The Alfred Daily - 29th March by This Is Alfred published on 2021-03-28T21:07:02Z Shaftesbury’s Rotary club is planning the town's first big community event, following the expected relaxation of social distancing rules. Gold Hill Festival will replace Gold Hill Fair on Sunday 4th July. “We want this to be a big party for the residents of Shaftesbury,” said Rotarian David Britton. The Barton Hill event will feature local bands performing from 11 AM till 5 PM. And organisers are recruiting locals with a performance skill for 'Shaftesbury’s Got Talent'! (1:08) There are plans for Semley Village Hall to offer more for the community. Booking secretary Andy Roger says film nights have been suggested for the recently refurbished space. And he believes the village hall has potential as a music venue. The first booking is a folk duo who are travelling from Vermont, USA. Rebecca Hall from Hungry Town tell us why she’s chosen the venue for their October UK tour. Andy is excited that a new playgroup operator hopes to offer additional daytime facilities. (6:59) Shaftesbury area roadworks – The A30, C13 at Dinah's Hollow and B30091 will all have road closures at different times over the next week. Listen for full details (14:44) What's ons- Walking For Health events return Sports events starting today and this week The Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is encouraging community groups, schools and clubs to help design a series of ten silk flags to be flown at AONB events. Artist Nicola Davies wants to hear your views on what makes the area special. One flag has been produced already. Nicola reveals what is on it.(18:40). Fifty years ago Shaftesbury's St Peter’s Church was declared redundant. John Parker tells Alfred about the history of the structure, “probably the oldest standing and used building in town. It’s been there for around 800 years,”says John. He tells us why the decision to abandon the church was made and why it was later rescinded. (24:44) Emma Vallender tells us about the interesting new reads which have been dropped off at her book exchange on Mampitts Road over the weekend. (35:41) Our soundscape – water flows down the drains and birds sing at dusk on Shaftesbury’s Gold Hill. (42:52) ---- The Alfred Daily with BV Dairy- “Proud to support the local community, but even prouder to be part of it” 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.