Listen To Alfred – Life In Shaftesbury – Episode 11

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

Gold Hill Museum’s Ray Simpson shares the story of a Shaftesbury family who found fame, fortune and infamy in the New World. Ray has researched the Upjohn’s. Some of the family built important public buildings in the USA. The Upjohns helped found a major pharmaceutical company. And one Upjohn executed a notorious outlaw. (00:32)

We share some of the things that we learned during Alfred’s visit to this week’s Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show. Keep tuned and the AONB will tell you where to stargaze around Shaftesbury. You’ll also find out about a bright pink sheep, peddle-powered smoothies, an unusual fire service vehicle and the incredible story of The Donhead’s award-winning cider. (05:58)

Rob Neely from Shaftesbury Fringe announces some of the performance festival committee’s plans for 2019. (19:57)

Enmore Green hosted an event to celebrate 175 years of St John’s Church. Alfred was there to look at the pictures, documents and articles and to hear about the area’s forgotten industry – brickmaking. Nigel Garrett also shares his fascinating family history find. (20:52)

Alfred meets the man who missed out on the Hovis ad ‘boy-on-a-bike’ role because he didn’t want a haircut. Alan Manby has made his first visit to the town, made famous in the 1973 bread commercial. (27:59)

Sheila Messer says that the Gillingham Walking Festival will promote Shaftesbury for the first time in the event’s five-year history. (30:04)

A concert of ‘exquisite’ classical guitar playing is coming to Shaftesbury Arts Centre. Alfred speaks with Mark Jennings about his set list. (31:53)