Listen To Alfred – Life In Shaftesbury – Episode 14

This time on Alfred, the podcast for Shaftesbury, The Vale and Chase areas of North Dorset and West Wiltshire: We go ‘speed dating’ in Shaftesbury with the North Dorset Business Group. / A TV archaeologist shares his theory on where Shaftesbury’s original abbey lies. / Another pop up shop for the High Street. How the Chamber of Commerce is tackling empty shops / Shirley Allum previews her charity fashion show. / We look ahead to a talk on yew tree myths and legends. / A Shaftesbury student treks to Everest base camp for charity. / We debunk an urban myth about a king who died in Shaftesbury.

Full details of this week’s podcast:

Alfred visits the North Dorset Business Group speed-networking event at Shaftesbury’s Grosvenor Arms Hotel. It’s like speed dating, where you’re looking for contacts rather than romance. Organiser Fran Hill teaches us how to make a quick impression. (00:24)

A TV archaeology and architecture expert shares the secrets of the loose stones around Shaftesbury’s Abbey Gardens. Jonathan Foyle will talk in town soon. And he shares his theory on where we could uncover the original Saxon Abbey. (06:01)

Another pop-up store opens in Shaftesbury’s High Street. Virginia Edwyn Jones explains how the Chamber of Commerce is tackling the empty shop challenge. (08:50)

Shirley Allum’s annual charity fashion show has a new home – Shaftesbury Arts Centre. We chat to Shirley and get a taster of what will be a polished production. (15:51)

We learn about the myths and legends surrounding yew trees. Fred Hageneder, a yew tree expert, is coming to Fontmell Magna to talk about the trees. We preview his fascinating presentation. (19:53)

A Shaftesbury student is trekking to Everest basecamp for charity. Alfred hears how Keira Norris has walked Shaftesbury’s hills to train for the Himalayas. (27:04)

And Shaftesbury Abbey’s Claire Ryley clears up an urban myth about a Viking king who died in our town 983 years ago. (29:05)