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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&...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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 ...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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 ...


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 ...


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...


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...