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The sounds of people and events in the Dorset town.

The sounds of people and events in the Dorset town.


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The sounds of people and events in the Dorset town.




Sherborne in 60: Wednesday April 1

Small businesses can apply for grants of up to £25,000 to help them through the coronavirus crisis. Parents warned about scammers tricking them into revealing bank details. To apply for business grants go to: For more on how Sherborne is getting through the coronavirus emergency crisis listen to our special full edition: Coping With COVID-19


Sherborne in 60: Tuesday 31 March

Dorset's Police and Crime Commissioner calls on the government for more money to fund additional officers to help tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. Martyn Underhill also warns more stringent measures may be needed to ensure people stay at home.


Coping with COVID-19

Dorset's police and crime commissioner says the force response to the crisis is proportionate. Local MP Chris Loder says people must stay at home to combat "this horrible, horrible virus." The organiser of Sherborne Viral Kindness tells how the group businesses and volunteers got together to help people through the emergency. The owners of one Sherborne business see their takings drop 90% but they vow to keep going. Sherborne's fire fighters are taking on new tasks. All the interviews...


Sherborne in 60: Monday 30 March

Latest coronavirus cases in Dorset Sherborne MP Chris Loder says stay at home SW Railway introduces amended timetable


Sherborne in 60: Sunday 29 March

Dorset community helpline 01305 221022 Sherborne Viral Kindness helps 600


Sherborne in 60: Saturday 28 March

Infections in Dorset accelerating How to help the Sherborne Community Kitchen Council car parks are now free


Sherborne in 60: Friday 27 March

Police begin random checks Sherborne ArtsLink Fizz finds new ways to connect Kerbside garden waste collections end Trains run reduced service


Sherborne in 60: Thursday 26 March

Sherborne Viral Kindness helps 80 people a day Schools exam information to be published next week Sherborne tourist office closed Free 'no callers poster' for your window


Sherborne in 60: Wednesday 25 March

Recycling Centre closed Roadworks in Dorset suspended Appointments required for Minor Injuries Unit at Yeatman Hospital


Sherborne in 60: Tuesday 24 March

A personal message from Dorset's Chief Constable. A statement on council services from Sherborne Town Council. New procedures for shopping at supermarkets introduced.


The stately home on Sherborne's doorstep

Sherborne Castle is the name given to the Tudor house built by Elizabethan soldier, adventurer and courtier Sir Walter Raleigh in the grounds of the old Norman castle on the edge of Sherborne. The house was acquired by the Digby family in 1617 while Raleigh languished in the Tower of London after being implicated in a plot to topple King James I. Altered and extended over the years, the house now contains 400 years of history with nationally important collections of art, furniture and...


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Happy birthday to Sherborne's radio station Abbey 104

Abbey 104 began broadcasting to Sherborne and surrounding villages in February 2013. After a series of test broadcasts under Restricted Service Licences and a change of name from Radio Sherborne to reflect the wider area, Abbey 104 went on the air from premises at Greenhill. The radio station now operates from a compact studio at Coombe and is staffed entirely by volunteers. A team of 40 presenters fill the airtime across the week with a mix of music shows and programmes for the...


Get ready for Sherborne Abbey Festival 2020

Twenty-one years ago Sherborne resident John Baker went to hear his cathedral chorister son sing at a festival of liturgical music. He returned inspired to replicate the experience in the splendid setting of Sherborne Abbey. The festival has been held every year since 2000 and has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds which is spent supporting the choir and music at the abbey, and providing grants to musicians connected to Sherborne. The major refurbishment of the organ currently being...


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Peter de Savary on buying The Eastbury Hotel, destination Dorset, climate change...and Donald Trump

The owner of Sherborne’s historic Eastbury Hotel sits in the garden enjoying the winter sunshine with coffee and an early morning cigar contemplating the completion of nearly two years of renovations and refurbishment of the Georgian building. Peter de Savary, who with his wife Lana is supervising the transformation of the Eastbury into a luxury townhouse hotel, talks to The Sherborne Podcast in a wide-ranging discussion on the cusp of a new decade. The work at the Eastbury Hotel is nearly...


Need for Sherborne's Food Bank Increasing

The Sherborne Food Bank was set up in 2011. Last year they delivered 1,380 parcels to families, couples and individuals in need, an increase of 31% over the year before. The number sent out this year is expected to have gone up by at least another 20%. The Sherborne Podcast talks to the chair of trustees Revd Jono Tregale and Michael Graves who supervises the food bank depot where the food parcels are prepared and despatched. Donations of tinned and dried foods can be left in the special...


Three words for Sherborne's on-call firefighters

The latest full episode of The Sherborne Podcast meets Sherborne's on-call firefighters. They have other jobs or commitments but drop everything to respond to emergency calls. In the half-hour episode they talk about their role, the impact on their families and why they do it. In this bonus segment discover the extraordinary reason fewer people are dialling 999 when they see an emergency. And learn how a free app for your smartphone and three words can help the fire and rescue service...


Meet Sherborne's on-call firefighters

It's ten o'clock on a Thursday morning and all over Sherborne pagers are alerting the town's on-call firefighters that crews must respond to a 999 emergency. The firefighters have five minutes to reach the fire station in Coldharbour and despatch the first fire engine. Station Commander Simon Gillett has been a firefighter in Sherborne for 25 years. He tells The Sherborne Podcast about the demands made on his crews and the commitment they make to be on-call firefighters. The firefighters...


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