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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...


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...


Swindon man to climb the Matterhorn for Alzheimer's Society

Andrew hoping to raise £2,500 for dementia charity

Andrew Caple will be attempting to climb the Matterhorn in his late grandmother's memory by fundraising for the Alzheimer's society, who are leading the fight against dementia related illnesses throug...


Swindon SMASH youth project teams up with Nuffield Gym

Making a difference, seeing it happen

“The best thing about being a mentor is the effect you see on the young person. You soon notice a dramatic change in their confidence, the way they talk to you and relate to others,” says...


Volunteers needed at Swindon & Cricklade Railway

With the imminent opening of third station at Taw Valley Halt new helpers are desperately needed

Many readers will be familiar with the Swindon & Cricklade Railway, Swindon’s very own volunteer run heritage railway based primarily at Blunsdon Station on Tadpole Lane. The Railway contin...


All invited to Tour de Swindon finale on 27 July

Day to celebrate cycling in Swindon

Swindon families are being invited to mark the end of the second ‘Tour de Swindon’ with a Grand Finale cycling fun day at Coate Water Park on Sunday 27 July. ‘Tour de Swindon’...


Rock Cafe in North Swindon gets the plaudits

Word is spreading about 'hidden gem in the heart of the community'

The word is spreading about the Rock Cafe at St John’s Church in Haydon Wick, with one visitor to the influential TripAdvisor website describing it as ‘a hidden gem in the heart of the com...

The Midcounties Co-operative Community Fund open for applications in Swindon

Local community groups can apply for grants of up to £2,000

Local community groups in Swindon are being offered the chance to apply for grants of up to £2,000 from The Midcounties Co-operative’s Community Fund. The Society is now accepting applica...

Support from Sainsburys for The Shop, in Cavendish Square, Park South

A year's worth of fundraising and awareness support from the store's colleagues and customers - launch day Friday 18 July.

It’s the sixth year of Sainsbury’s Local Charity partner scheme, which has raised over £6 million for local charities and Sainsbury’s Swindon have announced that The Shop will ...


Rider departs from Swindon hotel to break poverty cycle

Jeremy has his sights set on a 500 mile cycling endurance challenge in aid of Villiers Park Educational Trust's Scholars Programme

If you missed the opportunity to participate in the excitement of the Tour de France, then this may be the opportunity to witness the next epic Grande Tour. A 40 year old office based director has s...


Walk for Freedom in West Swindon on 20 July

Peatmoor Lagoon and Forest - raising funds for Animals Asia's Peace by Piece Campaign

Peatmoor Lagoon and Forest starting at 11am. Bring your friends, family and canine companions and join us on a wonderful 3 mile Walk for Freedom and help us raise funds for the new Peace by Piece Cam...

Swindon hearing aid users to make sure public venues are in the loop

Let's Loop Swindon volunteers undertake quality checks as part of Hearing Loop Awareness Week

A group of hearing aid users are to check the quality of hearing loops in public buildings across Swindon as part of a national awareness week. Volunteers from Let’s Loop Swindon are undertakin...


Your Countryside Needs You

More volunteers needed to help out at successful tearoom at Richard Jefferies Museum

A new tearoom at the Richard Jefferies Museum is proving so successful that it needs more people to give a hand behind the scenes. The museum, birthplace of the Swindon’s Victorian nature writ...


Great War Show Brings Great Triumph to Swindon

Birdsong audiences donate in excess of £2,700 to Help for Heroes at Wyvern Theatre performances

Audiences throughout the 7-performance run of Birdsong at the Wyvern Theatre last week donated in excess of £2,700 to Help for Heroes. The charity offers comprehensive support to those who hav...


British Muslims buy cakes to raise thousands for Syria

Non-Muslims asked to order Cakes4Syria in support of Islamic Relief

Muslim volunteers fasting for Ramadan have delivered over 5,000 cakes across the UK in aid of Islamic Relief’s ‘Cakes4Syria’ fundraising effort, with thousands more to be delivered i...


Passionate about health and social care in Swindon?

Then get on Board, says health watchdog

Then get on Board, says health watchdog. A health watchdog which gives Swindon people a powerful voice in how health and social care services are run in the town is asking locals to step up and join ...

Cheney Chicks Walking for Prospect Hospice

Rodbourne Cheney and Moredon Primary School pupils inspire staff to take part in 10km Starlight Walk.

With two primary schools have joined forces to raise as much money as they can for the Adver’s 160 Appeal in aid of Prospect Hospice, staff at Rodbourne Cheney Primary School were spurred to do ...

Take the plunge for Prospect Hospice’s Big Swim near Swindon on 12 July

Call for open water swimmers to take part

Prospect Hospice is looking for swimmers to sign up for its Big Swim on Saturday 12 July at Bowmoor Sailing Club in Lechlade. The event, in its second year, invites participants to take to the water ...


Donation allows Swindon gym to punch above its weight

Sovereign Housing donates £1,000 to Scrapstore's Scrappers Boxing Gym

A Wiltshire charity which supports young people in getting fit has been given a boost thanks to a donation from the residents of a local housing association. Sovereign Housing Association’s Wes...


West Swindon cake bake-off designer from Tregoze Primary School wins national prize from Basepoint Business Centres

Anton is a national winner

To mark its 20th anniversary, Basepoint Business Centres asked primary schools near each of its 30 serviced office centres to come up with a celebratory design a cake in a ‘Birthday Bake-Off&rsq...


West Swindon residents needed at Freshbrook Community Centre annual meeting on 16 July

New members needed to take on successful organisation

The AGM of Freshbrook Community Centre management committee takes place on Wednesday 16 July, 6.30pm, and is open to people living in Freshbrook, Peatmoor and surrounding areas. New officers and co...


Pedal Power for SANDS

C&D Group and Swindon College Old Boys in three day charity bike ride from Swindon to Paris

C&D Group and Swindon College Old Boys have risen to the challenge again; this time in an epic bike ride from Swindon to Paris to raise money for C&D's elected charity SANDS. The team will be...


iPads help with education of deaf children in Swindon

New Swindon & North Wiltshire Deaf Children’s Society committee have made their first donation of iPads for specialist support teachers.

The new committee of Swindon & North Wiltshire Deaf Children’s Society have made their first donation after raising over £1,100 to buy iPads for specialist support teachers. Society c...