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Swindon computer kids’ invitation to super geek Stephen Fry

Young coders at Swindon’s Museum of Computing design games featuring Fry after he called the town ignorant

Swindon’s Museum of Computing has thrown down the gauntlet to super geek Stephen Fry to come and see what Swindonians are capable of. Curator Simon Webb said: “About four years ago Swindo...

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Jump for breast cancer treatment at GWH Swindon

Brighter Futures, Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s charity, is looking for adventurous local people to take part in a mass skydive and raise money for their new breast cancer treatment appeal.

Brighter Futures, Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s charity, is looking for adventurous local people to take part in a mass skydive and raise money for their new breast cancer treat...

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Swindon pupils' Sport Relief swimathon

Southfield Juniors swim nearly 5,000 lengths of Highworth pool

  Pupils dived into a charity challenge at Highworth Recreation Centre on 21 March to raise money for Sport Relief. A total of 220 children from Southfield Junior School took to the pool and sw...

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North Swindon school to support Swindon Young Carers

Spring Fair on 23 May followed by tandem skydive on 24 May by design technology teacher Caryn Roberts

Caryn Roberts, design technology teacher at Isambard Community School, is organising a Spring Fair on 23 May and has committed to jumping out of an aircraft at 10,000 feet the following day. She said...

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Met Film School brings film making and acting summer camps to Swindon area

Residential programme at Marlborough College will give young people a chance to develop their interest in filmmaking or acting.

This summer Met Film School, London’s leading provider of practical filmmaking courses, will be bringing their successful filmmaking camp to Marlborough College, Wiltshire, for the first time. ...

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Swindon business to run Sport Relief call centre

UK SBS set to get the pounds piling in for Sport Relief.

Swindon business UK SBS (UK Shared Business Services Ltd) will be supporting Sport Relief 2014 and responding to calls from TV viewers. The volunteers will be helping Sport Relief to raise cash to gi...

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Help a child in Swindon have positive memories

Swindon Youth Mentoring charity SMASH are looking for volunteers to become memory makers

Swindon Youth Mentoring charity SMASH has launched a project to help children in their final years of primary school to create and hold onto lasting memories as they make the transition into their tee...


Swindon boxer shows his promise at debut bout

Teachers approve of Ryan Martin's professional performance

Three teachers from Lydiard Park Academy went along to the Oasis Leisure Centre on 14 March to watch one for their former pupils make his professional boxing debut. Welterweight Ryan Martin, 19, who ...

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Time to give TRX training a try at Link Centre gym

A new way to get fit and lose a few extra pounds

If you’re looking for a new way to get fit and lose a few of those extra pounds, then a programme of TRX training at the Link Centre must be worth a try. TRX is a form of resistance training wi...

Local group sign long-term lease for thriving community centre.

Swindon Borough Council agree new 40-year lease for Coleview Community Centre

The long-term future of a popular community centre has been secured after the committee of volunteers and trustees that run it agreed a new lease. Swindon Borough Council recently agreed terms on a n...

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Swindon young pianists to show off their talents

Swindon Youth Piano Festival - 1 April, Swindon Arts Centre

Swindon Youth Piano Festival on 1 April, 7pm to 9.30pm, features 31 young people aged 7 to 17 years from across Swindon, performing a range of pieces, from the theme tune of Sherlock to Prelude by Deb...


Hope for West Swindon skatepark by summer holidays

Site relocated slightly

  Council cabinet asked to sanction building of skate facilities as soon as possible. Swindon Council officers and skatepark company Wheelscape have come up with a plan to locate a 33 metre by ...

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Russians to take to the ice pad at Link Centre, Swindon

Hockey players to meet Peter Pan and Tinkerbell on March 24 to promote Wyvern Theatre production in May

Never mind international tensions in the real world, Russian Ice Stars are coming to town on 24 March to promote their interpretation of a fantasy adventure  The title character from the Russian...


Labour opposes 99 year leases for Swindon leisure facilities

But cabinet member says council needs flexibility in negotations with alternative operators

Following the closure of Swindon Council's public consultation on the transfer of it's leisure and golf facilities to private operators, or not for profit organisations, on 3 March, the Labour opposit...

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Success for Swindon Bonsai Show 2014

400 visit show at newly refurbished Stratton Community Centre.

Swindon Bonsai Show 2014 was yet again a big success with about 400 people visiting in addition to all the traders and exhibitors. The Stratton Community Centre has just had a refurbishment, and the ...

Swindon holds consultation on Dorcan Rec & Croft

Public asked to give their views on future of two education related leisure sites

People have the chance to comment on proposals which could see the playing fields at Dorcan Recreation Centre and Croft Sports Centre transferred to an external operator on long-term leases. The plan...


Football fans plan epic fundraising road trip

Swindon Town fan Marc Harris and three friends to visit 92 football league clubs in 92 hours to raise money for Helen & Douglas House Children's Hospice

Life long Swindon Town fan Marc Harris from Haydon Wick and three friends are planning an epic road trip to visit all 92 clubs in the football league in 92 hours to raise money and awareness for Helen...

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Swindon ice hockey academy return from Euro tour

Okanagan Hockey Academy based at Link Centre and Lydiard Park Academy returns home after successful tour of Belgium, Germany and the Czech Republic

The Okanagan Hockey Academy group returned home on Friday 28 February following a hugely successful tour of Belgium, Germany and the Czech Republic, and although the going was tough, it was an experie...

Library consultation & skatepark at West Forum

The future of Swindon Library Service and West Swindon skate park to be discussed on 17 March

The future of Swindon Library Service will be discussed before the West Swindon Library on Monday 10 March, from 5.30pm. Swindon Council is holding a consultation exercise ending on 14 April on a dra...

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Hot Swindon boxing prospect makes debut in March

Ryan Martin to make professional debut in March with sponsorship from Verelogic Group and Core Construction

  Ryan Martin, 19, from West Swindon steps into the ring at the Oasis for his first professional bout on Friday 14 March. The former Greendown School student has been working his way through ...


Guide dog puppy Froome meets Swindon sponsors

Team from Les Slinn Personal Training raises £7,500 for Guide Dogs for the Blind

Whilst most of Britain was glued to their TVs on Sunday 23 July 2013 to see the climax of the centenary Tour de France - with Brit Chris Froome winning in relaxed style on the Champs-Élys&eacut...

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Swindon Spitfires return to Premier Division action

Truro City's title-chasing hopes dented by Spitfires' 3-0 win

Swindon Spitfires returned to South West Women’s League Premier Division action for the first time since 15 December, and dented title-chasing Truro City’s hopes with a 3-0 win. With the ...


Sport Relief in Swindon at Coate Water on 23 March

Join in the fun and games at the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile

Join in the fun and games on Sunday 23 March when the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile sets off from Coate Water Country Park from 10.30am.  Super sprinters and willing walkers can take on on...


Labour launch petition supporting Swindon park

Aim to keep Lydiard Park out of the private sector

West Swindon Labour Party candidates at May's local council elections Steph Exell (standing in Shaw) and Jamal Miah (in Lydiard & Freshbrook) launched a petition on 28 February to ensure that the ...


Subsidy of Swindon leisure centres in asset transfer process wanted

Jane Milner-Barry calls on Swindon to explain the subsidy for the town's leisure centres

Cllr Williams has cast some light on Swindon Council’s plans for the leisure centres and golf courses, but I for one continue to find them baffling, writes Jane Milner-Barry. Read his article ...


Miss Swindon invites you to 3 hour body pump fundraiser

3 hours of intense body pump to get your body ready for summer in March

Miss Swindon, Jade Wickenden, says 'get those buns working' at Broad Hinton Village Hall on Saturday 8 March, 4pm to 7pm A one-off 3 hour class of intense body pump exercise to get your body ready fo...