Listen To Alfred – Life In Shaftesbury – Episode 29

The Wilderness is sold | International ballroom dancing win for a Shaftesbury schoolboy | New sustainability rules for Shaftesbury’s Sunday Market | A Pearly King and Queen tour Shaftesbury pubs for charity | How you can save Shaftesbury’s Memory Café from closure | New heritage street lights for Shaftesbury

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

Shaftesbury’s ‘The Wilderness’ is sold at auction for a higher amount than was expected. The Shaftesbury Town Council bid is unsuccessful. We talk with Town Clerk, Claire Commons, who attended the sale. (00:26)

15-year-old Shaftesbury schoolboy Adam Parry has won an international ballroom dancing competition with his dance partner in Paris. We talk to Adam about success on the dance floor. (04:30)

The boss of Shaftesbury’s monthly Sunday Market, Steve Dauwalder, gets tough on plastics. Steve says the event is ‘on the rise’ despite challenging conditions for market and fixed store retailers. (12:30)

ThisIsAlfred meets the Pearly King and Queen of Harrow. Dave and Paula toured town centre pubs to raise cash for a North Dorset charity. We learn about the history of the Pearly Kings and the heaviness of their glittering clothes. (15:13)

The Shaftesbury Memory Café could be closed if they can’t recruit more residents. Its organiser, Sarah Rampton, explains how the meetings make a difference and how you could help to save the sessions. (21:10)

New heritage streetlights will be installed in some Shaftesbury streets. Town Clerk Claire Commons explains why they will make a difference, how much they will cost and where they will be erected. (27:25)