The past few weeks, and the next few to come, are probably the liveliest and most confusing on the national and international stages that many of us have lived through, according to Shaftesbury Civic Society members who feel it is time to: FOCUS ON THE LOCAL.
The society trains a spotlight on local matters on Thursday, November 14 at 7.30pm in the Assembly Room at the Grosvenor Hotel: areas in which people can actually make a difference, where efforts make some sense, whereby joining together can improve life locally.
Speakers from different parts of King Alfred’s town and countryside tell a good news story. At King Alfred’s Abbey, the local community has worked together on the SAVED project, throwing new light on the history of the Abbey and the beginnings of the town. Peter Ryley, from Shaftesbury Abbey, and archaeologist Julian Richards describe this Summer’s work.
The Saxon town and surrounding countryside need valuing and preserving and Rupert Hardy from North Dorset CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England) updates work and what can be done to really make a difference locally and protect King Alfred’s legacy.
The third element of the evening looks forward to the final stages of creating Shaftesbury’s Neighbourhood Plan. Brie Logan, the town’s business manager, outlines progress and the next steps as King Alfred looks forward. Brie will answer questions and ask for our help to complete this project.
FOCUS ON THE LOCAL is a free event, and everyone is warmly welcome.