Listen To Alfred – Life In Shaftesbury – Episode 50

Plans for a plastic-free Shaftesbury | Minsk nuns to perform Shaftesbury choral concert | Trying to reverse the decline of swifts in Fontmell Magna | Abbey School pupils undertake ‘Three Peaks’ challenge | £1.7m for new Shaftesbury to Salisbury cycleways | Estate agent to make marathon walk for forces charity

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

A plastic-free town initiative launches in Shaftesbury. Alfred talks with Planet Shaftesbury’s Maude Chappell about the goals the environmental action group must meet to gain accreditation from assessing body, Surfers Against Sewage. And you’ll hear what businesses will be encouraged to do. (00:20)

The miracle-working nuns of Minsk are planning a Shaftesbury choral concert at St James Church. Alfred talks with Rev Mary Ridgewell, who visited the sisters in their convent. She says that the women undertake social service duties in Belarus. And we meet one of the visiting nuns ahead of their performance of Gregorian chants on 31st May. (05:08)

Loudspeakers could address declining bird numbers in Fontmell Magna. Alfred visits Dick Stainer, who has wired his house to play the sounds of swifts to encourage them to nest there. (13:31)

Abbey School reaches new heights with their fundraising. Parents, children and staff have been scaling three Dorset ‘peaks’ to pay for a sensory garden. Headteacher Michael Salisbury is impressed with his pupils’ efforts. (21:08)

The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded £1.7m to the Cranborne Chase AONB to create cycleway routes to link Shaftesbury with Salisbury. And a new virtual reality tourism app will bring our heritage to life. Roger Goulding from the AONB shares their plans. (24:17)

Shaftesbury estate agent Matt Boatwright is preparing to get his boots on to support service personnel. Matt talks with Alfred about the marathon fundraising walk he’s undertaking for the SSAFA. And you can help! (31:14)