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Losing wins Awards

It’s been a phenomenal year for Charlene Higgins the consultant for Shaftesbury Slimming World groups. Not only has she supported more and more people to achieve their weight loss dreams but she has also received awards every single month for her … Read More

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Christmas Meal 2017

It was the most humbling experience watching the volunteers and guests arrive for the Gillingham Community Christmas Meal 2017. To see how the community pulled together and delivered the most wonderful day for the people of Gillingham and surrounding towns. … Read More

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Shaftesbury Fringe 2018

Locals Asked To ‘Phone A Friend’! Do you have a friend or relative who can sing, perform stand-up or poetry?  Performers’ Online Registration opened on 1st December for Shaftesbury Fringe 2018, which is being held from 29 June – Sunday 1 … Read More

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St Mary’s Primary School judged ‘good’ by Ofsted

St Mary the Virgin CofE VA Primary School was inspected by Ofsted in October and was judged to be a ‘Good’ school. We are very pleased with the Ofsted report and are delighted to share some of it with you. … Read More

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1st Mere Brownies Recycling Project

1st Mere Brownies  Recycling Project Thank you for your continued support. We are still collecting Foreign and UK coins and notes – any currency, of any age. Mobile phones.  (They do not have to be working, but it is advisable … Read More

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“Shopping Trip” by Rik Lonsdale

I said I would drop her by the bridge at the bottom of High Street in Gillingham. It was our weekly shopping trip into town, and she had been hankering after a new cushion for her chair. To ease her … Read More

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Ward Goodman get ghoulish for Dorset Mind fundraiser

Ward Goodman, the Dorset based firm of Chartered Accountants and Independent Financial Advisers, is excited to announce its support for Dorset Mind, an independent charitable provider of mental health services.  On Saturday 21 October, twelve members of staff took part in … Read More

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Tourism Bosses Say ‘Book Now’ For Shaftesbury Fringe 2018

Shaftesbury’s tourism leaders are advising people who want to visit the town for Fringe 2018 to book their accommodation early. The team organising the performance art weekend has announced the third annual Fringe Festival will take place from 29th June … Read More

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Singers and Shopping Vouchers Launch Shaftesbury’s Christmas Countdown

Shaftesbury’s Community Choir and children from six local schools will provide the star attraction at the town’s Christmas lights switch-on. In the past, celebrities have turned on the lights. But this year, Shaftesbury Chamber of Commerce, who are organising the … Read More

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Friends of Gillingham Station

Friends of Gillingham Station/Blackmore Vale Community Rail Partnership picked up two awards at the recent South West in Bloom awards in Torquay on 5th October last, in the ‘Its Your Neighbourhood’ competition. FOGS entered seasonally planted milk churns, buckets and … Read More

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Your December 2019 issue of Gillingham & Shaftesbury Guide is available now!