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M4 delays as abnormal load passes Swindon

Another in a series of long loads travels along the motorway

Wiltshire Police escorted an abnormal load on the M4 on Saturday 30 November which caused long delays for traffic heading westbound. The specialised load transporter left Membury Services at 10am tu...

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Swindon cyclist Brian to talk about biking at the top of the world - Friday 6 December

Back from his 'cycle in the clouds' having raised nearly £3,000 for Angel's Orphanage in Nepal, Brian Mildenhall talks about his adventure on 6 December

Brian Mildenhall from Taw Hill is back from his ‘cycle in the clouds,’ and is giving a talk about his experiences on Friday 6 December, 7.30pm, at the United Reformed Chapel in Highworth. ...


Extra day at 2014 Fairford Air Tattoo to celebrate Red Arrows

Take it as Red to celebrate the Red Arrows fiftieth display season

People planning to attend next summer’s Royal International Air Tattoo on 12 and 13 July are being invited to make an extra pit stop as part of the RAF’s official celebrations marking the ...

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Historic Wiltshire sporting venue returns to its former glory!

Come and discover the fun of arena polo - whatever the weather!

Inglesham Polo Centre, based at Inglesham, just outside Lechlade, has a rich history as one of the leading polo clubs in the UK and it is unusual in that it can host polo all year round due to its sta...

Purton House Organics Farm Christmas Craft Market and Family event

Free family event full of Christmas charm - Saturday 30 November and Sunday 1 December

Purton House Organics Farm Shop, Church End, Purton, Swindon, SN5 4EB Saturday 30 November & Sunday 1 December 2013 From 10.30am - 4.30pm (both days) Family focused and full of Christmas charm,...


Pictures of 90m long load passing Swindon on M4

Abnormal vehicle causes traffic delays

Wiltshire Police escorted a slow moving abnormal load along the M4 on 16 November, passing between junction 15 and 16 to the south of the town between at 12.30pm and 2pm. The specialised load transpo...

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Sahara challenge in prospect for Swindon dads

Intrepid rugby supporters plan week long trek in aid of Prospect Hospice.

Four intrepid Swindon rugby supporters are planning a week long trek in the Sahara desert next autumn in aid of Prospect Hospice. Sam Allen from Haydon End, Garry Wilkinson from Wootton Bassett, Andy...


Swindon fundraiser heads for South American peak

Roy will spend Christmas and New Year trekking up Mount Aconcagua in aid of Walking with the Wounded

Roy Partington is leaving his family behind in Park South to spend Christmas and New Year in South America trekking up the world’s tenth highest mountain in aid of Walking with the Wounded. His...

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Runner’s 50 miles to mark 50 years

Swindon based personal trainer prepares to lead by example

A personal trainer based in Swindon is preparing to lead by example by undertaking a 50-mile run to mark her 50th birthday. Sue O’Connell of SOLEAN - which stands for Sue O’Connell Lifest...

Rotary Club of Swindon collects for the Philippines

Members will be requesting cash donations, not goods

Members of the Rotary Club of Swindon is answering the call for aid after Typhoon Haiyan hit the east coast of the Philippines on 8 November. Cash collections will be made at Sainsbury’s, Gabl...

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Swindon’s innovative industry to be promoted at Birmingham NEC

Showcasing Swindon as a prime location for engineering based businesses at the Advanced Engineering Show

Forward Swindon will be promoting Swindon as a prime location for engineering based businesses and expertise, at the Advanced Engineering Show, NEC Birmingham, on Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 November,...


Churchill's clandestine army represented at Cenotaph

British resistance veterans to march past for first time on 10 November

British resistance veterans to march past the Cenotaph for first time on Sunday 10th November. It mark a very special day for one organisation based in Wiltshire. For the first time veterans of the B...

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Win tickets to homebuilding & renovation show

The South-West Homebuilding and Renovating Show, Bath & West Showground, 16-17 November

The South-West Homebuilding and Renovating Show, proudly sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements, will return to The Bath & West Showground, Somerset, from 16 to 17 November. The exhibition will p...

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Swindon’s Hong Kong heritage connection

Diana Dors visits the Far East - on the cover of Swindon Heritage

Diana Dors was a worldwide movie star, but we’re not sure whether the Swindon-born actress ever made it to Hong Kong... until now, writes Graham Carter, editor of Swindon Heritage magazine. Whe...

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Jazz in the Church with Catherine Sykes on 15 November

St. Michael's Church, Highworth - Friday 15 November

Catherine has performed at numerous Jazz Festivals and appeared with big bands such as the Glen Miller Orchestra U K. She will be performing with Paul Buck (piano) Clive Moreton (bass) and Trevor How...

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Purton House to open its doors as wedding venue in 2014

Open House on Saturday 2 November - plus Bonfire Night/Hallowee Party

From next year, Purton House will be opening its doors to the public as a wedding venue. The house has been the family home of the Barkers since the 70s, and now Mrs Barker’s new venture promi...


No debate for North Swindon MPs new driver law

Justin Tomlinson unable to put proposals in Parliament for lack of time

The campaign led by Justin Tomlinson to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries among young drivers hit a bit of a road block in the House of Commons on Friday 25 October. The second rea...

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Prior Park Prep School hosts Green Day

Getting to grips with nature as children experience learning outdoors

Learning is not confined to the classrooms at one Cricklade School. Earlier in October, Prior Park Prep School hosted its annual Green Day, to allow children to experience learning outdoors and get t...


Swindon Brownies meet David Beckham & Ellie Simmonds

Active Kids Challenge winners meet sports stars

Five children from 2nd Freshbrook Brownies met the Sainsbury's Active Kids Ambassadors David Beckham and Ellie Simmonds following their participation in the Active Kids Live Challenge earlier in the y...

North Swindon MP hopes new driver bill will pass

Graduated Driver Licensing Scheme Bill to be debated in Parliament on Friday

The campaign led by Justin Tomlinson to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries among young drivers on our roads takes a step forward this week. Justin will this Friday introduce the Gradu...

Wilts PCSO catches multi-million Euro fraudster

Man wanted in Germany for €4.7 million rip-off

Police Community Support Officer Kuy Harrison got more than he bargained for when he stopped a man on Cricklade Road in the Gorse Hill area of Swindon. Working on previous intelligence and having see...


Air Tattoo DVD released in time for Christmas

Featuring exclusive interviews, dramatic in-cockpit footage and a fascinating glimpse behind-the-scenes

Re-live all the thrills and excitement from one of this year’s greatest aviation events with the Royal International Air Tattoo’s official 2013 DVD featuring exclusive interviews, dramatic...

Watch out for Transformer on Wiltshire roads

Huge load could cause congestion on M4 on Sunday morning.

One of the largest loads to ever be moved through Wiltshire is likely to cause congestion in north and west areas of the county at the weekend. A giant ‘transformer’ (not a robot in disgu...

Driver in custody on suspicion of causing M4 chaos

Serious accident closes motorway between junctions 15 and 14. Three people taken to hospital

The M4 between junctions 15 and 14 was seriously affected by a series of collisions in the early hours of Thursday 17 October. Wiltshire Police were first alerted to a major incident involving a car ...

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Swindon teacher does show and tell about working with monkeys

Emma has much to report after her summer stint volunteering at the Vervet Monkey Foundation in Tzaneen, South Africa.

Sevenfields Primary school teacher Emma Roberts from North Swindon, has much to report after her summer stint volunteering at the Vervet Monkey Foundation in Tzaneen, South Africa. The sanctuary was ...


Make Swindon a Traffik Free Zone: 21 October

Films on what slavery looks like in the 21st Century followed by discussion

Monday 21 October, 7.30pm, St Joseph's College, Ocotal Way, Swindon, SN3 3LR. Free Admission. All welcome. Steven Aftelak of Unchosen Swindon writes Millions of people around the world and thousands...