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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...


Royal Wootton Bassett Carnival - Saturday 17 May

Enter a float, make a donation, offer sponsorship, volunteer - support needed from individuals and businesses

A highlight in the Town’s calendar, organisers at looking for as many individuals and businesses as possible to get involved. There are lots of ways... Carnival Procession Entries We’re...


XTC fan from Chile appreciates Swindon band

Videographer and photographer Maria Angelica Sepulveda Medina from Chile must be one of the biggest fans of legendary Swindon band XTC in South America. She listened to The Beatles, Iron Maiden and m...


Wiltshire Air Ambulance new helicopter to carry slogan: 'Funded by you, flying for you'

Colour scheme design announced by air ambulance trustees

The colour scheme for Wiltshire’s new Air Ambulance was unveiled on 22 April by the Wiltshire Air Ambulance Charitable Trust’s board of trustees. The helicopter, a Bell 429, which will ar...


Ridgeway Farm Swindon to take 5 years longer than expected

Worries when Section 106 funded road improvements will now get underway

Building at Ridgeway Farm, which is listed as the fourth largest unplanned development in the UK by Planning Resources, since the Coalition Government's NPPF (National Planning Policy Framework) was i...


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...