Alfred Podcast – Episode 02

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

Keri Jones walks along the White Hart link between Motcombe and Shaftesbury. The latest section of this circular path around North Dorset was launched on Spring Bank Holiday. The walkers were greeted by the Chairman of Motcombe Parish Council and enjoyed a cream tea at the end of the route with the Chairman of Shaftesbury Town Council. You’ll hear how the group hopes this walk will boost our local economy. And you can hear about some of the special places on this 4-mile route, including the Woodland Trust’s Kingsettle Woods.  (Begins at 00.25)

Shaftesbury Town Council receives a glowing report from the woman who checks the authority’s paperwork and processes. Now, Shaftesbury’s success story will be shared with other council’s across the country. We talk with Town Clerk Claire Commons. (Begins at 09.49)

A new family owned, independent business opens on Shaftesbury’s High Street. We chat to the Witcombes and hear why they believe that Shaftesbury is special and a great place to open a carpet store. (Begins at 13.24)

Gold Hill has been groomed, ready for the main tourism season. We speak to the Dorset Ranger staff who undertook the tidy up and Anne Giberson from the Shaftesbury and District Tourism Association. The SDTA secured grant money from Tesco to pay for the clean-up and the hire of a unique and peculiar piece of equipment! (Begins at 16.24)

Sir John Stuttard has teamed up with Gold Hill Museum’s Ray Simpson to research and write a book about social reformer John Rutter. Sir John previews his Civic Day talk and describes how the Quaker activist fought cronyism and corruption in Shaftesbury and witnessed a town-centre riot during his campaign to create a fairer society. The Civic Day talk is at Gold Hill Museum at 3.30pm on 21stJune. (Begins at 20.00)