Gold Hill’s Starry Skies Proves A Popular Shaftesbury Christmas Card Choice

A stunning night-time image of Shaftesbury will be mailed all over the country and abroad this festive season. Shaftesbury Tourist Information centre has picked a picture of Gold Hill, taken by Nick Bull of Stonehenge Dronescapes, as its charity card this year. And it’s selling fast.

David Taylor with the card

David Taylor, Manager of Shaftesbury’s Tourist Information Centre on Bell Street, says the TIC’s charity cards have become a much-loved annual institution. “Every year, the Cards for Good Causes organisation lets us choose a design, which we submit to them for approval. We produce a card which is unique, and which is not available anywhere else. This year we saw a picture on social media of Gold Hill taken at 1 o’clock in the morning. It’s beautiful. They have produced a limited edition of the cards and there are only 200 packs of 10 cards. When they are gone, they are gone,” said David.


David says that the £4 card packs are selling quickly. “They arrived 12 days ago and nearly a third of them have gone already. It’s a very popular card,” he added.

Cards for Good Causes allowed the TIC team to submit a card image for the first time last year. For 2018, they chose a painting by Anita Trappitt. David says that it was very successful and sold out before the end of November. This photo card looks set to match that record.

The card sale money is shared between 20 major charities which are part of the national initiative launched in 1959. David’s team can pick local guest charities. “Locally, we have chosen Dorset Wildlife Trust, Salisbury Hospice and Julia’s House,” said David.