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Private school near Swindon holds open days on 15 & 16 March

Scholarships at Meadowpark School, Cricklade, now put private education within reach of more families

Meadowpark, the independent school in Cricklade, is holding open days in March and the headteacher Mrs Rajvinder Kular wants parents to know that a scholarship scheme has put private education within ...


Musicians branch out for Olive Tree cafe: Friday 8 March

Radio 1 exposed Colour the Atlas and The Hyperbolics headline show to raise money and awareness of Swindon mental health charity

Music fans are being given the chance to watch the latest up-and-coming talent while supporting a Swindon charity at a very special gig. Rising stars Colour the Atlas, who have received Radio 1 airpl...

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Swindon College art students enjoy culture of Poland

Students explore museums and galleries to experience the unique and rich art

More than fifty Foundation, Access and Degree students from the School of Art have been on a residential visit where they experienced the unique and rich art of Poland. Taking in the culture, they ex...

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Stay safe this winter with The Mobility Store

Providing a valuable service for people with long term or temporary incapacity.

The Mobility Store in Wroughton specialises in providing mobility aids, specialist foot care, hearing tests, rise and recline furniture, adjustable beds, bathlifts and stairlifts, as well as wheelchai...

25th trail across the Wiltshire landscape

Register now for Sarsen Trail and Neolithic Marathon on Sunday 5 May.

Registration for the 25th anniversary Sarsen Trail and Neolithic Marathon, in aid of Wiltshire Wildlife Trust on Sunday 5 May is now open. It’s for serious runners, walkers and cyclists, and al...


Swindon actress wins prime role in A Chorus Line

Former Ridgeway School student to play in eagerly awaited West End show

Ex-Ridgeway School student to play in eagerly awaited West End show Georgie Ashford, 22, who attended Ridgeway School, Wroughton has won a role in this years most anticipated West End Musical - A Cho...


MP helps win battle for financial education on the curriculum

National curriculum to include financial mathematics

Justin Tomlinson MP assists pfeg charity to financial education success The Personal Finance Education Group has welcomed a “huge victory” for the campaign for compulsory financial educat...

Entries open for south west tech awards

SPARKies awards celebrate the very best of the region's tech and digital sector.

Entries have opened today for the SPARKies awards, aimed at celebrating the very best of the region’s tech and digital sector. The SPARKies awards are run as part of Bath Digital Festival and a...

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Watching the Wildlife Detectives at Lower Moor Farm on 13 February

Join WWT Wildlife Detectives for a nature walk of discovery

Ever wondered what an owl eats? Here’s your chance to find out by joining Wiltshire Wildlife Trust’s Wildlife Detectives at Lower Moor Farm on Wednesday, 13 February. The Trust’s te...

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Mitchemp Trust seeks teams to take the 10 peaks in 10 hours challenge

40 teams to take on the Brecon Challenge on 16 March in order to help hundreds

A Wiltshire based charity is looking for 40 teams to climb 10 peaks in 10 hours in March to raise money to help change the lives of vulnerable young people in the county. The Mitchemp Trust’s B...

Puppy walkers being recruited on 16 February

Guide Dogs are looking to recruit volunteer puppy walkers in the Swindon area - find out more at The Brunel Centre

Guide Dogs are once again looking to recruit volunteer puppy walkers in the Swindon area. Swindon Guide Dogs for the Blind are bringing together puppies and their walkers in The Brunel Centre on Satu...

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Purton Amateur Dramatic Society presents panto Sinbad the Sailor!

Purton Village Hall - Thursday 7 to Saturday 9 February

Purton Amateur Dramatic Society presents Sinbad the Sailor! Thursday 7 February: 7.30pm Friday 8 February: 7.30pm Saturday 9 February: 2.30pm & 7.30pm Fun for all the family, with smoking sea ...


Last of the few Polish pilot heroes laid to rest in Swindon

In memory of Tony Rogers, World War II pilot who fought the Russians on the ground and survived prison camp, before reaching Britain to fly Spitfires and bombers

Polish World War II pilot Flight Lieutenant C A ‘Tony’ Rogers, who adopted the English surname of his screen heroes Roy and Ginger, passed away on 15 January at the age of 91 at Hyperion N...

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New College drama students stage new one act plays on 7 & 8 February

New College Drama Students are set to stage two evenings of new one act plays to be seen in Swindon and nationally.

Drama Students from New College, Swindon are set to stage two evenings of new one act plays that will go on to be seen at local and national theatre festivals. The first group of students who will be...

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Is this your rubbish? asks Wilts Wildlife Trust. Come and get it!

Who is responsible for dumping their rubbish at Ravensroost, near Malmesbury?

Most of us enjoy a lovely walk in Wiltshire’s beautiful countryside, regardless of the weather. Many of us will head to one of Wiltshire Wildlife Trust’s 37 stunning nature reserves when...

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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...