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Swindon Santas run around Lydiard Park for Air Ambulance

Lydiard Park sees Santas, elves and reindeer raising money for Wiltshire Air Ambulance

Over 280 runners dressed in red and white and wearing white beards ran around Lydiard Park on 1 December to raise money for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance. Included in the number were children wearing e...

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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...

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Golden Ball raises over £6,000 for Swindon charity

Black tie evening helps Alan Holmes hit £50,000 landmark for Goldenhar Family Support Group

Black tie evening raises over £6,000 for Goldenhar Family Support Group and helped Alan Holmes hit a £50,000 landmark for the charity A 20-piece big band, 20 amazing auction prizes and 20...


Isambard school's rapid response provides help to typhoon survivors

Pupils, parents and staff pack 105 shoeboxes with supplies to send to the Philippines

Youngsters at Isambard put a huge effort into quickly responding to a charity appeal to help survivors of Typhoon Haiyan that struck the Philippines on 9 November. Within days of the disaster graphic...

Sleepout on 6 December and help the homeless in Swindon

Threshold Housing Link annual sleepout - Immanuel United Reform Church, Swindon, from 10pm

Winter is upon us and Threshold Housing Link holds its annual sleep-out to support its work with homeless people throughout the year. The sponsored event takes place on Friday 6 December at Immanuel ...


Who are the Swindon people taking pride in their town?

Mayor calls for nominations to Pride of Swindon awards

The Mayor of Swindon Nick Martin is looking for ordinary people who do extraordinary things for their town so that they can be recognised at the Pride of Swindon Awards next April. You might know a c...

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Swindon school shop does good business in first year

Uplands Shop provides invaluable work experience for students as well as selling goods for charity.

The Uplands Shop at Redhouse Village Centre has done a brisk trade in charity goods since it opened a year ago, as well as providing work experience for students. Executive headteacher Jackie Smith s...


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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Nutmeg provides new eyes for Alan Fletcher

Now he's working hard to promote the 4Joy Appeal to raise money to train two pups

The chairman of Swindon Guide Dogs for the Blind Alan Fletcher has got his left arm back thanks to his new guide dog Nutmeg who arrived at the end of October. His much loved guide dog Joy died very s...

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Legion provides new services for Armed Forces in Swindon

Royal British Legion establishes stronger presence in Swindon

The Royal British Legion has established a stronger presence in the town in association with Swindon Council. The initiative is part of nationwide changes recently undertaken by the Legion to make it...

Break-Away holiday to the South Downs with NBFA Assisting the Elderly

Free five-day trips for the people over 65 on a low income

NBFA Assisting the Elderly is a charity dedicated to helping the elderly stay socially and physically active through means of pain relief machines, emergency home alarms, free Break-Away trips, and su...

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Typhoon Haiyan bucket collections at local Tesco stores raise £2,000 for the Red Cross

A huge thank you to Wiltshire for their overwhelming response

The British Red Cross would like to say a huge thank you to the public in Wiltshire for their overwhelming response to the Typhoon Haiyan Appeal at local Tesco stores. A total of £2,050 was col...


West Swindon Sainsbury's help Prospect Hospice

Over £91 raised during national Hospice Care Week

Customers and staff at Sainsbury's Bridgemead in West Swindon recently put their shoulders behind Prospect Hospice to collect £91.87 during national Hospice Care Week. The money was raised thro...


Wheelchair users can ride the Swindon Heritage railway

Swindon and Cricklade Railway Society celebrates 35 years

The Swindon and Cricklade Railway celebrated its 35th anniversary on Sunday 17 November with a Kids Go Free day, and the launch of a specially carriage converted to accommodate wheelchairs. The carri...

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Swindon cyclist Brian to talk about biking at the top of the world - Friday 6 December

Back from his 'cycle in the clouds' having raised nearly £3,000 for Angel's Orphanage in Nepal, Brian Mildenhall talks about his adventure on 6 December

Brian Mildenhall from Taw Hill is back from his ‘cycle in the clouds,’ and is giving a talk about his experiences on Friday 6 December, 7.30pm, at the United Reformed Chapel in Highworth. ...

Make the world a little friendlier by hosting an overseas student over Christmas

HOST UK looking for families to offer students a home from home for a few days

Many adult international students at universities in the UK find it difficult being far from home and adjusting to a new culture, particularly during the great British shut down in December. HOST UK...

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 ...


Book now for a boat trip with Santa in Swindon

Santa discovery trips aboard Dragonfly every weekend from 24 November to 23 December

The Wilts & Berks Canal Trust are running Santa discovery trips aboard Dragonfly from the landing stage at Kingshill every weekend from 24 November to 23 December. Trips in the heated boat take a...


Winter edition of Swindon Heritage magazine launched

Spotlight on McIlroys Department Store and farms in North Swindon

The old farms of North Swindon is one of the subjects to come under the microscope in the Winter 2013 edition of Swindon Heritage. The quarterly magazine’s three founders celebrated the launch ...


Make a dog happy this Christmas says Swindon pet owner

If you're looking for a furry addition to your family, consider adopting an adult dog, rather than going for a cute puppy, writes Jo Tomlinson from Taw Hill

If you're looking for a furry addition to your family, consider adopting an adult dog, rather than going for a cute puppy, writes Jo Tomlinson from Taw Hill, pictured with Suzie by Richard Wintle of C...

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Local Businesses support Kidney Charity Event

Delicious Indian food and entertainment on offer at Ladies' Charity Night - 13 December, Supermarine Sports and Social Club

A small business based in Swindon is holding a charity fundraising dinner and disco to raise awareness of altruistic kidney donation (the act of giving a kidney to a stranger). Jasie Rai, Director of...

Make a difference - volunteer for Swindon CAB !

More volunteers needed as demand for service increases

Swindon Citizens Advice Bureau is experiencing record number of enquiries across the local area and we urgently need more volunteers to help meet the increasing demand on the service. If you can: be...


Swindon social hall taken over by Freshbrook group

Swindon Council hands responsibility for Roughmoor hall to Freshbrook Community Centre management team

Volunteers, who breathed new life into Freshbrook Community Centre in 2010, are hoping to work their magic with another West Swindon asset. The trustees of Freshbrook Community Centre have been hande...

Rotary Club of Swindon thanks for typhoon generosity

Shoppers at Sainsbury's Store contribute over £2000

The Rotary Club of Swindon are pleased to announce a staggering £2,408.03 was raised at Sainsbury’s store, Oxford Road on 15th and 17th November 2013. The generosity of the people of Swin...


Chelsea Pensioners help Swindon firm raise CiN cash

Arval staff meet forces heroes at Children In Need day

Swindon based contract hire, vehicle lease and fleet management specialist Arval entertained three special guests at its Windmill Hill headquarters on Children in Need day, 15 November. The West Swin...


Swindon shoppers urged to help the homeless this Christmas

Brunel Centre launches its support of Christmas Care homeless shelter

Shoppers at Swindon’s Brunel shopping centre are being urged to help make life more comfortable for the needy and homeless this Christmas, as the Centre launches its support of Christmas Care, t...