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Keeping rubbish at bay in Shaw area of Swindon

Dates for Shaw Residents' Association regular litter picking mornings

Shaw Residents' Association hold regular litter picking mornings to keep Shaw Village Centre and surrounding housing areas under control. The next litter pick is planned for Saturday 1 February. G...

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Salon on St Andrew’s Ridge is a centre of the community

Refurbished salon relaunched as Friends

The hair and beauty salon at St Andrew’s Ridge neighbourhood centre has been totally refurbished and relaunched as Friends by Paul Edwards, proprietor of The Works salon at Redhouse Village Cent...

The Mystery of Agatha Christie - a talk in Swindon by Lynda Warren

Central Library - Wednesday 26 February 7.15pm

Swindon Central Library  Wednesday 26 February, 7.15pm Agatha Christie is the world's best-known mystery writer, recognised throughout the world as “The Queen of Crime”. Lynda War...

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Action! Abstract paintings from the Swindon Collection on display

Swindon Museum & Art Gallery, Saturday 8 February - Saturday 31 May 2014

Swindon Museum & Art Gallery has one of the best collections of modern art works by twentieth century and contemporary British artists. And what better way to show these off than with a new exh...


Start on building 700 houses on the edge of Swindon at Ridgeway Farm

Start on Green Fields or Ridgeway Farm development may be called West Point

Taylor Wimpey has started construction of access roads and sewers at Ridgeway Farm, where permission has been given for 700 houses. To be built on the northern edge of West Swindon, the site is actua...


Redhouse community centre needs to be sustainable

Mixed feelings about how North Swindon community building will be run and whether it will be profitable

Although planning permission has been granted for a long-awaited community centre in Redhouse, there are mixed feelings about how it will be run, and whether it will be profitable. Commenting on the ...


Syria sadness for Swindon nurse who worked there

Conflict causes paediatric intensive care nurse Bev Cejer from Grange Park worry for children she worked with in 2009

The daily news report of the conflict across Syria has been causing paediatric intensive care nurse Bev Cejer from Grange Park a great deal distress as she thinks about the people she met there. She ...


New College makes bid to build and run North Swindon free school

Plan for to 5 to 19 education provision submitted to Department for Education

The first stage of new primary, secondary and 6th Form education provision catering for 4 to 19 year olds in North Swindon could open by 2016, if a proposal by New College receives backing from the De...


Taw hill residents fury with Thames Water plan for North Swindon

A viable alternative site is available to prevent storage tanks being built yards from homes

Some sixty people living in Taw Hill attended a consultation evening on 22 January at St Francis School organised by Thames Water contractors Optimise to show off their plans to build a two huge stora...

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Not banned in Swindon. The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged)

Reduced Shakespeare Company® - Wyvern Theatre, Saturday 1 March

Newbury Productions (UK) Limited present Reduced Shakespeare Company® in The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) - written by Adam Long, Reed Martin & Austin Tichenor - in Swindon on S...


West Swindon student aims to be member of youth parliament

Campaigner keen to give speech at schools or watch it on YouTube

A 16 year old from West Swindon is making a pitch to become the town's next member of the United Kingdom Youth Parliament. Fitting campaigning around her GCSE studies at Lydiard Park Academy Ellie Ja...


Motorcyclist in West Swindon crash takes a tumble

Air Ambulance scrambled but not used

The Wiltshire Air Ambulance was scrambled to an accident that took place at around 1.15pm on Monday 27 January, on Whitehill Way, next to the Simply Gym, close to the Renault roundabout on Mead Way. ...

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Growing North Swindon school at the centre of Haydon Wick

£4 million building project will create three form entry at Haydonleigh Primary School

Haydonleigh Primary School is currently undergoing a £4 million building project to meet the needs of families across North Swindon and accommodate a further 30 pupils each year to create a thre...

Six Book Challenge launched in Swindon

Find out more and sign up to reading initiative at Central Library

Swindon Libraries and Information Service is joining up with bestselling author Martina Cole and national charity The Reading Agency to get more adults reading in Swindon. All of Swindon’s libr...

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Kind-hearted shoppers help the homeless

£500 raised at Swindon's Brunel centre for Christmas Care campaign

Kind-hearted shoppers to Swindon’s Brunel shopping centre showed true Christmas spirit and raised £500 for the annual Swindon Christmas Care campaign. Special reindeer food was sold at Sa...


UTC Swindon to unveil curriculum at open evening

Tuesday 28 January at Swindon Town FC's Legends Lounge

UTC Swindon will present  the option choices and courses on offer from September at its next open evening on Tuesday 28 January in the Legends Lounge at Swindon Town FC, County Ground, SN1 2ED. ...


Michael Dickinson to step down as Swindon councillor after 13 years

Lydiard and Freshbrook representative won't be seeking re-election

A councillor representing one of the three West Swindon wards on Swindon Council has announced he will not be standing for re-election in May. Michael Dickinson who has represented the former Freshbr...


North Swindon could have 350 more houses at Abbey Farm

Outline Planning Application submitted for land north of Lady Lane

DPDS Consulting Group have submitted an outline planning application for a 350 home residential development on land at Abbey Farm, to the north of Lady Lane, Blunsdon St Andrew, Swindon.  The pr...

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In The Deep Midwinter - Commonweal School

KS3 Drama Showcase on Wednesday 5 February

  Performances by talented Key Stage 3 students who are involved in Commonweal Drama Clubs. The play extracts range from a movement piece inspired by the Snow Child and Our Day Out, performe...

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Lower Shaw Farm, Swindon welcomes back brother and sister

Little has changed since Wittram children spent their early days playing in the fields and milking the cows

Siblings who spent their early years at Lower Shaw Farm returned in August for the first time in over 40 years – to find it little changed from when they spent their days playing in the surround...


Thames Water show off plans for North Swindon sewers

Residents encouraged to attend meeting and express objection to destruction of green area in their community

Thames Water hold 'drop-in' afternoon to present plans for sewer overflow tanks at Taw Hill - St Francis School, Aiken Road, Taw Hill SN25 1UH Wednesday 22 January, 4pm to 8pm Taw Hill resi...

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The Comedy Club Swindon - Friday 31 January

Laugh away those Christmas blues at De Vere Village Hotel

De Vere Village Hotel Swindon, Shaw Ridge Leisure Park, Whitehall Way, Swindon SN5 7DW Laugh away those Christmas blues with The Official Comedy Club at the De Vere Village Hotel Swindon on Frida...


Swindon crowds welcome new M&S Simply Food store

70 new jobs created at 9,000 square foot outlet

Staff and the first customers keen to find out what was on offer inside gathered to witness the ribbon cutting at Swindon's new M&S Simply Food store at Mannington Retail Park, off the Great Weste...


West Swindon skatepark to be in nobody’s back yard

Rivermead Drive selected as least intrusive on people's homes

Rivermead is likely to be the location of the much argued about skatepark costing £60,000 after the West Swindon Forum made progress on the vexed issue at its meeting on 13 January. After agree...

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Extreme makeovers for Swindon colleagues

Libby and Sam each donate a foot of hair to the Little Princess Trust

Libby Birnie from Westlea and Sam Ludkin from Freshbrook, who work for Synergy Health at Windmill Hill, decided to get a new look in November by each donating a foot of hair to the Little Princess Tru...

Thamesdown Transport adopts ‘drive-over’ tyre pressure monitoring system to improve passenger safety

Ground-breaking new system installed at Barnfield Road bus depot

Swindon-based Thamesdown Transport has pioneered the use of an innovative device that monitors tyre pressures, improving the safety of passengers, bus drivers and depot mechanics alike. The ground-br...