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The Big Interview

An emotional Mike Bowden following this week’s meeting about the future of Lydiard Park, which he is battling to save

BIG INTERVIEW: Barrie Hudson meets chairman of the Friends of Lydiard Park Mike Bowden

Hazel Woodridge with Ollie, Monty and Stanley. Hazel was recently awarded a BEM from the Queen for her services to carriage driving

Forever at the reins

Oak & Furrows founder Serena Stevens with a rescued otter

Barrie Hudson uncovers some fine care for wildlife

Atiff Ghafar,

Barrie Hudson meets a man who is calling for peace between religions

Buffy Goodenough with Archie. “When you give money to us, you can be confident every penny goes into running the centre”

Centre gives hope to sufferers of MS in Swindon

Steven and Joshua Goldsworthy

Barrie Hudson finds three generations of superb haircuts are a simply a snip

Craftsman Simon Webb with a commemorative pen

Simon’s passions are labours of love, says Barrie Hudson

Mike Kennedy with fellow Prospect team member Anna Smithson

Hospitality’s loss is hospice’s gain

Carol far right at the contact centre

Swindon contact centre is helping families cope in a crisis

Jeremy Holt has lived in Swindon since 1985 and has completed every half marathon in the town since then apart from four    Picture: DAVE COX

Barrie Hudson meets a Swindon solicitor with zest for life and a spring in his step

Richard James, 56, is secretary of Swindon and North Wiltshire CAMRA, which has organised the town’s 29th annual beer festival at Steam for October 22 to 24. Retired financial worker Richard lives in Old Town.

Cheers for the beers, says Barrie Hudson

Ian Howard and Carrie Grant

Barrie Hudson meets volunteers helping to restore people's faith in themselves

Deacons, Old Town from left, Isambard Thomas, a descendant of Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Richard Deacon, the owner of Deacons

Barrie Hudson meets Swindon's little gem - a jewellers that dates back to 1848

Artist Alex Coppock-Bunce, who is taking part in Swindon Open Studios in September

Get lost in a world of artful creativity

Sheila and Mark Tubey at Legge House in Wroughton Picture: DAVE COX

Barrie Hudson meets couple who make quality time for youngsters

Derek Aldridge

True passion for world of theatre

At Nationwide the feeling is mutual

BIG INTERVIEW: At Nationwide the feeling is mutual

Archaeologist Nick Snashall

BIG INTERVIEW: Why Nick is keen to dig up the past

Linda Ford at Dorcan Academy, where she taught history and geography

BIG INTERVIEW: Let us teach not fill in forms

Front, Mike Pringle and mayor Andrew Bennett with, from left, Caroline Black, Paul Gentleman, Frances Bevan, Mark Sutton, Noel Beauchamp and Graham Carter

Honouring the brave airmen who shaped our future

John Meaden at Lotmead Farm

BIG INTERVIEW: Fruitful work ethic for farm manager

Justin Tomlinson MP for North Swindon

BIG INTERVIEW: Unexpected job offer from No 10

Stefanie Vincent,

Getting to know our town by linking people to history at exhibits

Barrie Hudson column: Locking in on canal cash

Barrie Hudson column: Locking in on canal cash

The Big Interview: It was always my vocation to teach

The Big Interview: It was always my vocation to teach

Proud Pride of Swindon award winner John Paine, a bike mechanic who helped a community association. Picture: DAVE COX

Pride of Swindon award winner is the wheel deal

Liz Osborne outside Booth House with staff and residents

Homeless people rebuild their lives

Jo Heaven, the founder of the charity Empower

How Jo Heaven works miracles, little by little

Hannah Parry

Barrie Hudson column: Digging in to grow community spirit

Author and illustrator Steve Antony at work in his Old Town studio

Barrie HUdson column: Mastery in art of great storytelling

Steve Pickering, front

Mr Steve’s shop is so Top Drawer

Sean Goslin and his son, John

Long may they see us at the good guys

Peter Mallinson

Insight into world inspires volunteer

Railway enthusiast Kevin Shurmer

Showing plenty of Steam spirit

Jon James

History was key to design of UTC

Jean and Dennis Wyatt were delighted to be presented with a copy of their page in the Swindon Advertiser. Picture: STUART HARRISON

VIDEO: Christmas Appeal ... couple make headlines after lifetime behind the scenes

A very serious business

A very serious business

Sue Lee

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

Highworth Warneford head John Saunders

THE BIG INTERVIEW: Putting excellence first in classroom

Cheryl Kelser

THE BIG INTERVIEW: Taking nursing to a different level

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

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

Alan Nix MBE

THE BIG INTERVIEW: Give something back to society

Jeremy Redford

THE BIG INTERVIEW: A pillar of health

Steve Parsons

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

Marilyn Beale in Penhill Community Orchard

THE BIG INTERVIEW: Helping others is helping yourself

Jane Leo, principal of Tadpole Farm Primary Academy

THE BIG INTERVIEW: I still love learning

Nothing wasted in helping out others

THE BIG INTERVIEW: Nothing wasted in helping out others

Paul Holmes, of Holmes Music

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

The Reverend Canon Simon Stevenette outside Christ Church

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

Sally Sprason says that she thrives on all the pressure and strict deadlines associated with elections

THE BIG INTERVIEW: Number 1 with a ballot

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