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Better Swindon Principles get backing from Lord Joel Joffe

Statement made on 50th anniversary of famous 'prepared to die' speech by Nelson Mandela

Joel Joffe, one of the legal team which defended the late Nelson Mandela at the Rivonia Trials in South Africa 50 years ago, has made a statement in support of six principles drawn up by Better Swindo...


New F-35B to make Euro debut at airshow near Swindon

Aviation history to be made at the Royal International Air Tattoo, RAF Fairford

Aviation history will be made in the UK this summer when, in a major airshow ‘first’, the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, the Joint Strike Fighter, makes its much-anticipated European d...


Super secret war plane to be seen near Swindon in July

F35 fighter to make foreign foray to appear at Royal International Air Tattoo

  Richard Wintle of Swindon photo agency Calyx has tweeted a Reuters report that the US Defence Department has approved the first trans-Atlantic flight of Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 fighter j...


Prior Park Prep School is hopping with excitement to be involved with the Cirencester Hare Festival

Golden 'Egyptian' Hare Cleopatra on display

Hare we go until September. The school is a proud sponsor of the Cirencester March Hare Festival, which has seen an abundance of fibreglass model hares distributed around the town. The festival, whi...


Trek to Machu Picchu in aid of Salvation Army

Rebecca and Lois appeal for sponsorship to help raise minimum of £4,000.

We are about to undertake one of the biggest challenges of our lives. In October we will be attempting to trek to Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas in Peru. This is in aid of the Salvation Arm...

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The Gruffalo to be found in the deep dark woods of Westonbirt

Celebrating The Gruffalo's 15th anniversary at national arboretum from 11 April to 31 July

The Gruffalo comes home to the deep dark wood in Gloucestershire to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the ever-green tale. Themed activity trails, a giant wooden Gruffalo sculpture and a big birthday...


Swindon Link magazine in the chilly big apple

Phoebe Maddison and her dad packed The Link when they attended the International Emmy Kids Awards in New York

Nine year old Phoebe Maddison and her dad Antony from Groundwell packed the February edition when they travelled to New York to attend the International Emmy® Kids Awards on 10 February. Phoebe h...


Writer from Swindon becomes a top romance story teller in the US

Win a signed copy of Jane Lark's 'The Illicit Love of a Courtesan'

Author Jane Lark, who lived in West Swindon for many years, has become a best selling author in America. Her first novel renamed The Illicit Love of a Courtesan, has been re-released by Harper Collin...


Swindon air cadets receive air tattoo artwork

A signed poster of last summer’s striking Air Tattoo artwork by leading modern aviation artist David Bent has been presented to the Stratton Air Cadets by the Air Tattoo's Deputy Director Market...


Ted Jefferies – The Highworth Boy Scout messenger passes away

Too young to enlist but war was far from mundane for teenager

In a month that has seen the passing of two Auxiliary Units veterans (Bob Millard and Ron Martin), the Coleshill Auxiliary Research Team (CART) is sad to announce the passing of Ted Jefferies, writes ...


Super Hornet to create airshow buzz near Swindon

Boeing has announced that it will be displaying its powerful Super Hornet on the Saturday and Sunday of the Royal International Air Tattoo, July 12-13, 2014.

Boeing has announced that it will be displaying its powerful Super Hornet on the Saturday and Sunday of the Royal International Air Tattoo, 12 to 13 July. The multi-role fighter, originally developed...


Gambia connection with West Swindon starts to build

Staff from Peatmoor Primary and Lydiard Park Academy spend time with partner schools in Gambia

Two West Swindon schools strengthened links with partners at Pirang Basic and Secondary Schools in Gambia when staff from Peatmoor Primary and Lydiard Park Academy spent February half term there. Pea...


Help make African footballers’ visit to Swindon memorable

Swindon Town Football in the Comunity Trust get ready to welcome coaches and players from Zambia

Swindon Town Football in the Community Trust have formed and developed a community project with a football league and schools in Zambia since 2008. Having made several trips to coach and set up progr...


Swindon couple organise free charity fundraiser targeting ovarian cancer

Hadrian' Wall trek and fundraising evening on 12 April in aid of Target - Ovarian Cancer

Lisa and Alison Williams are planning a trek along Hadrian’s Wall in aid of  Target – Ovarian Cancer, a disease that has affected several of their friends. But first they are hosting...

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Swindon IT Company celebrates a decade in business

A Swindon IT company, which has built an extensive client base throughout the South and South West, is celebrating ten years in business.

A Swindon IT company, which has built an extensive client base throughout the South and South West, is celebrating ten years in business. Sensata Ltd specialises in providing tailored IT services and...

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Swindon haulage and storage specialists sponsor Kilimanjaro climber who tops £5,000

Company proves its caring credentials, scaling a £5k fundraising mountain for charity!

Young European Ltd based in South Marston has proved its caring credentials, scaling a £5k fundraising mountain in aid of the Carers Turst. As part of Pall-Ex, the UK and Europe’s leading...

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Bowood House Wiltshire welcomes Michael Morpurgo

Friday 25 April - Gala Dinner in aid of 'Farms for City Children'

April Gala Dinner in aid of 'Farms for City Children' with a 'War Horse' spotlight. The Friday 25 April event is timed shortly after the re-opening of House & Gardens for 2014 and on the eve of B...


Outstanding Ofsted for Meadowpark School

All categories receive top grade; 100 per cent of parents would recommend the school

Meadowpark School in Crickade is celebrating an excellent report from Ofsted after a recent inspection, having achieved outstanding in all five categories. The inspection took place over three days a...


RAF announces highflyers for Air Tattoo near Swindon

RAF puts forward classic and contemporary aircraft for big show

This year's Royal International Air Tattoo has been given a boost after the Royal Air Force confirmed which aircraft will be starring along with the Red Arrows in this summer’s flying programme....

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Swindon primary school staff take trip to school in Turkey

Two years of exchange learning comes to an end in June with trip to Petzow

Two years of exchange learning involving eight partner schools across Europe comes to an end in June when staff and children from Tregoze Primary School travel to Petzow in Germany. During the Commen...

Military personnel get help to buy homes

Persimmon Homes welcomes Forces Help to Buy scheme

A leading Wiltshire builder has welcomed the Government’s move to help military personnel lay down roots and own their own home through the new Forces Help to Buy scheme. The initiative, which ...

‘Fred’s War: A Doctor in the Trenches’

Afternoon tea at Bowood Hotel with guest author, Andrew Davidson on Thursday 27 March

Afternoon tea at Bowood Hotel with Guest Author, Andrew Davidson on Thursday 27 March  'Fred’s War: A Doctor in the Trenches’, is the book that Andrew Davidson has always wanted to w...

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Forest Discovery Day - Sunday 30 March

Celebrating woods and forests at Westonbirt Arboretum during English Tourism Week

Nationwide Forest Discovery Day celebrates woods and forests during English Tourism Week Forestry Commission England will host Forest Discovery Day on Sunday 30 March, during English Tourism Week, to...


Domestic Violence schemes piloted in Swindon goes national

Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS) and Domestic Violence Protection Orders (DVPOs)to be used in every force in England and Wales

Two domestic violence schemes successfully piloted by Wiltshire Police, alongside partner agencies, will be rolled-out nationally by the Home Secretary this weekend. From Saturday 8 March, the Domest...


Football fans plan epic fundraising road trip

Swindon Town fan Marc Harris and three friends to visit 92 football league clubs in 92 hours to raise money for Helen & Douglas House Children's Hospice

Life long Swindon Town fan Marc Harris from Haydon Wick and three friends are planning an epic road trip to visit all 92 clubs in the football league in 92 hours to raise money and awareness for Helen...


Subsidy of Swindon leisure centres in asset transfer process wanted

Jane Milner-Barry calls on Swindon to explain the subsidy for the town's leisure centres

Cllr Williams has cast some light on Swindon Council’s plans for the leisure centres and golf courses, but I for one continue to find them baffling, writes Jane Milner-Barry. Read his article ...