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North Swindon school to support Swindon Young Carers

Spring Fair on 23 May followed by tandem skydive on 24 May by design technology teacher Caryn Roberts

Caryn Roberts, design technology teacher at Isambard Community School, is organising a Spring Fair on 23 May and has committed to jumping out of an aircraft at 10,000 feet the following day. She said...

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New bug species spotted at Wiltshire Wildlife Trust nature reserve

Rare Box Bug found at Conigre Mead

Following on the heels of last summer’s discovery of a coastal sea fern-grass thriving along a main road in Wiltshire, experts are now abuzz with yet another first for the county. A rare squash...

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Could you help RVS get Swindon people out and about?

Royal Voluntary Service appeals for volunteer drivers for its community transport service in the Swindon area

Royal Voluntary Service is appealing for volunteer drivers for its community transport service in the Swindon area, providing door to door transport for people over the age of 55 who have difficulty u...

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Swindon business to run Sport Relief call centre

UK SBS set to get the pounds piling in for Sport Relief.

Swindon business UK SBS (UK Shared Business Services Ltd) will be supporting Sport Relief 2014 and responding to calls from TV viewers. The volunteers will be helping Sport Relief to raise cash to gi...


Award for Swindon radio station boss Shirley Ludford

Recognition for somebody who brings the town together

The High Sheriff of Wiltshire, William Wyldbore-Smith, has given out awards after a year in office and visiting groups and organisations across the county.   They were made in Swindon to represe...

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Help a child in Swindon have positive memories

Swindon Youth Mentoring charity SMASH are looking for volunteers to become memory makers

Swindon Youth Mentoring charity SMASH has launched a project to help children in their final years of primary school to create and hold onto lasting memories as they make the transition into their tee...

Legal aid for family mediation still available for some in Swindon

Legal aid may still be free if certain criteria are met

The financial effect on the couples who decide to separate can cost many thousands of pounds each, but mediation between the parties can mean the price is far less. it can cost as little as £50...

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Swindon Foodbank opens in Freshbrook

Reaching out into the community with satellite distribution point at Freshbrook Church

Swindon Foodbank is reaching out into the community and setting up satellite distribution points closer to people who might need to turn to it for emergency assistance. The first opened at Freshbrook...

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Charity award for volunteer who campaigns to improve Swindon diabetes services

Swindon volunteer Stephen MacMahon wins Supporting Others Award at regional Inspire Awards.

A volunteer who campaigns tirelessly for better diabetes services has won a volunteering award from the charity Diabetes UK. Stephen MacMahon won the Supporting Others Awards at the charity’s r...

Local group sign long-term lease for thriving community centre.

Swindon Borough Council agree new 40-year lease for Coleview Community Centre

The long-term future of a popular community centre has been secured after the committee of volunteers and trustees that run it agreed a new lease. Swindon Borough Council recently agreed terms on a n...

Swindon Amnesty hold Syria vigil on 13 March

‘Syria is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis’ says Swindon and Marlborough Amnesty International group member Emma Bushell

‘Syria is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis’ says Swindon and Marlborough Amnesty International group member Emma Bushell Members of the Swindon and Marlborough Amnesty Internat...

Charity Car Wash for Swindon Dressability - 15 March

Swindon Fire Station, Drove Road, 10am-4pm

Swindon Fire Station Drove Road Saturday 15 March 10am-4pm Charity Car Wash! Let your local firefighters make your car shine! Supporting local charity Dressability Charity No. 1102083 ...


Youngsters have a whale of a time while fighting meningitis

Meningitis Now launches new national underwater-themed Toddle Waddle

Have a whale of a time while fighting meningitis as a charity launches its new national underwater-themed Toddle Waddle. Meningitis Now invites nurseries, playgroups, parents and schools to host a fr...

Old Town Festival - 28 June to 5 July

Help needed to organise the Old Town Festival Parade.

Preparations are well in hand for this year’s Old Town Festival which will happen between 28 June and 5 July writes Caroline Day The family fun day on the Lawns will be on Saturday 28 June. T...

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Calling all dog owners - Help Cancer Research UK

'Best Paw Forward' sponsored dog walk - Sunday 27 April at Coate Water Country Park

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...


Swindon vet practice raises over £6,000 for hero dogs

Drove Veterinary Hospital exceeds fundraising target for Hounds for Heroes

Allen Parton, Founder of Hounds for Heroes and his working dog EJ - who starred in the BBC TV documentary Secret Lives of Dogs Celebrity - will be visiting Drove Vets, Swindon on 20 March to collect...


Football fans plan epic fundraising road trip

Swindon Town fan Marc Harris and three friends to visit 92 football league clubs in 92 hours to raise money for Helen & Douglas House Children's Hospice

Life long Swindon Town fan Marc Harris from Haydon Wick and three friends are planning an epic road trip to visit all 92 clubs in the football league in 92 hours to raise money and awareness for Helen...


Guide dog puppy Froome meets Swindon sponsors

Team from Les Slinn Personal Training raises £7,500 for Guide Dogs for the Blind

Whilst most of Britain was glued to their TVs on Sunday 23 July 2013 to see the climax of the centenary Tour de France - with Brit Chris Froome winning in relaxed style on the Champs-Élys&eacut...

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£75,000 needed to fund new breast cancer treatment in Swindon

Fundraising activities being organised by Brighter Futures, GWH NHS Foundation Trust's charity

Brighter Futures, Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s charity, is looking to raise £75,000 to fund a ground breaking new breast cancer treatment. The Trust wants to offer intra...

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Breakthrough Ladies' Indulgence Night - 27 March

At Swindon Marriott Hotel

In aid of ‘Breakthrough Breast Cancer’ Marriott Hotel, Pipers Way, Swindon, SN3 1NH. Thursday 27 March, 7pm An idea opportunity to get that special Mothers Day or Easter Gift, or pamper ...

Volunteers needed to speak Swindon news

Swindon & District Talking Newspapers on the look-out for new volunteers

In December, Swindon & District Talking Newspaper (STAN) produced its 1,500th programme, since it started over 30 years ago. To help continue and improve the service STAN is on the look-out for n...

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Swindon North Rotary Club Swimathon in aid of Prospect Hospice

Saturday 26 April - Next Generation Fitness Centre, Swindon

Next Generation Fitness Centre, 5 Larch Close, Kembrey, Swindon SN2 8LY Saturday 26 April, 12 noon The Swindon North Rotary Club Swimathon is a readymade fun event to offer an easy way for local org...

Helping older people with funeral planning

Age UK Wiltshire Trading Ltd and Dignity celebrate 25 year collaboration

Age UK Wiltshire Trading Ltd and Dignity celebrate 25 year anniversary helping older people with funeral planning. The Age UK Funeral Plan has saved customers on average over £1,000 Age UK Wil...


Nationwide helps two food related Swindon charities

Olive Tree cafe and Twigs benefit from almost £4,000 in grants from building society

Community champions at Nationwide Building Society based in Swindon have responded to an appeal from two linked charities to help grow and prepare food. Helen Algar, manager of community champions gr...

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Farmland butterflies flourish in last summer's heatwave

Survey reveals farmland butterflies have benefited from hot summer of 2013.

Farmland butterflies thrived last year after benefiting from the best summer weather for seven years, a survey has revealed. Typical farmland species such as the Brimstone, Common Blue, Small Copper,...

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Young offenders in Swindon create art for charity

Six original works of art to raise money for Swindon's young carers

Young offenders in the town have been turning the talents to creating unique art works on canvas in aid of a charity dedicated to helping Swindon’s young carers. Working over 5 days during half...