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Keep it locked and safe in Swindon

Three events on 28 & 29 May to help people avoid becoming a burglary victim

Warmer summer weather always brings a national rise in the number of burglaries because residents leave doors and windows open. To help combat the problem, the Swindon Community Safety Partnership is...

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Big turn out to relaunch Freshbrook village centre in West Swindon

Free food and bouncy castle enjoyed by over 100 people

The project to revamp Freshbrook village centre - the first since it was built in the early-1980s - was celebrated on 27 May with over 100 people turning up during the morning to take part in the ribb...

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Swindon charity gets timely funding boost to battle malaria in The Gambia

... and curry cashback evening helps women’s Cuba bike ride

Swindon children’s author and Story Sack inventor Neil Griffiths collected a cheque from Bombay Lounge on 14 May to help fund the maintenance and provision of mosquito nets in the village of Gun...

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Get close to wildlife near the centre of Swindon

Guided tours of Swindon Lagoons on Saturdays 31 May, 28 June, 26 July, 9 August and 20 September.

There’s a rare chance to visit Swindon Lagoons with Wiltshire Wildlife volunteer wardens Simon Wicks and Gordon Shaw from 10am on Saturdays 31 May, 28 June, 26 July, 9 August and 20 September. ...

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Fatal traffic accident at entrance to North Swindon District Centre

Photos and YouTube Video by Richard Wintle of Calyx

Police were called at 6.30am on Sunday 25 May to a fatal road traffic collision on Thamesdown Drive, near to ASDA Walmart at the North Swindon District Centre. The Ambulance Service attended the scen...

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West Swindon woman to shave her head for Cancer Research on 31 May

Violin teacher Helen will take on a radical new look

Violin teacher Helen Goode from Grange Park, who works as Helen Godfrey, is taking on a radical new look for a good cause when she has her long hair completely cut off in aid of Cancer Research UK on ...

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West Swindon open gardens in aid of SMASH & Wiltshire Wildlife Trust

Volunteers in Shaw and Nine Elms will be opening their gardens on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 June.

Volunteers in Shaw and Nine Elms will be opening their gardens on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 June. Now in its 12th year, the event has raised over £24,000. The 2014 proceeds will be split equall...

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Hope for September start on new Swindon speedway stadium

Plans for a new look Abbey Stadium could be entering the home straight

The plans for a new speedway and greyhound racing stadium could be entering the home straight, says Clarke Osborne, managing director of site owners and stadium operating company Gaming International....

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Eye opening education India visit for Swindon student

Bradon Forest School students and 4 teachers spend 10 days in Northern India

Twenty seven students from Bradon Forest School, accompanied by four teachers, spent 10 days in Northern India in April visiting iconic historical sites and two partner Jawahar Navodaya Vidylaya (JNV)...

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Open Air Cinema comes to Swindon on 5 June, starting with Top Gun

Cult Screens at Town Gardens Bowl

Cult Screens is back for its biggest season yet this summer, with events throughout the Thames Valley, and in Old Town, Swindon from 5 June. The cinema opens its doors for the first time on 29 May an...

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Makeover of village centre in West Swindon to be launched on 27 May

Tuesday 27 May 10am to 2pm

The £90,000 project to revamp Freshbrook village centre - the first since it was built in the mid-1980s - is reaching its conclusion. Raised planting beds have been removed to open up the area ...

War Poet’s work to be celebrated in music at Swindon Central Library

Folk music will be used to mark the work of a Edward Thomas at a special event on Friday 30 May

Folk music will be used to mark the work of a war poet at a special event at Swindon’s Central Library. Pedal Folk will be performing In Pursuit of Spring and Edward Thomas on Friday 30 May as ...

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Wiltshire Roller Derby girls ready to Race for Life at Lydiard Park Swindon

Ten members of roller derby squad will run in their pads with their captain carrying her skates

Ten members of Wiltshire Roller Derby will be taking part in the Race for Life in aid of Cancer Research UK on 31 May, running in their pads and with their captain Miss Shell Shock carrying her skates...

Children’s camp to provide North Swindon parents with school holiday childcare

Parents can take advantage of Hi5 children’s camp at the Haydon Centre in the May half-term.

Parents can take advantage of a children’s camp in the May half-term. The Hi5 camp is available at Swindon Borough Council’s Haydon Centre in Thames Avenue, Haydon Wick, between Tuesday, ...

Frederick the Fox Cub to provide half-term fun in West Swindon

Variety of fun and exciting activities for children of all ages during May half-term.

Lydiard Park is running a variety of fun and exciting activities for children of all ages during May half-term. Families will have the opportunity to take part in the brand new Wild in the Wood chall...

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Original Art to the People in West Swindon - 25 & 26 May

Pop-up exhibition at De Vere Hotel to raise money for Prospect Hospice

To coincide with the campaign to raise £160,000 for the Prospect Hospice, The Swindon Artists’ Forum (SAF) is on a mission to “Take Original Art to The People” by organising a ...

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Iron Age settlement from 2,500 years ago found in West Swindon

Evidence of occupation on housing development site

People will be able to get an insight into a small Iron Age settlement uncovered by archaeological investigation at Ridgeway Farm in Swindon during a special open day to be held on Satu...

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Swindon children’s cancer charity helped by staff at DHL Iceland

£13,500 presented from fundraising at West Swindon distribution centre

Swindon CALM (Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Movement) was presented with a cheque for almost £13,500 by staff who work at DHL Iceland Distribution Centre in West Swindon at the end of Ap...

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Friends join forces to open new Swindon Accessory Shop

Serisa offers high quality and affordable goods from handbags to jewellery and scarves

Four friends have worked together to open their first town centre shop selling high quality accessories in Swindon’s Brunel Centre. Karen Wood, Serena Altria, Lisa Hardingham and Sarah Endicott...

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West Swindon police team manager returns home

PC Gary Bracey joins Neighbourhood Police team

The new manager of one of the two Neighbourhood Police Teams covering West Swindon will be known to many residents of the area, having been born and brought up in Freshbrook. PC Gary Bracey, 28, join...

Knit and Natter Group starts 19 May

Interested in learning to knit or crochet? Come along to a new group and meet like minded people.

There is a new Knit and Natter group meeting at West Swindon Library starting on 19 May from 2-4pm and fortnightly thereafter. All ages and abilities are welcome to join us. We can help if anyone is ...

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High flying fundraising at West Swindon Primary School

Keen cake makers at Brookfield Primary School raise £223 for Wiltshrie Air Ambulance

Keen cake makers from Year 3 pupils at Brook Field Primary School raised £223 for Wiltshire Air Ambulance at a recent sale, spurred on by a talk about the service and the challenges it faces. L...

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Swindon knitters create a garden in stitches

Swindon Stitch n Bitch were approached by the Brunel Centre to yarn-bomb the shopping centre for the Flour Festival over the May Bank Holiday, writes Tracey Major.

Swindon Stitch n Bitch were approached by the Brunel Centre to yarn-bomb the shopping centre for the Flour Festival over the May Bank Holiday, writes Tracey Major. The group came up with the idea of ...

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Successful sell-out event in Swindon for Matt Fiddes Martial Arts championships

The Oasis Leisure Centre plays host to one of the south’s biggest martial arts events, attracting over 1,300 people

The Oasis Leisure Centre in Swindon played host to one of the south’s biggest martial arts championships, attracting over 1,300 people through the doors. The Matt Fiddes Martial Arts Southern C...

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New College North Swindon school bid will be for 11 to 18s only

Parents of children going to secondary school in September 2016 need to indicate interest soon

Parents of children going to secondary school in September 2016 need to indicate interest soon A plan to develop a free school in North Swindon offering  all through education for pupils from th...

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Swindon Council commits to meaningful conversation about future of Lydiard Park

Management of the town's favourite heritage site will be the subject of wide ranging discussions

Swindon Council has agreed that the management of the town's favourite heritage site will be the subject of wide ranging discussions with interest groups and the community at large before decisions ar...

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