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Bunting decorates Swindon town centre for World Cup

Young people help to create colourful space for the planet's football fest

Two of Swindon town centre’s busiest streets have been decked out in colour as part of an initiative to ensure people have a safe and enjoyable World Cup. Swindon Community Safety Partnership (...


Book by Swindon author sheds light on pre-apartheid South Africa

Cape Town-born Lindsay Tonkin's fascinating biography of his father EW Tonkin

Cape Town-born author Lindsay Tonkin, who now lives in Gorse Hill, has published a fascinating biography of his father EW Tonkin, which documents his experiences as a policeman and journalist in pre-a...


Cancelled: MS Challenge in the Brecon Beacons on 28 June

The annual fundraising MS challenge where teams of 10 to 12 people carry a wheelchair passenger with MS around a demanding exhilarating course has been cancelled for 2014. The event involves porters ...


Sporting dinner in aid of teen cancer ward at RUH Bath

Glittering evening to raise money for Excalibur challenge

Excalibur Communications and IT for Business, based in Swindon, are organising a sporting dinner in aid of their challenge to raise £50,000 this year for the teenage cancer ward at RUH Bath. An...


Pictures from Race for Life in Lydiard Park, Swindon

Women across north Wilts run to show cancer who’s boss

Women gathered in their thousands at Lydiard Park on Saturday 31 May to 'show cancer who’s boss by taking on a 5k or a 10k Race for Life event. They ran, walked or danced their way through the c...


Wiltshire Roller Derby compete in High Wycombe tournament

Success for local girls at High Wycombe tournament.

On Saturday 17 May, Wiltshire Roller Derby travelled to High Wycombe to take part in a mini tournament hosted by their local team, the Big Bucks High Rollers. The tournament involved four teams; Wilt...


New College Swindon set to help find world class cyclists

Committed young people will receive a Giant TCR road bike, clothing & race licence

Until very recently cycling was a minority sport in the UK, but National Lottery funding has had a huge impact on it's development and consequently British Cycling has become the ‘go to’ e...


Get Into Film - in Toothill, West Swindon

Film club launching at Toothill Farm in June - young people wanted to get involved.

Do you live in Toothill? Are you aged between 14 and 19? Do you enjoy films and want to meet other like-minded young people? A film club launches at Toothill Farm in June and organiser Keith Phillips...

Swindon U3A Open Morning - Saturday 30 August

Recently retired? Come to our Freshers' Fair at St Joseph's College and see the wide choice of academic and recreational courses on offer.

Recently retired? Come to our Freshers’ Fair at St Joseph’s College on Saturday 30 August 2014 and see the wide choice of academic and recreational courses offered by U3A and meet the pe...


Knit and a natter in West Swindon library on Monday 2 June

New group for everyone who loves to knit, crochet, work with yarn, or chat

A new group for everyone who loves to knit, crochet or work with yarn - or wants to learn how to - has started at West Swindon Library, fortnightly on Mondays, 2pm to 4pm - the next being 2 June. Set...


Swindon singer hits the local headlines in Turkey

Caitlin performs to an international audience and catches the attention of the local newspaper

Ten year old singer Caitlin Eastham from Blunsdon got the chance to perform to an international audience whilst on holiday in Dalyan, Turkey during the Easter break – and caught the attention of...


Hope for September start on new Swindon speedway stadium

Plans for a new look Abbey Stadium could be entering the home straight

The plans for a new speedway and greyhound racing stadium could be entering the home straight, says Clarke Osborne, managing director of site owners and stadium operating company Gaming International....


Wiltshire Roller Derby girls ready to Race for Life at Lydiard Park Swindon

Ten members of roller derby squad will run in their pads with their captain carrying her skates

Ten members of Wiltshire Roller Derby will be taking part in the Race for Life in aid of Cancer Research UK on 31 May, running in their pads and with their captain Miss Shell Shock carrying her skates...

Children’s camp to provide North Swindon parents with school holiday childcare

Parents can take advantage of Hi5 children’s camp at the Haydon Centre in the May half-term.

Parents can take advantage of a children’s camp in the May half-term. The Hi5 camp is available at Swindon Borough Council’s Haydon Centre in Thames Avenue, Haydon Wick, between Tuesday, ...

Frederick the Fox Cub to provide half-term fun in West Swindon

Variety of fun and exciting activities for children of all ages during May half-term.

Lydiard Park is running a variety of fun and exciting activities for children of all ages during May half-term. Families will have the opportunity to take part in the brand new Wild in the Wood chall...

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Original Art to the People in West Swindon - 25 & 26 May

Pop-up exhibition at De Vere Hotel to raise money for Prospect Hospice

To coincide with the campaign to raise £160,000 for the Prospect Hospice, The Swindon Artists’ Forum (SAF) is on a mission to “Take Original Art to The People” by organising a ...


Swindon dancers need sponsors to help them achieve their World Cup dream

Swindon Academy of Dance need to raise £10,000 to finance trip to the Dance World Cup in Portugal

In June, 18 pupils from Swindon Academy of Dance will represent Team England at the prestigious Dance World Cup, in the Algarve in Portugal - but they need to raise £10,000 to finance the trip. ...


A summer of fundraising fun and activity ahead for Prospect Hospice

Supporters urged to sign up for Starlight Walk

Prospect Hospice is urging supporters who want to join its biggest fundraising event of the year to sign up for its Starlight Walk before registration closes on Sunday 8 June. The event, which sets o...


Bike rides in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support

18th Castles Mountain Bike Ride - Sunday 1 June; Lew gets on his bike in July for London to Paris challenge

Enjoy a fun family day out on the 18th Castles Mountain Bike Ride over the Ridgeway on Sunday 1 June. The event starts from Croft Sports Centre in Marlborough Road, with riders setting off at 10am. T...

Knit and Natter Group starts 19 May

Interested in learning to knit or crochet? Come along to a new group and meet like minded people.

There is a new Knit and Natter group meeting at West Swindon Library starting on 19 May from 2-4pm and fortnightly thereafter. All ages and abilities are welcome to join us. We can help if anyone is ...


Swindon knitters create a garden in stitches

Swindon Stitch n Bitch were approached by the Brunel Centre to yarn-bomb the shopping centre for the Flour Festival over the May Bank Holiday, writes Tracey Major.

Swindon Stitch n Bitch were approached by the Brunel Centre to yarn-bomb the shopping centre for the Flour Festival over the May Bank Holiday, writes Tracey Major. The group came up with the idea of ...


Successful sell-out event in Swindon for Matt Fiddes Martial Arts championships

The Oasis Leisure Centre plays host to one of the south’s biggest martial arts events, attracting over 1,300 people

The Oasis Leisure Centre in Swindon played host to one of the south’s biggest martial arts championships, attracting over 1,300 people through the doors. The Matt Fiddes Martial Arts Southern C...


Photoshop success for Swindon graphic designer

West Swindon based Mitchell Nelson scoops four page feature in Advanced Photoshop magazine

West Swindon based graphic designer and fledgling business owner Mitchell Nelson scored a big scoop with a four page feature in the March Advanced Photoshop magazine, giving a step-by-step description...

North Swindon Beavers, Cubs & Scouts look for community projects

7th Swindon (Abbey Meads)looking for projects to increase awareness of the group and raise money for activities.

In June the Scout Association run a Community Week where groups carry out work in their area – a more organised and supervised activity that replaces the old bob-a-job week.  7th Swindon (...

Highworth Golf Centre to swing into action for open day

Family fun day tees off in Highworth on Sunday 18 May

A family fun day will tee off in Highworth on Sunday 18 May with the aim of encouraging more people to try golf. Highworth Golf Centre’s free open day is open to all ages and will feature a pit...


The Oasis, Swindon Leisure Centres & the Golf Courses

Is what's happening at the Oasis a good example for the future of Swindon's leisure assets?

The agreement between Swindon Borough Council's and Moirai Investments Ltd to take over the Oasis Leisure Centre in 2012 seems to have shaped the council’s thinking about the future of the town&...