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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...

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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...

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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)...

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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...

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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. ...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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