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Getting down to business at Tadpole Farm School in North Swindon

Jane Leo, headteacher, sets up office to meet parents and recruit staff for September opening

Jane Leo, the headteacher of Tadpole Farm Church of England School, has set up an office to meet parents and recruit staff in time to open in Redhouse Community Centre in September. The school will m...

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Libraries to celebrate Pants

A celebration of underpants will be held at two Swindon libraries on Tuesday 3 June.

A celebration of underpants will be held at two Swindon libraries next week. Swindon Libraries, in partnership with the Wyvern Theatre, is holding an underpants festival on Tuesday, 3 June to celebra...

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Fatal traffic accident at entrance to North Swindon District Centre

Photos and YouTube Video by Richard Wintle of Calyx

Police were called at 6.30am on Sunday 25 May to a fatal road traffic collision on Thamesdown Drive, near to ASDA Walmart at the North Swindon District Centre. The Ambulance Service attended the scen...

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Hope for September start on new Swindon speedway stadium

Plans for a new look Abbey Stadium could be entering the home straight

The plans for a new speedway and greyhound racing stadium could be entering the home straight, says Clarke Osborne, managing director of site owners and stadium operating company Gaming International....

Children’s camp to provide North Swindon parents with school holiday childcare

Parents can take advantage of Hi5 children’s camp at the Haydon Centre in the May half-term.

Parents can take advantage of a children’s camp in the May half-term. The Hi5 camp is available at Swindon Borough Council’s Haydon Centre in Thames Avenue, Haydon Wick, between Tuesday, ...

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New College North Swindon school bid will be for 11 to 18s only

Parents of children going to secondary school in September 2016 need to indicate interest soon

Parents of children going to secondary school in September 2016 need to indicate interest soon A plan to develop a free school in North Swindon offering  all through education for pupils from th...

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North Swindon councillor pleased community centre is to be built

Tadpole Farm Primary School to open in building that will eventually become Redhouse Community Centre

North Swindon councillor Vera Tomlinson has welcomed the fact that Tadpole Farm Primary School is to open in the building that will eventually become Redhouse Community Centre. In 2011 she badgered C...

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Local lass head heads up newest Swindon school

Tadpole Farm School will open in Redhouse Community Centre in September

Headteacher Jane Leo is taking on the challenge of opening the town's latest primary school which is to be called Tadpole Farm Church of England School after a public vote. Jane, pictured right with ...

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Swindon dog walker Roxy house sits as well

Roxanne Walker-Loveridge from North Swindon not only looks after pets, but looks after homes as well

Roxanne Walker-Loveridge from North Swindon has extended her offering by not only looking after pets, but looking after homes as well. At the end of April Roxy moved into Kirstie Priest’s home ...

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TWIGS community garden in Swindon returns to independence

Open Day Sunday 18 May as part of the National Garden Scheme

Following on from 11 years as a part of the Richmond Fellowship, TWIGS - theapeutic work in gardening in Swindon - has recently moved back to become a locally based independent charity, as it was when...

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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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Wessex Male Choir Wows Ireland With World Premiere

Come along and see them when they perform at STEAM on 5 July

Irish audiences were bowled over by Wessex Male Choir, led by new Musical Director Katrine Reimers. Katrine studied music at King's College, Cambridge and has conducted numerous vocal groups across ...

IT courses on offer in North Swindon

IT courses for unemployed people at North Swindon Library from mid-May, plus free club for job seekers

Solomon Training is offering beginner and intermediate IT courses for unemployed people in the computer suite at North Swindon Library from mid-May. The courses are free to anyone who receives Job Se...

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New team in place to manage North Swindon school

Interim principal and executive principal in place for 12 months

Two new and highly experienced leaders have been appointed to Nova Hreod Academy to replace headteacher Julie Tridgell who announced in February 2014 that she intended to take some time out to refresh...

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Oakhurst Primary School in North Swindon celebrates diversity through colourful artwork thanks to Dulux

Oakhurst Primary School has unveiled a bright mural, inspired and designed by its students to celebrate its Diversity Week, thanks to a generous paint donation from the Dulux Let’s Colour Projec...

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Singing nursery rhymes makes happier, more content children in Swindon

Musical Minis Swindon and North Wiltshire welcomes new report by Oxford University and the Open University

Local children's music group is helping produce happier, more content, better developed children - its official! Chrissie Rolls, owner of Musical Minis Swindon and North Wiltshire, has welcomed a rep...

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Historic steam locomotives head to Swindon & Cricklade Railway over Easter weekend

Met 1 will haul the Easter Egg-Spress from Friday 18 to Monday 21 April - come along and see the visiting locomotives and meet the Easter Bunny

Volunteers at the Swindon and Cricklade Railway are looking forward to the visit of two steam locomotives to the railway in the near future. Moreso, since the stalwart steam locomotive Salmon left th...

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North Swindon school marks the Great War

Storyteller plays key role in helping children understand what happened a century ago

Red Oaks Primary School in North Swindon spent two days focussed on World War I on 2 and 3 April with a special guest amongst them, a 'veteran' of the Great War Fred Sullivan. Proudly wearing his ser...

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Swindon dog trainer celebrates 7 years in business

Haydon Wick dog behaviourist and puppy trainer's business going from strength to strength

Dog behaviourist and puppy trainer Janet Garret from Haydon Wick is still pinching herself that the business she set up in 2007 is going from strength to strength and is busier than ever. Janet, refl...

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North Swindon road to become a toll highway

Discounts for residents living in the area. Mass cycling movement predicted

In a posting on the Priory Vale website, Swindon councillor Oliver Donachie writes that he has been asked to pass on the reminder from the Highways Agency that it has been confirmed that to fund r...

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New College North Swindon school bid only for 11-18s

College narrows scope for free school

A plan to develop a bid for a free school serving North Swindon that offered continuous, all through education for pupils from the ages of 4 to 19 has been narrowed down by New College. This will be...

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New Swindon group gives support to families experiencing cancer

Dragonflies brings families together

A new support group has been launched in North Swindon to bring together families where: •    a parent is receiving treatment for cancer; •    there are chi...

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Sports company provides free fitness initiative to schools

Jan Miller offers Golden Mile to get children physically active

Jan Miller, Premier Sport’s Physical Activity and Sports coordinator, is backing a nationwide fitness initiative called The Golden Mile to get children across Swindon physically active within th...

Children's camp to provide parents with school holiday childcare in North Swindon

Hi5 camp at Haydon Centre, Thames Avenue from Monday 7 to Thursday 17 April.

The Hi5 camp is available at Swindon Borough Council’s Haydon Centre in Thames Avenue, Haydon Wick, from Monday 7 April 2014 until Thursday 17 April 2014. The camp provides activities for child...

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Elevate Education give Swindon students a fresh approach to exam revision

Isambard students learn new and effective skills to help with exam revision

Students at Isambard Community School in North Swindon have been provided with new and effective study skills in a bid to change and improve students’ attitudes to revision in the lead up to exa...

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