Listen To Alfred – Life In Shaftesbury – Episode 55

We hear about Shaftesbury Cycle Speedway plans with Rotarian Tony Morgan | King Alfred’s Kitchen reopens as a tearoom and tapas bar | Plans to plant two thousand trees in Shaftesbury gains support | Archaeological digging at up to fifty sites around the oldest parts of Shaftesbury is approved | A chance to see art and secret gardens in Enmore Green

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

Shaftesbury cycle speedway could launch on Wincombe Recreational Field within a year. We chat with Rotarian Tony Morgan about the history of these bike events in North Dorset and what how he wants the community to drive the project forward. He says the funding is secured. (00:27)

A Shaftesbury historic café reopens as a tearoom and tapas bar. Alfred meets the man running King Alfred’s Kitchen. (10:08)

Plans to plant two thousand trees in Shaftesbury gains support. James Thrift sowed the seed of this idea to represent every young resident. We speak with James and Tree Group members Bernard Ede and Robin Walter about the plan and its practicalities. (12:57)

Shaftesbury Council approves a request from the Abbey’s SAVED project, for archaeological digging around the town’s most historic sites. Archaeologist Julian Richards is particularly excited about excavating test pits in St James’ Park. He explains why. (22:38)

We tour local art space and secret enclaves in Enmore Green ahead of an open garden event this Sunday. Jo Churchill talks about this St John’s Church fundraiser and we meet one of the village’s new artists. (27:12)