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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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


North Swindon community centre to be built rapidly, to be used as a school in September

Dual use building to be ready by start of winter term

Due to the foul winter weather, plans to build a primary school at Tadpole Farm in time for September have been delayed by several months. However Swindon Council has come up with a stop-gap measure ...


Thames Water start on sewage tanks at Taw Hill, Swindon

Worries of dangers to residents. Campaigners frustrated by lack of action by Swindon Council

Despite huge objections from residents living in Taw Hill, supported by local councillors and North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson, Thames Water through its contractors Optimise started work on building ...


Tragic road death of North Swindon 9 year old

Wiltshire Police appeal for witnesses

Caitlin Hunt, 9, who was in Year 4 at Rodbourne Cheney Primary School, was involved in a fatal road collision, on Tuesday 18 March, just before 5.50pm, when she was knocked down by a Thamesdown Transp...

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Talking different languages in North Swindon

Year 5 children get a taste of secondary school at Isambard School language sessions

Year 5 children from Bridlewood, Oakhurst, Red Oaks and St Francis primary schools spent a morning at Isambard School in mid-February getting a taste of secondary school. Members of the Isambard lang...

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Thousands more houses to north west to be the price for extending Thamesdown Drive

Reasons why the much needed extension of Thamesdown Drive won't be built

The much needed extension of Thamesdown Drive from Purton Road and Great Western Way won’t be built because there is massive traffic congestion on the west side of Swindon because: • ...


North Swindon sewer tank construction starts

Residents frustrated by undemocratic process to impose development upon them

Despite huge objections from residents living in Taw Hill, Thames Water, through its contractors Optimise, started construction of two huge underground storage tanks on Monday 17 March. The tanks wil...


Meeting on 25 March to discuss plan for Priory Vale festival

Caterers, musicians, entertainers and volunteers needed to help create inaugural festival at Mouldon Hill Country Park - public meeting 25 March.

Priory Vale Ward Councillor Emma Faramarzi is appealing for caterers, musicians, entertainers and volunteers to step forward to help create the inaugural Priory Vale Festival this summer at Mouldon Hi...


Tree plant at Mouldon Hill, North Swindon, Sunday 9 March

Bring a spade and a neighbour

Time Bank Swindon invites you to bring a spade and plant a tree with the rest of your community on Sunday 9 March from 10am to 11pm. Meet at Mouldon Hill car park. Please wear wellingtons and warm ol...

Smell across in Priory Vale in North Swindon - latest

Action at Chapel Farm landfill to reduce odour carried on the wind

4 February 2014 After North Swindon residents reported the smell from the Chapel Farm landfill was worse than ever, Priory Vale councillor Emma Faramazi spent several hours reporting the problem with...

Swindon youth brass band open day 15 March

There’s a chance to find out about joining the award winning Great Western Youth Band

There’s a chance to find out about joining the award winning Great Western Youth Band on Saturday 15 March. The band is holding an open morning at St Andrew’s Methodist Church, Moredon fr...

Parish discusses managing Redhouse community hall

Business plan for new community facility needs to be in place before the start of construction

Pre-school groups and uniformed youth groups in North Swindon are ready to use a community meeting place at Redhouse Village Centre as soon as it’s built, but an organisation to take responsibil...


Chelsee Healey backs Swindon based anti-cyber bullying charity

Strictly celebrity Chelsee Healey, having been bullied online, is fighting back as an ambassador for e-crime action

On 6 February 2014 Chelsee Healey, 25 year old fashion icon, Waterloo Road actress and Strictly Come Dancing celebrity, stepped off a train in London to be immediately surrounded by paparazzi. ...


North Swindon fury as Taw Hill trees are turned into stumps

Intention to make way for sewage overflow tanks or monumental cock-up

  Residents living in Taw Hill are spitting with rage that trees they've been trying to protect have been cut down without warning to residents or local councillors. A chain saw team from Swind...