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Expanding North Swindon school in several stages

Orchid Vale to be transformed into a permanent two form entry school

A complex logistical exercise in expanding Orchid Vale primary got underway in October to transform it to a permanent two form entry school. The school in Haydon End, which opened in 2006, expanded t...

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High Tea and Makers' workshops at Olive Tree Cafe in December

Tuesday 10 and Thursday 12 December 2-5pm

Festive High Tea and a fun chance to make some decorations Tuesday 10 and Thursday 12 December Olive Tree Cafe, Cheney Manor 2pm - 5pm £10 per ticket available in advance at the cafe As wel...

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Isambard school's rapid response provides help to typhoon survivors

Pupils, parents and staff pack 105 shoeboxes with supplies to send to the Philippines

Youngsters at Isambard put a huge effort into quickly responding to a charity appeal to help survivors of Typhoon Haiyan that struck the Philippines on 9 November. Within days of the disaster graphic...

Haydon Wick Parish Council concerned at mounting cost of elections

Co-option process the most cost effective and time honoured alternative said

Haydon Wick Parish Council is worried that the mounting cost of by-elections it has recently been forced to undertake is wasting taxpayers money. Over the past 5 weeks 3 elections have been called fo...

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Will the chancellor give Thamesdown Drive extension the green light on 5 December?

Some hope of relieving North and West Swindon's traffic congestion

There maybe some hope of relieving Swindon’s chronic traffic congestion to the West and North when Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne makes his Autumn Statement in Parliament on 5 Decemb...

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Tadpole Farm building in North Swindon starts

Parents find out about Tadpole Farm school as building gets underway for September opening

  Swindon Borough Council’s school admissions team were on hand to answer questions from about 50 parents about the primary school at Tadpole Farm at an information event held in the Taw...

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Swindon school shop does good business in first year

Uplands Shop provides invaluable work experience for students as well as selling goods for charity.

The Uplands Shop at Redhouse Village Centre has done a brisk trade in charity goods since it opened a year ago, as well as providing work experience for students. Executive headteacher Jackie Smith s...

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Sewage concerns back up in North Swindon

Taw Hill esidents' unhappy about proposals for two new sewage storage tanks in Queen Elizabeth Drive

Residents of Taw Hill believe that Thames Water’s sub-contractors Optimise are overstepping the mark when it comes to plans for two new sewage storage tanks costing £5 million, that are pr...

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Bringing play back to Pembroke Park in Swindon

Oakhurst councillors secure funding to install range of new play equipment

A derelict play area in Pembroke Park, destroyed in the flood of 2007, has been brought back to life thanks to Oakhurst councillors Emma Faramazi and Toby Elliott. It should have been rebuilt in 2010...

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Swindon trainer is top dog in UK

Janet achieves Ofqual qualification in Companion Animal Behaviour and Training

Dog trainer Janet Garrett, who runs Janet's Puppy Skool in North Swindon, is one of the the first in Britain to be recognised by Ofqual which sets the standard for training in many professions. She h...

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Make a dog happy this Christmas says Swindon pet owner

If you're looking for a furry addition to your family, consider adopting an adult dog, rather than going for a cute puppy, writes Jo Tomlinson from Taw Hill

If you're looking for a furry addition to your family, consider adopting an adult dog, rather than going for a cute puppy, writes Jo Tomlinson from Taw Hill, pictured with Suzie by Richard Wintle of C...

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Jack and the Bean-Stakes

Keith Chegwin to visit Abbey Stadium tonight to congratulate winner of 'The Cheggers Chase'

On Wednesday 27 November, Keith Chegwin will visit Swindon Greyhounds’ Abbey Stadium to meet and congratulate the winner of the second race. Race 2, which begins at 6:44pm, has been renamed The...

Christmas Market in North Swindon, Saturday 30 November

Church of Christ the Servant, Abbey Meads - 10.30am-2.30pm

There will be craft stalls selling hand made cards, bunting, knitted goods and jewellery, and hand made biscuits and cakes, all run by local Swindon people. Attractions include: Christmas music playi...

Find out more about Tadpole Farm school, 21 November

North Swindon parents will be able to learn more the school, the building and the admissions process

North Swindon arents will be able to ask questions and find out about the way the new primary school at Tadpole Farm will be run at an event on Thursday 21 November. The school, which is due to open ...

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North Swindon Library marks 100 books read

Moredon and Rodbourne Cheney Library Readers Group celebrate reading one hundred books

Moredon and Rodbourne Cheney Library Readers Group have just had their one hundredth meeting! To mark the occasion of having read one hundred titles over the last eight years a special cake was made ...

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North Swindon primary school celebrates 10 years

Onwards and upwards for Bridlewood’s next decade

Bridlewood Primary School in North Swindon celebrated its tenth anniversary with a street party in the school grounds, complete with cake and a special toast to the future success of the  school ...

North Swindon Scouts selling Christmas stamps

Stamps on sale at Asda Walmart from Friday 22 November

Scouts across Swindon will once again be taking part in the annual Christmas Post and 7th Swindon (Abbey Meads) Scouts will be selling stamps at Asda Walmart at North Swindon District Centre. Stamps ...

Isambard takes part in Swindon Lions Club peace project

Year 7 & 8 students enter local round of international competition

Year 7 & 8 students at Isambard Community School in North Swindon are working on art work for an international peace competition run by the Lions Club in the Swindon area. Students in year 7 ha...

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North Swindon woman says First Aid course a lifesaver

You never know when skills are called upon

When Angela Marks put her name down for a first aid course at the Haydon Centre she had no idea her skills would turn her into a lifesaver just a few weeks later. But that’s exactly what happen...

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Swindon technical wizz wins BBC innovation award

Former Bradon student pushes the boundaries of the possible with high tech cameras and inspired ideas

Robin Littlewood, a Swindon based Graphic Designer/ Animator who works at the BBC in Bristol, received an award at the first ever BBC Production Awards for his technical innovation. The awards - retr...

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Urgent need to build Tadpole Farm school access road

Plan to build temporary construction access from Tadpole Lane

The urgent need for a new primary school in North Swindon, which if given planning permission will open on the site of the new Tadpole Farm development, means that temporary access is needed for schoo...

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North Swindon flood defences ready to cope

£6.6 million project to protect homes and businesses from the most extreme rainfall

The  project costing £6.6 million to reduce the risk of flooding in Haydon Wick was formally unveiled on Friday 1 November by North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson. The heavy rains in 2007 sa...

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North Swindon walkway named after Rex Barnett

Man of the people recognised in street sign

An important pedestrian route in Haydon Wick named in honour of former Swindon mayor Rex Barnett has been unveiled by his wife Sandra. Rex championed his North Swindon ward tirelessly. One of his las...

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See the Universe in all its Light in North Swindon for free in November

Limited number of tickets for Science and Technology Facilities Council event at Isambard School, 5, 6 and 7 November

The Science and Technology Facilities Council are supporting the UK astronomy community in touring an exhibition showcasing the Big Telescopes family – both ground and space based – focuss...

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Space for prayer at North Swindon school

Orchid Vale Primary School pupils find moments of tranquillity

Pupils at Orchid Vale Primary School spent a day reflecting on themselves and the world around them at the school’s Prayer Space event in September. Supported by a Christian organisation called...

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Celebrating completion of North Swindon flood protection

Flood defences unveiled today in Haydon Wick

The  project costing £5 million to reduce the risk of flooding in Haydon Wick is formally unveiled on Friday 1 November with a tour of the construction works undertaken by the Environment A...

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