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Churchfields Academy Swindon celebrates 50 years with fete on Saturday 13 September

Followed by Open Evening on Thursday 18 September, 5pm to 8pm

Churchfields Academy in Salcombe Grove, first opened its doors to students in 1964 and has been going strong ever since. Principal Sharon Kirwan said: “This year is one of celebration for all...

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Swindon & Cricklade Railway: Blunsdon At War

Popular event showcasing an array of wartime themes - Saturday and Sunday 13th and 14th September

The upcoming weekend sees much of the railway at Blunsdon become a distinct shade of camouflage khaki, when the annual Wartime Weekend takes place. Providing fun for all the family, the popular event...

Library service establishes additional community collection

Blunsdon Parish Hall to house community collection of library books

Blunsdon will be the latest parish to benefit from a new collection of library books as part of an innovative partnership between Swindon Libraries and the local community.   On Thursday 11 Sep...

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Organic September at Purton House Organic Farm

Open Day - Saturday 13 September

Open day at Purton House Organics Farm & Shop to celebrate Organic September Saturday 13 September 2014 10.00am - 4.00pm Purton House Organics Farm & Shop, Church End, Purton, SN5 4EB Purt...

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Swindon artists show off their talents at open studios this weekend

Swindon artists welcome visitors again this weekend

Swindon artists will again be welcoming visitors into their studios and homes across the town on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September, writes Rachel Pryor. Over 40 individuals are taking part in this ...

Groovy Baby! The 1960s return to Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Celebrating the 50th birthday of the art gallery extension - 13 & 14 September

The groovy 1960s will be in full swing at Swindon Museum and Art Gallery next weekend (13 and 14 September) as it celebrates the 50th birthday of the art gallery extension to its home in Apsley House ...

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UTC Swindon reveals iconic water tower

Newly restored water tower unwrapped at the heart of Swindon site

The unwrapping of the newly restored water tower, at the heart of the UTC Swindon site, took place on Wednesday 27 August. The cast iron structure erected in 1871 is grade II listed and forms a lan...

An offer young people can’t refuse

Emerge project welcomes new school year and has spaces for 11 to 16 year olds.

The emerge youth project which meets at Holy Trinity Church, Shaw village centre, welcomes the new school year and has spaces for 11s to 16s, writes Claire Camm. The project offers young people aged...

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Rescued battery hens enjoy life at Studley Grange Butterfly World

and help children to learn about healthy eating at the same time

When the brood of ex-battery hens arrived at Studley Grange they had never walked on grass, never seen daylight and never enjoyed finding insects in the open air. They had lost all their feathers and...

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New North Swindon Tadpole Farm primary school opens with visit from Bishop Lee Rayfield

Redhouse Community Centre now in use for education

Redhouse Community Centre, where the new Church of England primary school academy for Tadpole Farm will be based until the middle of 2015, was completed and handed over two weeks earlier than expected...

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Full steam ahead for Swindon Railway Festival this weekend

STEAM Museum of the Great Western Railway - Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September

Families and rail enthusiasts from all over the country will gather for a celebration of steam railways at the Swindon Railway Festival next weekend. Live steam from Hatch Heritage & Steam Engi...

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Arkell’s Brewery goes green

Wiltshire brewery has just completed installation 148 solar panels to cut energy consumption and reduce costs.

148 solar panels costing a total of around £50,000 are now catching the last rays of summer sun on the roof at Arkell’s Brewery, Swindon. The Wiltshire brewery has just completed installa...

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'The Big Dig' Community Garden Project - Tuesday 9 September

Help us to create an amazing community space at Pinetrees Community Centre, Pinehurst

Pinehurst Initiative Forum are pleased to announce that we are the first group to be awarded RE:FRESH funding from Housing, Swindon Borough Council. This funding is to help transform the gardens at P...

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Happy Taylor Wimpey customers buy their second home at Wichelstowe in Swindon

Michelle and Luke look no further than new homes round the corner

Taylor Wimpey customers Michelle and Luke Aylett were so impressed with their first home at Wichelstowe that when they decided they wanted a bigger place, they looked no further than the new homes bei...

Winston Churchill Memorial Trust offers Life Changing Opportunity

150 travelling fellowships on offer

In 2015 The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust will be investing £1.2million in British citizens by awarding a record number of 150 Travelling Fellowships, in order to mark its 50th anniversary. ...

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North Swindon fete a great success in aid of Wiltshire Air Ambulance

People pack Brook Park

North Swindon residents turned out in force to enjoy a fete on Saturday 6 September, the first ever community fun day in the area. In gloriously sunny weather, people filled Brook Park in Redhouse to...

Witness appeal following series of burglaries in Wroughton

Wiltshire Police keen to speak to man who has been acting suspiciously

  Wiltshire Police are appealing for information following a series of burglaries in Wroughton.   A number of residential properties have been targeted in recent weeks with the suspect/...

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Tidying up the sculptures of West Swindon

Nexus at Freshbrook, White Horse Pacified at Shaw and The Watchers at Toothill

Freshbrook sculpture looks better than ever after village centre makeover. The £90,000 revamp of Freshbrook Village Centre officially launched in May included a new surface under Nexus, the lar...

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Is Swindon’s Mary Carter the oldest professional carer in the UK?

Mary is Bluebird Care Swindon's oldest carer, supporting people in their own homes.

Every Friday Mary and John sit on a bench in the cemetery in Wroughton, sharing a flask of tea and reminiscing about days gone by. Mary Carter will be 80 next year, and John Sadler is 61. To the casu...

East Wichel Fun Day on 31 August a big success

East Wichel Community Association welcomed families from all around the fast-growing neighbourhood

Residents of the flourishing community of East Wichel, near Swindon, enjoyed a fun-filled day getting to know their neighbours during a special summer celebration at the weekend. The East Wichel Comm...

Learn more about Swindon GWH foundation health trust at its Annual Members’ Meeting

Find out about latest developments on Wednesday 17 September

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is inviting local people to find out about the latest developments and improvements in patient care at its Annual Members’ Meeting later this month. ...

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David Hempleman-Adams guest speaker at Swindon youth charity AGM – 25 September

Inner Flame celebrates 6th birthday with networking event

Britain's most famous explorer and adventurer David Hempleman-Adams will be speaking at the AGM of Inner Flame, one of Swindon’s most well-respected charities, on Thursday 25 September from 6p...

Sexual assault in East Swindon - witness appeal

Ginger haired man sought

Wiltshire Police are appealing for information regarding a serious sexual assault which occurred in Swindon  on Thursday 4 September. At approximately 5pm a 21 year old woman was walking in the ...

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Police launch youth site for Swindon & Wiltshire

Site goes live 5 September with competition

Wiltshire Police has unveiled a brand new youth website called Youth Zone - an extension of the existing Wiltshire Police website. It's a one-stop shop for young people to get advice and information ...

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West Swindon pupils explore social media to boost reading and writing

Teaching assistant Matt begins pioneering new scheme to get children social online

Matt Oswin, Year 6 teaching assistant at Shaw Ridge School, has began a pioneering new scheme to get children social online and involved in intellectual conversations with people from all over the wor...

Sing for fun and relaxation!

Swindon Scratch Choir autumn term starts September 15

The Swindon Scratch Choir is starting its autumn term on September 15. Open to anyone who would like to sing - no auditions, no need to read music. Mondays 7.30-9.30pm Central Community Hall, Emly...

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