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Swindon Mayor presents Christmas teddies to women's refuge

Nick Martin recycles raffle prizes in aid of children

Nick Martin, Swindon's mayor, has been recycling raffle prizes in aid of children living at the women's refuge in the town. Swindon Women's Aid is one of three charities Nick is supporting during his...

Make the world a little friendlier by hosting an overseas student over Christmas

HOST UK looking for families to offer students a home from home for a few days

Many adult international students at universities in the UK find it difficult being far from home and adjusting to a new culture, particularly during the great British shut down in December. HOST UK...

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Beautify your bump to lift your spirits

Gayle brings whole new twist to the idea of the 'baby shower'

Gayle Fletcher of Inner Smile Massage in Swindon is bringing a whole new approach to the concept of ‘baby showers’ for expectant mums by giving the native American tradition of Blessingway...

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Swindon mum of murdered girl campaigns for PACE review

Mother of Becky Godden-Edwards seeking 100,000 signatures to trigger debate in Parliament

The mother of Becky Godden-Edwards who disappeared in early 2003, and whose remains were found in a field north of Swindon in 2011, is seeking 100,000 signatures on a petition to trigger a parliamenta...

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Spooky Swindon. Lydiard House at Night: do you dare to enter?

Book a place on Wednesday 30 October if you can take it

As darkness falls, do you dare to explore the house on Wednesday 30 October? Two chance to discover the town's spookiest location at: 6pm to 7pm or 7.30pm to 8.30pm. It's definitely not for the feint ...

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True Swindonian talks about her 97 years on 31 October

An amazing local life at Central Library

Andy Binks will be chatting to Joyce Murgatroyd aged 97 years about her amazing life in Rodbourne, Swindon on Thursday 31 October, 7.15pm, in the Central Library 2nd Floor Reading Room. Joyce Murgatr...

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Swindon Family Fortnight: 19 October - 3 November

Half-term fun at great prices at 6 venues across the town

Leisure and cultural facilities offer half-term fun at great prices at 6 venues across the town Families can take advantage of some special offers at a range of leisure centres and attractions in Swi...

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Make Swindon a Traffik Free Zone: 21 October

Films on what slavery looks like in the 21st Century followed by discussion

Monday 21 October, 7.30pm, St Joseph's College, Ocotal Way, Swindon, SN3 3LR. Free Admission. All welcome. Steven Aftelak of Unchosen Swindon writes Millions of people around the world and thousands...

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Free Fun for all the Family in Swindon

Family Fun Day at Wyvern Theatre on Saturday 2 November.

The Wyvern Theatre has teamed up with a number of local organisations to create a Family Fun Day on Saturday 2 November, which will form part of the UK-wide Family Arts Festival during the October hal...

Free activities at Haydon Centre open day: Sunday 13 October

Action-packed day of free activities on offer

An action-packed day of free activities will be on offer at the Haydon Centre this coming Sunday. The taster sessions available include dancing, badminton, karate, Ju Jitsu and trampolining and are a...

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Huge crowds on first day of big Lego show at Steam Museum, Swindon on 5 & 6 October

Jet engine model and Saturn rocket at the centre of Great Western LEGO Show

STEAM – Museum of the Great Western Railway has become a LEGO Wonderland on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 October with the ever- popular Great Western LEGO Show. And there was barely room to move on ...

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Open air market returns to Swindon town centre

Stalls to be found every Thursday

Swindon town centre on a Thursday morning is now a great deal more interesting following the return of an open air farmers market offering local, fresh food and drink on Thursday 3 October The market...

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Sunday 15 September: Wander the Western Flyer

Discover one of Swindon’s best-kept secrets, the Western Flyer cycle/pedestrian route from West Swindon to the town centre

Discover one of Swindon’s best-kept secrets, the Western Flyer cycle/pedestrian route from West Swindon to the town centre. The 2 mile wander is part of the …marking time…along th...

Four Swindon Children's Centres set to close

Opposition councillor says hundreds of families in east and south Swindon to be deprived of essential services

A report to Swindon Council's cabinet on Wednesday 11 September, cabinet members are recommended to shut down four of Swindon’s 14 Children’s Centres to reduce costs. It is proposed that ...

Swindon library end of the summer holiday family event

Free event at Swindon's Central Library on Sunday 1 September

Swindon’s Central Library will be hosting an event designed to lift the spirits as the summer holidays draw to a close. The Regent Circus library’s End of Summer event will consist of a n...

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Babe The Sheep Pig visits Lydiard Park Friday 16 August

Lydiard Park will be transformed into a farm yard for the last open-air theatre show of the season

The inventive and funny touring theatre company, Illyria, present an open-air adaptation of Dick King-Smith’s popular story, Babe The Sheep Pig, on the lawn outside Lydiard House on Friday 16 Au...

Big Latch On in Lydiard Park - Saturday 3 August

World Breastfeeding Week - raising awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding

1st to 7th August is World Breastfeeding Week and Swindon is looking to be part of a world record attempt. World Breastfeeding Week is used to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding and is ...

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There's a flying start to the holidays for 10,000 children at the Royal International Air Tattoo on 20 & 21 July

Free entry to all under 16's at the world's greatest airshow - RAF Fairford, July 20 and 21.

With many families experiencing rising costs and tight budgets, Air Tattoo organisers believe more people than usual will take advantage of the offer that there is no limit to the under 16s that tic...

Scrapstore free family fun day

Eco-family event on Saturday 20 July - all welcome.

Supporters invited to Swindon Scrapstore family fun day Swindon Scrapstore, the low cost community resource centre and environmental charity, has settled into its new base at 2, Bramble Close, Elgin ...

Consultation on future shape of Swindon Children's Centres

Plans to re-organise 14 centres which provide information, advice and services for parents of children under five.

A consultation has begun on proposed changes to the 14 children’s centres in Swindon, which provide information, advice and services for parents of children under five. Following discussions wi...

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Celebrate ‘Schools Out’ at Kidz About Summer Party

Fundraising end of term party with Kidz Disco and Karaoke, BBQ, Bouncy Castle and lots more - Friday 26 July

End of term party in aid of Swindon's cancer and leukaemia children's charity CALM. Celebrate ‘Schools Out’ at Kidz About with an end of term themed party complete with a Kidz Disco &...

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Put your best foot forward for families in Swindon - 29 June

The Big Push, Lydiard Park - raising funds for NCT.

The Big Push, Lydiard Park - raising funds for NCT Becoming a parent is an amazing and exciting time, but it can bring challenges too, and the right practical and emotional support can make all the...

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West Swindon families can get advice about changes in welfare benefits

West Swindon Family Centre offers help to families with children aged 0 to 19

It’s a huge challenge: balancing family life and finances can seem overwhelming, and changes to the benefit system are confusing and frightening, but help is available at West Swindon Family Cen...

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Legal Aid still available for mediation after 1 April

mediationplus provides family mediation for couples and families dealing with separation or divorce.

From 1 April, Legal Aid will no longer be available for people wishing to engage a solicitor in most Family Law cases. But it will be available to clients accessing family mediation, subject to eligi...

Bright future for Michelle and her little boy

Coping with cerebral palsy, epilepsy and a baby son

Cradling her son and feeding him his favourite cauliflower cheese, Michelle feels incredibly blessed. Her bundle of joy, who turns one year old next month, smiles at everyone, is a picture of health...

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Family centre celebrates mums feeding babies naturally

Breastmates offers information, advice, encouragement and a listening ear to mums across Swindon

Breastmates, a group which helps mothers at various venues across the town breastfeed their new borns, marked its sixth anniversary in February. There are currently eight groups in the town coordin...

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