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Quiz Night for VSO Cambodia

Postponed due to the snow and will now take place on Saturday 17th March (see below)

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‘What I did on my Holidays’ by Rik Lonsdale

It was a glassy eyed stare that met the class on the first lesson every Monday. Mainly because the English teacher, “Killer” Rodley, had a glass eye. We were never sure which eye was glass and which was real, as … Read More

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Shaftesbury’s Snowdrop Festival

Gardening Author Anna Pavord At Shaftesbury’s Snowdrop Festival by Keri Jones “If you’ve caught the gardening bug then you will be saved for life,” Anna Pavord told me. “When you’re feeling down, gardening helps immeasurably.” Anna’s unique and uplifting perspective on … Read More

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Swimming for the Brain

Wonderful news now that anyone living with any form of dementia and memory loss can enjoy the free  ‘Swimming For The Brain’ sessions at Riversmeet Gillingham. Every GP practice recognises that physical exercise and socialising help with quality of life, … Read More

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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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