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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 ...

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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 ...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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Foodbank, supported locally to feed ‘Swindon people in food crisis’

David Hartridge, manager of Swindon Foodbank, describes how it works to ensure people who donate food are clear about the help they are providing.

The rapid growth of Foodbanks is a phenomenon of the age of austerity that we live in. Recent media coverage suggests it’s a feature of 21st Century Britain that some politicians don’t lik...

Swindon belly dancers shake it all down for charity

Fundraising 'Hafla' with belly dancing and Arabic drumming - Saturday 12 April

Swindon Shimmyers is organising a ‘Hafla’ or get-together to include 20 belly dance performances and Arabic drumming in aid of Prospect Hospice and the Mayor of Swindon’s charities. ...

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Olympian James Cracknell supports Swindon Parkinson’s Week

Euro candidate joins South Swindon MP Robert Buckland at Swindon Central Library

Olympic rowing champion James Cracknell joined South Swindon MP Robert Buckland at Swindon Central Library on Monday 7 April to launch Parkinson’s Awareness Week in the town.  A stand set ...

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Swindon Link magazine in the chilly big apple

Phoebe Maddison and her dad packed The Link when they attended the International Emmy Kids Awards in New York

Nine year old Phoebe Maddison and her dad Antony from Groundwell packed the February edition when they travelled to New York to attend the International Emmy® Kids Awards on 10 February. Phoebe h...

Walking The Ridgeway for SMASH

Sunday 25 to Friday 30 May Dr John Mervyn-Smith will be accompanied by young people and mentors from SMASH youth project to walk the entire length of the Ridgeway path.

Over the Whitsun half term from Sunday 25 to Friday 30 May Dr John Mervyn-Smith will be walking the entire length of the Ridgeway path to raise money for the SMASH Youth Project. John will be accompa...

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Swindon & District Branch plans for Parkinson's Awareness Week 7-14 April

Swindon & District Branch are planning a number of activities around Swindon for Parkinson's Awareness Week - 7 to 14 April Sunday 6 April - McArthur Glen Swindon Designer Outlet (10am – 5p...

Make a difference with CAB Swindon

Volunteering wis a great opportunity to use your current skills, try something new, make friends and feel part of an enthusiastic team, writes Lucy Macintosh.

Volunteering with Swindon CAB is a great opportunity to use your current skills, try something new, make friends and feel part of an enthusiastic team, writes Lucy Macintosh. Last year we helped 8,50...

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Swindon supports Autism Awarenesss by donning Onesies

Businesses and schools take part in Onesie Wednesday to raise money for Swindon and District Branch of the National Autistis Society.

Swindon’s businesses and schools came together in support of Autism awareness by wearing onesies for Onesie Wednesday to raise money for the Swindon and District branch of the National Autistic ...

Commissioner launches Neighbourhood Policing Awards

Celebrating men and women in Wiltshire who offer exceptional service to their community.

The Neighbourhood Policing Awards 2014 have been launched by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, Angus Macpherson. The aim is to celebrate the men and women who offer excepti...

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Toothill Big Local team issues invitation to get involved in advance of £1 million allocation

Partnership Committee wants to hear from people who want to get involved in the next stage of the project - find out more at coffee morning on 29 April

Four years after Toothill was earmarked for a £1 million National Lottery Big Local grant, the Partnership Committee responsible for administering the fund is gearing up to take the project to t...

Organisations to mark World Health Day at Central Library

Groups showcase the valuable work they do on Monday 7 April, 10.30am to 2pm.

Groups who promote healthy living will showcase the valuable work they do throughout Swindon to coincide with an international awareness day. World Health Day, which is being held next Monday (7 Apri...

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Swindon to host CMT UK’s 26th annual conference

CMT UK, the charity that offers support to people with the rare, inherited neurological condition Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT), will hold its 26th annual conference at Hilton Swindon Hotel on Saturday 5 April.

CMT UK, the charity that offers support to people with the rare, inherited neurological condition Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT), will hold its 26th annual conference at Hilton Swindon Hotel on Saturday 5 ...

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Fresh air enhances Feelgood Friday in Swindon

Volunteers use traditional woodland management methods to clear overgrown area at Peatmoor Copse

Over the winter months the volunteers who look after Peatmoor Copse in West Swindon, using traditional woodland management methods, have been clearing an overgrown area that had not been touched for y...

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