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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&...

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Little Miss Cake Maker has a tasty Swindon business

Samantha launches online cake and baking shop making is easy for customers to order cupcakes to their own design

West Swindon entrepreneur Samantha Whittingham has launched an online cake and baking shop full of innovation and ideas aimed at making it easy for customers to order cupcakes to their own design. Li...

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TWIGS community garden in Swindon returns to independence

Open Day Sunday 18 May as part of the National Garden Scheme

Following on from 11 years as a part of the Richmond Fellowship, TWIGS - theapeutic work in gardening in Swindon - has recently moved back to become a locally based independent charity, as it was when...

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Learn the lost art of sewing with Swindon Sewing Bee

Thanks to the popularity of the BBC2 programme, more people are being inspired to try their hand at making clothes – but may not know where to start

Thanks to the popularity of the Great British Sewing Bee on BBC2, more people are being inspired to try their hand at making clothes – but may not know where to start. That’s where Yvonne...

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The Sky is the limit for cyclists in Swindon

Cycling revolution is wheeling its way into town in advance of the Tour de France start in Yorkshire

A cycling revolution is wheeling its way to Swindon – and everyone is invited to take part in a host of free rides this summer. In the year the Tour de France comes to the UK, Swindon has been ...

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Creative Scrapbooking workshop in West Swindon on 17 May

"Four Seasons of Frantage" with designer Asia King at Sparkle Dreams, Studley Grange Craft Village

Talented designer Asia King is teaching a creative workshop at Sparkle Dreams, Studley Grange Craft Village, near Wroughton, on Saturday 17 May. The mum of two from Oxfordshire describes herself as a...

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Ninjitsu master opens martial arts school in Swindon

Paul Stubbs, 15th Dan, opens first Ninjutsu dojo in the town

After dedicating 25 years of his life building up his knowledge and ability in the Japanese martial art of Ninjutsu, 45-year-old Paul Stubbs from Stratton has reached 15th Dan, the highest level possi...

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Triumph for 61 year old who ran back from radiotherapy at Swindon Mad March Hare

Six hundred two-legged and 40 four-legged participants hared off from Lydiard Park Academy

Six hundred two-legged and 40 four-legged participants hared off from Lydiard Park Academy for the 7th Mad March Hare which took place on 23 March, writes Kathy Doyle. There was fun in the ...

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Robert Buckland MP meets West Swindon air cadets

Robert Buckland MP visits 633 Squadron Air Cadets to present certificates of achievement

South Swindon MP Robert Buckland visited West Swindon based 633 Squadron Air Cadets in early April to present certificates of achievement and meet cadets. He said: “I’ve heard a great dea...

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Royal Wootton Bassett Carnival - Saturday 17 May

Enter a float, make a donation, offer sponsorship, volunteer - support needed from individuals and businesses

A highlight in the Town’s calendar, organisers at looking for as many individuals and businesses as possible to get involved. There are lots of ways... Carnival Procession Entries We’re...

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Young people successfully complete Prince’s Trust Programme

Unemployed youngsters complete 12 week course with local youth charity Inner Flame

A group of unemployed young people from in and around Swindon recently completed a 12-week Prince’s Trust Team Programme with local youth charity, Inner Flame. The course included a residential...

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Swindon football fans to be given early World Cup warning

Community Safety Partnership to promote responsible behaviour

Supporters attending Swindon Town FCs end-of-season finale against Rotherham at the County Ground on 3 May will be shown the yellow card. But they won't see their names scrawled in the referee&rsquo...

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Cute cats and dashing dogs in Taylor Wimpey 'Pets Make a Home' competition

Plus some helpful tips and advice from Pets At Home on moving house with your pet

Pet owners have been entering their favourite photos of their animals looking ‘at home’ as part of Taylor Wimpey’s nationwide competition. Launched on 31 March to mark National Pet ...

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Swindon hockey academy offers daily training and an education. Try out weekend 10 & 11 May

Register for free opportunity for stars of the future

  Okanagan Hockey Academy UK is holding a free try-out camp at Link Centre on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 May, ahead of the 2014-2015 season. After a successful second year, OHA ...

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Swindon LaserQuest hosts fundraising night for CALM on 13 May

Special prices in aid of Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Movement at West Swindon venue

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New Westlea Beaver colony and Cub pack planned

Open Evening for parents and children - Wednesday 7 May

There’s an open evening on Wednesday 7 May for parents and children to recruit new members to join Beavers for 6 to 8 year olds and Cubs for 8 to 10½ year olds. The talk about scouting a...

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Beth Tweddle does cartwheels in Swindon

Britain's greatest female gymnast ever helps travel company staff discover new moves

On 29 April, Beth Tweddle MBE, Britain’s greatest ever female gymnast, took on the almighty challenge of training the Cirencester based Steppes Travel Team on how to master the perfect cartwheel...

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Walk or cycle. May is the month to get moving in Swindon

Get Moving Month launches on Saturday 3 May at Pinetrees Community Centre - and you could win an Ipad in the Active Swindon Challenge.

Recent research and reports state the British are becoming more and more inactive,  whilst rates of obesity are exploding. In May the people of Swindon are being encouraged to get active with a ...

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Miss Wiltshire finals bootcamp in Swindon 26 April

Come down to Faringdon Road Park to see the women working out to become the county beauty queen

This year the Miss Wiltshire and Miss Swindon finals will be held on the Sunday 27 April, at The De Vere Hotel in West Swindon. Nearly 100 girls applied to battle it out to represent their county and...

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Singing nursery rhymes makes happier, more content children in Swindon

Musical Minis Swindon and North Wiltshire welcomes new report by Oxford University and the Open University

Local children's music group is helping produce happier, more content, better developed children - its official! Chrissie Rolls, owner of Musical Minis Swindon and North Wiltshire, has welcomed a rep...

Dogs walk in Swindon for Cancer Research UK on 27 April

"Best Paw Forward" sponsored dog walk at Coate Water Park Lake

If you own a dog, or could borrow one, and would like to help charity this could be for you. The Swindon Group of Cancer Research UK are holding their first “Best Paw Forward” sponsored d...

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From China to Coate Water. Animals Asia Swindon welcomes charity founder aboard dragon boat

Jill Robinson MBE to take part in races at Coate Water in June

Jill Robinson MBE to travel to Swindon to paddle a dragon boat in June Last year Jo Tomlinson and Justin Tomlinson MP were the celebrity paddlers in the Animals Asia team for the Rotary Club Phoenix ...

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Free orienteering on offer for Swindon families

Collect your free activity pack from local leisure centres and Central Library - available until Monday 21 April.

Sustrans and Swindon Travel Choices are providing free orienteering activity packs from local leisure centres and Central Library from Monday 14 April to Monday 21 April 2014. Swindon families are be...

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Easter eggs up for grabs at Broome Manor

Budding golfers will be hunting for Easter eggs rather than missing golf balls during the Easter Open Weekend (18 to 20 April)

Budding golfers will be hunting for Easter eggs rather than missing golf balls during a family weekend at Broome Manor Golf Complex. The Swindon Borough Council-run golf course will be hosting an Eas...

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Free family history help session at Swindon Central Library

Experienced researchers on hand to advise on how to trace your ancestors - Wednesdays 16 April and 21 May

Experienced researchers on hand to advise on how to trace your ancestors. The session will be held at the Central Library on Wednesday 16 April and will see a team of experienced researchers from the...

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Baby Sensory and Toddler Sense classes in Swindon

Award winning development classes for parents, babies and toddlers.

Alison Randall launched Baby Sensory classes in Swindon in early 2010 and more recently introduced Toddler Sense. Baby Sensory’s award winning development classes are for parents and babies up ...

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