THE BIG INTERVIEW: Offering hope to Swindon's sex workers

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Monday 4th August 2014

SUE Lee readily admits that her title is a little cumbersome, but her message to sex workers or those fearing they’ll be forced into sex work is clear enough.

THE BIG INTERVIEW: Putting excellence first in classroom

Swindon Advertiser:

11:19am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Barrie Hudson talks to Highworth Warneford head John Saunders.

THE BIG INTERVIEW: Taking nursing to a different level

Swindon Advertiser:

12:25pm Monday 7th July 2014

CHERYL Kelser, 51, is a Great Western Hospital intensive care nurse and an RAF reservist corporal who has served two tours in Afghanistan with 4626 Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron. She lives in Wroughton with husband Ross, who works in security in Iraq, and has a grown-up daughter. Cheryl is preparing for duty at the Royal International Air Tattoo...

THE BIG INTERVIEW: Venue hunt’s been no trapeze-y task

Swindon Advertiser: Lee Williams wants to set up a venue in Swindon for artists of any kind to use as a base for training

5:30am Monday 30th June 2014

TRAPEZE artist and businessman Lee Williams, 32, hopes to turn the vacant Maxwell Street gym into a training space for circus and dance acts and other artists. He lives in Kingshill

THE BIG INTERVIEW: Give something back to society

Swindon Advertiser: Alan Nix MBE

11:32am Tuesday 24th June 2014

Barrie Hudson talks to ALAN NIX, who has been made an MBE.

THE BIG INTERVIEW: A pillar of health

Swindon Advertiser: Jeremy Redford

5:00am Monday 16th June 2014

Jeremy Redford, 41, recently took the world record for burpees – a form of squat thrust – by completing 8,089 in 12 hours. The ex-Army officer is about to start work at the Defence Academy in Shrivenham. He lives in Watchfield with wife Alison, and their daughter Lucy, 11...

THE BIG INTERVIEW: It's a good life for a Rotarian

Swindon Advertiser: Steve Parsons

5:00am Monday 2nd June 2014

COMMUNITY-mindedness and altruism are often said to be dead or dying in this frantic, belt-tightening age, but Steve Parsons begs to differ.

THE BIG INTERVIEW: Helping others is helping yourself

Swindon Advertiser: Marilyn Beale in Penhill Community Orchard

3:56pm Monday 26th May 2014

Marilyn Beale, 69, is secretary of the Penhill Forum, which is a non-political body made up of community groups and representatives. She lives in Penhill with husband Tony, a retired sheet metal worker. They have three children and two grandchildren...

THE BIG INTERVIEW: I still love learning

Swindon Advertiser: Jane Leo, principal of Tadpole Farm Primary Academy

11:23am Monday 12th May 2014

Jane Leo, 52, is principal of Tadpole Farm Primary Academy, which will open in September at Redhouse Community Centre and later move to its permanent home at Tadpole Farm. She lives near Bristol – a move to the Swindon area is planned – and is married to an IT professional. The couple have three grown-up daughters...

THE BIG INTERVIEW: Nothing wasted in helping out others

Swindon Advertiser: Nothing wasted in helping out others

5:30am Monday 5th May 2014

“ONCE you go from the commercial sector to the voluntary sector,” says Olivia McCann, “I think it’s very difficult to ever go back.

THE BIG INTERVIEW: It's a record career for music man Paul

Swindon Advertiser: Paul Holmes, of Holmes Music

1:47pm Monday 28th April 2014

PAUL Holmes, 52, works at Holmes Music, a family business founded by his father, John, in 1963. A year ago he began Red House Records, an in-store vinyl record supplier which took part in the recent Record Store Day. Paul lives in Old Town and is married with two daughters.

THE BIG INTERVIEW: In it for the long run - Barrie Hudson talks to the Reverend Canon Simon Stevenette

Swindon Advertiser: The Reverend Canon Simon Stevenette outside Christ Church

12:43pm Monday 21st April 2014

The Reverend Canon Simon Stevenette, 51, has been vicar of Christ Church in Old Town since 1998. He is Area Dean of Swindon and chaplain to Swindon Town FC. As part of its mission to be at the heart of local life, the church has a community centre, recently opened a garden of reflection and is planning its annual beer festival for Saturday, May 17. Rev Stevenette and wife Nicola have five sons...

THE BIG INTERVIEW: Number 1 with a ballot

Swindon Advertiser: Sally Sprason

1:30pm Monday 14th April 2014

Sally Sprason, 48, is Swindon borough’s electoral services manager and deputy returning officer, and is overseeing the preparations for the forthcoming local and European elections. She lives in Cheltenham with her partner, a software company director, and has a 14-year-old son.

THE BIG INTERVIEW: How to engineer a principal’s position

Swindon Advertiser: Angela Barker-Dench, Principal of UTC

3:57pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

Angela Barker-Dench, 50, is principal of Swindon’s University Technical College, where classes begin in September. She lives in Gloucester with husband Graham, a civil engineer who runs an architectural services firm, and the couple have two children aged 14 and 12

THE BIG INTERVIEW: Real faith in people power and committed to fairness

Swindon Advertiser: Kate Linnegar, secretary of the Swindon People’s Assembly

1:46pm Monday 31st March 2014

KATE Linnegar, 52, is secretary of Swindon People’s Assembly, which protests against the Government’s austerity measures. She has her own cleaning business, lives in Rodbourne Cheney, is divorced and has a son, aged 17, and daughter, 14

Young scientist set to feed the world

Swindon Advertiser: Swindon-born scientist Philippa Borrill, who is working on a project to improve the nutritional content of wheat

1:35pm Monday 24th March 2014

Barrie Hudson talks to Swindon-born scientist Philippa Borrill.

THE BIG INTERVIEW: Educating diabetics to help themselves

Swindon Advertiser: Stephen MacMahon, who campaigns for better a diabetes service in the town, pictured with the Inspire Award from Diabetes UK

2:48pm Monday 17th March 2014

Stephen MacMahon, 64, was given the Supporting Others Award at Diabetes UK’s regional Inspire Awards ceremony. He is retired, following a career with the Post Office and later in finance, and served as a magistrate for 28 years before retiring from the bench in November. He is married to Helen and the couple live in Eldene...

THE BIG INTERVIEW: More help needed to watch over us

Swindon Advertiser: Anita Basevi, a Neighbourhood Watch street co-ordinator, who wants more volunteers to get involved

5:30am Monday 10th March 2014

FOR Anita Basevi, Neighbourhood Watch taps into a lifelong belief in the shared strength of community.

THE BIG INTERVIEW: Pub trade's far from dead - here's proof

Swindon Advertiser: Nicole Calver and Paul Pearson

1:33pm Monday 17th February 2014

PAUL Pearson, 35, and Nicole Calver, 31, have managed the Dockle Farmhouse pub in Bridge End Road for six years. They recently spoke out to help remind the world at large of the major role pubs play in the local economy. The couple live in Swindon.

THE BIG INTERVIEW: No spotlight for theatre stalwart

Swindon Advertiser: Alan Wrixon, chairman of the Friends Of Swindon Arts Centre

5:17pm Monday 13th January 2014

Alan Wrixon, 67, chaired the Arts Centre for the Community Group, which recently failed to take over the Swindon Arts Centre. He lives in Wroughton and is married with two grown-up children.

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