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Swindon allotment site owner offers 50% off rent of a plot

50 per cent discount on rental fees at Swindon allotments near M4 Junction 16

4 August 1914 saw the start of a war that consumed the world and although allotments had existed in the UK from the 18th Century, the ensuing food shortages lead to the creation of the local authority...


Brunel Centre Swindon becomes a stage to commemorate centenary of the Great War

'Heroes' - Tom Stoppard's adaptation of the French comedy 'Le Vent Des Peupliers' to be performed on Thursday 11 September

Swindon’s World War One commemorations will soon take on a distinctly French theme when The Brunel Centre stages ‘Heroes’, a play set in a French military retirement home. The comed...


Just your cup of tea if you love a Swindon museum

More people needed to help out at Richard Jefferies Museum tearooms

New tearooms at the Richard Jefferies Museum on the edge of Coate Water Country Park are proving so successful that more people are needed to give a hand behind the scenes. The museum, which is the b...


Go Roman at creative workshops at Swindon Museum

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery - Friday 15 and Saturday 16 August

Friday 15 & Saturday 16 August 10am – 2pm The Swindon Museum & Art Gallery will be celebrating all things Roman for a weekend in August as they display their amazing collection of Roman...

Famous Swindon town centre pub closes for refit

First significant changes for 30 years

The Beehive Pub on Prospect Hill, Swindon SN1 3JS will be closing on Monday 11 August for a two week refit. The re-opening date is to be confirmed but a wider range of ales, ciders, and wines are pr...


Swindon MS Centre chairman's last big fundraiser

David Wray also to stand down as chair of Voluntary Action Swindon

After 20 years as the man behind some of Swindon MS Therapy Centre’s biggest fundraising achievements, David Wray is going out in style by competing in the Prudential Ride London on Sunday 10...


West Swindon vandals damage bus from bridge

Missile splits windscreen

Thamesdown Transport has issued a warning to other motorists to be alert for vandals after a windscreen was smashed by someone throwing a ‘missile’ from a footbridge over Tewkesbury Way. ...


Swindon cake maker needs your votes at The Pitch

Help an entrepreneur win a national digital marketing award

West Swindon entrepreneur Samantha Whittingham is aiming to make it to the finals of a national digital marketing award in October. Earlier this year she launched an online cake and baking sh...


Swindon marks centenary of the outbreak of World War I

A wide range of solemn events, commemorations, exhibitions and celebration in the Swindon area

2August 4th marks exactly 100 years since Great Britain declared war on Germany in 1914 and thereby entered the war to end all wars In respect for this significant date, and the four tragic years tha...


Swindon & Wiltshire 7th Annual Pride: Saturday 9 August 2014

After a hard year of fundraising, planning and organising - it's finally here!

We are really pleased to announce that, following a hard year of, fundraising, planning and organising next week sees Swindon & Wiltshire 7th Annual Pride being held in the Old Town Gardens, Swind...


Cameras catch thousands of Swindon bus gate crashers

Penalty charge notices being issued after warning period

Vehicles have been caught on camera driving in bus lanes and through bus gates around the town over 5,500 times in the month since Swindon Borough Council introduced camera enforcement on 30th June. ...


Unknown Swindon writer recognised in new book

Described by Time magazine as 'better than Hemingway'

In the late 1930's Time Magazine described Ralph Bates as "a better writer than Ernest Hemingway," an extraordinary claim given the literary prominance Hemingway had achieved at the time and...


Oakhurst sports puts Ofsted comments into context

Ofsted leader should have visited Oakhurst Primary School to see the wide range of activities during sports week

In June, head of Ofsted Michael Wilshaw, said it ‘simply cannot be right that state-educated athletes are so woefully under-represented in our elite sports,’ and went on to criticise headt...


Novice cyclist dons lycra to ride charity race in aid of Dressability

Swindon woman to take part in 100 mile Prudential Ride London she never intended to enter; Swindon MS Therapy Centre chairman to leave in style participating in the same event.

A Swindon woman is taking part in the 100 mile Prudential Ride London on 10 August that she effectively entered by accident. Laura Chadwick, 28 from  Rodbourne, is supporting Swindon Dressabilit...

‘Love Life!’ website launched to mark first ever Swindon Sexual Health Week

GWH's NHS Foundation Trust launches informative new website - special events between 9 and 16 August

The Great Western Hospital’s NHS Foundation Trust has launched an informative new website offering free advice on all aspects of sexual health. The Trust, which manages all sexual health servic...

Musical talent get chance to shine at Central Library

Hosting four acts from Swindon Shuffle - Saturday 9 August, Central Library, Swindon

The library in Regent Circus will host four acts from the annual Swindon Shuffle on Saturday, 9 August between 12noon and 2pm. Now in its eighth year, the Swindon Shuffle is described as a work&rsquo...


Latest on fire at recycling plant at Marshgate in Swindon

Multi-agency plan to extinguish the blaze into its third week

Monday 4 August A multi-agency plan is being advanced to remove waste material from the Averies Recycling site, which has been burning since Monday 21 July, so that fire crews can put out the blaze...


Peter Bromiley ACA Answers Business Questions

Peter Bromiley ACA, Technical Director at AMS Accountancy Ltd. in Swindon provides bite sized answers to important business questions

I'm self-employed - working as a builder for 45 years. I paid NI (Class 2 and 4). My wife, apart from being home with the kids always worked part time or low paid jobs. How come her State Pension is b...


Scout from Highworth, Swindon to bungee for Jamboree

Annabel's spine-tingling challenge to raise funds to get to World Scout Jamboree in Kirara-hama

Fifteen year old scout Annabel Seeley from the Phoenix Archer Explorer Unit is preparing for a spine-tingling challenge this summer to raise funds for her ticket to the World Scout Jamboree in Kirara-...


Starlight Summer Panto brings sunshine to young patients at GWH

Starlight Children's Foundation's amazing pop-up panto to visit GWH children's ward on August 7.

This summer, Starlight Children’s Foundation will bring a big dose of sunshine to poorly children at Great Western Hospital when their amazing pop-up pantomime pays a visit. Starlight is nation...


Swindon child safety board seeking new members

A key partnership that looks after the safety and welfare of children and young people is looking for volunteer lay members to join its board.

A key partnership that looks after the safety and welfare of children and young people is looking for volunteer lay members to join its board. Swindon Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) is a pa...

Big Latch On in Swindon on Saturday 2 August

Breastfeeding mums called to be part of a world record attempt

Breastfeeding mums in Swindon are invited to be part of a world record attempt called the ‘Big Latch On’ in the town centre on Saturday, 2nd August, at 10.30am. Marking the start of World...


Wiltshire Roller Derby presents Blocktor Who at Oasis Swindon: 10 August

Rough and tumble at live action ladies event

  Sunday 10 August at Oasis Leisure Centre, North Star Avenue, Swindon SN2 1EP Live action, full contact roller derby. Doors open 1pm Adults (16+) Adv £6, on the door £8 Childr...

North Swindon 15 year old given warning for lying

Police investigation finds boy made false allegations

There was great concern in the community after a 15 year old boy on crutches said he had been punched in the chest and had fought off three attackers who were allegedly trying to steal his bag as he m...

Witnesses wanted to robbery at Shaw Village Centre

Man threatened by two men and a woman

Wiltshire police are appealing for witnesses to a robbery that occurred at Shaw Village Centre, at about 9pm on Wednesday 31 July 2014. A man was sitting on the grass close to the village centre when...

Cookery school’s lesson in super foods

Learn how to get the healthy benefits of fruit and veg - two hour class in North Swindon, Tuesday 12 August

A cookery school in North Swindon is holding a special two hour class to help people understand how to get the healthy benefits of fruit and veg. It takes place at Rusland Cookery School in Haydon Wi...