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Fight the festive flab and help Meningitis Now

Charity desperate for runners to take part in next year's Bath Half Marathon on 2 March

Christmas is coming and Meningitis Now is inviting people to pound the pavements and fight the festive flab by running next year’s Bath Half Marathon. Runners will join the Stroud-based charity...


Swindon Wildcats get their claws out

Ice Hockey at Link Centre is fast and furious, and not for the feint hearted.

Ice Hockey at Link Centre is fast and furious, and not for the feint hearted when you see Richard Wintle's picture of Swindon Wildcat Alex Symonds getting his claws into Sheffield Steeldog's Mariusz J...

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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...

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Lydiard Park orienteering trails now open

Choose a short or longer trail and find your way around a course of permanent checkpoints

Choose a short or longer trail and find your way around a course of permanent checkpoints Walk, run or jog at your own pace by yourself, as a pair or in a group. You can also try a mini maze – ...


Swindon leisure facilities takeover set for mid-2014

Swindon Borough Council looking for alternative operators to take over three golf courses and six leisure centres

Plans to make the town's leisure portfolio less burdensome upon the council taxpayer have taken a step forward after Swindon Borough Council started the process to find alternative operators to take o...

Swindon Choral Society Christmas Concert on 14 December

An A to Z of Carols at St Mark's Church, Swindon

Swindon Choral Society will be performing a Christmas Concert, An A to Z of Carols, on Saturday December 14 at St Mark’s Church, Church Place, Swindon SN1 5EH Their special guests will be the c...

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MEND Swindon. Time to make a New Year’s resolution

Sign up for MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do It!) for free

Christmas will be with us soon, but do you and your children want to get fitter, healthier and happier in 2014?  MEND is offering a free, fun 10 week healthy lifestyle programme for 5 to 16-year...


TM Group’s daredevil stunt raises money for the Prospect Hospice

10,000 ft skydive at Redlands Airfield raises over £900

In September, four employees of TM Group (UK) Ltd helped to raise over £900 for a local charity, by participating in a 10,000ft skydive at the Redlands Airfield in Wanborough. TM Group regularl...

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Shaw guitarist making musical waves

Kit Hawes set to launch new website

Former Brook Field pupil and roots-influenced guitarist and composer Kit Hawes is about to launch his new website ahead of a busy 12 months of touring, recording and meeting with film and TV producers...


'Through the lens' Swindon photography group holds first exhibition

Lawn Photographic Association exhibits at Cake and Ale cafe/restaurant, Devizes Road, Old Town from 2 December

Sebastiao Salgado “…I looked through a lens - and photography immediately started to invade my life.” A photography group that was established in Spring 2013 is holding its first p...

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Specialist ballet shoe business opens in West Swindon

Family entrepreneurs pointed in the right direction

Mother and daughter team Cynthia and Maxime Bell have opened a specialist ballet shoe business, Pointe Perfection, after receiving free advice and guidance from Outset Swindon. Explaining the opportu...

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Swindon Rugby Club boys through to Lexus Rugby National Finals

Boys and girls take part in regional finals at Cleve RFC

Boys and girls, aged between 6 and 10, from Swindon Rugby Club took part in the regional finals of the Lexus Rugby Tournament in November at Cleve RFC. They played against teams from Cheltenham, Exet...

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Disabled clients wanted to work with Swindon fitness mentor

London Paralympic initiative helps Sam to train those with disabilities

Sam James, below, who suffers from mild cerebral palsy, is looking for people with disabilities who want to try a gym, but don’t feel confident that able bodied instructors will understand their...

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Bringing play back to Pembroke Park in Swindon

Oakhurst councillors secure funding to install range of new play equipment

A derelict play area in Pembroke Park, destroyed in the flood of 2007, has been brought back to life thanks to Oakhurst councillors Emma Faramazi and Toby Elliott. It should have been rebuilt in 2010...

Friends of the Railway Path Workday

Saturday December 7 at Coate Water Country Park

Our next workday is on Saturday December 7. We will meet at 9.30 in the car park at Coate Water Country Park (SU 176 827). The work plan includes: · Continuing with the hedge laying that we ...

Family history researchers to hold free session at Central Library

Wiltshire Family History Society on hand to offer advice - Wednesday 20 November

The free session will be held at the Regent Circus library on Wednesday 20 November and will see a team of experienced researchers from the Wiltshire Family History Society offering advice to people o...

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Historic Wiltshire sporting venue returns to its former glory!

Come and discover the fun of arena polo - whatever the weather!

Inglesham Polo Centre, based at Inglesham, just outside Lechlade, has a rich history as one of the leading polo clubs in the UK and it is unusual in that it can host polo all year round due to its sta...

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Jack and the Bean-Stakes

Keith Chegwin to visit Abbey Stadium tonight to congratulate winner of 'The Cheggers Chase'

On Wednesday 27 November, Keith Chegwin will visit Swindon Greyhounds’ Abbey Stadium to meet and congratulate the winner of the second race. Race 2, which begins at 6:44pm, has been renamed The...

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Create Studios nominated for another film award!

Students attend star-studded awards ceremony at Vue Cinema, Leicester Square, London

A film entitled ‘Rachel’s Nightmare’ made by Create Studios’ MassMedia group was nominated for best film in the All Shorts Secondary category at the prestigious National Youth ...


Swindon fundraiser heads for South American peak

Roy will spend Christmas and New Year trekking up Mount Aconcagua in aid of Walking with the Wounded

Roy Partington is leaving his family behind in Park South to spend Christmas and New Year in South America trekking up the world’s tenth highest mountain in aid of Walking with the Wounded. His...

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Runner’s 50 miles to mark 50 years

Swindon based personal trainer prepares to lead by example

A personal trainer based in Swindon is preparing to lead by example by undertaking a 50-mile run to mark her 50th birthday. Sue O’Connell of SOLEAN - which stands for Sue O’Connell Lifest...

Free bike maintenance classes - 16 and 30 November

Run by Swindon Travel Choices to get more people cycling and reduce congestion on our roads.

These free cycle maintenance courses are run by Swindon Travel Choice as part of an initiative to get more people cycling and reduce congestion on our roads. They cover basic maintenance, lubricating...


Art for all at Abbey Meads

Huge turnout to view pupils' artwork in the style of famous artists

There was a huge turnout of nearly 150 parents and grandparents to end Abbey Meads Primary School art week in early November. From 4 to 8 November Gordon and Toni Dickinson worked with children to pr...

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North Swindon Library marks 100 books read

Moredon and Rodbourne Cheney Library Readers Group celebrate reading one hundred books

Moredon and Rodbourne Cheney Library Readers Group have just had their one hundredth meeting! To mark the occasion of having read one hundred titles over the last eight years a special cake was made ...

Try Orienteering: New trails opening in Lydiard Park November 16

Come along, choose a short or longer trail and find your way around a course of permanent checkpoints installed in the park.

Come along, choose a short or longer trail and find your way around a course of permanent checkpoints installed in the park. You can walk, run or jog at your own pace by yourself, as a pair or in a g...

Swindon Libraries' 70th Birthday Party

Join us for a day of festivities at Central Library on 14 November

On 14 November at the Central Library, join us for a day of festivities to celebrate Swindon Libraries’ 70th Birthday Party! The day includes: 11am, a special story & rhyme time with Books...