Latest Press Release – 17/08/2018

Town Hall, Shaftesbury, Dorset, SP7 8LY

FROM:         The Town Clerk, Mrs Claire Commons
DATE:          Tuesday, 17th August 2018

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Shaftesbury Town Council will be holding a Macmillan Cancer Coffee Morning on Friday 28th September 2018. Use of the Town Hall for the morning has been donated and £500 seed funding allocated, we will be encouraging support from lots of local organisations and the community.

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 28th September is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer. People all over the UK are invited to host their own Coffee Mornings and donations on the day are made to Macmillan. Last year alone they raised over £27 million and Shaftesbury Town Council want to support this amazing Charity to make this another successful year.

The first ever Coffee Morning happened back in 1990. It was a rather small affair with a simple idea: guests would gather

over coffee and donate the cost of their cuppa to Macmillan in the process. It was so effective, they did it again the next year – only this time nationally. Since then, Coffee Morning has raised over £200 million for Macmillan.

Having a Coffee Morning is the perfect chance to catch up over a cuppa and a slice of something delicious for a great cause.

One in two of us will face cancer, and the money raised at Coffee Mornings will help make sure no one has to face it alone.

Please help us make this a great Macmillan fundraising event, contact the office on 01747 852420 or by email if you would like to get involved!

Local girl, only 8 years old inspires action!

If you are a frequent shopper in Tesco Shaftesbury, you have probably noticed the improvement to the entrance by the recycling area. Rather than a hedge along there which has encouraged fly tipping over the years, creating a very unsightly area, there is now a new fence to discourage this from happening.

Tesco have a policy to support local communities in a variety of ways and they have respected a request, initiated by 9-year-old, local girl, Aoife to resolve this issue.

Aoife took the initiative and wrote a passionate letter to Shaftesbury Town Council expressing her concerns for the constant littering in the area she said that the rubbish building up is spoiling the natural beauty in Shaftesbury and wanted to put a stop to it, she stated; ‘This is a hedge not a bin!’.

Following this Shaftesbury Town Council talked with Tesco about working with the community to improve this area, it didn’t take long for the area to be transformed.

Shaftesbury Town Council would like to express a massive thank you well done to this little girl who is proud of her town and eager to see changes to make it a clean and tidy place to live! Who knows what Aoife will achieve in the future!


For further information contact Shaftesbury Town Council, Tel: 01747 852420 or email: