourage emerging local musicians | More overseas tourists seem to be visiting Shaftesbury

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

The first speakers are announced for Shaftesbury’s new literary festival. Alfred chats with Chair Rosie King and committee member Sue Clifford about this exciting event, ‘Reading the Land’ which will feature the best nature writers in Britain today. (00:27)

We hear how a Shaftesbury invention turned a professional singer into an eco-entrepreneur following the financial crisis. Alfred hears how local man James Towner-Coston’s Unidome structure has impressed some of Britain’s most prestigious companies. (06:17)

Shaftesbury’s Hospital League of Friends turn to creative crowdsourcing. They need to raise cash for their new electric vehicles, and they are doing it component by component. Matron Helen Dawes and League fundraiser Justine Elmendorff explain why the vehicles are needed to help the hospital’s efficiency and improve patient lives. (15:50)

New Shaftesbury acoustic nights are launched to encourage emerging local talent in a supportive setting. Alfred chats with event organiser Paul Maryon, an experienced musician. (22:53)

Shaftesbury’s tourism leaders have noticed more overseas visitors and they’re trying to offer a warm welcome in the visitors’ home languages, as Alfred discovered. We chat with Pete Ryley at Shaftesbury Abbey and the TIC’s David Taylor about their observations on the 2019 season. (29:09)