Community

Volunteers Keep Shaftesbury In Bloom During Heatwave

If you’ve walked around Shaftesbury during the last month you will have noticed the beautiful floral displays. And you can help to maintain the array of baskets, troughs and borders filling public spaces like Angel Square, The Bell Street car park and The Commons with colourful flowers. Shaftesbury In Bloom organisers would like you to donate your cash or time.

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Get Closer To The Land With Shaftesbury’s Community Farm

For just over a decade, a dedicated group of Shaftesbury locals has been spending their free time running the town’s community farm. Alfred’s Keri Jones headed to Breach Lane, between St James and Enmore Green, on a sweltering, sunny Sunday morning to catch up with the handful of helpers who were enjoying a brief break from tending to the crops and livestock.

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New Civic Society Chairman Wants Action Over Empty Supermarket

The new Chairman of Shaftesbury Civic Society has a goal. Roy Mitchell wants his organisation to help find a new use for the former Budgens store on Bell Street.

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Residents Against New Homes On Enmore Green Site

You might have noticed a group handing out leaflets outside the Town Hall this morning. They were standing next to a banner that read ‘Save Shaftesbury – Save Our Saxon Town’.

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Opera And West End Theatre Have Given Motcombe’s Hall Financial Security

Most village halls struggle to raise cash for repairs by holding coffee mornings. But Motcombe has found that Puccini and Faust bring in the funds they need to maintain their beautiful Arts and Crafts style building.

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Shaftesbury Super Gran Delivers Her Ninth Grandchild During A Storm

Luckily for Elaine Barrett, she isn’t superstitious. It’s just as well. Because a combination of events earlier this month might have made her rather nervous! “It was Friday the 13th, and there was a thunderstorm,” recalled Elaine. And, at that very moment, Elaine had to act quickly and do something that would terrify most people. She had to deliver her ninth grandchild!

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Shaftesbury Teenagers Build A Sensory Garden On The Eastern Development

A group of thirteen Shaftesbury teenagers will transform an area of open space at Great Ground, off Wincombe Lane, this week.

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Surprise Package Adds To Hospital Birthday Celebration

It’s exciting when you receive a package sent by special delivery. Helen Lawes has been asking locals for memories and pictures featuring Shaftesbury’s Westminster Memorial Hospital. As hospital Matron, she was hoping for some special memorabilia. But the parcel that arrived from the Midlands on Friday morning offered more than Helen had wished for.

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Help Make Shaftesbury A Dementia Friendly Town

At least 1 in 14 people aged over 65 have developed some form of dementia. That’s a surprising statistic, isn’t it? It was just one of many facts shared by volunteers from the Alzheimer’s Society’s ‘Dementia Friends’ initiative, at Shaftesbury Town Hall on Wednesday night.

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Mental Health Support Sessions In Shaftesbury Helping To Reduce Isolation

North Dorset is isolated and that can make accessing mental health support services difficult, especially if you don’t have a car. Finding people who understand what you have being going through can be problematic.

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