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The Swindon Book goes on a Chinese takeaway

Steve takes time out to brush up on history from his home town

Former Westlea man Steve George recently took time out from a hike along the Great Wall of China to brush up on some history from his home town. Steve, a journalist now based in China as the editor i...

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Swindon outdoor activity company continues to grow

H5 Adventure offers the personal approach

After working in the Outdoor Activity Industry for Charities, Commercial & Council Outdoor Providers, with 20 years of experience, Paul Webb decided to start his own Outdoor Activity Company. H5 ...

Airbus body part on Wiltshire roads could cause congestion on Sunday 2 March

Giant transporter to carrier A321 fuselage on M4, A419 and A429

At approximately 13:30hrs on Sunday 2nd March 2014 a specialised load transporter carrying an Airbus A321 aircraft fuselage, will be escorted by Wiltshire Police on the last leg of a journey from from...

Swindon Choral Society present Dream of Gerontius

March 29 in Marlborough College Chapel

Swindon Choral Society in association with The Marlborough Brandt Group, will be performing Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius on March 29 in Marlborough College Chapel. The performance will be conduct...

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Wiltshire Sarsen Trail and Neolithic Marathon - Sunday 4 May

Hurry - early bird discount ends on 7 March.

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Skaters enjoy 13th Century Abbey setting

Half term fun indoors for skateboarders and scooter riders of all ages

Skate boarders and scooter riders of all ages took over historic Malmesbury Abbey for the sixth year from Wednesday 19 to Friday 21 February. The 12th Century former Benedictine abbey was transformed...


Marco Pierre White revitalises Wiltshire pub

And gets a look at Swindon Link magazine

The Horse and Groom at Charlton near Malmesbury is the latest Wiltshire pub to receive Marco Pierre White’s Wheelers treatment – with a delicious simplified menu focussing on top quality s...

Airbus A321 fuselage on M4 on Sunday 9 February

Police warn of abnormal load on the road from RAF St. Athan to Cotswold Airport, Kemble

At approximately 1pm on Sunday 9th February 2014 a specialised load transporter carrying an Airbus A321 aircraft fuselage, will be escorted by Wiltshire Police. The transporter and its load will mea...


Swindon ranks well in Centre for Cities study

Forward Swindon pleased to see town competing favourably compared to major British towns and cities

Forward Swindon, the company responsible for Swindon’s economic growth and regeneration, are pleased to see Swindon is competing favourably in comparison to other major British towns and cities ...

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Prior Park Prep School launches new computer programming course

Optional after school club will give children the vital skills needed in the work place.

A prep school has launched a new computer programming course to give children vital skills needed in the work place. Prior Park Prep School, an independent school for pupils aged 3-13 in Cricklade, h...


North Swindon security specialist offers foreign travel advice

MARC Security Solutions offers security services to individuals, companies and educational establishments

Paul Blench has recently returned to Swindon after working in dangerous places around the world to set up MARC Security Solutions which offers security services to individuals, companies and education...

Christine Walkden talks about 'The Life of a Gardener' on 3 March

A talk by TV and radio personality at Ellendune Community Centre

Wroughton & District Gardeners Society, are putting on on a special evening at Ellendune Community Centre. Guest speaker for the evening is that well known television & radio personality Chri...


Syria sadness for Swindon nurse who worked there

Conflict causes paediatric intensive care nurse Bev Cejer from Grange Park worry for children she worked with in 2009

The daily news report of the conflict across Syria has been causing paediatric intensive care nurse Bev Cejer from Grange Park a great deal distress as she thinks about the people she met there. She ...


Last chance to secure Air Tattoo ticket saving to see Red Arrows near Swindon

Watch the 50th season display with a specially-priced Super Earlybird ticket

People planning to be at this summer’s Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford near Swindon to celebrate the Red Arrows’ 50th display season have until the end of January to take ad...

National Gardens Scheme 2014

Lacock Abbey Gardens and Avon Cottage, Salisbury - gardens open for charity

Lacock Abbey Gardens Lacock, Chippenham SN15 2LG National Trust 01249 730459 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lacock 3 miles south of Chippenham, off A350. Follow NT signs. Use public car park just o...


Purton goes hi-tech with heritage wi-fi phone box

60 year old phone kiosk becomes communications hub in village

60 year old phone kiosk becomes communications hub in village North Wiltshire MP James Gray unveiled a refurbished telephone kiosk at Purton on Friday 17 January following restoration by the the P...

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Heritage phone box near Swindon becomes hi-tech wi-fi hub

Refurbished telephone kiosk to be re-opened by North Wiltshire MP James Gray on Friday 17 January

North Wiltshire MP James Gray will re-open a refurbished telephone kiosk at Purton on Friday 17 January after it has been restored and revitalized through the cooperation of the Parish Council and loc...


Harp concert at The Chapel by Christine Kinder

United Reformed Church, Highworth - Friday 7 February

Friday 7 February, 7.30pm United Reformed Church, Highworth, Swindon SN6 7AG A musical journey of the history of the harp Christine will be performing music on a variety of harps as well as chroni...


South African born Swindon resident's view of Nelson Mandela

On the day Nelson Mandela was buried, Tulsi Patel expresses her appreciation for what he did for his nation

On the day Nelson Mandela was buried, South African born Swindon resident Tulsi Patel expresses her appreciation for what he did for his nation and for her as a human being. To be honest, I know Sout...


UKs largest solar farm agreed for Swindon

40GW installation will supply 12,000 homes

Plans to build the Britains's largest onshore solar farm on a former airfield at Wroughton in Wiltshire moved a stage closer to realisation on 10 December when Swindon Borough Council’s planning...

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From Sarajevo to Swindon: 'Laurel & Hardy' need a home!

Could you offer a good home to these rescued dogs who have been brought back to the UK from Sarajevo?

Laurel & Hardy are two 9 month old rescued brothers who recently arrived in the UK from Sarajevo. Both of these dogs had a terrible start to life and Laurel almost died after wandering in...


PM calls up Swindon MP to join him at Chequers lunch for sports stars

But Justin Tomlinson was able to get back to watch Supermarine FC win

'When Saturday comes' took on a whole new meaning for North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson when he received a late call on Friday 6 December to join Prime Minister David Cameron for lunch at his country ...


Developer targets eco-sensitive site on edge of Swindon

Help protect nature conservation area next to the River Ray

Richard Pagett from Purton is appealing to readers to write to the planning inspectorate by 2 January 2014 with their views on a plan by Wain Homes to build on a nature conservation area next to the R...

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Swindon Performing Arts student gets set for New York

Megan offered place and awarded scholarship at major Film Academy in America

Performing Arts student Megan O’Sullivan is being given the opportunity of a life time at a major Film Academy in the States. Megan, from Penhill, decided to apply for the New York Film Academy...


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...


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...