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Become a Yoga Teacher, connect with nature

Thinking of changing your career to become a yoga teacher? Go for the yoga teacher training that will make you stand out.

Thinking of changing your career to become a yoga teacher? Go for the yoga teacher training that will make you stand out. With hundreds of yoga styles and yoga teacher training schools out there, it'...


Swindon student living, working and studying in America

Former Ridgeway School and New College graduate says Swindon is quite well known in the USA, thanks to The Office and playing for Swindon Town FC in online soccer games

Lucy Westcott from Westlea, who studied at The Ridgeway School and New College, Swindon before graduating in American Studies at Sussex University, is currently studying at the University of Maryland,...

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Nell In Preliminary GB Squad Call Up

Swindon Wildcats forward Aaron Nell in preliminary squad for GB final qualifiers for 2014 Winter Olympics

Swindon Wildcats forward Aaron Nell has been named in the preliminary 32-man squad being assembled ahead of Great Britain's final qualifiers for the 2014 Winter Olympics which are being held in Sochi,...


Swindon to Kemble railway line dualling launched

VIP trip to mark official start to £45m upgrade to line

Network Rail organised a VIP trip to launch £45m project to upgrade the line between Swindon and Gloucester via Kemble and Stroud. The new infrastructure will increase capacity allowing for the...

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Author takes The Link magazine to Swindon Books in Hong Kong

Swindon author Neil Griffiths returns from running children's reading workshops in Hong Kong and China

Swindon children’s author Neil Griffiths returned in early December from a visit to Hong Kong and China where he ran early years’ reading workshops at after-school centres and schools. ...

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Two ambassadors impressed by work to brighten up classrooms

Ambassadors from Zambia and Zimbabwe visited Swindon to discuss how the solar powered lighting system invented by Roger Mugridge from Cricklade is making an impact on education in their countries.

Ambassadors from Zambia and Zimbabwe visited the town in November to discuss how the solar powered lighting system invented by Roger Mugridge from Cricklade is making an impact on education in their c...

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North Swindon teachers visit Kenyan partners

Abbey Meads teachers build on partnership project at Mwitasy Ano Primary School

Abbey Meads reception teacher Liz Arblaster and Y2 teacher Claire Walsh travelled to Kenya in October to visit Mwitasy Ano Primary School and children’s rescue centre, building on the British Co...

Purton residents up in arms again against housing at Widham Farm

Developers trying to get permission to build on the back of the Ridgeway Farm appeal decision

Wain Homes are again trying to get permission to build houses in Purton are again having a go at getting the plans passed, riding on the back on the decision to allow 700 houses to be built at Ridgewa...

Swindon Choral Society welcomes new members

Rehearsals start 10 January for JS Bach, St John Passion performance in March

Rehearsals start on Thursday 10 January for a performance of J S Bach, St John Passion which will be taking place on Saturday 23 March in Marlborough College Chapel. It is being sung by Swindon Choral...

Marlborough & District Embroiderers Guild

Meeting on January 7 at Kennet Valley Hall, Lockeridge - speaker Hazel Morris

The next meeting of the Marlborough & District Embroiderers Guild is on January 7 at Kennet Valley Hall in Lockeridge, Marlborough, from 1.30pm to 4.00pm. Our speaker will be Hazel Morris on Begi...

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Knitted teddies destined for the Gambia

200 children at Agape Nursery School to receive teddies from Swindon-based charity Empower the Gambia.

The 200 children of Agape Nursery School in the Gambia are set to each receive a teddy when representatives of Swindon-based charity Empower the Gambia make their next visit in March 2013. Explaining...

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The 75th anniversary of the Ridgeway Base

Guest blog by Graham Pennington, Geodesy & Positioning team, describes the amazing accuracy achieved to map Britain using tape measures in 1997

Friday 7 December marked 75 years since the completion of measurements on the Ridgeway Base.  The Ridgeway Base runs from White Horse Hill (grid ref. SU3008386375) to Liddington Castle (gr...

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Gymnastics is not just for kids!

Veteran gymnasts return to Swindon triumphant from Championships in Newcastle

The Swindon School of Gymnastics Club who are based on the Isis Trading Estate, Stratton, recently sent 8 adult members to the British Veterans Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Newcastle. They all...

Eventful year for Swindon Salzgitter Twinning Association

Link with Salzgitter in Germany gives Swindon people chance to share with European partner

Swindon Salzgitter Twinning Association has had an eventful year with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year being celebrated in both towns. Association chairman Roger Gower said the royal river page...


Wiltshire school takes pupils on the Hottest Classroom on Earth expedition for TV

BBC documentary on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 December features expedition by pupils with special needs to Rift Vally, Tanzania

The Hottest Classroom on Earth, in which 10 extraordinary pupils from around the UK pushed themselves and the limits of their endurance, is the subject of a BBC documentary to be aired this weekend. ...

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Alan Duncan MP impressed by Swindon charity Lights for Learning

Solar powered system endorsed by UK's International Development Minister

The invention that is helping children and adults in communities where electricity is not always available has been given endorsement by the UK’s International Development Minister Alan Duncan. ...

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Royal Wootton Bassett Orchestra Christmas Concert

15 December - A feast of traditional Christmas and Viennese music by Strauss, Franz Lehar, Leroy Anderson and other favourites!


Local charity aims to take the loneliness out of Christmas

Christmas Tea Party for the elderly at Milton Lilbourne Village Hall - 9 December

Milton Lilbourne Village Hall, 9 December, 2.00pm A local branch of Contact the Elderly (Swindon 2), is aiming to put some fun back into Christmas for lonely elderly people. The branch will host a sp...

Something Odd in Royal Wootton Bassett this Christmas

Children's Christmas Competition running from 3 to 14 December with £25 vouchers for winners.

Children in Royal Wootton Bassett are being invited to peer into the windows of businesses in the town centre to find the ‘odd item’ as part of a Children’s Christmas Competition org...


Swindon gymnast strikes gold in English Trampoline Championships

National and international success for Georgia Clements

Georgia Clements travelled to South Shields to compete in 3 disciplines of the English Trampoline championships. On day 1 the New College student beat 37 other competitors from across England and was...


Meet the coodinator of The 100 Women Book for Nepal

Rosa Matheson will be signing copies of 'A Day in the Life of 100 Women in Britain' at Pen & Paper, Old Town on Tuesday 27 November, 7pm.

Rosa Matheson from Highworth, who coordinated A Day in the Life of 100 Women in Britain featuring many stories by Swindon writers, will be signing copies on Tuesday 27 November, 7pm, at Pen & Pape...

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Shoeboxes wanted for annual collection. 25 November deadline

Operation Christmas Child hoping to deliver the millionth shoebox this year - with your help

The Church of Christ the Servant in Abbey Meads is again a drop off point for Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest children’s Christmas project, writes Rhona Hawkins. This year ...

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Access to Swindon's heritage railway now from Tadpole Lane

Rebuilt road bridge now gives access to Swindon & Cricklade Railway from the east

The road bridge over the River Ray in North Swindon has been rebuilt and reopened giving access to Swindon & Cricklade Railway’s station at Blunsdon halt from Tadpole Lane. However the thro...

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Zambia High Commissioner to attend Swindon Town game on 17 November

Groups wanted to help strengthen community development through sport, education and cultural links

Colonel Biizwayo Nkunika, High Commissioner for Zambia, will be visiting Swindon to meet representives from Swindon Town Community Trust and community groups in the town interested in further developi...

SEQOL shortlisted for third major award

Swindon's social enterprise excels in three award categories

SEQOL, the social enterprise responsible for delivering community health and adult social care in Swindon, has been shortlisted for its third major award this autumn. Colleagues from SEQOL are finali...

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Subtext - at Bradon Forest School, 27 November

Explosive dance, vibrant theatre from Swerve Dance Theatre Company & Neshima Dance Company

Neshima Dance Company and Swerve Dance Theatre Company presents SUBTEXT by Artistic Directors Helen Gamberg (Swerve Dance Theatre Company) and Batel Magen (Neshima Dance Company) Neshima Cast: Cla...