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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...


Swindon children’s cancer charity helped by staff at DHL Iceland

£13,500 presented from fundraising at West Swindon distribution centre

Swindon CALM (Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Movement) was presented with a cheque for almost £13,500 by staff who work at DHL Iceland Distribution Centre in West Swindon at the end of Ap...

Travel to Learn...Return to Inspire. Churchill scholarship applications now open

Prestigious Travelling Fellowships

Prestigious Travelling Fellowships - Applications now open In 2015 The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust will be investing £1.2million in British citizens by awarding a record number of 150 Trav...

Swindon Dementia Action Alliance is launched

Local business and services commit to support people living with dementia and their families.

A number of local businesses and services have made a commitment to support people living with dementia and their families in the town. The Swindon Dementia Action Alliance (SDAA) is being launched ...

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 (...


Memories are made of simple things for Swindon youngsters

More volunteers are needed to build friendships with 10 to 12 year olds

The exciting new support for children aged 10 to 12 in need of friendship has got off to a flying start with youngsters already beginning to make happy memories, writes Lyn Hartman. “The childr...


Healthy living at West Swindon Family Centre starts early with help from Sainsbury’s

Bridgemead store sponsors Let's Get Cooking Course

The Sainsbury’s store at Bridgemead is sponsoring the West Swindon Family Centre Let’s Get Cooking course after The Link suggested them for support. The free course for up to seven parent...


Swindon project shows teens the reality of looking after baby

14 and 15 years olds given responsibility of looking after a robot 'baby'

Following the success of last year’s baby simulation programme West Swindon’s Emerge youth project are repeating the experience, giving 14 and 15 year olds the responsibility of looking af...


Vote for Swindon film to compete for US award

See Mr Wiggles online and give it 5 stars to help it make the New York finals

Swindon based short film Mr Wiggles has been giving the opportunity to compete for a spot at the American Online Film Awards in New York in December and needs the support from the local community to g...


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 ...


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...


Help protect the heritage of Swindon. Join the Friends of Lydiard Park and attend the AGM on 17 May.

Get involved in the future of Lydiard House and its park

With the future of Lydiard House and its park somewhat uncertain, here is an opportunity for anybody who supports a unique part of the town’s heritage to step forward and become involved. The F...


Swindon Rotary Club 25 years of NSPCC support

Rotary Club of Swindon Thamesdown makes donation for key services

The Rotary Club of Swindon Thamesdown has presented staff at the NSPCC’s Swindon service centre with a £1,500 donation to continue its vital work with families in the area. The group...


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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Waitrose sponsors Swindon school fundraising run

Registration open for 5k run

The brand new Waitrose Swindon in Wichelstowe is supporting the annual five-mile multi-terrain run - the Commonweal 5 - organised by The Commonweal School’s PTA on 18 May to raise money for the ...


North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson secures giant TV donation for Open Door Centre

Members of the Open Door Centre in Gorse Hill were expecting a donation of a small television, but they were wide eyed with amazement when North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson turned up on 23 April with ...


Wiltshire Air Ambulance new helicopter to carry slogan: 'Funded by you, flying for you'

Colour scheme design announced by air ambulance trustees

The colour scheme for Wiltshire’s new Air Ambulance was unveiled on 22 April by the Wiltshire Air Ambulance Charitable Trust’s board of trustees. The helicopter, a Bell 429, which will ar...


Swindon Town Gardens Little Big Festival launches on Sunday 27 April

Last year’s ‘Town Gardens Little Big Festival’ seeds were sown. Little chains of events grew and evolved through the long summer. A year on it’s ‘Town Gardens Little Big...

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...


Historic steam locomotives head to Swindon & Cricklade Railway over Easter weekend

Met 1 will haul the Easter Egg-Spress from Friday 18 to Monday 21 April - come along and see the visiting locomotives and meet the Easter Bunny

Volunteers at the Swindon and Cricklade Railway are looking forward to the visit of two steam locomotives to the railway in the near future. Moreso, since the stalwart steam locomotive Salmon left th...

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Teams wanted for Swindon Cares inter-company quiz evening

Wednesday 25 June, DeVere Village Hotel, Shaw Ridge Leisure Park

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Trek to Machu Picchu in aid of Salvation Army

Rebecca and Lois appeal for sponsorship to help raise minimum of £4,000.

We are about to undertake one of the biggest challenges of our lives. In October we will be attempting to trek to Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas in Peru. This is in aid of the Salvation Arm...

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National Gardens Scheme - Open near Swindon in April and May

Gardens in Wiltshire

Opening gardens of quality, character and interest since 1927, the National Gardens Scheme has donated over £22 million for charity in the last 10 years. The following gardens in Wiltshire wi...


Jonathon Porritt appointed President of Wiltshire Volunteers

Taking over the Presidency of The Conservation Volunteers from The Lord Norrie.

The Conservation Volunteers (TCV), who run activities in Wiltshire, are delighted to announce that Jonathon Porritt, the leading sustainability expert, is to take over the Presidency from The Lord Nor...


RAF pilots to run 17 marathons in memory of the fallen

RAF Brize Norton pilots to run 447 miles during 14 to 30 April.

Three pilots from RAF Brize Norton will attempt to run 447 miles in 17 days in memory of the servicemen and women who have lost their lives in the Afghanistan conflict. The run will take place during ...

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Swindon fundraiser does River Kwai kayak and jungle trek

Nicki packed The Link for her trip in aid of Naomi House Children's Hospice

Keen fundraiser Nicki Styles packed The Link for her 2013 River Kwai kayak and jungle trek in aid of Naomi House Children’s Hospice where her thirteen year old son Brandon receives respite care....