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Friends of the Railway Path Workday - 14 October

Your help is needed to keep much-loved greenway at Ogbourne St George looking good - and you can meet people, learn new skills and get some gentle exercise at the same time!

The next Friends of the Railway Path workday is on Sunday, 14 October. Workdays are an important way of helping to keep this much-loved local greenway looking good. This one will concentrate on the s...

Young singers wanted for new, free, gospel choir

New youth choir project for 11 to 18 year olds launches on 11 October

A new youth choir project is launching in October aimed at 11 to 18 year olds from across Swindon. Young people will be taught good singing technique as well as learn how to create harmonies themselv...

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Town Gets in the Pink with New Business Association

Royal Wootton Bassett turns pink on Friday 5 October to raise funds for Cancer Research UK

Royal Wootton Bassett town centre will be turning pink on Friday 5 October with the help of a new business association. Businesses will be decorating their windows in pink, dressing up in pink clothes...


Is Swindon going to lose Section 106 money?

Developer contributions from Moredon Bridge housing in Wiltshire to be reduced at meeting on 9 October

The controversial Moredon Bridge housing development returns to Swindon Borough Council's planning committee on Tuesday 9 October when members will be asked to support a proposal to accept a reduction...


National Liftshare Week: 1 to 5 October. Share the fuel bill and pocket the benefits

Swindon Travel Choices promote scheme to fill empty car seats and save money

National Liftshare Week aims to promote car sharing to fill up some of the 38 million empty car seats being driven around the UK each rush hour. Since 2008 over 2,000 Swindon car drivers have signed ...

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Hannah dreams of perfection

Former Miss Swindon reaches finals of Europe's Perfect Miss in Cardiff.

She may have missed out on reaching the Miss England finals this year but former Miss Swindon Hannah Golding has been given a second chance to fulfil her dreams of winning an international pageant by ...

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Royal welcome from Town Mayor for panto cast

Royal Wootton Bassett welcomes a Princess to the town

The Mayor of Royal Wootton Bassett welcomed a Princess to the town on Monday 17 September. Princess Jasmine, accompanied by Aladdin, was introduced to Councillor Mike Leighfield ahead of their appear...


Anti-doping Olympic Games Maker hailed as a hero!

Swindon mum tells her story being up close and personal with the world's top athletes

Thirty-eight year old mum of two Claire Purnell from Redhouse was one of the many thousands of voluntary Olympic Games Makers during London 2012, and one privileged to be chosen for anti-doping duty. ...

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Gifts exchanged between West Swindon and Thailand schools

Joe Homan school presents Shaw Ridge Primary School with gold embroidered tapestry

At a special assembly in June pupils from Shaw Ridge Primary School heard from Joe Homan charity supporter Midge McCormack about how the quilt they made for the boys’ school in Thailand was rece...

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Business goes global to get 4G headstart

Swindon based company Systems Test Solutions to expand operation to Chicago

Swindon-based technology company Systems Test Solutions, which specialises in providing simulated test environments for the telecoms industry, is taking the courageous step of expanding its business s...

Felted Jewellery Course open to all adults

Wanborough Primary School - 2-23 October

New and exciting course for adults at Wanborough Primary School – ‘Felted Jewellery’. The course is being offered at a fabulous cost of only £30 only for 4 weeks. Every Tuesd...

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Trampolinist cuts short prom night to compete in nationals

Georgia left class mates to party while she travelled to to Birmingham to compete at 2012 National Trampoline and DMT Championships

Georgia Clements, 16, had a little more on her mind than going to the Lydiard Park Academy prom on the weekend of 7 and 8 July as she had an important date to retain a national title. She left her cl...

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Book by 100 women starts to fund projects in Nepal

Profits from 'A Day in the Life' help Nepalese women set up small cottage industries

A book about a day in the life of 100 women in the UK, compiled and edited by Rosa Matheson to raise money for women’s charities in Nepal, has started to meet its objectives. The £4,000 ...

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Dover to Calais swim achieved at last

Swindon swimmers complete fundraising cross Channel swim for Aspire

After being disappointed not to complete their cross Channel swim for charity last year, Swindon swimmers Bethan Sowden from Freshbrook and Sarah Baker from Oakhurst, are delighted to have finally mad...

Supermarine Rugby welcomes new young players

Opportunities for boys and girls to join Supermarine Youth Rugby at South Marston

Supermarine Youth Rugby at South Marston are looking to recruit more players for the current season, with opportunities for boys and girls from the age of five. Explaining the training regime, youth ...

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Swindon chess player needs sponsorship to make Kazakhstan trip

Lewis Martin, a deaf chess player, is looking for sponsorship to enable him to compete in world deaf chess competition

Lewis Martin, a deaf chess player who first started playing aged eight at Westlea Primary School, has been selected to play in the 15th ICSC World Deaf Men Individual Championship from 27 September to...


Young Swindon player picks up in US tennis league

Lydiard Park Academy pupil allowed extra holidays to support stars in World Team Tennis

Upcoming young tennis star Matty Morgan, 14, was allowed time off from Lydiard Park Academy at the end of the summer term to spend nine days as a ball boy for the Boston Lobsters Tennis Team during th...


Let there be light between Lesotho and Swindon

Red Oaks and Peatmoor Primary Schools raise £1,000 to provide solar powered lights to school in Lesotho

Gateway Church congregation members and former farmers Mike and Annette Derry, who travel to the southern African country of Lesotho, every three months to teach local communities how to farm, have le...


Double tribute for local food business

Helen Browning's Organic hot dogs 'highly commended' in food awards

It’s a double whammy for local organic farm and food business Helen Browning’s Organic. Helen’s pub The Royal Oak appears for the fourth year running in The Good Food Guide (2013) an...


Tour of Britain cyclists in safe hands from Swindon medic

Gary Cotterill of Wolverest Group provides first responder medical support for 8 stage race starting 9 September

Swindon-based first response and first aid training company Wolverest Group are providing medical support for top cyclists during the Tour of Britain starting on Sunday 9 September, following the acti...

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If you build it, they will come says Wiltshire Wildlife Trust

Trust celebrates 10 years at Langford Lake

The well-known quote from the Kevin Costner film, Field of Dreams, “if you build it, they will come” came true this week at Wiltshire Wildlife Trust’s nature reserve at Langford Lake...


Win tickets to the ultimate home improvement show

We have 10 pairs of tickets to attend the UKs leading event for home improvers at London's Olympia from 28 to 30 September

The UK’s leading event for home improvers, The National Home Improvement Show, is returning for its fourth consecutive year to a new home, Olympia, London from 28-30 September 2012. Win ticket...


Honda makes £267 million investment in Swindon

Business secretary Vince Cable visits Honda factory to mark 20th year of car production in UK and launch of new CR-V

A new Honda CR-V model started to roll off the production line at the Honda factory in South Marston, Swindon on Thursday 6 September as part of a £267 million investment programme into new mode...

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Swindon Town and other league club talk to MPs about Zambia work

Three professional football clubs to talk in Parliament about innovative work at conference in Parliament on 11 September

The innovative work developed by the Swindon Town Football in the Community Team in Zambia over the past six years will be presented to a major conference in Parliament, alongside similar work by the ...

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Swindon teen through to Open Mic live finals

Thirteen year old Charlianne hoping for a chance to play at the 02 Arena.

Thirteen year old Charlieanne Bradfield from Nythe has just won through to the Open Mic live finals to be held in Bristol. The lucky winner will play at a gig at the O2 Arena. Part of the competition...

Highworth Rec operating at a high standard says inspection

Recreation Centre awarded 'good' grading in Quest Plus rating.

Highworth Recreation Centre is meeting high industry standards, according to the national body that assesses leisure centres. The leisure centre was inspected by Quest, which was set up to measure co...