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Emergency Services Show looks to the sky - Sunday 7 September

This year's Emergency Services Show on Sunday 7 September will have attractions in the sky as well as on the ground!

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Academy staff put on their walking shoes for dementia charity

Churchfields Academy staff to take part in Alzheimer's Society's fundraising Stonehenge to Avebury Trek.

Two members of staff at one of Swindon’s top achieving academies are devoting their time and energy to raising money for a cause close to their hearts. Esther Newman and Gemma Willis are curren...


Beatles For Sale at Gig to Remember in Swindon

Turning back the clock with The Bootleg Beatles on 8 November

The clock will be turned back half a century on 8 November when The Bootleg Beatles headline A Gig To Remember at the Oasis – 50 years to the day since the Fab Four’s famous homecoming, wr...


Swindon friends make bike trip to Paris in aid of diabetes research

Cycle from London to Paris to raise funds for JDRF from 11 September

A group of friends from Swindon will be cycling from London to Paris to raise money for JDRF, the world’s largest charity committed to finding a cure for type 1 diabetes. Twelve riders will set...


Chief Constable Pat Geenty gets Ice Bucket Challenge soaking

Money raised for Motor Neurone Disease and UK COPs

Wiltshire Police’s Chief Constable Pat Geenty took part in the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money for Motor Neurone Disease and UK COPs. The ice bucket challenge has been trending on social m...


Two halls for hire in West Swindon at Freshbrook and Peatmoor

Newly decorated hall welcomes more bookings

Roughmoor Social Hall on Swinley Drive in Peatmoor has had a makeover and bookings have been steadily increasing since it was taken over by Freshbrook Community Centre management committee a year ago....


Smash supporters wanted to launch its first dosh dash

Smash Dash for Cash - Barbury Castle, Sunday 7 September.

Smash, the Swindon charity that supports vulnerable young people by teaming them up with trained mentors, is holding its first ever Smash Dash for Cash on a 10 mile course around Barbury Castle on Sun...


Swindon runner on target for end of year challenge in Rome

Running over 2,000 kilometres to achieve a fundraising target of £5,000.

In 2014, Matt Cordas from Lydiard Millicent is running a minimum of 5.64km every day in aid of the St. James’s Place Foundation totalling over 2,000 kilometres, which is the distance from C...


New Minister for Civil Society presents Involve Swindon with Big Society Award

Local employee volunteer network honoured with Prime Minister's award

Representatives from local employee volunteer network, Involve Swindon, welcomed the new Minister for Civil Society, Brooks Newmark, and members of the Cabinet Office to Swindon and were rewarded with...


Puppy Skool goes on the road to help Swindon Needy Dogs

Dog agility course £192.50 raises at Old Town Rotary Duck Race

Pupils from Janet’s Puppy Skool took part in a dog agility course during the Old Town Rotary Duck Race on May Bank Holiday, raising money for Swindon’s Needy Dogs. Explaining more about t...

Christmas comes early for Swindon Homeless Charity, thanks to Brunel Shopping Centre

Pop Up Shop, Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 August - raising funds for Christmas Care charity.

It may still be summertime, but Christmas is coming early for a charity that looks after the needy and homeless during the festive period, thanks to some creative thinking from the staff at Swindon&rs...


Charity marks third year of care centre in West Swindon

Hop, Skip & Jump's fun day at Upper Shaw Farm

Hop, Skip & Jump, in West Swindon, provides immediate and flexible, 7 day and evening respite care, to children and adults with life limiting illness, disabilities and special needs, no matter how...


Children’s centres to hold open days for Swindon families

National charity 4Children to hold open days across Swindon.

A series of open days for families are being held at Children’s Centres across Swindon by national charity 4Children. 4Children’s Borough Manager Sue Deedigan said: “We are opening ...


Book written by 100 women from Swindon boosts income and health revolution in Nepal

'A Day in the Life...' provides start-up funds for 153 family enterprises in Nepal

‘A Day in the Life…’ published by the Swindon based 100 Women Book Project has sold over 800 copies, and been able to provide start-up funds for 153 family enterprises in some of th...


Charity Concert by The Les Bruce Big band

Saturday 27 September - Ellendune Hall, Wroughton

Saturday 27 September Ellendune Hall, Wroughton SN4 9LW Tickets are £8, children under 16 free if accompanied by an adult Tickets available from 01793 466129  ...


Swindon wrestler who fought meningitis hosts grapple fest

Raising money for Meningitis Now

Darren Brown, of Swindon, contracted the dreaded meningitis at just five months steps into the ring on Saturday 16 August to raise money for Meningitis Now. Doctors said he was ‘close to death&...


Previously loved items in demand at Swindon charity shop

One small advert in Link magazine attracts welcome support for The Gate

One small advert attracts welcome support The Gateway Furniture Project in Westlea and its sister shop the Gate in Havelock Square, by the Brunel Centre, are proving more popular and in demand than e...


The Harbour Project provides a refuge for displaced people in Swindon

Providing a drop-in centre for asylum seekers and refugees in Swindon

Imagine what it would be like if war or persecution or natural disaster were to befall us here in the UK - and that as a result you had to leave your home and family and all that is familiar to you, a...


Swindon cyclist sets off on 72 mile ride to raise cash for Swindon 105.5 community radio

Simon swaps his desk for his bike to take part in famous Five Valleys Sportive

Simon Cousins will be swapping his desk for his bike to take part in the Five Valleys Sportive, one of Wales’ most famous cycle race routes to raise money for local radio station, SWINDON 105.5....


Pom-poms wanted for North Swindon party in Priory Vale

Creative volunteers needed to make decorations for stalls at fundraising fun day on Saturday 6 September

Creative people are being asked to make some decorations for stalls at the Priory Vale fun day on Saturday 6 September, 12noon to 2pm, in aid of Wiltshire Air Ambulance. Members of Time Bank in Taw H...


Barnardo's opens first 'donation centre' in Swindon

Supporters encouraged to 'drop and shop' at new venture in Park South

A children’s charity is encouraging supporters to ‘drop and shop’ at a new venture which is changing the way in which donations are handled. Barnardo’s is opening what is beli...

Lunch is served in Toothill and the Wiggle Bus will get you there

Every Wednesday from 12noon at Toothill Community Centre

Toothill Lunch Club is open every Wednesday, from 12noon, at Toothill Community Centre, serving a two course meal followed by tea or coffee for the very reasonable price of £3.20. Explaining ho...


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...


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...


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...


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...