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