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Free Christmas Dinners Will Be Delivered To Shaftesbury Residents On Request

Nobody in Shaftesbury, Motcombe, Melbury and surrounding villages should go without a hot Christmas dinner this year.

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New Chairman Says Donhead St Mary Parish Will Freeze Its Council Tax Charge

John Feltham has been elected chairman of Donhead St Mary Parish Council. England’s third largest parish also takes in Ludwell and Charlton.

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History – The Spiteful Shaftesbury Former MP Who Cut Off The Town’s Water

The lack of running water in our hilltop town has been a consistent theme throughout our history. Jamie Wright is keen to learn more about efforts to pipe water to...

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The Appleby Twins Attempt Bathroom Fitting

Brothers Steve and Matt Appleby regularly report on Shaftesbury’s Carnival news. Earlier this year, the twins used their spare time during the lockdown to take on some DIY tasks.

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The Craft Of Traditional Hedge Laying On Shaftesbury’s Laundry Lane

An award-winning traditional hedge layer has been working at the side of a house in Shaftesbury’s Laundry Lane.

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Poetry From Shaftesbury Writer Richard Foreman – ‘In My Grandfather’s Room’

Richard Foreman reads his verse written in the early 1970s.

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The Alfred Daily – 23rd November 2020

On today’s show: Christmas dinners for Shaftesbury locals | Parish council tax freeze for Donhead St Marys | The MP who cut off Shaftesbury’s water | Traditional hedge laying on Laundry Lane | The Appleby twins’ DIY disaster | Shaftesbury poet Richard Foreman | Starlings at dusk near East Orchard

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Help An Independent Shaftesbury Shop Win A Prestigious Award

A Shaftesbury shop has been nominated for a national retail prize in the Independent Awards.

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Shaftesbury Outdoor Yoga Set To Return In Summer 2021

Yoga sessions should be held at Shaftesbury’s Castle Hill Green again next year.

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Shaftesbury Town Council Will Respond To Dorset Council’s Climate Emergency Strategy

Shaftesbury Town Council will offer a formal response to Dorset Council’s Climate Emergency Strategy consultation.

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Mark Edmunds Meets Shaftesbury Residents Edred And Ida Bowman

Mark Edmunds is new to Shaftesbury. He’s keen to uncover our town’s special qualities by talking with residents about their love of our town.

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Kate And Karren Chat About Pigeons, Gold Hill Pictures And Strange Village Names

Neighbours Kate Pickard and Karren Burkett chat about life in Shaftesbury.

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Hartgrove Writer Barkley Johnson Shares His Short Tale ‘Jack’s Story’

Listen to another tale from ‘the village’, written and narrated by our Hartgrove-based writer, Barkley Johnson.

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Soundscapes – A Little Owl Recorded In Fontmell Magna

Local wildlife recorder Corax presents more sounds of nature from the Shaftesbury area.

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The Alfred Daily – 22nd November 2020

On today’s show: Shaftesbury store in national awards | Castle Green yoga to return | Dorset Police arrests at anti-lockdown demo | Shaftesbury Council debates climate emergency plan | Shaftesbury residents Edred and Ida Bowman | Karren and Kate on peculiar place names | Barkley Johnson reads ‘Jack’s Story’ | A little owl in Fontmell Magna

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First Wines From New Shaftesbury Vineyard Go On Sale This Weekend

It’s a big weekend for Joe and Becky Fear. The Shaftesbury couple have been developing their 3.5-acre Breezy Ridge Vineyard at West Melbury over the last six years.

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Police Warning For Shaftesbury Shopkeepers

North Dorset police are warning Shaftesbury shopkeepers to remain vigilant following reports of a cash-changing scam.

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Port Regis School Strides Ahead With Carbon Neutral Plan

In September 2019, James Hardy took Alfred on a tour of Port Regis School and explained their ambitious plans to become carbon neutral by 2025.

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Tom Perrett’s Weekly Walk – An Odd Circuit Around Blandford Camp

Tom Perrett takes us on his weekly walk around the Shaftesbury area.

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Shaftesbury Chicken Keeper Kate Scott Finds A Use For Feathers

We head to Breach Lane and hear what kind of week Shaftesbury chicken keeper Kate Scott has had.

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Shaftesbury Book Blogger Karen Cole Reviews A French-Canadian Thriller

Shaftesbury book reviewer Karen Cole recommends ‘The Coral Bride’ by French-Canadian author Roxanne Bouchard.

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The Alfred Daily – 21st November 2020

On today’s show: New Shaftesbury vineyard sells its first wine | Shaftesbury shopkeepers warned of a scam | Port Regis school makes strides towards carbon neutral status | Tom Perrett walks around Blandford Camp | Kate Scott’s chicken keeping diary | Paul Merefield’s pub quiz | Shaftesbury book reviewer Karen Cole | Slow travel along French Mill Lane

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New Book Inspires Shaftesbury Tree Decorators

You may notice colourful fabric draped from the branches of trees on Shaftesbury’s Park Walk today.

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Dorset Police Launch Patrols To Ensure Lockdown Rule Compliance

The government has given Dorset Police funding to launch a dedicated COVID-19 response team.

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Council Debates Plan To Prevent Parking On Park Walk – Again

Shaftesbury Town Council has again discussed restricting motor vehicle access to Park Walk.

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