Alfred Podcast – Episode 06

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

Alfred hears about plans to celebrate 70 years of the NHS in Shaftesbury and 30 years of the Westminster Memorial Hospital League of Friends. Matron Helen Lawes wants your pictures and stories and she’s got some interesting tales to share before a big community event! (00:32)

Shaftesbury Arts Centre’s summer musical is ‘Mack and Mabel’. The show, which runs until 21st July, tells the story of the early 20th-century film director Mack Sennett and his relationship with the actress Mabel Normand. Sennett was the silent moviemaker who found industry success making the Keystone Cops and Bathing Beauties films. Alfred went to meet some of the cast and watch this big production. (06:45)

For Paul Eaton and Helen Caines, moving to Shaftesbury is their dream come true. The couple will have a home that they can call their own for the first time in their relationship. The Tamar Housing Association has offered 12 properties for rent at Chilmark Glade, through the Rent Plus initiative. Under this scheme, tenants have the chance to buy their homes once they have lived in the property for 5 years. If they choose to buy, the tenants will be gifted a sizeable cash deposit to help their purchase. Alfred attended the launch of this scheme in Shaftesbury. (14:21)

Shaftesbury Town Council hopes to tackle speeding motorists. They’ve bought a mobile speed indicator sign, following complaints from Grosvenor Road residents. Mayor, Piers Brown, wants to know where else the sign could be deployed. (20:26)

Shaftesbury Town Council should hire an expert commercial negotiator to secure cash for community projects from supermarkets that wish to operate here. Alfred speaks to Councillor Andy Perkins, who made this suggestion. (23:14)

Shaftesbury has a new dental practice. Alfred met Eve and Geoff, the couple behind the business. They have installed specialist medical equipment, which can take 3D X-ray images of the skull, head and neck. It could save medical patients long journeys for scans in Poole or Salisbury. Eve used to work in dental care in Germany and you might be surprised at how different visiting the dentist is there. (28:05)

Have you found something unusual in your garden? Take it to Gold Hill Museum on Saturday 14thof July between 10.30am and 1pm. An expert will offer an ‘Antiques Roadshow’ style identification of your mystery object. We talk with Claire Ryley from the museum. (31.35)