Listen To Alfred – Life In Shaftesbury – Episode 66

Meet the Motcombe thatcher with a Gold Hill roofing challenge | The Shaftesbury man whose life was changed by a Twitter post | Port Regis School plans to go carbon neutral by 2025 | A million-selling author will tell budding Shaftesbury authors how to make money from publishing

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

Alfred meets the Motcombe thatcher who re-roofed a Gold Hill cottage this summer. Ed Coney tells us that one type of bird causes problems for his profession and he addresses misunderstandings about the craft. (00:26)

Christopher Oram’s life changed after his Twitter post was featured by news organisations all over the world. We hear how this Shaftesbury resident juggled his overnight van-driving job with making videos, podcasts and holding meetings in Parliament. (08:36)

Alfred tours Port Regis School with James Hardy, the teacher who hopes to make the site carbon neutral in six years’ time. We hear how the project could bring benefits for nearby Motcombe residents. (18:30)

Million-selling author Mark Dawson is coming to Shaftesbury. If you believe that there’s a book in you, he’ll tell you how to make money by self-publishing your work. Alfred talks with Mark ahead of his Grosvenor Arms Hotel talk in October. (29:08)