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‘Writing for the Terrified’ 4-week writing course

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‘A Visit to Santa’ by Rik Lonsdale

‘Where are we going, mum?’ said Emily. ‘I’m taking you to see Santa, I told you I would.’ ‘Hooray, hooray, hooray.’ Emily danced around the kitchen. It’s hard to contain excitement when you are five. ‘Did your mum take you … Read More

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The Veteran’s Dream

I should like to thank all those who participated in The Veteran’s Dream Opera, commemorating the end of WW1, on 13th October at St Mary’s Church, Gillingham. The opera was a great success due to the dedication, talent and artistry … Read More

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‘Project Belle’ – Bell Street, Shaftesbury

During the summer, the committee has been working closely with Shaftesbury Town Council’s business manager, Brie Logan, to assess and explore the supermarket site’s long-term viability and to develop what many of us now know as ‘Project Belle’ The newly … Read More

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Gillingham Community Christmas Day meal at the Methodist Hall

For anyone who would like company and a Christmas Day meal, a warm welcome awaits guests living in Gillingham or any of the surrounding towns and villages – singles, couples or families. Please contact gillinghamchristmasmeal@gmail.com or 01747 823699

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Lads and Dad Week by Rik Lonsdale

It sounded like a good idea. A week away with my two sons, ten and twelve, all blokes together, give Abigail a break. It would also drag the two of them away from the obsession that’s occupied most of their … Read More

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Next Steps Evening at Gillingham School

On Thursday 1st November, from 6pm to 8pm, Gillingham School is thrilled to be staging its Next Steps Careers Fair for students of years 9 to 13, their parents and those of neighbouring schools. This is our fifth year of … Read More

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Mental Health Support Group in Shaftesbury

GROUP FOR ANYONE WITH MENTAL HEALTH DIFFICULTIES MEETS 1ST THURSDAY OF EVERY MONTH 2PM – 4PM, DROP IN £2 PER PERSON INCLUDING REFRESHMENTS TRICURO, TRINITY CENTRE, BIMPORT, SHAFTESBURY SP7 8BW PLEASE CONTACT AMANDA FOR MORE INFORMATION ON 07749 062 327 … Read More

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New CCTV in Shaftesbury

Shaftesbury Town Council has commissioned local company Partnership Security to install a replacement CCTV system in Shaftesbury. Preparation for this regeneration began in 2013 and the Council is pleased to say that the project is nearing completion. Partnership Security are … Read More

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Shirley Allum Fashion Show

London, Paris, New York and now Shaftesbury has its own very special Fashion Show. On Wednesday 19 September Shirley Allum Fashions and Lingerie from the High Street will host a Charitable show at Shaftesbury Arts Centre.   In aid of ‘Brain … Read More

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