The Alfred Daily - 25th February by This Is Alfred published on 2021-02-24T21:38:39Z Alfred meets the proudest mum in Motcombe! Gill Pearce’s daughter Vicky is featured on a billboard at East Stour. Vicky has signed a recording contract and performs as Almora Down. She tells us about her childhood performances in Motcombe and how she was discovered and ‘signed’ to a record label. Vicky is excited about her first album which is released tomorrow. (1:07) Tourism industry leaders predict a UK holiday boom when the lockdown ends. Shaftesbury Town Council hopes to encourage more tourist trade to help our town’s retailers and hospitality sector. Cllrs George Hall and Piers Brown tell Alfred about the council’s plan. On Tuesday, councillors agreed with the steps for quickly hiring experts to promote Shaftesbury to potential visitors using social media. (7:56) Motcombe Parish Council is keen to improve the walking and horse riding route between the village and Gillingham. Cllr Peter Mouncey says flooding and water-logging mean the path isn't well-used all year-round. He hopes to change that, but the project faces some challenges as you'll hear from our report. (13:40) Nature writer and Shaftesbury 'bee lady' Brigit Strawbridge Howard is hosting a series of four online sessions that will tell you everything you need to know about bees. The events are arranged with Planet Shaftesbury. Brigit tells Alfred how each of us could take action to make our town a better place for pollinators. (16:47) The first of the sessions is on the 11th of March. Details here: http://bit.ly/3pVc5Xf The 2021 census takes place on 21st March. Dorset Council's libraries staff are assisting residents in filling in the form. Service manager Tracy McGregor is their service manager. And she told Steve Savile about the support they can offer. You can call on 01305 221028 (26:46) Shaftesbury-based private chef Philippa Davis has been experimenting with unusual eggs. Today she shares her experience of cooking with emu eggs and some more unusual types of egg you can buy in North Dorset. (30:05) Our wildlife recording made by Nick Crump, a song thrush in Donhead St Mary churchyard. (40:00) --- You can listen to a new edition of Shaftesbury's radio show each day from 6am. Tune in at ThisIsAlfred.com. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. Or listen to the programme using Alexa or Google Assistant.