Listen To Alfred – Life In Shaftesbury – Episode 34

Shaftesbury’s High Street is not dying says traders | Council could buy an empty shop for pop-ups | Ali’s hand car wash is back | Fringe’s quirkiest venue to date | How Shaftesbury Carnival helps good causes

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

We’re getting two new supermarkets on our doorstep – but don’t assume that’s the death of Shaftesbury’s High Street. We speak to local traders about the challenges posed by Lidl and Aldi. (00:26)

The Council considers acquiring an empty shop for short-term projects. Town Clerk, Claire Commons, explains that housing estate developers could pay for the purchase. (10:20)

A quirky new Shaftesbury Fringe venue – book your performance at the dentist! We hear about the amazing space on offer for acts. (12:45)

From Kurdistan to the former Cattle Market car wash – Ali’s opening up again and he explains why he doesn’t like leaving Shaftesbury. (14:50)

The devoted volunteers who live and breathe Shaftesbury Carnival. ThisIsAlfred attends their AGM and discovers how the group recognises hard work – and funds Shaftesbury good causes. (24:11)