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David Lloyd Leisure is official fitness partner for Sport Relief 2014

Clubs across the UK to host fundraising initiatives to support campaign

              David Lloyd Leisure is delighted to announce that it is the Official Fitness Partner for Sport Relief 2014, one of the UK’s biggest fund...

Six Book Challenge launched in Swindon

Find out more and sign up to reading initiative at Central Library

Swindon Libraries and Information Service is joining up with bestselling author Martina Cole and national charity The Reading Agency to get more adults reading in Swindon. All of Swindon’s libr...


Big bout at Roller Derby Swindon on Saturday 25 January

Get your skates on at the Oasis Leisure Centre

Daredevils in search of a new sport to test their nerves as well as their fitness can sign up to Wiltshire Roller Derby. Club vice chair Michelle McKenny, 33 - better known to fans as Shell Shock, sa...


What’s to happen to Swindon leisure & golf facilities?

Council asks public view at same time as receiving bids from alternative operators

Swindon Council is asking the public for their feedback on proposals to transfer the management of leisure centres and golf courses to a single or several external operators. The council is facing si...

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First term at ballet school a success for Swindon dancer

16 year overcomes hearing disability to be selected for English National Youth Ballet Company

Sixteen-year-old sixth-form student Hannah Sumner from Swindon has completed her first term  training with English National Youth Ballet Company, after being selected from nearly 80 aspiring danc...


Swindon Scalextric show marks 10 years

Swap Meet at Oasis Leisure Centre attracts enthusiasts from far and wide

The Oasis Leisure Centre was jammed for the tenth Scalextric Swap Meet on Sunday 5 January to see cars zooming around three track layouts and a full scale drag strip. Over 65 stalls had hundreds of n...

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Campaign aims to encourage people in Swindon to lead healthier lives

Healthy Weight Awareness Week: Monday 13 January - Saturday 18 January

A team that has helped and encouraged countless people to transform their lives will be out in force next week as part of a campaign designed to reinforce those New Year’s resolutions. Swindon&...


Swindon leisure facilities in danger of developer dealings

999 leases could be on offer with taxpayer benefiting from proceeds

Swindon Borough Council is progressing with the cost-cutting disposal of its municipal leisure facilities and golf courses agreed in July 2013. Potential operator bids are to be returned by 7 Februar...

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Skatepark plan returns to West Swindon forum on Monday 13 January

West Swindon Forum - 7pm, Monday 13 January at Link Centre Library

The long running saga as to where a skatepark might be built to the west of the town returns to the West Swindon Forum on Monday 13 January. Following considerable pressure from objectors during 2013...

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MEND offers families a free, healthy, confidence building direction for kids

2014 - Is it time for your children to get fitter, healthier and happier?

Christmas has come and gone, with all its treats, sweets and fattening foods. But now that the new year is upon us, is it time for your children to get fitter, healthier and happier?  MEND (Mind...

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Find the new you in Swindon Healthy Weight Awareness Week

Discover top tips to get more active and improve your health prospect from 13 to 18 January

The Change 4 Life logo uses six words which say so much: Eat well, Move more, Live longer. It’s a stark reality, people who don’t do the first two are likely to die younger. And after th...

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Swindon tweets offer tiny contributions to poetry festival

Micro poetry competition attracts entries of all kinds

Earlier in 2013 Swindon’s first ever micro poetry competition attracted 40 entries to the @SN140Poems Twitter stream and via email. Sponsored by Swindon Link magazine, as part of the Swindon Fe...

Local sports clubs can benefit from free training

There is still time for local sports clubs to sign up for free business skills training.

There is still time for local sports clubs to sign up for free business skills training. Swindon Sports Forum, in partnership with Sport England’s Club Leaders programme, is holding sessions to...

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North Swindon mum first to sign up for Mad March Hare

North Swindon mum is first entrant for 2014 event on 23 March

No sooner had registration for the 2014 Mad March Hare opened in November than Sheryl Henderson from North Swindon leapt straight in to become the first entrant. The 37 year old mother of two took pa...


Lydiard Park Academy netballers need sponsor to represent Swindon & Wiltshire

Lydiard Park Academy and Isambard School are the best netballers in the county after meeting in two tournaments

The netball teams from Lydiard Park Academy (LPA) and Isambard School met each other in the Swindon school’s tournament final early in the school year where LPA prevailed. Both teams went on to...

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Swindon's Tap Dancing World Champions

Swindon tap dancers' success in International Dance Organisation World Tap Championships

Swindon tap dancers, Adina Nyahwa, Matt Pidgeon and Kai Scanlan have returned home from the recent 2013 International Dance Organisation World Tap Championships as World Champions. The 3 dancers wo...

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Caring youngster's picture captures hearts of contest judges

Swindon eight-year-old wins Persimmon Homes art competition with emotive image

A caring eight-year-old from Swindon has won an art competition organised by a leading builder after she put the spotlight on children who face being without their fathers at Christmas because they ar...


Cheeky boys at Swindon rugby club meet up with Dame Trot

Panto star receives boys in the buff stocking filler in aid of GWH special care baby unit

On Tuesday 17 December, after the 10.30am performance of Jack and the Beanstalk at the Wyvern Theatre, Dame Trot - played by David Ashley - was greeted in her Dressing Room by some of the rugged athle...

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Cheggers plays Swindon Monopoly in between panto shows

Jack and the Beanstalk, Wyvern Theatre until 5 January 2014

Keith Chegwin, who is playing Silly Billy in Jack and the Beanstalk at Swindon’s Wyvern Theatre, has been relaxing backstage between shows by playing a game of Swindon Monopoly with the cast. K...

Children’s camp to provide parents with Christmas holiday childcare

Hi5 Camp at Haydon Centre - 23 December, 2 and 3 January

Parents can take advantage of a children’s camp in the Christmas Holidays. The Hi5 camp is available at Swindon Borough Council’s Haydon Centre in Thames Avenue, Haydon Wick, on Monday 23...

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Bicycle entrepreneurs firmly in the saddle with £100,000 funding

University graduates geared up for expansion of Cotswold Water Park based business

A fast-growing bicycle business, founded just over year ago by two university graduates, is geared up for expansion after successfully bidding for funding of nearly £100,000. Mango Bikes, based...

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Diggers find treasure down on the farm

Historic finds help to raise funds for 1st Toothill Beaver Scouts

Metal detectorists came from near and far to attend a one-off dig at Park Farm opposite Lydiard Park on 20 October - raising funds for 1st Toothill Beaver Scouts at the same time – and went home...


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 ...

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Swindon players lift Wiltshire Wheelchair Tennis titles

Louise Hunt and Lynn Broughton secure Wiltshire double at British Wheelchair Tennis Championships

Wanborough’s Louise Hunt and Swindon’s Lynn Broughton secured a Wiltshire double at the British Wheelchair Tennis Championships and Tennis Foundation Development Series Finals. British No...

Santa to drop in to Swindon libraries in run-up to Christmas

Swindon’s libraries will have an extra special visitor at selected story times from Saturday 7 December

Swindon’s libraries will have an extra special visitor at selected story times this December.   Santa will be taking time out from his busy schedule to visit the following story and rhyme...


Swindon Santas run around Lydiard Park for Air Ambulance

Lydiard Park sees Santas, elves and reindeer raising money for Wiltshire Air Ambulance

Over 280 runners dressed in red and white and wearing white beards ran around Lydiard Park on 1 December to raise money for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance. Included in the number were children wearing e...