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Wiltshire's Sizzling Road Cycling Challenge – Back Again

Sunday 27 July - organised by GiveItSome raising money for Sparks charity

With its debut event in 2013, Wiltshire's Savernake Sizzler Cycling Challenge is back again on Sunday 27 July to support Sparks. A fun but tough cycling event takes place on Sunday 27 July, near Marl...


Optimising the experience for Swindon motorists

Optima Motors celebrates tenth anniversary by launching car accessory shop

Royal Wootton Bassett independent garage Optima Motors is celebrating ten years since opening by launching a car accessory shop. Run by Nick Gregory and Angelina Morgan, who live in Toothill, the acc...


Cancelled: MS Challenge in the Brecon Beacons on 28 June

The annual fundraising MS challenge where teams of 10 to 12 people carry a wheelchair passenger with MS around a demanding exhilarating course has been cancelled for 2014. The event involves porters ...


Red Arrows launch July Air Tattoo near Swindon

Reunion of current pilots with high flyers of the past

RAF Fairford in the Cotswolds rolled out the red carpet today on Wednesday 4 June to launch this year’s Royal International Air Tattoo which takes place in July. The entire RAF Red Arrows displ...


Swindon student receives business grant in London

UCL awards £5,000 to Sean Davey and 'Hackney Heroine' Pauline Pearce for new seasoning business Granddad’s Kitchen

University College London (UCL) student Sean Davey, 22, who comes from Swindon has been awarded £5,000 in funding for his new business selling Caribbean seasoning called Granddad’s Seasoni...


D-Day hero returns to Wiltshire village near Swindon

Sgt Bob Noody returns to Aldbourne for the first time since 1944

A D-Day veteran from the real Band of Brothers returned to his former Wiltshire camp, near Swindon, for the first time in 70 years. All images by Richard Wintle of Calyx For former 101st Airborne Di...


Del Boy marks RAF Charitable Trust's £1 million moment

David Jason receives donation for flight simulators

A Cotswold charity has just proved it’s one in a million, with its largest-ever grant to the Air Cadet Organisation (ACO) pushing the total donated to well over £1 million. At a ceremony ...


Book your ticket to the air tattoo near Swindon by the end of May and save over £5

People who are planning to see aviation history at this summer’s Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford have until the end of the May to take advantage of specially priced early bird tic...


Swindon IT company doubles in size to set stage for business growth

Sensata outgrows its offices at Basepoint, West Swindon and relocates to Coped Hall, Royal Wootton Bassett

A Swindon IT company has relocated and doubled its office space, as part of a strategic plan to expand the business. Sensata, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary, has moved from Basepoint in W...


Swindon singer hits the local headlines in Turkey

Caitlin performs to an international audience and catches the attention of the local newspaper

Ten year old singer Caitlin Eastham from Blunsdon got the chance to perform to an international audience whilst on holiday in Dalyan, Turkey during the Easter break – and caught the attention of...


Have your say on the Great Western rail franchise

Consultation running until 26 June

Passengers in the south west are being asked for their views on the future of rail services across the region as the government considers how the Great Western franchise can best support the massive i...


Swindon charity gets timely funding boost to battle malaria in The Gambia

... and curry cashback evening helps women’s Cuba bike ride

Swindon children’s author and Story Sack inventor Neil Griffiths collected a cheque from Bombay Lounge on 14 May to help fund the maintenance and provision of mosquito nets in the village of Gun...

Enter the 25th charity walk on The Ridgeway outside Swindon

Walkley Midnight Walk from Avebury to Bishopstone - Saturday 14 June

The Rotary Club of Swindon Thamesdown is hoping for a record turnout when it mounts this year’s Walkley Midnight Walk on a 20 mile section of the Ridgeway between Avebury and Bishopstone on Satu...


Eye opening education India visit for Swindon student

Bradon Forest School students and 4 teachers spend 10 days in Northern India

Twenty seven students from Bradon Forest School, accompanied by four teachers, spent 10 days in Northern India in April visiting iconic historical sites and two partner Jawahar Navodaya Vidylaya (JNV)...


Swindon group commit to raising £12,000 for Chinese bear sanctuary

Historic agreement sees Animals Asia working with farm to rescue 130 bears

Volunteers in Swindon are playing their part in Animals Asia’s bid to convert a bear bile farm in Nanning, China, into a sanctuary, following an unprecedented request by the farm owner to rescue...

Emergency Services Show raised record £26,000 for charities

Tickets now on sale for 2014 show on 7 September

The 2013 Emergency Services Show was a record year with more money being raised for charity than ever before. On Tuesday 22 April organisers of the show presented cheques totalling £26,000 to a...


Swindon dancers need sponsors to help them achieve their World Cup dream

Swindon Academy of Dance need to raise £10,000 to finance trip to the Dance World Cup in Portugal

In June, 18 pupils from Swindon Academy of Dance will represent Team England at the prestigious Dance World Cup, in the Algarve in Portugal - but they need to raise £10,000 to finance the trip. ...


Porker racing takes place near Swindon: Sunday 25 May

Bishopstone to host third pig racing day

The village of Bishopstone in Wiltshire, already inundated with ley lines, watercress beds and old motorbikes, is presenting the third running of The Queen’s Pig Racing Handicap, yearling trials...

Travel to Learn...Return to Inspire. Churchill scholarship applications now open

Prestigious Travelling Fellowships

Prestigious Travelling Fellowships - Applications now open In 2015 The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust will be investing £1.2million in British citizens by awarding a record number of 150 Trav...


Bike rides in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support

18th Castles Mountain Bike Ride - Sunday 1 June; Lew gets on his bike in July for London to Paris challenge

Enjoy a fun family day out on the 18th Castles Mountain Bike Ride over the Ridgeway on Sunday 1 June. The event starts from Croft Sports Centre in Marlborough Road, with riders setting off at 10am. T...


Swindon Academy students scramble into action at RAF Brize Norton

Skillforce help students spread their wings at RAF Brize Norton

On Wednesday 26 March Swindon Academy Students spread their wings at RAF Brize Norton as part of a programme by educational charity, SkillForce. SkillForce is a charity that works in schools, drawin...


Police discover boots thought to be worn by Sian O’Callaghan

Major Crime Investigation Team (MCIT) retrieve item from a pond in Ramsbury

Officers from the Major Crime Investigation Team (MCIT) have recovered a pair of boots from a pond in Ramsbury which they believe belonged to Sian O’Callaghan. Sian, aged 22 from Swindon was ab...

Swindon to Weymouth train trips restart from Sunday 18 May

Let the train take the strain and have a great day out at the seaside!

The traditional day out by train from Swindon to Weymouth is once again available on Sundays from 18 May until early September. The train leaves Swindon at 09:26 (09:21 on some dates), and passengers...


50 more houses for conservation area in West Swindon after ecological area is 'swapped' for school site in South Wiltshire

An environmentalist says the decision to allow Wain Homes to build 50 houses on nature conservation area, next to the River Ray between Swindon and North Wiltshire, is based on bizarre logic. The dev...


Swindon Macmillan Cancer Supporter lives his legacy

Charity invites video entries during Dying Matters Awareness Week

Macmillan Cancer Support has launched an uplifting film entitled ‘Live Your Legacy’ (#LYL) inviting people throughout the UK to ask themselves how they would like to be remembered after th...


North Swindon MP witnesses explosions in Parliament

Royal Society of Chemistry demonstrates what Guy Fawkes could have achieved

Guy Fawkes didn't succeed in setting off a chemical reaction under the Houses of Parliament in 1605, but nearly 410 year later, North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson met the first scientist ever to be all...