Listen To Alfred – Life In Shaftesbury – Episode 79

Support for family following Shaftesbury smallholding arson | The home-made Christmas tree pulling the crowds to Ridge Way | Tony Hawkins’ popular tea dance | Motcombe’s Santa Run bigger than ever | A Christmas concert to fund tree-planting

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

Family thanks Shaftesbury residents for their support following arson. We meet John and Sophie at their Gascoigne’s Lane smallholding. (00:26)

The home-built Christmas decoration attracting sightseers to a Shaftesbury Close. Mark Oram shows us his incredible ‘tree’ lighting up Ridge Way. (10:47)

Cha Cha Cha and a cuppa – Why locals love the Shaftesbury Tea Dance. Alfred calls into the Town Hall for Tony Hawkin’s popular event. (15:28)

Motcombe’s Santa fundraising run beats its target with an increased turnout. (21:47)

Festive tunes to fund new trees for Shaftesbury. Why Palida Choir is hosting a concert to bring in some cash. (28:22)